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Noam Chomsky: Palestine 2012 – Gaza and the UN resolution

 

  • Some day, and it must be soon, the world will respond to the plea issued by the distinguished Gazan human rights lawyer Raji Sourani while the bombs were once again raining down on defenseless civilians in Gaza: “We demand justice and accountability. We dream of a normal life, in freedom and dignity.”
  • Special Report | The Israeli Attack on Gaza: Week of November 25

Noam Chomsky, Israeli Occupation Archive

 

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Noam Chomsky in Gaza – Oct 2012

 

1 Dec 2012 | An old man in Gaza held a placard that reads: “You take my water, burn my olive trees, destroy my house, take my job, steal my land, imprison my father, kill my mother, bombard my country, starve us all, humiliate us all but I am to blame: I shot a rocket back.”

 

The old man’s message provides the proper context for the timelines on the latest episode in the savage punishment of Gaza.  They are useful, but any effort to establish a “beginning” cannot help but be misleading.  The crimes trace back to 1948, when hundreds of thousands of Palestinians fled in terror or were expelled to Gaza by conquering Israeli forces, who continued to truck them over the border for years after the official cease-fire.  The persecution of Gazans took new forms when Israel conquered the Strip in 1967.  From recent Israeli scholarship we learn that the goal of the government was to drive the refugees into the Sinai, and if feasible the rest of the population too.

 

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Special Report | The Israeli Attack on Gaza: Week of November 25, David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

  • 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'

 

 

Carbon pollution up to 2 million pounds a second


 

  • The amount of heat-trapping pollution the world spewed rose again last year by 3 percent. So scientists say it's now unlikely global warming can be limited by more than a couple degrees, which is an international goal.
  • Chris Hedges | Stand Still for the Apocalypse
  • Report shows US drought worsening after weeks of improvement

Seth Borenstein, Associated Press / Huffington Post

 

In this Jan. 19, 2012 file photo, smoke rises in this time exposure image from the stacks of the La Cygne Generating Station coal-fired power plant in La Cygne, Kan. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

 

December 02, 2012 | The amount of heat-trapping pollution the world spewed rose again last year by 3 percent. So scientists say it's now unlikely that global warming can be limited to a couple degrees, which is an international goal.

 

The overwhelming majority of the increase was from China, the world's biggest carbon dioxide polluter. Of the planet's top 10 polluters, the United States and Germany were the only countries that reduced their carbon dioxide emissions.

 

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Chris Hedges | Stand Still for the Apocalypse, Chris Hedges, TruthDig

  • Humans must immediately implement a series of radical measures to halt carbon emissions or prepare for the collapse of entire ecosystems. 
  • Bill Moyers | How Climate Change Is an Historic Opportunity for Progressives
  • Report shows US drought worsening after weeks of improvement

Report shows US drought worsening after weeks of improvement, Jim Suhr, Associated Press / Minneapolis (MN) Star Tribune

  • 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

 

Iceland Did It Right...and Everyone Else Is Doing It Wrong

  • 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.'

Nation of Change

 

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November 30, 2012 | Nobel prize winning economist Joe Stiglitz notes: What Iceland did was right. It would have been wrong to burden future generations with the mistakes of the financial system.

 

Nobel prize winning economist Paul Krugman writes: What [Iceland's recovery] demonstrated was the … case for letting creditors of private banks gone wild eat the losses.

 

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The "BS" Austerity Plan Nobody Wants ... and We May Get Anyway, Richard (EJ) Eskow, Nation of Change

  • Seventy percent of voters polled were either "somewhat" or "highly uncomfortable" with the Simpson Bowles plan when it was released.
  • They may get it anyway.
  • Krugman and Stiglitz: Crazy Austerity Policies Inflict Untold Damage on Economy

Report Warns "Fix the Debt" a Front for More Corporate Bailouts, Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!

We are joined by Sarah Anderson, director of the Global Economy Project at the Institute for Policy Studies and co-author of the new report, "The CEO Campaign to 'Fix' the Debt: A Trojan Horse for Massive Corporate Tax Breaks.'

 

 

 

 

 

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Tell Walmart: Ensure basic safety and human rights of workers


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  • Tell Walmart to ensure basic safety for its workers by signing onto the fire safety inspection program that other international brands have already signed.
  • Fire Kills 112 Workers Making Clothes for US Brands

Credo Action

 

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Amelia Kroeger

 

support-walmart-workers-180.gifNovember 30, 2012 | This past weekend at least 112 workers were killed in a devastating fire at a garment factory in Bangladesh - Tazreen Fashion Ltd. - which had been making clothes under a Walmart brand.1

 

The stories coming from the surviving workers are horrifying. They were trapped in the fire as there were no emergency exits and an exit door was locked.2 According to a report, "fire extinguishers didn't work and apparently were there just to impress inspectors, and that when the fire alarm went off, workers were told by their bosses to go back to their sewing machines."3 Shockingly, 12 people died at hospitals after jumping from the eight-story building.4

 

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Tell Walmart to ensure basic safety for its workers by signing onto the fire safety inspection program that other international brands have already signed.

 

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Fire Kills 112 Workers Making Clothes for US Brands, ABC News

  • "The industry and parent brands in the U.S. have been warned again and again about the extreme danger to workers in Bangladesh and they have not taken action," said Scott Nova, executive director of the Worker Rights Consortium, an American group working to improve conditions at factories abroad that make clothes for U.S. companies. Nova said the fire was the most deadly in the history of the Bangladesh apparel industry, and "one of the worst in any country."
  • Video of the fire
 

Crisis and Leviathan ~ Robert Higgs

  • Critical Episodes in the Growth of American Government
  • Report Warns "Fix the Debt" a Front for More Corporate Bailouts
  • Paul Krugman | Let's Not Make a Deal

Described in the Independent Institute

November 28, 2012 | There they go again: another day, another crisis—this time the Fiscal Cliff and Taxmageddon—with a cacophony of cries for Washington to “do something” once more. As our 25th Anniversary Edition of Crisis and Leviathan <http://www.independent.org/publications/books/summary.asp?id=101&s=ye1> clearly lays out, we’ve heard this siren song before.

Let’s not fall for it this time!

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Report Warns "Fix the Debt" a Front for More Corporate Bailouts, Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!
We are joined by Sarah Anderson, director of the Global Economy Project at the Institute for Policy Studies and co-author of the new report, "The CEO Campaign to 'Fix' the Debt: A Trojan Horse for Massive Corporate Tax Breaks.'

Paul Krugman | Let's Not Make a Deal, Paul Krugman, New York Times

  • Right now, the Republicans see themselves as successful blackmailers, holding a clear upper hand. President Obama, they believe, wouldn't dare preside over a broad tax increase while the economy is depressed. And they therefore believe that he will give in to their demands.
  • The "BS" Austerity Plan Nobody Wants ... and We May Get Anyway

Israeli Terror: The “Final Solution” to the Palestine Question

  • The parallels between the pronouncements and actions of Nazi Germany and Zionist Israel are overwhelming.  The bloodlust in Israel goes far beyond psychopathic raving of a few deranged rabbis and marginal politicians:  it extends from the top Cabinet members to the average citizen.
  • Amy Goodman: In Gaza, It's the Occupation, Stupid
  • American Guilt in Gaza

James Petras, Global Research

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Photo Credit: Shutterstock.com November 28, 2012 | Introduction

For the past forty-five years the state of Israel has been dispossessing millions of Palestinians living in the Occupied Territories, confiscating their lands, destroying homes, bulldozing orchards and setting-up ‘Jews-only’ colonial settlements serviced by highways, electrical systems and water works for the exclusive use of the settlers and occupying soldiers. The process of Israeli territorial expansion throughout the West Bank and East Jerusalem has greatly accelerated in recent years, converting Palestinian-held territory into non-viable isolated enclaves – like South Africa’s Bantustans – surrounded by the Israeli soldiers who protect violent settler-vigilantes as they assault and harass Palestinian farmers at work in their fields, beat Arab children on their way to school, pelt Palestinian housewives as they hang their laundry and then invade and defecate in Palestinian mosques and churches.

The Rage and Rape of Gaza and its Apologists

Israel ’s strategic goal is to impose ‘Greater Israel’ on the region: to take over all of historical Palestine , expell the entire non-Jewish population and subsidize ‘Jews-only’ settlements (for settler-immigrants, often from the US and former USSR ). While bulldozers and tanks have dispossessed Palestinians in the West Bank for decades, the launching of thousands of missiles and bombs have become the ‘weapons of choice’ for uprooting and eliminating the Palestinians in Gaza . In just eight days, Israel ’s latest blitzkrieg resulted in the killing of 168 Palestinians (42 children and 100 civilians), the wounding of 1,235, the destruction of over 1,350 buildings and the further traumatizing of over 1.7 million children, women and men fenced in the world’s largest concentration camp. According to the Israeli Defense Minister, the Jewish State dropped “a thousand times more bombs onto Gaza ” than the Palestinians fired back into Israel.

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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

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
     

Vote Smart and then Prepare for the Next Stage

Rev. Sharpton is on to something when he says the election is “not about Obama but about yo’ mama.” But the economic security of your mama - and your daddy - won’t be secure after Nov. 6. The struggle continues. Take nothing for granted.

Carl Bloice, Black Commentary

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Lydia Howell

October 26, 2012 | By the time these words go out into the internet there will be about 10 days left before the election. So, it doesn't seem worthwhile taking the time to address the proverbial question on the Left: who to vote for or whether to vote at all? Some readers will be out actually working to re-elect President Obama. I assume others are beating the bushes for either Jill Stein of the Green Party, Rocky Anderson of the Justice Party, James Harris of the Socialist Workers Party, Stewart Alexander of the Socialist Party, Libertarian Party presidential candidate, Gary Johnson, or Constitution Party nominee Virgil Goode. I suspect few are pushing Mitt Romney.

Most people reading this column regularly can have little doubt about who I'm voting for. But, hey, this is California; the Obama-Biden ticket can assume it has our electoral votes sewed up. I'll be rushing off to the polls with urgency because we've got some critical state measures before us (don't we always?). The big money, buy-elections people are trying to strangle union and progressive expression with one
measure (Prop. 32). Insurance moguls are spending millions of dollars on a proposal to sock it to working class drivers (Prop. 33). Liberals and progressives are trying to insure that any genetically engineered frankenfoods sold at the supermarket are labeled as such (Prop. 37). And, while it doesn't go as far as most of us on the Left would like, there's a proposal that would mean more resources for our state's underfunded schools (Prop. 30). Also, I think affordable housing activist, Christina Olague, is the best choice to represent our inner-city district on the San Francisco City - County Board of Supervisors.

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Fiscal cliff deal: both parties plan to throw workers off the cliff, Liberation News

  • Act Two of ‘debt deal’ goes after Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare
  • Report Warns "Fix the Debt" a Front for More Corporate Bailouts
     

Fiscal cliff deal: both parties plan to throw workers off the cliff

  • Act Two of ‘debt deal’ goes after Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare
  • Report Warns "Fix the Debt" a Front for More Corporate Bailouts

Liberation News

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor John Stoltenberg

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A new era of bipartisanship: Democrats and Republicans working together to hurt workers.

November 16, 2012 | Those hoping for the reelected Obama administration to now make a progressive turn should instead be gearing up for a major battle against both parties to save Social Security, Medicare and other so-called “entitlements.” Tens of millions of poor and working people rely on these programs, but in the name of austerity and backing the country away from the “fiscal cliff,” these most vulnerable sectors will be told to pay for the crisis that the banks created.

The corporate media emphasized one message on Election Night: Because the popular vote was narrow and both parties would control a branch of government, a new era of “bipartisanship” must now emerge. Pundits asked, with fake frustration, if Washington can overcome “political gridlock,” “listen to the people,” and finally “make the difficult compromises needed to move this country forward.”

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Report Warns "Fix the Debt" a Front for More Corporate Bailouts, Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!
We are joined by Sarah Anderson, director of the Global Economy Project at the Institute for Policy Studies and co-author of the new report, "The CEO Campaign to 'Fix' the Debt: A Trojan Horse for Massive Corporate Tax Breaks.'

 

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