Category Archives: Politics

How We Could End the Permanent War State by Gareth Porter (#NoWar2016)

War is a racket - Smedley Butler

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by Gareth Porter
Writer, Dandelion Salad
worldbeyondwar.org
September 26, 2016

Remarks at #NoWar2016

My remarks are related to the problem of media as a factor in the war system but not focused primarily on that. I have experienced first hand as a journalist and as an author how the corporate news media hews to a set of well-delineated lines in the coverage of issues of war and peace that systematically block out all data that conflict with those lines. I’d be glad to talk about my experiences especially in covering Iran and Syria in Q and A.

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How to Counter Military Recruitment by Pat Elder (#NoWar2016)

Occupy Military Recruiters!

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by Pat Elder
worldbeyondwar.org
September 26, 2016

Remarks at #NoWar2016

Countering military recruitment in the nation’s high schools confronts an ugly mix of a distinctively American brand of institutionalized violence, racism, militarism, nationalism, classism, and sexism. It confronts the greatest problems in American society.

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Ralph Nader Interviews Jill Stein: We Need To Cut The Military Budget By 50% + Transcript

Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein spoke Sept. 21 at Penn State.

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williambrighenticpa on Sep 18, 2016

Ralph Nader interviewed Jill Stein on September 17, 2016. Ralph and Jill discuss the corporate ownership of the media and the duopoly of the Democratic and Republican parties, preventing public disclosure of third-party candidates and their proposals for a better America.

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Guillaume Long, Minister of Foreign Affairs Ecuador: We Claim the Supremacy of Human Beings Over Capital

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United Nations General Assembly
September 23, 2016

Statement Summary:

GUILLAUME LONG, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Human Mobility of Ecuador, said the last decade of the citizen revolution in his country had shown that to achieve development it was necessary to do the opposite of the prescription of the neoliberal hegemony.  Ecuador had been able to recover the faith and hope of a country that had been destroyed, and that could be reflected in tangible results for its people, notably in the reduction of extreme poverty and inequality.  The Powers of hegemony had appropriated widely used words and given them meaning to impose a political and moral agenda on the planet.  The word “development” was not just a technical issue, but a political one, especially when it came to the redistribution of wealth.  “Human rights” included economic and social rights, not just political ones, and were violated not just by States but by multinational corporations as well.

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Chris Hedges and Miko Peled: Boycott Israel

Massive DC Rally And March For Gaza 2

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Sep 24, 2016

On this week’s episode of On Contact, Chris Hedges discusses the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement with Israeli human rights activist Miko Peled. They discuss the global campaign to economically and politically pressure Israel to end its occupation of Palestinian land, grant equality to Arab-Palestinian citizens and allow Palestinian refuges the right of return to their homes. RT Correspondent Anya Parampil examines the history and breadth of the BDS movement.

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Chris Hedges: Corporations Have Seized All Levers of Power + Rap News Special

Overthrow Your Capitalist Masters

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with Chris Hedges

Redacted Tonight on Sep 22, 2016

In this episode of Redacted Tonight VIP, Lee Camp interviews Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Chris Hedges. They jump right into it concerning startling evidence about how the US has become a corporate totalitarian state, compared to the democracy it claims to be. They go on to discuss how the two-party system duopoly is leading to the demise of our country. Hedges also explains just how dangerous it is for leftists to vote for Hillary Clinton, even with the specter of Donald Trump looming in the background. This information is explosive. Enjoy and share.

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Resist Lesser Evilism

A Day in New York

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Editorial Staff
socialistworker.org
September 23, 2016

The pressure to vote for Hillary Clinton is becoming ever more intense. But the left has to resist the political logic of lesser evilism that the Democrats rely on every four years.

FIRST, IT was the shaming. Now it’s fear–pure, raw terror at the prospect of Donald Trump in the White House.

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Evo Morales: Eradicate Imperialism and Capitalism (United Nations Speech 9.21.16)

70th Annual General Assembly Debate

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teleSUR English on Sep 22, 2016

Speech at the 71st General Assembly in New York, Sept. 21, 2016

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Transformation by Gaither Stewart

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by Gaither Stewart
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rome, Italy
September 21, 2016

“Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”
George Bernard Shaw

Change is a word that both intellectuals and the intelligentsia of America are discussing in these times. However, one is justified to wonder what kind of change they mean. As a rule when intellectuals/liberals speak of change, they mean reform (and not enough of it, at that: that is, the leisurely conforming of the lives of the collective with their own. The radical, politically-socially committed intelligentsia means something else and their thought and conclusions take another avenue of meaning: their aim is transformation or, if you prefer, radical change. However, it is an unfortunate paradox that no more than liberals, the intelligentsia does not always know what to do with its convictions.

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“Progressive”: Does its Meaning Depend on Whatever the Clintons Think is “Progress”? by Rob Hager

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by Rob Hager
Guest Writer, Dandelion Salad
Older version published February 10, 2016
September 20, 2016

The battle between Sanders and Clinton over the term “progressive” presented an opportunity to discuss some history. Now that Sanders is supporting the very person who misappropriated the term it is even more important to define what does progressive mean, if it is more than a euphemism for the vague term “liberal.” This article argues on the contrary that “progressive” has a very precise meaning conferred by its history.

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Chris Hedges: To Stop Terrorism, End U.S. Occupation of the Middle East

Parliament Square sit-in against Syria airstrikes.

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with Chris Hedges

TheRealNews on Sep 19, 2016

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges discusses the Manhattan bombing and the lack of media coverage of the impact of U.S. wars abroad.

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Ralph Nader on Two-Party Tyranny, Trump Cheating, Bernie Sanders, and Corporations Kill

Ralph Nader after the speech - Green Lecture

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Democracy Now! on Sep 19, 2016

http://democracynow.org – It’s official: When the first presidential debate takes place next Monday, a week from today, it will exclude third-party candidates from the debate stage. The Commission on Presidential Debates announced Friday that both Dr. Jill Stein of the Green Party and Gary Johnson of the Libertarian Party failed to qualify by polling at 15 percent or higher. This comes as polls show Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are among the least popular major-party candidates to ever run for the White House. We get reaction from four-time presidential candidate Ralph Nader, who has previously been excluded from debates. He has a new book titled “Breaking Through Power: It’s Easier Than We Think.”

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Chris Hedges: Refugee Trafficking is Big Business for ISIS

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Sep 18, 2016

On this week’s episode of On Contact Chris Hedges tracks the evolution of the kidnapping industry in the Middle East post-9/11 with Loretta Napoleoni, author of Merchants of Men: How Jihadists and ISIS Turned Kidnapping and Refugee Trafficking into a Multibillion-dollar Business. RT Correspondent Anya Parampil looks at the Islamic State’s involvement in the lucrative business of trafficking migrants fleeing from war torn lands.

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What Will A Socialist Society Be Like? by Jessica Hansen-Weaver

Brothers In Arms.

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by Jessica Hansen-Weaver
socialistworker.org
September 17, 2016

THE 2016 presidential election has created an environment where millions of people who are sympathetic to socialism will be pressured to choose between the revolting and ridiculous Republican bigot Donald Trump and the supposed “lesser evil” Hillary Clinton.

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Central Bank Digital Currencies: A Revolution in Banking? by Ellen Brown

4 Top Banks To Create New Digital Currency

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by Ellen Brown
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Web of Debt Blog
September 16, 2016

Several central banks, including the Bank of England, the People’s Bank of China, the Bank of Canada and the Federal Reserve, are exploring the concept of issuing their own digital currencies, using the blockchain technology developed for Bitcoin. Skeptical commentators suspect that their primary goal is to eliminate cash, setting us up for negative interest rates (we pay the bank to hold our deposits rather than the reverse).

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