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Series, Universal Empire | Part 2: How Neocons Push for War by Cooking the Books

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/ An 1898 editorial cartoon by Leon Barritt. The cartoon features newspaper publishers Joseph Pulitzer, left, and William Randolph Hearst dressed as Yellow Kid, a popular cartoon character of the day. It is a satire of their papers' role in drumming up U.S. public opinion to go to war with Spain. (Wikimedia)

  • From the outset of the Cold War in the late 1940s, an odd coalition of ex-Trotskyist radicals and right-wing business associations had lobbied heavily for big military budgets, advanced weapons systems and aggressive action to confront Soviet Communism.
  • Related: Series, Universal Empire | Part 1: American Imperialism Leads the World Into Dante's Vision of Hell
  • Related: The Price of Empire ~ umber haque

Paul Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Gould, Truthdig

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Apr 25, 2017 | Most Americans outside Washington policy circles don’t know about Team B, where it came from or what it did, nor are they aware of its roots in the Fourth International, the Trotskyist branch of the Communist International. Lawrence J. Korb, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and assistant secretary of defense from 1981 to 1985, attributed the intelligence failure represented by 9/11 to Team B and had this to say about it in a 2004 article for the Los Angeles Times.

 http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Open%20Quotes.jpgThe roots of the problem go back to May 6, 1976, when the director of Central Intelligence, George H.W. Bush, created the first Team B to assess a report his agency had done on Soviet strategic objectives. The report — a National Intelligence Estimate, or NIE, completed the previous year — did not endorse a worst-case scenario of Soviet capabilities and, as a result, some outsiders demanded access to the same classified intelligence used by the CIA in preparing it so that they could come to their own conclusions.

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Series, Universal Empire | Part 1: American Imperialism Leads the World Into Dante's Vision of Hell

The Price of Empire ~ umair haque, Robert Gore, Eudaimonia / Straight Line Logic

But violence and greed and cruelty cannot lead anyone anymore to prosperity in the 21st century. There is nobody left to colonize and exploit left but yourself, your very own society, in a world which is out of easy frontiers and helpless peoples.
The price of empire is a nation's soul.


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The Bill of Rights Primer ~ Akhil Reed Amar, Les Adams

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A citizen's guidebook to the American Bill of Rights.

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Spring, 2019 | A comprehensive and easy-to-understand guide to the Bill of Rights for everyday Americans from a constitutional law expert and a US politician. With helpful comments and fun facts in the margins, the book will provide a deeper understanding of the Bill of Rights, exhibiting that it is not a stagnant document but one with an evolving meaning shaped by historical events, such as the American Civil War and Reconstruction.

Akhil Reed Amar is currently Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University, where he teaches constitutional law in both Yale College and Yale Law School.

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12 Ways to Make Sense of the Complex Humanitarian Crisis Happening on the US-Mexico Border

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  • Part 1: Tomgram: William deBuys, 12 Ways to Make Sense of the Border Mess
  • How to make a difficult situation awful.
  • Part 2: What's happening onU.S.-Mexico border is a complex humanitarian crisis
  • And, no, a 'big, beautiful wall' isn't going to solve the problem. 
  • Related: Special Report | US Immigration Policy: Cruel, Racist, In Decay

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest


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Part 1: Tomgram: William deBuys, 12 Ways to Make Sense of the Border Mess

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How to make a difficult situation awful.

William deBuys, TomDispatch

March 24, 2019 | Who now remembers the classic 1956 sci-fi movie Invasion of the Body Snatchers? In it, alien spores drop to earth in... yes, California (undoubtedly not too far from the Mexican border)... and develop into seed pods that can replicate and then take over any nearby sleeping human being. What a nightmarish film. It certainly scared the hell out of 12-year-old me! What a terrifying, fantastical vision of alien “invasion” and “invaders,” terms that are now as comfortable for President Trump and his base as they were for the murderous Brenton Tarrant in New Zealand recently. In fact, both men used similar terms on the same day. Tarrant posted a 74-page white-nationalist screed in which he swore that his killing spree was “to show the invaders that our lands will never be their lands.” The president, vetoing a Congressional attempt to block his national emergency to build his “great, great wall,” claimed that “people hate the word ‘invasion,’ but that’s what it is.”

William deBuys, TomDispatch regular, is the author of eight books. His latest, just published, is The Last Unicorn: A Search for One of Earth’s Rarest Creatures (Little, Brown and Company, 2015).

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Part 2: What's happening on U.S.-Mexico border is a complex humanitarian crisis

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And, no, a 'big, beautiful wall' isn't going to solve the problem. 

Editorial, Los Angeles (CA) Times / Minneapolis (MN) Star Tribune

March 8, 2019 | The numbers are sobering. The federal government reported Tuesday that immigration agents apprehended 76,000 people — most of them families or unaccompanied minors — at the U.S.-Mexico border in February, twice the level of the previous year and the highest for February in 11 years. The increase continues a trend that began in the fall, and offers direct evidence that President Donald Trump’s strategy of maximum enforcement at the border is not reducing the flow of migrants.
And no, the answer is not “a big, beautiful wall.” Most of those apprehended weren’t trying to sneak past border agents; instead, they sought out agents once they reached the border and turned themselves in, hoping to receive asylum or other permission to stay.

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Special Report | US Immigration Policy: Cruel, Racist, In Decay, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/INS%20Visa%20Approval%20Stamp_0.jpgPart 1: A “Smart” Border Wall Is Just as Racist as a Physical Barrier
  • Democrats’ “smart wall” would draw upon the same tech tools that have been long criticized by civil rights activists.
  • Part 2: Incarcerated Immigrants Are Being Tortured
  • Hunger strikers in a Texas immigration jail are risking their lives to draw attention to the conditions.
  • Part 3: Trump’s Cruel Immigration Policy Is About Power, Not Solutions
  • Trump’s immigration policy affects far more people than the migrants at the center of the wall debate.
  • Related: Democrats Totally Cave on Border: Give Trump All He Wants, Get Nothing In Return.
     

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Special Report | SPLC - The Year in Hate and Extremism

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  • Part 1: Hate groups at record high
  • A fourth straight year of growth that coincides with President Trump's campaignandpresidency
  • Part 2: The year in hate and extremism
  • We reported an all-time high of 1,020 hate groups operating in the United States in 2018.

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Part 1: Hate groups at record high

February 20, 2019 | We’ve just released our annual count of hate groups – and it shows a fourth straight year of growth that coincides with President Trump's campaign and presidency. 

The number of hate groups operating across America rose to a record high – 1,020 – in 2018 as Trump continued to fan the flames of white resentment over immigration and the country’s changing demographics.

This growth comes after three straight years of decline during the Obama administration. Hate crimes have followed the same escalating pattern, as Trump has given violent racists a license to act on their bigotry.

Trump spread fear about the country’s growing diversity, and he wasn’t alone.

Fox News served as both his megaphone and a source for his incendiary claims during 2018. Aided by a chorus of supporters in right-wing media outlets and the advisers in his administration with hate group sympathies, Trump enacted a raft of policies straight out of the radical-right playbook.

The vast majority of hate groups – including neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klan, racist skinheads, neo-Confederates and white nationalists – adhere to some form of white supremacist ideology. Not surprisingly, the number of white nationalist groups, those particularly electrified by Trump’s presidency, surged by almost 50 percent – from 100 groups to 148 – in 2018.

 You can read our new report and see our latest interactive hate map showing the names, types and locations of the 1,020 hate groups operating across America.



With your support, we’re doing everything we can to expose the activities of far-right extremists – and working with law enforcement at every level to combat potential domestic terrorists.

Thank you for supporting this work. You play a crucial role in the fight against extremism.



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Part 2: The year in hate and extremism

February 21, 2019 | Yesterday, we released our annual count of hate groups. We reported an all-time high of 1,020 hate groups operating in the United States in 2018 – a fourth straight year of growth, coinciding with President Trump's campaign and presidency.



Just hours later, the nation got a sobering reminder of the dangerous threat posed by far-right extremists and the spread of their racist ideology.

 Federal agents announced that they had confiscated a stockpile of weapons from the home of a self-described white nationalist who had compiled a hit list that included Nancy Pelosi and other prominent Democrats, along with TV anchors from MSNBC and CNN.

 Court papers described Christopher Paul Hasson as a “domestic terrorist” who was studying the tactics of Anders Breivik, the Norwegian terrorist who killed 77 people. Hasson was hiding in plain sight – as an acquisitions officer working in the Coast Guard’s Washington headquarters.



We’ve been tracking hate groups for three decades – and we’ve worked with law enforcement at every level to prevent far-right terrorism.

 Right now, the radical right is particularly dangerous, because white supremacists have been emboldened by Trump’s rhetoric. In the brief video below, the SPLC’s Heidi Beirich explains the state of hate in America.



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Thank you for your continued support.



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Special Report | US Immigration Policy: Cruel, Racist, In Decay

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  • Part 1: A “Smart” Border Wall Is Just as Racist as a Physical Barrier
  • Democrats’ “smart wall” would draw upon the same tech tools that have been long criticized by civil rights activists.
  • Part 2: Incarcerated Immigrants Are Being Tortured
  • Hunger strikers in a Texas immigration jail are risking their lives to draw attention to the conditions.
  • Part 3: Trump’s Cruel Immigration Policy Is About Power, Not Solutions
  • Trump’s immigration policy affects far more people than the migrants at the center of the wall debate.
  • Related: Democrats Totally Cave on Border: Give Trump All He Wants, Get Nothing In Return.

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: A “Smart” Border Wall Is Just as Racist as a Physical Barrier

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Democrats’ “smart wall” would draw upon the same tech tools that have been long criticized by civil rights activists.

s.e. smith, Care2 / Truthout

February 2, 2019 | The government shutdown is over at last, thanks to Democrats who brokered a deal to keep Trump happy and get America back to work. That deal didn’t include even one penny for a physical wall along the border, as demanded by numerous constituents — but it did contain what’s being billed as funding for a “smart wall.”

Democrats figure that since they can’t reason with the president, they’ll match his $5.7 billion figure with a funding bill that enhances “border security,” but doesn’t contribute to building an actual wall.

s.e. smith is a writer, agitator and commentator based in Northern California, with a journalistic focus on social issues, particularly gender, prison reform, disability rights, environmental justice, queerness, class and the intersections thereof, with a special interest in rural subjects.

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Part 2: Incarcerated Immigrants Are Being Tortured


Hunger strikers in a Texas immigration jail are risking their lives to draw attention to the conditions.

Mike Ludwig, Truthout

https://truthout.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/2019_0213-ice-1200x679.jpgFebruary 13, 2019 | In El Paso, Texas, not far from where President Trump delivered a speech riddled with falsehoods and jingoism at a pro-wall rally on Tuesday, at least nine Sikh men reportedly fleeing persecution in India have been on hunger strike in an immigration jail known for weeks.

The asylum seekers are protesting their detention and the conditions of the jail, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials have responded by force-feeding the men, throwing them in solitary confinement and threatening them with deportation when they refused the force-feeding, according to the Detention Watch Network.

Mike Ludwig is a staff reporter at Truthout and a contributor to the Truthout anthology, Who Do You Serve, Who Do You Protect? In 2014 and 2017, Project Censored featured Ludwig’s reporting on its annual list of the top 25 independent news stories that the corporate media ignored.

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Part 3: Trump’s Cruel Immigration Policy Is About Power, Not Solutions

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Trump’s immigration policy affects far more people than the migrants at the center of the wall debate.

Arnold R. Isaacs, TomDispatch / Truthout

February 7, 2019 | “Make America Cruel Again.” That’s how journalist and Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Shipler has reformulated Donald Trump’s trademark slogan. Shipler’s version is particularly apt when you think about the president’s record over the last two years on refugee resettlement and other humanitarian-related immigration issues.

President Trump’s border-wall obsession and the political uproar over it have dominated the news, while the alleged dangers of undocumented immigrants — whose numbers he wildly exaggerates— have dominated his rhetoric. But the way he’s altered immigration policy affects many more people than just the migrants arriving at the US-Mexico border who are at the center of the wall debate. Many of those currently or potentially harmed by his actions are not outside the law, but are in the United States legally, some with permanent residence status and others on a temporary or provisional basis. Many more, including tens of thousands of refugees who would be eligible for resettlement, are seeking entry or lawful residence through normal immigration procedures.

Arnold R. Isaacs covered the Vietnam War for the Baltimore Sun between June 1972 and the final defeat in April 1975 and is the author of Without Honor: Defeat in Vietnam and Cambodia. He also wrote Vietnam Shadows: The War, Its Ghosts, and Its Legacy and an online report, “From Troubled Lands: Listening to Pakistani and Afghan Americans in post-9/11 America.”

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Democrats Totally Cave on Border: Give Trump All He Wants, Get Nothing In Return. Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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  • Part 1: The Democrats' total capitulation on the border
  • The Democrats got absolutely nothing. Zilch. Nada.
  • Part 2: Democrats Are Capitulating to Trump by Approving Border, DHS Funding
  • We have Democrats actually playing his (Trump's) game.

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