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Special Report | Why We Fight Wars: It's In Our Culture

How the Military Mindset Is Permeating Our Political Culture and Society

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  • The Militarization of America
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  • War Games: Army Lures Civilians By Letting Them Play Soldier
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  • Waterboarding, Hitting Your Kids, Empathy and Politics
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  • Early Childhood Military Education?
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  • Killer drones used like a sport
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  • Fighting Wars With Music and Art
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  • Sexual Puritanism and Empire: Sex, Shame, and Military Might
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David Culver, ed., Evergreene Digest

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Signe Wilkinson

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Waterboarding, Hitting Your Kids, Empathy and Politics, Brian Enright, OpEdNews.com

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  • I believe that many of those people who were raised with--let us call it "tough" parenting--tend to believe otherwise, that  only such aggressive methods as waterboarding are effective ways of getting others to "obey"  and "tell the truth".
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  • I believe that such things as waterboardin also serve as an excuse to vicariously act out one's own long-denied fear and anger by"punishing" the prisoner's evil behavior.
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  • Early Childhood Military Education?
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Early Childhood Military Education? Ann Pelo, Common Dreams

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  • Who are the young people for whom these military leaders are supposedly advocating? Low-income, at-risk children—the pool of children from which the military has traditionally recruited.
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  • What sort of education do the generals want for these children? Skill-and-drill, standards-driven, assessment-burdened curriculum that prepares children for skill-and-drill basic training, for standards-driven military discipline, for test-based military promotion.
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  • War Games: Army Lures Civilians By Letting Them Play Soldier
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Killer drones used like a sport, Stephen Lendman, War Is A Crime

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  • They "sit in air-conditioned rooms far away from (America's wars). They guide their weapons with joysticks and monitors. The remote warriors work with a high degree of precision - at a fraction of the cost of a fighter jet," but just as deadly.
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  • Despite waging multiple imperial wars, Obama, in fact, may oblige them, heading America perilously closer to all out general war, especially to distract growing millions from their economic misery at home.
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  • America Detatched from War
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  • The Militarization of America
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The Militarization of America, William Astore and Tom EngelhardtTomdispatch.com

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  • Our president and elected representatives must serve as a check on the military establishment, rather than issuing blank checks to them.
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  • How the Military Mindset Is Permeating Our Political Culture and Society
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  • Fighting Wars With Music and Art
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War Games: Army Lures Civilians By Letting Them Play Soldier, Joseph De Avila, Wall Street Journal | NY
Recruiters Bring Lifelike Videogame To Amusement Parks, and Kids Love It

Fighting Wars With Music and Art, Karmah Elmusa, Mother Jones

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  • Lee's purpose is not to send you into a permanent funk, but to highlight artistic forms of resistance and protest all over the globe.
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  • The Militarization of America
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Sexual Puritanism and Empire: Sex, Shame, and Military Might,  Phil Rockstroh, AlterNet

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  • How many times do the prigs, ninnies, and scolds of the U.S. have to repeat this sort of inanity before they grow up and realize that human beings have strong libidos? Libido propels both creativity and contretemps, and it is wise to aver that “the issue of character” should best be evoked and debated, as a general rule, when the situation involves hypocrisy.
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  • What "character issues" come into play involving an individual’s complicity in the maintenance of blood-fueled imperium?
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  • Anthony Weiner's Uncensored Penis Picture Plus 10 Other Images That Are Even More Obscene
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Killer drones used like a sport

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  • They "sit in air-conditioned rooms far away from (America's wars). They guide their weapons with joysticks and monitors. The remote warriors work with a high degree of precision - at a fraction of the cost of a fighter jet," but just as deadly.
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  • Despite waging multiple imperial wars, Obama, in fact, may oblige them, heading America perilously closer to all out general war, especially to distract growing millions from their economic misery at home.
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  • America Detatched from War
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  • The Militarization of America
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Stephen Lendman, War Is A Crime

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Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Bob Heberle

Defense contractor giants like Boeing, Lockeed Martin, Northrop Grumman, and others, as well as smaller rivals compete for growing demand for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). They include remote control operated killer drones, also called unmanned combat aerial vehicles (UCAVs).

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It's America's newest sport. From distant command centers, far from target sights, sounds, and smells, operators dismissively ignore human carnage showing up as computer screen blips little different from video game images. The difference, of course, is people die, mostly noncombatants.

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On March 10, 2010, Der Spiegel writer Marc Pitzke headlined, "How Drone Pilots Wage War," saying:

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They "sit in air-conditioned rooms far away from (America's wars). They guide their weapons with joysticks and monitors. The remote warriors work with a high degree of precision - at a fraction of the cost of a fighter jet," but just as deadly.

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America Detatched from War, Tom Engelhardt, TomDispatch

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Admittedly, before George W. Bush had his fever dream, the U.S. had already put its first unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or drone surveillance planes in the skies over Kosovo in the late 1990s.  By November 2001, it had armed them with missiles and was flying them over Afghanistan.

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The Militarization of America, William Astore and Tom Engelhardt,  Tomdispatch.com

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  • Our president and elected representatives must serve as a check on the military establishment, rather than issuing blank checks to them.
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  • How the Military Mindset Is Permeating Our Political Culture and Society
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  • Fighting Wars With Music and Art
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Rescind President Obama's 'Transparency Award' now

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  • Obama has invoked baseless and unconstitutional executive secrecy to quash legal inquiries into secret illegalities more often than any predecessor.
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  • The Obama administration's record on secrecy and surveillance is a disgrace and should not be sanitised by unearned prizes.
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Drafted by FBI whistleblowers Sibel Edmonds and Coleen Rowley, London Guardian | UK

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Coleen Rowley

This article is made possible with the generous contributions of readers like you. Thank you!

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Bradley Manning: signatories regard his abusive treatment in a military brig as a warning to government whistleblowers from the Obama administration. Photograph: AP

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On 28 March 2011, President Obama was given a "transparency award" from five "open government" organisations: OMB Watch, the National Security Archive, the Project on Government Oversight, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and OpenTheGovernment.org. Ironically – and quite likely in response to growing public criticism regarding the Obama administration's lack of transparency – heads of the five organisations gave their award to Obama in a closed, undisclosed meeting at the White House.

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If the ceremony had been open to the press, it is likely that reporters would have questioned the organisations' proffered justification for the award, in contrast to the current reality:
• President Obama has not decreased, but has dramatically increased governmental secrecy. According to a new report to the president by the Information Security Oversight Office (ISOO) – the federal agency that provides oversight of the government's security classification system – the cost of classification for 2010 has reached over $10.17bn. That's a 15% jump from the previous year, and the first time ever that secrecy costs have surpassed $10bn. Last month, ISOO reported that the number of original classification decisions generated by the Obama administration in 2010 was 224,734 – a 22.6% jump from the previous year (see The Price of Secrecy, Obama Edition).

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Too Late for Apologies

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Three Steps the U.S. Bishops Should Take to Prevent Another Sexual Abuse Scandal

Grant Gallicho, Religion Dispatches

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This week (June 12-18), the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is holding its annual summer meeting in Seattle (to be live-streamed, starting Wednesday, June 15). The bishops will take up a number of issues, from the revised liturgy to assisted suicide, but their conversations are sure to be dominated by an issue that has been dogging them since the mid-1980s: sexually abusive priests and the bishops who enabled them. Ten years after Cardinal Bernard Law became the poster bishop for failed religious leadership, new revelations of episcopal misfeasance threaten to swamp the real gains made by the Church.  

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One Step Forward...

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In the summer of 2002, the bishops adopted stricter rules for handling abuse allegations. They agreed to a set of guidelines called the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People that would govern their response to accusations (several of the Charter’s provisions were approved by the Vatican as canon law for U.S. dioceses). The Charter called for dioceses to cooperate with civil authorities and comply with reporting laws, to permanently remove abuser-priests from ministry, and to establish majority-lay review boards to look at allegations against clergy and advise bishops whether to suspend the accused.

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Anthony Weiner's Uncensored Penis Picture Plus 10 Other Images That Are Even More Obscene

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  • Weiner's junk isn't the only perverse image rocketing around the Internet -- here are 10 other shocking pics.
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Joshua Holland, AlterNet

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Lydia Howell

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Almost two weeks have passed since the first racy picture of Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-New York, emerged on the Internet. Since then, the eyes of the world – or at least the major news media – have been riveted on the story as it has unfolded.

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The photographic evidence of the congressman's perfidy has become ever more extreme. What began with a pair of boxer shorts led to pictures of Weiner's uncovered pectoral muscles, and finally, to the unvarnished image of a man's erect penis – a penis later confirmed to belong to Anthony Weiner.

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But Weiner's wiener wasn't the first obscene photograph to zoom around the Internet, and it won't be the last. We scoured our files for some other perverse images that may be getting less attention than the Weinergate pics, but are just as important.

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Here are 10 of the most profane.

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Sexual Puritanism and Empire: Sex, Shame, and Military MightPhil Rockstroh, AlterNet

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  • How many times do the prigs, ninnies, and scolds of the U.S. have to repeat this sort of inanity before they grow up and realize that human beings have strong libidos? Libido propels both creativity and contretemps, and it is wise to aver that “the issue of character” should best be evoked and debated, as a general rule, when the situation involves hypocrisy.
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Our Tahrir Square: DC's Freedom Plaza on October 6th

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  • October 2011 is the 10th anniversary of the invasion of Afghanistan and the beginning of the 2012 federal austerity budget. It is time to light the spark that sets off a true democratic, nonviolent transition to a world in which people are freed to create just and sustainable solutions.
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  • Stop the Machine! Create a New World!
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  • Nearing the tipping point in the United States?
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October 2011.org

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Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Coleen Rowley

October 2011 is the 10th anniversary of the invasion of Afghanistan and the beginning of the 2012 federal austerity budget. It is time to light the spark that sets off a true democratic, nonviolent transition to a world in which people are freed to create just and sustainable solutions.

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We call on people of conscience and courage—all who seek peace, economic justice, human rights and a healthy environment—to join together in Washington, D.C., beginning on Oct. 6, 2011, in nonviolent resistance similar to the Arab Spring and the Midwest awakening.

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Nearing the tipping point in the United States?, John Hanrahan, Nieman Watchdog
With Tahrir Square in mind, activist groups and individuals, some of them well known, are planning ongoing, nonviolent protests in Washington, D.C., starting in October. Their goal is to end the war in Afghanistan and work for sharp change in domestic policies. The mainstream media are not seen as friends, exactly.

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WikiLeaks Haiti

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  • Leaked documents provide an extraordinary glimpse of US maneuvering in Haiti from before the 2004 coup through the devastating 2010 earthquake.
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  • WikiLeaks Cables Show how US Micromanages Haiti's Economy & Politics
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  • WikiLeaks Haiti: Cable Depicts Fraudulent Haiti Election
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Nation

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Leaked documents obtained by WikiLeaks provide an extraordinary glimpse of US maneuvering in Haiti from before the 2004 coup through the country's devastating 2010 earthquake. Drawing from a trove of 1,918 Haiti-related diplomatic cables, The Nation is collaborating with the Haitian weekly newspaper Haïti Liberté on a series of articles about US and UN policy toward the Caribbean nation.

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The revelations published so far include evidence that the US endorsed Haiti's recent election despite strong evidence that the results had been falsified; that the US Embassy aided Levi’s and Hanes contractors in their fight against an increase in Haiti’s minimum wage, and that the US tried—and failed—to scuttle a Venezuelan oil deal even though it would bring huge benefits to Haiti's impoverished people.

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WikiLeaks Cables Show how US Micromanages Haiti's Economy & Politics, Nation
Nearly two thousand US State Embassy cables concerning Haiti published by WikiLeaks show how the US has worked to micromanage Haiti's economy and its political and electoral process. Mark Weisbrot of the Center for Economic Policy & Research says the cables show that the US government has gone to great lengths to influence the outcome of Haiti's elections. AJE correspondent Imram Garda concludes Haiti's president Michel Martelly must now decide whether to serve the interests of his people or the interests of "powerful neighbors."

WikiLeaks Haiti: Cable Depicts Fraudulent Haiti Election, Nation
The United States, the European Union and the United Nations decided to support Haiti’s recent presidential and parliamentary elections despite believing that the country’s electoral body, “almost certainly in conjunction with President Preval,” had “emasculated the opposition” by unwisely and unjustly excluding the country’s largest party, according to a secret US Embassy cable.

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