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Trading Women for Profit by Graham Peebles

by Graham Peebles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London
November 9, 2013

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The act of buying and selling sits at the very heart of the global economy. A commercially motivated system, that P. Sainath rightly describes as “Market Fundamentalism”, in which competition and conservative uniformity are central elements. Creative independent thinking and originality are anathema to this relentless homogenous machine, which breeds conformity, crushes individuality and “Borg-like”, assimilates all into ‘The Collective’. Continue reading

Redemption of the Prosecutor

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Redemption

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bravenewfoundation on Jul 20, 2013

When prosecutor and devout Christian Preston Shipp began teaching in a Nashville prison, he never thought he’d be the one to get schooled. But the friendship he forges with one young prisoner puts his faith in the justice system—and in Jesus—to the ultimate test.

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Barack Obama’s Notice: Regarding the Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to Significant Transnational Criminal Organizations + Executive Order 13581–Blocking Property of Transnational Criminal Organizations

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TIME TO PULL THE PLUG ON KING OBAMA

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Propaganda Alert!

The White House

Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
July 19, 2013

On July 24, 2011, by Executive Order 13581, I declared a national emergency with respect to transnational criminal organizations pursuant to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701-1706) to deal with the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States constituted by the activities of significant transnational criminal organizations.

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The Struggle For Justice In Manipur by Graham Peebles

by Graham Peebles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London
May 3, 2013

The primary colours of any civil democracy are we would agree, social justice, freedom of expression, freedom to protest and participation. India, with a population of 1.3 billion people is regularly hailed as the largest democracy in the world. At first glance the governments pretentions to democracy would appear to be justified, after all there is, on paper at least, an independent judiciary, a free press – freely owned from top to toe by corporations – a thriving civil society and, of course, the cornerstone of any democratic state: the haloed parliamentary elections, totally funded and (therefore) fully owned, top to toe, by the same corporations that count the national and regional newspapers, radio and television networks as their own, as well as growing portfolios of natural assets; rivers, forests, water supplies, mountains (full of bauxite), and other mineral resources.

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When the War Comes Home by Jill Dalton

by Jill Dalton
Guest Writer
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recoveringarmybrat, Jan. 12, 2013
January 19, 2013

Walmart gun control ("hunting for low prices")

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YET ANOTHER MASS SHOOTING

Our country’s rocked by yet another mass shooting this time in Newtown, Connecticut.  This time a 20-year-old kid, Adam Lanza shot and killed his mother, Nancy Lanza, in their home then drove to Sandy Hook Elementary School where he killed six adults including the principal and 20 children before killing himself.

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Breaking The Taboo

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breakingthetaboofilm·Dec 6, 2012

Narrated by Oscar winning actor Morgan Freeman, “Breaking the Taboo” is produced by Sam Branson’s indie Sundog Pictures and Brazilian co-production partner Spray Filmes and was directed by Cosmo Feilding Mellen and Fernando Grostein Andrade. Featuring interviews with several current or former presidents from around the world, such as Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, the film follows The Global Commission on Drug Policy on a mission to break the political taboo over the United States led War on Drugs and expose what it calls the biggest failure of global policy in the last 40 years.

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Banking on Criminality: Drug Money and the Above-the-Law Global Banking Cartel by Andrew Gavin Marshall

by Andrew Gavin Marshall
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
http://andrewgavinmarshall.com
Dec. 13, 2012

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In what the New York Times declared as a “dark day for the rule of law” on December 11, 2012, HSBC, the world’s second largest bank, failed to be indicted for extensive criminal activities in laundering money to and from regimes under sanctions, Mexican drug cartels, and terrorist organizations (including al-Qaeda). While admitting culpability, and with guilt assured, state and federal authorities in the United States decided not to indict the bank “over concerns that criminal charges could jeopardize one of the world’s largest banks and ultimately destabilize the global financial system.” Instead, HSBC agreed to pay a $1.92 billion settlement.

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Legalize ALL Drugs! End the “War on Drugs”

Cops Say "Legalize Drugs"

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This is another war that I would like to see ended.

Nov 12, 2012 by

Stephen Downing, a retired deputy chief of police for the Los Angeles Police Department and Terry Nelson, retired from Department of Homeland Security on why they support treating addiction as a health problem and are for the total legalization of drugs.
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Dennis Kucinich’s Home Ransacked

Kucinich's new career #sundnc #dnc2012

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I find this quite disturbing.

by Emily Valdez
fox8.com
Nov. 7, 2012

The Cleveland home of Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) was ransacked and burglarized sometime over the weekend.

“You know, it’s just disappointing at the least and a little bit shocking,” Kucinich said.

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Greg Palast: Voter Suppression, Billionaires and Ballot Bandits

Ballot Box, Broadway, Seattle, WA

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with Greg Palast
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
www.gregpalast.com
September 30, 2012

Sep 29, 2012 by

Talk by investigative journalist Greg Palast author of “Billionaires & Ballot Bandits: How to Steal an Election in 9 Easy Steps” given September 27, 2012 at Town Hall Seattle in Seattle, WA.

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The Leveson Inquiry into the British press – oh, what a lovely game by John Pilger

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by John Pilger
www.johnpilger.com, 31 May 2012
Global Research, June 1, 2012

Rupert Murdoch is a bad man. His son James is also bad. Rebekah Brooks is allegedly bad. The News of the World was very bad; it hacked phones and pilloried people. British prime ministers grovelled before this iniquity. David Cameron even sent text messages to Brooks signed “LoL”, and they all had parties in the Cotswolds with Jeremy Clarkson. Nods and winks were duly exchanged on the BSkyB deal.

Shock, horror.

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Coleen Rowley on How Top Secret America Misfires

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May 9, 2012 by

Coleen Rowley, one of three whistleblowers chosen as persons of the year for 2002 by Time Magazine, will speak about her experiences in the FBI and broader issues of official surveillance and massive data collection. When Coleen Rowley was an FBI agent in Minneapolis, her office got a lead just three weeks before 9/11 that a known extremist had paid $8.000 for lessons to fly a Boeing 747. Her office arrested him, but, her superiors would not allow a full investigation.

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Sibel Edmonds on Her Book, Classified Woman by Peter B. Collins + Ungagged: Telling the Sibel Edmonds Story

Updated: Nov. 10, 2012 added videos of the podcast. May 8, 2012 added a video

with Sibel Edmonds
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
May 4, 2012

Sibel Edmonds?

Sibel Edmonds? (Photo credit: codepinkhq)

by Peter B. Collins
Peter B. Collins Show
May 2 and 4, 2012

Sibel Edmonds explains why she wrote Classified Woman: The Sibel Edmonds Story and shares some anecdotes as she encountered corruption and espionage in the FBI’s Language Unit. Edmonds has become a friend and colleague of your humble host since we began talking in 2005.  Continue reading

Sri Lankan Buddhists Burn Muslim Flag by Suren Surendiran

by
Featured Writer
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http://www.tamilsforum.com
28 April 2012

Issued for immediate release

PRESS STATEMENT
28 April 2012

Global Tamil Forum stands in solidarity with the Muslims in Sri Lanka

Global Tamil Forum (GTF) strongly condemns the Sri Lankan Government’s complicity in the orders for the removal of the Muslim mosque in Dambulla, central Sri Lanka. GTF is profoundly disturbed by the attacks on the mosque by a minority, yet in their thousands as reported, of extremist Sri Lankan Buddhists led by monks on 20 April 2012, calling for its destruction claiming it was constructed illegally.

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Arrest of BP Scapegoat: Real Killers Walk by Greg Palast

Platform supply vessels battle the blazing rem...

Platform supply vessels battle the blazing remnants of the off shore oil rig Deepwater Horizon. A Coast Guard MH-65C dolphin rescue helicopter and crew document the fire aboard the mobile offshore drilling unit Deepwater Horizon, while searching for survivors. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

by Greg Palast
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
www.gregpalast.com
Special for Buzzflash at Truthout
April 24, 2012

The Justice Department went big game hunting and bagged a teeny-weeny scapegoat.  More like a scape-kid, really.

Today, Justice arrested former BP engineer Kurt Mix for destroying evidence in the Deepwater Horizon blow-out.

I once ran a Justice Department racketeering case and damned if I would have ‘cuffed some poor schmuck like Mix––especially when there’s hot, smoking guns showing greater crimes by BP higher ups.

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