U.S. POLITICS: “BLACK LIVES MATTER, TREASON AND THE TIME FOR ACTION” / Matthew Cooke ☮

1. The comparison between Black Lives Matter and the Capitol riots is gaslighting 101.

2. Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. showed us how to overcome racism and poverty.

3. President Roosevelt brushed the swamp aside and demonstrated how to defeat fascism and inequality.

4. President Abraham Lincoln created the greatest stimulus package of all time.

5. President Andrew Johnson failed to prosecute Robert E. Lee.

Will we learn from our past successes and failures?

U.S. POLITICS: “WAKE UP CALL FOR REPUBLICANS” / Matthew Cooke ☮

WAKE UP CALL FOR REPUBLICANS The deliberate mass deception campaign you’ve been a part of is a public health crisis. Red flags you should be noticing:

• You seek spaces that only include group members, pushing everyone else away
• You don’t trust anyone other than group “superiors.” Scientists, doctors, respected field experts are not trustworthy.
• Your conversations are primarily focused on your group leaders, or the divine “salvation” available only within your group
• Your group includes Nazis We all share the need to have answers, excuses and ways out of painful situations.

When those needs are exploited to distort your sense of reality and excuse and inspire destructive behavior, it’s time for an intervention.

U.S. POLITICS: “Trump Tax Returns: 10 Things You Need to Know” / Robert Reich ☮

Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich breaks down 10 things you need to know about Trump’s serial tax dodging. He paid $0 in income taxes in 10 of the past 15 years, and claimed a $70,000 tax deduction for hairstyling. He faces federal and state prosecution for bank fraud, tax fraud, wire fraud, and mail fraud, as does his entire family. In many ways, Trump’s tax returns show once again that he represents the worst side of America — a cheat, conman, someone who doesn’t give a fig about the United States, who puts himself first every chance he gets, and a hypocrite. Not surprisingly, Trump claims this bombshell is “totally fake news.” But the easiest way to refute it would be to make his tax returns public, which he refuses to do. Now we know why.

PROGRESSIVE POLITICAL COMMENTARY: “Silence Reigns on the US-Backed Coup Against Evo Morales in Bolivia” / Common Dreams / Mark Weisbrot ☮

A man holds a flag with a picture of former Bolivian President Evo Morales during the first campaign event of MAS party ahead of presidential elections on September 9, 2020 in El Alto, Bolivia.  (Photo: Gaston Brito/Getty Images)

Bolivia has descended into a nightmare of political repression and racist state violence since the democratically elected government of Evo Morales was overthrown by the military on November 10th last year. That month was the second-deadliest in terms of civilian deaths caused by state forces since Bolivia became a democracy nearly 40 years ago, according to a study by Harvard Law School’s (HLS) International Human Rights Clinic and the University Network for Human Rights (UNHR) released a month ago.

Morales was the first indigenous president of Bolivia, which has the largest percentage of indigenous population of any country in the Americas. His government was able to reduce poverty by 42% and extreme poverty by 60%, which disproportionately benefited indigenous Bolivians. The November coup was led by a white and mestizo elite with a history of racism, seeking to revert state power to the people who had monopolized it before Morales’ election in 2005. The racist nature of the state violence is emphasized in the HLS/UNHR report, including eyewitness accounts of security forces using “racist and anti-indigenous language” as they attacked protesters; it is also clear from the fact that all of the victims of the two biggest massacres committed by state forces after the coup were indigenous.

What has received even less attention is the role of the Organization of American States in the destruction of Bolivia’s democracy last November.

As the New York Times reported on 7 June, the organization’s “flawed” analysis immediately following the October 20th election fuelled “a chain of events that changed the South American nation’s history.

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SOCIAL HISTORY: “It’s Time We Have a Holiday to Honor Those Who Try to Stop Wars Too” / Vox ☮

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Eugene V. Debs, who went to jail for opposing World War I. (Buyenlarge/Getty Images)

Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day often get equated, but there is an essential distinction between the two. Veteran’s Day honors all who have served the American military in wars. Memorial Day honors those who’ve perished. It’s an annual reminder that wars have grave human costs, which must be both recognized and minimized.

Those costs are not inevitable. We ought to also set aside time to remember those throughout American history who have tried hardest to reduce them, to prevent unnecessary loss of life both American and foreign: war resisters.

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PROGRESSIVE INDEPENDENT JOURNALISM: “The DNC Debate Proved the Democratic Party is a Lost Cause / #DNCdebate” / The Humanist Report / Mike Figueredo ☮

The Huffington Post’s DNC Chair debate wasn’t too eventful—none of the candidates argued, and there was no vigorous disagreements about anything—but nonetheless, it was still a disheartening event. All of the candidates, including Keith Ellison, demonstrated that they’re completely out of touch with average voters, and none of them are offering comprehensive change. In this segment, Mike provides you with a rundown of the overall debate, and he explains why he came away “overwhelmingly disappointed” with all of the candidates, and ultimately felt as though Keith Ellison was wavering on his core progressive principles.