U.S. Democrats plan to give Israel an addition $225 million for military spending. The same bill also cuts $1 billion of emergency funds meant to deal with the 50,000 undocumented child migrants held in crowded and unsanitary border facilities.

Israel already received $504 million for the joint U.S.-Israel Missle Defense Program for the Fiscal Year of 2014. That is not including the $3.1 Billion the Obama Administration spent on Foreign Military Financing (FMF) for Israel for the Fiscal Year 2014.

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#WouldYouBeWithHer

“White women’s feminisms still center around equality…. Black women’s feminisms demand justice. There is a difference. One kind of feminism focuses on the policies that will help women integrate fully into the existing American system. The other recognizes the fundamental flaws in the system and seeks its complete and total transformation.”

– Brittney Cooper | Feminism’s ugly internal clash: Why its future is not up to white women

Edit July 26th, 2016: @unrealcityusa said: I mean, would you prefer Trump? Hillary sucks, but while we fight for systematic change at the grassroots level the reality is that one of either Trump or Clinton will become our President come November, and we’re being dishonest to our comrades of color, our Islamic comrades, our LGBTQI comrades to act as if the two are equivalent. It requires tremendous privilege to look at the two and go “yup, they both are pretty much equally bad.

Lesser evilism doesn’t fly with me. Trump isn’t worse than Clinton anymore than Clinton is worse than Trump. This is not to say they are “equally” as bad as much as it acknowledges how uniquely bad each of them is. We do something sinister when we use the language of equality to describe oppression. By introducing a weighing mechanism – this is, after all, what using the word equal does by invoking imagery of a balancing scale – we posit that somehow we can quantify the misery Clinton has wrought upon the world through her neoliberal imperial polices and pit it against the aggregated harm of Trumps xenophobic rhetoric and capitalist exploitation. Of course, that’s preposterous. 

And yet, the moral gymnastics of trying to accomplish this comparison DOES in fact have material consequences, usually in the form of a dichotomy: American lives versus non-American lives. In that scenario, the decision is not just a dichotomy, it is a hierarchy too, because to liberals, progressives, and conservatives American lives ALWAYS matter more. You are right to point out privilege, because it is an enormous privilege for Americans to hide behind the loosely constructed concern for our comrades of color in America, our Islamic comrades in America, and our LGBTQIA comrades in America while playing Russian roulette with our non-American comrades of the similar strips.   

Confused?

Read these:

As Secretary of State, Hillary Admits to Deporting Orphaned Refugees to Send Message to Warlords Not to Let Them Flee

Hillary Clinton’s Child-Deportation Flip-Flop

     “’We have to send a clear message: Just because your child gets across            the border, that doesn’t mean the child gets to stay,’ she said.”

     “’We don’t want to send a message that is contrary to our laws, or we’ll               encourage more children to make that dangerous journey,’ she added.”

Hillary Clinton Defends Call To Deport Child Migrants

Why Hillary Clinton Doesn’t Deserve the Latino Vote

Let’s tick them off: Iran (1980, 1987-1988), Libya (1981, 1986, 1989, 2011), Lebanon (1983), Kuwait (1991), Iraq (1991-2011, 2014-), Somalia (1992-1993, 2007-), Bosnia (1995), Saudi Arabia (1991, 1996), Afghanistan (1998, 2001-), Sudan (1998), Kosovo (1999), Yemen (2000, 2002-), Pakistan (2004-) and now Syria. Whew.
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Andrew Bacevisch, as quoted by Glenn Greenwald in “How many Muslim countries has the U.S. bombed or occupied since 1980?”

If you don’t feel like counting, it’s 14 countries.

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American soldiers teasing children for water in Afghanistan

Victim of Obama’s first drone strike: ‘I am the living example of what drones are’

Faheem Qureshi was 14 when a drone attack on his home left on January 23, 2009 him with horrific injuries, several family members dead and his dreams for the future in tatters.

Qureshi remembers feeling like his body was on fire. He ran outside, wanting to throw water on his face, but his priority was escape. The boy could not see.

Obama, now in the twilight of his presidency, wants to be remembered as a peacemaker. Seven years to the day after the strike, Qureshi has never received so much as an admission from the US that it happened. 

Read the full story by Spencer Ackerman in The Guardian.

a little bit late but here’s a concise and (hopefully) sufficient list of US crimes against humanity domestically and abroad

Native American Genocide

Cultural clashes between European settlers and Natives lasted for over four hundred years – small battles, large scale wars and forced labor systems on large estates, also known as encomiendas – took a large toll on the Native population.

Throughout the Northeast, proclamations to create ‘redskins’, or scalps of Native Americans, were common during war and peace times. According to the 1775 Phips Proclamation in Massachusetts, King George II of Britain called for “subjects to embrace all opportunities of pursuing, captivating, killing and destroying all and every of the aforesaid Indians.”

Colonists were paid for each Penobscot Native they killed – fifty pounds for adult male scalps, twenty-five for adult female scalps, and twenty for scalps of boys and girls under age twelve. These proclamations explicitly display the settlers’ “intent to kill”, a major indicator of genocidal acts.

Native American genocide (including deaths caused by disease): 76 million

etc. genocidal incidents involving native americans

Wounded knee Massacre: 150-300

Trail Of Tears: 5,000

Sand Creek Massacre: 150

Gnadenhutten Massacre: 96

Creek War native casualties: 1,597

Ash Hollow Massacre: 86

1860 Wiyot Massacre: 188

the Long Walk to Bosque Redondo: (at least) 200

Battle of Tongue River: 50 

that’s only a few, but notable, examples of forced relocation and massacres attributable to pre-modern genocidal policies, however modern (as in, post-19th century) includes unlivable reservation conditions, forced sterilization of native women, forced assimilation policies in the 1920s, and lack of constitutional rights pre-1968

it goes without saying that this doesn’t do justice to the sheer amount of constant relocation, forced marches, and deportations faced by native americans, however.

U.S. foreign policy + CIA operations abroad

phoenix program (1975), a program during the vietnam war meant to identify and neutralize suspected viet cong, viet cong sympathizers, and communists. it resulted in the torture of tens of thousands (by gang rape, rape following murder, whippings, electric shock treatment, and so on) and the “neutralization” of 81,740; 41,000 of which were killed. 

operation condor (1968-1989), a campaign of anti-communist terror that resulted in the deaths of 60,000 to 90,000 suspected communists, unionists, students, teachers, intellectuals, priests, and racial and sexual minorities. it entailed the installation of right wing, oftentimes fascist, military dictatorships and juntas across south america. notable examples being pinochet’s chile, hugo banzer’s bolivia, and alfredo stroessner’s paraguay.

operation menu (1969-1970), a bombing campaign targeted at both the khmer rouge guerrillas and cambodian civilians, resulting in a noncombatant death toll of 4,000. although, all bombing campaigns directed at cambodia are as high as 150,000.

the christmas bombings, or operation linebacker II (1972), an ariel bombardment operation that resulted in the deaths of 1,624 vietnamese citiziens, along with the intentional destruction of vital infrastructure. 

operation rolling thunder (1965-1968), an ariel bombardment operation that resulted in the deaths of anywhere from 52,000 - 182,000 vietnamese civilians.

operation wandering soul (assumed to be throughout the entire vietnam war), a psychological and propagandistic campaign that preyed on the vietnamese belief that “It was believed that if one died away from one’s family and was not buried with their ancestors, then they would be forced to wander forever; their souls in pain”, the CIA utilized this by recording south vietnamese actors encouraging viet cong to desert the army, oftentimes blasting these recordings from helicopters overhead. 

bay of pigs (1961), the attempted overthrow of the increasingly communist leadership of fidel castro, in part due to the severed ties between cuba and the US after the cuban revolution that overthrew and exiled the previous US-friendly dictator, fulgencio batista, and with him the US’ influence over the region.

operation allied force (1999), the NATO bombing of yugoslavia that resulted in the deaths of anywhere from 500 to 5,700 serbian civilians, 60% of which were in kosovo.

CIA funding of the contras (1981-1988), the CIA funded the right-wing, terrorist contras in opposition to the left social democratic sandinista government in nicaragua as a result of the left wing government being a threat to the economic interests of the US. the contras frequently resorted to widespread acts of terror including, but not limited to: rape, torture, kidnappings, mass shootings, the destruction of schools, and the destruction of hospitals. of which killed a staggering 70,000-130,000 civilians. all the while, the contras were considered freedom fighters by the US media and state.

US bombs in laos (1964-1973), 270 million cluster bombs were dropped on laos, or 2.5 million tons, 80 million of which didn’t explode on impact and have since claimed 20,000 civilian lives after the original bombing. it is unknown how many have died due to the initial bombing, but several thousands can be assumed. one estimate is over 500,000.

When Lyndon Johnson announced a halt to the bombing of North Vietnam in 1968, the bombing of Laos escalated. Asked about the bombing during Senate testimony, Deputy Chief of Mission Monteagle Stearns said, “Well, we had all those planes sitting around and couldn’t just let them stay there with nothing to do.”

The refugees spoke of a relentless campaign of destruction: entire villages incinerated, temples and schools destroyed, livestock killed, people buried alive in holes they dug trying to escape the bombs, people burned alive by napalm and white phosphorous, others forced to live underground in caves for years.

operation 40 (1959-1960), code name for a CIA sponsored terrorist organization pre-bay of pigs that both practiced anti-castro terrorism, sabotage, and assassinations of left-wing political and military leaders. in response to it’s failure in the 60s (disbanded due to evidence of drug trafficking), brigade 2506 was created in it’s place with similar functions.

operation IA feature (1975), a covert CIA operation that authorized the support of both the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola and UNITA, both right-wing parties.

operation ajax (1953), a coup sponsored by the US that entailed the overthrow of the democratically elected prime minister of iran, mohammad mosaddegh and the emplacement of a military government headed by fazlollah zahedi and, accordingly, allowed the shah of iran to institute what was practically an absolute monarchy. this was caused due to mosaddegh’s nationalization of iranian oil and effective dismission of US economic interests.

operation gladio (1956-1990): the peak of NATO (and, accordingly, CIA) anti-communist paranoia.

project FUBELT (1970-1973), the CIA operation that lead to both the assassination of democratically elected chilean president, salvador allende, and the following coup that resulted in the military dictatorship headed by augusto pinochet.

US syphilis experiments in guatemala (1946-1948), the forced, deliberate infection of 700 or more guatemalans with venereal diseases for the purpose of testing the effectiveness of penicillin.

albanian subversion (1949-1952), the attempted overthrow of albania’s government, one of the first of many attempts of the CIA in overthrowing communist and soviet-aligned governments. regardless, it cost the lives of at least 300 people.

CIA tibetan program (1950-1972), the CIA funding, training, and arming of tibetan nationalists and rebels for the purpose of anti-communism and US interests.

CIA drug trafficking

disposition matrix (2010-current), also known as the kill list has claimed up to  2,300 lives via drone strikes, 80% of which were innocent.

operation northwoods (1962, rejected), which was a proposed false flag operation that would’ve framed cuba as a terrorist state.

The desired resultant from the execution of this plan would be to place the United States in the apparent position of suffering defensible grievances from a rash and irresponsible government of Cuba and to develop an international image of a Cuban threat to peace in the Western Hemisphere.

additionally, there has been over 600 failed assassination attempts on fidel castro that have been linked to the CIA 

U.S. domestic policy

operation MHCHAOS (1967-1973), originally based on finding connections between anti-war (anti-vietnam war, particularly) movements and soviet influence expanded into surveilling the majority of leftist groups, such as: students for a democratic society, black panther party (BPP), young lords (puerto rican left-wing nationalists), women strike for peace, and ramparts magazine. at it’s peak, it had a database of approximately 1,000 left-wing groups, 300,000 civilians, and files on 7,200 americans. 

project ARTICHOKE (1951-1953) a study dedicated to forced morphine addiction and hypnosis, tested primarily on sexual and racial minorities (see: gay men, asians, african americans, and military prisoners)

project MKUltra (1953-1973) more infamous than other CIA operations, project MKUltra was the code name given to an illegal program based on human experimentation, usually on unwilling canadians and US citizens belonging to ethnic minority groups. it’s hard to go over just how awful it was in one paragraph so tbh i suggest you read the wiki page.

radiation experiments in puerto rico on puerto rican nationalist leaders and prisoners (1950s)

operation mockingbird (1948-1973), a secret campaign by the CIA to influence the media, the organization recruited leading american journalists in a network to help project the CIA’s views. this extended to multiple student organizations and magazines. there were at least 3,000 CIA officers engaged in this operation.

operation wetback (1954), the deportation of (at least) a million persons to mexico, the majority of which were mexican nationals in response to the increased level of immigration

japanese internment (1942-1946), the deliberate internment of over 127,000 japanese citizens following the bombing of pearl harbor, which resulted in the relocation of japanese people to concentration camps. 

COINTELPRO (1956-1971)

notable groups targeted:

communist party USA (CPUSA)

national lawyers guild (NLG)

national association for the advancement of colored people (NAACP)

american indian movement

congress of racial equality (CORE)

young lords

weather underground

black panther party (BPP)

white panther party

venceremos

socialist workers party (SWP)

student nonviolent coordinating committee (SNCC)

nation of islam (NOI)

patriot party

national caucus of labor committees 

additionally the majority, if not all, groups protesting the vietnam war and almost every socialist and/or communist organization. 

notable people targeted:

martin luther king, jr. (sent death threat and was later involved in his assassination)

fred hampton (assassinated)

bill ayers

muhammad ali

gus hall

john lennon

jeff jones 

yoko ono

huey p. newton

malcolm X

assata shakur

and i honestly shouldn’t have to explain that the U.S. was built off of african slave labor and oppression for hundreds of years, but i will. at least 85,000 deaths can be attributed to the transport of slaves alone (see: not abuses and deaths actually within the U.S.) and an unknown amount of slaves were killed within the U.S., however, in 1860 there were approximately 3,950,528 slaves, or 13% of the U.S. population. let that speak for itself.

U.S.-backed authoritarian regimes

juan vicente gómez, president of venezuela (1908-1935)

jorge ubico, president of guatemala (1931-1944)

manuel estrada cabrera, president of guatemala (1898-1920)

fulgencio batista, president of cuba (1952-1959)

rafael trujillo, president of the dominican republic (1930-1961)

efraín ríos montt + military junta of guatemala (1954-1986)

revolutionary government junta of el salvador (1979-1982)

hugo banzer, president of bolivia (1971-1978)

national reorganization process of argentina (1976-1983)

brazilian military government (1964-1985)

nicaraguan somozan family (1936-1979)

jean-claude duvalier, president of haiti  (1957-1971)

françois duvalier, president of haiti  (1971-1986)

plaek phibunsongkhram, prime minister of thailand (1948-1957)

thanom kittikachorn, prime minister of thailand  (1963-1973)

pol pot, general secretary of the communist party of kampuchea (1978-1983)

A 16 December State Department cable to the UN insisted that, “If the Pol Pot regime was toppled, this could result in indefinite guerrilla warfare in Cambodia.”

The US government insisted that, in spite of the roughly 1 to 2 million people killed by the Khmer Rouge, Pol Pot maintained “stability” in Cambodia, and that was most important.

chiang kai-shek, chairman of the nationalist government of china (1941-1975)

nicolae ceaușescu, general secretary of the romanian communist party (1969-1989)

turkish military junta (1980-1989)

greek military junta (1967-1974)

francisco franco, caudillo of spain (1936-1975)

antónio de oliveira salazar, prime minister of portugal (1933-1974)

paul kagame, president of rwanda (2000-present)

zine el abidine ben ali, president of tunisia (1987-2011)

yoweri museveni, president of uganda (1986-present)

idriss déby, president of chad (1990-present)

national party of south africa. see: apartheid (1948-1994)

house of saud (1945-present)

teodoro obiang nguema mbasogo, president of equatorial guinea (1979-present)

emomali rahmon, president of tajikistan (1994-present)

islom karimov, president uzbekistan (1990-present) 

gurbanguly berdimuhamedow, president of turkmenistan (2006-present)

hashemite dynasty of jordan (1954-present)

suharto, president of indonesia (1967-1998)

ferdinand marcos, president of the philippines (1965-1986)

lon nol, president of the khmer republic (1970-1975)

mohammad reza pahlavi, shahanshah of iran (1941-1979)

syngman rhee, president of south korea (1948-1960)

prayut chan-o-cha, prime minister of thailand (2014–present)

samuel doe, president of liberia (1980-1990)

united arab emirates (1994-present)

hassan II, king of morocco (1961–1999)

and this is, of course, only scratching the surface. feel free to add more.

some relevant links:
35 Countries Where the U.S. Has Supported Fascists, Drug Lords, and Terrorists

Killing Hope: US military and CIA interventions since WWII

The Triumph of Evil: The Reality of the USA’s Cold War Victory introduction (pg. 22) & chapter 7

*links provided for convenience

independent.co.uk
Confronted by toughest of challenges, Nigeria reaches polio 'milestone'
In what health officials said was a major victory in the fight to rid the world of polio, the paralysing disease has been declared to be no longer endemic in Nigeria. The announcement by the World Health Organisation (WHO) means there are now only two countries in the world where the disease remains rife – Afghanistan and Pakistan. The disease can be prevented by simple vaccination.

Major global health news from Nigeria, and cause for celebration!

I was born in Iraq and I’d never in my life been asked if I was a Sunni or a Shiite. And I didn’t know who among my relatives or neighbors or co-workers or colleagues at school were Sunnis or Shiites, because it wasn’t an issue. It’s not that people were tolerant toward each other — they weren’t aware of sectarian backgrounds. It’s similar to some areas in the US where you don’t necessarily know what Christian sect your friends belong to. You might know, or you might not know. That was before the US intervention. The US destroyed that Iraqi national identity and replaced it with sectarian and ethnic identities after 2003. I don’t think this is something that many Iraqis argue about, because you can trace the beginning of this sectarian strife that is destroying the country, and it clearly began with the US invasion and occupation.
AND NOW, A PSA ABOUT BERNIE SANDERS

Okay so I know you guys love Bernie Sanders. I do too. He’s amazing and his policies are just what this country needs.

So for those who want to check out his policies in-depth, or if you need solid evidence for an argument (because nothing is more satisfying than shutting someone down with straight facts) there’s this website called 

feelthebern.org

It’s a website that has Bernie’s stance on pretty much EVERY issue, from immigration, to income inequality, civil rights, healthcare, foreign policy, and so much more.

It even has a section that is about Bernie and his life.

It really is an amazing resource for everything Bernie and if you’re interested, I would STRONGLY advise that you check it out.

Once again, the website is

feelthebern.org

Now back to your regularly scheduled blogging.

Those Kids Crossing the Border From Mexico Wouldn’t Be There If Obama Hadn’t Supported a Coup the Media Doesn’t Talk About | Common Dreams

If you’re reading this, you probably follow the news. So you’ve probably heard of the latest iteration of the “crisis at the border”: tens of thousands of children, many of them unaccompanied by an adult, crossing the desert from Mexico into the United States, where they surrender to the Border Patrol in hope of being allowed to remain here permanently. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s detention and hearing system has been overwhelmed by the surge of children and, in some cases, their parents. The Obama Administration has asked Congress to approve new funding to speed up processing and deportations of these illegal immigrants.

Even if you’ve followed this story closely, you probably haven’t heard the depressing backstory — the reason so many Central Americans are sending their children on a dangerous thousand-mile journey up the spine of Mexico, where they ride atop freight trains, endure shakedowns by corrupt police and face rapists, bandits and other predators. (For a sense of what it’s like, check out the excellent 2004 film “Maria Full of Grace.”)

NPR and other mainstream news outlets are parroting the White House, which blames unscrupulous “coyotes” (human smugglers) for “lying to parents, telling them that if they put their kids in the hands of traffickers and get to the United States that they will be able to stay.” True: the coyotes are saying that in order to gin up business. Also true: U.S. law has changed, and many of these kids have a strong legal case for asylum. Unfortunately, U.S. officials are ignoring the law.

The sad truth is that this “crisis at the border” is yet another example of “blowback.”

Blowback is an unintended negative consequence of U.S. political, military and/or economic intervention overseas — when something we did in the past comes back to bite us in the ass.9/11 is the classic example; arming and funding radical Islamists in the Middle East and South Asia who were less grateful for our help than angry at the U.S.’ simultaneous backing for oppressive governments (The House of Saud, Saddam, Assad, etc.) in the region.

More recent cases include U.S. support for Islamist insurgents in Libya and Syria, which destabilized both countries and led to the murders of U.S. consular officials in Benghazi, and the rise of ISIS, the guerilla army that imperils the U.S.-backed Maliki regime in Baghdad, respectively.

Confusing the issue for casual American news consumers is that the current border crisis doesn’t involve the usual Mexicans traveling north in search of work. Instead, we’re talking about people from Central American nations devastated by a century of American colonialism and imperialism, much of that intervention surprisingly recent. Central American refugees are merely transiting through Mexico.

“The unaccompanied children crossing the border into the United States are leaving behind mainly three Central American countries, Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala. The first two are among the world’s most violent and all three have deep poverty, according to a Pew Research report based on Department of Homeland Security (DHS) information," reports NBC News. "El Salvador ranked second in terms of homicides in Latin America in 2011, and it is still high on the list. Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador are among the poorest nations in Latin America. Thirty percent of Hondurans, 17 percent of Salvadorans and 26 percent of Guatemalans live on less than $2 a day.”

The fact that Honduras is the biggest source of the exodus jumped out at me. That’s because, in 2009, the United States government — under President Obama — tacitly supported a military coup that overthrew the democratically elected president of Honduras. “Washington has a very close relationship with the Honduran military, which goes back decades," The Guardian noted at the time. "During the 1980s, the US used bases in Honduras to train and arm the Contras, Nicaraguan paramilitaries who became known for their atrocities in their war against the Sandinista government in neighbouring Nicaragua.”

Honduras wasn’t paradise under President Manuel Zelaya. Since the coup, however, the country has entered a downward death spiral of drug-related bloodshed and political revenge killings that crashed the economy, brought an end to law, order and civil society, and now has some analysts calling it a “failed state” along the lines of Somalia and Afghanistan during the 1990s.

“Zelaya’s overthrow created a vacuum in security in which military and police were now focused more on political protest, and also led to a freeze in international aid that markedly worsened socio-economic conditions,” Mark Ungar, professor of political science at Brooklyn College and the City University of New York, told The International Business Times. “The 2009 coup, asserts [Tulane] professor Aaron Schneider, gave the Honduran military more political and economic leverage, at the same time as the state and political elites lost their legitimacy, resources and the capacity to govern large parts of the country.”

El Salvador and Guatemala, also narcostates devastated by decades of U.S. support for oppressive, corrupt right-wing dictatorships, are suffering similar conditions.

(Photo Credit: AP | Supporters of ousted Honduras’ President Manuel Zelaya clash with soldiers near the presidential residency Tegucigalpa, Monday, June 29. 2009. Police fired tear gas to hold back thousands of Hondurans outside the occupied presidential residency as world leaders appealed to Honduras to reverse a coup that ousted the president.)

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Confidence in Hillary Clinton to handle world affairs is generally high in the European and Asian countries we surveyed this spring. By comparison, few trust Donald Trump to do the right thing when it comes to foreign policy.

Clinton finds support in Europe, while Trump inspires little to no confidence in Europe or Asia