Bulletin N° 726





Subject : Fear of the Unknown, and the Courage to Face It.



10 December 2016
Grenoble, France

Dear Colleagues and Friends of CEIMSA,

What we know as Pieter Bruegel’s painting,« Landscape with the Fall of Icarus » is perhaps a copy of the original by an unknown artist (ca. 1560), but nevertheless the message is clear, namely that human indifference reigns as innovation and creativity rises and falls around us. At the link below, we find six brief poems on this same theme.




Six Poems about Icarus - Williams, Auden, Spender, Sexton, Field, and Rukeyser





The 21 items below will allow CEIMSA readers to discover the social cost of indifference as technology in the hands of capitalist political interests threatens to enslave us or worse . . . .


Francis Feeley

Professor emeritus of American Studies

University Grenoble-Alpes

Director of Research

University of Paris-Nanterre

Center for the Advanced Study of American Institutions and Social Movements

The University of California-San Diego




Donald Trump Will Cause US Power to Collapse


Norwegian sociologist Johan Galtung, known as the "founding father" of peace studies as a scientific subject and recognized for correctly predicting numerous historical events, among them, the fall of the Soviet Union, the Tiananmen Square uprising in China, and 9/11, has warned that US global power - will collapse while the property mogul is in the White House.





Climate Scientists Speak Out Against Trump's Plans to Cut NASA Funding


Dr. Kevin Trenberth is among the many who signed an open letter calling on President-elect Trump not to cut funding for research or censor scientists





From: "If Americans Knew Team" <contact@ifamericansknew.org>
Subject: New video on Israel partisans' connection to U.S. invasion of Iraq


Dear Francis,

     Last week I was going to testify at Code Pink's Iraq Tribunal. However, a few days before the event I learned that I wasn't among those scheduled to testify, despite the fact that my proposal to discuss the Israel connection to the war had been approved weeks earlier.

Therefore, we've made a video of what I would have said. Israel and its American partisans played a major role – perhaps the decisive role – in pushing the U.S. to invade Iraq.

     We think it's extremely important to understand the causation of the Iraq war and its role in today's tragic events. We also feel it's essential to understand how and why this disastrous war was promoted in order to prevent future such wars from occurring.

     We hope you'll view this video and share it with others.

     Thank you for your support in enabling our work.


For justice and peace,


Alison Weir

How Pro-Israel Neocons Pushed for War in Iraq


(Alison Weir)



ABOUT US If Americans Knew is a nonpartisan educational organization. We are happy to provide information on Israel-Palestine to individuals and groups of all religious, ethnic, racial, and political backgrounds. We support justice, truth, equal rights and respect for all human beings, and we oppose racism, supremacism, and discrimination of all forms. Mission Statement





Why Thousands Are Staying in Standing Rock Despite Army Corps's Decision

to Halt the #DAPL



On Friday Energy Transfer Partners will ask a federal judge to allow construction to resume immediately





Cuba-Trained Doctors Headed to Standing Rock

A group of U.S.-based medical professionals trained at Cuba’s famous Latin American School of Medicine, or ELAM,

headed to Standing Rock, before the Army Corps’s decision,“to humbly serve in solidarity with the Sacred Water Protectors.”





The Global Networks of the Resurging Far Right


It's no exaggeration to say that Trump has ties to neo-Nazi parties, says investigative journalist Nafeez Ahmed




The Decline and Fall of Britain


by Brian Cloughley





Mayday! Post-Brexit Britain Courts Gulf Despots



Britain’s pandering to the Gulf’s autocratic regimes is set to increase in the wake of its decision to depart from the European Union.





 'They Are Slaughtering Us Like Animals'

Inside President Rodrigo Duterte's brutal antidrug campaign in the Philippines, our photojournalist documented 57 homicide victims over 35 days.



Trump to Duterte : « And you’re doing great…. You’re doing good. Go ahead !”




President Duterte – Fighting for his Life & his Country


by Andre Vltchek




The Global Networks (bis...)

Kissinger and Brzezinski to be honoured by Nobel Institute and Oslo University



These two top officials behind major US wars and regime change will speak at the first of a new event, The Nobel Peace Prize Forum Oslo, created by the Nobel Institute in Oslo.





Was 11/8 a New 9/11?

The Election That Changed Everything and Could Prove History’s Deal-Breaker
by Tom Engelhardt





7 Reasons that the Corporate Media Is Pro-War



Why There Is So Much Pro-War Reporting?

by WashingtonsBlog





Blacklist Promoted by the Washington Post Has Apparent Ties

to Ukrainian Fascism and CIA Spying



Digging deeper into the PropOrNot controversy.
by Mark Ames





The Rules of the (Trump) Game


by Pepe Escobar





Chosen Leaders, Proven Failures and Political Debacles


by James Petras





The Mafia State


by Chris Hedges


Systems of governance that are seized by a tiny cabal become mafia states. The early years—Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton in the United States—are marked by promises that the pillage will benefit everyone. The later years—George W. Bush and Barack Obama—are marked by declarations that things are getting better even though they are getting worse. The final years—Donald Trump—see the lunatic trolls, hedge fund parasites, con artists, conspiracy theorists and criminals drop all pretense and carry out an orgy of looting and corruption.





Noam Chomsky & Harry Belafonte in Conversation on Trump, Sanders, the KKK,

Rebellious Hearts & More






From: Jim O'Brien
Subject: HAW Notes 12/6/16: Recent articles of interest,  including election responses . . . .




Some Historians' Post-Election Thoughts

“Why Did 53% of WhiteWomen Voters Go for Donald Trump?”

By Margaret Power, History News Network, posted December 4.

The author teaches history at Illinois Institute of Technology. This article includes insights from her book on right-wing Chilean women and the 1973 overthrow of the Allende government.


“I Will Not Shut Up:America Is Still Worth Fighting For”

By Heather Cox Richardson, NationOfChange.com, posted December 1

The author teaches history at Boston College. This essay was written in response to her inclusion in a post-election “watchlist” of 200 radical educators. (She was removed from the list after her response was posted.)


“Winning: Trump Lovesto Do It, But American Generals Have Forgotten How”

By Andrew J. Bacevich, TomDispatch.com, posted November 29

The author is an emeritus professor of history and international relations at Boston University.


“Good Luck, People of Our 50 States!”

By Vaughn Davis Bornet, History News Network, posted November 27

The author is an emeritus professor of history at Southern Oregon State College. This article blends personal recollections (he is 99) with his research and writing on several US presidents.


“The Case ofXenophobic Hysteria Almost Nobody Remembers”

By Matthew Shannon, History News Network, posted November 27

The author teaches history at Emory & Henry College. This article goes back to the time of the Iranian hostage crisis, detailing anti-Iranian hysteria in the US and often-successful efforts to counter it.


“It Feels Like theFall of Reconstruction”

By Manisha Sinha, History News Network, posted November 22

The author teaches history at the University of Connecticut, Storrs.

Other Recent Articles of Interest

“FOIA@250: World’sFirst Freedom of Information Act Dates to 1766”

By the National Security Archive, posted December 2


“America Turned Its Back on Anne Frank, Will Trump Do the Same with Muslim Refugees?”

By Robert Fisk, CounterPunch.org, posted November 28


“The Iran-Contra Affair 30 Years Later: A Milestone in Post-Truth Politics”

By the National Security Archive, posted November 25


“Remembering the U.S. Soldiers Who Refused Orders to Murder Native Americans at Sand Creek”

By Billy J. Stratton, The conversation, posted November 21

The author teaches in Native American studies at the University of Denver.


Thanks to an anonymous reader who suggested two of the article include in the above lists. Suggestions can be sent to jimobrien48@gmail.com.





New Anti-BDS Bill in Senate Would Criminalize Criticism of Israel


Journalist Charlotte Silver says the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act doesn't do anything to counter or address anti-semitism, but instead targets Palestinian activism





The Smear Campaign Against Keith Ellison Is Repugnant but Reveals Much About Washington


by Glenn Greenwal