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Time to Abolish Columbus Day

We don't have to wait for the federal government to transform Columbus Day into something more decent. Just as the climate justice movement is doing with fossil fuels, we can organize our communities and our schools to divest from Columbus. And that would be something to celebrate.

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10/5/2015 | Once again this year many schools will pause to commemorate Christopher Columbus. Given everything we know about who Columbus was and what he launched in the Americas, this needs to stop.

Columbus initiated the trans-Atlantic slave trade, in early February 1494, first sending several dozen enslaved Taínos to Spain. Columbus described those he enslaved as "well made and of very good intelligence," and recommended to King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella that taxing slave shipments could help pay for supplies needed in the Indies. A year later, Columbus intensified his efforts to enslave Indigenous people in the Caribbean. He ordered 1,600 Taínos rounded up—people whom Columbus had earlier described as "so full of love and without greed"—and had 550 of the "best males and females," according to one witness, Michele de Cuneo, chained and sent as slaves to Spain. "Of the rest who were left," de Cuneo writes, "the announcement went around that whoever wanted them could take as many as he pleased; and this was done."

Bill Bigelow, Co-director, Zinn Education Project; Curriculum editor, Rethinking Schools

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Special Project | Veterans' Affairs: Week Ending October 10, 2015

Photo Credit: Robert Adrian Hillman/

Redeeming the Promise of a Square Deal

8 New Items including:

  • Why Are Veterans Denied Access To Their VocRehab Records?
  • A Band-Aid Approach to Fixing the V.A.
  • Veteran Affairs scandal in context
  • Here's The Simple Reason Congress Hasn't Fixed The VA
  • Vietnam War Veterans Have Found the Enemy
  • Afghanistan Veteran on Food Stamps Writes Letter to ‘Caring’ Conservatives
  • Book review: ‘Thank You for Your Service’ by David Finkel
  • Disabled Veterans Shatter the Myths of American Warfare

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest Milt Priggee


Why Are Veterans Denied Access To Their VocRehab Records? Benjamin Krause, Disabled Vets

These VocRehab employees were grossly mistaken, but their mistake served to embarrass the entire San Diego Regional Office and Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VocRehab) across the nation because of employee ineptitude.


A Band-Aid Approach to Fixing the V.A., Paul R. Pillar, Consortium News

  • Despite promises from the Bush-43 administration that the Iraq War would pay for itself, the price tag keeps soaring with the predictable impact on V.A. hospitals struggling to care for wounded warriors. But the political solution has been to make a change at the top.
  • Veteran Affairs scandal in context


Veteran Affairs scandal in context, Liberation Radio

  • Budget cuts to the VA amid war profiteering by corporations and politicians
  • Here's The Simple Reason Congress Hasn't Fixed The VA


Here's The Simple Reason Congress Hasn't Fixed The VA, Ryan Grim, Huffington Post

  • The VA is low priority: the Senate vets committee had the second lowest budget to spend on staff and other expenses -- just a few thousand dollars more than the Committee on Indian Affairs. It is also one of the few, if not the only panel, without its own press operation. And it's such an afterthought that the Senate lets a socialist run it. (We kid, but it is chaired by Vermont independent Bernie Sanders.)
  • Who is to blame for the crisis at the VA?


Vietnam War Veterans Have Found the Enemy, Robert Rosebrock, Veterans Today

Vietnam’s Communism now appears to be a better solution than whatever kind of government America has today, so maybe President Obama’s upcoming meeting with Nguyen Phu Trong will at least inspire human rights at their level, because even the worst-of-worst governments would never treat their military veterans the way America’s government treats our war-injured and homeless Veterans.


Afghanistan Veteran on Food Stamps Writes Letter to ‘Caring’ Conservatives, Richard Rowe, Americans Against the Tea Party

  • Some people measure a society’s condition by the lifestyles of the rich and famous — and those people are usually the rich and famous. For the rest of humanity, a society’s success is measured by the living conditions of the poorest. And who exactly the “poorest” are.
  • This letter, posted on September 19th by a combat veteran named Jason, speaks volumes of what American poverty looks like on the side streets of our society, and of the people who sleep on them.
  • Disabled Veterans Shatter the Myths of American Warfare


Book review: ‘Thank You for Your Service’ by David Finkel, Andrew Bacevich, Washington (DC) Post

Finkel, a reporter with The Washington Post, attends to what he calls the “after war.” His concern is with the soldiers who return from the war zone bearing wounds — and with the loved ones on whom those wounds also become imprinted. Above all, he is concerned with wounds that may not be fully visible: the post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury and related conditions that affect roughly a half-million younger veterans. Make that a half-million and counting.


Disabled Veterans Shatter the Myths of American Warfare, Ann Jones, The Intercept

  • The military ambitions of the U.S. will not be restrained by the “true costs of war,” not even those exacted on the bodies of its soldiers.
  • A Trail of Tears

The Rise Of The Inhumanes

  • Welcome to America today. It is a land in which facts have been redefined as enemy propaganda, a land in which legally protected whistleblowers are redefined as “fifth columns” or foreign agents subject to extermination, a land in which America is immune from criticism and all crimes are blamed on those whom Washington intends to rule.
  • Barron, Bybee, Yoo, and Bradford are members of a new species—the Inhumanes—that has risen from the poisonous American environment of arrogance, hubris, and paranoia.

Paul Craig Roberts,

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor John Stoltenberg If you like reading this article, consider joining the crew of all reader-supported Evergreene Digest by contributing the equivalent of a cafe latte a month--using the donation button above—so we can bring you more just like it. This victim of Nazi inhumanity still rests in the position in which he died, attempting to rise and escape his horrible death.

September 2, 2015 | America’s descent into totalitarian violence is accelerating. Like the Bush regime, the Obama regime has a penchant for rewarding Justice (sic) Department officials who trample all over the US Constitution. Last year America’s First Black President nominated David Barron to be a judge on the First US Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston.

Barron is responsible for the Justice (sic) Department memo that gave the legal OK for Obama to murder a US citizen with a missile fired from a drone. The execution took place without charges presented to a court, trial, and conviction. The target was a religious man whose sermons were believed by the paranoid Obama regime to encourage jihadism. Apparently, it never occurred to Obama or the Justice (sic) Department that Washington’s mass murder and displacement of millions of Muslims in seven countries was all that was needed to encourage jihadism. Sermons would be redundant and would comprise little else but moral outrage after years of mass murder by Washington in pursuit of hegemony in the Middle East.

Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy and associate editor of the Wall Street Journal. He was columnist for Business Week, Scripps Howard News Service, and Creators Syndicate. He has had many university appointments. His internet columns have attracted a worldwide following. Roberts' latest books are The Failure of Laissez Faire Capitalism and Economic Dissolution of the West and How America Was Lost.

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Watching as the Fabric That Holds This Society Together Unravels, Michael Payne  OpEdNews

  • That shocking degree of violence described above illustrates what happens when the fabric of a society unravels; when the major foundations of this country begin to crumble, the violence escalates.
  • Special Project | From the Archives: Chris Hedges on "The Death of the Liberal Class"
  • Book Excerpt: ‘Death of the Liberal Class’ ~ Chris Hedges

TPP: It’s Not a Deal, It’s Not a Trade Deal, and It’s Not a Done Deal

Despite the success of the negotiations, the deal still has to be ratified by lawmakers in each country.

Lambert Strether, Corrente / Naked Capitalism you can follow Evergreene Digest on Twitter. 6, 2015 | Press coverage of the climax of the Atlanta ministerial meeting on TPP was as  herd-like as  the Corbyn 5 minutes of hate in the UK. Here are just a few of the headlines; you can see how very much alike they are, in tone and content:

Of course, nothing has been “signed,” and the deal has neither been “reached”, “sealed,” “struck,” or “agreed.” At best, what we have is a deal to try to make a deal; these headlines, and the mentality of the writers and editors, are all profoundly anti-democratic. As the BBC sheepishly admits:

Despite the success of the negotiations, the deal still has to be ratified by lawmakers in each country.

Lambert Strether is a contributing author at Naked Capitalism and blogs at Corrente.

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The United States Probably Has More Foreign Military Bases Than Any Other People, Nation, or Empire in History

  • And it’s doing us more harm than good.
  • Privatizing the Apocalypse: How Nuclear Weapons Companies Commandeer Your Tax Dollars

David Vine, Tom Dispatch / the Nation

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Jim Fuller with real independence and integrity is a rare thing. All reader supported Evergreene Digest relies - exclusively!- on reader donations. Click on the donation button above to make a contribution and support our work. Michigan Base in the Pesh Valley in Afghanistan's Kunar Province, 2009 (Reuters/Tim Wimborne)

September 14, 2015 |  With the US military having withdrawn many of its forces from Iraq and Afghanistan, most Americans would be forgiven for being unaware that hundreds of US bases and hundreds of thousands of US troops still encircle the globe. Although few know it, the United States garrisons the planet unlike any country in history, and the evidence is on view from Honduras to Oman, Japan to Germany, Singapore to Djibouti.

Like most Americans, for most of my life, I rarely thought about military bases. Scholar and former CIA consultant Chalmers Johnson described me well when he wrote in 2004, “As distinct from other peoples, most Americans do not recognize—or do not want to recognize—that the United States dominates the world through its military power. Due to government secrecy, our citizens are often ignorant of the fact that our garrisons encircle the planet.”

David Vine is assistant professor of anthropology at American University, in Washington, DC. He is the author of Island of Shame: The Secret History of the U.S. Military Base on Diego Garcia (Princeton University Press, 2009). He has written for the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Guardian, and Mother Jones, among other places. He is currently completing a book about the more than 1,000 U.S. military bases located outside the United States.

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Privatizing the Apocalypse: How Nuclear Weapons Companies Commandeer Your Tax Dollars, Richard Krushnic and Jonathan Alan King, Tom Dispatch / Portside

At the moment, the corporate-nuclear complex is hidden in our midst, its budgets and funds shielded from public scrutiny, its project hardly noticed. It's a formula for disaster. 


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