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On Trump Administration’s Action in Yemen

 

 

WASHINGTONJuly 6, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Ralph Nader today sent a letter to President Trump criticizing the administration’s actions in Yemen. Text of the letter follows:

President Donald Trump

The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW

Washington, DC 20500

Dear President Trump:

It has become overwhelmingly clear that your Administration has supported with arms sales, refueling, daily operational logistics and other ways and means the governmental actors opposing the rebels in the Yemeni Civil war.

The bombing raids and blockades combine to produce what international relief organizations are calling the worst humanitarian crisis in the world today. With an estimated 8 million people on the brink of starvation, with the largest cholera epidemic in the world, Yemen is suffering daily deliberate war crimes affecting civilians, children, homes, schools, hospitals, drinking water installations, food supplies, and other critical infrastructures. These war crimes violate our Constitution, federal statutes, and international treaties, including the Geneva Conventions.

As President, you know full well what is going on and yet you keep getting our country deeper into this deadly quagmire. By any standard of international law, you are a knowing aider and abettor of these war crimes at a level of complicity that approximates being a backroom partner in the broad range of military operations against millions of innocent Yemeni families.

Have you no compassion? Have you no desire to put a stop to this war on civilians, a deliberate war to destroy the life-sustaining goods and services that keep millions of Yemenis alive. Just this week, your allies blew up a new Doctors Without Borders clinic that was about to open. Some of the doctors are Americans. Have you no decency left even to protect American relief workers who display immense courage and love for their fellow human beings? In its July 2018 three part on the ground series about the War in Yemen, the PBS News Hour showed unexploded bombs with the label, “Made in Garland, Texas,” as just one concrete indication of U.S. involvement.

What are the specific legal authorizations? Has Congress appropriated funds for and authorized military intervention in Yemen? Did you not swear to uphold the Constitution when you took office after being selected by the Electoral College in 2016?

History will judge you harshly for not even seeking to be a serious peacemaker, using the major levers you have in this conflict.

What is your response to the American people?

Sincerely, 

Ralph Nader

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Nader: The Bernie Betrayal

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Ralph Nader / Abby Martin

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Ralph Nader sizes up The Donald.

Trump for President?

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Half infuriating and half welcome this talking head documentary humors a lot of the perpetrators as they seek to atone for their sins.  While it features people like Kucinich, Al Sharpton and Ralph Nader talking about the rigged two-party crime syndicate, it also includes far too much weaseling and apologetics from people like Dan Rather, Jack Abramhoff and even lower rung specimens.

Dan Rather’s crocodile tears for the dead republic seem at odds with his actions, when it actually mattered:

“George Bush is the President, he makes the decisions and you know, as just one American wherever he wants me to line up, just tell me where.” 9-17-2001

After a decades long career of pushing American exceptionalism and empire, we hear nothing about the personal damage these creatures have inflicted on the world.  Like their politico buddies, it’s always the system, never the individuals.  Other insiders tell us how Obama and Romney are “good” people.  Of course they are.  How could they not be?  No other narrative is permitted.  If we could only talk civilly then the rape and plunder of the world would magically disappear.  The real problem is negativity or polarization.  Yeah sure.  Would someone cut these idiots?

Nader and Kucinich get in some good points on the blatant corruption.  Neither calls for arrests.  No criminal cases are made.  No finger pointing accuses the monsters directly.

Would that the film would have focused on those who weren’t a part of the problem, and were part of the solution instead, but we have a very mixed bag here.  At least there’s a possibility that third parties can benefit from this exposure, although the systemic, criminal rigging of the system against them seems insurmountable.  Of course polite political commentators never accuse anyone of a crime.  That’s simply not done.  It’s a criminal system, but there are no criminals.  There’s no one to arrest; it’s all lost in abstractions.  Nothing new there.

From Hollywood Reporter we learn that the filmmakers are Republicans, and this accounts for the prominent inclusion of such people as the former head of the RNC.  All in all a nauseating time for all.

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Ralph Nader lays bare the debacle of Obama’s fascistic approach to medical insurance vs. the Canadian democratic-socialist system:

21 Ways the Canadian Health Care System is Better than Obamacare

Number 20:
In Canada, the health system is designed to put people, not profits, first.

In the United States, Obamacare will do little to curb insurance industry profits and will actually enhance insurance industry profits.

Number 19:
In Canada, coverage is not tied to a job or dependent on your income – rich and poor are in the same system, the best guaranty of quality.

In the United States, under Obamacare, much still depends on your job or income. Lose your job or lose your income, and you might lose your existing health insurance or have to settle for lesser coverage.

Number 18:
In Canada, health care coverage stays with you for your entire life.

In the United States, under Obamacare, for tens of millions of Americans, health care coverage stays with you for as long as you can afford your share…

For more information see Single Payer Action at www.singlepayeraction.org.

 

The media is the problem.

 

“Determined to break the grip that junk food news has on the American people, two California fathers uncover the Corporate media’s true agenda.”

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This is of course must see.
 

Most importantly, it starts with committed people working to change the Congress.

 

 

by Joe Giambrone

The Greens are the best hope today in the US for advancing a progressive, sane, legal and ethical agenda. Voting for the Green Party has a tangible goal and benefit, a benchmark to strive for: 5% of the vote.

David Cobb, a Green Party leader, laid out the Party’s 2012 election strategy:

“a) Receive 5% of the popular vote to qualify for 2016 FEC matching funds

b) Qualify (or maintain) state ballot lines wherever possible

c) Assist local candidates earn media, attract volunteers and GET ELECTED

 d) Convince voters to join the Green Party (register Green where possible, and to actively participate in local GP efforts)”

This is a strategy to build over the long term. That is the best that conscientious Americans can hope for today. Build over the long term by simply registering Green Party and encouraging your circles to do the same. It doesn’t cost you a dime, and it doesn’t affect any election at all, but it is a strong symbolic act that builds the party one citizen at a time. It also sends an unequivocal message that delegitimizes the mainstream corporate parties. Without legitimacy, they are far easier targets.

We all know America has a completely fucked up electoral system. Voting Green Party is one sane, rational response to this abominable situation, which makes logical sense and remains one of the few legal remedies to a government out of control and acting beyond the Constitution and rule of law generally.

The plutocrats and their lackeys in office will not restrain themselves. They don’t have to. The only real solution is to replace their functionaries in a populist, democratic upsurge.

The Occupy Movement can send a clear message, in the language politicians understand, by registering Green Party and showing up on Election Day to disturb the entrenched powers. They may not win, but they will move the ball just a little bit farther down the field. If one is willing to risk arrest, hypothermia, beatings and tear gas – why not risk a tick on a ballot line? Or a registration form to add your voice to the Green Party’s rolls?

Occupiers should know that Jill Stein and her vice-presidential nominee Cheri Honkala were arrested outside the second Obama/Romney debate and treated like common criminals. Greens have been placed on “no-fly lists” and harassed for opposing the sham democracy entrenched in Washington DC. They are probably under FBI surveillance as well.

The goal of achieving 5% of the popular vote for the Green Party and Jill Stein is tangible and achievable. Most people in the United States live in uncontested states. As the corporate/fascist news harps on about “swing states,” most Americans do not live in these states. What about them? What about their votes?

If you live in a state such as California, which is not a “swing state” but firmly in Obama’s column, then casting a vote for Romney or Obama is the definition of a “wasted vote.” Your vote will not and cannot affect anything. Contrarily, a vote for the Green Party may push that party over the 5% threshold allowing it to qualify for millions of dollars in Federal Election Commission matching funds in the next election cycle. These millions can be used to wake up a much more significant portion of the populace. This scenario is what Democrats fear the most, and they resort to absurd anti-democratic arguments to try and coerce voters into voting for their war criminal in chief.

Earl Ofari Hutchison has warned of the “Naderizing” of Obama and called out “Nader apologists” to atone for their alleged sins and to vote his way. Discarding the actual theft of Florida in 2000 by Jeb Bush and company, which Greg Palast covered for BBC, but the US news pointedly ignored, Hutchinson lies about how and why the 2000 election went to Bush. Hutchinson blatantly attempts to delegitimize the existence of third parties in a recent undemocratic and blinded piece of propaganda that should disgust most every American.

Further disgust should register as a man of integrity, Ralph Nader, who fought for consumer safety and accountability in government for decades is scapegoated while the documented disenfranchisement of up to “91,000” voters from the Florida voting rolls in 2000 is ignored as if it never happened. Further, the counting of the 2000 ballots was illegally stopped in a kangaroo court ruling that effectively ended American democracy. The problems of the US voting system are now so flagrant that Palast counted up “5,220,576 legitimate votes and voters tossed out of the count” in the last presidential election, 2008.

Independent third party candidates were censored out of the duopoly debates, of course, as is the norm in the “land of the free.” However, an independent debate did occur over at FreeAndEqual.org, where you can catch the replay online. A second debate between Green Party candidate Jill Stein and Libertarian frontman Gary Johnson will occur on (EDITED: PUSHED BACK DUE TO HURRICANE) Monday November 5th  at 9pm EST/6pm PST. It will be broadcast on various independent outlets such as RT America (Russia Today), RT.com and on Youtube via the Free and Equal website.

I’m not sure how self-described “progressives” expect real change to occur when they vote for the same old imperial / Wall Street shills time and time again. Obama has proven himself – to Wall Street – and after raising more than $700,000,000.00 in 2008, Obama is set to top $1Bn this term, having already cashed checks for “$988 million” (Chicago Tribune, 10.25.12). That kind of money buys a lot of immunity from prosecution. It installs people like Geithner and Summers in the top financial spots of his administration. It buys a lot more war, too. Their money, your vote. Whom do you think is represented more in this equation?

I’ve suggested to Green Party members how to more quickly increase their numbers and build momentum. This strategy is in line with David Cobb’s priorities to make the party a legitimate alternative to corporate/elite sponsored fascism, over the long haul. Let’s hope America agrees and wipes the sleep out of their eyes, turns off their X-Boxes, looks up from tapping on their phones about nothing and smells the collapse all around them. Further, let’s hope they decide to do the right thing. Support the alternative you want to see, not the criminals who claim to have you by the balls. Grow a backbone, for God’s sake. It’s about more than Election Day; it’s about every other day in between. You’re going to have to work for it if you want to reverse a decline this severe, this dangerous, this overtly unlawful and steeped in fanciful myths about ourselves and our place in the world.

I’m voting Green and FOR Jill Stein, which is a bit of a luxury living in California where a vote for the others wouldn’t matter in the slightest. In a swing state, I would probably have to recalculate my tactics, knowing that these are simply tactics. I might even just consider expatriation more seriously (I love you, Iceland, and your brand new Constitution). I would, however, register in the party that represents me best and encourage others to do likewise. Anything else is betrayal, a betrayal of conscience, of values, of one’s own ethics. Make your presence matter and reject the elite’s call for obedient sheeple. That’s not you. You’re better than that. This nation is better than that.