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From the Archives | The US Carried Out 674 Military Operations in Africa Last Year. Did You Hear About Any of Them?

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  • For years, the US military has publicly insisted that its efforts in Africa are negligible, intentionally leaving the American people, not to mention most Africans, in the dark about the true size, scale, and scope of its operations there.
  • Is that why they call it an American “battlefield” behind closed doors?
  • Related: Special Project | US Wars and Covert Actions Around the World: Week Ending  April 25, 2015

Nick Turse, the Nation

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April 14, 2015 | For three days, wearing a kaleidoscope of camouflage patterns, they huddled together on a military base in Florida. They came from US Special Operations Command (SOCOM) and US Army Special Operations Command, from France and Norway, from Denmark, Germany, and Canada: 13 nations in all. They came to plan a years-long “Special Operations-centric” military campaign supported by conventional forces, a multinational undertaking that—if carried out—might cost hundreds of millions, maybe billions, of dollars and who knows how many lives.

Ask the men involved and they’ll talk about being mindful of “sensitivities” and “cultural differences,” about the importance of “collaboration and coordination,” about the value of a variety of viewpoints, about “perspectives” and “partnerships.” Nonetheless, behind closed doors and unbeknownst to most of the people in their own countries, let alone the countries fixed in their sights, a coterie of Western special ops planners were sketching out a possible multinational military future for a troubled region of Africa.

Nick Turse is the managing editor of TomDispatch.com and a fellow at The Nation Institute. A 2014 Izzy Award winner, he has reported from the Middle East, Southeast Asia and Africa, and his pieces have appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Nation and regularly at TomDispatch. Turse's New York Times bestseller Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam received a 2014 American Book Award.

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Special Project | US Wars and Covert Actions Around the World: Week Ending  April 25, 2015, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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  • For decades beginning during the Cold War, US policy in the Islamic world has been aimed at suppressing secular reformist and leftist movements. Beginning with the CIA-engineered coup against a secular democratic reform government in Iran in 1953 (it was about oil), Washington has propped up dictators, coaching these regimes in the black arts of torture and mayhem against secular liberals and the left.
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Series | The Occupation of the American Mind - RAI with Pink Floyd's Roger Waters, Part 3 of 3

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  • On Reality Asserts Itself with Paul Jay, legendary musician Roger Waters and producer Sut Jhally say Rachel Maddow and most liberal media express one-sided support for Israel, while Bernie Sanders has staked out a more balanced position.
  • Related: Series | The Occupation of the American Mind: Israeli PR Campaign to Influence U.S. Public Opinion, Part 1 of 3
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May 24, 2016 | JAY: Welcome back to Reality Asserts Itself on The Real News Network. I'm Paul Jay, in Baltimore. We're continuing our discussion with Roger Waters and Sut Jhally. We're talking about the new film "The Occupation of the American Mind: Israel's Public Relations War in the United States." And you're really going to...I'm not going to introduce the guys again, because you really should go back and watch this from the beginning, cause I think it's a fascinating interview.

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We're going to start off showing a clip. The importance of the next clip that we're going to show you is that even some of the most liberal, major media commentators [inaud.] buy in to the same narrative. Israel's the victim. And [they] seem very reluctant. And some of these people should know better, or really do know better and don't want to say so, including Rachel Maddow. 

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  • Related: From the Archives | Five Israeli Talking Points on Gaza-Debunked

 

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Series | The Occupation of the American Mind: Israeli PR Campaign to Influence U.S. Public Opinion, Part 2 of 3

 

  • On Reality Asserts Itself with Paul Jay, legendary musician Roger Waters and Sut Jhally discuss how after its invasion of Lebanon in 1982, Israel intensified its propaganda machine in the U.S. - one that continues to shape American political thought.
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Series | The Occupation of the American Mind: Israeli PR Campaign to Influence U.S. Public Opinion, Part 2 of 3

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  • On Reality Asserts Itself with Paul Jay, legendary musician Roger Waters and Sut Jhally discuss how after its invasion of Lebanon in 1982, Israel intensified its propaganda machine in the U.S. - one that continues to shape American political thought.
  • Related: Series | The Occupation of the American Mind: Israeli PR Campaign to Influence U.S. Public Opinion, Part 1 of 3

Paul Jay, The Real News Network

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May 22, 2016 | Jay: Welcome back to Reality Asserts Itself on The Real News Network. I'm Paul Jay, continuing our discussion with Sut Jhally and Roger Waters about the new film "The Occupation of the American Mind: Israel's Public Relations War in the United States."

 

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As I mentioned in the first section <http://evergreenedigest.org/content/series-occupation-american-mind-isra..., Sut Jhally is the executive producer of this film, and has produced many such documentaries. And Roger Waters is the co-founder or founder of Pink Floyd, and one of their lead vocalists, and principle songwriters, and has become a real activist advocating for Palestinian human rights.

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'Stop US Aggression': Venezuela and the World Reacts to 'Imperialist' Trump’s Military Threat Against Venezuela.

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  • Part 1: 'Stop US Aggression': Venezuela Responds to 'Imperialist' Trump
    • U.S. President Donald Trump claims he is exploring "a possible military option" against Venezuela.
  • Part 2: The World Reacts to Trump’s Military Threat Against Venezuela
    • Politicians, social movements and governments have been issuing their responses.
  • Related: Nygaard Notes | Venezuala

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Part 1: 'Stop US Aggression': Venezuela Responds to 'Imperialist' Trump

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U.S. President Donald Trump claims he is exploring "a possible military option" against Venezuela.

Earl Bousquet, teleSUR

12 August 2017 | Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza has issued a statement on behalf of the nation in response to U.S. President Donald Trump's recent threat, vowing to defend the South American country's sovereignty at all costs against foreign hegemony.

The newly-appointed minister also called on the international community to help defend Venezuela's right to self-determination.
 
Earl Bousquet is a contributor to china.org.cn, Editor-at-Large of "The Diplomatic Courier," and author of an online regional newspaper column titled, "Chronicles of a Chronic Caribbean Chronicler."

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Part 2: The World Reacts to Trump’s Military Threat Against Venezuela

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Politicians, social movements and governments have been issuing their responses.

teleSUR 

12 August 2017 | In the 24 hours since U.S. President Donald Trump said Washington is exploring “many options regarding Venezuela, including a possible military option if necessary”, the global community has continued to condemn his comments.

In a teleSUR exclusive, the U.S. intellectual Noam Chomsky said the remarks were "shocking and dangerous."

teleSUR is a Latin American multimedia platform oriented to lead and promote the unification of the peoples of the South, a geopolitical concept that promotes the struggle of peoples for peace, self-determination, respect for Human Rights and Social Justice.

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  • The reality of Venezuela complex, and if some of the complexity of the issues and struggles of a nation undergoing rapid social change had made it into the corporate media in this country, then there would be no need to spend so much energy giving the "other side" of the story, as I do here. But that's not how the corporate media works, so an issue like this is necessary.
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Series | The Occupation of the American Mind: Israeli PR Campaign to Influence U.S. Public Opinion, Part 1 of 3

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Paul Jay, The Real News Network

May 20, 2016 | JAY: Welcome to The Real News Network, and welcome to Reality Asserts Itself. I'm Paul Jay in Baltimore.

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Of all the official narrative that tries to explain the world in the interests those who control U.S. foreign policy, perhaps nothing is as powerful as the influence of how the media covers Israel/Palestine, a country which is cleared by the united nations and independent journalists and commissions that have investigated the situation. Israel clearly has an illegal occupation of Palestinian lands. It has committed war crimes in its attacks on Gaza and other places. Yet, the prevailing public opinion and certainly the prevailing media and political opinion is Israel’s the victim in all of this.

There's a new film that tries to explain why Americans think this way. The film is called "The Occupation of the American Mind: Israel’s Public Relations War in the United States."

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From the Archives | Five Israeli Talking Points on Gaza-Debunked, Noura Erakat, The Nation

  • UN estimates more than 74 percent of those killed are civilians - in a population of 1.8 million where the number of Hamas members is approximately 15,000. Israel does not deny that it killed those using modern aerial technology and precise weaponry courtesy of the U.S. This is not the first time.
  • Israel claims that it is merely exercising its right to self-defense and that Gaza is no longer occupied. Here's what you need to know about these talking points and more.
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What the Mainstream Media isn’t Telling You About How ‘Regime Change’ Wars Led to Korea Crisis

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  • Part 1: What the Media isn’t Telling You About North Korea’s Missile Tests

    • Bottom line: The North is ready to deal. They want negotiations. They want to end the war.

  • Part 2: How ‘Regime Change’ Wars Led to Korea Crisis

  • The U.S.-led aggressions against Iraq and Libya are two war crimes that keep on costing, with their grim examples of what happens to leaders who get rid of WMDs driving the scary showdown with North Korea.

 

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Part 1: What the Media isn’t Telling You About North Korea’s Missile Tests

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  • Bottom line: The North is ready to deal. They want negotiations. They want to end the war. They want to put this whole nightmare behind them and get on with their lives. But Washington won’t let them because Washington likes the status quo. Washington wants to be a permanent feature in South Korea so it can encircle Russia and China with lethal missile systems and expand its geopolitical grip bringing the world closer to nuclear Armageddon.
  • Here’s what the media isn’t telling you about North Korea’s recent missile tests.

 

Mike Whitney, Counterpunch

September 4, 2017 | Last Monday, the DPRK fired a Hwasong-12 intermediate-range ballistic missile over Japan’s Hokkaido Island. The missile landed in the waters beyond the island harming neither people nor property.

The media immediately condemned the test as a “bold and provocative act”  that showed the North’s defiance of UN resolutions and “contempt for its neighbors.” President Trump sharply criticized the missile test saying:

Mike Whitney lives in Washington State. He is a contributor to Hopeless: Barack Obama and the Politics of Illusion (AK Press). 

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Consortium Exclusive: The U.S.-led aggressions against Iraq and Libya are two war crimes that keep on costing, with their grim examples of what happens to leaders who get rid of WMDs driving the scary showdown with North Korea.

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President George W. Bush in a flight suit after landing on the USS Abraham Lincoln to give his “Mission Accomplished” speech about the Iraq War on May 1, 2003.

September 4, 2017 | It is a popular meme in the U.S. media to say that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is “crazy” as he undertakes to develop a nuclear bomb and a missile capacity to deliver it, but he is actually working from a cold logic dictated by the U.S. government’s aggressive wars and lack of integrity.

Indeed, the current North Korea crisis, which could end up killing millions of people, can be viewed as a follow-on disaster to President George W. Bush’s Iraq War and President Barack Obama’s Libyan intervention. Those wars came after the leaders of Iraq and Libya had dismantled their dangerous weapons programs, leaving their countries virtually powerless when the U.S. government chose to invade.

Investigative reporter Robert Parry broke many of the Iran-Contra stories for The Associated Press and Newsweek in the 1980s. His latest book is America’s Stolen Narrative.

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A Murderous History of Korea

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In the West, treatment of North Korea is one-sided and ahistorical. No one even gets the names straight. But if American commentators and politicians are ignorant of Korea’s history, they ought at least to be aware of their own.

Bruce Cumings , London Review of Books

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https://cdn.lrb.co.uk/assets/covers/m/cov3910.jpg May 18, 2017 | More than four decades ago I went to lunch with a diplomatic historian who, like me, was going through Korea-related documents at the National Archives in Washington. He happened to remark that he sometimes wondered whether the Korean Demilitarised Zone might be ground zero for the end of the world. This April, Kim In-ryong, a North Korean diplomat at the UN, warned of ‘a dangerous situation in which a thermonuclear war may break out at any moment’. A few days later, President Trump told Reuters that ‘we could end up having a major, major conflict with North Korea.’ American atmospheric scientists have shown that even a relatively contained nuclear war would throw up enough soot and debris to threaten the global population: ‘A regional war between India and Pakistan, for instance, has the potential to dramatically damage Europe, the US and other regions through global ozone loss and climate change.’ How is it possible that we have come to this? How does a puffed-up, vainglorious narcissist, whose every other word may well be a lie (that applies to both of them, Trump and Kim Jong-un), come not only to hold the peace of the world in his hands but perhaps the future of the planet? We have arrived at this point because of an inveterate unwillingness on the part of Americans to look history in the face and a laser-like focus on that same history by the leaders of North Korea.


Bruce Cumings teaches at Chicago, and is the author of The Korean War: A History.


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