by Rick Rozoff
30 November, 2009
The Arctic Ocean, and in particular its waters under the ice cap, are Russia’s last retaliatory refuge, that spot on the earth where any element of its strategic forces is comparatively safe from a Western first strike and least targetable by interceptor missiles after such an attack.
That Canada has advanced to the front rank of Western nations confronting and challenging a disproportionately stronger Russia in the Arctic strongly suggests that it has been put up to the task. Being a smaller and weaker nation allows it to be cast in the role of a sympathetic victim of “Russian aggression,” much like Estonia two years ago with alleged cyber attacks and Georgia last year after its invasion of South Ossetia. Leading Western elected officials were champing at the bit to activate NATO’s Article 5 in the last two cases (even though Georgia is not yet a full member of the bloc), and Canada could provide a casus belli impossible to resist.
Posted in Canada, Dandelion Salad Featured Writers, Dandelion Salad Posts News Politics and-or Videos 2, Military, NATO, Oil, Politics, Resources, Russia
Tagged Arctic, Arctic on Dandelion Salad, Rick Rozoff, Rick Rozoff on Dandelion Salad, Rozoff-Rick, South Ossetia
by Gaither Stewart
30 November 2009
The dream and the reality are far apart and the chasm is growing bigger with each passing day, affirms our correspondent
Italy—at once anarchic, stubbornly individualistic and communitarian—is no longer everyone’s second motherland. Her warmth, her legendary charms and generosity, even her sense of humor captured in numerous postwar films, have been eroded by a crass capitalist modernity in which a bastardized, heavily colonized pop culture is ushering an era of impersonality. The old Italy is dissolving before our eyes…Does anyone care?
TWO CARS ARE AHEAD OF ME heading toward the row of a dozen or so trash bins serving my residential area. The bins are strangely empty today. The entire trash zone just opposite the fashionable tennis club that usually looks like Naples seems suspiciously clean. Almost inviting. The huge black Suv ahead of me turns the corner, slows, the darkened passenger window descends and out shoots a plastic bag of garbage which smacks down on the pavement and splits open at the feet of a bin labeled BOTTLES AND METAL OBJECTS. The Toyota accelerates and vanishes.
Posted in Anarchism, Corporations, Corporations Really Suck, Culture, Dandelion Salad Featured Writers, Dandelion Salad Posts News Politics and-or Videos 2, Dandelion Salad Videos, Fascism, History, Politics
Tagged Corporatism, Fascism on Dandelion Salad, Gaither Stewart, Gaither Stewart on Dandelion Salad, Italy, Silvio Berlusconi, Stewart-Gaither
by Chris Hedges
Nov. 30, 2009
In case you missed this talk by Hedges on this post: Chris Hedges: Empire of Illusion – The Cult of Self
July 22, 2009 Continue reading
Posted in Book Reviews, Capitalism, Consumerism, Corporations, Corporations Really Suck, Culture, Dandelion Salad Featured Writers, Dandelion Salad Posts News Politics and-or Videos 2, Dandelion Salad Videos, Politics
Tagged Book or Film Reviews or Excerpts on Dandelion Salad, Capitalism on Dandelion Salad, Chris Hedges, Chris Hedges on Dandelion Salad, Empire of Illusion, Empire of Illusion on Dandelion Salad, Hedges-Chris
Nov. 30, 2009
Amy Goodman Detained at Canadian Border, Questioned About Speech…and 2010 Olympics
While traveling to Vancouver, Canada to speak at the Vancouver Public Library at a benefit for community radio stations, Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman and her two colleagues were detained by Canadian authorities. Amy was questioned extensively about the speech she intended to give; their car was gone through by armed border guards, and their papers and laptop computers were scoured. The armed interrogators were particularly interested in whether she would be speaking about the upcoming Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics.[includes rush transcript]
Posted in Canada, Dandelion Salad Posts News Politics and-or Videos 2, Dandelion Salad Videos, Journalists, Police State, Politics
Tagged Amy Goodman, Amy Goodman on Dandelion Salad, Democracy, Democracy Now!, Democracy Now! on Dandelion Salad, Goodman-Amy, Journalism or Journalists, Olympics, Police State on Dandelion Salad, Tommy Douglas
Posted in Afghanistan, Afghanistan on Dandelion Salad, Anti-war, Dandelion Salad Guest Writers, Dandelion Salad Posts News Politics and-or Videos 2, Dandelion Salad Videos, Peace, Politics
Tagged Activism - Protests - Boycotts, Afghan peace vigil, Barack Obama on Dandelion Salad, children, Hakim, love, Martin Luther King, Mohandas Gandhi
by Chris Hedges
Nov. 30, 2009
Will Tiger Woods finally talk to the police? Who will replace Oprah? (Not that Oprah can ever be replaced, of course.) And will Michaele and Tareq Salahi, the couple who crashed President Barack Obama’s first state dinner, command the hundreds of thousands of dollars they want for an exclusive television interview? Can Levi Johnston, father of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s grandson, get his wish to be a contestant on “Dancing With the Stars”?
Posted in Culture, Dandelion Salad Featured Writers, Dandelion Salad Posts News Politics and-or Videos 2, Economy, Media, Politics, The Economy Sucks and or Collapse 2
Tagged Barack Obama on Dandelion Salad, Chris Hedges, Chris Hedges on Dandelion Salad, Hedges-Chris, oligarchy
November 29, 2009
George Monbiot: Emails don’t disprove climate change science, but suppressing skeptics unacceptable
Author of the best-selling books Captive State, The Age of Consent and Heat: How to Stop the Planet from Burning. George Monbiot is a columnist for the Guardian.
Posted in Canada, China, Dandelion Salad Posts News Politics and-or Videos 2, Dandelion Salad Videos, Environment, Global Warming, Global Warming on Dandelion Salad, India, Politics, Science
Tagged Debunking Global Warming Deniers, George Monbiot, Monbiot-George, The Real News Network
Mon, 30 Nov 2009 05:26:38 GMT
As Honduras is soaked in a political crisis, opposition candidate Porfirio Lobo claims he won a presidential election that has been condemned by Latin American leaders.
Official results showed on late Sunday that Lobo had over 55 percent support with more than half the ballots counted.
Honduras’ conservative opposition National Party said its candidate Lobo won the election. Lobo’s main rival Elvin Santos of the ruling Liberal Party also conceded defeat.
via Honduras opposition claims victory in presidential vote
Bogus Honduran Elections Today by Eva Golinger
US to recognise Honduras poll result + Elections as coup laundering
Military Coup Honduras Zelaya
Image by Dandelion Salad via Flickr
by Bruce Gagnon
November 29, 2009
Protests have begun across the country to take a stand against Obama’s coming announcement to surge in Afghanistan.
Here in the midcoast of Maine ten of us signed a letter to the editor of our local paper outlining our opposition and informing the community about our planned protest in Brunswick next Wednesday right after Obama’s announcement. Continue reading
Posted in Afghanistan, Afghanistan on Dandelion Salad, Dandelion Salad Featured Writers, Dandelion Salad Posts News Politics and-or Videos 2, Dandelion Salad Videos, Politics, Protests, War
Tagged Activism - Protests - Boycotts, Barack Obama on Dandelion Salad, Bruce Gagnon, Gagnon-Bruce, Meet the new boss the same as the old boss
By Simon Walters, Mail on Sunday Political Editor
Last updated at 1:48 AM on 29th November 2009
An explosive secret letter that exposes how Tony Blair lied over the legality of the Iraq War can be revealed.
The Chilcot Inquiry into the war will interrogate the former Prime Minister over the devastating ‘smoking gun’ memo, which warned him in the starkest terms the war was illegal.
via Secret letter to reveal new Blair war lies | Mail Online
Lord Goldsmith ‘warned Tony Blair Iraq war could be illegal’ in 2002 – Telegraph
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November 28, 2009
Video of the Seattle 1999 WTO Ministerial mass arrest at Westlake Park, December 1, 1999, Seattle, WA.
Posted in Dandelion Salad Posts News Politics and-or Videos 2, Dandelion Salad Videos, Death-destruction, History, Police, Police Brutality, Police State, Politics, Protests, WTO
Tagged Activism - Protests - Boycotts, McCormick-Mike, Police State on Dandelion Salad, talkingsticktv