New Cold War. America Threatens Russia. War Games on Russia’s Doorstep. by Michel Chossudovsky

by Michel Chossudovsky
Global Research, August 4, 2010

The US is building up its weapons arsenal on Russia’s border. Confirmed by US military sources, “for the first time since the end of World War II, U.S. Army soldiers are making regular rotations into Poland”, to train Polish forces to use US made Patriot missiles. (Stars and Stripes, 23 July 2010)

Forty miles from the Russian border, a small group of U.S. Army Europe soldiers is instructing the Polish military about the missiles, which are designed to counter tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and advanced aircraft.

The Kaiserslautern-based 5th Battalion, 7th Air Defense Artillery troops mark the most significant presence of U.S. forces in Poland since the end of World War II, said Lt. Col. Daniel Herrigstad, a U.S. Army Europe spokesman.

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Carlos Miller: Photography is Not a Crime, interviewed by Peter B. Collins and Sibel Edmonds

by Peter B. Collins and Sibel Edmonds
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
originally published by Boiling Frogs Post
4 August, 2010

The Night I Got Arrested

Image by Dandelion Salad via Flickr

Carlos Miller provides us with an overview of the history, purpose and mission of his award-winning website Photography is Not a Crime. He talks about First Amendment violations against photographers throughout the country, which occur on a shockingly regular basis, and illustrates this alarming trend with documented incidents and examples. Mr. Miller tells us about abuses and misinterpretation of State Wiretapping Laws, the recent attention given to these abuses by the mainstream media and the previous lack of coverage, the increased power of ordinary citizens due to the internet, and more.

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Escaping the Sovereign Debt Trap: The Remarkable Model of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia by Dr. Ellen Brown

by Dr. Ellen Brown
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
Aug 4, 2010

The current credit crisis is basically a capital crisis: at a time when banks are already short of the capital needed to back their loans, capital requirements are being raised. Nearly a century ago, the Commonwealth Bank of Australia demonstrated that banks do not actually need capital to make loans — so long as their credit is backed by the government. Denison Miller, the Bank’s first Governor, was fond of saying that the Bank did not need capital because “it is backed by the entire wealth and credit of the whole of Australia.” With nothing but this national credit power, the Commonwealth Bank funded both massive infrastructure projects and the country’s participation in World War I.

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Ray McGovern: Israel may attack Iran this month + Chossudovsky: Impossible to attack Iran

RTAmerica | August 04, 2010

The group Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity has sent a memo to US President Obama warning him that Israel may attack Iran as early as this month, possibly leading to a wider war. Group member and former CIA analyst Ray McGovern said Israel feels America’s got its back no matter what. This can be stopped, but only if Obama acts pre-empt an Israeli attack by publicly condemning it before it happens.

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Progressives and 9/11: A Response to Chip Berlet’s paper, “Toxic To Democracy: Conspiracy Theories, Demonization, & Scapegoating” by Ed Ciaccio

by Ed Ciaccio
Dandelion Salad
Featured Writer
August 4, 2010

Chip Berlet’s 57-page paper, “Toxic To Democracy: Conspiracy Theories, Demonization, & Scapegoating,” provides a useful warning to progressives that the “conspiracism” mindset can lead to demonizing as well as scapegoating groups such as Jews, and become a “tool of fear” which would easily be “used by cynical demagogic leaders to mobilize a bigoted mass base”, as he says.

But, in lumping together all those such as Prof. David Ray Griffin, many family members of 9/11 victims, many scientists, engineers, architects and firefighters, and credible progressives  who all call for a true, independent, objective, thorough investigation of the events of the 9/11/01 terrorism as “conspiracy theorists” who blame Jews and imagine fantastic scenarios on that day, he not only does a disservice to those of us who are NOT given to such ludicrous fantasies, but also neglects the most important factor in a democracy: truth based on facts.

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The War On Democracy by John Pilger (2007; must-see)

In case you missed seeing this, I’m reposting.

Dandelion Salad ICH 1 hr 33 min 36 sec – Aug 22, 2007 ‘The War on Democracy’ is John Pilger’s first major film for the cinema – in a career that has produced more than 55 television documentaries. Set in Latin America and the US, it explores the historic and current relationship of Washington with countries such as Venezuela, Bolivia and Chile. “The film tells a universal story,” says Pilger, “analysing and revealing, through vivid testimony, the … Read More

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