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Four Myths About Obama's War on ISIS


  • A reluctant warrior intervenes against a threat to the homeland--or so we're told.
  • The media's role as an advertising outlet for the military-industrial-congressional complex exposed - for the zillionth time!

Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)

2014/09/ISIS-300x197.png NBC News' Brian Williams offered up some ISIS-related fearmongering as part of his commemoration of the September 11 attacks.

With Barack Obama's September 10 announcement of a military plan to launch strikes against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), many pundits might be breathing a sigh of relief. The White House is finally taking the kind of military action they have been recommending for months.

But there are some serious questions that should be asked--about the threat posed by the Islamic State and about some of the assumptions guiding the debate.

Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR): the national media watch group, has been offering well-documented criticism of media bias and censorship since 1986. We work to invigorate the First Amendment by advocating for greater diversity in the press and by scrutinizing media practices that marginalize public interest, minority and dissenting viewpoints. 

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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

Dennis Kucinich Blasts Congress For Lack Of War Vote


  • 'We Have A Constitutional Crisis'
  • American warmongers’ fatal conceit: The massive insecurity behind their calls for blood
  • Who profits from our new war? 

Amanda Terkel, Huffington Post

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President Barack Obama had little trouble convincing Congress -- even Republicans who usually fight tooth and nail against his policies -- to go along with his plan to arm Syrian rebels fighting Islamic State militants. He has also encountered little resistance to his campaign of airstrikes in Iraq and Syria, with leaders from both parties praising his course of action.

But some of the silence is due to the fact that in 2012, Congress lost its loudest anti-war voice: Dennis Kucinich. In an interview with The Huffington Post, Kucinich was incredulous that Congress would allow the president to essentially go to war without insisting on a vote to authorize it.

Amanda Terkel is a Senior Political Reporter and Politics Managing Editor at The Huffington Post. Previously, Amanda served as Deputy Research Director at the Center for American Progress and the Managing Editor of

Dennis Kucinich is a former Congressman & two-time presidential candidate. Strong advocate for  Constitutional rights, non interventionism, & monetary reform.

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American warmongers’ fatal conceit: The massive insecurity behind their calls for blood, Elias Isquith, Salon

  • The neoconservative "do something" crowd are really "Know Nothings" -- and fatally misread the decade after 9/11
  • Forgetting Cheney’s Legacy of Lies


Who profits from our new war? Tim Shorrock, Salon

  • A massive war operation is being waged to track and kill ISIS -- and it's a lot more than cruise missiles
  • Inside NSA and private contractors’ secret plans
  • America Invents Enemies




Series | 2014 Mid-term Election Guide, Part 2: 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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Evergreene Digest Editor's Note: To help our readers vote responsibly we are re-publishing as a stand-alone series those articles we think will help. These articles will appear frequently between now and the November 4 election. Watch for them in the Government & Politics section (and simultaneously in other sections) under the searchable title "2014 Mid-term Election Guide".

September 26, 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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Previously in the 2014 Mid-term Election Guide:

Part 1: The Left Has Lost It's Nerve and Direction


Operation Enduring Clusterfuck

  • Non-stop since 1991...don't let them call this a new war. It's not. Its the same war, for the same reasons. Greed Kills. Let the Middle East solve their own problems. 
  • U.S. military out of everywhere!!!

Thanks to Evergreene Digest reader Ward Riley for this contribution.


Who profits from our new war?

  • A massive war operation is being waged to track and kill ISIS -- and it's a lot more than cruise missiles
  • Inside NSA and private contractors’ secret plans
  • America Invents Enemies

Tim Shorrock, Salon

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Wednesday, Sep 24, 2014 | A massive, $7.2 billion Army intelligence contract signed just 10 days ago underscores the central role to be played by the National Security Agency and its army of private contractors in the unfolding air war being carried out by the United States and its Gulf States allies against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

That war was greatly expanded Monday night when U.S. forces launched a “mix of fighter, bomber, remotely-piloted aircraft and Tomahawk” cruise missiles against ISIS targets in Syria. The Central Command said the strikes were led by the United States with support from Bahrain, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.

Tim Shorrock is the author of Spies for Hire: The Secret World of Intelligence Outsourcing.

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America Invents Enemies, The People's Voice

America invents enemies, then sends its soldiers to die fighting them.


Pentagon Supplies School Districts with Assault Rifles and Grenade Launchers


  • Federal records confirm that schools throughout the U.S. have received surplus military-grade weapons and vehicles. But is there really a need for military-grade weapons on campus?
  • When law enforcement is law and order’s biggest threat

Andrew Emett, Nation of Change

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September 22, 2014 | Due to public outcry, school districts nationwide are debating whether to keep their Pentagon-issued assault rifles, grenade launchers, and Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected (MRAP) vehicles. Donated free of charge as part of the Defense Department’s 1033 Program, surplus military equipment has been dispensed throughout law enforcement agencies and school districts for decades. Recent criticisms of excessive police militarization in Ferguson, Missouri, last month has left many school officials questioning the need for military-grade weapons on campus. 

According to the Defense Logistics Agency, over $5 billion in military equipment has been handed out to more than 8,000 law enforcement agencies and at least 26 school districts since 2007. California alone has received 8,533 surplus guns, 7,094 pieces of night-vision equipment, 2,370 bayonets and knives, 49 armored vehicles, 59 airplanes and helicopters, and 18 grenade launchers since 2006. 

Andrew Emett is a staff writer for NationofChange. Andrew is a Los Angeles-based reporter exposing political and corporate corruption. His interests include national security, corporate abuse, and holding government officials accountable. Andrew's work has appeared at WeAreChange, TravelersToday, The Joy Camp, and ForceChange.

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When law enforcement is law and order’s biggest threat, Simon Maloy, Salon

  • The debacle in Ferguson represents a near-total breakdown of our civic institutions. Here's why that's so scary
  • All hell has broken loose. 
  • Cops Behaving Badly, June 28,2014


The Pope Gave This Man A Promotion And He Could Dramatically Change The Focus Of The Catholic Church


  • Cupich — and possibly others like him — are primed to be the new face of a more moderate, less antagonistic brand of American Catholicism.
  • Pope Francis: You Can’t Use Religion To Justify Violence

Jack Jenkins, Think Progress

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September 21, 2014 | The Archdiocese of Chicago announced on Saturday that Pope Francis has named Bishop Blase Cupich, a moderate bridge-builder with a history of supporting many progressive-leaning positions, as the next archbishop of Chicago. The Nebraska native will be replacing a highly political — and deeply conservative — bishop, and could potentially usher in a new era of American Catholic leadership that spends less time fighting culture wars and more time echoing the populist leadership of Pope Francis.

The move might not seem like much to a non-Catholic, but the elevation of Cupich represents a significant change in tone for the Catholic church in America. Politically and theologically speaking, the 65-year-old Cupich, who will be leaving behind his position as Bishop of Spokane, is notably different from his predecessor, Cardinal Francis George, on several counts. George, who is currently fighting cancer, has enjoyed prominence among Catholic conservatives for his hard-line stance against abortion and marriage equality, but has often stoked controversy for how he expresses his views: in 2011, George compared organizers of the Chicago Pride Parade to the Ku Klux Klan, and recently wrote that being a Catholic citizen under a pro-gay, pro-choice government is akin to living under Shariah law.

Jack Jenkins is the Senior Religion Reporter for ThinkProgress. He was previously the Senior Writer and Researcher for the Faith and Progressive Policy Initiative at the Center for American Progress, and worked as a reporter and blogger for the Religion News Service. His stories and analysis have appeared in the Washington Post, Huffington Post, Real Clear Politics, National Catholic Reporter, and Christian Century.

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Pope Francis: You Can’t Use Religion To Justify Violence, Jack Jenkins, Think Progress

“Let no one consider themselves to be the ‘armor’ of God while planning and carrying out acts of violence and oppression!” Pope Francis said.

The Pope Gave This Man A Promotion And He Could Dramatically Change The Focus Of The Catholic Church

Shoot first, ask later: Why the concept of “reasonable fear” is anything but reasonable



  • Courts say cops can shoot out of "reasonable fear." In America that entails a myth of race and gender neutrality.
  • Video reveals police’s stunning double-standard for black Americans

Falgunia A. Sheth, Salon


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Saturday, Sep 6, 2014 | Recently, Tamara Nopper and Mariame Kaba authored a haunting article, “Itemizing Atrocity,” analyzing reactions and analyses of the police shooting of Michael Brown and the seemingly sudden militarization of the police. They point to Ferguson as an example of the excess of the spectacle that draws attention to the most extreme cases of brutality or violence, and simultaneously renders the daily, hourly, violence faced by black Americans as ordinary and therefore unworthy of the empathy engendered in extreme cases.

Attention is drawn to the “spectacular event” rather than to the point of origin or the mundane. Circulated are the spectacles — dead black bodies lying in the streets or a black teenager ambushed by several police officers in military gear, automatic weapons drawn. 

Falgunia A. Sheth, a professor of philosophy and political theory at Hampshire College, writes about politics, race, and feminism at translationexercises.wordpress.com

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Video reveals police’s stunning double-standard for black Americans, Joanna Rothkopf, Salon

  • In a shocking video posted to YouTube, police tase and arrest a black man picking his kids up from preschool. 
  • “I’m not your brother!”
  • Justice Ginsburg: America Has A ‘Real Racial Problem’ 


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