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The War in Viet Nam should be an excellent "teaching moment" about the unsustainable cost (both human and resources) of imperialism, empire, and militarism and, to tell a more complete story, include the social and political costs in the U.S.A. Instead, the U.S. maintains and even expands its empire. But, now the militarists uses the "war on terror" instead of the "cold" war as the rationale for an endless series of foreign wars some declared but mostly undeclared.

I missed episodes 3 & 4 of Ken Burns' "Viet Nam". I was very disappointed when I saw the long list of institutional sponsors and the "good faith" into. Although Burns mentioned Ho's willingness to enter into elections within 2 years (this was in 1954) and gently stated that the US never carried through with this because the US knew Ho would win, Burns fails to mention that the US repeatedly lied that the North V.N. would not agree to an election.

The brief coverage of the Gulf of Tonkin "Incident" left me wondering why my memory was the exact opposite. Burns did present the first Tonkin attack as "real". The Pentagon Papers exposed that lie over 45 years ago. Geez

Thanks to +Fran Marzoa for sharing this excellent article by John Pilger --- an Australian investigative reporter whose work remains among the best in the world. (I highly recommend that you set your news reader to include Mr. Pilger's articles).

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World Beyond War conference Fr Sept 22, 2017 FB live video

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The GPUSA endorses Senate Bill and HR 676 and calls for the enactment of #SinglePayer . Perhaps the time is near when the U.S.A. will join the rest of the industrialized world.

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From Jill Stein:

The threat of global nuclear war and the growing climate crisis are, to put it bluntly, the two biggest threats to the future of life on Earth.
That’s why I agreed to be one of the keynote speakers at No War 2017: War and the Environment - and why I’m asking you to tune in to the opening panel this Friday September 22nd at 7 PM Eastern time.
I’ll be joined on the panel by David Swanson, director of and a tireless advocate for ending the madness of militarism, and Tim DeChristopher, founder of the Climate Disobedience Center who is best known for disrupting an illegal auction of federal lands by posing as Bidder 70 and outbidding oil companies for lands surrounding Arches and Canyonland National Parks.
And right after the opening panel, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden will address the conference via video link.
It’s hard to think of a more urgent time for the message of No War 2017: War and the Environment.
Endless US wars are raging in the Middle East. President Trump is trading nuclear threats with North Korea. Congress is saber-rattling at North Korea, Russia and Iran, and just overwhelmingly voted for a massive $700 billion military budget even larger than what Trump wanted.
Meanwhile, climate change-fueled disasters are becoming more frequent and alarming. As deadly hurricanes pound the Caribbean and the South, wildfires rage in the West. And millions of people have been flooded out of their homes in South Asia and Africa - some of whom may become permanent refugees.
Neither establishment party is calling for a new foreign policy based on international law, diplomacy and human rights, or the bold climate solutions we need like a Green New Deal. Instead, they’re actively supporting the agenda of the war profiteers and fossil fuel barons who value short-term profits more than life on Earth.
In short, it’s never been more important that we build the movement for people, planet and peace over profit.
Please join me this Friday September 22nd at 7 PM Eastern/4PM Pacific time for the opening of No War 2017: War and the Environment.
It’s in our hands!
Jill Stein
PS. Registration for No War 2017: War and the Environment is still open - if you’re in the Washington DC area, please consider joining us for this critical meeting of movement leaders.

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The GP announces that its secured ballot status in Utah for 2018 and 2020.
Now, volunteers can focus on developing candidates and educating voters about issues without those time consuming ballot access drives.

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