Karen lee Wald
A Phrasebook Guide
NATO's War on Libya
Abbas's New Gambit
Women of Corn
The CIA Returns to Campus
Native Eskimos Fight for Lost Land
Mexico's Indignados Have Had It
The Jobs Crisis
Revolts in Syria
Omar s. Dahl
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A Phrasebook Guide to U.S. Politics
The unassailable notion that
See “American exceptionalism.”
A mere rhetorical tool employed by politicians and pundits alike. To be used in the following manner: “What the American people really want (insert unsubstantiated claims here).” The “American people” is not to be confused with “public opinion” (see below).
The reaching of consensus by both national political parties on nearly every issue of consequence to the average American. Synonym: American Foreign Policy.
The greatest economic system ever created. It is irreversible and not to be questioned; unless one hates “freedom” (see below).
The range of divisive tactics employed by certain “un-American elements” aiming to: raise the average standard of living, preserve the social safety net, and create a more equitable and just society. Useful tip: cry class warfare to smear, and ultimately derail, any political opponent’s domestic agenda.
The killing of innocent civilians in military operations. Deny and conceal all occurrences.
The main catalysts for “entitlement reform” (see “reform” below).
The equal participation of the nation’s ruling elite in the management of all governmental affairs. To be achieved via the containment and manipulation of “public opinion.”
Bad guy strongman (e.g.,
The uninhibited liberty granted to every citizen within a “democratic” system of government to sell one’s labor power to the proprietors of “small business” (see below).
Those whose future is best served by the disbanding of the “burdensome” and “freedom” impairing social safety net.
Bad guy rebels (e.g., the Taliban).
American allies and client states.
The internationally accepted rules governing states in their relations with other states. Not applicable, however, to those within the “international community.”
The central political focus in every even numbered year.
A nearly extinct American social class once occupying the space between the nation’s rich and poor—although, prospering if one recalibrates the standard middle class income to more than
$500,000 a year.
The ability to secure “vital national interests” (see below).
The discovered tweeting and/or texting of lewd photos by an elective representative. Reports of other miscellaneous sexual transgressions also apply. Spare no expense in coverage.
The economic sphere comprised of the nation’s “small businesses.” Also, the only sector of the economy that creates jobs and thus must be referenced in every jobs-related speech and proposal. Granting too much deference here is not possible.
The forceful ousting of foreign governments residing outside the “international community.”
The misguided policy judgments of the ill-informed and volatile masses. Elite capitulation to such popular sentiments is evidence of severe political weakness.
The economic sphere enriching the parasitic, fat cat public servant. (Although, is there any other kind of public servant?) The public realm, furthermore, is not a source of job creation. Hence, one must refrain from any mention in job related speeches or proposals.
Good guy insurgents (e.g., Libyan anti-Gaddafi fighters).
The breaking of anti-child teacher unions, coupled with the liberation of schools from meddlesome public oversight via the development of private charter institutions.
The shuttering of the Social Security Ponzi scheme, accompanied by the effort to finally oust government from Medicare.
The elimination of all job killing governmental regulations
(i.e., all regulations).
The lessening of the tax burden on those least able to afford it
(i.e., all “small businesses” and upper income earners).
See “entitlement” and “tax” reform.
Simplifying the Tax Code
Raising taxes on the poor and lowering them on the rich—the antithesis of “class warfare.”
All NASDAQ and Dow Jones-listed corporations.
The maintenance of American economic and military dominance abroad. Best achieved via the “protection of civilians” and the support of foreign “strongmen” (see below).
Good guy dictator (e.g., Saudi King Abdullah).
Supporting the Troops
The arming, planning, and recruiting undertaken for the future “protection of civilians.” Prominently placed bumper stickers and flags also count.
Permanent tax cut.
The use of violence—or the threat of violence—to attain goals that are political, religious, or ideological in nature. Oh, wait. Wouldn’t that, then, mean…
The transition from the deployment of hundreds of thousands of combat troops to the deployment of hundreds of thousands of military trainers.
Vital National Interests
The interests of American “small businesses.”
Ben Schreiner is a freelance writer living in Salem,
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HUMAN RIGHTS - The U.S. Human Rights Network will celebrate its 10th anniversary with the Advancing Human Rights 2013 Conference, December 6-8, in Atlanta, GA.
Contact: 250 Georgia Avenue SE, Suite 330, Atlanta, GA 30312; firstname.lastname@example.org; http:// www.ushrnetwork.org/.
AFRICAN/SOCIALIST - The Sixth Congress of the African People’s Socialist Party USA will be held December 7-11, in St. Petersburg, FL.
Contact: 1245 18th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL 33705; 727- 821-6620; info@aps puhuru.org; http://asiuhuru.org/.
SCHOOLS - The Dignity in Schools Campaign (DSC) will host a workshop on the DSC “Model Code on Education and Dignity: Presenting A Human Rights Framework for Schools” at the Mid-Hudson Region NY State Leadership Summit on School Justice Partnerships, December 11 in White Plains, NY.
Contact: http://www.dignityin schools.org/.
ANARCHIST/BOOKFAIR - The Humboldt Anarchist Book Fair will be held December 14, in Eureka, CA.
Contact: humboldtgrassroots @riseup.net; http://humbold tanarchist bookfair.wordpress. com/.
CLIMATE - The World Symposium on Sustainable Development at Universities is hosting a follow-up event to the 2012 Rio de Janeiro symposium. The gathering will be held in Qatar on January 28-30, 2014.
Contact: http://environment.tufts. edu/.
LABOR - The United Association for Labor Education (UALE) will host Organizing for Power: A New Labor Movement for the New Working Class in Los Angeles, March 26-29. Proposals are due December 15.
Contact: LAWCHA, 226 Carr Building (East Campus), Box 90719, Duke University, Durham, NC 27708-0719;lawcha @duke. edu; http://lawcha.org/.
MEDIA FELLOWSHIP - The Media Mobilizing Project is seeking applicants for the first annual Movement Media Fellowship Program. The Fellow will work with MMP to produce the spring season of Media Mobilizing Project TV. MMPTV is a news and talk show that tells the stories of local communities organizing to win human rights and build a movement to end poverty.
Contact: 4233 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19104; 215-821- 9632; milena@media mobilizing.org; http://www.media mobilizing.org/.
RACE - The 7th Facing Race: A National Conference will be held in Dallas, TX November 13-15, 2014. Organizers, educators, artists, funders and everyone interested in racial equity is invited to exchange best practices and learn about innovative models and successful organizing initiatives. Proposals must be submitted by January 24, 2014.
Contact: Race Forward, 32 Broadway, Suite 1801, New York, NY 10004; 212-513-7925; media @raceforward.org; http://race forward.org/.
VETERANS - They Were Soldiers: How the Wounded Return from America’s Wars - The Untold Story, by Ann Jones, is about the journey of veterans from the moment of being wounded in rural Afghanistan to their return home.
Contact: Haymarket Books, PO Box 180165, Chicago, IL 60618; 773-583-7884; http://www.haymarketbooks.org/.
LIBYA - Destroying Libya and World Order: The Three-Decade U.S. Campaign to Terminate the Qaddafi Revolution, by Francis A. Boyle, is a history and critique of American foreign policy from Reagan to Obama.
Contact: Clarity Press, Inc., Ste. 469, 3277 Roswell Rd. NE, Atlanta, GE 30305; 404-647-6501; email@example.com; http://www. claritypress.com/.
CHILDREN - Fannie and Freddie by Becky Z. Dernbach is about two bumbling villains who gamble away the savings of the people of Homeville.
Contact: fannieandfreddiebook @gmail.com; http://fannieand freddie.org/.
PROTEST/COMIC - Fight the Power!: A Visual History of Protest Among English Speaking Peoples, by Sean Michael Wilson and Benjamin Dickson is a graphic narrative that explains how people have fought against oppression.
Contact: Seven Stories Press, 140 Watts Street, New York, NY 10013; 212-226-8760; info@ sevenstories.com; http://www. sevenstories.com.
CHILDREN - Brave Girl by Michelle Markel and illustrated by Melissa Sweet is the true story of Clara Lemlich, a young Ukrainian immigrant who led the largest strike of women workers in U.S. history.
Contact: http://www.harpercollins childrens.com/Kids/.
FESTIVAL - The 2014 Queer Women of Color Film Festival will be held June 13-15 in San Francisco. The festival is currently accepting submissions until December 31.
Contact: QWOCMAP, 59 Cook Street, San Francisco, CA 94118-3310; 415-752-0868; firstname.lastname@example.org; http://www.qwocmap.org/.
IRAQ/REFUGEES - Ten years after the U.S.-led war in Iraq, thousands of displaced Iraqi refugees are still facing a crisis in the United States. The Lost Dream follows Nazar and Salam who had to flee Iraq in order to avoid threats by Al- Qaeda-affiliated groups and Iraqi insurgents that consider them “traitors” for supporting U.S. forces in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Contact: Typecast Films, 888- 591-3456; info@type castfilms. com; http://type castfilms.com/.
HUMAN RIGHTS - Lyrical Revolt! III will be held December 4 in Syracuse, NY. The event will feature hip-hop musician Anhel whose album Young, Gifted, and Brown was just released. The event is sponsored by ANSWER Syracuse, Liberation News, and SyracuseHip Hop.com. Performers and artists are encouraged to send submissions.
Contact: email@example.com; http://www.answercoalition.org/syracuse/.
FOLK - Musician Painless Parker has released his album Music for miscreants, malcontents and misanthropes featuring “Fuck Yeah, the Working Class.”
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org; http://painlessparkermusic.com/.
COMEDY - Political comedian Lee Camp’s new album Pepper Spray the Tears Away has been released.