Stephen Lendman – USA

Linked with Lynne Stewart’s Long Struggle for Justice, with Updating Sami Al-Arian – His Ordeal Continues, with Sami Al-Arian – USA & Kuwait, and with BBC: Imperial Tool.

Stephen was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. Raised in a modest middle class family, attended public schools, received a BA from Harvard University in 1956 and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of PA in 1960, following 2 years of obligatory military service in the US Army. He spent the next 6 years as a marketing research analyst for several large US corporations before becoming part of a new small family business in 1967, remaining there until retiring at the end of 1999. Since then he has devoted his time and efforts to the progressive causes and organizations he supports, all involved in working for a more humane and just world for all people everywhere, but especially for the most needy, disadvantaged and oppressed. Stephen’s efforts only in the last 6 months have included some writing on the various issues of personal concern like war and peace; social, economic and political equity for all; and justice for all the oppressed peoples of the world like the long-suffering people of Haiti and the Palestinians. (The Populist Party).

The Rules of Imperial Management, UN Peacekeeping Paramilitarism, Feb 15, 2007.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached by e-mail. Also visit his blog site, and listen to The Global Research New Hour on RepublicBroadcasting.org Mondays from 11AM to 1PM US Central time for cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests.

The audio: THE GEORGE TRYMAN SHOW, on Feb 20, 2008, 2 hours.

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Stephen Lendman – USA

Damming the Flood: Haiti, Aristide, and the Politics of Containment, Review of Peter Hallward’s book, by Stephen Lendman, Part I, April 14, 2008 … and: Peter Hallward’s Damming the Flood, Part II, 9 pages, April 17, 2008.

Dandelion Salad, by Stephen Lendman Global Research, April 18, 2008.

He writes: … Parenti’s latest book, and subject of this review, is the newly updated eighth edition of one of his most noted and popular earlier ones – Democracy For the Few. In it, he shows how democracy in the nation really works. It dispels the fiction Americans are practically weaned on from birth, taught in school to the highest levels, and get daily from the dominant media … This is Parenti’s dominant theme – of a government, since inception, serving the privileged few at the expense of the neglected or exploited many. That’s hardly a textbook definition of democracy, yet it’s the model one we’re taught to believe we have serving everyone equally. Parenti says his book is intended to show how vital it is for everyone to critically examine our society as a step toward improving it. He stresses a nation’s greatness is measured by its freedom from poverty, racism, sexism, exploitation, imperialism, environmental devastation, and a fundamental opposition to war and pursuit of peace everywhere. Benjamin Franklin also said There never was a good war or bad peace, a notion unimaginable to our leaders today. (full text, Sept. 10, 2007).

Media Disinformation and the BBC, April 10, 2008.

He writes also: Carly Simon’s theme song from the 1977 James Bond film “The Spy Who Loved Me” says it all about The New York Times’ agitprop skill – “Nobody Does It Better” nor have others in the media been at it longer. Most important is The Times influence and reach and what media critic Norman Solomon says about its front page. He calls it “the most valuable square inches of media real estate in the USA.” It’s read by government, business leaders and opinion-makers everywhere and for that reason is hugely important. Hugo Chavez is its frequent target, and Simon Romero has the assignment as The Times’ man in Caracas. His latest March 30 offering is headlined “Files Suggest Venezuela Bid to Aid Columbia Rebels,” and it relates to the spurious claim that captured FARC-EP computers contained potentially smoking-gun evidence “t(ying) Venezuela’s government to efforts to secure arms for Colombia’s largest insurgency” and is aiding its efforts through funding and other means to destabilize the Uribe government … (full text, April 8, 2008).

Seeds of Destruction, The Hidden Agenda of Genetic Manipulation, Part I, Jan. 2, 2008.

Find him and his publications on his StevenLendmanBlog; on The Populist Party; on OpEdNews (193 articles); on RINF.com; on Global Research.ca; on rense.com; on The Smirking Chimp; on Selves and Others; on the Atlantic Free Press: his portrait (and click there on articles); on Google Book-search; on Google Scholar-search; on Google Group-search; on WordPress.com: blogs about Lendman Stephen; on Google Blog-search.

Saving a President, Scare-Mongering and Executive Orders, July 23, 2007.

And he writes: Diogenes caled education the foundation of every state. Education reformer and father of American education Horace Mann went even further. He said: The common school (meaning public ones) is the greatest discovery ever made by man. He called it the great equalizer that was common to all, and as Massachusetts Secretary of Education founded the first board of education and teacher training college in the state where the first (1635) public school was established. Throughout the country today, privatization schemes target them and threaten to end a 373 year tradition. It’s part of Chicago’s Renaissance 2010 Turnaround strategy for 100 new high-performing elementary and high schools in the city by that date. Under five year contracts, they’ll “be held accountable … to create innovative learning environments” under one of three governance structures: charter schools under the 1996 Illinois Charter Schools Law; they’re called public schools of choice, selected by students and parents … to take responsible risks and create new, innovative and more flexible ways of educating children within the public school system; in 1997, the Illinois General Assembly approved 60 state charter schools; Chicago was authorized 30, the suburbs 15 more, and 15 others downstate. The city bends the rules by operating about 53 charter campuses and lots more are planned … The city’s school superintendent had this assessment. He said Edison arrived with promises to educate students at the same cost as public schools and would improve performance. In the end, the city spent an extra $4 million, and students test scores were lower than in other schools. The superintendent added: “They were more about money than teaching,” and that’s the problem with privatized education in all its forms – charter, contract or EMOs that place profits over students. Unless public action stops it, Edison is the future and so is New Orleans in its worst of all forms. It’s spreading fast, and without public knowledge or discussion. It’s the privatization of all public spaces and belief that marketplace everything works best. Indeed for business, but not people who always lose out to profits. (full long text, 14 April 2008).

THE METTLE OF A UN SECRETARY-GENERAL, October 11, 2006.

links:

The Bitterness of Regis Debray, by RON JACOBS, May 12/13, 2007;

Republic Broadcasting Network, real news, real talk, real people;

A Modern Tragic Hero (Sami Al-Arian), 14 April 2008;

Depleted Uranium for Dummies, Revised May 20, 2006.

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