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The Russia Interference Narrative is McCarthyism Reborn in the 21st Century

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  • At least within the limits of its influence over public opinion, Russiagate has been very effective at propagating militaristic and authoritarian views.
  • Related: Special Project | Russiagate: The American Boogeyman

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January 27, 2019 | It’s been so effective because it’s exploited a crisis-the crisis of the Trump presidency-and turned much of liberal America’s attention towards fearing a manufactured foreign threat. As Glenn Greenwald recently wrote about this manipulation: “A new generation of Democrats, politically engaged for the first time as a result of fears over Trump, [are] being inculcated with values of militarism and imperialism, trained to view once-discredited, war-loving neocons such as Bill Kristol, Max Boot, and David Frum, and former CIA and FBI leaders as noble experts and trusted voices of conscience.”

I’ve found that these beliefs make up the pro-imperialist worldview which Russiagate enforces.

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Special Project | Russiagate: The American Boogeyman, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Story 1: Why I’m Sick and Tired of Hearing About Russiagate * Story 2: How Pro-War Democrats Use Russiagate To Bloat the Military—And Why That’s Dangerous * Story 3: What Russiagate Skeptics Get Wrong * Related: Five Things That Would Reduce Out of Control Russophobia * Related: How Russia Became “Our Adversary” Again
 

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Part 1: Open Letter by Over 70 Scholars and Experts Condemns US-Backed Coup Attempt in Venezuela
"… these international actors should instead support negotiations between the Venezuelan government and its opponents."
Part 2: Fears of US-Backed 'Coup' in Motion as Trump Recognizes Venezuela Opposition Lawmaker as 'Interim President'
In response to Trump declaration, President Nicolas Maduro gives diplomats from 'imperialist' U.S. 72 hours to leave the country.

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Part 1: Open Letter by Over 70 Scholars and Experts Condemns US-Backed Coup Attempt in Venezuela

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"For the sake of the Venezuelan people, the region, and for the principle of national sovereignty, these international actors should instead support negotiations between the Venezuelan government and its opponents."

Common Dreams staff

Thursday, January 24, 2019 | As many American lawmakers, pundits, and advocacy groups remain conspicuously silent in response to U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to formally recognize Venezuela's opposition leader as the "interim president"—a move that was denounced as open support for an attempted coup d'état—renowned linguist Noam Chomsky, filmmaker Boots Riley, and over 70 other academics and experts issued an open letter on Thursday calling on the Trump administration to "cease interfering in Venezuela's internal politics."



"The U.S. and its allies must cease encouraging violence by pushing for violent, extralegal regime change."  —Open Letter



"Actions by the Trump administration and its allies in the hemisphere are almost certain to make the situation in Venezuela worse, leading to unnecessary human suffering, violence, and instability," the letter reads. "The U.S. and its allies must cease encouraging violence by pushing for violent, extralegal regime change. If the Trump administration and its allies continue to pursue their reckless course in Venezuela, the most likely result will be bloodshed, chaos, and instability."

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Part 2: Fears of US-Backed 'Coup' in Motion as Trump Recognizes Venezuela Opposition Lawmaker as 'Interim President'

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In response to Trump declaration, President Nicolas Maduro gives diplomats from 'imperialist' U.S. 72 hours to leave the country.

Jon Queally, Common Dreams

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 | President Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela officially cut off dipomatic ties with the U.S. government on Wednesday—and gave American diplomats 72 hours to leave the country—in response to President Donald Trump declaring formal recognition of an opposition lawmaker as the "Interim President" of Venezuela, despite not being elected by the nation's people for that position.



"They intend to govern Venezuela from Washington. Do you want a puppet government controlled by Washington?" —Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro



"Before the people and nations of the world, and as constitutional president," declared Maduro to a crowd of red-shirted supporters gathered outside the presidential residence in Caracas, "I've decided to break diplomatic and political relations with the imperialist U.S. government."

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Bordering on Fascism: Scholars Reflect on Dangerous Times, Paul Street, Counterpunch

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  • As Hedges reminded us last year: “Donald Trump is the result of a long process of political, cultural and social decay. He is a product of our failed democracy. The problem is not Trump. It is a political system. If we do not stand up, we will enter a new dark age.”
  • Related: From the Archives | Corporate Media Counting Cadence to Fascism

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The case for a national general strike protesting Trump's heartless shutdown, Bob Hennelly, Salon

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  • The social cohesion for a general strike supporting federal workers is part of America’s past. How about now?
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Republicans’ lack of alarm over the shutdown reveals a disturbing truth. Ross Barkan, the Guardian

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The rightwing, anti-government forces which first took root in the Republican party more than 40 years ago are now in full bloom and Trump is their willing avatar

Bloggers & Columnists | Caitlin Johnstone, Paul Street, Amy Goodman, Noam Chomsky. Chris Hedges

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Fortunately, a new firm with shadowy links to the government and neoconservatives is going to protect us from "wrong" information.

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The astonishing effects of the shutdown, in 8 charts, Javier Zarracina and Li Zhou, Vox

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The longest shutdown, by the numbers.

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  • Part 1: 'So Frustrating': Pelosi Accused of Shutting Bold Progressives Out of Powerful Committees
  • The House Speaker's list of assignments does not include any oftheprogressivelawmakers advocacy groups recommended for key committee slots.
  • Part 2: Pelosi would sabotage progressive agenda with pay-go rules.
  • Pay-go … is really bad politics in a world where the other party has no respect for any rules whatsoever.

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A Green New Deal Is Not possible Until We Let ALL Our Delusions About Climate Change Die. Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest <http://evergreenedigest.org>

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  • Part 1: You, Too, Are in Denial of Climate Change
  • Thinking climate change will only hit elsewhere, or only in the future, pummeling others but sparing you — these are delusions, too.
  • Part 2: Is a Green New Deal Possible Without a Revolution?
  • A Green New Deal is the name of our desire.

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From the Archives | How America’s rejection of Jews fleeing Nazi Germany haunts our refugee policy today. Dara Linddara, Vox

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On International Holocaust Remembrance Day, it’s important to remember why America welcomes refugees.

Labor

Timeline Photos/Occupy London | The Homeless

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Law & Justice


Chris Hedges: The Slaves Rebel, Rise Up Times <https://riseuptimes.org>

 

  • https://www.truthdig.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Slave-Fish-Hedges-850x677.jpgThe only way to end slavery is to stop being a slave. Hundreds of men and women in prisons in some 17 states are refusing to carry out prison labor, conducting hunger strikes or boycotting for-profit commissaries in an effort to abolish the last redoubt of legalized slavery in America.
  • Related: 23 Cents an Hour? The Perfectly Legal Slavery Happening in Modern-Day America

 

Peace & Non-violence

Nearly 40,000 People Died From Guns in U.S. Last Year, Highest in 50 Years. Sarah Mervosh, New York (NY) Times

  • https://static01.nyt.com/images/2018/12/19/us/19xp-guns-print/19xp-guns-jumbo.jpg?quality=90&auto=webpLast year was the third consecutive year that the rate of firearm deaths rose in the United States. While public mass shootings like the one in Las Vegas make up a small percentage of firearm deaths, they have changed the national conversation.
  • Related: Hospitals Are Trying To Do What Politicians Haven’t: Stop Gun Violence.

 

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Ex-Labor Secretary Urges Unpaid Federal Workers To Defy Trump By Walking Off Job

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  • Robert Reich slammed the president for “callous disregard” of 420,000 government employees working without pay.
  • Related: The case for a national general strike protesting Trump's heartless shutdown

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1/23/2019 | A former labor secretary is calling on the 420,000 federal employees who are working without pay due to the shutdown to walk off the job and picket outside the workplace.

Robert Reich, a University of California, Berkeley professor who served in President Bill Clinton’s administration, slammed President Donald Trump for his “callous disregard” of the federal workforce: 

Ed Mazza, Overnight Editor, Huffington Post

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The case for a national general strike protesting Trump's heartless shutdown, Bob Hennelly, Salon

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  • The social cohesion for a general strike supporting federal workers is part of America’s past. How about now?
  • Related: The Return of the Strike

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Special Project | A Martin Luther King Holiday Reader

  • Part 1: Rebranding MLK: How the Establishment Blackened His Dream and Whitewashed His Legacy
  • King died standing against wars and economic inequalities; notice how these themes are rarely mentioned by politicians, pundits and media personalities who cry crocodile tears for him.
  • Part 2: Duty to Warn: April 4th, 1984 and April 4th, 1968
  • Fascism is Alive and Well Despite Orwell’s and MLK’s Warnings
  • Part 3: A Country Without a Heart: thoughts on MLK, Dodge Rams, and the state of the country
  • The true measure of success is positive action.

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Part 1: Rebranding MLK: How the Establishment Blackened His Dream and Whitewashed His Legacy

King died standing against wars and economic inequalities; notice how these themes are rarely mentioned by politicians, pundits and media personalities who cry crocodile tears for him.

Teodrose Fikre , Ghion Journal

https://i1.wp.com/ghionjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/MLKBlackBackground800.jpg?w=800&ssl=1January 19, 2019 First, the ruling class kill messengers and then co-opt their messages. It’s a ploy that dates back to biblical times; Pharisees dispatch prophets and then whitewash their legacies in a concerted campaign to appropriate their movements. Truth tellers are twice victimized, once by assassins and the second time around by propaganda. Their likeness and their teachings are then cunningly marketed by the same powers they spoke against to reinforce the status quo.

This same playbook—which has been used to silence dissenters throughout the ages—was unleashed with ruthless efficiency against Martin Luther King Jr. Lost in the chorus of politicians, pundits and media personalities who are praising MLK is the core message that he was pushing before he was felled on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel. King evolved in his thinking; instead of seeking Civil Rights for “African-Americans”, he made the fatal decision to fight for economic justice for all.

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Part 2: Duty to Warn: April 4th, 1984 and April 4th, 1968

Fascism is Alive and Well Despite Orwell’s and MLK’s Warnings

Gary G. Kohls, Duty to Warn

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The previously free nation that he wrote about represented Great Britain forty years after the war had devastated the world, leaving it in a state with perpetual police state rule whose cruel and privileged elite (representing less than 1% of the population)  ruled with an iron fist.

Gary Kohls is a retired physician. His weekly columns, Duty to Warn, deal with the dangers of American fascism, corporatism, militarism, racism, and other movements that threaten the environment, prosperity, democracy, civility and the health of the populace.

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Part 3: A Country Without a Heart: thoughts on MLK, Dodge Rams, and the state of the country

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America and Americans need to stop playing. Winning has nothing to do with money, cars or material things. The true measure of success is positive action. Anyone who cares can start by selling peace for free.

Eric OrtizTruthdig  / Rise Up Times

February 6,2018 | In 1972, Kurt Vonnegut covered the Republican National Convention in Miami Beach for Harper’s Magazine and wrote an essay about the experience, “In a Manner That Must Shame God Himself.”

According to Charles Shields, who wrote “And So It Goes: Kurt Vonnegut: A Life,” the title of the essay came from a flyer Vonnegut noticed that a group of Native Americans from various tribesweredistributing at the convention. Part of the flyer read: “We come today in such a manner that must shame God himself. For a country that allows a complete body of people to exist in conditions which are at variance with the ideals of this country, conditions which daily commit injustices and inhumanity, must surely be filled with hate, greed, and unconcern.”

Eric Ortiz, Truthdig Contributor, is a journalist and innovator with two decades in digital media.

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Bordering on Fascism: Scholars Reflect on Dangerous Times

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As Hedges reminded us last year: “Donald Trump is the result of a long process of political, cultural and social decay. He is a product of our failed democracy. The problem is not Trump. It is a political system. If we do not stand up, we will enter a new dark age.”
Related: From the Archives | Corporate Media Counting Cadence to Fascism

Paul Street, Counterpunch

 

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January 11, 2019 | My fellow U.S.-Americans, we stand at a moment of no small peril.

Contrary to much of what one hears from liberals, Donald Trump’s “insane” border-wall gambit may be something of a winning play for him.

Yes, the whole stunt is built on a fetid pile of falsehoods. The level of bullshit emanating from Trump’s mouth and Twitter feed on this matter is remarkable even by his standards.

Paul Street is an independent radical-democratic policy researcher, journalist, historian, author and speaker based in Iowa City, IA.

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From the Archives | Corporate Media Counting Cadence to Fascism, Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!

Mar 22, 2017 | In an illustrated clip for Al-Jazeera English, Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman explains renowned linguist Noam Chomsky’s theory on the five filters of the mass media machine that manufacture Americans’ consent.


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  • Part 1: 'So Frustrating': Pelosi Accused of Shutting Bold Progressives Out of Powerful Committees
  • The House Speaker's list of assignments does not include anyoftheprogressivelawmakers advocacy groups recommended for key committee slots.
  • Part 2: Pelosi would sabotage progressive agenda with pay-go rules.
  • Pay-go … is really bad politics in a world where the other party has no respect for any rules whatsoever.

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Part 1: 'So Frustrating': Pelosi Accused of Shutting Bold Progressives Out of Powerful Committees

 

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The House Speaker's list of assignments does not include any of the progressive lawmakers advocacy groups recommended for key committee slots.

Jake Johnson, Common Dreams

Thursday, January 10, 2019 | "At first glance, progressives got mostly rolled."

That was how journalist David Dayen reacted on Wednesday to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-Calif.) announcement of appointees to three of the most powerful congressional committees, which progressives have targeted as essential for advancing ambitious policy priorities like Medicare for All and a Green New Deal.



"No one here I think would be described as a progressive firebrand." 
—Mike DeBonis, Washington Post




Critics immediately pointed out that the bold progressives advocacy groups have been pressuring Pelosi to pick for seats on the Ways and Means and Appropriations committees—such as Democratic Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.), Ro Khanna (Calif.), and Pramila Jayapal (Wash.)—were entirely absent from the House Speaker's list of assignments.
Jake Johnson <>, staff writer, Common Dreams

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Part 2: Pelosi would sabotage progressive agenda with pay-go rules

The issue here is whether they need special rules that needlessly narrow the scope of what can be considered. This is what pay-go does, and it is really bad politics in a world where the other party has no respect for any rules whatsoever.

Dean Baker, the Hill

12/11/18 | As Republicans in Wisconsin and Michigan are using lame-duck sessions to overturn the outcome of last month’s elections, throwing aside long-standing procedures and basic democratic principles, House Democrats seem determined to throw up roadblocks to limit what they can do with their new majority.

Specifically, likely Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is proposing the House adopt pay-as-you-go (paygo) rules that require all new spending be offset with either budget cuts or tax increases.

Dean Baker, opinion contributor, the Hill, is an American macroeconomist and co-founder, with Mark Weisbrot, of the Center for Economic and Policy Research.

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https://s3.amazonaws.com/campusreform/11713/Screenshot_(410).jpgHarvard law prof: Trump is a 'national emergency'. Jon Street, Campus Reform

  • Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig says President Donald Trump is a "national emergency."
  • Lessig made the comment on MSNBC on Sunday, just after Trump entertained the idea of declaring a national emergency to secure border wall funds.
  • Related: Trump's border wall demand is constitutionally illegitimate.

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The Return of the Strike, Steven Greenhouse, the American Prospect / Portside <https://portside.org>

This year, thousands of teachers, hotel workers, Google employees, and others walked off the job and won major gains. Which raises two questions: Why now? And will this continue?

Of Special Interest | The Trump Tax Cut: Even Worse Than You’ve Heard, Paul Krugman, New York (NY) Times

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Skeptical reporting has still been too favorable.
 

Bloggers & Columnists | George Monbiot



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Books, Literature, & Ideas

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  • Part 1: These Are The Best Resolutions You Can Make, According To Therapists
  • If you've been slow to choose or implement a New Year's resolution this year, this will help you get on track.
  • Part 2: Six secrets of people who keep their New Year's resolutions.
  • “People who are successful realize that resolutions are not a one-time change.”

Critical Thinking

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  • Take a look at some of the biggest lies from the president’s speech below.
  • Nick Visser, Carla Herreria, and Saba Hamedy, Huffington Post
  • Again, Mexico is not paying for the wall.

Government & Politics

Neoliberalism And The Rationalization Of Corporate Tyranny, ‪Rainer Shea‬, Medium
 

  • https://cdn-images-1.medium.com/max/1600/1*vCpvw26daVD5cgM6ZyAK-w@2x.jpegThe lesson is that if we want to make things better, we need to spread compassion and generosity throughout our daily lives. Even more important is the creation of a mass movement that seeks to overthrow corporate capitalism, and then create a society which protects the planet while ensuring that every person has a safe and comfortable life.
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Trump's border wall demand is constitutionally illegitimate. Lawrence Lessig, the Guardian

https://i.guim.co.uk/img/media/12c74a76288ebea5ac9bc4130cfc86a9c995db5f/0_112_3500_2100/master/3500.jpg?width=620&quality=85&auto=format&fit=max&s=c3d5d67d502c9ed9443fbe43f296b75d / ‘The president ran on a promise to build a wall paid for by Mexico.’ Photograph: UPI/Barcroft Images

No reading of our constitution would ever uphold the view that a president can stop the functioning of government, to insist upon a program unsupported by the public.
 

Health, Science, & Environment

Psycological Analysis of Trump's Support, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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  • Part 1: The Dunning-Kruger Effect May Help Explain Trump's Support
  • A new study suggests some people grossly overestimate their political knowledge.
  • Part 2: A Complete Psychological Analysis of Trump's Support
  • Science can help us make sense of the president's political invincibility.

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