U.S. “Dismantling” Rhetoric Ignores Iran’s Nuclear Proposals by Gareth Porter

by Gareth Porter
Writer, Dandelion Salad
crossposted at ISP
Washington
January 25, 2014

Iran’s pushback against statements by Secretary of State John Kerry and the White House that Tehran must “dismantle” some of its nuclear programme, and the resulting political uproar over it, indicates that tough U.S. rhetoric may be adding new obstacles to the search for a comprehensive nuclear agreement.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said in an interview with CNN’s Jim Sciutto Wednesday, “We are not dismantling any centrifuges, we’re not dismantling any equipment, we’re simply not producing, not enriching over five percent.”

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Carry the Banner of Truth by Tangerine Bolen, Spoken by Rivera Sun

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With Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
January 25, 2014

RSDanceTheater on Jan 25, 2014

A tribute to Tangerine Bolen, founder of Revolution Truth. Please donate to her medical fund to help her as she confronts a debilitating illness. Continue reading

They Never Announce When You Prevent a War by David Swanson

Seattle Rally

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
warisacrime.org
January 24, 2014

There exists, I suppose, some slight chance of this one making it into the State of the Union address, no doubt in a distorted, bellicose, and xenophobic disguise. Typically, there’s no chance of any announcement at all.

We’re stopping another war.

There are a million qualifications that need to be put on that statement. None of them render it false. A bill looked likely to move through Congress that would have imposed new sanctions on Iran, shredded the negotiated agreement with Iran, and committed the United States to join in any Israeli war on Iran. This would be a step toward war and has become understood as such by large numbers of people. Continue reading

Michael Parenti: The Republic is Now in Decay

State of the Union

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with Michael Parenti
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Michael Parenti Blog
michaelparenti.org
January 25, 2014

John Robles
Voice of Russia
January 25, 2013

What the military industrial complex in the US learned from Yugoslavia was that they could fight an entire war and not lose a single soldier. This emboldened those who use war as a means to advance the interests of the empire, but the Empire feeds off the Republic for its financing and as a source for cannon fodder and the Republic is now in decay and falling apart. Continue reading

Train Derailments Another of Fracking’s Problems by Walter Brasch

POV: Across Spuyten Duyvil Creek from the scene of the terrible train derailment this morning. (Under the Henry Hudson Bridge)

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by Walter Brasch
Writer, Dandelion Salad
walterbrasch.com
January 24, 2014

The derailment of a 101-car CSX freight train on a bridge in a densely-populated part of Philadelphia this past week should be yet another warning to politicians who have become cheerleaders for oil and gas fracking.

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The Fukushima Secrecy Syndrome – From Japan to America by Ralph Nader + Nader On The Dangers of Nuclear Power (1974)

Dandelion Salad

by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
January 24, 2014

IAEA Experts at Fukushima (02813336)

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Last month, the ruling Japanese coalition parties quickly rammed through Parliament a state secrets law. We Americans better take notice.

Under its provisions the government alone decides what are state secrets and any civil servants who divulge any “secrets” can be jailed for up to 10 years. Journalists caught in the web of this vaguely defined law can be jailed for up to 5 years.

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Fallujah: “It Wasn’t a War, it Was a Massacre” by Felicity Arbuthnot

by Felicity Arbuthnot
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London, England
January 24, 2014

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“The United States Marine Corps … its hallowed rituals, and its unbending code of honor …”  — Thomas E. Ricks; Making the Corps, 1997

As the US-unleashed Grim Reaper continues to cull Iraqis in ever rising numbers, this month of the twenty third anniversary of the 1991 US led onslaught on Iraq and just weeks away from the eleventh woeful wake for the 2003 illegal invasion, yet another atrocity in a litany of those under the illegal US-UK occupation has come to light.

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Rick Rozoff on the Violent Protest in Ukraine + Who’s To Blame? + Radicals in Riots? + Temporary Truce

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with Rick Rozoff
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Stop NATO
January 23, 2014

RTQuestionMore on Jan 23, 2014

Mr. Rozoff is an International affairs commentator and manager of Stop NATO.

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Africa’s Bad Omen of World War by Finian Cunningham

by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from PressTV
January 22, 2014

Central African Republic: Torn Apart by Violence

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This week the world rewound more than a century – with the announcement that the European Union is to send troops to Central Africa.

This development has ominous resonance with how imperial rivalry historically played out in Africa and which eventually led to world war.

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N is for Neo-Serfdom, O for Offshore Banking by Michael Hudson

by Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
michael-hudson.com
January 23, 2014

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Parts N and O in the .

Neoclassical economics: The school that arose in the last quarter of the 19th century, stripping away the classical concept of economic rent as unearned income. By the late 20th century the term “neoclassical” had come to connote a deductive body of free-trade theory using circular reasoning by tautology, excluding discussion of property, debt and the financial sector’s role in general, taking the existing institutional environment for granted. (See Marginalism and Parallel Universe, and contrast with Structural Problem and Systems Analysis.)

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A Call for Borderfree Skype or Telephone Connections with the Afghan Peace Volunteers

by Hakim
Writer, Dandelion Salad
http://ourjourneytosmile.com
January 22, 2014

The Afghan Peace Volunteers in Kabul, with British and Swedish friends

The Afghan Peace Volunteers in Kabul, with British and Swedish friends

Dear friends,

“The political and economic mafia of Afghanistan and the world run this country with their guns and bombs,” says Abdulhai, a 17 year old Afghan Peace Volunteer. “We the people are rather helpless, unless we stand together.”

Abdulhai’s sentiment helps to describe what is needed in the Borderfree movement: ordinary people of our human family from all walks of life and from every country standing together to build non-violent alternatives under the same blue sky (symbolized by the Borderfree Blue Scarves), relating and working for a better, more equal world.

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M for Marginalism by Michael Hudson

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by Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
michael-hudson.com
January 22, 2014

Part M in the .

Malthus, Thomas Robert (1766-1834): British economist and spokesman for its landlord class. His Principles of Political Economy (1820) countered Ricardo’s critique of groundrent by pointing out that landlords spent part of it on hiring coachmen and other servants and buying luxury products (coaches, fine clothes and so forth), thus providing a source of demand for British industry, and part capital improvements to raise farm productivity. Continue reading