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Say "No!" to Condoleeza Rice at University of Minnesota

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  • By providing Condoleeza Rice a forum, the U of Minnesota is endorsing her support and approval of unilateral pre-emptive war, and the global degradation of human rights.
  • She belongs in a prison, not on a university campus!
  • Part 1: The Truth about Condi Rice
  • Part 2: Condoleezza Rice Film Screening and Public Forum – April 10th

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest.

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Part 1: The Truth about Condi Rice

Coleen Rowley, in Pink Tank by Code Pink

Thanks to Evergreene Digest reader David Harris for this contribution.

April 8, 2014 | The University of Minnesota’s promotion of Condi Rice (and paying her $150,000 via one of the University’s top donors, the Carlson Foundation) turns “free speech” on its head, especially since University officials refuse to give even 5 minutes of “equal time” to those who would tell the truth about Condi’s past criminal conduct. Officials refuse to ask Rice to discuss the hard questions about her involvement in war crimes and also refuse to let students meet with Rice (although a handpicked group of students apparently does get to meet with her). Dean Eric Schwartz of the Humphrey Institute who’s responsible for inviting Rice even refused to meet with students about his decision. What free speech?!

The powerful effort to rewrite (this sordid) history has raised the question of how to effectively get out information about Rice’s past commission of torture and other war crimes, because university officials and students seem mostly unaware of her past conduct, consequently falling for a ridiculous repackaging of Rice as a civil rights and feminist hero. (Even the various human rights groups and anti-torture organizations based in the Twin Cities such as Center for Victims of Torture and Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights, not to mention the University’s own Human Rights Center, have fallen silent such is the hypocrisy and pressure to now lionize the woman who personally ordered the CIA to commence waterboarding!) 

 

Coleen Rowley is one of three whistleblowers chosen as persons of the year by TIME magazine. She currently works with the Veterans for Peace chapter in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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Part 2: Condoleezza Rice Film Screening and Public Forum – April 10th

Nancy Mancias, Code Pink

April 08, 2014 | A screening of the award-winning film: American Faust: from Condi to Neo-Condi--discussion to follow-- will be held at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities campus, in Nicholson Hall, room 155, on Thursday April 10th at 7pm.  We will begin by showing the film (trailer here) and end with a public discussion led by author Antonia Felix, one of Rice's main biographers featured in the film.

On April 17th, the University of Minnesota will be honoring Dr. Rice with a prominent public forum.  If this were instead an opportunity to seek some accountability for her conduct as Secretary of State and National Security Advisor, the anti-war community would be the first to say "let her speak."  But the lecture Rice will be giving will not be about accountability; she talking about civil rights.

Learn more how to take action in Minnesota! 

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The Return Of The Back-Alley Abortion

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Four decades after the Supreme Court upheld a woman's right to choose, pregnant women once again find themselves crossing the border to Mexico and haunting back-alleys in search of medical care. 

Laura Bassett, Huffington Post

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1714156/original.jpg Reproductive rights advocates rally at the Texas State Capitol in Austin on July 1, 2013. (Erich Schlegel/Getty Images) 

04/03/2014 | In 1969, when abortion was completely illegal in Texas except to save a woman's life, Karen Hulsey became pregnant.

She was 20 years old and living in Dallas at the time, and the diaphragm she was using for birth control had failed her. Her boyfriend, she discovered, was married, and refused to help raise or pay for a child.

Laura Bassett is a political reporter at Huffington Post focusing on women's issues. She has a Master's degree in English Literature and gender studies from Georgetown University.

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Who’s Buying our Midterm Elections?

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  • Two investigative journalists talk to Bill about the role of dark money — and the wealthy donors behind it — in this year’s midterm elections.
  • Bill Moyers Essay: The End Game for Democracy

Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company

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March 21, 2014 | This week Bill speaks with investigative journalists Kim Barker (ProPublica) and Andy Kroll  (Mother Jones) about the role of dark money — and the wealthy donors providing it — in this year’s midterm elections.

Already, three times as much money has been raised for this year’s elections as four years ago, when the Citizens United decision was announced. And in the coming weeks, the Supreme Court is expected to issue another big decision on campaign finance -- one that could further open the floodgates to unfettered and anonymous contributions. 

Kim Barker, a reporter at ProPublica since 2010,  specializes in stories following dark money.

Andy Kroll is a staff reporter in the Washington, DC, bureau of Mother Jones magazine. Kroll has reported on the foreclosure crisis, financial bailouts, Congress, the 2008 and 2010 elections and the environment. 

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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Bill Moyers Essay: The End Game for Democracy, Bill Moyers, Us

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  • Bill Moyers has done some great essays on money in politics corruption in his time, but this might be his finest work to date.
  • The Great American Class War
  • Bill Moyers: Weapons of Mass Distraction—Why the Media Most Americans Consume Is Harmful to the Public Health

The Simple Truth About Gun Control

  • On gun violence and how to end it, the facts are all in, the evidence is clear, the truth there for all who care to know it—indeed, a global consensus is in place, which, in disbelief and now in disgust, the planet waits for us to us to join. 
  • Those who fight against gun control, actively or passively, with a shrug of helplessness, are dooming more kids to horrible deaths and more parents to unspeakable grief just as surely as are those who fight against pediatric medicine or childhood vaccination. It’s really, and inarguably, just as simple as that.
  • Packing More Heat Will Result in More Killings

Adam Gopnik, New Yorker Magazine

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December 20, 2012 | We live, let’s imagine, in a city where children are dying of a ravaging infection. The good news is that its cause is well understood and its cure, an antibiotic, easily at hand. The bad news is that our city council has been taken over by a faith-healing cult that will go to any lengths to keep the antibiotic from the kids. Some citizens would doubtless point out meekly that faith healing has an ancient history in our city, and we must regard the faith healers with respect—to do otherwise would show a lack of respect for their freedom to faith-heal. (The faith healers’ proposition is that if there were a faith healer praying in every kindergarten the kids wouldn’t get infections in the first place.) A few Tartuffes would see the children writhe and heave in pain and then wring their hands in self-congratulatory piety and wonder why a good God would send such a terrible affliction on the innocent—surely he must have a plan! Most of us—every sane person in the city, actually—would tell the faith healers to go to hell, put off worrying about the Problem of Evil till Friday or Saturday or Sunday, and do everything we could to get as much penicillin to the kids as quickly we could.

We do live in such a city. Five thousand seven hundred and forty children and teens died from gunfire in the United States, just in 2008 and 2009. Twenty more, including Olivia Engel, who was seven, and Jesse Lewis, who was six, were killed just last week. Some reports say their bodies weren’t shown to their grief-stricken parents to identify them; just their pictures. The overwhelming majority of those children would have been saved with effective gun control. We know that this is so, because, in societies that have effective gun control, children rarely, rarely, rarely die of gunshots. Let’s worry tomorrow about the problem of Evil. Let’s worry more about making sure that when the Problem of Evil appears in a first-grade classroom, it is armed with a penknife.

article_imgs10/010069-flag-gun-constitution-070613.jpg Adam Gopnik has been writing for The New Yorker since 1986. During his tenure at the magazine, he has written fiction and humor pieces, book reviews, Profiles, reporting pieces, and more than a hundred stories for The Talk of the Town and Comment.

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Packing More Heat Will Result in More Killings, Allen Frances, Huffington Post <>

  • The recurrent shootings at Fort Hood have been met with the same 'the-best-defence-is-a-good-offense' NRA strategy. According to the Alice In Wonderland NRA logic, we need to repeal existing laws that restrict guns on military bases and make sure every soldier is armed at all times.
  • 'The Things They Carried' is a Vietnam-era soldier's somber look at war.

Packing More Heat Will Result in More Killings

  • The recurrent shootings at Fort Hood have been met with the same 'the-best-defence-is-a-good-offense' NRA strategy. According to the Alice In Wonderland NRA logic, we need to repeal existing laws that restrict guns on military bases and make sure every soldier is armed at all times.
  • 'The Things They Carried' is a Vietnam-era soldier's somber look at war.

Allen Frances, Huffington Post 

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2963532.large.jpg 04/04/2014 | When public support for gun control peaked after the Newtown mass murder, the National Rifle Association decided to double down.

The NRA called in all its political chips to vigorously and successfully block even the mildest and most sensible of gun reform intended to limit easy access to military style weapons and ammo.

Allen Frances MD is Professor Emeritus at Duke University and former Chair of its Department of Psychiatry. He was Chair of the DSM IV Task Force.

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'The Things They Carried' is a Vietnam-era soldier's somber look at war, John Townsend, Minneapolis (MN) Star Tribune

  • Stephen D’Ambrose is superb in an emotional one-man show based on the Vietnam-era stories of Tim O’Brien.
  • Helen Benedict's play about women soldiers in Iraq gets a combustible staging by Austene Van at History Theatre.

Climate Change Cowards

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  • It's time to call the politicians who still deny climate change and still refuse to embrace the solutions -- even with abundant evidence of the economic benefits of doing so -- exactly what they are: climate cowards. They are afraid of change and afraid to give up campaign contributions from self-serving fossil fuel interests that are stalling progress on the most significant issue of our time. 
  • Changing our Climate of Indifference

Terry Tamminen, Huffington Post

62%20Years%20of%20Global%20Warming.jpg04/03/2014 | Overheard at the water cooler this week:

Tom: Sally, did you know we can solve climate change for as little as $35 per person?

Sally: I'm afraid that's a waste of my money, Tom.

Tom: But what if a polluter gave you the $35 and you could buy things like LED lights that saved you hundreds of dollars over the next decade?

Sally: But Tom, I'd be afraid of looking like a fool when we discover that climate change isn't real.

Tom: So in summary, you're not interested in saving money and making the world more sustainable ...because you're afraid?

OK, so this conversation didn't really happen, but it summarizes the thinking of what can only be called from this point forward "climate cowards." Let me explain.

Terry Tamminen: Former Secretary, California EPA

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  • A new scientific report predicts more dire and irreversible consequences of the climate crisis than ever before. In a million ways, the changing climate is ruining lives there: changing rain patterns, floods, mudslides, crop failures and more. As if that wasn’t enough, reduced glacial melt in the Andes means decreased hydroelectric power. All of this is happening now. I wish there were more happy and hopeful angles to the climate crisis. The climate story is, and always has been, a huge bummer. Or, as Al Gore says, “an inconvenient truth.”
  • UN Scientific Panel Releases Report Sounding Alarm On Climate Change Dangers

First Citizens United. Now McCutcheon.

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  • We think if the Supreme Court is going to consistently side with corporations and the wealthy at the expense of our democracy, they might as well give up their pretense to impartiality. So we’re going to send robes with the logos of the big corporations to the “justices” who voted for Citizens United and this new terrible decision.
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  • A new experiment shows how money buys access to Congress.

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Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Lydia Howell

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supreme_corporate_justice_180.png April 2, 2014 | You and I might think we deserve a country where our elected officials aren’t bought and paid for. But apparently Antonin Scalia and four other Supreme Court justices disagree.

Today, the United States Supreme Court dealt yet another staggering blow to our democracy by giving the green light for the wealthiest Americans to pour vast sums of money into electing their hand-picked candidates.

The is another step down the terrible path the Supreme Court set us on with its Citizens United decision.

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A new experiment shows how money buys access to Congress, Washington (DC) Post 

March 11, 2014 | A new paper just released today by two political science graduate students, David Broockman and Josh Kalla, is already getting attention.  The paper reports perhaps the first field experiment on whether the offices of members of Congress are more likely to grant access to contributors than other types of people.  See my Post colleague Matea Gold’s piece here.  I also spoke with David and Josh via e-mail.  A lightly edited version of our exchange is below.

 

UN Scientific Panel Releases Report Sounding Alarm On Climate Change Dangers

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  • “Global warming is driving humanity toward a whole new level of many risks, a United Nations scientific panel reports, warning that the wild climate ride has only just begun. ‘Nobody on this planet is going to be untouched by the impacts of climate change,’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change chairman Rajendra Pachauri said in a Monday news conference.”
  • We're Sitting Ducks
  • UN Report: Global Warming Worsens Security Woes

Seth Borenstein, Huffington Post

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03/30/2014 If the world doesn't cut pollution of heat-trapping gases, the already noticeable harms of global warming could spiral "out of control," the head of a United Nations scientific panel warned Monday.

And he's not alone. The Obama White House says it is taking this new report as a call for action, with Secretary of State John Kerry saying "the costs of inaction are catastrophic."

Seth Borenstein: Washington, D.C., Metro Area - ‎Science Writer, Associated Press, and Adjunct Professor at New York University.

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UN Report: Global Warming Worsens Security Woes, Seth Borenstein, Huffington Post

  • In an authoritative report due out Monday (Mar 31) a United Nations climate panel for the first time is connecting hotter global temperatures to hotter global tempers. Top scientists are saying that climate change will complicate and worsen existing global security problems, such as civil wars, strife between nations and refugees.
  • They're not saying it will cause violence, but will be an added factor making things even more dangerous. Fights over resources, like water and energy, hunger and extreme weather will all go into the mix to destabilize the world a bit more, says the report by the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The summary of the report is being finalized this weekend by the panel in Yokohama.

Seth Borenstein: Washington, D.C., Metro Area - ‎Science Writer, Associated Press, and Adjunct Professor at New York University.

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