Chris Hedges on Corbyn VS Sanders: Two Different Political Animals + Hedges: US’ Ongoing Assault on Iraq Coughed Up Groups Like ISIS

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with Chris Hedges

RT
Op-Edge
September 15, 2015

There is not much in common between British politician Jeremy Corbyn and American Bernie Sanders, said Chris Hedges, author and activist. While Corbyn has spent 30 years fighting the establishment, Sanders never confronted US imperialism, he added.

RT: Why are politicians like Jeremy Corbyn and Bernie Sanders gaining more and more popularity? How much do their policies have in common?

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Chris Hedges and Leo Panitch: The American Left Needs To Get Its Shit Together, Part 2

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges and Leo Panitch

teleSUR English on Sep 14, 2015

In this episode of Days of Revolt, host Chris Hedges continues his conversation on global neoliberalism with author and professor Leo Panitch. They name its beneficiaries, the global financial elite; as well as its victims ­ particularly, the people of Greece. Together, they examine how to bring about revolutionary change in the face of imposed austerity and political suppression. teleSUR

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Bernie Sanders Again Insists That Saudi Arabia Should Kill More People by David Swanson

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
September 14, 2015

Senator Bernie Sanders taped a PBS show at the University of Virginia on Monday. I had corresponded with the host Doug Blackmon beforehand, and offered him ideas for questions on military spending and war, questions like these:

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Congratulations Jeremy Corbyn, a Real Peace Activist to Lead the Labour Party by David Swanson

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
September 13, 2015

I wonder if people in the United States understand what it means that the Labour Party in London now has a peace activist in charge of it. Jeremy Corbyn does not resemble any U.S. politicians. He doesn’t favor “only the smart wars” or prefer drone murders to massive invasions. Corbyn opposes wars, and he works to end militarism. He was over here in Washington recently trying to get a Brit freed from Guantanamo. He chairs the Stop the War Coalition, one of the biggest peace organizations in Britain. He meets with foreign peace activists, like me, who can’t even enter the same worldview, much less the same room, with any U.S. leaders.

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Abby Martin: 9/11 and the Belligerent Empire

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Empire Files on Sep 12, 2015

In September 11th’s episode of The Empire Files on TeleSUR, Abby Martin examines the two major wars launched under the “Global War on Terror”–their historical development and their aftermath. Featuring former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark, this episode digs into the tragedy of a region shaped by Empire.

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World War III – Who Will Be Blamed?

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StormCloudsGathering on Sep 11, 2015

If you want to start a war, the unwashed masses must be convinced to send their brothers, sons and fathers to die on the front lines. The specter of an external enemy must be etched into their collective mind through trauma, exaggeration and repetition. History must be whitewashed, twisted and cherry picked down to a politicized nursery rhyme. At no point should the real motives or consequences of such an endeavor be discussed. Transcript and sources: http://stormcloudsgathering.com/ww3-who-will-be-blamed.

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European Refugee Crisis – The Anatomy of a Coverup

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StormCloudsGathering on Sep 10, 2015

The real story behind the refugee/migrant crisis in Europe is much stranger than fiction. Transcript and sources: http://stormcloudsgathering.com/euro-refugee-crisis.

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The Specter That Still Haunts Capitalism by Danny Katch

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by Danny Katch
socialistworker.org, Sept. 8, 2015
September 10, 2015

Despite being declared dead and buried for decades, recent opinion polls show that almost a third of Americans prefer socialism to capitalism. Socialism beats capitalism outright among people in their 20s, low-income people of all ages, and especially among African Americans and Latinos. But while the idea of socialism is in the air, what it means is vague to most people, and how to achieve it even more so.

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Julian Assange on The US Empire, Plans on Overthrowing Assad, The WikiLeaks Files

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Dandelion Salad

with Julian Assange

RT on Sep 9, 2015

Afshin Rattansi goes underground with the world’s most wanted publisher – the founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange. He has just co-authored a book – the WikiLeaks Files, and it paints a picture of systemic US torture and killing as well as the destruction of the lives and livelihoods of billions of people right around the world.

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Biosocial and Epigenetic Relativity of Human Nature: Relative to Political Economy, Technology, and Culture by Fazal Rahman, Ph.D.

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by Fazal Rahman, Ph.D.
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally published on imperialismandthethirdworld, Sept. 7, 2015; written 1982
September 9, 2015, revised September 11, 2015

“It is a question of the Third World starting a new history of Man, a history which will have regard to the sometimes prodigious theses which Europe has put forward, but which will also not forget Europe’s crimes, of which the most horrible was committed in the heart of man, and consisted of the pathological tearing apart of his functions and the crumbling away of his unity.”
Frantz Fanon, The Wretched of the Earth, (Fanon, 1963, p. 315).

“We all live under the constant threat of our own annihilation. Only by the most outrageous violation of ourselves have we achieved our capacity to live in relative adjustment to a civilization apparently driven to its own destruction.”
R. D. Laing, The Politics of Experience/The Bird of Paradise (R.D. Laing, 1967)

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Chris Hedges and Leo Panitch: The Genesis of Global Imperialism and Capitalism

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges and Leo Panitch

teleSUR English on Sep 7, 2015

In this episode of Days of Revolt, host Chris Hedges sits down with author and professor Leo Panitch to examine the genesis of global imperialism and capitalism. The two discuss how both are upheld by economic and cultural forces, and debate the roles of ignorance, myth, and mal­intent in the perpetuation of systems of inequality. teleSUR

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Labor Day: The Unknown Holiday by Walter Brasch (repost)

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by Walter Brasch
Writer, Dandelion Salad
www.walterbrasch.com
Originally published September 7, 2009
September 7, 2015

It’s Labor Day, and that means millions of Americans are celebrating. Most Americans have no idea what Labor Day is, other than self-serving political speeches, hot dogs, burgers, a pool party, and the last day of a three-day holiday. Few even know that Labor Day exists to allow people to remember and honor the struggles for respect, dignity, and acceptable wages and working conditions for the rank-and-file employees.

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Sanctioned Terrorism by Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich

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by Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich
Guest Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Saker
September 7, 2015

Who is a terrorist? Undoubtedly, what comes to mind is Daesh (ISIL), al-Qaeda, MKO, Boko Haram, etc. What is terrorism? The events of 9/11 and the gruesome beheadings carried out by Daesh shape our visual perception of terrorism. What is left unmentioned and unrecognized in our collective psyche is the kind of terrorism that has been deliberately obfuscated: sanctioned terrorism or terrorism with a license – sanctions.

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Abby Martin: The Rise of History’s Biggest Empire

THE FACE OF IMPERIALISM

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Empire Files on Sep 5, 2015

Abby Martin debuts teleSUR’s The Empire Files exploring the U.S. Empire, its rise to world hegemony and its impact on people and the planet.

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Labor Day Matters by Ralph Nader

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page, Sept. 4, 2015
September 5, 2015

Here’s an experiment to try this holiday weekend. Quiz your friends, family and acquaintances on the meaning of Labor Day. You might be surprised by the answers you hear. To many, the true meaning of Labor Day has been unfortunately lost―it’s merely a three-day vacation weekend, unless you work in retail, in which case it is, ironically, a day of work and “special” sales.

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