Can Another War in Korea Be Avoided? by Ariel Ky + Gareth Porter: The US has a Dominance Problem

Diplomacy Not War

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by Ariel Ky
Writer, Dandelion Salad
August 31, 2017

Let’s put some context into North Korea’s decision to keep on testing missiles in the face of U.S. threats.

First, the DPRK felt provoked by South Korea’s decision to further deploy THAAD, reported on August 20, 2017 in China’s Xinhua news article, “DPRK slams ROK’s decision to deploy additional THAAD launch pads.” From Pyongyang, “The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Sunday slammed the Republic of Korea’s decision to deploy four additional launch pads of the Terminal High Altitude Areas Defense (THAAD) system under alleged threat from DPRK missiles.”

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We Must End the Empire of Militarism and Bring Our Taxpayer Dollars Home by Ralph Nader + Christian Parenti: We Need to Rip Away the Veil of the “Free Market”

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
August 30, 2017

Hovering Hurricane Harvey, loaded and reloading with trillions of gallons of water raining down on the greater Houston region—ironically the hub of the petroleum refining industry—is an unfolding, off the charts tragedy for millions of people. Many of those most affected are minorities and low-income families with no homes, health care or jobs to look forward to once the waters recede.

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Climate Change is Racist. Where To Donate For #AJustHarveyRecovery by Drew Hudson

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Republished with permission from the author in an email from Another Gulf Is Possible

by Drew Hudson
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August 30, 2017

Most of the info on this page is copied from the Harvey response page at Another Gulf Is Possible. Their page is updated more frequently – so click here for the most up to date list of what’s needed and what to do.

When Hurricane Katrina made landfall in Louisiana 12 years ago, it seared into the mind of America a simple fact about the climate crisis: Climate Change is racist.

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The Difference Between Socialism, Communism, and Marxism Explained by a Marxist

The Difference Between Socialism, Communism, and Marxism Explained by a Marxist

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azureScapegoat on Feb 18, 2017

Ever wondered what the actual difference between socialism and communism were? Well wonder no longer!

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Dr. Robert Bullard: Houston’s “Unrestrained Capitalism” Made Harvey “Catastrophe Waiting to Happen”

Dr. Robert Bullard

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Democracy Now! on Aug 29, 2017

https://democracynow.org – The death toll continues to rise as massive amounts of rain from Hurricane Harvey flood Houston and other parts of Texas and Louisiana. The Houston police and Coast Guard have rescued over 6,000 people from their homes, but many remain stranded. Meteorologists forecast another foot of rain could fall on the region in the coming days. While the National Hurricane Center is now calling Harvey the biggest rainstorm on record, scientists have been predicting for years that climate change would result in massive storms like Harvey. We speak with Dr. Robert Bullard, known as the “father of environmental justice.” He is currently a distinguished professor at Texas Southern University. Dr. Bullard speaks to us from his home in Houston, which he needs to evacuate later this morning due to the rising Brazos River.

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Hurricane Harvey Devastates Houston + Catastrophic Flooding Hits Houston (#AJustHarveyRecovery)

Hurricane Harvey Devastates Houston + Catastrophic Flooding Hits Houston

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Hurricane Harvey Devastates Houston as Scientists Warn of the Perils of Ignoring Climate Change

TheRealNews on Aug 28, 2017

Millions face flooding as nation’s 4th largest city faces another week of rain.

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Chris Hedges and Ajamu Baraka: It’s Been A Bipartisan Effort To Control the Populations of People of Color

Chris Hedges and Ajamu Baraka: It's Been A Bipartisan Effort To Control the Populations of People of Color

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Aug 27, 2017

On this week’s episode of On Contact, Chris Hedges examines the rise of white, right-wing hate groups with Ajamu Baraka, Associate Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies and the Green Party’s nominee for Vice President in the 2016 election. RT Correspondent Anya Parampil looks at the profusion of white supremacist groups in America.

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Wonder if the Arch-authoritarian Racist Idiot Donald Trump will Make it to 2020? by Paul Street

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by Paul Street
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Official Website of Paul Street, August 25, 2017
Previously published at Counterpunch, August 18, 2017
August 26, 2017

A story that appeared in the leading inside-Washington political journal The Hill last week bore a headline that ought to send a chill down the spine of anyone who believes in democracy: “Half of Republicans Would Back Postponing 2020 Election if Trump Proposed It.” Read the report’s opening 90 words and let them sink in:
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The Continuing Debate: Capitalism vs. Socialism by William Blum

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by William Blum
Writer, Dandelion Salad
www.killinghope.org
August 25, 2017

I’m back

It has recently been reported that Senator John McCain has an aggressive brain tumor. Not long ago I would have thought: “Good. It’ll be great to be rid of that neanderthal reactionary bastard!”

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RExxon Tillerson’s Petro-Imperially Perfect Regime Change Threat by Paul Street + Eva Golinger: Venezuela Stands Up To US Sanctions

A U.S. Guide: 7 Steps to Kill a Revolution

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Updated: August 26, 2017

by Paul Street
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Official Website of Paul Street, August 23, 2017
Previously published at Counterpunch, August 3, 2017
August 25, 2017

It takes a lot for anything anybody in the Insane Clown Trump administration says to get my attention these days. The longtime Exxon-Mobil CEO and current United State Secretary of State Rex Tillerson did the trick with these 48 words two days ago: “We are evaluating all of our policy options as to what can we do to create a change of conditions where either Maduro decides he doesn’t have a future and wants to leave of his own accord or we can return the government processes back to their constitution.”

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This Time The Target Is North Korea by Felicity Arbuthnot + Bruce Gagnon: This Whole Pivot is Aimed at Russia and China

Diplomacy Not War

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by Felicity Arbuthnot
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London, England
August 24, 2017

North Korea an Aggressor? A Reality Check

“ … war in our time is always indiscriminate, a war against innocents, a war against children.” (Howard Zinn, 1922-2010)

“All war represents a failure of diplomacy.” (Tony Benn, MP, 1925-2014)

“No country too poor, too small, too far away, not to be threat, a threat to the American way of life.” (William Blum, Rogue State)

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Pentagon Denounces American Nazis While Arming Ukrainian Nazis by Finian Cunningham

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from Strategic Culture Foundation
August 23, 2017

In the wake of violent protests involving white supremacists and Neo-Nazis in the US, the Pentagon’s top military brass issued unprecedented condemnations of “racists and extremists”. One veterans spokesman said: “Anyone waving a Nazi flag must be rooted out of our society”.

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The Indispensable Movement Can Cure Fake News: By Becoming the News by Patrick Walker

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by Patrick Walker
Guest Writer, Dandelion Salad
August 22, 2017

It’s Party Time on the Titanic–and Screw the Slobs in Steerage

“So let us not talk falsely now, the hour is getting late.” — Bob Dylan, “All Along the Watchtower”

Introduction: The Party to (Literally) End All Parties

Without hyperbole, this article will make a case for organizing a political movement—appropriately called “Indispensable”—that could literally save civilization. So, I wish to state my thesis up front, so that crucial thesis doesn’t get lost amid my arguments and documentation supporting it. That would be the worst conceivable case of readers—by a writer’s own fault—not seeing the forest for the trees.

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Matthew Hoh: Trump’s New Afghanistan Strategy: Windfall for the Military-Industrial Complex​

Matthew Hoh: Trump's New Afghanistan Strategy: Windfall for the Military-Industrial Complex​

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TheRealNews on Aug 21, 2017

After 16 years and over a trillion dollars’ worth ​of fighting, the U.S. has accomplished none of its stated goals–except the goal of​ enriching the ​flourishing military-industrial complex.

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Abby Martin: Human Rights Hypocrisy — Colombia vs. Venezuela

Abby Martin: Human Rights Hypocrisy -- Colombia vs. Venezuela

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teleSUR English on Aug 19, 2017

Colombia and Venezuela: two neighboring countries that receive extremely different treatment by the US Empire and the mass media.

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