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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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Never Forget The Power of the Strike

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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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brooklynbadboy, Daily Kos

Leighton Woodhouse, who works for the National Union of Healthcare Workers, recently wrote a piece for Huffington Post in which he noted:

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"Striking has gone out of style. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, last year had the second lowest number of walkouts involving more than 1,000 workers in over 60 years -- eleven in total. And 2010 was no anomaly: the only year since 1947 with a lower number of strikes than last year was the year immediately before, which saw a grand total of five strikes of a comparable size nationwide."

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The conservative movement's continuous assault on private sector unions have had the effect of damaging the ability of unions to organize, grow, and thrive. Private sector union membership as a percentage of the labor force is the lowest it has been in many, many years. Under pressure from the off-shoring of jobs, many unions have made the decision to continuously accept cuts in benefits, wages, and working conditions that have made union membership not nearly as spirited as it has been in the past. Combine this with a substantial increase in service sector and professional employment, advances in technology and automation, and a political climate hostile to collective bargaining, and it is easy to understand why unions are declining to use their most feared weapon: the labor strike.

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Shut Down Wisconsin! Andrea Pason and Billy Wharton, co-chairs Socialist Party USA
Socialist Party USA Statement on the Wisconsin GOP Attack On Unions

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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US Army Apologizes for Horrific Photos from Afghanistan

This is what war looks like

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Matthias Gebauer and Hasnain Kazim, Der Spiegel

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Photo Gallery: The Kill Team in Afghanistan

The images are repulsive. A group of rogue US Army soldiers in Afghanistan killed innocent civilians and then posed with their bodies. On Monday, SPIEGEL published some of the photos -- and the US military responded promptly with an apology. Still, NATO fears that reactions in Afghanistan could be violent.

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The United States and NATO are concerned that reactions could be intense to the publication of images documenting killings committed by US soldiers in Afghanistan. The images appeared in the most recent edition of SPIEGEL, which hit the newsstands on Monday (March 21).

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US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has already telephoned with her Afghan counterpart to discuss the situation. National Security Advisor Tom Donilon has likewise made contact with officials in Kabul. The case threatens to strain already fragile US-Afghan relations at a time when the two countries are negotiating over the establishment of permanent US military bases in Afghanistan.

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Special Report | March 19 Veteran-Led Civil Resistance to Wars, for Bradley Manning

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  • Vets lead DC march against war, for Bradley Manning
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  • Veterans Demand Peace: 113 Arrested at White House
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David Culver, ed., Evergreene Digest

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

Photo Essay: Vets lead DC march against war, for Bradley Manning, Jeff Paterson, Courage to Resist
Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Bob Heberle
US Military veterans led march and rally at the White House on the 8th anniversary of the US invasion of Iraq under the banner "Stop these wars. Expose the lies. Free Bradley Manning." Following a rally, nearly two thousand people joined a silent march. At the end of the march, 110 people participated in a civil disobedience action and were arrested at the White House fence.

March 19 Veteran-Led Civil Resistance to Wars, photography by Ellen Rachel Davidson
Thanks to Evergreene Digest reader Nate Goldshlag for this contribution.

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Photos: 400 March on Quantico gate to support Bradley Manning, Photos by Jeff Paterson, Courage to Resist
Thanks to Evergreene Digest reader Gerry Condon for this contribution.
400 march on Quantico VA Main Gate to support Bradley Manning; 35 arrested in act of civil disobedience


Veterans Demand Peace: 113 Arrested at White House
Thanks to Evergreene Digest reader Nate Goldshlag for this contribution.

Chris Hedges at Anti-War Rally
Thanks to Evergreene Digest reader Nate Goldshlag for this contribution.
Chris Hedges' brilliant speech

Photo Album: Twin Cities March for Peace, photograph by Toni Radmann
Thanks to Evergreene Digest reader Toni Radmann for this contribution

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America's Not Broke, Wisconsin's Not Broke; We're Just Wasting Money on War

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  • “Continuing our involvement in Afghanistan is not affordable, it's not just, and it hurts American foreign policy interests. It's time to go." Dennis Kucinich (D-OH)
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  • End the Afghan war, bring our troops home
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  • Occupy Washington to End the Wars
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John Nichols, Nation Magazine/Common Dreams

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Rep. Dennis Kucinich speaks in favor of withdrawing troops from Afghanistan last week at a Capitol Hill press conference. (Sabrina Eaton/Plain Dealer | OH)

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“There is simply no rationale for continuing American involvement with no end in sight, rising deaths for civilians and our brave soldiers, declining public sentiment, and serious economic pain at home,” Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich explained to his fellow House members during Thursday’s (March 17) debate on ending the U.S. occupation of Afghanistan. “Continuing our involvement in Afghanistan is not affordable, it's not just, and it hurts American foreign policy interests. It's time to go."

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That message, long true but truer now than ever, resonated with 92 other members of the House, who joined Kucinich in voting for a new bill to bring an end to the war in Afghanistan by the end of 2011.

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At a time when President Obama and Republican congressional leaders are both peddling different versions of the fantasy that America is broke, an when Republican governors are claiming that states are facing such hard times that only busting unions will balance budgets, Kucinich and his colleagues have found the missing money. It’s being wasted on a war of whim in Afghanistan.

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End the Afghan war, bring our troops home, Seattle Times | WA
Leave Afghanistan sooner than later. Heed the advice, Mr. President, from two important sources of counsel: the U.S. public and a top military adviser.

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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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The Two Roads out of Recession

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  • There are only two ways out of this recession, the path sought by corporations and the one that will benefit working people. The two roads cannot be traveled on simultaneously. Nor can working people expect leaders of national labor unions or national liberal organizations to pick the correct path, let alone make one concrete step in any progressive direction.
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  • Stop the Austerity Craze! Massive Budget Slashing Can Lead to Economic Disaster, Violence and Repression
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Shamus Cooke, Workers Compass

Recent events in Washington, D.C. should provoke fear and outrage in the average American worker. As the jobs recession staggers on, politicians and labor leaders alike seem bizarrely distanced from reality, unable to advance any ideas that remotely correspond to the basic demands of those tens of millions of unemployed, under-employed, or poorly paid workers.

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Instead, what we get is President Obama's recent groveling to the corporate-dominated Chamber of Commerce, pleading with them to hire workers. The President's recent speech to the Chamber implied many dangers, which neither labor federation — AFL-CIO and Change to Win — bothered to point out. In fact, the AFL-CIO applauded sections of the speech, rather than condemning its sinister motives. If labor unions align themselves with the President's and the Chamber's pro-corporate path out of the recession, a workers’ road to recovery will be bypassed.

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Stop the Austerity Craze! Massive Budget Slashing Can Lead to Economic Disaster, Violence and Repression, Mark Ames,  AlterNet

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  • The DC-Wall Street power circuit, with a big assist from the corporate media, is blindly pushing an agenda that could lead to massive social upheaval.
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  • Austerity - a sure path to a bad economy
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  • Citizens must be better educated about U.S. economic option
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  • Anti-Austerity Alliance Wins in Illinois
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Occupy Washington to End the Wars

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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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Nicholas Kramer, Anti-War.com

Thanks to Evergreene Digest reader Ward Reilly for this contribution

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Dear American antiwar community:

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As I wrote previously, I am a former congressional aide. I worked for a United States senator from 2006 to 2008. During that time, as an employee of the legislative branch of the U.S. empire, I directly contributed to the oppression, torture, and murder of people I never met. While I can never atone for the past and present horrors committed in my name, I believe that we have the power to stop the empire here and now; moreover, we have the duty to exercise that power. 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.

During my time in Washington, D.C., I observed the effects of several antiwar protests. The largest of these protests were the typical Iraq war “anniversary” marches held around March 19 every year. I attended one of these marches, which was held on a Saturday. The march began at the National Mall with a variety of speakers espousing antiwar messages, after which the protesters peaceably made their way through the pre-approved parade route around the Capitol building and White House. Although I had a good time, as an antiwar activist I could not help but thinking that all we accomplished that day was to gather a bunch of people who already agreed with each other and talk about how much we all agreed. This may be great for morale and networking, but it does nothing to stop war.

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The Immorality of Empire, Nicholas Kramer, Anti-War.com
As I watch the popular uprisings unfold against brutal dictatorships supported by my own government, I cannot help but reflect upon the moral implications of my participation in the American empire. My crimes began almost before I can remember, but I will address only the most immediately pertinent of them here. I am a citizen of the United States of America; I pay local, state, and federal taxes; and I vote.

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