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While the U.S. government has funneled roughly $4 billion into Haiti's economy to counter the country's "dismal economic trajectory" since 1990, Haiti still "continued to languish as the poorest in the Western Hemisphere," with the U.S. and neoliberal economic policies partially at fault.

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On Jan. 12, 2010, an earthquake of magnitude 7.3 on the Richter scale shook Haiti for 35 seconds. The most powerful to strike the country in 200 years, the earthquake devastated the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince, killing over 200,000 people and leaving nearly 300,000 injured. Despite the outpouring of international assistance, six months later, the impoverished country is still struggling to get back on its feet. Basic living conditions -- including access to shelter, water, sanitation, and health care -- have yet to be restored to a majority of Haitians.

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Rebuilding Haiti successfully requires re-evaluating the flow of aid and bolstering a shattered public sector. More than anything, however, rebuilding Haiti requires an enduring commitment from the United States. As USAID Haiti Task Team coordinator Paul Weisenfeld told NPR earlier this month, "U.S. military provided invaluable support -- under the leadership of USAID," but nonetheless, Haiti will need "sustained attention because the rebuilding effort is going to be an effort that will take many years to come."

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The Real Aim of Israel’s Bomb Iran Campaign

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  • What is important to understand about this campaign is that the aim of Gerecht and of the right-wing government of Benjamin Netanyahu is to support an attack by Israel so that the United States can be drawn into direct, full-scale war with Iran.
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  • The Republican back door to war with Iran
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  • Iran scientist: CIA offered me $50m to lie about nuclear secrets
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  • Write and speak out!  Silence is complicity!
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Gareth Porter, FireDogLake.com

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Coleen Rowley

Reuel Marc Gerecht’s screed justifying an Israeli bombing attack on Iran coincides with the opening the new Israel lobby campaign marked by the introduction of  House resolution 1553 expressing full support for such an Israeli attack.

What is important to understand about this campaign is that the aim of Gerecht and of the right-wing government of Benjamin Netanyahu is to support an attack by Israel so that the United States can be drawn into direct, full-scale war with Iran.

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That has long been the Israeli strategy for Iran, because Israel cannot fight a war with Iran without full U.S. involvement. Israel needs to know that the United States will finish the war that Israel wants to start.

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In her message contributing this article, Coleen writes:

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So far 46 Republicans have signed H. Res 1553 supporting Israel’s attack of Iran.  The signers include Michele Bachmann.  Although I don’t think any Democrats have yet signed, they all seem afraid to speak out against this terribly bad idea and it’s probably not long before those Democrats so entrenched with AIPAC, do so.  Last time we were this close to launching war on Iran was in 2007 when our military generals Fallon and Mullen were able to keep Cheney from doing so. 

Please everyone call Obama and Congress and tell them to oppose Israeli attack of Iran as it’s designed to draw the U.S. into a new war.  If anyone knows his number, it might be good to call General Mullen and thank him for stopping this insanity back in 2007 and asking that he do everything in his power to stop it again. 

Write and speak out!  Silence is complicity!   Coleen R.

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The Republican back door to war with Iran, Jamal Abdi, Foreign Policy

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  • A game plan to draw the United States into a third war in the Middle East may be quietly unfolding before our eyes.
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  • The Republican back door to war with Iran
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  • The Real Aim of Israel’s Bomb Iran Campaign
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Iran scientist: CIA offered me $50m to lie about nuclear secrets, Patrick Cockburn, The Independent | UK, in Axis of Logic

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  • The US claims to have received useful information from him in return for the money, but is clearly embarrassed by his very public return to Iran. The offer of a large bribe is reportedly part of a special US programme to get Iranian nuclear scientists to defect.
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  • House GOP to Support Israeli Strike on Iran
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Summary: The Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq: Week of August 1

8 New Items including:

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  • War leaks show Obama following Bush policies
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  • US War Crimes: Cancer Rate in Fallujah Worse than Hiroshima
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David Culver, ed., Evergreene Digest

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Tom Toles

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Read Huffington Post's Afghanistan Big News Page, Huffington Post
Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Thomas Sklarski
Some News So Big It Needs It's Own Page

War leaks show Obama following Bush policies, Press TV
Everyone is asking me for one terrible event in one point in time--like a massacre of 500 people. But what's more important is the vast sweep of war crimes over the last six years."--Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks
WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange: "Transparent Government Tends to Produce Just Government"

Why Wikileaks’ Doc-Dump Is Such a Big Deal (Even if There’s Nothing New Within), Joshua Holland, AlterNet
"So, this document dump pushes what a few war-nerds may have grasped from a thousand stories on page B-6 onto the front page, revealing not a series of “unfortunate incidents” but a pattern of disregard for civilian casualties that disproves a central tenet of our COIN strategy — that war can be fought in a kinder, gentler, more progressive way thus helping win the hearts and minds of the local population." --Joshua Holland

Secret files show true Afghanistan war, New York Times | NY

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  • A six-year archive of classified military documents released Sunday (July 25) by an Internet organization called WikiLeaks offers an unvarnished, ground-level picture of the Afghanistan war that in many respects is more grim than the official portrayal.
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  • Afghanistan: The War Logs
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  • Six Facts No War Supporter Knows
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The New Pentagon Papers: WikiLeaks Releases 90,000+ Secret Military Documents Painting Devastating Picture of Afghanistan War, Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!
Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Thomas Sklarski
It's one of the biggest leaks in US military history. More than 90,000 internal records of US military actions in Afghanistan over the past six years have been published by the whistleblower website WikiLeaks. The documents provide a devastating portrait of the war in Afghanistan, revealing how coalition forces have killed hundreds of civilians in unreported incidents, how a secret black ops special forces unit hunts down targets for assassination or detention without trial, how Taliban attacks have soared, and how Pakistan is fueling the insurgency. We host a roundtable discussion with independent British journalist Stephen Grey; Pentagon Papers whistleblower, Daniel Ellsberg; former State Department official in Afghanistan, Matthew Hoh; independent journalist Rick Rowley; and investigative historian Gareth Porter.

Women, Trauma and PTSD, Dawne Vogt, PhD, National Center for PTSD
Women in the military are at high risk for exposure to traumatic events (combat and sexual assault), especially during times of war.

Six Facts No War Supporter Knows, David Swanson, Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL)

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  • No one who supports (The Afghan war) can be aware of any of the following six facts.
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  • Secret files show true Afghanistan war
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US War Crimes: Cancer Rate in Fallujah Worse than Hiroshima, Tom Eley, Center for Research on Globalization
The US military’s decision to heavily deploy depleted uranium, all but proven by “Cancer, Infant Mortality and Birth Sex-Ratio in Fallujah,” was a wanton act of brutality, poisoning an entire generation of children not yet born in 2004.

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Iran scientist: CIA offered me $50m to lie about nuclear secrets

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  • The US claims to have received useful information from him in return for the money, but is clearly embarrassed by his very public return to Iran. The offer of a large bribe is reportedly part of a special US programme to get Iranian nuclear scientists to defect.
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  • House GOP to Support Israeli Strike on Iran
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Patrick Cockburn, The Independent | UK, in Axis of Logic

An Iranian scientist who says he was abducted and taken to the United States by the CIA returned to Tehran yesterday to a hero's welcome and claimed that he had been pressured into lying about his country's nuclear programme.

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Shahram Amiri said that he was on the hajj pilgrimage when he was seized at gunpoint in the city of Medina, drugged and taken to the US, where he says Israel was involved in his interrogation. In the US, officials were reported to have admitted that Mr Amiri was paid more than $5m (£3.2m) by the CIA for information about Iran's nuclear ambitions.

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House GOP to Support Israeli Strike on Iran, Sammy Hudes, Shalom Life
Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editore Coleen Rowley
A resolution has been introduced by almost one third of the Republican congressmen in the U.S. House of Representatives which would support an Israeli strike on Iran. House Resolution 1553 “expresses support for Israel’s right to use all means necessary to confront and eliminate nuclear threats posed by Iran, defend Israeli sovereignty, and protect the lives and safety of the Israeli people, including the use of military force if no other peaceful solution can be found within a reasonable time.”

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US War Crimes: Cancer Rate in Fallujah Worse than Hiroshima

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The US military’s decision to heavily deploy depleted uranium, all but proven by “Cancer, Infant Mortality and Birth Sex-Ratio in Fallujah,” was a wanton act of brutality, poisoning an entire generation of children not yet born in 2004.

Tom Eley, Center for Research on Globalization

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Bob Heberle

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The Iraqi city of Fallujah continues to suffer the ghastly consequences of a US military onslaught in late 2004.

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According to the authors of a new study, “Cancer, Infant Mortality and Birth Sex-Ratio in Fallujah, Iraq 2005–2009,” the people of Fallujah are experiencing higher rates of cancer, leukemia, infant mortality, and sexual mutations than those recorded among survivors in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in the years after those Japanese cities were incinerated by US atomic bomb strikes in 1945.

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The epidemiological study, published in the International Journal of Environmental Studies and Public Health (IJERPH), also finds the prevalence of these conditions in Fallujah to be many times greater than in nearby nations.

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