Protesting NATO in Chicago will be too late for Afghanistan by Hakim

by Hakim
Guest Writer
Dandelion Salad
http://ourjourneytosmile.com
April 14, 2012

Stop the Wars!

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Dear friends of ordinary 99 percent Afghans,

We thank you for your love and your hands and feet, in organizing for the upcoming Chicago protests!

In these killing days, we in Afghanistan do not expect the interests of people to triumph over self-interests. But your efforts prove that another world is possible.

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Turkey-Syria: New NATO Intervention Ahead Of Chicago Summit? by Rick Rozoff

by Rick Rozoff
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
Stop NATO
Stop NATO-Opposition to global militarism
April 12, 2012

Stop NATO manifestation, Krakow

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On April 11 Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan told reporters accompanying him to China that Turkey is considering asking the 28-nation North Atlantic Treaty Organization to invoke its Article 5 collective military assistance clause against Syria after a reported brief cross-border skirmish between Syrian military forces and what were identified as refugees, whether armed or otherwise remains unclear. Turkey unabashedly provides refuge for and, though not publicly acknowledged, assistance to thousands of Free Syrian Army fighters in its south.

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Ms. Rousseff Goes to the White House by Sean Fenley

President of Brazil Dilma Rousseff wearing the...

President of Brazil Dilma Rousseff wearing the presidential sash. Português: Presidenta brasileira Dilma Rousseff vestindo a faixa presidencial. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

by Sean Fenley
Guest Writer
Dandelion Salad
The Anything and Everything
April 2, 2012

“One of Lula’s foreign policy advisors told a friend of mine that when Brazil looks at Iran, it doesn’t see just Iran, it also sees Brazil.” – Larry Rohter, New York Times Reporter

Barack Obama recently visited with current Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff. President Obama didn’t receive her, however, with the kind of pomp and circumstance, that has been given to nations like Indian and China. President Rousseff only met with Obama in a brief meeting, she did not receive a state dinner, and Obama spent most of the day rolling Easter eggs on the South Lawn. Continue reading

Grand Prix Scandal: Bahrain’s Formula For Profits Over Human Rights by Finian Cunningham

by Finian Cunningham
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
East Africa
April 15, 2012

Formula 1™

Formula 1™ (Photo credit: LGEPR)

“A bunch of rich people having fun while others are being killed,” is how one motor-racing fan voiced his disgust over the decision for the Formula One Grand Prix to go ahead in Bahrain next weekend. For the past several weeks, there has been much speculation in the media about whether the sporting event watched by millions around the world would take place in Bahrain given the kingdom’s lethal crackdown on a pro-democracy movement since February 2011.

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U.S.-Israel Deal to Demand Qom Closure Threatens Nuclear Talks by Gareth Porter

by Gareth Porter
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
crossposted at ISP
April 12, 2012

WASHINGTON, Apr 12, 2012 (IPS) – The Barack Obama administration has adopted a demand in the negotiations with Iran beginning Saturday that its Fordow enrichment facility must be shut down and eventually dismantled based on an understanding with Israel that risks the collapse of the negotiations.

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Tarek Mehanna’s Powerful Statement As He Received a 17-Year Sentence Despite Having Harmed No One by Andy Worthington

by Andy Worthington
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
www.andyworthington.co.uk
April 14, 2012

What a disgrace. On Thursday, Tarek Mehanna, a 29-year old pharmacist from Sudbury, Massachusetts, was sentenced to 17 and half years in prison, after being found guilty in December on seven charges, including “providing material support to terrorists,” conspiracy to kill in a foreign country and lying to law enforcement officers. Perhaps that sounds appropriate, but as Nancy Murray of the ACLU explained in an article for the Boston Globe, the extent of his involvement in “terrorism” was that he had “emailed friends, downloaded videos, translated and posted documents on the web, and traveled to and from Yemen in 2004.”

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How Did We Let this Happen? By Timothy V. Gatto

By Timothy V. Gatto
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
liberalpro.blogspot.com
April 12, 2012

Every nation gets the government it deserves. (Joseph-Marie, comte de Maistre (1 April 1753 – 26 February 1821) was a Savoyard lawyer, diplomat, writer, and philosopher.)

This is a fact not an opinion. When I first read this quote, I believed the author had it wrong. I thought about nations that had governments forced on them, from outsiders and from their own people. The more I thought about it, the more convinced I became that the author had it wrong. Continue reading

Nader: Getting Steamed to Overcome Corporatism + Ralph Nader VS James Fly: Future of Military Force in International Peace and Security

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Ralph Nader after the speech - Green Lecture

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on Apr 10, 2012

Ralph Nader comes to Portland! Nader gave a powerful lecture and released his new book “Getting Steamed to Overcome Corporatism” for a Q & A and signing at Powell’s City of Books in downtown Portland. Look for Joe Anybody’s video of Nader’s lecture/symposium at Lewis & Clark College in southwest Portland to follow this event on the same day. [see video below]

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Chris Hedges: Those who are most attracted to war are the most incapable of love

Chris Hedges

Chris Hedges (Photo credit: Dandelion Salad)

with Chris Hedges
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
April 13, 2012

Apr 12, 2012 by

(Visit: http://www.uctv.tv/) Author and journalist Christopher Hedges speaks of the despair, destruction, love and truth that he found during his long career of covering wars and social justice throughout the world. Hedges is interviewed by Dean Nelson as part of the 17th annual Writer’s Symposium by the Sea at Point Loma Nazarene University.

Series: “Writer’s Symposium By The Sea” [4/2012] [Public Affairs] [Humanities] [Show ID: 22837]

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The shame of our country by Ed Dunphy

by Ed Dunphy
Guest Writer
Dandelion Salad
April 13, 2012

Recently I viewed a special on PBS which featured an old acquaintance. I feel more like a friend since he was such an influence during the sixties. However, I was more in tune with him than he was with me. In actuality it was honestly a very casual acquaintance . I guess in my mind it was more, since it was such a brush with greatness.

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Debts that can’t be paid, won’t be by Michael Hudson

by Michael Hudson
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
http://michael-hudson.com
April 10, 2012

An excerpt from a paper published for the conference Paradigm Lost: Rethinking Economics and Politics. I am speaking to this paper in Berlin this week. The full paper can be downloaded from their website (PDF).

A common denominator runs throughout recorded history: a rising proportion of debts cannot be paid. Adam Smith remarked that no government ever had repaid its debt, and today the same can be said of the overall volume of private-sector debt. One way or another, there will be defaults – unless debts are paid in an illusory fashion, simply by adding the interest charges onto the debt balance until the sums finally grow to so fictitious a magnitude that the illusion of viability has to be dropped.

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Iraq: Prime Minister Dictates Vengeance Beyond the Grave + 9th April: Iraq, Massacre of a Country by Felicity Arbuthnot

by Felicity Arbuthnot
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
London, England
7 April 2012

“How does blood flow from a ghost?” (In: “They Didn’t Ask: What’s After Death?” Mahmoud Darwish, 1942-2008)*

“Nothing so terrible has happened to us since the Crusades.” An Iraqi friend

In November 2010, Iraq’s former Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Tareq Aziz, under the shadow of execution, wrote to his lawyer requesting to be buried in Jordan and to be returned to his homeland: “after Iraq is liberated.” He feared his body would be desecrated – or exhumed by Iraq’s puppet government.

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Hillary Clinton Promotes 22nd Century NATO Ahead Of Chicago Summit by Rick Rozoff

by Rick Rozoff
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
Stop NATO
Stop NATO-Opposition to global militarism
April 11, 2012

On April 3, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton addressed the only North Atlantic Treaty Organization command in the United States, Allied Command Transformation, and the World Affairs Council of Greater Hampton Roads, both in Norfolk, Virginia, against the backdrop of the annual Norfolk NATO Festival. On the same day, one day before the 63rd anniversary of the founding of NATO, she also spoke at the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington.

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Lebanon’s Oppressed: Domestic Workers, Women, Palestinians by Franklin Lamb

by Franklin Lamb
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
Beirut, Lebanon
April 10, 2012

University students surveyed last month in Lebanon on the subject of how to improve their society and move it in the direction of meeting international human and civil rights norms identified three groups most in urgent need of immediate Lebanese governmental action.

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David Withun: Christianity and Existentialism

The inside of an Orthodox church. Greek Orthod...

The inside of an Orthodox church. Greek Orthodox Church. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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