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The Fourth Estate in Flames: On the US Media's Award-Winning War Propaganda

  • The credit for selling Obama’s war on ISIS must go to the mainstream American media.
  • The Media and War, June 27, 2014

Medea Benjamin, Common Dreams

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burning_cars.jpg?itok=NtVRbV_OLike these cars in the Syrian city of Damascus, the mainstream coverage of the new U.S. military campaign in Iraq and Syria is in flames. (Photo: Syrian News Agency)

Friday, October 10, 2014 | A war-weary American public that a year ago resoundingly rejected US military intervention in Syria to overthrow the Assad regime now is rallying behind the use of force to destroy the so-called Islamic State (ISIS). In just three months, from June to September, support for US airstrikes in Iraq soared from 45% percent to 71%, and to 65% for airstrikes in Syria.

How did such an astounding turnabout occur? Certainly it wasn’t due to the persuasive powers of President Obama, who seems to have been reluctantly dragged into a conflict that he once acknowledged has no military solution.

/images.jpg?w=225Medea Benjamin, cofounder of Global Exchange and CODEPINK: Women for Peace, is the author of Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control

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The Media and War, June 27, 2014, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

  • How the Media Doesn't Give Peace a Chance
  • Part 1: The Truth vs. DC's Propaganda Machine with Charles Lewis
  • Part 2: If You Were An Iraq War Critic, You're Probably Not Being Asked To Go On TV
  • Iraq War Boosters Get Second Chance In Media Spotlight

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The progressives are coming!

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  • What really terrifies Center-right Democrats is the realization that their brain-dead centrism finally faces a robust challenge -- and that has them terrified.
  • Why the latest attempt to “save” Democrats from populism is so pathetic
  • Series | 2014 Mid-term Election Guide, Part 6: Has the Left Surrendered?

Luke Brinker, Salon

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Friday, Oct 10, 2014 | Last December, Jon Cowan and Jim Kessler of the Wall Street-funded think tank Third Way penned a widely-discussed op-ed for the Wall Street Journal warning Democrats of the perils of economic populism, which Cowan and Kessler called a “dead end” for the party. The piece lambasted prominent progressives like Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, asserting that their focus on income inequality and their unwillingness to back savage cuts to social insurance programs was both irresponsible and politically foolish.

The piece triggered a fierce backlash against Third Way, and even two co-chairs of the organization disavowed Cowan and Kessler’s anti-populist screed. But the plutocratic wing of the Democratic Party hasn’t breathed its last, and the latest centrist attack on progressive populism is a real doozy.

Luke Brinker is Salon's deputy politics editor. 

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Series | 2014 Mid-term Election Guide, Part 6: Has the Left Surrendered? Richard Eskow, LA Progressive

  • An independent left must never plead with Democratic leaders to be heard, as too many liberals have been wont to do. That way lies continued irrelevance – and continued contempt. The future left must be willing to say “no” to … Democrats, with all that the word “no” implies.
  • Chris Hedges | The Left Has Lost Its Nerve and Its Direction

 

For Black Men in America, There Is No Break From Racism

 

  • The events of this summer in Ferguson, Mo., highlighted an ugly truth to mainstream Americans: Black men in this country are viewed as so suspicious by law enforcement that they are often shot first and questioned later. 
  • Fox News’ divisive race strategy: How O’Reilly, Hannity, and Coulter intentionally tore America apart
  • 'Dear White Racists' is One of the Best Explanations of White Privilege You Will Likely Ever Read

Sonali Kolhatkar, Truthdig 

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Sep 19, 2014 | The events of this summer in Ferguson, Mo., highlighted an ugly truth to mainstream Americans: Black men in this country are viewed as so suspicious by law enforcement that they are often shot first and questioned later. It is a reality that black men have been living with in the United States since the very beginning.

As of 2010, black American men had the shortest life expectancy of any demographic in the U.S. In their interactions with law enforcement African-Americans are three times more likely than whites to have their person or vehicle be searched, more than three times more likely to be handcuffed and almost three times more likely to be arrested. One in every 15 African-American men is incarcerated compared with one in every 106 white men. Fully one-third of all black men can expect to go to prison during their lifetime. In 2009-2010, black male students graduated at the rate of only 52 percent nationwide compared with 78 percent for white males.

Sonali Kolhatkar is a contributor to Truthdig.

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Fox News’ divisive race strategy: How O’Reilly, Hannity, and Coulter intentionally tore America apart, Matthew W. Hughey and Gregory S. Parks, Salon

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'Dear White Racists' is One of the Best Explanations of White Privilege You Will Likely Ever Read, chaunceydevega, Daily Kos 

Peggy McIntosh's White Privilege Unpacking the Invisible Backpack is a light treat and appetizer of a work about racial ideologies and oppression.

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Series | 2014 Mid-term Election Guide, Part 6: Has the Left Surrendered?

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  • An independent left must never plead with Democratic leaders to be heard, as too many liberals have been wont to do. That way lies continued irrelevance – and continued contempt. The future left must be willing to say “no” to … Democrats, with all that the word “no” implies.
  • Chris Hedges | The Left Has Lost Its Nerve and Its Direction

Richard Eskow, LA Progressive

Evergreene Digest Editor's Note: To help our readers vote responsibly we are re-publishing as a stand-alone series those articles we think will help. These articles will appear frequently between now and the November 4 election. Watch for them in the Government & Politics section <http://evergreenedigest.org/government> (and simultaneously in other sections) under the searchable title "2014 Mid-term Election Guide".

surrender.jpg Sunday, 2 March, 2014 | Has the American left ceased to exist as a viable political force by surrendering its power to a corporatized Democratic Party? That’s the argument put forward by political scientist Adolph Reed Jr., first in an essay for Harper’s magazine and then in a televised follow-up interview with Bill Moyers.

Reed’s essay, “Nothing Left: The Long, Slow Surrender of American Liberals,” has a blunt message which might be summarized as follows: The fault, dear liberals, lies not in our political stars, but in ourselves, that we are underlings. It’s not necessarily a new thought, but it packs a punch, especially as Reed has organized and expressed it.

Richard Eskow is a former executive with experience in health care, benefits, and risk management, finance, and information technology. He is a Senior Fellow with the Campaign for America's Future and hosts The Breakdown, which is broadcast on We Act Radio in Washington DC.

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Tom Engelhardt | Inside the American Terrordome

  • Fear-mongering has been the U.S. media soundtrack since 9/11. Like Muzak, it's affected us in ways we don't realize.
  • America’s Soundtrack of Hysteria

Tom Engelhardt, TomDispatch

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fox_news_screens_isis2.jpgOctober 7, 2014 | It happened so fast that, at first, I didn’t even take it in. 

Two Saturdays ago, a friend and I were heading into the Phillips Museum in Washington, D.C., to catch a show of neo-Impressionist art when we ran into someone he knew, heading out.  I was introduced and the usual chitchat ensued.  At some point, she asked me, “Do you live here?”

Tom Engelhardt is a co-founder of the American Empire Project and the author of The United States of Fear as well as a history of the Cold War, The End of Victory Culture. He runs the Nation Institute's TomDispatch.com.  His new book, Shadow Government: Surveillance, Secret Wars, and a Global Security State in a Single-Superpower World (Haymarket Books), has just been published.

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Public Trust Has Dwindled With Rise in Income Inequality, Association for Psychological Science

“The decline of social capital is a profoundly negative trend for a democracy, a system of government predicated on the few representing the interests of the many,” the researchers conclude.

 

How the Media Conditions, Controls, and Programs Society (Video)

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Through TV, the power elite have succeeded in creating a distracted, misinformed, divided, and class-driven society suffering historical amnesia and completely oblivious to true realities of their surroundings.

The Arcane Front

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2014/10/TV.jpgOctober 6, 2014 | Through TV, the power elite have succeeded in creating a distracted, misinformed, divided, and class-driven society suffering historical amnesia and completely oblivious to true realities of their surroundings. And most of these return customers/victims view themselves as truly informed, yet are often first to berate and ridicule anyone who dares to hold or share an alternative perspective…

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Special Project | Media Behaving Badly, October 2, 2014, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • "The biases the media has are much bigger than conservative or liberal. They're about getting ratings, about making money, about doing stories that are easy to cover." --Al Franken
  • Part 1: Climate Crisis? That's Not News
  • Part 2: The PBS Left: 'Airstrikes Are Wonderful'
  • The Media and War, June 27, 2014

 

Largest-ever Socialist Alternative National Convention

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  • The potential for building socialist forces worldwide was like a shock of electricity to the spirit of those in attendance, which they can take back into local Socialist Alternative groups across the U.S.
  • Education and low-wage jobs: Time to change the narrative

Andy Moxley, Socialist Alternative In Action

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Socialist_Alternative_2014_National_Convention.jpgOctober 3, 2014 | It was a fever pitch as the largest-ever Socialist Alternative National Convention met for three days this past Labor Day weekend in Seattle. The National Convention is the highest decision-making body of the organization, convened at least every two years to not only analyze key economic, social, and political developments but to collectively decide how  best to build Socialist Alternative and the broader movement.

The convention began with a discussion on international developments introduced by Peter Taaffe, of the Committee for a Workers International (CWI), the grouping of socialist organizations and parties in 40 countries with whom Socialist Alternative stands in political solidarity. We discussed the prolonged structural crisis of capitalism and the chaos and upheaval this is creating around the world. Attention was given to the increasing difficulties being confronted by U.S. imperialism around the world, and especially in the Middle East.

Andy Moxley: Regional Organizer at Socialist Alternative

Socialist Alternative In Action is a publication of Socialist Alternative <http://www.socialistalternative.org>, a national organization fighting in our workplaces, communities, and campuses against the exploitation and injustices people face every day.

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Education and low-wage jobs: Time to change the narrative, Tim Libretti, PoliticusUSA

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  • Rather than asking individuals to increase their value, we need to transform how we as a society value the work individuals do and how we remunerate the vital contributions of workers, especially those in low-wage jobs, which make our collective lives possible.
  • How to Create Policies to Address Income Inequality? De-Mythologize Upward Mobility

 

 

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