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Special Report | Syria: Military Escalation? Towards a US-Russia Confrontation? Week Ending April 14, 2018

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  • Part 1: Triggering War. A Manufactured “Catalytic Event” Which Will Initiate An All Out War?
  • Are We Going to Let this Happen Again?
  • Part 2: The Geopolitics of Targeting Russia
  • The aim … is to compel Moscow to submit to the hegemonic power of the Washington elite.

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Part 1: Triggering War. A Manufactured “Catalytic Event” Which Will Initiate An All Out War, Are We Going to Let this Happen Again?

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Stars%20%26%20Stripes%20Mushroom%20Cloud.jpgThe assassination of Archduke Ferdinand on June 28, 1914 led to the outbreak of World War I. The Gulf of Tonkin incidents on August 2 and August 4, 1964, enabled what we call the Vietnam War.

Graeme McQueen, Global Research

https://store.globalresearch.ca/store/images/962/160119-DirtyWarCover-Print.jpg?196,196,2984209251 As we watch Western governments testing their opponents – today Iran, the next day the DPRK, and then Russia and China – we hold our breaths. We are waiting with a sense of dread for the occurrence of a catalytic event that will initiate war. Now is the time to reflect on such catalytic events, to understand them, to prepare for them.

The assassination of Archduke Ferdinand on June 28, 1914 in Sarajevo led to the outbreak of World War I. The Gulf of Tonkin incidents on August 2 and August 4, 1964 enabled what we call the Vietnam War.

Graeme McQueen is a former Director of the Centre for Peace Studies at McMaster University, a member of the 9/11 Consensus Panel, and a past co-editor of the Journal of 9/11 Studies. He is a frequent contributor to Global Research.

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Part 2: The Geopolitics of Targeting Russia

The aim … is to compel Moscow to submit to the hegemonic power of the Washington elite. Anyone who has a rudimentary understanding of Russian history knows that this will not happen. Russia will continue to resist. And Russian resistance may well hold the key to a different future for humankind.

Chandra Muzaffar, Global Research

https://www.globalresearch.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/nato-russia-400x205.jpg March 21, 2018 | The escalation of tensions between the United States, Britain and France, on the one hand, and Russia, on the other, should not surprise anyone. In the last few years, the US leadership and mainstream British media have presented Russia as a major threat to global peace and the international order. Russian president Vladimir Putin in particular has been demonised as a ‘war-monger,’ an ‘aggressor,’ an ‘unscrupulous politician’ hell-bent on restoring Russia’s past glory’ at whatever cost.

This projection of Russia as a threat to world peace has intensified in recent days partly because of Putin’s unveiling of Russia’s cutting edge military technologies on 1st March 2018. They include advanced generation missiles with unlimited range and capability that can evade US or NATO anti-missile defences. Apart from the new Sarmat missile, the Russian defence industry has also developed a low-flying stealth missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead with the ability to bypass interception boundaries that is “invincible against all existing and prospective missile defence and counter-air defence systems.”

Chandra Muzaffar is the President of the International Movement for a Just World (JUST). He is a correspondent for Asia-Pacific Research and a frequent contributor to Global Research

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When A Government Declares A Verdict Before An Investigation, It’s Because There’s A Preexisting Agenda.

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  • Isn’t it interesting how just as its data begins warning that the western empire is approaching post-primacy and will likely lose its dominant position in the world if it doesn’t take drastic action, all this information begins pouring out about a longtime rival of that very empire? It’s almost as if there is a preexisting vendetta to cripple oppositional governments, and then crimes are being discovered which just so happen to advance that preexisting agenda.
  • Related: The Normalization of War

Caitlin Johnstone, Medium

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April 9, 2018 | Hours after an alleged chemical weapons attack on civilians in Syria, long before any investigation into the matter could have possibly even begun much less been completed, the US State Department declared that “the Assad regime must be held accountable” and Russia “ultimately bears responsibility” for it. Anyone who questioned such proclamations was branded a delusional conspiracy theorist.

Days after an alleged poisoning of an ex-spy in Salisbury, the UK’s Foreign Office was telling reportersthat the Kremlin would be held responsible. Anyone who questioned such proclamations was branded a delusional conspiracy theorist. Weeks later, we learned that laboratory forensics had still determined no such culpability, and crime scene forensics were all over the map positing many contradictory theories about what happened and how.

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

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The Normalization of War, Andrew J. Bacevich, TomDispatch / Truthdig

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  • A memo to the publisher of the New York (NY) Times
  • Crudely put, the central question that goes not only unanswered but unasked is this: What the hell is going on? Allow me to deconstruct that in ways that might resonate with Times correspondents.
  • Related: Media Owned By Warlords, Gov’t Owned By Big Money, Shock Doctrine
  • Related: How the Media Conditions, Controls, and Programs Society

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Feature Article | How did we let modern slavery become part of our everyday lives? Felicity Lawrence, the Guardian

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  • Society abhors exploitation but we are complicit. The cheap goods and services consumers expect makes exploitation inevitable.
  • Related: Amazon’s Wal-Mart problem: Why low wages, working conditions,  and disdain for culture will hurt us all

Publisher's Choice | Publisher's Choice | Goodman: Has our democracy become a reality show? Adam Goodman, special to the Tampa Bay (FL) Times

http://www.tampabay.com/storyimage/HI/20180405/ARTICLE/304059615/AR/0/AR-304059615.jpg?MaxW=950&cachebuster=557585Sgt. Phil Esterhaus (Michael Conrad) calls the roll on Hill Street Blues.

Government has become a 24-hour reality show, and its leader is creating reality by the second, tweet after tweet, post after post, firing after firing. In its wake we’ve seen less heroism and more hedonism, less truth and more fiction, as the nation lurches from nuclear showdowns to tariff-spawned meltdowns.
 

Of Special Interest | Xcel Energy–the most abusive special interest in Minnesota? Alan Muller, Airheads

  • Action Alert:  Oppose Xcel Energy ripoff legislation
  • Related: Update on Xcel ripoff nuclear bills

Bloggers & Columnists | Matt Taibbi, John Pilger,



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Israel Kills Palestinians and Western Liberals Shrug. Gaza -  An Inquest into Its Martyrdom, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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  • Part 1: Israel Kills Palestinians and Western Liberals Shrug. Their Humanitarianism Is a Sham.
  • (Silence of Western Liberals in the face of Israeli) state-sponsored violence (in Gaza) is a reminder of just how morally bankrupt and cynically hypocritical the whole “liberal intervention” shtick is.
  • Part 2: Gaza An Inquest into Its Martyrdom
  • What has befallen Gaza is a man-made humanitarian disaster.

Government & Politics

Series | A Nation Under Trump, Part 9: How do we create a high-value health care system? Michael Panicola, National Catholic Reporter (NCR)

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Pediatrician%20Talks%20with%20Mother%20of%20New%20Born.jpgMercy Sr. Karen Schneider, a pediatrician, left, talks with the mother of a child in the emergency room at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore in 2014. (CNS/Bob Roller)

  • 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 9: Admittedly, we need to do more than what's been proposed above to rectify the current problems and impending crisis in U.S. health care. However, without accepting the moral and practical urgency of universal health coverage and the equally critical need to overhaul health care financing and delivery, all reform efforts are doomed to fail.

Human Rights

Special Report | Killing Him While He's Dead; This Didn't Have to Happen. Compiled by David Culver <>, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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  • Part 1: Killing Him While He’s Dead
  • The problem isn’t that so many people are hurt and angry; the problem is that more aren’t.
  • Part 2: Sacramento Police Said They Were Making Changes. Then They Killed Stephon Clark.
  • This Didn't Have to Happen.

The Isolation Of Julian Assange Is The Silencing Of Us All. John Pilger, Dissident Voice
 

  • https://dissidentvoice.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/unnamed-e1522776129817.jpgIf there is no freedom of speech for Julian Assange, there is no freedom of speech for any of us — regardless of the disparate opinions we hold.
  • Related: Rachel Meeropol on Illegal Detentions

Law & Justice

From the Archives | Envisioning An America Free From Police Violence and Control, Rashmee Kumar, the Intercept 

  • https://cdn01.theintercept.com/wp-uploads/sites/1/2017/10/alex-vitale-end-of-policing-book-1507910214-article-header.jpgIn “The End of Policing,” Alex S. Vitale argues that police reforms implemented in the wake of Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson, Missouri — from diversity initiatives to community policing to body cameras — fail to acknowledge that policing as an institution reinforces race and class inequalities by design.
  • Related: 4 Disabled People Dead in Another Week of Police Brutality
  • Related: Special Report | Killing Him While He's Dead; This Didn't Have to Happen.

Media & Technology

Can We Be Saved From Facebook? Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone

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The social media giant has swallowed up the free press, become an unstoppable private spying operation and undermined democracy. Is it too late to stop it?

Race & Ethnicity

From the Archives | Close Encounters of the Racist Kind: A Guide to the Modern Far-Right, Alexander Zaitchik, Alternet / Southern Poverty Law Center / Portside

  • Pseudo-scientific research, lost Aryan super-civilizations and biblical giants.
  • Related: Trump and the GOP Fuel Fantasies of White Victimhood, Disregard Black Lives

Selected Articles | It’s past time for white supremacy to die, Week Ending April 7, 2018, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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  • The belief that whites are inherently superior to other races and therefore should dominate society is as American as apple pie. It is an idea that has caused much pain and suffering in the world, is an artifact of “white culture,” but still plays a role in American society.
  • We must dismantle the white supremacy that's embedded so deeply in American society.
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The Isolation Of Julian Assange Is The Silencing Of Us All

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  • If there is no freedom of speech for Julian Assange, there is no freedom of speech for any of us — regardless of the disparate opinions we hold.
  • Related: Rachel Meeropol on Illegal Detentions,

John Pilger, Dissident Voice

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April 3rd, 2018 | In this letter, twenty-seven writers, journalists, film-makers, artists, academics, former intelligence officers and democrats call on the government of Ecuador to allow Julian Assange his right of freedom of speech.

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John Pilger is an internationally renowned investigative journalist and documentary filmmaker. His latest film is The War on Democracy. His most recent book is Freedom Next Time: Resisting the Empire (2006).

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Rachel Meeropol on Illegal Detentions, Rachel Meeropol, Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)

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It seems to me incredibly relevant that the communities likely to be subjected to discriminatory and arbitrary national security policies are black and brown communities … . That it seems that the rights of those individuals maybe don’t weigh quite as heavily as the rights of others, and that’s something we have to confront.

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Can We Be Saved From Facebook?

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The social media giant has swallowed up the free press, become an unstoppable private spying operation and undermined democracy. Is it too late to stop it?

Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone

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April 3, 2018 | We shouldn't be asking Facebook to fix the problem. We should be fixing Facebook. It's our collective misfortune that this perhaps silliest-in-history supercorporation – a tossed-off hookup site turned international cat-video vault turned Orwellian surveillance megavillain – has dragged us all to the very cliff edge of modern technological capitalism.

We've reached a moment in history where many companies are more powerful than even major industrialized nations, and in some cases have essentially replaced governments as de facto regulators and overseers. But some of those companies suck just a little too badly at the governing part, leaving us staring into a paradox.

Matt Taibbi is a contributing editor for Rolling Stone. He’s the author of five books and a winner of the National Magazine Award for commentary.

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Goodman: Has our democracy become a reality show?

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Sgt. Phil Esterhaus (Michael Conrad) calls the roll on Hill Street Blues.

Government has become a 24-hour reality show, and its leader is creating reality by the second, tweet after tweet, post after post, firing after firing. In its wake we’ve seen less heroism and more hedonism, less truth and more fiction, as the nation lurches from nuclear showdowns to tariff-spawned meltdowns.

Adam Goodman, special to the Tampa Bay (FL) Times

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April 5, 2018 | Hollywood lost a legend this week, and America a road map, when Hill Street Blues creator Steven Bochco played out his final episode on Earth. Bochco was the pioneering force in television, and mentor to countless entertainment giants, who braved censors and cynics to craft unforgettable stories grounded on the streets of urban America.

His Emmy Award-winning Hill Street Blues for NBC (together with Fame, Taxi, and Cheers) anchored what was known in the ’80s as the best night in television. It was a landmark show because it dealt with reality as a life force worth experiencing.

Adam Goodman is a national Republican media consultant based in St. Petersburg and the first Edward R. Murrow Fellow at Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

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Welcome to Evergreene Digest This Week, March 31, 2018.

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Feature Article | 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

Publisher's Choice | The Normalization of War, Andrew J. Bacevich, TomDispatch / Truthdig

  • https://smhttp-ssl-62992.nexcesscdn.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/6163882040_f5126228cd_b-850x520.jpgA memo to the publisher of the New York (NY) Times
  • Crudely put, the central question that goes not only unanswered but unasked is this: What the hell is going on? Allow me to deconstruct that in ways that might resonate with Times correspondents.
  • Related: Media Owned By Warlords, Gov’t Owned By Big Money, Shock Doctrine
  • Related: How the Media Conditions, Controls, and Programs Society

Of Special Interest | Exposing the Whitewashed 'Fable' of the Civil Rights Movement, Randall Kennedy, Truthdig

  • https://smhttp-ssl-62992.nexcesscdn.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/BeautifulTerribleHistory-850x608.jpgReview of “A More Beautiful and Terrible History: The Uses and Misuses of Civil Rights History” ~ Jeanne Theoharis
  • A new book argues that the memorialization of the movement becomes "a veil to obscure enduring racial inequality, a tool to chastise contemporary protest, and a shield to charges of indifference and inaction."
  • Click here to read long excerpts from “A More Beautiful and Terrible History” at Google Books.
  • Related: Series | 1968 Reduxed and Revisited: Look How Far We’ve Come (That Was Sarcasm) — Part 5 of 5

Series | A Nation Under Trump, Part 8: Trump's environmental rollbacks lack 'moral compass. Brian Roewe, 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 8: Since routinely stating on the campaign trail the false belief that climate change is a hoax devised by China, Trump has not elaborated on those opinions. But the bevy of actions undertaken in his administration's first nine months has sent a clear signal of little intent to prioritize climate or other environmental concerns.
  • Planet, people take back seat to business since election.

From the Archives | Misunderstanding Jesus’s ExecutionHoward Bess, Consortium News

http://consortiumnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/jesusmoneychangers-300x244.jpg From the Archives (Originally published April 23, 2011): Over the centuries as Christianity bent to the interests of the rich and powerful, the story of Jesus’s fateful week in Jerusalem was reshaped to minimize its pivotal event, overturning the Temple’s money tables, a challenge to religious and political power.

April 13, 2014 Christians have special celebrations for the key events of Holy Week, but they often overlook one of the most important.

Palm Sunday celebrates the entry of Jesus into the city of Jerusalem. Maunday Thursday is a solemn replay of his last meal with his disciples. Good Friday takes us through his mock trial and his death of horror on a Roman Cross. Easter is the Christians’ triumphant celebration of Jesus’s resurrection from the dead.

Bloggers & Columnists | Andrew J. Bacevich





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So perhaps the dominant wing of the Deep State is finally willing to cut a deal with Trump.
Fired VA Secretary Shulkin Issues Dire Warning: Vets should not have to wait years for benefits, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • Part 1: Fired VA Head David Shulkin Issues a Dire Warning on His Way Out the Door
  • The former Obama appointee fears privatization could harm veterans for years to come.
  • Part 2: Vets should not have to wait years for benefits
  • The Trump administration and Congress need to follow through on … reforms, give the VA the resources it needs, and hold the agency accountable.

Religion & Spirituality


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  • Jesus was killed because he was a speaker of God’s truth. He was an unrelenting advocate of justice. The resurrection stories make a profound declaration: Truth can never be killed and the truth-teller can never be defeated.
  • Part 1:Telling the Truth about Easter
  • Part 2: From the Archives | Misunderstanding Jesus’s Execution
  • Part 3: “I just don’t believe this anymore”: Why I abandoned my faith.



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