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A War Crime In Progress by Jason Farbma

End the siege

Image by Eoin O’Mahony via Flickr

Dandelion Salad

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

Chris Hedges: Israel’s War on American Universities

The Seperation Wall.

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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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U.S. Rejected Israeli Demand for Iran Nuclear Confession by Gareth Porter

by Gareth Porter
Writer, Dandelion Salad
crossposted at ISP
Washington
March 31, 2014

The Barack Obama administration appears to have rejected a deal-breaking demand by Israel for an Iranian confession to having had a covert nuclear weapons programme as a condition for completing the comprehensive nuclear agreement.

Pro-Israeli commentators have openly criticised the Obama administration for failing to explicitly demand that Iran confess to charges by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) of a covert nuclear weapons programme.

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Gareth Porter: Why Didn’t Bush/Cheney Attack Iran and Can Obama Make and Sell a Deal?

DON'T ATTACK IRAN

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with Gareth Porter
Writer, Dandelion Salad
March 18, 2014

I Grew Up Believing in Time Magazine’s Version of America – Gareth Porter on RAI (1/3)

TheRealNews on Mar 15, 2014

On Reality Asserts Itself, Mr. Porter tells Paul Jay that by the end of the Vietnam War, he understood the US government and military could do terrible things. Continue reading

Gareth Porter: The Obama Administration Is Setting Up A Demand Which Would Cause The Entire Nuclear Talks To Fail

with Gareth Porter
Writer, Dandelion Salad
March 17, 2014

Don't attack Iran

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MyCatbirdSeat on Mar 16, 2014

This first American National Summit was held at the National Press Club by The Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policies, the Council for the National Interest, the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, and If Americans Knew.

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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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The Double Standards of Wannabe Regime Changers in Syria by Felicity Arbuthnot

by Felicity Arbuthnot
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London, England
March 9, 2014

Another day, another stitch up. On 6th March Syria’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, the eloquent and elegant Mr. Bashar al-Ja’afari and the Syrian UN Mission had restrictions placed on them by the US State Department, limiting their travel to no further than twenty five miles from New York’s Columbus Circle intersection.

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Gareth Porter: US and Iran Send Positive Signals — Saudis and Israelis Not Pleased + Resolving Nuclear Arms Claims Hinges on Iran’s Demand for Documents

with Gareth Porter
Writer, Dandelion Salad
February 27, 2014

TheRealNews on Feb 27, 2014

Gareth Porter: Very contentious issues remain in Iran nuclear negotiations.  Continue reading

U.S. Adopts Israeli Demand to Bring Iran’s Missiles into Nuclear Talks by Gareth Porter

by Gareth Porter
Writer, Dandelion Salad
crossposted at ISP
Washington
February 21, 2014

The Barack Obama administration’s insistence that Iran discuss its ballistic missile programme in the negotiations for a comprehensive nuclear agreement brings its position into line with that of Israel and senators who introduced legislation drafted by the pro-Israel lobby group AIPAC aimed at torpedoing the negotiations.

But the history of the issue suggests that the Obama administration knows that Iran will not accept the demand and that it is not necessary to a final agreement guaranteeing that Iran’s nuclear programme is not used for a weapon.

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Syria’s Chemical Weapons Destruction–Chaos and Corruption by Felicity Arbuthnot

by Felicity Arbuthnot
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London, England
February 19, 2014

On 12th September last year, Syria’s President al-Assad committed to surrender Syria’s chemical weapons, with the caveats that the United States must stop threatening his country and supplying weapons to the terrorists. He has been as good as his word. The same cannot be said for the US and its boot licking allies.

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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

Image by IsmailKupeli via Flickr

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”

Dandelion Salad

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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