Obama’s Foot in Mouth Disease on Venezuela by Sean Fenley

by Sean Fenley
Guest Writer
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The Anything and Everything
December 21, 2011

“I like Latin America; I view South America as the underdog in this situation. As a moviemaker I tend to make movies about people who don’t get a fair shake.” – Academy Award winning filmmaker, Oliver Stone

“One of the hemisphere’s great democratic leaders.” – George H.W. Bush on Carlos Andres Perez

Obama sounds very ignorant and uniformed and shortsighted, when he speaks on the issue of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. Continue reading

American Presidents: Romancing A Stone by Clive Hambidge

by Clive Hambidge
Guest Writer
Dandelion Salad
Dec. 25, 2011

An American past in an Israeli future for an ever present and brutal occupation

Happy Christmas Mr President or may I call you Barack this Yule Tide? As you know “Christmas is the day that holds all time together” (Alexander Smith) certainly as you rustle through your Christmas stocking and wrestle with your conscience perhaps to find as you dig deep in both and  past ‘hegemonic imperatives’ an  olive twig or a so-called ‘peace process’? Perhaps not. But as you dig, can you hear the whispers?  No. They are not the whispers from the Presidents of Christmas past, we will come to them; no? Continue reading

Are we living in a fool’s paradise? By William Bowles

by William Bowles
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
21 December 2011

Well 2011 has been nothing if not eventful but frankly, in spite of all the #Occupy this and #Occupy that, it’s not been a good year for us progresssives or the planet. The Empire acts with increasing, not decreasing impunity, desperate now to try and keep ahead of events lest events take control of it.

Are we living in a fool’s paradise?

A question keeps nagging at me: Are all of us, including the left, reacting to an entirely engineered reality, fed to us via an all-embracing media? Continue reading

Rick Rozoff: Anti-Syria campaign in geopolitical context

by Rick Rozoff
Featured Writer
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Stop NATO-Opposition to global militarism
December 22, 2011


December 20, 2011

Rick Rozoff of Stop NATO, a web-based information campaign against the alliance, points out a recent, dangerous pattern of events in North Africa.

“We have to recall that three countries in North Africa – Tunisia, Egypt and Libya – have experienced regime change so far this year, and that the process seems well under way in Yemen and Syria. So what we are looking at is a pattern. What may initially start as a peaceful protest could end up being quite violent as in the case of Libya, with NATO intervening on behalf of the opposition, and there is a very real prospect of the replication of that model being employed in Syria.”

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Ron Paul: Propagandist or Prophet? by Jeremy R. Hammond

by Jeremy R. Hammond
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Foreign Policy Journal
December 24, 2011


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Ron Paul is “the best-known American propagandist for our enemies”, writes Dorothy Rabinowitz in a recent Wall Street Journal hit piece. To support the charge, she writes that Dr. Paul “assures audiences” that the terrorist attacks of 9/11 “took place only because of U.S. aggression and military actions”. It’s “True,” she writes, that “we’ve heard the assertions before”, but only “rarely have we heard in any American political figure such exclusive concern for, and appreciation of, the motives of those who attacked us”—and, she adds, he doesn’t care about the victims of the attacks.

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Half of U.S. poor by Fred Goldstein

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By Fred Goldstein
Dec 21, 2011 10:59 PM

Karl Marx was right: Gap grows between 99% and 1%

The number of people in the U.S. who are officially poor or “near poor” has become a matter of controversy.

The Census Bureau has changed the method by which it measures official poverty. Now, regional differences are taken into account when calculating the costs of maintaining a family, as well as adding any government assistance — like food stamps — to a family’s income while subtracting medical, transportation, childcare and other expenses.

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Sibel Edmonds: Syria’s Psychological Warfare – Invasion Planned Long Ago

with Sibel Edmonds
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December 23, 2011

An enlargeable map of the Syrian Arab Republic

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on Dec 23, 2011

Arab League observers are due to arrive in Syria on Thursday as part of a plan to halt violence. That is after one of the bloodiest weeks since the beginning of the unrest, with more than 200 people having been killed in the last few days.

­The US has renewed its call for President Assad to step down, warning of new international measures unless it withdraws security forces from the streets. Syria is already suffering under a set of sanctions.

Sibel Edmonds, founder of the National Security Whistleblowers Coalition, says sanctions will only provoke violence in Syria, causing deeper restlessness in the conflict-ridden country.

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Global Tamil Forum Press Statement on LLRC by Suren Surendiran

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24 December 2011

Issued for immediate release

24 December 2011

Global Tamil Forum on LLRC

Global Tamil Forum (GTF) welcomes the long delayed publication of the ‘Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission’ (LLRC) report. Its findings only serve to emphasise the importance of establishing an international, independent accountability mechanism to investigate whether Government forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) breached any international law, committed war crimes and crimes against humanity in the last months of the war.

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Noam Chomsky: Arab Spring, American Winter

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Occupy Wall Street Day 14

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on Dec 14, 2011

Noam Chomsky, Institute Professor of Linguistics, MIT, reflects on the irony that while the peoples of the Middle East are demanding the right to good education, health, and employment, Americans, battered by an economic systems that eludes most people’s grasp, seem to be resigned to a future without such rights.

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O Captain My Captain – America’s Aid for Israel’s Political ‘Continuum’ by Clive Hambidge

by Clive Hambidge
Guest Writer
Dandelion Salad
Dec. 22, 2011

A military conquest

“… We shall use the ultimate force until the Palestinians come crawling to us on all fours … When we have settled the land, all the Arabs will be able to do will be to scurry round like drugged roaches in a bottle.” (Rafeal Eitan)

A ‘moral articulation’ by successive American administrations as to the primary reason for their unilateral support of 0.001% of the world’s population, namely Israel, is not standing up to international law or American scrutiny. Continue reading