Kevin Zeese on Venezuela’s Economy: It’s Not Socialism, It’s Abusive Capitalism and US Imperialism

The Russian Peace Threat by David Swanson + The REAL Reason The U.S. Wants Regime Change in Venezuela

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RT America on Feb 18, 2019

Attorney and author Kevin Zeese joins News.Views.Hughes to argue that calls for regime-change in Venezuela constitute a US push to seize Venezuelans’ natural resources and that President Nicolas Maduro has the support of the Venezuelan people, that economic sanctions and a global drop in oil prices are behind the country’s economic problems and that “the people of Venezuela oppose US domination.”

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David Swanson: The Dirty Truth About NATO

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
February 17, 2019

Redacted Tonight on Feb 14, 2019

David Swanson visits VIP this week to discuss the upcoming ‘No to NATO, Yes to Peace Festival‘ in Washington DC this April 3-4. They discuss peace activism and the current state of international affairs.

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Will Griffin: Militarism is Capitalism

Will Griffin: Militarism is Capitalism

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With Will Griffin
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Peace Report
February 13, 2019

“[Modern militarism] wants neither more nor less than the squaring of the circle; it arms the people against the people itself; it is insolent enough to force the workers … to become oppressors, enemies and murderers of their own class comrades and friends, of their parents, brothers, sisters and children, murderers of their own past and future. It wants to be at the same time democratic and despotic, enlightened and machine-like, at the same time to serve the nation and to be its enemy.” — Karl Liebknecht

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David Swanson: US Middle East Plan + Trump’s Syria Pullout Aimed at Aggressing Iran by Finian Cunningham

David Swanson: US Middle East Plan + Trump’s Syria Pullout Aimed at Aggressing Iran by Finian Cunningham

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with David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, Feb. 8, 2019
February 12, 2019

Debate: US Middle East Plan

PressTV on Feb 7, 2019

The U.S. President Donald Trump has defended his decision to withdraw troops from Syria, claiming that the U.S.-led coalition succeeded in taking nearly all territories held by Daesh terrorists. Trump, however; added that the troops would be shifted to Iraq and the U.S. would maintain its military presence there to watch Iran.

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Chris Hedges: Coup in Venezuela is an Open Violation of International Law

Chris Hedges: Coup in Venezuela is an Open Violation of International Law

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Feb 4, 2019

RT host and former NYT reporter Chris Hedges joins In Question to weigh in on the ongoing coup in Venezuela, how foreign governments are meeting in Canada to discuss how to oust Maduro, the likelihood of a major global conflict surrounding Venezuela and why the New York Times has supported U.S.-led coups.

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The Russian Peace Threat by David Swanson + The REAL Reason The U.S. Wants Regime Change in Venezuela + Chris Hedges Slams NBC

The Russian Peace Threat by David Swanson + The REAL Reason The U.S. Wants Regime Change in Venezuela

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, Feb. 1, 2019
February 5, 2019

A lot more energy is invested by people in theorizing what respectable and corrupt influences motivate members of the U.S. Congress than at least some members of the U.S. Congress invest in thinking or in having opinions at all. If you’ve ever been the victim of one of those Tonight Show videos in which they ask you and other bumbling idiots on the street in Los Angeles to name a country, any country, or something else that easy, and you couldn’t do it, you may enjoy watching videos of U.S. Congress Members clearly incapable of finding their own asses with a flashlight and a map. Are they opposed on principle to a coup in Venezuela, or in support of one? [Watch video below] Do they flip their position because of the party of the emperor in the White House or because of a “donation” to their campaign fund? Have they been swayed by this or that lobbyist or news report? Nope. None of it. They’re lucky if they can identify Venezuela as a place in South America where something or other happened recently. Some of these people, elected to run this so-called country, openly declare that they like to work in only one issue area, which doesn’t happen to be foreign policy. Some of them clearly oppose Trump only haphazardly and for some reason other than the babbling incoherence of his speech habits. Commentators have surmised that Trump addresses his fourth-grade-level logorrhea to the people with the misspelled signs at the fascist rallies, but it’s possible he’s actually a better communicator to Congress than some of his predecessors have been.

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Glen Ford: The Black Elite and the Legacy of MLK + Martin Luther King, Jr.: Organized Non-violent Resistance Is The Most Powerful Weapon

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Originally posted Jan. 21, 2013

“I think it’s just as bad to passively accept evil as it is to inflict it.” — Martin Luther King Jr.

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If You Really Love Your Country…

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The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
January 20, 2019

If you really love your country, you would not be satisfied with platitudes and flag-waving, national anthems and military parades. A truly patriotic citizen does not sit idle as the land and waters of his country are polluted by extractive industries. A true patriot does not sneer and scorn her fellow citizens who live in poverty or are unhoused. A true patriot does not place higher loyalties with corporations than human beings. A true patriot sees no glory in war, nor security in spending more on military than on peace and justice for all of humankind.

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Chris Hedges: Daniel Berrigan’s Play: The Trial of the Cantonsville Nine

Chris Hedges: Daniel Berrigan's Play: The Trial of the Cantonsville Nine

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Jan 19, 2019

The nature and cost of civil disobedience is explored in the play “The Trial of the Cantonsville Nine,” written by the Catholic priest Dan Berrigan.

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Top 10 Reasons NOT to Love NATO by David Swanson

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
January 15, 2019

The New York Times loves NATO, but should you?

Judging by comments in social media and the real world, millions of people in the United States have gone from having little or no opinion on NATO, or from opposing NATO as the world’s biggest military force responsible for disastrous wars in places like Afghanistan (for Democrats) or Libya (for Republicans), to believing NATO to be a tremendous force for good in the world.

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Will Griffin: Michael Parenti’s The Face of Imperialism

Will Griffin: Michael Parenti's The Face of Imperialism

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With Will Griffin
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Peace Report
January 14, 2019

Many content creators on YouTube produce collaborative content. Finally, I’m producing my first collaborative piece. For the past 2 weeks I’ve worked with the YouTuber Radical Reviewer (RR) who reviews leftist literature. I find his YouTube channel very important. If you can’t read an entire book, the least we can do is watch a video on the topic. Although reading a book is the best option for learning, watching videos helps save time and money. Also, if the video review is done well it could prompt someone to actually read the book!

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Anything War Can Do, Peace Can Do Better by David Swanson

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Note: David’s piece contains many pictures, so you may wish to read it in full on his website.

by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
January 9, 2019

William James’ idea of the need to create a moral equivalent of war first struck me, decades ago, when I read about it, as about as sensible an idea as inventing a new way to punch yourself in the face. This was not purely because times have changed, because weapons have become more powerful, because the earth’s climate is collapsing, or because nonviolent activism has become widely understood as requiring courage, sacrifice, camarderie, dedication, discipline, and strength, without any of the counterproductive murder, maiming, destroying, occupying, hating, looting, pillaging, or stupidity.

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Abby Martin and Chris Hedges: War, Propaganda and the Enemy Within

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

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Originally posted Sept. 26, 2015

with Abby Martin and Chris Hedges

Empire Files on Sep 26, 2015

Abby Martin interviews Chris Hedges on American myths, war and revolt. Hedges explains the ‘folly of Empire,’ the dangers posed by right-wing extremism and the urgent need for a new system. Continue reading

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

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Happy New Year!

“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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John Pilger: Julian Assange Needs Public Popular Support, interviewed by Joe Lauria

Free Julian Assange!

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with John Pilger and Joe Lauria

Consortium News on Dec 22, 2018

John Pilger says Julian Assange called Guardian report he met Paul Manafort a “fabrication.” He discusses Assange’s health, legal situation and the need for public protests to free him.

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