Debate: Chris Hedges VS Ramesh Srinivasan: Is Big Tech Too Powerful?

"FREE SPEECH*"

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with Chris Hedges

Democracy Now! on Jan 11, 2021

Twitter, Facebook and other social media companies have removed President Trump from their platforms, after years of debate about the disinformation he shared to millions of followers from his accounts.

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Warnings from Weimar + The Corporate State is Not Our Friend, by Kenn Orphan

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by Kenn Orphan
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Halifax, Nova Scotia
January 10, 2021

Without a doubt, the people who stormed the US Capitol on January 6th are not ashamed. They have been emboldened. Egged on by a wannabe proto-fascist, his endless stream of lies about a stolen election, and driven by a relatively new cultish religion called QAnon, this mob breached the Capitol of the wealthiest and most powerful imperial power in human history. This mostly white crowd, already coming from a place of enormous privilege, did something no Black or Indigenous person could ever dream of in America. Yet there they were, being allowed into the historic building by members of the Capitol police, who some would later take selfies with. At the end of the day, four people would be dead, including a woman who was trying to break into the building. She is being referred to by some on the far right as a “martyr for the revolution.” A police officer would be dead a short time later from his injuries.

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Chris Hedges and Cornel West: America’s Existential Crisis

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Jan 9, 2021

On the show this week, Chris Hedges talks to moral philosopher, Dr. Cornel West, about what we can learn about America’s existential crisis after witnessing enraged supporters of Donald Trump storming the Capitol to try and halt Congress’s counting of the electoral votes to confirm the victory of President-elect Joe Biden.

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Things That Keep Me Up At Night, January 2021 Edition, by Kenn Orphan

No War On Iran NYC March

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by Kenn Orphan
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Halifax, Nova Scotia
January 8, 2021

“There are two problems for our species’ survival—nuclear war and environmental catastrophe.” — Noam Chomsky

“We should indeed be worried,” — Kingston Reif, a nuclear expert with the Arms Control Association in Washington, D.C., regarding Donald Trump and the nuclear codes.

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The Threat of Fascism Rears its Head in Washington, by Pete Dolack + PSL Statement: Trump Incites Fascist Insurrection Against Congress — What Comes Next?

Capitol Breach 3

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by Pete Dolack
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Systemic Disorder
January 7, 2021

Let’s not mince words: Wednesday’s storming of the United States Capitol building was the work of fascism. That it didn’t and couldn’t succeed, and that Donald Trump is days from being out of the White House, should not blind us to the reality of larger social forces at work.

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Kevin Gosztola: Judge Denies Bail for Julian Assange + Kristinn Hrafnsson: Sending Assange Back to Belmarsh is Inhumane

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Updated: Jan. 7, 2021

British Judge Keeps Julian Assange In Prison, Despite Her Own Decision Against Extradition

Shadowproof on Jan 6, 2021

Shadowproof managing editor Kevin Gosztola reports on the British district judge’s decision to deny bail to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, even after ruling against the US government’s extradition request two days ago.

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Chris Hedges: It’s Actually A Fairly Ominous Ruling + Kevin Gosztola and John Kiriakou: The Assange Extradition Decision

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

RT America on Jan 4, 2021

A London court has ruled against those seeking Wikileaks founder Julian Assange’s extradition to the US. Assange is charged with 17 counts of espionage as well as hacking. “On Contact” host Chris Hedges, who witnessed part of Assange’s trial, joins Rick Sanchez to weigh in.

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Kevin Gosztola: Julian Assange Defeated the US Government’s Extradition Request + Craig Murray: Hopeful Assange Can Be With Us Soon

Acte en suport a Julian Assange. 24-F

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Julian Assange Extradition Decision: Shadowproof’s Kevin Gosztola Reports

Shadowproof on Jan 4, 2021

Shadowproof managing editor Kevin Gosztola provides an initial reaction to British court denying the US government’s extradition request against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

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Covid-19 as a Weapon in Colonial Genocide, by Rainer Shea

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by Rainer Shea
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rainer Shea: Anti-Imperialist Journalist, Jan. 2, 2021
January 3, 2021

This pandemic is being used as a tool in the U.S. settler-colonial empire’s battle against the colonized populations. This weaponization of the outbreak is coming at the same time when rapidly increasing global inequality is heightening capitalism’s contradictions, and when the oppressed nationalities that for so long have lived under the boot of U.S. capitalism are in turn intensifying their fights for liberation.

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Top 10 Questions for Avril Haines, Neera Tanden and Antony Blinken, by David Swanson

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, Dec. 30, 2020
January 2, 2021

Before Avril Haines can become Director of National Intelligence, Senators must approve. And before that, they must ask questions. Here are some suggestions for what they should ask.

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Dismantling the Settler Colonial State of Israel, by Yanis Iqbal

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by Yanis Iqbal
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Aligarh, India
January 1, 2021

On 25 December, 2020, Israel bombed Gaza for six continuous hours as much of the world celebrated Christmas. A children’s hospital, a rehabilitation center for people with disabilities, a mosque, as well as private residences, were damaged. A six-year-old girl and a young man were injured, and much of the targeted region lost water and electricity. A fire broke out at the location of the airstrike as the firefighters worked all night to douse the fire in the Israeli assault that took place an hour after midnight.

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Happy New Year! Who Was The Radical MLK? by The Anti-Social Socialist

Happy New Year! The Radical Martin Luther King, Jr. by The Anti-Social Socialist

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“I imagine you already know that I am much more socialistic in my economic theory than capitalistic. And yet I am not so opposed to capitalism that I have failed to see its relative merits. It started out with a noble and high motive, viz, to block the trade monopolies of nobles, but like most human systems it fell victim to the very thing it was revolting against. So today capitalism has outlived its usefulness. It has brought about a system that takes necessities from the masses to give luxuries to the classes.” — Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter to Coretta Scott, 1952

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Drone Murder Has Been Normalized, by David Swanson

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, Dec. 29, 2020
December 30, 2020

If I search on Google for the words “drones” and “morality” most of the results are from 2012 through 2016. If I search for “drones” and “ethics” I get a bunch of articles from 2017 to 2020. Reading the various websites confirms the obvious hypothesis that (as a rule, with plenty of exceptions) “morality” is what people mention when an evil practice is still shocking and objectionable, whereas “ethics” is what they use when talking about a normal, inevitable part of life that has to be tweaked into the very most proper shape.

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The Nature of the American State: Corporate Dictatorship, Mass Incarceration, and Imperialism, by Yanis Iqbal

Graffiti "4 More Years of Fascism"

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by Yanis Iqbal
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Aligarh, India
December 29, 2020

“Settle your quarrels, come together, understand the reality of our situation, understand that fascism is already here, that people are already dying who could be saved, that generations more will live poor butchered half-lives if you fail to act. Do what must be done, discover your humanity and your love in revolution.”

— George Jackson, Blood in My Eye (1990): xvii

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The War at Home: Part 1: Rebellion

The Anti-War Speech That Jailed Eugene Debs For 10 Years

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“The master class has always declared the wars; the subject class has always fought the battles. The master class has had all to gain and nothing to lose, while the subject class has had nothing to gain and all to lose—especially their lives.” — Eugene Debs

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