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Why This GOP Convention Is the Most Dangerous One Ever

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  • With talk of jailing—or killing—a political leader, the event is undermining democratic governance.
  • Related: Trump, His Virus and the Dark Age of Unreason

David Corn, Mother Jones

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Jul. 20, 2016 | "Lock her up! Lock her up!"

This is when the Republican National Convention turned dangerous. Hundreds of Republican delegates on the floor of the convention during the official proceedings were shouting that the opposing candidate, Hillary Clinton, should be thrown in jail. The GOPers weren't merely urging her defeat in November. They were demanding she be treated as a criminal and sent to the hoosegow. This moment marked the culmination of a meme on the right: that Clinton is not a legitimate leader and that her election would not be legitimate. By embracing this theme and placing it center stage at Trumpalooza, Donald Trump and the GOP were undermining, if not threatening, democratic governance.

David Corn is Mother JonesWashington bureau chief. 

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Trump, His Virus and the Dark Age of Unreason, Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Huffington Post

Trump and his ilk would sweep the promise of America into the dustbin of history unless they are exposed now to the disinfectant of sunlight, the cleansing torch of truth. Nothing else can save us from the dark age of unreason that would arrive with the triumph of Donald Trump.

 

While We Obsessed over Melania, US Airstrikes Massacre Scores of Civilians in Syria

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“There must be a prompt, independent, and transparent investigation to determine what happened, who was responsible, and how to avoid further needless loss of civilian life. Anyone responsible for violations of international humanitarian law must be brought to justice and victims and their families should receive full reparation,” said Magdalena Mughrabi, the interim deputy director of the Middle East and North Africa program for Amnesty International.

Tom Cahill, U.S. Uncut

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July 19, 2016 As many as 77 innocent people or more, including 11 children, were killed during US-led coalition airstrikes performed in Syria over this Monday and Tuesday.

According to Agence France-Presse (AFP), the US-led airstrike in Manbij, Syria targeted the group of civilians, mistakenly identifying them as ISIS-affiliated fighters. The number of those killed remains unclear, though AFP and the New York Times reported that 56 civilians were killed Monday and another 21 killed Tuesday. Dozens more have been wounded.

Tom Cahill is a writer for US Uncut based in the Pacific Northwest. He specializes in coverage of political, economic, and environmental news. 

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No More Fast-Track Firing At Veterans Affairs

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  • We are a broken nation that is supposedly flat broke while spending trillions without accountability of our own, creating unending wars in foreign countries and creating new disabled veterans we will refuse to help when the time comes.
  • If we do not turn this system around, shame on us for failing our …  veterans.
  • Related: How America’s Wars Came Home With the Troops

Benjamin Krause, DisabledVets.org

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June 20, 2016 | Veterans Affairs officials just announced they will no longer use the streamlined disciplinary powers because the White House refuses to enforce them.

Weren’t these the same powers signed into law by our president?

In an unusual turnabout, the same accountability powers President Barack Obama signed into law after being passed by Congress are now deemed unconstitutional by the Department of Justice. All the political congratulations in 2014 about the bill was apparently merely political theater at its finest.

Benjamin Krause, Founder of DisabledVets.org, is a lawyer, investigative reporter, and award-winning veterans advocate. He is author of the guide Voc Rehab Survival Guide for Veterans and writes every weekday on DisabledVets.org.

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How America’s Wars Came Home With the Troops, Ann Jones, the Nation

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  • Since 2002, veterans have been committing murder individually and in groups, killing family, friends, strangers and—in appalling numbers—themselves.
  • Related: Disabled Veterans Shatter the Myths of American Warfare

 

Close the SOA/WHINSEC Included in the Platform of the Democratic Party

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“In order to create real change, we can't rely on politicians to make it happen for us. We have to organize to build broad-based grassroots power, and hold those who are making decisions that affect our lives accountable,” said Hendrik Voss of School of the Americas Watch.

Hendrik Voss, SOA Watch

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/SOAW%20banner.jpgJuly 12, 2016 | At the two-day Platform Committee meeting, that took place in Orlando, Florida last weekend, it was agreed to include the closing of the School of the Americas, now known as the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation, as one of its planks into the Democratic Party's policy platform.

 

The amendment to call for the closure of the notorious US military training school, which reads “Our support of democracies and civilian governments in the Western Hemisphere includes our belief that their military and police forces should never be involved in the political process, and therefore we will reinstate the 2000 Congressional mandate to close the School of the Americas now known as WHINSEC” was introduced by Marcos Rubenstein, a member of the platform committee, who was elected by the Sanders delegates. 

The "Close the School of Americas" plank was accepted by both the Sanders and the Clinton campaigns and is now in manager's mark. That means that only grammatical changes are now allowed. This is the first time that the draft of the Democratic Party's policy platform includes the call for the closure of the School of the Americas/ WHINSEC.

The draft policy platform, which still needs to be ratified at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia later this month, is supposed to be the policy on which the presidential candidate runs, and around which Democrats rally. While the platform is nonbinding, grassroots activists, who have been concerned about the hawkish stands of presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton towards Latin America, will push the Obama administration and the Clinton campaign to adhere to the platform’s call for the closing of the School of the Americas/ Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation.

Hillary Clinton has been dogged on the campaign trail with questions about her role as Secretary of State in the 2009 military coup in Honduras, which was carried out by graduates of the School of the Americas. The State Department under Hillary Clinton legitimized the 2009 coup, which has led to increased militarization, and unleashed violence and human rights abuses. Thousands of Hondurans are fleeing their country, as political violence by the government and death squads is ongoing. Hundreds have been murdered, including indigenous environmentalist and social justice activist Berta Cáceres, who was shot in her house in the Honduran community of La Esperanza on March 3, 2016.

School of the Americas Watch, the activist organization that is working against US militarization throughout the Americas, is mobilizing for a Convergence at the US/Mexico border from October 7-10, 2016 in the lead-up to the elections: http://SOAW.org/border The convergence will demand a fundamental shift in US foreign policy, shine a light on how US militarization in Latin America is a principal root causes of migration, and call attention to the devastating impact of US security and immigration policy on refugees.

“In order to create real change, we can't rely on politicians to make it happen for us. We have to organize to build broad-based grassroots power, and hold those who are making decisions that affect our lives accountable.” said Hendrik Voss of School of the Americas Watch.

SOA Watch, founded by 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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