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Real left tells Sanders to fuck off

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  • People are finally getting tired of the duopoly manure in the United States, and the betrayals of even the Democratic party’s most “populist” voices. Here’s a newsflash you’ll enjoy by two fine social media scouts, Thomas Baldwin and Lydia Katt. 
  • I'm not Ready for Bernie Sanders, May 6, 2015

TGP Staff, Greanville Post

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RepublicratNOsign.jpgMay 10, 2015 | Wow! The Left conference participants tell Sanders to fuck off!

Bernie Sanders writes to the participants of last weekend’s Left Politics conference saying that his campaign compliments their efforts; this is their response.

Dear Senator Sanders:

As participants in the Future of Left and Independent Politics conference held in Chicago May 2-3, we sincerely appreciate your declaration of support for our efforts. Nonetheless, we must express our regret that you have chosen to forgo independent political action and instead enter the primaries of the Democratic Party, which is entirely beholden to Wall Street and the corporate interests you have fought throughout your career. And while we do appreciate the support you have offered to a few independent campaigns in Richmond, Madison and Chicago, we cannot condone your indirect funding of corporate Democrats such as Sens. Mary Landrieu, Mark Begich and Kay Hagan, or your failure to criticize Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin’s recent betrayal of the campaign for single-payer health care in your home state of Vermont.

The Greanville Post, part of the Cyrano’s Journal group of counter misinformation sites, seeks to spotlight the outrageous but increasingly common intersection of induced stupidity, high-handed political fraudulence and domestic and international criminality which characterize life in the American Empire in the early part of the 21st century.

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I'm not Ready for Bernie Sanders, May 6, 2015, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

  • I'd rather have him running than not. But … 
  • Part 1: Invest in Activism, Not Bernie Sanders
  • Part 2: The Problem with Bernie Sanders
  • Why the 99 Percent Keeps Losing
  • From the Archives | Let's Not Be Fooled By Bernie Sanders & Elizabeth Warren

 

Echoes of the original Mother’s Day Proclamation at home and abroad

Let us honor our mothers (and Julia Ward Howe) by listening to the voices of mothers from some of the world’s 28 active war zones. Women are still calling for an end to bloodshed in every corner of the globe.

Frida Berrigan, Waging Nonviolence

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May 8, 2015 | “From the bosom of the devastated earth a voice goes up with our own. It says ‘Disarm, Disarm! The sword of murder is not the balance of justice.’”

Julia Ward Howe wrote these words 145 years ago, just after the end of the U.S. Civil War. Her proclamation calling for mothers of all nations to come together to settle wars has morphed into the flower and greeting card fest that we will celebrate this weekend.

Let us honor our mothers (and Julia Ward Howe) by listening to the voices of mothers from some of the world’s 28 active war zones. Women are still calling for an end to bloodshed in every corner of the globe.

Frida Berrigan is a columnist for Waging Nonviolence and serves on the National Committee of the War Resisters League. Her book "It Runs in the Family: On Being Raised by Radicals and Growing into Rebellious Motherhood" is due out this winter on O/R Books.

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Techno-Financial Capital and Genocide of the Poorest of the Poor

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  • The war and its results have turned Yemen back a hundred years, due to the destruction of infrastructure … especially in the provinces of Oden, Dhalea, and Taiz. — Izzedine al-Asbali, Yemeni Human Rights Minister
  • Yemen is devastated. There are no roads, water, or electricity. Nobody’s left but thieves. — a resident of Sanaa, Yemen
  • The Obama administration has approved more arms sales than any U.S. administration since World War II

James Petras, Dissident Voice 

May 1st, 2015 | The Euro-American and Japanese ruling classes, as well as their collaborators in the Afro-Asian and Latin American countries, have accumulated vast profit. This has occurred through a complex stratified system re-concentrating the world’s wealth through: 1. The exploitation of labor in the First World (North America and Western Europe); 2. super-exploitation of labor in the Second World (China, ex-USSR); 3. dispossession of peasants, native communities and urban dwellers to grab resources, land and real estate in the Third World; and 4. wars of genocide against the poorest of the poor in the ‘Fourth World’. Besides all the forms of brutal exploitation and dispossession, which enrich the Euro-US ruling classes, by far the most sinister and threatening to humanity is the concerted worldwide effort to literally exterminate the poorest-of-the poor, the hundreds of millions of people no longer essential for the accumulation and concentration of imperial capital today.

This essay will begin by mapping the genocidal wars against ‘the wretched of the earth’, identifying the geography of genocide, the countries and subjects under attack, and the trajectory, which has been chosen and executed by the leaders of the Euro-American regimes.

James Petras is author of Extractive Imperialism in the Americas: Capitalism's New Frontier (with Henry Veltmeyer) and The Politics of Empire: The US, Israel and the Middle East. Read other articles by James, or visit James's website.

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The Obama administration has approved more arms sales than any U.S. administration since World War II, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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  • You can’t have it both ways. You can’t claim you want democracy, and then you’re the number one seller of arms … .
  • Part 1: Are Obama’s Record Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Egypt and Iraq Fueling Unrest in Middle East?
  • Part 2: "From Bad to Worse": Hundreds Dead & 100,000 Displaced as Saudi-Led Strikes Push Yemen to the Brink

FEC Chairwoman: FEC Unable To Regulate Money In Elections

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  • In any case, having a political system driven first and foremost by money predestines a plutocracy. It would actually be odd if academics studying American politics and government came to some other conclusion. The republic has fallen, now we vote as increasingly minor shareholders for who will serve on America’s board of directors and manage state assets on behalf of the 1%. Good times.
  • Princeton Study: U.S. No Longer An Actual Democracy

DSWright, Firedog Lake

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Monday May 4, 2015 | It’s official, the FEC is a failed government agency. That view, long held by observers of American elections, has now been openly confirmed by the leader of the agency itself. FEC Chairwoman Ann Ravel told the New York Times that the FEC is unable to substantively enforce election laws which means the agency is effectively worthless.

This situation is mostly be design, the FEC is split 3-3 between Republicans and Democrats and neither side has an interest in regulating money in politics generally, nor their particular constituencies especially. Throw in new court rulings such as Citizens United and it becomes less clear what the laws the FEC is charged with enforcing even mean.

DSWright is a contributor to Firedog Lake.

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Princeton Study: U.S. No Longer An Actual Democracy, Brendan James, Talking Points Memo

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This is not a new development caused by, say, recent Supreme Court decisions allowing more money in politics, such as Citizens United or this month's ruling on McCutcheon v. FEC. As the data stretching back to the 1980s suggests, this has been a long term trend, and is therefore harder for most people to perceive, let alone reverse.

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I'm not Ready for Bernie Sanders, May 6, 2015

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  • I'd rather have him running than not. But … 
  • Part 1: Invest in Activism, Not Bernie Sanders
  • Part 2: The Problem with Bernie Sanders
  • Why the 99 Percent Keeps Losing
  • From the Archives | Let's Not Be Fooled By Bernie Sanders & Elizabeth Warren

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest



Part 1: Invest in Activism, Not Bernie Sanders

Please do not give (Bernie) … or any other candidate a dime or a moment of your life. Instead, join the movement that’s … struggling to create fair elections through steps like automatic registration in Oregon, and pushing legislation to provide free media, match small donors, give each voter a tax credit to contribute, or take the power to establish plutocracy away from the Supreme Court.

David Swanson, Let’s Try Democracy

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May 5, 2015 | Yes, Bernie Sanders would be a far superior president to Hillary Clinton.

That requires a bit of elaboration. Something I just scraped off my shoe would be a far superior president to Hillary Clinton, but Sanders would actually be good in a whole lot of ways. He has numerous imperfections, but the contrast with Clinton is like day to night.

I’d rather have him running than not.

David Swanson is an American activist, blogger and author of "When the World Outlawed War," "War Is A Lie" and "Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union."

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Part 2: The Problem with Bernie Sanders 

We need to win the new left born out of Occupy, public-sector union struggles and the Black Lives Matter movement to breaking with the Democratic Party and building an electoral alternative as a complement to struggle from below. Bernie Sanders’ campaign inside the Democratic Party is an obstacle to that project.

Ashley Smith, socialistworker.org

The upcoming presidential contest was shaping up to be one of the most underwhelming in electoral history. An heir to the Bush dynasty, real estate magnate Jeb, looked like the safest bet to become the Republican presidential nominee, and challenge the anointed frontrunner from the Democrats’ leading dynasty, corporate drone Hilary Clinton.

Few people on the left or even among liberals could manage any excitement or conviction about getting “Ready for Hillary Clinton,” the former Walmart board member, regardless of the populist veneer she is trying to put forward as her campaign gets underway.

Ashley Smith is a member of the editorial board of the International Socialist Review, to which he is a frequent contributor. His writing has also appeared on ZNet, Dissident Voice, CounterPunch and Socialist Worker. He helped found the Burlington Anti-War Coalition and is a member of the National Writers Union.

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Why the 99 Percent Keeps Losing, Robert Kuttner, Huffington Post / Common Dreams

  • Without a potent movement on the ground, mainstream electoral politics is likely to remain stuck with remedies too weak either to rouse public imagination and participation, or to provide more than token relief for today's extreme inequality.
  • I'm not Ready for Bernie Sanders, May 6, 2015
  • America's Economic Crisis: Week Ending April 11, 2015

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From the Archives | Let's Not Be Fooled By Bernie Sanders & Elizabeth Warren, Thomas Scott Tucker, Popular Resistance

  • Let’s not be fooled by “progressives” who can’t find their spines when the colonial regime in Israel bombs the crowded ghetto of Gaza.
  • Special Project | The Dumbing Down of American Politics, Week Ending August 17, 2014

TX Republican Lawmaker Wants Women To Carry Deceased Fetuses - To Full Term

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  • Evergreene Digest Editor's Note: We have crossed the line from nutty statehouse politics to criminally irresponsible behavior and this is Exhibit A. This article contains suggestions for you to get involved and end this criminality!
  • The late author, humorist and commentator, Molly Ivins, sums up late term abortion, perfectly, in an excellent video

Leslie Salzillo, Daily Kos

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Sun May 03, 2015 | Last week in Texas, a Republican lawmaker proposed an amendment so outrageous, that even some of his own GOP colleagues were repulsed. Andrea Grimes, with RH Reality, reports:

"Rep. Matt Schaefer (R-Tyler) put forward an amendment that would make it illegal to terminate a pregnancy after 20 weeks, even if a fetus “has a severe and irreversible abnormality,” effectively forcing families with wanted, but unsustainable pregnancies to carry to term at the behest of the state and against the advice of their doctors or their own wishes."

Leslie Salzillo, Daily Kos member 

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Mark Fiore | Death and Destruction / www.markfiore.com

  • Now that the defense industry in the United States has taken a bit of a budgeting hit at home, they’re getting more aggressive overseas.  Defense contractors are opening satellite offices and selling arms as fast as they can into the chaos of the Middle East.
  • Obama’s Wars and the Liberals Who Love Them.  

Mark Fiore | Death and Destruction / www.markfiore.comApril 22, 2015 | Now that the defense industry in the United States has taken a bit of a budgeting hit at home, they’re getting more aggressive overseasDefense contractors are opening satellite offices and selling arms as fast as they can into the chaos of the Middle East.  

Between the fight against ISIS and the war in Yemen, more Arab countries are getting into the act and using their arsenals.  US companies are supplying the planes, bombs, missiles and other weapons everywhere from Libya and Iraq to Yemen and Pakistan.  We’ve got a very busy little military in-

dustrial complex these days.

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Obama’s Wars and the Liberals Who Love Them, Adam Marletta, West End News

  • “The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil,” Albert Einstein wrote, “but because of those who look on and do nothing.”
  • Uri Avnery | Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Bomb?

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