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Special Project | US Wars and Covert Actions Around the World: Week Ending July 27, 2014

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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. 
  • 9 New Items including:
    • Our 21st Century Energy Wars
    • Israel Firing Experimental Weapons at Gaza’s Civilians, Say Doctors
    • The Human Price of Neocon Havoc,
    • State Department Ignores How US Forces Have Inspired ‘Emergence’ of Al Qaeda Affiliates
    • The Bombing of Gaza
    • Mapping Militarism
    • Why America Hates And Despises Victims
    • Peace Is No Longer a Partisan Issue
    • How the US is Fueling Military Repression in Honduras

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

 

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Our 21st Century Energy Wars, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

  • Global conflicts are increasingly fueled by the desire for oil and natural gas––and the funds they generate.
  • Part 1: Israeli Defence Force's (IDF's) Gaza assault is to control Palestinian gas, avert Israeli energy crisis.
  • Part 2: Our 21st Century Energy Wars

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Israel Firing Experimental Weapons at Gaza’s Civilians, Say Doctors, Rania Khalek, Electronic Intifada

  • The people of Gaza … have long served as involuntary lab rats for Israel’s weapons industry. 
  • Massacre of the Innocents: Slaughter in the Gaza Ghetto

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The Human Price of Neocon Havoc, Robert Parry, Consortium News

  • Neocons are the “masters of chaos” as they destabilize disfavored governments around the world. But real people pay the price as we’ve seen with Israel’s slaughter of four boys on a Gaza beach and an apparent shoot-down of a Malaysian airliner over war-torn Ukraine.
  • State Department Ignores How US Forces Have Inspired ‘Emergence’ of Al Qaeda Affiliates
  • How Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and Congressional Republicans Created Child-Refugee Flood

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State Department Ignores How US Forces Have Inspired ‘Emergence’ of Al Qaeda Affiliates, Kevin Gosztola, The Dissenter, FireDogLake

There was no Al Qaeda in Iraq prior to the US invasion in 2003. Now, under Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, Al Qaeda is resurgent, benefiting from the autocratic rule of the country’s prime minister.

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The Bombing of Gaza, LUV  Lliberty Underground

"I want to ask the White House, Who do they think is actually targeting civilians when it is Palestinian children being killed?" —Ramah Kudaimi, US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation

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Jen Sorensen | Iraq Now and Zen / editorialcartoonists.comJen Soresensen

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Mapping Militarism, David Swanson, OpEd News

  • World Beyond War has created a set of online interactive maps to help us all see where and how war and preparations for war exist in the world today.
  • Peace Is No Longer a Partisan Issue

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Why America Hates And Despises Victims, Eric Zuesse, Countercurrents.org

  • So, this is why all those people we’re bombing in Ukraine receive absolutely no sympathy from America’s “news” media: those people we are bombing are victims. And those “news” people are paid by the people who are behind those bombings. After all, if it weren’t so, you’d already have known about the U.S.-sponsored ethnic cleansing campaign throughout southeastern Ukraine. And that’s why you probably haven’t read, or seen on TV, lots and lots about it. Or, maybe, anything about it.
  • Ukraine, U.S., and big bad Putin: Who's the bully?
  • The United States of Cruelty
  • Noam Chomsky | America's Real Foreign Policy

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Peace Is No Longer a Partisan Issue, John V. Walsh, Counterpunch

  • Doves Darken the Sky as They Take Flight From Democratic Party
  • The Democratic Push To Bomb Iraq Again
  • Obama Sets the US on a Slippery Slope to War in Iraq

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How the US is Fueling Military Repression in Honduras, Lynn HollandForeign Policy in Focus

  • Military repression in Honduras is a direct legacy of U.S. meddling in the country.
  • The Humanitarian Crisis At The Border Is Actually A Foreign Policy Crisis

 

Whither Israel?

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  • The Road to Ruad
  • Israel Is Captive to Its ‘Destructive Process’ 

Fred Reed, Fred on Everything

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July 20, 2014 | I first heard the phrase in Phnom Penh during the siege: “The situation is hopeless, but not critical.” As Israel and the Moslem world claw at each other unendingly, I wonder whether the same diagnosis doesn’t apply. Perhaps I am wrong. I don’t see how.

To begin at the beginning: The Jews had long wanted a country of their own and, after Germany, understandably really wanted one. The problem was that all the countries were already taken except maybe Antarctica, so they conquered parts of Palestine by force of arms.

Fred Reed Fred, a keyboard mercenary with a disorganized past, has been published in Playboy, Soldier of Fortune, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Harper's, National Review, Signal, Air & Space, and suchlike. He has worked as a police writer, technology editor, military specialist, and authority on mercenary soldiers. He is by all accounts as looney as a tune.

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Israel Is Captive to Its ‘Destructive Process’ Chris Hedges, Truthdig

The belief that a race or class is contaminated is used by ruling elites to justify quarantining the people of that group. But quarantine is only the first step. 

 

Israel Firing Experimental Weapons at Gaza’s Civilians, Say Doctors

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  • The people of Gaza … have long served as involuntary lab rats for Israel’s weapons industry. 
  • Massacre of the Innocents: Slaughter in the Gaza Ghetto

Rania Khalek, Electronic Intifada

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July 15, 2014 | Doctors treating patients in Gaza have accused Israel of using experimental weapons on Palestinian civilians.

Addressing reporters at a press conference on Sunday, Youssef Abul Resh, undersecretary of the health ministry in Gaza said, “Medical teams have registered injuries consistent with those caused by DIME [dense inert metal explosives] and other banned weapons.” 

Rania Khalek is an independent journalist reporting on the underclass and marginalized. For more of her work check out her website Dispatches from the Underclass.

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Massacre of the Innocents: Slaughter in the Gaza Ghetto, Chris Floyd, Empire Burlesque  

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  • The soul of the world is sleeping, and the murderous rampage goes on.
  • The Bombing of Gaza

 

The Human Price of Neocon Havoc

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  • Neocons are the “masters of chaos” as they destabilize disfavored governments around the world. But real people pay the price as we’ve seen with Israel’s slaughter of four boys on a Gaza beach and an apparent shoot-down of a Malaysian airliner over war-torn Ukraine.
  • State Department Ignores How US Forces Have Inspired ‘Emergence’ of Al Qaeda Affiliates
  • How Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and Congressional Republicans Created Child-Refugee Flood

Robert Parry, Consortium News

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July 17, 2014 | Whether the tragedy is four boys getting blown apart while playing on a beach in Gaza or nearly 300 killed from a suspected missile strike on a Malaysian Airliner over Ukraine or the thousands upon thousands of other innocent victims slaughtered in Iraq, Syria, Libya and other recent war zones, the underlying lesson is that the havoc encouraged by America’s neocons results in horrendous loss of human life.

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While clearly other players share in this blame, including the soldiers on the ground and the politicians lacking the courage to compromise, the principal culprits in the bloodshed of the past dozen years have been the neoconservatives and their “liberal interventionist” allies who can’t seem to stop stirring up trouble in the name of “democracy” and “human rights.”

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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State Department Ignores How US Forces Have Inspired ‘Emergence’ of Al Qaeda Affiliates, Kevin Gosztola, The Dissenter, FireDogLake

There was no Al Qaeda in Iraq prior to the US invasion in 2003. Now, under Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, Al Qaeda is resurgent, benefiting from the autocratic rule of the country’s prime minister.

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How Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and Congressional Republicans Created Child-Refugee Flood, Eric Zuesse, OpEdNews

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  • If President Obama now treats those desperate children as if they were not refugees, then he will be culminating what he has already done to them, not moving to reverse it, but instead to seal their dooms.
  • How the US is Fueling Military Repression in Honduras

 

 

Israel Is Captive to Its ‘Destructive Process’

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The belief that a race or class is contaminated is used by ruling elites to justify quarantining the people of that group. But quarantine is only the first step. 

Chris Hedges, Truthdig

 

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Jul 14, 2014 | Raul Hilberg in his monumental work “The Destruction of the European Jews” chronicled a process of repression that at first was “relatively mild” but led, step by step, to the Holocaust. It started with legal discrimination and ended with mass murder. “The destructive process was a development that was begun with caution and ended without restraint,” Hilberg wrote.

The Palestinians over the past few decades have endured a similar “destructive process.” They have gradually been stripped of basic civil liberties, robbed of assets including much of their land and often their homes, have suffered from mounting restrictions on their physical movements, been blocked from trading and business, especially the selling of produce, and found themselves increasingly impoverished and finally trapped behind walls and security fences erected around Gaza and the West Bank.

Chris Hedges, a weekly columnist for Truthdig, is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who has reported from more than 50 countries, specializing in American politics and society. 

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State Department Ignores How US Forces Have Inspired ‘Emergence’ of Al Qaeda Affiliates

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There was no Al Qaeda in Iraq prior to the US invasion in 2003. Now, under Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, Al Qaeda is resurgent, benefiting from the autocratic rule of the country’s prime minister.

Kevin Gosztola, The Dissenter, FireDogLake

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4088/5079278783_194c77492e.jpg Thursday May 1, 2014 | The United States State Department has released its annual report on global terrorism where it highlights “serious threat” posed to the US by the growth in affiliates of Al Qaeda while also acknowledging that the “international community has severely degraded Al Qaeda’s core leadership.”

As it describes, “Leadership losses in Pakistan, coupled with weak governance and instability in the Middle East and Northwest Africa, have accelerated the decentralization of the movement and led to the affiliates in the AQ network becoming more operationally autonomous from core AQ and increasingly focused on local and regional objectives.”

 

 

Kevin Gosztola is a trusted author who publishes his writing regularly to OpEdNews and Open Salon and he is a 2009 Young People For Fellow. He is a documentary filmmaker currently completing a Film/Video degree at Columbia College in Chicago.

 

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How Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and Congressional Republicans Created Child-Refugee FloodEric Zuesse, OpEdNews 

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  • If President Obama now treats those desperate children as if they were not refugees, then he will be culminating what he has already done to them, not moving to reverse it, but instead to seal their dooms.
  • How the US is Fueling Military Repression in Honduras

     

     

How Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and Congressional Republicans Created Child-Refugee Flood

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  • If President Obama now treats those desperate children as if they were not refugees, then he will be culminating what he has already done to them, not moving to reverse it, but instead to seal their dooms.
  • How the US is Fueling Military Repression in Honduras

Eric Zuesse, OpEdNews

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Caged: Congress-man Henry Cuellar took these shocking images to highlight how overwhelmed the US authorities are with the recent tide of illegal immigrants

7/12/2014 | Frances Robles of The New York Times headlined on July 9th, 

 

"Fleeing Gangs, Children Head to U.S. Border" and reported:

 

More than half of the top 50 Central American cities from which children are leaving for the United States are in Honduras. Virtually none of the children have come from Nicaragua, a bordering country that has staggering poverty, but not a pervasive gang culture or a record-breaking murder rate. "Everyone has left," Alan Castellanos, 27, the uncle of Anthony and Kenneth, said in an interview in late May. "How is it that an entire country is being brought to its knees?"

The answer to that question is remarkably clear, and it started actually in 2009.

Investigative historian Eric Zuesse is the author, most recently, of They're Not Even Close: The Democratic vs. Republican Economic Records, 1910-2010, and of Christ's Ventriloquists: The Event that Created Christianity.

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How the US is Fueling Military Repression in Honduras, Lynn Holland,  Foreign Policy in Focus

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  • Military repression in Honduras is a direct legacy of U.S. meddling in the country.
  • The Humanitarian Crisis At The Border Is Actually A Foreign Policy Crisis

 

The Bombing of Gaza

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"I want to ask the White House, Who do they think is actually targeting civilians when it is Palestinian children being killed?" —Ramah Kudaimi, US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation

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Bombing%20of%20Gaza.jpg July 10, 2014 | The death toll in Gaza has risen to 64 after 14 people – including seven women and children – were killed in Israeli airstrikes as Operation Protective Edge entered its third day. At least 18 children have been killed since Tuesday," begins a piece at Russia Today this morning.  

 

Common Dreams reports "The White House on Tuesday announced its backing of Israel's escalating air strikes on Gaza amid reports of a rising Palestinian death toll that now includes the killing of more than a dozen children."  

Israel uses the excuse, for its collective punishment of Arabs for the death of three Israeli teens, which escalated the conflict, that it was targeting Hamas, who it claims was responsible (without showing evidence).  In response to the massive bombing by Israel, Palestinians have fired back rockets, which have inflicted little damage according to various reports.

What's never allowed in the American mainstream press is that Hamas was created by Israel to undermine Yassir Arafat's Fatah movement, in a divide and conquer strategy.  Of course, this has backfired on Israel, which now identifies Hamas as "terrorist," just as the creation of al Qaeda by the CIA has backfired on the Empire. (Here's Hillary Clinton admitting it.)

Liberty Underground: We are not a talk group but post a daily progressive news/opinion piece promoting compassion, sharing and understanding, or opposing their opposites-- hatred, greed and delusion.

 

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