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Noam Chomsky, Why National Security Has Nothing to Do With Security

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  • As General Butler observed, it is a near miracle that we have escaped destruction so far, and the longer we tempt fate, the less likely it is that we can hope for divine intervention to perpetuate the miracle.
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Noam Chomsky, TomDispatch 

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Alfred%20W.%20McCoy%20%7C%20In%20the%20Shadows%20of%20the%20American%20Century.jpgMarch 11, 2018 | If some extraterrestrial species were compiling a history of Homo sapiens, they might well break their calendar into two eras: BNW (before nuclear weapons) and NWE (the nuclear weapons era). The latter era, of course, opened on August 6, 1945, the first day of the countdown to what may be the inglorious end of this strange species, which attained the intelligence to discover the effective means to destroy itself, but -- so the evidence suggests -- not the moral and intellectual capacity to control its worst instincts.

Day one of the NWE was marked by the “success” of Little Boy, a simple atomic bomb.  On day four, Nagasaki experienced the technological triumph of Fat Man, a more sophisticated design. Five days later came what the official Air Force history calls the “grand finale,” a 1,000-plane raid -- no mean logistical achievement -- attacking Japan’s cities and killing many thousands of people, with leaflets falling among the bombs reading “Japan has surrendered.” Truman announced that surrender before the last B-29 returned to its base.

Noam Chomsky, a TomDispatch regular, is the author of numerous bestselling political works, including Hegemony or Survival and Failed States. A laureate professor at the University of Arizona and professor emeritus of linguistics and philosophy at MIT, he is widely credited with having revolutionized modern linguistics. His newest book (with David Barsamian) is Global Discontents: Conversations on the Rising Threats to Democracy (Metropolitan Books, December 2017).

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Cold War Then. Cold War Now, William Blum, Dandelion Salad

  • https://farm7.staticflickr.com/6154/6186943798_22e6015151_z.jpgIn 2015 in Brussels, the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) formally voted to accept the District of Columbia as a new member. UNPO is an international democratic organization whose members are indigenous peoples, minorities and unrecognized or occupied territories who have joined together to protect and promote their human and cultural rights, to preserve their environments and to find nonviolent solutions to conflicts which affect them.
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For Obama, an Unexpected Legacy of Two Full Terms at War; Nobel secretary regrets Obama peace prize.

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  • Part 1: For Obama, an Unexpected Legacy of Two Full Terms at War
  • (Mr. Obama left) behind an improbable legacy as the only president in American history to serve two complete terms with the nation at war.
  • Part 2: Nobel secretary regrets Obama peace prize
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Part 1: For Obama, an Unexpected Legacy of Two Full Terms at War

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(Mr. Obama left) behind an improbable legacy as the only president in American history to serve two complete terms with the nation at war.

Mark Landler, New York (NY) Times

May 14, 2016 | President Obama came into office seven years ago pledging to end the wars of his predecessor, George W. Bush. On May 6, with eight months left before he vacates the White House, Mr. Obama passed a somber, little-noticed milestone: He has now been at war longer than Mr. Bush, or any other American president.

If the United States remains in combat in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria until the end of Mr. Obama’s term — a near-certainty given the president’s recent announcement that he will send 250 additional Special Operations forces to Syria — he will leave behind an improbable legacy as the only president in American history to serve two complete terms with the nation at war.

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Part 2: Nobel secretary regrets Obama peace prize

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Awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to US President Barack Obama in 2009 failed to achieve what the committee hoped it would, its ex-secretary has said.

News, British Broadcasting Corporation

17 September 2015 | Geir Lundestad told the AP news agency that the committee hoped the award would strengthen Mr Obama.

Instead, the decision was met with criticism in the US. Many argued he had not had any impact worthy of the award.

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is a British public service broadcaster. Its headquarters are at Broadcasting House in Westminster, London and it is the world's oldest national broadcasting organization.

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Special Project | One Big Thing: Students Protest the Gun Culture, Shootings; Demand Action, Week Ending March 10, 2018

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Why Students Should Go On Strike Over Gun Violence * How teens want to solve America’s school shooting problem * A letter from a furious teacher * Parkland Survivors: Donald Trump ‘Needs To Listen To The Screams Of The Children.’ * Parkland Students Criticize Betsy DeVos for Limiting Availability During Marjory Stoneman Douglas Visit (Updated) * Are Students Too Young To Discuss Gun Reform? Wisdom Study Says No. 

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Why Students Should Go On Strike Over Gun Violence, Jennifer Berkshire, AlterNet

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March 5, 2018 | Teachers in West Virginia demonstrated the power of a huge strike last week. What if students used the same strategy to force politicians to act on gun control?
Kids could force politicians to act by refusing to go to school.


How teens want to solve America’s school shooting problem, Carly Novell, PBS 

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We should not have to beg the U.S. to stop letting our friends die



A letter from a furious teacher, ‪Rebecca Berlin Field‬, Medium 

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Parkland Survivors: Donald Trump ‘Needs To Listen To The Screams Of The Children.’  Lee Moran, Huff Post

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Parkland Students Criticize Betsy DeVos for Limiting Availability During Marjory Stoneman Douglas Visit (Updated), Ben Mathis-Lilley, Slate

March 07, 2018 | Education Secretary Betsy DeVos visited Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on Wednesday morning. While the event was closed to members of the media, DeVos said afterward that she was accompanied by student reporters during her time at the school—an account that was disputed by a senior student reporter named Carly Novell.



Are Students Too Young To Discuss Gun Reform? Wisdom Study Says No. Sarah Sloat, Inverse 

February 22, 2018 | Age is not the only way to earn wisdom.



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Help us prevent this. Take away guns from people who will murder us. Stop taking money from the NRA and proving how soulless you are. Keep us safe so I can do my job. How dare you put me into constant danger so that you can be reelected.

‪Rebecca Berlin Field‬, Medium

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Feb 17, 2018 | Dear every elected official,

Nowhere in my contract does it state that if the need arises, I have to shield students from gunfire with my own body. If it did, I wouldn’t have signed it. I love my job. I love my students. I am also a mother with 2 amazing daughters. I am a wife of a wonderful man. I have a dog that I adore. I don’t want to die defending other people’s children; I want to teach kindness and responsibility…and Art History. That’s what I am supposed to do each day.

Blocking bullets? I am not supposed to do that. I imagine that if someone was trying to kill my students, that I would try to save them with all my being. I probably would jump on top of a child to save her life. And yes, I might be one of those heroic teachers that the media writes tributes to after their death. But I am furious that I would have to make this sacrifice. I am incensed that my own children would lose their mother because I chose to be a teacher.

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Henry A. Giroux | Gun Culture and the American Nightmare of Violence

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  • Militarism provides ideological support for policies that protect gun owners and sellers rather than children.
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Henry A. Giroux, Truthout / Rise Up Times

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/American%20Culture%20of%20Violence_2.jpgSunday, January 10, 2016  | Gun violence in the United States has produced a culture soaked in blood - a culture that threatens everyone and extends from accidental deaths, suicides and domestic violence to mass shootings. In late December, a woman in St. Cloud, Florida, fatally shot her own daughter after mistaking her for an intruder. Less than a month earlier, on December 2, in San Bernardino, California, was the mass shooting that left 14 people dead and more than 20 wounded. And just two months before that, on October 1, nine people were killed and seven wounded in a mass shooting at a community college in Roseburg, Oregon.

Mass shootings have become routine in the United States and speak to a society that relies on violence to feed the coffers of the merchants of death. Given the profits made by arms manufacturers, the defense industry, gun dealers and the lobbyists who represent them in Congress, it comes as no surprise that the culture of violence cannot be abstracted from either the culture of business or the corruption of politics. Violence runs through US society like an electric current offering instant pleasure from all cultural sources, whether it be the nightly news or a television series that glorifies serial killers.

Henry A. Giroux currently holds the McMaster University Chair for Scholarship in the Public Interest in the English and Cultural Studies Department and the Paulo Freire Distinguished Scholar in Critical Pedagogy. His most recent books are America's Addiction to Terrorism (Monthly Review Press, 2016) America at War with Itself (City Lights, 2017) and American Nightmare: Facing the Challenge of Fascism.

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Special Project | One Big Thing: Students Protest the Gun Culture, Shootings; Demand Action,  Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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One Big Thing: Student Protests * Gun control walkout: Teens protest around the country by leaving schools * Right wing pundits attack student survivors of mass shooting, and Donald Trump Jr approves; * America's youth is sick of shootings. It's time to let them lead the way. * Marco Rubio almost got away with his routine. Then he met Cameron Kasky.

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Special Project | One Big Thing: Students Protest the Gun Culture, Shootings; Demand Action

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One Big Thing: Student Protests * Gun control walkout: Teens protest around the country by leaving schools * Right wing pundits attack student survivors of mass shooting, and Donald Trump Jr approves; * America's youth is sick of shootings. It's time to let them lead the way. * Marco Rubio almost got away with his routine. Then he met Cameron Kasky

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February 22, 2018 |

One Big Thing: Student Protests, Countable 

2/21/2018 | Students around the country are walking out of school in response to an online call to mobilize for gun control. Hundreds of students in Broward County, FL, the location of the Parkland shooting, took to the streets, while others marched on the Florida state capitol. Large groups of students in Maryland marched towards the U.S. Capitol. At the same time, some students in Texas were told they'd be suspended if they left school. Read about the various protests and see footage of the marches.

Gun control walkout: Teens protest around the country by leaving schools, Nicole Karlis, Salon
02.21.2018From Florida to Maryland, students are rallying together in solidarity with Marjory Stoneman Douglas survivors

Right wing pundits attack student survivors of mass shooting, and Donald Trump Jr approves, Mark Sumner, Daily Kos
Tuesday Feb 20, 2018 | The students of  Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida have proven to be compelling when they tell the story of the mass slaughter at their school, articulate when they voice their frustration at how this problem has only gotten worse over their lifetimes, forceful in refusing to be silenced by those supposedly more powerful, and determined that those who died at their school are not going to have fallen in vain. So naturally, they’re under attack from the right.

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Therese Gachnauer, center, a 18 year old senior from Chiles High School and Kwane Gatlin, right, a 19 year old senior from Lincoln High School, join fellow students protesting gun violence on the steps of the old Florida Capitol in Tallahassee, Fla., Feb. 21, 2018.(Credit: AP/Mark Wallheiser)

America's youth is sick of shootings. It's time to let them lead the way, Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, Guardian
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 | Since Columbine, more than 150,000 primary or secondary school students have experienced a school shooting. Enough is enough.

 

Marco Rubio almost got away with his routine. Then he met Cameron Kasky, Richard Wolffe, The Guardian
Thursday, February 22, 2018 | The Florida senator is a talented politician, but he met his match in a 17-year-old who called him out over NRA cash

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Parkland School Shooting Survivors Announce National ‘March For Our Lives," Compiled by David Culver , Ed., Evergreene Digest.

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  • Part 1: Parkland School Shooting Survivors Announce National ‘March For Our Lives’.
  • “This is about us begging for our lives.”
  • Part 2: Parkland Students Go After Rick Scott, Rubio, Paul Ryan As NRA Enablers.
  • (Parkland Students') rage is so … raw it might even effect change in this sick culture.

 

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Cold War Then. Cold War Now.

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  • In 2015 in Brussels, the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) formally voted to accept the District of Columbia as a new member. UNPO is an international democratic organization whose members are indigenous peoples, minorities and unrecognized or occupied territories who have joined together to protect and promote their human and cultural rights, to preserve their environments and to find nonviolent solutions to conflicts which affect them.
  • Related: Bernie Keeps Promoting The New Cold War and the U.S. ‘Forever Wars’, and Yes, We Need To Talk About It

William Blum, Dandelion Salad

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September 26, 2017 | The anti-Russian/anti-Soviet bias in the American media appears to have no limit. You would think that they would have enough self-awareness and enough journalistic integrity -– just enough -– to be concerned about their image. But it keeps on coming, piled higher and deeper.

One of the latest cases in point is a review of a new biography of Mikhail Gorbachev in the New York Times Book Review (September 10). The review says that Gorbachev “was no hero to his own people” because he was “the destroyer of their empire”. This is how the New York Times avoids having to say anything positive about life in the Soviet Union or about socialism. They would have readers believe that it was the loss of the likes of Czechoslovakia or Hungary et al. that upset the Russian people, not the loss, under Gorbachev’s perestroika, of a decent standard of living for all, a loss affecting people’s rent, employment, vacations, medical care, education, and many other aspects of the Soviet welfare state.

William Blum, Writer, Dandelion Salad, is the author of: America’s Deadliest Export – Democracy: The Truth About US Foreign Policy and Everything Else; Killing Hope: US Military and CIA Interventions Since World War 2; Rogue State: A Guide to the World’s Only Superpower; West-Bloc Dissident: A Cold War Memoir; and Freeing the World to Death: Essays on the American Empire.

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Bernie Keeps Promoting The New Cold War and the U.S. ‘Forever Wars’, and Yes, We Need To Talk About It, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • Part 1: Bernie Keeps Promoting The New Cold War, And Yes, We Need To Talk About It
    • New McCarthyism Could Literally Kill Us All
  • Part 2: Vietnam and the U.S. ‘Forever Wars’
    • Military planners have learned the wrong lessons from the Vietnam War, focusing on war’s “winnability” rather than questioning whether to engage in it all.

 

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Parkland School Shooting Survivors Announce National ‘March For Our Lives’; Go After Rick Scott, Rubio, Paul Ryan As NRA Enablers.

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  • Part 1: Parkland School Shooting Survivors Announce National ‘March For Our Lives’.
    • “This is about us begging for our lives.”
  • Part 2: Parkland Students Go After Rick Scott, Rubio, Paul Ryan As NRA Enablers.
    • (Parkland students') rage is so … raw it might even effect change in this sick culture.

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Part 1: Parkland School Shooting Survivors Announce National ‘March For Our Lives’.

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“This is about us begging for our lives,” Cameron Kasky, a junior at Stoneman Douglas, continued. “This isn’t about the GOP. This isn’t about the Democrats. This is about us creating a badge of shame for any politicians who are accepting money from the NRA and using us as collateral.”

Matt Shuham, Talking Points Memo (TPM)

February 18, 2018 | A group survivors of Wednesday’s mass shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida appeared on several nationally-broadcast talk shows Sunday with a message for lawmakers: “You’re either with us or against us.”

Those were the words of Cameron Kasky, a junior at Stoneman Douglas who told CNN’s Dana Bash (and several other anchors) that students nationwide would participant in a “March For Our Lives” on March 24th, with a goal of preventing mass shootings and placing a “badge of shame” on lawmakers who accept money from the National Rifle Association.

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Part 2: Parkland Students Go After Rick Scott, Rubio, Paul Ryan As NRA Enablers.

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Some of the Parkland students have been unusually vocal and blunt in their assessment of who's to blame for school massacres: Republicans who take money from and are enablers for the National Rifle Association. Their rage is so strong, so raw it might even effect change in this sick culture. Here they are this morning on CNN.

Scarce, Crooks and Liars

2/17/18 | Sitting down with CNN host Victor Blackwell, the five students who have started up a project called “Never Again MSD,” went right after GOP officials by name.

“Wednesday’s high school shooting has renewed the national conversation about gun control,” Blackwell began. “Now the president says he’s working with Congress on many fronts on this issue. In the meantime, some students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School say they feel abandoned and have a message for D.C.. You said that the governor and Senator Rubio murdered 17 people — why?”

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