Howard Zinn: The Myth of American Exceptionalism (2005; repost)

by Howard Zinn
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally posted June 9, 2010
September 26, 2013

http://videolectures.net/mitworld_zinn_mae/
March 14, 2005

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Americans have long embraced a notion of superiority, claims Howard Zinn. Governor Winthrop of the Massachusetts Bay Colony described establishing “a city on a hill,” to serve the world as a beacon of liberty. So far, so good. But driving this sense of destiny, says Zinn, was an assumption of divine agency—“an association between what the government does and what God approves of.” Continue reading

Obama and the Usual American ‘DAM’ Exceptionalism – Delusion, Arrogance and Mendacity by Finian Cunningham

Auftakt: Obama die rote Karte zeigen

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from Strategic Culture Foundation
September 25, 2013

President Barack Obama addressed the opening of the 68th General Assembly of the United Nations with his usual oratorical formula. Admittedly, the man is a good speaker with flawless technical delivery. But by now this has become a tiresome act of grandiloquence and lofty idealism with no substance. Continue reading

Barack Obama’s Speech at the United Nations Assembly Sept. 24, 2013 + Transcript

War is Peace. Obama and his Nobel "Peace" Prize

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RT on Sep 24, 2013

US President Barack Obama criticized the UN Security Council for inaction on Syria, and called for a diplomatic solution to the standoff with Iran, in a General Assembly speech that robustly defended America’s “exceptional” role in the world. READ MORE: http://on.rt.com/6l0pd2

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s Speech at the United Nations Assembly September 24, 2013 + Transcript

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RT on Sep 24, 2013

Iran poses absolutely no threat to the world President Hassan Rouhani said in his address to the UN General Assembly. At the same time, militarism of “some players” and generalization of western values, he says, poses a true danger for the world security.  Continue reading

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff’s Speech at the United Nations Assembly Sept. 24, 2013 + Transcript

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RT on Sep 24, 2013

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff lambasted US spying on her country at Tuesday’s UN summit, calling it a “breach of international law.” She further warned that the NSA surveillance, revealed since June, threatened freedom of speech and democracy. READ MORE: http://on.rt.com/o2u7py

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Chris Hedges: Only Way To Get Rich Is To Be Unethical #OWS

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with Chris Hedges

Jarett Myskiw on Sep 22, 2013

The question and answer session from Chris Hedges’ speaking engagement at the West End Cultural Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, on 21 September, 2013. Continue reading

Bloody Weekend Explodes Washington’s Contradictions over Al Qaeda and War on Terror by Finian Cunningham

Times Square Convergence against The War on Syria

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from Strategic Culture Foundation
September 23, 2013

It was a busier and bloodier weekend than usual for Islamic extremists linked to the Al Qaeda franchise, with hundreds killed in bomb and gun attacks in Iraq, Pakistan, Yemen and Kenya, as well as the ongoing war in Syria, where the same brand of jihadists form the dominant fighting groups trying to topple the government of President Bashar al-Assad.

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Activists Hang Four Anti-#TPP Banners on U.S. Trade Building in D.C.

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Bill Hughes on Sep 23, 2013

On September 23rd, Social Justice activists hung four huge anti-Trans-Pacific Partnership, (TPP), banners on the U.S. Office of Trade Representative building in Washington, D.C. None of the activists were arrested, although one, Tighe Barry, was detained briefly during the demonstration, and then released.

According to “Resist the Trans-Pacific Partnership”, unless “Fast Track” is defeated, a finalized trade deal will more than likely “further entrench corporate power in every area of our lives [including the Internet]…[especially] with more than 600 corporate advisors on board — [as negotiators] including [representatives from] Monsanto, Halliburton, Walmart and Chevron.”

Speaking on camera are Kevin Zeese, Dr. Margaret Flowers, Natalie Yoon and Tighe Barry. To learn more about this important issue, go to: “Resist the TPP — Stop Fast Track,” at: http://www.facebook.com/events/426996234075963/

[Special to the Baltimore Post-Examiner]

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Wall Street Is No Longer a Safe Place to Keep Our Money by Ellen Brown

by Ellen Brown
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Web of Debt Blog
September 23, 2013

Post Office & Savings Bank

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The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) is the nation’s second largest civilian employer after WalMart. Although successfully self-funded throughout its long history, it is currently struggling to stay afloat. This is not, as sometimes asserted, because it has been made obsolete by the Internet. In fact the post office has gotten more business from Internet orders than it has lost to electronic email. What has pushed the USPS into insolvency is an oppressive 2006 congressional mandate that it prefund healthcare for its workers 75 years into the future. No other entity, public or private, has the burden of funding multiple generations of employees who have not yet even been born.

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Now Official: For the British Ministry of Defence, Afghan Lives Are Cheap by Felicity Arbuthnot

by Felicity Arbuthnot
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London, England
September 23, 2013

Praying / Prier

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The contempt with which “liberated” Afghans are treated by the British Ministry of Defence has been revealed in figures obtained by the (London) Independent (23rd September 2013)

“ ‘Fatality claims’ include the deaths of Afghan civilians in botched air-strikes, crossfire and road accidents involving British forces” – in an invasion into which the British, as ever, trotted obediently after their Washington masters.

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Spilling the NSA’s Secrets: Guardian Editor Alan Rusbridger on the Inside Story of Snowden Leaks

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Thank you, Edward Snowden!

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LeakSourceTV on Sep 23, 2013

http://www.democracynow.org – Three-and-a-half months after National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden came public on the the U.S. government’s massive spying operations at home and abroad, we spend the hour with Alan Rusbridger, editor-in-chief of The Guardian, the British newspaper that first reported on Snowden’s leaked documents. The Guardian has continued releasing a series of exposés based on Snowden’s leaks coloring in the details on how the NSA has managed to collect telephone records in bulk and information on nearly everything a user does on the Internet. The articles have ignited widespread debate about security agencies’ covert activities, digital data protection and the nature of investigative journalism. The newspaper has been directly targeted as a result — over the summer the British government forced the paper to destroy computer hard drives containing copies of Snowden’s secret files, and later detained David Miranda, the partner of Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald. Rusbridger, editor of The Guardian for nearly two decades, joins us to tell the inside story of The Guardian’s publication of the NSA leaks and the crackdown it’s faced from its own government as a result.

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F is for FIRE Sector by Michael Hudson

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by Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
michael-hudson.com
September 23, 2013

Part F in the .

Factoid: A hypothesis, rumor or story so consonant with peoples’ preconceptions that it is accepted as a fact or working assumption, even though it often is made up a priori. Among the most notorious examples are the ideas of diminishing returns, equilibrium, that privatized ownership is inherently more efficient than public management, and that trickle-down economics works. (See Junk Science.)

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Three Myths About Food Stamps

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TheRealNews on Sep 22, 2013

House passes bill to cut food stamps for up to 4 million Americans in 2014, but what are the facts behind this polarizing program? Continue reading

Potential US War on Syria Based on a Snuff Movie by Finian Cunningham

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from PressTV
September 21, 2013

The American war footing towards Syria plumbs a new diabolical depth.

Not only is it an act of criminal aggression against an innocent country – the supreme crime according to Nuremberg Principles – but that transgression would itself be based on another vile crime – the deliberate killing of children for propaganda purposes.

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The World Community Must Now Take Charge at Fukushima by Harvey Wasserman

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Crossposted with permission from The Free Press.

by Harvey Wasserman
The Free Press
September 19, 2013

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We are now within two months of what may be humankind’s most dangerous moment since the Cuban Missile Crisis.

There is no excuse for not acting. All the resources our species can muster must be focussed on the fuel pool at Fukushima Unit 4.

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