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Noam Chomsky | Pope Francis, Oscar Romero and the horror of Reagan foreign policy

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  • Chomsky decries awful silence over the murder of bishop Oscar Romero, as Pope Francis speeds journey to sainthood
  • Washington’s legacy of destruction in Latin America, sadly, is still news to many north of the Rio Grande.
  • Overthrowing Other People’s Governments

Emanual Stoakes, Salon

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Friday, Sep 5, 2014 | Last month an apparently unremarkable series of reports about Pope Francis drifted through the international news carousel, attracting little attention from the national media — though it should have. They recorded the pontiff’s desire to expedite a deceased bishop’s journey toward prospective sainthood in accordance with the customs of the faith.

The cleric in question was Oscar Romero who, prior to his murder in 1980 by local death squads, held one of the most senior positions in the Catholic church of El Salvador. As some of the coverage mentioned in passing, he was killed not long after after having written to President Carter, appealing to him to halt his support for repressive government forces that were tearing the country apart in their assault on mass movements that opposed their undemocratic rule. Carter never replied; Romero was shot at mass.

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.

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Overthrowing Other People’s Governments, William Blum, Global Research 

  • The Master List of U.S. “Regime Changes”
  • “The Terrorists R Us”
  • Gary Kohls' Submission Notes on Overthrowing Other People’s Governments

 

Series | 2014 Mid-term Election Guide, Part 6: Has the Left Surrendered?

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  • An independent left must never plead with Democratic leaders to be heard, as too many liberals have been wont to do. That way lies continued irrelevance – and continued contempt. The future left must be willing to say “no” to … Democrats, with all that the word “no” implies.
  • Chris Hedges | The Left Has Lost Its Nerve and Its Direction

Richard Eskow, LA Progressive

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surrender.jpg Sunday, 2 March, 2014 | Has the American left ceased to exist as a viable political force by surrendering its power to a corporatized Democratic Party? That’s the argument put forward by political scientist Adolph Reed Jr., first in an essay for Harper’s magazine and then in a televised follow-up interview with Bill Moyers.

Reed’s essay, “Nothing Left: The Long, Slow Surrender of American Liberals,” has a blunt message which might be summarized as follows: The fault, dear liberals, lies not in our political stars, but in ourselves, that we are underlings. It’s not necessarily a new thought, but it packs a punch, especially as Reed has organized and expressed it.

Richard Eskow is a former executive with experience in health care, benefits, and risk management, finance, and information technology. He is a Senior Fellow with the Campaign for America's Future and hosts The Breakdown, which is broadcast on We Act Radio in Washington DC.

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Overthrowing Other People’s Governments

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  • The Master List of U.S. “Regime Changes”
  • “The Terrorists R Us”
  • Gary Kohls' Submission Notes on Overthrowing Other People’s Governments

William Blum, Global Research 

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Gary G. Kohls

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US_DeclineandFalloftheAmericanEmpire-400x256.jpgSeptember 10, 2014 | Instances of the United States overthrowing, or attempting to overthrow, a foreign government since the Second World War. (* indicates successful ouster of a government)

William Blum is an author, historian, and renowned critic of U.S. foreign policy. He is the author of Killing Hope: U.S. Military and CIA Interventions Since World War II and Rogue State: A Guide to the World’s Only Superpower, among others.

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“The Terrorists R Us,” Michel Chossudovsky Global Research

  • The Islamic State “Big Lie”
  • The Criminalization of the United Nations
  • What To Do About ISIS

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Gary Kohls' Submission Notes on Overthrowing Other People’s Governments, Gary G. Kohls

Bomb%20with%20US%20Flag.jpgSeptember 11, 2014 | Before reading the article further below about the nations American has violently over-thrown, watch the disturbing 2007 video segment from a DemocracyNow! interview (conducted by Amy Goodman – the transcript is available at http://www.globalresearch.ca/we-re-going-to-take-out-7-countries-in-5-years-iraq-syria-lebanon-libya-somalia-sudan-iran/5166) with retired 4 Star US Army General Wesley Clark. Clark is describing an interaction with another general at the Pentagon only weeks after 9/11/01. He revealed the (Cheney/Bush administration) Pentagon’s secret plan to “take out” 7 nations in 5 years, starting with Iraq, followed by  Syria, Lebanon, Lybia, Somalia, Sudan and Iran.

Watch it at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SXS3vW47mOE and then read ... the master list of America’s coups/regime changes of foreign governments since WWII, (thus not mentioning what the US had already done to the native Americans, Tripoli, Mexico, the Caribbean island nations, Colombia, Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Haiti, Honduras, China, the Philippines, etc, etc – or what US Marine General Smedley Butler wrote about in his 1935 classic, “War Is a Racket”, where he said, "I helped make Mexico safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefit of Wall Street. I helped purify Nicaragua for the International Banking House of Brown Brothers in 1902-1912. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for the American sugar interests in 1916. I helped make Honduras right for American fruit companies in 1903. In China in 1927 I helped see to it that Standard Oil went its way unmolested." “ I was a high class muscle man for Big Business, Wall Street and the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism."

And then, after reading these items, start supporting, working for and voting for the most anti-militarism , anti-imperialist political parties and candidates that you can (which, incidentally, eliminates every single Republican and the vast majority of Democrats).

Supporting antiwar parties and anti-imperialist candidates limits us voters to Green Party candidates, a few rare, dissenting Democrats and a few of the pure Libertarian/Ayn Rand devotee candidates (the latter of which are, tragically, also strongly pro-corporate, pro-wealth disparity, pro-unfettered capitalist, anti-environmentalist and are also against governments helping the oppressed, disabled and the poor).

Here is the article. Read it and weep for America. Gary

Largest-ever Socialist Alternative National Convention

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  • The potential for building socialist forces worldwide was like a shock of electricity to the spirit of those in attendance, which they can take back into local Socialist Alternative groups across the U.S.
  • Education and low-wage jobs: Time to change the narrative

Andy Moxley, Socialist Alternative In Action

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Socialist_Alternative_2014_National_Convention.jpgOctober 3, 2014 | It was a fever pitch as the largest-ever Socialist Alternative National Convention met for three days this past Labor Day weekend in Seattle. The National Convention is the highest decision-making body of the organization, convened at least every two years to not only analyze key economic, social, and political developments but to collectively decide how  best to build Socialist Alternative and the broader movement.

The convention began with a discussion on international developments introduced by Peter Taaffe, of the Committee for a Workers International (CWI), the grouping of socialist organizations and parties in 40 countries with whom Socialist Alternative stands in political solidarity. We discussed the prolonged structural crisis of capitalism and the chaos and upheaval this is creating around the world. Attention was given to the increasing difficulties being confronted by U.S. imperialism around the world, and especially in the Middle East.

Andy Moxley: Regional Organizer at Socialist Alternative

Socialist Alternative In Action is a publication of Socialist Alternative <http://www.socialistalternative.org>, a national organization fighting in our workplaces, communities, and campuses against the exploitation and injustices people face every day.

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Education and low-wage jobs: Time to change the narrative, Tim Libretti, PoliticusUSA

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  • Rather than asking individuals to increase their value, we need to transform how we as a society value the work individuals do and how we remunerate the vital contributions of workers, especially those in low-wage jobs, which make our collective lives possible.
  • How to Create Policies to Address Income Inequality? De-Mythologize Upward Mobility

 

 

Series | 2014 Mid-term Election Guide, Part 5: The Only Winner in November Will Be the Status Quo

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And we will all continue to be the losers until we rethink our practice of politics and act accordingly.

David Culver, Telling It Like It Is 

 

Evergreene Digest Editor's Note: To help our readers vote responsibly we are re-publishing as a stand-alone series those articles we think will help. These articles will appear frequently between now and the November 4 election. Watch for them in the Government & Politics section <http://evergreenedigest.org/government> (and simultaneously in other sections) under the searchable title "2014 Mid-term Election Guide".

October 7, 2014 | We are in the midst of one of the most consequential presidential elections of our lifetimes, as E. J. Dionne asserts. Yet you’d never know it. What we have is a campaign turned horse race to oblivion. First, our choice of candidates (horses) is dismally bleak: a corporate-sponsored liar, war-monger, and sadist on the one hand and a corporate-sponsored unproven third-rate motivational speaker and carnival barker on the other. And, secondly, we have voters (bettors) fawning over both these candidates and expecting change!

Change? The only winner in November is going to be the status quo. Since nothing in this election cycle has changed in how we think about and practice politics in this country, how can we reasonably expect change?  Insanity is defined as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. As Earnie Larsen says, “If nothing changes, nothing changes.” We are insane if we think we can effect change by selecting either one of these defenders of the status quo in November!

David Culver is the Editor of Evergreene Digest <> and author of the blog "Telling It Like It Is."

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