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After Paris: A World That Has Lost Its Ethical Direction

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  • After Paris:  A World That Has Lost Its Ethical Direction & Spiritual Foundation and a Media that Cheerleads for Fear and Militarism
  • Special Report | Nightmare in Paris, Week Ending November 14, 2015

Michael Lerner, Tikkun

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November 15, 2015 | For many years, we at Tikkun and the Network of Spiritual Progressives have warned that the domination and power-over strategies to achieve “homeland security” have been tried for over 7,000 years and all they have produced is more wars and violence, interspersed with short periods of peace that have, with the help of the sensationalist and natioanlist  media and professional apologists for the existing inequalities, managed to hide from public view the degree of covert structural violence that every system of inequality and domination embodies. (Please read Cynthia Moe-Lobeda’s important study Resisting Structural Evil–Love as Ecological-Economic Vocation published by Fortress Press to get a full understanding of how deeply our own daily lives in Western societies are built on the exploitation and impoverishment of people around the world).

We  have called for a new approach to “homeland security”—the Strategy of Generosity, as manifested in part in our proposed Global Marshall Plan (please download the full version and read it at www.tikkun.org/gmp). Until the powerful countries of the world are seen as mainly driven by a desire to care for the well-being of everyone else on the planet and the wellbeing of the planet itself, and care not only out of self-interest but also out of a new consciousness in which we all come to truly understand our mutual interdependence and oneness, what we saw in Paris this past week is destined to be an increasing reality in the coming decades.

Michael Lerner is editor of Tikkun Magazine  <www.tikkun.org>, chair of the interfaith and secular-humanist and atheist-welcoming Network of Spiritual Progressives, and author of 11 books including two national best-sellers The Left Hand of God: Taking Back Our Country from the Religious Right and Jewish Renewal: A Path to Healing and Transformation.

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Special Report | Nightmare in Paris, Week Ending November 14, 2015, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • Accounting For the Violence We Export
  • Part 1: Our terrorism double standard: After Paris, let’s stop blaming Muslims and take a hard look at ourselves.
  • Part 2: Nightmare in Paris: Democracy is under attack, and the right makes common cause with ISIS
  • We Are All France! Though We Are Never All Lebanon or Syria or Iraq!

 

Special Report | Nightmare in Paris, Week Ending November 14, 2015

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  • Accounting For the Violence We Export
  • Part 1: Our terrorism double standard: After Paris, let’s stop blaming Muslims and take a hard look at ourselves.
  • Part 2: Nightmare in Paris: Democracy is under attack, and the right makes common cause with ISIS
  • We Are All France! Though We Are Never All Lebanon or Syria or Iraq!

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: Our terrorism double standard: After Paris, let’s stop blaming Muslims and take a hard look at ourselves.

We must mourn all victims. But until we look honestly at the violence we export, nothing will ever change.

Ben Norton, Salon

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Saturday, Nov 14, 2015 | Any time there is an attack on civilians in the post-9/11 West, demagogues immediately blame it on Muslims. They frequently lack evidence, but depend on the blunt force of anti-Muslim bigotry to bolster their accusations.

Actual evidence, on the other hand, shows that less than two percent of terrorist attacks from 2009 to 2013 in the E.U. were religiously motivated. In 2013, just one percent of the 152 terrorist attacks were religious in nature; in 2012, less than three percent of the 219 terrorist attacks were inspired by religion.

Ben Norton is a freelance journalist and writer based in New York City. His work has been featured in a variety of publications.

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Part 2: Nightmare in Paris: Democracy is under attack, and the right makes common cause with ISIS

After another dreadful massacre, the French are tested again. Will they learn from America's 9/11 mistakes?

Andrew O'Hehir, Salon

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Saturday, Nov 14, 2015 | Not Paris. Not again.

Those were my thoughts, and the thoughts of hundreds of millions of other people all over the world, as the heartbreaking, soul-crushing news began to unfold on Friday. It was late afternoon on the East Coast of the United States, where I live. I was nearly done writing a weekend essay about the racial turmoil on American college campuses, in which I suggested that this was one of those areas where competing aspects of progressive ideology – specifically, the impulse toward pluralism and diversity and the impulse toward maximum civil liberty – came into conflict. Then a more urgent and tragic case study intervened.

Andrew O'Hehir: Staff writer at Salon.com.

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We Are All France! Though We Are Never All Lebanon or Syria or Iraq! David Swanson, Davidswanson.org

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  • "It is the job of thinking people, not to be on the side of the executioners," said Albert Camus. Please go back to thinking, France.
  • We do love you and wish you well and are deeply sorry for U.S. influence against your better tendencies.
  • Special Report | Nightmare in Paris, Week Ending November 14, 2015

Time Is Running Out For Pax Americana’s Apologists

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  • Up until 2015, America’s elite had been assured that they possessed sufficient financial, economic, military, and political strength to cripple the rest of the world, while still preserving Washington’s hegemony by depriving everyone, including the American people of any real political sovereignty or economic rights. However, the crisis in Ukraine, which has dragged on much longer than originally planned, Russia’s dramatic surge of military and political energy as she moved to resolve the Syrian crisis and, most important, the progressive creation of alternative financial and economic entities that call into question the dollar’s position as the de facto world currency, have forced a sector of America’s elite that is amenable to compromise to rouse itself.
  • 10 Reasons the U.S. is Declining

TGP Staff, The Greanville Post

http://www.greanvillepost.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/dick-cheney.jpg Dick Cheney’s contorted mien, the face of stubborn American imperialism, leaves no doubt about these people’s unyielding obsession with power at any cost.

November 11, 2015 | The paradox of the current global crisis is that for the last five years, all relatively responsible and independent nations have made tremendous efforts to save the United States from the financial, economic, military, and political disaster that looms ahead. And this is all despite Washington’s equally systematic moves to destabilize the world order, rightly known as the Pax Americana (“American peace”).

Since policy is not a zero-sum game, i.e., one participant’s loss does not necessarily entail a gain for another, this paradox has a logical explanation. A crisis erupts within any system when there is a discrepancy between its internal structure and the sum total of available resources (that is, those resources will eventually prove inadequate for the system to function normally and in the usual way).

There are at least three basic options for addressing this situation.

The Greanville Post (TGP), part of the Cyrano’s Journal group of counter disinformation sites, instruments created to resist imperialism in the infowar sphere, 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. (The 20th was no bargain!).

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10 Reasons the U.S. is Declining, Daniel Lattier Intellectual Takeout

  • To simply state that America is exceptional and nothing needs to be done will ensure that we will become a second-rate power.”
  • 10 Ways America Has Come to Resemble a Banana Republic.

Israeli and US Complicity in Palestinian Oppression, November 11, 2015

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  • For over two decades, the US has, to the detriment of our national honor and the cause of peace, let Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu play us for fools.
  • Part 1: Netanyahu's Arrogance; Our Stupidity
  • Part 2: Military aid to Israel and US complicity

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: Netanyahu's Arrogance; Our Stupidity

For over two decades, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been playing us for fools--a role we have filled to the detriment of our national honor and the cause of peace.

James Zogby, Huffington Post 

11/07/2015 | "When I entered the Prime Minister's office for my second term, I was summoned to Washington. 'Not one brick', they told me...The pressure from the international community and the Americans was enormous...And still, after five years on the job, we built a little more than 'one brick'...the important thing is to do it in a smart way...to stand up to international pressure by maneuvering...we continue to head straight toward our goal, even if one time we walk right and another time we walk left." --Benjamin Netanyahu, 2014

"I know what America is. America is a thing that can be easily moved in the right direction. They will not bother us. Let's suppose they will say something...so they say it?...We have such support there!". --Benjamin Netanyahu, 2001

James Zogby, President, Arab American Institute; author, 'Arab Voices'

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Part 2: Military aid to Israel and US complicity

It is time for the United States to end its complicity in Israel's oppression of Palestinians.

Josh Ruebner, the Hill

November 09, 2015 | Fifty billion dollars. That is the eye-popping value of weapons Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will reportedly ask President Obama for during their White House meeting today.

To put this staggering amount into perspective, this represents nearly half of all U.S. economic and military assistance to Israel — both grants and loans — provided over the first 60 years of the country's existence. It is a two-thirds increase above the George W. Bush administration's record-breaking agreement to give Israel $30 billion in weapons from 2009 to 2018.

Josh Ruebner, contributor, the Hill, is policy director of the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation and author of the forthcoming book (and tentatively entitled) Israel: Democracy or Apartheid State?

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The Perils of Obama's Latest Undeclared War

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  • As America’s intervention against ISIS in Iraq and Syria intensifies, its present course lacks popular support or constitutional legitimacy.
  • This should perturb even proponents of a U.S. war against ISIS.
  • War Culture, What’s It Good For?

Conor Friedersdorf, the Atlantic 

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Bomb%20with%20US%20Flag.jpg Nov 2, 2015 | Without Congressional permission, public debate, or any attempt to rally the American public’s support, President Obama has ordered U.S. ground troops to a war zone, his most flagrantly unconstitutional war-making since he unlawfully helped to overthrow Muammar al-Qaddafi. “The United States is set to deploy troops on the ground in Syria for the first time to advise and assist rebel forces combating ISIS,” CNN reports. “The deployment of U.S. Special Operations forces is the most significant escalation of the American military campaign against ISIS to date.”

This should perturb even proponents of a U.S. war against ISIS.

Conor Friedersdorf is a staff writer at the Atlantic, where he focuses on politics and national affairs. He is the founding editor of The Best of Journalism, a newsletter devoted to exceptional nonfiction.

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War Culture, What’s It Good For? Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers, PopularResistance.org

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  • The ‘US Way of War’ from Columbus to Kunduz
  • How does the US move from a country dominated by war culture to one dominated by a humanitarian culture?
  • Sign the Petition: Release the Cockpit Tapes of the Kunduz Hospital Bombing
  • The Rise Of The Inhumanes

 

 

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