U.S. Rejected Israeli Demand for Iran Nuclear Confession by Gareth Porter

by Gareth Porter
Writer, Dandelion Salad
crossposted at ISP
Washington
March 31, 2014

The Barack Obama administration appears to have rejected a deal-breaking demand by Israel for an Iranian confession to having had a covert nuclear weapons programme as a condition for completing the comprehensive nuclear agreement.

Pro-Israeli commentators have openly criticised the Obama administration for failing to explicitly demand that Iran confess to charges by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) of a covert nuclear weapons programme.

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This Is Why Washington Has Sought To Create A Crisis Over In Ukraine by Finian Cunningham

by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from PressTV
March 30, 2014

The US is prepared to plunge Europe into a war with Russia in order for Washington to preserve its hegemony over the transatlantic axis.

The key issues are the prevention of Russia and Europe developing closer trade and political ties – stemming primarily from a vast trade in energy fuels; and, secondly, the survival of the American dollar as the world’s reserve currency.

So vital are these issues for continued American hegemony that Washington is prepared to sacrifice millions of lives in a war between Russia and its so-called transatlantic European “ally”.

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Anti-Fracking Activist Can Now Go to the Hospital by Walter Brasch

by Walter Brasch
Writer, Dandelion Salad
walterbrasch.com
March 30, 2014

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Vera Scroggins of Susquehanna County, Pa., will now be allowed to go to her hospital, supermarket, drug store, several restaurants, and the place where she goes for rehabilitation therapy. She can also go to the county’s recycling center, which is on 12.5 acres of land the county had leased to Cabot Gas & Oil Corp., one of the largest drillers in the country.

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The West Hell Bent On Starting World War III, Part 2 by Felicity Arbuthnot

by Felicity Arbuthnot
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London, England
March 30, 2014

“One of the delightful things about America is that they have absolutely no historical memory.” (Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai, 1898-1976)

More verbiage, Russia has taken a “dark path”; Vice President Joe Biden said in Poland last week that those who rely on “aggression and fear” are bound to fail. Indeed, think Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, the overthrow of a democratically elected government in Iran, the gradual current slinking from Afghanistan after approaching a thirteen year reign of terror; creeping from Iraq in the dead of night after eight years of murder, decimation, torture and infanticide, followed by enjoining the destruction of Libya and, as Iraq, murder of the country’s leader.

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Chris Hedges: Our Only Hope Will Come Through Rebellion

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with Chris Hedges

strugglevideomedia on Mar 30, 2014

One Nation under CCTV

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Chris Hedges speaks on 3/29/2014 at the “One Nation Under Surveillance” civil liberties conference at CCSU in CT. He’s introduced by Mongi Dhaouadi, Executive Director of CAIR-CT. Hedges was one of he plaintiffs in a suit against the government “indefinite detention” policy.

He’s a former Middle East bureau chief of the New York Times

He’s written “Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt”, “What Every Person Should Know About War”, “War is a Force That Gives Us Meaning”, and other books.

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Bernie Sanders: Inequality–A Threat to American Democracy

Inequality Hurts Us All

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Dandelion Salad

Bernie Sanders on Mar 27, 2014

Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks on the Senate floor about skyrocketing income and wealth inequality and the destruction of the middle class. Continue reading

Banking Union Time Bomb: Eurocrats Authorize Bailouts AND Bail-Ins by Ellen Brown

by Ellen Brown
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Web of Debt Blog
March 29, 2014

“As things stand, the banks are the permanent government of the country, whichever party is in power.”

– Lord Skidelsky, House of Lords, UK Parliament, 31 March 2011)

On March 20, 2014, European Union officials reached an historic agreement to create a single agency to handle failing banks. Media attention has focused on the agreement involving the single resolution mechanism (SRM), a uniform system for closing failed banks. But the real story for taxpayers and depositors is the heightened threat to their pocketbooks of a deal that now authorizes both bailouts and “bail-ins” – the confiscation of depositor funds. The deal involves multiple concessions to different countries and may be illegal under the rules of the EU Parliament; but it is being rushed through to lock taxpayer and depositor liability into place before the dire state of Eurozone banks is exposed. Continue reading

Wars in the Guise of “Peace-building” by Daniel N. White

by Daniel N. White
Guest Writer, Dandelion Salad
March 29, 2014

Front blew in Sunday, a dry norther, and once again I’m allergy sick. Physically debilitated and mentally impaired too. I know better than to operate power equipment on allergy days, and I try to minimize my driving, and mostly I try and do things indoors to stay indoors and breathe the HVAC filtered air with no allergens in it. Most of the real work I need to do is outdoors and power tools and driving and allergies mean that it all gets postponed, which irritates me greatly on top of the allergy pains and aches. Continue reading

Fact Sheet: U.S. Efforts in Support of NATO Allies and Partners

Dandelion Salad

Propaganda Alert!

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
March 26, 2014

The United States has a solemn commitment to the collective defense of all NATO allies. As has been true since we signed the Washington Treaty in 1949, we will respond if the security or territorial integrity of our allies is violated. We also have built constructive security and defense cooperation with Ukraine and other members of NATO’s Partnership for Peace (PfP) over the past two decades to help build a Europe that is whole, free, and at peace.

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US Sets Europe and Russia at War by Finian Cunningham

by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from PressTV
March 28, 2014

When US President Barack Obama embarked on his European tour this week there was the usual sycophantic Western media image of the American leader as a benefactor. Obama, so the story went, was coming to unite and support Europe in the face of Russian aggression in Ukraine.

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Pete Seeger Should Have Been Given a Presidential Medal of Freedom, Not Put on McCarthy’s Blacklist by Steven Jonas, MD, MPH

by Steven Jonas, MD, MPH
Writer, Dandelion Salad
crossposted on truth-out.org/buzzflash, Mar. 21, 2014
March 27, 2014

Pete Seeger & Friends, Sunday Newport 2009

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Pete Seeger, as almost every reader of these pages will know, passed away at the age of 94 on Jan. 27, 2014. Pete was a great folksinger, explorer of US music, and song writer. In his younger days he was also a great banjo picker, and learned how to play the 12-string guitar (a difficult instrument in its own right) from the legendary Afro-American blues singer Huddie Ledbetter, better known as Leadbelly. He worked with one of the founding US folklorists, Alan Lomax, as well as his with his father, Charles Seeger and his step-mother, Ruth Crawford Seeger (mother of Pete’s step-sister, the folk singer Peggy Seeger). And of course he was a close colleague of the iconic Woody Guthrie.

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Father John Dear: Cultivating Peace Within Us and Around Us (must-see)

Who would Jesus Bomb?

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Dandelion Salad

talkingsticktv on Mar 27, 2014

Interview with Father John Dear author of “The Nonviolent Life”.

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Western Unity Against Russia a Masterpiece of Illusion by Finian Cunningham

by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from Strategic Culture Foundation
March 27, 2014

Barack Obama stands in front of Rembrandt's The Night Watch in the Netherlands

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When US President Barack Obama opened his tour of Europe this week it had the unmistakable choreography of a scripted set piece: lights, camera, action etc. The storyline is a familiar trope. America, the shining beacon of democracy and human rights, comes to the rescue of European damsels in distress just before they are ravaged by bestial European recidivism for war.

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There Is A Deeper Wave Than This by David Swanson

by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
warisacrime.org
March 26, 2014

"Stop Bitching - Start a Revolution"

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A wave of action is coming on April 4th, the date they killed MLK, the date Cindy Sheehan lost her son, the date cherry blossoms and resisters to fascism begin to show after an endless winter of many, many years. Take a look at waveofaction.org.

Electing a different president six years ago was not a partial step, a failed attempt, a warm-up round. It was a halftime show of circus clowns and cheerleaders. The partial step, the failed attempt, the warm up, the ground work, the base of experience and training and testing was Occupy. Continue reading

Greg Palast: BP, Not Exxon, Caused the Exxon Valdez Disaster

with Greg Palast
Writer, Dandelion Salad
www.gregpalast.com
March 25, 2014

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GregPalastOffice on Mar 24, 2014

RT-TV Breaking the Set —- Abby Martin features an exclusive interview with investigative journalist, Greg Palast, discussing his article on TruthDig which exposes the extent of BP’s culpability in the Exxon Valdez oil spill 25 years ago, specifically for not providing adequate safety equipment, a criminal offense which was repeated in the 2010 Deep Water Horizon spill.

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