Stephen Lendman is a writer, syndicated columnist, activist, News TV personality, and radio show host. He currently writes for and and hosts, since 2007, a progressive radio show at The Progressive Radio News Hour on The Progressive Radio Network.

Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA, raised in a modest middle income family, attended public schools, received a Harvard BA in 1956 and a Wharton MBA in 1960. After six years as a marketing research analyst, Lendman became part of a new small family business in 1967, remaining there until retiring in 1999.

Since then, he has devoted his time to progressive causes, extensive reading, and since summer 2005 writing on vital world and national topics, including war and peace, American imperialism, corporate dominance, political persecutions, and a range of other social, economic and political issues.

He is also author of the celebrated books "Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity" and "How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion and Class War".

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US Coup in Ukraine: Oliver Stone’s Documentary

by Stephen Lendman

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Coups are a US specialty. Replacing legitimate governments with pro-Western stooge ones.

Ukraine is Exhibit A. The latest example. America’s newest colony. For sure not the last. Washington tolerates no sovereign independent states.

Subservient ones only. Last February, longstanding US plans culminated with ousting Ukraine’s democratically elected President Viktor Yanukovich.

This writer’s edited and contributed to book “Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III” explains today’s most important geopolitical issue.

The gravest one since WW II. East/West confrontation. Possibly the unthinkable. Potential nuclear war with Russia. Madness if happens.

Oliver Stone is an award-winning screenwriter/director/film producer.

His films include Born on the Fourth of July, Salvador, Wall Street, Nixon, JFK, South of the Border, Mi Amigo Hugo (on Hugo Chavez) three Fidel Castro documentaries, and Persona Non Grata (on Israeli/Palestinian relations) among others.

He’s working on an Edward Snowden documentary. Based on the book titled The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man. In part on the novel Time of the Octopus.

He’d like to do a documentary on Vladimir Putin. “(B)ecause he represents a different point of view than Americans don’t hear,” he said.

According to Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, the Kremlin is “aware of Stone’s desire to make a film.”

On November 4, he met Putin at a Russian actor/director Vasily Shukshin remembrance event.

He’s now in Russia working on his Snowden documentary. Filming to continue for about a year. Things progressing well, he said.

His new film in production documents US-style regime change in Ukraine. He spent four hours interviewing ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych. For an English language documentary produced by Ukrainians.

Saying it’s “clear that the so-called (Maidan) ‘shooters’ (killing police and civilians) were outside third party agitators. “(T)he truth is not being aired in the West.”

“Many witnesses, including Yanukovych and police officials, believe these foreign elements were introduced by pro-Western factions – with CIA fingerprints on it.”

Remember April 2002. The aborted two-day coup against Hugo Chavez, Stone noted. “(M)ysterious shooters” fired on demonstrators from office buildings, he said.

Much like what happened in Maidan. Commonplace CIA practice. Create chaos. Fear-monger. Oust sitting governments. “It’s America’s soft power technique called ‘Regime Change 101,’ ” said Stone.

Make it look like an expression of popular will. Good guys replacing bad ones. A new dawn. Better times ahead.

America’s involvement is concealed. Its dark intentions. Predatory and then some.

Even though Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland admitted Washington spent over $5 billion dollars for years on regime change in Ukraine.

The same thing America did against numerous other sitting governments.

“A dirty story through and through, but in the tragic aftermath of this coup, the West has maintained the dominant narrative of ‘Russia in Crimea; whereas the true narrative is ‘USA in Ukraine,’ ” said Stone.

“The truth is not being aired in the West. It’s a surreal perversion of history that’s going on once again, as in Bush pre-Iraq ‘WMD’ campaign.”

“But I believe the truth will finally come out in the West, I hope, in time to stop further insanity.”

Vital truths usually are known when it’s too late to matter. Things ahead look grim. In Ukraine. Elsewhere abroad. In America. The heart of most world mischief.

Trends researcher Gerald Celente foresees manipulation of everything ahead, saying:

“It’s the grand manipulation of the markets and the news, and it just keeps spreading.”

“There is manipulation of the gold markets, and we know there is manipulation in the Forex market. We are not making this up.”

“We are talking about $5.3 trillion a day. The markets are rigged. We know that the LIBOR market is rigged. That’s the interest rate market.”

“This is not a conspiracy theory. Banks have been fined for ‘misdeeds.’ Misdeeds? They are rigging the show and no heads roll. The whole market, the news, the information is all one rigged game.”

“In our business, trend forecasting is based on the understanding that current events form future trends.”

“So, we take the information we have and analyze it and see how it will play out and what the implications will be.”

It’s becoming more and more difficult because we’re getting phony information continually. So, whether it has to do with geopolitics, economics or whatever it is, they are cooking the books and spinning lies.”

“So, it is harder and harder to see where some of these things are going…We don’t have capitalism any more.”

“The merger of state and corporate powers is called fascism, and when you are looking at the rigging of the game, it’s called bankism….”

“This thing should have collapsed a long time ago, but they keep making up new rules and a new game.”

“This is nothing more than a central bank confidence game, and you can tie it all back to bankism.”

It’s not “a big wide wonderful world (we) live in,” as an old song goes. It’s rigged by central banks, Wall Street ones and the US Treasury, explains Paul Craig Roberts and others.

At negative real interest rates, Washington charges purchasers for buying its bonds. Hyped recovery is fantasy.

Rigged economic and financial data conceal hard truths. Things can continue as long as Washington colludes with Wall Street to rig things their way.Find Your Job at

Ordinary people increasingly lose out. US-led Russia bashing risks erupting into open conflict.

Oil prices keep falling. Creating greater instability. On Monday, West Texas intermediate (WT) fell below $50 a barrel for the first time since 2009.

Brent dropped to $53 a barrel. Most analysts expect lower prices. How low remains to be seen.

Energy expert Arthur Berman believes explaining things is simple.

Demand is down because prices stayed high too long, he says.

Supply is up “because of US shale oil and the return of Libya’s production. Decreased demand and increased supply equals low price.”

Saudis care only about making money, he believes. So they keep producing heavily to make all they can.

Eventually US oil production will decrease, he said. Prices will recover when demand increases.

“We’ve read a lot of silly articles since oil prices started falling about how US shale plays can break-even at whatever the latest, lowest price of oil happens to be.”

“Doesn’t anyone realize that the investment banks that do the research behind these articles have a vested interest in making people believe that the companies they’ve put billions of dollars into won’t go broke because prices have fallen? This is total propaganda.”

Oil prices need to be around $90 to attract investment. “So are companies OK at current oil prices,” asked Berman? “Hell no,” he said.

They’re dying at current prices. “Crap” people read doesn’t explain.

Things won’t get better for some time, Berman believes. He said nothing about rigged markets. Who benefits. Who loses.

Why it matters. America’s responsibility for one major world crisis after another. While pretending the best of all possible worlds exists.

The worst of things for most people stays hidden. Looking ahead likely to get worse than ever.

Don’t expect the usual suspects to explain. Big Lies suppress hard truths.



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5 Responses to "US Coup in Ukraine: Oliver Stone’s Documentary"

  1. Connie  January 6, 2015 at 10:15 pm

    Agree. He’s a Hollywood gatekeeper.

  2. Snoop Dough  January 6, 2015 at 8:11 am

    Something about Mr. Sonnerfeld. Wonder if VT has anything on this story? If he was set up?Or if he is legit?Argentinean Supreme Court under the pressure of the US Justice Department agreed to extradite Kurt Sonnenfeld, a former Federal Emergency Management Agency official who revealed the US government’s connection with the 9/11 attacks. Sonnenfeld has been living in Buenos Aires for more than 10 years and according to the Denver district attorney he is charged with killing his wife back in 2002. The former agent, however, claims his wife killed herself and that prosecutors framed him for her death to prevent the truth about 9/11 from coming to light Sonnenfeld disclosed hours of classified footage and wrote a book entitled “The Persecuted” recalling the facts that eventually transformed him into one of the worst US enemies. According to him, the US government not only knew about the attacks on the World Trade Center, but also had a role. Human rights organizations blasted the Supreme Court decision.

    Although the Supreme Court ruled the extradition request of Kurt Sonnenfeld admissible, it is up to the Argentinean President to decide whether to carry on with the sentence or to grant him political asylum.

    Human rights organizations affirmed they are currently conducting last minute negotiations with the government to accept Sonnenfeld’s plea to stay in the country.

  3. Keyser Soze  January 6, 2015 at 3:51 am

    It,s all slowly coming to a head. Germany, Hungary, France, Czech,s amongst others are waking up and starting to buck the system. They realize in the long run they will lose out.
    It,s all touchy feely at the moment but politicians can,t keep their jobs if the people are not happy.
    It won,t come with a wimper it,ll come with a rush.
    It just needs someone with the guts to pull them on!
    Then it will snowball.

  4. ProtectUSA1st  January 6, 2015 at 12:27 am

     “Yesterday evening I was browsing the Internet and discovered a video showing the demonstration on Kiev’s Maidan on January 1.”
     The chilling slogans and a flagrant demonstration of nationalist symbols during the neo-Nazi march in Kiev reminded the Czech President Milos Zeman of Hitler’s Germany. He said something was “wrong” both with Ukraine & the EU WHICH DIDN’T CONDEMN IT.
     “GERMAN vice-chancellor warns West AGAINST toughening anti-Russian sanctions
    He said there are forces in EU & USA who “WOULD LIKE TO FLOOR THEIR SUPERPOWER RIVAL”
     FINNISH Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja, commented on a statement made by French President Hollande “European sanctions do not aim to harm Russia – Finnish Foreign Ministry.”
    “Lowered prices in the international energy markets have positive aspects for the Italian consumers, who pay less for the fuel, but the effect will be only short-term, he said”
     FRENCH PRESIDENT FRANCOISE HOLLANDE: “Economic Sanctions against Russia must be stopped. Economic crisis in Russia could not benefit the European Union & New Sanctions AGAINST MOSCOW SHOULD BE STOPPED”

  5. CHuck Feney  January 5, 2015 at 10:30 pm

    Oil prices are crashing, but so are Natural Gas and Propane…in the middle of a harsh winter, so this isn’t demand driven. It’s clearly futures derivative market whipsawing by the usual suspects.
    P.S. Russian gas prices are long contracted in advance and have little “market ” competition in Europe.
    The following U.S. citizens have assumed positions in the Ukraine’s coup government:
    Natalie Jaresko – Ukraine’s Finance Minister,
    Ihor Figlus – USAID-financed Western NIS Enterprise Fund (WNISEF),
    Ron Glensor,- adviser to the Ukrainian police.
    All, of course, in violation of the Logan Act.

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