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The West Marches East, Part 1: The U.S.-NATO Strategy to Isolate Russia by Andrew Gavin Marshall

by Andrew Gavin Marshall
Writer, Dandelion Salad
andrewgavinmarshall.com
Originally published on The Hampton Institute
April 17, 2014

In early March of 2014, following Russia’s invasion of Crimea in Ukraine, the New York Times editorial board declared that Russian President Vladimir Putin had “stepped far outside the bounds of civilized behavior,” suggesting that Russia should be isolated politically and economically in the face of “continued aggression.”

John Kerry, the U.S. Secretary of State, lashed out at Russia’s “incredible act of aggression,” stating that: “You just don’t in the 21st century behave in 19th century fashion by invading another country on [a] completely trumped up pre-text.” Indeed, invading foreign nations on “trumped up pre-texts” is something only the United States and its allies are allowed to do, not Russia! What audacity! Continue reading

Putin Stands Out as a Real World Leader by Finian Cunningham + Putin’s Annual Q&A Session

by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from Strategic Culture Foundation
April 17, 2014

There is a reason why Russian President Vladimir Putin eclipses his Western counterparts in popular support, and why he can demonstrate to them what it means to be a world leader of stature. It’s partly a result of Putin’s ability to connect with real people about real life in a way that reflects their concerns about what is really going on. He does it with an honesty and compassion that Western leaders no longer know the meaning of. Continue reading

Russia and Ukraine Reach Deal at Geneva Meeting

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RT America on Apr 17, 2014

Russia, Ukraine, the US and the European Union have agreed to a de-escalation of tensions in eastern Ukraine. After meeting for seven hours in Geneva, Switzerland, all of the parties signed an agreement condemning violence, promising reforms of the Ukrainian constitution and offering amnesty to protesters who leave seized government buildings and turn over their weapons. Representatives from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe will be allowed to monitor the implementation of the agreement. Lindsay France speaks to RT’s Egor Piskunov, who attended the signing and breaks down the details of the agreement.

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Boston and Baghdad–Tyranny Abroad is a Washington Export that Defies Our Constitution by Ralph Nader

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
April 17, 2014

Greater Boston and its citizens are the focus of media attention in recognition of the first anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings that took three innocent lives and injured over 264 people, some of them severely. City leaders praised the heroism of the first responders and the deepened community spirit (“Boston Strong”). Addressing 2,500 invited Bostonians, including the bereaved families, Vice President Biden said “You have become the face of America’s resolve, not unlike what happened in 9/11…for the whole world to see. People know all about you. They know your pride, they know your courage, they know your resolve, they know who you are.” Continue reading

Bandar Dismissal No Let-up for Syria by Finian Cunningham

by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from PressTV
April 17, 2014

The ditching of Saudi Prince Bandar as the oil kingdom’s spymaster does not portend a retreat by Saudi Arabia from its covert dirty wars or its hard-line anti-Shia hostility.

The move has more to do with Saudi problems of maintaining internal stability, while also giving the Saudi rulers a scapegoat over its failure at regime change in Syria. Continue reading

Michael Hudson: Investigation Finds Former Ukraine President Not Responsible For Sniper Attack on Protestors

with Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
michael-hudson.com
April 17, 2014

TheRealNews on Apr 16, 2014

Michael Hudson: A German TV investigation disproves the West’s claim that Yanukovych was responsible for killing of dozens of Ukrainian protestors, making this President Obama’s WMD moment.

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Paul the Apostle (2000)

St. Paul on road to Damascus

Image by Ted via Flickr

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Acts 5:38 Gamaliel: “And now I say to you, keep away from these men and let them alone; for if this plan or this work is of men, it will come to nothing; 39 but if it is of God, you cannot overthrow it—lest you even be found to fight against God.”

Fabiano Moraes on Aug 11, 2012 Continue reading

St. Francis of Assisi (1961) + Francesco (1989)

St. Francis of Assisi

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St Francis of Assisi

Arch Crusader on May 3, 2013 Continue reading

The Climes They Are A-Changin’ by Ed Ciaccio

Quebec - climate change canvas

Image by Oxfam International via Flickr

by Ed Ciaccio
Writer, Dandelion Salad
April 16, 2014

(to the music of “The Times They Are A-Changin’ ” by Bob Dylan)

Come gather ’round people who count earth as home,
And admit that the sea levels around us have grown,
And accept it that soon we’ll be drenched to the bone.
If our future to us is worth savin’,
Then we’d better start pressuring those with hearts of stone,
For the climes they are a-changin’. Continue reading

Abby Martin’s Personal Tribute to Investigative Journalist Michael C. Ruppert

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Sincere condolences to Michael’s family and friends and everyone who loved him and respected his work. ~Lo

breakingtheset on Apr 15, 2014

Abby Martin gives a heartfelt tribute to investigative journalist and former LAPD detective, Michael C. Ruppert, highlighting his career from exposing CIA drug trafficking to his groundbreaking research on ‘Peak Energy’ and remember his sincere devotion to truth and justice.

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Rick Rozoff: NATO, Ukraine and U.S. Imperialism–Purpose is to Besiege Russia

by Rick Rozoff
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Stop NATO
April 15, 2014

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MiloWolf on Apr 15, 2014

Rick Rozoff, internationally recognized critic of NATO, spoke on April 12, 2014 at a Chicago teach-in titled “Stop U.S./NATO’s New Cold War Over Ukraine.”

He described the geo-political background to the current crisis resulting from the recent right-wing coup of the Kiev government in Ukraine and U.S./NATO saber-rattling. The key to understanding the present situation is to look at the historically aggressive objectives of NATO. Continue reading

Rick Rozoff: Ukraine Junta May Spark Civil War

by Rick Rozoff
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Stop NATO
April 14, 2014

Press TV
April 14, 2014

PressTV News Videos on Apr 14, 2014 Continue reading

Ukraine’s Coup Regime Ups Threats as Protests Expand by Greg Butterfield + Kiev military storms occupied East Ukraine airfield, wounded reported

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by Greg Butterfield
www.workers.org
April 14, 2014

April 14 — Desperate to stamp out a popular uprising in southeastern Ukraine, the junta in Kiev — which came to power through a violent coup using fascist groupings against elected President Viktor Yanukovych — is attempting to crush the newly declared People’s Republic of Donetsk and rebellions in other cities.

But instead of intimidating the anti-fascist resistance, this attack has spread the fightback. Continue reading

CIA Terror Chief Pulls Rank in Kiev by Finian Cunningham

by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from Strategic Culture Foundation
April 15, 2014

There could hardly be an American official more sinister than CIA director John Brennan, yet when his mysterious visit to Kiev at the weekend is exposed in various news media the White House responded with vacuous naiveté and as if Russia is foolishly over-reacting.

It is not without good reason that Brennan is known unofficially as Obama’s “assassination and torture tsar”. The 58-year-old spymaster is the embodiment of how Washington has itself become a secret, unaccountable government that has set itself above the law in the running of torture and assassination programs by presidential command. Brennan is the “éminence grise” of the White House’s covert world of state terrorism. Continue reading

Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras: This Award Is For Snowden + We Won’t Succumb to Threats + Snowden’s NSA Leaks Earn Pulitzer Prize

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“This Award Is For Snowden”: Greenwald, Poitras Accept Polk Honor for Exposing NSA Surveillance

Jornalista Glenn Greenwald, do The Guardian, participa de audiência pública

Image by Lia de Paula/Agência Senado via Flickr

democracynow on Apr 14, 2014

democracynow – In their first return to the United States since exposing the National Security Agency’s mass surveillance operations, journalists Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras were honored in New York City on Friday with the George Polk Award for National Security Reporting. Over the past 10 months, Poitras and Greenwald have played key roles in reporting the massive trove of documents leaked by Edward Snowden. They were joined by colleagues Ewen MacAskill of The Guardian and Barton Gellman of The Washington Post, with whom they shared the award. In their acceptance speeches, Poitras and Greenwald paid tribute to their source. Continue reading