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"Criminal Aliens" Vs. The West's Crimes Against Humanity

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  • There is not enough space to catalogue all the crimes committed collectively by western countries that now feel besieged by migrants of color.
  • Related: Jennifer Harbury: Today’s Refugee Crisis Is Blowback from U.S.DirtyWars  in Central America.

James Thindwa, Portside

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July 4, 2018 | tragic consequence of Donald Trump’s fixation with crimes committed by individual undocumented immigrants is that it overshadows crimes against humanity committed by the United States and its western allies. It is also deepening western denial about its long history of criminality against black and brown people in the Global South and the world over. When Bill O’Reilly challenged him about why he indulges murderous autocrats Donald Trump, in a rare moment candor by an American president pushed back: “What, you think our country is so innocent?” But he went further, “There are a lot of killers. We have a lot of killers.” But to hear Trump talk about immigration, white westerners are the victims of invasion and criminality by “illegal” immigrants. This newfound victimology is in sharp contrast to the reality of who has benefited most from the long history of western criminal invasion and economic subjugation that goes back to the Transatlantic slave trade. 
 
It is not clear what examples Trump had in mind, but I would like to offer a
shortcatalogue of western criminal culpability. How about: The aforementioned enslavement of 20 million Africans; the near extermination of Native Americans; violent colonial invasions and economic domination of the black and brown world; U.S. sanctioned bloody coups against democratically elected regimes in Chile, Iran and Congo, among others; the 2014 American-endorsed coup in Honduras; the invasion of Iraq under false pretense and the resulting in the death of nearly a million people; and the invasion of Libya and killing of Muammar Qaddafi. To be sure the crimes listed here were committed against individuals—witness Nelson Mandela’s long incarceration, the murders of Chile’s Salvador Allende, Congo’s Patrice Lumumba and Qaddafi, and the massacre of civilians by government forces in South Africa (Sharpeville and Soweto) other repressive regimes backed by the U.S.—but fundamentally, they were crimes against humanity, a term born out of the Nuremberg Trials. 

James Thindwa is a community organizer in the Chicago, Illinois, area. He heads Chicago Jobs with Justice, where he organizes for workers rights.

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Jennifer Harbury: Today’s Refugee Crisis Is Blowback from U.S. Dirty Wars  in Central America. Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!

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  • In our special broadcast from the U.S.-Mexico border, we speak to human rights lawyer Jennifer Harbury, who has lived here in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas for over 40 years and has been active in the response to the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy. Her husband, Efraín Bámaca Velásquez, was a Mayan comandante and guerrilla who was disappeared after he was captured by the Guatemalan army in the 1980s. After a long campaign, she found there was U.S. involvement in the cover-up of her husband’s murder and torture. Now she continues to work with people fleeing violence in Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras.
  • Related: Column - Sorting out facts and fears in the immigration debate

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Welcome to Evergreene Digest This Week, August 4, 2018.

Including links to over 765 websites and over 20 highlighted items featuring:

Feature Article | New Study Confirms That American Workers Are Getting Ripped Off, Eric Levitz, New York Magazine

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(Trump's) right to claim that Americans are getting the short end. But the primary cause of that fact isn’t bad trade agreements or “job killing” regulations — its the union-busting laws and court rulings that the president has done so much to abet.
 

Publisher's Choice | Five Things That Would Reduce Out of Control Russophobia, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: Five Things That Would Make The CIA/CNN Russia Narrative More Believable
I do not believe the establishment Russia narrative.
Part 2: Russiaphobia Is Out of Control
Mueller’s “indictment” of 13 Russians and 3 companies is just another hoax.

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There are three things that are almost always underestimated: the U.S. military budget, altruism, and sadism.

Bloggers & Columnists | Caitlin Johnstone,  Paul Craig Roberts, David Swanson, Thom Hartman

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Watch the full video below, free your tears, feel the full spectrum of your emotions, and then get to work making the‌‌ world the awesome place we all know it can be.
 

Critical Thinking

Complexity is largely ignored in today's moral judgments: The Meaning Of Good And Evil In Perilous Times. Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • Part 1: Complexity is largely ignored in today's moral judgments.
  • We are quick to condemn, with scant effort to understand.
  • Part 2: The Meaning Of Good And Evil In Perilous Times
  • You can’t stamp out conscience.

Government & Politics

Special Report | Trump Is in Major Legal and Political Trouble — His Desperate Attempts to Escape Could Lead America to Catastrophe. Thom Hartmann <>, Independent Media Institute (IMI).

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  • What do you think he could do? And how should we best react?
  • Related: From the Archives | The dangerous cult of Donald Trump

AHNC | A Shakespeare Quotation

"How ill white hairs become a fool and jester!" Wm Shakespeare

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Special Project | An Hiroshima, Nagasaki Memorial Reader

  • Part 1: Hiroshima and Nagasaki
  • It was an act of sinister state terrorism.
  • Part 2: Hiroshima and Nagasaki: 7 things you should know
  • Things ... that are really important if we’re going to make sure this never happens again.
  • Part 3: The Goals of the Nuclear Disarmament Movement
  • Disarmament is the process of reducing and eradicating nuclear weapons.

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

 

Part 1: Hiroshima and Nagasaki

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The United States killed 200-300 thousand innocent Japanese civilians with atomic bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki … intentionally.  It was an act of sinister state terrorism.

Global Research News, Global Research

August 06, 2018 |

  • The Satanic Nature of the Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
  • Hiroshima: A “Military Base” according to President Harry Truman
  • The Bombing of Nagasaki August 9, 1945: The Un-Censored Version
  • Secret Meeting on the Privatization of Nuclear War Held on Hiroshima Day 2003
  • Hiroshima Child

The Centre for Research on Globalization (CRG) is an independent research and media organization based in Montreal.

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Part 2: Hiroshima and Nagasaki: 7 things you should know

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The paper cranes are not just a symbol of peace, but also a call to action. They are a reminder that we must keep pushing to see the #endofnukes.

International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN)  / Rise Up Times

August 3, 2018 | [The week of August 5, 2018] marks 73 years since two atomic bombs were dropped over the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Hundreds of thousands of people were killed and maimed, and the effects are still being felt today. But while the mushroom clouds became iconic symbols of mass destruction, and the paper cranes a symbol of hope for a nuclear-free world, there are many things you may not know – or may have forgotten – that are really important if we’re going to make sure this never happens again.

#1 More than 210,000 people were killed

By the end of 1945, the bombing had killed an estimated 140,000 people in Hiroshima, and a further 74,000 in Nagasaki. In the years that followed, many of the survivors would face leukemia, cancer, or other terrible side effects from the radiation.

“Each person had a name. Each person was loved by someone. Let us ensure that their deaths were not in vain.” - Setsuko Thurlow, survivor of the August 1945 atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech, December 2017

The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) is a coalition of non-governmental organizations in one hundred countries promoting adherence to and implementation of the United Nations nuclear weapon ban treaty. This landmark global agreement was adopted in New York on 7 July 2017.

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Part 3: The Goals of the Nuclear Disarmament Movement


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Disarmament is the process of reducing and eradicating nuclear weapons, as well as ensuring that countries without weapons are not able to develop them. This movement holds that there is never a legitimate use for nuclear arms, and peace will only come with complete disarmament.

Brionne Frazier, ThoughtCo

July 18, 2018 | Nuclear disarmament is the process of reducing and eradicating nuclear weapons, as well as ensuring that countries without nuclear weapons are not able to develop them. The movement to denuclearize hopes to eliminate the possibility of nuclear war because of its potential for catastrophic consequences, as demonstrated by the United States’ bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War II. This movement holds that there is never a legitimate use for nuclear weapons, and peace will only come with complete disarmament.

Origins of the Anti-Nuclear Weapons Movement

In 1939, Albert Einstein informed President Theodore Roosevelt that the Nazis in Germany were close to building a nuclear weapon. In response, President Roosevelt formed the Advisory Committee on Uranium, which then led to the creation of the Manhattan Project to research nuclear weapon capabilities. The United States was the first nation to successfully build and detonate an atomic bomb.

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Altruism and Sadism in Public Policy

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  • There are three things that are almost always underestimated: the U.S. military budget, altruism, and sadism.
  • Related: From the Archives | “No civilization would tolerate what America has done.”

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Remarks at Peace Resource Center of San Diego, June 23, 2018.

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June 24, 2018 | There are three things that are almost always underestimated: the U.S. military budget, altruism, and sadism.

First, the military budget.

The U.S. military budget, including all things military in various departments, is roughly 60% of federal discretionary spending, meaning the spending that Congress members decide on each year. It is also, by my very rough estimate, the topic of well under 1% of the discussions of government spending engaged in by candidates for Congress. Most Democrats running for Congress this year have websites that don’t even acknowledge the existence of foreign policy, beyond expressing their passionate love for veterans. They’re campaigning for 40% of a job.

David Swanson is an author, activist, journalist, and radio host. He is director of WorldBeyondWar.org and campaign coordinator for RootsAction.org. Swanson's books include War Is A Lie. He blogs at DavidSwanson.org and WarIsACrime.org. He hosts Talk Nation Radio. He is a 2015, 2016, 2017 Nobel Peace Prize Nominee.

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Series | Make America Kind Again. Sarah Thebarge, Patheos

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Maybe America needs to become kind for the very first time.

Related:

  • From the Archives | “No civilization would tolerate what America has done.” David Masciotra, AlterNet / Salon
  • (We) have … been programmed into cruelty and apathy by (our) schools, churches, families, politics, and pop culture.
  • Institutional racism. Rampant income inequality. A broken justice system. America may never be a great society.
  • Related: Torture Is Who We Are
  • Related: Altruism and Sadism in Public Polic

Like many other independent news and media sites, Evergreene Digest has noticed a decline in the number of people looking at articles due to censorship by Google and Facebook. Independent journalism has become the last bastion in seeking and telling the truth as government and corporate lies are promoted by the mainstream corporate media. Please support us now and share articles widely if you believe in democracy of the people, by the people, and for the people. The people, Yes!

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Special Report | Trump Is in Major Legal and Political Trouble — His Desperate Attempts to Escape Could Lead America to Catastrophe.

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  • While the time for freak-out is hopefully far in the future, imagining and gaming out our response to some of the worst-case and most extreme possibilities is not at all a hysterical reaction. If anything, it’s the essence of prudence.
  • What do you think he could do? And how should we best react?
  • Related: From the Archives | The dangerous cult of Donald Trump

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The following is a special report from Independent Media Institute (IMI).
 

Thom Hartmann, Independent Media Institute (IMI).

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July 30 2018 | Is it now time to imagine how far Trump and his Republican cronies in Congress might be able to push things?  And how we, as Americans, might respond?

This isn’t the first time such a question has been raised.

Thom Hartmann  is a talk-show host and author of more than 25 books in print. He is a writing fellow at the Independent Media Institute.

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From  the Archives | The dangerous cult of Donald Trump, Chauncey DeVega, Salon / AlterNet
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Scholar Reza Aslan Explains Why It's Time to Treat Trump As An Enemy of the State -- Before It's Too Late

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Welcome to Evergreene Digest This Week, July 28, 2018

Including links to over 765 websites and over 15 highlighted items featuring:

Feature Article | Mainstream media’s moral cowardice: Time for the (NY) Times (and everyone else) to stand against evil. Chauncey DeVega, Salo

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  • In covering Trump, media too often defaults to lazy what-aboutism. History tells us cowardice will be punished.
  • Related: Your rage at Trump is justified.

Publisher's Choice | Five Things That Would Reduce Out of Control Russophobia, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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  • Part 1: Five Things That Would Make The CIA/CNN Russia Narrative More Believable
  • I do not believe the establishment Russia narrative.
  • Part 2: Russiaphobia Is Out of Control
  • Mueller’s “indictment” of 13 Russians and 3 companies is just another hoax.
     

Of Special Interest | New Study Confirms That American Workers Are Getting Ripped Off. Eric Levitz, New York Magazine

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(Trump's) right to claim that Americans are getting the short end. But the primary cause of that fact isn’t bad trade agreements or “job killing” regulations — its the union-busting laws and court rulings that the president has done so much to abet.
 

Bloggers & Columnists | Heather Digby Parton, Chauncey DeVega


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Government & Politics

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  • Part 1: Trump’s incompetence: Secret weapon?
  • Is this terrifying bumbler the GOP’s secret weapon?
  • Part 2: Your rage at Trump is justified.
  • Your rage at Trump is justified: Don’t let scolds like the New York Times shame you for it.

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Five Things That Would Reduce Out of Control Russophobia

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  • Part 1: Five Things That Would Make The CIA/CNN Russia Narrative More Believable
  • I do not believe the establishment Russia narrative.
  • Part 2: Russiaphobia Is Out of Control
  • Mueller’s “indictment” of 13 Russians and 3 companies is just another hoax.

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

 

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Part 1: Five Things That Would Make The CIA/CNN Russia Narrative More Believable


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I do not believe the establishment Russia narrative.

Caitlin Johnstone‬, Medium <>

July 14, 2018 | As we just discussed, some major news stories have recently dropped about what a horrible horrifying menace the Russian Federation is to the world, and as always I have nothing to offer the breathless pundits on CNN and MSNBC but my completely unsatisfied skepticism. My skepticism of the official Russia narrative remains so completely unsatisfied that if mainstream media were my husband I would already be cheating on it with my yoga instructor.

I do not believe the establishment Russia narrative. I do not believe that Donald Trump colluded with the Russian government to rig the 2016 election. I do not believe the Russian government did any election rigging for Trump to collude with. This is not because I believe Vladimir Putin is some kind of blueberry-picking girl scout, and it certainly isn’t because I think the Russian government is unwilling or incapable of meddling in the affairs of other nations to some extent when it suits them. It is simply because I am aware that the US intelligence community lies constantly as a matter of policy, and because I understand how the burden of proof works.

Caitlin Johnstone‬: Rogue journalist. Bogan socialist. Anarcho-psychonaut. Guerilla poet. Utopia prepper.

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Part 2: Russiaphobia Is Out of Control

As Glenn Greenwald reports, three CNN “journalists” had to resign for their fake news “Russia threat” stories. In actual fact, the entirely of the US print and TV media should have to resign.

Paul Craig Roberts, Foreign Policy Journa

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February 22, 2018 | As has been made perfectly clear, Mueller’s “indictment” of 13 Russians and 3 companies is just another hoax.

All Mueller has found is a bait-click commercial marketing scheme that had nothing to do with election interference.

Why is Mueller comfortable bringing a transparently false indictment?

The answer is, as Glenn Greenwald makes clear that Mueller knows there are large numbers of warmongering politicians and media whores who will seize on the fake indictment as proof that Russia has “committed an act of war equivalent to Pearl Harbor and 9/11.”

Paul Craig Roberts <> Paul Craig Roberts has had careers in scholarship and academia, journalism, public service, and business. He is chairman of The Institute for Political Economy.

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