John Pilger: The Persecution of Julian Assange Must End + Transcript

John Pilger: The Persecution of Julian Assange Must End + Transcript

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with John Pilger

WSWS on Jun 18, 2018

Hundreds of people participated in Sunday’s demonstration in Sydney Town Hall Square to demand Julian Assange’s safe return to Australia. The rally, organized by the Socialist Equality Party, featured speeches from SEP Australia national secretary James Cogan and independent journalist and filmmaker John Pilger.

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John Pilger, et al: Australia’s Guns: Control, Culture, Bias

John Pilger, et al: Australia’s Guns: Control, Culture, Bias

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goingundergroundRT on Jun 8, 2018

Co-hosts Tyrel Ventura and Tabetha Wallace venture down under to Australia to interview a number of experts, including Pulitzer Prize winner John Pilger, on gun violence, gun culture, and the differences between gun ownership in the US and Australia.

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Chris Hedges and Norman Finkelstein: Life in Unlivable Gaza

Chris Hedges and Norman Finkelstein: Life in Unlivable Gaza

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RT America on June 16, 2018

Norman Finkelstein, scholar and author of Gaza: An Inquest into Its Martyrdom, discusses Gaza, its people, and its future.

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Abby Martin: The Neo-Liberal Plan To Bring Down Venezuela + Mike Prysner Debunks John Oliver’s Venezuela Episode

Abby Martin: Dictatorship or Democracy in Venezuela?

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Redacted Tonight on June 14, 2018

Lee Camp speaks with Abby Martin journalist and host of The Empire Files, who exposes the profit-driven bias of corporate media reporting on Venezuela.

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The First Thing They Steal Is Courage

I Will Stand With The Most Vulnerable

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The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally published Nov. 9, 2016
June 15, 2018

When the forces of destruction, hate, bigotry, greed, and violence rise into power, there are three things they steal before they plunder the treasury. Stopping them is where the struggle for life begins.

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Michael Hudson: China’s Export Competitiveness = Underpaying Women + Trump’s Trade Wars: An Opportunity to Refashion the Intellectual Property Regime?

China Indusry

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by Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
June 15, 2018

Max Keiser probes away on my recent visit to China. We delve into the Chinese development model.

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Why Does The US Support Nigeria But Not Venezuela? A Socialist Perspective by The Anti-Social Socialist

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

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“We’ve detected activity, and we have captured some U.S. citizens in undercover activities, in hidden activities, espionage, trying to win over people in towns along the Venezuelan coast, trying to win over people in some neighborhoods. In Táchira, we captured a pilot of a U.S. plane of Latin origin with all sorts of documentation.” — Nicolás Maduro, Democracy Now! March 3, 2015

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Matteo Salvini, Italy’s New Strongman by Gaither Stewart + Italian Government Closes Port to Migrants

Matteo Salvini, Italy’s New Strongman by Gaither Stewart

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by Gaither Stewart
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rome, Italy
June 14, 2018

As shown in the permissive attitude of Italians toward Fascism last century, also contemporary Italians perceive of a strong and charismatic leader as a shield against disorder and their inherent inclination toward anarchy. Someone to protect them against their own nature. Promises of more police and more security are reassuring to those Italians who see today’s enemy in immigrants and in the European Union with all its rules … including its Euro currency. When a legitimate government to control their inclination toward anarchy goes missing, some form of servility to a powerful individual returns. Strongmen emerge from that conundrum deep in the Italian psyche: anarchy or a strongman at the helm. Italy today seems to be following the same familiar old script.

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Let’s Continue Progress Toward Peace in Korea by David Swanson + Can North Korea Believe Trump’s Promises?

Let’s Continue Progress Toward Peace in Korea by David Swanson

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
June 13, 2018

Less than a year ago, President Donald Trump was threatening North Korea with “fire and fury.”

Today such threats are completely absent from his remarks and tweets.

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The USA: The Human Rights and Civil Rights Hypocrite by Paul Street

Criminal Injustice

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by Paul Street
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June 12, 2018

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Signed by the United States and adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on Dec. 10, 1948, the document was a great and shining step forward in the articulation of how human beings might organize their social and political systems in accord with democratic and civilized ideals.

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Howard Zinn: The Myth of American Exceptionalism

American Exceptionalism Exceptions

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by Howard Zinn
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Originally posted June 9, 2010
June 11, 2018

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Americans have long embraced a notion of superiority, claims Howard Zinn. Governor Winthrop of the Massachusetts Bay Colony described establishing “a city on a hill,” to serve the world as a beacon of liberty. So far, so good. But driving this sense of destiny, says Zinn, was an assumption of divine agency—“an association between what the government does and what God approves of.” And too frequently, continues Zinn, Americans have invoked God to expand “into someone else’s territory, occupying and dealing harshly with people who resist occupation.”

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Inequality, Social Dysfunction and Misery by Graham Peebles

Class war

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by Graham Peebles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London, England
June 10, 2018

Year on year the economic divisions and sub-divisions in the world deepen, the associated social ills increase: The rich, comfortable, and the very extremely rich keep getting richer, and the rest, well, whilst some may be raised up out of crippling poverty into relative poverty, the majority of people continue to live under a blanket of economic insecurity and largely remain where they are.

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Chris Hedges and David Harvey: Enough is Enough of This Capitalist Fraud

Dear Capitalism...

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on June 9, 2018

David Harvey, author of Marx, Capital, and the Madness of Economic Reason, discusses the future of global capitalism.

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“Google Should Not Be In The Business of War”: Understanding the Weaponization of Artificial Intelligence by Marc Eliot Stein

End War

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Republished with permission from David Swanson at World Beyond War

by Marc Eliot Stein
World Beyond War
June 9, 2018

In early April, more than 3100 Google employees signed a letter that begins with the words “Google should not be in the business of war”. The letter is a response to the company’s participation in a new US Department of Defense artificial intelligence program called Project Maven, which it describes as a “customized AI surveillance engine” designed to interpret visual images from drones, and concludes with a powerful request from Google employees to their management:
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Capitalism on Mars by Lowell Flanders

Capitalism VS the Climate -- Bollards To Everything

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by Lowell Flanders
Writer, Dandelion Salad
June 8, 2018

“The idea of a self-adjusting market implies a stark Utopia. Such an institution can not exist for any length of time without annihilating the human and natural substance of society; it will physically destroy man and transform his surroundings into a wilderness.” — Karl Polanyi, The Great Transformation: The Political and Economic Origins of Our Time.

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