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Special Project | US Wars and Covert Actions Around the World: Week Ending February 6, 2016

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  • For decades beginning during the Cold War, US policy in the Islamic world has been aimed at suppressing secular reformist and leftist movements. Beginning with the CIA-engineered coup against a secular democratic reform government in Iran in 1953 (it was about oil), Washington has propped up dictators, coaching these regimes in the black arts of torture and mayhem against secular liberals and the left. 
  • 9 New Items including:
    • MLK's vehement condemnations of US militarism are more relevant than ever
    • Shout King Held All Americans Responsible For Atrocity Wars For Lucrative Predatory Investments
    • U.S approves $800 million sale of Hellfire missiles to Iraq
    • It's a Farce and a $cam! The American Way of War in the 21st Century
    • Israeli and US Complicity in Palestinian Oppression, November 11, 2015
    • International Organizations Condemn U.S. for attacking Doctors Without Borders Hospital in Afghanistan
    • The United States Probably Has More Foreign Military Bases Than Any Other People
    • Privatizing the Apocalypse: How Nuclear Weapons Companies Commandeer Your Tax Dollars
    • Wars, Refugees And The Complete Lack Of Leadership Everywhere

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

 

https://riseuptimes.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/if-war-is-the-answer.jpg?w=540MLK's vehement condemnations of US militarism are more relevant than ever, Glenn Greenwald, Guardian

  • His vital April 4, 1967 speech is a direct repudiation of the sophistry now used to defend US violence and aggression.
  • Shout King Held All Americans Responsible For Atrocity Wars For Lucrative Predatory Investments

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Shout King Held All Americans Responsible For Atrocity Wars For Lucrative Predatory Investments, Jay Janson, Countercurrents 

What the world and most every Americans under the age of fifty, do not know … is that exactly one year before being assassinated, Rev. King condemned the US war in Vietnam and all previous "atrocity wars and covert violence on three continents since 1945 meant to maintain unjust predatory investments" and held all Americans, including himself, responsible for these atrocity wars for "not being willing to give up the pleasures and privileges that come from the immense profits from those predatory investment the wars and violence had been protecting."

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U.S approves $800 million sale of Hellfire missiles to Iraq, Reuters

America sold Iraq $Billions of dollars worth of new and improved WMD just last year ...

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It's a Farce and a $cam! The American Way of War in the 21st Century, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

  • The Keystone Cops and Al Capone Meet Gunpowder
  • Part 1: How Western Militarists Are Playing Into the Hands of ISIS
  • Part 2: It’s a $cam! The American Way of War in the 21st Century

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Israeli and US Complicity in Palestinian Oppression, November 11, 2015, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • Part 1: Netanyahu's Arrogance; Our Stupidity
  • Part 2: Military aid to Israel and US complicity

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International Organizations Condemn U.S. for attacking Doctors Without Borders Hospital in Afghanistan, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

  • Part 1: We Have Committed a War Crime: 'Patients Were Burning in Their Beds'
  • Part 2: I Have No Words to Express This - It Is Unspeakable

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The United States Probably Has More Foreign Military Bases Than Any Other People, Nation, or Empire in History, David Vine, Tom Dispatch / the Nation

  • And it’s doing us more harm than good.
  • Privatizing the Apocalypse: How Nuclear Weapons Companies Commandeer Your Tax Dollars

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Privatizing the Apocalypse: How Nuclear Weapons Companies Commandeer Your Tax Dollars, Richard Krushnic and Jonathan Alan King, Tom Dispatch / Portside

At the moment, the corporate-nuclear complex is hidden in our midst, its budgets and funds shielded from public scrutiny, its project hardly noticed. It's a formula for disaster. 

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Wars, Refugees And The Complete Lack Of Leadership Everywhere, Alan Hart, Countercurrents

  • If Obama had demonstrated real leadership … I think the countdown to catastrophe for Syria, the region and possibly the whole world could have been stopped.
  • A guide to the worst refugee crisis since WWII

MLK's vehement condemnations of US militarism are more relevant than ever.

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  • His vital April 4, 1967 speech is a direct repudiation of the sophistry now used to defend US violence and aggression.
  • Shout King Held All Americans Responsible For Atrocity Wars For Lucrative Predatory Investments.

Glenn Greenwald, Guardian

https://static-secure.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2009/1/19/1232373796619/Martin-Luther-King-001.jpg Martin Luther King at Washington DC's Lincoln Memorial in 1968. Barack Obama used the day before his inauguration to honour the spirit of King. Photograph: Francis Miller/Getty

Monday 21 January 2013 | The civil right achievements of Martin Luther King are quite justly the focus of the annual birthday commemoration of his legacy. But it is remarkable, as I've noted before on this holiday, how completely his vehement anti-war advocacy is ignored when commemorating his life (just as his economic views are). By King's own description, his work against US violence and militarism, not only in Vietnam but generally, was central - indispensable - to his worldview and activism, yet it has been almost completely erased from how he is remembered.

King argued for the centrality of his anti-militarism advocacy most eloquently on April 4, 1967, at Riverside Church in New York City - exactly one year before the day he was murdered. That extraordinary speech was devoted to answering his critics who had been complaining that his anti-war activism was distracting from his civil rights work ("Peace and civil rights don't mix, they say. Aren't you hurting the cause of your people, they ask?"). King, citing seven independent reasons, was adamant that ending US militarism and imperialism was not merely a moral imperative in its own right, but a prerequisite to achieving any meaningful reforms in American domestic life.

Glenn Greenwald, winner of the Polk Award for national security reporting, is an American columnist, blogger, and author. He was a columnist for Guardian US from August 2012 to October 2013. He was a columnist for Salon.com from 2007 to 2012.

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Shout King Held All Americans Responsible For Atrocity Wars For Lucrative Predatory Investments, Jay Janson, Countercurrents 

What the world and most every Americans under the age of fifty, do not know … is that exactly one year before being assassinated, Rev. King condemned the US war in Vietnam and all previous "atrocity wars and covert violence on three continents since 1945 meant to maintain unjust predatory investments" and held all Americans, including himself, responsible for these atrocity wars for "not being willing to give up the pleasures and privileges that come from the immense profits from those predatory investment the wars and violence had been protecting."

Volunteer to participate in Minnesota’s first-ever Homeless Veteran Rapid Response Team.

This action represents the largest mobilization of staff and volunteers to identify those veterans experiencing homelessness that occurs at any time throughout the year.

Eric I. Grumdahl, Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs, and Jonelle Glubke, VA Community Resource and Referral Center

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January 22, 2016 | Greetings,

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Thank you for volunteering to participate in Minnesota’s first-ever Veteran Rapid Response Team. The event is being organized by the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs and the Minnesota Interagency Council on Homelessness, with the Minneapolis VA Health Care System, the Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans, the American Red Cross, the City of Saint Paul, the Minnesota National Guard, and numerous other organizations.

The event is scheduled to occur starting at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 28, 2016 and runs overnight through 3:30 p.m. on Friday, January 29, 2016 at the Cedar Street National Guard Armory, located at 600 Cedar Street in Saint Paul, on the State Capitol complex. It will occur during the annual Point-in-Time count, when volunteers in every community in Minnesota identify and count people experiencing homelessness. Typically, the Point-in-Time count represents the largest mobilization of staff and volunteers to identify those experiencing homelessness that occurs at any time throughout the year.

The purpose of this event is to take advantage of these outreach efforts, so that when anyone finds a Veteran experiencing homelessness, that encounter leads to a housing plan that will rapidly connect that Veteran with housing. To do this, we have a team of dedicated staff who will be working the entire duration of the event to develop housing plans with the Veterans we find. For Veterans in Greater Minnesota, that planning will occur over the phone. For Veterans in the Twin Cities metro area, whenever possible this planning will occur face-to-face.

In the Twin Cities, when a Veteran is found living outdoors or in a place not meant habitation during the Point-in-Time count, the teams conducting the count will invite that Veteran to come to the Armory so that they can have a warm bed, a warm meal, and talk with people who can find a housing solution that works for them. We will also have staff deployed at numerous shelter locations. When a Veteran is found and agrees to come inside, drivers organized by DAV and VA will be dispatched to the Veteran’s location, to increase the likelihood that the Veterans we find accept the offer. While at the Armory, we’ll establish a housing plan for every Veteran we find. We find that once we’ve established a housing plan, most Veterans are housed within 120 days – and often sooner. Having a housing plan ensures that every Veteran is on a path to housing.

As you can imagine, there are numerous roles we need volunteers to play for this event to be successful. That includes checking Veterans in at the event, serving warm meals, distributing bedding and managing sleeping arrangements, and assisting Veterans with transportation.

Here are some critical details for every volunteer to know:

  • We will be indoors. Except for drivers and their navigators, all volunteer roles will be on the drill floor at the Armory, a warm and dry location. Thanks to the City of Saint Paul, parking will be available adjacent to the Armory for the duration of the event.
  • Expect the unexpected. This is the first time we have attempted this approach to engaging Veterans experiencing homelessness. We may be incredibly busy during your shift or not. Please be prepared for either scenario, or anything in between.
  • We need your information. Parking and other critical details about the event will be provided to every volunteer, but only if we have your email address. Please be sure to complete this short survey as soon as possible: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KHWBFM7

We value your commitment. We know that there are many ways you could choose to spend your time. Thank you for choosing to spend it helping Veterans experiencing homelessness get reconnected with their homes.

We’ve made remarkable progress ending Veteran homelessness in Minnesota. This event will bring us even closer to that goal. Thank you for your commitment. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Thank you,

Eric and Jonelle

Eric I. Grumdahl, Special Advisor on Ending Veteran Homelessness
Minnesota Office to Prevent and End Homelessness

Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs

Veterans Service Building | 20 West 12th Street, 2nd Floor | Saint Paul, MN 55155
651.201.8230 desk | 651.666.9779 mobile |
eric.grumdahl@state.mn.us

 

Jonelle Glubke, LICSW, Program Director

Mental Health - Homeless Programs (MHHP) and

VA Community Resource and Referral Center (CRRC)

Minneapolis VA Health Care System (MVAHCS)

Direct: 612-313-3246

Main CRRC: 612-313-3240

Noam Chomsky | How Bush-Blair-Obama war crimes tore the Middle East to shreds

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Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and beyond - everywhere you look you see mass slaughter and devastation caused by the US-led illegal wars of aggression, says Noam Chomsky.

U.S approves $800 million sale of Hellfire missiles to Iraq.

Noam Chomsky, Stop the War Coalition

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08 July 2014 | The front page of The New York Times on June 26 featured a photo of women mourning a murdered Iraqi.

He is one of the innumerable victims of the ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) campaign in which the Iraqi army, armed and trained by the US for many years, quickly melted away, abandoning much of Iraq to a few thousand militants, hardly a new experience in imperial history.

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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U.S approves $800 million sale of Hellfire missiles to Iraq, Reuters

America sold Iraq $Billions of dollars worth of new and improved WMD just last year ...

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