Vol. XXXIV, Number 7 July 2014

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Elizabeth Warren to Obama: Fed Nominees Should Crack Down on Big Banks

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Iraq Descends Into Bloody Factional Chaos: Bush and Cheney Should Be Tried for War Crimes

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: As the Republicans continue to yammer on about Benghazi, the neocons responsible for war crimes go unprosecuted - and the horror unleashed on the Iraqi people is once again opened, like an infected wound that never has healed.

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Jon Stewart: What Is Going On in Iraq?

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An Ex-Banker and Occupier Walk Into a Jail. Guess Which One's Serving Time?

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First Nations Vow: There Will Be No Tar Sands Pipeline

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How a New Class of Activists Is Changing Immigration Politics

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Bowe Bergdahl and the Pathologizing of Dissent

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Salt and Terror in Afghanistan

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In late January in a room in Kabul, Afghanistan, I joined several dozen people, working seamstresses, some college students, socially engaged teenagers and a few visiting internationals like myself, to discuss world hunger. Our emphasis was not exclusively on their own country’s worsening hunger problems. The Afghan Peace Volunteers, in whose home we were meeting, draw strength from looking beyond their own very real struggles.

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 Israeli warplanes pound Gaza strip
09 Jul 2014 Israeli warplanes have pounded targets in the Gaza strip ...  leaving 28 people dead and more than 100 wounded. ... The deaths brought to 28 the number of fatalities since the launch of Israel's Operation Protective Edge early on Tuesday, with the Jewish state not ruling out a ground operation to stop the rocket attacks.
(Editors' Note... This military assault on civilian
targets in Gaza is a form of collective punishment.  


"Unless and until the Obama administration decides to end its unconditional backing for Israel's right-wing government and
instead support Israeli and Palestinian moderates, there will
be no hope for peace.

Full Article:  theportlandalliance.org/hastings  
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A protest to end the camping
ban in Portland, Oregon. 
Everyone is welcome; all ages,
colors, and beliefs! 
July 9th: All-Day Circus
July 10th: Drum Circle
      and Dance Party 
July 11th: History Lesson Day
see peace page for more  ThePortlandAlliance.org/peace
at Portland City Hall
1221 SW 4th Ave, Portland,

Police Can't Search Cell Phones Without a Warrant: SCOTUS  and More Headlines... 'Kafkaesque' NBreaking News & Views for the Progressive Communityo-Fly List Ruled Unconstitutional By Federal Judge  ThePortlandAlliance.org/commondreams  

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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg penned a blistering dissent to the Supreme Court's 5-4 ruling that the government can't require certain employers to provide insurance coverage for methods of birth control and emergency contraception that conflict with their religious beliefs.

No Strikes. No Troops.
No War in Iraq.


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US foreign fighters in the AfPak theater under Commander-in-Chief
Obama suffered 45 casualties
in the week ending July 2
as the official casualty total for the Iraq and AfPak wars* rose to 121,966. ************************************************************

Portland Alliance Iraq Portal

We are mistaken about Iraq

by Bert Sacks

“Those Iraqis have been fighting each other for centuries,” a friend
recently said to me.  I have heard this mistaken view too often.

I told him I had been to Iraq nine times, all before the 2003 U.S.
invasion of Iraq.  Not a single Iraqi ever said to me, “You need to
know I'm Shiite” or “I should tell you I'm Sunni.”  Not doctors, not
taxi drivers, not hotel staff, not families we visited.  Baghdad had
many mixed marriages of Shiite and Sunni, as well as mixed neighborhoods.  An Iraqi-American friend confirmed that often
people didn't know the religious sect of their neighbor
– or if they did, they didn't care.

Peace prevailed in the neighborhoods.  What happened?

34th Annual Cathedral Park Jazz Festival
- July 18-20  Under the St. Johns Bridge
 The Longest-Running FREE Jazz and Blues Festival 
               West of the Mississippi

Thursday, August 7  at 7:00pm at
First Unitarian Church of Portland Oregon
at 211 SW Main St, Portland, Oregon 97205

Community Forum on Drones http://www.ThePortlandAlliance.org/drones

Bill Bigelow, an educator from Oregon, similarly writes about the need to
understand the truth of our history and how social change occurs and to
teach it in our schools. The United States has become that from which it
originally sought to separate itself: an Empire.

Class War Films provides a new short video history 
of American Empire in which it states that the
function of empire is as follows: “It is by violence abroad and deception and repression at home to enrich the ruling class at the cost of the utter
ruin of its society.”

Breaking News: Resist!


The Disintegration of Iraq Has Begun

New America Media, News Analysis, William Beeman,
Posted: Jun 12, 2014

Iraq was a creation of the British following World War I out of disparate Ottoman provinces that had never had any coordinated existence. It is now on the verge of disintegration, thanks to the misguided policies of the American Bush/Cheney administration. President Obama is being pressured by his Republican critics to “do something” about this. But anything he does will only make matters worse.

NW Alliance Portal to NW Labor Press:


Staples boycott grows

    Dozens of protesters carrying signs and banners
marched inside a Staples store in Northeast Portland June 20,
where they attempted to present a petition signed by 500 Portland residents who have pledged to boycott the office supply stores.
The protesters are angry because Staples signed a no-bid,
sweetheart deal with the U.S. Postal Service to staff postal
counters inside its stores — at the same time the USPS is
eliminating public post offices and reducing work hours.


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    The Last Commencement Address:
    Surveilling the Class of 2014

    Thursday, 29 May 2014 09:33 By Tom Engelhardt

    Internet Class of 2014, I’m in awe of you! To this giant, darkened auditorium filled with sparkling screens of every sort, welcome! 

    It would, of course, be inaccurate to say, as speakers like me once
    did, that after four years of effort and experience you are now about
    to leave the hallowed halls of this campus and graduate into a new
    and adult world.  The odds are that you aren’t.  You were graduated
    into that world long ago.  I’m not sure that it qualifies as adult at all,
    but a new world it surely is, and one I grasp so little that I feel I
    should be in the audience and you up here doing what graduation
    speakers normally do: offering an upbeat, even inspirational,
    explanation of our world and your place in it.

    NATIVE VOTES Win $10,000 from
    United Way

    The Native American community, friends, and supporters rallied
    donations and votes on June 11th:
    NAYA was one of 30 local
    nonprofits participating in the More Than 24 campaign. 

    "People have only as much liberty
    as they have the intelligence to want

    and the courage to take.”
    Emma Goldman

    Pictures from a celebration at VOZ's annual dinnerMarco Mejia's photo., thanks Marco Mejia

    David deserves a big thank you for working on the case that pushed the federal judge to rule that ICE Hold requests are a violation of the 4th amendment. And Nicole, Reyna and Marco received an award for the work ACT has done for many years to the STOP ICE Holds in Multnomah County.  There remains so much to do to stop the criminalization of immigrants...

The right to rebellion is the right to seek a higher rule... GEORGE ELIOT

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