White Helmets Video, Macabre Manipulation of Dead Children and Staged Chemical Weapons Attack to Justify a “No-Fly Zone” in Syria by Marcello Ferrada de Noli

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The video below may contain images depicting the reality and horror of war/violence and should only be viewed by a mature audience.

by Marcello Ferrada de Noli
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The Indicter, March 6, 2017
March 10, 2017

An examination of a White Helmets video, conducted by Swedish medical doctors, specialists in various fields, including paediatrics, have revealed that the life-saving procedures seen in the film are incorrect – in fact life-threatening – or simply fake, including simulated emergency resuscitation techniques being used on already lifeless children.

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How Would Knowing the Truth Change U.S. Policy on ISIS? by David Swanson + War Is A Total Lie!

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
American Herald Tribune
March 8, 2016

Scholars have documented the consistent pattern. What makes a country far more likely to be invaded, attacked, “intervened in,” or in other words, bombed, is not its lack of democracy or its government’s crimes and abuses, or the crimes and abuses of some non-governmental group, but its possession of oil. Yet, with each new war, we are told to imagine that this one is different.

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Why Paris Reveals the Horror and the Hypocrisies of Global Terrorism by Andrew Gavin Marshall

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by Andrew Gavin Marshall
Writer, Dandelion Salad
andrewgavinmarshall.com
Originally posted at Occupy.com, November 17, 2015
November 23, 2015

The world was shocked and horrified at the terror inflicted upon Paris on the night of Friday the 13th, 2015, when ISIS-affiliated militants killed well over 100 civilians in one of the world’s most iconic cities. An outpouring of grief, solidarity, support and condolences came in from across the world. The tragedy, and tyranny, of such terror cannot be underestimated, but it should also be placed in its global context: namely, that the chief cause of terrorism is, in fact, terrorism, and that the chief victims are the innocent, wherever they may be.

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We Are In Pitiless Times by Vijay Prashad + Beirut Bombings

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by Vijay Prashad
open Democracy
November 15, 2015

After Paris, macho language about “pitiless war” defines the contours of leadership. Little else is on offer. It is red meat to our emotions.

A week of horrible carnage – bomb blasts in Beirut and Baghdad and then the cold-blooded shootings in Paris. Each of these acts of terror left dead bodies and wounded lives. There is nothing good that comes of them – only the pain of the victim and then more pain as powerful people take refuge in clichéd policies that once again turn the wheel of violence.

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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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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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Chris Hedges and Loretta Napoleoni: The Islamic State and the Crisis in US Foreign Policy

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LeighaCohen on Dec 4, 2014

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Chris Hedges and Loretta Napoleoni, author of The Islamic Phoenix spoke on December 2, 2014 at the New York Society for Ethical Culture and co-sponsored the event along with Seven Stories Press, New York Society for Ethical Culture, and AlterNet. Ted Rall was the moderator of the event.

Much of the evening gives one a brilliant clarification of how world policy starting after World War 1 carved up the Islamic State. The discussion then goes into how US foreign policy has interfered and created Islamic Fundamentalist Groups such as the Taliban and now a more state Islamic State driven group such as ISIL as a continuing reaction to outside interference within the region.

The video has opening statements by Chris Hedges and Loretta Napoleoni, then a dialogue between the two speakers. After 15 minutes Ted Rall asks audience questions to both speakers on topics including the history of ISIS, what the Caliphate is, and is ISIS accepted by other Islamic States?

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The Double Standards of Wannabe Regime Changers in Syria by Felicity Arbuthnot

by Felicity Arbuthnot
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London, England
March 9, 2014

Another day, another stitch up. On 6th March Syria’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, the eloquent and elegant Mr. Bashar al-Ja’afari and the Syrian UN Mission had restrictions placed on them by the US State Department, limiting their travel to no further than twenty five miles from New York’s Columbus Circle intersection.

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Western Imperialism’s Creative Destruction in Syria by Finian Cunningham

by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from Strategic Culture Foundation
February 18, 2014

President Obama Declares More War But Some Americans DIsapprove

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US-led Western regime change in Syria might be described as a process of creative destruction. Like Schumpeter’s economic concept of cyclical creative destruction, so too Washington’s political machinations in Syria seem to be playing out likewise.

We begin with the premise that the humanitarian crisis in Syria over the past nearly three years is largely as a result of a Western covert proxy war inflicted on that country. The objective is to destabilize, terrorize and eventuate regime change in the Arab country.

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US, Allies ‘Arming Al-Qaeda’ in Syria by Finian Cunningham

by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from PressTV, Feb. 4, 2014
February 5, 2014

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The titular head of al-Qaeda, Ayman al-Zawahiri, has reportedly disavowed the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Videos emerged over the weekend of the Egyptian-born leader denying any organizational links with the ISIS.

The British Guardian reported that the move by the top al-Qaeda commander was an attempt to “reassert control” over the disparate militant groups fighting in Syria.

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Only the American People Have the Power to Stop The Imperial Machine by William Blum

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by William Blum
Writer, Dandelion Salad
www.killinghope.org
January 9, 2014

At last the world knows America as the savior of the world! – President Woodrow Wilson, Paris Peace Conference, 1919

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Robert Gates Conceals Real Story of “Gaming” Obama on Afghan War by Gareth Porter

by Gareth Porter
Writer, Dandelion Salad
crossposted at ISP
Washington
January 10, 2014

Criticism in the memoirs of former secretary of defence Robert M. Gates of President Barack Obama’s lack of commitment to the Afghan War strategy of his administration has generated a Washington debate about whether Obama was sufficiently supportive of the war.

But the Gates account omits two crucial historical facts necessary to understanding the issue. The first is that Obama agreed to the escalation only under strong pressure from his top national security officials and with very explicit reservations. Continue reading

Fallujah, Symbol of Iraq’s Unending Tragedy + Profiting from the Destruction of Basra by Felicity Arbuthnot

by Felicity Arbuthnot
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London, England
January 4, 2014

If war should come, whichever side may claim ultimate victory, nothing is more certain that victor and vanquished alike would glean a gruesome harvest of human misery and suffering.

– UK Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, July 31, 1939, to the House of Commons

Fallujah has become a symbol of Iraq’s suffering since the onslaught on the country in 1991, numerous, uncounted interim US-UK bombings, then the 2003 invasion, occupation – and misery unending.

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Al-Qaeda’s Real Origins Exposed by Finian Cunningham

by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from PressTV
January 7, 2014

US top diplomat John Kerry must have taken us for fools. Earlier this week, speaking in Saudi Arabia, he warned that al-Qaeda in Syria and Iraq are “the most dangerous players in the region.”

The US secretary of state vowed Washington’s support for the Iraqi government in its fight to regain control of towns in its western province taken over by militants belonging to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

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