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      why not try your logic from the Palestinian perspective? “The constant illegal construction of settlements, eviction of Palestinians from their homes and arbitrary detention and torture of Palestinian youth is obviously designed to provoke terrorist response from Hamas so they can get pictures of victims and use them as propaganda.” Oh wait, I almost forgot that Israeli intelligence actually DID sponsor the rise of Hamas to discredit the Palestinian cause. (Source: Retired Israeli intelligence figures and US diplomats.)

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      Instead of giving my opinion about Manning, let me offer a summary of some of the very significant (if over-looked) things his leaks revealed, to help everyone make up their own minds. He showed a lot more than just the Collateral Murder video and some “embarrassing” diplomatic revelations.  EXAMPLES: 1) Tens of thousands of extra murders of civilians by US forces that the military lied about (claiming they weren’t even counting). 2) Systematic use of torture by allied forces, whereby the US would turn over people it had rounded up somewhat arbitrarily to Iraqi (etc) forces for regular and brutal torture. 3) Broad use of bribes and threats by the US against poor countries in the UN, for example to prevent them for pushing for more serious approaches to preventing climate change through international regulation. 4) Most prisoners in Guantanamo are not considered guilty even by US officials. 5) The US supports and helps install brutal and corrupt regimes around the world.  Many people could claim to have “known” all of this before (I didn’t), but it’s still far different reading the government admit these things officially in their own documents.  Thus the leaks were historic, and helped kick off a new era in the struggle for world peace and progress. CONSIDER: 1) The Iraq War ended ONLY because the Iraqi parliament revoked immunity for US forces there. Obama wanted to extend the war far beyond but wouldn’t risk scores of US soldiers and officers sent to jail for their routine crimes. What did several members of Iraqi parliament cite in helping them realize the need to hold US forces accountable for crimes? Manning’s leaks to WL. 2) Many leaders of the Arab Spring in Tunisia, Libya and Egypt have cited info about their country from Manning’s leaks as an important catalyst for the overthrow of dictatorships there. Local media ran in-depth exposes of dictatorship crimes, as recounted in US cables, and groups like Anonymous helped spread the message by rerouting local government websites to descriptions of abuses from the leaks. The Arab Spring went on to inspire social justice movements around the globe and awaken what even authoritarian thinkers have admitted is a new era of mass protest including Occupy and Los Indignados. 3) While press coverage in the US has been limited and focused on Manning’s personality and so-called wrong-doing, global media coverage has exploded with stories based on the leaks, UP TO THIS DAY. For instance, we can learn (if we choose to read foreign media) how the US has played a large part in the recent wars and famine in the Horn of Africa, something that brought suffering to millions that we wouldn’t have known about without the leaks. So much of the leaked info doesn’t even concern the US directly, but gives information about serious wrongdoing by foreign govts and groups that is highly relevant to local people.  Serious shifts in public opinion and even electoral changes can be traced to outrage over information revealed in the leaks, some of which refer all the way back to events of the 1960s. 4) It is now slightly more difficult for our government (or any government or even company) to wage injustice, as all institutional criminals are now aware of the power of whistle-blowers and open-source leaks to shine a light on their crimes.  5) As a side benefit reaction to these leaks has helped us see the “true colors” of politicians and journalists across the board, and forced many previously “non-political” people to confront the unjust nature of their own governments and the complicity of the media like never before. So is Manning a traitor to the US government? If that’s your answer, then consider what the powers he is “betraying” stand for.

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      Yay Reagan! Was that before or after he commanded that hundreds of thousands of Latin American progressives and peasant farmers be genocided, raped and torture murdered? That millions of Africans die in evil proxy wars… that the economic future of the US be poured out into nuclear weapons and funding the precursor to the Taleban in Afghanistan (while funding Saddam as well)? Should of put Hitler and Eva Braun in there too, they were SOOO TOTES in LOVE! (To the very end!) Seriously though, here are a million pictures of gays to go with it, so by retarded internet logic “everything is balanced out” and therefore good. Que the angry responses from people who don’t give a **** about a pile of third world corpses. “You missed the point!”  “TL:DR!”

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      Oh yes, “dictator” who won more elections with higher margin than any leader in the world, elections that the Carter Foundation called some of the most participatory and fair in the world. The man who “wasted” Venezuela’s money on programs that just happened to cut poverty in half and extreme poverty by 70% since fending off the coup and taking control of the oil in 2004. Who expanded health care and university education to all who desired, reduced inequality, and reversed decades of economic decline. Chavez was very wrong to offer solidarity to Middle Eastern dictatorships, but he operated from the viewpoint that almost every Latin American country has had brutal and corrupt dictatorships installed or given crucial support by the US. He saw his enemies’ enemies as his friends, an error that US leaders know all too well. He also focused too much on increasing consumption vs. building real industry beyond resource extraction. (The rich actually benefitted a lot from the inflated Venezuelan currency while industry suffered.) Not a saint, but someone who (in both action and as a symbol) did much to advance Latin America away from the violence and subservience of centuries past.

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      This is a ridiclous article. Quick response: 1) Many of our technologies spread cancer. Some medical experts would go so far as to say that most cancer has a strongly anthropogenic cause. 2) Metaphor. 3) Metaphor. 4) Justified. 5) Shouldn’t have said it, he was wrong on this. 6) Justified. 7) Justified. 8) Rude, but justified. 9) Funny and justified. 10) Justified. 11) Same as 5, he believed that the enemy of his enemy was his friend, unfortunately. 12) Very true. 13) Have you not paid attention to the unbelievably horrible, weird and verifiably inaccurate things the US govt has said about him for many years? A guy who didn’t start trillions of dollars of wars that have led to the death of over a million people (and also primed the world economy for collapse while also sabotaging efforts to save the planet from climate crisis)? (Talking about Bush in case you’re wondering.) 14) And this is outrageous because… you love Donald Rumsfeld and hate the liberation of third world people, apparently? 15) See 5 and 11… nice job mixing up his legitimately horrible statements of solidarity with dictators with a bunch of actually justified (if undiplomatic things) he said. Oh yeah, nice job of not noting why he was so popular in Venezuela either, the massive and lasting reductions of poverty. And of course not mentioning the long history of the US installing brutal dictatorships and overthrowing real democracies in the reason, which was the (mostly justified) source of his paranoia and anger over US foreign policy. 16) WILLFULLY IGNORANT SLANDER by Buzzfeed, come on guys. Even the leaders of Venezuela’s Jewish community understood he was talking about “Christ killers” as people who opposed the social teachings of Jesus on compassion etc. This was clarified many times. You guys are inciting hate speech because you seem outraged that a world leader was serious about addressing economic inequality in the developing world. 17) Okay, he was out of line here. Obama is WAY worse than a clown… mass murderer and sociopathic liar would have been a more accuarate assessment. I think Chavez might have been blinded by unjustified right-wing slander implying Obama was a social democrat of some kind. All in all, great job trying to white wash history with irrelevant memes. Here’s hoping anyone who cares about the truth can make it down to the comments section here.

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      Oh yes, “dictator” who won more elections with higher margin than any leader in the world, elections that the Carter Foundation called some of the most participatory and fair in the world. The man who “wasted” Venezuela’s money on programs that just happened to cut poverty in half and extreme poverty by 70% since fending off the coup and taking control of the oil in 2004. Who expanded health care and university education to all who desired, reduced inequality, and reversed decades of economic decline. Chavez was very wrong to offer solidarity to Middle Eastern dictatorships, but he operated from the viewpoint that almost every Latin American country has had brutal and corrupt dictatorships installed or given crucial support by the US. He saw his enemies’ enemies as his friends, an error that US leaders know all too well. He also focused too much on increasing consumption vs. building real industry beyond resource extraction. (The rich actually benefitted a lot from the inflated Venezuelan currency while industry suffered.) Not a saint, but someone who (in both action and as a symbol) did much to advance Latin America away from the violence and subservience of centuries past.

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      Oh yes, “dictator” who won more elections with higher margin than any leader in the world, elections that the Carter Foundation called some of the most participatory and fair in the world. The man who “wasted” Venezuela’s money on programs that just happened to cut poverty in half and extreme poverty by 70% since fending off the coup and taking control of the oil in 2004. Who expanded health care and university education to all who desired, reduced inequality, and reversed decades of economic decline. Chavez was very wrong to offer solidarity to Middle Eastern dictatorships, but he operated from the viewpoint that almost every Latin American country has had brutal and corrupt dictatorships installed or given crucial support by the US. He saw his enemies’ enemies as his friends, an error that US leaders know all too well. He also focused too much on increasing consumption vs. building real industry beyond resource extraction. (The rich actually benefitted a lot from the inflated Venezuelan currency while industry suffered.) Not a saint, but someone who (in both action and as a symbol) did much to advance Latin America away from the violence and subservience of centuries past.

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      Oh yes, “dictator” who won more elections with higher margin than any leader in the world, elections that the Carter Foundation called some of the most participatory and fair in the world. The man who “wasted” Venezuela’s money on programs that just happened to cut poverty in half and extreme poverty by 70% since fending off the coup and taking control of the oil in 2004. Who expanded health care and university education to all who desired, reduced inequality, and reversed decades of economic decline. Chavez was very wrong to offer solidarity to Middle Eastern dictatorships, but he operated from the viewpoint that almost every Latin American country has had brutal and corrupt dictatorships installed or given crucial support by the US. He saw his enemies’ enemies as his friends, an error that US leaders know all too well. He also focused too much on increasing consumption vs. building real industry beyond resource extraction. (The rich actually benefitted a lot from the inflated Venezuelan currency while industry suffered.) Not a saint, but someone who (in both action and as a symbol) did much to advance Latin America away from the violence and subservience of centuries past.

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      Oh yes, “dictator” who won more elections with higher margin than any leader in the world, elections that the Carter Foundation called some of the most participatory and fair in the world. The man who “wasted” Venezuela’s money on programs that just happened to cut poverty in half and extreme poverty by 70% since fending off the coup and taking control of the oil in 2004. Who expanded health care and university education to all who desired, reduced inequality, and reversed decades of economic decline. Chavez was very wrong to offer solidarity to Middle Eastern dictatorships, but he operated from the viewpoint that almost every Latin American country has had brutal and corrupt dictatorships installed or given crucial support by the US. He saw his enemies’ enemies as his friends, an error that US leaders know all too well. He also focused too much on increasing consumption vs. building real industry beyond resource extraction. (The rich actually benefitted a lot from the inflated Venezuelan currency while industry suffered.) Not a saint, but someone who (in both action and as a symbol) did much to advance Latin America away from the violence and subservience of centuries past.

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      The president is taking his oath with MLK’s bible. MLK said the US was the greatest purveyor of violence in the world, Obama has promised to increase military spending while extending wars he was elected to end. MLK called for action to end global poverty, Obama has responded to economic problems by continuing to bail out corrupt financial insiders at the top. MLK called for a true brotherhood of all people, Obama has blocked international agreements to address climate change and other global crises. Respect the real legacy of MLK, reject propaganda and embrace the value of all people, “American” and otherwise.

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      The president is taking his oath with MLK’s bible. MLK said the US was the greatest purveyor of violence in the world, Obama has promised to increase military spending while extending wars he was elected to end. MLK called for action to end global poverty, Obama has responded to economic problems by continuing to bail out corrupt financial insiders at the top. MLK called for a true brotherhood of all people, Obama has blocked international agreements to address climate change and other global crises. Respect the real legacy of MLK, reject propaganda and embrace the value of all people, “American” and otherwise.

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      The ex-head of the CIA, Leon Panetta, has criticized the film for falsely implying that torture was necessary to find Bin Laden. In fact, information received from torture (which btw went far BEYOND anything depicted in the film, including up to murder in many cases) was actually misleading and wasted time. John McCain also has vouched for this. Why are people lining up to praise a movie that falsely argues for the effectiveness of torture?