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Israeli and US Complicity in Palestinian Oppression, November 11, 2015

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  • For over two decades, the US has, to the detriment of our national honor and the cause of peace, let Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu play us for fools.
  • Part 1: Netanyahu's Arrogance; Our Stupidity
  • Part 2: Military aid to Israel and US complicity

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: Netanyahu's Arrogance; Our Stupidity

For over two decades, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been playing us for fools--a role we have filled to the detriment of our national honor and the cause of peace.

James Zogby, Huffington Post 

11/07/2015 | "When I entered the Prime Minister's office for my second term, I was summoned to Washington. 'Not one brick', they told me...The pressure from the international community and the Americans was enormous...And still, after five years on the job, we built a little more than 'one brick'...the important thing is to do it in a smart way...to stand up to international pressure by maneuvering...we continue to head straight toward our goal, even if one time we walk right and another time we walk left." --Benjamin Netanyahu, 2014

"I know what America is. America is a thing that can be easily moved in the right direction. They will not bother us. Let's suppose they will say something...so they say it?...We have such support there!". --Benjamin Netanyahu, 2001

James Zogby, President, Arab American Institute; author, 'Arab Voices'

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Part 2: Military aid to Israel and US complicity

It is time for the United States to end its complicity in Israel's oppression of Palestinians.

Josh Ruebner, the Hill

November 09, 2015 | Fifty billion dollars. That is the eye-popping value of weapons Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will reportedly ask President Obama for during their White House meeting today.

To put this staggering amount into perspective, this represents nearly half of all U.S. economic and military assistance to Israel — both grants and loans — provided over the first 60 years of the country's existence. It is a two-thirds increase above the George W. Bush administration's record-breaking agreement to give Israel $30 billion in weapons from 2009 to 2018.

Josh Ruebner, contributor, the Hill, is policy director of the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation and author of the forthcoming book (and tentatively entitled) Israel: Democracy or Apartheid State?

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The Perils of Obama's Latest Undeclared War

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  • As America’s intervention against ISIS in Iraq and Syria intensifies, its present course lacks popular support or constitutional legitimacy.
  • This should perturb even proponents of a U.S. war against ISIS.
  • War Culture, What’s It Good For?

Conor Friedersdorf, the Atlantic 

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Bomb%20with%20US%20Flag.jpg Nov 2, 2015 | Without Congressional permission, public debate, or any attempt to rally the American public’s support, President Obama has ordered U.S. ground troops to a war zone, his most flagrantly unconstitutional war-making since he unlawfully helped to overthrow Muammar al-Qaddafi. “The United States is set to deploy troops on the ground in Syria for the first time to advise and assist rebel forces combating ISIS,” CNN reports. “The deployment of U.S. Special Operations forces is the most significant escalation of the American military campaign against ISIS to date.”

This should perturb even proponents of a U.S. war against ISIS.

Conor Friedersdorf is a staff writer at the Atlantic, where he focuses on politics and national affairs. He is the founding editor of The Best of Journalism, a newsletter devoted to exceptional nonfiction.

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War Culture, What’s It Good For? Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers, PopularResistance.org

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  • The ‘US Way of War’ from Columbus to Kunduz
  • How does the US move from a country dominated by war culture to one dominated by a humanitarian culture?
  • Sign the Petition: Release the Cockpit Tapes of the Kunduz Hospital Bombing
  • The Rise Of The Inhumanes

 

 

Robert Scheer | An Idiotic GOP Is Looking at the Wrong Thing in Its Clinton Probe

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  • The ugly reality of the Benghazi investigation is that the Republican hawks investigating Clinton are fully complicit with the former secretary of state for the murderous pandemonium in Libya that led to the death of U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and to the failed state that followed.
  • Forget Hillary’s Emails, or Benghazi for That Matter. Here’s Her Real Scandal That Nobody is Talking About.

Robert Scheer, Truthdig

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http://www.truthdig.com/images/eartothegrounduploads/AP733920090203.jpg Democratic presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton during the 11-hour Benghazi hearing Thursday on Capitol Hill. (Jacquelyn Martin / AP) 

Oct 24, 2015 | The Republicans on that committee investigating Hillary Clinton are idiots for focusing on decisions about consulate security that are technical, clearly below her pay grade and have nothing to do with the bipartisan zeal for creating military mayhem throughout the Middle East.

The real issue, and one on which they are far more culpable than the Obama regime, is the insanity of backing Islamic fanatics—the very ones who killed our ambassador—in the overthrow of secular dictator Moammar Gadhafi.

Robert Scheer is the Editor-in-Chief of TruthDig. A journalist with over 30 years experience, Scheer has built his reputation on the strength of his social and political writing. His columns have appeared in newspapers across the country, and his in-depth interviews have made headlines. 

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Forget Hillary’s Emails, Here’s Her Real Scandal That Nobody is Talking About, Nick Bernabe, Anti-Media

  • Maybe you don’t know the story, so I will quickly try to paint a picture of Libya for you.
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Why Americans Are Mostly Ignorant of the Nonviolent Palestinian Resistance Movement

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  • The message the West sends by ignoring the Palestinian nonviolent movement is that if Palestinians want attention paid to their plight, they have to commit violent acts.
  • Noam Chomsky: Why Americans Know So Much About Sports But So Little About World Affairs

Zaid Jilani, AlterNet

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http://www.alternet.org/files/styles/story_image/public/story_images/screen_shot_2015-10-16_at_10.13.28_am.pngOctober 16, 2015 | A wave of violence has hit Israel and the Palestinian territories, and there are rumors that it is the spark of a third intifada, an uprising against the occupation. Many are questioning why young Palestinians are choosing to use such violent tactics as knife attacks against Israelis. Some wonder why Palestinians have not followed a path of nonviolent resistance in the spirit of Gandhi and King instead.

In fact, for many years, there has been a nonviolent Palestinian movement. A film about it, Five Broken Cameras <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XID_UuxiGxM>, was nominated for an Oscar two years ago. The film documents protests in the West Bank city of Bil'in, which has been the site of major settlement grabs by the Israelis. 

Zaid Jilani is an AlterNet staff writer. 

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Noam Chomsky: Why Americans Know So Much About Sports But So Little About World Affairs, Noam Chomsky, Noam Chomsky's Official Site / AlterNet <http://www.alternet.org>

The way the system is set up, there is virtually nothing people can do anyway to influence the real world.

Noam Chomsky: Why Americans Know So Much About Sports But So Little About World Affairs

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The way the system is set up, there is virtually nothing people can do anyway to influence the real world.

Noam Chomsky, Noam Chomsky's Official Site / AlterNet

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http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51AVTsAlmxL._SX343_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg September 15, 2014 | The following is a short excerpt from a classic, The Chomsky Reader, which offers a unique insight on a question worth asking -- how is it that we as a people can be so knowledgable about the intricacies of various sports teams, yet be colossally ignorant about our various undertakings abroad? 

 

Question: You've written about the way that professional ideologists and the mandarins obfuscate reality. And you have spoken -- in some places you call it a "Cartesian common sense" -- of the commonsense capacities of people. Indeed, you place a significant emphasis on this common sense when you reveal the ideological aspects of arguments, especially in contemporary social science. What do you mean by common sense? What does it mean in a society like ours? For example, you've written that within a highly competitive, fragmented society, it's very difficult for people to become aware of what their interests are. If you are not able to participate in the political system in meaningful ways, if you are reduced to the role of a passive spectator, then what kind of knowledge do you have? How can common sense emerge in this context?

Noam Chomsky is an American linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist, logician, political commentator and activist. He is perhaps best known as a critic of all forms of social control and a relentless advocate for community-centered approaches to democracy and freedom. Over the last several decades, Chomsky has championed a wide range of dissident actions, organizations and social movements.

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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/evergreenedigest.org/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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