Amy Goodman: Press Needs To Be 4th Estate Instead of 4 The State

RNC lots of cops
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on Apr 11, 2011

Democracy Now’s Amy Goodman recounts her arrest at the 2008 Republican National Convention in St. Paul Minnesota and talks about how the press has sunk to a new low by agreeing to be embedded with police to cover political conventions. She is speaking at the 2011 National Conference For Media Reform in Boston.

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Why Iceland Voted ‘No” to the Diktats of the Creditor Banks by Michael Hudson

by Prof. Michael Hudson
Global Research, April 11, 2011

About 75% of Iceland’s voters turned out on Saturday to reject the Social Democratic-Green government’s proposal to pay $5.2 billion to the British and Dutch bank insurance agencies for the Landsbanki-Icesave collapse. Every one of Iceland’s six electoral districts voted in the “No” column – by a national margin of 60% (down from 93% in January 2010).

The vote reflected widespread belief that government negotiators had not been vigorous in pleading Iceland’s legal case. The situation is reminiscent of World War I’s Inter-Ally war debt tangle. Lloyd George described the negotiations between U.S. Treasury Secretary Andrew Mellon and Stanley Baldwin regarding Britain’s arms debt as “a negotiation between a weasel and its quarry. Continue reading

Welcome to the United States of Self Interest by Philip A. Farruggio

by Philip A. Farruggio
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
April 11, 2011

End the Wars! Weekly Protest in COMO
photo by Dandelion Salad

I think it really hit me, so to speak, while I was standing on the street corner Saturday, April 9th, a day for anti war/occupation demonstrations throughout America. It was also a day to protest this latest escapade into Libya. You see, for those of us who have been standing on street corners for over six years, it matters not who occupies the White House or the Congress. The two major political parties are usually ‘on script ‘with their controllers from the Military Industrial Complex. Continue reading

Obama Administration position is regime change by Dennis Kucinich

Anti-cuts March

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by Congressman Dennis J. Kucinich
Washington, Apr 11, 2011

African Peace Plan Does Not Oust Gaddafi Rebels, U.S. Say ‘He has to Go’: Where?

Starting Another Humanitarian Crisis

With the support of the U.S. and the U.S.-backed NATO the “rebels” have rejected an African Union peace plan which included a cease-fire, an end to U.S./NATO air strikes, humanitarian aid, and political reforms.

“It’s easy for the rebels to reject a peace proposal: The U.S. is spending more money on this war than any other nation. The cost of the war has reportedly passed $600 million and there is no end in sight,” said Kucinich.

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Fight Economic Oppression, Target the Top One Percent by Joel S. Hirschhorn

by Joel S. Hirschhorn
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
April 11, 2011

Massive economic inequality is killing America and we the people.  It has already killed American democracy.  The rich have captured the political system so they could manipulate the economy and benefit unfairly.  Economic freedom and opportunity are gone.  Greed among the top one percent has succeeded so well that a true uprising and revolt by Americans, like that seen in Egypt, may be needed to restore America.

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Matt Taibbi’s Griftopia, a Book Review by Guadamour

by Guadamour
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
April 11, 2011

Book Review of Griftopia

In 2008 Wall Street feces hit the proverbial fan and sucked out trillions of US taxpayer dollars in rescuing banks criminally responsible for creating the crisis called by some the Great Recession. Griftopia by Matt Taibbi (Spiegel & Grau 2010) connects all the dots and links the key players and their roles in this criminal conspiracy which caused the domestic and international economies to implode.

Taibbi of The Rolling Stone starts slow describing the Bubble Meister, Alan Greenspan’s, connection to the ultra extreme capitalist advocate, the mediocre novelist Ayn Rand. The book delves into the crooked deals by high government officials with close Wall Street connections which determined the winners and loser in the bailout fiasco.

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