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U.K.’s Corbyn Told Truth about Terrorism

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  • Analysts credit the Labour Party’s strong showing in the U.K. election to economic issues, but its leader, Jeremy Corbyn, also told voters the truth about how the West’s Mideast wars have spread terrorism, notes Lawrence Davidson.
  • From the Archives | 'You Cannot Use Military Force to Wipe Out Terrorism' 

Lawrence Davidson, Consortium News

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June 10, 2017 | On May 26, Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of British Labour Party, made a speech which dealt in large part with security and foreign policy. Much of his presentation was surprisingly accurate. Here is what he said:

—There is a cause-and-effect relationship “between wars our governments supported and fought in other countries and terrorism here at home.” For instance, the May 22 Manchester bombing, which killed 22 people, may well be connected to the United Kingdom’s involvement in the overthrow of the Libyan government of Muammar Gaddafi and the subsequent civil wars.

—This cause-and-effect relationship is not a matter of speculation. “Many experts, including professionals in our intelligence and security services, have pointed to these connections.”

Lawrence Davidson is a history professor at West Chester University in Pennsylvania. He is the author of Foreign Policy Inc.: Privatizing America’s National Interest; America’s Palestine: Popular and Official Perceptions from Balfour to Israeli Statehood; and Islamic Fundamentalism.

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From the Archives | 'You Cannot Use Military Force to Wipe Out Terrorism' Janine Jackson, Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)

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  • But the problem is, as long as you’re doing the military, the others don’t work. You can’t be bombing people and at the same time think that you’re going to succeed at, quote, “persuading” them, which is one of the great things the Obama administration has talked about wanting to do, persuading them that ISIS is not their friend. Well, it might be easier to persuade them of that if you weren’t killing them. You know, it’s — there’s something illogical there.
  • Janine Jackson interviewed Phyllis Bennis about ISIS attacks for the July 8, 2016, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript.

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The $110 billion arms deal to Saudi Arabia is fake news

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None of the deals identified so far are new, all began in the Obama administration.

Bruce Riedel, Brookings

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Bomb%20with%20US%20Flag.jpgMonday, June 5, 2017 | Last month, President Trump visited Saudi Arabia and his administration announced that he had concluded a $110 billion arms deal with the kingdom. Only problem is that there is no deal. It’s fake news.

I’ve spoken to contacts in the defense business and on the Hill, and all of them say the same thing: There is no $110 billion deal. Instead, there are a bunch of letters of interest or intent, but not contracts. Many are offers that the defense industry thinks the Saudis will be interested in someday. So far nothing has been notified to the Senate for review. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency, the arms sales wing of the Pentagon, calls them “intended sales.” None of the deals identified so far are new, all began in the Obama administration.

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The Forgotten History of Cinco De Mayo

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This image depicts the Battle of Puebla between Mexican forces and invading French forces that took place on May 5, 1862.

It's not about beer. It's about rich countries strangling poor ones. 

Jon Schwarz, the Intercept

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May 5 2017 | Today is Cinco De Mayo, May 5. To the degree most Americans think about it all, it’s as a day to drink lots of Mexican beer.

But the forgotten history behind Cinco de Mayo is fascinating and remains extremely relevant today. In fact, it’s so relevant for small countries around the world that it’s hard not to believe that’s exactly why it’s been forgotten.

Cinco de Mayo celebrates the victory of Mexican troops over the invading 

French army at the Battle of Puebla southeast of Mexico City on May 5, 1862. Because the Mexican soldiers were badly outnumbered and outgunned, the unexpected triumph was a watershed in forging the country’s national identity. (Militarily it wasn’t that significant — the next year France captured the Mexican capital and installed a member of the Austrian nobility as Maximillian I, “Emperor of Mexico.”)

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Russia-Baiting Pushed Trump to Attack Syria—and Increases the Risks of Nuclear Annihilation

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  • The anti-Russia bandwagon has gained so much momentum that a national frenzy is boosting the odds of unfathomable catastrophe.
  • Related: Special Report | Syria debate

Norman Solomon, Common Dreams 

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Bomb%20with%20US%20Flag.jpgMonday, April 10, 2017 | Vast efforts to portray Donald Trump as Vladimir Putin’s flunky have given Trump huge incentives to prove otherwise. Last Thursday, he began the process in a big way by ordering a missile attack on Russia’s close ally Syria. In the aftermath of the attack, the cheerleading from U.S. mass media was close to unanimous, and the assault won lots of praise on Capitol Hill. Finally, the protracted and fervent depictions of Trump as a Kremlin tool were getting some tangible results.

At this point, the anti-Russia bandwagon has gained so much momentum that a national frenzy is boosting the odds of unfathomable catastrophe. The world’s two nuclear superpowers are in confrontation mode.

It’s urgent to tell ourselves and each other: Wake up!

Norman Solomon is co-founder of RootsAction.org and founding director of the Institute for Public Accuracy. His books include War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death” and "Made Love, Got War: Close Encounters with America's Warfare State".

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Special Report | Syria debate, Ruth Conniff <>, the Progressive 

On the anniversary of U.S. entry into World War I, we should be wary of arguments for war.

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What a policy of real solidarity with the Syrian people looks like

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New York, NY - April 07 | People participate in a protest against a recent American missile strike in Syria in Union Square on April 7, 2017 in New York, United States. The strike, on Syrian military Air base, came days after it is suspected that the Syrian government used chemical weapons against a rebel held town. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

  • Even a strong shift on issues like the International Criminal Court won’t suffice unless the United States begins to change its alliances among the Syrian people.
  • Related: Because Passover is a refugee story, one synagogue invited refugees to Seder

James Trimarco, YES! Magazine / Waging Nonviolence

April 10, 2017 | After the release of horrifying images of Syrian civilians killed by chemical attacks on Tuesday, there were predictable demands that the United States should “take action” against the regime of Bashar Al-Assad. Indeed, hawkish voices in both the Democratic and Republican parties have been calling for U.S. military engagement in Syria at least since March 2013, when more than two dozen people were killed in a sarin gas attack in the country’s north. In this context, Trump stands to benefit politically from Thursday’s missile strikes against a Syrian airfield.

In his address to the nation, Trump said the goal is “to end the slaughter and bloodshed.” But many Middle East experts say airstrikes won’t stop the violence. Assad’s regime and its allies have already weathered more than 100,000 casualties in a civil war that has killed or injured more than 11 percent of the country’s population. Assad immediately responded to Trump’s missiles with a promise that the attack “does not change the deep policies” of the Syrian government. As if on cue, the town that suffered the chemical weapons on Tuesday was bombed again on Friday and Saturday—presumably by the Syrian government.

James Trimarco is a senior editor at YES! Magazine

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Because Passover is a refugee story, one synagogue invited refugees to Seder, Eric March, Upworthy 

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  • This year, Beth-El is preparing to host over 100 congregants and some special first-time guests: about 50 refugees, most from Afghanistan.
  • "There’s a saying in Judaism that a little light dispels a lot of darkness," Knopf says. "So even though we’re just one little community in one little city, I think we’re doing a lot of illuminating for at least this group of people."
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Special Report | Syria debate

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Ruth Conniff, the Progressive

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April 8, 2017 | When news broke about the terrible gas attack this week in Syria, we turned to Hussein Amach, a Syrian economist who now lives in Madison, Wisconsin.

Amach made a heartfelt appeal to The United States government to stop looking the other way.

As Trump began bombing, we posted this piece by Idrees Ahmad, who welcomes the U.S. response, and takes progressives to task for wringing their hands about chemical attacks on civilians, while rejecting "any attempt to hold the perpetrators accountable."

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Finally, our publisher Norm Stockwell digs deep into progressive history, reminding readers of this magazine's historic anti-interventionist positions, and explains why, on the anniversary of U.S. entry into World War I, we should be wary of arguments for war.

Ruth Conniff, Editor-in-chief, the Progressive

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New President, Same (Criminal) Foreign Policy?

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RT speaks exclusively with American journalist held captive by Al-Nusra

Related: The Fast Track to Armageddon

Caleb T. Maupin, Greanville Post 

March 13, 2017 | Obama or Trump? New Yorkers guess which president intervened where.

New president, same foreign policy?

Caleb Maupin is a radical journalist and political analyst who resides in New York City. Originally from Ohio, he studied political science at Baldwin-Wallace College.

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The Fast Track to Armageddon, Louis René Beres, US News 

Could President Trump propel a nuclear war in the Middle East?

Urgent to Progressives: Stop Fueling the Anti-Russia Frenzy

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  • Progressives who treat anti-Russia propaganda spin as fact, in order to weaken Trump, are encouraging a kind of McCarthyism. Of all the good reasons to “delegitimate” Trump, alleged Kremlin intervention in the election should rank low. Focus should instead be on his greed, pathological lying, enthusiasm for oligarchy, bigotry, environmental destruction, racism, misogyny, economic injustice, voter suppression and rampant conflicts of interest.
  • Related: The Dangers of Democratic Party's Putin-bashing after German Intel Cleared Russia on Election Interference

Norman Solomon, Common Dreams 

http://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_large/public/views-article/anti-russia_fervor.png?itok=HL33l9bs Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers a speech in Moscow, Russia, October 12, 2016. (Photo: Sputnik/Kremlin/Alexei Druzhinin/Reuters)

Tuesday, December 20, 2016 This week began with a mass email from the head of the Democratic National Committee, who declared: “By now, Americans know beyond any reasonable doubt that the Russian government orchestrated a series of cyberattacks on political campaigns and organizations over the past two years and used stolen information to influence the presidential campaign and congressional races.” DNC chair Donna Brazile went on: “The integrity of our elections is too important for Congress to refuse to take these attacks seriously.”

The importance of election integrity had eluded Brazile when she was a regular on CNN, posing as neutral in the Clinton-Sanders battle. “Brazile is not apologizing for leaking CNN debate questions and topics to the Hillary Clinton campaign during the Democratic primary,” the Washington Post reported last month. “Her only regret, it seems, is that she got caught.”

Norman Solomon is co-founder of RootsAction.org and founding director of the Institute for Public Accuracy. His books include “War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death” and "Made Love, Got War: Close Encounters with America's Warfare State".

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https://consortiumnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Banner21.jpgThe Dangers of Democratic Party's Putin-bashing after German Intel Cleared Russia on Election Interference, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest.

  • Part 1: German Intel Clears Russia on Interference
  • Mainstream U.S. media only wants stories of Russian perfidy, so when German intelligence cleared Moscow of suspected subversion of German democracy, the silence was deafening, says ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern.
  • Part 2: Dangers of Democratic Putin-Bashing
  • Exclusive: As national Democratic leaders continue to blame Russian President Putin for their 2016 defeat, they’re leading their party into a realignment with the neocons and other war hawks.

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