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chambers in Guantanamo, to the infamous SHU units in California, to the work gangs on Texas prison farms, to teeming youth detention centers coast to coast. We'll wear orange to turn this around - orange is the color of resistance, and known for that far and wide in society. It will help galvanize and give expression to our opposition.
Obama could have called Ebola a "public health threat" or "global health threat." But with this bold declaration that the virus is a "security threat", he is doing two things. First, he's trying to convey that the outbreak in West Africa -- even though it's on a distant continent -- presents an existential threat to America. This language shifts the focus from "them" to "us." Second, he's signaling that the risk is immediate enough to justify the galvanization of American resources.
One of the biggest decisions for the world's biggest single user of fossil fuel will be the location of some 7,000 U.S. military sites, according to a Pentagon report released Monday.
We see an Arctic that is melting, meaning that most likely a new sea lane will emerge. We know that there are significant minerals and natural deposits of oil and natural gas there. That means that nations will compete for those natural resources. That's never been an issue before. You couldn't get up there and get anything out of there. We have to manage through what those conditions and new realities are going to bring in the way of potential threats... We are considering the impacts of climate change in our war games and defense planning scenarios.
-- Defense secretary Chuck Hagel
A new book by Henry Giroux confronts the false narrative of neoliberal politics.
..widespread acceptance of the militarized lockdown of Boston crystalizes the degree to which society has come to accept martial law and mass surveillance as inevitable necessities of contemporary American life. Over-the-top repression of social movements like Occupy reveals an increasing intolerance and suspicion of those who challenge state and corporate power, while the violence marketed to youth as entertainment promotes further disconnection from a sense of cohesive community. The Violence of Organized Forgetting is a passionate call for public engagement as a means to push back against restrictions on freedom and the passive acceptance of a frightening status quo.
Monday, October 13
Rally 3 pm, March at 4
Fruitvale BART Plaza
Not One More Deportation! Stop the Criminalization and Deportation of the Children! The rounding-up and deportation of immigrants, including children, is part of Mass Incarceration - a conscious policy that criminalizes Black and Latino peoples, and treats them as less than human. Along with police murder, and the imprisonment of 2.4 million people, the vicious targeting of immigrants is part of a genocidal program that is accelerating in both numbers and brutality. Families are torn apart and children are being sent back to countries from which they fled for their lives.
Event is part of "October Month of Resistance"
Last year's standards for civilian protection from drone strikes will not apply to U.S. military operations in Syria and Iraq, the White House has announced. "Civilians" and designated "terrorists" or "militants" are all fair game for U.S. assassination.
Asserting that civilian deaths from U.S. strikes are "much less than the brutality of the Assad regime", war crime apologist Adam Kinzinger resorts to that time-worn excuse,
Are beheadings by drones somehow less egregious than by sword? I'll spare you the photographs.
"[President Barack] Obama owns this immoral and illegal action, the ultimate war crime -- invasion of a sovereign nation that poses no imminent threat to the aggressor. 'We' did not ask for or approve this war. NOTHING good can come from U.S. bombing, and we need to say so immediately and widely," The World Can't Wait said in a statement calling for people to show up with sign and something to say...
Photo by Kale Williams for SF Gate: Julianna Cheng of Occupy San Francisco and her daughter, Arielle.
Obama ended his executive declaration of more war with words that the military-industrial shills have slowly managed to turn into an obscenity: "May God bless our troops, and may God bless the United States of America."
Former U.S. intelligence analyst Edward Snowden has accused the U.S. National Security Agency of routinely passing private, unedited communications of Americans to Israel, an expert on the intelligence agency said Wednesday.
James Bamford, writing in the New York Times, said Snowden told him the intercepts included communications of Arab- and Palestinian-Americans whose relatives in Israel and the Palestinian territories could become targets based on the information.
"It's one of the biggest abuses we've seen," Bamford quoted Snowden as saying...
Note: Video of San Francisco Readings in Support of Edward Snowden posted here
"..as Americans, we welcome our responsibility to lead."
Obama's fine rhetoric fails to legitimize U.S. incursion into the sovereign state of Syria. We must not allow people to be bamboozled into supporting the lie of "humanitarian intervention" -- again. We can stop the next war. Now.
David Edwards, editor at medialens.org considered some "Unthinkable Thoughts," January 2000:
"It seems to me that there are some very basic psychological tricks being played on us. One trick is, 'We have to do something, there's a genocide', so that any sane person sits there thinking 'Well of course we can't sit back, it's like the holocaust, we've got to do something.' And then Tony Blair says, in response to the charge of hypocrisy - he said it on the BBC's Question Time - 'I'm sorry, but just because we can't help everybody doesn't mean we shouldn't help the people we can help'. But of course if you look at Iraq where 800,000 children have died as a result of Western sanctions, at Cuba where children with cancer can't get anti-sickness drugs because of sanctions and are vomiting 28 times a day, when Blair says we can't help those people, what he actually has to be taken to mean is 'We can't lift our boots from their necks', because that's what helping them would actually mean isn't it?
We need to debate "American leadership" in endless war as a society. That debate can be fueled by scheduling a vote in Congress. But ultimately our own "boots on the ground" protest is required to interrupt the march of Empire.
Though the militants of ISIS would undoubtedly be horrified to think so, they are the spawn of Washington. Thirteen years of regional war, occupation, and intervention played a major role in clearing the ground for them. They may be our worst nightmare (thus far), but they are also our legacy -- and not just because so many of their leaders came from the Iraqi army we disbanded, had their beliefs and skills honed in the prisons we set up (Camp Bucca seems to have been the West Point of Iraqi extremism), and gained experience facing U.S. counterterror operations in the "surge" years of the occupation. In fact, just about everything done in the war on terror has facilitated their rise. After all, we dismantled the Iraqi army and rebuilt one that would flee at the first signs of ISIS's fighters, abandoning vast stores of Washington's weaponry to them. We essentially destroyed the Iraqi state, while fostering a Shia leader who would oppress enough Sunnis in enough ways to create a situation in which ISIS would be welcomed or tolerated throughout significant areas of the country.
-- Tom Engelhardt, How America Made ISIS, TomDispatch.com
Israel announced Sunday it will expropriate 400 hectares (988 acres) of Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank, angering the Palestinians and alarming Israeli peace campaigners.
The move to seize the land, in the Bethlehem area in the south of the territory, is the biggest of its kind in three decades...
Unlike the American media perception of US foreign policy goofily stumbling from one good-intentioned mishap to the next, the average person in the Middle East views the American military as a sociopathic power hell-bent on annihilation...