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Fear Extreme Islamists in Egypt and the Arab World? Blame Washington

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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.

Jeff Cohen, Truthout

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Protesters in the streets of Cairo, Egypt. (Photo: Ed Ou/New York Times)

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In the last year of his life, Martin Luther King Jr. questioned US military interventions against progressive movements in the Third World by invoking a JFK quote: "Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable."

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Were he alive to witness the last three decades of US foreign policy, King might update that quote by noting: "Those who make secular revolution impossible will make extreme Islamist revolution inevitable."
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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Special Report | State of the Union Address

The speech was a distraction from what seriously ails us: an unabated mortgage crisis, stubbornly high unemployment, and a debt that spiraled out of control while the government wasted trillions making the bankers whole.

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  • Hogwash, Mr. President
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David Culver, ed., Evergreene Digest

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Nick Anderson

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Hogwash, Mr. President, Robert Scheer, Truthdig

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  • The speech was a distraction from what seriously ails us: an unabated mortgage crisis, stubbornly high unemployment, and a debt that spiraled out of control while the government wasted trillions making the bankers whole.
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  • The President Ignored the Elephant in the Room
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  • The State of the Spirit, 2011
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The President Ignored the Elephant in the Room, Robert Reich, Huffington Post
The president's failure to address the decoupling of American corporate profits from American jobs makes reviving the nation's "competitiveness" seem somewhat beside the point but also cedes to Republicans the dominant narrative.

A Socialist Response to the State of the Union, Billy Wharton, Socialist Party USA

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  • Obama Out of Touch with the American People
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  • Hogwash, Mr. President
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The State of the Spirit, 2011, Rabbi Michael Lerner, Network of Spiritual Progressives

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  • Duty to Warn:  Approaching Spiritual Death
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No Solutions at State of the Union, Laura Flanders, The Nation
Obama will deliver his take on the State of the Union tonight 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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Special Report | Bradley Manning

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Locking Up Whistleblower Bradley Manning in Solitary Confinement Puts America's Depravity on Full Display
Bradley Manning Supprt Mission

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Locking Up Whistleblower Bradley Manning in Solitary Confinement Puts America's Depravity on Full Display, Lynn Parramore, new deal 2.0

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  • The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons. ~Fyodor Dostoevsky
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  • Bradley Manning and the Case Against Solitary Confinement
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  • Bradley Manning's Solitary Confinement Rivals the Suffering of Physical Torture
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Why Wikileaks Whistleblower Bradley Manning's Solitary Confinement Rivals the Suffering of Physical Torture, Amy Goodman, Sharif Abdel Kouddous, and Atul Gawande, Democracy Now!
The physical and psychological effects experienced by people held for extended periods in solitary confinement, says prison expert Dr. Atul Gawande, are even more damaging than physical torture."

Bradley Manning Supprt Mission, Veterans for Peace (VFP)
We've received a call requesting VFP support regarding the Bradley Manning support petition, as well as the legal defense fund that has been set up for him. There is a grassroots support network that has taken responsibility for Bradley's legal defense expenses... and Bradley could really use their support.

Former Commander of Headquarters Company at Quantico Objects to Treatment of Bradley Manning, David Swanson, WarIsACrime.org
I question the length of confinement prior to conduct of court-martial.
I seriously doubt that the conditions of his confinement—solitary confinement, sleep interruption, denial of all but minimal physical exercise, etc.—are necessary, customary, or in accordance with law, US or international.
Locking Up Whistleblower Bradley Manning in Solitary Confinement Puts America's Depravity on Full Display

Bradley Manning: Journalistic hack-job, Glenn Greenwald, Salon
The worsening journalistic disgrace at Wired

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Feb 6/7 - International Callout  - Free Manning! Free Assange! Free Speech! Close Guantanamo! Solidarity! Ciaron O'Reilly, Ciaron O'Reilly Blog

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  • Solidarity Vigils at U.S., British, Australian Embassies/consultes/high commissions & sites of significance in the "War of Terror"
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  • "The poor tell us who we are, /The prophets tell us who we could be, /So we hide the poor, /And kill the prophets."  --Phil Berrigan
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Hogwash, Mr. President

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  • The State of the Spirit, 2011
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Robert Scheer, Truthdig

What is the state of the union? You certainly couldn’t tell from that platitudinous hogwash that the president dished out Tuesday evening. I had expected Barack Obama to be his eloquent self, appealing to our better nature, but instead he was mealy-mouthed in avoiding the tough choices that a leader should delineate in a time of trouble. He embraced clean air and a faster Internet while ignoring the depth of our economic pain and the Wall Street scoundrels who were responsible—understandably so, since they so prominently populate the highest reaches of his administration. He had the effrontery to condemn “a parade of lobbyists” for rigging government after he appointed the top Washington representative of JPMorgan Chase to be his new chief of staff.

The speech was a distraction from what seriously ails us: an unabated mortgage crisis, stubbornly high unemployment and a debt that spiraled out of control while the government wasted trillions making the bankers whole. Instead the president conveyed the insular optimism of his fat-cat associates: “We are poised for progress. Two years after the worst recession most of us have ever known, the stock market has come roaring back. Corporate profits are up. The economy is growing again.” How convenient to ignore the fact that this bubble of prosperity, which has failed the tens of millions losing their homes and jobs, was floated by enormous government indebtedness now forcing deep cuts in social services including state financial aid for those better-educated students the president claims to be so concerned about

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The President Ignored the Elephant in the Room, Robert Reich, Huffington Post
The president's failure to address the decoupling of American corporate profits from American jobs makes reviving the nation's "competitiveness" seem somewhat beside the point but also cedes to Republicans the dominant narrative.

The State of the Spirit, 2011, Rabbi Michael Lerner, Network of Spiritual Progressives

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All the President’s Captors

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Frank Rich, New York Times | NY

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Thomas Sklarski

Barry Blitt

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Those desperate to decipher the baffling Obama presidency could do worse than consult an article titled “Understanding Stockholm Syndrome” in the online archive of The F.B.I. Law Enforcement Bulletin. It explains that hostage takers are most successful at winning a victim’s loyalty if they temper their brutality with a bogus show of kindness. Soon enough, the hostage will start concentrating on his captors’ “good side” and develop psychological characteristics to please them — “dependency; lack of initiative; and an inability to act, decide or think.”

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This dynamic was acted out — yet again — in President Obama’s latest and perhaps most humiliating attempt to placate his Republican captors in Washington. No sooner did he invite the G.O.P.’s Congressional leaders to a post-election White House summit meeting than they countered his hospitality with a slap — postponing the date for two weeks because of “scheduling conflicts.” But they were kind enough to reschedule, and that was enough to get Obama to concentrate once more on his captors’ “good side.”

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