Criticizing Venezuela from the outside By William Bowles

By William Bowles
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Dandelion Salad
Creative-i
14 May, 2010

Now ‘real’ lefties are probably going to call me a wuss, you know the kind of thing, ‘defend the revolution no matter what’, or label me a counter-revolutionary, but hey, it’s not for me to tell Venezuela how to do things whilst I’m sitting semi-comfortably here in London.

It’s real dilemma, after all we lefties want to see the Bolivarian revolution succeed just as much as the Venezuelan people do. So let’s hear what a Venezuelan comrade has to say on the subject of Chavez, PSUV and the state: Continue reading

Shahzad: American dream or nightmare bomber? By Jerry Mazza

By Jerry Mazza
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
crossposted at Online Journal
www.jerrymazza.com
May 14, 2010

Here he is, Faisal Shahzad, in Time Magazine’s 11-photo essay. Actually, his smiling face bookends the essay, photo seven being him with his lovely wife and infant, the rest: shots of the Pathfinder being taken away, a schematic of its interior bomb, an alarm clock used in it, his pristine all-American house, the cops examining the back porch, examining non-explosive fertilizer and fireworks in his garage, a close-up of the Pennsylvania fireworks purportedly purchased on a new cell-phone. You could say it’s a portrait of an American dream turned nightmare.

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The Ongoing Misery of Mordechai Vanunu by Eileen Fleming

by Eileen Fleming
Writer, Dandelion Salad
14 May, 2010

On May 11, 2010, the Israeli Supreme Court ruled that Mordechai Vanunu, will “serve a three-month jail sentence handed to him by Jerusalem District Court and not community service.” [1]

Vanunu is scheduled to return to jail on May 23, 2010, because the ‘justices’ refused his offer to do community service in occupied east Jerusalem as they do not view that side of town to be a part of their community.

On May 12, 2010, AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL urged the Israeli government not to re-imprison Mordechai Vanunu.

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Getting to Know Elena Kagan by Ralph Nader

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
May 14, 2010

Given the Niagara of commentary on the nomination of Elena Kagan to become an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, we know very little about the nominee. For friend and critic alike, the predominant view of Ms. Kagan is that she has publically uttered or written remarkably little of her own views on any subject that directly or remotely relates to her forthcoming position.

As a law school graduate, brief stint as a practitioner, special assistant on domestic policy to President Clinton, professor of Law and Dean of Harvard Law School, Elena Kagan has been unusually circumspect, despite her lively tenure as editor of the Daily Princetonian while an undergraduate in Tigertown.

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Will Hezbollah support the right to work for Palestinian refugees in Lebanon? by Franklin Lamb

by Franklin Lamb
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Dandelion Salad
Shatila Palestinian Refugee Camp
Beirut
14 May, 2010

Local political pressures are mounting on the Party of God

Part IV of a series on the campaign to enact civil rights for Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon

The current relationship between Palestinian refugees in Lebanon and Hezbollah is not as clear cut as often assumed, despite the frequent inspiring brotherly words of Hezbollah’s leadership and the fact that the Party enjoys the support of more than 90% of the camp refugees, none of whom can vote. What this means is that the willingness of the Lebanese Resistance to spend its domestic political capital to legislate the right work to work for Palestinian refugees is not settled as of mid-May 2010.

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Expansion Theory – Our Best Candidate for a Final Theory of Everything? by Roland Michel Tremblay

By Roland Michel Tremblay
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The Marginal
14 May, 2010

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On 4 March 2010, New Scientist magazine published an article entitled “Knowing the mind of God: Seven theories of everything“, where Michael Marshall reviewed the most promising candidates for the Theory of Everything, the Holy Grail of theoretical physics. So, what does this report card have to say – is our search for this ultimate scientific understanding going well?

One of the most striking revelations of this article is that all of the profiled candidates are quite different from each other, demonstrating that there is still no fundamental physical or theoretical agreement on the operation of our universe. Each theory is a favorite of one of a number of disparate camps within the scientific community, and each still falls under the general umbrella of our known scientific paradigm, or Standard Theory. Continue reading