Palast Arrested – Busted by BP in Azerbaijan by Greg Palast

by Greg Palast
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
www.gregpalast.com
20 December, 2010

“Here in Azerbaijan we believe in human rights. PLEASE GIVE US YOUR FILM.”

Oh, no, no, not good.

The enforcers here come in three colors:  the military police still wearing their old Russian puke-green uniforms, the MSN (the dictator’s secret police) in windbreakers without ID, and BP’s own corporate police force in black tunics, sashes and full hats who look like toy soldiers from the Nutcracker ballet. They weren’t dancing.

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Chris Hedges: Obama is a “Poster Child for the Death of the Liberal Class”

with Chris Hedges
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
December 20, 2010

Chris Hedges

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Michael Parenti: The Panama Deception + US imperialism in full view

with Michael Parenti
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
www.michaelparenti.org
December 20, 2010

Map of US-Operation Just Cause, Invasion of Pa...

Map of US-Operation Just Cause, Invasion of Panama, December 1989 – January 1990. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

RTAmerica | December 20, 2010

December 20th marks the 21st anniversary of the 1989 US Invasion of Panama. An Incident, known as ‘Operation Just Cause,’ that erupted after CIA client Manuel Noriega charted and independent path from the US and threatened to close down US bases. The drum beat for war against Panama would eventually play out again in US military interventions that followed. The media coverage of the invasion of Panama became the blueprint in rallying public support for war through the mainstream media.

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Wikimania and the First Amendment by Ralph Nader

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
December 20, 2010

Thomas Blanton, the esteemed director of the National Security Archive at George Washington University described Washington’s hyper-reaction to Wikileaks’ transmission of information to some major media in various countries as “Wikimania.”

In testimony before the House Judiciary Committee last Thursday, Blanton urged the Justice Department to cool it. Wikileaks and newspapers like The New Yorks Times and London’s Guardian, he said, are publishers protected by the First Amendment. The disclosures are the first small installment of a predicted much larger forthcoming trove of non-public information from both governments and global corporations.

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Is Bradley Manning Being Held as Some Sort of “Enemy Combatant”?

by Andy Worthington
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
www.andyworthington.co.uk
20 December, 2010

Free Bradley Manning Rally

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In disturbing reports from the US, it appears that Private First Class Bradley Manning, the former intelligence analyst accused of leaking the Afghan and Iraqi war logs, the US diplomatic cables and the “Collateral Damage” video, which have dominated headlines globally since WikiLeaks began making them available in April this year, is being held in conditions that bear a marked and chilling resemblance to the conditions in which a handful of US citizens and residents were held as “enemy combatants” under the Bush administration.

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Bitter Memories of War on the Way to Jail by Chris Hedges

Crowding the White House Fence

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by Chris Hedges
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
Truthdig
December 20, 2010

The speeches were over. There was a mournful harmonica rendition of taps. The 500 protesters in Lafayette Park in front of the White House fell silent. One hundred and thirty-one men and women, many of them military veterans wearing old fatigues, formed a single, silent line. Under a heavy snowfall and to the slow beat of a drum, they walked to the White House fence. They stood there until they were arrested.

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John Pilger: The War You Don’t See

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with John Pilger

www.johnpilger.com

The new film is a powerful and timely investigation into the media’s role in war, tracing the history of ’embedded’ and independent reporting from the carnage of World War One to the destruction of Hiroshima, and from the invasion of Vietnam to the current war in Afghanistan and disaster in Iraq. As weapons and propaganda become even more sophisticated, the nature of war is developing into an ‘electronic battlefield’ in which journalists play a key role, and civilians are the victims. But who is the real enemy?

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