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Peace Is No Longer a Partisan Issue

  • Doves Darken the Sky as They Take Flight From Democratic Party
  • The Democratic Push To Bomb Iraq Again
  • Obama Sets the US on a Slippery Slope to War in Iraq

John V. Walsh, Counterpunch

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IMG_7748_2.jpg A sign on the wall in the office of the Association of Indigenous of Northern Cauca (ACIN), in June of 2013. The sign reads: 'Down with militarism -- legal and illegal.'

October 09, 2013 A funny thing happened on the way to a war on Syria – in fact several funny things. First the road to Damascus was blocked by the sentiment of the American people who are fed up with war. Second, international opposition from every corner of the earth, save two or three, joined the barricade, even unto the British House of Commons and its Tory majority, which derailed the clueless Cameron’s bid to join the planned strike on Syria. Third, Putin and Lavrov backed by Iran and China drew a line in the sand in Syria – and they won, a setback and possibly a historical turning point for the U.S. Empire. Fourth, the Republicans in Congress joined in the opposition to this latest criminal misadventure – in fact they led the opposition. And that last is something not seen since the days before World War II. Peace is no longer a partisan issue.

But wait a moment, the “progressives” howl. Republicans for peace? Nonsense, they cry; it is all pure partisanship; they hate Obama; that’s all there is to it. Let’s consider that argument for a moment.

John V. Walsh is a founding member of Come Home America (CHA). On their site you can read the statement of CHA opposing intervention in Syria. It is a statement of principle and applies to every U.S. intervention.

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The Democratic Push To Bomb Iraq Again, David Swanson, Warisacrime.org

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  • The Center for American Progress (C.A.P.) is funded by Lockheed Martin and other huge war profiteers. C.A.P. has just put out a report recommending that air strikes be considered.
  • Re-invade Iraq? June 23, 2014
  • For more Evergreene Digest coverage of the Re-invasion of Iraq ...

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Obama Sets the US on a Slippery Slope to War in Iraq, Bob Dreyfuss, Nation

  • In his announcement that he’s sending an additional 300 US forces to Iraq, the president made it clear that the US military is getting ready to target the bad guys of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) from the air.
  • He said that the United States has “significantly increased our intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance assets so that ... we will be prepared to take targeted and precise military action.”

 

Special Report | The Media and War: Week of June 29, 2014

  • How the Media Doesn't Give Peace a Chance
  • 8 New items including:
    • The Media and War, June 27, 2014
    • Iraq War Boosters Get Second Chance In Media Spotlight
    • Propaganda and nonsense: Even more New York Times hypocrisy
    • What the US Media Won't Tell You About Ukraine
    • Syria | Shameful Performance of Western Media
    • How the Media Doesn't Give Peace a Chance
    • Nygaard Notes #511 | "The New American Way of War" in the Media
    • "Progressive" Journalism's Legacy of Deceit

David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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The Media and War, June 27, 2014, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • How the Media Doesn't Give Peace a Chance
  • Part 1: The Truth vs. DC's Propaganda Machine with Charles Lewis
  • Part 2: If You Were An Iraq War Critic, You're Probably Not Being Asked To Go On TV
  • Iraq War Boosters Get Second Chance In Media Spotlight

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Iraq War Boosters Get Second Chance In Media Spotlight, Michael Calderone, Huffington Post

  • This is the American corporate media at its perpetual game, manipulating public opinion as always, against the public interest-- favoring transnational corporations and transnational investors who don't give a damn about this country, or anything beyond their profits.
  • Report from Iraq: U.S. Invasion in 2003 Helped Set Path for Crisis Pulling Nation Apart

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Propaganda and nonsense: Even more New York Times hypocrisy, Patrick L. Smith, Salon

  • What the New York Times and John Kerry pretend to forget is the real history of America's noxious role in the world.
  • Ukraine: Exploding The Myths, Outlining Solutions

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What the US Media Won't Tell You About Ukraine, Ted Rall, Common Dreams

  • Why you should not take U.S. papers and television at face value on Ukraine....
  • Ukraine in Context: What You Don't Know About a New Cold War
  • Propaganda and nonsense: Even more New York Times hypocrisy

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Pat Bagley

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Syria | Shameful Performance of Western Media, As’ad AbuKhalil, Al Akhbar English 

  • There is no accountability and it is unlikely that someone is going to write a book on the shortcomings and failures of Western media. Western media also marketed the Libya story and they were never made accountable for the lies they peddled there.
  • These media have failed their readers on many levels. Their shortcomings can be summarized as follows.
  • How the Media Doesn't Give Peace a Chance
  • Nygaard Notes #511 | "The New American Way of War" in the Media
  • "Progressive" Journalism's Legacy of Deceit

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How the Media Doesn't Give Peace a Chance, Richard Schiffman, OpEdNews

  • Norwegian sociologist, Johan Galtung, the winner of the Alternative Nobel Prize in 1987, believes that the media's institutional bias toward reporting "official sources" in the government and military means that we generally only hear from those with a vested interest in the use of force, rarely from the people on the ground who will pay for their decisions in blood. The arguments for military action are framed in abstract geopolitical terms and vague appeals to "the national interest" rather than focusing on the terrible human costs of organized state violence.
  • Iran: This Is What Propaganda Looks Like
  • PBS's Dishonest Iran Edit
  • How the Media Is Taking Us Toward War With Iran

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Nygaard Notes #511 | "The New American Way of War" in the Media, Jeff Nygaard, Nygaard Notes

  • "The new American way of war" is but a new strategy in service to a very old goal, which is the maintenance of the global U.S. military hegemony that began after World War II and took on new life with the demise of its only perceived rival, the Soviet Union, 20 years ago.
  • Special Project | The Wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, & Iran: Week of July 29

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"Progressive" Journalism's Legacy of Deceit, James Tracy, Global Research

  • Given the backdrop of progressive-left journalists’ lengthy and ardent opposition to the Bush-Cheney policies of Nazi-like atrocities and plunder, venues such as Democracy Now are poised to serve as platforms for disseminating the necessary disinformation to make the Obama administration’s color revolutions and "humanitarian" policy of military interventions seem palatable to the very audiences whose sensibilities are most opposed to violence and imperialism.
  • When War Is in the Air on PBS
  • NATO's Presence Does Not Benefit Afghan Women

 

The US Gun Culture, June 27, 2014

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  • America is living under the gun. America has lost its mind.
  • Part 1: 9 Signs of Dangerous Gun Nut Craziness in 2014
  • Part 2: Santa Barbara Shooter's Father Pens Open Letter: 'We Have to Stop This'
  • Gun nuts are terrorizing America: The watershed moment everyone missed.

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest



Part 1: 9 Signs of Dangerous Gun Nut Craziness in 2014

  • America’s obsession with guns is hitting new levels of craziness and public disgust.
  • It goes beyond open carry activists displaying their firearms in restaurant chains. Even the NRA seems perplexed.

Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

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Thursday, Jun 26, 2014 | The recent news has been filled with anything but acceptable behavior by gun nuts. A Montana man sets a trap for burglars and  executes a teenage intruder. A Virginia man strapping on a holster shoots himself in the penis. So-called open-carry  activists keep walking into Texas malls and restaurant  chains with assault rifles. And federal airport screeners say 2014 will set a record for travelers  forgetting they are carrying guns.

In response, millions of women  protested the misogynist rampage near Santa Barbara that killed six, placing violence against women in the national spotlight. In 2014, five states  passed laws limiting domestic abusers’ access to guns, and several bills allowing guns on school grounds were blocked. Longtime gun defenders know that the ghastly  statistics on gun violence against women is a powerful avenue for control advocates, yet they can’t stop their side’s fanatics from taunting the public with assault rifles.

Steven Rosenfeld covers national political issues for AlterNet, including America's retirement crisis, the low-wage economy, democracy and voting rights, and campaigns and elections. He is the author of "Count My Vote: A Citizen's Guide to Voting"

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Part 2: Santa Barbara Shooter's Father Pens Open Letter: 'We Have to Stop This'

Andres Jauregui, Huffington Post

n-ELLIOT-RODGER-VIDEO-large.jpg06/27/2014 | The father of Santa Barbara shooter Elliot Rodger has penned an open letter calling for an end to mass shootings.

Peter Rodger's letter, which was written for ABC News and published today, calls for mental health reforms and "a change in the culture" that allows such violence to perpetuate.

Andres Jauregui: Editor at the Huffington Post. Crime, Weird News, truth, justice and the American way.

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Gun nuts are terrorizing America: The watershed moment everyone missed, Rick Perlstein, Salon

  • From Cliven Bundy defeating the cops to "open carry" movement's menace, the left's timidity has spawned a nightmare.
  • The US Gun Culture

 

Gun nuts are terrorizing America: The watershed moment everyone missed

  • From Cliven Bundy defeating the cops to "open carry" movement's menace, the left's timidity has spawned a nightmare.
  • The US Gun Culture

Rick Perlstein, Salon

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Monday, Jun 23, 2014 | Here is a truth so fundamental that it should be self-evident: When legitimately constituted state authority stands down in the face of armed threats, the very foundation of the republic is in danger. And yet that is exactly what happened at Cliven Bundy’s Nevada ranch this spring: An alleged criminal defeated the cops, because the forces of lawlessness came at them with guns — then Bureau of Land Management officials further surrendered by removing the government markings from their vehicles to prevent violence against them.

What should be judged a watershed in American history instead became a story about one man’s racist rants. Even as two more Nevada lunatics, inspired by their stint at Cliven Bundy’s ranch, allegedly ambushed and mowed down two police officers and killed a bystander after crying, “This is the start of a revolution.” And now, an antigovernment conspiracy theorist named Douglas Cole recently shot at two police officers in Nevada County, California (though you may not have heard about that, because the New York Times hasn’t found the news yet fit to print).

Rick Perlstein is the author of "Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America" and "Before the Storm: Barry Goldwater and the Unmaking of the American Consensus"

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The US Gun Culture, Wednesday, June 11,2014, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • America is living under the gun. America has lost its mind.
  • Part 1: Lt. Col. Robert Bateman challenges the NRA
  • Part 2: That's It. I am Coming Home. 
  • The US Gun Culture, Tuesday, June 10, 2014

 

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