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I'm Not Ready for Hillary, March 24, 2015

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  • Part 1: The Warmongering Record of Hillary Clinton
  • Part 2: Ukraine oligarch ‘top cash contributor’ to Clinton Foundation prior to Kiev crisis

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Part 1: The Warmongering Record of Hillary Clinton

“I urged him to bomb..."

Gary Leupp, CounterPunch

February 11, 2015 | If reason and justice prevailed in this country, you’d think that the recent series of articles in the Washington Times concerning the U.S.-NATO attack on Libya in 2011 would torpedo Hillary Clinton’s presidential prospects.

Clinton as U.S. Secretary of State at that time knew that Libya was no threat to the U.S. She knew that Muammar Gadhafi had been closely cooperating with the U.S. in combating Islamist extremism. She probably realized that Gadhafi had a certain social base due in part to what by Middle Eastern standards was the relatively equitable distribution of oil income in Libya.

Gary Leupp is Professor of History at Tufts University, and holds a secondary appointment in the Department of Religion. He is a contributor to Hopeless: Barack Obama and the Politics of Illusion, (AK Press).

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Related:

Forget Hillary’s Emails, Here’s Her Real Scandal That Nobody is Talking About, Nick Bernabe, Anti-Media

  • Maybe you don’t know the story, so I will quickly try to paint a picture of Libya for you.
  • How Obama is Making the World More Dangerous


Part 2: Ukraine oligarch ‘top cash contributor’ to Clinton Foundation prior to Kiev crisis

  • Between 2009 and 2013, the very period when Hillary Clinton was serving as US secretary of state, the Clinton Foundation appears to have received at least $8.6 million from the Victor Pinchuk Foundation.
  • That places Ukraine as the leading contributor among foreign donators to the Clinton Foundation.

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March 22, 2015 | From 2009 up to 2013, the year the Ukrainian crisis erupted, the Clinton Foundation received at least $8.6 million from the Victor Pinchuk Foundation, which is headquartered in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev, a new report claims.

In 2008, Viktor Pinchuk, who made a fortune in the pipe-building business, pledged a five-year, $29-million commitment to the Clinton Global Initiative, a program that works to train future Ukrainian leaders “to modernize Ukraine.” The Wall Street Journal revealed the donations the fund received from foreigners abroad between 2009-2014 in their report published earlier this week.

RT provides an alternative perspective on major global events, and acquaints an international audience with the Russian viewpoint.

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Obama declares Venezuela ‘extraordinary threat’ to U.S. national security

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Venezuela fights back against U.S.-supported counterrevolution.

Gloria La Riva, Liberation News

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Mar 10, 2015 | In an ominous escalation against Venezuela’s Bolivarian Revolution, President Barack Obama issued an Executive Order on March 9 outlandishly declaring the Venezuelan government “an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States.”

Venezuelan leaders immediately denounced Obama’s Executive Order. After all, it is Washington that has plotted against the Bolivarian government for 16 years.

In a national TV address, President Nicolás Maduro charged Obama with “committing the gravest aggression against Venezuela in all its history,” calling his order, “a monster created with the backing of the State Department and the CIA.”

Gloria La Riva is the 2008 presidential candidate of the Party for Socialism and Liberation. Born in Albuquerque, N.M., La Riva attended Brandeis University, where she was active in affirmative action struggles. 

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Bellum Americanum: US imperialism’s delusions of world conquest, Joseph Kishore, World Socialist Website

  • The debacles produced by Washington’s reckless resort to military violence have only propelled the ruling class to broaden the scope of its military operations, expand the list of potential enemies, and prepare quite consciously and deliberately for world war.
  • Militarization of America - We've Become a Failed State

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The Big Dick School of American Patriotism, Nan Levinson, TomDispatch

  • America's new military mystique and what we make of it
  • The Washington Post Will Kill Us All
  • War Is Not a Game: The New Antiwar Soldiers and the Movement They Built

 

Bellum Americanum: US imperialism’s delusions of world conquest

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  • The debacles produced by Washington’s reckless resort to military violence have only propelled the ruling class to broaden the scope of its military operations, expand the list of potential enemies, and prepare quite consciously and deliberately for world war.
  • Militarization of America - We've Become a Failed State

Joseph Kishore, World Socialist Website

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Bomb%20with%20US%20Flag.jpg21 March 2015 | The US Congress and White House are currently in discussions over the federal budget for the upcoming fiscal year, which begins in October. Amidst the various tactical disputes over ruling class policy, on one issue there is near-universal agreement in Washington: there must be a significant and immediate increase in funding for the already gargantuan Pentagon war machine.

The lead in this campaign has been taken by the White House, with Obama’s new defense secretary, Ashton Carter, declaring Wednesday that the president would veto any budget that did not remove the so-called “sequester” caps on military spending introduced in 2011. While Congress has found various ways to get around these caps over the past several years, the Pentagon is insisting that they be formally eliminated.

Joseph Kishore: National Secretary of the Socialist Equality Party. Writer for the World Socialist Web Site.

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Militarization of America - We've Become a Failed State, Bruce Gagnon, Organizing Notes  / Rise Up Times

  • Leaders in both war parties are now looking at ways to get around the Pentagon spending limits in order to satisfy the insatiable appetite of the military industrial complex and their agents in Congress who want to bring home the weapons production bacon - the only real job creation program in the nation anymore.
  • John J. Dilulio, Jr. | The Rise and Fall of the US Government

 

The Big Dick School of American Patriotism

America's new military mystique and what we make of it

Nan Levinson, TomDispatch

big_flag.jpg?itok=jtV2VoaSThink of it as the 'Big Dick School of Patriotism' and understand that so many of our foreign policy failures show that having an oversized military doesn't solve problems, it creates them. (Product image: via Amazon.com)

March 17, 2015 | Let’s face it: we live in a state of pervasive national security anxiety. There are various possible responses to this low-grade fever that saps resolve, but first we have to face the basis for that anxiety -- what I’ve come to think of as the Big Dick School of Patriotism, or (since anything having to do with our present version of national security, even a critique of it, has to have an acronym) the BDSP.

The BDSP is based on a bedrock belief in how America should work: that the only strength that really matters is military and that a great country is one with the capacity to beat the bejesus out of everyone else. Think of it as a military version of 50 Shades of Grey, with the same frisson of control and submission (for the American citizen) and the assumption that a good portion of the world is ripe to be bullied.

Nan Levinsons new book, War Is Not a Game: The New Antiwar Soldiers and the Movement They Built (Rutgers University Press), is based on seven years she spent not-quite-embedded with military-related antiwar groups around the country. As a freelance journalist, she writes about the military, free speech, and other aspects of civil liberties, culture, and technology. She teaches journalism and fiction writing at Tufts University.

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The Washington Post Will Kill Us All, davidswanson, davidswanson.org

When you're starting wars … on the grounds that if you don't start a war now someone else could theoretically start one later, you have set up a logic of Armageddon. And it may kill us all. … But we won't all die, I feel fairly certain, without the Washington Post cheering death through the door.

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War Is Not a Game: The New Antiwar Soldiers and the Movement They Built ~ Nan Levinson, Described in FireDog Lake (FDL) Book Salon

  • Written with sensitivity and humor, War Is Not a Game gives readers an uncensored, grunt’s-eye view of the occupations in Iraq and Afghanistan, while conveying the equally dramatic struggles that soldiers face upon returning home. 
  • Militarization of America - We've Become a Failed State
  • The Big Dick School of American Patriotism

I never realized how dumb our cities are until I saw what a smart one looks like.

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There's community and there's commuting. Let's not confuse the two.

Maz Ali, Upworthy

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Medellin-0bed2f60d678be0adfde1b1f425abf2d.jpgWith the population growing and most of it happening in cities, these Canadian journalists wanted to take a closer look at whether our sprawling modern villages are up to the task of housing more humans.

Over half of the world lives in urban areas. That includes over 80% of people in the United States and 81% of folks in Canada, where this report was produced. Therein lies the problem.

Most cities have been designed for cars, not for people.

Look out your window and see for yourself. Brent Toderian, former chief city planner for Vancouver, says it's a big problem

Maz Ali, Curator, Upworthy

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Get Up, Stand Up ~ Bruce E. Levine

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  • "We are living in a land in which corporate power buys as many politicians as it needs, unjust laws shovel money to the rich, and media substitute entertainment for information. Yet Bruce Levine dares to show how we can reclaim our deadened souls, regain integrity and passion, and begin to change a political system we have let numb us into resigned helplessness." —Rev. Davidson Loehr, author of America, Fascism, and God
  • Uniting Populists, Energizing the Defeated, and Battling the Corporate Elite
  • 8 Reasons Young Americans Don't Fight Back: How the U.S. Crushed Youth Resistance

Described in Chelsea Green Publishing

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Bruce%20E.%20Levine%20%7C%20Get%20Up%2C%20Stand%20Up.jpgPolls show that the majority of Americans oppose recent US wars and Wall Street bailouts, yet most remain passive and appear resigned to powerlessness. In Get Up, Stand Up, Bruce Levine offers an original and convincing explanation for this passivity. Many Americans are deeply demoralized by decades of oppressive elitism, and they have lost confidence that genuine democracy is possible. Drawing on phenomena such as learned helplessness, the abuse syndrome, and other psychological principles and techniques for pacifying a population, Levine explains how major US institutions have created fatalism. When such fatalism and defeatism set in, truths about social and economic injustices are not enough to set people free.

However, the situation is not truly hopeless. History tells us that for democratic movements to get off the ground, individuals must recover self-respect, and a people must regain collective confidence that they can succeed at eliminating top-down controls. Get Up, Stand Up describes how we can recover dignity, confidence, and the energy to do battle. That achievement fills in the missing piece that, until now, has undermined so many efforts to energize genuine democracy.

Chelsea Green Publishing: Bringing the politics and practice of sustainable living to the world

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8 Reasons Young Americans Don't Fight Back: How the U.S. Crushed Youth Resistance, Bruce E. Levine, AlterNet

Traditionally, young people have energized democratic movements. So it is a major coup for the ruling elite to have created societal institutions that have subdued young Americans and broken their spirit of resistance to domination. 

 

 

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