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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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Noam Chomsky: Driving Forces in US Foreign Policy + Q&A

Dandelion Salad

with Noam Chomsky

Prof. Noam Chomsky

Image by Nuclear Age Peace Foundation via Flickr

ZKM | Karlsruhe Jun 5, 2014

May 30, 2014

Social critic and peace activist Noam Chomsky is the most cited public intellectual of today.

His works in linguistics, philosophy and cognitive science have earned him the title the “father of modern linguistics”. His critical publications on mass media, politics and globalization have put him on the forefront of civil activism starting as anti-war activist in the 1960s and now as supporter of the Occupy movement.

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Chris Hedges, Cornel West, Richard D. Wolff Respond to Thomas Paine’s Question: What Is To Be Done? by Jill Dalton

Cornel West, Chris Hedges, Richard D. Wolff: The Anatomy of Revolution: Thomas Paine by Jill Dalton

Cornel West, Chris Hedges, Richard D. Wolff photo by Jill Dalton

by Jill Dalton
Writer, Dandelion Salad
recoveringarmybrat
June 5, 2014

A Report from the Left Forum (6-1-14) with: Chris Hedges, Dr. Cornel West, and Richard Wolff

Moderated by: Laura Flanders

This seminar was part of the Left Forum’s three day symposium, Reform and/or Revolution: Imagining a World with Transformative Justice, held at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City (May 30 – June 1). The turn out at this conference was their largest to date, which I consider a very good sign. Continue reading

Chris Hedges, Cornel West, Richard D. Wolff: The Anatomy of Revolution: Thomas Paine

Start Over

Image by Roisin Dubh via Flickr

Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

Left Forum 2014
June 1, 2014

Free Speech TV Continue reading

Noam Chomsky: Rethinking US Foreign Policy

Dandelion Salad

with Noam Chomsky

ChathamHouse10 on May 20, 2014

Noam Chomsky, in conversation with Conor Gearty, shares his views on the Edward Snowden revelations, recent debates on intervention and broader themes in US foreign policy.

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The New Cold War’s Ukraine Gambit by Michael Hudson + Rick Rozoff: CrossTalk: Nulandistan Update

Updated: May 16, 2014 Added video

Updated: May 14, 2014 Added video

by Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
michael-hudson.com
May 13, 2014

Michael Hudson[1]

The following article is from a new book, Flashpoint in Ukraine, edited by Stephen Lendman. It is currently available from Clarity Press as an e-book, and soon to be printed.

Finance in today’s world has become war by non-military means. Its object is the same as that of military conquest: appropriation of land and basic infrastructure, and the rents that can be extracted as tribute. In today’s world this is taken mainly in the form of debt service and privatization. That is how neoliberalism works, subduing economies by indebting their governments and using unpayably high debts as a lever to pry away the public domain at distress prices. It is what today’s New Cold War is all about. Backed by the IMF and European Central Bank (ECB) as knee-breakers in what has become in effect a financial extension of NATO, the aim is for U.S. and allied investors to appropriate the plums that kleptocrats have taken from the public domain of Russia, Ukraine and other post-Soviet economies in these countries, as well as whatever assets remain. Continue reading

The Politics of Red Lines by Noam Chomsky

Chomsky

Image by Brian Lamb via Flickr

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by Noam Chomsky
In These Times
May 1, 2014

Putin’s takeover of Crimea scares U.S. leaders because it challenges America’s global dominance.

[...]

American red lines, in short, are firmly placed at Russia’s borders. Therefore Russian ambitions “in its own neighborhood” violate world order and create crises.

The point generalizes. Other countries are sometimes allowed to have red lines—at their borders (where the United States’ red lines are also located). But not Iraq, for example. Or Iran, which the U.S. continually threatens with attack (“no options are off the table”). Continue reading

The Haymarket Riot: “It is a Subterranean Fire” by Elizabeth Schulte (repost)

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Repost from April 30, 2011

May Day

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by Elizabeth Schulte
SocialistWorker.org
April 29, 2011

ON MAY 1, 1886–125 years ago this month–hundreds of thousands of workers were taking the streets of cities around the U.S. to demand an eight-hour day.

The epicenter of this great labor struggle was Chicago, where the eight-hour movement inspired defiant protests and strikes–and inspired fear and repression from bosses and their loyal servants in law enforcement. Continue reading

NATO’s Incremental But Inexorable Absorption of Ukraine by Rick Rozoff

by Rick Rozoff
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Stop NATO
April 25, 2014

A version of this feature will appear in the forthcoming volume Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks Global War, edited by Stephen Lendman and to be issued by Clarity Press. As more information becomes available it will be posted at Stephen Lendman’s website.

With almost 1,500 miles of land and sea connecting the two nations, the border with Ukraine is the longest along the western frontier of Russia, with that of Finland next in length.

Until the end of the Cold War only one member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization directly adjoined Russia: Norway, and that for only 135 miles, land and sea. (Though Turkey bordered other Soviet republics.) Continue reading

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

Dandelion Salad

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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N. T. Wright: Did Jesus Really Rise From The Dead?

Jesus resurrected and Mary Magdalene

Image via Wikipedia

Dandelion Salad

Happy Easter!

Originally posted April 23, 2011

on Mar 9, 2011

Dr. N. T. Wright speaks on the historical reliability of Jesus’ resurrection.

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Jesus of Nazareth (repost)

Jesus on the wall of the senior Home

Image by freestone via Flickr

Dandelion Salad

Happy Easter!

Originally posted Oct 21, 2009

Jesus of Nazareth miniseries

Wikipedia

Jesus of Nazareth (Italian: Gesù di Nazareth) is a 1977 British-Italian television miniseries co-written (with Anthony Burgess and Suso Cecchi d’Amico) and directed by Franco Zeffirelli which dramatizes the birth, life, ministry, crucifixion, and resurrection of Jesus largely according the Christian Bible’s New Testament Gospels. It was filmed in Tunisia, Morocco, and Mexico and was produced by Lew Grade and Vincenzo Labella on a budget of an estimated US$12 million to $18 million. Continue reading

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

Paul the Apostle (2000)

St. Paul on road to Damascus

Image by Ted via Flickr

Dandelion Salad

biblegateway

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