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Rosario: Book about a ‘lost’ combat veteran now found is a grim but moving read.


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  • Lost Man Found, Crime, Punishment & Growing a Soul is a story of internal anarchy, external evils, and a hard-won peace.
  • Related: Honoring All Those Scarred by War

Rubén Rosario, Saint Paul (MN) Pioneer Press

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/ April 28, 2019 | Mike Ricci of St. Paul was undergoing a middle-age, purpose-of-life examination of conscience a few years ago. His personal finances were hardly the problem — he was a successful principal partner for a half-billion-dollar-plus wealth management firm. But a very close friend and client had died of a brain tumor, and before that, his late mother was mired in the tragic grip of Alzheimer’s disease.

“It was through these struggles that I began to wonder what life was truly all about,” Ricci recalled last week. “I would ask myself, what is it we are here to do? What is my purpose and what was it that I was supposed to be doing?”

https://www.twincities.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Ruben-3-Staff-photos-2016514-1-e1454111005527.jpg?w=85 / From smoking crack in a Harlem drug den for a front-page exposé to covering the deaths of 86 people in a Bronx social club fire, Rubén Rosario spent 11 years as a writer for the New York Daily News before joining the Pioneer Press in 1991 as special correspondent and city editor.

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Honoring All Those Scarred by War, Cynthia Orange, I Married the War <http://imarriedthewar.com>


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Cynthia Orange ponders Memorial Day and its far-reaching meaning. Cynthia’s work stems from her own personal experience as the wife of a combat veteran.

May 21, 2019 | History tells us that the two major events we observe in May—Memorial Day and Mothers’ Day—are both linked to the Civil War. In 1868, May 30 was originally called “Decoration Day,” a day to decorate the graves of soldiers who lost their lives in that bloodiest of our nation’s wars. And in 1870, five years after the Civil War ended, Julia Ward Howe conceived Mothers’ Day as a day in which mothers could come together and protest their sons killing other mothers’ sons. It seems our wise ancestors gleaned how important it is to acknowledge the inevitable grief, loss, and cries of women that burst forth in the wake of war. Any war.

Each Memorial Day, I am reminded of the famous lines from Archibald MacLeish’s poem, “The Young Dead Soldiers:”

The young dead soldiers do not speak. . . . They say: Our deaths are not ours; they are yours; they will mean what you make them. They say: Whether our lives and our deaths were for peace and a new hope or for nothing we cannot say; it is you who must say this. They say: We leave you our deaths. Give them their meaning. We were young, they say. We have died. Remember us.

http://imarriedthewar.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Cynthia-Orange-B-W-1-300x225.jpg / Cynthia Orange, author, wife of a combat veteran

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Climate Change Action and Imperialism

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  • Manuel Garcia, Jr. explains how climate change action would kill imperialism.
  • Related: Monbiot | Only rebellion will prevent an ecological apocalypse.

Manuel Garcia, Jr., Counterpunch

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11-21-2018 | Climate change action would kill imperialism, and that is why we can’t have it in America.

American political power is based on fossil fuels, and the US military is the engine that consumes those fuels to produce that power. So long as there is an American political elite that craves lucrative personal prestige and the



We are each left with a choice between: defeatist acquiescence to capitalist-dominated climapocalypse, or the dignity of rebellious aspiration and activism for green socialism.



ability to dominate internationally, the US economy will be fossil-fueled capitalism that maintains the military colossus that enables and protects those elite ambitions.

Manuel Garcia, Jr., once a physicist, is now a lazy househusband who writes out his analyses of physical or societal problems or interactions.

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Monbiot | Only rebellion will prevent an ecological apocalypse. George Monbiot, the Guardian

  • https://i.guim.co.uk/img/media/6e13733cf7b23b23c9bf6ca4c3ceeac236bd948f/0_107_3665_2199/master/3665.jpg?width=620&quality=85&auto=format&fit=max&s=172f46dd72e8c7e8f3dfd822058893e7No one is coming to save us. Mass civil disobedience is essential to force a political response.
  • Related: It’s Time to Try Fossil-Fuel Executives for Crimes Against Humanity.
  • Related: The Contented Classes – When Will They Rebel?

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Special Project | A Memorial Day Remembrance Reader

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Part 1: Honoring All Those Scarred by War
Cynthia Orange ponders Memorial Day and its far-reaching meaning.
Part 2: Memorial Day 2019
These are just samples of some of those I remember today.

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: Honoring All Those Scarred by War

Cynthia Orange ponders Memorial Day and its far-reaching meaning. Cynthia’s work stems from her own personal experience as the wife of a combat veteran.

Cynthia Orange, I Married the War

http://uziiw38pmyg1ai60732c4011.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/dropzone/2016/08/shutterstock_768877.jpg/ May 21, 2019 | History tells us that the two major events we observe in May—Memorial Day and Mothers’ Day—are both linked to the Civil War. In 1868, May 30 was originally called “Decoration Day,” a day to decorate the graves of soldiers who lost their lives in that bloodiest of our nation’s wars. And in 1870, five years after the Civil War ended, Julia Ward Howe conceived Mothers’ Day as a day in which mothers could come together and protest their sons killing other mothers’ sons. It seems our wise ancestors gleaned how important it is to acknowledge the inevitable grief, loss, and cries of women that burst forth in the wake of war. Any war.

Each Memorial Day, I am reminded of the famous lines from Archibald MacLeish’s poem, “The Young Dead Soldiers:”

The young dead soldiers do not speak. . . . They say: Our deaths are not ours; they are yours; they will mean what you make them. They say: Whether our lives and our deaths were for peace and a new hope or for nothing we cannot say; it is you who must say this. They say: We leave you our deaths. Give them their meaning. We were young, they say. We have died. Remember us.

http://imarriedthewar.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Cynthia-Orange-B-W-1-300x225.jpg/ Cynthia Orange, author, wife of a combat veteran

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Part 2: Memorial Day 2019

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Dick Bernard <>, Thoughts Toward a Better World

May 27, 2019 | Saturday, friend David Thofern sent a brief note: “Here’s a link to a short (<20 min.) film on the human cost of World War II. It’s appropriate on Memorial Day to note that individual deaths often have profound impacts on us, especially when they are people we know and care about. But when deaths are counted in the millions we can’t get our heads around the concept.  This film by Neil Halloran tries to make sense of the numbers.”

This film is about 18 minutes.  I have watched it.  It is very powerful and thought-provoking about the human cost of war.  I encourage you to watch it in its entirety, and share it.
Dick Bernard is a moderate pragmatic Democrat who speaks from his heart in matters of family, justice and peace.

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Most Senate Democrats are War-Mongers.

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  • Part 1: Senate Democrats, with Few Exceptions, are a Gang of War-Mongers
  • Those calling themselves democratic socialists are perpetrating a fraud on the voters.
  • Part 2: When It Comes to U.S. Militarism, Elizabeth Warren Is No Progressive.
  • There’s one important issue on which Warren has not veered far from the Democratic establishment.
  • Related: U.S. War Drums Beat Louder and Louder!

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Part 1: Senate Democrats, with Few Exceptions, are a Gang of War-Mongers.

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That’s no “revolution,” and it’s not even an “opposition” worthy of the name. It’s craven collusion and gutlessness, and by not speaking out against it, those calling themselves democratic socialists are perpetrating a fraud on the voters.

Dave Lindorff, Counterpunch

August 7, 2018 | Democrats in the US Senate showed themselves to be just another war party this week, with 40 of their number out of 47 voting to pass a record $717-billion military budget for FY 2019. Only seven Democrats (Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey, D-MA, Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, D-OR, Kamala Harris, D-CA, Dick Durbin, D-IL, and Kirstin Gillibrand, D-NY) and independent Bernie Sanders, who caucuses with the Democratic Party, voted against the bill (Sen. Angus King, an independent from Maine who also caucuses with the Democrats, neutralized Sanders’ vote by voting for the measure).

For those who may have hoped that perhaps the growing number of self-described “democratic socialist” candidartes running for seats in Congress might call out this war-mongering by the Democratic Party establishment, there was just silence.

Dave Lindorff is a founding member of ThisCantBeHappening!, an online newspaper collective, and is a contributor to Hopeless: Barack Obama and the Politics of Illusion (AK Press).

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Part 2: When It Comes to U.S. Militarism, Elizabeth Warren Is No Progressive.


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There’s one important issue on which Warren has not veered far from the Democratic establishment.

Sarah Lazare, In These Times

May 17, 2019 | Massachusetts Senator and 2020 presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren has been widely celebrated in liberal and left-leaning press for churning out progressive policy proposals on the domestic front, from child care to housing. Articles have hailed her as the “intellectual powerhouse of the Democratic party,” the person who “has the plans” and the “progressive policy anchor in the 2020 field.” One Guardian piece from late February asks, “Why vote for Sanders when you can have Elizabeth Warren instead?”



The fire and passion with which she goes to bat for economic justice issues simply does not apply to the war machine.



Yet, none of these articles take a close look at Warren’s track record on war and militarism, despite the fact that the realm of foreign policy is where presidents have the most power to act without Congress (thanks in part to Obama’s unfortunate expansion of presidential powers to make war). It’s as though the United States existed in a vacuum, with only domestic matters to attend to; in reality, we are the biggest military empire in human history, with 800 military bases around the world and U.S. commandos deployed to 75% of countries.

Sarah Lazare is web editor at In These Times.  She comes from a background in independent journalism for publications including The Intercept, The Nation, and Tom Dispatch.

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U.S. War Drums Beat Louder and Louder! Socialist Organizer

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