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Lost in the Face of Militarism. The Necessity of Moral Resistance to the Military-Industrial Complex

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  • Part 1: The Necessity of Moral Resistance in the Face of Militarism ~ William J. Barber, II
  • Confronting head-on America's war economy and militarism, the necessity of non-violent moral dissent, moral resistance and moral vision ...
  • Part 2: From the Archives | Lost in the Military-Industrial Complex
  • Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have ducked any serious discussion of America’s escalating military spending.

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Part 1: The Necessity of Moral Resistance in the Face of Militarism ~ William J. Barber, II
Confronting head-on America's war economy and militarism, the necessity of non-violent moral dissent, moral resistance and moral vision ...

Matthew Hoh, Rise Up Times

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May 6th, 2018 – Confronting head-on America’s war economy and militarism, the necessity of non-violent moral dissent, moral resistance and moral vision is the theme of this powerful speech delivered by Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, President and Senior Lecturer of Repairers of the Breach and the Co-Chair of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, at the historic New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in Washington, DC, where, during the 1968 Poor People’s Campaign, people were housed; and also where President Abraham Lincoln and his family were welcomed as pew holders on the first Sunday following Lincoln’s inauguration in March 1861.

Matthew Hoh has nearly twelve years experience with America’s wars overseas with the United States Marine Corps, Department of Defense and State Department.

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Part 2: From the Archives | Lost in the Military-Industrial Complex

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Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have ducked any serious discussion of America’s escalating military spending, suggesting that whoever wins will be captive of President Eisenhower’s “Military-Industrial Complex,” writes Chuck Spinney.

Chuck Spinney, Consortium News

July 2, 2016 | America is engaged in the longest and second most expensive war in its history — a small war in terms of forces deployed and op-tempos, but a war that is grinding on endlessly, without a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel.

Contrary to the whining about constrained budgets causing readiness and modernization problems emanating from the Pentagon, all dutifully regurgitated without question by the mainstream media, defense spending in the Pentagon’s so-called Base Budget is close to an all-time high and poised to increase over the long term.

Chuck Spinney is a former military analyst for the Pentagon who was famous for the “Spinney Report,” which criticized the Pentagon’s wasteful pursuit of costly and complex weapons systems.

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No Clear Plan to Fill More Than 45,000 Job Vacancies at VA

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The VA stressed that job vacancies should not be equated with performance.

Richard Sisk, Military.com
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4 Sep 2018 | The Department of Veterans Affairs released eye-opening figures over the weekend showing that the VA had more than 45,000 full-time job vacancies -- thousands more than had previously been reported.

Under the new quarterly reporting requirements of the VA Mission Act, signed into law by President Donald Trump in June, the VA said that as of June 30 there were "45,239 overall vacancies at the department, out of a total of 419,353 full-time authorized and budgeted positions."

Richard Sisk has more than 45 years of journalism experience in reporting and editing in the U.S. and abroad. He has been Military.com’s Pentagon reporter since 2016. Sisk is a Vietnam veteran who served with the 2nd Battalion, Fourth Marines, in 1967-68.

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America’s Derangement Syndrome a Danger to World Peace

  • Insanity of any kind can lead to insane results, and the insanity being demonstrated by so much of the American governing and chattering classes could lead to a war.
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  • Related: From the Archives: US Administration Defends Its Right toStart Wars on a Whim

Robert Gore, Strategic Culture / Straight Line Logic

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July 22, 2018 } It is significant that Presidents Putin and Trump have both spoken out against “haters” among America’s political establishment who would rather see conflict between Russia and the United States instead of a normalization of bilateral relations.

Following their landmark, successful summit this week in Helsinki, Putin and Trump separately made public comments deploring the hostile hysterical reaction emanating from broad sections of the US political establishment and its dutiful, controlled news media.

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, and The Burning Platform.

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From the Archives: US Administration Defends Its Right to Start Wars on a Whim, by Andrei Akulov, Andrei Akulov, Strategic Culture / Straight Line Logic

  • https://www.strategic-culture.org/images/news/2017/11/01/or-39854.jpgForget that separation of powers of stuff that if you’re old enough, you may have learned in an American Government class somewhere. If the president wants to make war, he just makes war. -- Andrei Akulov, Strategic Culture <http://strategic-culture.org>
  • Related: Researchers Against the War Machine - The Story of NARMIC

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Jennifer Harbury: Today’s Refugee Crisis Is Blowback from U.S. Dirty Wars in Central America

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  • In our special broadcast from the U.S.-Mexico border, we speak to human rights lawyer Jennifer Harbury, who has lived here in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas for over 40 years and has been active in the response to the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy. Her husband, Efraín Bámaca Velásquez, was a Mayan comandante and guerrilla who was disappeared after he was captured by the Guatemalan army in the 1980s. After a long campaign, she found there was U.S. involvement in the cover-up of her husband’s murder and torture. Now she continues to work with people fleeing violence in Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras.
  • Related: Column - Sorting out facts and fears in the immigration debate

Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!

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June 28, 2018 | Amy Goodman: We’re broadcasting from Brownsville, Texas, ahead of a mass protest later today at the federal courthouse that’s right behind us, that’s calling on the Trump administration to end the “zero tolerance” policy, which has separated more than 2,000 children from their parents, who have been charged with a crime for crossing the border. In a minute, we’ll be joined by the person who helped draw attention to this crisis when she shared audio with ProPublica of some of the disappeared children in a CBP, a Customs and Border Protection, facility. The children are estimated to be between the ages of 4 and 10, and can be heard crying “Mami!” “Papi!” This is an excerpt. A warning: The audio is disturbing.

Child: [crying] Papá! Papá! Papá! Papá! Papá! Papá!

Amy Goodman: The person who made that recording asked not to be identified, for fear of retaliation. And they were able to share it with the help of our next guest, Jennifer Harbury, who is a human rights lawyer,well-known activist. She has lived here in the Rio Grande Valley for over 40 years, has been active in the response to the “zero tolerance” policy. Her husband, Efraín Bámaca Velásquez, was a Mayan comandante guerrilla in the Highlands of Guatemala. He was disappeared after he was captured by the army in the 1980s. After a long campaign, that she found here was U.S. involvement in the cover-up of her husband’s murder and torture. We will talk about this in the show, in a post-show, which we’ll post online. And she works with people who are fleeing violence from Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, and come here to the United States for political asylum.

Amy Goodman is an American award-winning broadcast journalist, syndicated columnist, investigative reporter and author. Goodman's investigative journalism career includes coverage of the East Timor independence movement and Chevron Corporation's role in Nigeria.
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Column: Sorting out facts and fears in the immigration debate, Michael Leiber, Lyndsay Boggess, Bryanna Fox and Richard Moule, Jr., Special to the Tampa Bay (FL) Times
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  • The research does not indicate that there is a growing illegal immigration problem, or that immigrants commit more crime.
  • Related: Select Articles | The Challenges and Opportunities of Undocumented Immigrants, Week Ending June 16, 2018

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"Criminal Aliens" Vs. The West's Crimes Against Humanity, James Thindwa, Portside

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  • There is not enough space to catalogue all the crimes committed collectively by western countries that now feel besieged by migrants of color.
  • Related: Jennifer Harbury: Today’s Refugee Crisis Is Blowback from U.S. DirtyWars  in Central America.


 

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