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Exposing Israel’s ‘pinkwashing'


  • While June is celebrated as Gay Pride month, it's also a time of actions for a growing movement committed to exposing Israel’s pro-gay messaging as cynical propaganda.
  • “In a lot of ways I think that Israel’s use of pinkwashing … shows you how threatened the powers that be are with losing legitimacy, and losing support.”

Toshio Meronek, Waging Nonviolence 

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2014/06/pinkwashing-die-in-615x410.jpg During the 2013 Tel Aviv Pride Parade, the anarcho-queer collective Mashpritzot held a die-in to protest Israeli pinkwashing. (Wikimedia Commons/TMagen) 

June 23, 2014 | Pinkwashing is the word activists use to describe Israel’s branding of itself as the gay oasis of the Middle East. It’s a government-supported public relations strategy, they say, designed to help us all forget about Israel’s occupation of Palestine.

These activists are part of a growing movement of anti-pinkwashers, committed to exposing Israel’s pro-gay messaging as cynical propaganda, while at the same time bringing more attention to what many have labeled as Israeli apartheid.

Toshio Meronek is an independent journalist focusing on politics, the San Francisco Bay Area, disability and LGBT/queer issues. He covers Silicon Valley for Truthout, and has also reported for Al Jazeera, Huffington Post and The Nation.

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Immigration Reform


"Show me a thirty foot high wall and I'll show you a thirty-one foot long ladder." --Molly Ivins


Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

Part 1: The Humanitarian Crisis At The Border Is Actually A Foreign Policy Crisis



The Root Causes of Migration: End U.S. Funding of the Drug War and the Corrupt Honduran Regime


SOA Watch


SOAW%20banner.jpg June 21, 2014 | The heartbreaking stories emanating from the immigration detention centers near the border have rightly been making the news. However the U.S. media has largely ignored the real lessons from the increasing number of Unaccompanied Minors being detained near the U.S. border. This “humanitarian crisis” has not been caused by the criminal nature of the people of Central America, irresponsible parenting, or the clichéd pursuit of the “American Dream”. Children and their families are coming to the U.S. to survive. At its root, they are too often trying to escape the devastating consequences of past and present U.S. foreign policy in the region.


sign-btn.pngClick here to sign a petition to President Obama and the U.S. Congress urging them to end the counterproductive funding of the Drug War and the corrupt Honduran Regime


The number of children attempting to cross the border into the United States has risen dramatically in the last five years: In FY 2009, roughly 6,000 unaccompanied minors were detained near the border. Credible estimates project that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will detain as many as 74,000 unaccompanied minors by the end of FY 2014. Approximately 28% of the children detained this year are from Honduras, 24% from Guatemala, and 21% from El Salvador.The particularly severe increases in Honduran migration are a direct result of the June 28, 2009 SOA-graduate led coup, the abusive policies of the resulting Honduran regimes, and the shameful U.S. support for these corrupt governments that emerged after dubious elections in 2009 and 2013.


SOA Watch, founded by Maryknoll priest Fr. Roy Bourgeois in 1990,  is an independent organization that seeks to close the U.S. Army School of the Americas, under whatever name it is called, through vigils and fasts, demonstrations and nonviolent protest, as well as media and legislative work.


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Part 2: No Winners When It Comes to Border Security

  • The militarization of the border has become not simply a means to an end, but the end itself.
  • Here’s what that means

Alana de Hinojosa, AlterNet

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June 25, 2013  | While many progressives are resigned to border security as a tradeoff for “comprehensive” immigration reform, a new study published earlier this month by the University of Arizona’s Binational Migration Institute revealed the stark reality of such a compromise: during times of increased border security migrant deaths along the border have soared. In the south-central Arizona area alone, deaths peaked at 225 in 2010, and were only slightly lower in 2011 and 2012.

The report goes on to suggest that if we continue to beef-up the already steroid-overdosed border enforcement, there will be more deaths and at higher and higher numbers.

Yet, at the same time, the call for enhanced border security continues to dominate the conversation about immigration reform. Last Thursday, border security, the Republicans’ most pressing concern, domineered the debate as never before as senators announced an official border security compromise. By Monday, Senate lawmakers backed a new amendment by Republican senators John Hoeven of North Dakota and Bob Corker of Tennessee that calls for the U.S. government to aim for a state of "persistent surveillance" along the border.


Alana de Hinojosa is an intern at AlterNet

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Leaked Photos Show Immigrant Children Packed In Crowded Texas Border Facilities, Kolten Parker, San Francisco (CA) Gate / Popular Resistance

  • “The influx of unaccompanied children across the southwest border has resulted in an urgent humanitarian situation,” the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) spokesperson said. “It requires a whole of government coordinated and sustained response.”
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US House To Push Back Against Military Action in Iraq


  • Members of Congress want to send a clear message to Obama: They won’t stand for another war.
  • 'I think the reality is that the administration is weighing what to do on this right now and a strong statement of opposition by Congress would be a factor in that calculus ... It would certainly make the president more hesitant to use military force.'
  • sign-btn.png Emergency -- Another Iraq War Vote Coming!
  • The Fall of Iraq: What You're Not Being Told

Cole Stangler, In These Times

stangler_congress_iraq_amendment_defense_appropriations_850_593.jpg Longtime anti-war champion Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), pictured here at a 2011 parade celebrating women's suffrage, plans to offer two Iraq-related amendments to the annual defense appropriations bill. (Jim Ratliff / Flickr / Creative Commons) 

June 18, 2014 | After a recent string of insurgent attacks from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in the northern part of Iraq, President Obama told Congress on Monday night that he will order 275 troops to the country to protect American personnel and the U.S. embassy in Baghdad. Skeptics worry the deployment could be the opening salvo of a much longer engagement. With talk of further U.S. military action in the air and the annual defense appropriations bill up for a vote this week, some members of Congress want to send a clear message to the administration: They won’t stand for another war. 

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), a longtime anti-war champion on Capitol Hill, plans to offer two Iraq-related amendments to this year’s appropriations bill, In These Times has learned. One would cut off future U.S. military spending in Iraq; the other would prohibit the future deployment of American combat troops to the country (without getting in the way of the current security mission). The votes on the amendments will likely take place on Thursday.

Cole Stangler is an In These Times staff writer and Schumann Fellow based in Washington D.C., covering labor, trade, foreign policy and environmental issues. His reporting has appeared in The Huffington Post and The American Prospect, and has been cited in The New York Times. 

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Emergency -- Another Iraq War Vote Coming! Alan Grayson <>


  • We need to say NO. American combat forces didn't help last time and they won't help this time. What is happening in Iraq is tragic and awful, but we should use the Hippocratic oath for foreign policy -- first do no harm. 
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End%20the%20War.jpg The Fall of Iraq: What You're Not Being Told, willkane, Greanville Post

  • Iraq is descending into chaos, but not for the reasons you’re being fed by the politicians and the mainstream media.
  • An article from The Greanville Post divulges all the background information on the chaos in Iraq that's being kept out of the corporate media, including an overview of past US interference. 
  • Iraq War Boosters Get Second Chance In Media Spotlight



The Fall of Iraq: What You're Not Being Told


  • Iraq is descending into chaos, but not for the reasons you’re being fed by the politicians and the mainstream media.
  • An article from The Greanville Post divulges all the background information on the chaos in Iraq that's being kept out of the corporate media, including an overview of past US interference. 
  • Iraq War Boosters Get Second Chance In Media Spotlight

willkane, Greanville Post

Tom TolesTom Toles | Mission Accomplished

June 19, 2014 | In June of 2014 the world watched in shock as an Islamic militant group operating under the name of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (or ISIS), took control of Mosul, Baiji and Tikrit and began pushing south to Baghdad. Fallujah has been under their control since January.

[Note they are also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant or ISIL]

Iraqi military and police put up very little resistance in spite of the fact that they greatly outnumbered the militants. Most fled their posts and left their uniforms and weapons behind, those who didn’t were killed.

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Iraq War Boosters Get Second Chance In Media Spotlight, Michael Calderone, Huffington Post


  • This is the American corporate media at its perpetual game, manipulating public opinion as always, against the public interest-- favoring transnational corporations and transnational investors who don't give a damn about this country, or anything beyond their profits.
  • Report from Iraq: U.S. Invasion in 2003 Helped Set Path for Crisis Pulling Nation Apart