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The Engineered Destruction and Political Fragmentation of Iraq


  • Towards the Creation of a US-sponsored Islamist Caliphate
  • The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham: An instrument of the Western Military Alliance
  • The Human Price of Neocon Havoc

Michel Chossudovsky, Global Research

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Irak-drapeau-carte.jpgJuly 01, 2014 | The creation of the US sponsored Islamist Caliphate has been announced.  The Islamic State of Iraq and Al Cham (ISIS) has been replaced by the Islamic State (IS).  The Islamic State is not an independent political entity. It is a construct of US intelligence.  (M.Ch. July 1, 2014)

The Western media in chorus have described the unfolding conflict in Iraq as a “civil war” opposing the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham against the Armed forces of the Al-Maliki government.

(Also referred to as Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) or Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS))

Michel Chossudovsky is an award-winning author, Professor of Economics (emeritus) at the University of Ottawa, Founder and Director of the Centre for Research on Globalization (CRG), Montreal and Editor of the website. 

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The Human Price of Neocon Havoc, Robert Parry, Consortium News

  • Neocons are the “masters of chaos” as they destabilize disfavored governments around the world. But real people pay the price as we’ve seen with Israel’s slaughter of four boys on a Gaza beach and an apparent shoot-down of a Malaysian airliner over war-torn Ukraine.
  • State Department Ignores How US Forces Have Inspired ‘Emergence’ of Al Qaeda Affiliates
  • How Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and Congressional Republicans Created Child-Refugee Flood


Another Botched Execution


  • As the nation is horrified by another botched execution, a capital defense lawyer in Texas, legal scholar in New York and the former warden of San Quentin work against capital punishment.
  • Rachel Maddow's Harrowing Description Of Botched Arizona Execution
  • Cops Behaving Badly, June 28,2014


18/1284856024_4238/300h.jpg7/26/2014 | There were only three people in the room: Jeanne Woodford, the chaplain and the man strapped to a gurney with tubes coming out of his arms. After hearing the man's last words, Woodford signaled the corrections officer who was "working the chemicals," which means in prison argot that he started infusions of lethal chemicals that flowed into the man on the gurney. As warden of California's San Quentin, Woodford presided over this high-tech ritual of punishment four times. After a stint as Executive Director of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, she threw in the towel to become Executive Director of Death Penalty Focus, the abolitionist organization that sponsored the 2012 SAFE referendum seeking to replace the death penalty with life without parole. Though the referendum failed to pass, Woodford is still hard at work in the movement to abolish capital punishment in California.

Meanwhile, across the continent, in the gentility of Fordham University's school of law, Arthur A. McGivney Professor Deborah W. Denno writes scholarly articles about "working the chemicals" that are published in the nation's leading law journals and quoted at death penalty hearings before the United States Supreme Court.

Martha Rosenberg is an award-winning investigative pubic health reporter who covers

justice190v.jpgthe food, drug and gun industries. Her first book, Born With A Junk Food Deficiency: How Flaks, Quacks and Hacks Pimp The Public Health, is distributed by Random House. 

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Rachel Maddow's Harrowing Description Of Botched Arizona Execution, Catherine Taibi, Huffington Post

07/24/2014 | Rachel Maddow gave a chilling account of the botched execution that took place in Arizona Wednesday night.

Maddow described the disturbing death of Joseph Wood, the inmate whose execution went horribly wrong on Wednesday after the state used the same drugs that caused the faulty executions of death row inmates in both Oklahoma and Ohio earlier this year.


Cops Behaving Badly, June 28,2014, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • Search  on the internet "police brutality" or "police excessive force."  If you search YouTube, there are many videos of cops acting WAY beyond their limits.
  • Part 1: A SWAT Team Blew a Hole in My 2-Year-Old Son
  • Part 2: US police departments are increasingly militarised, finds report
  • Widespread Police Misconduct and an Expanding Prison Population


Father Roy Bourgeois | (GA) Police Chief Ricky Boren Denies Our Right to Peacefully Assemble

  • Columbus Police Chief Ricky Boren is messing with the wrong movement.
  • Police Deny Street Permit for Annual Vigil at Fort Benning, Georgia
  • 2014 Veterans For Peace SOAW Bus Trip
  • Watch: Peaceful Warriors On the road with Vets for Peace

Father Roy Bourgeois, SOA Watch

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SOAW%20banner.jpgJuly 24, 2014 | This year, as we prepare to gather for the 25th Vigil to Close the School of the Americas, he is trying to stop us from speaking truth to power at the main gates of Fort Benning as we have done since the first anniversary of the brutal massacre at the University of Central America in 1989.

In the protest permit “approval” he sent me, he’s denied our right to set up a stage and speakers so the messages from survivors of ongoing SOA-graduate violence in Colombia and Honduras can share with us their stories. And he’s said we cannot be in the street, and no more than 200 protesters at a time can be on the sidewalks of Fort Benning Road.

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This political attack on our First Amendment rights cannot stand. I give you my word, we will fight this, and ensure a safe and legal space for all who wish to attend this year’s 25th anniversary Vigil (November 21-23). SOA Watch organizers and attorneys from the SOA Watch Legal Collective are working on the case, and we know that justice is on our side. you stand with me, and sign this petition to Police Chief Boren urging him to reconsider his unjust denial of our right to peaceably assemble at the main gates of Fort Benning? 

By standing together, our power cannot be denied, and we will raise our voices in solidarity with those struggling on the ground in Latin America against the violence and oppression wreaked by this infamous institute and corrupt US foreign policies. The vigil weekend will also include a march to the nearby Stewart Detention Center, a privately-run, for-profit immigrant prison, where thousands of our brothers are being held simply for seeking a better life for themselves and their families. Many of those who are incarcerated there had to escape the devastating consequences of past and present U.S. foreign policy in the region.

Thank you for your courage and solidarity, and keep an eye out for further updates as we prepare for what will be a Vigil to remember. Make your travel plans!

Yours in struggle,




Father Roy Bourgeois


Police Deny Street Permit for Annual Vigil at Fort Benning, Georgia, Hendrik Voss, SOA Watch


Constitutional Rights Under Attack in Georgia 


2014 Veterans For Peace SOAW Bus Trip, Mary McNellis <>, Veterans for Peace Chapter 27 (Twin Cities, MN)


¡Celebremos la Resistencia!   November 21-24, 2014   Converge on Fort Benning


Watch: Peaceful Warriors On the road with Vets for Peace, Greg Hagen

2010 documentary which follows the chapter 27 Veterans for Peace on their annual trip from Minneapolis down to Fort Benning, Georgia, home of the School of the Americas (SOA). To protest this shameful school and pay tribute to those who have died at the hands of SOA graduates.




Henry A. Giroux | Thinking Dangerously in An Age of Political Betrayal

  • That is, there are no dangerous thoughts for the simple reason that thinking itself is such a dangerous enterprise.  . . . nonthinking is even more dangerous.   —Hannah Arendt 
  • Thinking is not the intellectual reproduction of what already exists anyway. As long as it doesn’t break off, thinking has a secure hold on possibility.  . . . Open thinking points beyond itself.  —Theodor Adorno
  • Age of Ignorance

Henry A. Giroux, Rise Up Times

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July 18, 2014 | Thinking has become dangerous in the United States. As Paul Stoller observes, the symptoms are everywhere including a Texas GOP Party platform that states, “We oppose teaching of Higher order Thinking Skills [because they] have the purpose of challenging the student’s fixed beliefs and undermining parental control” to a Tennessee bill that “allows the teaching of creationism in state’s classrooms.”

At a time when anti-intellectualism runs rampant throughout popular culture and the political landscape, it seems imperative to once again remind ourselves of how important critical thought as a crucible for thinking analytically can be both a resource and an indispensable tool. If critical thought, sometimes disparaged as theory, gets a bad name, it is not because it is inherently dogmatic, jargonistic or rigidly specialized, but because it is often abused or because it becomes a tool of irrelevancy – a form of theoreticism in which theory becomes an end in itself. This abuse of critical thought appears to have a particularly strong hold in the humanities, especially among many graduate students in English departments who often succumb to surrendering their own voices to class projects and dissertations filled with obtuse jargon associated with the most fashionable theorists of the moment. Such work is largely rewarded less for its originality than the fact that it threatens no one.

Henry A. Giroux currently holds the McMaster University Chair for Scholarship in the Public Interest in the English and Cultural Studies Department and a Distinguished Visiting Professorship at Ryerson University. 

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Age of Ignorance, Charles Simic, New York Review of Books

  • What we have in this country is the rebellion of dull minds against the intellect. That’s why they love politicians who rail against teachers indoctrinating children against their parents’ values and resent the ones who show ability to think seriously and independently. Despite their bravado, these fools can always be counted on to vote against their self-interest. 
  • Human Stupidity Is Destroying the World
  • George Monbiot | Right's Stupidity Spreads, Enabled by Too-Polite Left


At Some Point, Progressives Need to Break Up With the Democratic Party


  • If you're a leftie, the Democratic establishment doesn't care about your opinion. They certainly don't want your input. What they want is your vote -- in exchange for exactly nothing in return. They're political parasites, draining the enthusiasm and idealism of progressives, simultaneously neutering and exploiting mainline libs.
  • The Left Has Lost It’s Nerve and Direction

Ted Rall, AlterNet

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hillary_3.png July 4, 2014  | At a certain point, if you have any relationship with dignity, you're supposed to get sick of being used and abused. Speaking of which: liberal Democrats.

Democratic politicians act like right-wingers. Liberals vote for them anyway.

The Democratic Party espouses right-wing policies. Self-described progressives give them cash.

Ted Rall is a syndicated cartoonist and freelance writer based in New York City. 

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The Left Has Lost It’s Nerve and Direction, Chris Hedges, Philadelphia (PA) Inquirer

If the left wants to regain influence in the nation's political life, it must be willing to walk away from the Democratic Party, even if Barack Obama is the nominee, and back progressive, third-party candidates until the Democrats feel enough heat to adopt our agenda. We must be willing to say no. If not, we become slaves.



dennis-kucinich-both-parties-have-failed360.jpg Former Rep. Dennis Kucinich of Ohio engages in debate. AP/Mark Duncan Dennis Kucinich: Both Political Parties Have Failed America, Truthdig AV Booth

Dennis Kucinich holds politicians accountable.

Corporate welfare’s quiet enablers: How democrats pander to big business



Attorney General Holder is right: Racial animus plays role in Obama opposition

  • We have a political party and a right-wing media machine that pander incessantly to the racist reactionaries in our society, often through code words. It’s been going on since Nixon implemented his “Southern strategy” of appealing to white resentment in the wake of the civil rights movement.
  • GOP Racism
  • Fox News’ divisive race strategy: How O’Reilly, Hannity, and Coulter intentionally tore America apart

Morris Dees, Southern Poverty Law Center

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Pat Bagley 

07/16/2014 | Right-wing pundits are jumping all over Attorney General Eric Holder for daring to suggest on Sunday that “racial animus” plays a role in the “level of vehemence” that’s been directed at President Obama. They’re denouncing him for “playing the race card” and “stoking racial divisions.”

Who do they think they’re fooling?

The rhetoric is what’s hateful. Calling people out for it is not.

Morris Dees, Founder, Chief Trial Attorney, Southern Poverty Law Center

The Southern Poverty Law Center fights hate and bigotry and seeks justice for the most vulnerable members of our society using litigation, education, and other forms of advocacy.

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GOP Racism, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest


  • Race has moved to the front-burner of political news lately.
  • Part 1: Top Democrat: 'Not All' Republicans Are Racist
  • Part 2: You’re in Denial if You Think Steve Israel Is Wrong About GOP Racism


Fake%20Media.jpgFox News’ divisive race strategy: How O’Reilly, Hannity, and Coulter intentionally tore America apart, Matthew W. Hughey and Gregory S. Parks, Salon


Jorge Ramos's Powerful Defense Of Immigrant Children In Border Crisis


  • "No government should be in the business of deporting children." --Jorge Ramos
  • How Conservative Media Killed A Charity's Plan To Help Migrant Children In CrisisNCLR President: GOP Will Lose White House If Attitude On Child Refugees Continues

Catherine Taibi, Huffington Post

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/Brownsville4jpg.jpg07/22/2014 | Latino journalist Jorge Ramos delivered a powerful speech on Tuesday against conservative efforts to deport the thousands of Central American children who have been arriving at the US border.

Ramos hit back at GOP voices like Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) who are pushing for a speedier deportation process of the some 70,000 unaccompanied minors. Many conservative groups have fought back against possible efforts by the Obama administration to house the children in Vassar, Michigan. Despite disagreement over a solution, the border conflict has been called a "humanitarian crisis" by both Republicans and Democrats.

Catherine Taibi is an Associate Media Editor at the Huffington Post. She got her BA in English from Wesleyan University.

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How Conservative Media Killed A Charity's Plan To Help Migrant Children In Crisis, Oliver Willis, Media Matters for America

  • A charity has withdrawn its plans to provide beds for migrant children due to "negative backlash caused by information misreported to the public."
  • How the Media Doesn't Give Peace a Chance

NCLR President: GOP Will Lose White House If Attitude On Child Refugees Continues, Carolina Moreno, Huffington Post 

  • The President of the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), the largest Latino civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States, has choice words for the GOP.
  • "I promise you this," (NCLR President Janet) Murguía said to a cheering crowd. "The road to the White House runs right through the Hispanic community, and you will not see a Republican become president without it."
  • Jorge Ramos's Powerful Defense Of Immigrant Children In Border Crisis


Watch: Is the Supreme Court Out of Order?


  • "You can't look at the Roberts court and say that they've done anything other than systematically unravel voting rights, women's rights, workers' rights [and] environmental progress," Dahlia Lithwick, a senior editor at Slate,  tells me.
  • Linda Greenhouse, a New York Times columnist, adds: "I think it's hard for anybody looking at this court objectively to come away not thinking that it's a court in pursuit of an agenda."
  • Supreme Court’s out-of-control spiral: Ideologues rewriting their own laws

Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company

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07/15/2014 | The latest session of the US Supreme Court was especially contentious, with important decisions on the separation of church and state, organized labor, campaign finance reform, birth control and women's health, among others, splitting the court along its 5-4 conservative-liberal divide.

On the other hand, nearly two-thirds of the court's decisions this term were unanimous -- the first time that's happened in more than 60 years. But there's more to that seeming unanimity than meets the eye: In some instances, conservative justices went along but expressed their wish that the court had gone even further to the right, and many believe that some of the decisions might simply be a preliminary step toward a more significant breaking of legal precedent in years to come.

Bill Moyers is an American journalist and liberal public commentator. He served as White House Press Secretary in the Johnson administration from 1965 to 1967. He also worked as a network TV news commentator for ten years.

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Supreme Court’s out-of-control spiral: Ideologues rewriting their own laws, David Dayen, Salon

  • It may be incremental, but make no mistake: This court is using absurd eccentricities to legislate from the bench.
  • Justice Scalia, Religion, and the Failure of Legal Reasoning



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