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Abby Martin: Sabotage, Not Socialism, is the Problem in Venezuela.

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To get the Bolivarian government’s side of the crisis, Abby Martin interviews Venezuela’s Minister of Economic Planning, Ricardo Menéndez. 

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June 17, 2017 | Today in the corporate media, Venezuela’s economic problems are used to paint the country as a failed state, in need of foreign-backed regime change.

To get the Bolivarian government’s side of the crisis, Abby Martin interviews Venezuela’s Minister of Economic Planning, Ricardo Menéndez. 

They discuss shortages, oil dependency, the role of the US-backed opposition movement and more.

The Empire Files joined him in Cojedes, Venezuela, where he was speaking to mass community meetings, organizing the population to fight against what he calls an economic war. Abby Martin  is an American journalist and presenter of The Empire Files, an investigative news program on teleSUR English and YouTube.

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Australian Journalist’s Devastating Take On Trump At G-20 Goes Viral


  • The U.S. president “managed to diminish his nation and to confuse and alienate his allies,” Chris Uhlmann says.
  • Related: Henry A. Giroux | War Culture, Militarism and Racist Violence Under Trump
  • Related: Corporate Media to US: Trump Teasing Mika Brzezinksi is Worse than Him Killing Children

Doha Madani, HuffPost If you like reading this article, consider joining the crew of all reader-supported Evergreene Digest by contributing the equivalent of a cafe latte a month--using the donation button above—so we can bring you more just like it. 07/09/2017 | Chris Uhlmann, political editor for the Australian Broadcast Corporation, didn’t mince any words when reporting on President Donald Trump at the G-20 summit. 

The newsman’s two-minute broadcast centered entirely on the president’s awkward performance at the international conference and what it meant for the United States as a world power. To Uhlmann, it means nothing good. And the clip, which the Australian outlet tweetedhas resonated soundly with a lot of people. Madani is a trends reporter for HuffPost. She has a M.A. in International Reporting from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism and has been published in The Daily Star and The Tampa (FL) Tribune.

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Henry A. Giroux | War Culture, Militarism and Racist Violence Under Trump, Henry A. Giroux, Truthout Donald Trump speaks to supporters at a campaign rally in Prescott Valley, Arizona, on October 4, 2016. (Photo: Gage Skidmore)

We must disrupt the "common sense" that is produced in mainstream cultural apparatuses and that serves as glue for the rise of right-wing populism. This is not merely a call for a third political party. Any vision for this movement must reject the false notion that capitalism and democracy are synonymous. Democratic socialism is once again moving a generation of young people. We need to accelerate this movement for a radical democracy before it is too late.


Corporate Media to US: Trump Teasing Mika Brzezinksi is Worse than Him Killing Children, Matt Agorist, The Free Thought Project

  • the mainstream media goes up in arms over Trump's comments about Mika Brzezinksi, their silence on his war crimes proves their role, distract and conquer.
  • “Which is worse? Trump blowing hundreds of girls faces to pieces in Yemen or Trump mentioning the daughter of Zbigniew Brzezinski’s facelift?” --Julian Assange

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U.K.’s Corbyn Told Truth about Terrorism

  • Analysts credit the Labour Party’s strong showing in the U.K. election to economic issues, but its leader, Jeremy Corbyn, also told voters the truth about how the West’s Mideast wars have spread terrorism, notes Lawrence Davidson.
  • From the Archives | 'You Cannot Use Military Force to Wipe Out Terrorism' 

Lawrence Davidson, Consortium News Jeremy Corbyn, the new leader of Great Britain’s Labour Party.

June 10, 2017 | On May 26, Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of British Labour Party, made a speech which dealt in large part with security and foreign policy. Much of his presentation was surprisingly accurate. Here is what he said:

—There is a cause-and-effect relationship “between wars our governments supported and fought in other countries and terrorism here at home.” For instance, the May 22 Manchester bombing, which killed 22 people, may well be connected to the United Kingdom’s involvement in the overthrow of the Libyan government of Muammar Gaddafi and the subsequent civil wars.

—This cause-and-effect relationship is not a matter of speculation. “Many experts, including professionals in our intelligence and security services, have pointed to these connections.”

Lawrence Davidson is a history professor at West Chester University in Pennsylvania. He is the author of Foreign Policy Inc.: Privatizing America’s National Interest; America’s Palestine: Popular and Official Perceptions from Balfour to Israeli Statehood; and Islamic Fundamentalism.

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From the Archives | 'You Cannot Use Military Force to Wipe Out Terrorism' Janine Jackson, Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR),h_316,al_c,q_75,usm_0.50_1.20_0.00/25f54d_0b3f03a501c24802b7a7f2a0e3f8eba0.jpg

  • But the problem is, as long as you’re doing the military, the others don’t work. You can’t be bombing people and at the same time think that you’re going to succeed at, quote, “persuading” them, which is one of the great things the Obama administration has talked about wanting to do, persuading them that ISIS is not their friend. Well, it might be easier to persuade them of that if you weren’t killing them. You know, it’s — there’s something illogical there.
  • Janine Jackson interviewed Phyllis Bennis about ISIS attacks for the July 8, 2016, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript.



The $110 billion arms deal to Saudi Arabia is fake news

None of the deals identified so far are new, all began in the Obama administration.

Bruce Riedel, Brookings

Thanks to Evergreene Digest reader/contributor Jay Kvale for this contribution. Now you can follow Evergreene Digest on Twitter., June 5, 2017 | Last month, President Trump visited Saudi Arabia and his administration announced that he had concluded a $110 billion arms deal with the kingdom. Only problem is that there is no deal. It’s fake news.

I’ve spoken to contacts in the defense business and on the Hill, and all of them say the same thing: There is no $110 billion deal. Instead, there are a bunch of letters of interest or intent, but not contracts. Many are offers that the defense industry thinks the Saudis will be interested in someday. So far nothing has been notified to the Senate for review. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency, the arms sales wing of the Pentagon, calls them “intended sales.” None of the deals identified so far are new, all began in the Obama administration. Bruce Riedel: Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy, Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence; Center for Middle East Policy Director, The Intelligence Project


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The Forgotten History of Cinco De Mayo

This image depicts the Battle of Puebla between Mexican forces and invading French forces that took place on May 5, 1862.

It's not about beer. It's about rich countries strangling poor ones. 

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Dave & the Crew

May 5 2017 | Today is Cinco De Mayo, May 5. To the degree most Americans think about it all, it’s as a day to drink lots of Mexican beer.

But the forgotten history behind Cinco de Mayo is fascinating and remains extremely relevant today. In fact, it’s so relevant for small countries around the world that it’s hard not to believe that’s exactly why it’s been forgotten.

Cinco de Mayo celebrates the victory of Mexican troops over the invading 

French army at the Battle of Puebla southeast of Mexico City on May 5, 1862. Because the Mexican soldiers were badly outnumbered and outgunned, the unexpected triumph was a watershed in forging the country’s national identity. (Militarily it wasn’t that significant — the next year France captured the Mexican capital and installed a member of the Austrian nobility as Maximillian I, “Emperor of Mexico.”) joining 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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Russia-Baiting Pushed Trump to Attack Syria—and Increases the Risks of Nuclear Annihilation

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  • The anti-Russia bandwagon has gained so much momentum that a national frenzy is boosting the odds of unfathomable catastrophe.
  • Related: Special Report | Syria debate

Norman Solomon, Common Dreams you can follow Evergreene Digest on Twitter <>., April 10, 2017 | Vast efforts to portray Donald Trump as Vladimir Putin’s flunky have given Trump huge incentives to prove otherwise. Last Thursday, he began the process in a big way by ordering a missile attack on Russia’s close ally Syria. In the aftermath of the attack, the cheerleading from U.S. mass media was close to unanimous, and the assault won lots of praise on Capitol Hill. Finally, the protracted and fervent depictions of Trump as a Kremlin tool were getting some tangible results.

At this point, the anti-Russia bandwagon has gained so much momentum that a national frenzy is boosting the odds of unfathomable catastrophe. The world’s two nuclear superpowers are in confrontation mode.

It’s urgent to tell ourselves and each other: Wake up!

Norman Solomon is co-founder of and founding director of the Institute for Public Accuracy. His books include War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death” and "Made Love, Got War: Close Encounters with America's Warfare State".

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Special Report | Syria debate, Ruth Conniff <>, the Progressive 

On the anniversary of U.S. entry into World War I, we should be wary of arguments for war.




What a policy of real solidarity with the Syrian people looks like

New York, NY - April 07 | People participate in a protest against a recent American missile strike in Syria in Union Square on April 7, 2017 in New York, United States. The strike, on Syrian military Air base, came days after it is suspected that the Syrian government used chemical weapons against a rebel held town. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

  • Even a strong shift on issues like the International Criminal Court won’t suffice unless the United States begins to change its alliances among the Syrian people.
  • Related: Because Passover is a refugee story, one synagogue invited refugees to Seder

James Trimarco, YES! Magazine / Waging Nonviolence

April 10, 2017 | After the release of horrifying images of Syrian civilians killed by chemical attacks on Tuesday, there were predictable demands that the United States should “take action” against the regime of Bashar Al-Assad. Indeed, hawkish voices in both the Democratic and Republican parties have been calling for U.S. military engagement in Syria at least since March 2013, when more than two dozen people were killed in a sarin gas attack in the country’s north. In this context, Trump stands to benefit politically from Thursday’s missile strikes against a Syrian airfield.

In his address to the nation, Trump said the goal is “to end the slaughter and bloodshed.” But many Middle East experts say airstrikes won’t stop the violence. Assad’s regime and its allies have already weathered more than 100,000 casualties in a civil war that has killed or injured more than 11 percent of the country’s population. Assad immediately responded to Trump’s missiles with a promise that the attack “does not change the deep policies” of the Syrian government. As if on cue, the town that suffered the chemical weapons on Tuesday was bombed again on Friday and Saturday—presumably by the Syrian government.

James Trimarco is a senior editor at YES! Magazine

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Because Passover is a refugee story, one synagogue invited refugees to Seder, Eric March, Upworthy Photo via iStock.

  • This year, Beth-El is preparing to host over 100 congregants and some special first-time guests: about 50 refugees, most from Afghanistan.
  • "There’s a saying in Judaism that a little light dispels a lot of darkness," Knopf says. "So even though we’re just one little community in one little city, I think we’re doing a lot of illuminating for at least this group of people."


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