The Strange World of Russian Trolls by William Blum

WannaCry

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by William Blum
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Killing Hope
October 23, 2017

Capturing the wisdom and the beauty of Donald J. Trump in just one statement escaping from his charming mouth:

“Our military has never been stronger. Each day, new equipment is delivered; new and beautiful equipment, the best in the world – the best anywhere in the world, by far.”1

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Socialism, Land and Banking: 2017 Compared to 1917 by Michael Hudson

Communist Revolution Islands Brygge, Copenhagen (1998)

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by Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Michael Hudson
October 23, 2017

An article written for the hundredth anniversary of the Russian Revolution, to be read in Beijing today.

Socialism a century ago seemed to be the wave of the future. There were various schools of socialism, but the common ideal was to guarantee support for basic needs, and for state ownership to free society from landlords, predatory banking and monopolies. In the West these hopes are now much further away than they seemed in 1917. Land and natural resources, basic infrastructure monopolies, health care and pensions have been increasingly privatized and financialized.

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Chris Hedges: Radically Reconfiguring Our Relationship With the Planet

Climate Emergency - PeoplesClimate-Melb-IMG_8280

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Oct 22, 2017

Dr. James Hansen, former director of NASA’s Goddard Institute and Adjunct Professor at Columbia University’s Earth Institute, discusses the urgent need to radically change our relationship with the planet. RT Correspondent Anya Parampil looks at the accelerating pace of climate change.

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Clinton, Assange and the War on Truth by John Pilger

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by John Pilger
John Pilger, Oct. 20, 2017
October 21, 2017

On 16 October, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation aired an interview with Hillary Clinton: one of many to promote her score-settling book about why she was not elected President of the United States.

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The Internet is Under Attack–Save Net Neutrality

Save Net Neutrality

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The Internet is under attack. This is the Battle for the Net.

Fight for the Future on Sep 21, 2017

The FCC wants to let companies like Verizon and Comcast censor and throttle the Internet. This is how we fight back.

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Beyond Neoliberal Consumerism by Graham Peebles

Consumerism

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by Graham Peebles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London, England
October 20, 2017

Irrespective of nationality, religion, race, or gender; whether stinking rich, desperately poor, or somewhere in between, happiness is the one thing everyone is seeking – consciously or not.

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North Korea Still Struggles with America’s Lethal Legacy by Felicity Arbuthnot

Bombs Dropped on Wonsan, North Korea

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by Felicity Arbuthnot
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London, England
October 19, 2017

“Throughout the world, on any given day, a man, woman or child is likely to be displaced, tortured, killed or ‘disappeared’ … More often than not, the United States shares the blame.” — Amnesty International, 1996

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Immigrant Prisons

Immigrant Prisons

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Brave New Films on Oct 18, 2017

Few Americans know about our nation’s system of immigrant detention centers. Each year, the U.S. government locks up roughly 440,000 immigrants in over 200 immigrant prisons. Companies like the CCA and Geo Group, got started in the 1980s, and have since made over $12 billion in profits, largely from immigrant detention.

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Abby Martin: The Sacrifice Zones of Houston Before and After Hurricane Harvey, Part 2

Abby Martin: The Sacrifice Zones of Houston Before and After Hurricane Harvey

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with Abby Martin

teleSUR English on Oct 18, 2017

In this second installment of special coverage Hurricane Harvey’s aftermath, Abby Martin explores how the petrochemical industry dominates the city and why its low-income, Black and Latino areas are in the highest-risk areas for flooding and pollution, earning them the name “sacrifice zones.”

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What If Workers Ran Society? by Elizabeth Schulte

Capitalism Isn't Working

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by Elizabeth Schulte
Socialist Worker
October 18, 2017

If capitalism is a system that concentrates power in the hands of a small minority, the alternative of socialism is exactly the opposite.

CAPITALISM IS, among other things, a system of “experts.”

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Trump’s Media Furore… US Democracy On Thin Ice + Washington: The Bleeder of the ‘Free World’ by Finian Cunningham

On the walls of the former American embassy

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from Strategic Culture Foundation, Oct. 14, 2017
October 17, 2017

US President Trump’s threats this week to shut down critical news media is an ominous sign of how fragile American democratic rights have become.

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Dogman by Gaither Stewart

Stray dog

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by Gaither Stewart
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rome, Italy
October 17, 2017

At first, people of the town didn’t notice that every day there were fewer stray dogs creeping sociably under their feet while they took the sun on the benches at el Jardín. The growing absence of the rangy brown dogs – short- haired mongrels, their ribs leaping from their undersides, habitually scratching for nourishment at the food stalls around the square or wandering single file up and down the steep back streets – didn’t register on anyone.

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The War of US and NATO Imperialism in Afghanistan by Fazal Rahman, Ph.D.

Chicago Anti-War Protest

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by Fazal Rahman, Ph.D.
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally published on imperialismandthethirdworld, Oct. 14, 2017
October 16, 2017, revised October 19, 2017

Sixteen years of war in Afghanistan by US and NATO imperialism is the longest in their history. In spite of their incomparable high tech military and economic superiority, and after gathering the military forces of 50 client countries there, committing diabolical atrocities, and spending close to a trillion dollars, they have essentially lost the war against the poorly equipped Taliban and their allies that have been waging an effective and experienced guerrilla warfare against the invaders and becoming stronger in the process, again demonstrating the accuracy of dialectical theories of guerrilla warfare by Mao Zedong, Vo Nguyen Giap, and Ernesto Che Guevara.

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Chris Hedges: No Discussion of Race Is Possible Without A Discussion of Capitalism and Class

Chris Hedges: No Discussion of Race Is Possible Without A Discussion of Capitalism and Class

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Oct 16, 2017

Alex Vitale, author of The End of Policing and Professor of Sociology and Coordinator of the Policing & Social Justice Project at Brooklyn College, discusses the origins of modern policing and how to prevent law enforcement from stripping away citizens’ rights. RT Correspondent Anya Parampil looks at the expansion of police powers.

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Abby Martin: After Hurricane Harvey, Abandoned Community Takes Charge, Part 1

Abby Martin: After Hurricane Harvey, Abandoned Community Takes Charge

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with Abby Martin

teleSUR English on Oct 14, 2017

After a flurry of media attention, the devastation in Houston, Texas from Hurricane Harvey faded from public view. But after unprecedented floods and widespread destruction, the story is far from over.

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