With Friends Like These (Who Needs Allies?) by Greg Maybury

Scott Ludlam visits Pine Gap

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by Greg Maybury
Guest Writer, Dandelion Salad
Pox Amerikana
August 4, 2017

‘[For us] it is one thing to remain a good friend, but too close an embrace will lead Americans and others to resurrect the “deputy sheriff” tag. The Americans have always put their own interests first and will continue to do so; we should follow their example. American interests will not always be the same as Australian and vice versa. The bottom line, however, is the domestic political one. Australians are afraid of the outside world and convinced of their inability to cope with it. Any Australian government which suggested that we do without a great and powerful friend to look after us would have to consider the electoral implications.’ — Source: Cavan Hogue — fmr. Ambassador and Dep. Permanent Representative when Australia was last on the UN Security Council. He has also served as head of mission in Mexico, Kuala Lumpur, Moscow and Bangkok, along with other posts. He is an Adjunct Professor in International Communication at Macquarie University, Sydney.

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Uncle Sam’s Grisly Record of Murder and Mayhem Since 1945 by Paul Street

Genocide Phnom Penh

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by Paul Street
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Official Website of Paul Street, July 30, 2017
August 1, 2017

The United States has killed, maimed, displaced, and otherwise harmed an astonishing number of people in its 241-year record of murder and mayhem – including more than 20 million killed in 37 nations since 1945.

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The Rise and Rise of the Regime Renovators (Another Splendid Little Coup) by Greg Maybury

On the walls of the former American embassy

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by Greg Maybury
Guest Writer, Dandelion Salad
Pox Amerikana, June 26, 2017
June 27, 2017

‘It has been a splendid little war, begun with the highest motives, carried on with magnificent intelligence and spirit, favored by that Fortune which loves the brave.’ US Secretary of State John Hay, defining the Spanish-American War of 1898, in a letter to Theodore Roosevelt, July 27 of that year, the war ushering in America’s Imperial era and unequivocally heralding its hegemonic ambitions.

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Ray McGovern: The Release of Chelsea Manning + Joseph Farrell: CIA Challenges Wikileaks

free chelsea manning : san francisco pride parade (2014)

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goingundergroundRT on May 17, 2017

We speak to former CIA officer, Ray McGovern, about U.S. violations of international law. WikiLeaks associate and centre of investigative journalism board member Joseph Farrell on Chelsea Manning. Plus Julian Assange responds on this show to CIA accusations.

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End Game: The War Machine Goes On, Part 4 by Arthur D. Robbins

War is Money (Encourage people to consider how our socio-economic-cultural system incentivizes and rewards aggressions and other harmful behaviors/activities.)

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by Arthur D. Robbins
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Paradise Lost, Paradise Regained
April 19, 2017

War has indeed become perpetual and peace no longer even a fleeting wish nor a distant memory. We have become habituated to the rumblings of war and the steady drum beat of propaganda about war’s necessity and the noble motives that inspire it. We will close hospitals. We will close schools. We will close libraries and museums. We will sell off our parklands and water supply. People will sleep on the streets and go hungry. The war machine will go on.

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US ‘Deep State’ Sold Out Counter-Terrorism To Keep Itself In Business by Gareth Porter

Parliament Square sit-in against Syria airstrikes.

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by Gareth Porter
Writer, Dandelion Salad
crossposted at Middle East Eye, April 21, 2017
Washington
April 23, 2017

Since 2001, senior Pentagon and CIA officials have sacrificed American interests in weakening al-Qaeda to pursue their own interests

New York Times columnist Tom Friedman outraged many readers when he wrote an opinion piece on 12 April calling on President Trump to “back off fighting territorial ISIS in Syria”. The reason he gave for that recommendation was not that US wars in the Middle East are inevitably self-defeating and endless, but that it would reduce the “pressure on Assad, Iran, Russia and Hezbollah”.

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Glenn Greenwald: Prosecuting Julian Assange and WikiLeaks Threatens Press Freedom for All

Glenn Greenwald Julian Assange

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Democracy Now! on Apr 21, 2017

http://democracynow.org – Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald responds to reports that the Trump administration has prepared an arrest warrant for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Attorney General Jeff Sessions confirmed the report at a news conference Thursday. Last week, CIA chief Mike Pompeo blasted WikiLeaks as a “hostile intelligence service,” in a stark reversal from his previous praise for the group.

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Michael Hudson: Democratic Party Hired CrowdStrike As a Propaganda Organization To Make Accusations Against Russia

Fake News Figure, with Lurid Background 3

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with Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Michael Hudson
April 3, 2017

TheRealNews on Apr 3, 2017

Michael Hudson explains that the Senate hearings on Russia are an effort by Democrats to torpedo improvements in Russia-US relations and lack any real evidence of Russian meddling.

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Julian Assange Press Conference and Q&A on Vault 7, Year Zero and the CIA

FISA - illegal domestic spying - feb 2001, BEFORE 9/11

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Listen to this also on Mar 9, 2017

WikiLeaks Press Conference on Vault 7, Year Zero and the CIA. The press conference was streamed earlier on Persiscope, this is a direct rip of that stream.

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WikiLeaks: Vault 7: CIA Hacking Tools Revealed

Hacker IT Computer Security

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Press Release
WikiLeaks
March 7, 2017

Today, Tuesday 7 March 2017, WikiLeaks begins its new series of leaks on the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. Code-named “Vault 7” by WikiLeaks, it is the largest ever publication of confidential documents on the agency.

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Glen Ford: There is No Such Thing as a Progressive Movement That is Aligned with the CIA

Resist Imperialism

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TheRealNews on Jan 24, 2017

Black Agenda Report’s Glen Ford says a progressive movement can’t be build out of the pro-war, pro-CIA, and McCarthyite politics coming from Democratic leadership.

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The Intelligence Community’s Dumb Isolated View of the Future by David Swanson

U.S. Out Of Everywhere

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
January 24, 2017

Thank you to Tom Engelhardt for pointing out that the people who couldn’t predict the end of the Soviet Union, the crimes of 9-11, the decency of numerous whistleblowers, the election of Donald Trump, the likelihood that utilities in Vermont would point out that they had not been hacked by Russians, or — I’m willing to bet — the timing of rush hour in Northern Virginia, have just predicted the shape of the future of everything. Of course they’ve gotten it all ridiculously wrong, but they have revealed things about themselves rather than about the world in the process.

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Michael Hudson: Trump’s Infrastructure Plan, and The Idea of Proximity to Russia is All Fake

Fight Racism Fight Imperialism - Anti-Trump protesters start to gather in London's Trafalgar Square.

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with Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Michael Hudson
January 22, 2017

TheRealNews on Jan 20, 2017

The newly inaugurated president says his plan will benefit all Americans, but the 99% are likely to pay for it while the 1% profit, says economist Michael Hudson.

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Chris Hedges and Abby Martin: What Is The Purpose Of The Intelligence Report?

Hacker in the darkness

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with Chris Hedges and Abby Martin

RT America on Jan 15, 2017

On this week’s episode of On Contact, Chris Hedges is joined by journalists Abby Martin and Ben Norton to discuss the declassified U.S. intelligence report on Russia’s alleged “influence campaign” on the U.S. presidential election. They explore the allegations and why a large portion of the report is dedicated to RT America’s programming. RT correspondent Anya Parampil details the charges made in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence report.

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Chris Hedges: We Have To Grow Up + David Swanson: Anti-Russian US Establishment Willing To Risk Nuclear War

World War 3 - III

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with Chris Hedges

Redacted Tonight on Jan 13, 2017

Lee Camp kicks off the first Redacted Tonight VIP of 2017 with TWO interviews. Lee first talks with New York Times best-selling author Chris Hedges, host of On Contact and columnist for Truthdig. Hedges discusses how Deep State will play out in a Trump presidency. In the second half, Lee talks with JR Havlan, former writer for The Daily Show and his experiences covering political satire and its role in keeping the masses informed.

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