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Should the US trust Iran? That query should probably be turned on its head.


  • Our conduct since orchestrating a coup to install the shah hasn’t exactly given Iranians good reason to trust our pleas for partnership.
  • Glenn Greenwald | NYT Claims US Abides by Cluster Bomb Treaty: The Exact Opposite of Reality

Trevor Timm, Guardian

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Tuesday 8 September 2015 | Americans have spent a lot of time over the past couple months looking at the Iranian nuclear deal with labored skepticism and raised eyebrows. It seems that Obama finally has the votes he needs to secure the deal, but that may not stop congressional opposition from going forward with a “resolution of disapproval.” The opposition would have you believe that the deal is dangerous and Iran is not to be trusted.

Obama hit back, asserting that the deal is built on “unprecedented verification,” not on trust. Still, pundits say that Iran is in it only to pursue “nefarious goals” that will “sucker” the US and Europe into economic relations and put Israel at risk. After all, look at Iran’s shifty and power-grabby record. “We cannot let history repeat itself,” said the hawkish nonprofit Secure America Now, with panties in bunch. We can’t engage in diplomatic agreements with such an irrational entity. I mean, Iran? Are you kidding? They’re nuts.

Trevor Timm is a Guardian US columnist and executive director of the Freedom of the Press Foundation, a non-profit that supports and defends journalism dedicated to transparency and accountability.

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Glenn Greenwald | NYT Claims US Abides by Cluster Bomb Treaty: The Exact Opposite of Reality, Glenn Greenwald, the Intercept 

  • In December 2009 - just weeks after he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize - President Obama ordered a cruise missile strike on al-Majala in southern Yemen. That strike 'killed 35 women and children.' Among the munitions used in that strike were cluster bombs, including ones designed to scatter 166 'bomblets.
  • 10 Steps to Wean US Foreign Policy off Militarism


Special Report | Celebrating Labor Day, 2015: Is Labor A Lost Cause?

  • Exploring if unions can rebound and once again act strongly in the interest of ordinary workers.
  • The Crisis of Stagnant Wages in the American Economy

Bill Moyers, Moyers and Company

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Bill-Fletcher-Stephen-Lerner_3742_SG3-481x271.jpg July 6, 2012 | On this week’s Moyers & Company, Bill talks to two people who can best answer the question: Stephen Lerner and Bill Fletcher, Jr.

The architect of the SEIU’s Justice for Janitors movement, Lerner directed SEIU’s private equity project, which worked to expose a Wall Street feeding frenzy that left the working class in a state of catastrophe. Fletcher took his Harvard degree to the Massachusetts shipyards, and worked as a welder before becoming a labor activist. He served as Assistant to the President of the AFL-CIO, and is author of the upcoming book “They’re Bankrupting Us!”: And 20 Other Myths about Unions.

Bill Moyers is an American journalist and liberal public commentator. He served as White House Press Secretary in the Johnson administration from 1965 to 1967. He also worked as a network TV news commentator for ten years.

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Another%20World%20Rainbow.jpgSpecial Report | Celebrating Labor Day, 2015: The Crisis of Stagnant Wages in the American Economy, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • Worker pay is rising at the slowest pace ever recorded. But it's worse than that because the new data include everyone who's paid -- including top CEOs and Wall Street moguls.
  • Part 1: Wages Have Been Stagnant For 40 Years But It’s Not The Fault Of American Workers
  • Part 2: Robert Reich | Worker Pay Is Rising at the Slowest Rate Ever Recorded 




The government’s authoritarian war on journalism: How a flaccid press enabled this Orwellian disgrace.


  • Officials launch an all-out assault on free press -- with nary an objection from the Fourth Estate's guardians.
  • Enough Is Enough

Patrick L. Smith, Salon

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nyt_drone-620x412.jpgTuesday, Aug 25, 2015 | Many readers will know, or know of, the Committee to Protect Journalists. It has been around since the early 1980s and does a lot of honorable work. This is what we all know about the C.P.J. But it is not all we need to know. The C.P.J. also exhibits the usual American biases when the big ideological chips are down on the table. This must be said plainly.

Few people in or outside the craft seem to think much about this. But it is not a small problem. It is a symptom of a very big problem that belongs to everybody. What happens when reporters, editors and their news organizations defer at every turn to the preferences of power? Short answer: Rot accumulates. Flaccid work becomes the norm. A slow, daily accretion of bad judgments, or refusals to judge independently, produces a weak institution that no longer understands its responsibilities, to say nothing of fulfilling them.

Patrick L. Smith is Salon’s foreign affairs columnist. A longtime correspondent abroad, chiefly for the International Herald Tribune and The New Yorker, he is also an essayist, critic and editor.

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Enough Is Enough, Charles M. Blow, New York (NY) Times


  • The media is being trolled on a massive scale and we look naïve and silly to have fallen for it, even if he draws readers and viewers. When people refer to the press as the fourth estate, it shouldn’t be confused with a Trump property.
  • Propaganda’s Triumph over Journalism


Robert Parry | Will Peace Find a 2016 Advocate?


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Campaign 2016 has offered few useful ideas about worsening global crises. On the Republican side, it's been mostly the same-old tough talk while Democrats Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have said little.

Robert Parry, Consortium News

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2015/02/if-war-is-the-answer.jpg?w=540 29August 15 | At least since the 1980s – when Ronald Reagan made war seem like fun again and the modern mainstream media took shape – the Democratic Party has lacked a coherent foreign policy, highlighted today by the fact that its top 2016 presidential candidates have largely evaded the topic in favor – almost exclusively – of domestic issues.

Part of the problem is that Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton has a record of pandering to the neoconservatives during her time as a U.S. senator from New York and as Secretary of State. She voted for the Iraq War in 2002 and, while President Barack Obama’s top diplomat, supported what some call “liberal interventionism,” which is barely distinguishable from neoconservatism.

Investigative reporter Robert Parry broke many of the Iran-Contra stories for The Associated Press and Newsweek in the 1980s. You can buy his new book, America’s Stolen Narrative, either in print here or as an e-book (from

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Special Project | US Wars and Covert Actions Around the World: Week Ending August 22, 2015, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • For decades beginning during the Cold War, US policy in the Islamic world has been aimed at suppressing secular reformist and leftist movements. Beginning with the CIA-engineered coup against a secular democratic reform government in Iran in 1953 (it was about oil), Washington has propped up dictators, coaching these regimes in the black arts of torture and mayhem against secular liberals and the left. 
  • 8 New Items including:
    • Bernie Sanders, Speak Up: Militarism and Corporate Power Are Fueling Each Other
    • David Swanson | Hiroshima-Nagasaki: 70-Year Nuclear Explosions Not Done Yet
    • 10 Steps to Wean US Foreign Policy off Militarism
    • Benghazi & Hillary: missing the story
    • Now the truth emerges: how the US fuelled the rise of Isis in Syria and Iraq
    • America’s Virulent, Extremist Counterterrorism Ideology
    • The Obama administration has approved more arms sales than any U.S. administration since World War II
    • The GOP’s destructive Vietnam mythology


The Myth of the Ethical Shopper


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We're still trying to eliminate sweatshops and child labor by buying right. But that's not how the world works in 2015.

Michael Hobbes, Huffington Post

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55c39aee1d00006e001440d9.jpeg Inside the Tazreen garment factory after the fire. (Photo credit: Reuters/Corbis) 

07/15/2015 | There’s this video that went viral earlier this year. On Berlin’s Alexanderplatz, a vending machine is selling plain white T-shirts for €2 each. Customers approach in ones and twos, insert coins, pick a size. Then, before the shirt comes out, a photo appears—a black-and-white image of rows of sewing machines. “Meet Manisha,” the screen reads, dissolving to a close-up of a girl in a headscarf who looks about 16. She earns “as little as 13 cents an hour each day for 16 hours.” The Berliners put their hands over their mouths.

“Do you still want to buy this shirt?” the display asks. The menu comes up again. This time, the options are “buy” and “donate.” As the music swells, all the shoppers press “donate.”

Michael Hobbes is a human rights consultant in Berlin. He’s written for The New Republic, Slate and the Huffington Post.

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Democracy Doesn’t Exist: Here’s Why Voting Doesn’t Change Anything.


  • Corporations Are Above The Government: They Dictate Government Policy.
  • “Democrats and Republicans are two wings of the same bird, and the flight path doesn’t change.”  – Unknown.
  • "The only difference between a Democrat and a Republican is the speed with which they get on their knees when corporate campaign contributors show up." -- Ralph Nader
  • Jimmy Carter: The US Is an "Oligarchy With Unlimited Political Bribery
  • "It's a big club. And you aint in it." --George Carlin

Arjun Walia, Collective Evolution

voting.jpgAugust 28, 2015 | “Presidents are selected, not elected.” These are the words of Franklin D. Roosevelt, longtime politician and the 32nd President of the United States. Are presidents really selected? Do votes really count? Or are presidential elections rigged? More and more people seem to believe so, as every year, presidential candidates seem more like walking billboards for the numerous corporations showering them with money than actual politicians looking to make a difference. Stating that “presidents are selected, not elected” isn’t too farfetched, especially when you are a former president yourself. There are some important points we might want to take a look at when it comes to presidents, elections, and democracy in general.

It’s also relevant to mention here that President Eisenhower warned us about the “military industrial complex,” and the disastrous potential rise of a “misplaced” power that could have great influence globally, and on humanity in general. JFK also warned us about those willing to capitalize on secrecy. He stated that “there is very grave danger that an announced need for increased security will be seized upon by those anxious to expand its meaning to the very limits of official censorship and concealment.” (source)(source)

Arjun Walia, known for his work on The Collective Evolution III: The Shift (2014), is a CBS News Investigative Journalist.

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american_oligarchy.jpgJimmy Carter: The US Is an "Oligarchy With Unlimited Political Bribery", Jon Schwarz, The Intercept

  • Former president Jimmy Carter said Tuesday on the nationally syndicated radio show the Thom Hartmann Program that the United States is now an 'oligarchy' in which 'unlimited political bribery' has created 'a complete subversion of our political system as a payoff to major contributors.'
  • Both Major U.S. Parties are Plagues on Humanity

Bernie Sanders, Gun Nut


  • He supported the most reprehensible pro-gun legislation in recent memory—one that may block Sandy Hook families from winning a lawsuit against the manufacturer of the gun used to massacre their children.
  • Bernie Sanders must show he takes race as seriously as class struggle.

Mark Joseph Stern, Slate

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010069-flag-gun-constitution-070613.jpgMay 6, 2015 | When Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders jumped into the 2016 presidential race, he was widely hailed as a far-left socialist who would appeal to the liberal wing of the Democratic Party. A liberal challenge to Hillary Clinton, said Politico. True progressives’ liberal alternative, trumpeted FiveThirtyEight. But before liberal Democrats flock to Sanders, they should remember that the Vermont senator stands firmly to Clinton’s right on one issue of overwhelming importance to the Democratic base: gun control. During his time in Congress, Sanders opposed several moderate gun control bills. He also supported the most odious NRA–backed law in recent memory—one that may block Sandy Hook families from winning a lawsuit against the manufacturer of the gun used to massacre their children.

Sanders, an economic populist and middle-class pugilist, doesn’t talk much about guns on the campaign trail. But his voting record paints the picture of a legislator who is both skeptical of gun control and invested in the interests of gun owners—and manufacturers. In 1993, then-Rep. Sanders voted against the Brady Act, which mandated federal background checks for gun purchasers and restricted felons’ access to firearms. As a senator, Sanders supported bills to allow firearms in checked bags on Amtrak trains and block funding to any foreign aid organization that registered or taxed Americans’ guns. Sanders is dubious that gun control could help prevent gun violence, telling one interviewer after Sandy Hook that “if you passed the strongest gun control legislation tomorrow, I don’t think it will have a profound effect on the tragedies we have seen.” (He has since endorsed some modest gun control measures.)

Mark Joseph Stern is a writer for Slate. He covers the law and LGBTQ issues.

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Bernie Sanders must show he takes race as seriously as class struggle, Syreeta McFadden, Guardian

  • race_606x154b.jpgRacism and capitalism are fire and air - one cannot exist without the other but many progressives can’t see that
  • Bernie Sanders, Speak Up: Militarism and Corporate Power Are Fueling Each Other



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