The Fourth Estate in Ireland 2012 is a Myth by Donal Peter Buckley

by Donal Peter Buckley
Guest Writer
Dandelion Salad
http://dandahan4.com, March 1, 2012
May 4, 2012

There is no Fourth Estate in Ireland 2012.

There never was a Fourth Estate in Ireland.

There are many commentaries and column semantics, even  hacks in fear and in hock to the establishment have spectacular media exposure. The Irish media and the establishment are of one voice.

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The Lutfallah II Arms-Smuggling Scandal by Franklin Lamb

by Franklin Lamb
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
Tripoli, Lebanon
May 5, 2012

It would be an incautious stretch to suggest any sort of parity between Watergate and the unfolding Lutfallah II arms shipment-to-Syria drama, that each day brings more revelations. But some of what we are daily learning about the who, what and why of Lutfallah II reminds some of us of a Watergate, type atmosphere including  “bit by bit, drip by drip” revelations,  denials, setting up fall guys and remarkable examples of incompetence.

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Dennis Kucinich: Where do Washington politicians want to make cuts to protect the war budget?

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May 2, 2012 by

Congressman Dennis Kucinich today asked Americans to consider what kind of a country they want to live in — a country where our friends and neighbors have enough food to eat or a nation that wages unending warfare. The question comes as recent news reports point to a proposal to cut food assistance for hungry families to fund the Department of Defense.

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To Be a Disciple of Jesus: What Jesus Said About Following Him

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In case you missed this part, a partial repost from What Jesus Said About Who He Is, Life and Following Him.

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What Jesus Said About Following Him

Christians cannot love their enemies and kill them, too

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Along the shoreline of the Sea of Galilee, Jesus called His disciples to “take up your cross and follow Me.” After almost 2,000 years, there is still hesitancy among many to accept that same invitation to become a follower of Jesus. What kind of commitment was Jesus asking for? How is Jesus different from other religious leaders?

Gain insights from biblical scholars who have researched the life and teachings of Jesus. Examine the evidence for making a commitment and decide whether you have reason to believe what Jesus said about following Him.

via What Jesus Said About Following Him – Day of Discovery

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Gar Aleperovitz: Public Banking in America (with Ellen Brown’s introduction)


replaced video May 11, 2012

with Ellen Brown
Featured Writer
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webofdebt.com
May 5, 2012

May 6, 2012 by

Public Banking In America Conference, Philadelphia, April 27-28.
Opening remarks by PBI president, Ellen Brown with keynote address by political economist, Gar Alperovitz

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Stranger in an Insane Land by Philip A. Farruggio

by Philip A. Farruggio
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
May 6, 2012

turn off the tv live your life

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I’m sorry, but I am convinced beyond reproach that we are all part of some giant dream. I mean, this cannot be real! All one has to do is what I just did this Tuesday morning; channel surf all the so called  news talk shows on the boob tube. I started out with Imus, quite appropriately, on the Bloomberg business channel. After all, Donny baby has been a shill for the super rich and famous for decades. His right wing crew of phony blue collar rebels, with the ghosts of ”Rudy Rudy, USA USA” echoing in the background is enough to give any rational person agita. Continue reading

British Defence Chief: NATO Absolves Germany Of Nazi Past by Rick Rozoff

by Rick Rozoff
Featured Writer
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Stop NATO
May 5, 2012

While British Defence Secretary Philip Hammond was in Berlin earlier this week touting global NATO ahead of the military alliance’s summit in Chicago two weeks from now, he urged Germany to overcome its “historic reluctance” to waging military aggression in Europe and around the world. Regarding the West, a case of what oft was thought, but ne’er so – candidly – expressed.

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Socialist François Hollande Wins French Presidential Election

Occupy May Day 2012

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Francois Hollande is the new president of France – yet he’s never really tasted power in a lifetime of Soclialist politics.

Al Jazeera’s Andrew Simmons reports from Tulle.

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Michael Parenti: Capitalism and Empire

with Michael Parenti
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Michael Parenti Blog
www.michaelparenti.org
May 4, 2012

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by Diane G
Wild Wild Left Radio
www.blogtalkradio.com
May 4, 2012

Tonight I have the honor of speaking to another of our generations brightest and best, the genius of Michael Parenti.

A true visionary, Parenti has been working tirelessly for decades to break the paradigm of political orthodoxy and bring us to a clearer vision of the realities we face under Capitalism and Empire.

[…]

via Wild Wild Left Radio 151 Michael Parenti Interview 05/04 by Diane G | Blog Talk Radio
(Note: starts at 26-28 minutes in.)

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Egypt: U.S. Financed Military Crushes Sit-in

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May 5, 2012 by

Jihan Hafiz reporting from Egypt.

Army soldiers violently crushed a week-long sit-in outside the Ministry of Defense, the headquarters of the ruling military junta. Clashes broke out after army soldiers beat protesters at the security barricades. The latest violence in Cairo comes at the end of a bloody week, where a dozen Egyptians were killed and hundreds injured. Nearly 20 foreign and Egyptian journalists were beaten and arrested during the raid on the sit-in. The Military Council blamed thugs and hooligans for causing the violence after it warned demonstrators against marching on military buildings. The latest street battle overshadows the upcoming presidential elections, which military generals claim is the last phase of the so-called transition to civilian rule.

Since the sit-in was destroyed, hundreds of people of been arrested or have disappeared. The Military Council imposed a 7 am to 11 pm curfew in the Abbassya district where the clashes took place. The pro-government neighborhood has been militarized by army tanks and checkpoints.

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Balkans To Caspian: U.S. And NATO Continue Cold War by Rick Rozoff

by Rick Rozoff
Featured Writer
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Stop NATO
May 1, 2012

Though infrequently acknowledged if even given consideration, the current historical period remains what it has been for a quarter century, the post-Cold War era.

Beginning in earnest in 1991 with the near simultaneous disintegration of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics and the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia – instantaneous in the first case, comparatively slower in the second, only complete with the independence of Montenegro in 2006 – the  bipolar world ended with the demise of the Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact and the nonaligned one with the fragmentation of Yugoslavia, a founder of the Non-Aligned Movement.

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The Ghost of Osama bin Laden Visits Barack Obama by Ralph Nader

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
April 30, 2012

(The imagined conversation between the Ghost of Osama bin Laden and President Barack Obama)

The Ghost of Osama bin Laden swirled into the Oval Office where Barack Obama was spending the evening going over a pile of requested sign-offs for drone missions.

Osama’s Ghost: “Mind if we have a conversation one year after you dispatched my body to the ocean sharks?”

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Steffen Lehndorff: A Triumph of Failed Ideas: European models of capitalism in the crisis

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May 5, 2012 by

Steffen Lehndorff speaks about the book, A Triumph of Failed Ideas: European models of capitalism in the crisis (Brussels: European Trade Union Institute, 2012). Steffen Lehndorff is Senior Researcher at the Working Time and Work Organisation Department at IAQ, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany.

The current crisis in Europe is being labelled, in mainstream media and politics, as a ‘public debt crisis’. The present book draws a markedly different picture. What is happening now is rooted, in a variety of different ways, in the destabilisation of national models of capitalism due to the predominance of neoliberalism since the demise of the post-war ‘golden age’. Ten country analyses provide insights into national ways of coping — or failing to cope — with the ongoing crisis. They reveal the extent to which the respective socio-economic development models are unsustainable, either for the country in question, or for other countries.

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Heart Attack Without Heart Disease: The Chickens Come Home by Cameron Salisbury + Monsanto Taking Over Global Agriculture

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by Cameron Salisbury
Featured Writer
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Opedinfo.com, April 29, 2012
May 1, 2012

Something strange and ominous is happening to young people, especially women but also to lesser numbers of men. They are dying of sudden heart attacks (acute myocardial infarction, AMI) without the classic symptoms of heart disease, chest pain or blocked arteries. They die quickly, as though blind-sided by a devastating accident.

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Executive Order – Prohibiting Certain Transactions with and Suspending Entry into the United States of Foreign Sanctions Evaders with Respect to Iran and Syria

TIME TO PULL THE PLUG ON KING OBAMA

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Propaganda Alert!

by Barack Obama
The White House
May 1, 2012

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release
May 01, 2012

Executive Order — Prohibiting Certain Transactions with and Suspending Entry into the United States of Foreign Sanctions Evaders with Respect to Iran and Syria

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