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David Horsey | Things That Make Absolutely No Sense / SeattlePI.com

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Five myths about mosques in this country

  • Through their mosques, U.S. Muslims are embracing the community involvement that is a hallmark of the American experience. In this light, mosques should be welcomed as premier sites of American assimilation, not feared as incubators of terrorist indoctrination.
  • Top 10 myths about Islam

Edward E. Curtis, IV, Minneapolis Star Tribune | MN

In addition to spawning passionate debates in the public, the news media and the political class, the proposal to build a Muslim community center near ground zero in New York has revealed widespread misconceptions about the practice of Islam in this country -- and the role of mosques in particular.

1) Mosques are new to this country.
Mosques have been here since the colonial era. A mosque, or masjid, is literally any place where Muslims make salat, the prayer performed in the direction of Mecca; it needn't be a building. One of the first mosques in North American history was on Kent Island, Md.: Between 1731 and 1733, African-American Muslim slave and Islamic scholar Job Ben Solomon would regularly steal away to the woods there for his prayers -- in spite of a white boy who threw dirt on him as he made his prostrations.

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Top 10 Myths About Islam, Huda, About.com

  • Introduction to Islam
  • The Right's Shameful Muslim-Bashing


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From Death to Life: Mother forgives son's killer

Johnson and Israel hope to bring other families of violence together for forgiveness. They also plan to write a book together with dreams of eventually building a grief center in north Minneapolis.

Renee Tessman, KARE-TV | MN

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Brigette Menger-Anderson

A Minneapolis community is celebrating a powerful story of forgiveness, how a mother's hatred for her child's murderer dramatically changed over 17 years.

As Oshea Israel described it, "God brought us together."

By looking at him and Mary Johnson, his arm around her, you'd think they were mother and son. But actually, he's the man who murdered her son, Laramiun Lamont Byrd.

It happened in 1993. Israel shot Byrd multiple times, his body left outside North Memorial Hospital.

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This Is Not a Recovery

  • This isn’t a recovery, in any sense that matters. And policy makers should be doing everything they can to change that fact.
  • GDP Revised Down: Economy Grew At A Much Slower Pace Than Previously Thought.
  • Tax Jujitsu: Why Democrats Should Propose a “People’s Tax Cut”.
  • Jobless? Your leaders are at ease with that.


Paul Krugman, New York Times | NY

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Thomas Sklarski

What will Ben Bernanke, the Fed chairman, say in his big speech Friday (August 27) in Jackson Hole, WY? Will he hint at new steps to boost the economy? Stay tuned.

But we can safely predict what he and other officials will say about where we are right now: that the economy is continuing to recover, albeit more slowly than they would like. Unfortunately, that’s not true: this isn’t a recovery, in any sense that matters. And policy makers should be doing everything they can to change that fact.

The small sliver of truth in claims of continuing recovery is the fact that G.D.P. is still rising: we’re not in a classic recession, in which everything goes down. But so what?

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GDP Revised Down: Economy Grew At A Much Slower Pace Than Previously Thought, Christopher S. Rugaber, Associated Press, in Huffington Post
Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Thomas Sklarski
The nation's gross domestic product – the broadest measure of the economy's output – grew at a 1.6 percent annual rate in the April-to-June period, the Commerce Department said Friday (August 27). That's down from an initial estimate of 2.4 percent last month and much slower than the first quarter's 3.7 percent pace.

Tax Jujitsu: Why Democrats Should Propose a “People’s Tax Cut”, Robert Reich, Robert Reich.org
Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Thomas Sklarski
Republicans are calling the Democrat’s proposal to end the Bush tax cuts on the richest 3 percent a “tax increase,” and demagoging that it will hurt the economy and small business. This is baloney, to put it politely. Let me count the ways.

Jobless? Your leaders are at ease with that, Paul Krugman, New York Times | NY

  • None of them want to fix it -- so high unemployment might become a habit.
  • Punishing the Jobless

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Glenn Beck is NOT Martin Luther King Jr.!

  • Please watch the video and sign their pledge to stand with Martin Luther King Jr.'s vision and against Beck and Palin's hate.
  • Glenn Beck's 'Restoring Honor' Rally Denounced By Civil Rights Leaders
  • It is important for all of us to stand together with one voice against hate and intolerance.

Don Hazen, AlterNet

Dear Reader,

Glenn Beck is NOT Martin Luther King Jr.! August 28th is an important day in American history.  On this date Martin Luther King Jr. promoted a just, equal, diverse and compassionate country in his "I Have a Dream Speech" at the Lincoln Memorial.

This year, on the same date, Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin will hold a rally at the Lincoln Memorial.  The racist and hate-filled tenor of Beck, Palin and the Tea Party movement is in direct contrast to the noble vision of Dr. King. We cannot sit idly by and let King's vision and legacy be hijacked for political purposes.

Our friends Robert Greenwald and the team at Brave New Foundation have produced a new video and pledge encouraging everyone to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s struggle for a just and equal America.

Please watch the video and sign their pledge to stand with Martin Luther King Jr.'s vision and against Beck's hate.

It is important for all of us to stand together with one voice against hate and intolerance.

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Glenn Beck's 'Restoring Honor' Rally Denounced By Civil Rights Leaders, DeNeen Brown, Washington Post | DC

  • Glenn Beck's 'Restoring Honor' Rally To Face Countermarches From Civil Rights Activists, Al Sharpton
  • Guns, Divisive Rhetoric to "Honor" Lincoln and King?


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US Forces in Iraq Shift to Long-term Occupation

  • Adil E. Shamoo, a professor of ethics, writes in What You Will Not Hear About Iraq, "Iraq has between 25 and 50 percent unemployment, a dysfunctional parliament, rampant disease, an epidemic of mental illness, and sprawling slums. The killing of innocent people has become part of daily life. What a havoc the United States has wreaked in Iraq...
  • Iraq: Torture. Corruption. Civil war. America has Certainly Left Its Mark
  • The occupation of Iraq isn't over - it's being rebranded

Debra Sweet, The World Can't Wait

Sunday (Aug 22), the Associated Press reported "Baghdad - An American solider was killed in a rocket attack in southern Iraq on Sunday, the U.S. military said, marking the first American fatality since the last combat unit in Iraq pulled out of the country."

As the "last" combat brigade left Iraq, President Obama prepares to give a major speech next week.  He probably won't claim victory; that would be laughable.  He will claim that the U.S. is taking responsible action, now that the Iraqis are ready to "step up" and run "their own" country.  This is the same plan the Bush regime had, but framed and re-branded, Obama-style, to cover a thoroughly illegitimate occupation.

Jeremy Scahill said on Democracy Now earlier this month (August) that the combat role is shifting to the State Department, which "has plans to remake some US bases into what they call 'enduring presence posts,' EPPs. And so, you'll have these outposts around the country that are essentially-what is essentially unfolding here is a downsized and rebranded occupation, Obama-style, that is going to necessitate a surge in private forces.

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Iraq: Torture. Corruption. Civil war. America has Certainly Left Its Mark. Robert Fisk, London Independent | UK, in ZCommunications

  • The American soldiers came. They saw. They lost. And now they say they've won. How the Arabs, surviving on six hours of electricity a day in their bleak country, must be hoping for no more victories like this one.
  • The War on Iraq : Five US Presidents, Five British Prime Ministers, Thirty Years of Duplicity, and Counting....

The occupation of Iraq isn't over - it's being rebranded, Debra Sweet, World Can't Wait

  • The occupation of Iraq is only being re-branded, not ended. Despite President Obama's fallacious claims that the war in Iraq is winding down, the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment is deploying!
  • We Are Not Your Soldiers!
  • Collateral Murder: U.S. Soldier Ethan McCord's Eyewitness Story

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What is fuelling floods and fires?


  • While most climate experts say that it is too soon to draw any conclusions about a link with climate change, many agree that current events fit in with the warnings issued by the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) over the past 20 years.
  • The truth: Still there, still inconvenient
  • Who Cooked the Planet?

Julia Slater and Renat Künzi, Swiss Info

Tourists in Moscow wear face masks against the smog (Keystone)

As flooding in Pakistan disrupts millions of lives, and huge areas of Russian forest burn, many people are wondering whether they are linked.

Flooding of a 1,000km stretch along the Indus river has already claimed about 1,600 lives, and driven hundreds of thousands from their homes. Over 13 million people have been affected.

In Russia temperatures have stood for weeks at almost 40 degrees; fires have destroyed villages and forests, while a pall of smog lies over large stretches of the country, including Moscow. More than 50 people have died as a direct result of the fires, while the mortality rate has doubled in the capital, the authorities admit.

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The truth: Still there, still inconvenient, James P. Lenfestey, Star Tribune | MN
As 'Climategate' scientists are cleared, no doubt about warming remains.

Who Cooked the Planet? Paul Krugman, New York Times | NY<www.nytimes.com>

  • Will any of the deniers say “O.K., I guess I was wrong,” and support climate action? No.
  • The truth: Still there, still inconvenient

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Fiddling While the US Economy Burns

  • "We know we live in hard times that are on the verge of getting harder with 500,000 new claims for unemployment last week, a recent record. The stock market may be over for now as fear and panic drives small investors out. Big corporations hoard stashes of cash rather then hire workers. The D-Word (depression) is back in play."
  • The Forgotten Foreclosure Crisis
  • The Horror Show
  • America Goes Dark

Danny Schechter, Consortium News

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Thomas Sklarski

The stock market may be over for now as fear and panic drives small investors out. Big corporations hoard stashes of cash rather then hire workers. The D-Word (depression) is back in play.

Foreclosures are up, and the Administration’s programs to stop them are down, well below their stated goals, only helping one-sixth of those promised assistance.

And here’s a statistic for you: 300,000. That’s the number of foreclosure filings every month for the past 17 months.

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The Forgotten Foreclosure Crisis, Think Progress

  • Without more intervention, the housing market will continue its 'slow motion' adjustment that will continue to inhibit economic growth and drag down consumer spending.
  • Foreclosures Rise with Unemployment

The Horror Show, Bob Herbert, New York Times | NY

  • Policy makers seem intent on allowing the employment crisis to fester. As bad as the July employment numbers were, a deeper look into them shows a seriously scary situation.
  • Long-Term Economic Pain
  • Jobless? Your leaders are at ease with that

America Goes Dark, Paul Krugman, New York Times | NY

  • So the end result of the long campaign against government is that we’ve taken a disastrously wrong turn. America is now on the unlit, unpaved road to nowhere.
  • America: The Grim Truth

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