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John Kerry on Despot Tour to Reassure by Finian Cunningham

by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from PressTV
November 4, 2013

America’s top diplomat John Kerry is not known for honesty. Recall a couple of months ago how Russian President Vladimir Putin labeled Kerry a “blatant liar” when the latter tried to deny the involvement of al-Qaeda in Syria’s charnel house.

But the American secretary of state came clean this week – no doubt by accident – when he confirmed to media that recent policy rows between the US and Saudi Arabia’s ruling House of Saud are merely on the basis of “tactical” differences. The fundamental policy goals, that is, the strategy, remain the same, Kerry admitted.

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US trying to play Iran off Syria? by Finian Cunningham

by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from PressTV
October 30, 2013

Is the US trying to manipulate Iran, through sanctions relief, in order to assert Washington’s agenda for regime change in Syria?

The answer would seem to be ‘yes’, as suggested by the latest tour of the region by the UN-Arab League special envoy, Lakhdar Brahimi.

In particular, it was the private message that Brahimi brought to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani that suggests the Algerian career diplomat is acting more as an interlocutor for Washington’s nefarious political agenda, rather than as an honest peace broker.

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Saudi-US Row: Prince Bandar bin ‘Sulking’ Tries Old Bribe and Threat Trick Again by Finian Cunningham

by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from Strategic Culture Foundation
October 24, 2013

Historic allies, the United States and Saudi Arabia, are in the midst of a full-blown row, after the kingdom’s spy chief Prince Bandar bin Sultan threatened that their strategic liaison was on the rocks.

The sulking sultan is no stranger to maverick mood swings. But there is good reason to believe that the senior Saudi is not merely acting alone, and that this is the obscurantist kingdom’s way of expressing strategic frustrations.

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Israeli Claim of Iranian ICBM Exploits Biased U.S. Intel by Gareth Porter

by Gareth Porter
Writer, Dandelion Salad
crossposted at ISP
Washington
October 11, 2013

In an effort to provoke any possible opposition in U.S. political circles to a nuclear deal with Iran, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has returned to exploiting an old claim that Iran is building intercontinental ballistic missiles that could hit the United States.

The Netanyahu claim takes advantage of the extreme position that has been taken on the issue by Pentagon and Air Force intelligence organisations but goes even further.

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Michael Parenti and Philip Giraldi on Capitalism and Empire

Make Capitalism History - Politics For A Real Change *

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with Michael Parenti
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Michael Parenti Blog
www.michaelparenti.org
October 8, 2013

roseanneworld on Oct 6, 2013

Roseanne Barr and Kathleen Wells KCAA 10 6 13 Michael Parenti Philip Giraldi Part 1

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Washington’s Israeli Co-driver has Roadblocks Aplenty for Iran In Diplomatic Road Ahead by Finian Cunningham

by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from Strategic Culture Foundation
October 5, 2013

DON'T ATTACK IRAN

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The Iranian government has described the newfound path of diplomacy with the United States as “a long road with a lot of ups and downs”.

Not only ups and downs, it may be added, but twists and turns, blind alleys, potholes, craters and treacherous precipices. And if the US client Israeli regime has its way the Iranian negotiating vehicle could find itself in a head-on collision with a brick wall…

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US Zionist Attack Dog Brought to Heel by Finian Cunningham

by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from PressTV
October 4, 2013

Interesting times are in the offing between the US and Iran as the American government says it is now “ready for talks” with the Islamic Republic – after 34 years of hostility since the Iranian Revolution of 1979.

US Secretary of State John Kerry has said that economic sanctions imposed on Iran could be lifted within six months.

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Iran Shows Truth is Winning Out by Finian Cunningham

Hands off the people of Iran

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from PressTV
September 27, 2013

The saying goes that a week is a long time in politics – meaning that big changes can surprisingly occur in a short period.

This week, at the 68th Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations was one such watershed event.

The engine for this dramatic change was Iran’s diplomatic thrust. Iranian President Dr. Hassan Rouhani delivered a speech to the assembly that enthralled those willing to listen while leaving detractors reeling from their own inadequacy.

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Obama and the Usual American ‘DAM’ Exceptionalism – Delusion, Arrogance and Mendacity by Finian Cunningham

Auftakt: Obama die rote Karte zeigen

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from Strategic Culture Foundation
September 25, 2013

President Barack Obama addressed the opening of the 68th General Assembly of the United Nations with his usual oratorical formula. Admittedly, the man is a good speaker with flawless technical delivery. But by now this has become a tiresome act of grandiloquence and lofty idealism with no substance. Continue reading

Barack Obama’s Speech at the United Nations Assembly Sept. 24, 2013 + Transcript

War is Peace. Obama and his Nobel "Peace" Prize

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Dandelion Salad

RT on Sep 24, 2013

US President Barack Obama criticized the UN Security Council for inaction on Syria, and called for a diplomatic solution to the standoff with Iran, in a General Assembly speech that robustly defended America’s “exceptional” role in the world. Continue reading

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s Speech at the United Nations Assembly September 24, 2013 + Transcript

thierry Ehrmann : le vrai visage d'Hassan Rohani IMG_9844

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Dandelion Salad

RT on Sep 24, 2013

Iran poses absolutely no threat to the world President Hassan Rouhani said in his address to the UN General Assembly. At the same time, militarism of “some players” and generalization of western values, he says, poses a true danger for the world security.  Continue reading

Did Washington Ever Tell A Lie? by Siv O’Neall

06 chemical weapons

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by Siv O’Neall
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Axisoflogic.com
Lyon, France
September 1, 2013

A democracy is a country where the all-powerful President does what he alone knows is good tor the people.

Stand up! The United States of America, our fatherland, the only moral nation in the world. And the only powerful nation. Together we stand. Flag at the top. We have the moral right to invade and kill millions in any country that does not abide by our rules. We are the world leaders. Continue reading

Chemical Hallucinations by William Bowles

by William Bowles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
williambowles.info
30 August 2013

I think it’s true to say that the days of creating ‘dodgy dossiers‘(pdf)[1] are now over, at least if the latest ‘dodgy report’ is anything to go by. Put out by the UK’s Joint Intelligence Committee, it purports to offer proof that Assad gassed his own people. But aside from the fact that it offers not a shred of proof, it’s also amateurish and clearly put together in a panic.

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“Perfidious Albion”- The View of the U.S. National Security Archive? by Felicity Arbuthnot

by Felicity Arbuthnot
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London, England
August 23, 2013

This week, to coincide with the sixtieth anniversary of the CIA-MI6 overthrow of the democratically elected Prime Minister of Iran, Mohammad Mossaddegh, on 19th August 1953, the (US) National Security Archive has released documents confirming the details of the coup and the grubby US-UK involvement.(i)

The document makes fairly clear that the British government has fought for much of the sixty years to prevent revelations of details of another shameful event – which has anyway long been public knowledge, if not in minute detail.

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Saudi Rulers Pour Money Into Arming Militants in Region by Finian Cunningham

by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from PressTV
August 10, 2013

If Saudi rulers had more brains, they might be formidably dangerous. Even with lackluster intelligence assets, they are already causing enough havoc and bloodshed across the Middle East and North Africa regions, pouring millions-of-dollars-worth of weaponry into Al Qaeda and other Takfiri networks that are destroying once proud civilizations in Iraq, Lebanon, Syria and Libya through nihilistic sectarianism.

And if the Saudi paymasters of terrorism could have it all their way, they would salivate at the chance of extending this destruction to Iran – the Shia power that they fear as their nemesis.

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