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Bernie Sanders' Elephant in the Room

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  • The self-described “democratic-socialist” tends to backhandedly support the American empire, a seemingly habitual system that is markedly antithetical to socialist political philosophy. “No!” you may say. “Bernie is anti-war!” Unfortunately, his voting record does not align with this assertion.
  • Bernie Sanders supporters need to stop behaving like a cult

Nick Bernabe, Anti-Media

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Bernie%20Sanders%20Panders%20to%20Israel_0.jpgSeptember 21, 2015 | America’s new favorite populist has a foreign policy problem —one his loyal supporters continually downplay and war-loving Republicans have declined to criticize. Before Bernie Sanders supporters simply dismiss this article as a hit-job on the candidate, however, they should remember that criticizing one’s chosen candidate is not a disservice to him. In fact, it might even help him understand how his followers feel about the issues that matter to them.

Think back to the #BlackLivesMatter interruption of Sanders’ campaign event in Seattle and his subsequent actions to further incorporate racial inequality issues into his platform. Also remember that many Sanders supporters prematurely condemned the action taken by black activists without even knowing the full story. Don’t let reactionary feelings scare you into not questioning your candidate. You can improve his platform by criticizing it.

Nick BernabeAnti-Media Editor-in-Chief, Thinker, writer, and speaker on civil liberties, the drug war, economic justice, foreign policy, geopolitics, government corruption, the police state, politics, propaganda, and social justice. Just to name a few. 

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Bernie Sanders supporters need to stop behaving like a cult, Chris Tognotti, Daily Dot

  • As steadfast as Sanders and his supporters may be, their belligerence on questions about key social issues reveals a major danger in developing a cult-like following.
  • The problem with Bernie Sanders

 

Europe's Refugee Crisis Was Made in America

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  • Washington helped create the conditions with its wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The numbers keep on growing. The authorities are overwhelmed, as are the solidarity networks. The refugee crisis has revealed a different rift: between thousands of ordinary citizens, from Greece to Germany to Britain, ready to share their bread their homes, and governments determined to fortify their borders and protect their power, backed by both the anxious and the frankly xenophobic. 
  • Wars, Refugees And The Complete Lack Of Leadership Everywhere

Editors of the Nation, the Nation

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September 9, 2015 | All over Europe and the Mediterranean world, barriers are being breached: the natural and man-made barriers used by nation-states to shut out unwanted travelers; the barriers of fear and grief that keep people from fleeing war or poverty until they have no choice; the barriers of indifference that enable? the rest of us to get on with our lives as if those men, women, and children were no concern of ours. More than 380,000 people have crossed the Mediterranean this year in search of safety, two-thirds of them landing in Greece; at least 2,850 have drowned or are missing at sea. Syrians, Iraqis, Afghans, and others walk for days in the heat, sleep rough on docks or station platforms or by the side of the road, are tear-gassed and beaten at borders and crammed into trains like cattle as they try to make their way north.

The numbers keep on growing, but for those on the edge of Europe struggling with their own troubles, the story is not new. The authorities are overwhelmed, as are the solidarity networks that offer food and water, shelter and medical care. On a continent that seemed divided between north and south by the financial crisis, the refugee crisis has revealed a different rift: between thousands of ordinary citizens, from Greece to Germany to Britain, ready to share their bread and open up their homes, and governments determined to fortify their borders and protect their power, backed by both the anxious and the frankly xenophobic.

Founded by abolitionists in 1865, the Nation is America’s oldest weekly magazine, serving as a critical, independent voice in American journalism and a platform for investigative reporting and spirited debate on issues of import to the progressive community. 

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Wars, Refugees And The Complete Lack Of Leadership Everywhere, Alan Hart, Countercurrents 

  • If Obama had demonstrated real leadership … I think the countdown to catastrophe for Syria, the region and possibly the whole world could have been stopped.
  • A guide to the worst refugee crisis since WWII

A Short History of the U.S. Bombing of Civilian Facilities

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  • 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

Jon Schwarz, the Intercept <>

Bomb%20with%20US%20Flag.jpg Oct. 7 2015 | On October 3, a U.S. AC-130 gunship attacked a hospital run by Médecins Sans Frontières in Kunduz, Afghanistan, partially destroying it. Twelve staff members and 10 patients, including three children, were killed, and 37 people were injured. According to MSF, the U.S. had previously been informed of the hospital’s precise location, and the attack continued for 30 minutes after staff members desperately called the U.S. military.

The U.S. first claimed the hospital had been “collateral damage” in an airstrike aimed at “individuals” elsewhere who were “threatening the force.” Since then, various vague and contradictory explanations have been offered by the U.S. and Afghan governments, both of which promise to investigate the bombing. MSF has called the attack a war crime and demanded an independent investigation by a commission set up under the Geneva Conventions.

 

Before joining (the Intercept's First Look), Jon Schwarz worked for Michael Moore’s Dog Eat Dog Films and was Research Producer for Moore’s Capitalism: A Love Story. He’s contributed to many publications, including The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Wall Street Journal, Mother Jones and Slate, as well as NPR and “Saturday Night Live.”

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International Organizations Condemn U.S. for attacking Doctors Without Borders Hospital in Afghanistan, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • The U.S. story about the bombing of Doctors Without Borders is contradictory, ever-changing and possibly criminal.
  • Part 1: We Have Committed a War Crime: 'Patients Were Burning in Their Beds'
  • Part 2: I Have No Words to Express This - It Is Unspeakable

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Making Money from Misery? Disaster Capitalism from the Migrant Crisis to Afghanistan and Haiti

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For three years, I’ve investigated what happens after the spotlight fades from disasters in developing countries. What comes when the money and goodwill ends?

Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Democracy%20Now%21%20%7C%20Making%20Money%20from%20Disasters%20illus.jpgFriday, October 9, 2015 | When disaster strikes, who profits? That’s the question asked by journalist Antony Loewenstein in his new book, “Disaster Capitalism: Making a Killing out of Catastrophe.” Traveling across the globe, Loewenstein examines how companies such as G4S, Serco and Halliburton are cashing in on calamity, and describes how they are deploying for-profit private contractors to war zones and building for-profit private detention facilities to warehouse refugees, prisoners and asylum seekers. Recently, Loewenstein teamed up with filmmaker Thor Neureiter for a documentary by the same name that chronicles how international aid and investment has impacted communities in Haiti, Afghanistan, Papua New Guinea and beyond.

Amy Goodman: This is Democracy Now!, The War and Peace Report. I’m Amy Goodman. When disaster strikes, who profits? That’s the question asked by journalist Antony Loewenstein in his new book, Disaster Capitalism: Making a Killing out of Catastrophe. Traveling across the globe, Antony examines how companies, such as G4S, Serco, Halliburton, are cashing in on calamity. He describes how they’re deploying for-profit private contractors to war zones and building for-profit private detention facilities to warehouse refugees, prisoners, asylum seekers. Now Loewenstein has teamed up with filmmaker Thor Neureiter for an upcoming documentary by the same name that chronicles how international aid and investment has impacted communities from Haiti to Afghanistan to Papua New Guinea and beyond. This is the trailer.

Amy Goodman is an American award-winning broadcast journalist, syndicated columnist, investigative reporter and author. Goodman's investigative journalism career includes coverage of the East Timor independence movement and Chevron Corporation's role in Nigeria.

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

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  • The U.S. story about the bombing of Doctors Without Borders is contradictory, ever-changing and possibly criminal.
  • Part 1: We Have Committed a War Crime: 'Patients Were Burning in Their Beds'
  • Part 2: I Have No Words to Express This - It Is Unspeakable
  • Hospital Slaughter and the US/NATO Propaganda Machine

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest




Part 1: We Have Committed a War Crime: 'Patients Were Burning in Their Beds'

The U.S. story about the bombing of Doctors Without Borders is contradictory, ever-changing and possibly criminal.

Ben Norton, Salon / AlterNet 

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October 6, 2015  | Doctors Without Borders says it is under “the clear presumption that a war crime has been committed” after a U.S.-led NATO coalition bombed its hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan.

The aid organization, referred to internationally in French as Medecins Sans Frontières (MSF), asserted that it “condemn[s] this attack, which constitutes a grave violation of International Humanitarian Law.”

Ben Norton is a freelance writer and journalist.

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MSF nurse Lajos Zoltan Jecs was in Kunduz trauma hospital when the facility was struck by a series of aerial bombing raids in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Lajos Zoltan Jecs, Huffington Post 

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October 5, 2015 | It was absolutely terrifying.

I was sleeping in our safe room in the hospital. At around 2am I was woken up by the sound of a big explosion nearby. At first I didn't know what was going on. Over the past week we'd heard bombings and explosions before, but always further away. This one was different - close and loud.

At first there was confusion, and dust settling. As we were trying to work out what was happening, there was more bombing.

Lajos Zoltan Jecs: Nurse with Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) (Doctors Without Borders)

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Hospital Slaughter and the US/NATO Propaganda Machine, TGP Staff, the Greanville Post (TGP)

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  • “We have reached the absurd point of having the world’s survival threatened by prostituted bureaucrats and glorified shills…like (NATO chief Jens) Stoltenberg and Obama..” --Greanville Post Editor's Note
  • International Organizations Condemn U.S. for attacking Doctors Without Borders Hospital in Afghanistan

Wars, Refugees And The Complete Lack Of Leadership Everywhere

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  • If Obama had demonstrated real leadership … I think the countdown to catastrophe for Syria, the region and possibly the whole world could have been stopped.
  • A guide to the worst refugee crisis since WWII

Alan Hart, Countercurrents

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refugeeseurope.jpg.pagespeed.ic.fVMOaUCGSE.jpg16 September, 2015 | As the worst refugee crisis since World War II and one with the potential to overwhelm Europe as well as Lebanon and Jordan was gathering momentum (as it still is), the headline over an article in The New York Times by Roger Cohen was Obama's Syrian Nightmare. Cohen's opening shot was, "Syria will be the biggest blot on the Obama presidency, a debacle of staggering proportions."

On the same day Patrick Cockburn said in an article in The Independent that "the mass flight of people  will go on as long as the war in Syria and Iraq continues." (He also noted that there were civil wars in nine Islamic countries and that "none of them show any sign of ending.")

Alan Hart is a former ITN and BBC Panorama foreign correspondent. He is author of Zionism: The Real Enemy of the Jews

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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

A guide to the worst refugee crisis since WWII

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  • 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

Ben Norton, Mondoweiss

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Boatload%20of%20Refugees%2C%20credit-%20UNHC.jpgSeptember 9, 2015 | The world is witnessing the largest refugee crisis since the horrors of World War II.

Today there are close to 60 million war refugees, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)—“an all-time high as violence and persecution” around the world are on the rise.

The Middle East, North Africa, and Western Asia are particularly hard hit. Millions of refugees from Syria, Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan, and Yemen are fleeing violence and war in their countries. 

Ben Norton is a freelance journalist and writer based in New York City. His work has been featured in a variety of publications. 

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Read This Before the Media Uses a Drowned Refugee Boy to Start Another War, Dan Sanchez, AntiMedia

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You are troubled by that picture you saw on Facebook. Good. It means your heart hasn’t been completely hardened by nationalistic and xenophobic indoctrination. But don’t let it make you susceptible to war party manipulation. And don’t just “raise awareness” of it by liking and sharing the tragedy and then forgetting about it in a month. To truly contribute to justice for Aylan, work to set things right.

 

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