Falling Rate of Profit by Brendan M. Cooney (repost)

Dandelion Salad brendanmcooney Why does capitalism go into crisis? In this video I attempt to summarize the basic ideas behind the theory of the falling rate of profit, often considered the corner-stone of crisis theory. Full Text …  Read More

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What Would Socialism Be Like? by Leela Yellesetty (repost)

A must-read series all in one post.

https://dandelionsalad.wordpress.com/ by Leela Yellesetty SocialistWorker.org July 20, 2010 Part 1: A crying need for change At the Socialism 2010 conference in Oakland, Calif., SocialistWorker.org contributor Leela Yellesetty spoke on “What Would Socialism Be Like?” This three-part article is based on her talk. In the first part, she answers the time-worn charge that socialism wouldn’t work with this question–who can say that capitalism is worki … Read More

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Michael Parenti: Lies, War, and Empire (2007; must-see) (repost)

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In case you missed this one, here it is again.

June 17, 2007

Parenti speaks about lies, dissent, and how we arrive at the truth of our situation and still retain our sanity. He raises the question whether the Iraq war was not a failure but a success for some parts of the empire – and why.”Lies, War, and Empire” given May 12, 2007 at Antioch University in Seattle.

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The Morning Star: Disputing Iraq Body Count Figures by Felicity Arbuthnot

by Felicity Arbuthnot
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crossposted at www.uruknet.info
29 August, 2010

The Editor,
The Morning Star

Your lead article (“The Deaths that Chilcot Forgot”, 28th August*) regarding the Iraq Body Count statistics on Iraqi deaths since the 2003 invasion, makes the point that “… the true figure is expected to be much higher.”

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Blood, Oil & US Empire (repost)

Another repost for any who may have missed seeing this.

https://dandelionsalad.wordpress.com/ PHubb February 19, 2010 49 minutes Ashley Smith, Adaner Usmani, Glen Ford at the New England United Antiwar Conference. Filmed by Paul Hubbard on 1-30-10 at MIT, Boston MA. … Read More

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The Iron Heel (1908) by Jack London (repost)

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Reposting The Iron Heel. It’s a must-read book, or you can listen to it via the link.

https://dandelionsalad.wordpress.com/ Read it online: Jack London: The Iron Heel Table of Contents *** The Iron Heel per­formed by Matt Soar Audio­book ver­sion of The Iron Heel 1908 by Jack London. Foreward Chapters 1-25: The Iron Heel The Iron Heel (audio­book) writ­ten by J … Read More

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US to Lebanon: Israel can completely destroy Lebanese Army within four hours

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compiled by Cem Ertür
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27 August 2010

1) US to Lebanon: Israel can completely destroy Lebanese Army within four hours (27 August 2010)

2) Lebanon’s president: The Lebanese army is called upon to stand in the face of the lurking Israeli enemy (1 August 2010)

from the archives:

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Ramadan Force-Feeding, and Renewed Secrecy Surrounding Hunger Strikers in Guantánamo

by Andy Worthington
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25 August, 2010

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In a disturbing report in the Miami Herald, the ever-vigilant Carol Rosenberg reports that an unknown number of hunger strikers at Guantánamo are being force-fed between dusk and dawn — a mixture of cruelty (force-feeding) and respect (for Ramadan) that is sadly typical of the surreal, otherworldly reality of Guantánamo, over eight and a half years after the prison first opened.

In a statement, Navy Cmdr. Bradley Fagan, a spokesman for the authorities at Guantánamo, explained, “Detainees who are fasting get their meals before dawn.” As Rosenberg described it, he “disclos[ed] only the hours of that day’s feeding “in observance of the Ramadan schedule” — before 5:26 a.m. and after 7:28 p.m, adding, “Please note that not all hunger strikers are enteral feeders.”

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Omar Khadr’s Trial Postponed, Lawyer Leaves Gitmo

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Carol Rosenberg: Khadr confession ruled admissible by military judge

Carol Rosenberg is a senior journalist, currently with the McClatchy News Service. Rosenberg works at the Miami Herald, which has provided extensive coverage of the operation of the Guantanamo Bay detention camps, in Cuba.

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Five Years and Still Drowning – The New Orleans CNN Would Never Show You by Greg Palast

by Greg Palast
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24 August, 2010

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It’s been five years already. In New Orleans, more than half the original residents have not, cannot, return.

“They don’t want no poor niggers back in – that’s the bottom line.”

And that’s Malik Rahim, Director of Common Ground, who led the survivors who rebuilt their homes in the teeth of official resistance in “The City That Care Forgot.”

You’ll meet Malik and the people that everyone forgot in Big Easy to Big Empty: the Untold Story of the Drowning of New Orleans, chosen this week as Moviefone’s top pick of Katrina documentaries.

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Michel Chossudovsky: Death squads invade Iraq


RTAmerica | August 24, 2010

In Latin America El Salvadorian death squads were known for targeting clergy members, doctors, and others, similar to what is being said about Iraq. Michel Chossudovsky, the director of the Center for Research on Globalization in Canada argued that the death squad approach created in El Salvador in the early 1980’s to fight the liberation movement has been adopted by the US and employed in Iraq.

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Taking the computer into the shop today

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Finally, I’m going to take the old computer into the shop today.  Hopefully they can fix it otherwise I’ll have to buy a new one.

So the next few days or however long it takes I’ll be without a computer other than 1 hour at the public library.

To keep up with the news from around the world, please check out the RSS feeds for Democracy Now!, PressTV, CLG, etc on the left-hand side of the blog towards the end.

During this break I’ll be spending most of my time working in my garden.




Despotism (1946) + Don’t Be a Sucker (1947) (must-see)



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popworld7 | March 20, 2007

Made by Encyclopedia Britannica Films in 1946. Not so far away as it seems. There are plenty of people who are very inclined towards submission to authoritarian ideas. If you want to know more go here to learn about it.

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END:CIV: F*ck Patience


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stimulator | August 23, 2010


The final piece from END:CIV is both a reality check and a call to arms. Can we really expect the power structures to change their destructive ways by asking nicely? Do we have unlimited time to stop the destruction of the planet? The answer to both questions is no. If we are serious about defending the biosphere and abolishing the institutions responsible for the hyper exploitation of the land, we have to become a resistance movement and go beyond “feel good” symbolic actions.

Music by stig inge oy. and Omar Torres

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