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Yes, What Israel Is Doing To Palestinians Is Actually Genocide.

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  • In the Israel/Palestine conflict, is Israel guilty of genocide against the Palestinians? Yes-- absolutely.
  • Is calling this genocide over the top? No, it’s not. It’s genocide. Legally. Morally. It’s genocide.

Benjamin L. Corey, Patheos

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https://wp-media.patheos.com/blogs/formerlyfundie/files/2017/11/Moving-Beyond-Fear-Based-Faith.jpg  / March 1, 2019 | The other day I wrote a short piece on why the Bible does not command us to blindly stand with the modern state of Israel, and one of the points I made is that Israel is guilty of genocide. There were no shortage of internet commenters who objected to my use of this word and felt it was over the top. However, I stand by my assertion that Israel is guilty of genocide, so allow me to expand upon that.

I believe the main reason many push back on the idea that Israel is guilty of genocide is because of a lack of understanding of the full nuance of the word, and what genocide can look like in a modern context. While rounding up people for mass executions would be obvious evidence of genocide, the reality is that genocide can take place in ways that are more subtle– making it palatable for the masses, and even seem justified at times.

Benjamin L. Corey is a cultural anthropologist, public theologian, writer, speaker.

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Piety and Hypocrisy: Setting Franklin Graham, Ah, Straight, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • Part 1: Setting Franklin Graham, Ah, Straight
  • Hogs will fly, and kids will stop shooting hoops in Kentucky before Graham makes common cause with Barber and Theoharis.
  • Part 2: Piety and Hypocrisy: Franklin Graham and the Pulpit Serpents Who Trample on the Pearls of “Jesus”
  • I’m about to reveal the playbook that public and pulpit serpents the world over use to silence truth-tellers and maintain their power.

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The Twin Dangers of Exceptionalism and Mindless Bi-Partisanship

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  • There is no sign of a role for diplomacy in the Trump administration’s national security policy, and no strategist within the administration who is able to reverse the hostile course we are on with both Moscow and Beijing. Pompeo and Bolton are perfect examples of bulls who carry around their own china shops.
  • Related: David Swanson Discusses “Curing American Exceptionalism.”

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Melvin Goodman, Counterpunch

June 13, 2019 | The United States is the most powerful nation on earth.  There is no nation nor even a group of nations that can match the combined political, economic, and military power of the United States.  Nevertheless, the United States faces an international arena that has become increasingly resistant and opposed to U.S. initiatives.  The blundering of Donald Trump and his mediocre national security team is largely responsible for the setbacks over the past two years.  But U.S. exceptionalism and even political bipartisanship carry a heavy responsibility as well.

The problem of U.S. exceptionalism is conventional wisdom in many circles.  Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright is well known for her arrogant description of an exceptional United States that “stands taller and sees further than other nations. If we have to use force, it is because we are America; we are the indispensable nation.”  In his State of the Union address in January 2012, President Barack Obama echoed Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush in labeling the United States the only “indispensable” nation.  The misuse of American force over the past five decades in Vietnam, Iraq, Libya, and Afghanistan speaks to the tragedy of our self-proclaimed status of exceptionalism.

Melvin Goodman, the national security columnist for Counterpunch, is a senior fellow at the Center for International Policy and a professor of government at Johns Hopkins University.  A former CIA analyst, Goodman is the author of Failure of Intelligence: The Decline and Fall of the CIA and National Insecurity: The Cost of American Militarism. and A Whistleblower at the CIA. His forthcoming book is American Carnage: Donald Trump’s War on Intelligence” (City Lights Publishers, 2019).  

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David Swanson Discusses “Curing American Exceptionalism.” David Swanson, Opednews  /  Rise Up Times

  • http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/David%20Swanson%20%7C%20Curing%20American%20Exceptionalism.jpgU.S. exceptionalism, the idea that the United States of America is superior to other nations, is no more fact-based and no less harmful than racism, sexism, and other forms of bigotry.
  • Curing Exceptionalism: What’s wrong with how we think about the United States? What can we do about it?


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US Foreign Policy is Nothing But Greedy Bullies Conducting Warfare Against the Whole Planet.

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  • Part 1: The United States of Greed and Bullies
  • We will never be great, strong, or even human until we have left the ways of greed and bullies behind.
  • Part 2: US Foreign Policy is Nothing Short of Low-Intensity Warfare Against the Whole Planet.
  • In order to get away with that audacious malignancy, US foreign policy has had to become, by necessity, one giant relentless psy-ops of lies and distortions.

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: The United States of Greed and Bullies

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We will never be great. We will never be strong. We will never even be human until we have left the ways of greed and bullies behind.

Rivera Sun, Dandelion Salad

13 Jan 2019 | A nation built on greed is not a nation; it is just a legal framework for rape and pillage, slavery and exploitation, theft, murder, and genocide. A nation whose primary function is to protect the exclusive right of the rich to engage in those behaviors under other names has no more moral legitimacy than the lawless state that allows common criminals to run wild. Greed by any other name smells just as foul. Greed cloaked in terms of “national security” or “for the good of the economy” is just as detestable as the greed that steals toys from children and purses from old women.




Mine. Mine. Mine.




Greed is not a founding principle for a long-lasting society. It is the calling card of tyrants. It heralds the end stages of empires. It is the character flaw of villains. It is the symptom of sociopaths. The greed of the rich and powerful, particularly the corporate elites, has reached such magnitude that it outstrips our ability to describe it. We have no word for a theft so massive that it robs the ecological savings of eons, enslaves seven billion people to the machinery of profit-production, and steals the future existence of millions of species, including our own. It is genocide, ecocide, and slavery all rolled into one. It steals not just resources and lives, but thoughts, dreams, hopes, happiness, freedoms, and possibilities. All of these are chained to the production of profit for a small elite.

Author/Actress Rivera Sun, syndicated by PeaceVoice, is the author of The Dandelion Insurrection and the sequel, The Roots of Resistance and other books, including a study guide to making change with nonviolent action. Website

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Part 2: US Foreign Policy is Nothing Short of Low-Intensity Warfare Against the Whole Planet.

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In order to get away with that audacious malignancy, US foreign policy has had to become, by necessity, one giant relentless psy-ops of lies and distortions.

Finian Cunningham, Dandelion Salad

20 May 2019 | To say the US conducts “foreign policy” is patently a misnomer. US policy is nothing short of low-intensity warfare against the whole planet. Its “foreign policy” is nothing more than a continuous program of psychological operations.

An important element of this colossal corruption of politics is America’s so-called news media which plays a crucial role in concealing and propagating the psy-ops.

Finian Cunningham is a columnist at the Strategic Culture Foundation, Sputnik, and a Writer on Dandelion Salad.

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The War On Venezuela Is Built On Lies.

  • Should the CIA stooge Guaido and his white supremacists grab power, it will be the 68th overthrow of a sovereign government by the United States, most of them democracies. A fire sale of Venezuela's utilities and mineral wealth will surely follow, along with the theft of the country's oil, as outlined by John Bolton.
  • Related: Special Report | US Media Ignoring and Applauding War on Venezuela. 

John Pilger, johnpilger.com


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21 February 2019 | Travelling with Hugo Chavez, I soon understood the threat of Venezuela. At a farming co-operative in Lara state, people waited patiently and with good humour in the heat. Jugs of water and melon juice were passed around. A guitar was played; a woman, Katarina, stood and sang with a husky contralto.

"What did her words say?" I asked.

"That we are proud," was the reply.

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Special Report | US Media Ignoring and Applauding War on Venezuela. Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • http://www.globalresearch.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/under-newspaper.jpgPart 1: Venezuela in the US Press
  • Interviews with Chesa Boudin, Dan Beeton, Laura Carlsen, Mark Weisbrot, Miguel Tinker Salas and Alfredo Lopez
  • Part 2: US Media Ignore—and Applaud—Economic War on Venezuela
  • The US media chorus (is) whitewashing the ways in which the US has strangled the Venezuelan economy.
  • Related: Special Report | Venezuala: Violence, Propaganda, Ravenous Wolves Invading in Sheep's Clothing
     

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Series, Universal Empire | Part 4: The Final Stage of the Machiavellian Elites’ Takeover of America

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  • Today, Burnham’s use of Dante’s political treatise “De Monarchia” to explain his medieval understanding of politics might best be swapped for Dante’s “Divine Comedy,” a paranoid comedy of errors in which the door to Hell swings open to one and all, including the elites regardless of their status. Or as they say in Hell, “Lasciate ogne speranza, voi ch’intrate.” Abandon hope all ye who enter here.
  • Series, Universal Empire | Part 3: How the CIA Created a Fake Western Reality for 'Unconventional Warfare'
  • Series, Universal Empire | Part 2: How Neocons Push for War by Cooking the Books
  • Related: Series, Universal Empire | Part 1: American Imperialism Leads the World Into Dante's Vision of Hell
  • Related: The Price of Empire ~ umber haque

Paul Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Gould, Truthdig

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Apr 28, 2017 | The recent assertion by the Trump White House that Damascus and Moscow released “false narratives” to mislead the world about the April 4 sarin gas attack in Khan Shaykhun, Syria, is a dangerous next step in the “fake news” propaganda war launched in the final days of the Obama administration. It is a step whose deep roots in Communist Trotsky’s Fourth International must be understood before deciding whether American democracy can be reclaimed.

Muddying the waters of accountability in a way not seen since Sen. Joe McCarthy at the height of the Red Scare in the 1950s, the “Countering Disinformation and Propaganda Act” signed into law without fanfare by Obama in December 2016 officially authorized a government censorship bureaucracy comparable only to George Orwell’s fictional Ministry of Truth in his novel “1984.” Referred to as “the Global Engagement Center,” the official purpose of this new bureaucracy is to “recognize, understand, expose, and counter foreign state and non-state propaganda and disinformation efforts aimed at undermining United States national security interests.” The real purpose of this Orwellian nightmare is to cook the books on anything that challenges Washington’s neoconservative pro-war narrative and to intimidate, harass or jail anyone who tries. As has already been demonstrated by President Trump’s firing of Tomahawk missiles at a Syrian government airbase, it is a recipe for a world war, and like it or not, that war has already begun.

Paul Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Gould, a husband and wife team, began working together in 1979 co-producing a documentary for Paul's television show.

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Series, Universal Empire | Part 3: How the CIA Created a Fake Western Reality for 'Unconventional Warfare'

Series, Universal Empire | Part 2: How Neocons Push for War by Cooking the Books

Series, Universal Empire | Part 1: American Imperialism Leads the World Into Dante's Vision of Hell

The Price of Empire ~ Umair Haque, Robert Gore, Eudaimonia <https://eand.co> / Straight Line Logic

  • But violence and greed and cruelty cannot lead anyone anymore to prosperity in the 21st century. There is nobody left to colonize and exploit left but yourself, your very own society, in a world which is out of easy frontiers and helpless peoples.
  • The price of empire is a nation's soul.

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