Seeking Fair Contracts by Ralph Nader

by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
Oct. 11, 2010

This time the big banks and mortgage servicing companies, with their long, one-sided fine print contracts, may have outsmarted themselves. The newspaper headlines and the network television news are blazing news of the erupting fraudulent foreclosure process. This long-overdue coverage is generating public visibility and suddenly hundreds of thousands of foreclosures may be questioned due to what one commentator delicately called “flawed paperwork.”

That is a euphemism for fraudulently executed contracts violative of state laws regarding home title changes.

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The goal? Corporate domination of resources and markets with expanding militarism by Bruce Gagnon

by Bruce Gagnon
featured writer
Dandelion Salad
Organizing Notes
Oct. 11, 2010

Build a Peace Economy!

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I am writing from Nagpur on Oct 10 but not certain when I will be able to post this, as I have no Internet connection at this time. I am staying in a guesthouse that the state ministers use when they come to Nagpur each year for the state assembly that meets for a couple of weeks. It is a humble room with bed, two chairs, a desk, and an Indian-style bathroom. Lucky for me it is air conditioned, as Nagpur seems to have a reputation as one of the hottest places in India. Nagpur is located about mid-center in the country.

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How Democracy Dies: Lessons from a Master by Chris Hedges

by Chris Hedges
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
October 11, 2010

The ancient Greek playwright Aristophanes spent his life battling the assault on democracy by tyrants. It is disheartening to be reminded that he lost. But he understood that the hardest struggle for humankind is often stating and understanding the obvious. Aristophanes, who had the temerity to portray the ruling Greek tyrant, Cleon, as a dog, is the perfect playwright to turn to in trying to grasp the danger posed to us by movements from the tea party to militias to the Christian right, as well as the bankrupt and corrupt power elite that no longer concerns itself with the needs of its citizens. He saw the same corruption 2,400 years ago. He feared correctly that it would extinguish Athenian democracy. And he struggled in vain to rouse Athenians from their slumber.

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The Day the President Disappeared, Part 2

TheRealNews | October 11, 2010

Ecuadorian filmmaker and journalist Oscar Leon gives account of the day President Correa was attacked and held by the police. Part two of Ecuador: Failed Coup or Institutional Crisis?

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Columbus, the Indians, and Human Progress by Howard Zinn (repost)

It’s that time of the year again. In case you missed reading this last year, here it is again.

Christopher Columbus Glazed Tile Painting - 9

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by Howard Zinn Featured Writer Dandelion Salad October 12, 2009 An excerpt from A People’s History of the United States. Arawak men and women, naked, tawny, and full of wonder, emerged from their villages onto the island’s beaches and swam out to get a closer look at the strange big boat. When Columbus and his sailors came ashore, carrying swords, speaking oddly, the Arawaks ran to greet them, brought them food, water, gifts.  … Read More

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A People’s History of American Empire by Howard Zinn

Howard Zinn: Voices of a People’s History of the United States (2004)