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A Master Class in Occupation by Chris Hedges

by Chris Hedges
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
Truthdig
Oct. 31, 2011

Why am I here

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NEW YORK CITY—Jon Friesen, 27, tall and lanky with a long, dirty-blond ponytail, a purple scarf and an old green fleece, is sitting on concrete at the edge of Zuccotti Park leading a coordination meeting, a gathering that takes place every morning with representatives of each of Occupy Wall Street’s roughly 40 working groups.

“Our conversation is about what it means to be a movement and what it means to be an organization,” he says to the circle. A heated discussion follows, including a debate over whether the movement should make specific demands.

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OWS in a bind: Doesn’t want to mention the S-word By William Bowles

by William Bowles
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
williambowles.info
30 October 2011

If You See That Capitalism Kills...

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Although many on the established Left are claiming OWS as their own, latching on to the anti-capitalist theme that figures prominently, at least in some locations, it’s clear that the focus of the OWS ‘movement’ varies greatly from place to place. Thus where it all started, in downtown Manhattan, the focus is very much on capitalist criminals rather than criminal capitalism. But little or no mention of the dreaded word- socialism, ironically for fear of alienating even those who occupy, never mind what the rabid corporate/state media does with that which shall remain nameless.

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“To be a voice for Shahidullah” by Kathleen Kirwin + Turning Decay To New Life by Bruce Gagnon

by Kathleen Kirwin, Esq.
Guest Writer
Dandelion Salad
The Revolutionary Legal Front
Oct. 28, 2011

Art Laffin of the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker ...

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“As the father of a young son, I went to the White House on March 19 to be a voice for Shahidullah.” From the closing argument of Defendant Art Laffin in DC Superior Court.

Yesterday marked a watershed day in my 27 year legal career. It did not occur as I deftly cross-examined a witness, nor while waxing eloquent in front of a jury. Rather, it transpired as I sat in the back row of courtroom 219 in the DC Superior Court while watching and listening to the final day of testimony and closing arguments at a trial where 19 American citizens argued for justice. Continue reading

US Military Confirms Washington’s Secret New War in Somalia Despite Official Denials by Finian Cunningham

by Finian Cunningham
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
East Africa
29 October 2011

East African “Drone Alley” – a harbinger of Western power projection across the African continent

US military sources have confirmed that the Obama administration is engaged in a new war in the famine-hit Horn of Africa region.

The disclosure in the Washington Post [1] comes only days after other prominent Western media outlets, including the New York Times and the Financial Times, carried denials from the US government that it was involved in directly supporting Kenyan forces that invaded Somalia on 16 October.

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Killer Cola: Coca Cola Exposed!

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Updated: added another video July 27, 2012

Note: Youtube video is no longer available, please click link below to watch the video.

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Cri7ical7hinking007 on Oct 24, 2011

Killer Coca Cola’s Random Facts:
*Worked with Nazis
*Coca Cola agents killed protesters
*The drug from the coca plant cocaine was used in the drink.
*Depleted water from small villages across the world
*Continued to allow illegal child labour
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Trade Theory Financialized by Michael Hudson

by Michael Hudson
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
http://michael-hudson.com
October 26, 2011

Trade and Payments Theory in a Financialized Economy

by Michael Hudson (UMKC)
Paper delivered at the Boeckler Foundation meetings, Berlin, October 29, 2011, #D3.

Summary

Ricardian trade theory was based on the cost of labor at a time when grain and other consumer goods accounted for most subsistence spending. But today’s budgets are dominated by payments to the finance, insurance and real estate (FIRE) sector, and to newly privatized monopolies. This has made FIRE the determining factor in trade competitiveness.

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Occupy Wall Street on the Move by Ralph Nader

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
Oct. 27, 2011

Occupy COMO

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The question confronting the Occupy Wall Street encampments and their offshoots in scores of cities and towns around the country is quo vadis? Where is it going?

This decentralized, leaderless civic initiative has attracted the persistent attention of the mass media in the past five weeks. Television cameras from all over the world are parked down at Zuccotti Park in lower Manhattan, two blocks from Wall Street.

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Rick Rozoff: NATO Planning First Strike Operations Again

by Rick Rozoff
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
Stop NATO
Stop NATO-Opposition to global militarism
October 22, 2011

Voice of Russia
October 19, 2011

NATO planning first-strike operations again

John Robles

Interview with Rick Rozoff, the manager of the Stop NATO website and mailing list and a contributing writer to Global Research.ca.

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Nuclear Power: Risks and Consequences + Helen Caldicott on Fukushima + Three Mile Island: The Controversy Continues

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4.24 エネルギーシフトパレードin渋谷/Energy Shift Parade i...

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on Oct 28, 2011

(Earth Focus: Episode 32) Nuclear Power: Risks and Consequences, an original Earth Focus investigative report, looks at the untold stories behind three of the world’s largest nuclear disasters: Three Mile Island, Chernobyl and Fukushima. According to government and industry officials, no one died as a result of Three Mile Island and only low doses of radiation — equivalent to a single chest XRay were released. Continue reading

Occupy The World… And The Values Revolution! By Gary Corseri

By Gary Corseri
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
29 October 2011

Last week, Barbara “wah-wah” Walters—thank you, Gilda Radner!—was trotted in front of ABC’s Evening News cameras to assure those familes still chowing down that the brutal, disgusting, illegal, savage beating, sodomization and execution of Libyan “dictator” Gaddafi was… understandable… because, he was “crazy.”

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The New Libya: Assassination, Ruination, Broken Promises and Body Snatching by Felicity Arbuthnot

by Felicity Arbuthnot
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
London, England
26 October 2011

“As usual, we swim in a pile of dishonorable politicians. An Arab poem describes how the rotten rubbish floats to the top of the water while all the gems – corals and precious fish – stay at the bottom.” (An Arab friend.)

If events of the past few days are anything to go by, the UN-NATO insurgent allies are set to bring a grim, lawless, murderous and fundamentalist future to the “New Libya.”

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The BBC: NATO’s media partner-in-crime By William Bowles + Why did the West glorify Gaddafi’s death?

by William Bowles
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
williambowles.info
25 October 2011

Well they’ve finally silenced Muammar Gaddafi, the man the BBC calls “an oddball until the end”. The manner of his capture and death seems not to bother the BBC but then who cares about ‘oddballs’?

The video, with commentary by the BBC’s chief foreign correspondent propagandist for NATO John Simpson,
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Slavoj Zizek: The marriage between capitalism and democracy is over

Capitalism killed democracy

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Dandelion Salad

on Oct 29, 2011

The Slovenian philosopher and critical theorist. He talks to Al Jazeera about the momentous changes taking place in the global financial and political system.

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U.N. Tally Excluded Most Afghan Civilian Deaths in Night Raids by Gareth Porter

by Gareth Porter
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
crossposted at IPS
Oct. 25, 2011

Stop the Wars!

WASHINGTON/KABUL, Oct 25, 2011 (IPS) – A July United Nations report asserting that only 30 civilians died in targeted raids in Afghanistan during the first six months of 2011 reflected only a very small fraction of night raids in which civilians were killed, according to officials of the independent Afghan commission which had co-produced the 2010 report on civilian casualties with the U.N. Mission.

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How You Can STOP Republican Militarism: Vote for Ron Paul

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Ron Paul Revolution

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on Oct 20, 2011

If we want to ensure that we have someone who will support peace, we have to make sure that the Republicans have a pro peace candidate. In all states we can vote for Ron Paul in the primary or caucus and then vote for whoever we want in the Presidential election. Continue reading