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The Crisis in Korea, and a History of Lies to Justify War

By Robert Parry Korea

If American journalism should have learned one thing over the years, it is to be cautious and skeptical during the first days of a foreign confrontation like the one now playing out on the Korean Peninsula. Often the initial accounts from the “U.S. side” don’t turn out to be entirely accurate.
 
While you can delve back through history for plenty of examples, today’s U.S. journalists might remember events like the Gulf of Tonkin clash that opened the door to the disastrous Vietnam War and the misplaced certainty about Iraq’s WMD that led to a bloody U.S. invasion and occupation.
 
In both cases, contrary claims from the "enemy side" were discounted and mocked as U.S. journalists puffed out their chests and waved the flag.

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Made in USA: America's Hidden Hiroshima in Iraq

 by Chris Floyd 

Years ago, I wrote about the use of chemical weapons in the American assault on the Iraqi city of Fallujah in 2004.

I was attacked at the time for my "wild accusations" by many people, across the political spectrum, even by stalwart dissidents, who felt that such "exaggerations" undermined the "effectiveness" of the anti-war movement, preventing it from being taken "seriously" by the "serious" players in the power structure.

Later, of course, American military officials -- and serving soldiers -- admitted using white phosphorus and other chemical weapons in the assault.

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The Continuing Relevance and Importance of the "Pyramid Analysis"

By Bob Avakian

The following is an excerpt from the text of a talk by Bob Avakian in Fall 2009, which was serialized in Revolution. While presented last year, before the recent midterm elections, it remains highly relevant today. The entire talk can be found online at revcom.us/avakian/driving.
 
This "pyramid analysis" was first put forward more than five years ago now, in the question-and-answer session of the "Revolution" talk (Revolution: Why It's Necessary, Why It's Possible, What It's All About).1 To briefly summarize this, the point is that you can conceive of the political structures and the way that they relate to the larger society in the U.S. as something of a pyramid:

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The Lies That Bind: The Myth of America, and the Murderous Reality

 

 
Henry Miller once said that the purpose of the artist is to "inoculate the world with disillusionment." We are in desperate need of disillusionment today -- disillusionment on a vast scale, disillusionment as a constant discipline. Arthur Silber is one of the greatest such artists now at work, and he has just released a remarkable piece aimed at one the deadliest illusions of our time: the myth of American Exceptionalism. I cannot recommend strongly enough that you read the entire piece, but below are a few excerpts to highlight some of the salient points.

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The Truth About Obama's "Accomplishments" and the Need to Build a Mass Movement

ObamaObama is scheduled to speak tomorrow night announcing the "end" of the war in Iraq, only one week after thousands of troops deployed from Ft. Hood to Iraq to continue the occupation. Re-branding war and empire is not change; but the story doesn't end there...

By Scott Trent

A friend posted an article today about the "Eight things Obama has done to make the world a more peaceful place." Check out that article here.
 
It turns out that the article is a year old, and even less true today than it was then. I took the liberty of responding to all eight of the points. As much as we might want these things to be true, there is actually nothing true on that list. It's all deceptive PR from the Obama government intended to silence and placate the people who criticized the Bush regime for these same practices.

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Invisible Holocaust: Mountains of Dead Children and “the World’s Greatest Democracy”

By Chris FloydIraqi Children

In the last decade of the 20th century, a nation often hailed (not least by itself) as the "world's greatest democracy" directed a program of savage economic warfare against a broken, defenseless country. This blockade, carried out with an exacting bureaucratic coldness, killed, by very conservative estimate, at least one million innocent people. More than half of these victims were young children.

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War Criminal Goes toYale

By Chris Floyd 

Yale University continues its modern tradition of hiring war criminals to instruct young minds in the ways of the world.
 
First, it was Tony Blair, brought over to pontificate at Yale Divinity School -- and now Stanley McChrystal, chief honcho of death squads and "strenuous interrogation" in Iraq and later failed leader of the "Obama Surge" in Afghanistan, has been hired by the august institution to ''examine how dramatic changes in globalization have increased the complexity of modern leadership," the NY Times reports.

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Restrepo: The Afghan People as Extras in Hollywood’s Films, America’s Conscience

By libbyliberal

Tom Engelhardt wrote in an introduction to Nick Turse’s blunt and moving commentary of Sebastian Junger’s new film Restrepo:
 
“Left screen center was usually the American platoon, a kind of “lost patrol” in an alien land, part of what, even during the war, was regularly referred to as an American -- but not a Vietnamese -- “tragedy.” From Oliver Stone’s Platoon and Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket to Robert Zemeckis’s Forrest Gump, Vietnamese suffering became, at best, a distant backdrop for American suffering, and the war’s conflicts essentially took place among Americans within that platoon.

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Protests Greet John Yoo on First Day of Classes

By Frances Dinkelspiel

Cindy Sheehan addressing the crowd.

Cindy Sheehan, the anti-war activist, and dozens of protestors from Code Pink, The World Can’t Wait, the Boalt Alliance to Abolish Torture and other groups marched through Berkeley Law School today to protest John Yoo’s position as a member of the faculty.

After holding a brief press conference outside the law school, the group marched through the halls and into an outdoor plaza where many students had gathered to have lunch. The protestors were wearing latex gloves dipped in red paint and they yelled “Torture is a war crime,” and “What do we want for John Yoo? Arrest! Indictment! Imprisonment!”

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