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The goal? Corporate domination of resources and markets with expanding militarism

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  • “Either the Transnational Capitalist Class alliance self-destructs, compelled by the conscious mobilization of the working people in solidarity across the continents, those who oppose war and stand solidly together in a counterforce on the side of humanity, or we go further downhill the slope of lower depths, into an abyss.
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  • For every person there are always two choices in life: to accept things as they are or to accept the responsibility to bring about change – from a war economy to a political economy of peace to share, to preserve our environment and to belong to the commons in which every being has an equal stake for our minimum needs.”
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Bruce Gagnon, Organizing Notes/Axis of Logic

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Coleen Rowley

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Image by Dandelion Salad via Flickr

I am writing from Nagpur on Oct 10 but not certain when I will be able to post this, as I have no Internet connection at this time. I am staying in a guesthouse that the state ministers use when they come to Nagpur each year for the state assembly that meets for a couple of weeks. It is a humble room with bed, two chairs, a desk, and an Indian-style bathroom. Lucky for me it is air conditioned, as Nagpur seems to have a reputation as one of the hottest places in India. Nagpur is located about mid-center in the country.

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I arrived here early yesterday (Oct 9) morning after a 5:50 am flight from New Delhi. The plane stopped in Raipur first to drop off, and pick up, more passengers as it made its three-legged route between the cities.

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Lessons of the Obama Debacle

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  • The failure of progressives (is) to translate their vision and values into a program that is convincing and connects with the people trapped in the terrible existential conditions created by the global financial crisis.
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  • Our side has been derailed (but) ... we can fight back to political relevance.
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Walden Bello, Foreign Policy in Focus

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The problem with us progressives at this time of crisis is not that we lack an alternative paradigm to pit against the discredited neoliberal paradigm.

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No, the elements of the alternative based on the values of democracy, justice, equality, and environmental sustainability are there and have been there for sometime, the product of collective intellectual and activist work over the last few decades.

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The key problem is the failure of progressives to translate their vision and values into a program that is convincing and connects with the people trapped in the terrible existential conditions created by the global financial crisis. This fluid process is preeminently political. It requires translating a strategic perspective into a tactical program that takes advantage of the opportunities, ambiguities, and contradictions of the present moment to construct a critical mass for progressive change from diverse class and social forces.

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Iraqis injured in war arrive in Minneapolis for donated medical treatment

On October 12 at 7:00 PM, IARP, the Twin Cities Peace Campaign, and Women Against Military Madness are sponsoring "Voices from Iraq," an event at St. Joan of Arc Church, 4537 Third Avenue South in Minneapolis. Mr. Sami Rasouli, Director of the Muslim Peacemaker Teams in Najaf, Iraq, will speak.

Kathy McKay, The Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project (IARP)


On September 18, 2010, five Iraqis arrived in Minneapolis, MN, including two who are receiving donated medical treatment. One of these is Ikhlas Muhassan Abbas, a young Iraqi teacher who lost her left leg and right foot in August of 2004 when an errant missile tore into her home in Najaf (Minneapolis' newest Sister City), Iraq. After a series of surgeries, doctors were forced to amputate. As a result, Ikhlas became confined to a wheelchair, dependent on her family, and unable to begin her teaching career, a profession she had been dreaming of and working towards for years.

Ikhlas is in Minneapolis to receive prostheses and physical therapy. The full procedure of designing, building and adjusting Ikhlas' prostheses has been donated by Greg Gruman, President and CEO of Winkley Laboratories in Minneapolis. Physical therapy for Ikhlas is also being donated by Winkley and Courage Center, also located in Minneapolis. In addition, many Twin Cities residents, including recent Iraqi refugee arrivals, have hosted Ikhlas and Fadheelah in their homes, provided interpretation services, and helped with driving and other daily tasks.

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For further information, please contact IARP or visit our website.

For a recent update on Ikhlas' second week in Minneapolis and photos, click here.

To read Ikhlas' statement on the 2004 incident which caused her to lose her left leg and right foot, click here.

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Summary | The Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq: Week of October 10

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  • US troops are still dying in two Mission Impossibles
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  • How propaganda is used in the U.S. to control it citizens
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David Culver, ed., Evergreene Digest

Veterans' 25 x 17 banner tells it straight to Obama at 555 PA Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.Photo by Ellen Davidson

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US troops are still dying in two Mission Impossibles, Jim Hightower, Hightower Lowdown

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  • In Iraq, Obama says it's over but it's not
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  • In Afghanistan, who wants to die for Karzai?
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Even The Troops Are Waking Up - A Fantastic Video, David Icke, DavidIcke.com
Empire of Illusion

Do The Costs of Two Wars Exceed Our Human Capacity to Care? Chante Wolf, Persian Gulf War Veteran, Evergreene Digest
Where do the soldiers go next and who can they trust to hear their pain without judgement?

How propaganda is used in the U.S. to control it citizens, Jack Finley, Veterans for Peace

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  • This video can provide a one and one-half hour of a Marketing 101 class on how rulers govern.
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  • The End of America? Naomi Wolf Thinks It Could Happen
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Summary | Natural Disasters: Week of October 10

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  • The Betrayal Of Haiti
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  • For Haiti, U.S. aid remains just a promise
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David Culver, ed., Evergreene Digest

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Jim Morin

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The Betrayal Of Haiti,  Ashley Smith, Z Communications/Axis of Logic

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  • The U.S., France, Canada and the UN--not to mention a range of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) with connections in high places--have done next to nothing to provide alternative shelter to refugees. They have failed to remove the rubble, let alone begin reconstruction, and they reneged on their pledges to deliver aid.
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  • For Haiti, U.S. aid remains just a promise
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  • Haiti: 1,000 dead, who cares?
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For Haiti, U.S. aid remains just a promise, Jonathan M. Katz and Martha Mendoza, Associated Press/Boston Globe | MA
The authorization bill that would direct how the aid is delivered remains sidelined by Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) "because it includes an unnecessary senior Haiti coordinator when we already have one" in U.S. Ambassador Kenneth Merten, Coburn spokeswoman Becky Bernhardt said.
Meanwhile, deaths in Port-au-Prince are mounting, as quake survivors scramble to live without shelter or food.

Haiti: 1,000 dead, who cares?, Sokari Ekine, New Internationalist

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The Betrayal Of Haiti

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  • The U.S., France, Canada and the UN--not to mention a range of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) with connections in high places--have done next to nothing to provide alternative shelter to refugees. They have failed to remove the rubble, let alone begin reconstruction, and they reneged on their pledges to deliver aid.
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  • For Haiti, U.S. aid remains just a promise
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  • Haiti: 1,000 dead, who cares?
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Ashley Smith, Z Communications/Axis of Logic

Six months after Haiti's catastrophic earthquake, the promises of the world's most powerful governments to provide billions in aid to one of the world's poorest and weakest governments have been betrayed.  

There was an immediate outpouring of solidarity after the quake struck Haiti on January 12--people from the U.S. to Palestine and beyond gave to NGOs and charities, even when they couldn't afford much themselves.

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For Haiti, U.S. aid remains just a promise, Jonathan M. Katz and Martha Mendoza, Associated Press/Boston Globe | MA

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  • The authorization bill that would direct how the aid is delivered remains sidelined by Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) "because it includes an unnecessary senior Haiti coordinator when we already have one" in U.S. Ambassador Kenneth Merten, Coburn spokeswoman Becky Bernhardt said.
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  • Meanwhile, deaths in Port-au-Prince are mounting, as quake survivors scramble to live without shelter or food.
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Haiti: 1,000 dead, who cares?, Sokari Ekine, New Internationalist

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  • Haiti and media hypocrisy
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Turkey and Russia Defy America's Imperial Design in the Middle East and Central Asia

The new Ottomans and the new Byzantines are poised for an intercept as the US stumbles in the current Great Game.

Eric Walberg, Global Research

The new Ottomans and the new Byzantines are poised for an intercept as the US stumbles in the current Great Game.

The neocon plan to transform the Middle East and Central Asia into a pliant client of the US empire and its only-democracy-in-the-Middle-East is now facing a very different playing field. Not only are the wars against the Palestinians, Afghans and Iraqis floundering, but they have set in motion unforeseen moves by all the regional players.

The empire faces a resurgent Turkey, heir to the Ottomans, who governed a largely peaceful Middle East for half a millennium. As part of a dynamic diplomatic outreach under the Justice and Development Party (AKP), Turkey re-established the Caliphate visa-free tradition with Albania, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya and Syria last year. In February Turkish Culture and Tourism Minister Ertugrul Gunay offered to do likewise with Egypt. There is “a great new plan of creating a Middle East Union as a regional equivalent of the European Union” with Turkey, fresh from a resounding constitutional referendum win by the AKP, writes Israel Shamir.

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