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Special Report | Nightmare in Paris, Week Ending November 14, 2015

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  • Accounting For the Violence We Export
  • Part 1: Our terrorism double standard: After Paris, let’s stop blaming Muslims and take a hard look at ourselves.
  • Part 2: Nightmare in Paris: Democracy is under attack, and the right makes common cause with ISIS
  • We Are All France! Though We Are Never All Lebanon or Syria or Iraq!

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: Our terrorism double standard: After Paris, let’s stop blaming Muslims and take a hard look at ourselves.

We must mourn all victims. But until we look honestly at the violence we export, nothing will ever change.

Ben Norton, Salon

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Saturday, Nov 14, 2015 | Any time there is an attack on civilians in the post-9/11 West, demagogues immediately blame it on Muslims. They frequently lack evidence, but depend on the blunt force of anti-Muslim bigotry to bolster their accusations.

Actual evidence, on the other hand, shows that less than two percent of terrorist attacks from 2009 to 2013 in the E.U. were religiously motivated. In 2013, just one percent of the 152 terrorist attacks were religious in nature; in 2012, less than three percent of the 219 terrorist attacks were inspired by religion.

Ben Norton is a freelance journalist and writer based in New York City. His work has been featured in a variety of publications.

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Part 2: Nightmare in Paris: Democracy is under attack, and the right makes common cause with ISIS

After another dreadful massacre, the French are tested again. Will they learn from America's 9/11 mistakes?

Andrew O'Hehir, Salon

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Saturday, Nov 14, 2015 | Not Paris. Not again.

Those were my thoughts, and the thoughts of hundreds of millions of other people all over the world, as the heartbreaking, soul-crushing news began to unfold on Friday. It was late afternoon on the East Coast of the United States, where I live. I was nearly done writing a weekend essay about the racial turmoil on American college campuses, in which I suggested that this was one of those areas where competing aspects of progressive ideology – specifically, the impulse toward pluralism and diversity and the impulse toward maximum civil liberty – came into conflict. Then a more urgent and tragic case study intervened.

Andrew O'Hehir: Staff writer at Salon.com.

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We Are All France! Though We Are Never All Lebanon or Syria or Iraq! David Swanson, Davidswanson.org

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  • "It is the job of thinking people, not to be on the side of the executioners," said Albert Camus. Please go back to thinking, France.
  • We do love you and wish you well and are deeply sorry for U.S. influence against your better tendencies.
  • Special Report | Nightmare in Paris, Week Ending November 14, 2015

Middle-Aged White Americans Are Dying of Despair

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  • Even as longevity increases across the rich world, uneducated white Americans are living sicker and dying earlier. Two economists speculate on the reasons why.
  • Coping with Depression is Hard

Olgha Khazan, The Atlantic

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Nov 4, 2015 | Since 1998, people all over the world have been living healthier and living longer. But middle-aged, white non-Hispanics in the United States have been getting sicker and dying in greater numbers. The trend is being driven primarily by people with a high-school degree or less.

That's the sobering takeaway from a paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences published this week.

Olgha Khazan is a staff writer at The Atlantic, where she covers health.

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Coping with Depression is Hard, Wagatwe Wanjuki, Upworthy

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Zandt's comic essay shows just how debilitating depression can be and taking medication to cope with it doesn't make one a failure.

 

 

 

 

The Most Brazen Corporate Power Grab in American History

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If there is no sustained uprising to prevent the passage of the TPP in Congress this spring we will be shackled by corporate power. Wages will decline. Working conditions will deteriorate. Unemployment will rise. Our few remaining rights will be revoked. The assault on the ecosystem will be accelerated. Banks and global speculation will be beyond oversight or control. Food safety standards and regulations will be jettisoned.

Chris HedgesTruthdig

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Nov 6, 2015 | The release Thursday of the 5,544-page text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership—a trade and investment agreement involving 12 countries comprising nearly 40 percent of global output—confirms what even its most apocalyptic critics feared.

“The TPP, along with the WTO [World Trade Organization] and NAFTA [North American Free Trade Agreement], is the most brazen corporate power grab in American history,” Ralph Nader told me when I reached him by phone in Washington, D.C. “It allows corporations to bypass our three branches of government to impose enforceable sanctions by secret tribunals. These tribunals can declare our labor, consumer and environmental protections [to be] unlawful, non-tariff barriers subject to fines for noncompliance. The TPP establishes a transnational, autocratic system of enforceable governance in defiance of our domestic laws.”

Chris Hedges, a weekly columnist for Truthdig, is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who has reported from more than 50 countries, specializing in American politics and society. 

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TPP Text Has Been Released...Now What?Paola Casale, OpEdNews

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  • Come on people. We have 90 days to tear this agreement apart. You don't have to read it and understand it to know it's simply horrible for us. Contact your Reps and Senators and tell them to vote down the TPP. We need to tell Obama, "You wanted the TPP to go up or down? Well, here it is: down!"
  • TPP: It’s Not a Deal, It’s Not a Trade Deal, and It’s Not a Done Deal

 

Israeli and US Complicity in Palestinian Oppression, November 11, 2015

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  • For over two decades, the US has, to the detriment of our national honor and the cause of peace, let Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu play us for fools.
  • Part 1: Netanyahu's Arrogance; Our Stupidity
  • Part 2: Military aid to Israel and US complicity

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: Netanyahu's Arrogance; Our Stupidity

For over two decades, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been playing us for fools--a role we have filled to the detriment of our national honor and the cause of peace.

James Zogby, Huffington Post 

11/07/2015 | "When I entered the Prime Minister's office for my second term, I was summoned to Washington. 'Not one brick', they told me...The pressure from the international community and the Americans was enormous...And still, after five years on the job, we built a little more than 'one brick'...the important thing is to do it in a smart way...to stand up to international pressure by maneuvering...we continue to head straight toward our goal, even if one time we walk right and another time we walk left." --Benjamin Netanyahu, 2014

"I know what America is. America is a thing that can be easily moved in the right direction. They will not bother us. Let's suppose they will say something...so they say it?...We have such support there!". --Benjamin Netanyahu, 2001

James Zogby, President, Arab American Institute; author, 'Arab Voices'

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Part 2: Military aid to Israel and US complicity

It is time for the United States to end its complicity in Israel's oppression of Palestinians.

Josh Ruebner, the Hill

November 09, 2015 | Fifty billion dollars. That is the eye-popping value of weapons Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will reportedly ask President Obama for during their White House meeting today.

To put this staggering amount into perspective, this represents nearly half of all U.S. economic and military assistance to Israel — both grants and loans — provided over the first 60 years of the country's existence. It is a two-thirds increase above the George W. Bush administration's record-breaking agreement to give Israel $30 billion in weapons from 2009 to 2018.

Josh Ruebner, contributor, the Hill, is policy director of the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation and author of the forthcoming book (and tentatively entitled) Israel: Democracy or Apartheid State?

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Why doesn't the US observe Armistice Day? We're more comfortable with war than peace.

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I get angry and frustrated with each Veterans Day because it’s less about celebrating veterans than easing the guilty conscience of warmongers.

Rory Fanning, Guardian

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Tuesday 11 November 2014  | On Tuesday, the United States should be celebrating its 95th Armistice Day, pausing as a nation to think about the terrible costs of war – including the loss of so many lives. Unfortunately, we replaced it with a very different holiday.

On 1 June 1954, less than a year after America exited the Korean War in defeat, the US congress got rid of Armistice Day, which was established in 1919, and started Veterans Day. In place of what had been a celebration of peace, Congress instituted an annual veneration of those who fought in war. America would ever after celebrate not the beauty of peace, but its purveyors of state violence in World Wars I and II, Korea, Vietnam, the Dominican Republic, Lebanon, Grenada, Kosovo, Somalia, Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan and more.

Rory Fanning walked across the United States for the Pat Tillman Foundation in 2008-2009, following two deployments to Afghanistan with the 2nd Army Ranger Battalion. Fanning became a conscientious objector after his second tour. He is the author of the new book Worth Fighting For: An Army Ranger's Journey Out of the Military and Across America (Haymarket, 2014).

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Coping with Depression Is Hard

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Zandt's comic essay shows just how debilitating depression can be and taking medication to cope with it doesn't make one a failure.

Wagatwe Wanjuki, Upworthy

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Take a quick look at her site's "about" page and try really hard to not be impressed.

She co-founded and runs a digital strategy company; has spoken at conferences including TEDxBerlin; is a frequent guest on news networks including MSNBC, CNN, and BBC Radio; and was the first recipient of the social media Maggie Award for Media Excellence from Planned Parenthood of America.

Wagatwe Wanjuki: I'm a feminist activist who lives on the Internet. I think that students should be able to have their college experience free from sexual violence and graduate without any debt. My email inbox is a mess (I'll never reach Inbox Zero), so come talk to me on Twitter, Facebook, or Tumblr.

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Teacher's Facebook resignation post goes viral because she is 100% right.

  • Teacher's Facebook resignation post goes viral because she is 100% right.
  • The White House announcing a need to cut back on standardized testing mania is a nice thing to say and (hopefully) mean. However, the economic beast that drives this top-down, standardized testing approach must be dismantled.
  • Teacher’s resignation letter: ‘My profession … no longer exists’
  • Do Military Recruiters Belong in Schools?

Walter Einenkel, Daily Kos

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Thu, Nov 05, 2015 | On October 23, 2015, Wendy Bradshaw posted her resignation from the Polk County Florida Public School system on Facebook. It went viral.

"Today I resigned from the school district. I would like to share with you what I gave them. Feel free to share it if it strikes you as important."

Walter Einenkel is a member of the Daily Kos staff.

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Teacher’s resignation letter: ‘My profession … no longer exists’ PoppaD, Daily Kos

  • Increasingly teachers are speaking out against school reforms that they believe are demeaning their profession, and some are simply quitting because they have had enough. Here is one resignation letter from a veteran teacher, Gerald J. Conti, a social studies teacher at Westhill High School in Syracuse, N.Y.
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Do Military Recruiters Belong in Schools? Seth Kershner & Scott Harding, Education Week

  • The United States stands alone among Western nations in allowing military recruiters to work inside its educational system. Section 9528 of the 2001 No Child Left Behind Act requires that public high schools give the military as much access to campuses and student contact information as is given to any other recruiter. However, University of Kansas anthropologist Brian Lagotte finds that school officials do not fully understand this.
  • Your School Is Becoming a Police State and a Hotbed for Military Recruiting.

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