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85 Billionaires and the Better Half by Michael Parenti

by Michael Parenti
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Michael Parenti Blog
michaelparenti.org
February 18, 2014

Central African Republic: Torn Apart by Violence

Image by S. Phelps/UNHCR Photo Download via Flickr

The world’s 85 richest individuals possess as much wealth as the 3.5 billion souls who compose the poorer half of the world’s population, or so it was announced in a report by Oxfam International. The assertion sounds implausible to me. I think the 85 richest individuals, who together are worth many hundreds of billions of dollars, must have far more wealth than the poorest half of our global population.

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The Oppressed 99.9% Have Had Enough by Graham Peebles

by Graham Peebles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rajasthan, India
February 16, 2014

Poverty

Image by bandarji via Flickr

You can see it glistening in colours red, white and blue, smell its choking fumes through the fogs of ambition and greed and mac-taste its convenient food; fast and furious, no time to waste, to pause, to question and wonder. Market fundamentalism pervades all areas of contemporary civilization, has saturated every corner of the world, and created what Pope Francis recently described as the “Globalisation of Indifference”, a world in which “we have become used to the suffering of others. Continue reading

Noam Chomsky: How to Ruin an Economy; Some Simple Ways + Q&A

Dandelion Salad

with Noam Chomsky

LeighaCohen on Feb 12, 2014

Noam Chomsky Mural

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Noam Chomsky spoke at Third Boston Symposium on Economics on February 10th 2014, sponsored by the Northeastern University Economics Society in Boston, MA.

Dr. Chomsky focuses on what economic actions that government, the super rich and corporations are taking that insures the US and other economies fail for the overwhelming majority of people. Continue reading

Even the Capitalists Worry that the System May Crash + The Planet’s Parasites + Poverty Punished

Income Inequality

Image by mSeattle via Flickr

Dandelion Salad

Editorial
www.workers.org
February 8, 2014

An editorial in our last issue [see below] ­explained how a simple statistic arrived at in an Oxfam study on wealth illuminates the immense problem facing ­humanity. The combined wealth of the world’s richest 85 individuals now equals that of the poorest half of the human race — 3.5 billion people.

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Howard Zinn: Historical Interpretation + Q&A (1997; must-see)

Howard Zinn

Image by redjar, via Flickr

with
Writer, Dandelion Salad
February 5, 2014

“He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past.” — George Orwell, 1984

Noam Chomsky Videos on Feb 4, 2014

A people’s history, history from below, or folk history is a type of historical narrative which attempts to account for historical events from the perspective of common people rather than political and other leaders.

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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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Glen Ford: Direct Action Must Be Remembered As Part of Dr. Martin Luther King’s Legacy + Dayvon Love: King’s Teachings on US Imperialism Opened My Eyes to Radical Thought

Martin Luther King, Jr. Portrait

Image via ctankcycles

Dandelion Salad

TheRealNews on Jan 19, 2014

Glen Ford: The Civil Rights Movement ended official racial discrimination in the U.S., but many of its leaders broke with grassroots organizing and direct action and instead chose to become business leaders or members of the Democratic party. Continue reading

Division and Injustice: Worldwide Inequality by Graham Peebles

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

inequality = conflict patch

Image by craftivist collective via Flickr

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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The Man From the North: Send Me Your Blessings, Oh Angels of People! by Rivera Sun

The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
December 29, 2013

Love Wins

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The Man From the North is a fictional writer in Rivera Sun’s novel, The Dandelion Insurrection. The novel takes place in the near future, in “a time that looms around the corner of today”, when a rising police state controlled by the corporate-political elite have plunged the nation into the grip of a hidden dictatorship. Continue reading

Abject Poverty or Domestic Servitude by Graham Peebles

by Graham Peebles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London
December 23, 2013

Young domestic worker

Image by J.Maillard via International Labour Organization – ILO PHOTOS via Flickr

They work as maids, housekeepers, cleaners; they take care of children, the elderly and infirmed for wealthy and middle class families in rich and upwardly mobile nations. They are found throughout the world: in the G20 countries and the Gulf States, Latin America (where they account for 60% of internal and international migrants), and developing countries in Africa and Asia where vast numbers of poor and vulnerable live alongside the privileged few. Continue reading

Congress Passes Austerity Budget for the Workers, Poor but Not the Military by Kathy Durkin

Dandelion Salad

by Kathy Durkin
Workers World
December 20, 2013

Anti-Austerity Protest In Dublin (Ireland) - 24 November 2012

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Wall Street: 100; Workers: 0. This is the scorecard for the federal budget, which was based on a proposal submitted by the Budget Conference Committee. The bipartisan body, led by Republican Rep. Paul Ryan and Democratic Sen. Patty Murray, agreed to the austerity budget, which was then authorized overwhelmingly by the House on Dec. 11, and is on its way to the Senate.

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Blessed Are The Destitute, For Theirs Is The Kingdom Of Heaven by Rocket Kirchner (repost)

by Rocket Kirchner
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rocket Kirchner (blog)
Rocket Kirchner (youtube channel)
Originally published February 27, 2011
December 16, 2013

Homeless woman with dogs

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In Aristophanes play Plutus, the god of wealth Plutus declares to Poverty and Destitution that they are like two sisters. Right away Poverty makes it crystal clear that they are not the same. Poverty states that Destitution has nothing of its own “nor even a penny to posses”. Poverty goes on to state that at least the poor man works and that there is some manner of dignity, whereas Destitution has no dignity whatsoever. This mentality was very prevelant in the Maria Nostra culture of its time, and shows up time and time again all over in Ancient literature and history. Continue reading

Pope Francis Labels Capitalism “New Tyranny”, But Is It More Than Rhetoric?

Pope Francecso I

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Dandelion Salad

TheRealNews on Dec 15, 2013

Matthew Fox and Luke Hansen discuss Pope Francis’ recent anti-capitalist rhetoric and whether there will be any changes to the church’s economic practices.  Continue reading

Chris Hedges: The Pathology of the Rich, Part 1

Inequality 3

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

TheRealNews on Dec 5, 2013

On RAI with Paul Jay, Chris Hedges discusses the psychology of the super rich; their sense of entitlement, the dehumanization of workers, and mistaken belief that their wealth will insulate them from the coming storms.

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The Man From the North: Shopping as an Act of Resistance by Rivera Sun

The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
December 1, 2013

Meet My Farmer, Rob

Image by Dandelion Salad via Flickr

The Man From the North is a fictional writer in Rivera Sun’s novel, The Dandelion Insurrection. The novel takes place in the near future, in “a time that looms around the corner of today”, when a rising police state controlled by the corporate-political elite have plunged the nation into the grip of a hidden dictatorship. In spite of severe surveillance and repression, the Man From the North’s banned articles circulate through the American populace, reporting on resistance and fomenting nonviolent revolution. This article is one of a series written by The Man From the North, which are not included in the novel, but can be read here.

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