|Progressive Calendar 08.15.10||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: David Shove (shove001tc.umn.edu)|
|Date: Sun, 15 Aug 2010 16:35:46 -0700 (PDT)|
P R O G R E S S I V E C A L E N D A R 08.15.10 1. Net neutrality 8.16 9am 2. Femme film fest 8.16 11:30am 3. Peace walk 8.16 6pm RiverFalls WI 4. Erlinder/Congo 8.17 6:30pm 5. Alliant vigil 8.18 7am 6. Mid East peace 8.18 8am 7. Eagan peace vigil 8.18 4:30pm 8. Northtown vigil 8.18 5pm 9. Wilder/elderly 8.18 6pm 10. Bacevich/empire 8.18 7:30pm 11. Ian Hoffmann - Still P-9 proud 12. Margaret Kimberley - Public theft and the decline of empire 13. Alexander Cockburn - America enters a new time 14. Anthony DiMaggio - Israel lies, civilians die 15. Missy Beattie - Uncle Moneybags needs you - to kill and die 16. ed - Red (haiku) 17. ed - Brown (haiku) --------1 of 17-------- From: TruthToTell <andydriscoll [at] truthtotell.org> Subject: Net neutrality 8.16 9am Tune in every Monday 9:00am to 10:00am on KFAI TTT MON. Aug 16-9:00AM: FCC Comes to Town: Thursday Hearing on Net Affordability - KFAI-90.3/106.7/Streamed @ KFAI.org From Free Press.net: "The FCC recently announced that up to 24 million Americans don't have access to broadband. The exclusion of millions of people from the defining technology of our time only widens the existing gulf between those that have and those that don't. Everyday people like you and me must have a voice in shaping the future of the Internet. This hearing will give members of the public the chance to communicate their ideas, experiences and concerns directly to the commissioners." - amalia deloney, grassroots policy director for the Center for Media Justice. A recent court decision left the FCC's authority over Internet providers in legal limbo. Without this authority, the agency cannot protect Net Neutrality, the principle that guarantees free speech online, and cannot ensure that every American has access to affordable broadband service. In a recent speech, Minnesota Sen. Al Franken called Net Neutrality "the free speech issue of our time. The FCC will Hear from Minnesotans on Future of Internet Thursday, Aug 19¬ at Minneapolis' South High School. TruthToTell's ANDY DRISCOLL and LYNNELL MICKELSEN¬ explore the issues and testimony Minnesota media justice types will deliver to Federal Communications Commissioners Michael Copps and Mignon Clyburn at a hearing on the future of the Internet. GUESTS: STEVE¬ RENDEROS - Media Justice Coordinator,¬ Main Street Project MARGARET KAPLAN -Operations Director, MN Center for Neighborhood Organizing (CURA) CHAKA MKALI¬ - Director of Organizing and Community Building, Hope Community, Minneapolis LAURA WATERMAN WITTSTOCK - Author, Consultant, Co-Producer/Host - First Person Radio (KFAI) CivicMedia MN | 835 Linwood Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55105 | Phone: 651-293-9039 --------2 of 17-------- From: Erin Parrish <erin [at] mnwomen.org> Subject: Femme film fest 8.16 11:30am August 16 - 20: Minnesota Women's Consortium Feminist Film Festival in honor of Women's Equality Day on August 26. The films we show depict feminist concepts or characters. Bring your lunch and a friend. Popcorn will be provided. All films will be shown at 11:30 AM at the Minnesota Women's Building, 550 Rice Street, St. Paul. Aug. 16: Girls Rock. Aug. 17: Itty Bitty Titty Committee. Aug. 18: Amreeka. Aug. 19: Princess Mononoke. Aug. 20: Whip It. See previews at EqualityQuilt. --------3 of 17-------- From: Nancy Holden <d.n.holden [at] comcast.net> Subject: Peace walk 8.16 6pm RiverFalls WI River Falls Peace and Justice Walkers. We meet every Monday from 6-7 pm on the UWRF campus at Cascade Ave. and 2nd Street, immediately across from "Journey" House. We walk through the downtown of River Falls. Contact: d.n.holden [at] comcast.net. Douglas H Holden 1004 Morgan Road River Falls, Wisconsin 54022 --------4 of 17-------- From: Women Against Military Madness <wamm [at] mtn.org> Subject: Erlinder/Congo 8.17 6:30pm Pax Conversational Salon: Talk by Peter Erlinder on the Congo Tuesday, August 17, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Mad Hatter's Tea House, 943 West Seventh, St. Paul. Join others at a talk by Peter Erlinder, who will speak on the events in the Congo and their meaning. There are 10 million dead and counting. Endorsed by: WAMM. FFI: Call 651-227-3228. --------5 of 17-------- From: AlliantACTION <alliantaction [at] circlevision.org> Subject: Alliant vigil 8.18 7am Join us Wednesday morning, 7-8 am Now in our 14th year of consecutive Wednesday morning vigils outside Alliant Techsystems, 7480 Flying Cloud Drive Eden Prairie. We ask Who Profit$? Who Dies? directions and lots of info: alliantACTION.org --------6 of 17-------- From: Women Against Military Madness <wamm [at] mtn.org> Subject: Mid East peace 8.18 8am Dialogue with Reverend Philip Wheaton: "No Peace in the Middle East is Possible (Without Unmasking the Lies and Telling the Truth)" Wednesday, August 18, 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 2130 East 31st Street, Minneapolis. The Reverend Philip Wheaton, an Episcopal priest in Washington DC, has served as a missionary in Latin America and as the director of the Ecumenical Program for Interamerican Communication and Action (EPICA) with the Latin American Department of the National Council of Churches. He is also a theologian of liberation and author of many books, including Flowering of the Prophetic Word in the Americas. Born and raised in Minneapolis and a graduate of the University of Minnesota, Wheaton is an ecumenist and interfaith Christian and is presently co-pastor of an ecumenical congregation in Washington, D.C. He is a good friend of Naim Stifan Ateek, head of the Sabeel Center in Jerusalem. Cost: $5.00 includes light meal. Sponsored by: Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. Endorsed by: WAMM. FFI: Visit www.htlcmpls.org. --------7 of 17-------- From: Greg and Sue Skog <family4peace [at] msn.com> Subject: Eagan peace vigil 8.18 4:30pm PEACE VIGIL EVERY THURSDAY from 4:30-5:30pm on the Northwest corner of Pilot Knob Road and Yankee Doodle Road in Eagan. We have signs and candles. Say "NO to war!" The weekly vigil is sponsored by: Friends south of the river speaking out against war. --------8 of 17-------- From: EKalamboki [at] aol.com Subject: Northtown vigil 8.18 5pm NORTHTOWN Peace Vigil every Thursday 5-6pm, at the intersection of Co. Hwy 10 and University Ave NE (SE corner across from Denny's), in Blaine. Communities situated near the Northtown Mall include: Blaine, Mounds View, New Brighton, Roseville, Shoreview, Arden Hills, Spring Lake Park, Fridley, and Coon Rapids. We'll have extra signs. For more information people can contact Evangelos Kalambokidis by phone or email: (763)574-9615, ekalamboki [at] aol.com. --------9 of 17-------- From: Erin Parrish <erin [at] mnwomen.org> Subject: Wilder/elderly 8.18 6pm August 18: Community Services for the Elderly, Wilder Foundation support group for adult children caring for aging parents. Meet with a licensed social worker and others who share the challenge of caring for aging parents and learn how to work with your family to make good decisions, develop caregiving skills, and find resources that will make everybody's life more manageable. The group meets the third Wednesday of each month from 6 - 7:30 PM at Wilder Center, 451 N. Lexington in St. Paul. Free parking. Refreshments served. No registration required. Free of charge. For more information call Barb Cooley, LSW at 651-280-2538. --------10 of 17-------- From: Gary Carlson <gcarlso5 [at] hotmail.com> Subject: Bacevich/empire 8.18 7:30pm Andrew Bacevich, perhaps my favorite analyst of war and empire, will be here as shown below. He will be reading from Washington Rules. Wednesday, August 18, 2010 7:30-8:30pm Reading and Signing Magers & Quinn 3038 Hennepin Avenue Minneapolis, MN 55408 --------11 of 17-------- From: Ian Hoffmann <p9proud [at] gmail.com> Subject: Still P-9 Proud I wanted to make sure you knew about this event next weekend. Ryan Chegwin of MAPe has sent the following: Greetings: Next Saturday August 21st some of us are going down to Austin, MN to take part in the 25thAnniversary of the famed 1985 P9 strike. We are considering trying to get a caravan going, leaving Mayday Books in Minneapolis around 11:30am next Saturday. The event begins at 2:00pm and will include well-known speakers and a meal at the American Legion Hall. Speakers include Peter Rachleff, Pete Winkles, Roy Rogers, and Jim Guyette. It should be a good occasion and a chance to mingle with activists from other unions and community organizations. If anyone is interested please let me know or contact the organizer Ian Hoffman at 917-369-0482 or P9Proud [at] gmail.com. Feel free to pass along this information to anyone and suggest to other groups that you think might be interested Thanks In Solidarity, Ryan Chegwin RyanNMN [at] aol.com 612-210-4064 or Ian Hoffman, organizer P9Proud [at] gmail.com 917-369-0482 --------12 of 17-------- Public Theft and the Decline of Empire America on the Precipice By MARGARET KIMBERLEY August 13 - 15, 2010 CounterPunch Americans are a people living on the precipice of economic disaster, both as individuals and as a group. The continued precariousness of their situation is a direct result of government connivance in stripping them of public assets and the distribution of those assets to the corporate sector. Retired public employees are literally having money they earned stolen from them. Children are losing days in public schools and counties are eliminating public transportation because political leaders are firmly committed to expanding empire abroad, assisting rapacious individuals and corporations at home and keeping workers and people of color in their place. All of these examples of public theft mean that America's demise is real and becoming more and more obvious by the day. It is no longer a subject of conjecture among a small group of well informed people. When the state of Hawaii reduces the number of days students will attend public school and Utah proposes eliminating the 12th grade altogether, the destruction of our society is plain for all to see. The American empire has reached its military apex, with troops stationed in more than 100 countries, and two wars of occupation which have lasted for more than eight years. The height of brute force brings with it the nadir of support for human needs. The two conditions go hand in hand. It is impossible to sustain military spending which exceeds that of every other country on earth combined, without also stealing from the public. Camden, New Jersey proposes closing its three-branch public library system entirely. The $1 million needed to keep it operating every year is a proverbial drop in the bucket in comparison with the bail out of the financial services industry and the cost of foreign occupation and mass death. If public schools and libraries are no longer sacrosanct, if they can be eliminated without protest, then this country has at last shed any pretense of being a democratic, civilized society. The stated reason for the elimination of these services is budget shortfalls. There is no disputing that states and local governments are suffering from the revenue losses created by the "great recession". What should be disputed is the only remedy offered: continued robbing of the have nots in order to benefit the haves. In Colorado, retired state employees have been told that cost of living increases will be cut in the future. These retirees are not covered by Social Security and are entirely dependent upon the agreement the state of Colorado has made with them over many years. According to the Pew Center on the States, states face a $1 trillion gap in pension funding. So far the only solutions presented involve reneging on the promises made to working people. Neither the Republican nor Democratic parties have suggested redirecting public funds from the military industrial complex to bail out the states and the people served by them. Defense appropriations and corporate bailouts continue in the absence of any meaningful debate. When Clayton County, Georgia does away with its bus service and Boulder, Colorado decides not to light its streets at night, the veneer of a social contract is gone for good and the decline of the United States is visible to all. The exact how and why of America's ultimate decline is unknown. What is clear is that the continued supremacy of the ruling class will make the lives of millions of people a living hell before the shoe finally drops. It is truly chilling to contemplate the various ways in which our lives can worsen. Debtors prisons have returned, in the form of greedy lenders taking debtors to court and jailing those who don't realize the importance of showing up. Questionable loans are bought and sold to squeeze the last dime out of working people unaware that there are statutes of limitation on debt collection. The first step in fighting back against this onslaught is the realization that America is A, an empire, and B, on the downward slope of something bigger than a U or V shaped recession. We aren't fighting just against Republicans and Democrats who won't save us unless forced to do so. The contradictions inherent in our system have finally finished it off and we are all caught in its death throes. When we organize it must be because we realize the enormity of our situation. Yes, we must fight against gentrification and war and we must fight for environmental sustainability. Yet none of those desired outcomes will ever come to pass unless we know precisely what we are up against. We are up against an empire which like its predecessors will not go quietly. They never do, but they can be beaten and real civilization can be saved if we acknowledge who and what we are fighting. --------13 of 17-------- America Enters a New Time By ALEXANDER COCKBURN CounterPunch August 13 - 15, 2010 I went to get my hair cut the other day in the town of Fortuna and waited ten minutes when the elderly barber finished buzz-cutting a young Mexican American. After the young man had exited under his thin skullcap of black stubble, Don the barber sighed and said, "That's the third boy I've cut today who's headed into the Marines. They all say the same thing. 'There's no work around here and I've got a family to support'. When I tell them to hold off, they say the same thing: 'Too late. I've signed up'". This is Humboldt county, northern California, where the marijuana boom is in its final paroxysms, with people flocking from around the world to get a piece of the action, just like they did in the Gold Rush. One of the many places selling bags of good soil to marijuana growers ($10 a bag, 8 bags to each marijuana plant, grown in a 100 foot x 30 foot plastic greenhouse, $25,000 or so) had a $300,000 day lately. So there's more money here than most places across America, where the situation is truly desperate. Profits are up 41 percent since Obama's election; yet half of American workers have suffered a job loss or a cut in hours or wages over the past 30 months. They're saying around 28 million people either have no job or one that doesn't yield them enough money to get through the week. On Friday, August 13, the Bureau of Labor Statistic noted on its home page that "Employers initiated 1,851 mass layoff events in the second quarter of 2010 that resulted in the separation of 338,064 workers from their jobs for at least 31 days". Millions are plummeting into total destitution, having reached the end of their 99-weeks of unemployment benefits. Their only option then is the soup line at a church and getting on he waiting list for a shelter. The nearest big city north of me is Portland, Oregon, adjacent to the CounterPunch co-editor bunker in Oregon City of Jeffrey St Clair. The downtown area in Portland is filled with homeless people, napping on steps, bedding down on cardboard in doorways. Jeffrey kayaks frequently down the Willamette and can see colonies of the destitute all along the river bank, from the shipyards to Willamette Falls, sleeping under thin plastic and grey skies. California agriculture and much of the construction industry depends on undocumented workers coming across the border from Mexico - minimum cost $1000 - for an 8-day walk through the Arizona desert. Since building is in a terminal slump, many Mexicans would like to head back home till times improve, but nowadays it's so tough to come back across, that they daren't risk it. Hence the paradox: trying to lock "illegals" out means locking them in. Frank Bardacke who lives in the farm town of Watsonville, a couple of hours south of San Francisco, recently described amid an important piece in our newsletter a bank robbery by one young, desperate immigrant. "Several months ago," Frank writes, "Jario took his father's pickup truck, drove 20 miles to the upscale tourist playpen Carmel By the Sea, and walked into the local branch of the Bank of America. He waited in line to see a teller, and, when his turn came, he pretended to have a gun under his shirt and quietly demanded that the teller give him her cash. As she was passing out the money, he apologized for frightening her; meanwhile, she was hiding a GPS device among the bills. "He left the bank, his crime apparently unnoticed, and returned to the truck for the drive home. On the way, he got confused and took a wrong turn through Monterey before he got back on the right road home. Twenty police cars from four different police jurisdictions followed the GPS signal and stopped him 45 minutes after he left the bank. He immediately confessed, explaining that he needed the money to help his dad pay the family mortgage. When his case came to trial, the DA pressed for two years in State Prison. The judge decided that six months in the county jail and five years probation would be enough". In Texas or anywhere in the South the fellow would probably have got 25 years. But in desperate times one can expect people to do desperate, stupid things, and this decent judge showed compassion and understanding. One can't say the same for many Americans, starting with the Republicans in Congress who've been happily voting for a cut-off in benefits for the jobless, while simultaneously engaging in the politically insane enterprise of repealing the 14th Amendment, no longer making it a constitutional provision that those "born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States". Do the Republicans want to cede Texas and Florida permanently to the Democrats? Conspicuous good works are always a feature of Depression, the rich zealous to purchase moral insurance. Some billionaires, led by Warren Buffett and Bill Gates, have been pledging that they will earmark not less than 50 per cent of their personal wealth for charity. But since whatever they give away is tax deductible, so revenues to Uncle Sam will drop. The rich don't get to be rich by being the nicest guys in the shark tank. As Carl Ginsburg recently remarked in a fine piece on this site, "In its fledgling years, profits on Bill Gates' software were reportedly 70 per cent annually. Another way to gauge Gates's billions is by catching a glimpse of the multitudes of students priced out of the computer market - thanks in part to that Great Giver's expensive software - lined up daily at community college libraries for some free access to computers, each machine an expression of Gates' creative commitment to profit in the +40 percent range - a gift Gates gave himself that keeps on giving. As Gates told Fortune: "The diversity of American giving is part of its beauty". We can probably expect more laid-off workers going postal, as David Rosen discussed here on our site last week. On August 3, at seven am, Omar Thornton showed up for a disciplinary hearing at the Hartford Distributors, a Budweiser distribution warehouse in Manchester, Connecticut. Thornton had been caught on video pinching some beer. They asked him whether he wanted to be fired, or just quit. Thornton pulled out a handgun and killed seven fellow employees before shooting himself dead. Before he loosed off his last shot into his head, Thornton, a black man, called a friend on his cellphone and said he's taken care of some racists who'd been giving him a hard time. Unemployment means fear and fear nourishes racism, all the more because we have a black president. Racism is drifting across America like mustard gas in the trenches in World War One. And, final token of hard times, we have Bonnie and Clyde on the run. In their latest guise the duo consists of John McCluskey and his cousin and fiancee, Casslyn Welch, who's no Faye Dunaway. She threw some wire cutters over the fence of her man's Arizona prison. Cops suspect them of killing a couple of retirees, then stealing their truck and heading north up to the Canadian line through Glacier National Park. That's the last sanctuary in America of Ursus horribilis, the American grizzly. Behind them the cops, ahead the bears. It could be the first movie of a new time. --------14 of 17-------- Israel Lies, Civilians Die Flotilla Violence Expected By ANTHONY DiMAGGIO CounterPunch August 13 - 15, 2010 Recent revelations from the Israeli government reveal that the Gaza flotilla raid was an act of premeditated violence, planned weeks prior to the raid, in that it was understood in advance that it would provoke a violent counter-response. This finding, recently reported by Al Jazeera stands in marked contrast to claims from Israeli leaders at the time of the raid that the violence directed at activists was purely reactionary and in self-defense against violent attacks from the flotilla activists themselves. Israel's Defense Minister, Ehud Barak, now admits that the violence related to the deaths of nine pro-Palestinian Turkish activists in May 2010 - was "expected" by Israeli leaders weeks ahead of the actual raid. He granted this admission during an Israeli commission set up to determine the legitimacy of the flotilla raid and Israel's now four year long blockade against Hamas and the people of Gaza. Barak's admission is consistent with on the ground reporting that there was an offensive mindset among Israeli commandos at the time the raid took place. Eyewitness accounts found that Israeli commandos had fired upon those in the raid prior to even boarding the boats (the original claim from Israeli leaders was that they only attacked the flotilla activists after boarding and facing serious threats to their safety and lives). Barak attempted to legitimize the raid by claiming that Israeli leaders understood "the organizations [supporting the flotilla] were preparing for armed conflict to embarrass Israel". Israel's commitment to violence, however, in order to dismantle and destroy a non-violent humanitarian campaign, ensured that Israel would be deeply embarrassed, in light of an embargo widely recognized as illegal under the Geneva Conventions. The raid itself is also a blatant violation of provisions of the San Remo Agreement, in addition to the U.N. Charter, and the Law of the Sea Treaty. Israeli leaders have consistently maintained that they were within their rights to attack a humanitarian flotilla comprised of foreign nationals. Gabi Ashkenazi, the Israeli military Chief of Staff, for example, argues that the attacks on Turkish civilians were "proportionate and correct" and that Israeli leaders "shot those who they needed to shoot" in the raid; "the commandos exhibited calm, bravery, and morality". These apologetics for what amounts to an illegal attack on a foreign nation (Turkey) and its citizens have been repeated for months by Israeli leaders. In a coordinated misinformation campaign, Israeli officials fed the fiction that the violence on the part of its commandos was not premeditated, but was rather part of a spontaneous campaign to "protect Israeli lives" that only emerged when it was clear that the flotilla activists - who were supposedly the real belligerents - posed a threat to their lives. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced immediately following the raid that "this was a clear case of self defense - they [Israeli commandos] were attacked with clubs, with knives, perhaps with live gunfire, and they had to defend themselves - they were going to be killed. Israel will not allow its soldiers to be lynched and neither would any other respecting country". Netanyahu referred to the incident as "regrettable," but blamed flotilla activists, saying the deaths were "the result of an intentional provocation of forces which support Iran and its terrorist enclave, Hamas, in the Gaza Strip". Worth noting here is that Netanyahu uses the word "provocation" to condemn the actions of Flotilla activists, although he now admits that he knew the entire operation would provoke a violent response from the beginning. The Israeli Supreme Court publicly supported Netanyahu's propagandistic statements. The court's President, Dorit Beinish, rejected legal suits on the flotilla raid, harshly attacking those petitioning the case. She announced that the Israeli "soldiers [were] forced to respond [by killing the activists] in order to protect their lives". This statement was relevant on one level, at least in the sense that the commandos were no doubt attempting to preserve their lives against civilians they were in the process of killing. That Israel was protecting the lives of belligerents engaged in criminal aggression, however, was hardly the framework in which Beinish was seeking to establish. The Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs - a name fitting of Orwell's 1984 - made an equally Orwellian announcement following the raid that "the organizers of the Gaza flotilla announced in advance (May 30) their intention of using violence against Israeli forces if the latter tried to prevent the ships from reaching Gaza". This narrative essentially turns on its head the reality that it was Israel that pushed for violent confrontation against what was (prior to the illegal attack) a peaceful, humanitarian flotilla. The recent admission of aggressive intent on the part of Barak is disturbing, although not surprising, for those who have long argued that Israel's attacks on the Occupied Territories are illegal acts of collective punishment that essentially terrorize an entire nation of people. Sadly, this understanding of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is censored in western media that are content in uncritically repeating the propaganda of Israeli leaders (I chronicled this tendency of the U.S. press in two previous pieces: 1. "Rogue State Politics," Counterpunch, 4 June 2010; and 2."A Tale of Two Raids," Z Magazine, 15 June 2010. Recent reporting on the flotilla inquiry has again promoted a pro-Israeli narrative. The New York Times headline on August 11th read: "Barak Says 'Friction' was Expected in Flotilla Raid". The use of the term "friction" implied that the incident was far less severe than it really was when it came to the critical international reaction. The Times story repeated Israeli claims that "the commandos were expecting only passive resistance." An Israeli military investigation concluded last month that the anticipated level of violence used against the Israeli forces had been "underestimated".. Similarly, the Washington Post headline from August 10th read: "Netanyahu: Action Against Gaza Aid Ship was Ordered as 'Last Resort'".. The story created the impression of a defensive Israel, reluctantly killing foreign civilians and violating international law (although Israel's violation of international law was recognized nowhere in either the Times or Post stories). The Post also reported that "statements by the flotilla organizers indicated that they wanted to break Israel's blockade on the Gaza Strip by 'creating a provocation' and instigating 'media-covered friction at sea with the Israel Defense Forces' that would create 'international pressure to remove the naval blockade,' Netanyahyu said.. Both of these accounts, it should be pointed out, laid blame at the hands of non-violent activists seeking to violate an illegal blockade and an illegal occupation. That the raid could be portrayed as a "provocation" on the part of humanitarian activists, through no fault of Israeli officials, is a sign of the extreme propaganda that dominates the American media and political debate on the Middle East. [The Zionist Blitzkreig, Seig Yahweh! -ed] That Israel routinely provokes confrontations with its neighbors and other nearby countries so that it can engage in aggressive military attacks (designed to further its military dominance of the region) is painfully understood throughout the Middle East and much of the rest of the world, although Americans are shielded from this reality by the journalistic and political establishment in Washington. Barak's admission that Israel expected violence from the get-go have been predictably ignored or downplayed in the U.S. media and by U.S. officials. This is to be expected among those who see Israel as occasionally making "mistakes" in its generally necessary application of force in the name of self defense. Israel's commitment to regional "peace" and "stability," rather than to militarism and domination, are considered beyond reprieve. What's completely erased from this narrative, however, is the fact that Israeli leaders themselves admit it's a fraud. They cynically attack their enemies for "planned provocation" and "violence" at the time of the flotilla raid, then quietly admit months later that provocation and violence were, in reality, endemic in their own actions and planning. Why Americans should take further Israeli calls for "defense" and "protecting Israeli lives" seriously in light of such manipulation and propaganda is a question we should all be asking. Anthony DiMaggio is the editor of media-ocracy (www.media-ocracy.com), a daily online magazine devoted to the study of media, public opinion, and current events. He has taught U.S. and Global Politics at Illinois State University and North Central College, and is the author of When Media Goes to War (2010) and Mass Media, Mass Propaganda (2008). He can be reached at: mediaocracy [at] gmail.com --------15 of 17-------- Replace the Fallen and Keep Your Mouth Shut Needing You By MISSY BEATTIE CounterPunch August 13 - 15, 2010 Officials at the Department of Veterans Affairs believe that more than 6000 veterans will commit suicide in 2010. According to an article in Foreign Policy, an average of one soldier a day committed suicide in June. When Barack Obama spoke to Disabled Veterans of America (DVA) in Georgia on August 2, he addressed post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), calling it "a pain like no other" and continued with: " the hopelessness that has led too many of our troops and veterans to take their own lives. Today, I want to say to anyone who is struggling - do not suffer in silence. It's not a sign of weakness to reach out for support - it's a sign of strength. Your country needs you". "Your country needs you". Yes, the United States of American needs you. Your country needs you for imperialist wars and occupations. Your country needs you to secure the resources of other countries. Your country needs you to risk your life to ensure that the power elite will remain the power elite. Your country needs you to use weapons banned by international law. Your country needs you to keep your mouth shut. Your country needs you to inspire terrorism. Your country needs you to replace the fallen. Your country needs you, needs you, needs you - for exploitation. Imagine if Obama were struck by a bolt of honesty and said all of the above instead of the usual 9/11, 9/11, 9/11, terrorists, insurgents, and al- Qa'ida. Oh, and 9/11. Imagine if White House press secretary Robert Gibbs had admitted to Obama's Bushian agenda instead of calling the president's progressive critics "the Professional Left" and suggesting that we, who don't hesitate to condemn Barry's compromises, are "crazy" and, thus, should "be drug-tested." Candor, lost among mainstream politicos, could terminate a pathology that has plunged this country to the depths of immorality. If forthrightness were articulated, all parents and loved ones of troops wounded or killed in war, finally, might question, as Cindy Sheehan did: "For what noble cause?" Those who wear the uniform might question, as well. Might even expose war crimes as PFC Bradley Manning, who didn't keep his mouth shut, recently did. For what noble cause are they returning with PTSD? For what noble cause are they killing? For what noble cause are they dying? For what noble cause are they committing suicide? I remember hearing a military mom's poignant speech at an antiwar rally. She described a son who returned from combat a changed man, someone whose behavior she didn't recognize. People cope with agony differently. I just read about a soldier who completed suicide after serving in Iraq. His parents, now, are working for an easier navigation of mental health care and attempting to eliminate the stigma associated with asking for psychological therapy. Certainly, this is honorable. But more is necessary. A system that assaults the psyche, the system that either emotionally damages or physically slaughters must end. I'm finished with hearing, "He died doing what he loved". As if this statement lays the dead to rest, along with the dialogue about war's reality. I want to ask how someone can love dying for lies. How can anyone love the sights and smells of death? Of seeing children whose flesh is melted by explosives? How? [Well, the rich are all for it. The more death and destrutuction and inhumanity there is, the more money and power they pile up. Evil is their good. The Devil's disciples. -ed] When will people become so outraged that they will identify the problem pattern that sends young men and women thousands of miles away to massacre other human beings and risk being killed for lies? A structure that forever alters survivors. We must teach our children to value life. We must teach them that no one wins in war. Instead of calling for more suicide hotlines, mothers, fathers, and spouses of soldiers, in fact, each and every one of us, should acknowledge the hideous truth of war. [And we should acknowledge that so long as we have billionaires, we will have war. To end war, billionaires - and any lesser amount that can bribe people and government - must be made illegal. This is a "freedom" that democracy cannot tolerate or live with. It's one or the other. -ed] President Obama wants our troops to seek help because his administration is "making major investments in awareness, outreach, and suicide prevention". The noble solution, obviating the need for military mental health maintenance, is war prevention. Its synonym is peace. Missy Beattie lives in Baltimore, Maryland. Reach her at missybeat [at] gmail.com. --------16 of 17-------- The rich man's butt is red from lipstick kisses. 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