Who Are The Real Terrorists by Ariel Ky

by Ariel Ky
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Peacevisionary’s Blog
June 22, 2013

End the Endless Wars!

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The U.S. announced last week that Syria had crossed the line it had set about chemical weapons being used, claiming that the Syrian government was using chemical weapons. I had been anticipating this announcement ever since the U.S. stated that it would start providing arms to the rebels in Syria if chemical weapons were used. It struck me at the time as a foolhardy approach to the situation in Syria, especially considering the many mercenaries fighting in the beleaguered country. Continue reading

Jonathan Landay: Insider Threat: Government Employees Urged to Tattle On Coworkers In Effort to Stop Classified Leaks

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Stop Government Spying

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democracynow on Jun 25, 2013

www.democracynow.org – As the media focuses almost exclusively on Edward Snowden’s possible whereabouts, more details on the Obama administration’s crackdown on whistleblowers have come to light. A new investigative report has revealed the administration’s crackdown on leaks extends far beyond high-profile cases like Snowden or the Associated Press, to the vast majority of government agencies and departments — even those with no connection to intelligence or national security. For nearly two years, the White House has waged a program called “Insider Threat” that forces government employees to remain on the constant lookout for their colleagues’ behavior and to report their suspicions. It targets government officials who leak any information, not just classified material. All of this leads McClatchy to warn: “The [Insider Threat] program could make it easier for the government to stifle the flow of unclassified and potentially vital information to the public, while creating toxic work environments poisoned by unfounded suspicions and spurious investigations.” We’re joined by the reporter who helped break the story, Jonathan Landay, senior national security and intelligence reporter for McClatchy Newspapers. Landay also discusses his reporting that revealed how drone strikes carried out in Pakistan over a four-year period ran contrary to standards set forth publicly by President Obama.

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Wal-Mart Workers Arrested at Yahoo! Headquarters After Civil Disobedience

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videonation on Jun 24, 2013

Five activists were arrested at Yahoo! headquarters in Sunnyvale, California, June 24, 2013, in a protest over the firing of eleven Walmart employees who this month went on strike. The planned civil disobedience action followed an hour-long demonstration in the Yahoo! lobby; about thirty workers and supporters gathered to demand a meeting with Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer, who joined Walmart’s board last year.

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Cameron Insults Our Intelligence Over Syria… And Gets A Slap From Putin + Saudi Slip Signals Iran Obsession in Syria by Finian Cunningham

by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from Strategic Culture Foundation
June 19, 2013

PM welcomes President Putin

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They say a picture paints a thousand words. The photograph of British Prime Minister David Cameron and Russian President Vladimir Putin in London recently certainly does. When the two leaders gave a press conference at the weekend in Downing Street ahead to the G8 summit, Cameron had the excruciating look of a desperate man. Putin, by contrast, appeared in control. The latter spoke in measured tones and with discernible contempt in his voice.

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Sibel Edmonds Blows the Whistle on Government Blackmailing + Russ Tice Reveals the Truth About NSA Spying

The Bug Stops Here

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by Sibel Edmonds
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally published by Boiling Frogs Post
June 24, 2013

Sibel Edmonds on Hoover’s FBI & Thick Files on Government Officials, Rubber-Stamp FISA, Edward Snowden, Recent Revelations by Russ Tice.

James Corbett unplugs me (as always) on the recent revelations by NSA whistleblower Russ Tice, Edward Snowden, Qualifying Federal Judge Candidates, the Still-Hoover’s-FBI, and much more!

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Ralph Nader: A Society That Has More Justice Is A Society That Needs Less Charity

Ralph Nader after the speech - Green Lecture

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with Ralph Nader

Book Discussion on Told You So
May 30, 2013

Ralph Nader talked about his book, Told You So: The Big Book of Weekly Columns, in which he presents a selection of his opinion columns from over four decades of writing on subjects that range from auto safety to the Freedom of Information Act. Ralph Nader spoke at Politics and Prose Bookstore in Washington, D.C.

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The Killing of a Vibrant Apple Orchard by Shepherd Bliss

by Shepherd Bliss
Writer, Dandelion Salad
June 20, 2013

Apple blossom

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Do not be deceived by the thin perimeter of a few live apple trees remaining next to Apple Blossom School and the five nearby schools on Watertrough Road with 700 students in the Sebastopol countryside in Sonoma County, Northern California. A glorious, historic 47-acre orchard that nurtured people, wildlife, and the environment thrived there for many decades. Then chain-sawed trees languished on their sides with dying green apples, which will never ripen to red, cut down on June 14. Witnessing this slaughter was enough to make a grown man weep.

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Unnatural England by Lesley Docksey

Common Nightingale (Luscinia megarhynchos)

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by Lesley Docksey
Writer, Dandelion Salad
June 20, 2013

Great Britain is a small island, no more that 600 miles on its longest north/south axis from John O’Groats in Scotland to Lands End in Cornwall. Yet it has the most diverse geology, layer after layer of it laid down over the millennia. In other countries one might travel for 200 miles or even much more before the scenery changes in any way. Here 20 miles will do it, and the most obvious sign is what the old houses are built of. Continue reading

Julian Assange: Snowden, Manning Victims Of Obama’s War On Whistleblowers + Glenn Greenwald: Where is Edward Snowden? + Assange on the Bradley Manning Trial

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RussiaToday on Jun 24, 2013

Edward Snowden and Wikileaks’ Sarah Harrison who is accompanying him are “safe and healthy,” Julian Assange said during a conference call broadcast by RT.

“The current status of Mr Snowden and Harrison is that both are healthy and safe and they are in contact with their legal teams,” the WikiLeaks founder said. “I cannot give further information as to their whereabouts,” Assange added.

“Snowden is not a traitor, he is not a spy, he is a whistleblower who told the public the important truth,” he pointed out.

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Keystone XL Pipeline Civil Disobedience

Tar Sands Blockade N19

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CIMC on Jun 2, 2013

In this episode, we’ll see a short documentary about activists and landowners joining forces to stop the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline. We’ll also go to recent protest activities in Chicago, including those opposing the corporate control of food, a proposed buyout of the Tribune company’s newspapers, and a commemoration of May Day.

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Global Power Project, Part 2: Identifying the Institutions of Control by Andrew Gavin Marshall

by Andrew Gavin Marshall
Writer, Dandelion Salad
June 19, 2013

Corporate States of America Day 12 Occupy Wall Street September 28 2011 Shankbone 54

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The following is Part 2 of my exclusive research series for Occupy.com.

Part 1: Exposing the Transnational Capitalist Class

The Global Power Project, an investigative series produced by Occupy.com, aims to identify and connect the worldwide institutions and individuals who comprise today’s global power oligarchy. Continue reading

Fascism USA: Corporatizing National Security by Ralph Nader

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
June 20, 2013

Nov 19 March & Re-Occupy Oakland 051

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Privacy is a sacred word to many Americans, as demonstrated by the recent uproar over the brazen invasion of it by the Patriot Act-enabled National Security Agency (NSA). The information about dragnet data-collecting of telephone and internet records leaked by Edward Snowden has opened the door to another pressing conversation—one about privatization, or corporatization of this governmental function.

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Welcome To The Totalitarian State by Walter Brasch

by Walter Brasch
Writer, Dandelion Salad
June 21, 2013


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It makes no difference if Edward Snowden, who had fled to Hong Kong and revealed that the American government was spying upon American citizens, is a traitor or a hero.

Intelligence agencies from China, Russia, England, Israel, and maybe even Lichtenstein, probably already know that the National Security Administration (NSA) is collecting data of all the phone calls and emails of Americans, and linking them to conversations with foreign nationals. Continue reading

NSA leaker Edward Snowden flies to ‘third country’ via Moscow + Glenn Greenwald Responds To News Edward Snowden Has Left Hong Kong


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Updated below.

RussiaToday on Jun 23, 2013

US whistleblower Edward Snowden is en route to Moscow from Hong Kong on an Aeroflot flight, authorities have confirmed. Washington has filed an extradition order to Hong Kong on charges of espionage, theft and conversion of government property.

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