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The US Military Approves Bombing Children

  • Some Afghan kids aren’t bystanders
  • If Our Drones Are So Accurate, Why Do Their Missiles Keep Hitting Children? 
  • Obama's Drone Presidency
  • There must be accountability for US drone strikes

 

  • US detained hundreds of Afghan teenagers

Robert Dreyfuss, Nation

 

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Betty Culver

 

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December 4, 2012 | In October, I blogged about an incident in Afghanistan in which three small children were killed in a US airstrike.

In that one small incident, which drew little attention at the time and since, three children aged 12, 10 and 8 were blown to smithereens in a NATO bombing while they were out gathering dung for fuel.

 

Now, in a despicable article in Military Times, the US military says that children are legitimate targets in the war in Afghanistan because sometimes the Taliban and other insurgents use kids.

 

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If Our Drones Are So Accurate, Why Do Their Missiles Keep Hitting Children? Mansur Gidfar, Upworthy

Despite repeated claims from both the Bush and Obama administrations that missile attacks from unmanned drones provide a surgically precise means of eliminating suspected terrorists, U.S. drone policy has led to the deaths of at least 178 children in Pakistan and Yemen (the U.S. is officially at war with neither) as of December 2, 2012. While one hellfire missile is obviously preferable to leveling an entire block with a bombing run, one has to wonder how effective a campaign like this really is in curtailing terrorist activity. I'm going to go out on a limb here and guess that the friends and families of those 178 children are probably more sympathetic to anti-U.S. propaganda now rather than before the U.S. started dropping missiles on their loved ones. 

 

Obama's Drone Presidency, Melissa Harris-Perry, Nation

There must be accountability for US drone strikes, Brave New Foundation

Please consider joining us in our appeal to leaders of the U.S. House of representatives to bring Rep. Dennis Kucinich's bill, H.Res. 819 -- which calls for more accountability and transparency for U.S. drone policy -- to the House floor this month for debate and a vote.

 

US detained hundreds of Afghan teenagers, RT.com <>

  • The teens had not been charged with any crimes, but were each held for an average of one year for the sole purpose of preventing “a combatant from returning to the battlefield”, the report (to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child) said. 
  • The US Military Approves Bombing Children
  • US DOJ Alleges Mississippi County Jails Kids for School Dress Code Violations, Tardiness

 

Romnesia: The Ability of the Very Rich to Forget the Context in Which They Made Their Money

 

  • A potent myth is being used to justify economic capture by a parasitic class.
  • There Is No Stopping Climate Change Unless We Can Mobilize Against Plutocracy

 

George Monbiot, Monbiot.com

 

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September 25, 2012  |   We could call it Romnesia: the ability of the very rich to forget the context in which they made their money. To forget their education, inheritance, family networks, contacts and introductions. To forget the workers whose labour enriched them. To forget the infrastructure and security, the educated workforce, the contracts, subsidies and bail-outs the government provided.

 

Every political system requires a justifying myth. The Soviet Union had Alexey Stakhanov, the miner reputed to have extracted 100 tonnes of coal in six hours. The United States had Richard Hunter, the hero of Horatio Alger’s rags-to-riches tales(1).

 

Both stories contained a germ of truth. Stakhanov worked hard for a cause in which he believed, but his remarkable output was probably faked( 2). When Alger wrote his novels, some poor people had become very rich in the United States. But the further from its ideals (productivity in the Soviet Union’s case, opportunity in the US) a system strays, the more fervently its justifying myths are propounded.

 

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George Monbiot | There Is No Stopping Climate Change Unless We Can Mobilize Against Plutocracy, George MonbiotMonbiot.com

  • Neoliberalism is not the root of the problem: it is the ideology used to justify a global grab of power, public assets and natural resources by an unrestrained elite.
  • In Doha, Lead U.S. Negotiator Plays Down Expectations of Climate Action in Obama’s Second Term
  • Bill Moyers | How Climate Change Is an Historic Opportunity for Progressives

 

 
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Where Did the Debt Come From?

  • The Complete Guide Of What's To Blame For Our Debt Problem. Brought To You By Math
  • Did the Stimulus Work?
  • The “fiscal cliff” fraud, Andre Damon

Pat GarofaloThink Progress

 

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October 24, 2012 | You've no doubt seen your fair share of apocalyptic hand-wringing about the U.S. national debt. What you probably haven’t heard is an actual explanation of how we got here that assigns blame based on math and not the usual partisan verbal diarrhea. 

 

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The “fiscal cliff” fraud, Andre Damon, World Socialist Web Site

The working class must insist that all people have the right to the necessities of life: a secure and decent-paying job, economic security, food, housing, education and medical care. The realization of these rights, however, is not compatible with the continued rule of the corporate and financial elite.

 

 
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WikiLeaks and Manning

  • The information we've disclosed frustrates the controlled political discourse that is trumpeted by establishment media and Western governments to shape public perception.
  • We will continue our fight against the financial blockade, and we will continue to publish. The Pentagon's threats against us do the United States a disservice and will not be heeded.
  • Special Project | Bradley Manning, Julian Assange, & Wikileaks: Week of December 2

Julian Assange, Wikileaks, Huffington Post / Axis of Logic

Friday, Nov 30, 2012 | Bradley Manning testified for the first time since his arrest two and a half years ago in Baghdad. Today also marks the two-year anniversary of the first front pages around the world from Cablegate, an archive of 251,287 U.S. State Department diplomatic cables -- messages sent between the State Department and its embassies, consulates and diplomatic missions around the world. In collaboration with a network of more than 100 press outlets we revealed the full spectrum of techniques used by the United States to exert itself around the world. The young intelligence analyst Bradley Manning was detained as an alleged source.

 

WikiLeaks came under attack, with American politicians and right-wing pundits calling for all of us to be designated as terrorists, some even calling for my assassination and the kidnapping of our staff. Speaking on Meet The Press, Vice President Joe Biden referred to me as a "high-tech terrorist," while Senator Joe Lieberman demanded that we be prosecuted under the U.S. Espionage Act. The Department of Justice spokesperson Dean Boyd admitted as recently as July 2012 that the Department of Justice investigation into WikiLeaks is ongoing, and the Pentagon renewed its threats against us on September 28th, declaring our work an "ongoing crime." As a result, I have been granted political asylum and now live in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, surrounded by armed police while the FBI portion of the "whole of government" investigation against us, according to court testimony, had reached 42,135 pages as of December last year.

 

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Special Project | Bradley Manning, Julian Assange, & Wikileaks: Week of December 2, David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • Blowing the whistle on war crimes is not a crime.
  • 6 New Items including:
  • Bradley Manning Offers to Plead Guilty to Partial Charges, Including Leaking to WikiLeaks
  • Court hears of Bradley Manning's treatment in custody
  • Military feared independent reviews of Bradley’s treatment,
  • Rallies at Obama offices for Bradley Manning, vets arrested
  • Assange and Wikileaks: the basics,
  • Bradley Manning prosecution incurably infected by government misconduct

 

 

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Dave Brubeck Dead at 91

 

Rolling Stone 

 

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Dave Brubeck David Redfern/Redferns

 

December 5, 2012 | Jazz piano great Dave Brubeck died this morning of heart failure in Norwalk, Connecticut, his manager told the Chicago Tribune. He was a day shy of his 92nd birthday.

 

Brubeck spent his lengthy career pushing against the boundaries of jazz, blending classical influences with his own improvisational instincts on compositions that transcended standard notions of swing with unusual time signatures and rhythms. Brubeck's best-known work, the 1959 album Time Out, was an experimental collection accessible enough to reach Number Two on the Billboard Pop Albums chart and sell more than one million copies.

 

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2012 In Memoriam: Musicians We Lost, Rolling Stone

The music world said goodbye to Adam Yauch, Whitney Houston, Etta James and many others this year

 

 

Confronting a global austerity agenda

  • Around the world, a generation of workers is discovering the power of resistance.
  • Iceland Did It Right...and Everyone Else Is Doing It Wrong

SocialistWorker.org

 

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor John Stoltenberg

 

Spanish workers march during the recent multinational strike in Europe (Ana Rey)

 

November 27, 2012 | Revolution and reaction, austerity and resistance. That was the shape of world politics in 2012 as the rulers of governments around the globe attempted to force working people to bear the brunt of an ongoing global economic crisis.

 

The particulars of the crisis and the struggle vary from country to country. The Middle East, where revolutions shook world politics last year, has seen a revolutionary civil war in Syria, resistance to another Israeli military onslaught against the Palestinians of Gaza, and--in the last weeks of November--a renewal of struggle in Egypt against a power grab by the ruling Islamist party that won the country's first post-revolutionary elections.

 

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Iceland Did It Right...and Everyone Else Is Doing It Wrong, Nation of Change

  • Where everyone else bailed out the bankers and made the public pay the price, Iceland let the banks go bust and actually expanded its social safety net.
  • The "BS" Austerity Plan Nobody Wants ... and We May Get Anyway
  • Report Warns "Fix the Debt" a Front for More Corporate Bailouts
  • 'Fix' the Debt: A Trojan Horse for Massive Corporate Tax Breaks.'

 

 

It's Our Economy

 

 

  • The economy becomes OUR economy when people have a say over economic issues and when the economy works for all of us rather than funneling wealth to the top 1%.
  • Five Facts About America's Pathological Wealth Distribution

 

Kevin Zeese, It's Our Economy

 

Tuition is rising, college debt is at an all time high, as well as are defaults on student loans. Some may ask if college is even a worthwhile endeavour in this environment. Certainly the chart on the left raises the question of the value of a bachelor's degree. For the collection agencies, however, the student debt crisis is a windfall. Danny Weil takes an in-depth look at how we got into this situation through privatization of higher education and predatory lending practices.

 

It is Wall Street greed that is at the root of our many financial crises. The affordable housing crisis is largely due to investors buying distressed property to use as rentals and financial institutions keeping low-cost houses off the market in order to keep home prices artificially high and give homeowners who want to sell some confidence. Mike Whitney shows the smoke and mirrors behind the 'housing recovery' and why it may tank again.

 

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Five Facts About America's Pathological Wealth Distribution, Paul Buchheit, Common Dreams

  • Americans are beginning to realize that years of preferential tax treatment for the rich, under the guise of "supply-side job creation" nonsense, have bloated the fortunes of the super-rich to a level that would make Rockefeller and Carnegie envious.
  • Iceland Did It Right...and Everyone Else Is Doing It Wrong

 

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Five Facts About America's Pathological Wealth Distribution

  • Americans are beginning to realize that years of preferential tax treatment for the rich, under the guise of "supply-side job creation" nonsense, have bloated the fortunes of the super-rich to a level that would make Rockefeller and Carnegie envious.
  • Iceland Did It Right...and Everyone Else Is Doing It Wrong

Paul Buchheit, Common Dreams

 

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Most people associate inequality with the income gap. As distorted as the distribution of income may be, our wealth distribution is even more extreme. Americans are beginning to realize that years of preferential tax treatment for the rich, under the guise of "supply-side job creation" nonsense, have bloated the fortunes of the super-rich to a level that would make Rockefeller and Carnegie envious.

1. We're close to being the most unequal country in the world.

Among countries with at least a quarter-million adults, only Russia, Ukraine, and Lebanon are more unequal, according to the most recent
figures from Credit Suisse Research.

 

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Iceland Did It Right...and Everyone Else Is Doing It Wrong, Nation of Change

  • Where everyone else bailed out the bankers and made the public pay the price, Iceland let the banks go bust and actually expanded its social safety net.
  • The "BS" Austerity Plan Nobody Wants ... and We May Get Anyway
  • Report Warns "Fix the Debt" a Front for More Corporate Bailouts
  • 'Fix' the Debt: A Trojan Horse for Massive Corporate Tax Breaks.'
 
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