Looting is ALWAYS Wrong, Right? by Ed Ciaccio

by Ed Ciaccio
Dandelion Salad
Featured Writer
August 14, 2011

Capitalism Kills

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The August, 2011 riots and looting in various cities in the United Kingdom have caused many proper politicos to make pronouncements about “senseless violence” and looting.  Looting stores of shopkeepers in the areas of the British cities where the riots took place seems not only morally wrong and criminal, but counterproductive, as well.  Most of these shopkeepers are members of the same ignored, disaffected, discriminated-against class and race as the rioters.  What more need be said?

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Michael Parenti: The Struggle for History (1993)

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by Michael Parenti
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www.michaelparenti.org
August 9, 2011

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http://video.google.ca/
1:24:59 – 4 years ago

An excellent lecture by the well-known American political scientist, historian, and media critic, Michael Parenti. On history and who tells it (complete with Q&A).

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Demonizing the Dispossessed by William Bowles

by William Bowles
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williambowles.info
10 August, 2011

Shop Fire

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It’s fashionable to call them the ‘underclass’ that the state has buried away, out of sight–out of mind on ‘sink estates’ or trapped and invisible in the poorest neighborhoods of our cities. Demonized and/or sentimentalized by the state/corporate media (‘Shameless’ and ‘East Enders’ come to mind), exactly as in Victorian times, an entire section of the working class have been reduced to some inferior, sub-human species by the political class and its media partners-in-crime.
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NATO’S massacre of civilians including children at Majer, Libya by Franklin Lamb

U.S. Out of Libya

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by Franklin Lamb
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Majer, Libya
August 12, 2011

Located about 20 miles east of the ancient Roman city of Leptis Magna, six miles south of Zliten, and off Libya’s southern coast across the Mediterranean from Rome, Majer was a picturesque village known for the fine quality of its dates and is claimed by locals to produce the best tarbuni (date juice) in Libya.

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Brain Dead Obama by Joel S. Hirschhorn + Chomsky On Obama’s 2008 Election Campaign

by Joel S. Hirschhorn
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www.foavc.org
August 11, 2011

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Everyone who voted for Obama should feel betrayed, ashamed and disgusted.  Anyone who still trusts, admires and respects Obama is a fool.  Here is my political fantasy: I wake up one day soon and hear the news that President Obama has a fatal brain tumor and will soon resign.  Praise the Lord!

If you have any doubt whatsoever about how bad a president Obama is, then take the time to read this incredibly fine essay by Drew Westen “What Happened to Obama?”

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The People vs. The Machine by Cindy Sheehan + Gloria Steinem leads the fight to save Jeju Island

by Cindy Sheehan
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Cindy Sheehan’s Soapbox Blog
Cindy Sheehan’s Soapbox
August 6, 2011

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Since the summer of 2005, when I began a camp in front of the vacation “ranch” of George Bush, I have traveled to many countries and all over the U.S. meeting with people who have been in long struggles against neoliberalism. Most of us in the U.S. are familiar with the term “neoconservative,” but “neoliberal” is also a well-understood and often used term in other areas.

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Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: Europe and US need freedom most of all

English: TEHRAN. With the President of Iran, M...

English: TEHRAN. With the President of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Русский: ТЕГЕРАН. С Президентом Ирана Махмудом Ахмадинежадом. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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In an exclusive interview with RT, Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad pointed out that the 21st century is about knowledge, while nukes are the means of the past. Iran’s view on the “Arab Spring” and its relations with other countries has also been discussed.

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Chris Hedges: Love is the most potent enemy of war (2004)

with Chris Hedges
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August 11, 2011

Chris Hedges

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Transcript

[…] War time always brings with it this comradeship, which is the opposite of friendship.

Friends, as J. Glenn Gray points out in his book “The Warriors: Reflections on Men in Battle,” are predetermined. Friendship takes place between men and women who possess an intellectual and emotional affinity for each other. Continue reading

Thuggery, Looting, Lawlessness… By the Ruling Class by Finian Cunningham

by Finian Cunningham
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Dandelion Salad
11 August, 2011

Tax the rich, not our future placard

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After a conflagration of arson attacks, riots and looting in several British cities, including the capital, London, there is a sense of order having been restored from a massive mobilisation of police forces.

There now follows the tracking down and prosecution of individuals involved in the mayhem. Conservative Prime Minister is leading “the fight back” to punish anyone who has inflicted damage and destruction to Britain’s society.

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Riots in UK Could Forshadow Events in the US by Timothy V. Gatto

By Timothy V. Gatto
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liberalpro.blogspot.com
August 13, 2011

Tottenham Riots

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The British government has charged that the riots are being caused by an increase in “criminality”. This is patently ridiculous. What is the difference in London or Manchester now than last year? If these riots are presumed to be the act of “criminals”, then what triggered these “criminals” to riot? If “criminality” is the reason why people are on the streets destroying neighborhoods and looting shops, why is it happening all over the country? Continue reading

An Empire Filled With Fools by Philip A. Farruggio

by Philip A. Farruggio
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August 12, 2011

9/11 was an inside job!

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In William Wellman’s riveting 1943 drama “The Ox Bow Incident”, we find parallels to many illegal and immoral acts committed by those who are supposed to lead us. In the film, a rancher is ‘supposedly’ murdered by rustlers. A group of townspeople decide to form a posse without the sheriff, who is out of town for a few hours. They are informed that only  the sheriff can legally choose and deputize a posse. Continue reading

The Intimately Oppressed by Howard Zinn

by Howard Zinn
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crossposted at www.greanvillepost.com, July 20, 2011
August 12, 2011

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Chapter 6 from A People’s History of the United States.

It is possible, reading standard histories, to forget half the population of the country. The explorers were men, the landholders and merchants men, the political leaders men, the military figures men. The very invisibility of women, the overlooking of women, is a sign of their submerged status.

In this invisibility they were something like black slaves (and thus slave women faced a double oppression). The biological uniqueness of women, like skin color and facial characteristics for Negroes, became a basis for treating them as inferiors. True, with women, there was something more practically important in their biology than skin color-their position as childbearers-but this was not enough to account for the general push backward for all of them in society, even those who did not bear children, or those too young or too old for that. Continue reading

“Nepal girls are cheaper to buy” by Brian McAfee

by Brian McAfee
Guest Writer
Dandelion Salad
August 13, 2011

Sex Trafficking

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One of the most significant ongoing scourges that befalls humanity worldwide is the ongoing exploitation and sexual abuse of over two million girls and boys through sex trafficking. UNICEF estimates that two and a half million children, most of them girls, are tricked or forced into the multibillion dollar global sex industry.

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Analysis of Financial Terrorism in America: Welcome to World War III by David DeGraw

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Updated: Aug. 15, 2011 added video interview

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On the 66th Anniversary of the Bombing of Nagasaki by Cindy Sheehan

by Cindy Sheehan
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Cindy Sheehan’s Soapbox Blog
Cindy Sheehan’s Soapbox
August 11, 2011

Origami Peace Crane

Thank you for inviting me to this important meeting—it is a great honor for me to be here on the anniversary of a time when our countries were bitter enemies—even before most of us were
born.

In the time of the rise of the 3rd Reich in Europe, the people of my country were in an isolationist mood and not too excited about getting into another bloody and costly war in Europe.

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