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The Crucifixion of Tomas Young by Chris Hedges

Tomas Young, Toronto International Film Festival, 2007

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by Chris Hedges
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Truthdig
March 11, 2013

KANSAS CITY, Mo.—I flew to Kansas City last week to see Tomas Young. Young was paralyzed in Iraq in 2004. He is now receiving hospice care at his home. I knew him by reputation and the movie documentary “Body of War.” He was one of the first veterans to publicly oppose the war in Iraq. He fought as long and as hard as he could against the war that crippled him, until his physical deterioration caught up with him.

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US Criminal Propensity Justifies North Korea’s Nukes by Finian Cunningham

Ron Paul on sanctions

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from PressTV
March 9, 2013

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea stands out. But it is not because the secretive Stalinist regime is a nuclear pariah threatening global security, as the Western corporate media would have us believe.

No, North Korea stands out for being a beacon of rationality and, incredible as it may seem, peace.

Bear in mind the following features:

No other state on earth has endured a trade embargo or a gamut of diplomatic, financial and economic sanctions more than North Korea. Continue reading

Russia needs wake-up call on Syria and Iran by Finian Cunningham

by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from PressTV
March 5, 2013

Is Russia sleepwalking when it comes to defending allies Syria and Iran and ultimately its own vital long-term interests?

It seems that Russian leaders are befuddled by the conflict raging in Syria, sensing rightly on one hand that the Western powers and their Turk and Arab proxies are conducting a low-intensity war for regime change. Yet, strangely, on the other hand, Moscow appears apathetic or blasé about the West’s criminal geopolitical agenda.

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Connecting the Dots: Afghan Heroin, NATO, Azerbaijan Hub and Cargo Business by Sibel Edmonds

by Sibel Edmonds
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally published by Boiling Frogs Post
March 7, 2013

Scored Poppy

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Azerbaijan in Operation Gladio-Plan B

Over the last few weeks James Corbett and I have been discussing US-NATO Gladio Operations in the Islamization and Terrorization of Central Asia- Caucasus, and the real lords of the booming Afghan heroin business. If you haven’t already, watch our video interview series: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 and Part 5.

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Michael Hudson: Economic Policy Deception

Protest against US wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, etc.

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by Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
michael-hudson.com
March 7, 2013

Another in the series of interviews on the Renegade Economists radio show (Australia), a wide ranging analysis of the advantages to wealth that money printing and poor tax policy produce. Topics include land and housing policy, German gold repatriation, Occupy, Bradley Manning, Iran, Obama and Kruegar.

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Money for the People: Grillo’s Populist Plan for Italy by Ellen Brown

by Ellen Brown
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
webofdebt.com
March 7, 2013

Default on the public debt, nationalization of the banks, and a citizen dividend could actually save the Italian economy.

Comedian Beppe Grillo was surprised himself when his Five Star Movement got 8.7 million votes in the Italian general election of February 24-25th. His movement is now the biggest single party in the chamber of deputies, says The Guardian, which makes him “a kingmaker in a hung parliament.”

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Corporatism is the True Face of Terrorism by Siv O’Neall

Apocalyptic outcome

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by Siv O’Neall
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
Axisoflogic.com
Lyon, France
March 6, 2013

The world the way it looks today seems like a stage production by Corpocrats – inhuman monsters who have made the entire planet into their horror-story set. It appears like a creation by insane people, one that wouldn’t stand the light of day. And yet – there it is, our world, gradually becoming annihilated by those mad Corpocrats who are cheering in their hidden castles. We don’t know who they are. We don’t know where they are. All we know is that they are in the process of destroying the earth.

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In Death as in Life, Chávez Target of Media Scorn + Pepe Escobar: US to Demonize Chavez Post-mortem + Hugo Chavez, Dream Maker by Eva Golinger

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fair.org
Mar. 6, 2013

Presidente Chávez inauguró nuevo Mercal Comunal en La Pastora

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His independence, help for Venezuela’s poor will not be forgiven

Venezuela’s left-wing populist president Hugo Chávez died on Tuesday, March 5, after a two-year battle with cancer. If world leaders were judged by the sheer volume of corporate media vitriol and misinformation about their policies, Chávez would be in a class of his own.

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Hugo Chavez Dead at 58 + Vaya con Dios, Hugo Chàvez, mi Amigo by Greg Palast + In Loving Memory: Hugo Chavez Frias 1954-2013 by Cindy Sheehan

My condolences and sympathies to President Chavez’ family, friends and nation.

Juramentación Comités por el SI en Valencia

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Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez dies of cancer

PressTVGlobalNews·Mar 5, 2013

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has died after a two-year battle with cancer, Vice President Nicolas Maduro has announced.

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E. M. Cioran–The Undiscovered Atheist by Rocket Kirchner

Rhythm in a door

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by Rocket Kirchner
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
Rocket Kirchner (blog)
Rocket Kirchner (youtube channel)
March 4, 2013

I first got turned on to the work of E. M. Cioran when a life long Atheist friend of mine was vacationing in Paris and stumbled on his work in a bookstore there. My friend was a brilliant guy and a librarian, and thought that he had exhausted all of the works of every Atheist worth his or her salt until he read Cioran. Continue reading

We Are Bradley Manning by Chris Hedges

by Chris Hedges
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
Truthdig
March 4, 2013

Toledo. 1000 days in prison without trial. Free Bradley Manning.

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I was in a military courtroom at Fort Meade in Maryland on Thursday as Pfc. Bradley Manning admitted giving classified government documents to WikiLeaks. The hundreds of thousands of leaked documents exposed U.S. war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as government misconduct. A statement that Manning made to the court was a powerful and moving treatise on the importance of placing conscience above personal safety, the necessity of sacrificing careers and liberty for the public good, and the moral imperative of carrying out acts of defiance. Continue reading

You Can’t Wash Away Fracking’s Effects by Walter Brasch + Fracking Hell?

by Walter Brasch
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
www.walterbrasch.com
February 23, 2013

American Gasland

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José Lara just wanted a job.

A company working in the natural gas fields needed a man to power wash wastewater tanks. Clean off the debris. Make them shining again.

And so José Lara became a power washer for the Rain for Rent Co.

“The chemicals, the smell was so bad. Once I got out, I couldn’t stop throwing up. I couldn’t even talk,” Lara said in his deposition, translated from Spanish.

The company that had hired him didn’t provide him a respirator or protective clothing. That’s not unusual in the natural gas fields.

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Guy Fawkes Mask Banned–Tyrants Unmasked in Bahrain by Finian Cunningham

by Finian Cunningham
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from PressTV
March 3, 2013

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The Bahraini regime last week issued a new law that shows just how wobbly-scared it is of its own people. Anyone found in possession of a false face mask is liable to be jailed.

The mask in question is the stylized face of Guy Fawkes – the 17th Century English revolutionary who tried to blow up the Houses of Parliament in the failed gunpowder plot. Continue reading

Chris Hedges: The Democratic Party Would Be a Far-Right Party in Europe

Resolution opposing indefinite detention under NDAA introduced at San Francisco Board of Supervisors

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with Chris Hedges
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
February 28, 2013

Edmonton Public Library·Feb 28, 2013

Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt: EPL presented Chris Hedges to launch Freedom to Read Week 2013 in Edmonton. Chris spoke about injustice and corporate greed in America…and argued Canada is travelling the same path.

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Eating Horses in Paris by Michael Parenti

How do you like your horse?

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by Michael Parenti
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
Michael Parenti Blog
www.michaelparenti.org
February 28, 2013

In 1951, only five years after World War II ended, I managed to make my way to Paris where I landed a job as a courier diplomatique (messenger boy) for the United Nations Sixth General Assembly. Despite the years of war and deprivation, Paris still was a special place with its history, its cafes, galleries, bridges, ornate edifices, and narrow winding cobblestone streets, some seemingly as old as the city itself.

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