New Israeli Law Bans Dissent in the Classroom by David Swanson + The Rules of Engagement + Israel Legislates Apartheid into Law

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
July 21, 2018

Israel has passed a law allowing its Minister of Education to ban from its schools any person or group who criticizes Israel — apparently something that no teachers or students in Israel are supposed to do either (though some do). The hasbara, or pro-war propaganda, spin on this is that it is protecting Israel’s brave Troops from (rhetorical) “attacks.” But one of the chief targets of the law is understood to be Israeli troops who speak about what it is they do. And the law explicitly identifies for banning from schools those who advocate “legal or political” actions, which tend to be taken against those who make laws and political decisions, not against Troops.

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Russiagate is not Pearl Harbor, 9/11 was not Pearl Harbor, and Pearl Harbor was not Pearl Harbor by David Swanson

No More War

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
July 17, 2018

The unproven allegation that the Russian government helped us find out how the DNC was screwing Bernie Sanders with his pants on is not actually a moral, legal, or practical reason to launch a spree of mass-killing of innocents, which is what every war since WWII has been.

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Matteo Salvini, Italy’s New Strongman by Gaither Stewart + Italian Government Closes Port to Migrants

Matteo Salvini, Italy’s New Strongman by Gaither Stewart

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by Gaither Stewart
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rome, Italy
June 14, 2018

As shown in the permissive attitude of Italians toward Fascism last century, also contemporary Italians perceive of a strong and charismatic leader as a shield against disorder and their inherent inclination toward anarchy. Someone to protect them against their own nature. Promises of more police and more security are reassuring to those Italians who see today’s enemy in immigrants and in the European Union with all its rules … including its Euro currency. When a legitimate government to control their inclination toward anarchy goes missing, some form of servility to a powerful individual returns. Strongmen emerge from that conundrum deep in the Italian psyche: anarchy or a strongman at the helm. Italy today seems to be following the same familiar old script.

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Chris Hedges and Richard Wolff: An Unsustainable System

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with Chris Hedges and

Democracy At Work on May 28, 2018

This week on Economic Update, Professor Wolff delivers updates on the decline of U.S. cities and the potential of “private cities”, the ever-growing freelancers’ economy, why the U.S. Supreme Court decided to legalize sports betting now, Fiat-Chrysler & Porsche added to the emissions cheating scandal, the new federal jobs guarantee and a Catholic University attacks the concept of tenure.

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Chris Hedges and Mark Crispin Miller: Corporate Media’s Hurricane of Propaganda + American Media Wrong On Syria Coverage

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Apr 16, 2018

Mark Crispin Miller, professor of media studies at New York University, discusses the destruction of the independent press in the United States.

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Capitalism Careens in the Direction of Fascism by Paul Street

If voting changed anything...

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by Paul Street
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Official Website of Paul Street
March 26, 2018

World peace is none of your business
You must not tamper with arrangements
Work hard and simply pay your taxes
Never asking what for
Oh, you poor little fool
Oh, you fool

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Corporate, State-Capitalist and Imperialist Media, Not “Mainstream Media” and Other Terminology by Paul Street

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by Paul Street
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Official Website of Paul Street
March 20, 2018

Climate Crisis, Not “Climate Change”

My next-to-last CounterPunch essay (“Someone Tell a Reporter: the Rich Are Destroying the Earth”) elicited a smart criticism from a senior scientist:
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Chris Hedges: The Fight Against Fascism

Fuck Fascism!

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“In Fascism, the proletariat is confronted by an extraordinarily dangerous enemy. Fascism is the concentrated expression of the general offensive undertaken by the world bourgeoisie against the proletariat. Its overthrow is therefore an absolute necessity, nay, it is even a question of the every-day existence and of the bread and butter of every ordinary worker. On these grounds the whole of the proletariat must concentrate on the fight against Fascism. It will be much easier for us to defeat Fascism if we clearly and distinctly study its nature.” — Clara Zetkin, Labour Monthly, August 1923

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What Was The First 9-11? by The Anti-Social Socialist

What Was The First 9-11? by The Anti-Social Socialist

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“We find ourselves opposed by forces that operate in the shadows, without a flag, with powerful weapons that are placed in a wide range of influential positions. We are potentially wealthy countries and yet we live a life of poverty. We go here and there, begging for credits and aid and yet we are – a paradox typical of the capitalist economic system – great exporters of capital.” — Salvador Allende, Speech to the United Nations, December 4, 1972

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All Fire and Fury in Ukraine by Greg Maybury

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by Greg Maybury
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Pox Amerikana
Crossposted from Consortium News, Mar. 3, 2018
March 6, 2018

The still decidedly volatile situation in Ukraine – resulting from another in that long line of US inspired regime changes that have done so much to destabilize the geopolitical landscape over the past few decades – is worth revisiting for a number of reasons. With the fourth anniversary of the coup just gone, the sudden, shock passing of veteran investigative journalist Robert Parry and Consortium News founder/editor also affords even greater impetus for doing so. This is especially given his incisive body of reportage on the crisis since 2014; the larger issue of America’s worsening relationship with Russia; and the geopolitical implications going forward of these developments. Australian writer/blogger Greg Maybury reports.

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Chris Hedges: The Rise of Fascism in India

Chris Hedges: The Rise of Fascism in India

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Feb 19, 2018

Shehla Rashid Shora, Indian Activist, discusses Hindu fascism through religious and political unrest and classism in India.

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Michael Hudson: Privatizing US Infrastructure Will Increase the Cost of Living

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with Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Michael Hudson
February 13, 2018

TheRealNews on Feb 12, 2018

Trump’s infrastructure privatization plan is a hat trick that optimistically turns $200 billion into $1.5 trillion, is designed to eliminate the public sector and to bankrupt cities and states, says economist Michael Hudson.

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Max Blumenthal: US is Arming Neo-Nazis in Ukraine

Max Blumenthal: US is Arming Neo-Nazis in Ukraine

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TheRealNews on Feb 4, 2018

Max Blumenthal reports that the US has provided military assistance to the Azov Battalion, known as a bastion of neo-Nazism within the Ukrainian armed forces. He also discusses US and Israeli ties to the far-right government in Poland, where neo-Nazism is on the rise.

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End the Occupation of the Corporate State

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The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
January 31, 2018

It happened so subtly, we missed the corporate coup. Like shadows, corporations surrounded our country and slowly strangled it. They crept into Congress, the White House, the Supreme Court, the FDA, the military, the Department of the Interior: everywhere you look, a corporation controls the decisions of this nation. We have become the occupied territory of brand names, corporate logos, monopolistic power, and corporate greed.

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Ukraine on Fire

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

Robin Westenra Feb 2018

Oliver Stone – Ukraine on Fire. Full Documentary. The Real Story (Original English version).

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