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The CIA Takeover of America in the 1960s is the Story of Our Times ~ Edward Curtin

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  • None of the big assassination stories of the 1960s—JFK, RFK, Martin Luther King, Malcolm X—really add up.
  • A Quasi-Review of A Lie Too Big To Fail: The Real History of the Assassination of Robert F. Kennedy by Lisa Pease
  • The killing of the Kennedys and today’s new Cold War and war against terror are two ends of a linked intelligence operation.
  • From Edward Curtin <https://www.opednews.com/author/author94064.html>at lewrockwell.com <https://www.lewrockwell.com/>:

Robert Gore, Straight Line Logic

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April 3, 2019 | When Senator Robert Kennedy was assassinated on June 5,1968, the American public fell into an hypnotic trance in which they have remained ever since. The overwhelming majority accepted what was presented by government authorities as an open and shut case that a young Palestinian American, Sirhan Sirhan, had murdered RFK because of his support for Israel, a false accusation whose ramifications echo down the years. That this was patently untrue and was contradicted by overwhelming evidence made no difference.

Sirhan did not kill Robert Kennedy, yet he remains in jail to this very day. 
 



http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Open%20Quotes.jpgThe assassination of the top four leaders of the political left in the five year period – President John Kennedy in 1963, Malcolm X in 1965, and Martin Luther King, Jr. and Senator Robert Kennedy in 1968 – represented nothing less than a slow-motion coup on the political scene.



Robert Kennedy, Jr., who was 14 years old at the time of his father’s death, has visited Sirhan in prison, claims he is innocent, and believes there was another gunman.  Paul Schrade, an aide to the senator and the first person shot that night, also says Sirhan didn’t do it. Both have plenty of evidence.  And they are not alone.

Edward Curtin is a writer whose work has appeared widely. He teaches sociology at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.

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Series, Universal Empire | Part 3: How the CIA Created a Fake Western Reality for 'Unconventional Warfare', Paul Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Gould, Truthdig

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  • Some suggest it will take a war to create an antiwar movement that demands change. But the wars are already ongoing. Our attempt to police the world has already proved too costly. Where is the Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren of foreign policy? Many Democrats are positioning themselves to take on Trump four years from now. They’d be wise to seek leadership by demonstrating it.
  • Series, Universal Empire | Part 2: How Neocons Push for War by Cooking the Books
  • Related: Series, Universal Empire | Part 1: American Imperialism Leads the World Into Dante's Vision of Hell
  • Related: The Price of Empire ~ umber haque
     

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Chris Hedges: America, the Land of the Desperate and Doomed, interviewed by Greg Palast

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Neither political party, now captured by corporate power, addresses the systemic problem.

Greg Palast, Dandelion Salad

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https://d28hgpri8am2if.cloudfront.net/book_images/onix/cvr9781501152672/america-the-farewell-tour-9781501152672_lg.jpg / 05 Jan 2019 | KPFK Speaker Series featured one of the most sought-after speakers of our time! Chris Hedges who spoke about his new book, America: The Farewell Tour, where he argues that neither political party, now captured by corporate power, addresses the systemic problem. A bitter cry reported from communities across the country, America: The Farewell Tour seeks to jolt us out of our complacency while there is still time.

Greg Palast, Writer, Dandelion Salad, turned his skills to journalism after two decades as a top investigator of corporate fraud and racketeering.

Chris Hedges, a weekly columnist for Truthdig, is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who has reported from more than 50 countries, specializing in American politics and society.

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The Age of the Imbecile


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The World is Turning Catastrophically Stupid. Here’s How Not to Join It.

umair haqueEudaimonia and Co / Medium
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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Paul%20Combs%20%7C%20Americans-%20Serious%20Thinkers%3F.jpg / Mar13,2018 | I’d bet, these days, shortly after reading the headlines, you’ve thought, shaking your head and muttering, something like: “Jesus. We live in an age of impossibly catastrophic stupid.”

You’re not wrong. About a decade or so ago, hot on the heels of the financial crisis, something happened — an old story began to be rewritten, as the world found itself poorer once again. There was an explosion, somewhere deep in the human heart, and a tsunami rippled across the globe — one boiling and bubbling with every imaginable variety of stupid: human folly, gleeful ignorance, self-destructive greed, reckless spite, dim-witted cruelty parading itself as enlightenment.

 

umair haque‬, vampire

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Was Ending the Draft a Grave Mistake?


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Switching from all-volunteer to mandatory military service could force Americans to reconsider their ever-expanding empire.

Danny Sjursen, Truthdig

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Apr 03, 2019 | I spent last week at Angelo State University in remote central Texas as a panelist for the annual All-Volunteer Force (AVF) Forum. It was a strange forum in many ways, but nonetheless instructive. I was the youngest (and most progressive) member, as well as the lowest-ranking veteran among a group of leaders and speakers that included two retired generals, the chief of staff to former Secretary of State Colin Powell, a few former colonels and several academics.



The AVF is ultimately an unfair, ineffective and unsustainable organization charged with impossible, ill-advised missions by policymakers and a populace that actually care rather little for the nation’s soldiers. As the AVF nears its 50th anniversary, there’s no better time than now to assess the model’s flaws and its effect on American democracy.



Despite having remarkably diverse life experiences and political opinions, all concluded that America’s all-volunteer military is not equitable, efficient or sustainable. The inconvenient truth each of the panel participants had the courage to identify is that the end of the draft in the U.S. had many unintended—and ultimately tragic—consequences for the republic.

Danny Sjursen is a U.S. Army officer and former history instructor at West Point. He served tours with reconnaissance units in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Ilhan Omar: We must apply our universal values to all nations. Only then will we achieve peace.

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Let us apply these universal values to all nations. Only then will our world achieve peace.

Ilhan Omar, Washington (DC) Post

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https://c3.staticflickr.com/1/18/23816010_d1c7a8b608_z.jpg / March 17, 2019 | Since I began my first term in Congress, I have sought to speak openly and honestly about the scale of the issues our country faces — whether it is ending the crippling burden of student debt, tackling the existential threat of climate change or making sure no one in one of the richest countries in the world dies from lack of health care. As a survivor of war and a refugee, I have also sought to have an honest conversation about U.S. foreign policy, militarism and our role in the world.

This question of how the United States engages in conflict abroad is deeply personal to me. I fled my home country of Somalia when I was 8 years old from a conflict that the United States later engaged in. I spent the next four years in a refugee camp in Kenya, where I experienced and witnessed unspeakable suffering from those who, like me, had lost everything because of war.

Ilhan Omar, a Democrat, represents Minnesota in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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

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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.
  • 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

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest


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

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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

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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

  • http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/INS%20Visa%20Approval%20Stamp_0.jpgPart 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

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  • 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

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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

  • https://www.intellectualtakeout.org/sites/ito/files/field/image/fire-2593636_1920.jpgSome 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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