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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Gar Smith: Stones to Drones: A Short History of War on Earth (Transcript + Video)

World War 3 - XXXIII

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Republished with permission from David Swanson at World Beyond War

by Gar Smith
World Beyond War, Sept. 24, 2017
October 11, 2017

Gar Smith / World Beyond War #NoWar2017 Conference,
September 22-24 at American University in Washington, DC.

War is humanity’s deadliest activity. From 500 BC to AD 2000 history records more than 1000 [1,022] major documented wars. In the 20th Century, an estimated 165 wars killed as many as 258 million people — more than 6 percent of all the people born during the entire 20th century. WWII claimed the lives of 17 million soldiers and 34 million civilians. In today’s wars, 75 percent of those killed are civilians — mostly women, children, the elderly, and the poor.

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Is the Nobel Committee Finally Abiding by Nobel’s Will? by David Swanson + Rebuking Trump, Nobel Prize Goes to Group That Opposes Nuclear Weapons

Is the Nobel Committee Finally Abiding by Nobel’s Will? by David Swanson

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
October 6, 2017

The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded Friday to the International Campaign for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) — listen to my radio show with one of ICAN’s leaders two years ago here.

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David Swanson: Why End War

Protest: No War in Iraq

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with David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
October 3, 2017

David Swanson on Oct 2, 2017

On Oct 2, 2017, 20 of us gave 4-minute TED talks in Charlottesville and I won, allowing me to give a TED talk at the upcoming November 3, 2017, event at Charlottesville’s Paramount Theater. This was my 4-minute talk on “Why End War.” #TedXCville

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When Did Congress Vote to Aid the Saudi’s Yemen War? by Gareth Porter + Larry Wilkerson: U.S is Backing Saudi War Crimes in Yemen

Stop the Saudi War on Yemen - 388

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by Gareth Porter
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Crossposted from The American Conservative
October 3, 2017

Lawmakers use War Powers Act to finally question legality of U.S. involvement.

The bill introduced by a bipartisan group of House members last week to end the direct U.S. military role in the Saudi coalition war in Yemen guarantees that the House of Representatives will vote for the first time on the single most important element of U.S. involvement in the war—the refueling of Saudi coalition planes systematically bombing Yemeni civilian targets.

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Howard Zinn: The Interpretation of History (1997; must-see)

Howard Zinn

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with Howard Zinn
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally posted February 5, 2014
October 1, 2017

“He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past.” — George Orwell, 1984

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The Killing of History by John Pilger

My Lai Memorial Site - Vietnam - Diorama of Massacre

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by John Pilger
John Pilger, Sept. 21, 2017
September 24, 2017

One of the most hyped “events” of American television, The Vietnam War, has started on the PBS network. The directors are Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. Acclaimed for his documentaries on the Civil War, the Great Depression and the history of jazz, Burns says of his Vietnam films, “They will inspire our country to begin to talk and think about the Vietnam war in an entirely new way”.

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Abby Martin: Voices From People’s Congress of Resistance

Abby Martin: Voices From The Anti-Trump Resistance

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with Abby Martin

teleSUR English on Sep 23, 2017

On September 16-17 a major national gathering was held in Washington, D.C. called the People’s Congress of Resistance, a broad and diverse coalition of organizers and community leaders formed to build the class-struggle wing of the anti-Trump movement.

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David Swanson: Welcome to #NoWar2017: War and the Environment with Tim DeChristopher and Jill Stein

David Swanson: Welcome to No War 2017: War and the Environment with Tim DeChristopher and Jill Stein

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with David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
September 15, 2017

Remarks at #NoWar2017 conference on September 22, 2017.
[Videos below.]

Welcome to No War 2017: War and the Environment. Thank you all for being here. I’m David Swanson. I’m going to speak briefly and introduce Tim DeChristopher and Jill Stein to also speak briefly. We hope to also have time for some questions as we hope to have in every part of this conference.

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Bolivian President Evo Morales’ Speech at the United Nations: We Must Fight Capitalism, Colonialism and Imperialism

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teleSUR English on Sep 20, 2017

Speech in the 72nd General Assembly in New York, Sept. 19, 2017.

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David Swanson: This Criminal Enterprise Is The Number One Destroyer Of The Environment (#NoWar2017)

David Swanson: This Criminal Enterprise Is The Number One Destroyer Of The Environment #NoWar2017

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with David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
September 19, 2017

RT America on Sept 18, 2017

About 50 protesters kayaked to the Pentagon with a banner saying “No oil for wars, no wars for oil.” David Swanson, author and director of World Beyond War, discusses why his group is raising the issue of pollution by the military.

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David Swanson: Senate Refuses to Stop Endless War

No War

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with David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
September 15, 2017

TheRealNews on Sep 14, 2017

Sixteen years after its passage, the Senate has rejected an effort to repeal the Congressional authorization that has been used as a blank check for military action around the globe, says David Swanson of World Beyond War.

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Caleb Maupin: Anti-war Amendment Killed: “Endless” War in Iraq and Afghanistan Will Continue

Caleb Maupin: Anti-war Amendment Killed: "Endless" War in Iraq and Afghanistan Will Continue

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with Caleb Maupin
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Caleb Maupin (website)
Caleb Maupin (Facebook Page)
September 14, 2017

Caleb Maupin on Sep 14, 2017

The US Senate has voted 61-36 to kill the amendment, proposed by Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) which would repeal the 2001 and 2002 Authorizations for Use of Military Force (AUMF) in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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You Can’t Have a Progressive Movement Without Peace by David Swanson + Desmond Tutu on #NoWar

Veterans for Peace Banner Drop: "How is the War Economy Working for You?" (Pittsburgh, PA)

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
September 9, 2017

Remarks at People’s Convergence Conference, Sept. 8, 2017

Here’s my five-minute case for why you can’t have an effective progressive movement in the United States that doesn’t include working for peace. War and militarism and bases and ships and missiles and sanctions and nuclear threats and hostility make up the filter through which much of the other 96% of humanity experiences this 4%. The U.S. Congress chooses how to spend a great deal of money each year, and chooses to put 54% of it into war and preparations for war. The wars demonstrably increase rather than reduce or eliminate anti-U.S. sentiment and violence. They endanger us rather than protect us. The wars are a top cause of death and injury in the world, and a top cause of famines and disease epidemics and refugee crises that cause massive additional suffering. But war kills most by diverting resources. Small fractions of U.S. military spending could end starvation, provide clean water, end diseases, even end the use of fossil fuels worldwide. Military spending also reduces jobs in comparison to other spending or not taxing working people in the first place.

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Imagining a Hillary Clinton Presidency So Far by Paul Street

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by Paul Street
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Official Website of Paul Street, September 6, 2017
Previously published at Counterpunch, September 1, 2017
September 8, 2017

The Idiotic Lecture I Keep Getting

A recurrent problem with some who read Left essays on U.S. politics is that a writer of such essays can’t criticize a Republican policymaker or politician without some “radical” reader sending that writer a snotty lecture on the writer’s supposed failure to understand that Barack Obama, the Clintons, Nancy Pelosi, and rest of the top Democrats are terrible too.

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