Mr. President, Know Thyself by Kathleen Kirwin + Chomsky on the hypocrisy of western intervention

by Kathleen Kirwin
Guest Writer
Dandelion Salad
March 19, 2011

Postscript to an Open Letter to President Obama

Mr. President, yesterday you proudly and vehemently “raised your voice against the violence of the oppressed” in Libya. You proclaimed:

All attacks against civilians must stop.

Gaddafi must stop his troops from advancing on Benghazi, pull them back… and establish water, electricity and gas supplies to all areas.

Humanitarian assistance must be allowed to reach the people of Libya or the “international community will make him suffer the consequences” with military action.

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Bahrain protesters weakened by destruction of symbol of uprising by Finian Cunningham + Bahrain razes Pearl Square to ground

by Finian Cunningham
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
crossposted from Irish Times
March 19, 2011

The Bahraini pro-democracy movement suffered another crushing defeat yesterday when state forces demolished the Pearl Monument in the capital’s financial district.

The 40-metre sculpture had for four weeks served as a focal point for tens of thousands of demonstrators who were camping out there every night, calling for the replacement of the monarchy with a democratic constitution.

Last Wednesday morning, unarmed civilian protesters at the Pearl were attacked by security forces from Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states.

According to medical sources, at least five protesters were killed at the Pearl during the morning raid, which has sparked an international outcry, including condemnation from Amnesty International and other human rights groups.

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To Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg: “Brutal, Savage and Unacceptable.” by Felicity Arbuthnot

by Felicity Arbuthnot
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
19 March, 2011

The Rt. Hon., Nick Clegg, MP.,
Deputy Prime Minister,
Houses of Parliament,
London SW1A.

Dear Mr Clegg,

Re: Libya.

I refer to your letter below, which was forwarded to me.

“No-fly zone” is an oxymoron, a total contradiction in terms. It means that Colonel Quaddafi’s “brutal, savage and unacceptable treatment”, will be replaced by our “brutal, savage and unacceptable treatment”, using depleted uranium weapons and blowing Libyan people to bits in their uncounted numbers (“it is not productive” to count coalition deaths as US Generals have said many times.) Continue reading

Ralph Nader Calls for Impeachment of Obama + Daniel Ellsberg: Obama’s monarchical presidential powers

Democracy Now!
Mar. 18, 2011

Daniel Ellsberg Joins Peace Activists Risking Arrest at Protest Marking Iraq War Anniversary, Nader Calls for Impeachment of Obama

Ralph Nader and Daniel Ellsberg plan to participate in a major protest on Saturday in Washington, D.C., to mark the eight-year anniversary of the U.S-led invasion of Iraq. Ellsberg will risk arrest by participating in nonviolent civil disobedience actions by Veterans for Peace, among others, to protest the ongoing military occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan. “Innocents are being slaughtered,” Nader says. “Why don’t we say what’s on the minds of many legal experts? That the Obama administration is committing war crimes. And if Bush should have been impeached, Obama should be impeached.” [includes rush transcript]

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via Daniel Ellsberg Joins Peace Activists Risking Arrest at Protest Marking Iraq War Anniversary, Nader Calls for Impeachment of Obama

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Sonia Gandhi: We are with the Tamils and I am very concerned about Sri Lanka

Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
19 March, 2011

Women's March - 05 March 2011

In an opportunity to speak with Mrs Gandhi following her Commonwealth lecture, at the reception for invited guests, senior members of the Global Tamil Forum (GTF) raised issues regarding the plight of Tamil women in Sri Lanka.

Mrs. Gandhi said that she is very concerned about the situation in Sri Lanka. She said that the Congress lead coalition government has asserted their serious concerns to the Government of Sri Lanka. Continue reading