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'US drops uranium bombs on Libya'

The Stop the War Coalition says the bombs and missiles that the US-led military alliance has dropped on several Libyan cities contain depleted uranium (DU).

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The report recently published on the Coalition's website said that in the first 24 hours of the war on Libya, dozens of bombs and cruise missiles were launched by US, British, and French forces -- all with depleted uranium warheads.

US B-2 aircraft dropped forty-five 2,000-pound bombs on key Libyan cities, it added.

DU munitions are controversial because they raise long-term health concerns like kidney damage, cancer, skin disorders and genetic defects.

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No Other Way Out

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  • We will not stop the war in Afghanistan and Iraq, we will not end this slaughter of innocents, unless we are willing to rise up as have state workers in Wisconsin and citizens on the streets of Arab capitals. Repeated and sustained acts of civil disobedience are the only weapons that remain to us.
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  • We must be willing to accept personal discomfort, to put our bodies in the way of the machine, if we hope to expose the lies of war and blunt the abuse by corporate profiteers. To do nothing, to refuse to act, to be passive, is to be an agent of injustice and to be complicit in murder.
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  • Never Forget The Power of the Strike
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  • Occupy Washington to End the Wars
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Chris Hedges, TruthDig

I have watched mothers and fathers keening in grief over the frail corpses of their children in hospitals in Gaza and rural villages in El Salvador, Bosnia and Kosovo. The faces of these dead children, their bodies ripped apart by iron fragments or bullets tumbling end over end through their small, delicate frames, appear to me almost daily like faint and sadly familiar ghosts. The frailty and innocence of my own children make these images difficult to bear.

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A child a day dies in war-related violence in Afghanistan. Children die in roadside explosions. They die in airstrikes. They die after militants lure them to carry suicide bombs, usually without their knowledge. They die in firefights. They are executed by the Taliban after being accused, sometimes correctly, of spying for the Afghan National Army. They are tiny pawns in a futile and endless war. They are robbed of their childhood. They live in fear and surrounded by the terror of indiscriminate violence. The United Nations, whose most recent report on children in Afghanistan covered a two-year period from Sept. 1, 2008, to Aug. 30, 2010, estimates that in the first half of last year at least 176 children were killed and 389 more wounded. But the real number is probably much, much higher. There are big parts of the country where research can no longer be carried out.

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Never Forget The Power of the Strike, brooklynbadboy, Dailykos.com

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  • Like any act of civil disobedience, the sacrifice of few benefits the many. Those strikers (of the late 19th & early 20th centuries) helped pave the way for the "golden age" of labor in the 1950s and 1960s.
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  • Shut Down Wisconsin!
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  • Occupy Washington to End the Wars
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Occupy Washington to End the Wars, Nicholas Kramer, Anti-War.com

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  • As our troops invade and occupy foreign lands—contrary to our true national security interests, economic well-being, and morality—I see no other option but for the American antiwar community to invade and occupy the United States Congress.
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  • The Immorality of Empire
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How the Rich Soaked the Rest of Us

How the rich soaked the rest of us: The astonishing story of the last few decades is a massive redistribution of wealth, as the rich have shifted the tax burden.

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Richard D. Wolff, t r u t h o u t

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Over the last half-century, the richest Americans have shifted the burden of the federal individual income tax off themselves and onto everybody else. The three convenient and accurate Wikipedia graphs below show the details. The first graph compares the official tax rates paid by the top and bottom income earners. Note especially that from the end of the Second World War into the early 1960s, the highest income earners paid a tax rate over 90 percent for many years. Today, the top earners pay a rate of only 35 percent. Note, also, how the gap between the rates paid by the richest and the poorest has narrowed. If we take into account the many loopholes the rich can and do use far more than the poor, the gap narrows even more.

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One conclusion is clear and obvious: the richest Americans have dramatically lowered their income tax burden since 1945, both absolutely and relative to the tax burdens of the middle income groups and the poor.

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Indiana Prosecutor Encouraged 'False Flag' Assault On Walker To Discredit Wisconsin Unions

A deputy prosecutor in Johnson County, Indiana, has resigned his job after it was revealed he e-mailed Walker's office and recommended that they fake an assassination attempt on Walker in order to discredit the unions and protesters.

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Eric Kleefeld, Talking Points Memo

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Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Thomas Sklarski

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Carlos Lam, a deputy prosecutor in Johnson County, Ind., resigned after sending an email encouraging Gov. Scott Walker to fake an attack against himself. Photo from a video debate posted at 3 Left Turns Make a Right.

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A deputy prosecutor in Johnson County, Indiana, has resigned his job after it was revealed that in February, during the large protests in Wisconsin over Gov. Scott Walker's anti-public employee union bill, he e-mailed Walker's office and recommended that they conduct a "false flag operation" -- to fake an assault or assassination attempt on Walker in order to discredit the unions and protesters.

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As Wisconsin Watch, a project of the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism reports, Carlos Lam initially denied that he had sent the e-mail, which was part of the tens of thousands of e-mails released in an open-records settlement the Walker administration reached with the local paper the Isthmus and the Associated Press.

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When contacted by Wisconsin Watch, Lam had initially denied sending the e-mail, claiming that he had been the victim of identity theft, and said he did not support the criminal activities described in the e-mail: "I think he's trying to do what he has to do to get his budget balanced. But jeez, that's taking it a little bit to the extreme."

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Impeach Barack Obama

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  • The time has come for those who claim high regard for the U.S. Constitution to show that they mean what they say.  The time has come to begin impeachment proceedings against President Barack H. Obama for high crimes and misdemeanors.
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  • A Challenge to Tea Partiers and Antiwar Liberals
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  • Impeach Barack Obama Campaign
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John V. Walsh, AntiWar.com

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Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Coleen Rowley

The time has come for those who claim high regard for the U.S. Constitution to show that they mean what they say.  The time has come to begin impeachment proceedings against President Barack H. Obama for high crimes and misdemeanors.  

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The United States has initiated a war against Libya, as Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has conceded.  When one country bombs another, which has not attacked it nor posed any immediate threat to it, that is an act of war.  No "humanitarian" rationale justifies such an act.  Only an act of Congress suffices according to the United States Constitution.  Barack Obama has violated that provision of the United States Constitution, which he swore, falsely it is now apparent, to defend and protect.  Barack Obama has committed this greatest of impeachable offenses. Other offenses related to torture and violation of the civil liberties of U. S. citizens may emerge as articles of impeachment are drawn up.

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Many Tea Party candidates and paleo-conservative and libertarian Republicans, such as Rep. Ron Paul, won office by declaring their high regard for the Constitution.  Rep. Paul stated in advance of the attack on Libya that a Congressional declaration of war was necessary according to the provisions of the Constitution before an assault could proceed.  If these Republicans do not act now to begin impeachment following the lead of the very principled Dr. Paul, their words meant nothing, and they should be turned out of office.

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Impeach Barack Obama Campaign (Call your Representatives), Igor Prohorov, Trevor Benson, Brent Pierce
President Obama has brazenly violated Article I Section 9 of the U.S. Constitution by seating himself at the head of United Nation’s Security Council, thus becoming the first U.S. President to chair the world body.

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A call for a Nationwide General Strike!!

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  • Thursday, March 31 · 9:00am - 9:00pm
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  • To see and help plan actions in your area please go to our group/cause page.
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  • You don't have to strike to participate in a day of action.
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  • Never Forget The Power of the Strike
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Mike Benedict, Yuri Hall Keegstra

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Coleen Rowley

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To see and help plan actions in your area please go to our group/cause page, click on “Discussions” on the left side. We have topics for every state! Please check in, and let people know …what state and city you are in or plan to be in on March 31. If your states discussion board gets cluttered create new event pages for your city..., town or region. You can have a link to the new event(s) on your state discussion board.

We need your help to get the word out! Please take a few minutes each day to copy and paste our event page to all the organizations' facebook pages that we have listed under the "likes" column (on the lower left side of our cause page). The more times these sites are blitzed, the more likely they are to take notice! And please don't forget to share with your own FB lists!

What?
We’re calling for a day of non-violent action to show the thieving heartless corporations and the politicians they own that we the people make this democracy work and this country great. If possible do not go to work or class and participate, march, picket, gather in a place that makes sense in our town, city, or county, and non-violently make noise, create excitement, and promote solidarity.

There are no excuses! Here is what on…e person wrote on our event page wall.

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“Anything for those of us retired and/or disabled? Marching’s kind of out for me. I’ve mobility, digestive and chronic pain problems. How can we be represented and have our numbers added to the voices being heard? I’m on a rolling walker so if it snows I’m out due to just not being able to get through the snow and ice.

Also, how do …we find out about any local events? I’m not up to organizing but if there’s somewhere I can go on my rolling walker for even an hour (it has a seat but that’s still my max and I won’t be able to move the next day), I might make it to stand shoulder and shoulder with my brothers and sisters so that my daughter and grandson might possibly have a future.”

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We must do this! For Donna’s daughter and grandson, my one month old son and for the entire next generation of “American Dream” seekers!

How?
This will only work if you work to help organize, get the word out (repost, share, invite friends) and participate. We’re calling for ACTION, helping to connect people, and providing other support as needed. You know your community. You know what will work. Leafleting? Picketing? A march? Neither of us can nor should dictate what local actions or activities look like. We ask that if you operate under the auspices of this movement that it be non-violent, but beyond that we want you, your family, friends, neighbors, and colleagues to creatively design and plan what is right for you.

Why?
The lower 98% in the U.S. are under attack in a way not seen in generations. From union busting to outsourcing to mass layoffs, the working people of this country are being assaulted by corporations and plutocrats. While we lose our jobs, our benefits, and take cuts in pay, the rich are awarded massive tax breaks and amass obscene amounts of wealth. They buy politicians to do their bidding and pull the strings of corporate media to tell us that WE have to make sacrifices.

We believe that the workers, the unemployed, the underemployed, the students, the bottom 98% — have sacrificed enough and that it is time for us to say no.

When?
March 31st is the birthday of César Chávez, one of the preeminent labor and civil rights leaders in the U.S. during the 20th century. César Chávez and his incredible work helped to build the US Labor movement and the modern middle class. Our action, on his birthday, will strengthen the labor movement and help ensure that there will be a middle class tomorrow.

If you’re not familiar with him, you can start by reading these two links:

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Who is behind this?
Mike Benedict: Mike works in a vibrations test lab in Erie Pennsylvania and has been a UE (United Electric, Radio and Machine Workers of America) member for nearly 17 years. He has organized, fought for workers rights, single payer healthcare (HR 676) was canvass coordinator for Erie Pennsylvania during the 2004 John Kerry Campaign and ran for Eire city council in 2005. As someone that has studied the history of labor and economic trends, he recognized that we are now at a defining moment and that a large scale action is necessary.

Yuri Keegstra: Yuri came across the “A Call For a General Strike” event on Facebook one night while organizing and sharing info regarding protests in Wisconsin and thought “absolutely!”. He works in IT at a Wisconsin university and is a proud union member. He has a strong interest in the civil rights, environmental, universal health care, anti-war, social justice, economic justice, and animal rights movements. He has been an organizer and activist since he was a teenager. More info can be found on his Facebook profile.

Who is behind them?
Nobody. Mike created the event and issued the call. Yuri saw, joined, and offered to help. Two people, a couple states apart, working on their own time with their own equipment. No union money. No political party money. No organization money. Nobody dictating or suggesting what to say or do. Just us — oh, and you!

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Never Forget The Power of the Strike, brooklynbadboy, Daily Kos

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  • Like any act of civil disobedience, the sacrifice of few benefits the many. Those strikers (of the late 19th & early 20th centuries) helped pave the way for the "golden age" of labor in the 1950s and 1960s.
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  • Shut Down Wisconsin!
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  • Occupy Washington to End the Wars
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Special Report | Mid-east Uprisings II

For decades beginning during the Cold War, US policy in the Islamic world has been aimed at suppressing secular reformist and leftist movements. Beginning with the CIA-engineered coup against a secular democratic reform government in Iran in 1953 (it was about oil), Washington has propped up dictators, coaching these regimes in the black arts of torture and mayhem against secular liberals and the left.

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  • Intervention In Libya
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  • Bombing Libya to "save Libya"
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David Culver, ed., Evergreene Digest

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Bob Englehart

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Intervention In Libya, The Progress Report, Think Progress

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  • Intervention has led to a serious debate that has cross-cut party lines over the merits and objectives of the operation.
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  • Libyan Developments
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  • Bombing Libya to "save Libya": Emergency protests planned
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Bombing Libya to "save Libya": Emergency protests planned, Brian Becker, ANSWER Coalition

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  • The forces behind this war
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  • Emergency demonstrations across the country this Wed-Sat (Mar 23-26)
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  • See below for details about demonstrations
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  • "Kill the people to set them free? Who put this price on their liberty?" --from the song "El Salvador", recorded by Peter, Paul, and Mary
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Action in Libya could last 'awhile,' official says, Hadeel Al-Shalchi, Associated Press / Huffington Post
The U.S. military, for now at the lead of the international campaign, is trying to walk a fine line over the end game of the assault. It is avoiding for now any appearance that it aims to take out Gadhafi or help the rebels oust him, instead limiting its stated goals to protecting civilians.

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Libyan Developments, Z Communications

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  • Without coming out against the no-fly zone, we must express defiance and advocate full vigilance in monitoring the actions of those states carrying it out, to make sure that they don't go beyond protecting civilians as mandated by the UNSC resolution.
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  • Stephen R. Shalom interviews  Gilbert Achcar
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The Embarrassments of Empire, David Bromwich, Huffington Post
David Bromwich's longish piece on why and how the Obama Administration suffers repeated embarrassment. Maybe because they've lost their moral compass? (Or never had one?)

Chomsky: Why the Mideast Turmoil Is a Direct Threat to the American Empire, Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!
An interview with Noam Chomsky about what this means for the future of the Middle East and U.S. foreign policy in the region.

In Search of Monsters, Maureen Dowd, New York Times | NY
Paul Wolfowitz has lost the right to be moral arbiter on matters of war. He just doesn’t know it.

How will America handle the fall of its Middle East empire? Peter Oborne, London Telegraph | UK/Axis of Logic

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  • America chose to govern through brutal and corrupt dictators, supplied with arms, military training and advice from Washington.
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  • The momentous importance of the last few weeks is that this profitable, though morally bankrupt, arrangement appears to be coming to an end.
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  • How Qaddafi Reshaped Africa
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What Corruption and Force Have Wrought in Egypt, Chris Hedges, TruthDig

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  • What is happening in Egypt, like what happened in Tunisia, tightens the noose that will—unless Israel and Washington radically change their policies toward the Palestinians and the Muslim world—threaten to strangle the Jewish state as well as dramatically curtail American influence in the Middle East.
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  • Chomsky: Why the Mideast Turmoil Is a Direct Threat to the American Empire
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  • When Corporations Choose Despots Over Democracy
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Obama Abandons Egyptian Democracy Demonstrators’ Demand to Oust Mubarak, Rabbi Michael Lerner, Tikkun Daily

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  • De facto, Obama has opened the door for Mubarak’s regime, led by Egypt’s CIA head and now VP Suleiman to a) repress the demonstrators if they don’t give up soon, and b) install a phony process of “consultation” with the protesters that will in fact lead to an election in which the military dictatorship which installed Mubarak will remain in power with some changes to the names of the people at the top but little change in the economic suffering and political oppression of the Egyptian people.
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  • What Corruption and Force Have Wrought in Egypt
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It Ain't Just Mubarak -- 7 of the Worst Dictators the U.S. Is Backing to the Hilt, Joshua Holland, AlterNet

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  • From Saudi Arabia to Uzbekistan to Chad, the U.S. keeps some very bad autocrats in power.
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  • When Corporations Choose Despots Over Democracy
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  • With Democracy or Against It—There’s No In Between
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Cycle of Suppression Rises in Libya and Elsewhere, Anthony Shahid, New York Times | NY / Truthout<>

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  • “It is too late for dialogue now,” said a Benghazi resident who has taken part in the demonstrations but refused to be named. “Too much blood has been shed. The more brutal the crackdown will be, the more determined the protesters will become.”
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  • [Message From Libya] Tell the World What Is Happening to Us!!!!!
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