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How Washington Protects Itself and the Corporate Sector 

Noam Chomsky, TomDispatch

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July 1, 2014 | It goes without saying that the honchos of the national security state weren’t exactly happy with Edward Snowden’s NSA revelations.  Still, over the last year, the comments of such figures, politicians associated with them, and retirees from their world clearly channeling their feelings have had a striking quality: over-the-top vituperation.  About the nicest thing anyone in that crew has had to say about Snowden is that he’s a “traitor” or -- shades of the Cold War era (and of absurdity, since the State Department trapped him in the transit lounge of a Moscow airport by taking his passport away) -- a “Russian spy.”  And that’s the mild stuff.  Such figures have also regularly called for his execution, for quite literally stringing him up from the old oak tree and letting him dangle in the breeze.  Theirs has been a bloodcurdling collective performance that gives the word “visceral” new meaning.

Such a response to the way Snowden released batches of NSA documents to Glenn Greenwald, filmmaker Laura Poitras, and the Washington Post’s Barton Gellman calls for explanation.  Here's mine: the NSA’s goal in creating a global surveillance state was either utopian or dystopian (depending on your point of view), but in either case, breathtakingly totalistic.  Its top officials meant to sweep up every electronic or online way one human being can communicate with others, and to develop the capability to surveil and track every inhabitant of the planet.  From German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff to peasants with cell phones in the backlands of Afghanistan (not to speak of American citizens anywhere), no one was to be off the hook.  Conceptually, there would be no exceptions.  And the remarkable thing is how close the agency came to achieving this.

Noam Chomsky is an American linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist, logician, political commentator and activist. He is perhaps best known as a critic of all forms of social control and a relentless advocate for community-centered approaches to democracy and freedom. Over the last several decades, Chomsky has championed a wide range of dissident actions, organizations and social movements.



Howard Zinn’s July 4 Wisdom: Put Away Your Flags, Howard Zinn, The Progressive

  • In a nation like ours -- huge, possessing thousands of weapons of mass destruction -- what might have been harmless pride becomes an arrogant nationalism dangerous to others and to ourselves. 
  • Trying to Feel Patriotic on the Fourth of July
  • Noam Chomsky | America's Real Foreign Policy



When will this insanity end?


Just in case you're angry about the three Israeli kids kidnapped (and you should be) but are unaware that our media isn't telling anything like the whole story. The things included here go on all the time, every damned day, but U.S. media entirely ignores almost all of it.  In this country, Palestinian kids, or just Palestinian lives, seem to have no value. -- Jim Fuller

Mazin Qumsiyeh, Human Rights Newsletter

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor James Fuller

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palestine-refugee-camp.jpgPalestinian refugee camp

Monday, June 30, 2014 | A sadly familiar scene over the past two weeks here in occupied Palestine:

10 Palestinians (including a 7 and 15 year old)  and three Israeli settlers (16 – 19 year old) were killed. Dozens of Palestinian homes were demolished in the past two weeks. Over 570 more Palestinians were kidnapped in these two weeks making more than 6000 abductees languishing in Israeli gulags/prisons. 1500 Palestinian homes invaded without due process. 12 million native Palestinians still await their freedom from colonial occupation and displacement. And Israeli leaders are promising to “do more” (genocidal mayhem?). 

But the question remains when will this insanity end?

Can it end by negotiations between occupied and occupier; negotiations that have been going on for 22 years while Israel gets $12 billion profit every year from its occupation? (That is not counting the billions from US taxpayers.)

Mazin Qumsiyeh teaches and does research at Bethlehem and Birzeit Universities. He was chairman of the Palestinian Center for Rapprochement Between People and currently serves on the board of Al-Rowwad Children's Theater Center in Aida Refugee Camp. His main interest is media activism and public education.  

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Obama’s True Foreign-Policy ‘Weakness’


President Obama has shied away from confronting Washington’s neocons who continue to exercise undue influence at think tanks, on op-ed pages and even inside Obama’s administration. With the new Iraq crisis, Obama’s timidity is coming back to haunt him.

Robert Parry,

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robert-kagan-225x300.jpg Prominent neocon intellectual Robert Kagan. (Photo credit: Mariusz Kubik,

June 23, 2014 | A favorite neocon meme about President Barack Obama is that he is “weak” – because he failed to bomb Syria, bomb Iran, sustain the U.S. occupation of Iraq and start a full-scale economic war with Russia over Ukraine. But an alternate way of looking at Obama is that he is weak because he has failed to face down the neocons.

Since the start of his presidency, Obama has let the neocons and their “liberal interventionist” allies push him into militaristic and confrontational policies – even as he is criticized for not being militaristic and confrontational enough. There was the futile “surge” in Afghanistan, the chaotic “regime change” in Libya, excessive hostility toward Iran, intemperate demands for “regime change” in Syria, and hyperbolic denunciations of Russia for its reaction to U.S.-backed “regime change” in Ukraine.

Investigative reporter Robert Parry broke many of the Iran-Contra stories for the Associated Press and Newsweek in the 1980s. He has written a trilogy on the Bush Family and its connections to various right-wing operatives. It includes America’s Stolen Narrative, Parry's latest work. 

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Obama's Iraq 'nap' represents who we are: sick of being the world's policeman, Ana Marie Cox,

  • Critics of a foreign policy of 'neglect' are still living in George W Bush's fever dream of rage and fear. The public is fickle, but we're willing to be patient about war again
  • Iraq War Drums -- Again!


How the US is Fueling Military Repression in Honduras


  • Military repression in Honduras is a direct legacy of U.S. meddling in the country.
  • The Humanitarian Crisis At The Border Is Actually A Foreign Policy Crisis.

Lynn HollandForeign Policy in Focus

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honduras-military-rule-coup-zelaya-us-support-repression-722x413.jpgThe Honduran military was a front-line enforcer of U.S. goals in Central America during the Cold War. The country is still paying the price to this day. (Photo: Charlie Company / Flickr)

Wednesday, June 24, 2014 | A few weeks ago in Honduras, six Americans were arrested and thrown in jail while salvaging from the ocean floor off the northern coast. Their charge: possession of illegal weapons while on board the ship. A spokesman for the salvage company the men work for said that port officials had approved the guns in advance for purposes of protection. Since their arrest, there have been reports that the men are poorly fed, the jail is foul and mosquito-infested, and vicious fights have broken out among the other inmates.

Publicity over the case has pried the lid off the longstanding human rights crisis in Honduras. Harassment, arbitrary arrest, crowded prisons, and a host of other human rights abuses are a way of life for many Hondurans, and especially the poor. Unionists, peasant activists, environmentalists, indigenous people, and the journalists, lawyers, and others who support them are particularly vulnerable to threats, disappearance, and murder. Over the years, politically motivated killings, along with other factors, have given Honduras the highest murder rate in the world.

Lynn Holland is a professor at the University of Denver where she teaches illicit markets in Latin America and political economic development in Latin America as well as graduate courses in international political economy, comparative politics, and the international system.

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The Humanitarian Crisis At The Border Is Actually A Foreign Policy Crisis, SOA Watch

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  • 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.

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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