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12 Ways to Make Sense of the Complex Humanitarian Crisis Happening on the US-Mexico Border

  • Part 1: Tomgram: William deBuys, 12 Ways to Make Sense of the Border Mess
  • How to make a difficult situation awful.
  • Part 2: What's happening onU.S.-Mexico border is a complex humanitarian crisis
  • And, no, a 'big, beautiful wall' isn't going to solve the problem. 
  • Related: Special Report | US Immigration Policy: Cruel, Racist, In Decay

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Part 1: Tomgram: William deBuys, 12 Ways to Make Sense of the Border Mess

How to make a difficult situation awful.

William deBuys, TomDispatch

March 24, 2019 | Who now remembers the classic 1956 sci-fi movie Invasion of the Body Snatchers? In it, alien spores drop to earth in... yes, California (undoubtedly not too far from the Mexican border)... and develop into seed pods that can replicate and then take over any nearby sleeping human being. What a nightmarish film. It certainly scared the hell out of 12-year-old me! What a terrifying, fantastical vision of alien “invasion” and “invaders,” terms that are now as comfortable for President Trump and his base as they were for the murderous Brenton Tarrant in New Zealand recently. In fact, both men used similar terms on the same day. Tarrant posted a 74-page white-nationalist screed in which he swore that his killing spree was “to show the invaders that our lands will never be their lands.” The president, vetoing a Congressional attempt to block his national emergency to build his “great, great wall,” claimed that “people hate the word ‘invasion,’ but that’s what it is.”

William deBuys, TomDispatch regular, is the author of eight books. His latest, just published, is The Last Unicorn: A Search for One of Earth’s Rarest Creatures (Little, Brown and Company, 2015).

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Part 2: What's happening on U.S.-Mexico border is a complex humanitarian crisis

And, no, a 'big, beautiful wall' isn't going to solve the problem. 

Editorial, Los Angeles (CA) Times / Minneapolis (MN) Star Tribune

March 8, 2019 | The numbers are sobering. The federal government reported Tuesday that immigration agents apprehended 76,000 people — most of them families or unaccompanied minors — at the U.S.-Mexico border in February, twice the level of the previous year and the highest for February in 11 years. The increase continues a trend that began in the fall, and offers direct evidence that President Donald Trump’s strategy of maximum enforcement at the border is not reducing the flow of migrants.
And no, the answer is not “a big, beautiful wall.” Most of those apprehended weren’t trying to sneak past border agents; instead, they sought out agents once they reached the border and turned themselves in, hoping to receive asylum or other permission to stay.

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Special Report | US Immigration Policy: Cruel, Racist, In Decay, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • 1: A “Smart” Border Wall Is Just as Racist as a Physical Barrier
  • Democrats’ “smart wall” would draw upon the same tech tools that have been long criticized by civil rights activists.
  • Part 2: Incarcerated Immigrants Are Being Tortured
  • Hunger strikers in a Texas immigration jail are risking their lives to draw attention to the conditions.
  • Part 3: Trump’s Cruel Immigration Policy Is About Power, Not Solutions
  • Trump’s immigration policy affects far more people than the migrants at the center of the wall debate.
  • Related: Democrats Totally Cave on Border: Give Trump All He Wants, Get Nothing In Return.

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Don’t Just Condemn the New Zealand Attacks — Politicians and Pundits Must Stop Their Anti-Muslim Rhetoric

/ Police officers cordon off the area as they inspect the Al Noor Mosque after gunmen attacked two mosques and fired multiple times during Friday prayers in Christchurch, New Zealand on March 15, 2019. , Diederik van Heyningen/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

  • Are we willing and able to stand up to Islamophobia on days when there are not brutal terrorist attacks on Muslims in mosques? Or only when we see it quoted from the online manifesto of a deranged mass murderer?
  • Related: Bonfires of Bigotry: The Sources of Our Present Anger

Mehdi Hasan, the Intercept <> / Portside <> If you like reading this article, consider contributing a cafe latte to all reader-supported Evergreene Digest--using the donation button on the right—so we can bring you more just like it.

March 15, 2019 | “It’s the Birthrates.”

So begins the online manifesto of the man accused of shooting and killing at least 49 Muslims in a terror attack targeted at two mosques in New Zealand.

“Even if we were to deport all Non-Europeans from our lands tomorrow, the European people would still be spiraling into decay and eventual death,” it continues. “In the end we must return to replacement fertility levels, or it will kill us.”

Mehdi Hasan is a columnist and senior contributor at the Intercept. He is the host of the Intercept podcast “Deconstructed.” Hasan is also the host of Al Jazeera English’s “UpFront.”

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Bonfires of Bigotry: The Sources of Our Present Anger, Jeff Minick, Intellectual Takeout

  • journalists and commentators, anxious to prove American bigotry and blind to their own, throw gasoline onto the pyres of hatred.
  • Related: The Real Roots of American Rage

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America’s Russia Hysteria Is What Happens When A Collapsing Empire Descends Into Paranoia*U2JaoyPZGkXddFupIVufkg@2x.jpeg

  • This is what makes America so dangerous in its current state of imperial collapse. As American global influence rapidly shrinks amid an increasingly multipolar world, America is following the historical pattern where declining empires lash out to try to regain their lost influence. And when the U.S. empire’s leaders live in such a false reality, they make increasingly irrational and dangerous decisions.
  • Related: The Russia Interference Narrative is McCarthyism Reborn in the 21st Century.

Rainer Shea‬, Medium

Mar 2, 2019 | In 2017, as revealed by the New York Times, FBI lawyer Lisa Page privately said to investigators in the “Russiagate” scandal:

In the Russian Federation and in President Putin himself, you have an individual whose aim is to disrupt the Western alliance and whose aim is to make Western democracy more fractious in order to weaken our ability, America’s ability and the West’s ability to spread our democratic ideals. That’s the goal, to make us less of a moral authority to spread democratic values.

‪‬*k0DjxrqrhEx2o6r7Pg9EeQ@2x.jpeg / ‪Rainer Shea‬: I’m using this platform to deconstruct establishment propaganda and to promote meaningful action.

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Related: Russia Interference Narrative is McCarthyism Reborn in the 21st Century. Rainer Shea, Ghion Journal

  • At least within the limits of its influence over public opinion, Russiagate has been very effective at propagating militaristic and authoritarian views.
  • Related: Special Project | Russiagate: The American Boogeyman you find truth in these messages, please forward this email to everyone else you know.

From the Archives | It was the Democrats' embrace of neoliberalism that won it for Trump.


‘Elite neoliberalism unleashed the Davos class. People such as Hillary and Bill Clinton are the toast of the Davos party. In truth, they threw the party.’ Photograph: Ruben Sprich/Reuters

People have lost their sense of security, status and even identity. This result is the scream of an America desperate for radical change.
Related: Neoliberalism: Free Market Fundamentalism or Corporate Power?

Naomi Klein <>, the Guardian <> /

Wed 9 Nov 2016 | They will blame James Comey and the FBI. They will blame voter suppression and racism. They will blame Bernie or bust and misogyny. They will blame third parties and independent candidates. They will blame the corporate media for giving him the platform, social media for being a bullhorn, and WikiLeaks for airing the laundry.
Here is what we need to understand: a hell of a lot of people are in pain.
But this leaves out the force most responsible for creating the nightmare in which we now find ourselves wide awake: neoliberalism. That worldview – fully embodied by Hillary Clinton and her machine – is no match for Trump-style extremism. The decision to run one against the other is what sealed our fate. If we learn nothing else, can we please learn from that mistake? Naomi Klein <> is an award-winning journalist, syndicated columnist and author of the New York Times and international bestsellers, No is Not Enough: Resisting Trump’s Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need (2017), This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs The Climate (2014), The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism (2007) and No Logo (2000).

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Neoliberalism: Free Market Fundamentalism or Corporate Power?, Richard Moser, Counterpunch <> / Drawing by Nathaniel St. Clair
The lack of historical consciousness lies at the heart of American exceptionalism. It hobbles our capacity to think and act. This denial of history is the masters’ mythology, not ours. Corporate power is not eternal but historical. It too shall pass — but only if we make it so.