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The Dangers of Democratic Party's Putin-bashing after German Intel Cleared Russia on Election Interference

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  • Part 1: German Intel Clears Russia on Interference
  • Mainstream U.S. media only wants stories of Russian perfidy, so when German intelligence cleared Moscow of suspected subversion of German democracy, the silence was deafening, says ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern.
  • Part 2: Dangers of Democratic Putin-Bashing
  • Exclusive: As national Democratic leaders continue to blame Russian President Putin for their 2016 defeat, they’re leading their party into a realignment with the neocons and other war hawks.

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Part 1: German Intel Clears Russia on Interference

Exclusive: Mainstream U.S. media only wants stories of Russian perfidy, so when German intelligence cleared Moscow of suspected subversion of German democracy, the silence was deafening, says ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern.

Ray McGovern, Consortium News 

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February 15, 2017 | After a multi-month, politically charged investigation, German intelligence agencies could find no good evidence of Moscow-directed cyber-attacks or a disinformation campaign aimed at subverting the democratic process in Germany. Undaunted, Chancellor Angela Merkel has commissioned a new investigation.

Last year, Berlin’s two main intelligence agencies, the BND and BfV (counterparts of the CIA and FBI) launched a joint investigation to substantiate allegations that Russia was meddling in German political affairs and attempting to shape the outcome of Germany’s elections next September.

Ray McGovern works with Tell the Word, the publishing arm of the ecumenical Church of the Saviour in inner-city Washington. In the Sixties he served as an infantry/intelligence officer and then became a CIA analyst for the next 27 years. He is on the Steering Group of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS).

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Part 2: Dangers of Democratic Putin-Bashing

Exclusive: As national Democratic leaders continue to blame Russian President Putin for their 2016 defeat, they’re leading their party into a realignment with the neocons and other war hawks.

Robert Parry, Consortium News

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February 1, 2017 | The Washington establishment’s hysteria over its favorite new “group think” – that Russian President Vladimir Putin put Donald Trump in the White House – could set the stage for the Democratic Party rebranding itself as America’s “war party” alongside the neoconservative wing of the Republican Party.

This political realignment – with the Democrats becoming the party of foreign interventionism and the Trump-led Republicans a more inwardly looking America First party – could be significant for the future. However, in another way, what we’re seeing is not new. It is a replay of other “group thinks” in which some foreign leader is demonized beyond all reason allowing any accusation to be lodged against him with virtually no pushback from anyone interested in maintaining a U.S. mainstream career.

Investigative reporter Robert Parry broke many of the Iran-Contra stories for The Associated Press and Newsweek in the 1980s. You can buy his latest book, America’s Stolen Narrative, either in print here or as an e-book (from barnesandnoble.com).

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The people need to take down Trump. Not the Deep State

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  • Trump is clearly the most dangerous and most unqualified president America has ever had. If the worst suspicions about his performance as POTUS or as a candidate are indeed confirmed, the impeachment and removal of the 45th president could be warranted. That would solve America's Donald Trump problem. But it wouldn't solve America's much bigger problems -- the ones that created the Trump administration in the first place. And that worries me. 
  • Related: What Americans Really Believe

Will Bunch, Philadelphia (PA) Daily News

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Trump%20Mocks%20Disabled%20NY%20Times%20Reporter.jpg February 15, 2017 | I fell asleep last night to the sounds of a media frenzy, as a wave of bombshell revelations in the Mike Flynn/Trump/Putin scandal had frothing cable TV pundits in full "All the President's Men"/what-did-the-president-know-and-when-did-he-know-it mode. By the time I woke, #TrumpImpeachmentParty was trending on Twitter. Did I mention that Donald Trump has been president of the United States for only 26 days?

Anyway, despite the lack of better offers, I'm going to hold off on my ticket to the #TrumpImpeachmentParty for now.

For one thing ... President Mike Pence? That said, it's clear that Congress, our investigatory agencies and probably a special prosecutor (I hear Sally Yates is available these days) clearly need to determine the extent that Russia fu ... er, meddled in our 2016 election, whether Trump aides had either knowledge of or active involvement in Putin's schemes, and whether the president himself knew what was happening.

Will BunchPhiladelphia (PA) Daily News Columnist

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What Americans Really Believe, Roger Smith, The Washington Spectator

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My hope is that this presentation of the underlying views of a majority of Americans will enable readers to oppose the false prophets of further accommodation with the right, and to arm themselves with the knowledge that time, demographics, and the American people are on the side of progressives. Reconciling the views of Americans with how they vote I will have to leave to others.

 

 

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What Americans Really Believe

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  • My hope is that this presentation of the underlying views of a majority of Americans will enable readers to oppose the false prophets of further accommodation with the right, and to arm themselves with the knowledge that time, demographics, and the American people are on the side of progressives. Reconciling the views of Americans with how they vote I will have to leave to others.
  • Related: The people need to take down Trump. Not the Deep State

Roger Smith,  The  Washington Spectator

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Americans%20Are%20Progressive%20sidebar.jpgJanuary 12, 2017 | Since the dawn of the internet and the concurrent surge of Fox News and right-wing talk radio, the various forces on America’s right and far right have cleverly and disingenuously labeled themselves “conservatives.” They have then successfully cemented two “big lies” in the consciousness of a majority of the American public: first, that the media in this country is an almost total captive of card-carrying “liberals” who impose their views through reporting as well as opinion; and second, that a solid majority of Americans shares the radical Social Darwinism that has been successfully peddled since the dawn of Reagan as conservative views.

The first falsehood can be—and has been—easily debunked by simply examining the even-handedness that selfsame American media applies to what it labels “Right” and—absurdly—“Left.” But the second big lie is more insidious, and has found its most receptive host among its intended target, liberals or, as current parlance now requires, “progressives.” It is the pervasive belief that America is a “conservative country.” What follows should effectively demonstrate the falsity of that view—by the carefully weighed and collated opinions of the American public.

Roger Smith, a longtime entertainment-industry executive who now works as a media consultant,  worked at the precinct level in New York in the 1960s on both of John Lindsay’s successful mayoral campaigns.

The Washington Spectator is reader-supported and published in print monthly. Since 1974, the Spectator has offered independent-minded readers behind-the-scenes insight into significant news ignored by the corporate media.

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The people need to take down Trump. Not the Deep State, Will Bunch, Philadelphia (PA) Daily News 

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  • Trump is clearly the most dangerous and most unqualified president America has ever had. If the worst suspicions about his performance as POTUS or as a candidate are indeed confirmed, the impeachment and removal of the 45th president could be warranted. That would solve America's Donald Trump problem. But it wouldn't solve America's much bigger problems -- the ones that created the Trump administration in the first place. And that worries me. 
  • Related: What Americans Really Believe, Roger Smith, The Washington Spectator

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Series | The Obama Legacy, Part 3: Americans Approve Of Barack Obama’s Legacy But Don’t Necessarily Want To See It Continue

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  • In his farewell speech Tuesday, Obama acknowledged the rifts that have left the nation with such divided views of his legacy but called for Americans to mend them.
  • This piece is Part 3 of a series on Obama’s legacy that Evergreene Digest  will be publishing over the next weeks. 
  • Related: The Leftwing Has Placed Itself In The Trash Can Of History

Ariel Edwards-Levy, the Huffington Post

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Obama’s approval rating, which languished in the mid-40s during much of his tenure, soared during the tumult of the 2016 presidential campaign. He will leave office with an average approval rating of just over 55 percent, according to HuffPost Pollster’s aggregate.

Ariel Edwards-Levy, Staff Reporter and Polling Director, the Huffington Post

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The Leftwing Has Placed Itself In The Trash Can Of History — Paul Craig Roberts, paulcraigroberts.org

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At a time when the Western world desperately needs alternative voices to the neoliberals, the neoconservatives, the presstitutes and the Trump de-regulationists, there are none. The Western left wing has gone insane. The voices being raised against Trump, who does need voices raised against him, are so hypocritical as to reflect less on Trump than on those with raised voices.

Related: The Issue is Not Trump. It is Us.

The Leftwing Has Placed Itself In The Trash Can Of History — Paul Craig Roberts

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  • At a time when the Western world desperately needs alternative voices to the neoliberals, the neoconservatives, the presstitutes and the Trump de-regulationists, there are none. The Western left wing has gone insane. The voices being raised against Trump, who does need voices raised against him, are so hypocritical as to reflect less on Trump than on those with raised voices.
  • Related: The Issue is Not Trump. It is Us.

Paul Craig Roberts, paulcraigroberts.org

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At a time when the Western world desperately needs alternative voices to the neoliberals, the neoconservatives, the presstitutes and the Trump de-regulationists, there are none. The Western leftwing has gone insane.

The voices being raised against Trump, who does need voices raised against him, are so hypocritical as to reflect less on Trump than on those with raised voices.

Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy and associate editor of the Wall Street Journal. He was columnist for Business Week, Scripps Howard News Service, and Creators Syndicate. He has had many university appointments.

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The Issue is Not Trump. It is Us, John Pilger, CounterPunch

  • When will a genuine movement of opposition arise? Angry, eloquent, all-for-one-and-one-for all. Until real politics return to people’s lives, the enemy is not Trump, it is ourselves.
  • Related: The President America Deserves

 

 

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The U.S. Government Has Essentially Created A Ministry of Truth

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Obama’s Recently-Signed National Defense Authorization Act Includes A ‘Countering Disinformation and Propaganda Act’. The Intercept’s Alex Emmons Explains.

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/US%20Drone%20Being%20Readied%20for%20Flight.jpgJanuary 1, 2017 | Last Friday, President Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act into law. The NDAA allocates almost $19 billion in military and war spending. Now, within this massive piece of legislation is a law that will create an anti-propaganda agency known as the Global Engagement Center. That’s right, within the NDAA is another law known as the Countering Disinformation and Propaganda Act. Now, this Act was initially introduced by Senators Rob Portman, Republican, from Ohio and Democrat, Chris Murphy from Connecticut. This was back in March.

Now, this was before it was integrated into the NDAA. Now, this Act creates a center run by the US State Department whose goal will be to, "expose and counter, foreign disinformation operations by our enemies, and proactively advance fact-based narratives that support the US allies and interests." The Propaganda Act also establishes a fund to train a local journalists and provide grants and contracts to NGOs, civil society organizations, think tanks, private sector companies, media organizations - that will participate in countering propaganda and advance fact-based narratives that support US allies and interests.

Alex Emmons is a senior reporter covering national security and foreign affairs, human rights and politics. Now, prior to joining the "Intercept" he worked for Amnesty International and the ACLU on their campaigns against targeted killing, mass surveillance and Guantanamo Bay

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Donald Trump, Stephen Bannon and the Coming Crisis in American National Life

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  • Apocalyptic rhetoric and apocalyptic thinking flourish during crisis periods. This represents perhaps the biggest danger of the Trump presidency, and one that will bear watching from all concerned citizens in the months and years ahead.
  • Related: Trump’s Crony Cabinet May Look Strong, but They Are Scared

David Kaiser, Time Magazine

https://tse4.mm.bing.net/th?id=OIP.WAlAEUD513phZrXWVzUCYQEsDA&pid=15.1&P=0&w=267&h=172Nov 18, 2016 | During the 1990s, two amateur historians, Neil Howe and the late William Strauss, developed a new theory of American history in two books, Generations: the History of America’s Future (1991), and The Fourth Turning: An American Prophecy (1997). They identified an 80-year cycle in American history, punctuated by great crises that destroyed an old order and created a new one.

 

Though their theory is not widely taught in colleges or discussed in the media, Strauss and Howe may well play a major role in Donald Trump's administration. Stephen Bannon, the former head of Breitbart News who has been appointed Trump’s chief strategist in the White House, is very familiar with Strauss and Howe’s theory of crisis, and has been thinking about how to use it to achieve particular goals for quite a while. I know this because Bannon interviewed both Neil Howe and myself in 2009 while he was making a documentary film about the ongoing financial crisis. The film, called Generation Zero, discussed those ideas in some detail.

David Kaiser, a historian, has taught at Harvard, Carnegie Mellon, Williams College, and the Naval War College. He is the author of seven books, including, most recently, No End Save Victory: How FDR Led the Nation into War.

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Greenpeace protesters unfurl a banner that reads "Resist" at the construction site of the former Washington Post building, near the White House in Washington, Wednesday, January 25, 2017. (AP Photo / Andrew Harnik)

From climate justice to the Fight for $15, movements had CEOs on the ropes—and we can still beat them.

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