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  • AIPAC represents everything we should seek to purge from politics: racism, inhumanity, fear-mongering, and entrenched commitment to the status quo.
  • Clinton has just announced a diction and a set of policies toward the Middle East that differ in no particular from those of far right Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu.
  • Part 1: If Trump’s Racism Shocks You, So Too Should AIPAC's
  • Part 2: Hillary Clinton Goes Full Neocon at AIPAC, Demonizes Iran, Palestinians

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Part 1: If Trump’s Racism Shocks You, So Too Should AIPAC's

AIPAC represents everything we should seek to purge from politics: racism, inhumanity, fear-mongering, and entrenched commitment to the status quo.

Samantha Brotman, Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_large/public/views-article/aipac_conference_ap_img1.jpg?itok=vIMKTitG  Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at a previous American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) conference in Washington. (Photo: AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Monday, March 21, 2016 | The 2016 American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Policy Conference is currently underway in Washington, DC. The conference is no small affair; as is the case every year, there is a star-studded speakers list. This year, nearly all of the American presidential candidates are scheduled to speak, each no doubt hoping to convince conference goers that they love Israel more than their competitors in the presidential race.

All of this would be business as usual were it not for the controversy stirred up by Donald Trump’s participation in the conference. Many Jewish and non-Jewish groups and individuals plan to protest Trump at AIPAC this week because he does not reflect their values. Trump’s flagrantly racist statements and violent and exclusionary rhetoric are deeply troubling to many across the political spectrum. But it is important to note that AIPAC inviting Trump is not an aberration, it is in line with AIPAC’s mission to support Israel regardless of how illegal and repressive its policies are.

Samantha Brotman is the Membership Coordinator for Jewish Voice for Peace.

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Part 2: Hillary Clinton Goes Full Neocon at AIPAC, Demonizes Iran, Palestinians

Clinton has just announced a diction and a set of policies toward the Middle East that differ in no particular from those of far right Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

Juan ColeCommon Dreams

http://www.juancole.com/images/2016/03/map-story-of-palestinian-nationhood-750x500.jpgTuesday, March 22, 2016 | I once heard Hillary Clinton give her AIPAC speech at a university. It doesn’t change much, just as US policy toward the Mideast doesn’t change much. She was still a senator then. Much of the audience was Middle East experts, who could barely keep themselves from gagging.

Clinton used her speech to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee meeting, the gathering of some of the most powerful lobbyists in Washington, to lambaste Donald Trump for saying he’d try to be neutral in heading up negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians. Donald Trump should be lambasted. He is wrong on everything most of every day. But, like a clock, he is right twice a day and this a point on which he is correct. The US cannot be an honest broker in the Mideast conflict if it is more Israeli than the Israelis, which it typically is. Palestinian negotiators over the years complained that they’d get an Israeli proposal, then go to the US to tweak it, and get back the same proposal from Dennis Ross or some other American partisan of Israel who had been put in a position to shape negotiations on the American side.

Juan Cole teaches Middle Eastern and South Asian history at the University of Michigan. His new book, The New Arabs: How the Millennial Generation Is Changing the Middle East (Simon and Schuster), will officially be published July 1st.

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U.S.-imposed Honduran regime guilty in murder of Berta Cárceres

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  • This is not a hyperbolic statement.
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  • Part 1: U.S.-imposed Honduran regime guilty in murder of Berta Cárceres
  • Part 2: To the FMO Development Bank

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Part 1: U.S.-imposed Honduran regime guilty in murder of Berta Cárceres

This is not a hyperbolic statement. On July 15, 2013, a collegue of Cáceres, Tomás Garcia, was murdered by gunshot in broad daylight by a Honduran soldier in front of 200 to 300 people while Garcia was peacefully marching to deliver a message to the companies constructing a dam near his community.

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https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/answercoalition/pages/2716/attachments/original/1457554256/Relatives-and-friends-of-murdered-indigenous-activist-Berta-Caceres-___.jpg?1457554256March 09, 2016 | Internationally recognized environmentalist and indigenous activist Berta Cáceres was murdered in her home town of La Esperanza, Intibuca, Honduras on March 3.

It is highly likely, and suspected by the family and friends of Cáceres, that the Honduran government was involved in her assassination.

This is not a hyperbolic statement. On July 15, 2013, a collegue of Cáceres, Tomás Garcia, was murdered by gunshot in broad daylight by a Honduran soldier in front of 200 to 300 people while Garcia was peacefully marching to deliver a message to the companies constructing a dam near his community.

ANSWER Coalition:  connecting the flight for social justice at home and in opposition to war and occupation abroad.

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Part 2: To the FMO Development Bank

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https://sumofus-production-media.s3.amazonaws.com/a/img/8cf10af5-4c92-485c-8093-c05a1f206cd8.jpg Today we mourn the tragic assassination of Berta Caceres, a prominent Honduran indigenous rights activist.

Berta stood up to corporations and helped delay the construction of the Agua Zarca dam which, if built, would destroy her community's land and the Gualcarque River in Honduras. The dam was delayed due to protests for so long that investors started pulling from the project.

As a result, Berta became a target for corporate spying, intimidation, and ultimately murder, simply because money wasn’t being made.

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SumofUs.org is a movement of consumers, workers and shareholders speaking with one voice to counterbalance the growing power of large corporations.

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It's Not About The Refugees, It's About All Of Society

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  • Now is the time to invest in the integrity of our society. That is the most responsible politics for the future of our country.
  • A guide to the worst refugee crisis since WWII

 

Sigmar Gabriel, Huffington Post

 

 

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03/03/2016 | The integration of refugees is a mighty challenge for the coming years. From the pleasant slogan "We can do it" we must change to "We will do this." We have to create the preconditions now so that we can complete the task.

For us Social Democrats, one thing has always been clear: It's about society as a whole. We've been saying this for months. Instead of building "refugee housing," let society provide affordable housing for anyone who needs it. Instead of "refugee day care" let's provide child care and kindergardens for anyone who needs them.

Sigmar Gabriel, Vice-Chancellor, Economics and Energy Minister of Germany

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Arend Van Dam | Refugees and Europe / media.cagle.com

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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

Haiti | Aid-Money Laundering As An NGO Racket

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  • It took the January 12, 2010 earthquake in Haiti to expose the rot in the world’s charities. Well-meaning people and their governments donated about $12 billion dollars of emergency aid, virtually none of which reached individual Haitians. The funds that were delivered went mostly to enrich the donor countries’ government agencies, aid agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGO), and the vast majority of the pledged funds were never delivered at all. Some of this disappeared money was embezzled. Two criminal cases in 2015 give a glimpse into the use of NGOs by criminal networks to launder embezzled aid money.
  • Special Report | The Clintons: “We Came, We Stole, Haitians Died”

Dady Chery, Global Research / Popular Resistance 

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February 2nd, 2016 | Aid, Mediterranean style

Rafael Blasco, one of Spain’s longest-lived and most indestructible politicians, became the first person to serve time for stealing Haitian reconstruction funds when he began a six-and-a-half-year prison sentence on June 15, 2015 for committing embezzlement of public funds, administrative prevarication, and forgery while he was the Director of the Aid Ministry in Valencia’s regional government. Although the English-language press ignored this news, in Spain, the “Aid Case” was a major scandal that the media followed for three years, until the Spanish Supreme Court denied Blasco’s final appeal for clemency in May 2015.

https://d1ldy8a769gy68.cloudfront.net/180/978/099/665/350/3/9780996653503.jpg According to a Valencia High Court and the Spanish Supreme Court, Blasco received his sentence for running a criminal ring that had syphoned off all but 3 percent of a $2 million aid package that should have brought water and sustainable food to two poor rural areas of Nicaragua. This was only one part of the three-part Aid Case, which involved a total of $10 million and irregularities in 30 humanitarian projects in Central America and the Caribbean, Africa, and Asia. Another important part of the Aid Case was the planned construction of a hospital in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake for $5.1 million, but it turned out that there was sufficient evidence in the Nicaragua part to convict Blasco.

Dady Chery is the author of We Have Dared to Be Free, an energetic defense of Haitian culture coupled with an indictment of alleged Western attempts to destroy it under the pretense of international assistance. It is a tribute to the genius of the Haitian people.

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Special Report | The Clintons: “We Came, We Stole, Haitians Died” Glen Ford, Black Agenda Report

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  • The Haitian people’s furious resistance to yet another fraudulent presidential election has scuttled U.S. plans to replace “Sweet Mickey” Martelly with another flunky named the “Banana Man.” The aborted fraud is a reminder that Secretary of State Clinton was an imperial bully who rigged the previous presidential election in Haiti and stole the country blind, along with her accomplice and husband, Bill. Those chickens may yet come home to roost.
  • “The discrediting of the elections would also reflect very badly on presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.”
  • “Hillary and Bill were the Bonnie and Clyde of Haiti.”

 

 

And the Oscar goes to… Denial, Oppression and Suffering for 2015!

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How would you feel if someone occupying your country, while ethnic cleansing your people, and systematically targeting your children gave free trips to celebrities as a way to cover up their crimes?

"If we don't stand up for children, then we don't stand up for much." --Marion Wright Edelman

Yet another #OscarsSoWhite

4PalKids

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February 17, 2016 | Oscar? You mean an Academy Award? 

Yes. Oh Yes!

You bet the answer is yes! Especially when the Oscar committee fills its swag bags for celebrities with $55,000 trips to Israel.

Why the sarcasm?

Because these trips are tools of manipulation.

These trips cover up crimes while building world support on the story that Israel is the true victim of the Middle East. That those pesky terrorist militant knife-wielding rock throwing Palestinians won’t let Israel exist or function like any other nation.

4PalKids is an international non-governmental organization with a mission to transform the lives of Palestinian children and youth in the occupied Palestinian Territories.

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Yet another #OscarsSoWhite, Scott Eric Kaufman, Salon 

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The Academy has a special talent for nominating all the white people involved in black films 

Lesbos -- Where Has Our Humanity Gone?

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  • The western world has a lot of soul searching to do. They should acknowledge their huge responsibility in this crisis, show more solidarity to Greece and step up. Every day that goes by is another day of mourning for humanity.
  • Special Report | The Clintons: “We Came, We Stole, Haitians Died”

Margarita Mavromichalis, Huffington Post 

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02/03/2016 | I came back from Lesbos yesterday with a heavier heart than usual. We keep hearing about the lives that get lost while trying to make the dangerous crossing from Turkey to Greece on rubber boats. Lives lost due to the harsh weather conditions at sea, the fake life jackets that are given to the refugees and the overloaded boats. Traffickers have no mercy. Bodies are recovered on what seems like a daily basis from the open sea by the coast guards or the fishermen; others are washed to shore, young and old alike.

I decided to visit the cemeteries where some of these people have been buried, because it is one thing to hear about the lives lost and it is another thing to see the graves with actual tomb stones engraved: Ahmad -- 9 months old; unknown baby -- 1 year old; Majed -- 5 years old; unknown girl -- 5 years old; Ajmal -- 23 years old; Ahmid -- 30 years old... The list goes on and on. These are the new Alan Kurdi. All had chosen to live and had the right to live, like we all do. They had chosen life over death but little did they know that life had not chosen them.

Margarita Mavromichalis, Photographer, comes from a family of Greek diplomats and has spent her life living and traveling all over the world. She speaks five languages and studied translation and interpreting.

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Special Report | The Clintons: “We Came, We Stole, Haitians Died” Glen Ford, Black Agenda Report

  • https://motherjones.com/files/images/haiti_main.gifThe Haitian people’s furious resistance to yet another fraudulent presidential election has scuttled U.S. plans to replace “Sweet Mickey” Martelly with another flunky named the “Banana Man.” The aborted fraud is a reminder that Secretary of State Clinton was an imperial bully who rigged the previous presidential election in Haiti and stole the country blind, along with her accomplice and husband, Bill. Those chickens may yet come home to roost.
  • “The discrediting of the elections would also reflect very badly on presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.”
  • “Hillary and Bill were the Bonnie and Clyde of Haiti.”

Special Report | The Clintons: “We Came, We Stole, Haitians Died”

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  • The Haitian people’s furious resistance to yet another fraudulent presidential election has scuttled U.S. plans to replace “Sweet Mickey” Martelly with another flunky named the “Banana Man.” The aborted fraud is a reminder that Secretary of State Clinton was an imperial bully who rigged the previous presidential election in Haiti and stole the country blind, along with her accomplice and husband, Bill. Those chickens may yet come home to roost.
  • “The discrediting of the elections would also reflect very badly on presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.”
  • “Hillary and Bill were the Bonnie and Clyde of Haiti.”

Glen Ford, Black Agenda Report

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http://www.blackagendareport.com/sites/default/files/styles/image-400x300/public/GLEN_Michel-Hilla.jpg?itok=_I_JhrVu Tue, 01/26/2016 | The island nation of Haiti is on the verge of finally ejecting the criminal President Michel “Sweet Mickey” Martelly, the dance hall performer and gangster who was foisted on the Haitian people by the United States through the bullying of then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, back in 2011. Martelly’s term is up, and he is constitutionally required to leave office by February 7. Martelly and his American, French and Canadian backers had hoped to use rigged elections and strong-arm tactics to install another puppet politician, Jovenel “The Banana Man” Moise, in the presidential palace. The “Banana Man” – who wants to turn Haiti into a real banana-exporting republic, to the further impoverishment of its small farmers – came in first in an October election that was so blatantly stolen, even the thoroughly corrupt Haitian elite could not endorse the outcome.

In fact, virtually no one in Haitian society except the “Banana Man” and “Sweet Mickey” and the tens thousands of Haitians who were paid to vote, repeatedly, at different polling places in October, considered the election to be valid. Jude Célestin, the candidate that came in second in the October electoral farce – and who was also cheated of victory by “Sweet Mickey” Martelly in the election five years ago – refused to go along with the travesty. Célestin said he would not take part in the bogus run-off election that was scheduled for this past Sunday – meaning, the “Banana Man” would have been the only candidate.

Glen Ford, Executive Editor, Black Agenda Report

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The Hand of Washington in the “Election Coups” in Venezuela

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  • This is a clear interference in the internal affairs of Venezuela. Who is the United States to tell the Venezuelan people how to interpret the new situation? The White House promotes the same narrative that the opposition in Venezuela is pushing.
  • The "Natural" Presence of US Armed Forces in Latin America

Arnold August, Global Research

http://www.globalresearch.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Venezuelan-election-400x250.jpg December 26, 2015 | On December 7, 2015, after the December 6 elections, the White House indicated in a press briefing:“What is clear is that the people of Venezuela have expressed their overwhelming desire for a change in direction.  And what is necessary is for all of the parties involved to engage in a dialogue about the future of that country mindful of the election results.  So that’s a process that we’ll certainly continue to watch closely from here.

 

Arnold August, a Canadian journalist and lecturer, is the author of Cuba and Its Neighbours: Democracy in Motion. Cuba’s neighbours under consideration are the U.S., Venezuela, Bolivia and Ecuador.

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  • Some figures illustrate the degree of dependency of the Latin American Armed Forces: the sale of US arms to Latin America and the Caribbean in 2014 amounted to 1,606’861,326 dollars and in 2012 was 2,408’527,664 dollars. The Latin American military who received training in 2013 were 12,157 effectives, while in 2014 they were 14,600.
  • Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador largely responsible for some of the highest murder rates in the world

 

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