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Our 21st Century Energy Wars


  • Global conflicts are increasingly fueled by the desire for oil and natural gas––and the funds they generate.
  • Part 1: Israeli Defence Force's (IDF's) Gaza assault is to control Palestinian gas, avert Israeli energy crisis.
  • Part 2: Our 21st Century Energy Wars

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: Israeli Defence Force's (IDF's) Gaza assault is to control Palestinian gas, avert Israeli energy crisis.

Israel's defence minister has confirmed that military plans to 'uproot Hamas' are about dominating Gaza's gas reserves (1.4 trillion cubic feet valued at $4 Trillion).

Nafeez Ahmed, Guardian (UK)

A-Palestinian-boy-plays-i-011.jpg A Palestinian boy plays in the rubble of a house destroyed in an Israeli air strike on Beit Hanoun, Gaza. Photograph: Khalil Hamra/AP 

Wednesday 9 July 2014 | Yesterday, Israeli defence minister and former Israeli Defence Force (IDF) chief of staff Moshe Ya'alon announced that Operation Protective Edge marks the beginning of a protracted assault on Hamas. The operation "won't end in just a few days," he said, adding that "we are preparing to expand the operation by all means standing at our disposal so as to continue striking Hamas."

This morning, he said:

"We continue with strikes that draw a very heavy price from Hamas. We are destroying weapons, terror infrastructures, command and control systems, Hamas institutions, regime buildings, the houses of terrorists, and killing terrorists of various ranks of command… The campaign against Hamas will expand in the coming days, and the price the organization will pay will be very heavy."

Nafeez Ahmed is a bestselling author, investigative journalist and international security scholar. He writes for the Guardian on the geopolitics of environmental, energy and economic crises on his Earth insight blog.

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Part 2: Our 21st Century Energy Wars

Global conflicts are increasingly fueled by the desire for oil and natural gas––and the funds they generate.

Michael T. Klare,

Oil-Refinery-Pump-Image.jpg09 July, 2014 | Iraq, Syria, Nigeria, South Sudan, Ukraine, the East and South China Seas: wherever you look, the world is aflame with new or intensifying conflicts. At first glance, these upheavals appear to be independent events, driven by their own unique and idiosyncratic circumstances. But look more closely and they share several key characteristics -- notably, a witch’s brew of ethnic, religious, and national antagonisms that have been stirred to the boiling point by a fixation on energy.

In each of these conflicts, the fighting is driven in large part by the eruption of long-standing historic antagonisms among neighboring (often intermingled) tribes, sects, and peoples. In Iraq and Syria, it is a clash among Sunnis, Shiites, Kurds, Turkmen, and others; in Nigeria, among Muslims, Christians, and assorted tribal groupings; in South Sudan, between the Dinka and Nuer; in Ukraine, between Ukrainian loyalists and Russian-speakers aligned with Moscow; in the East and South China Sea, among the Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, Filipinos, and others. It would be easy to attribute all this to age-old hatreds, as suggested by many analysts; but while such hostilities do help drive these conflicts, they are fueled by a most modern impulse as well: the desire to control valuable oil and natural gas assets. Make no mistake about it, these are twenty-first-century energy wars.

Michael T. Klare is the Five College Professor of Peace and World Security Studies at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts. His newest book, The Race for What's Left: The Global Scramble for the World's Last Resources, has just recently been published.

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Israel Firing Experimental Weapons at Gaza’s Civilians, Say Doctors

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  • The people of Gaza … have long served as involuntary lab rats for Israel’s weapons industry. 
  • Massacre of the Innocents: Slaughter in the Gaza Ghetto

Rania Khalek, Electronic Intifada

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activestills1405280759an4l9.jpg?itok=b3lH0IxzStaff at al-Shifa Hospital treat a victim of Israel’s current attack on Gaza. (Photo: Basel Yazouri / ActiveStills)

July 15, 2014 | Doctors treating patients in Gaza have accused Israel of using experimental weapons on Palestinian civilians.

Addressing reporters at a press conference on Sunday, Youssef Abul Resh, undersecretary of the health ministry in Gaza said, “Medical teams have registered injuries consistent with those caused by DIME [dense inert metal explosives] and other banned weapons.” 

Rania Khalek is an independent journalist reporting on the underclass and marginalized. For more of her work check out her website Dispatches from the Underclass.

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Massacre of the Innocents: Slaughter in the Gaza Ghetto, Chris Floyd, Empire Burlesque  


  • The soul of the world is sleeping, and the murderous rampage goes on.
  • The Bombing of Gaza


Jets, Tanks, Planes, Bombs and Occupying Soldiers: The Wall Street Pentagon War Machine


  • Corporate military armaments factory genocide of weapons contracts stimulated through backroom business deals with big businessmen sell wars to anesthetize the population to military slaughter of the target race and produce and consume on command without thought of the victims whose lives are terminated through aggressive bombing, Special Operations counterinsurgency and tomahawk missile massacre for resources control.
  • Kneeling in Fenway Park to the Gods of War

William C. Lewis, Global Research


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Arms%20at%20the%20Statue%20of%20Liberty.jpg November 08, 2013 | Arms merchants sell reams of ammunition to the Pentagon corporate state war masters who in turn tax the thoroughly inculcated population to pay for the mass death facilitated through jets, tanks, planes, bullets, bombs and occupying soldiers.

The U.S. imperial NATO/CIA war slaughter machine backs coup attempts that the Pentagon facilitates with ships whenever the Wall Street elite fortune 500 cabal wants an unpopular leader deposed and this act of corporate imperial military hitman homicide smashes and destroys the aspirations of the poor, the workers and those whose wishes are for sovereignty of their lands while strengthening the morale of the rightest military factions supportive of a fascist dictator that will readily accept military aid and anticommunist purges against popular democracy. Likewise, when the people and the guerillas rise up against CIA-funded police state constabulary elite landowner capitalist death squad regimes these armaments slaughter machine ships instantly appear to reinforce the CIA sponsored right-wing military dictatorship with missiles and murderous jet-take-off bombing massacre runs.

William C. Lewis is a journalist, researcher and book collector from Yreka California. He blogs at

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Kneeling in Fenway Park to the Gods of War, Chris Hedges, Truthdig

  • The use of the Morse jet to carry out extraordinary rendition exposes the dark side of professional sports, how it is used by oligarchs and the military to manipulate and control us.
  • The Myth of America’s Global Peacekeeping Past 




VA Department Scandal: July 15, 2014

  • For Republicans, a veteran's service only counts if they don't need any help when they get home.
  • Part 1: Republicans don't want to solve the VA healthcare disaster
  • Part 2:The Mitch McConnell VA Scandal
  • A Band-Aid Approach to Fixing the V.A.

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: Republicans don't want to solve the VA healthcare disaster

Of course they don't want to solve this problem. Beating up on President Obama is much more important to them than taking care of veterans.

Joan McCarter, Daily Kos

RTR32RGO.jpg?1384193917 Monday, July 14, 2014 | While Republicans and their billionaire allies are very happy to politicize the crisis in the Veterans Administration medical system, they're not too anxious to do anything to fix it.

A House-Senate conference committee tasked with writing a compromise veterans’ health bill continues to struggle with a Congressional Budget Office cost estimate for what it will take to allow veterans to seek care from private health care providers and avoid notorious treatment delays at veterans’ medical centers.

Joan McCarter: A lifelong Blue girl in a Red state, I'm now Senior Political Writer for Daily Kos. On any given day, I'd rather be horseback, but there's more demand for political writers than cowgirls.

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Part 2:The Mitch McConnell VA Scandal


  • A media circus that's more focused on creating tabloid personalities and scoring cheap political points than it is on telling the truth that Democrats have been really trying to help out veterans. 
  • And it never gets around to pointing out the reality that Republicans, for six years, have been relentlessly working to hurt veterans and then blame it on the Obama administration.
  • A Band-Aid Approach to Fixing the V.A.

Thom Hartmann

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May 2014 | The Republican Chaos Strategy is working like a charm, and now the GOP is trying to make everyone forget who the real villains are when it comes to denying benefits to our veterans. And the real villains, despite what you might hear over at Fox So-Called news, are all the Republican lawmakers who have repeatedly blocked bills that would have helped out American veterans and given more resources to the VA.

The reason I bring this up is that over the past few weeks, we’ve learned some disturbing things about the goings on at one Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona. According to a number of reports, the hospital’s administrators covered up information about long wait times at the facility, wait times that spanned - and maybe even hastened - the deaths of 40 veterans.

Thom Hartmann is an American radio host, author, former psychotherapist, entrepreneur, and liberal political commentator. He is the #1 progressive radio talk show host in the US and a New York Times bestselling author, including 4 Project Censored awards.

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A Band-Aid Approach to Fixing the V.A., Paul R. Pillar, Consortium News


  • Despite promises from the Bush-43 administration that the Iraq War would pay for itself, the price tag keeps soaring with the predictable impact on V.A. hospitals struggling to care for wounded warriors. But the political solution has been to make a change at the top.
  • Veteran Affairs scandal in context