Articles by William Boardman

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Fukushima’s Three Nuclear Meltdowns Are “Under Control” – That’s a Lie
William Boardman - Reader Supported News, 24 Jun 2019

22 Jun 2019 – The bland language of the official IAEA report is itself a form of lying, offering the false appearance of reassurance that a catastrophic event will be safely managed “for several decades.” There is no way to know that: it is a hope, a prayer, a form of denial. The IAEA, as is its job in a sense, offers this optimism that is unsupported by the realities at Fukushima.

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US Makes Stuff Up to Grease the Skids for War on Iran
William Boardman - Reader Supported News, 22 Apr 2019

19 Apr 2019 – With absolutely zero good reasons for waging war on Iran, the Trump administration goes on making stuff up to lie the country into yet another war. The template looks like the Bush administration’s successful effort to lie the US into the Iraq War, the catastrophic effects of which keep unfolding.

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Career War Criminal Elliott Abrams to Lead US on Venezuela
William Boardman - Reader Supported News, 11 Feb 2019

4 Feb 2019 – Some say history repeats itself. Mark Twain said history doesn’t repeat, but it rhymes. The January 25 appointment of convicted perjurer Elliott Abrams as the new US Special Envoy on Venezuela is evidence that history just goes on and on and on with ironic cruelty and relentless injustice. That would be especially true if you happen to have the world’s largest proven oil reserve, as Venezuela does.

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Afghanistan in 2019: Fewer US Troops, More CIA Torture and Killings
William Boardman - Reader Supported News, 7 Jan 2019

3 Jan 2019 – Perhaps it’s just another sign of American psychic numbing, but the Times story seems to have provoked little response from other media, from politicians of any stripe, or from the public. More American war crimes in some Muslim country? Well, Happy New Year!

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Yemen Is Not a Wedge Issue, It’s an Ongoing Nexus of War Crimes
William Boardman - Reader Supported News, 22 Oct 2018

20 Oct 2018 – Political assassination is a common and useful tool for tyrants. The US assassinates people all the time, most ruthlessly by remote drone killings with little care for collateral damage. That’s one reason the US has special forces deployed in more than a hundred countries. This was most recently illustrated by the BuzzFeed News report of American mercenaries assassinating “undesirables” in southern Yemen, the part of Yemen the Saudis are not bombing.

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North Korea and South Korea Are Threatening to Seek Peace
William Boardman - Reader Supported News, 8 Jan 2018

6 Jan 2018 – Korean Détente Puts Decades of Failed, Corrupt US Policy at Risk – A few gestures of mutual respect between North Korea and South Korea during the first week of January are the best signs of sanity there in decades.

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Biological Warfare: US & Saudis Use Cholera to Kill Yemenis
William Boardman - Reader Supported News, 31 Jul 2017

29 Jul 2017 – Since March 2015, the US has supported Saudi Arabia and its allies in their criminal war of aggression against Yemen, committing daily war crimes, especially against civilians, who are now suffering a cholera epidemic with more than 400,000 victims. Cholera is caused by the bacteria Vibrio cholera and has been weaponized by the US, Japan (in World War II), South Africa (under apartheid), Iraq (under Saddam), and other states.

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Fukushima: Still Getting Worse After Six Years of Meltdowns
William Boardman - Reader Supported News, 20 Feb 2017

After a week of limited coverage of “unimaginable levels” of radiation inside the remains of collapsed Unit 2 at Fukushima, Nuclear-News.net reported Feb 11, 2017 that radiation levels are actually significantly higher than “unimaginable.”

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US Criminal Hypocrisy at Work in Syria and Yemen
William Boardman - Reader Supported News, 26 Dec 2016

On December 13, US Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power offered up yet another stark exercise in imperial deceit, shedding crocodile tears for those suffering in the besieged Syrian city of Aleppo, while continuing her strategically amoral silence about much greater suffering in the country of Yemen. The basis for this unconscionable choice is simple. Russia, Syria, and Iran are attacking Aleppo.

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Obama Is Pathetic on Human Rights in North Dakota
William Boardman - Reader Supported News, 7 Nov 2016

For someone supposedly monitoring this closely, the President might be expected to know that people have already been hurt and most if not all of those hurt were nonviolent, peaceful protestors set upon by dogs and assaulted by rubber bullets, sound cannons, and chemical weapons. What fundamental, callous irrationality prompts this president to bring in Black Lives Matter? That is strange beyond comprehension.

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Law Is to Justice as Treaties Are to Native Americans
William Boardman - Reader Supported News, 19 Sep 2016

Once again, it’s the American empire versus interfering outsiders. As a Yale senior joining Skull and Bones, Jeb Boasberg kissed Geronimo’s skull. That act of atavistic triumphalism shines through in his legal decision against the Standing Rock Sioux. Kissing the skull of an enemy is just another way of showing who’s in control here, whose burial is sacred, and whose is not.

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US Cluster Bombs Kill Children for Decades in Laos, and Now Yemen
William Boardman - Reader Supported News, 12 Sep 2016

Does anyone think America is accountable for its own actions? The preposterous ironies of President Obama’s unapologetic visit to Laos on September 6 have not yet generated the attention they deserve, but they provide an excellent measure of the self-righteousness of the monstrous continuity of American violence inflicted on the world from Viet Nam in the 1950s to Yemen more than sixty years later.

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New US Policy: Kill the Kurds
William Boardman - Reader Supported News, 5 Sep 2016

The incoherence, insanity, and ultimate inanity of US policy in and around Syria was highlighted by Vice President Joe Biden on a state visit to Turkey August 24, when he threatened the most effective fighting force against the Islamic State – the Kurdish militias – with American punishment if they didn’t play nice with the Turks, who have spent years supporting the Islamic State (aka ISIS or ISIL), attacking “bad” Kurds in Turkey and Iraq, and who are now attacking “good” Kurds in Syria.

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US Okay With Surgical Strikes on Yemen Hospitals
William Boardman - Reader Supported News, 29 Aug 2016

This war is a war of aggression [on Yemen], started by Saudi Arabia in March 2015, with crucial US blessing, participation, personnel, and ordnance. The US has been a willing, guilty partner and enabler in 18 months of military atrocities in a one-sided war that everyone involved knew – or should have known – was a pure war crime.

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Ukraine, Instability, and the US Election – No Way Out?
William Boardman - Reader Supported News, 15 Aug 2016

Headline: Ukraine claims Russian invasion possible ‘at any minute’ – The headline shown above is from the Irish Times, over a story quoting unnamed sources in the Kiev government, who in turn quote unnamed sources in Crimea. Nothing in the story, taken as a whole, supports the fearmongering headline. Even Kiev acknowledges that Russian troop movements are exercises, of unstated scale at an unstated distance from the border.

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US-Saudi Terror in Yemen Dwarfs ISIS Attacks in Europe
William Boardman - Reader Supported News, 28 Mar 2016

25 Mar 2016 – Why are two of the richest countries in the World, the United States and Saudi Arabia, engaged in unrelenting, aggressive war against one of the poorest countries in the world, Yemen?

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Wall Street Worldview: Why Are People Upset?
William Boardman - Reader Supported News, 8 Feb 2016

Multi-billionaire Stephen A. Schwarzman says he’s puzzled by the discontent felt by other Americans these days. He is a bland-looking, somewhat paunchy, not unattractive, balding man of benign demeanor. He’s worth $12 billion, give or take a few hundred million, and a poster boy for Wall Street success and self-esteem and cluelessness.

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Saudi Arabia a Force for Stability? Dream On!
William Boardman - Reader Supported News, 11 Jan 2016

The Saudi mass beheadings on January 2 proved nothing new to a world that well knows Saudi Arabia is still a tribal police state with a moral code of medieval barbarity. Saudi Arabia is a Sunni-Muslim country that executes people for witchcraft, adultery, apostasy, and homosexuality (among other things).

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Endless War Crimes in Yemen Slowed by Ceasefire
William Boardman - Reader Supported News, 21 Dec 2015

Saudi Arabia’s Yemen Has a Fascist Whiff of Franco’s Spain Circa 1936 – The first lie about Yemen’s dirty war in the world of official journalism is that the fighting there has been a “nine-month conflict” and that “the conflict started in March,” as the New York Times put it on December 17. This is simply not true in any meaningful sense.

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Obama, like Bush, Just Makes It All Worse
William Boardman - Reader Supported News, 14 Dec 2015

Fear, doubt, uncertainty, confusion, and secrecy all conspire to defeat confidence, calm, proportionality, and reason. Leadership and populace alike embrace a zeitgeist of agitation and over-simplification, lashing out in one-dimensional military responses to misperceived threats that are not even fundamentally military. Anti-terrorism, as practiced by the US, is an oxymoron.

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Escalation Is Escalation Is Escalation: Lesson of Viet-Nam War
William Boardman - Reader Supported News, 23 Nov 2015

Too much truth has not been the traditional path to the White House. But too little truth, as we have seen too often, makes the achievement bitter and pointless. The problem is to put peace on the table in a way that is hard to oppose without seeming to be a monster. And there is an easy approach.

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U.S. & Saudi Arabia War Crimes Keep Killing Yemenis
William Boardman - Reader Supported News, 31 Aug 2015

30 Aug 2015 – Is There Anyone Who Believes That Yemeni Lives Matter? Saudi Arabia’s aggression against Yemen, the poorest country in the region, has been catastrophic for Yemen, which is all-but-defenseless. Backed by eight other Arab dictatorships and the US, they have committed uncounted war crimes and crimes against humanity.

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US Torturers Lose Psychologists’ Corrupt Cooperation
William Boardman - Reader Supported News, 17 Aug 2015

American Psychological Association Acts to Heal Itself – American psychologists have voted overwhelmingly against helping their government torture people. In an even more radical step, the psychologists voted to obey international law, even in instances where US law tolerates war crimes or crimes against humanity.

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Yemeni Genocide Proceeds Apace, Enjoying World’s Silence
William Boardman - Reader Supported News, 13 Jul 2015

If any of the umpteen candidates for president of the United States has said anything humane, useful, or even dimly relevant about Yemen, it is hard to find (and I have found nothing). And nowhere have I found any call to establish the appropriate International War Crimes Tribunal to judge the illegality of the multiple, heinous predations of the United States, Saudi Arabia, and their sundry allies, all members in good standing of the world peacekeeping authority.

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No Progress on Nuclear Weapons Control – As Planned
William Boardman - Reader Supported News, 8 Jun 2015

US Leadership Vetoes Steps toward Nuclear Weapons-Free World

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Architects of Atrocity Remain at Large, and Unrepentant
William Boardman - Reader Supported News, 22 Dec 2014

We know who the torturer-in-chief was, and we know his vice-torturer has said George Bush was as fully informed as he, Dick Cheney, was. Along with everything else we know about these men who still defend their criminality, why isn’t that enough for probable cause and a criminal indictment? There’s much more to be said about this defining moment in our history.

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The U.S. Without a War Is like an Apple Pie without Apples
William Boardman – Reader Supported News, 20 Oct 2014

A Nobel Peace Prize recipient is among the loudest voices for war nowadays. Better, this Nobel Peace prize recipient has unchecked power to wage war and uses it willfully in a variety of nations. Perhaps best, this prize-winning peace president has set out to a plan to make a desert and call it peace, for which a grateful power structure might well give him yet another prize.

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Police Go Nuts over Mumia Abu-Jamal’s Remote Speech in Vermont
William Boardman - Reader Supported News, 13 Oct 2014

When Goddard announced that students had chosen Mumia to be the commencement speaker at their graduation, Philadelphia police, politicians, media, and Fox News went crazy with angry rhetoric aimed at curbing free speech.

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Fukushima Crisis Continues, Was Worse Than First Reported
William Boardman - Reader Supported News, 8 Sep 2014

Nobody in the world knows how to dispose of radioactive waste safely and permanently. That’s a given. So Tokyo announced on August 29 [2014] that the Fukushima waste would be stored for 30 years in Fukushima prefect, in an “interim facility.” In Japanese, “Fukushima” means “Island of Good Fortune.”

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Sole US Nuclear Weapons Waste Storage Site Still Closed and Hot
William Boardman - Reader Supported News, 28 Apr 2014

Nobody’s ever tried to fix an underground radiation accident before. More than two months after plutonium and americium leaked from the supposedly leak-proof underground nuclear weapons waste storage facility in New Mexico, the U.S. Department of Energy still does not know what caused the leak almost half a mile underground.

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Answer Offered By Seymour Hersh Gets Little Public Attention
William Boardman ¬– Reader Supported News, 21 Apr 2014

Benghazi Mystery Explained!?! – Report from London links CIA Covert Op with Turkey, Syria

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Japan’s Response to Fukushima Should Worry Us All
William Boardman - Reader Supported News, 13 Jan 2014

Japan has created a funhouse of distorting mirrors from which emerging information about the ongoing disaster cannot be considered credible without reliable, independent verification.

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Fukushima, a Global Conspiracy of Denial
William Boardman - Reader Supported News, 6 Jan 2014

Does anyone in authority anywhere tell the truth about Fukushima? If there is any government or non-government authority in the world that is addressing the disaster at Fukushima openly, directly, honestly, and effectively, it’s not apparent to the outside observer what entity that might be.

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Syrian Nun Seen as Threat to War Resistance
William Boardman - Reader Supported News, 25 Nov 2013

Mother Agnes Mariam of the Cross is a Carmelite nun and mother superior of the Monastery of James the Mutilated in Qara, Syria, which has a community of three monks and twelve nuns. Born in Lebanon in a refugee camp 61 years ago, she is Palestinian on her father’s side and has worked in Syria for about 20 years. She is the spokesperson for the Catholic Information Center in Beirut, where the Musalaha Initiative also has its office.

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US Is a State Sponsor of Terrorism
William Boardman - Reader Supported News, 11 Nov 2013

Drone attacks are raw terror tactics that terrorize civilian populations.

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US vs. Lavabit
William Boardman - Reader Supported News, 21 Oct 2013

Now we have a police state apparatus of almost unimagined dimension, most of which is kept secret and remains unknown, despite the efforts of a few reporters and whistleblowers who tell the truth at their personal peril.

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Fukushima Autumn
William Boardman - Reader Supported News, 7 Oct 2013

Dishonesty of the Abe sort has characterized the nuclear industry (weapons and power) since its earliest days when its spokespersons were telling us radiation was more or less good for us.

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Hugo Boss Gave the Nazis Style
William Boardman - Reader Supported News, 23 Sep 2013

Russell Brand: “Also glad to grace the stage where [London mayor] Boris Johnson has just made light of the use of chemical weapons in Syria – meaning that GQ can now stand for Genocide Quips. If any of you know a little bit about history and fashion, you know that Hugo Boss made the uniforms for the Nazis – now the Nazis did have flaws, but they did look f-ing fantastic, let’s face it – while they were killing people on the basis of their religion and sexuality. “

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Fukushima Continues
William Boardman - Reader Supported News, 15 Jul 2013

The first thing to know about the danger from the radioactive mass remaining in the three reactors that melted down at Fukushima is that nobody knows how much radioactive material there is, nobody knows how much uranium and plutonium it contains, and nobody knows how to make it safe – so no one knows how great the continuing danger is.

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The Militant American Empire
William Boardman - Reader Supported News, 27 May 2013

The Militant American Empire Doesn’t Need Any More AUMF [authorization to use military force] – The United States has been in a permanent state of war ever since [September 2001]. And on May 16, 2013, the Obama administration’s Pentagon officials testified to the Senate Armed Services Committee that they expected this permanent state of war to last another 10 to 20 years.

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Paranoia Sells
William Boardman - Reader Supported News, 8 Apr 2013

North Korean “Threats” to World Peace Can Sell Military Hardware – Which is the more paranoid statement?
1. AMERICAN MEDIA: “North Korea is threatening to attack us with nuclear weapons.”
or:
2. NORTH KOREAN MEDIA: “The United States is threatening to attack us with nuclear weapons.”

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Why Is Guantanamo Still Open?
William Boardman - Reader Supported News, 28 Jan 2013

Official US policy pretty much still supports everything that was done and continues to be done at Guantanamo.

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