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Passing the Buk by William Bowles

by William Bowles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
williambowles.info
July 22, 2014

Well, aside from a few comments I’ve posted on Moon of Alabama, I’ve spent most of the time reading (when I’ve not been compiling) just about everything I could on the subject of the downing of Malaysian Airlines #MH17 and I think it’s pretty obvious that the Russians have been fitted up for this horrendous crime by the Kiev authorities (and possibly others) and, it must be said, they did a pretty bad job of it! If it wasn’t for the craven and complicit corporate/state media in the West simply not reporting on the actual events of the 17 July as they have been revealed, the reality of the frame would be obvious to everyone. Continue reading

A War Crime In Progress by Jason Farbma

End the siege

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by Jason Farbma
socialistworker.org
July 14, 2014

ISRAEL’S RELENTLESS pounding of a trapped civilian population in Gaza entered a frightening new phase as its bombing campaign continued into its seventh day. On July 13, the Israeli military dropped leaflets warning the residents of northern Gaza that whoever stayed behind risked being caught in an intensifying barrage of air strikes, prompting a panicked exodus of tens of thousands from the area. Continue reading

Noam Chomsky: Rethinking US Foreign Policy

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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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Chris Hedges: Israel’s War on American Universities

The Seperation Wall.

Image by young shanahan via Flickr

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with Chris Hedges

TheRealNews on Apr 5, 2014

Excerpts from Chris Hedges’ talk at Northeastern University in support of its now banned Students for Justice in Palestine chapter.

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How Americans Can Help World Peace by Finian Cunningham

by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from PressTV
April 1, 2014

A first step for world peace is for the American people to rein in their reckless government from the international stage and to stop it making misery for so many.

Americans need democratic government like the rest of the world needs rid of Washington’s thuggish global policeman.

This may come as a shock to many ordinary Americans who tend to think that their country is already the beacon of democratic light unto the world, bestowing all sorts of benevolence to others. Such delusional “American exceptionalism” has to stop. America is only special in a very negative meaning. It plays a central part in fomenting conflict in almost every scenario we care to look at.

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Gaza Missile Seizure, Netanyhu’s Latest Anti-Iran Joke by Finian Cunningham

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

Comedians say that the art of telling jokes relies on “timing.” Israeli’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the world’s top comic politician, seemed to be proving the point with his “timely” claims about seizing Iranian rockets aboard a cargo ship in the Red Sea.

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Medea Benjamin Detained, Jailed, Seriously Injured, then Deported from Egypt

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UNARMED CIVILIAN

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democracynow on Mar 4, 2014

democracynow.org – U.S. peace activist Medea Benjamin was detained Monday at Cairo’s airport by Egyptian police without explanation. She says she was questioned, held overnight in an airport prison cell and then violently handcuffed by Egyptian officials, who dislocated her shoulder and broke her arm. Continue reading

Israel Bites the Hand that Feeds… and Washington Keeps on Feeding by Finian Cunningham

by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from Strategic Culture Foundation
January 20, 2014

The Seperation Wall.

Image by young shanahan via Flickr

A rare public spat between Washington and Israeli in recent days has revealed much about the essential political relationship between the two.

The row began when Israeli minister for military affairs Moshe Ya’alon spoke to local media with vitriolic contempt about America’s top diplomat, John Kerry.

Kerry had only days before been in the Middle East on yet another visit to push the so-called Israeli-Palestinian peace process along. The US secretary of state has flown to Israel on at least five occasions over as many months since he made a big show of kick-starting “final status” negotiations between the Israelis and Palestinians last year.

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Ariel Sharon: His Sabra and Shatila Legacy – An Eye Witness Account by Felicity Arbuthnot

by Felicity Arbuthnot
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London, England
January 14, 2014

Sabra / Shatila 2003

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As Israel buried Ariel Sharon amid eulogies from world figures, Tony Blair, a Butcher of Baghdad, paid a tribute to the Butcher of Beirut which included the line that Sharon: “didn’t think of peace as a dreamer, but did dream of peace.” Also that: “ … he sought peace with the same iron determination” as he had fought (read slaughtered, across the Middle East.) Re-writing history does not come more blatant, but Blair was ever good at fantasy, think “weapons of mass destruction” and “forty five minutes.”

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Noam Chomsky on Legacy of Ariel Sharon: Not Speaking Ill of the Dead “Imposes a Vow of Silence”

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with Noam Chomsky

The Seperation Wall.

Image by young shanahan via Flickr

democracynow on Jan 13, 2014

democracynow.org – Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon died Saturday after eight years in a coma at the age of 85. Sharon was one of the most dominant political figures in Israel’s history, involved in each of Israel’s major wars dating back to its founding in 1948. Among Palestinians, Sharon was one of the most reviled political figures in the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Continue reading

Israel: Gas, Oil and Trouble in the Levant by Felicity Arbuthnot

by Felicity Arbuthnot
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London, England
December 28, 2013

Israel is set to become a major exporter of gas and some oil, if all goes to plan. The giant Leviathan natural gas field, in the eastern Mediterranean, discovered in December 2010, is widely described as “off the coast of Israel.”

At the time the gas field was:

“…the most prominent field ever found in the sub-explored area of the Levantine Basin, which covers about 83,000 square kilometres of the eastern Mediterranean region.” (i)

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Bethlehem Story, Present Reality by Finian Cunningham

by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from PressTV
December 26, 2013

The Seperation Wall.

Image by young shanahan via Flickr

The annual Christmas celebrations around the world conjure up a kaleidoscope of emotions, ranging from the sombre to the joyful, from pity to awe.

One thing often missing though from the celebrations is a connection between the original historical event – some 2,000 years ago – and how this story relates to present reality.

But a new billboard campaign in the US is giving the Christmas story a refreshing, but realistic, contemporary meaning.

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Israeli Airstrike Hits Near Khan Yunis In Gaza Strip

Israel your greed isn't worth our children's lives

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harryfear on Dec 24, 2013

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Israeli, Arab Despots ‘Strategic Partners’ + Israeli soldiers handcuff, detain 4 Palestinian kids + Finian Cunningham: Someday (Song for Palestine)

by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from PressTV
November 17, 2013

Palestinian political prisoners' families and supporters hold weekly Gaza vigil

Image by joegaza via Flickr

The violation of children’s rights by the Israeli and Bahraini regimes is more than mere coincidence. It is indicative of a much broader strategic alignment that has emerged between the Zionist regime and the Persian Gulf Arab monarchies.

The use of state terrorism against children by Israeli military and Bahrain regime forces is not some random, isolated aberration. The scale and systematic pattern of the violations strongly suggests that the regimes are collaborating closely in methods of counter-insurgency.

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US “Feeds” Israeli War Machine Instead of Feeding Its People by Finian Cunningham

Note: new tag for Finian’s posts: http://dandelionsalad.wordpress.com/tag/finian-cunningham/

by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from PressTV
November 2, 2013

Cherry Tomatoes

Image by Dandelion Salad via Flickr

Some 47 million poor Americans – one in four children – see their already meager federal food allowances slashed this week.

The cuts amount to $4 billion a year over the next decade.

That $4 billion figure should ring a bell. It is equivalent to the official annual subvention that the US government sends to Israel – courtesy of the American taxpayer.

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