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  • It is surely reasonable to hold that if real democracy is out of the question then better even the machinations of the likes of Vladimir Putin than those of the miscreant plutocrats whose monies make a mockery of what little democracy we have left in our “shining city on the hill.”
  • Related: Hypocrisy of Russia-Did-It Stories Is Hard to Stomach
  • Related: US Election Meddling: Smoke and Mirrors with a Biker Gang Subplot
  • Related:Russian Meddling: Gagging on the Irony

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February 23, 2018 | By the end of World War II, the United States had become a serial meddler in the affairs of the nations of the world, friend and foe alike.

American intelligence services took particular aim at Third World and Western countries with large Communist Parties, and at countries on the other side of what used to be called “the Iron Curtain.”

Meddling there took some doing before the implosion of the Soviet Union. It still does in China and North Korea, and in countries with strong states, like Iran, that resist American domination.  However, our intelligence services are well resourced and determined.

Andrew Levine is the author most recently of The American Ideology (Routledge) and Political Key Words (Blackwell) as well as of many other books and articles in political philosophy. His most recent book is In Bad Faith: What’s Wrong With the Opium of the People.

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Hypocrisy of Russia-Did-It Stories Is Hard to Stomach, Janine Jackson, Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)

  • http://fair.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/TimeYanks.jpgWhile it’s plausible that the Russians or even Russia was involved, it’s a very long way from proven, different agencies dispute it, all the sources we’re reading are anonymous and the assessments themselves are secret.
  • Meddling in other countries’ elections is an exciting adventure–when it’s the United States doing the meddling.
  • Related: Craig Murray: Russia Played No Role At All In The Email Leaks, interviewed by David Swanson

US Election Meddling: Smoke and Mirrors with a Biker Gang Subplot, Compiled by David Culver <evergreenedigest@earthlink.net>, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • Part 1: US Election Meddling: Smoke and Mirrors
    • Actual evidence has not surfaced.
  • Part 2: The Russia Scandal Was Desperately Missing a Biker Gang Subplot. Well, Here It Is.
    • Paging Hunter S. Thompson.

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Russian Meddling: Gagging on the Irony, by Charles Hugh Smith, Charles Hugh Smith, Of Two Minds / Straight Line Logic 

  • http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Stars%20%26%20Stripes%20Briefs_1.jpgWhen it comes to meddling in elections and the domestic affairs of other nations, the US may be the world champion, and it's also the world champion hypocrite about it. From Charles Hugh Smith at oftwominds.com: The irony that is most gagging is that America's power elite is destroying the nation's social order by its concentration of wealth and abuse of power.
  • Related: Their Meddlers and Ours

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Special Project | One Big Thing: Students Protest the Gun Culture, Shootings; Demand Action, Week Ending March 24, 2018

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March for Our Lives: Everything you need to know about the #NeverAgain event * Teaching Students How to Dissent Is Part of Democracy * Teaching Students How to Dissent Is Part of Democracy * How Political Pessimism Helps Doom Tougher Gun Laws

  • Related: Special Project | One Big Thing: Students Protest the Gun Culture, Shootings; Demand Action, Week Ending March 10, 2018
  • Related: One Big Thing: Students Protest the Gun Culture, Shootings; Demand Action
  • Related: Parkland School Shooting Survivors Announce National ‘March For Our Lives’; Go After Rick Scott, Rubio, Paul Ryan As NRA Enablers.

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

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March 24, 2018 |

March for Our Lives: Everything you need to know about the #NeverAgain event, Morgan Winsor, ABC News

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  • March 19, 2018 | "Not one more. We cannot allow one more child to be shot at school. We cannot allow one more teacher to make a choice to jump in front of a firing assault rifle to save the lives of students," the organizers say in their online mission statement.
  • Related: The Parkland Students' '60 Minutes' Interview Reveals The Powerful Reason They Refuse To Endorse Politicians

Teaching Students How to Dissent Is Part of Democracy, Sarah Stitzlein, The Conversation

Friday, March 16, 2018 | In scenes unprecedented in previous school shootings, the past few weeks have been marked by students taking to the streets, to the media, to corporations and elected officials in protest over gun practices and policies.



How Political Pessimism Helps Doom Tougher Gun Laws, Alec MacGillis, Pro Publica

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'Throw them out': plans to eject politicians 'beholden to the gun lobby'. the Guardian 
February 17, 2018 | Moms Demand Action and Everytown launch campaign to empower voters following the horrors of Parkland


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Special Project | One Big Thing: Students Protest the Gun Culture, Shootings; Demand Action, Week Ending March 10, 2018

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Special Project | One Big Thing: Students Protest the Gun Culture, Shootings; Demand Action
 


Parkland School Shooting Survivors Announce National ‘March For Our Lives’; Go After Rick Scott, Rubio, Paul Ryan As NRA Enablers.

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Millionaires won’t save us — that’s a myth that links Zuckerberg and Trump

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This Nov. 9, 2017, file photo shows Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg meeting with a group of entrepreneurs and innovators during a round-table discussion at Cortex Innovation Community technology hub in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

Like the cartoon of a naked Trump on the cover of this week’s New Yorker, Zuckerberg seems to have lost his protective garb: not a pricey suit with an over-long red tie, but a gray T-shirt that promises, "Trust me, dummies."

Margaret Sullivan, Washington (DC) Post / Tampa Bay (FL) Times

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Mark Zuckerberg still looks the part of the Harvard undergraduate who invented what a 2011 movie dubbed The Social Network, also known as a world-class way to meet girls.

The same guy, with the same moral compass, who at 19 bragged to a friend about how he got all those college kids to give him their photos, email addresses and more.

Margaret Sullivan is the Washington Post’s media columnist. Previously, she was the New York Times public editor and the chief editor of the Buffalo News.

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Welcome to Evergreene Digest This Week, March 17, 2018.

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Feature Article | Noam Chomsky, Why National Security Has Nothing to Do With Security, Noam Chomsky, TomDispatch 

  • http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Stars%20%26%20Stripes%20Mushroom%20Cloud.jpgAs General Butler observed, it is a near miracle that we have escaped destruction so far, and the longer we tempt fate, the less likely it is that we can hope for divine intervention to perpetuate the miracle.
  • Related: Cold War Then. Cold War Now.

Publisher's Choice | US Talking About "Winnable" Nuclear War Again, wasting billions on nuclear bombs. Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

  • Part 1: US wasting billions on nuclear bombs that serve no purpose and are security liability – experts
  • NTI report says weapons are potentially catastrophic liability
  • US's new nuclear policy 'a blueprint for war', Nobel peace laureate says.
  • Part 2: They're Talking About "Winnable" Nuclear War Again
  • Donald Trump makes Richard Nixon look like Marcus Aurelius. We are all in a great deal of trouble, and no one seems to care.

Of Special Interest | 67 Environmental Rules on the Way Out Under Trump, Nadia Popovich, Livia Albeck-Ripka, and Kendra Pierre-Louis, the New York (NY) Times 

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  • Here are the details for each policy targeted by the administration so far — including who lobbied to get the regulations changed. Are there rules we missed? Email climateteam@nytimes.com or tweet @nytclimate.
  • Related: Trashing the Planet For Profit by William Bowles

 

Special Project | The week in patriarchy: International Women's Day was a rare bright spot. Jessica Valenti, the Guardian

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It was a reminder that, despite all the horror, there really are so many of us ready to do the work necessary to create change

 

Series | 1968 Reduxed and Revisited: Look How Far We’ve Come (That Was Sarcasm) — Part 5 of 5, John Fisher, Medium 
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  • The Series: As the country approaches the 50th anniversary of one of the most controversial, volatile, and important years in our country’s history, We the People of the United States of America find ourselves facing many of the same issues that led us to the balcony of the Lorraine Hotel, the bloodiest year of the Vietnam War, screams of “the whole world is watching” at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago, the floor of the Ambassador Hotel, and Black fists being raised in the air at the Mexico Summer Olympics. So much has changed, true. We’ve come so far, but in a lot of ways, we’re right back where we started and even further behind.
  • Part 5: Death Is Necessary: The Civil Rights Movement and the Provocation Of Violence

Series | A Nation Under Trump, Part 6: In foreign relations, Trump shifts rhetoric but policy largely unchanged. James Dearie, National Catholic Reporter (NCR) 

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The Series: As the anniversary of Donald Trump's election as president of the United States approached, the NCR staff wondered if the calls to action that persisted immediately following the election remained as urgent.
Part 6: In the year since Donald Trump was elected, consistency with previous administration remains.
Related: For Obama, an Unexpected Legacy of Two Full Terms at War; Nobel secretary regrets Obama peace prize.

Bloggers & Columnists | Noam Chomskey, William Rivers Pitt



All this and more in:

Activism & Organizing

Disability activists are at the forefront of direct action against Trump. Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/People%20with%20Disabilities%20on%20US%20Capitol%20Lawn.jpgDespite Republican Claims, Medicaid Work Requirements Would Hurt People With Disabilities * For parents of disabled kids, one of life's biggest struggles comes from outside the home * ‘If We Lose Our Health Care, We Will Begin to Die’
  • Related: House votes to gut the Americans with Disabilities Act

Arts, Culture, & Entertainment

What Movies Get Right (and Wrong) About Our Current American Moment, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

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  • Part 1: Television's best (and worst) attempts to capture our current American moment
  • By far the strongest shows to take on America's current moment are … science fiction and fantasy.
  • Part 2: What The Post Gets Right (and Wrong) About Katharine Graham and the Pentagon Papers
  • A Smithsonian historian reminds us how Graham, a Washington socialite-turned-publisher, transformed the paper into what it is today.
  • Related: Audiences Want Diversity In Hollywood. Hollywood’s Been Slow To Get The Message.

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Media Owned By Warlords, Gov’t Owned By Big Money, Shock Doctrine, Redacted Tonight / Rise Up Times

War profiteers and the media who hire them. Puerto Rico. Worker wages.

Economics

'There's an Alternative to the Top-Down Capitalist Corporation' Janine Jackson, Richard David Wolff, Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)

Janine Jackson interviewed Richard Wolff about questioning economic fundamentals for the February 9, 2018, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript.

Peace & Non-violence

Jackie Albano | We Call BS, Rise Up

We call BS

For Obama, an Unexpected Legacy of Two Full Terms at War; Nobel secretary regrets Obama peace prize. Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

  • Part 1: For Obama, an Unexpected Legacy of Two Full Terms at War
  • (Mr. Obama left) behind an improbable legacy as the only president in American history to serve two complete terms with the nation at war.
  • Part 2: Nobel secretary regrets Obama peace prize
  • Awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to US President Barack Obama in 2009 failed to achieve what the committee hoped it would.

and much more. Enjoy!

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March for Our Lives: Everything you need to know about the #NeverAgain event

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Slideshow: Photos: National School Walkout

  • "Not one more. We cannot allow one more child to be shot at school. We cannot allow one more teacher to make a choice to jump in front of a firing assault rifle to save the lives of students," the organizers say in their online mission statement.
  • Related: The Parkland Students' '60 Minutes' Interview Reveals The Powerful Reason They Refuse To Endorse Politicians.

Morgan Winsor, ABC News

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Mar 18, 2018 | What is the 'March of Our Lives'?

Students, teachers, parents and their allies will converge on the nation's capital next weekend to rally for gun control and school safety measures in the wake of last month's shooting in a Florida high school.

Thousands of people from across the country are expected to participate in the "March for Our Lives," organized by students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where a gunman killed 17 people and injured others on Valentine's Day. The accused shooter, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, was a former student at the school and was armed with an AR-15-style rifle he had legally purchased a year ago, authorities said.

Morgan Winsor, Breaking News Reporter, ABC News 

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The Parkland Students' '60 Minutes' Interview Reveals The Powerful Reason They Refuse To Endorse Politicians. Sarah Friedmann, Bustle

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  • The students' interview highlighted both the challenges and courage associated with their movement. It is very clear that the Parkland teens are not letting anyone take ownership of their campaign — and that they are highly committed to ensuring that rapid and effective action is taken to help end gun violence.
  • Related: March for Our Lives: Everything you need to know about the #NeverAgain event

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US Talking About "Winnable" Nuclear War Again, wasting billions on nuclear bombs

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  • Part 1: US wasting billions on nuclear bombs that serve no purpose and are security liability – experts
    • NTI report says weapons are potentially catastrophic liability
    • US's new nuclear policy 'a blueprint for war', Nobel peace laureate says.
  • Part 2: They're Talking About "Winnable" Nuclear War Again
    • Donald Trump makes Richard Nixon look like Marcus Aurelius. We are all in a great deal of trouble, and no one seems to care.

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

 

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Part 1: US wasting billions on nuclear bombs that serve no purpose and are security liability – experts

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  • Washington to spend billions upgrading cold-war-era B61 bombs.
  • NTI report says weapons are potentially catastrophic liability.
  • US's new nuclear policy 'a blueprint for war', Nobel peace laureate says.

Julian Borger, the Guardian

Thu 15 Feb 2018 | The US is to spend billions of dollars upgrading 150 nuclear bombs positioned in Europe, although the weapons may be useless as a deterrent and a potentially catastrophic security liability, according to a new report by arms experts.

A third of the B61 bombs in Europe under joint US and Nato control are thought to be kept at Incirlik base in Turkey, 70 miles from the Syrian border, which has been the subject of serious concerns.

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Part 2: William Rivers Pitt | They're Talking About "Winnable" Nuclear War Again

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Donald Trump makes Richard Nixon look like Marcus Aurelius. We are all in a great deal of trouble, and no one seems to care.

William Rivers Pitt, Truthout

Saturday, February 03, 2018 | The night before my 18th birthday, I sternly reminded myself to get down to the post office in the morning and sign up for the Selective Service. I wasn't in a hurry to get drafted or anything like that; it was a chore and I wanted it off my desk … and yes, there was an element of ritual to it, a martial rite of passage into manhood that was mandated by law.  Volunteering to be involuntarily dragooned into fighting a war far away is what American men do on their 18th birthday, and I was a man. It said so right there on my driver's license.

I woke up the next day with Alice Cooper ringing in my head, cracked open the newspaper, and realized I was suddenly on a different planet: The Berlin Wall had fallen. People were dancing on the rubble and sledgehammering the rest. Checkpoint Charlie was a disco. It was the party of the century. My very first birthday present that day was history, living history -- brilliant, jubilant, rowdy, oh-shit-what-now history.

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Media Owned By Warlords, Gov’t Owned By Big Money, Shock Doctrine

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War profiteers and the media who hire them. Puerto Rico. Worker wages.

Redacted Tonight / Rise Up Times

Lee Camp gives us a shortlist of major media networks who hire war profiteers to give us their take on foreign policy. Naomi Karavani explains why employees are able to steal workers’ wages and John F O’Donnell updates us on the privatization relief efforts in Puerto Rico.

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Jackie Albano | We Call BS / Rise Up As One

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Emma Gonzalez, one of the most vocal survivors of the Parkland school shooting in Florida, isn’t backing down in the face of trolls or false accusations. González, who became famous for her fiery speech about gun control last Saturday, is one of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students that conspiracy theorists are accusing of being “crisis actors” paid by anti-gun lobbyists.

But the accusations aren’t slowing Gonzalez or her classmates down. Together they’ve launched the new #NeverAgain movement for gun reform, organizing school walkouts and marches and calling for change on national TV—all while still attending the funerals of their friends.

When asked about the conspiracies, which are now being repeated by more mainstream voices like Rush Limbaugh and one CNN commentator, Gonzalez told Buzzfeed: “It just shows how weak the other side’s argument is, like they have to attack the messengers since the message is airtight.”

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