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Special Report | The Israeli Attack on Gaza: Week of November 25

  • In the eyes of the rest of the world, the American people become complicit in Israel’s crimes.
  • 7 New Items including:
    • Amy Goodman: In Gaza, It's the Occupation, Stupid
    • Veterans and GIs say: 'Stand against Israel's war on civilians in Gaza'
    • American Guilt in Gaza
    • In pictures: Israel-Gaza conflict
    • Essential history of the Palestine-Israel conflict
    • Noam Chomsky | My Visit to Gaza, the World's Largest Open-Air Prison
    • Jimmy Carter: 'Israeli Policy Is to Confiscate Palestinian Territory'

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Amy Goodman: In Gaza, It's the Occupation, Stupid, Amy Goodman, Common Dreams

  • The answer is simple, and increases the chances of security on all sides: End the occupation.
  • Essential history of the Palestine-Israel conflict

Veterans and GIs say: 'Stand against Israel's war on civilians in Gaza' March Forward!, March Forward!

  • Stop Israel's War on Gaza!
  • Join protests around the country.
  • Click here for an updated list of nation-wide actions.
  • American Guilt in Gaza

American Guilt in Gaza, Margaret Kimberley, Black Agenda Report

  • Israel is often described as a regional superpower, but the whole world knows that’s only because the Jewish State is backed to the hilt by the global superpower: the U.S. The fruits of Israeli policy towards the Palestinians, “the carnage, the broken bodies, and the dead children can all be laid at America’s door.”
  • “In the eyes of the rest of the world, the American people become complicit in Israel’s crimes.”
  • Noam Chomsky | My Visit to Gaza, the World's Largest Open-Air Prison

In pictures: Israel-Gaza conflict, BBC

  • Part 1: November 20, 2012 | The Israeli bombardment of the Gaza Strip has continued through the night and into a seventh day. Israeli soldiers are seen here at a staging area near the border with central Gaza. <>
  • Part 2: November 21, 2012 | Palestinians have taken to the streets of Gaza to celebrate a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, the Islamist movement that runs the territory.

Essential history of the Palestine-Israel conflict, ANSWER Coalition, A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition
A review of Palestine, Israel and the US Empire ~ Richard Becker

Noam Chomsky | My Visit to Gaza, the World's Largest Open-Air Prison, Noam Chomsky, Truthout

  • A visitor to Gaza can't help feeling disgust at the obscenity of the occupation, compounded with guilt, because it is within our power to bring the suffering to an end and allow the Samidin to enjoy the lives of peace and dignity that they deserve.
  • Jimmy Carter: 'Israeli Policy Is to Confiscate Palestinian Territory'

Jimmy Carter: 'Israeli Policy Is to Confiscate Palestinian Territory', Elisabeth Braw, Metro International / Huffington Post
Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Lydia Howell
November 20,  2012 | Israel and Gaza are again attacking each other, Syria is descending into civil war, four American diplomats killed in Libya: the Middle East is more fragile than ever. "Both sides should cease all hostilities," says former US President Jimmy Carter. "Israel should end its blockade of Gaza, and Western countries should work to facilitate reconciliation between Hamas and their Palestinian rival, Fatah. As long as Gaza remains isolated, the situation in and around Gaza will remain volatile."

 

American Guilt in Gaza

  • Israel is often described as a regional superpower, but the whole world knows that’s only because the Jewish State is backed to the hilt by the global superpower: the U.S. The fruits of Israeli policy towards the Palestinians, “the carnage, the broken bodies, and the dead children can all be laid at America’s door.”
  • “In the eyes of the rest of the world, the American people become complicit in Israel’s crimes.”
  • Noam Chomsky | My Visit to Gaza, the World's Largest Open-Air Prison

Margaret Kimberley, Black Agenda Report

November 21, 2012 | Ever since Israel was founded in 1947, Americans have been fed a steady diet of propaganda which tells us that we have no better friend in the world than the zionist state. As always in foreign policy issues, it isn’t clear how “we,” that is to say the average citizen, is ever better off because of machinations emanating from Washington. The truth is exactly the opposite. The average American is worse off, much worse off because of Israel’s role as the undeclared 51st American state.

In every presidential election Americans who can’t support the two major party candidates are advised to get with the program and choose “the lesser of two evils.” There is no lesser evil in American politics, not when this country has doomed itself and its people by supporting nations like Israel which use state sponsored terror against millions of human beings in order to get what they want.

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Noam Chomsky | My Visit to Gaza, the World's Largest Open-Air Prison, Noam Chomsky, Truthout

  • A visitor to Gaza can't help feeling disgust at the obscenity of the occupation, compounded with guilt, because it is within our power to bring the suffering to an end and allow the Samidin to enjoy the lives of peace and dignity that they deserve.
  • Jimmy Carter: 'Israeli Policy Is to Confiscate Palestinian Territory'
     

Report shows US drought worsening after weeks of improvement

  • No rain forecast in worst areas
  • States, cities look for ways to prepare transportation systems for new rounds of wild weather
  • Why Fracking May Ruin Your Thanksgiving

Jim Suhr, Associated Press / Minneapolis (MN) Star Tribune

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November 21, 2012 | The worst U.S. drought in decades has deepened again after more than a month of encouraging reports of slowly improving conditions, a drought-tracking consortium said Wednesday, as scientists struggled for an explanation other than a simple lack of rain.

While more than half of the continental U.S. has been in a drought since summer, rain storms had appeared to be easing the situation week by week since late September. But that promising run ended with Wednesday's weekly U.S. Drought Monitor report, which showed increases in the portion of the country in drought and the severity of it.

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States, cities look for ways to prepare transportation systems for new rounds of wild weather, Joan Lowy,
Associated Press / Minneapolis (MN) Star Tribune
Wild weather is taking a toll on roads, airports, railways and transit systems across the country.

Why Fracking May Ruin Your Thanksgiving, Jill Richardson, AlterNet

  • Cranberry growers and the fracking industry are fighting for the same resources and tearing one state apart in the process.
  • The Name of the Hurricane Is Climate Change
     

Why Fracking May Ruin Your Thanksgiving

  • Cranberry growers and the fracking industry are fighting for the same resources and tearing one state apart in the process.
  • The Name of the Hurricane Is Climate Change

Jill Richardson, AlterNet

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November 19, 2012  |  My, how things have changed since the Pilgrims tasted their first cranberries in their Plymouth colony! Until 1816, cranberries were a thoroughly wild food; something gathered, not grown. But the discovery that allowed us to cultivate cranberries – adding a thick layer of sand on the soil where they grow – is now creating trouble in cranberry country. As it turns out, hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, requires the same sort of sand as cranberries.

Nodji VanWychen, a third-generation cranberry grower in Warrens, WI, explains that cranberries require three elements to grow well: acidic peat soil topped with six to 10 inches of sand, and a reliable source of water. Although growers refer to their cranberry fields as “bogs” or “marshes,” the fields are not flooded yearround. Growers only flood their marshes during the harvest and again during the winter.

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Rebecca Solnit | The Name of the Hurricane Is Climate Change, Rebecca Solnit, Tom Dispatch

  • Just like those running asbestos, lead paint, and tobacco companies who knowingly continued to do harm for profit after the scientific verdicts on their products were in, energy executives undoubtedly are more aware of what the burning of fossil fuels actually means for this planet than most of the rest of us.
  • It's Global Warming, Stupid!
  • Hurricane Sandy: Beware of America's Disaster Capitalists
     

Maryknoll: Vatican has dismissed Roy Bourgeois from order

  • In interviews Bourgeois focused on the rights of conscience of Catholics and "the importance of people of faith and members of Maryknoll to be able to speak openly and freely without fear ... of being dismissed or excommunicated."
  • SOA Watch Activist Arrested by Military Police
  • Churchgoers, save yourselves

Joshua J. McElwee, National Catholic Reporter

Thanks to Evergreene Digest reader Dominique Diaddigo for this contribution.

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Roy Bourgeois (NCR photo/Joshua J. McElwee)

November 19, 2012 | Roy Bourgeois, a longtime peace activist and priest who had come under scrutiny for his support of women's ordination, has been dismissed from the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, which he served for 45 years, according to the congregation.

The Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith made the dismissal in October, according to a news release issued Monday afternoon by the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers.

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SOA Watch Activist Arrested by Military Police, Hendrik Voss, SOA Watch

  • Thousands Gather at the Gates of Fort Benning, GA, to close the SOA/WHINSEC
  • 3-day mobilization culminates with mass die-in and funeral procession to memorialize the victims of SOA/WHINSEC violence and US miliarization.
  • Nashua Chantalk, 60, of Americus, GA, crosses over the fence to carry the protest onto the military base; faces six months in federal prison.
  • SOA Watch Meets with White House Deputy National Security Adviser: Lessons Learned

Churchgoers, save yourselves, Eric Stuberg, Minneapolis (MN) Star Tribune

  • Your influence is waning, but this election, you're doubling down.
  • Child abuse in my church
     

Strikes Going Viral - Join Walmart Workers on Black Friday

  • We want you to be part of it. Can you join us at a Walmart store near you on Black Friday?
  • Walmart Workers are Standing Up
  • Fight back against Walmart’s race-to-the-bottom economics

American Rights at Work

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November 19, 2012 | Something incredible is happening!

Just a month after strikes swept through Walmart stores and warehouses in 12 states – a new wave of "viral strikes" is making headlines.

Three weeks ago, Walmart workers in Northern California held a sit-in at one store and then walked off the job. Last Wednesday, warehouse workers in Southern California who move Walmart's goods went on strike. The next day, store workers in Washington also walked out. And then last Friday, workers in Texas joined the strike too.

These courageous actions tell us that the upcoming Walmart strikes and actions on Black Friday – the biggest shopping day of the year – are going to make history.


We want you to be part of it. Can you join us at a Walmart store near you on Black Friday?
YES – I want to join an event!
NO – But I can stand in solidarity with Walmart workers.

For more than a year, Walmart workers from around the country have been coming together to speak out for change. These workers have called on the company to address their concerns around low wages, unaffordable benefits, understaffing, erratic scheduling, and above all else the lack of respect in the workplace. Walmart warehouse workers have also been protesting the outrageous, unsafe conditions where they work.

After these brave workers spoke out for change, Walmart has been trying to silence them – some are getting fired, others are not getting called into work, and more are getting hours cut. It is not an easy decision, but without an end to the retaliation, Walmart workers across the country will be walking off the job in protest on Black Friday, November 23.

Will you back up these whistleblowers again and take your support of Walmart workers one step further? Then join in solidarity with Walmart workers as more go on strike on Black Friday!

YES – I want to join an event!
NO – But I can stand in solidarity with Walmart workers.

Thanks for your ongoing commitment to Walmart workers everywhere.

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Walmart Workers are Standing Up, Daily Kos

  • Just imagine! What would happen to the US Labor Movement if millions of low-wage workers stood up and demanded a living wage, union recognition, and the right to sit across from management at the bargaining table? We could be witnessing the start of something big.
  • Fellow Workers, let's give all the support possible to our fellows workers who are beginning to rise up around the country!

Fight back against Walmart’s race-to-the-bottom economics, Kaytee Riek, SumOfUs.org
Walmart workers are getting ready to strike on the biggest shopping day of the year, “Black Friday,” and they asked the SumOfUs.org community to help make the strike as big as possible.

 


 

SOA Watch Activist Arrested by Military Police

  • Thousands Gather at the Gates of Fort Benning, GA, to close the SOA/WHINSEC
  • 3-day mobilization culminates with mass die-in and funeral procession to memorialize the victims of SOA/WHINSEC violence and US miliarization.
  • Nashua Chantalk, 60, of Americus, GA, crosses over the fence to carry the protest onto the military base; faces six months in federal prison.
  • SOA Watch Meets with White House Deputy National Security Adviser: Lessons Learned

Hendrik Voss, SOA Watch

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November 18, 2012 | The largest annual anti-militarization gathering in North America took place in Columbus, Georgia, from November 16-18, 2012.

Nashua Chantal of Americus, Georgia, who stood in silence with the message 'Study war no more' painted across his face during the symbolic funeral march, crossed the line onto the military base. The base is home to the US Army School of the Americas, renamed the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (SOA/WHINSEC) in 2001, a training facility that has turned out some of Latin America's most notorious killers and continues to be implicated in human rights abuses today. Nashua Chantal was arrested after he crossed over the barb-wired, and is currently in the custody of the military police. He will be arraigned in federal court and is facing up to six months in federal prison for his courageous act of civil disobedience.

The weekend included a massive rally on Saturday, where thousands came together at the gates of the School of the Americas (SOA/ WHINSEC), now named the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation, and culminated on Sunday, November 18 with a mass die-in and funeral procession to commemorate the victims of SOA/ WHINSEC violence and U.S. militarization.

The weekend featured musicians like emma's revolution and Rebel Diaz, and international speakers like Francia Marquez from Colombia, Martin Almada from Paraguay, and Ismael Moreno from Honduras.

Francia Marquez, a leader from the Afro-Colombian gold-mining community of La Toma in southwestern Colombia, talked about how her community has struggled against political, economic and armed forces looking to control their hands and resources.

Martin Almada, a Paraguayan educator, talked about his experience as a political prisoner under the regime of Alfredo Stroessner. His wife died of a heart attack after being forced to hear through a telephone her husband's cries as he was tortured.

Ismael Moreno (known in Honduras as Father Melo), a Jesuit priest, radio host and contributor to Envio magazine, had his radio station occupied by the military following the SOA led military coup and he began receiving death threats.

Moreno's story shows how, even though the school changed its name in 2001 to WHINSEC, the graduates of this U.S. taxpayer-funded military school are still key players in human rights abuses throughout Latin America.

Last week, on November 14, an SOA Watch delegation met with Denis McDonough, the National Deputy Security Advisor to President Obama in the White House, to ask that the SOA/WHINSEC be shut down by Executive Order. In January, Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA) will introduced legislation to suspend operations at the school and investigate human rights abuses in Latin America.

The SOA/WHINSEC is a U.S. taxpayer-funded military training school for Latin American soldiers, located at Fort Benning, Georgia. The school made headlines in 1996 when the Pentagon released training manuals used at the school that advocated torture, extortion and execution. Despite this, no independent investigation into the training facility has ever taken place.

SOA Watch is a nonviolent grassroots movement that works to close the School of the Americas and change U.S. foreign policy towards Latin America. For more information, visit www.SOAW.org.<www.SOAW.org>

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SOA Watch Meets with White House Deputy National Security Adviser: Lessons Learned, Bill Quigley

  • "SOA-WHINSEC admits they have a few bad apples," noted Quigley. "But this is not just a few bad apples, this is a bad orchard that needs to be dug up by its roots."
  • McDonough said he has looked hard at this issue but does not support closing the school.
  • Noam Chomsky | America Acts Like It Owns the World
  • Why Chavez Won Again
     

Fight back against Walmart’s race-to-the-bottom economics.

Walmart workers are getting ready to strike on the biggest shopping day of the year, “Black Friday,” and they asked the SumOfUs.org community to help make the strike as big as possible.

Kaytee Riek, SumOfUs.org

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November 15, 2012 | If there’s one corporation that exemplifies everything that’s wrong with the world economy -- the violation of human rights in the name of profit, the casual destruction of the environment, the enrichment of the 1 percent at the expense of everyone else -- that corporation is Walmart.

As Walmart expands, it kills small businesses and guts local economies, destroying more jobs than it creates. Walmart consumes more energy than the bottom 57 countries put together, and despite promises to embrace green energy, only 2 percent of its power comes from renewable sources. And Walmart is notorious for gender discrimination: women make up two-thirds of Walmart’s workforce, but less than a fifth of senior management, and the highest-earning women at Walmart make a third less than the highest-earning men.

And Walmart’s unethical behavior is working just great for the people at the top: the Walton heirs have greater net worth than the bottom 100 million Americans combined.

The SumOfUs.org community stands for putting people over profits, and Walmart stands for the precise opposite. And right now we have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to fight back against Walmart’s race-to-the-bottom economics. Walmart workers are getting ready to strike on the biggest shopping day of the year, “Black Friday,” and they asked the SumOfUs.org community to help make the strike as big as possible.

Can you help make the strike possible by donating to the Walmart workers’ strike fund?

 


For 50 years, Walmart has waged an all-out war on workers -- driving down wages, crushing attempts to organize, and sourcing from sweatshops all over the world. Today, Walmart is the world’s largest private sector employer (only the Chinese and American militaries employ more people), with over two million employees around the world. The average Walmart associate makes just $8.81 an hour, and hundreds of thousands of them live below the poverty line. Walmart costs American taxpayers $1.5 billion in food stamps, health care, housing vouchers and other programs every year because it doesn’t pay its workers enough to cover basic needs.

We can’t overstate how big of a deal this strike is. If this fledgling worker movement can continue to grow across the country, it could be our biggest chance to end Walmart’s abusive working conditions -- which would change the lives of millions of workers around the world.

The workers are taking an enormous risk by going on strike. They have no union, so they will have to go without pay. Some might be illegally fired. Workers who work Walmart’s definition of “full-time” often makes just $15,500 a year and can barely make ends meet as it is, so missing just a few days of work could mean their kids go hungry.

That’s why this strike fund is so important. The money will go to gift cards that will make up for lost pay -- which will help the families of these courageous workers make ends meet for the month. Our friends at OUR Walmart, the workers’ organization, say that this little bit of security could give more workers the confidence they need to walk out and make the strike even bigger. They’ve challenged us to raise $20,000 for the strike fund. Can we do it?

Walmart workers need our help to make this strike happen - will you have their back?

We know the workers already have Walmart scared -- store managers across the country have received emergency instructions about how to deal with the strikes. And if workers walk off the job on America’s biggest shopping “holiday,” they’ll seriously disrupt Walmart’s business and let the world’s largest retailer that it can’t ignore its workers anymore.

The strikes that have already occurred at Walmart have inspired the SumOfUs community. Over a hundred thousand of us have already taken action, by signing our petitions, sharing our solidarity statements, and more -- and almost 1000 have donated to buy ads about the strikes in Walmart executives’ hometown newspaper.

Now, are you ready to help deliver a knockout blow to Walmart?

Click here to support the workers by donating to the Walmart workers’ strike fund.

Thanks,

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Further Reading:

"Happy 50th Birthday, Walmart?" SumOfUs.org

The Walmart 1%

Making Change at Walmart factsheets

[1] Mother Jones: To Match Walton Heirs' Fortune, You'd Need to Work at Walmart for 7 Million Years, September 20, 2012

[2] BBC: Which is the world's biggest employer? March 19, 2012

[3] Forbes: Six Waltons have more wealth than the bottom 30% of Americans, December 14, 2011

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