Biden Defends Ending a War He’s Not Fully Ending, by David Swanson

Stop the Wars! Oct. 5, 2011

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, July 8, 2021
July 9, 2021

It’s been a dream of peace-loving people everywhere for over 20 years now for a U.S. government to end a war and to speak in support of having done so. Sadly, Biden is only partially ending one of the endless wars, none of the others having yet been fully ended either, and his remarks on Thursday were too glorifying of war to be of much use in the cause of abolishing it.

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The Climate Crisis and the Intensification of the Class War, by Rainer Shea

20110928 Class War

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by Rainer Shea
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rainer Shea: Anti-Imperialist Journalist, July 6, 2021
July 8, 2021

Covid-19’s unparalleled U.S. death number, this last year’s irreversible unemployment of tens of millions of U.S. residents, the proliferation of fires throughout the last decade, the extreme heat within much of the country that’s forced many to evacuate, and the other destabilizing factors in the core of global imperialism come in the context of an intensifying class war. A class war that the CIA, the corporate media, the police state, and the other instruments of counterrevolutionary warfare in U.S. borders are intent to keep their pulse on as the conditions of the masses slip ever deeper into chaos.

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Rivera Sun’s The Way Between, by David Swanson

The Way Between by Rivera Sun

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, July 6, 2021
July 7, 2021

For decades I — and, no doubt, everybody else who points out the power and effectiveness of nonviolent action — have had the endlessly recurring experience of being asked “But shouldn’t people defend themselves with wars rather than do nothing?”

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The Resistance Remains Hollow: The Weimar Ways of the Dismal Democrats, by Paul Street

Democrats and Republicans

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by Paul Street
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Official Website of Paul Street, July 3, 2021
July 6, 2021

The Republican Party – described by Noam Chomsky years ago as “the most dangerous organization on Earth” – is now a fascist party (I will develop this point further in a future report on the state-level Republican jihad against Critical Race Theory). The sheer equivalence some “radicals” posit between the dismal neoliberal Democratic and the white-nationalist Amerikaner GOP is false. Just for starters, try to imagine the self-described democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez or for that matter, the corporate liberal Nancy Pelosi winning a Congressional seat in Kentucky, Iowa, or Wyoming and the QANazi Marjorie Taylor Green being elected to the U.S. House from Brooklyn, Chicago, or San Francisco.

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The Fourth is an Annual Day of Collective Amnesia, by Kenn Orphan

Lies

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by Kenn Orphan
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Halifax, Nova Scotia
July 5, 2021

“​Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind.” — Albert Einstein

“Flags are bits of colored cloth that governments use first to shrink-wrap people’s brains and then as ceremonial shrouds to bury the dead.” — Arundhati Roy

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Put Away The Flags, by Howard Zinn

American Exceptionalism Exceptions

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by Howard Zinn
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally published July 3, 2010
July 4, 2021

On this July 4, we would do well to renounce nationalism and all its symbols: its flags, its pledges of allegiance, its anthems, its insistence in song that God must single out America to be blessed.

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Chris Hedges: Veritas: A Harvard Professor, A Con Man and the Gospel of Jesus’ Wife

Jesus from the Deesis Mosaic

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

RT America on Jul 3, 2021

On the show this week, Chris Hedges talks to journalist and author, Ariel Sabar, about his new book Veritas: A Harvard Professor, A Con Man and the Gospel of Jesus’ Wife. Sabar’s book exposes much about the bankruptcy of contemporary theology and the yearning by academics to be lionized by the mass media and popular culture, even at the expense of truth.

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I’m Sick and Tired of This Thing Called “Patriotism,” by William Blum

Patriotism

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by William Blum
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally published July 5, 2010
July 2, 2021

Some thoughts on “patriotism” written on July 4

Most important thought: I’m sick and tired of this thing called “patriotism”.

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Untold Truths About the American Revolution, by Howard Zinn

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by Howard Zinn
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally posted on July 4, 2009
July 1, 2021

There are things that happen in the world that are bad, and you want to do something about them. You have a just cause. But our culture is so war prone that we immediately jump from, “This is a good cause” to “This deserves a war.”

You need to be very, very comfortable in making that jump.

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Russia-China Alliance: The Endgame for Western Imperialism, by Finian Cunningham

China Industry

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Ireland
Crossposted from Sputnik, June 29, 2021
June 30, 2021

The consolidation of the Russia-China alliance this week spells the endgame for Western imperialism and the never-ending wars that it spawns.

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Prime Witness In Assange Case Admits To Lying + MPs Hand-Deliver Letter To Belmarsh Demanding Access To Julian Assange

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Attorney: U.S. Case Against Julian Assange Falls Apart, as Key Witness Says He Lied to Get Immunity

Democracy Now! on June 28, 2021

One of the main witnesses in Julian Assange’s extradition case has admitted he made false claims against Assange in exchange for immunity from prosecution, a bombshell revelation that could have a major impact on the WikiLeaks founder’s fate. Assange faces up to 175 years in prison if brought to the U.S., where he was indicted for violations of the Espionage Act related to the publication of classified documents exposing U.S. war crimes.

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The Phoenix Moment, by Rivera Sun

Rockaway Beach Occupy Sandy

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by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
June 27, 2021

Winds of Change is the third novel in the Dandelion Trilogy by Rivera Sun. It’s a wild tale of resistance and resilience, people-powered democracy movements and the race for climate justice.

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