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Untold Truths About the American Revolution By Howard Zinn (2009; repost)

Repost from July 4, 2009

Battle of the Hook by Chuck Thompson of TTC Media

Image by Franco Folini via Flickr

by
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Excerpt from The Progressive July 3, 2009
July 4, 2014

There are things that happen in the world that are bad, and you want to do something about them. You have a just cause. But our culture is so war prone that we immediately jump from, “This is a good cause” to “This deserves a war.”

You need to be very, very comfortable in making that jump. Continue reading

Put Away The Flags by Howard Zinn (repost; 2006)

Repost from July 3, 2010

God Bless America!

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by
Writer, Dandelion Salad
crossposted at The Progressive (2006)
July 4, 2014

On this July 4, we would do well to renounce nationalism and all its symbols: its flags, its pledges of allegiance, its anthems, its insistence in song that God must single out America to be blessed.

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Chris Hedges and Dwayne “Fish” Booth: War Is A Business

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with Chris Hedges

LeighaCohen on Apr 25, 2014

Soldiers die for corporate greed

Image by tsweden via Flickr

Chris Hedges and Dwayne Booth “Mr. Fish” spoke on April 24, 2014 at the University of Connecticut. This was part of a week long event sponsored by The Humanities Institute and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

The title for today was “War and Its Meaning”. The first 32 minutes of the video Chris Hedges gives an impassionate talk on his personal experiences and political thoughts on this topic. This is then followed by an amazing 25 minute Q&A period where both Chris Hedges and Dwayne Booth respond to several questions asked by the audience and as always what is said is amazingly thought provoking.

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General Mark Kimmitt’s Easter Day Mistruths and “The Sound of Freedom” by Felicity Arbuthnot

by Felicity Arbuthnot
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London, England
April 13, 2014

“We gather tonight knowing that this generation of heroes has made the United States safer and more respected round the world.” (President Barack Obama, State of the Union address, 24th January 2012)

As Easter was celebrated in the US and UK with, for believers, the message of hope, Fallujah, the region and much of the country is again under siege, not this time by US mass murderers, but by the US proxy government’s militias armed with US delivered weapons. Continue reading

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

Filthy Mayhem in India–Cars, Lorries and Weddings by Graham Peebles

by Graham Peebles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London, England
April 13, 2014

India

Along with the choking fumes and piles of putrid waste, sound systems and a constant bombardment of honking horns from cars, lorries and screaming buses assault residents and the unprepared in towns and cities throughout India. Loudspeakers are used to spread political propaganda; celebrate and circulate expensive arranged and prolonged weddings; and, mounted outside temples and mosques, loudly proclaim the jargon of the just and the righteous path to salvation. Continue reading

Wars in the Guise of “Peace-building” by Daniel N. White

by Daniel N. White
Guest Writer, Dandelion Salad
March 29, 2014

Front blew in Sunday, a dry norther, and once again I’m allergy sick. Physically debilitated and mentally impaired too. I know better than to operate power equipment on allergy days, and I try to minimize my driving, and mostly I try and do things indoors to stay indoors and breathe the HVAC filtered air with no allergens in it. Most of the real work I need to do is outdoors and power tools and driving and allergies mean that it all gets postponed, which irritates me greatly on top of the allergy pains and aches. Continue reading

David Swanson VS Danny Postel: TRNN Debate: Is Humanitarian Intervention in Syria Justified?

by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
warisacrime.org
March 5, 2014

I’ve never debated anyone who wants limited child abuse or small-scale slavery or carefully circumscribed rape. It’s always war. It’s always the worst crime, the crime least susceptible to control once begun, and the crime that includes all the others, the crime defined at Nuremberg as the greatest of them all because it includes all the others.  And it’s always in blatant violation of the law.

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Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki Offers Financial Bounty to Extrajudicial Killers by Felicity Arbuthnot

by Felicity Arbuthnot
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London, England
February 23, 2014

“A man without ethics is a wild beast loosed upon this world.” — Albert Camus, 1913-1960

On September 7th 2012, the US Department of State (“Diplomacy in Action”) assured on their website:

“The U.S. Mission in Iraq remains dedicated to building a strategic partnership with Iraq and the Iraqi people … Iraq continues to develop as a sovereign, stable … country … a voice of moderation and democracy in the Middle East.

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Western Imperialism’s Creative Destruction in Syria by Finian Cunningham

by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from Strategic Culture Foundation
February 18, 2014

Hands off Syria

Image by ChelseaLibera via Flickr

US-led Western regime change in Syria might be described as a process of creative destruction. Like Schumpeter’s economic concept of cyclical creative destruction, so too Washington’s political machinations in Syria seem to be playing out likewise.

We begin with the premise that the humanitarian crisis in Syria over the past nearly three years is largely as a result of a Western covert proxy war inflicted on that country. The objective is to destabilize, terrorize and eventuate regime change in the Arab country.

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No Honor in Killing ‘God’s Dog’ by Walter Brasch

by Walter Brasch
Writer, Dandelion Salad
walterbrasch.com
February 14, 2014

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Image by Jethro Taylor NYC via Flickr

A week before the opening of the Olympics, 759 Pennsylvanians paid $25 each to participate in a sport that would never be a part of any international competition.

These Pennsylvanians carried shotguns, whistles, and electronic calls; most also used dogs to search out their prey.

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US and UK Continues Arming a Tyrant in Iraq by Felicity Arbuthnot

by Felicity Arbuthnot
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London, England
February 1, 2014

935 Lies

Image by seanhagen via Flickr

“The greatest crime since World War II has been U.S. foreign policy.” — Former US Attorney General, Ramsey Clark, b 1927

On February 10th 2003, German Green MP Joschka Fischer, then Foreign Minister and Vice Chancellor, stunned an international security conference, in Munich’s opulent 19th century Bayerischer Hof hotel discussing the proposed invasion of Iraq, by banging on the table, switching to English to guarantee Donald Rumsfeld understood and shouted of the US arguments for war: “ … I am not convinced.” Continue reading

Fallujah: “It Wasn’t a War, it Was a Massacre” by Felicity Arbuthnot

by Felicity Arbuthnot
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London, England
January 24, 2014

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Image via Idaho Sagebrush

“The United States Marine Corps … its hallowed rituals, and its unbending code of honor …”  — Thomas E. Ricks; Making the Corps, 1997

As the US-unleashed Grim Reaper continues to cull Iraqis in ever rising numbers, this month of the twenty third anniversary of the 1991 US led onslaught on Iraq and just weeks away from the eleventh woeful wake for the 2003 illegal invasion, yet another atrocity in a litany of those under the illegal US-UK occupation has come to light.

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Africa’s Bad Omen of World War by Finian Cunningham

by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from PressTV
January 22, 2014

Central African Republic: Torn Apart by Violence

Image by S. Phelps/UNHCR Photo Download via Flickr

This week the world rewound more than a century – with the announcement that the European Union is to send troops to Central Africa.

This development has ominous resonance with how imperial rivalry historically played out in Africa and which eventually led to world war.

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Dirty Hospitals, Deadly Consequences by Cameron Salisbury

Updated: May 21, 2014

by Cameron Salisbury
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Opedinfo.com
January 17, 2014

Micrograph of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)

Image by NIAID via Flickr

It looked like a crime scene.

As I walked down the hospital corridor to visit an ailing friend, I was struck by the number of rooms with closed doors covered in yellow ‘caution – keep out’ tape. These were rooms housing a patient with a deadly and highly contagious hospital-acquired infection, like MRSA (Methicillin Resistant Staphlococcus Aureous) or C Diff (C Difficile). Both are caused by easily corrected hospital practices that endanger patients, including a lack of hand washing, contaminated instruments, and unsanitary procedures.

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