Bulletin N° 792
Subject : Challenging the System that Threatens to Destroy Us . . . .
“Gaza footage shows protester shot in the back while running away from Israeli border wall”
“As soldiers, we too were told to open fire at protesters in Gaza”
I was on the border with Gaza six years ago. The same marchers, the same protest. Even the orders to open fire at crowds of people remained the same.
4 April 2018
Dear Colleagues and Friends of CEIMSA,
Some years ago a former undergraduate student of mine sent me a book he had just published. It was a science fiction piece of considerable length and in quite decent English. I claim no credit for his accomplishment, and a busy teaching and writing schedule kept me from this book of fiction for several years. In fact, it was only after my retirement that I got the chance to pick it up, and I couldn’t put it down. Francis André is indeed a skilled writer, and in English, too. His book, Mr A, The Fall is a 300+ page self-published sci-fi work at ANDRE FEAR Publisher (2011); it is a Manichean story of cosmic dimensions, of the forces of good and evil and the threat of massive destruction of our planet. This well-written tomb certainly serves as a reflection of the thoughts of an intelligent young student who aspires to be a cultural technician in today's world. My failure as his history teacher was my inability to communicate to him an alternative understanding to the elitist theories and conspiracy plots that echo in this science fiction book. Here, the supernatural evils can only be overcome by coordinated supernatural good, and this requires the redemption of some really "bad" characters and an extraordinary will for self-sacrifice in the name of "common decency". In place of class struggle we find cosmic battles between elite forces, organized in an exceedingly subservient political hierarchy, with access to extraordinary technology that can evaporate everything in their way.
Returning to our one and only earth, where we read about Trump’s new National Security Advisor, John Bolton; his Secretary of Defense, James Mattis; his head of the Justice Department, Jeff Sessions; his recently appointed Secretary of State, former CIA Director Mike Pompeo, etc., etc., etc…, it is easy to see why there might be some attraction to a Manichean world view. It is an illusion, of course, created for science fiction writing, but it has gained traction in some of the social sciences, and in academic literary and cultural studies departments, as well. The undisguised delight derived from careful analysis of authentic material relationships and the deep satisfaction of effective interventions have become rare in the field of social movements. Too often we are plagued with the passive apprehension of "evil" overwhelming us and our entire planet, eliminating this "experiment" we call life. The fight for justice and equality, in this state of mind, yields to a desperate struggle for survival under any conditions. Thus, yesterday becomes the ideal model for tomorrow.
I believe that the talents of young people deserve better objectives.
The multiple news items below reflect the cacophony of fast-moving events in the vortex of crisis capitalism and expanding imperialist wars. We offer CEIMSA readers this critical information and the alternative interpretations as an antidote to the poisonous propaganda that corporate media feeds us continually to stupefy us and keep us in a submissive state of hopeless distraction. This information will hopefully serve to inform and inspire readers to discard escapist fantasies of omnipotent elite machinations and to prepare for more effective collective action at the grassroots level in our richly diverse society where we live and work every day. The world is at once more horrid and more beautiful than we can imagine.
All this remains to be discovered . . . .
Professor emeritus of American Studies
Director of Research
University of Paris-Nanterre
Center for the Advanced Study of American Institutions and Social Movements
The University of California-San Diego
“We Cannot Wait for Change”—Freed Whistleblower Chelsea Manning on Iraq, Prison & Running for Senate
Prosecutorial Misconduct Reaches
by Bill Blum
In February 2010, the Justice Department published a long-awaited report prepared by its Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) that found former Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) attorneys John Yoo and Jay Bybee had engaged in professional misconduct by authoring two memorandums in 2002 and 2003 justifying the use of torture in the crackdown on suspected terrorists in the wake of the 9/11 attacks.
A full 260 pages long, the OPR report is formally titled the “Investigation into the Office of Legal Counsel’s Memoranda Concerning Issues Relating to the Central Intelligence Agency’s Use of ‘Enhanced Interrogation Techniques’ on Suspected Terrorists.” Completed in July 2009, it concluded that Yoo and Bybee had failed to provide the George W. Bush administration, for which the torture memos had been written, with the “thorough, candid, and objective” legal analysis that is incumbent upon all lawyers working in the OLC. The report recommended that Yoo and Bybee be referred to their respective state bar associations to face disciplinary actions against their licenses to practice law. At the time, Bybee was a member of the District of Columbia bar, while Yoo was licensed in Pennsylvania.
Neither man, however, was ever referred for sanctions
From: "CODEPINK" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Wednesday, 28 March, 2018
Subject: A war mongering lunatic
Let’s not mince words: John Bolton is a war-mongering lunatic and his appointment to be Donald Trump’s National Security Advisor is the greatest military threat we face as a nation.
John Bolton still thinks the Iraq war was a good idea. He attacks the UN and advocates for war with North Korea and Iran. He has even written such articles as “The Legal Case for Striking North Korea First” and “To Stop Iran’s Bomb, Bomb Iran.”
Bolton’s appointment doesn’t require Senate confirmation, so there is nothing we can do to prevent him from starting the job on April 9. But we can stop the other Iran Deal hater, Mike Pompeo, who Trump has nominated for Secretary of State. Help us counter John Bolton by telling your senators not to confirm Mike Pompeo. Tell them that a vote for Pompeo is a vote for Bolton and a vote for war.
Trump is trying to bring in a trifecta of war hawks. In addition to Bolton and Pompeo, he has appointed torture supporter Gina Haspel to head the CIA. Haspel will require confirmation. After Pompeo’s hearing, we will focus on opposing Haspel’s appointment as well.
The appointments of Bolton, Pompeo and Haspel come just before Trump’s meeting with North Korean President Kim Jong-Un in May and the May 12 certification of the Iran nuclear deal. A US pullout from the nuclear deal would trigger a major international crisis, as would a military attack on North Korea.
A vote for Pompeo is a vote for Bolton and a vote for war. Tell the Senate Foreign Relations Committee not to confirm Mike Pompeo.
Bolton doesn’t hide his war agenda. So we’re going to have to escalate our peaceful protests. From opposing Pompeo’s confirmation to actions on the streets, we need your help in building a movement to stop these dangerous men. Let’s protect the world from another US war.
From: Alison Weir
Sent: Friday, 30 March, 2018
Subject: Israeli forces kill 7, injure hundreds as thousands of Gazans march near border
On the Verge of Nuclear War
by Paul Craig Roberts
wonders if this latest extremely provocative and hostile accusation against
Russia, supported by Washington’s empire, is the prelude to war. There is no
basis whatsoever for the statement of the US Department of State that “on March
4, Russia used a military-grade nerve agent to attempt to murder a British
citizen and his daughter in Salisbury.”
Two Failures In One Day - Missile Defense Is An Embaressment –
It Won't Work
by Moon Of Alabama
Within the new $700 billion defense budget the U.S. Congress allocated more money for missile defense:
The Pentagon would spend an additional $1 billion on two of Lockheed’s missile defense systems, bringing total appropriations for the Missile Defense Agency to $11.5 billion.
Two incidents last night provide again that missile defense is a waste fo money. It hardly ever works. Strategic missile defense, which the U.S. builds to take down intercontinental missiles, will not protect against the new weapons Russia is now pursuing. The U.S. military acknowledges this. After Putin announced the new weapon systems the Trump administration raised the white flag and suddenly asked for new arms control talks.
Last night the Yemeni army launched (vid) seven ballistic missiles against Saudi Arabia. Three of those targeted the capital Riyadh, four were aimed ar military and infrastructure targets. In Riyadh the Saudi forces fired a a number of Patriot surface-to-air missiles and claimed that those successfully intercepted the Yemeni missiles. The Saudis Patriot Advanced Capabilities-2 system (PAC-2) are made by the U.S. company Raytheon which is also hiring former U.S. soldiers as 'Patriot Battery Systems Technician Field Engineers' to man and maintain the Saudi systems.
Earlier Saudi claims of successful intercepts turned out to be false. The small warheads of the Yemeni missiles separate from the larger missile body and are difficult to detect. The U.S. provided systems inevitably aims at the bigger empty missile body.
This time various videos from Riyadh show that at least seven interceptors were fired against the three incoming missiles. At least two of the interceptors failed catastrophically. The other five seem to have simply self destructed at height. There is no sign of any real interception.
One of the Patriot interceptors prematurely exploded during its boost phase. Its burning debris showered the ground with hot parts.
UAV Crash In Lebanon Reveals Secret Israeli Weapon
On March 31, an Israeli drone crashed in southern Lebanon as a result of a “technical failure”, according to the Israeli Army. Experts were able to identify the drone as the Hermes 450 medium size multi-payload Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) manufactured by the Israeli Elbit Systems company.
More on guns . . . .
From: "War Resisters
To: "FRANCIS FEELEY" <email@example.com>
Sent: Thursday, 29 March, 2018 9:13:58 PM
Subject: On Mass Shootings: Disarm the Police + Military
7 Reasons Your Economic Insecurity
Isn’t Your Fault
Above Photo: Clay Bennett
by Matt Stannard, Cowboysonthecommons.org
The sobering assessment at the end of 2017 by Philip Alston, the UN’s special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, concerning the 40+ million Americans living in poverty, left a question unasked: Why have there been so few effective grassroots political revolts against inequality and material deprivation in the United States?
The seeming lack of class consciousness is even more surprising when we consider that economic insecurity doesn’t just affect those below the poverty level: over 215 million Americans–which I count as 66 percent of the population–couldn’t cover a $1000 emergency with the money in their savings account. That’s over five times as many of us who technically live in poverty, and it suggests that economic insecurity is now an intrinsic feature of the American identity.
The New York Times, March 26, 2018
The Post-World War II Order Is Under Assault
From the Powers That Built It
by Peter S. Goodman
Integrity Has Vanished From The West
by Paul Craig Roberts
Among Western political leaders there is not an ounce of integrity or morality. The Western print and TV media is dishonest and corrupt beyond repair. Yet the Russian government persists in its fantasy of “working with Russia’s Western partners.” The only way Russia can work with crooks is to become a crook. Is that what the Russian government wants?
Finian Cunningham notes the absurdity in the political and media uproar over Trump (belatedly) telephoning Putin to congratulate him on his reelection with 77 percent of the vote, a show of public approval that no Western political leader could possibly attain. The crazed US senator from Arizona called the person with the largest majority vote of our time “a dictator.” Yet a real blood-soaked dictator from Saudi Arabia is feted at the White House and fawned over by the president of the United States.
The Western politicians and presstitutes are morally outraged over an alleged poisoning, unsupported by any evidence, of a former spy of no consequence on orders by the president of Russia himself. These kind of insane insults thrown at the leader of the world’s most powerful military nation—and Russia is a nation, unlike the mongrel Western countries—raise the chances of nuclear Armageddon beyond the risks during the 20th century’s Cold War. The insane fools making these unsupported accusations show total disregard for all life on earth. Yet they regard themselves as the salt of the earth and as “exceptional, indispensable” people.
Welcome to the Dick Cheney Administration
by Stephen M. Walt
The problem with John Bolton isn’t that he’s an extremist. It's that he’s mainstream.
The other shoe dropped. On the heels of his cowardly fire-by-tweet dismissal of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Donald Trump has dismissed National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster and replaced him with John Bolton, the hard-line former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Uber-hawk Mike Pompeo is headed from the CIA to the State Department, and Gina Haspel, a CIA loyalist who ran a torture site for George W. Bush and authorized the destruction of videotapes documenting what the CIA was doing, has been picked to replace him. Just how scared should you be?
There seem to be two general reactions to the latest upheaval in Trump’s topsy-turvy. One interpretation is that this latest reshuffle amounts to Trump getting rid of the “grown-ups” who have been trying to manage the tweeter-in-chief for the past year and replacing them with advisors who see the world as he does and will let “Trump be Trump.” In this view, the new team will enable him instead of trying to rein him in, and he’ll become the Trump of 2016, who called U.S. foreign policy a “complete and total disaster” and promised “America First.” Trump himself has encouraged this view by suggesting that he is finally assembling the sort of team he has always wanted. (Which raises an obvious question: Who was the idiot who picked his first team? Or his second? Oh, right.)
The second interpretation is more alarmist and basically tells you to start digging that backyard bomb shelter. In this view, the departures of Tillerson and McMaster and the arrivals of Bolton, Pompeo, and Haspel herald the ascendance of a hawkish contingent that will tear up the Iran deal, reinstate the torture regime, and eventually start a war with North Korea that goes way beyond a simple “bloody nose.” And with Bolton in the White House, Trump is going to be advised by a guy who never saw a war he didn’t like (when observed from a safe distance, of course).
Sent: Thursday, 29 March, 2018
Subject: [H-Pad] H-PAD Notes 3/29/18: Links to recent articles of interest
Links to Recent Articles of Interest
By Christian Appy, New York Times, posted March 26
The author teaches history at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and has written extensively on the Vietnam War.
By Richard Falk, ZNet, posted March 25
The author is a professor emeritus of international law at Princeton University.
By Stephen M. Walt, Foreign Policy, posted March 23
The author teaches international relations at Harvard University.
By Gareth Porter, The American Conservative, posted March 22
By Javier Solana, Project Syndicate, posted March 22
The author is a former Secretary-General of NATO and Foreign Minister of Spain.
By Andrew J. Bacevich, New York Daily News, posted March 19
The author is a professor emeritus of history and international relations at Boston University.
By Daniel R. DePetris, The American Conservative, posted March 19
By Jon Wiener, Los Angeles Times, posted March 16
The author is a professor emeritus of history at the University of California Irvine.
By Scott Laderman, History News Network, posted March 15
On widespread disbelief of media reports of the My Lai massacre. The author teaches history at the University of Minnesota Duluth.
By Thomas Meaney and Stephen Wertheim, New York Times Sunday Review, posted March 9
Stephen Wertheim is a lecturer in history at Birkbeck, University of London. This piece argues that Trump"does not so much break with tradition as bring forward some of its most retrograde but persistent elements."
Thanks to Chad Pearson and an anonymous reader for suggesting articles included in the above list. Suggestions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What Happened To The West I Was Born In?!
by The Saker
Frankly, I am awed, amazed and even embarrassed. I was born in Switzerland, lived most of my life there, I also visited most of Europe, and I lived in the USA for over 20 years. Yet in my worst nightmares I could not have imagined the West sinking as low as it does now. I mean, yes, I know about the false flags, the corruption, the colonial wars, the NATO lies, the abject subservience of East Europeans, etc. I wrote about all that many times. But imperfect as they were, and that is putting it mildly, I remember Helmut Schmidt, Maggie Thatcher, Reagan, Mitterrand, even Chirac! And I remember what the Canard Enchaîné used to be, or even the BBC. During the Cold War the West was hardly a knight in white shining armor, but still – rule of law did matter, as did at least some degree of critical thinking.
I am now deeply embarrassed for the West. And very, very afraid.
All I see today is a submissive herd lead by true, bona fide, psychopaths (in a clinical sense of the word)
And that is not the worst thing.
James Baldwin Debates William F. Buckley (1965)
Historic debate between James Baldwin v. William F. Buckley Jr. at Cambridge University on the question: "Is the American Dream at the expense of the American Negro?"
“Stephon Clark Murder by Police in Sacremento”
Are you ready? This is all the data Facebook and Google have on you
by Dylan Curran
Mapped: The breathtaking global reach of
Cambridge Analytica’s parent company
Think Facebook knows a lot about you? Google is WORSE! From deleted files to location history, IT expert reveals the extent of the personal data the search giant holds on you
by Tim Collins For Mailonline
From: Mark Crispin Miller
Sent: Thursday, 29 March, 2018
Subject: [MCM] We the People weren't supposed to be a captive audience (MCM on US propaganda/censorship today)
Progressive Commentary Hour with Professor Mark Crispin Miller
An in-depth look at propaganda, censorship of the Internet/alternative press, and the history of the US government’s use of the media as a weapon against the American people and democracy itself.
The Progressive Radio Network
DOWNLOAD AND LISTEN: https://bit.ly/2GgEJvP \uD83E\uDD25
The plastics crisis is more urgent than you know. Recycling bottles won’t fix it
Sent: Friday, 30 March, 2018
Subject: Call for J20 trial solidarity, April 2, 3, & 10
this call with your fellow workers, comrades and family.
Is a New War Against Russia in Ukraine Unfolding Before Our Eyes?
by John McMurtry
Thousands of Palestinians swarm Gaza border, at least 10 killed by IDF fire
The 'Great March of Return,' orchestrated by Hamas, draws thousands of Palestinians to the Gaza-Israel border; riots ensue, prompting IDF snipers to shoot at main instigators; Defense Minister Lieberman warns anyone who approaches security fence is putting his life in jeopardy; Hamas leader Haniyeh: 'Israel's threats do not scare us.'
Palestinians die in clashes with Israeli forces during major border protest
Israel says thousands of Palestinians ‘rioting’ on first day of planned six-week demonstration over right of return for refugees
The Class Struggle in the Old West
by Louis Proyect
Against the overall political pall cast by the Trump administration, there are hopeful signs. Despite the problems I have with the DSA’s failure to make a clean break with the Democratic Party, my spirits remain lifted by their rapid growth. I also take heart in the ability of filmmakers to produce outstanding critiques of our social system in defiance of the commercial diktats of Hollywood. Finally, there is a bounty of radical historiography that through the examination of our past sheds light on our present malaise.
Big Brother Isn’t Watching You, You’re Watching Him
by Tom Engelhardt
A record? Come on! Don’t minimize what’s happening. It’s far too unique, too unprecedented even to be classified as “historic.” Call it mega-historic, if you wish. Never from Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar to Soviet despot Joseph Stalin, from the Sun King Louis the XIV to President Ronald Reagan, from George Washington to Barack Obama, has anyone — star, icon, personality, president, autocrat, emperor — been covered in anything like this fashion.
Two minutes to midnight: did the US miss its chance to stop North Korea’s nuclear programme?
by Julian Borger
An unprecedented US mission to Pyongyang in 1999 promised to defuse Kim’s nuclear threat. But it all came to nothing – and then the hawks took power.
Pyongyang International is one of the world’s quieter airports. The country’s chronic isolation means that there are not many places to fly, and few foreigners keen on visiting. At least until a new terminal was built in 2012, many of the flights on the departure boards were just for show, giving the appearance of connection with the outside world. They never actually took off.
M.A.D. - "Mutually Assured Destruction"
· Israel Deploys 100 Snipers On Gaza Border Before Planned Palestinian Protest by Tens of Thousands of Palestinians.
· UN Security Council holds emergency meeting over deadly Israel-Palestine border clash.
· Israeli Troops Kill Seven Palestinians, Wound 500 Amid Massive Border Protests.
· Israeli army kills 17 Palestinians in Gaza protests and more than 1,400 others wounded by Israeli forces during march calling for return of Palestinian refugees to their lands.
· 17 dead, over a thousand injured after Palestinians clash with IDF on Gaza border.
· "We're Entering A New And Dangerous Phase": US Soldier Killed In Syria.
· Warning to the West: Vladimir Putin test launches terrifying 4,000mph "invincible" Satan missile.
· Mattis tells Bolton 'I heard you're the devil incarnate'.
MORE NEWS FROM THE BRAVE I.D.F.
"Like shooting fish in a barrel."
And other symptoms of moral decay . . . .
Israel Massacres Unarmed Gaza Protresters, shooting 773 with Live Ammunition
From: "Moshé Machover" <email@example.com>
To: "Moshé Machover" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Sunday, 1 April, 2018 6:54:28 PM
Subject: Fwd: Newsletter de l'AURDIP du 1er avril 2018
Begin forwarded message:
From: AURDIP <email@example.com>
Subject: Newsletter de l'AURDIP du 1er avril 2018
Date: 1April2018 at 15:53:55 BST
Mark Crispin Miller
Sent: Saturday, 31 March, 2018
Subject: [MCM] The upside of Trump's ugliness
Trump's is the face of US power without the mask.
Those pining for Obama want to see the mask put on again.
Many were sold to the Middle East, especially Saudi Arabia.
The Big Lie About the Libyan War
The Obama administration said it was just trying to protect civilians. Its actions reveal it was looking for regime change.
BY MICAH ZENKO
The Honduras Coup: Is Obama Innocent?
by Michael Parenti
Why Haitians Are Chanting ‘Down with Obama’
They’re enraged at American complicity in the Haitian government’s blatant effort to rig the presidential election.
Obama and the Ukrainian Nazis – The reality no one wants to speak of
Obama signs bill overturning Vermont’s GMO labeling law
Anti-GMO activists angered by quiet move
Obama’s Whistleblower War Leaves Dangerous Legacy for Future Presidents
by JOHN HARRAHAN
How the Obama administration laid the groundwork for Trump’s coming crackdown on the press