Bethlehem Story, Present Reality by Finian Cunningham

by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from PressTV
December 26, 2013

The Seperation Wall.

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The annual Christmas celebrations around the world conjure up a kaleidoscope of emotions, ranging from the sombre to the joyful, from pity to awe.

One thing often missing though from the celebrations is a connection between the original historical event – some 2,000 years ago – and how this story relates to present reality.

But a new billboard campaign in the US is giving the Christmas story a refreshing, but realistic, contemporary meaning.

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Iran at Geneva II ‘non-negotiable’ by Finian Cunningham

by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from PressTV
December 24, 2013

When adversaries are so illogical, their agenda needs to be simply ignored with contempt. And by contrast, an alternative, more reasonable agenda should be counter-posed and delivered with an ultimatum.

Take it or leave it.

Let’s look at the way the United States of America, and its clients Saudi Arabia and the fake Syrian political opposition, are placing outlandish demands over the forthcoming Geneva negotiations. The US, Saudi Arabia and the exiled Syrian National Coalition do not want Iran to attend the political negotiations scheduled next month in Geneva.

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Christmas Dawn: The Shepherds Glorified God For All They Had Seen

Dandelion Salad

Merry Christmas!

by Don Schwager
www.dailyscripture.net
December 25, 2013

Verbum caro factum est

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Scripture: Luke 2:15-20 (alternate readings from: Matthew 1:1-25; Luke 2:1-14; John 1:1-5,9-14)

When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 And they went with haste, and found Mary and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. 17 And when they saw it they made known the saying which had been told them concerning this child; 18 and all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. 19 But Mary kept all these things, pondering them in her heart. 20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.

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In case you missed it: A Christmas Journey to Freedom

Dandelion Salad

Merry Christmas to all! A beautiful and sad story, a little music and inspiration along with a history lesson. Please enjoy. ~ DS

Merry Christmas!!!!

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Chris Hedges: Resistance Quickens By Having People Who Remain Steadfast, interviewed by Derrick Jensen

Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

Resistance Radio
Dec. 22, 2013

Chris Hedges is a longtime foreign correspondent who was part of a team that won the Pulitzer prize for their coverage. He has been in combat zones more times than he wishes to recount. He is a powerful social critic and critic of capitalism, and is the author of more than ten books, including War is a Force that Gives us Meaning; Death of the Liberal Class; and Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt. Continue reading

Abject Poverty or Domestic Servitude by Graham Peebles

by Graham Peebles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London
December 23, 2013

They work as maids, housekeepers, cleaners; they take care of children, the elderly and infirmed for wealthy and middle class families in rich and upwardly mobile nations. They are found throughout the world: in the G20 countries and the Gulf States, Latin America (where they account for 60% of internal and international migrants), and developing countries in Africa and Asia where vast numbers of poor and vulnerable live alongside the privileged few. Continue reading

Science Fiction Is Over–But The Future Is Now by J. M. Porup

by J. M. Porup
Guest Writer, Dandelion Salad
www.JMPorup.com
Originally published at wetheborg.com, Dec. 19, 2013
December 23, 2013

Science fiction, and its harness mate, “progress,” both have their roots in the Industrial Revolution of the 19th century. The sudden technological change was so striking, and had such a profound effect on people’s lives, that the only way to cope was to convince ourselves that these changes were not only good, but necessary. Hence “progress.”

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After 100 Years, It’s Time to Make the Federal Reserve a Public Utility by Ellen Brown

Federal Reserve Building in Washington D.C. - Illustration

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by Ellen Brown
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Web of Debt Blog
December 22, 2013

December 23rd, 2013, marks the 100th anniversary of the Federal Reserve, warranting a review of its performance. Has it achieved the purposes for which it was designed?

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The Man From the North: Impossible Courage by Rivera Sun

The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
December 22, 2013

Be realistic. Demand the impossible.

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The Man From the North is a fictional writer in Rivera Sun’s novel, The Dandelion Insurrection. The novel takes place in the near future, in “a time that looms around the corner of today”, when a rising police state controlled by the corporate-political elite have plunged the nation into the grip of a hidden dictatorship. In spite of severe surveillance and repression, the Man From the North’s banned articles circulate through the American populace, reporting on resistance and fomenting nonviolent revolution. This article is one of a series written by The Man From the North, which are not included in the novel, but can be read here.

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US Navy Sailors Sue TEPCO Over Cluster-Fukushima Snafu by William Boardman

by William Boardman
Guest Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally published on readersupportednews.org, December 18, 2013
December 22, 2013

Fuel Assembly Removal Process (02813602)

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“Why has this not made national headlines??? The Aircraft Carrier Ronald Reagan is nuclear powered. Radiation detection equipment did not pick up on this?? Why have these sailors and marines medical records been removed from permanent tracking. Criminal implications galore. This should be all over mainstream media. Someone please forward all these ene reports to the media…. Tepco is the lowest of snakes. Hari Kari for the lot of em!!” – Comment on enenews, August 15, 2013, by “timemachine2020”

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Michael Parenti: The US Empire Sees Only Two Kinds of Countries: Satellites or Enemies

Smash US Empire

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with Michael Parenti
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Michael Parenti Blog
michaelparenti.org
December 22, 2013

John Robles
Voice of Russia
December 21, 2013

In destroying country after country, the US Empire is doing well. One devastated country after the other has made it clear that any country which pursues independent sovereign policies and attempts to better its own position and the state of its people becomes a target for the US Empire. Continue reading

Rick Rozoff: We are Living with Information Totalitarianism

Fear Totalitarianism

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by Rick Rozoff
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Stop NATO
December 20, 2013

John Robles
Voice of Russia
December 19, 2013

With the restructuring of the Russian media there are many people worldwide who are hopeful that the changes will produce a balance and a counterweight to the 5 worldwide newswires that are controlled by the West and possess a true and barely transparent bias. Continue reading

Gareth Porter: Mainstream Media Fails To Get Facts Straight on Iran’s Nuclear Fatwa

with Gareth Porter
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Washington
December 20, 2013

TheRealNews on Dec 20, 2013

Investigative journalist Gareth Porter highlights the Washington Post’s fact checker’s error about Iran’s nuclear fatwa.

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Congress Passes Austerity Budget for the Workers, Poor but Not the Military by Kathy Durkin

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by Kathy Durkin
Workers World
December 20, 2013

Anti-Austerity Protest In Dublin (Ireland) - 24 November 2012

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Wall Street: 100; Workers: 0. This is the scorecard for the federal budget, which was based on a proposal submitted by the Budget Conference Committee. The bipartisan body, led by Republican Rep. Paul Ryan and Democratic Sen. Patty Murray, agreed to the austerity budget, which was then authorized overwhelmingly by the House on Dec. 11, and is on its way to the Senate.

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