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America's 30-year Cold War with Iran: Manufacturing A Good Adversary

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  • The U.S. will ensure Iran will remain an adversary even if a nuclear agreement is reached. The false nuclear weapons narrative is the latest episode in the long-running drama of U.S. enmity toward Iran, which began three decades ago when Iran took U.S. diplomats hostage after the U.S. gave asylum to the Shah. Despite many other opportunities for cooperation, this cold war will continue solely because the U.S. has a vested interest in demonizing Iran.
  • The Big Dick School of American Patriotism

Gareth Porter, Washington Spectator

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Porter-481x450.jpgApril 1, 2015 | When the United States began marathon negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program in the framework of the P5+1 nations, many observers anticipated that the U.S. would begin softening its stance toward Iran as its primary enemy in world politics.

But that has not happened.

The Obama administration insists Iran will remain an adversary even if an agreement is reached on the nuclear issue, citing Iran’s alleged role in supporting terrorism and as a “troublemaker” in the region. The U.S. negotiating stance in the nuclear talks, while unacceptable to Israel and its supporters in the U.S., is moreover based on the premise that sanctions must remain in place for many years, even after Iran reduces its enrichment capacity to an agreed level—a position that appears to make agreement politically impossible.

Gareth Porter is an independent investigative journalist and historian, and the author, most recently, of Manufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare.

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The Big Dick School of American Patriotism, Nan Levinson, TomDispatch

  • America's new military mystique and what we make of it
  • The Washington Post Will Kill Us All
  • War Is Not a Game: The New Antiwar Soldiers and the Movement They Built

Jim Crow in the Holy Land

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  • Our own progress against racism in the United States remains too recent, too fragile, and too incomplete to go on abetting apartheid in Israel.
  • Naked Racism
  • Netanyahu's Middle East

Phyllis BennisForeign Policy in Focus

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March 20, 2015 | The last days of the campaign sounded an awful lot like the Jim Crow South, when African Americans had officially won the right to vote but still faced massive discrimination.

On election morning, a powerful white official running for re-election urged his followers to get out and vote, warning that minority voters were turning out in large numbers — and those trouble-making civil rights agitators, he complained, were busing them to the polls.

But this wasn’t Mississippi or Alabama circa 1965. It was Israel in 2015.

Phyllis Bennis directs the New Internationalism Project at IPS. She is also a fellow of the Transnational Institute in Amsterdam. She has been a writer, analyst, and activist on Middle East and UN issues for many years.

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Netanyahu's Middle East, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s strident and continual harping on the alleged dangers of Iran to Israel’s security.
  • Part 1: To Netanyahu, Peace Is an Existential Threat
  • Part 2: 4 Things more Dangerous to Israel than Iran’s civilian Nuclear Enrichment

Special Project | US Wars and Covert Actions Around the World: Week Ending March 28, 2015

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(Ismael Mohamad / United Press International)

  • 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. 
  • 10 New Items including:
    • Obama declares Venezuela ‘extraordinary threat’ to U.S. national security
    • Bellum Americanum: US imperialism’s delusions of world conquest
    • Militarization of America - We've Become a Failed State
    • The Globalization of War: America’s “Long War” against Humanity ~ Michel Chossudovsky
    • Robert Parry: ‘Group-Thinking’ the World into a New War
    • Paul Craig Roberts: Russia In The Cross Hairs
    • US imposes new sanctions on North Korea
    • Don't Claim to Support the Troops If You Agree With Obama Sending 3,100 Soldiers to Iraq
    • How Many Muslim Countries Has the US Bombed or Occupied Since 1980?
    • Noam Chomsky | Pope Francis, Oscar Romero and the horror of Reagan foreign policy

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Obama declares Venezuela ‘extraordinary threat’ to U.S. national security, Gloria La Riva, Liberation News

Venezuela fights back against U.S.-supported counterrevolution

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Bellum Americanum: US imperialism’s delusions of world conquest, Joseph Kishore, World Socialist Website

  • The debacles produced by Washington’s reckless resort to military violence have only propelled the ruling class to broaden the scope of its military operations, expand the list of potential enemies, and prepare quite consciously and deliberately for world war.
  • Militarization of America - We've Become a Failed State

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Militarization of America - We've Become a Failed State, Bruce Gagnon, Organizing Notes  / Rise Up Times 

  • Leaders in both war parties are now looking at ways to get around the Pentagon spending limits in order to satisfy the insatiable appetite of the military industrial complex and their agents in Congress who want to bring home the weapons production bacon - the only real job creation program in the nation anymore.
  • John J. Dilulio, Jr. | The Rise and Fall of the US Government

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Globalization-of-war-front-cover-michel-chossudovsky-400x600.jpgThe Globalization of War: America’s “Long War” against Humanity ~ Michel Chossudovsky, Described in Global Research

"In his latest masterpiece, Professor Michel Chossudovsky shows how the various conflicts we are witnessing today in Ukraine, Syria, Iraq and Palestine are in fact inter-linked and inter-locked through a single-minded agenda in pursuit of global hegemony helmed by the United States and buttressed by its allies in the West and in other regions of the world."  --Dr Chandra Muzaffar, President of the International Movement for a Just World (JUST)

Robert Parry: ‘Group-Thinking’ the World into a New War

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Robert Parry: ‘Group-Thinking’ the World into a New War, Robert Parry,  ConsortiumNews.org  / Rise Up Times

  • The armchair warriors of Official Washington are eager for a new war, this time with Russia over Ukraine, and they are operating from the same sort of mindless “group think” and hostility to dissent that proved so disastrous in Iraq.
  • Paul Craig Roberts: Russia In The Cross Hairs

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Paul Craig Roberts: Russia In The Cross Hairs, Paul Craig Roberts, Institute for Political Economy 

Washington’s attack on Russia has moved beyond the boundary of the absurd into the realm of insanity.

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US imposes new sanctions on North Korea, Peter Symonds, World Socialist Website

By targetting Pyongyang, the Obama administration is also heightening the pressure on North Korea’s ally, China. Sanctions against North Korea are … aimed at undermining Beijing’s influence that is de-stabilising the entire region.

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n-BAGHDAD-AMERICAN-SOLDIERS-large570.jpgDon't Claim to Support the Troops If You Agree With Obama Sending 3,100 Soldiers to Iraq, H. A. Goodman, Huffington Post

If fighting terror means perpetual war, then we've already lost and our soldiers will ultimately be the ones who pay the greatest price. President Obama, and 40% of the American people, are making a terrible mistake by focusing more upon beheading videos than the psychological, emotional, and physical toll that Iraq has inflicted upon our soldiers. The U.S. military will do anything it's asked to do to defend America, therefore we have a responsibility to ensure that we don't ask the impossible.

Iraq: Here come the boots, ignoring the consequences

How Many Muslim Countries Has the US Bombed or Occupied Since 1980?

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How Many Muslim Countries Has the US Bombed or Occupied Since 1980?, Glenn Greenwald, the Intercept

  • The sheer casualness with which Obama yesterday called for a new AUMF is reflective of how central, how commonplace, violence and militarism are in the U.S.’s imperial management of the world.
  • Happy Halloween from the Most Violent Ruling Class in Human History 

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Noam Chomsky | Pope Francis, Oscar Romero and the horror of Reagan foreign policy, Emanual Stoakes, Salon 

  • Chomsky decries awful silence over the murder of bishop Oscar Romero, as Pope Francis speeds journey to sainthood
  • Washington’s legacy of destruction in Latin America, sadly, is still news to many north of the Rio Grande.
  • Overthrowing Other People’s Governments

Ten Things You Didn't Know About Libya Under Gaddafi's So-called Dictatorship

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So, was Muammar Gaddafi a Terrorist?

Forget Hillary’s Emails. Here’s Her Real Scandal That Nobody is Talking About.

Obama declares Venezuela ‘extraordinary threat’ to U.S. national security.

Siovhan Cleo Crombie, Urban Times 

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giphy-141.gi16th May 2014 | What do you think of when you hear the name Colonel Gaddafi? Tyrant? Dictator? Terrorist? Well, a national citizen of Libya may disagree but we want you to decide.

Ruling the country for for 41 years until his demise in October 2011, Muammar Gaddafi did some truly amazing things for his country and repeatedly tried to unite and empower the whole of Africa. So despite what you’ve heard on the radio, seen in the media or on the TV Gaddafi did some powerful things that were not very reminiscent of a vicious dictator. Here are ten things Gaddafi did for Libya that you may not know about…

Siovhan Cleo Crombie: I am an aspiring novelist, poet and script writer. I just love anything to do with words ... .

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Forget Hillary’s Emails, Here’s Her Real Scandal That Nobody is Talking About, Nick Bernabe, ANTIMEDIA

  • Maybe you don’t know the story, so I will quickly try to paint a picture of Libya for you.
  • How Obama is Making the World More Dangerous

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Obama declares Venezuela ‘extraordinary threat’ to U.S. national security, Gloria La Riva, Liberation News

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Venezuela fights back against U.S.-supported counterrevolution

Obama declares Venezuela ‘extraordinary threat’ to U.S. national security

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Venezuela fights back against U.S.-supported counterrevolution.

Gloria La Riva, Liberation News

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Mar 10, 2015 | In an ominous escalation against Venezuela’s Bolivarian Revolution, President Barack Obama issued an Executive Order on March 9 outlandishly declaring the Venezuelan government “an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States.”

Venezuelan leaders immediately denounced Obama’s Executive Order. After all, it is Washington that has plotted against the Bolivarian government for 16 years.

In a national TV address, President Nicolás Maduro charged Obama with “committing the gravest aggression against Venezuela in all its history,” calling his order, “a monster created with the backing of the State Department and the CIA.”

Gloria La Riva is the 2008 presidential candidate of the Party for Socialism and Liberation. Born in Albuquerque, N.M., La Riva attended Brandeis University, where she was active in affirmative action struggles. 

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Related:

Bellum Americanum: US imperialism’s delusions of world conquest, Joseph Kishore, World Socialist Website

  • The debacles produced by Washington’s reckless resort to military violence have only propelled the ruling class to broaden the scope of its military operations, expand the list of potential enemies, and prepare quite consciously and deliberately for world war.
  • Militarization of America - We've Become a Failed State

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The Big Dick School of American Patriotism, Nan Levinson, TomDispatch

  • America's new military mystique and what we make of it
  • The Washington Post Will Kill Us All
  • War Is Not a Game: The New Antiwar Soldiers and the Movement They Built

 

The Putin-Did-It Conspiracy Theory

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  • The Times’ editorial doesn’t give much reason for hope that America’s upside-down “group think” has righted itself in any meaningful way. In the mainstream media’s latest repeat of the Iraq-WMD fiasco, the Times and virtually every other major news outlet remain committed to a dangerous misreading of the facts about Ukraine.
  • Robert Parry: ‘Group-Thinking’ the World into a New War

Robert Parry, Consortium News

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Patrick Chappatte

15 February 15 | The original falsehood behind the Iraq War was that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction and intended to use them against America either directly or by giving them to al-Qaeda. The opening lie about the Ukraine crisis was that Russian President Vladimir Putin instigated the conflict as part of some Hitlerian plan to conquer much of Europe.

Yet, while the Hussein-WMD claim was hard for the common citizen to assess because it was supposedly supported by U.S. intelligence information that was kept secret, the Putin-Ukraine lie collapses under the most cursory examination based simply of what’s publicly known and what makes sense.

Investigative reporter Robert Parry broke many of the Iran-Contra stories for The Associated Press and Newsweek in the 1980s. You can buy his new book, America’s Stolen Narrative, either in print here or as an e-book (from barnesandnoble.com).

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Robert Parry: ‘Group-Thinking’ the World into a New War, Robert Parry, ConsortiumNews.org  / Rise Up Times

  • The armchair warriors of Official Washington are eager for a new war, this time with Russia over Ukraine, and they are operating from the same sort of mindless “group think” and hostility to dissent that proved so disastrous in Iraq.
  • Paul Craig Roberts: Russia In The Cross Hairs

Open Letter to the People and Leaders of Iran from the People of the United States

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  • Time to Indict GOP for Treason & Sedition! 

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16681112616_f73431cb44_z_(1).jpg?1426121957It has come to our attention while observing the nuclear negotiations between Iran and the United States government that a group of 47 U.S. Senators are attempting, against the will of the majority of the American people, to sabotage any agreement due to their hope of creating additional conflict between our country and the people of Iran.

We would also like to bring to your attention that many people in the United States are aware that the United States government is in violation of a treaty approved by the Senate and signed into law. The treaty imposes an affirmative obligation on the United States and all other countries possessing nuclear weapons to act to diminish and eventually eliminate all of their existing nuclear weapons as a condition for relieving non-nuclear countries of the need to acquire such terrifying weapons. The official name of this treaty is the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons or NPT.

ANSWER Coalition (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism) works to build an anti-racist, peace and social justice movement through grassroots activism and education.

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Time to Indict GOP for Treason & Sedition! Sue Cohen, MoveOn.org Petitions 

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  • To be delivered to The United States House of Representatives, The United States Senate, and President Barack Obama.
  • Open Letter to the People and Leaders of Iran from the People of the United States

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