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Matt Taibbi and the Truths He Spoke Against the Industries of Death

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“Political power in this country is not divided between right and left, and not even between rich and poor. The real line is between a war party, and everyone else.” ~ Matt Taibbi

Teodrose Fikre, Ghion Journal
http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/If%20You%20Use%20it%2C%20Contribute%20To%20It%20banner.jpgDecember 22, 2018 | In a stunning departure from mainstream media orthodoxy, Matt Taibbi wrote an article for Rolling Stone about Trump’s announced pullout from Syria that rebuked the never-ending and bipartisan clamor for war. Instead of going along with the establishment punditry and echoing the talking points of arm chair generals, Taibbi methodically took apart the case for our continued presence in Syria. In a display of courage that is sorely lacking in our supposed “free-press”, he detailed the appalling costs of war—the human toll and the financial waste—which have been deftly hidden by industries that profit from the proliferation of bombs and bullets.

Too many Americans have been shielded from the horrors that are unleashed by the military-financial complex. The bloody reality of riddled bodies and shattered lives has been sanitized by propagandists who put on the guise of reporters—human suffering hidden by euphemisms, technology and distance. Taibbi made it his intention to speak against these distortions that are purveyed by professional dissimulators who commit journalistic malpractice on a regular basis. From the outset, Taibbi brings to light the lunacy of the perpetual “War on Terror” that has done everything to perpetuate terror while making us less safe.

https://i2.wp.com/ghionjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/gravatar/29196465_10156022729414404_6911631018176899444_n.jpg?w=80&ssl=1 / Teodrose Fikre is the editor and founder of the Ghion Journal. A published author and prolific writer, a once defense consultant was profoundly changed by a two year journey of hardship and struggle. Going from a life of upper-middle class privilege to a time spent with the huddled masses taught Teodrose a valuable lesson in the essence of togetherness and the need to speak against injustice.

Matt Taibbi is a contributing editor for Rolling Stone and winner of the 2008 National Magazine Award for columns and commentary.

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We Need To Stop Normalizing Pro-War Voices In Mainstream Discourse.

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When (media outlets, college campuses, and political parties) normalize advocacy for war ... protests need to be held against them. This would bring us closer towards a society that isn’t defined by hate and violence, but by a dedication to peace.

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https://riseuptimes.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/if-war-is-the-answer.jpg?w=540Sunday, December2,2018 | It’s strange that while neo-Nazis and white nationalists are almost universally seen as dangerous and toxic, and are typically rejected from media platforms, the figures who advocate for imperialist war are welcomed into mainstream discourse without hesitation.

After all, it’s been statistically shown that these groups are responsible for similar amounts of death and destruction. Since World War II, the United States has carried out invasions in 37 countries. The combined deaths from these wars has now reached over 20 million, with around 5 million of the people killed being Muslims who’ve died in the post-1990 Middle Eastern wars.

Rainer Shea, blogger, Revolution Didpatch

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The Yemen Crisis, Khashoggi, and the Deadly Saudi Arms Trade

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Nora brings her four month-old son Saleh to Al Hudaydah’s main hospital. Close to half a million children and two million mothers in Yemen are at risk of dying from severe acute malnutrition due to the ongoing conflict., UN OCHA/Giles Clarke

  • Whatever happened to Jamal Khashoggi … is … a painful reminder of the selective nature of international outrage that the death of a single, well-connected Saudi Arabian journalist was able to spark a conversation which the deaths of thousands of Yemeni civilians could not.
  • The murder of Jamal Khashoggi has forced new scrutiny of the Saudi role in the world’s greatest humanitarian crisis. But, despite calls for a Yemen ceasefire and other posturing, no Western country has pledged to end arms sales to the kingdom.

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Elise Thomas, the Interpreter/Australia / Portside

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Bomb%20with%20US%20Flag_0.jpg November 3, 2018 | "Wait, let’s take a picture!” Osama Zeid al Homran shouted to his friends. In the video the boys, aged six to eleven, are laughing and joking with one another on the bus on the way to an excursion to celebrate the end of term at their school in Sa’dah, a region of Yemen bordering on Saudi Arabia.



"I tell you what I don't want to do. Boeing, Lockheed, Raytheon, all these companies – I don’t want to hurt jobs. I don’t want to lose an order like that." -Trump



Hours later, Osama and at least 24 of his classmates would be dead. The bomb which killed them when it struck their school bus was a GBU-12 Paveway II, made in Garland, Texas, and sold to Saudi Arabia by Lockheed Martin in a deal approved by the US State Department.

Of the 51 people who died in the bombing on 9 August, 40 were children.

Elise Thomas is a Melbourne-based freelance journalist with an interest in humanitarian and human rights issues and the impacts of new technologies. She has studied international affairs at the Australian National University and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva.

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