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U.S. War Drums Beat Louder and Louder!

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  • U.S. Hands Off Iran and Venezuela!
  • Related: The War On Venezuela Is Built On Lies.

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/ May 16, 2019 | As we go to press the U.S. war drums are beating louder and louder.

As part of a mounting series of U.S. provocations against Iran, the U.S. State Department has ordered all "non-critical government employees" to leave Iraq on the grounds that, "U.S. intelligence has learned that Iran is planning strikes on U.S. forces in Iraq." U.S. Central Command in the region reported in a statement on May 13 that, "U.S. troops are now at a high level of alert as we continue to monitor credible and possibly imminent threats to U.S. forces in Iraq."

These statements come shortly after the U.S. government deployed the USS Abraham Lincoln carrier-strike group, plus four B-52 bombers, to the Persian Gulf amid "indications that Iran was transporting short-range ballistic missiles to the region," according to a State Department official.

Socialist Organizer persistently advocates for a Labor Party based on the trade unions and rooted in struggles of the working class and all the oppressed sectors of society; a Labor Party that charts a clean and decisive break with the twin parties of the bosses, the Democrats and Republicans.

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The War On Venezuela Is Built On Lies. John Pilger, johnpilger.com

  • http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Bomb%20with%20US%20Flag_1.jpgShould the CIA stooge Guaido and his white supremacists grab power, it will be the 68th overthrow of a sovereign government by the United States, most of them democracies. A fire sale of Venezuela's utilities and mineral wealth will surely follow, along with the theft of the country's oil, as outlined by John Bolton.
  • Related: Special Report | US Media Ignoring and Applauding War on Venezuela.

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Bonhoeffer on the ‘Stupidity’ That Led to Hitler’s Rise

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  • As both major US political parties continue to centralize power, Americans today might do well to heed Bonhoeffer’s warning.
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Annie Holmquist, Intellectual Takeout

April 8, 2016 | Although he was in power for only a handful of years, Hitler and his Nazi government slaughtered millions. One of the more well-known victims of that slaughter was Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who was executed on April 8th, 1945, a few short weeks before Hitler’s own death.

Unlike many of Hitler’s victims, Bonhoeffer was not a Jew, but a Lutheran minister, scholar, and theologian who boldly spoke against Hitler’s policies. Bonhoeffer landed a position in the German government during WWII and subsequently used that position as cover for assassination attempts against Hitler.
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  • A neonatal nurse sets the record straight.
  • Part 2: The Anti-Abortion Movie ‘Unplanned’ Is Loaded With Dangerous Lies
  • So HuffPost talked to an OB-GYN to debunk them.


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Forget Mueller. Forget Impeachment. A Million People Should Surround the White House and Demand Trump's Resignation. Ralph Nader, Common Dreams

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  • Even the master distractor himself could not have distracted the mass dittohead media any better from his true crimes.
  • Related: Stop waiting for Mueller’s report to save us.

Publisher's Choice | Government & Politics

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  • So much for checks and balances.
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The War On Venezuela Is Built On Lies. John Pilger, johnpilger.com

  • http://johnpilger.com/photo/470x357-C6u.jpgShould the CIA stooge Guaido and his white supremacists grab power, it will be the 68th overthrow of a sovereign government by the United States, most of them democracies. A fire sale of Venezuela's utilities and mineral wealth will surely follow, along with the theft of the country's oil, as outlined by John Bolton.
  • Related: Special Report | US Media Ignoring and Applauding War on Venezuela.

Bloggers & Columnists | Caitlin Johnstone, Ralph Nader, Norman Solomon, John Pilger



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Cinco de Mayo, Editors, History.com

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From the Archives | The Many Meanings of May Day, David Clark, Mental Floss
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  • May Day means many things to many people, from pagans to factory workers to troubled boaters. David Clark is here to explain it all.
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Debunking Trump’s - and Others' - Despicable Lies On Abortion, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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  • A neonatal nurse sets the record straight.
  • Part 2: The Anti-Abortion Movie ‘Unplanned’ Is Loaded With Dangerous Lies
  • So HuffPost talked to an OB-GYN to debunk them.

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Joe Biden Is A Republican, Plain and Simple. Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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  • Part 1: Joe Biden Is a Fraud, Plain and Simple.
  • Biden has a media image that exudes down-to-earth caring and advocacy for regular folks. But his actual record is a very different story.
  • Part 2: Joe Biden Likes Republicans So Much Because He’s So Much Like Them
  • It’s preposterous yet fitting for Joe Biden to claim that Republicans like Dick Cheney and Mike Pence are “decent.” He’s not only defending them. He’s also defending himself.

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Soil has a story to tell us, and we are all a part of it. Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: “The Story of Soil Is the Story of All of Us.”
Soil as a solution to one of our biggest environmental problems
Part 2: The Gift of Soil: How Composting Builds Community
The perfect soil mixture can do more than grow food.

How women and minorities are claiming their right to rage. Soraya Chemaly, the Guardian <>

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Why do many think it acceptable for the white judge Brett Kavanaugh to lose his cool in public, but not the black tennis champion Serena Williams?

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Noor verdict reinforces need for justice system overhaul. Twin Cities Coalition for Justice 4 Jamar, Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder

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Minnesotans who live in the heart of the “Jim Crow North” are familiar with the methods used to enforce racist segregation and economic disparities between Black Indigenous People of Color and their White counterparts.

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  • Part 1: Joe Biden Is a Fraud, Plain and Simple.
  • Biden has a media image that exudes down-to-earth caring and advocacy for regular folks. But his actual record is a very different story.
  • Part 2: Joe Biden Likes Republicans So Much Because He’s So Much Like Them
  • It’s preposterous yet fitting for Joe Biden to claim that Republicans like Dick Cheney and Mike Pence are “decent.” He’s not only defending them. He’s also defending himself.

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Part 1: Joe Biden Is a Fraud, Plain and Simple.

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Biden has a media image that exudes down-to-earth caring and advocacy for regular folks. But his actual record is a very different story.

Norman Solomon, Truthdig

Apr 24, 2019 | Let’s be blunt: As a supposed friend of American workers, Joe Biden is a phony. And now that he’s running for president, Biden’s huge task is to hide his phoniness.

From the outset, with dim prospects from small donors, the Biden campaign is depending on big checks from the rich and corporate elites who greatly appreciate his services rendered. “He must rely heavily, at least at first, upon an old-fashioned network of money bundlers — political insiders, former ambassadors and business executives,” the New York Times reported on Tuesday.

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Part 2: Joe Biden Likes Republicans So Much Because He’s So Much Like Them


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Norman Solomon, LA Progressive

May 8, 2019 | Recent criticism of Joe Biden for praising Dick Cheney as “a decent man” and Mike Pence as “a decent guy” merely scratches the surface of what’s wrong with the current frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination. His compulsion to vouch for the decency of Republican leaders—while calling Donald Trump an “aberration”—is consistent with Biden’s political record. It sheds light on why he’s probably the worst Democrat running for president.




After several decades of cutting corporate-friendly deals with GOP legislators—often betraying the interests of core Democratic constituencies in the process —Biden has a big psychological and political stake in denying that the entire GOP agenda is repugnant.
 




At the outset of his Senate career, Biden lost no time appealing to racism and running interference for huge corporate interests. He went on to play a historic role in helping to move the Supreme Court rightward and serving such predatory businesses as credit card companies, big banks and hedge funds.

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  • So much for checks and balances.
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“This is the worst I’ve seen it,” congressional historian and American Enterprise Institute scholar Norman Ornstein told HuffPost this week. “With Nixon, we had people like Howard Baker, Hugh Scott, Barry Goldwater, Bill Cohen and John Rhodes. There is no equivalent today. And we have far worse corruption and lying.”




The House and Senate have been divided many times. Congress and the presidency are rarely controlled by one party. But the extent to which this Congress is already proving itself worthless as a legislative body and as a check against the president is historic.

Igor Bobic is a reporter who helps oversee the Huffington Post's coverage of politics and policy in Washington, D.C.
Matt Fuller covers Congress at HuffPost. Previously, Matt was a House leadership reporter for Roll Call, and a legislative action reporter for CQ.

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Pelosi: “I Don’t See Anything Inappropriate” In Rigging Primaries. ‪Caitlin Johnstone‬, Medium

  • https://cdn-images-1.medium.com/max/1600/1*jYOV_4YuZlgKkGhU_CS5_Q.pngThe Democrats are officially an over-funded novelty joke party with a humorously ironic novelty joke name. They are useless. They are worthless. Time for something new.
  • Related: This Political Hell was Created by Rigged Primaries and Horrible Establishment Candidates, Not “Protest Votes”.

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Pelosi: “I Don’t See Anything Inappropriate” In Rigging Primaries.Caitlin Johnstone‬, Medium
 

  • https://cdn-images-1.medium.com/max/1600/1*jYOV_4YuZlgKkGhU_CS5_Q.pngThe Democrats are officially an over-funded novelty joke party with a humorously ironic novelty joke name. They are useless. They are worthless. Time for something new.
  • Related: This Political Hell was Created by Rigged Primaries and Horrible Establishment Candidates, Not “Protest Votes”.

Publisher's Choice | Government & Politics

Special Report | 2020 Trump Budget: A Disturbing Vision of Guns Over Butter, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • https://portside.org/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/field/image/TRUMP_BUDGET-ic-3-17-2019.jpgStory 1: 2020 Trump Budget: A Disturbing Vision * Story 2: Trump's FY2020 Budget Request Bloats Militarized Spending—and Slashes Actual Human Needs * Story 3: The Pentagon’s Bottomless Money Pit
  • Related: From the Archives | The Business of War is the Cause of War.

Of Special Interest | Peace & Non-violence

'Unprecedented': UN Finds US-Backed Forces Killed More Afghan Civilians Than Taliban and ISIS Did So Far in 2019. Jessica Corbett, Common Dreams
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  • "A shocking number of civilians continue to be killed and maimed each day."
  • Related: Lots of Fs for These Ds: Report Card Shows Majority of Senate Ds Supporting Trump and War,

Bloggers & Columnists | Matt Taibbi, Caitlin Johnstone



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Series, Universal Empire | Part 4: The Final Stage of the Machiavellian Elites’ Takeover of America, Paul Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Gould, Truthdig

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  • Today, Burnham’s use of Dante’s political treatise “De Monarchia” to explain his medieval understanding of politics might best be swapped for Dante’s “Divine Comedy,” a paranoid comedy of errors in which the door to Hell swings open to one and all, including the elites regardless of their status. Or as they say in Hell, “Lasciate ogne speranza, voi ch’intrate.” Abandon hope all ye who enter here.
  • Series, Universal Empire | Part 3: How the CIA Created a Fake Western Reality for 'Unconventional Warfare'
  • Series, Universal Empire | Part 2: How Neocons Push for War by Cooking the Books
  • Series, Universal Empire | Part 1: American Imperialism Leads the World Into Dante's Vision of Hell
  • Related: The Price of Empire ~ umber haque

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It’s Time to Try Fossil-Fuel Executives for Crimes Against Humanity. Kate Aronoff, Jacobin Magazine

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  • It isn't hyperbole to say that fossil-fuel executives are mass murderers. We should put them on trial for crimes against humanity.
  • Related: Brace for Impact, as the Climate "End Game" Has Arrived.

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  • In the United States, Cinco de Mayo is widely interpreted as a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage, particularly in areas with substantial Mexican-American populations.
  • Related: From the Archives | The Many Meanings of May Day

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May 3, 2019 | Cinco de Mayo, or the fifth of May, is a holiday that celebrates the date of the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War. The day, which falls on Sunday, May 5 in 2019, is also known as Battle of Puebla Day. While it is a relatively minor holiday in Mexico, in the United States, Cinco de Mayo has evolved into a commemoration of Mexican culture and heritage, particularly in areas with large Mexican-American populations.

Cinco de Mayo history

In 1861, Benito Juárez—a lawyer and member of the indigenous Zapotec tribe—was elected president of Mexico. At the time, the country was in financial ruin after years of internal strife, and the new president was forced to default on debt payments to European governments.

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  • May Day means many things to many people, from pagans to factory workers to troubled boaters.
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