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A popular refrain that one hears when talking about the troops is that they fight, kill, and get killed, maim and get maimed so that we can enjoy our freedom here at home. The troops make the ultimate sacrifice so that we can be free.

Does anyone with even a partially functioning frontal lobe and a sliver of conscience believe this bunk?

MAY DAY on Black Agenda Radio

McKinney Sees New “Movement” in the Making

If veteran community organizations and the Occupy movement can combine their strengths, “you have the beginnings of the makings of the movement that many of us have been longing to see,” said Cynthia McKinney, the former Georgia congresswoman and Green Party presidential candidate. McKinney is engaged in a nationwide Build People’s Power Tour. She said community groups have “experience and some expertise” while Occupy brings “youth and vitality and fresh ideas” to the table.

POP Marks May Day in Home Stretch of Daily Newark Demos

The People’s Organization for Progress marked its 310th day of daily demonstrations on May Day, just 71 days short of its goal to match the longevity of the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott. The campaign for jobs, housing, education, justice and peace, which has been endorsed by 175 community organizations, “has strengthened and disciplined our organization,” said POP chairman Larry Hamm. “We’ have an impact.”

U.S. Moving in “Fascist Direction”

We need to build an anti-war movement that is also an anti-bankster, anti-plutocrat, anti-injustice movement – as it is all connected – and to push it hard on our representatives before it’s too late,” said David Swanson, publisher of the influential web site War Is A Crime. “Our country is moving in a dangerously fascistic direction and, at some point, fear may become overpowering.”

Protest and Mumia’s Birthday at Justice Department

Why is George Zimmerman walking the streets and Mumia isn’t walking the streets?” said Monica Morehead, of the International Action Center, at the Occupy the Justice Department demonstration. April 24 was also political prisoner Mumia Abu Jamal’s 58th birthday. “We want de-carceration, and the destruction of the mass incarceration complex,” said Jamal, in a recorded message. Fellow political prisoners Sekou Odinga, 67 years old, and Mutulu Shakur, 61, sent birthday greetings to Mumia. Public Enemy’s Chuck D told the crowd, “two and a half million people are incarcerated, but they’ve built facilities to hold five to seven million in the next ten years.”

 

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Black Agenda Radio on the Progressive Radio Network is hosted by Glen Ford and Nellie Bailey. A new edition of the program airs every Tuesday at 4:00pm ET on PRN. Length: One hour.

John Brennan Protested in D.C.

John Brennan and the U.S. people:

John Brennan and the Corporate Media:

White House Defends Drones Despite Civilian Deaths

'Sometimes You Have to Take Life to Save Lives'

by Jason Ditz, Antiwar.com

It’s no real secret that the Obama Administration’s ever escalating drone war has killed a massive lot of innocent people, but White House counterterrorism advisor John Brennan was surprisingly glib today when pressed on the matter in an interview with ABC’s “This Week.

Unfortunately, in war, there are casualties, including among the civilian population,” Brennan insisted, though he did not mention that the drone strikes have been carried out almost exclusively in nations with which the United States is not at war: Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia.

Brennan went on to defend the killings, saying “sometimes you have to take life to save lives.” He provided no examples of how the killing of nearly 2,000 people, virtually all of them unidentified, had “saved lives.”

Indeed the only thing that the drone strikes have conclusively done is ruin the US relationship with Pakistan, whose parliament has conditioned a return to normal relations on the US ending such attacks.

 

 

 

Ode to Occupy

Selling Futures

AUDIO: Brendan DeMelle on fracking, David Swanson on Rachel Maddow

Counterspin CounterSpin (4/6/12-4/12/12)

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This week on CounterSpin: You've heard the gas industry PR—their ads are all over television and public radio. And the message—that gas drilling is a safe, affordable path to energy independence—is being echoed by some pundits. Anti-fracking activists sure think otherwise, and they're challenging the media-industry line. We'll talk about this with Brendan deMelle of DeSmog Blog.

Also on CounterSpin today, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow has a new book taking a critical look at U.S. military power. But how critical? And what lessons can we draw about exactly what kind of critique the corporate media will allow? Author and peace activist David Swanson will join us to talk about that.


LINKS:
--DeSmog Blog
--David Swanson

See FAIR's Archives for more on:
Energy
War and Militarism

CounterSpin Homepage

Audio: Cindy Sheehan and David Swanson

CINDY SHEEHAN'S SOAPBOX WITH ACTIVIST/AUTHOR DAVID SWANSON

DAVID AND CINDY AT IMPEACHMENT RALLY

Audio: Bruce Gagnon and David Swanson

CONNECT THE DOTS host LILA GARRETT  TUNE or LOG ON
http://archive.kpfk.org/index.php?shokey=ctd

Monday morning  7 TO 8,  KPFK, 90.7 FM, 

Bruce Gagnon coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space

 joins us.      Do you know what’s going on up there? You will after you hear Bruce Gagnon.   Get yourself ready for shock and awe….this revelation is not for sissies.

And we will talk about solutions and the big plans for the Occupiers with the coming of Spring and Summer with David Swanson.  Monday morning at 7 on CONNECT THE DOTS. 

Lila Garrett (Host of CONNECT THE DOTS)
KPFK 90.7 FM in LA;  98.7 Santa Barbara;  93.7 San Diego;
99.5 China Beach
Airs Mondays from 7AM to 8AM.
To pod cast or download the broadcast use this link:
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Each show is on line for three months.
310 274 8041 landline:  310 283 2304 (cell)

Connect the Dots Radio This Monday

Lila Garrett’s  CONNECT THE DOTS.      Monday morning  at 7-8AM the subject is war! Tune in (KPFK 90.7 fm)  or log on:

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How do we avoid the growing pressure from the right wing government of Israel and AIPAC, its right wing representative organization in the United States?  

Our guest is Jeremy Ben Ami Executive Dir of J Street, the political home for pro Israel Pro peace Americans. 

And  what is happening with whistle blower marine hero 

Bradley Manningstill waiting for a fair trial after having been illegally declared guilty in public by President Obama and after having suffered 2 years of torture by the Marines? 

Jeff Paterson, Policy Dir. of the Courage to Resist joins us. 

And David Swanson joins us on the progress in developing a meaningful, effective Peace Movementto stop this US policy of never ending wars.

Lila Garrett (Host of CONNECT THE DOTS)

KPFK 90.7 FM in LA;  98.7 Santa Barbara;  93.7 San Diego;

99.5 China Beach

Airs Mondays from 7AM to 8AM.

To pod cast or download the broadcast use this link:

http://archive.kpfk.org/index.php?shokey=ctd

Each show is on line for three months.

Audio: Coy Barefoot and David Swanson on "Humanitarian War"

Charlottesville Right Now (Subscribe)
Charlottesville Right Now: 3-15-12 David Swanson
Best-selling author David Swanson

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