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Government Needs You to Dehumanize Foreigners

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  • It’s How They Control You and Justify Killing Them
  • Refugees Are Not the Enemy

John Vibes, Free Thought Project

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http://tftppull.freethoughtllc.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Govt-Needs-You-to-Dehumanize-Foreigners.jpgDecember 20, 2015 | It seems that in Western countries, the people who follow the mainstream media and public school narrative have a pretty twisted outlook on how people in other countries live. They like to focus on the absolute worst things that happen in that society, and act like that defines the society. The perception is that people in non-NATO countries are primitive savages who are constantly attacking and hurting one other, but this type of behavior occurs to a certain degree in nearly every society.

The mainstream western narrative does not pay any attention to the actual daily lives of the people who live in foreign countries. Instead, only they only focus on the tragedies. Just like in the US and Europe, people in the middle east, Africa, and other areas of the world have thriving music scenes, talented artists, brilliant philosophers, exceptional athletes, and children that play games similar to those played by western children. In fact, National Geographic Traveler recently named Iran as the #1 tourist destination in the world.

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Refugees Are Not the Enemy, Sarah Arnold, the Nation

Politicians across the United States have responded to the attacks in Paris with callous and xenophobic calls to block Syrian refugees from entering the United States. In response, writers Reza Aslan, Teju Cole, Aleksandar Hemon, Marlon James, Phil Klay, Laila Lalami, Yiyun Li, Maaza Mengiste, Gary Shteyngart, Geraldine Brooks, Tom Lutz, and Jane Smiley have signed onto an open letter calling on Congress to act with humanity and take in Syrian refugees. We published the letter at TheNation.com and are asking our readers to sign on in support.

 

 

Refugees Are Not the Enemy

Politicians across the United States have responded to the attacks in Paris with callous and xenophobic calls to block Syrian refugees from entering the United States. In response, writers Reza Aslan, Teju Cole, Aleksandar Hemon, Marlon James, Phil Klay, Laila Lalami, Yiyun Li, Maaza Mengiste, Gary Shteyngart, Geraldine Brooks, Tom Lutz, and Jane Smiley have signed onto an open letter calling on Congress to act with humanity and take in Syrian refugees. We published the letter at TheNation.com and are asking our readers to sign on in support.

Sarah Arnold, the Nation

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November 23, 2015 | The letter ends:

Refugees are not the enemy. Refugees are our spouses, our parents, our grandparents. Some among us are refugees themselves; others have experienced the violence of war. But we are all writers. As such it is our duty to bear witness. Together we call upon the government of the United States to take in Syrian refugees, to act with humanity, and to honor Emma Lazarus’s words, chiseled on the Statue of Liberty: “A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame is the imprisoned lightning, and her name Mother of Exiles.”

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Sarah Arnold: Digital Communications Manager at the Nation

Venezuela, France, U.S.: Responsibility Is Ours

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Is it any wonder France, the U.S., and even Venezuela suffer what appears to be modern day goose stepping thugs in suicidal celebratory array?

Michael Albert, ZCommunications.org 

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December 8, 2015 | When failures occur, progress requires taking responsibility for what one could have done differently and then making changes. After all, going forward, one can change what one does – but one cannot magically cause others, with opposite agendas, to change what they do. Nonetheless, instead of assessing ourselves to find where we can make changes too often we blame those we abhor, where changes are out of reach.

In France, fascists are racking up major gains. We blame the fascists for doing what they are conceived, constructed, and disposed to do, and for what we can easily predict they will do. We blame the voters, as well – for acquiescence to the thuggish appeals. But as the horrific votes mount up, even in poor regions, do we who have humane and much more than simply anti-fascist agendas acknowledge that it means we haven’t reached the people in those regions with even a rudimentary understanding of the forces arrayed against them and of the social and moral implications of their supporting fascist policy?

Michael Albert is a founder and current member of the staff of Z Magazine as well as staff of Z Magazine's web system: ZCom. Albert is the author of 21 books. Most recently these include: Fanfare for the Future (ZBooks), Remembering Tomorrow (Seven Stories Press), Realizing Hope (Zed Press) and Parecon: Life After Capitalism (Verso). 

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Obama’s Speech, Translated into Candor

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  • Here is a condensed version of President Obama's speech from the Oval Office on Sunday night, unofficially translated into plain English

Norman Solomon, Common Dreams

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http://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_large/public/views-article/obama_speech.jpg?itok=j8jdEWxz "Here’s what I want you to know," said President Obama on Sunday night to the American people: "The threat from terrorism is real, but we will overcome it." (Photo: Reuters/Pool)

Monday, December 07, 2015 | I kind of realize we can’t kill our way out of this conflict with ISIL, but in the short term hopefully we can kill our way out of the danger of a Republican victory in the presidential race next year.

As a practical matter, the current hysteria needs guidance, not a sense of proportion along the lines of what the New York Times just mentioned in passing: “The death toll from jihadist terrorism on American soil since the Sept. 11 attacks—45 people—is about the same as the 48 killed in terrorist attacks motivated by white supremacist and other right-wing extremist ideologies.... And both tolls are tiny compared with the tally of conventional murders, more than 200,000 over the same period.”

Normon Solomon is an American journalist, media critic, and antiwar activist. Solomon is a longtime associate of the media watch group Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting and is a co-founder of RootsAction.org, an online action initiative.

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Special Report | Nightmare in Paris, Week Ending December 5, 2015, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • After Paris, politicians and pundits clamor for more force and repression -- just as ISIS wants them to.
  • 8 New items including:
    • After Paris: A World That Has Lost Its Ethical Direction
    • How Western Militarists Are Playing Into the Hands of ISIS
    • We Are All France! Though We Are Never All Lebanon or Syria or Iraq!
    • America Created Al-Qaeda And The ISIS Terror Group
    • “The Terrorists R Us.”
    • Time Is Running Out For Pax Americana’s Apologists
    • Special Report | Nightmare in Paris, Week Ending November 14, 2015
    • Our terrorism double standard: After Paris, let’s stop blaming Muslims and take a hard look at ourselves
    • Abby Martin | The Censored Reality Of The Refugee Crisis

 

Special Report | Nightmare in Paris, Week Ending December 5, 2015

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  • After Paris, politicians and pundits clamor for more force and repression -- just as ISIS wants them to.
  • 8 New items including:
    • After Paris: A World That Has Lost Its Ethical Direction
    • How Western Militarists Are Playing Into the Hands of ISIS
    • We Are All France! Though We Are Never All Lebanon or Syria or Iraq!
    • America Created Al-Qaeda And The ISIS Terror Group
    • “The Terrorists R Us.”
    • Time Is Running Out For Pax Americana’s Apologists
    • Special Report | Nightmare in Paris, Week Ending November 14, 2015
    • Our terrorism double standard: After Paris, let’s stop blaming Muslims and take a hard look at ourselves.
  • Abby Martin | The Censored Reality Of The Refugee Crisis

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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  • After Paris:  A World That Has Lost Its Ethical Direction & Spiritual Foundation and a Media that Cheerleads for Fear and Militarism.
  • Special Report | Nightmare in Paris, Week Ending November 14, 2015

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How Western Militarists Are Playing Into the Hands of ISIS, Max Blumenthal, AlterNet

After Paris, politicians and pundits clamor for more force and repression -- just as ISIS wants them to.

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We Are All France! Though We Are Never All Lebanon or Syria or Iraq! David Swanson, Davidswanson.org

  • "It is the job of thinking people, not to be on the side of the executioners," said Albert Camus. Please go back to thinking, France.
  • We do love you and wish you well and are deeply sorry for U.S. influence against your better tendencies.
  • Special Report | Nightmare in Paris, Week Ending November 14, 2015

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America Created Al-Qaeda And The ISIS Terror Group, Garikai Chengu, Countercurrents.org

  • Truth is, the only way America can win the “War On Terror” is if it stops giving terrorists the motivation and the resources to attack America. Terrorism is the symptom; American imperialism in the Middle East is the cancer. Put simply, the War on Terror is terrorism; only, it is conducted on a much larger scale by people with jets and missiles.
  • “The Terrorists R Us.”
  • Why Do Americans Hate Beheadings But Love Drone Killings?

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Bomb%20with%20US%20Flag.jpg“The Terrorists R Us.” Michel Chossudovsky, Global Research 

  • The Islamic State “Big Lie”
  • The Criminalization of the United Nations
  • What To Do About ISIS

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Time Is Running Out For Pax Americana’s Apologists, TGP Staff, the Greanville Post

  • Up until 2015, America’s elite had been assured that they possessed sufficient financial, economic, military, and political strength to cripple the rest of the world, while still preserving Washington’s hegemony by depriving everyone, including the American people of any real political sovereignty or economic rights. However, the crisis in Ukraine, which has dragged on much longer than originally planned, Russia’s dramatic surge of military and political energy as she moved to resolve the Syrian crisis and, most important, the progressive creation of alternative financial and economic entities that call into question the dollar’s position as the de facto world currency, have forced a sector of America’s elite that is amenable to compromise to rouse itself.
  • 10 Reasons the U.S. is Declining

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Special Report | Nightmare in Paris, Week Ending November 14, 2015, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • Accounting For the Violence We ExportPart 1: Our terrorism double standard: After Paris, let’s stop blaming Muslims and take a hard look at ourselves.
  • Part 2: Nightmare in Paris: Democracy is under attack, and the right makes common cause with ISIS
  • We Are All France! Though We Are Never All Lebanon or Syria or Iraq!

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Our terrorism double standard: After Paris, let’s stop blaming Muslims and take a hard look at ourselves, Ben Norton, Salon

We must mourn all victims. But until we look honestly at the violence we export, nothing will ever change.

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Abby Martin | The Censored Reality Of The Refugee Crisis, Abby Martin, teleSUR English / Dandelion Salad

  • Today 60 million human beings are displaced by war and extreme poverty. Many European countries are responding to the crisis with racist hysteria and polices, backed by police measures.
  • A guide to the worst refugee crisis since WWII

 

Abby Martin | The Censored Reality Of The Refugee Crisis

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  • Today 60 million human beings are displaced by war and extreme poverty. Many European countries are responding to the crisis with racist hysteria and polices, backed by police measures.
  • A guide to the worst refugee crisis since WWII

Abby Martin, teleSUR English / Dandelion Salad

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Abby Martin exposes the facts that are left out of the mainstream reporting: the role of criminal wars, disastrous neoliberal economics and why mass displacement is a permanent feature under this system.

Abby Martin (Abigail Suzanne "Abby" Martin} is an American journalist and presenter of The Empire Files, a weekly investigative news program on teleSUR English

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A guide to the worst refugee crisis since WWII, Ben Norton, Mondoweiss

  • The struggles of refugees from Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Yemen, and elsewhere, for the moment, seem to not be given much attention as the media focuses on refugees from Syria and as the international community tries to grapple with the largest refugee crisis since World War II. 
  • Read This Before the Media Uses a Drowned Refugee Boy to Start Another War

 

The Disastrous Consequences Of Disastrous Policies

 

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  • First Obama created ISIS out of the cesspool he left in Libya, reducing Africa's wealthiest nation to rubble, because Gaddafi was too independent of Washington's dictates. Then he lied about Assad because Assad was also too independent. Obama helped fund, train, arm and support ISIS terrorist brigades and their affiliates - along with his coalition of terror, Britain, France, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Israel, Qatar, Emirates - even as he publicly pretended to be fighting them in Iraq and Syria. It wasn't until Russia entered Syria and wasted ISIS, that Obama and his fellow terrorist sponsors flew into a panic.
  • The Terrorists R Us.
  • Four Myths About Obama's War on ISIS

Mousumi Roy, Countercurrents.org

http://www.countercurrents.org/isis-daesh.pngNovember, 2015 | Recently ISIS has done a brutal attack on the people of France (Parris). This attack is a dark spot on the face of humanity. I condemn this shameful act of ISIS. When we talk about the condemnation of this attack then we must condemn the all kinds of religious fundamentalism all over the world whether they are in Islam, Christianity, Sikhism or Hinduism. This kinds of attacks also raises some questions in our mind that why all this happen?

If we would trace the history of western supremacy then we must not forget the history of imperialism, which is the main culprit behind all these kinds of attacks. The genocide of humanity was also done by the western countries (imperialism) whenever they invades in the third world countries for the exploitation of their natural resources. Various wars and attacks were waged against the people of the third world countries (TWC’s). For example, According to Guenter Lewy’s estimation, in 1978 total deaths were 1313000 in North and Southern Vietnam during the 1965-1974 period in which the US was most engaged in the Vietnam war. (1) And an another data said that Vietnamese military and civilian deaths ranged from 1.5 million to 3.8 million, with the US led campaign in Cambodia resulting in 600000 to 800000 deaths, and Laotian war mortality estimated at about 1 million.(2) After the 9/11 attacks; a later study, published in 2011, estimated that approximately 500000 Iraqis had died as a result of the conflict since the US invasion in Iraq. (3) An analytically conservative Council on Foreign relations assesses that 500 drone strikes outside of Iraq and Afghanistan have killed 3,674 people.(4)

Sachinderpal Pali is a social activist in Chandigarh and working on the housing rights of the slum dwellers.

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“The Terrorists R Us.”  Michel Chossudovsky, Global Research

  • The Islamic State “Big Lie”
  • The Criminalization of the United Nations
  • What To Do About ISIS

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Four Myths About Obama's War on ISIS, Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)

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  • A reluctant warrior intervenes against a threat to the homeland--or so we're told.
  • The media's role as an advertising outlet for the military-industrial-congressional complex exposed - for the zillionth time!

Paris was tragic, yet global terrorism from the USA mass-murder machine is ignored.

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  • To date, the USA has been responsible for the deaths of at least 20 million people since the end of World War II, in 37 nations. A report by James A. Lucas of Counter Currents explains.
  • A Short History of the U.S. Bombing of Civilian Facilities

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November 14, 2015 | The recent events in Paris were undoubtedly horrific, and our thoughts are with those affected by these atrocious acts. The victims and their families, innocent people who did not volunteer to fight in any war, these defenceless civilians were attacked in the most heinous way possible.

And while the world’s media turns its gaze to Paris, there is another act of terrorism happening every day that the corporate media chooses to ignore.

It seems the main export of the USA and UK is terrorism, but sugar coated and wrapped in the PR-friendly guise of ‘promoting democracy’ and ‘protecting our freedoms’, making the deaths of hundreds of thousands of civilians easier to swallow, or more frequently, completely ignore.

Truth News Media: The Facts in Black & White

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https://prod01-cdn04.cdn.firstlook.org/wp-uploads/sites/1/2015/10/Matt_Bors-comic-article-header.jpgA Short History of the U.S. Bombing of Civilian Facilities, Jon Schwarz, the Intercept

While the international outcry has been significant, history suggests this is less because of what happened and more because of whom it happened to. The U.S. has repeatedly attacked civilian facilities in the past but the targets have generally not been affiliated with a European, Nobel Peace Prize-winning humanitarian organization such as MSF.

International Organizations Condemn U.S. for attacking Doctors Without Borders Hospital in Afghanistan

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