Boycott, divest and sanction the racist, Apartheid-Oppressor State of Israel. Racism, hatred, a recent lynching, informal segregation, mass-punishment, daily repression/night-home invasions, expulsion policies and perpetual war by the State of Israel are more representative of a State slowly descending into Fascism than any known notion of a secular democracy. If Martin Luther King, Jr. were alive today, he would most certainly be a leading member of the BDS movement — — — -a movement dedicated to love, justice, truth, peace, and human equality.

If you truly believe in standing up against hate and oppression of every kind as I do, then I implore you to join the movement that strives to bring the State of Israel into compliance with international law and treat all human beings under its dominion as equal under the same laws. If you believe in equality, justice, peace and love, then you should join the international BDS movement. Remember, as a U.S. citizen whose taxpayer dollars help fund Israel annually, you have a special responsibility to join the BDS movement, speak out, get involved, agitate and persist!!!! Wage peace and persevere!!!

“In many countries, governments and corporations are deeply complicit with Israel’s decades-old regime of military occupation, settler-colonialism and apartheid, just as they were complicit in the apartheid regime in South Africa. Israel can only sustain this regime of oppression with international complicity.

Here are the 5 most effective things YOU can do to challenge this complicity and support the Palestinian struggle for freedom, justice and equality:

Work with progressive networks to pressure parliament and government to (a) end all military-security cooperation and trade (military funding in the US case) with apartheid Israel and similarly criminal regimes of oppression worldwide, (b) ban all goods/services of companies operating in Israel’s illegal colonial settlements; and © demand a UN investigation of Israeli apartheid.

Mobilize pressure in your community, trade union, association, church, social network, student government/union, city council, cultural center, or other organization to declare it an Apartheid Free Zone (AFZ), ending all relations with apartheid Israel and companies that are complicit in its system of oppression.

Boycott products/services of, and/or mobilize institutional pressure to divest from, Israeli and international companies and banks that are complicit in Israeli war crimes and crimes against humanity. This includes all Israeli banks (Leumi, Hapoalim, etc.) and major multinationals such as: Elbit Systems, HP, G4S/Allied Universal, AXA, CAF, PUMA, Caterpillar, General Mills/Pillsbury, Hyundai Heavy Industries, JCB, Volvo, Barclays Bank, Alstom, Motorola Solutions, and CEMEX.

Cancel all academic, cultural, sports, and tourism engagements in Israel or supported/sponsored by Israel (or its lobby groups and complicit institutions).

Join a BDS campaign or a strategic Palestine solidarity group near you to act collectively and effectively.

Channel your anger and mobilize to dismantle apartheid and all forms of racism and oppression.”

https://bdsmovement.net/
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“Israel is not exercising “the right to defend itself” in the occupied Palestinian territories. It is carrying out mass murder, aided and abetted by the U.S.”

“Israel, by employing its military machine against an occupied population that does not have mechanized units, an air force, navy, missiles, heavy artillery and command-and-control, not to mention a U.S. commitment to provide a $38 billion defense aid package for Israel over the next decade, is not exercising “the right to defend itself.” It is carrying out mass murder. It is a war crime.”

https://consortiumnews.com/2021/05/14/chris-hedges-israel-the-big-lie/
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“The Israeli government has gone out of its way in recent weeks to confirm that it is an apartheid state. In one of the latest egregious examples of this oppressive system, Israeli police attacked Palestinians inside the Al-Aqsa Mosque last Friday on one of the most important days of Ramadan using stun grenades, tear gas, and rubber-coated bullets. They did this in support of the effort to expel Palestinian families from the neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah in occupied East Jerusalem. Many hundreds of Palestinians have been wounded during the crackdown on their protests against this forced expulsion, including more than two hundred people injured in the raid on Al-Aqsa. The expulsion of Palestinians from their homes in territory that Israel illegally annexed is nothing less than ethnic cleansing being carried out in plain sight, but because Israeli forces are doing it to Palestinians it does not receive the same official condemnation that would usually be automatic in Washington.

The extraordinary military and diplomatic support that the U.S. provides to Israel makes our government complicit in Israel’s ongoing illegal occupation of Palestinian territory and in the ongoing displacement and dispossession of Palestinians. The free hand that the US gives the Israeli government in its treatment of Palestinians has cleared the way for increasingly extremist Israeli political leaders to stoke conflict. The growing international recognition that Israeli policies amount to a system of apartheid obliges us to cut off as much of that support as we can as quickly as possible.”

https://original.antiwar.com/Daniel_Larison/2021/05/11/israeli-apartheid-is-on-display/
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“As Israeli lynch mobs roam the streets attacking Palestinians, and as Israeli war planes drop bombs on Gaza, it’s essential to understand how we arrived at this moment.”

“I have been trying to think of a moment since 1948 when so broad a range of Palestinians have been exposed to as great a level of Israeli violence as they have been these last few days — and I don’t think I can.

In towns throughout Israel, Palestinians have been beaten and terrorized by rampaging mobs; one man was dragged from his car and brutalized in what many are describing as a lynching. In the West Bank, Palestinians have been shot and killed in raids by the Israeli military. In Jerusalem, Palestinian families, facing the ongoing threat of expulsion, have been harassed by settlers and military alike. And across Gaza, Israeli war planes have dropped bomb after bomb, destroying entire apartment buildings. Many have died, many more have been injured. If they manage to survive, they will witness their society shattered when the smoke clears.”

https://www.thenation.com/article/world/israel-palestine-reign-of-terror/
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“While there have been uprisings of Palestinian citizens in Israel against land confiscations and other violations, as well as in support of Palestinians suffering in the territories (Land Day in 1976 comes to mind), now Palestinians in Acre, Haifa, Jaffe, Lod, Nazareth, and Ramle are protesting loudly and vigorously. The mayor of Lod may call this “Kristallnacht” but Palestinian citizens have reached a breaking point, unable to tolerate the 72 year history of racist and exclusionary policies by the Israeli government, its most recent attacks in Jerusalem, and ever-increasing rightward, tending toward fascistic, political parties.”

https://www.counterpunch.org/2021/05/14/the-nakba-continues/
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“On April 22, more than 300 American lawmakers publicly pledged their unconditional loyalty to a foreign power.

In a letter to the chair and ranking member of the House Appropriations Committee, the members of Congress cautioned against “reducing funding or adding conditions on” US welfare checks (totaling $3.8 billion annually) to Israel.

The letter name-checks US President Joe Biden, who, nearly a year ago tried to have it both ways — decrying Israeli annexation of Palestinian land and the eviction of Palestinian residents to make room for Israeli squatters (“settlers”), while likewise volubly assuring Jewish campaign donors, “I’m not going to place conditions on security assistance.”

Now Biden and members of Congress from both sides of the partisan aisle feign surprise and dismay as the Israeli regime once again makes war on the populations of the Israeli-occupied West Bank and the Israeli-blockaded Gaza Strip.

What the heck did they expect?”

https://original.antiwar.com/thomas-knapp/2021/05/12/peace-in-palestine-not-if-american-politicians-can-help-it/
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“Our national interests and regional stability are suffering as Tel Aviv takes our blank check and works openly against peace.”

“The blank check Washington has given to Tel Aviv by way of $3.8 billion in annual aid, including high tech equipment to maintain its “qualitative military edge,” and deference on almost all political issues, has allowed Israel to resist agreeing to an equitable solution to the conflict with the Palestinians. Instead, it’s maintained an illegal and inhumane occupation that, in the words of Israel’s former Chief negotiator Uri Savir, “is corrupting our youth.” As such, this blank check prevents a two-state solution, undermines U.S. interests in peace and stability in the region, and ultimately also endangers Israel’s future as a democratic state.”

https://responsiblestatecraft.org/2021/05/13/its-time-to-put-this-dysfunctional-u-s-israel-relationship-to-the-test/
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“The Washington Post went out of its way to mislead readers today. Its opening paragraph on the latest news from Palestine claimed:

““A day of upheaval at the holy sites of this contested city quickly widened into a night of warlike violence in communities across the country Tuesday, with hundreds of rockets from the Gaza Strip resulting in the deaths of at least two Israelis and retaliatory airstrikes killing at least 26 Gazans, according to Palestinian officials and Israeli media.”

But this reverses the chronology of reality. Most of the Palestinians were killed by Israeli air strikes prior to the Palestinian rocket that killed two Israelis.

That rocket fire, meanwhile, was in response to Israeli violence in Jerusalem Monday and in the days before that has seen hundreds of Palestinians wounded, some in critical condition.

Who is retaliating to whom?

Mainstream media too frequently insist on a narrative in which Israel “retaliates.” The Washington Post’s timeline fraud is perhaps the clearest example to date.”

https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/michael-f-brown/washington-post-pushes-israels-retaliation-narrative
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“Israel is again conducting bloody attacks on Gaza. Interminable rounds of shelling by Israeli terrorists — known as Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) — have left in their wake infant corpses and blood-stained rubble of residential buildings. Every attempt is being made to decapitate the present and disembowel any hope for a better future. The current massacre campaigns by the Zionist state have followed the well-established pattern of colonial aggressions, characterized by an unconscionable logic of inhumanity.

1) Israeli state & Zionist settlers tried to illegally displace Palestinians from Sheikh Jarrah. 2) Palestinians resisted. 3) Israeli troops brutally cracked down on Palestinians, storming one of the holiest sites, Al-Aqsa Mosque, on one of the holiest nights, Laylat-al Qadr, of the holiest month, Ramadan, in one of the holiest cities, Jerusalem, while Muslims prayed peacefully. Israeli raids continued for two days, injuring hundreds. 4) Palestinians fired rockets in retaliation. 5) Israel ruthlessly bombed Gaza, killing 24 Palestinians, including 9 children, and wounding more than 100 others.”

https://original.antiwar.com/Yanis_Iqbal/2021/05/11/israels-murderous-attacks-on-gaza/
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“The 16-storey al-Shorouk tower housed local and foreign media outlets as well as shops and apartments.”

https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/israeli-air-strikes-level-third-high-rise-gaza-strip
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How Israel is sowing the seeds of a new uprising.

“The soldiers who arrest them nightly; the courts which have decided settlers are the true owners of their homes, or who issue the demolition orders; the city municipality which carries them out; The City of David Foundation, El Ad, which advances territorial claims through archaeology and housing for settlers in Silwan; the mobs of far-right Jewish youths who shout: “Death to the Arabs”; or the city’s deputy mayor Arieh King, who told a Palestinian activist that it was a pity he wasn’t shot in the head.

This education in hatred is the result of a truly multi-disciplinary effort by Israel’s different institutions and at all levels. It has gone on all their lives. Now this generation is saying: “Enough is enough.” To them, it matters not how many times Israeli police throw sound grenades at medics treating the injured, at worshippers inside Al-Aqsa mosque or at women and children in the streets of the Old City.”

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2021/05/11/new-generation-palestinians-are-rising-under-netanyahus-nose-and-saying-enough
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“Resistance fighters retaliated with a barrage of rockets as the death toll during the current conflagration rose to over 30 people — almost all of them Palestinians.”

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2021/05/11/israel-condemned-unambiguous-war-crime-after-destroying-gaza-apartment-tower
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“There are two separate Sheikh Jarrah stories. One is read about and watched on the news, the other receives little media coverage or due analysis.

The obvious story is that of the nightly raids and violence meted out by Israeli police and Jewish extremists against Palestinians in the devastated East Jerusalem neighborhood. For weeks, thousands of Jewish extremists have targeted Palestinian communities in Jerusalem’s Old City. Their objective is the removal of Palestinian families from their homes in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood. They are not acting alone. Their riots and rampages are directed by a well-coordinated leadership composed of Zionist and Jewish extremist groups, such as the Otzma Yehudit party and the Lehava Movement. Their unfounded claims, violent actions and abhorrent chant “Death to the Arabs” are validated by Israeli politicians, including Knesset member Itamar Ben-Gvir and the Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem, Arieh King.”

https://consortiumnews.com/2021/05/13/the-untold-story-of-sheikh-jarrah/
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“Benny Gantz’s comments “should be entered directly as evidence of war crimes to the International Criminal Court,” said one critic.”

https://consortiumnews.com/2021/05/13/israeli-defense-minister-threatens-gaza-will-burn-as-idf-readies-plans-for-ground-invasion/
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“If your response to Israel murdering kids with U.S. weapons is only to express ‘hope is that this will be closing down sooner rather than later,’ you’re telling Israel to keep murdering kids.”

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2021/05/12/biden-blasted-green-light-israels-gaza-slaughter-house-dems-praised-urging-us-peace
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“The New York Democrat criticized Biden for failing to acknowledge “what precipitated this cycle of violence — namely, the expulsions of Palestinians and attacks on Al-Aqsa.””

“Jewish Voice for Peace Action, a progressive advocacy organization, applauded Ocasio-Cortez’s response to the president, tweeting: “This is not a complicated situation. The Biden administration is defending a government that is forcibly displacing Palestinians from their homes, assaulting Palestinian worshipers, and raining bombs on an open air prison.”

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2021/05/13/aoc-says-bidens-refusal-condemn-israeli-attacks-palestinians-takes-side-side
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“Cutting military aid to a state that oppresses its Palestinian population would show that the U.S. is serious about human rights.”

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2021/05/13/if-biden-serious-about-ending-forever-wars-us-needs-end-support-israel
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“It’s up to us to keep demonstrating and keep hammering home that people will not sit back and tolerate Israel’s system of apartheid.”

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2021/05/13/palestinian-solidarity-demonstrations-erupt-worldwide-israeli-violence-intensifies
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“Palestinians aren’t going anywhere,” said Rep. Rashida Tlaib, “no matter how much money you send to Israel’s apartheid government.”

“If we are to make good on our promises to support equal human rights for all, it is our duty to end the apartheid system that for decades has subjected Palestinians to inhumane treatment and racism, reducing Palestinians to live in utter fear and terror of losing a child, being indefinitely detained or killed because of who they are, and the unequal rights and protections they have under Israeli law. It must end.”

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2021/05/13/it-must-end-house-dems-blast-israels-assault-gaza-decades-occupation-enabled-us
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“Benny Gantz’s comments “should be entered directly as evidence of war crimes to the International Criminal Court,” said one critic.”

“Observers viewed Gantz’s remarks as a direct threat to inflict mass civilian casualties on one of the most densely populated areas in the world, a territory considered by many to be an “open-air prison” crowded with around two million people.”

https://consortiumnews.com/2021/05/13/israeli-defense-minister-threatens-gaza-will-burn-as-idf-readies-plans-for-ground-invasion/
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“Colonialism in Israel was, and remains, a state-run project, which ultimately aims at achieving the same objective that is being carried out in Sheikh Jarrah — the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians to ensure Jewish demographic majority.”

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2021/05/12/muna-palestine-yakub-israel-untold-story-sheikh-jarrah
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“The senator joined a growing chorus of global political leaders alarmed by the escalating violence and settler colonialism in the region.”

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2021/05/11/sanders-says-us-must-call-cease-fire-and-end-provocative-and-illegal-settlement
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Gaza is not an independent state. Its people are stateless and at the mercy of the Israeli military.

“But there is also a principle of proportionality in the law of war and Israeli fighter jets have killed many times the number of Palestinians as Hamas rockets had Israeli civilians. That is state terrorism.

Since the situation in Gaza is not well understood in the outside world, it is worth reviewing it.

Nearly two million Palestinians live in the Gaza Strip, roughly the population of Houston inside city limits. It is one of the more densely populated places on earth.

Some 50% of the population consists of children. One in 10 children there are stunted, in part because of food insecurity imposed by the Israeli blockade.”

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2021/05/14/shooting-fish-barrel-israel-bombs-palestinian-refugees-israel-gaza-50-them-children
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“Real power over U.S. policy toward Israel and Gaza rests with Biden, Harris, Pelosi, Schumer, Blinken — not Yang. But AOC’s function is to shield them from leftist anger.”

https://greenwald.substack.com/p/aocs-attack-on-yangs-meaningless
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“Why has the impending eviction of six Palestinian families in East Jerusalem drawn Israelis and Palestinians into a conflict that appears to be spiraling toward yet another war? Because of a word that in the American Jewish community remains largely taboo: the Nakba.

The Nakba, or “catastrophe” in Arabic, need not refer only to the more than 700,000 Palestinians who were expelled or fled in terror during Israel’s founding. It can also evoke the many expulsions that have occurred since: the about 300,000 Palestinians whom Israel displaced when it conquered the West Bank and Gaza Strip in 1967; the roughly 250,000 Palestinians who could not return to the West Bank and Gaza after Israel revoked their residency rights between 1967 and 1994; the hundreds of Palestinians whose homes Israel demolished in 2020 alone. The East Jerusalem evictions are so combustible because they continue a pattern of expulsion that is as old as Israel itself.

Among Palestinians, Nakba is a household word. But for Jews — even many liberal Jews in Israel, America and around the world — the Nakba is hard to discuss because it is inextricably bound up with Israel’s creation. Without the mass expulsion of Palestinians in 1948, Zionist leaders would have had neither the land nor the large Jewish majority necessary to create a viable Jewish state. As I discuss at greater length in an essay for Jewish Currents from which this guest essay is adapted, acknowledging and beginning to remedy that expulsion — by allowing Palestinian refugees to return — requires imagining a different kind of country, where Palestinians are considered equal citizens, not a demographic threat.”

https://archive.ph/Zj43o
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You and your future are being screwed by the United States military and their endless, perpetual gargantuan war budgets. Doesn’t our military do more harm than good for this nation? There is really no need to thank the troops since they are not really helping this nation too much. Most join the military to help themselves out of poverty or due to reasons of family tradition — — — the reasons most join have nothing to do with actual national defense nor do they have to do with you or your gradually diminishing liberty and freedom that is the result of perpetual war. In reality, they only help contribute to that decline, whether they realize or not. So any thanks are really undeserved.

“Again, isn’t it strange that China has become such a challenge to this country “winning” a century in which it’s already experienced such military loss? Isn’t it strange that the Pentagon is responding to that competition by upping its efforts against that rising power in the Pacific and the Indian Ocean, attempting to bring allies together to oppose it in a new alliance called the “Quad,” and being militarily more aggressive in those regions. What’s strange is that only China seems challenging, not that other great power — and no, I’m not referring to Russia, which has a powerful nuclear arsenal but an economy smaller than that of the state of Texas. I’m thinking about us. After all, China doesn’t have naval forces off Baja California, or in the Caribbean, as we do off or near its coastline. It doesn’t have 800 military bases across the planet. It isn’t involved in endless wars on terror from Afghanistan to Mozambique, nor does it have an aircraft carrier cruising off the coast of Afghanistan… but no need to go on, is there?”

https://original.antiwar.com/Mandy_Smithberger/2021/05/11/why-the-pentagon-budget-never-goes-down/
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“Biden however is badly informed. There is no evidence that DarkSide has anything to do with Russia. It is, like Emotet, a commercial ‘ransomware-as-a-service’ criminal entity that wants to make money and does not care about geopolitics.”

https://www.moonofalabama.org/2021/05/more-hacks-more-baseless-accusations-against-russia.html
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Diplomacy must not die, write James W. Carden, Marshall Auerback and Patrick Lawrence.

“To break the Cold War mentality that has a vise grip on both capitals, we respectfully propose the following:

– Presidents Biden and Putin should establish a high-level commission headed by the American vice-president and the Russian prime minister to rebuild diplomatic ties between the U.S. and Russia.

– This commission should take a whole-of-government approach, establishing working groups at the ministerial level that would seek to mend ties and open both countries to people-to-people exchanges.

– As a first step, the two sides should establish a Working Group on Consular Services with the goal of reopening the Russian consulates in the U.S. (San Francisco, Seattle, New York, Washington) and closed American consulates in Russia (St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, Vladivostok). In the meantime, we urge a reversal of the U.S. decision to cut consular services in Moscow.

– Further working groups might be established in the areas of public health, sports and education, environment, emergency management, and science, technology and space.”

https://consortiumnews.com/2021/05/12/the-russia-question/
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“News companies are pioneering a new brand of vigilante reporting, partnering with spy agencies they once oversaw.”

“Just over ten years ago, on July 25, 2010, Wikileaks released 75,000 secret U.S. military reports involving the war in Afghanistan. The New York Times, The Guardian, and Der Spiegel helped release the documents, which were devastating to America’s intelligence community and military, revealing systemic abuses that included civilian massacres and an assassination squad, TF 373, whose existence the United States kept “protected” even from its allies.

The Afghan War logs came out at the beginning of a historic stretch of true oppositional journalism, when outlets like Le Monde, El Pais, Der Spiegel, The Guardian, The New York Times, and others partnered with sites like Wikileaks. Official secrets were exposed on a scale not seen since the Church Committee hearings of the seventies, as reporters pored through 250,000 American diplomatic cables, secret files about every detainee at Guantanamo Bay, and hundreds of thousands of additional documents about everything from the Iraq war to coverups of environmental catastrophes, among other things helping trigger the “Arab Spring.”

There was an attempt at a response — companies like Amazon, Master Card, Visa, and Paypal shut Wikileaks off, and the Pentagon flooded the site with a “denial of service” attack — but leaks continued. One person inspired by the revelations was former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, who came forward to unveil an illegal domestic surveillance program, a story that won an Oscar and a Pulitzer Prize for documentarian Laura Poitras and reporters Glenn Greenwald and Jeremy Scahill. By 2014, members of Congress in both parties were calling for the resignations of CIA chief John Brennan and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, both of whom had been caught lying to congress.”

https://taibbi.substack.com/p/reporters-once-challenged-the-spy
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“The Grayzone’s Max Blumenthal and Ben Norton interview world-renowned economist Michael Hudson on his concept of American “super imperialism” and the economics of the new cold war on China and Russia.”

https://thegrayzone.com/2021/05/12/new-cold-war-super-imperialism-michael-hudson/
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“Bilal, Durant and other artists who help us think about U.S. colonial warfare against the people of Iraq and other nations should surely be thanked.”

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2021/05/11/art-against-drones
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Once you understand that the word “neoconservative” is a euphemism for perpetual warmonger, global Imperialist and modern neofascist of the pro-Israel variety, then everything else begins to make sense, well, that and understanding that the U.S. is a global bully intent on preserving global hegemony and destabilizing the world through it perpetual wars of unprovoked aggression waged for global Empire.

“But what is profoundly offensive about the Cheneys is their central role in high-jacking the Republican Party in behalf of the demented worldview of a small priesthood of neocon intellectuals. The latter have turned the Warfare State of the now defunct cold war with the Soviet Union into a globe-spanning imperialist monster that has bled America dry fiscally and unleashed unjustified destruction and mayhem all around the planet in a manner that would have put even Imperial Rome to shame.

The immorality, stupidity and monumental fiscal waste of the neocon Forever Wars is bad enough, but actually there is something even more lamentable.”

https://original.antiwar.com/David_Stockman/2021/05/12/good-riddance-liz-cheney/
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Liz Cheney: Neoconservative/neofascist warmonger who wants to waste even more money on a mililtary that does this country more harm than good.

https://news.antiwar.com/2021/05/13/liz-cheney-says-not-increasing-military-spending-by-3-5-is-a-red-line/
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“As part of her ideological war to reclaim the GOP for neocons, the now-deposed House leader falsely denied her role in a tale designed to block withdrawal from Afghanistan.”

https://greenwald.substack.com/p/liz-cheney-lied-about-her-role-in
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“Vietnam, East Timor, Venezuela, Saudi Arabia, and Libya are the cases that struck me most acutely for their stark omissions. Other examples of under-reporting that stick out to me include: the fate of around 900 islanders unceremoniously booted out by the US/UK to build a military base on Diego Garcia (1968–73); the sanctions committee that stopped Saddam-era Iraq importing a long lost of items — including heart medication, teddy bears, sanitary towels and shrouds for the dead — that had no possible offensive utility (1990–2003), and CIA/MI6 support for a secret “rat line” of shipments supplying Syrian opposition groups — a national security scandal mentioned just six times in the British press among 150,000 articles citing Syria between 2011 and 2020.

In other cases, news outlets obsess over a particular topic with such little context that its significance is warped beyond all reason. Consider the media’s hysteria over Russian activity — in a data sample from 20th February to 31st March 2017, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow spent 640 minutes talking about 15 Russia-related issues, and just 551 minutes covering 43 other topics. Today, the media is still systematically turning rumors from anonymous officials or CIA agents into front page news (check my hyperlinks, they’re bonkers) while NATO considers deploying more troops to Russia’s border.

But it still especially intrigues me where the corporate news inverts or entirely omits key information. The New York Times has never called Cameroon’s Paul Biya, the longest serving non-royal head of state in the world, a despot, dictator or tyrant. Not one mainstream news outlet called the 2019 Bolivian coup a coup. The New York Times has not used the phrase ‘right-wing Democrat’ in over 30 years — just one subtle indication that as far as the media is concerned, all politicians of the Democratic Party are de facto representatives of the left-wing perspective.”

https://thegrayzone.com/2021/05/13/mainstream-outlet-media-refuses-say/
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“Last month Foreign Affairs ran an article saying that Iran and Israel were engaged in mutual hostilities that could drag the United States into a war not of our choosing, and there was no mention in the article of the people who really do want the U.S. to go to war with Iran, the neoconservative branch of the Israel lobby. Last week Foreign Policy ran an article by one of those neoconservatives, saying that if the U.S. returns to its deal with a “rogue regime committed to Israel’s destruction,” Israel will likely go to war against Iran.

It ought to be terrifying that our supposed client state is escalating its attacks on Iran just as the United States is trying to reenter the Iran deal; and its friends in the U.S. are escalating the war of words. But the most you hear about this on mainstream media is Andrea Mitchell venturing to Jake Sullivan that Israel “is being unhelpful” to the United States with its attacks.

It’s as if the Iraq war and the neoconservative/Israel lobby role in pushing that invasion has disappeared down the memory hole.”

https://mondoweiss.net/2021/05/the-lies-and-conspiracy-theories-from-neocon-crazies-that-fueled-iraq-war-are-subject-of-new-history/
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“”U.S. allies… deployed troops, lost service members, and spent tax dollars on wars that were of little concern to their own national security. They did so largely because of the value they placed on their alliances with the U.S.”

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2021/05/12/afghanistan-withdrawal-underway-new-report-reveals-costs-post-911-wars-us-allies
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“The question that context should raise in Washington is this: Why risk these close calls at all?

Why put U.S. troops in harm’s way for no clear benefit? Why chance upsetting the indirect U.S.-Iran nuclear talks finally underway in Europe? (And why, by the way, is our Coast Guard operating halfway across the planet from the American coast and just a few miles from the coast of Iran?)”

https://www.19fortyfive.com/2021/05/why-are-u-s-navy-warships-and-coast-guard-boats-anywhere-near-iran/
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“Washington has made an abundance of major, well-known foreign policy blunders over the decades, most notably the disastrous wars in Vietnam and Iraq. However, there have been numerous less prominent initiatives that seemed to defy basic logic and common sense. Although the negative consequences of those follies were less severe than the Vietnam and Iraq debacles (or the policies that have provoked a needless cold war with post-communist Russia), they still illustrate the arrogance and ineptitude of America’s foreign policy mandarins. Three especially ill-advised schemes stand out — two with respect to Mexico and one involving Syria.”

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/clown-show-three-of-washingtons-most-inept-foreign-policy-initiatives/
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“Reports indicate that the negotiations in Vienna to return to the JCPOA have made progress. The hardliners’ nightmare is an announcement over the next few weeks that the United States will lift sanctions, which can completely change the dynamics of the elections. Rouhani’s landslide victory in 2017 was driven by the fact that the people had begun seeing the fruits of diplomacy. Whereas Iran’s GDP had shrunk by 7.4 percent in 2012, the year before Rouhani was elected for the first time, it had grown by 13.4 percent in 2016, which most people attributed it to the lifting of some sanctions.

The Biden administration should lift at least some major sanctions prior to Iran’s elections. This may motivate those who oppose the hardliners to turn out for the elections, and vote for a moderate or reformist candidate, which is precisely the nightmarish scenario that the hardliners imagine occurring.”

https://responsiblestatecraft.org/2021/05/11/ending-sanctions-may-boost-irans-moderates-in-upcoming-elections/?fbclid=IwAR3Ms2wYjUaprNMiWwvNpZEeKMYvuR3MgU2exIVWrTMPJGOQgYltNpe0i08
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“A group of Chinese foreign policy scholars said at a seminar reviewing President Biden’s first 100 days in office that they have seen “more continuity” than expected between the Trump administration and the Biden administration with respect to China policy.

“Judging from Biden’s first 100 days, there is more continuity than the changes that we expected. The Biden administration also has a more focused and systematic approach,” said Ni Feng, head of the Institute of American Studies at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, according to The South China Morning Post.

US-China relations have sunk to their lowest point in decades thanks to the Trump administration’s hostile policies. Biden has continued the trend and has made it clear confronting Beijing is a top foreign policy priority. In his first address to Congress last month, Biden said the US was in competition with China to “win the 21st century.””

https://news.antiwar.com/2021/05/11/chinese-scholars-say-bidens-china-policy-is-more-similar-to-trumps-than-expected/