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  • Part 1: Celebrate the Kellogg-Briand Pact–Banning All War ~ David Swanson
  • And we need to make tomorrow, August 27th, a war abolition holiday, apeace holiday, Kellogg-Briand Pact of Paris Strangest Dream Another World Is Possible Day. Tear down a war monument. Raise up a peace treaty.
  • Part 2: On Armistice Day, Let’sCelebratePeace .
  • Armistice Day gives us an opportunity to acknowledge the brutal futility of armed conflict, the wastefulness of our military spending, and the responsibility we share to abolish all wars.
  • Related: The Living Reality of Military-Economic Fascism ~ Robert Higgs

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Part 1: Celebrate the Kellogg-Briand Pact–Banning All War ~ David Swanson

And we need to make tomorrow, August 27th, a war abolition holiday, a peace holiday, Kellogg-Briand Pact of Paris Strangest Dream Another World Is Possible Day. Tear down a war monument. Raise up a peace treaty.

David Swanson, Dandelion Salad


http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Editor%20Comment%20icon_0.jpgRemarks at Veterans For Peace Convention, St. Paul, Minnesota, August 26, 2018.

 

https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5011/5485232977_8408937eb6_z.jpgImage by Thomas Hawk via Flickr August 30, 2018 | There are a lot of things named Kellogg around here, and few who know why. The two biggest names in the news in 1928 were those of future white supremacist Charles Lindbergh and of Frank Kellogg. One of those names has lasted longer.
Frank Kellogg was a U.S. Secretary of State, and probably the one most worth teaching people about.

 

David Swanson  is an author, activist, journalist, and radio host. He is director of WorldBeyondWar.org and campaign coordinator for RootsAction.org. Swanson’s books include Curing Exceptionalism: What’s wrong with how we think about the United States? What can we do about it? (2018) and War Is A Lie. He blogs at DavidSwanson.org and WarIsACrime.org. He hosts Talk Nation Radio. He isa 2015, 2016, 2017 Nobel Peace Prize Nominee.

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Part 2: On Armistice Day, Let’s Celebrate Peace .

Armistice Day gives us an opportunity to acknowledge the brutal futility of armed conflict, the wastefulness of our military spending, and the responsibility we share to abolish all wars.

Kathy Kelly, Voices for Creative Nonviolence / Progressive

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Wilfred%20Owen%20War%20Poet%20Memorial.jpgNovember 10, 2018 | Wilfred Owen, an English poet who was killed in action exactly one week before the Armistice that finally ended World War I was signed, wrote about the horrors of living in trenches and enduring gas warfare.

In “The Parable of the Old Man and the Young,” he revises the Biblical narrative about Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son, Isaac. Believing God willed the slaughter, Abraham prepared to bind Isaac and slay him. Owen transforms Abraham into the European powers who were willing to slaughter youthful generations in the trenches of World War I.

Kathy Kelly co-coordinates Voices for Creative Nonviolence.

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The Living Reality of Military-Economic Fascism ~ Robert Higgs, Robert Higgs, Mises Institute / Straight Line Logic

  • https://mises.org/sites/default/files/styles/max_full/public/pac-military_0.png?itok=FnAZOiCdAn in-depth study of the military-industrial racket by Robert Higgs at Mises Institute <mises.org>:
  • “The business of buying weapons that takes place in the Pentagon is a corrupt business — ethically and morally corrupt from top to bottom. The process is dominated by advocacy, with few, if any, checks and balances. Most people in power like this system of doing business and do not want it changed.” – Colonel James G. Burton (1993, 232)
  • Related: Of A Lot of Arms and Some Very Bad Men

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The Living Reality of Military-Economic Fascism ~ Robert Higgs


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  • An in-depth study of the military-industrial racket by Robert Higgs at Mises Institute
  • “The business of buying weapons that takes place in the Pentagon is a corrupt business — ethically and morally corrupt from top to bottom. The process is dominated by advocacy, with few, if any, checks and balances. Most people in power like this system of doing business and do not want it changed.” – Colonel James G. Burton (1993, 232)
  • Related: Of A Lot of Arms and Some Very Bad Men

Robert Higgs, Mises Institute  / Straight Line Logic

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24, 2018 | In countries such as the United States, whose economies are commonly, though inaccurately, described as “capitalist” or “free-market,” war and preparation for war systematically corrupt both parties to the state-private transactions by which the government obtains the bulk of its military goods and services.

On one side, business interests seek to bend the state’s decisions in their favor by corrupting official decision-makers with outright and de facto bribes. The former include cash, gifts in kind, loans, entertainment, transportation, lodging, prostitutes’ services, inside information about personal investment opportunities, overly generous speaking fees, and promises of future employment or “consulting” patronage for officials or their family members, whereas the latter include campaign contributions (sometimes legal, sometimes illegal), sponsorship of political fund-raising events, and donations to charities or other causes favored by the relevant government officials.

Robert Higgs is senior fellow in political economy for the Independent Institute and editor of The Independent Review. He is the 2007 recipient of the Gary G. Schlarbaum Prize for Lifetime Achievement in the Cause of Liberty, and the 2015 Murray N. Rothbard Medal of Freedom.

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Of A Lot of Arms and Some Very Bad Men, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Grim%20Reaper%20Launching%20Drone%20from%20His%20Hand.jpgPart Part 1: Trump Snubbed McCain. The Media Snubbed the Rest of Us.
  • The media treated Trump's petty snub of John McCain as a bigger controversy than the $717 billion Pentagon bill named for the Arizona senator.
  • Part 2: Paul Krugman | Arms and the Very Bad Men
  • Trump’s rationale for going easy on Saudi Arabia is a shameful lie.

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Of A Lot of Arms and Some Very Bad Men


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  • Part 1: Trump Snubbed McCain. The Media Snubbed the Rest of Us.
  • The media treated Trump's petty snub of John McCain as a bigger controversy than the $717 billion Pentagon bill named for the Arizona senator.
  • Part 2: Paul Krugman | Arms and the Very Bad Men
  • Trump’s rationale for going easy on Saudi Arabia is a shameful lie.

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: Trump Snubbed McCain. The Media Snubbed the Rest of Us.

The media treated Trump's petty snub of John McCain as a bigger controversy than the $717 billion Pentagon bill named for the Arizona senator.

Peter Certo, In Other Words

August 15, 2018 | On an otherwise sleepy August day, President Trump signed the John McCain National Defense Authorization Act. Named for the dying Arizona senator who’s championed military budgets for his entire career, the bill increases U.S. military spending to an astonishing $717 billion.

According to my Institute for Policy Studies colleague Lindsay Koshgarian, that’s about double what American taxpayers were spending at the end of the Cold War, and upwards of $300 billion more than what we spent before the War on Terror.

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Part 2: Paul Krugman | Arms and the Very Bad Men

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Trump’s rationale for going easy on Saudi Arabia is a shameful lie.


Paul Krugman, New York (NY) Times

October 22, 2018 | A few days ago, Pat Robertson, the evangelical leader, urged America not to get too worked up about the torture and murder of Jamal Khashoggi, because we shouldn’t endanger “$100 billion in arms sales.” I guess he was invoking the little-known 11th Commandment, which says, “On the other hand, thou shalt excuse stuff like killing and bearing false witness if weapons deals are at stake.”
O.K., it’s not news that the religious right has prostrated itself at Donald Trump’s feet. But Trump’s attempt to head off retaliation for Saudi crimes by claiming that there are big economic rewards to staying friendly with killers — and the willingness of his political allies to embrace his logic — nonetheless represents a new stage in the debasement of America.

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The Living Reality of Military-Economic Fascism ~ Robert Higgs, Robert Higgs, Mises Institute  / Straight Line Logic

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  • An in-depth study of the military-industrial racket by Robert Higgs at Mises Institute:
  • “The business of buying weapons that takes place in the Pentagon is a corrupt business — ethically and morally corrupt from top to bottom. The process is dominated by advocacy, with few, if any, checks and balances. Most people in power like this system of doing business and do not want it changed.” – Colonel James G. Burton (1993, 232)
  • Related: Of A Lot of Arms and Some Very Bad Men
     

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The ‘Resistance’ Supports Trump’s Evil Agendas While Attacking Fake Nonsense ~ Caitlin Johnstone

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  • Trump's enemies are seeking his impeachment for whatever they can hang on him, but they won't go after him for travesties like Yemen and the defense budget that they support.
  • Related: Don’t let the Democrats censor the real resistance.

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Robert Gore, Straight Line Logic

September 23, 2018 | From Caitlin Johnstone at theantimedia.com: A new article from the Wall Street Journal reports that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo lied to congress about the measures Saudi Arabia is taking to minimize the civilian casualties in its catastrophic war on Yemen, and that he did so in order to secure two billion dollars for war profiteers.

This is about as depraved as anything you could possibly imagine. US-made bombs have been conclusively tied to civilian deaths in a war which has caused the single worst humanitarian crisis on earth, a crisis which sees scores of Yemeni children dying every single day and has placed five million children at risk of death by starvation in a nation where families are now eating leaves to survive. CIA veteran Bruce Riedel once said that “if the United States of America and the United Kingdom tonight told King Salman that this war has to end, it would end tomorrow, because the Royal Saudi Airforce cannot operate without American and British support.” Nobody other than war plutocrats benefits from the US assisting Saudi Arabia in its monstrous crimes against humanity, and yet Pompeo chose to override his own expert advisors on the matter for fear of hurting the income of those very war plutocrats.

Robert Gore is a featured writer on The Savvy Street, an online magazine, and has been on websites Zero Hedge, David Stockman’s Contra Corner, Lew Rockwell, The Automatic Earth, The Burning Platform, and Western Rifle Shooters Association. Although he engages in political commentary, he enthusiastically shuns politics.

https://cdn-images-1.medium.com/fit/c/60/60/1*ZVXYCWfCPhsF5l-4EFhAIQ.jpeg Caitlin Johnstone: Rogue journalist, poet, and utopia prepper.

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Don’t let the Democrats censor the real resistance. Gloria La Riva, Party for Socialism and Liberation (PSL)

  • Left side: The censored version of the PSL poster from the Democratic Party's tweet 
  • Building the Anti-Trump Resistence
  • Related: Be Wary Of The Democratic Wing Of The Protest Movement


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The U.S. and Saudi Arabia Have Been Getting Away With Murder for Years

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U.S. President Donald Trump (R) meets with Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the Oval Office of the White House on March 20, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

Saudi Arabia’s alleged killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi has forced the kingdom’s brutality into the media spotlight. Meanwhile, the war on Yemen has taken a back seat.

Roqayah Chamseddine, In These Times

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20 October 2018 | March 2015 marked a decisive phase in what is now a morethan three-year war in Yemen. Saudi Arabia, in coordination with members of the Gulf Cooperation Council, initiated a military operation against Yemen’s capital of Sana’a in an effort to dislodge any fragment of Houthi presence while also fomenting a tide of psychological warfare that would signal the ruthless course of action to come. Yemen’s infrastructure was so thoroughly upended by coalition attacks that within a year and a half of the initial salvo, the local population was struck by the worst cholera outbreak ever recorded in modern history. Today, with an aerial and naval blockade choking off aid supplies, the number of Yemenis who are entirely dependent on humanitarian assistance is over 22 million. The catastrophic impact on mental health in Yemen has resulted in psychological trauma, including a surge in suicide rates. Despite worldwide condemnation, U.S.-backed coalition airstrikes have continued—targeting hospitals, medical facilities, religious sites, and even gatherings of mourners.

While the media landscape is saturated with concern for the whereabouts and likely demise of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, whose reported disappearance has thrown the Kingdom’s advocacy campaign into overdrive, concern for Saudi Arabia's military offensive in Yemen has taken a backseat. Still, the bloodshed in Yemen has not abated for a moment, with American weapons lighting the way.

Roqayah Chamseddine <> is a writer, researcher, and host of the Delete Your Account podcast. Her work has appeared in The Sydney Morning Herald, ELLE Magazine, Splinter, Overland Journal, among others.

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