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Chris Brown’s actions are inexcusable, but what he says about male violence is vital.

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Chris Brown’s new documentary is a reminder of how male violence can be taught and passed down.

Rachel Leah, Salon

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Stop%20the%20War%20on%20Women%20graphic_1.jpg10.20.2017 | Singer Chris Brown's documentary "Welcome to My Life," released via Netflix this month, is a retelling of his rise to fame and the controversy that mired it. It seems, even by its packaging, that it's a bid to complicate and add nuance to the unfavorable headlines and numerous courtroom dates that have defined Brown's career as much as his music has over the last eight years.

"I'm tired of giving people something to talk about," he says at the beginning of the film. "They should be talking about how I’m the baddest motherfucka onstage, instead of I'm the baddest motherfucka in the courtroom."

Rachel Leah is a culture writer for Salon, who also writes about race and criminal justice. She holds an MA in journalism and Africana studies from NYU.

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From the Archives | Let’s Stop Referring to Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault as ‘Women’s Issues’ , Linda A. Seabrook and Quentin Walcott, Huffington Post

• We all benefit when responsible men stand in their communities as shining examples of healthy and respectful masculinity.

• Related: “Dear Kim. Please stop using the term ’empowerment’ when you really mean ‘marketing’.” 

http://i.huffpost.com/gen/4267860/images/n-GROUP-OF-MEN-628x314.jpg04/28/2016 | From reproductive rights to paid family leave to sexual and domestic violence, our society neatly categorizes issues where women bear the brunt of the burden as “women’s issues,” turning them into problems for women and women’s rights advocates alone to solve. But this framing couldn’t be more wrong, and only serves to reinforce the practice of victim blaming that is so pervasive in our society.

As we close another Sexual Assault Awareness Month, we can’t help but wonder — where are the voices of the men? Yes, women are overwhelmingly victims of domestic violence, but men are overwhelmingly perpetrators. It comes down to male behavior and conditioning, so preventing and addressing violence requires men to be engaged in this issue, and take action as well. And breaking the cycle of violence starts with addressing how boys are conditioned to model “male” behavior and attitudes.

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What Harvey Weinstein tells us about the liberal world

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  • Harvey Weinstein seemed to fit right in. This is a form of liberalism that routinely blends self-righteousness with upper-class entitlement.
  • Related: Special Project | This Week in Patriarchy, Week Ending October 21, 2017

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What started out as an information service based on public support has now become a culture of free service. The process is absolutely being abused. A budget is required. Not a huge budget, but a “reasonable” one.

We’ll press the case until we get that.

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Thomas Frank, The Guardian

Saturday, 21 October 2017 | Let us now consider the peculiar politics of Harvey Weinstein, the disgraced movie producer. Today Weinstein is in the headlines for an astonishing array of alleged sexual harassment and assaults, but once upon a time he was renowned for something quite different: his generous patronage of liberal politicians and progressive causes.

This leading impresario of awful was an enthusiastic supporter of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. He was a strong critic of racism, sexism and censorship. He hosted sumptuous parties to raise money for the fight against Aids.

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Special Project | This Week in Patriarchy, Week Ending October 21, 2017, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Sex%20%26%20Relationships%20Banner_0.jpg

  • Story 1: There's no denying our country's sickness now.
  • Story 2: Harvey Weinstein And The End Of Open Secrets
  • Story 3: The Problem With Asking Women To Say ‘Me Too’
  • Story 4: Men and #metoo
  • Story 5: The ‘Casting Couch’ Euphemism Lets Us Pretend Hollywood’s All Right.
  • Story 6: In 1956, a Fan Magazine Published a Four-Part Casting Couch Exposé. It Didn’t Go Well.

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Special Report | Burns / Novick PBS Series 'The Vietnam War': The Critics Speak Out

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Everything wrong with the new ten-part PBS documentary on the Vietnam War is apparent in the first five minutes.

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6 New Items including:

6) America’s Amnesia
5) The Killing of History
4) Making history safe again: What Ken Burns gets wrong about Vietnam
3) Does Vietnam Even Matter Any More? Does Ken Burns?
2) There Is No Rehabilitating the Vietnam War
1) The Ken Burns Vietnam War Documentary Glosses Over Devastating Civilian Toll

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6) America’s Amnesia, Thomas A. Bass, Vietnam Full Disclosure 
Everything wrong with the new ten-part PBS documentary on the Vietnam War is apparent in the first five minutes. A voice from nowhere intones about a war “begun in good faith” that somehow ran off the rails and killed millions of people. We see a firefight and a dead soldier in a body bag being winched into a helicopter, as the rotor goes thump, thump, thump, like a scene from Apocalypse Now. Then we cut to a funeral on Main Street and a coffin covered in Stars and Stripes, which multiply, as the camera zooms out, into dozens and then hundreds of flags, waving like a hex against warmongers who might be inclined to think that this film is insufficiently patriotic.



5) The Killing of History, John Pilger, Consortium News
PBS’ “The Vietnam War” may show some of the conflict’s horrors but still soft-pedals the horrific war crimes that America inflicted on Vietnam, fitting with a corporate-dependent documentary project.




4) Making history safe again: What Ken Burns gets wrong about Vietnam, Patrick Lawrence, Salon <>
Historian Christian Appy: Vietnam was not a “tragic misunderstanding” but a campaign of “imperial aggression”



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3) Does Vietnam Even Matter Any More? Does Ken Burns? Robert Freeman, Common Dreams

"There's no scoping out," the author writes. "That is intentional."



https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_large/public/views-article/vietnam_legacy_0.jpg?itok=gp6WLP-V The Vietnam War, writes Freeman, "must be remembered and condemned for the debacle it actually was." (Image: vietnamfulldisclosure.org)

2) There Is No Rehabilitating the Vietnam War, Robert Freeman, Common Dreams
There is enormous pressure and a lot of money working to rehabilitate Vietnam, to put the guilt and the shame of it behind us. But it was precisely the guilt of the people, their shame at what was being done in their name, and their courage to denounce it that made it impossible for their government to carry out the savagery any longer.



https://cdn01.theintercept.com/wp-uploads/sites/1/2017/09/vietnam-war-ken-burns-nick-turse-lede-1506546389-article-header.jpg1) The Ken Burns Vietnam War Documentary Glosses Over Devastating Civilian Toll, Nick Turse, The Intercept

If you really want to get a sense of “what happened” in Vietnam, just imagine that you’re actually crouched in your basement, that your home above is ablaze, that lethal helicopters are hovering overhead, and that heavily-armed teenagers — foreigners who don’t speak your language — are out there in your yard, screaming commands you don’t understand, rolling grenades into your neighbor’s cellar, and if you run out through the flames, into the chaos, one of them might just shoot you.



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Special Report | Ken Burns / Lynn Novick PBS Documentary Series 'The Vietnam War' Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

The series will almost certainly avoid the fundamental moral issues that define the US as an historically imperial, dangerous, and deceitful political/economic nation state and culture.

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No Two Sides about It, Mike Pence. Confederate Statues Must Come Down, But Not For the Reason You Think.

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  • Part 1: No Two Sides about It, Confederate Statues Must Come Down.

  • The whitewashed compromise that brought the nation together after the Civil War was based on a deliberate forgetting of the truth

  • Part 2: Mike Pence’s defense of Confederate memorials is actually really scary.
  • Mike Pence says we shouldn't try to erase our history. He's right, but not for the reason that he thinks he is.

 

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Part 1: No Two Sides about It, Confederate Statues Must Come Down.

The whitewashed compromise that brought the nation together after the Civil War was based on a deliberate forgetting of the truth and the forging of an imagined narrative in which both sides took responsibility for fighting bravely and with honor to support their sides. This revision of history echoes in the President's ill-chosen words regarding the violence in Charlottesville.

Yohuru Williams, The Progressive

August 18, 2017 | One of the enduring images of the 2000s was that of American Marines purportedly helping a group of Iraqi civilians tumble the statue of Saddam Hussein at Firdos Square in Baghdad in April 2003. British journalist Robert Fisk famously described the scene as “the most staged photo opportunity since Iwo Jima.” Questions as to why the statue became a target for advancing military forces quickly surfaced. The answer was simple. The statue was a symbol of Hussein’s bloody regime. In advance of toppling the dictator himself, the statue was a stand-in for his ill-gotten power.

That moment has crossed my mind more than a few times since recent tragic events in Charlottesville, Virginia, when anti-racist counter-protester Heather Heyer was struck and killed by white supremacist James Alex Fields. Fields plowed his vehicle through a line of people protesting a demonstration of neo-Nazis, white supremacy, and white nationalist groups challenging the removal of a statue of Confederate War General Robert E. Lee.

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Part 2: Mike Pence’s defense of Confederate memorials is actually really scary.

http://static.gulfnews.com/polopoly_fs/1.2075419!/image/3735690108.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_460346/3735690108.jpgMike Pence says we shouldn't try to erase our history. He's right, but not for the reason that he thinks he is.

Matthew Rozsa, Salon 

Tuesday, Aug 22, 2017 | Vice President Mike Pence decided to ape the rhetoric of his commander-in-chief during a Tuesday interview with “Fox & Friends” host Ainsley Earhardt. In the process, he helped illustrate precisely how wrongheaded the Confederate monument defenses really are.

“I agree with the president that seeing people destroy public property in the name of any cause is just simply unacceptable,” Pence began. While he probably would have avoided trouble had he stopped his argument there, he moved on to claim that the Confederate memorials are important so “that we remember our past and build on the progress that we’ve made.”

Matthew Rozsa is a breaking news writer for Salon. He holds an MA in History from Rutgers University-Newark and his work has appeared in Mic, Quartz and MSNBC.

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