Falling in line behind George W. and Laura Bush, Bill and Hillary Clinton plan to attend Donald Trump's inauguration, reports the Associated Press. Former President Jimmy Carter was the first to RSVP for the event.

Carter praised Trump's 'malleability'. "I don't think he has any fixed (positions) he'd go [to?] the White House and fight for." The Nobel Peace Prize recipient also took part in the peaceful transition of power to Ronald Reagan. 

"It's going to be an elegant event," said a source close to Trump. Celebrity performers are not impressed. Dixie Chicks manager Simon Renshaw commented, "If anyone does do it, I hope that the check that they get is in the nine figures. Because it's probably the last check they're ever going to get...No one is prepared to normalize what is going on in the country right now."
"Rightist governments in Hungary and Poland are already cheering Trump's anti-Muslim rhetoric" warns Washington Post editor Jackson Diehl; "the more moderate of the two leading candidates to become France's next president, Fran├žois Fillon, authored a book titled Conquering Islamic Totalitarianism. Even Germany's Angela Merkel, the most prominent remaining defender of liberal democratic values, felt obliged to strike an anti-Islamic pose last week, proposing a crackdown on the minuscule number of German women who wear a burqa."

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President-elect Donald Trump's national security adviser appointee, retired General Flynn, calls Islam a political movement masquerading as a religion and the product of an inferior culture: "I don't believe that all cultures are morally equivalent, and I think the West, and especially America, is far more civilized, far more ethical and moral." Chief strategist and senior counselor Steve Bannon suggests that people living in the U.S. "all hold hands and sing 'Kumbaya' around capitalism." 

Diehl expects Trump's crusade-against-Islam team to continue ongoing offensives against the Islamic State in Iraq, Syria and Libya. But the immediate consequence of an American war of terror will be experienced by average citizens across the Muslim world. "They will see it in the 'extreme vetting', if not an outright ban, they will be subjected to in seeking to enter the United States. And they will feel it in the ramping up of U.S. support for dictators and monarchs who are judged by Trump to be tactical allies in the civilizational war."

"'Deus Vult' -- or 'God wills it' or 'it is the will of God' -- has become a kind of far-right code word," writes reporter Ishaan Tharoor of the hashtags proliferating around fascist social media. "Whatever his own beliefs, Trump will arrive in the White House with the backing of myriad people crying out for a holy war." 

We don't have to accept this. Cultural critic Edward Wadie Said rebuked political scientist Samuel P. Huntington's hypothesis on the 'clash of civilizations' in a 2001 article, calling the theory an example of  "the purest invidious racism, a sort of parody of Hitlerian science directed today against Arabs and Muslims." Massive mobilization can create political conditions which stop a Trump regime in its tracks.

Answer the Call to Refuse FascismOn MLK weekend, there needs to be massive demonstrations of many thousands in key cities, including Washington, D.C., that grow to millions over the next week, protests that don't stop . . . where people refuse to leave and more and more people stand up with conviction and courage demanding:

NO! We Refuse to Accept a Fascist America!
The nightmare election of 2016 demands that we buck up to reality. No one - no personage, no governmental institution, no constituency of partisan politics - will stop the horrors of a Trump presidency save ourselves. 

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Whether you support a winner-take-all system of government, or not, Donald Trump is not our president - yet. Capitalist democracy is contingent on citizen approval, or the perception of such, for legitimacy. There is still a real chance to prevent Trump-Pence from coming to power.

The current crisis of leadership is about more than a misinterpretation of the U.S. Constitution. The foundational meanness of white supremacy is as immoral today as it was in 1789. While Black individuals are no longer counted 3/5 of a person, children born in the United States are still citizens, and the Electoral College is recognized for pro-slavery bias that has out-lived its purpose, the threat of resurgent racism is all too real and gaining momentum. 

A vehicle for the massive mobilization required to prevent the reality of a Trump regime exists. RefuseFascism.org has a plan and a Call to Action. There has never been a better time to rise and shine. Be the example your children, your friends, your neighbors crave. Display the courage to inspire others:

Saturday December 31 - New Years Eve: political demonstrations and manifestations at Trump's 555 California Street property and Justin Herman Plaza in particular, of such a character that they seize the news that day, announcing to the world the presence of the NO! movement. Share the event on your Facebook page. 

Saturday - Monday January 14-15-16: Martin Luther King Weekend actions around which to highlight & raise determined opposition to the white supremacist, American chauvinist, religiously bigoted character of this fascist movement and regime which draw forward everything thus far built and build further. People begin coming to DC.

Tuesday - Thursday January 17-18-19: fill the streets of DC with millions; millions more demonstrate in every major city and small town all over the US and the world, demanding that Trump-Pence be prevented from taking office before January 20.

In the Name of Humanity, We REFUSE to Accept a Fascist America!
Donald Trump is so unpopular with Hollywood that two talent wranglers told TheWrap they were offered ambassadorships in exchange for booking top singers.

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Many of those approached have said they do not want to "normalize" Trump's presidency.

In a gesture to "defend the values we hold dear," the publicity firm Sunshine Sachs has cancelled its annual holiday celebrations as a gesture of support for immigrants, women, LGBT people and the environment. CEO Shawn Sachs says it's time to come together: "However I felt the morning after [the November presidential election] was nothing compared to how I felt talking to people in this office, those who felt their citizenship -- in a matter of moments -- was gone or had been lessened. Being the diverse workplace we are, many of us felt under assault."

Cheers! to the entertainment community for setting an example of opposition to the Trump/Pence regime. 
15897542790_0517afe2ab_b.jpg"As Donald Trump's rule begins, it appears that Americans are entering a period in which civic formations and public spheres will be modeled after a state of racist warfare," writes McMaster University Professor Henry A. Giroux. "During his presidential campaign, he provided a nativist language that targeted the most vulnerable in American society, including immigrants, Blacks and Muslims. He also provoked society's vilest impulses, energizing a range of extremist racist and anti-Semitic groups, including authoritarians, fascists, neo-Nazis and white nationalists, some of whom seek to normalize their bigotry under the umbrella of the 'alt-right'."

Author of the descriptive term, white nationalist Richard Bertrand Spencer describes his followers as younger people, often recent college graduates, who recognize the "uselessness of mainstream conservatism" in a "hyper-racialized" world. 

The Alt-Right movement is not monolithic, but takes on many issues of importance to white nationalists. Despite the diversity of opinion among adherents with regard to Jewish culpability for the 'plight' of white culture, all share a vision of society determined by race.
"In this moment, as we countenance Mattis' planned ascension as secretary of defense, I'd like to share an excerpt from my book Beyond the Green Zone," proffers Truthout staff reporter Dahr Jamail. "Taken from a chapter about the April 2004 US siege of Fallujah, this report offers a clear view of the war crimes over which Mattis presided, including the deliberate targeting of innocent civilians, widespread collective punishment and more. . .

"It is clear that Trump's secretary of defense selection of Mattis, an unprosecuted war criminal, is yet another egregious act against justice and the rule of international law."
13 years after a coalition of Western forces invaded and occupied the sovereign state of Iraq, the world is still waiting for U.S. withdrawal of its troops. We are convinced that U.S. intent is not to "save" Iraqis, but to advance its own imperial agenda.

Late in 2001 an Office of Special Plans was created by Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld to make the case to invade Iraq. "The office was charged with collecting, vetting and disseminating intelligence completely outside of the normal intelligence apparatus," says congressman David Obey. "In fact, it appears that information collected by this office was in some instances not even shared with established intelligence agencies and in numerous instances was passed on to the National Security Council and the president without having been vetted with anyone other than political appointees."

Government lies fabricated to justify military intervention in Iraq have largely been exposed, but the terrible consequences of endless war on the Middle East continue to fuel a reactionary battle between Jihad on the one hand and western imperialism on the other. 

In the interest of confronting the truth of this and other sordid episodes in U.S. history, Revolution Newspaper publishes "American Crime" as a regular feature of revcom.us.

Case #70: "Operation Iraqi Freedom," 2003 follows:
 
THE CRIME: At 10:15 pm on March 19, 2003, George W. Bush announced to the world: "At this hour, American and coalition forces are in the early stages of military operations to disarm Iraq, to free its people and to defend the world from grave danger."

As Bush spoke, U.S. bombs and missiles were raining on Iraq. Some 160,000 troops--overwhelmingly American--were poised to storm the country by land. Twenty-one days later, after a blitzkrieg-like invasion and some 27,000 bombs, the U.S. had seized control of Iraq's major cities. Baghdad, Iraq's capital, had fallen on April 9. Saddam Hussein's Ba'athist regime had been deposed and the U.S. took control of the country. On May 1, standing on the deck of the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln in front of a giant "Mission Accomplished" banner, Bush declared "major combat operations" were over.

The U.S. government, military, and media portrayed this operation, with its "precision" bombs and missiles, as clean and surgical. The U.S. refused to count or release figures for civilian casualties. Images were widely broadcast picturing Iraqis welcoming the coalition forces as "liberators."

But in reality, thousands of Iraqi civilians were killed and wounded. During the most intense fighting in and around Baghdad, some of its hospitals were flooded with more than a hundred patients an hour. There were many instances of U.S. troops firing on people in cars and trucks. It turned out that U.S. military planners designated certain areas as "kill boxes"--grid-like zones where U.S. pilots were ordered to bomb and fire on anything that moved. In all, Iraq Body Count estimates that some 7,415 Iraqi civilians were killed during the invasion phase of the war in March and April.

But this was only a tiny glimpse of the staggering horrors that would be unleashed by the U.S. invasion, its nine-year occupation, and its aftermath. The U.S. shattered Hussein's Ba'athist state, and then installed a reactionary, Shi'ite-dominated regime. This unleashed all kinds of reactionary forces battling for a share of power. This included an armed Sunni-based insurgency, Sunni fundamentalist jihadists (which later formed ISIS, or the Islamic State), and Shi'ite militias with backing from Iran. The U.S. has attempted to play these different forces off against each other, and other regional powers have also entered the battle over Iraq's future.

The net result: the Iraqi people have suffered in unbelievable ways--thanks to the U.S. invasion and occupation, and all the reactionary forces and warfare it unleashed.

The toll has been staggering in its dimensions, its magnitude, and its duration. Iraq Body Count has documented between 168,239 and 187,378 civilian deaths from violence, and total violent deaths including combatants at 251,000 from 2003 through September 2016. Other studies of the direct and indirect toll of the war (due, for example, to the destruction and disruption to water and power systems, health care and food production): 655,000 according to a 2006 Lancet study; 1 million according to a 2008 Opinion Research Business study; and other current estimates reaching 1.2 to 1.4 million. More than 4.2 million Iraqis have been injured and at least 4.5 million have been driven from their homes. Women have suffered terribly, directly from the war and from the new, U.S.-backed government's imposition of reactionary Sharia law with separate, unequal laws for women.

And this reactionary violence by different Iraqi forces, as well as by the U.S., continues to this day. In October 2016 alone, at least 5,561 people were killed and 2,463 were wounded across Iraq--a heart-rending count that barely merits coverage in the U.S. press. . .

From the tributes paid to Trump's nominee for Secretary of Defense you'd expect retired Marine Corps General "Mad Dog" Mattis to be some kind of 'warrior poet'. Dig a little deeper. His quips about warfare are neither amusing nor benign.

The "most revered Marine in a generation" advised his troops that fighting is "a hell of a hoot. It's fun to shoot some people. I'll be right up there with you. I like brawling."

The commander who "left soldiers to die" in Afghanistan faces a requirement of consent from both houses of Congress to waive the seven year waiting period between retirement of military officers and employment in a civilian role. Serious resistance to Mattis' appointment is not expected, despite objection from Representative Adam Smith and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, members of the respective Armed Services Committees. "Civilian control of our military is a fundamental principle of American democracy, and I will not vote for an exception to this rule," said Gillibrand. 

The president-elect's move to pack his administration with military brass presages an increased militarization of American policy. 

Trump is expected to pick retired General John Kelly for Secretary of Homeland Security. Kelly served three years as head of U.S. Southern Command during the Obama administration's failed attempt to close Guantanamo. Kelly is a veteran of both Operation Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He takes a tough stance on border security, warning Congress of smuggling rings in Mexico that spirit "tens of thousands of people to our nation's doorstep."

Retired  Army Lieutenant General Michael T. Flynn has been tagged by the president-elect for the position of National Security Adviser. The former Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency was retired early at age 56, his 'gung-ho' style deemed too 'disruptive' for an (Obama) administration determined to sweep the history of Iraq and Afghanistan under the rug. 

Trump is also considering ousted General David H. Petraeus for Secretary of State. The former CIA director stepped down on November 9, 2012 after pleading guilty to mishandling classified information; he had given his biographer, who was also his mistress, sensitive material.

You can't make this stuff up, and you shouldn't go along with it.


1140.jpgU.S. Assistant Secretary of the Army Jo-Ellen Darcy denied an easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline to cross under Lake Oahe today, initiating a search for alternate routes. 

"We celebrate Army Corps decision but will stay vigilant: THERE IS NO SAFE ROUTE FOR #DAPL," posts RoseAnn DeMoro. "There is no such thing as a safe pipeline."
Fox News analyst Ralph Peters advocates for military assassination of unsubmissive American journalists, "the neo-pagans who serve as lackeys at the terrorists' bloody altar." The Committee to Protect Journalists warned us of the unprecedented threat such sentiments represent:

Press freedom in the U.S. has already suffered under President Barack Obama, as whistleblowers face prosecution and freedom of information requests go unanswered . . . A president Trump who maligns [unfavorable] press and expresses no concern for the wellbeing of journalists attacked by his supporters is not likely to improve this record, and, if international examples provide any warning, such a president could well make it worse. 

Not that Trump finds all press bad. He's been plucking FOX 'analysts' out of the 'swamp' of special interests he decries, to sponsor an agenda of hate and recrimination, where 'fake news' provides cover for political misinformation and for-profit conspiracy

"I believe in being truthful, not neutral," writes CNN's chief international correspondent Christiane Amanpour, "And I believe we must stop banalizing the truth. We have to be prepared to fight especially hard right now for the truth." VIDEO
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One week after the election of Donald Trump all but ensured the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) project's eventual completion, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers determined that "additional discussion and analysis are warranted in light of the history of the Great Sioux Nation's dispossessions of lands, the importance of Lake Oahe to the tribe, our government-to-government relationship, and the statute governing easements through government property."


"The delays and noncommittal statements from the Obama administration are disappointing to say the least," said Tara Houska, national campaigns director for Honor the Earth. "We want answers. Conduct an Environmental Impact Statement. Halt the construction of  this destructive project."


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Hundreds of people took to Market Street to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline last Tuesday. The San Francisco protest was part of a nationwide day of action, in which more than 200 demonstrations took place across the country, reported SFGATE. 


The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe sued the Army Corps, saying the project "threatens the Tribe's environmental and economic well-being and would damage and destroy sites of great historic, religious and cultural significance."


Hartman Deetz, one of the organizers of the protest, vowed "This is just the beginning of the fight." The struggle to stop the DAPL is a battle against modern-day genocide of Native Americans and environmental destruction. Revolution newspaper correspondents at Standing Rock report that more people continue to arrive at the encampment every day. "What takes place at Standing Rock can contribute to fueling a more defiant and determined spirit of resistance against all this system's crimes -- including the election of Trump. . .


"This is a crucial juncture. Everyone needs to express clear, unequivocal, and public support for the fighters at Standing Rock."

An Epidemic of "Rhinoceritis"

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Teju Cole is not capitulating to a horrible new normalcy.

"Evil settles into everyday life when people are unable or unwilling to recognize it. It makes its home among us when we are keen to minimize it or describe it as something else. This is not a process that began a week or month or year ago. It did not begin with drone assassinations, or with the war on Iraq. Evil has always been here. But now it has taken on a totalitarian tone."

Lipstick on a Pig

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Donald Trump's selection to lead the EPA will do anything but protect the environment. 

"Mr. Ebell leads the Cooler Heads Coalition, a loose-knit group that says it is 'focused on dispelling the myths of global warming by exposing flawed economic, scientific, and risk analysis'," writes Henry Fountain at the New York Times. 

"He has been one of the nation's most visible climate contrarians, known for dispensing memorable sound bites on cable news shows and at events like the annual conferences sponsored by the Heartland Institute, a Chicago-based group that rejects the overwhelming scientific consensus on climate change."

"I would like to have more funding," Mr. Ebell said, "so that I could combat the nonsense put out by the environmental movement."
Unite With People Everywhere to Build Up Resistance in Every Way You Can

A significant number of white voters did oppose Trump, but we have to confront how deep the racism, the national chauvinism, and the hatred of women is woven into this society and fiercely oppose it.

"To combat Trump's hate, we need to support survivors of sexual violence. To combat Trump's hate, we need to rally behind undocumented immigrants. To combat Trump's hate, we need to empower women and people of color," reads a Daily Californian editorial. "It means being everything he's not." 

The reconciliation and collaboration urged by powerful forces in this society would be nothing less than criminal and deadly. Literally. Come together... resist... and let the whole world know that we will not allow this to stand! concludes a statement in Revolution Newspaper. More here

No Trump Lite

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The parties that enable a culture of greed, bigotry, intolerance and ignorance ask you to seek common ground with fascists and religious fanatics: "We are all now rooting for his success," said President Obama, who planned to meet with Mr. Trump at the White House today.

"Millions and millions are deeply disturbed and outraged by this. They recognize the need for a vehicle to express this outrage, yet they cannot find it; politics as usual cannot meet the enormity of the challenge, and people sense this," reads the original Call to Drive Out the Bush Regime.

There must be no reconciliation with the program for a Donald Trump presidency. ESTABLISHMENT IS SHAKEN AFTER TRUMP VICTORY headlines the New York Times... and that's a good thing. 

So Much for Voting to End Wars

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Nine years ago, people were so over George Bush, and so ready for an end to the Bush regime's wars, that they began hoping Barack Obama would follow through on early promises to stop them. Today's president-elect promised to "bomb the shit out of" Middle East countries and will soon be in control of a terrifying nuclear arsenal, which he alone can activate.

It's no secret that government leaders conspired to advance U.S. hegemony in the Middle East with their illicit 'war on terror' response to the September 11, 2001 destruction of the World Trade Center in New York City. That horrific event advanced the criminal program of our government, sacrificing liberty to a false promise of security. But it provides no justification for wars of aggression on people in at least 7 countries today, none of which attacked the United States. As many as 2 million people have been killed, and many millions displaced by U.S. military interventions, occupations, bombings and targeted killing.

The Obama administration failed to outlaw the national security policies of its predecessor: warrantless surveillance, indefinite detention, and drone strikes. It is on us, the millions of people living in this country, acting in concert with people around the world, to stand up, tell the truth, and say NO to crimes against humanity. We draw inspiration from veterans of U.S. wars for empire, the hunger strikers at Guantanamo and domestic prisons, and other courageous resisters who have illuminated the truth about what this government does.

There's More to Life than Voting

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"Even with Trump or Clinton in the White House, there will still be reasons to go on living," writes Steve Chapman for the Chicago Tribune. Indeed. The palpable panic in many voters' voices is understandable, but really people, let's get a grip. There will be a new president, and we will be protesting her/his agenda in the streets shortly after, no matter who wins the election. 

Stopping the crimes of your government is not a spectator sport!

Get involved with the World Can't Wait!

Accounting for Terror

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"America suffers from 'imperial overreach' posits Jeffrey D. Sachs, Director of The Earth Institute. And yes, U.S. investment in the military-industrial complex straps funding for domestic programs at home. 

But the real cost of U.S. supremacy is paid in blood, writes International Forecaster James Corbett. "The blood of a million dead Iraqis. The blood of the hundreds of thousands murdered men, women and children in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The blood that is being shed right now in Syria, in Libya, in Yemen, and in all of the countries that have crossed through the crosshairs of the NATO, American and Israeli terrorists...

"It's measured in the devastation of towns and cities that once bustled with life. In the families torn apart by drone bombings. In the havoc of the hundreds of thousands forced to flee their homes, leave their families and their homeland and their former life behind as everything they knew is torn to shreds."

U.S. wars of regime change don't serve America's security needs, let alone the interests of humanity. Reject complicity in the crimes of your government. Don't rubber-stamp endless wars for empire with a vote for Hillary Clinton. Or Donald Trump.

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