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Sacrificing the Vulnerable, From Gaza to America

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I like to speak about the people of Gaza. Their suffering is not an abstraction to me. I spent seven years in the region. I speak Arabic. And for much of that time I was in Gaza, including when Israeli fighter jets and soldiers were attacking it.


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Angelika R (143)
Monday September 15, 2014, 2:25 pm
Special thx for posting Sam dear! READ THIS please folks!

Sam H (410)
Monday September 15, 2014, 2:36 pm
Please thank our friend, our unsung hero, Angelika for bringing this story to our attention. And when you send her all the stars that you can, please let her know what they're for! *wink*.

Penelope Ryan (178)
Monday September 15, 2014, 3:09 pm
Thanks ANgelika, I have said my piece on the first post...P

Sue Matheson (79)
Monday September 15, 2014, 3:10 pm

Lady Suki (446)
Monday September 15, 2014, 3:31 pm
Thanks for the forward Angelika.

Angelika R (143)
Monday September 15, 2014, 3:58 pm
-you guys need to actually go READ the entire article! It is YOUR FUTURE.

Angelika R (143)
Monday September 15, 2014, 4:05 pm
I've always loved Chris Hedges' clear language, no mincing words, excellent writing and a sharp brain and insight

Evelyn B (63)
Monday September 15, 2014, 4:21 pm
And one should listen to him ...either on the second page of this article, or on youtube Chris Hedges, award winning journalist - although it is very slow loading

Angelika R (143)
Monday September 15, 2014, 4:23 pm
Quite true Evelyn! thx . Better yet GO, if you can, to one of the events where he speaks live.

Evelyn B (63)
Monday September 15, 2014, 4:29 pm
Thanks, Angie and Sam ... he doesn't pull his punches

Angelika R (143)
Monday September 15, 2014, 4:48 pm
had he stood in Tel Aviv giving this speech, i assume he'd already be in detention for abetting people to revolt.

Rose Becke (141)
Monday September 15, 2014, 5:17 pm
I have stood over the bodies, including the bodies of children, left behind by Israeli airstrikes and assaults. I have watched mothers and fathers cradle their dead and bloodied boys and girls in their arms, convulsed by an indescribable grief, shrieking in pitiful cries to an indifferent universe.

And in this charnel house, this open-air prison where 1.8 million people, nearly half of them children, live trapped in an Israeli ghetto, I have witnessed the crimes of occupation—the food shortage, the stifling overcrowding, the contaminated water, the lack of health services, the crippling poverty, the endemic unemployment, the fear and the despair. As I have witnessed this mass of human suffering I have heard from the power elites in Jerusalem and Washington the lies told to justify state terror.

Sheryl G (359)
Monday September 15, 2014, 9:23 pm
Excellent piece and should be read.

I've admired the writings and speeches of Chris Hedges for a long time. That he and Bernie Sanders would in fact appear with each other doesn't surprise me. I highly suggest also reading Chris's book Sacrifice Zones.

In the final paragraph of this article he states:

We too are powerless. We have undergone a corporate coup d’état in slow motion. It is over. They have won. If we want to wrest power back, to make the consent of the governed more than an empty cliché, we will have to mobilize, to carry out sustained acts of civil disobedience to overthrow—let me repeat that word for the members of Homeland Security who may be visiting us this afternoon—overthrow the corporate state. And maybe, once we have freed ourselves, we can free the people of Gaza.

These are similar words that Lawrence Lessig has said, who is now lending a lot of his support to the May Day US movement. In his book Republic Lost, How Money Corrupts Congress - and a Plan To Stop it, he states; There is a feeling today among too many Americans that we might not make it. Not that the end is near, or that doom is around the corner, but that a distinctly American feeling of inevitability, of greatness—​culturally, economically, politically—​is gone.

The prognosis is not good. The disease we face is not one that nations cure, or, at least, cure easily. But we should understand the options. For few who work to understand what has gone wrong will be willing to accept defeat—​without a fight.

"We have lost our Republic. Now we must figure out how to get it back." Lawrence Lessig

Sept. 2007 Daniel Ellsberg, the Chelsea (Bradley) Manning of his day, who released the Pentagon Papers that moved Mike Gravel to take the next steps. "Let me simplify this and not just to be rhetorical: A coup has occurred. I woke up the other day realizing, coming out of sleep, that a coup has occurred." Daniel Ellsberg

Mike Gravel who was instrumental in getting the Vietnam War stopped and called out Hillary Clinton on the last Presidential Debates before Obama was elected. Mike Gravel called out Hillary Clinton for who she really is: the elite member of New World Order globalism. Mike Gravel also said, ""You will never see change if these candidates are elected"(Obama was one of "these candidates")..........and we haven't.

Cornell West has said, "President Obama is a global George Zimmerman," pointing to Obama's attempt to rationalize the killing of innocent children in U.S. drone strikes." So no, we can't help the people in Gaza, we have a Peace Prize President that is doing similar actions elsewhere and like Israel, also justifying killing of innocent children.

I highlight the failing of the Left, because if we do not even have a true left then we are in deep. Too many of the left support this weakness of what is suppose to be "the left".....there is nothing Progressive about it, that is coming from the Independent candidates, the Green Party, the Justice Party, but too many on the left hang onto some illusion that use to be the "left" doing so all the left has done is move right, and now the cry is, keep voting for them for we are the only thing holding off the right from winning. Hate to tell you, the right has already won. Maybe becoming completely stupid might finally wake the rest of the crowd up. We are so far right now, perhaps falling off the cliff might knock some sense into people.

Voices are rising up, small unknown voices and more well known voices. Now if the populace would do more homework and read, this could move quicker, and it could be less violent. Which is what I would prefer and I think most all would prefer. But if people do not educate themselves then it will erupt in more uncontrolled ways, then we don't know which way it will go at that point. The right is more strong, has proven itself to be so if people want to see it differently, they best get learning so they can support true leaders that are progressive enough to claw our way back.

Please therefore read this article and others that are place out there on the internet. Many having landed onto C2. I know, there are some of us that have been posting them, myself and others. So thanks Angelika for this and for Sam for posting it for her.


Panchali Yapa (26)
Tuesday September 16, 2014, 12:42 am
Thank you

Abo r (107)
Tuesday September 16, 2014, 1:43 am
Thanks oooo much for the article Sam and Angelika stars for you in the way.

Angelika R (143)
Tuesday September 16, 2014, 3:10 am
That shift needs to be GLOBALLY in fact as very likely it is the same miserable, if not hopeless state in most other countries around the world. If not already, it is sure to come, if not stopped.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday September 16, 2014, 3:31 am
" As long as most citizens believe in the ideas that justify global capitalism, the private and state institutions that serve our corporate masters are unassailable."

Very true words from Mr. Hedges, a person I respect hugely because he always speaks the exact truth and calls things by their real names. The world we live in today is the direct,rational culmination of the inevitable corporate capitalism which with the industrial revolution.

" Throughout history, those who have sought radical change have always had to first discredit the ideas used to prop up ruling elites and construct alternative ideas for society, which [today] means the articulation of a viable socialism as an alternative to corporate tyranny."

Past Member (0)
Tuesday September 16, 2014, 3:36 am
Another point he makes which I think is very important is our need to break away from the two-party system here in the U.S. There is no real difference between the Republicans and the Democrats anymore, they are both the minions of the corporate capitalist system. The Democrats do seem to favor more liberal positions on some social issues, and that's a good thing when it amounts to more than words mouthed to appease their "liberal base". Only I don't see most democrats really DOING anything to support our civil liberties, especially when doing so would displease their corporate masters. Find the true progressives, vote third party if you have to...

Angelika R (143)
Tuesday September 16, 2014, 7:55 am
Ros-we know THAT will never happen, a bunch of paperwork and files are rotting in Kuala Lumpur for some instead . And The Hague...well, let's wait and see.. Worst case scenario would be prosecuting the WRONG party/ies, worse than none at all!

Angelika R (143)
Tuesday September 16, 2014, 8:04 am
Linda- YOU DO "HAVE TO"- and that means ALL of you to avoid failure and end up in a T-bag theocracy and much worse corporate tyranny. Quite a challenging effort and goal, I know..but worth a try. If it fails at first, following four years of catastrophe might then just serve to change minds in the rest of the voters next time around...

Sheryl G (359)
Tuesday September 16, 2014, 8:04 am
Bravo Linda, it's what I've also been trying to project. This voting for the lesser of two evils still gives us evil.

The Republicans of today would of fit fine into Benito Mussolini's regime, he would of been quite happy to have them. He said, "Fascism should more properly be called Corporatism because it is the merger of State and Corporate power." The Republicans whether they understand it or not support this continuation or movement to that direction. Most don't even realize it, they think they are actually protecting the Republic that was actually destroyed by Corporatism. I'll tell you, the propaganda has been slick, and most who are neither politically astute or who are too busy to become so, this propaganda and catchy mantra's work great on them.

The left, what we have of it, are mired into some past glory it once was or have dreams of resurrection but as Linda states does little to help it along, in fact, can't even get out to vote let alone do anything more. The what one would call former left that has awoken are now seeking out the truly more Progressive Parties, and we in fact are being told we are abandoning the ship and will allow the Republicans to take over. But frankly, if the many hands on deck won't start to row then how long do we stay with a sinking ship? Yes, a little better on as Linda stated, social issues, but that is like throwing a dog a bone and we should be content. See, we left a bit of meat on it content.

The late Russell Means had said a long while back "Welcome to the Reservation". That meant something. As a Native American who grew up on the Rez and saw the destruction of his people and knew what all of his ancestors had been through, the outcome is what they are now today living. High unemployment, their water and lands polluted, their way of life destroyed, their children's minds indoctrinated to accept the unacceptable, and total disrespect to any and all human rights.

Isn't that what we are seeing today in the USA to everyone except those few who are in the top tier? Fracking and mining everywhere and anywhere without regards to people's water sources, the poisoning of our foods, the millions who lost homes via foreclosures when Wall Street gambled with our lives and made profit doing so, more people without medical care and even with the Affordable Care Act it still doesn't cover millions of people, the continued high unemployment, and if one does find work it's part-time, temporary, low wage, and offers no benefits of any kind and in fact doesn't even offer set like a slave, one is on call 24/7 at a moments notice.

So yes, welcome to the reservation. Just look at how well their Elders live, look at the fact that life expectancy is 48 for men and 52 for women, look at how their children are treated and what the future looks for them. It is a picture now playing out all across the USA in all neighborhoods, all races, all heritages. This was practice it worked on the American Indians so this just now morphs across the Country, Hitler used many of the ideas in his works that was played out upon the American Indian, and you are most correct Angelika, once the USA is down and out, it is so easy to move globally on this......and in fact as Ros has pointed out it in fact is doing so.

Lona Goudswaard (66)
Tuesday September 16, 2014, 11:32 am
"They offer only the facade of politics, along with elaborate, choreographed spectacles filled with skillfully manufactured emotion and devoid of real political content."
"They are about eradicating civil liberties and justifying endless war and state violence. "

Gaza is the end result of these politics in a country where it was allowed to run its course. But soon to be seen in a country close to you, if we allow the corporate state to hold us hostage. It's not just in Israel and America, it can happen everywhere.

Angelika R (143)
Tuesday September 16, 2014, 11:56 am
...and is, partly. Lona, thx, so true!

fly bird (26)
Tuesday September 16, 2014, 12:17 pm
Thanks Sam and Angelika.

MarietteAWAY G (175)
Friday September 19, 2014, 2:45 am
Noted, thanks Sam and Angie.

Farah Hage Ali (154)
Sunday September 21, 2014, 2:40 am
thank you for sharing
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