You probably heard the great news – after two years of progressive activism, FOX finally cancelled Glenn Beck’s show–but the Boycott Must Go On!!


Dear Kevin,
You probably heard the great news – after two years of progressive activism, FOX finally cancelled Glenn Beck’s show.
Beck was targeted after he slandered President Obama by saying, “This president has exposed himself as a guy, over and over and over again, who has a deep-seated hatred for white people, or the white culture, I don’t know what it is… This guy, I believe, is a racist.”
Activists at ColorOfChange, Media Matters, StopBeck, FoxNewsBoycott, and of course Democrats.com responded with a boycott of advertisers on Glenn Beck’s show. Ultimately over 300 advertisers pulled their ads from Beck, costing FOX over $40 million.
Advertiser boycotts work! And it’s time to boycott all FOX News advertisers:

http://www.democrats.com/boycott-proactiv

We’re starting our boycott of all FOX News with Proactiv, which sells acne medicine to teenagers and young adults. Why?
First, there are lots of other acne treatments. Second, young adults above all are hurt by FOX News, which promotes right-wing policies on race, education, healthcare, the environment, and war. Let’s get our future leaders to lead the fight against FOX News!
Sign the petition to Proactiv and enter the email address of every young adult over 18 you know:

http://www.democrats.com/boycott-proactiv

Beyond President Obama, FOX regularly slanders nearly everyone: Democrats, unionized workers, the unemployed (including veterans and 99ers), environmentalists, feminists, blacks, Hiics, Jews, Muslims, progressives, scientists, and any other group it disagrees with.
FOX News broadcasts rightwing extremist slander, incitement to violence, political propaganda, and outright lies to promote its rightwing political agenda. This is not “news,” but rather a never-ending “war on news” – and it’s all documented in our petition.
Why would any decent company want to fund it? Tell Proactiv to stop advertising on FOX News:

http://www.democrats.com/boycott-proactiv

Thanks for all you do!
Bob Fertik

GLEN BECK ADMITTED in 2007, “I Am RACIST and Barack Obama is very White” THIS MAKES Boycotting FOX NEWS needed NOW

By Kevin Stoda

Dear, American supporters of the Fascist Oddball Xenophobic (FOX) news networks.

AMERICANS are getting less tolerant of your racism and stronghold on our major media.

For example, we have noted that in his 2007 TV program from FOX (See on You-Tube), Glen Beck admitted he himself was racist. Further, Beck then, in contrast to 2009, called Barrack Obama much more white than black. (Apparently, Beck now he has other nonsense to mush men’s minds.)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n0tgvWxC_6A

Using a major news platform to promote racism and to tell people to disrespect a whole presidential administration through mixed truths, outright lies, and xenophobia, is not to be tolerated any more.

On Democracy Now today, Amy Goodman asked Benjamin Jealous of the NAACP what he thought of Wal-Mart’s pull-out from advertising on the Glen Beck program on FOX.

NOTE: Goodman had simply asked , “The whole attack by Glenn Beck that drove this (resignation)? In your response from the NAACP to Van Jones, it says, ´The only thing more outrageous than Mr. Beck’s attack on Van Jones is the fact that there are sponsors that continue to pay him to provide this type of offensive commentary.` Do you support the continued boycott of companies like Wal-Mart of Beck’s show on Fox?”

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/9/8/white_house_environmental_adviser_van_jones

This is a particularly important point because Glen Beck´s HATE CAMPAIGN ON THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION led recently to a great American policy maker, Van Jones, quitting the government this week.

http://thinkprogress.org/2009/09/06/van-jones-resigns/

Mr. Jealous said, “We certainly support them (Walmart) choosing with their dollars who they’re going to support. I mean, it’s—Glenn Beck is somebody who’s told a seven-year-old girl, a seven-year-old black girl, that he would buy her a ticket back to Africa, that she needed to go back to Africa. And then he comes out, and he says that healthcare is the beginning of reparations. I mean, this guy plays the race card on a weekly basis. He does it very aggressive—you know, in a very hateful way.”

Recall, first, that Van Jones is one of the most important and thoughtful men in America—however, the FOX (Fascist Oddball Xenophobic) news network chose to support a man, like Glen Beck, rather than seeing that tens of millions of Americans need to get health care from promoters like Jones and that our America economy needs to move starting today to the kind of economy that its competitors worldwide are already doing.

http://www.alternet.org/environment/95963/what_will_the_green_economy_look_like/

Let’s quote the wisdom and influential words of Van Jones on the absolute necessity to green the American economy NOW!
“I think it’s really important to point out that we’re sort of at the end of an era of American capitalism, where we thought we could run the economy based on consumption rather than production, credit rather than creativity, borrowing rather than building, and also, most importantly, environmental destruction rather than environmental restoration.”
Jones continued, “We’re trying to make the case in this book that that era is over. We now have to move in a very different direction. And key to that will be basing the US economy not on credit cards, but based on clean energy and the clean energy revolution that would put literally millions of people to work, putting up solar panels all across the United States, weatherizing buildings so they don’t leak so much energy and put up so much carbon, building wind farms and wave farms, manufacturing wind turbines. We argue you could put Detroit back to work not making SUVs to destroy the world, but making wind turbines, 8,000 finely machine parts in each one, twenty tons of steel in each wind tower, making wind turbines to help save the world.”
Finally, Van Jones wisely noted, “So we think that you can fight pollution and poverty at the same time. We think that you can actually power our way through this recession by putting people to work, but we’re going to have to start building things here and re-powering, retrofitting, retooling America, and that that’s the way forward both for the economy, for the earth and for everyday people.”
Note: These statements came from a program on DN from October of last year:

http://www.democracynow.org/2008/10/28/van_jones_on_the_green_collar

Van Beck has written a book of the same title, The Green Collar Economy: How One Solution Can Fix Our Two Biggest Problems.

http://www.harpercollins.com/books/9780061650758/The_Green_Collar_Economy/index.aspx

America needs such voices as Van Jones in government leadership in America—not Fascist Oddball Xenophobic (FOX) types.

Clean up the American airwaves of all its fascism and racism, today.

http://www.pittsburghurbanmedia.com/a-petition-against-fox-conservative-host-glenn-beck.aspx

NOTE: One way to change the noise of Fascist Oddball Xenophobic (FOX) media moguls is to support alternative media organizations

http://aan.org/alternative/Aan/index

and alternative monitoring websites.

http://americas.mediamonitors.net/content/view/full/64380

Another way, is to demand that local radio and TV channels put better programming on, such as Democracy Now or news sources promoted by serious progressive journalists:

http://www.tacomapjh.org/progressive_news.htm

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Maria* was 12 years old when she was kidnapped at gunpoint and taken to a home where she was held captive


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Hi Kevin,

Maria* was 12 years old when she was kidnapped at gunpoint and taken to a home where she was held captive. She was beaten and raped on an almost daily basis and eventually forced into prostitution. Because of this she became pregnant and gave birth to a baby girl while held in slavery. Maria fled with her baby to America, riding on top of trains, so that they might escape the sexual bondage.1

Sadly, Maria is not alone — many unaccompanied children flee to the US every year with nowhere else to turn. Escalating violence in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras has led to more than 52,000 children being apprehended at our borders.2 

These unaccompanied children are also at risk of being trafficked, which is why legal provisions in place since 2008 ensure these children are afforded basic legal advice and access to support. Children like Maria clearly need protection, care, and rehabilitation: yet a new proposal would see them stripped of their rights and turned away at our borders. 

TAKE ACTION now: stand with children like Maria and help protect their rights!

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Changes to the TVPRA would jeopardize the lives of children seeking safety in the United States. Undermining the law is not the right answer. The cost of pushing vulnerable children back into dangerous or deadly situations is simply too high.

Congress has introduced legislation that would deport children to their home countries without meaningful screening. Sending these children back to extreme violence is an effective death sentence. The U.S. has the responsibility to protect these children from murder, rape, and human trafficking.

The Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA) of 2008 is the law that strengthens protections for unaccompanied children and ensures these kids are afforded basic legal safeguards. It does not provide additional immigration benefits — merely sufficient time and process to identify children already entitled to relief.

Act now to keep the TVPRA in tact and ensure children get the care they deserve.

It’s these protections that are under threat. As Senate Majority Leader, Senator Reid has the power to make sure that protections for these vulnerable children remain in place and that kids like Maria continue to have access to the care they deserve. 

Maria was identified as a child trafficking victim because she was not immediately deported. She was identified because of the TVPRA and has gone on to graduate high school and do well. Trafficked children need time and trained child welfare professionals to identify them and advocate for their relief. 

Tell Senator Reid to protect trafficked and persecuted children and keep the TVPRA strong. 

In gratitude,

Alex Monroe, Walk Free & Melysa Sperber, ATEST

 

*Maria is not her real name.
1 http://lirs.org/
2 http://www.cbp.gov/border-security/humanitarian-challenges

 

 

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Wishful Thinking About Natural Gas Why Fossil Fuels Can’t Solve the Problems Created by Fossil Fuels


Tomgram: Naomi Oreskes, A “Green” Bridge to Hell

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Call it the energy or global warming news of recent weeks.  No, I’m not referring to the fact this was globally the hottest June on record ever (as May had been before it), or that NASA launchedthe first space vehicle “dedicated to studying atmospheric carbon dioxide.” Nor do I mean the new report released by a “bipartisan group,” including former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and three former secretaries of the treasury, suggesting that, by 2100, $238 billion to $507 billion worth of American property will be “below sea level”; nor that Virginia’s coastline is already being eaten away by rising seas and storm-surge destruction in such a striking manner that state Democrats and Republicans are leavingglobal warming denialists in the lurch and forming a climate change task force to figure out what in the world to do. 

No, I was referring to the news that the Obama administration has just reopened the eastern seaboard to offshore oil and gas exploration. To the extent that this has been covered, the articles have generally focused on the economic positives — for jobs and national wealth — of finding new deposits of oil and gas in those waters, and the unhappiness of the environmental community over the effect of the sonic booms used in underwater seismic exploration on whales and other sea creatures. Not emphasized has been the way, from the Arctic to the Gulf of Mexico, not to speak of the shale-gas fracking fields of this country, the Obama administration has had an all-of-the-above policy on fossil fuels.  Our “global warming” president has consistently championedreforms (of a modest sort) to combat climate change.  These, however, fit uncomfortably with his administration’s anything-goes menu of oil and gas exploration and exploitation that is distinctly in the drill-baby-drill mode. Unlike that drill-baby-drill proponent Sarah Palin, however, the president knows what he’s doing and what the long-term effects of such policies are likely to be. 

Part of the way he and his officials seem to have squared the circle is by championing their moves to throttle coal use and bring natural gas, touted as the “clean” fossil fuel, to market in a big way.  As it happens, historian of science Naomi Oreskes, an expert on the subject, has news for the president and his advisors: when looked at in a clear-eyed way, natural gas isn’t going to turn out to be the fossil-fuel equivalent of a wonder drug that will cure the latest climate disease.  Quite the opposite: its exploitation will actually increase the global use of fossil fuels and pump more greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere, while possibly suppressing the development of actual renewable alternatives.  In a magisterial piece today, she explores every aspect of the crucial question of why natural gas is anything but a panacea for our climate change problems. 

This couldn’t be more important.  Science historians Oreskes and Erik Conway have already written a classic book, Merchants of Doubt, on how Big Energy and a tiny group of scientists associated with it sold us a false bill of goods on the nature and impact of its products (as the tobacco industry and essentially the same set of scientists had before it).  Together, they have now produced a little gem of a book on climate change: The Collapse of Western Civilization: a View From the Future.  Written, so the claim goes, in 2393 by a “senior scholar of the Second People’s Republic of China,” it traces the events that led to the Great Collapse of 2090.  You haven’t heard of that grim event yet?  Well, you will as soon as you pick up Oreskes’s and Conway’s “thought-provoking” and gripping work of “science-based fiction” on what our future may have in store for us — if we don’t act to change our world. Tom

Wishful Thinking About Natural Gas 
Why Fossil Fuels Can’t Solve the Problems Created by Fossil Fuels 
By Naomi Oreskes

Albert Einstein is rumored to have said that one cannot solve a problem with the same thinking that led to it.  Yet this is precisely what we are now trying to do with climate change policy.  The Obama administration, the Environmental Protection Agency, many environmental groups, and the oil and gas industry all tell us that the way to solve the problem created by fossil fuels is with more fossils fuels.  We can do this, they claim, by using more natural gas, which istouted as a “clean” fuel — even a “green” fuel.

Like most misleading arguments, this one starts from a kernel of truth.

Click here to read more of this dispatch.

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The It Game


 

Summer of Hope 2014: Reservation Report #5

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Something is terribly, terribly wrong when the suicide rate in a community is 13 times the national average!

Welcome to the Silverton Reservation. Where virtually everyone knows someone who ended their own life.

The reasons for despair are many. Like 70% unemployment. Fifty-five percent of the children living under the poverty level – with half of them classified as “severely poor.”

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There’s no joy quite so joyful as that of an expectant mother. She talks all the time about this new life she’s carrying, and she tells everyone about “my baby.” That is unless she doesn’t want to carry the child any more. If she happens to be considering an abortion, she and all those involved in the process suddenly demote “my baby” to “the fetus.”

Yes, most of the abortion controversy swirls around one issue: is this a person or a thing growing inside the mother. In order for us to seriously consider ending that life, we pretty much have to make this “he” or “she” into an “it”. Those who want the right to end a pregnancy have to convince themselves that it’s not a person that they’re doing this to. That’s a hard thing to say, “I’m doing this to a person.” But people with unwanted pregnancies? They’re not the only ones who play that little mental game.

I’m Ron Hutchcraft and I want to have A Word With You today about “The It Game.”

When we’re making a wrong choice, a sinful choice, I think we’d rather sin against a “thing” than a person. That’s true of people who were once spiritually excited but now they want to try some of what the world has to offer. I’ve had people say to me about their Christian faith, “I’m not into it any more.” “I don’t believe it like I used to.” That’s the “It Game.”

But listen to what Jesus says the real issue comes down to. It’s our word for today from the Word of God, Matthew 10:32-33, “Whoever acknowledges Me before men, I will acknowledge him before My Father in heaven. But whoever disowns Me before men, I will disown him before My Father in heaven.” When you leave spiritually, you’re not leaving an “it”. You’re not leaving a system, an organization. You’re not leaving a church or a belief. You’re leaving a person. You’re leaving Jesus. Jesus makes Himself the issue. He says, “The choice is acknowledge Me or deny Me.” What was His first invitation to people? “Follow Me.” Not, “Follow My system.” Not, “Follow Christianity.”

Billy Graham, many years ago, encountered a demonstrator that was waving a sign. The sign said “Jesus Yes, Christianity No.” In many ways Jesus would agree with that. He is the issue. Maybe you’ve left some of the Christian lifestyle that you used to pursue. Well, you need to know whom you have left. You can’t say, “Well, I’m not into it any more.” No, you have to look at Jesus and say, “Jesus, I’m not into You any more.” “Jesus, I don’t believe in You like I used to; I’m not getting as much out of You as I used to.” See, this becomes a deeply personal issue between you and the very Son of God.

When it comes to abortion I know it’s hard for people to kill a baby, so they try to convince themselves that they’re killing something less personal-a fetus they’ll say. Well, it’s hard for someone to desert God’s Son, so they call it something else. People say, “Christians? I’m tired of Christians.” Or, “I’m giving up on the church; I don’t go for the rules any more”. Or, “It’s my parent’s religion.” How about this one, “I don’t believe in that person any more. I don’t believe in that organization any more.” This could be a game – the “it” game! It’s a futile attempt to obscure the real issue. Let’s make the person that this is all about into an “it”.

When you walk away from the Christian life, you’re turning your back on the man who died for you; on the Lord, Jesus Christ. I mean, Christianity…all it is, is a person. No more; no less. And once you’ve tasted the love and the power of Jesus Christ, what in the world could be worth leaving Him for?

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It has been 69 years since the United States dropped atomic bombs on the city of Hiroshima


 
 

 

 

United for Peace and Justice has declared August, “Nuclear Free Future Month.”  It has been 69 years since the United States dropped atomic bombs on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August, 1945, killing much of their populations in an instant.  Tens of thousands more died from injuries or radiation sickness in the months that followed. The rest were condemned to live their lives in fear of radiation-induced cancers, and their descendants to this day face increased risk of health effects caused by genetic damage. Read the Call to Action!

 

Did you know?


 

 

● Approximately 16,400 nuclear weapons, most held by the U.S. and Russia, pose an

  intolerable    threat to humanity. The International Red Cross has warned that “incalculable

  human suffering” will result from any use of nuclear weapons, and that there can be no

  adequate humanitarian response.


 

 

● With the U.S.- Russia conflict over the Ukraine and the U.S. “strategic pivot” to the Asia-

  Pacific we have entered a new era of confrontation among nuclear-armed powers and

  dangers of great power wars. Nuclear tensions in the Middle East, Southeast Asia and on the Korean peninsula remind us that the threat of nuclear war is ever present.


 

 

● As currently planned, maintaining and modernizing the U.S. nuclear arsenal will exceed $1

  trillion over the next 30 years!


 

 

● The bi-partisan U.S. Conference of Mayors has called on the President and Congress to slash  nuclear weapons spending and to redirect those funds to meet the urgent needs of cities, declaring: “Our nation’s deep economic crisis can only be addressed by adopting new priorities to create a sustainable economy for the 21st century.”

 

 

● Our government should be working in good faith to eliminate all nuclear arms, not

  misdirecting more of our tax dollars to “modernize” these weapons of mass destruction.

 

● Nuclear weapons and nuclear power are two aspects of the same beast. Every step of the

  nuclear chain contributes directly or through connecting steps to the virtually permanent

  contamination of our atmosphere, watersheds, soil and organic life. Nuclear power powers the bomb! Nuclear power is not the solution to global climate change.

The U.S. dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, and the second on Nagasaki on August 9, 1945.  For decades, these dates have been adopted as times to pause to remember the victims, and also to remember that the threat posed by nuclear weapons remains with us.  They also are a time to reflect on the broader dangers created by the global spread of nuclear technology as a means to generate nuclear power.  Despite the inherent risks of nuclear power generation, demonstrated decisively by the 2011 catastrophe at Fukushima, the immense global nuclear industry continues to push for new nuclear deals, always claiming that the next generation of nuclear power plants will be safe and affordable, despite a record of broken promises stretching back to the dawn of the atomic age.

Let us use the tragic anniversaries of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the month of August to expand our circles in order to put our planet on the path to sustainability, ending the nuclear scourge once and for all. Let us use this month to reach out and dialogue with people and organizations beyond the peace movement and our usual partners, coalitions and friends; to educate, to inspire courage and creativity, to illustrate the steps we can take toward abolition, and to build a powerful constituency for a Nuclear Free Future.

We can have a Nuclear Free World! Read and endorse the Call to Action. Find out what’s happening in your area or post your local actions and events on the Nuclear Free Future Month calendar. Find all kinds of resources and action opportunities at www.nuclearfreefuture.org. Forward this alert far and wide!

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Who is Paying for the Syrian-IRaq Suicide War? and Should We?


TomDispatch.com: A Regular Antidote to the Mainstream Media
Tomgram: Dahr Jamail, Incinerating Iraq

Who even knows what to call it? The Iraq War or the Iraq-Syrian War would be far too orderly for what’s happening, so it remains a no-name conflict that couldn’t be deadlier or more destabilizing — and it’s in the process of internationalizing in unsettling ways. Think of it as the strangest disaster on the planet right now. After all, when was the last time that the U.S. andRussia ended up on the same side in a conflict? You would have to go back almost three quarters of a century to World War II to answer that one. And how about the U.S. and Iran? Now, it seems that all three of those countries are sending in military hardware and, in the case of the U.S. and Irandrones, advisers, pilots, and possibly other personnel. 

Since World War I, the region that became Iraq and Syria has been a magnet for the meddling of outside powers of every sort, each of which, including France and Britain, the Clinton administration with its brutal sanctions, and the Bush administration with its disastrous invasion and occupation, helped set the stage for the full-scale destabilization and sectarian disintegration of both countries. And now the outsiders are at it again. 

The U.S., Russia, and Iran only start the list. The Saudis, to give an example, have reportedly been deeply involved in funding the rise of the al-Qaeda-style extremist movement the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Now, facing that movement’s success — some of its armed followers, including undoubtedly Saudi nationals, have already reached the Iraqi-Saudi frontier — the Saudis are reportedly moving 30,000 troops there, no doubt in fear that their fragile and autocratic land might someday be open to the very violence their petrodollars have stoked. Turkey, which has wielded an open-border/safe haven policy to support the Syrian rebels fighting the Bashar al-Assad regime, including ISIS and other extremist outfits, is now dealing with kidnapped nationals and chaos on its border, thanks to those same rebels. Israel entered the fray recently as well, launching airstrikes against nine Syrian “military targets,” and just to add to the violence and confusion, Assad’s planes and helicopters have been attackingISIS forces across the now-nonexistent border in Iraq. And I haven’t even mentioned Hezbollah, the Jordanians, or the Europeans, all of whom are involved in their own ways. 

Since 2003, Dahr Jamail, a rare and courageous unembedded reporter in Iraq, has observed how this witch’s brew of outside intervention and exploding sectarian violence has played out in the lives of ordinary Iraqis. It couldn’t be a sadder tale, one hestarted reporting for TomDispatch in 2005 — even then the subject was “devastation.” Nine years later, he’s back and the devastation is almost beyond imagining. As he now works for the website Truthout, this is a joint TomDispatch/Truthout report.Tom

A Nation on the Brink 
How America’s Policies Sealed Iraq’s Fate 
By Dahr Jamail

[This essay is a joint TomDispatch/Truthout report.]

For Americans, it was like the news from nowhere. Years had passed since reporters bothered to head for the country we invaded and blew a hole through back in 2003, the country once known as Iraq that our occupation drove into a never-ending sectarian nightmare. In 2011, the last U.S. combat troops slipped out of the country, their heads “held high,” as President Obama proclaimed at the time, and Iraq ceased to be news for Americans.

So the headlines of recent weeks — Iraq Army collapses! Iraq’s second largest city falls to insurgents! Terrorist Caliphate established in Middle East! — couldn’t have seemed more shockingly out of the blue. Suddenly, reporters flooded back in, the Bush-era neocons who had planned and supported the invasion and occupation were writing op-eds as if it were yesterday, and Iraq was again the story of the moment as the post-post-mortems began to appear and commentators began asking: How in the world could this be happening?

Iraqis, of course, lacked the luxury of ignoring what had been going on in their land since 2011. For them, whether Sunnis or Shiites, the recent unraveling of the army, the spread of a series of revolts across the Sunni parts of Iraq, the advance of an extremist insurgency on the country’s capital, Baghdad, and the embattled nature of the autocratic government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki were, if not predictable, at least expectable. And as the killings ratcheted up, caught in the middle were the vast majority of Iraqis, people who were neither fighters nor directly involved in the corrupt politics of their country, but found themselves, as always, caught in the vice grip of the violence again engulfing it.

Click here to read more of this dispatch.

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Stop War with Tom and Jim!!


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McGovern Demands War Powers Vote in Two Weeks

 

Representative Jim McGovern (D-MA) introduced a measure Friday requiring a House vote on Iraq under the War Powers Resolution, forcing the Republican leadership to take action within fifteen days or face an up-or-down vote, which might curb the administration’s escalating military intervention in the civil war.

 

Continue reading… 


 


Avoid Splinters in Iraq, Syria

 

Congressional support for a War Powers authorization looms as the only opportunity for the US to avoid another self-inflicted wound in Iraq and Syria. The fifteen-day deadline provides an opportunity for anti-war groups to exert public pressure against any escalation, and a wrenching deadline for Congress to end its dickering and denial. The best that can be expected is a face-saving bipartisan formula for avoiding a quagmire while minimizing the political cycle of blame. The difficulty will be defining a formula that might yet patch together the Sunni “humpty” with the Shiite “dumpty”.

 

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Arab Winter

 

The “Arab winter” that began last year with the US-backed military coup in Egypt, is falling fast over Gaza. Provoked initially by Palestinian kidnappings and murders of three Israeli teenagers, the conflict has unfolded into a systematic and one-sided destruction of Gaza’s infrastructure and inhabitants amidst a sharp reshuffling of the regional balance of forces.

 

Continue reading…


 


Going Green by Local Means: The Case of British Columbia

 

VANCOUVER, B.C. – Canadian environmentalists are achieving climate change progress on a province-by-province basis in response to the complete intransigence of the conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper regime in Ottawa, another example of decentralized pacts similar to those led by California against the climate-change-denying fossil fuel and religious fundamentalists in Washington.

 

Continue reading…


 


US-China Climate Talks Creep Forward, But Justice in Question

 

With the US and China responsible for 40 percent of global carbon emissions, the future likely turns on bilateral diplomatic progress towards the December 2015 global summit. With tensions increasing between the US and China over the South China Sea and cyber-espionage, it was at least a hopeful sign that recent negotiations towards a climate agreement were not being sacrificed to a new Cold War. The presence of John Podesta, President Barack Obama’s top climate change specialist, on last week’s US diplomatic delegation to the strategic dialogue with Beijing, was a guarantee of the Obama administration’s growing seriousness.

 

Continue reading…


 


Hijos De Las Guerras

 

The tens of thousands of Central American children streaming towards the US border are refugees from violence and economic crisis fostered by decades of wrongheaded US foreign policy. By comparison with the Central Americans, tens of thousands of Cubans have been welcomed for decades as “refugees from communism” and granted immediate status, creating a right-wing Miami boom after their arrival. Few conservatives would claim those Cuban exiles were a “drain on the taxpayer” or a threat to America’s “way of life.” Yet they have harbored cliques of anti-Castro terrorism, turned southern Florida into a sanctuary for their numerous plots, and built a “Cuban lobby” which has distorted American politics with money and votes for years.

 

Continue reading…


 


Toward the White, Male, Christian Republic

 

As reported in the Journal before, a white, male, nativist Christian country is evolving rapidly as we evolve into, “two, three, many Americas.” Whether this conservative version of “America” prevails against the new multicultural majority is an open question. Moderates and liberals will have to wake up to the threat and plan a new politics accordingly.

 

Continue reading…  


 


An Exchange: Mike Davis & Tom Hayden on Kilcullen
Originally published in the comments section of The Rag Blog

 

Mike Davis: Tom is absolutely correct to assert a continuity of intellectual hubris and moral depravity between McNamara’s whiz kids and the Rumsfeld-era advocates of a ‘revolution in military affairs.’ And what are Obama’s drones except a robotized version of the Phoenix program? 

 

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Here is How to Map Rise of Militarism Worldwide


If you haven’t yet signed the pledge to help end all war, please do so athttp://WorldBeyondWar.org

Mapping Militarism

World Beyond War has created a set of online interactive maps to help us all see where and how war and preparations for war exist in the world today.

You can find the maps we’ve created thus far at http://bit.ly/mappingmilitarism and send us your ideas for more maps here .

We’ll be updating some of these maps with new data every year and displaying animation of the progress away from war or the regress toward more war as the case may be. Click to explore this tool and share it with others:

 

Fund Our Media Campaign

Our campaign to raise funds to advertise for supporters of ending all war is taking off atIndiegogo . Can you help?

We’re going to place prominent billboards and signs and other advertisements around the globe in numerous languages, directing people to the World Beyond War website to get involved in the project of ending all war. Watch the video for the details:

Opinion Has Shifted Against War

Please contribute what you can , as soon as you can, to help the video and the campaign spread online. Please share it by email and social media. The faster this link spreads around the world, the sooner the acceptability of war will be made a thing of the past:http://igg.me/at/worldbeyondwar

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Why does NPR Listen to these Losers of Peoples Trust and Faith???


NPR reverses course, when the press loves GOP losers, a CNBC expert exposed, and more

Dear Kevin,

Welcome to the new layout. Here’s some other things I’ve been reading this week:Matt Bruenig on Lebron James and the Rust Belt, Soyoung Kim and Liana Bakerand Peter Lauria and Ken Doctor on Rupert Murdoch’s pursuit of Time Warner,Caitlin Schiller on clickbait and modern media, and Tracie McMillan on the new face of hunger in America. If you are at Netroots this weekend, please get in touch!

John Whitehouse
@existentialfish

 
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NPR Restores Ombudsman

NPR’s CEO tells Media Matters‘ Joe Strupp that they will abandon a job description that indicated a defanged ombudsman:http://mm4a.org/1mNP59a

 
 
 

Why Does The Press Love GOP Losers?

Eric Boehlert explores why Republican losers like Rick Perry, John McCain, and Sarah Palin have large media constituencies:http://mm4a.org/1qcz93x

 
 

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Steve Liesman embarrassed tea party hero Rick Santelli live on CNBC, pointing out that for five years Santelli has gotten everything wrong:http://youtu.be/EU9U3ZnAD5E

 

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Sexual assault is now literally a joke on Fox News: Host Charles Paynebragged about his cufflinks that portray a caveman dragging a woman by the hair.http://tmblr.co/Z20gPx1LBuli0

 
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50,000 children will starve if something isn’t done


A Matter of Life and Death

The UN just warned that 50,000 children may die without immediate action. Yet, Obama’s U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit doesn’t even have South Sudan on the agenda. 

Dear Kevin,

This week, the United Nations issued its starkest warning on South Sudan yet — 50,000 children are at severe risk of starvation. 10,000 innocent people have already died. More than 1.5 million people have fled their homes. 

Why are these children — and all those under attack in South Sudan — NOT on the agenda of President Obama’s upcoming US-Africa Leaders Summit? 

On the cusp of a return to a full-blown civil war and with widespread famine looming, South Sudan is Africa’s largest and most immediate crisis, affecting 7 million people. Yet, President Obama’s upcoming U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit ignores this crisis. 

Join me in demanding that President Obama use the Summit to push for a solution in South Sudan. 

The situation in South Sudan is dire. At least 10,000 civilians have been killed and 1.5 million people have fled their homes. More than half of the country — 7 million people — are at risk of food insecurity and the rainy season has begun, increasing the difficulty in delivering humanitarian aid. 

Solving the humanitarian crisis requires solving the political crisis as well.South Sudanese President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar agreed to form a transitional government, but little progress has been made and an August 10th deadline is looming. 

The U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit — held just days before the deadline for forming the transitional government — offers a unique opportunity to break the political deadlock and save untold numbers of lives. More than 50 leaders from Africa will be coming to Washington DC, including the chairman of the African Union, leaders of the regional group that brokered the latest agreement, and the President of South Sudan. Many of these countries have been involved in peacekeeping, negotiations and have pledged humanitarian aid. 

Now, with these critical leaders together, President Obama must push for a unified plan to stop the killing and avert a famine that could claim the lives of millions. 

The Unites States has taken important steps. Administration officials — including Secretary of State Kerry — visited South Sudan this spring to help broker an interim agreement and President Obama issued an executive order authorizing economic sanctions on those responsible for the violence in South Sudan. 

But the crisis in South Sudan could take a tragic turn for the worse if a settlement is not reached and if humanitarian aid is not delivered. The moment for decisive leadership is now. 

Efforts by the United States and many African nations led to a temporary agreement for a transitional government. Now, the leaders who will gather in Washington can take the next crucial step. Peace is possible, but only if it is made clear to South Sudanese President Kiir and rebel leader Machar that the world will not let their political differences lead to the deaths of millions. 

With only two weeks before the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, South Sudan needs to be on the agenda. Those fomenting ethnic warfare and brutality need to know that they will be held fully accountable. Those who are suffering must know that the world cares about them and that help is on the way. 

With the eyes of the world on the United States during the Summit, let’s flood President Obama with thousands of messages demanding that immediate and decisive action be taken for South Sudan. 

Together, we will not only put South Sudan on the agenda of the U.S-Africa Leaders Summit but set the stage to bring an end to the crisis. 

 Sincerely, 
 
 President, United to End Genocide
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Staffing Problem in Hot Spot


Staffing Problem in Hot Spot
 
Dear Dr. Spilchuk,
I would like to get your professional advice on a ‘catch-22′ situation. In fact, I recently built a state-of-the-art Grammar school in a small city of Pakistan. I intend to hire one Principal, two Administrators (Entry Level) and two English teachers from abroad, and advertised in different newspapers. However, all the interested candidates are very much concerned about the security of Pakistan. I tried to the best of my ability to convince them that the city where the school is located is very peaceful, people are friendly and there is no security problem.Read complete Article / Blog
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