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Barack Obama Pulls A George W. Bush: Lies, Misinformation and Chemical Weapons

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  • Remember the almost-war in Syria last year? An amazing new report -- which our media won't touch -- is a must read.
  • Obama’s Ukrainian Power Grab, Sanctions and the Boomerang Effect

Patrick L. Smith, Salon

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Thursday, April 10, 2014  |  Am I misjudging our time, or have we entered some accelerated cycle of American subversions, and then another cycle of coverups and disinformation that do not quite come off? In less than a year, the Obama administration has mounted four covert coup operations, all variants of the classic Cold War model, all costly of human life, all assuring us the contempt and animosity of many people for years to come.

In chronological order:

* The American-authorized coup in Egypt last July. In the disinformation universe, Washington watched at a distance. Since the coup, dead silence in the face of a blood bath, except for Secretary of State Kerry’s applause for the Egyptian army’s “restoration of democracy.”

Patrick L. Smith is the author of “Time No Longer: Americans After the American Century” was the International Herald Tribune’s bureau chief in Hong Kong and then Tokyo from 1985 to 1992. During this time he also wrote “Letter from Tokyo” for the New Yorker. He is the author of four previous books and has contributed frequently to the New York Times, the Nation, the Washington Quarterly, and other publications.

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  • "Russia's defensive action in Crimea became the focus of media and Western government attacks.
  • "The Putin Admin can prepare a reciprocal set of counter-sanctions, confiscate Western investments, freeze financial assets, renege on debt payments and re-nationalize major industries ... "
  • US-Venezuela Relations: A Case Study of Imperialism and Anti-Imperialism (Illustrated)
  • What the US Media Won't Tell You About Ukraine

 

From high hopes to low wages: What happened to the American Dream?

Mark Robert Rank, Thomas A. Hirschl, and Kirk A. Foster, Salon

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Sunday, Apr 13, 2014 | America has frequently been referred to as the land of opportunity. Horace Greeley’s famous advice, “Go West, young man” and seek your fortune, illustrates the dream of nearly unlimited opportunity. The availability of opportunities has been viewed historically as a key building block upon which individuals and families have been able to achieve the American Dream. The notion of streets paved with gold, with its obvious exaggerated implications, reflects this overall idea as does the image of climbing the ladder of opportunity.

In recent years there has been much discussion about how such opportunities may have changed over time. The early 1970s appear to have been a turning point with respect to the nature of jobs and the workplace. Evidence indicates that there has been an increase in lower paying jobs with less stability, often part-time, and providing few benefits. At the same time, some sectors of the economy have added well-paying jobs demanding high skills and education. Consequently, there is the notion that the labor market has become more polarized over the past few decades. One of the consequences of this is that for a growing number of Americans, there is an imbalance between those in need of a decent job that can support a family and the number of such jobs that exist. 

Mark Robert Rank, Thomas A. Hirschl, and Kirk A. Foster wrote  “Chasing the American Dream: Understanding What Shapes Our Fortunes”

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How Govt. Hides the Poor: Formula for Measuring Poverty Dates to When a Loaf of Bread Cost 22 Cents, Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

  • Cities, states, advocates and academics have known for years that (the present) measure of who is poor undercounts millions of Americans. 
  • False stats.
  • The Zombie Numbers That Rule the U.S. Economy
  • The poverty that Paul Ryan ignores
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Immigration Reform

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  • "Show me a thirty foot high wall and I'll show you a thirty-one foot long ladder." --Molly Ivins
  • Part 1: Immigrant families demand an immediate end to deportations
  • Part 2: Fortress America: How Walling Ourselves Off Can Kill

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: Immigrant families demand an immediate end to deportations

John Bachtell, People's World

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April 9 2014 | Fed up with seeing loved ones deported and families and communities broken up, 11 undocumented immigrants and their supporters were arrested after blocking an intersection near the Broadview Detention Center on Apr. 8.

The action capped a two-day walk by 100 marchers from the Chicago Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office to Broadview, a 13-mile trek. They were warmly welcomed at churches and community centers along the way.

John Bachtell is Illinois organizer for the Communist Party USA and a member of its National Board. He is active in labor, peace and justice struggles.

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Part 2: Fortress America: How Walling Ourselves Off Can Kill

Trayvon Martin died inside a gated community; thousands of migrants have died crossing the U.S.-Mexico border fence. Is there a correlation between these deaths inside walls?

Alana de Hinojosa, AlterNet

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August 8, 2013  | It seems ironic that 23 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, and 21 years after the dismantling of South Africa’s white-enclave apartheid fences, walls have become  a political staple for a growing number of nation-states. Walls have popped up just about everywhere, erected along national borders, within national boundaries, encircling both democratic and authoritarian states. 

South Africa is now home to an increasing  number of gated communities, even since the end of apartheid rule. It seems like the world is humming the old adage “Good fences make good neighbors.”

But it’s time we ask ourselves, as Robert Frost did in his poem “Mending Wall,” if fences really do make good neighbors—especially in light of the lethal shooting of Trayvon Martin inside a gated community, and the ongoing proposals to beef up the death-zone of the U.S.-Mexico border.

Alana de Hinojosa is an intern at AlterNet. 

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Homeless Lose a Longtime Last Resort: Living in a Car

  • Cities in Silicon Valley, Elsewhere Crack Down on Vehicle Dwellers Driven Out of Apartments by Rents
  • Examining DC's Homeless Crisis
  • Unspeakable: Washington Ignores Homeless Epidemic

Zusha Elinson, Wall Street Journal

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April 8, 2014 | In the three decades he worked as a software engineer in Silicon Valley, Fred Smith never imagined he would spend his golden years homeless.

But three years ago, Mr. Smith could no longer afford an apartment here, so he moved into an aging Winnebago camper. The 70-year-old showers at a gym where he has had a longtime membership. For most meals, he eats $1.20 orders of eggs or fish patties at McDonald's.

Zusha Elinson, Reporter, The Wall Street Journal

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Examining DC's Homeless Crisis, Delia Gonçalves, WUSA

  • "We need to create urgency because frankly people have been seeing homeless in the streets of DC for decades," said Schenkelberg, "and it's not that they don't care it's that it's not so in your face and doesn't seem like it's ever going to change."
  • Part 1: The emotional and financial cost of homelessness
  • Part 2: Life after homelessness: examining DC's homeless
  • Part 3: DC hopes to end homelessness by 2017

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Unspeakable: Washington Ignores Homeless Epidemic, Bill Boyarsky, TruthDig

  • The hardship of families and children is an overlooked national disgrace.
  • The National Center on Family Homelessness has chronicled the toll such conditions take on children.
  • Work Until You're Dead?
  • Senator Spends Day Off With Homeless Man For A Lesson You Can't Learn From An Office
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Global rankings study: America in warp-speed decline

  • From access to healthcare and education to gender equality, the U.S. resembles a second-rate nation.
  • Why Do We Fear the Truth?

CJ Werleman, Alternet

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014 | If America needed a reminder that it is fast becoming a second-rate nation, and that every economic policy of the Republican Party is wrongheaded, it got one this week with the release of the Social Progress Index (SPI).

Harvard business professor Michael E. Porter, who earlier developed the Global Competitiveness Report, designed the SPI. A new way to look at the success of countries, the SPI studies 132 nations and evaluates 54 social and environmental indicators for each country that matter to real people. Rather than measuring a country’s success by its per capita GDP, the index is based on an array of data reflecting suicide, ecosystem sustainability, property rights, access to healthcare and education, gender equality, attitudes toward immigrants and minorities, religious freedom, nutrition, infrastructure and more.

CJ Werleman is an Australian born atheist author, columnist, and U.S political and social commentator.

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Why Do We Fear the Truth? Robert J. Burrowes 

  • The most important impediment to understanding and resolving any problem or conflict is our fear of knowing the truth. We spend a lot of our time trying to deal with problems and conflicts by deluding ourself about the cause and/or the solution necessary.
  • "We would rather be ruined than changed. We would rather die in our dread than climb the cross of the moment and let our illusions die." -- W H Auden
  • The Super Bowl of War: Three Decades of Failure in Afghanistan

 

Say "No!" to Condoleeza Rice at University of Minnesota

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  • By providing Condoleeza Rice a forum, the U of Minnesota is endorsing her support and approval of unilateral pre-emptive war, and the global degradation of human rights.
  • She belongs in a prison, not on a university campus!
  • Part 1: The Truth about Condi Rice
  • Part 2: Condoleezza Rice Film Screening and Public Forum – April 10th

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest.

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Part 1: The Truth about Condi Rice

Coleen Rowley, in Pink Tank by Code Pink

Thanks to Evergreene Digest reader David Harris for this contribution.

April 8, 2014 | The University of Minnesota’s promotion of Condi Rice (and paying her $150,000 via one of the University’s top donors, the Carlson Foundation) turns “free speech” on its head, especially since University officials refuse to give even 5 minutes of “equal time” to those who would tell the truth about Condi’s past criminal conduct. Officials refuse to ask Rice to discuss the hard questions about her involvement in war crimes and also refuse to let students meet with Rice (although a handpicked group of students apparently does get to meet with her). Dean Eric Schwartz of the Humphrey Institute who’s responsible for inviting Rice even refused to meet with students about his decision. What free speech?!

The powerful effort to rewrite (this sordid) history has raised the question of how to effectively get out information about Rice’s past commission of torture and other war crimes, because university officials and students seem mostly unaware of her past conduct, consequently falling for a ridiculous repackaging of Rice as a civil rights and feminist hero. (Even the various human rights groups and anti-torture organizations based in the Twin Cities such as Center for Victims of Torture and Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights, not to mention the University’s own Human Rights Center, have fallen silent such is the hypocrisy and pressure to now lionize the woman who personally ordered the CIA to commence waterboarding!) 

 

Coleen Rowley is one of three whistleblowers chosen as persons of the year by TIME magazine. She currently works with the Veterans for Peace chapter in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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Part 2: Condoleezza Rice Film Screening and Public Forum – April 10th

Nancy Mancias, Code Pink

April 08, 2014 | A screening of the award-winning film: American Faust: from Condi to Neo-Condi--discussion to follow-- will be held at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities campus, in Nicholson Hall, room 155, on Thursday April 10th at 7pm.  We will begin by showing the film (trailer here) and end with a public discussion led by author Antonia Felix, one of Rice's main biographers featured in the film.

On April 17th, the University of Minnesota will be honoring Dr. Rice with a prominent public forum.  If this were instead an opportunity to seek some accountability for her conduct as Secretary of State and National Security Advisor, the anti-war community would be the first to say "let her speak."  But the lecture Rice will be giving will not be about accountability; she talking about civil rights.

Learn more how to take action in Minnesota! 

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The Return Of The Back-Alley Abortion

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Four decades after the Supreme Court upheld a woman's right to choose, pregnant women once again find themselves crossing the border to Mexico and haunting back-alleys in search of medical care. 

Laura Bassett, Huffington Post

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04/03/2014 | In 1969, when abortion was completely illegal in Texas except to save a woman's life, Karen Hulsey became pregnant.

She was 20 years old and living in Dallas at the time, and the diaphragm she was using for birth control had failed her. Her boyfriend, she discovered, was married, and refused to help raise or pay for a child.

Laura Bassett is a political reporter at Huffington Post focusing on women's issues. She has a Master's degree in English Literature and gender studies from Georgetown University.

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Who’s Buying our Midterm Elections?

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  • Two investigative journalists talk to Bill about the role of dark money — and the wealthy donors behind it — in this year’s midterm elections.
  • Bill Moyers Essay: The End Game for Democracy

Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company

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March 21, 2014 | This week Bill speaks with investigative journalists Kim Barker (ProPublica) and Andy Kroll  (Mother Jones) about the role of dark money — and the wealthy donors providing it — in this year’s midterm elections.

Already, three times as much money has been raised for this year’s elections as four years ago, when the Citizens United decision was announced. And in the coming weeks, the Supreme Court is expected to issue another big decision on campaign finance -- one that could further open the floodgates to unfettered and anonymous contributions. 

Kim Barker, a reporter at ProPublica since 2010,  specializes in stories following dark money.

Andy Kroll is a staff reporter in the Washington, DC, bureau of Mother Jones magazine. Kroll has reported on the foreclosure crisis, financial bailouts, Congress, the 2008 and 2010 elections and the environment. 

Bill Moyers is an American journalist and liberal public commentator. He served as White House Press Secretary in the Johnson administration from 1965 to 1967. He also worked as a network TV news commentator for ten years.

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Bill Moyers Essay: The End Game for Democracy, Bill Moyers, Us

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  • Bill Moyers has done some great essays on money in politics corruption in his time, but this might be his finest work to date.
  • The Great American Class War
  • Bill Moyers: Weapons of Mass Distraction—Why the Media Most Americans Consume Is Harmful to the Public Health

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