Libya and the World of Oil by Noam Chomsky

by Noam Chomsky
In These Times
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Why is the Fed Bailing Out Qaddafi? by Matt Taibbi

by Matt Taibbi
Rolling Stone
April 1, 2011

Barack Obama recently issued an executive order imposing a wave of sanctions against Libya, not only freezing Libyan assets, but barring Americans from having business dealings with Libyan banks.

So raise your hand if you knew that the United States has been extending billions of dollars in aid to Qaddafi and to the Central Bank of Libya, through a Libyan-owned subsidiary bank operating out of Bahrain. And raise your hand if you knew that, just a week or so after Obama’s executive order, the U.S. Treasury Department quietly issued an order exempting this and other Libyan-owned banks to continue operating without sanction.

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Class Warfarin: Hemorrhaging, Part II by Joseph Natoli

by Joseph Natoli
Guest Writer
Dandelion Salad
April 3, 2011

Inflatable capitalist pig

Image by antony_mayfield via Flickr

Like the poisoned rat, we can’t make a connection between our decline and our appetites, or, more precisely, what we’ve been fed that’s labeled ‘fair and balanced” and we’ve greedily consumed.

“The richest 1% took $7 of every $100 of America’s income in 1980. They have increased that to $20 of every $100 today. In just one generation they’ve TRIPLED their cut of the pie.” — Paul Buchheit, 12.7.2010

We need to take a closer look at the convoluted and arcane present hemorrhaging of the multitudes, especially in the light of revolutions now taking place in Tunisia and Egypt.

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Arun Gandhi: My Grandpa, the Mahatma, interviewed by Cindy Sheehan

by Cindy Sheehan
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
Cindy Sheehan’s Soapbox Blog
Cindy Sheehan’s Soapbox
April 3, 2011

Though Gandhi never called himself a Hindu nat...

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(SOAPBOX #93) – Cindy hosts Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mohandas K., famously known as the “Mahatma” – or great-souled one.  (He would have hated that, tolerating only being treated as an average man!)  Nevertheless, it was that man who invented what he called satygraha (or “militant nonviolence”) and thereby changed the course of our whole world, inspiring leaders like Martin Luther King and many others, often less famed – but no less a stout and influential hero for peace.  [Such as Badshah KhanContinue reading

Libyan War In Third Week As NATO Takes Command by Rick Rozoff

by Rick Rozoff
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
Stop NATO-Opposition to global militarism
April 3, 2011

On the morning of March 31 the North Atlantic Treaty Organization assumed full command of military operations against Libya, effecting the transfer of air, naval and preliminary ground operations from U.S. Africa Command’s Joint Task Force Odyssey Dawn to NATO’s Operation Unified Protector. In NATO’s words, “The Alliance has the assets in place to conduct its tasks under Operation Unified Protector – the arms embargo, no-fly zone and actions to protect civilians and civilian centres.”

On the same day a press conference was conducted by NATO Spokesperson Oana Lungescu, the commander of Unified Protector Lieutenant General Charles Bouchard and the chairman of NATO’s Military Committee Admiral Giampaolo Di Paola to announce the transition.

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Torture and Terrorism: In the Middle East It’s 2011, In America It’s Still 2001

by Andy Worthington
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
3 April, 2011

The gulf between what’s happening on the ground in the Middle East and the way it is perceived by the US intelligence services — as well as the gulf between how critics perceive America’s counterterrorism policies in the Middle East, and how those policies are perceived by US intelligence — were recently exposed in an article in the Wall Street Journal by Julian E. Barnes and Adam Entous, entitled, “Upheaval in Mideast Sets Back Terror War.”

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Cornel West and the fight against injustice

EducateKnowledge on Mar 29, 2011

The provocative US intellectual discusses issues of race, civil liberties and Barack Obama’s leadership.

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