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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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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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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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Carl Sandburg once said: "Nothing happens unless first a dream." We know you share our dream of a more open, peaceful, just and progressive society. Of course it won't be easy but we believe we can make it happen - because we must!  And because 'necessity is the mother of invention', we believe that if we continue to work together, we will make our dreams a reality.

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.

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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We can't do it without you. With a big thanks to small contributors,

Sincerely,

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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CBS almost reported Reagan was mentally unfit in 1986

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  • "I now believe [Reagan aides and his wife Nancy] covered up his condition, and many continued to as they wrote their memoirs. But then, the public knew something wasn't right. There were all sorts of signs. We all looked the other way," Leslie Stahl concluded in her book.
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  • Mission Accomplished: The Reagan Occupation and the Destruction of the American Middle Class
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  • How Republicans created the myth of Ronald Reagan
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David Edwards, Raw Story

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Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Thomas Sklarski

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Two sons of former President Ronald Reagan have been engaged in a public disagreement over whether their father exhibited early signs of Alzheimer's disease while still in the White House.

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Veteran CBS reporter Leslie Stahl, who saw Reagan have mental lapses in 1986, could possibly play a role in settling that feud -- or cause it to become even bigger than it already was.

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In his new book, titled "My Father at 100," Ron Reagan, who's identified himself as a liberal and an atheist, wrote that in 1984, he began to "experience the nausea of a bad dream coming true" with regards to his father's mental condition.

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The younger Reagan added that as early as 1986, his father had become alarmed at his growing lack of certain memories. "[He] had been alarmed to discover, while flying over the familiar canyons north of Los Angeles, that he could no longer summon their names," Reagan wrote.

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Mission Accomplished: The Reagan Occupation and the Destruction of the American Middle Class, David Michael Green, Buzzflash
The middle class is on its knees and shrinking fast.  Unions have been broken into irrelevance.  Government, supposedly an agent of the public interest, has become a complete tool of those it is meant to monitor.  Both political parties are fully owned by the oligarchy.  The public has been brainwashed into seeing its allies as enemies and its enemies as allies.  We have been drained of hope that any actor on the horizon can come to our rescue.

How Republicans created the myth of Ronald Reagan, Will Bunch, Salon.com
With the Gipper's reputation flagging after Clinton, neoconservatives launched a stealthy campaign to remake him as a "great" president.

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The World's Crisis in War Reporting

At this complex and dangerous moment in history, we must recognize that journalists around the world are failing in their duty as watchdogs of the people and that – combined with economic stresses – the traditional role of journalism is diminishing.

Don North, Middle East Online

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As journalists are laid off and newspapers cut back or shut down, whole sectors of our civic life disappear from public view and go dark. Much of local and state governments, whole federal departments, and the world itself are neglected.

Politicians are working increasingly without independent scrutiny and without public accountability. Perhaps most alarmingly, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the fight against terrorism abroad go underreported despite the billions of dollars spent and the tens of thousands of lives lost.

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Seymour Hersh unleashed

U.S. foreign policy had been hijacked by a cabal of neoconservative "crusaders" in the former vice president's office and now in the special operations community.

Blake Hounshell, Foreign Policy

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David Remnick, call your office.

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In a speech billed as a discussion of the Bush and Obama eras, New Yorker journalist Seymour Hersh delivered a rambling, conspiracy-laden diatribe here Monday expressing his disappointment with President Barack Obama and his dissatisfaction with the direction of U.S. foreign policy.

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"Just when we needed an angry black man," he began, his arm perched jauntily on the podium, "we didn't get one."

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It quickly went downhill from there.

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Hersh, whose exposés of gross abuses by members of the U.S. military in Vietnam and Iraq have earned him worldwide fame and high journalistic honors, said he was writing a book on what he called the "Cheney-Bush years" and saw little difference between that period and the Obama administration.

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