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Why Becoming a Legal Immigrant Is Next to Impossible

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  • Many wrongly assume there is a process you can easily go through to become legal. In reality, our immigration system is a bureaucratic nightmare.
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  • No One is “Illegal”
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  • Stop the Militarization of the DREAM Act!
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Mari Herreras  Tucson Weekly

The young woman sitting at a kitchen table with her father looks like any other Arizona teenager. Her hair is pulled back in a ponytail, and she's wearing jeans and a T-shirt emblazoned with a large silver peace sign.

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Moments ago she was running around her family's house in slippers being chased by a little black puppy her family got her -- a perfect distraction from her family's worries that her father faces deportation back to Mexico, where the family came from more than 14 years ago.

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At the request of the family's attorney, the Tucson Weekly will not identify her or her father or mother. The family is undocumented, in the country illegally. But this 18-year-old wants you to know a few things about her. She wants you to know that she works extra hard to be a good person. She obeys the law, works hard in school and cares about her community. She is in almost every way a model U.S. citizen.

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No One is “Illegal” Jim Wallis, Sojourners/God's Politics

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Today (Sep 15) is a day of hope for immigration reform. More than 500 immigration activists and faith leaders have gathered in Washington, D.C. to call on Congress to act on immigration reform. They represent the tens of thousands of you reading SojoMail today who, over the past few years, have taken action on immigration reform. It has been a long road, and a tough fight.

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But your actions make a difference. Due, in part, to this ongoing pressure, Senator Harry Reid announced yesterday (Sep 14) that the DREAM Act will be voted on as early as next week (Sep 19-25). The DREAM Act is bi-partisan legislation that allows young people who have been raised in the United States, excelled in school, and then pursued higher education or service in the military to have a pathway to citizenship.

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Stop the Militarization of the DREAM Act!, Comite Anti-Militarizacion (CAMI), in Change.org
Comite Anti-Militarizacion (CAMI) supports higher education for all students both documented and undocumented; however, we denounce the military component of the DREAM ACT. Unfortunately, this deadly component is strategically excluded from the debate by many Democrats and organizations who support the DREAM ACT.

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Nine years after 9/11, let's stop playing into bin Laden's hands

Could bin Laden, in his wildest imaginings, have hoped to provoke greater chaos? It is past time to reflect on what our enemy sought, and still seeks, to accomplish -- and how we have accommodated him.
The Self-Inflicted Wounds of 9/11

Ted Koppel, Washington Post | DC

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Thomas Sklarski

The attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, succeeded far beyond anything Osama bin Laden could possibly have envisioned. This is not just because they resulted in nearly 3,000 deaths, nor only because they struck at the heart of American financial and military power. Those outcomes were only the bait; it would remain for the United States to spring the trap.

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The goal of any organized terrorist attack is to goad a vastly more powerful enemy into an excessive response. And over the past nine years, the United States has blundered into the 9/11 snare with one overreaction after another. Bin Laden deserves to be the object of our hostility, national anguish and contempt, and he deserves to be taken seriously as a canny tactician. But much of what he has achieved we have done, and continue to do, to ourselves. Bin Laden does not deserve that we, even inadvertently, fulfill so many of his unimagined dreams.

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The Self-Inflicted Wounds of 9/11, Melvin A. Goodman, Truthout

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  • "Nearly twice as many Americans have died fighting wars in Iraq and Afghanistan than were lost in the 9/11 attacks. The total cost of these long wars will be in the trillions of dollars. When the United States invaded Iraq in 2003, the cost of oil was less than $25 a barrel; the price reached $140 a barrel in 2008 and, currently, the price is still three times the 2001 levels. The entire national security system has suffered as a result of the wrong-headed actions of the Bush administration in Iraq and the Obama administration in Afghanistan." Melvin A. Goodman, Truthout
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  • A post-9/11 betrayal endures
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Towards a World War III Scenario? The Role of Israel in Triggering an Attack on Iran

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  • Part II The Military Road Map
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  • Targeting Iran: Is the US Administration Planning a Nuclear Holocaust?
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Michel Chossudovsky, Global Research

The stockpiling and deployment of advanced weapons systems directed against Iran started in the immediate wake of the 2003 bombing and invasion of Iraq. From the outset, these war plans were led by the US, in liaison with NATO and Israel.
Following the 2003 invasion of Iraq, the Bush administration identified Iran and Syria as the next stage of “the road map to war”. US military sources intimated that an aerial attack on Iran could involve a large scale deployment comparable to the US "shock and awe" bombing raids on Iraq in March 2003:

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"American air strikes on Iran would vastly exceed the scope of the 1981 Israeli attack on the Osiraq nuclear center in Iraq, and would more resemble the opening days of the 2003 air campaign against Iraq.(See Globalsecurity)

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Preparing for World War III, Targeting Iran: Part I: Global Warfare, Michel Chossudovsky, Global Research

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Targeting Iran: Is the US Administration Planning a Nuclear Holocaust? Michel Chossudovsky, Global Research

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  • The international community has endorsed nuclear war in the name of World Peace. "Making the World safer" is the justification for launching a military operation which could potentially result in a nuclear holocaust.
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  • The Real Aim of Israel’s Bomb Iran Campaign
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Summary: The Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq: Week of September 5

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  • Fact Check: Is Iraq combat really over for US?
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  • More War Lies
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David Culver, ed., Evergreene Digest

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Dana Summers

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Fact Check: Is Iraq combat really over for US? Calvin Woodward, Associated Press, New York Times | NY
Despite President Barack Obama's declaration Tuesday (August 31) of an end to the combat mission in Iraq, combat almost certainly lies ahead.
The occupation of Iraq isn't over - it's being rebranded

More War Lies, David Swanson, Global Research

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  • Lies aren't used just to start wars, but also to escalate them, continue them, and even reduce or end them. And we got a pile of war lies from the president Tuesday evening (August 31).
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  • US Forces in Iraq Shift to Long-term Occupation
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Alan Simpson Condemns Disabled Vets for Breathing Agent Orange, David Dayen, FireDogLake

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  • Maybe if Simpson and the ruling class weren’t so damned bloodthirsty, we wouldn’t have choices like this to make.
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  • Veterans Group Calls for Removal of Alan Simpson
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  • Show Alan Simpson, Vet Hater, the Door
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Washington Post Bungles History of Gaza Blockade

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It gets the facts wrong on crucial history and context relating to the Israeli blockade of Gaza.

Alex Kane, Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)

In an article (8/10/10) on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's testimony to an Israeli panel investigating the May 31 raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla, the Washington Post gets the facts wrong on crucial history and context relating to the Israeli blockade of Gaza.

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Joel Greenberg writes:

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Netanyahu said that the naval blockade, imposed by the previous Israeli government in January 2009 during a military offensive against Hamas, was meant to prevent the smuggling of arms to the Gaza Strip, which he described as "a giant weapons depot and base for attacks on Israel."

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He added that 12 ships had tried to run the blockade since it was imposed, but none had reached Gaza.

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More War Lies

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  • Lies aren't used just to start wars, but also to escalate them, continue them, and even reduce or end them. And we got a pile of war lies from the president Tuesday evening (August 31).
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  • US Forces in Iraq Shift to Long-term Occupation
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David Swanson, Global Research

Lies aren't used just to start wars, but also to escalate them, continue them, and even reduce or end them. And we got a pile of war lies from the president Tuesday evening.

Obama claimed the war on Iraq was initially a war to disarm a state. Really? And then "terrorist" Iraqis attacked our troops in their country. Yet if they had done that in our country, I suspect they would still be the terrorists. And then it became a civil war which we were innocently caught up in. Uh huh.

U.S. participants in this crime are heroes, always and everywhere. That's sacred. The troops' mission has involved protecting the Iraqi people, and by golly they've done a superb job, as long as we don't mention the complete devastation of Iraq, the million dead, the millions of refugees, and the intense resentment of those remaining toward our country for what we've done to theirs.

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US Forces in Iraq Shift to Long-term Occupation, Debra Sweet, The World Can't Wait

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  • Adil E. Shamoo, a professor of ethics, writes in What You Will Not Hear About Iraq, "Iraq has between 25 and 50 percent unemployment, a dysfunctional parliament, rampant disease, an epidemic of mental illness, and sprawling slums. The killing of innocent people has become part of daily life. What a havoc the United States has wreaked in Iraq...
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  • Iraq: Torture. Corruption. Civil war. America has Certainly Left Its Mark
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  • The occupation of Iraq isn't over - it's being rebranded
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Summary: Natural Disasters: Week of August 29

Haitian Earthquake, Pakistani and Chinese Floods,  Russian Fires

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  • Pakistani floods: A man-made not a natural disaster
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  • Where's Haiti's Bailout?
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David Culver, ed., Evergreene Digest

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Jeff Danziger

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What is fuelling floods and fires? Julia Slater and Renat Künzi, Swiss Info

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  • While most climate experts say that it is too soon to draw any conclusions about a link with climate change, many agree that current events fit in with the warnings issued by the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) over the past 20 years.
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  • The truth: Still there, still inconvenient
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  • Who Cooked the Planet?
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Pakistani floods: A man-made not a natural disaster, Wije Dias, World Socialist Web Site
The tragedy unfolding in Pakistan as a result of the country’s worst floods in 80 years is a devastating indictment not only of the present Pakistani government, but of its international allies—the US in particular—and the profit system as a whole.

Rebuilding Haiti: Dispatches from the Relief Effort, Huffington Post
Haiti is still there. Shattered, starving and suffering, the Haitian people endure and slowly, a rebuilt nation is rising from the rubble.
Beginning March 23 members of the Huffington Post Citizen Reporting unit will chronicle these efforts on this blog. The team includes relief workers both on the ground in Haiti, members of international support teams like UNICEF and Oxfam as well as supporters dispatching help from their hometowns across the country.

Still Hoping For Haiti, Progress Report
While the U.S. government has funneled roughly $4 billion into Haiti's economy to counter the country's "dismal economic trajectory" since 1990, Haiti still "continued to languish as the poorest in the Western Hemisphere," with the U.S. and neoliberal economic policies partially at fault.

Where's Haiti's Bailout? Isabel Macdonald, Huffington Post
Six months after the earthquake, the plan for a "New Future for Haiti" seems remote indeed.

IMF cancels $268 million Haiti debt, Associated Press
The IMF says it has canceled Haiti's $268 million debt and will lend the earthquake-devastated country another $60 million to help it with reconstruction plans.

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Summary: The Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq: Week of August 29

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  • Task force: Military suicide prevention efforts inadequate
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  • The occupation of Iraq isn't over - it's being rebranded
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David Culver, ed., Evergreene Digest

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Jeff Danziger

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Read Huffington Post's Afghanistan Big News Page, Huffington Post
Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Thomas Sklarski
Some News So Big It Needs It's Own Page

US Forces in Iraq Shift to Long-term Occupation, Debra Sweet, The World Can't Wait

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  • Adil E. Shamoo, a professor of ethics, writes in What You Will Not Hear About Iraq, "Iraq has between 25 and 50 percent unemployment, a dysfunctional parliament, rampant disease, an epidemic of mental illness, and sprawling slums. The killing of innocent people has become part of daily life. What a havoc the United States has wreaked in Iraq...
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  • Iraq: Torture. Corruption. Civil war. America has Certainly Left Its Mark
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  • The occupation of Iraq isn't over - it's being rebranded
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Iraq: Torture. Corruption. Civil war. America has Certainly Left Its Mark. Robert Fisk, London Independent | UK, in ZCommunications

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  • The American soldiers came. They saw. They lost. And now they say they've won. How the Arabs, surviving on six hours of electricity a day in their bleak country, must be hoping for no more victories like this one.
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  • The War on Iraq : Five US Presidents, Five British Prime Ministers, Thirty Years of Duplicity, and Counting....
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The occupation of Iraq isn't over - it's being rebranded, Debra Sweet, World Can't Wait

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  • The occupation of Iraq is only being re-branded, not ended. Despite President Obama's fallacious claims that the war in Iraq is winding down, the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment is deploying!
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  • We Are Not Your Soldiers!
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  • Collateral Murder: U.S. Soldier Ethan McCord's Eyewitness Story
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Task force: Military suicide prevention efforts inadequate, Barbara Barrett, McClatchy Newspapers

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  • The task force describes the Defense Department's approach as a safety net riddled with holes.
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  • The military must look at mental health and well being as part of an overall approach to fitness — one that includes social, physical, spiritual and psychological wellness.
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