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Evergreene Digest: Here's a list of some of the more than 520 organizations and journalists we link to

Evergreene Digest features links to over 520 of the hottest websites and links to some of the saviest writers and bloggers on the 'net.

Dear readers of Evergreene Digest,

Evergreene Digest features links to over 520 of the hottest websites and links to some of the saviest writers and bloggers on the 'net.

Here's a list of some of these organizations and journalists:

Bill Black
Bill Moyers
Bob Herbert
Chris Hedges
Common Dreams
Daily Kos
Danny Schechter
David DeGraw
Dylan Ratigan
Elizabeth Warren
Ellen Brown
Glen Ford
Glenn Greenwald
Janet Tavakoli
Janine Wedel
Jeremy Scahill
Jim Hightower
John Pilger
Joseph Stiglitz

Matt Taibbi
Max Keiser
Molly Ivins
Naomi Klein
NiemanWatchdog
Noam Chomsky
Nomi Prins
Nouriel Roubini
Paul Krugman
Public Record
Ralph Nader
Real News Network
Rethink Afghanistan
Ring Of Fire Radio
Robert Fisk
Robert Reich
Robert Sheer
Rory O'Connor
The Center for Public Integrity
Tom Dispatch
Truthdig
Truthout

How's that for an all-star line up? Quality journalism takes time to produce and we strongly believe in providing this service to as many people as possible. If you appreciate it, please consider helping us by becoming a monthly sustainer. We know many of you are feeling the effects of this financial crisis as well, so we have provided monthly contribution guidelines as low as a cuppa jove a month.

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No Solutions at State of the Union

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Obama will deliver his take on the State of the Union tonight (Jan 25) and while Congress has bickered about bipartisan seating, it doesn't matter where anyone sits because the profiteers who define what’s possible in our politics have already barred any serious solution to what ails us.

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Laura Flanders, The Nation

We know what the problem is: Jobs. 15 million still unemployed. A National Journal piece last week noted that the Great Recession wiped out what amounts to every U.S. job created in the 21st century. And jobs had already been leaving -- for three decades.

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That's a bipartisan problem—remember who passed NAFTA, which first opened the floodgates. As a commentator with the hardly radical Hoover Institute told the Journal -- Instead of reinvesting the gains of globalization in improved plants or a higher quality of life work in the US, private companies privatized the profits and hired abroad. Driving down wages for them, and us.

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Palestine Papers, Peace and Concessions

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  • The revelation of thousands of pages of confidential Palestinian diplomatic records show just how much the Palestinian Authority was willing to sacrifice, and how much more the Israeli government still wanted.
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  • They have shocked the world—all of it except the United States, that is.
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  • The Charade of Israeli-Palestinian Talks
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Laura Flanders, The Nation

The “Palestine Papers,” published by the Guardian and Al-Jazeera, which cover decades of failed so-called peace negotiations, show among other things just how much the Palestinian Authority was willing to sacrifice, and how much more the Israeli government still wanted.

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According to the documents—which the Palestinians say are partly fabricated but they won't say which part—in 2008, Saeb Erekat, the PA's chief negotiator, offered to allow Israel to annex almost all settlements in East Jerusalem with nothing in return—lands which international law recognizes as Palestinian. “This is the first time in Palestinian-Israeli history in which such a suggestion is officially made,” the Palestinian negotiator pointed out, but his Israeli counterparts rejected even that offer saying it didn't go far enough.

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The Charade of Israeli-Palestinian Talks, Noam Chomsky, truthout
Washington’s pathetic capitulation to Israel while pleading for a meaningless three-month freeze on settlement expansion – excluding Arab East Jerusalem – should go down as one of the most humiliating moments in U.S. diplomatic history.

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Lesson From Europe: Fiscal Austerity Kills Economies

Following faux-reasonable Rubinite advice will only put Americans further into debt.

Marshall Auerback, new deal 2.0

Photo Credit: AMagill

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There’s more evidence that fiscal austerity should never be a government policy objective. The UK has just released its 4th quarter GDP numbers and the results are predictably grim: a -0.5% decline in GDP for the last three months of 2010, versus a market expectation of +0.4%.

This comes as no shock to anybody who understands basic sectoral flows. Taking income out of the private sector in the absence of any countervailing flows from the government or external sector means lower output, slower growth and higher unemployment. The UK economy’s performance is totally consistent with this analysis.

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Evergreene Digest: I'll admit it: two years ago at this time, we expected more.

Independent journalism has never been so important. As newsrooms are shuttered and infotainment spreads, Evergreene Digest's commitment to watchdog, tell-it-like-it-is journalism is unwavering, and is made possible only with the extra support of our readership. We are investing in some of the finest progressive journalism in this country.

Dear readers of Evergreene Digest,

I'll admit it: two years ago at this time, we expected more.

Barack Obama's election marked a remarkable moment in our country's history -- a milestone in America's scarred racial landscape, a victory for the forces of decency, diversity and tolerance, and an end to eight years of destructive, swaggering unilateralism.

Two years later, it's clear we're a ways from reshaping the prevailing order of our politics and economy. That will take more than one election. And in this winter of discontent, I could dwell on the disappointments. I am sure you have your list. At the top of mine is Obama's decision to escalate the war in Afghanistan, squandering funds needed to rebuild and renew our country.

But we have work to do -- hard work -- to lay the groundwork for new thinking and true alternatives, and we need your help and support to do it.

Independent journalism has never been so important. As newsrooms are shuttered and infotainment spreads, Evergreene Digest's commitment to watchdog, tell-it-like-it-is journalism is unwavering, and is made possible only with the extra support of our readership. We are investing in some of the finest progressive journalism in this country:

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Happy as a Hangman,  Chris Hedges, TruthDig.com

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  • Those who do not carry out acts of rebellion, no matter how small or seemingly insignificant, are guilty of solidifying and perpetuating these crimes. Those who do not act delude themselves into believing they are innocent. They are not.
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  • Stop These Wars Or We'll Fill Your Jails
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  • Real Hope Is About Doing Something
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The Charade of Israeli-Palestinian Talks, Noam Chomsky, truthout

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Washington’s pathetic capitulation to Israel while pleading for a meaningless three-month freeze on settlement expansion – excluding Arab East Jerusalem – should go down as one of the most humiliating moments in U.S. diplomatic history.

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Daniel Ellsberg: Julian Assange Is Not a Terrorist, Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!/Reader Supported News

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"Assange and Bradley Manning are no more terrorists than I am."

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If you would prefer to send a check, make it out to Evergreene Digest and send it to David Culver, 460 5th Avenue North, #428, Hopkins, MN  55343-7260.

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Dave & Crew

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Tunisian Revolution Shakes and Inspires Middle East

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  • Every state and movement in the Middle East is reading into the events in Tunisia its own anxieties and aspirations.
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  • Tunisia revolt makes Islamist threat ring hollow
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Juan Cole, truthout

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The Tunisian uprising that overthrew the 23-year-old regime of strongman Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali had resonances throughout the Middle East.

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Leaders of countries invested in the region’s authoritarian and highly unequal status quo rejected the political revolution, while groups and states that want change welcomed it. The spectacle of masses of demonstrators pouring down Avenue Bourguiba in Tunis recently, overwhelming security forces and putting the president to flight, raised the hopes of the dispossessed and the downtrodden, even as it inspired a gathering dread in the breasts of the region’s dictators and absolute monarchs.

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Whether or not, as many observers rushed to predict, a wave of discontent will radiate from Tunis throughout the Arab world (and there are reasons to be cautious about that prospect), the “Jasmine Revolution” is a Rorschach test for distinguishing reactionaries from innovators in the region.

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Tunisia revolt makes Islamist threat ring hollow, Tom Pfeiffer, Reuters
The absence of Islamist slogans from Tunisia's pro-democracy revolt punches a hole in the argument of many Arab autocrats that they are the bulwark stopping religious radicals sweeping to power.

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Give us a cuppa jove...and we'll keep telling you the truth.

Four times a year we launch brief fundraising drives which have provided us with most of our annual budget. Help now with a small contribution. For the cost of a cuppa jove a month, we'll keep telling you the truth. Is it a deal?

Dear readers of Evergreene Digest,

When we launched Evergreene Digest 5  years ago our goal was ambitious for 2005:  to be the preferred one-stop on-line source for women, communities of color, working people, people with disabilities, veterans, youth, pacifists, GLBT, activists, spiritual seekers, progressives, environmentalists, youth, veterans, and other groups ignored by the mainstream media as legitimate audiences, sources, and subjects for the news.

We knew we wanted it to be free for our readers. And, we knew it would take a small staff of professionals to continually provide high-quality information 365-days a year.

Our bottom line dilemma: How would we fund it?

We could sell advertising. We could rely on big foundation grants. We could have corporate "co-sponsors". We could find a rich "sugar-mama or daddy." We could build a big email list and rent it to the highest bidders.

That would have been the easy, and inappropriate,  way.

But we decided to fund Evergreene Digest differently. Believing small is beautiful,  we seek thousands of small contributors, provide them with a high-quality product, and trust that the progressive community has our back as we moved forward.

No catering to advertisers because we don't have any. No need to avoid controversial issues that could upset a few wealthy donors because we don't have any. No steering of our agenda to fit a foundation's funding priority because we don't have any.

And it's working! We've managed to build a small but very dedicated group of readers and supporters who have pitched in over the years in many ways to keep us afloat and support our work. Relying on small contributions from our readers not only guarantees us the independence to speak truth to power - but it helps keep us in touch - and on our toes - with our growing community of supporters.

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To make a secure donation today and help bring the progressive dream to life, click on this icon in the upper right hand corner of any section.

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Dave & Crew

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WikiLeaks Shows Diplomats Lie to Themselves Before They Lie to Journalists

"How is the world ruled and led to war? Diplomats lie to journalists and believe these lies when they see them in print."

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Peter Hart, Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)

Today (12/2/10) the New York Times has another report based on the latest WikiLeaks cables. The focus is on U.S. policy toward the former Soviet republic of Georgia, and the upshot is that diplomats based there exercised little to no scrutiny of the claims made by Georgian government regarding South Ossetia and Russia. The conflict there led eventually to a brief war in 2008, which was often inaccurately portrayed in U.S. media as unprovoked Russian aggression against a U.S. ally. The Times reports:

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The cables show that for several years, as Georgia entered an escalating contest with the Kremlin for the future of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, two breakaway enclaves out of Georgian control that received Russian support, Washington relied heavily on the Saakashvili government's accounts of its own behavior. In neighboring countries, American diplomats often maintained their professional distance, and privately detailed their misgivings of their host governments. In Georgia, diplomats appeared to set aside skepticism and embrace Georgian versions of important and disputed events.

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By 2008, as the region slipped toward war, sources outside the Georgian government were played down or not included in important cables. Official Georgian versions of events were passed to Washington largely unchallenged.

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