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Chris Hedges: Voices of Hope in a Time of Crisis

Final Message Stop

Image by Light Brigading via Flickr

Last Updated: Nov. 21, 2014

Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

 on Nov. 12, 2014

This talk was part of symposium organized by Local Futures (formerly ISEC) at Cooper Union in New York City, November 8, 2014. For more information about Local Futures’ work or to listen to other talks from the symposium, go to localfutures.org.

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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

Persecution, Threats, Kidnapping and Torture by the Military and Police by Graham Peebles

by Graham Peebles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London, England
March 3, 2014

Information Assessment in Dadaab

Image by Internews Network via Flickr

Hidden and isolated from the world the armed conflict raging in the Ogaden region of Ethiopia goes unnoticed. The killing and raping of innocent civilians at the hands of the military and their paramilitary partners in crime the Liyu police, the false arrests, torture and imprisonment remain largely hidden and unreported. The international media, human rights groups and most aid organisations (including the International Red Cross) have been banned from the region by the ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) since 2007.

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US-France’s New Terror Tango — State-sponsored Gangsterism by Finian Cunningham + Fact Sheet: U.S.-France Security Cooperation

by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from PressTV
February 11, 2014

Einsatzort Djibouti

Image by Bundeswehr-Fotos Wir.Dienen.Deutschland. via Flickr

France is emerging as the new partner-in-crime in support of America’s imperialist machinations across the globe.

Up until recently, that thuggish role was filled by British in what was euphemistically referred to as the “special Anglo-American relation”. Now the French are taking over from the British as the “oldest ally.”

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China Key to Africa’s Optimism… and Renewed Western Militarism by Finian Cunningham

by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from Strategic Culture Foundation
February 3, 2014

There is a new optimism across Africa that the future is bright for the continent’s development. And in this future China is playing a key role in bringing investment capital, infrastructure, technology and know-how. China is literally helping to build Africa’s future.

Mekonnen, a 19-year-old mechanical engineering undergraduate, from Ethiopia, was travelling back from the capital, Addis Ababa, to his hometown, Shire, in the northern region. “I’m very hopeful that Ethiopia and Africa generally are on the way to promising development,” says Mekonnen.

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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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Division and Injustice: Worldwide Inequality by Graham Peebles

by Graham Peebles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rajasthan, India
January 13, 2014

inequality = conflict patch

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Where and to whom one is born is, it seems, arbitrary, chance, fate or karma being the divine decision maker. Wake from innocence to middle class parents in one of the developed wealthy nations of the world, and be blessed with comfort, opportunity, good health care and education and a life of profitable possibilities. Find yourself in a slum in Nairobi, Kenya or the daughter of tea pickers in Assam, India, and see before you: poverty, uncertainty, suffering and the threat of extreme exploitation.

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