Thousands of Saudi troops cross into Bahrain after weekend of violence by Finian Cunningham

by Finian Cunningham
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
crossposted from Irish Times
March 15, 2011
Manama

There was a defiant mood last night among Bahrain’s pro-democracy protesters who said they viewed the unprecedented intervention of between 2,000 and 6,000 Saudi-led troops as “an illegal occupation”.

Numbers at the protest encampment at Pearl Square in the capital, Manama, swelled well beyond the usual 50,000 to 100,000 that have been gathering every night for the past three weeks calling for the overthrow of the United States-backed monarchy.

The arrival yesterday of troops in convoys from Saudi Arabia came after a weekend of widespread chaos and violence by police and pro-government militias against largely peaceful protesters. Continue reading

Japan’s Tragedy Provides Us All an Opportunity to Show that We Have a Heart by Brian McAfee

by Brian McAfee
Guest Writer
Dandelion Salad
March 15, 2011

Please Donate For Japan Earthquake

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The severe blow from nature with which the Japanese people were struck with on Friday, March eleventh purportedly took the lives of over ten thousand people while forever altering the lives and emotional well-being of hundreds of thousands more.  The need to address the multifaceted nature and ongoing complexity of Japan’s disaster is evident with each day’s news updates. Within minutes after the 9.0 earthquake, northeastern Japan was engulfed by a tsunami that has done more damage then the initial earthquake.

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Japan Atomic Emergency Bulletin by Alex Smith

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by Alex Smith
http://www.ecoshock.info
March 14, 2011

The Fukushima 1 NPP

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Japan’s nuclear crisis on Monday is now more serious than ever before.

This is Alex Smith, host of the weekly program Radio Ecoshock, with Japan Atomic Emergency Bulletin #3, at noon Pacific Time, Monday March 14.

As you know from spectacular news footage, the outer containment shell of Reactor #3 at the Fukushima Daiichi plant exploded on Monday Japan time, Sunday in Europe and North America. This is the second explosion at the site, after Reactor #1 also suffered a hydrogen gas explosion the day before.

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A Good Look at the Countries America Loves to Hate By Timothy V. Gatto

By Timothy V. Gatto
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
liberalpro.blogspot.com
March 15, 2011

Recently I heard President Obama say that Gadhafi of Libya “Is on the wrong side of history”. The truth is that Obama is on the wrong side of history. Gunboat diplomacy is a thing of the past. The world has become much more complicated than it once was. A slight miscalculation, a slight error in foreign policy could bring blowback that nobody could foresee and nobody will know how to deal with. This is the case in Libya today.  I’ll get to that later, but for now I’d like to talk about two other nations that the U.S. has set up as having “evil” regimes that prey on their own people.

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PBS-NPR-Leaning Right by Ralph Nader

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
March 14, 2011

The tumultuous managerial shakeup at National Public Radio headquarters for trivial verbal miscues once again has highlighted the ludicrous corporatist right-wing charge that public radio and public TV are replete with left-leaning or leftist programming.

Ludicrous, that is, unless this criticism’s yardstick is the propaganda regularly exuded by the extreme right-wing Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity. These “capitalists” use the public’s airwaves free-of-charge to make big money.

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Unions must disembed from the Democratic Party by Philip A. Farruggio

by Philip A. Farruggio
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
March 15, 2011

Here in Florida, they held ‘Awake the State ‘rallies, in essence co-sponsored by the Democratic Party.  In Daytona Beach, a usually very apathetic area, various unions and union supporters came out by the hundreds to stand in solidarity with the teachers. It seems that our governor has decided to initiate his cost cutting measures, focusing first on the education budget. Nationwide, state and city governments are beginning to ask their public sector unions to contribute more for health care and pensions. Continue reading