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Subject Tidbits - Jan. 9, 2020 - Soleimani Assassination; Threats to Iranian Cultural Sites; Jewish Life in Iran; Marx’s Concept of Socialism; Austria’s New Government; Mideast Resources; Puerto Rico fundraiser; Global Day of Protest No War On Iran;
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TIDBITS - JAN. 9, 2020 - SOLEIMANI ASSASSINATION; THREATS TO IRANIAN
CULTURAL SITES; JEWISH LIFE IN IRAN; MARX’S CONCEPT OF SOCIALISM;
AUSTRIA’S NEW GOVERNMENT; MIDEAST RESOURCES; PUERTO RICO FUNDRAISER;
GLOBAL DAY OF PROTEST NO WAR ON IRAN;  
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_ Reader Comments: Soleimani Assassination; Threats to Iranian
Cultural Sites; Jewish Life in Iran; Marx’s Concept of Socialism;
Austria’s New Government; Resources on Mideast; Puerto Rico
fundraiser; Global Day of Protest No War On Iran; more.... _

Tidbits - Reader Comments, Resources, Announcements, Shorts, AND
cartoons - Jan. 9, 2020, xxxxxx

 

Re: Justification for Soleimani Assassination 'Razor Thin' (Claire
O'Connor; B Fearn; Neil Alan Bufler)
Re: The Reality TV Star President May Have Just Kicked Off WWIII (Dave
Lott; Michele Sànchez; Lennis Longo)
Patriotic Duty  --  cartoon by Mike Luckovich
Make America at War Again  --  cartoon by David G. Brown
Re: A New Year and a New Trump Foreign Policy Blunder in Iraq (Jose
Rinaldi Jovet; Julio Nunez; Roberto Rosario; JD Scot)
Re: Qassem Soleimani Assassination: Trump's New Year Fireworks will
Backfire (Laurel MacDowell)
Australia  --  cartoon by Rob Rogers
Re: 39 GOP Senators Sign Brief Asking Supreme Court to Revisit Roe v.
Wade (Susan Ackoff-Ortega)
Re: The Fascinating History and Politics of Jewish Life in Iran (Jim
Price; Philip Specht; Jay Schaffner)
Re: The Citizens United Ruling Broke American Democracy at the Start
of the Decade. It Never Recovered (Mark Zielinski; Rayray Confair)
Re: The Americans Dying Because They Can't Afford Medical Care (Dave)
Re: Marx’s Concept of Socialism (Robert Ware)
Re: A Knotty Problem Solved (Capn' Steve Krug)
Re: The Mandalorian Doesn’t Care About Diapers (Nerevar Rob Indoril;
Alexandra Del Coro Amengual)
In a Rare Political Gesture, the Met Speaks Out Against Trump’s
Threats to Iranian Cultural Sites, Calling Such Targeting
‘Abhorrent’ (Taylor Dafoe - ArtNet News)
Austria’s New Government (Stan Nadel)

RESOURCES:

Time to Teach About The Wars in the Middle East - A Free Book PDF from
Rethinking Schools (Rethinking Schools)
Book Shows What a Crime, Blunder US Middle East Policy Has Been
(Clarity Press)

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Student Activist Applications Available for 2020/21 - Davis-Putter
Scholarship Fund
Medical Mission Fundraiser for Utuado, Puerto Rico - New York -
January 17 (NYSNA)
Global Day of Protest No War On Iran! - Saturday, January 25th (Code
Pink)
Webinar to Commemorate the Life of Jack O'Dell - February 24
(Socialist Education Project of the Committees of Correspondence for
Democracy and Socialism)

 

RE: JUSTIFICATION FOR SOLEIMANI ASSASSINATION 'RAZOR THIN'
 

I must admit, have become somewhat immune to Trump's gangster-talk.
But when But I was shocked, on the day of the event to hear and watch
two men (authorities) plus PBS's interviewer, talking the same
gangster-talk. It brought a new insight for me. . It is normal, it
seems, to talk about the death of a human being as 'taken out"
"erased" 'taken down" "removed". They were talking as if this wasn't a
murder of a fellow human being.

"Murder/killing/assassination" are fairly descriptive. But what else
is it saying when these words are replaced by "taken down". The
decision and act to kill a human being is no different than the
decision and act to move furniture. To some all this may seem like a
trivial thing. And maybe, in the scheme of things it is.

But the change in how we explain the life around us is another example
of how our world and our thinking are being shaped and controlled.
Imagine, taking a life means no more than shuffling the furniture.
Though the comparisons they used were to 'terrorists' who were
'taken-down' in the past.

From Wikipedia here is Soleimani as a real person.

Someone making contributions to individuals and society. He has
children: two sons and two daughters.[86] He was described as having
"a calm presence",[87] and as carrying himself "inconspicuously and
rarely rais[ing] his voice", exhibiting "understated charisma".[28] In
Western sources, Soleimani's personality was compared to the fictional
characters Karla, Keyser Söze,[28] and The Scarlet Pimpernel.[88]
Unlike other IRGC commanders, he usually did not appear in his
official military clothing, even in the battlefield.[89][90] In
January 2015, Hadi Al-Ameri the head of the Badr Organization in Iraq
said of him: "If Qasem Soleimani was not present in Iraq, Haider
al-Abadi would not be able to form his cabinet within Iraq".

Claire O'Connor

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"the evidence suggesting there was to be an imminent attack on
American targets is 'razor thin," America has a long history of
killing people who were never guilty of anything. The plus 2 million
in South Asia, Vietnam come to mind. Even if the evidence is sound a
person has the right to arrest and trial but not in today's America.
Killing a suspect along with innocent others is the way America does
business. It doesn't matter if it is a large wedding party, 500,000
kids starved to death, a country that never threatened or attacked the
US or an American citizen. Killing is the method of choice

B Fearn

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Why does this come down to one person’s decision/whim....why wasn't
congress involved. How do we know if his reasons for the attack are
even true? trump's not defending anybody...he's positioning for
re-election by starting a war just like Reagan did with Grenada, Bush1
and his war in Iraq, Bush2 started His war in Iraq, now trump uses the
same play-book to get to the 'don't change a commander in the middle
of a war', people.....WAKE UP…..He’s doing this in your good name.

Neil Alan Bufler
Posted on xxxxxx's Facebook page
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RE: THE REALITY TV STAR PRESIDENT MAY HAVE JUST KICKED OFF WWIII
 

IN SEPTEMBER 2015, then-Republican presidential candidate Donald J.
Trump appeared on the syndicated radio show of conservative media
star, Hugh Hewitt, to talk foreign policy.

“Are you familiar with General Soleimani?” Hewitt asked the real
estate mogul from Queens.

“Yes,” said Trump, before hesitating. “Go ahead, give me a
little … tell me.”

When Hewitt told Trump that Soleimani “runs the Quds Forces,”
Trump responded: “I think the Kurds, by the way, have been horribly
mistreated by us.”

“No, not the Kurds, the Quds Forces,” Hewitt interjected. “The
Iranian Revolutionary Guards, Quds Forces. The bad guys.”

“I thought you said Kurds,” a sheepish Trump replied.

Got that? Candidate Trump confused the Quds Force, an elite Iranian
military unit then led by high-profile Maj. Gen. Qassim Soleimani,
with the Kurds, a high-profile ethnic group in the Middle East.

Dave Lott
Posted on xxxxxx's Facebook page
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 He is lashing out in fury, due to his impeachment, he is unstable
and vindictive. We are in deep trouble

Michele Sànchez
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That is why he killed Soleimani so that the conversation changed from
impeachment to Iran And if their is a war he will be even happier for
Americans tend to rally around the Commandeering Chief in times of war
Machiavelli wound be very proud of him

Lennis Longo
Posted on xxxxxx's Facebook page
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PATRIOTIC DUTY  --  CARTOON BY MIKE LUCKOVICH
 

Mike Luckovich
June 28, 2018
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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MAKE AMERICA AT WAR AGAIN  --  CARTOON BY DAVID G. BROWN
 

David G. Brown
January 9, 2020
Los Angeles Sentinel
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RE: A NEW YEAR AND A NEW TRUMP FOREIGN POLICY BLUNDER IN IRAQ
 

Excellent! A must read to understand what is going on in Iraq and this
latest attack.

Jose Rinaldi Jovet
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If we just stop fighting and hurting each other in other to arguing
for acceptances on each other beliefs but tolerance to intolerance;
and then coordinate the cleaning of the oceans, stopping the fires in
The Amazon and Australia; and doing the transition to clean energies
sources, it would be great .

Julio Nunez
Posted on xxxxxx's Facebook page
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This will cost American lives.

Roberto Rosario
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What was the reason for it? Iran had no war declaration against us nor
did they invade America, so that made this assassination and murder!
Heat Miser should be handed over to Iran and let them perform justice
on him

JD Scot
Posted on xxxxxx's Facebook page
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RE: QASSEM SOLEIMANI ASSASSINATION: TRUMP'S NEW YEAR FIREWORKS WILL
BACKFIRE
 

Trump has fulfilled his aim of getting attention away from his
impeachment. He is a reckless, totally self interested person and the
worst kind of person to be President!

Laurel MacDowell

 

AUSTRALIA  --  CARTOON BY ROB ROGERS
 

Rob Rogers
January 8, 2020
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RE: 39 GOP SENATORS SIGN BRIEF ASKING SUPREME COURT TO REVISIT ROE V.
WADE
 

Very dangerous to all of us!!

Susan Ackoff-Ortega
Posted on xxxxxx's Facebook page
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RE: THE FASCINATING HISTORY AND POLITICS OF JEWISH LIFE IN IRAN
 

Written by Ariel Gold, Director of CODEPINK

Jim Price
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"The first thing we noticed was the lack of security at synagogues.
The door was unlocked, and we walked right in. The lack of security,
we learned, was because synagogues in Iran are safe places."

Philip Specht
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Important read, especially so given Trump's escalation of war, and the
attempt to rally the Jewish community against Iran.

Jay Schaffner
Posted on xxxxxx's Facebook page
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RE: THE CITIZENS UNITED RULING BROKE AMERICAN DEMOCRACY AT THE START
OF THE DECADE. IT NEVER RECOVERED
 

It certainly allowed the power brokers more flexibility in their
efforts to control more of our government. More money in, more power
to wealthy elites..this is not how our republic was designed.

Mark Zielinski
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Talk about activist courts the Supreme Court is the worst. We the
people have been thrown to the side.

Rayray Confair
Posted on xxxxxx's Facebook page
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RE: THE AMERICANS DYING BECAUSE THEY CAN'T AFFORD MEDICAL CARE
 

A December 2019 poll conducted by Gallup found 25% of Americans say
they or a family member have delayed medical treatment for a serious
illness due to the costs of care, and an additional 8% report delaying
medical treatment for less serious illnesses. A study conducted by the
American Cancer Society in May 2019 found 56% of adults in America
report having at least one medical financial hardship, and researchers
warned the problem is likely to worsen unless action is taken.

Dave
Posted on xxxxxx's Facebook page
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RE: MARX’S CONCEPT OF SOCIALISM
 

Thank you for publishing work on Marx. Good interpretations of him are
much needed in these troubled times.

I think Hudis is very good on Marx. My Palgrave (2019) book: Marx on
Emancipation and Socialist Goals: Retrieving Marx for the Future
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series on Marx, Engels, and Marxisms with a lot of good books. I would
be particularly interested in furthering the discussion on Marx on the
Gotha Program.

Thank you for continuing to publish thoughtful pieces on understanding
the world to change it.

In struggle for  better future,

Bob Ware
Robert Ware, Prof. Emeritus in Philosophy, Univ. of Calgary

 

RE: A KNOTTY PROBLEM SOLVED
 

It has been my experience that people love solving problems and coming
up with new ways of doing things. A sailor, with time and line one
their hands, will experiment... Knots not only need to hold, they also
need to not to overly weaken the line they secure, a mix every sailor
"worth their salt" knows. In the 52,000 miles we've been at sea the
most successful knot  we have found is our marriage, like any knot it
works with twists and strain, and after 44 years hasn't snapped the
line! Thanks xxxxxx for throwing this in the mix.

Capn' Steve Krug

 

RE: THE MANDALORIAN DOESN’T CARE ABOUT DIAPERS

(posting on xxxxxx Culture
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Or it is only 42 minute chunks of time, so advance the plot? I mean,
how often do you see TV characters use the bathroom, with or without
diapers?

Nerevar Rob Indoril
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I'll complain when they show ScarJo or Iron Man rip a giant fart and
run to the bathroom with the runs while in their superhero suits. It's
all a fantasy. Diaper changes etc are shown Only to advance some plot
point like showing baby peeing when it's a movie specifically about
baby raising or something. Its called fantasy

Alexandra Del Coro Amengual
Posted on xxxxxx's Facebook page
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IN A RARE POLITICAL GESTURE, THE MET SPEAKS OUT AGAINST TRUMP’S
THREATS TO IRANIAN CULTURAL SITES, CALLING SUCH TARGETING
‘ABHORRENT’
 

Met Speaks Against Trump Threats to Iranian Cultural Sites

The Met joins other museum leaders as well as top museum organizations
in condemning the US President's comments.

By Taylor Dafoe

January 6, 2020
ArtNet News
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Max Hollein, director of the Met, and Met CEO Daniel Weiss. Images
courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
ArtNet News
This weekend, President Trump shocked the world when he announced on
Twitter
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plan to attack cultural sites in Iran should the country retaliate for
the death of military commander Qasem Soleimani. Since then, cultural
authorities the world over have spoken out
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the president’s controversial threat, with some—including
Britain’s foreign secretary—pointing out that
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would violate international conventions, amounting to a war crime.  

Now, the Metropolitan Museum of Art is joining the chorus of dissent.
In a rare wade into politics, the museum’s director, Max Hollein,
and its CEO, Daniel H. Weiss, released a joint statement today “in
response to recent comments about Iran.” (Notably, they avoided
mentioning Trump directly.) See the full statement below. 

The targeting of sites of global cultural heritage is abhorrent to the
collective values of our society. Our world knows precisely what is
gained from protecting cultural sites, and, tragically, what is lost
when destruction and chaos prevail. At this challenging time, we must
remind ourselves of the global importance of protecting cultural
sites—the objects and places by which individuals, communities, and
nations connect to their history and heritage. Today’s leaders and
citizens have many profound responsibilities—protecting lives, and
also protecting the precious legacy of generations before us, as it is
from these shared places of cultural heritage that we gain the wisdom
to secure safe and better futures.

    

A view of the Chogha Zanbil ziggurat in Susa, Iran, 29th September
2011. 
Photo: Kaveh Kazemi/Getty Images  //  ArtNet News
Such an overtly political gesture is rare for any museum, let alone
one as prominent at the Met. But Trump’s increasingly incendiary
actions toward Iran have spurred many in the arts to speak out,
including the Met’s former director and current head of the Fine
Arts Museums of San Francisco, Thomas Campbell, and Tristram Hunt, the
former politician and current director of the Victoria & Albert Museum
in London.

Professional museum organizations were quick to follow. The
Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD), which represents 225 art
museums in North America, also weighed in, saying in a statement
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the organization “deplores the tactic of targeting or demolishing
cultural sites as part of any war or armed conflict. In this case, the
region is home to unique and irreplaceable artifacts and
archaeological sites, and AAMD strongly urges international engagement
to protect and preserve our shared cultural heritage.”

The American Alliance of Museums—another leading museum trade
organization that also tends to conspicuously avoid wading into
politics—also released a statement “condemn[ing] the targeting of
cultural sites for destruction.” The group continued: “We expect
the United States Government to comply with international law and urge
the US Government to reaffirm its commitment to its longstanding
practice of not targeting cultural sites during peace or wartime.”

Iran is home to 22 cultural sites on the UNESCO World Heritage List,
including the ruins of the ancient city of Persepolis and the Chogha
Zanbil complex.

 

AUSTRIA’S NEW GOVERNMENT
 

Austria has a new governing coalition that will be inaugurated this
week. Last year a series of scandals involving the far right wing
Austrian Freedom Party (FPÖ) brought down a government coalition with
the Freedom Party as junior partner of the center-right Austrian
People’s Party (ÖVP). In the Fall elections the People’s party
came in first with 37% of the vote, having picked up the votes of many
former Freedom Party voters—something they managed by adopting many
of the anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim policies of their far right
former partners.  But to set up a government they needed to form a
coalition with another party that had gotten at least 13% of the
votes.  The 2nd best vote getting Socialist Party (SPÖ) could have
been a possibility, but the People’s Party leaders hate them and the
SPÖ had just gotten its lowest proportion of the vote ever.  The
FPÖ was 3rd, but has been in disarray since the scandals and was
always an international embarrassment with its neo-Nazi and racist
eruptions so it was seen as too unreliable for another partnership
(for the moment). That left the 4th place Greens who had just won
seats after having fallen out of Parliament in the 2016 election as
the only party left with enough seats to form a Parliamentary
majority.

Given the very progressive Green platform on ecological, immigration,
integration, and social policies the Greens and the ÖVP platforms had
less in common than any other party match up, but the ÖVP and Greens
both had strong incentives to form a coalition anyway. That would
clean the international reputation of the ÖVP of the stain of having
been partners with the far right FPÖ and enable the party to present
itself as a leader in fighting climate change—an issue which has
become prominent in Austrian as well as world politics.  For the
Greens it was a chance to become a national government party in
Austria for the first time, to promote ecological policies and to
claim credit for blocking another government coalition including the
far right FPÖ. Negotiations took place with the ÖVP relying on the
fact that they had gotten more than twice the votes of the Greens and
that they had other options for forming a government to drive a hard
bargain with the Greens—who only had the alternative of going into
opposition as an option if the negotiations failed to produce an
agreement.  But now we have an agreement and a new government.

As expected, the ÖVP took most of the ministerial positions,
including the Chancellorship, Finance, Foreign Affairs, Interior
(police and internal security), Economy, Defense, Education,
Agriculture, and Family-work-youth. The big win for the Greens was the
creation of a super ministry for them that includes environment,
transportation, energy and innovation—along with the Justice
ministry (courts and prosecutors), the vice-Chancellorship, the Social
and health ministry, and a state secretary in the vice-Chancellor’s
office for Arts and culture.

What this would seem to amount to is that the Greens would get to
promote their environmental policies and the ÖVP would hold on to the
levers of power and promote their neo-liberal economic policies and
their hard line anti-immigrant line (enabling them to hold on to their
newly won former FPÖ voters). The Greens gave up on a lot of their
platform, but wouldn’t have been able to promote those things while
in opposition anyway—so 93% of the party representative voted for
the pact.

As usual, the devil is in the details. The Greens have agreed not to
oppose a number of hard line policies left over from the last
ÖVP-FPÖ coalition that will be imposed right away—including making
asylum harder to get, deportations easier to force, and the
introduction of a preventive detention law (all of which had been
strongly opposed by the Greens until now). In return the Greens have
gotten commitments to an ecological tax reform to reduce CO2
 emissions and to make Austria climate neutral by 2040 (albeit
dependent plans to be developed only by some time in 2022), a massive
expansion of the public transportation & rail network (but conditioned
on meeting the ÖVP finance ministry commitment to zero deficit
budgets, no expansion of the national debt and a substantial tax cut
for businesses).  The Greens got the Social and Health ministry, but
the ministry’s control over labor and employment policies got
transferred to the Economy ministry that is controlled by business.
The Greens got their Environment super ministry, but it doesn’t
include Agriculture (which is important in this regard) and it could
be handicapped by the Finance ministry if the ÖVP wants to limit its
options.

All in all I would say (along with many commentators) that the Greens
have bought a pig in a poke. They have vague promises that could turn
out to be empty (or not) and are dependent on the good will of the
ÖVP to follow through effectively.  If the ÖVP leaders want to
maintain the coalition for the full five years allowed, they will have
to make some real compromises with the Greens down the road—which is
what the Greens are betting on. Alternatively the ÖVP may play hard
ball, forcing the Greens to swallow more unpleasant “compromises”
or take the blame for bringing down the government—or even for the
ÖVP to simply take advantage of a moment of even more positive
support to call another election in hopes of winning a solid majority
for a government without the need for a coalition partner or one with
even less power than the Greens have now.

In the meantime the Socialist Party and the FPÖ are both in disarray
and show little sign of mounting an effective opposition. Weak
leadership and internal disputes have more or less sidelined the SPÖ
for now and attempts to form an effective left wing party in Austria
like some Scandinavian, Spanish, and German leftist parties have so
far not really gotten off the ground.
 
The leaders of the Greens are optimistic that they will be able to
push through their ecological policies and establish themselves as a
realistic governing party and many Austrians hope that their optimism
will prove justified. Time will tell.

Stan Nadel

 

TIME TO TEACH ABOUT THE WARS IN THE MIDDLE EAST - A FREE BOOK PDF FROM
RETHINKING SCHOOLS
 

As President Trump pushes the United States toward war with Iran, it
is more important than ever to equip students to think deeply and
critically about U.S. military interventions around the world.

_Teaching About the Wars_ breaks the curricular silence on the U.S.
military engagement in the Middle East and Afghanistan. Even though
the United States has been at war continuously since just after 9/11,
sometimes it seems that our schools have forgotten. This collection of
articles and hands-on lessons shows how teachers prompt their students
to think critically about big issues. Here is the best writing
from _Rethinking Schools_ magazine on war and peace in the 21st
century.

Today, in recognition of how urgent it is to help students come to
grips with the history of U.S. military intervention in that region,
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Also see our books _Rethinking Globalization: Teaching for Justice in
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People’s Curriculum for the Earth: Teaching Climate Change and the
Environmental Crisis
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which offer resources to teach about the colonial and environmental
roots of today’s global crises.

_Teaching About the Wars_ is divided into five chapters:

* Introduction: Breaking the Silence on War
* The Road to War
* The Human Face of War
* Military Recruitment
* Anti-War Resistance

Contributing authors include Bill Bigelow, Ann Pelo, Margot Pepper,
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BOOK SHOWS WHAT A CRIME, BLUNDER US MIDDLE EAST POLICY HAS BEEN
 

AXIS OF RESISTANCE Towards an Independent Middle East
By Tim Anderson

HOW AND WHY THE US LOST THE WAR ON SYRIA

In the series of 21st century wars initiated by Washington in the name
of a ‘New Middle East’, resistance forces are prevailing. Like all
imperial gambits before it the US-led plan has been to subjugate the
entire region – whether through the direct application of force, or
through coalitions or proxies – to secure privileged access to its
tremendous resources and then dictate terms of access to all other
players. This book addresses myths about the wars and the resistance,
while attempting a partial and provisional history of the conflicts.

“Western policy has been worse than a crime it’s been a
blunder.Tim Anderson’s epic study shows what a crime, what a blunder
it has been.And how ugly the monster which now stalks the land. My
land, your land, the whole of humanity. It is a must read.” GEORGE
GALLOWAY, BRITISH POLITICIAN

“_Axis of Resistance_ will take its place alongside the few books
worth reading on how and by whom the flickering lights of the imperial
twilight of ‘the West’ in the Middle East were finally
extinguished.”  DR. JEREMY SALT, MIDDLE EAST HISTORIAN, FORMER
PROFESSOR MELBOURNE UNIVERSITY AND BIRKEIT UNIVERSITY

“An excellent book by an exceptional author and activist who
understands well the shakers and makers of the region within the new
world order shaped by rising global forces.” AMAL WAHDAN, VETERAN
PALESTINIAN ACTIVIST, AL QUDS / JERUSALEM, OCCUPIED PALESTINE

Dr Tim Anderson is Director of the Centre for Counter Hegemonic
Studies. He was for 20 years an academic in Political Economy at the
University of Sydney and before that taught at other Australian
universities. He researches and writes on development, rights and
self-determination in Latin America, the Asia-Pacific and the Middle
East. He has published dozens of articles in a range of academic books
and journals. His most recent books are: Land and Livelihoods in Papua
New Guinea (2015), and The Dirty War on Syria (2016, in ten
languages).

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MEDICAL MISSION FUNDRAISER FOR UTUADO, PUERTO RICO - NEW YORK -
JANUARY 17
 

 

GLOBAL DAY OF PROTEST NO WAR ON IRAN! - SATURDAY, JANUARY 25TH
 

The Trump administration is dragging the United States into a war with
Iran that could engulf the whole region and could quickly turn into a
global conflict of unpredictable scope and the gravest consequences.
that could engulf the whole region and could quickly turn into a
global conflict of unpredictable scope and the gravest consequences.
The people of the world need to rise up and stop it. For all who
believe in peace, for all who are opposed to yet another catastrophic
war, now is the time to take action.

ON SATURDAY, JANUARY 25 IN CITIES ACROSS THE GLOBE, THERE WILL BE
PROTESTS AGAINST A NEW WAR IN THE MIDDLE EAST. PLEASE JOIN US. LIST OF
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WEBINAR TO COMMEMORATE THE LIFE OF JACK O'DELL - FEBRUARY 24

Dear activist for peace, justice, democracy and freedom,

We invite you to celebrate and learn about the life of Jack O’Dell,
one of the great radical strategists and thinkers of the last
seventy-five years. Jack recently passed away at the age of 96 and has
left a legacy of activism that few can match.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2020 - The webinar will begin at 6 pm Pacific
Time
WEBINAR TO COMMEMORATE THE LIFE AND WORK OF JACK O’DELL

    BILL FLETCHER, JR. will lead a round table conversation with
people who worked with Jack: JANE POWER, NIKHIL SINGH, JAMES CAMPBELL,
LESLIE CAGAN, SHARON MAEDA, GENE BRUSKIN and MICHAEL ZWEIG.
    The webinar will begin at 6 pm Pacific Time and run for 90
minutes. (Be sure to adjust time to where you live.)

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Jack was rarely in the public eye, yet his work changed the world. He
embodied the class, race and gender intersectional approach to theory
and organizing that we so urgently need today. Among his many roles
were lead organizer of the voter registration campaigns in the South
led by the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.; chair of the Board of
Pacifica Radio for twenty years, leading what was the most important
left voice on radio in the US;  served as a shop steward of the
National Maritime Union in the 1940’s, a position that ignited his
lifelong commitment to the labor movement; and editor and contributor
to Freedomways, the leading theoretical journal of the civil rights
movement, from 1961 – 1986.

In the peace movement, Jack held positions in SANE-Freeze and the
peace activities of the American Friends Service Committee, was a
leader of the anti-war movement's opposition to the first Gulf War in
1990-91, and was a lead organizer of the 1982 march against nuclear
weapons that brought one million people to New York City’s Central
Park. He was a close advisor, particularly on international issues, to
Rev. Jesse Jackson during his presidential campaigns and the
Rainbow-PUSH coalition. Jack was the driving force in imagining and
drafting the Democracy Charter (www.asej.net [[link removed]]) to
serve as a vehicle in building a multi-issue, interconnected movement
for substantive democracy in the United States.

The webinar is open to all. You can submit comments or questions by
email to [email protected] beforehand or by using the chat function
during the webinar.

The webinar is sponsored by the Socialist Education Project
[[link removed]] of the Committees of
Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism of which Jack was an
advisory board member.

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