Global Rollback: After Communism by Michael Parenti (2002)

by Michael Parenti
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
Originally published at
CovertAction Quarterly, Spring 2002
Sept. 25, 2011

Lately we have been hearing a great deal about “blowback.” But the real menace we face today is global rollback. The goal of conservative rulers around the world, led by those who occupy the seats of power in Washington, is the systematic rollback of democratic gains, public services, and common living standards around the world.

In this rabidly anticommunist plutocratic culture, many left intellectuals have learned to mouth denunciations of the demon Soviets, thereby hoping to give proof of their own political virtue and acceptability. Continue reading

Noam Chomsky on Dilemmas in Humanitarian Intervention

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Noam Chomsky at the World Social Forum in 2003...

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on Sep 22, 2011

On September 15, 2011, Noam Chomsky shared remarks on the pitfalls of humanitarian intervention with the Williams College community. A prominent American public intellectual and activist, Chomsky has written and lectured extensively on linguistics, philosophy, intellectual history, international affairs, and foreign policy.

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As The Drone Flies… by Ralph Nader

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Solar Power not Drone warfare

by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
Sept. 26, 2011

The fast developing predator drone technology, officially called unmanned aerial vehicles or UAVs, is becoming so dominant and so beyond any restraining framework of law or ethics, that its use by the U.S. government around the world may invite a horrific blowback.

First some background. The Pentagon has about 7,000 aerial drones. Ten years ago there were less than 50. Continue reading

Rick Rozoff: US military mindset produces monsters + Afghan civilians often victims of US night raids

by Rick Rozoff
Featured Writer
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Stop NATO-Opposition to global militarism
September 25, 2011

Press TV
September 24, 2011

Interview with Rick Rozoff, Manager for Stop NATO, Chicago

An analyst believes the actions of the US “kill team” charged with murdering Afghan civilians for sport is not isolated, but part of a systemic military mindset

Press TV talks with Rick Rozoff, manager of Stop NATO in Chicago, about the mindset of the US military leadership and U.S. government indiscretion that is cultivating a carte blanche impunity toward the value of the lives of the civilians of Afghanistan and Iraq. Continue reading

The Lady By J. Brett Whitesell

By J. Brett Whitesell
Guest Writer
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Come The Revolution
Sept. 22, 2011

Free Myanmar (Burma) Protest, Portland, OR Mon...

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When we were kids living in the city we would walk around for hours solving all the world’s problems. One day we decided to patrol another neighborhood we hadn’t seen for sometime, and found a huge construction site. We ran down to find what looked like a fifty-foot plywood wall surrounding the entire city block. You could hear the incredible amount of noise on the other side and a gigantic crane with a ball on the end that we knew could only be for one purpose, to tear something down. We had to see in. We ran around the block until we found an open knothole in the plywood, everyone took turns looking into the site.

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Ben Bella: Revolutionary Internationalist by Gaither Stewart

by Gaither Stewart
Featured Writer
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crossposted at The Greanville Post
September 24, 2011
Rome, Italy

Algeria CIA map

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ARCHIVES: In Remembrance of the Algerian Struggle for Independence

Editors Note: With the US and its NATO accomplices once again bent on “repackaging” the Arab Maghreb and the Gulf region via overt and covert bloody interventions in Iraq, Libya, Bahrain, Egypt, Tunisia, Syria, and other nations, apparently a new age of colonialism  has arrived.

Of course, chiefly for the benefit of the perennially bamboozled American public, the pretense that we’re doing this to secure peace, freedom, and democracy in the region will likely continue indefinitely. Continue reading

Chris Busby: Nuclear Industry Cover Up of Massive Radiation from Fukushima + Thousands Protest Nuclear Power In Tokyo

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4.24 エネルギーシフトパレードin渋谷/Energy Shift Parade i...

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on Sep 22, 2011

Spread Professor Chris Busby’s message about Japan and the nuclear industry’s intentional coverup of Fukushima radioactive problem, how Japan is trucking tons of radioactive waste to south Japan, etc. Prof. Busby has been working on making supplements that block some of the radioactive nucleotides from attaching themselves to the DNA.

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9/11 Came From Above, Not From Below by Rand Clifford

by Rand Clifford
Featured Writer
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September 20, 2011

9/11 was an INSIDE JOB

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An innocent bystander exposed to mainstream corporate media (CorpoMedia) during the lead-up to 9/11/11 would likely conclude that an overwhelming majority of Americans believe that nineteen Arab boys armed with box cutters achieved the horrendous destruction of 9/11/01 despite the best efforts of the entire American security apparatus.

Innocent faith in the dignity of American leadership might shield the bystander from knowing that, despite successful suicide missions, many of those Arab boys are alive and well.(1) Continue reading

“War and Shopping” amidst a World in Crisis: The Extremism that Never Speaks its Name by John Pilger

by John Pilger
Global Research
September 21, 2011

Brian Haw's anti-war demonstration in Parliame...

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Looking for a bookshop that was no longer there, I walked instead into a labyrinth designed as a trap. Leaving became an allusion, rather like Alice once she had stepped through the Looking Glass. Walls of glass curved into concentric circles as one “store” merged into another: Armani Exchange with Dinki Di Pies. Exits led to gauntlets of more “offers” and “exciting options”. Seeking a guide, I bought a lousy pair of sunglasses: anything to get out. It was a vision of hell. It was a Westfield mega mall.

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Tomatoes of Wrath by Chris Hedges

by Chris Hedges
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
Sept. 26, 2011

Summer 2009: Juliet Tomatoes

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It is 6 a.m. in the parking lot outside the La Fiesta supermarket in Immokalee, Fla. Rodrigo Ortiz, a 26-year-old farmworker, waits forlornly in the half light for work in the tomato fields. White-painted school buses with logos such as “P. Cardenas Harvesting” are slowly filling with fieldworkers. Knots of men and a few women, speaking softly in Spanish and Creole, are clustered on the asphalt or seated at a few picnic tables waiting for crew leaders to herd them onto the buses, some of which will travel two hours to fields. Continue reading