Sugar Town – The Day After (Disaster Capitalism) (2008)

Filmmaker: Kimon Tsakiris
AlJazeeraEnglish | October 24, 2010

On August 24, 2007, the largest wildfire in the history of Greece swept through the region of Zacharo, also known as Sugar Town.

It burnt everything in its path, leaving a devastated landscape and 65 people dead.

Pantzis Chronopoulos, Zacharo’s mayor, was trapped by the wildfire but, while he survived, his deputy and 20 villagers died.

Shortly after the fire, the government granted the mayor permission to develop the area, for ‘the good of the people’.

The film tells the story of how a small community and its environment can fall victim to the forces of ‘disaster capitalism’.

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Tony Hall: Global Capitalism and Imperialism, 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
24 October, 2010

Tony Hall provides us with an overview of his recently released book Earth into Property, and discusses the relationship between the dispossession of Indigenous peoples and the making of global capitalism, beginning with Christopher Columbus’s inception of a New World Order in 1492. He tells us how the US corporate state moved to fill the vacuum of power after the dismantling of the formal empires of Europe after the Second World War, and how the US government is seeking to replicate its Cold War era role by mounting the Global War on Terror. Professor Hall talks about Obama the brand, the National Security Act, the anti-imperial current, and more.

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Arabian Sea: Center Of West’s 21st Century War by Rick Rozoff

by Rick Rozoff
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
Stop NATO-Opposition to global militarism
October 24, 2010

A quarter of the world’s nuclear aircraft carriers will soon be in the Arabian Sea.

The Nimitz class nuclear-powered supercarrier USS Abraham Lincoln arrived in the region on October 17 to join the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group, which in turn had arrived there on June 18 as part of a regular rotation.

The Charles de Gaulle, flagship of the French navy, the country’s only aircraft carrier and the sole non-American nuclear carrier, will soon join its two U.S. counterparts.

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Horse Races, Horse **** and Horse Meat by Philip A. Farruggio

by Philip A. Farruggio
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
October 24, 2010

Forget all the classic confidence games and scams you’ve read about… the 3 card monte and letters from Africa and other investment schemes. I wish to address the greatest and most long standing con job of all: The Two Party Electoral System . How many good , decent Americans have been sucked into this scam? As Ralph Nader succinctly commented: ‘ You can vote for candidate Tweedle Dee vs. candidate Tweedle Dum ‘.  No matter the outcome, we working stiffs lose out…. Every time!

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WikiLeaks Press Conference with Julian Assange and Daniel Ellsberg

October 23, 2010 C-SPAN

The website WikiLeaks released nearly 400,000 classified military documents on the Iraq War concerning thousands of previously unreported civilian deaths and torture against detainees by Iraqi authorities. Wikileaks founder Julian Assange was those who spoke at a news conference in London on the group’s findings.

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The Secret Iraq Files: Cover-up of Torture and Executions + Iraq’s Secret War Files

AlJazeeraEnglish | October 23, 2010

Mohamed Omar Hassan

It is the biggest leak of military secrets ever. Al Jazeera has obtained access to almost 400,000 classified American documents. Torture, claims of murder at the checkpoint – revelations that make a mockery of the rules of combat.

Over the past ten weeks, working with the Bureau of Investigative Journalism in London, Al Jazeera has read tens of thousands of documents, which we sourced through WikiLeaks.

There is a good reason that Washington did not want you to see them. They reveal the covering up of Iraqi state torture to the truth about the hundreds of civilians who have been killed at coalition road blocks.

There are fresh outrages involving private security contractors and we find out what the US really thinks about the Iraqi prime minister.

The Secret Files aired from Saturday, October 23.

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