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Michael Moore defends Tony Bennett on 9/11 and US terrorism

From Stop The War Coalition

"Who are the terrorists? Are we the terrorists? Or are they the terrorists?" said Tony Bennett, when asked about 9/11. Just as with the Dixie Chicks, Michael Moore, Bill Maher, and others before him, this triggered an avalanche of bigotted hatred in the right-wing media and on the Internet, including death threats. Filmmaker Michael Moore faced the same barrage of bile after his Oscar acceptance speech. In this video Moore defends his and Tony Bennett's right to voice an opinion on 9/11.

 

Like Michael Moore, Tony Bennett has always opposed the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He has been a lifelong supporter of progressive causes. In the 1960s, he marched shoulder to shoulder with Martin Luther King in the fight for black civil rights. He is pictured here with Martin Luther King and the singer and civil rights' activist Harry Belafonte.

Tune in or Log on: Lila Garrett (Host of CONNECT THE DOTS)

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Author David Swanson  reports on whether we should risk losing the election with Obama, or offer the electorate alternatives like Michael Moore, Bernie Sanders, Russ Feingold etc. in the Primary. Log on to:“starthoping.com”  which lists many possible candidates who could be drafted for that challenge.  Vote for one of them or list your own choice. Comments welcome.

Dem. Congressman Chris Murphy is author of a new bill (HR862) requiring Supreme Ct. judges to sign an ethics agreement as part of their oath of office.  Until now they were on the “honor” system.   It comes after Clarence Thomas consistently cheated on his income taxes and he, Scalia and Alito helped raise money for the Koch Bros.The bill, popular among Democrats,  already has 43 co-signatures.

Redistricting has  Congressman Brad Shermanrunning for re-election in the new 30thdistrict against his old friend & colleague Howard Berman.  What’s the difference between them?   Sherman  outlines his agenda. 

Prog. Dem. Candidate Norman Solomonreports on his energetic campaign for Congress  in Marin County  and his event Tuesday, Sept. 20, in LA. Program includes

Councilman Bill Rosendahl, Mimi Kennedy, Lila Garrett. 

For details log on to:  Info@SolomonForCongress.com

Audio: David Swanson and George Kenney

September 9, 2011, edition of Electric Politics

Praxis

A thinkerI've admired David Swanson for a number of years. He's one of the most active progressive activists I know — indeed, both astonishingly productive and absolutely on message. Since he gets out and about all the time, and I don't, it was a real treat to hear his sense of where things stand politically, and his advice regarding what people should be doing. (Think getting arrested.) Thanks, David!! Total runtime thirty six minutes. Āctum est dē rēpūblicā.

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Top Secret America and the Huge Blank Checks Of

We are given figures in the multi multi billions spent on the wars of choice and the so called 'homeland security', but there are huge amounts, in the multi billions, not known or labeled top secret and blacked out in government reports on the rapid growth of intelligence within government and the added private contractors and the costs of that growth. As pointed out in the 'PBS Frontline' report, below, what has it accomplish over all these years, especially as to the main mission after 9/11 and finally getting bin Laden, found through intelligence of a small group and carried out by a small group of 'special forces'.

Audio: David Swanson and Christiane Brown Discuss October2011.org

Topic: THE REAL PEOPLE’S PROTEST!! – October2011.org

Guest: David Swanson – Author of "War Is a Lie" and "Daybreak and Progressive activist and blogger at DavidSwanson.org , WarIsACrime.org and toyysaction.org

On October 6th 2011 people from across the nation will come together in Freedom Plaza Washington DC to light the spark that sets off a true democratic, nonviolent movement. We will make it our Tahrir Square, Cairo, our Madison, Wisconsin and through NON_VIOLENT civil disobedience we will force the halls of power to hear our voices, and take back our nation from the corporate machine that puts human and environmental needs before corporate profit.

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Podcast: Coy Barefoot and David Swanson

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Charlottesville Right Now: 8-8-11 David Swanson
Best-selling author David Swanson joins Coy to breakdown the national problems facing the economy.

LISTEN HERE.

KPFA Special The Costs of War, Thursday August 11, 12-3:30 PM-PST

Mickey Huff and Peter Phillips Co-hosts of  Project Censored Show on Pacifica  at KPFA will host a live three and half hour  special on the Costs of War for the summer fund drive. The show can be heard live on 94.1 FM in the San Francisco Bay Area and Fresno and on www.KPFA.org. The Program will focus on the recent Brown University study on the socio-economic impacts of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and related subjects from scholars worldwide.

 12:00-12:20 Catherine Lutz, Professor Anthro, Brown University, Project Director, Solders and Contractors: Recommendations and Neta Crawford, Professor Political Science at Brown University, Cost of War Project Director,

 12:30-12:50 Norah Niland:   Former Director Human Rights: United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, Afghanistan, social change and women, and Matthew Evangelista, Professor of History and Political Science, Cornell University, Alternatives to War

1:00-1:20 Winslow Wheeler, of the Straus Military Reform Project of the Center for Defense Information Washington DC. Department of Defense Budget, Military Cost of War

1:30-1:50 Dahr Jamail, Human Costs of War, Refugees, Life on the Ground and resistance in the military, Author: “The Will to Resist,”

2:00-2:20 John Tirman, MIT,  Author of  “The Deaths of Others” The Fate of Civilians in America's Wars, Topic: Civilian Civilan Deaths In War—

 2:30-2:50 Linda Bilmes, Professor Public Policy Harvard Kennedy School,  Topic: Costs of Veteran Care

3:00-3:20 John Pilger, Journalist and Film Producer, covering his new documentary, “The War We Don’t See,” which will premiere in Berkeley August 12, 7:30 PM First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing, Berkeley Movie – Plus— Dennis Bernstein & Mickey Huff talking with John Pilger via Skype .

Infrastructure and Alternative Energy = Good Strong Growth

No money for infrastructure? Get ready to crumble!

 

July 28: Ed Rendell, former governor of Pennsylvania, talks with TRMS guest host Melissa Harris-Perry about the litany of benefits that would come with more investment in US infrastructure and the certain disaster if Republicans succeed in slashing government spending.

 

Oslo: Not Surprising

Just like they do with the McVeigh's and the Austin pilot types, they'll turn this criminal terrorist into a hero and he knows that!

Reason he didn't kill himself and surrendered with no fight as he used the destructive bombing, to divert police resources and forces knowing the country was on holiday and on friday workers leave early, as the diversion to his main goal the slaughter of innocent youngsters!

 

'Jobless veterans, US national disgrace'

I Demand a War Tax and call it that, it's been over a decade and counting of No Sacrifice by the Country as we demanded Sacrifice of our Soldiers and their Families, with multiple tours in two occupation theaters!

Those of us who were born during or in the years shortly after World War II grew into what our grand parents and parents with the help of our Government investments were building, joining in as we joined the workforce professions to build for our children, from the needed education professions to the skilled trades once professions.

"Stand Down," 60min. Revisits

 

 

Homeless veterans: Trying to find help and hope

 

July 10, 2011 - This story was first published Oct. 17, 2010. It was updated on June 21, 2011.

One weekend a year, nearly a thousand military veterans assemble in a camp in San Diego. What brings them is what they have in common: they're all homeless. The vets gather for something called "Stand Down," started in 1988 by a soldier turned psychologist named Jon Nachison.

Then, it was an emergency response to homelessness among Vietnam vets but, all these years later, Nachison is welcoming the generation from Iraq and Afghanistan.

June 20th World Refugee Day

And least we not forget the millions of refugee's created in our names, the U.S., over the past decade in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as area's of Pakistan!

 

World Refugee Day

 

World Refugee Day on 20 June – a day like any other?

 

Ten Refugees, One Journey

 

Warspeak

On Fathers Day 'Think!' of the 'Gold Star Children'

And yes I do realize there are 'Gold Star Children' who have lost Mothers, especially in these two long conflicts, not minimizing the fact that many of the women soldiers killed were possibly Mothers as they all were Daughters, Sisters or Nieces and Aunts, the greater numbers killed still in war are male.

CBS sought out a message with meaning for Fathers Day, that aired June 17 2011, and I totally agree with the one they found which among many messages it should send ties our long war of choice, Vietnam where this Country said it would remember the lessons of, to both current wars of choice, Afghanistan and Iraq, lessons forgotten five minutes after Vietnam and so many DeJa-Vu's of then repeated with many enhanced and coming on faster.

 

Audio: Bob Fitrakis, Harvey Wasserman, David Swanson on Wars, Nukes, and Solartopia

"Skateistan": Tryin to be a Kid in War Torn Afghanistan

AIR DATE: June 15, 2011 - Skateboarding Becomes Catalyst for Change in War-Torn Afghanistan

 

SUMMARY

Filmmaker Orlando von Einsiedel's "Skateistan" follows a Kabul skate park's founders and the kids who come there to have fun and perhaps jumpstart some changes in their country. This excerpt is part of The Economist Film Project series of independently produced films aired in partnership between The Economist and the NewsHour. Transcript

 

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