The Strange World of Russian Trolls by William Blum

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by William Blum
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Killing Hope
October 23, 2017

Capturing the wisdom and the beauty of Donald J. Trump in just one statement escaping from his charming mouth:

“Our military has never been stronger. Each day, new equipment is delivered; new and beautiful equipment, the best in the world – the best anywhere in the world, by far.”1

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When Did Congress Vote to Aid the Saudi’s Yemen War? by Gareth Porter + Larry Wilkerson: U.S is Backing Saudi War Crimes in Yemen

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by Gareth Porter
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Crossposted from The American Conservative
October 3, 2017

Lawmakers use War Powers Act to finally question legality of U.S. involvement.

The bill introduced by a bipartisan group of House members last week to end the direct U.S. military role in the Saudi coalition war in Yemen guarantees that the House of Representatives will vote for the first time on the single most important element of U.S. involvement in the war—the refueling of Saudi coalition planes systematically bombing Yemeni civilian targets.

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Trump, The Koch Brothers and Their War on Climate Science

Trump, The Koch Brothers and Their War on Climate Science

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Updated: Sept. 19, 2017

The Real News Network on September 14, 2017

A documentary special reveals how climate change science has been under systematic attack; the multi-million dollar campaign allowed a climate change denier to be elected president (a new version with updated content and music).

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Wonder if the Arch-authoritarian Racist Idiot Donald Trump will Make it to 2020? by Paul Street

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by Paul Street
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Official Website of Paul Street, August 25, 2017
Previously published at Counterpunch, August 18, 2017
August 26, 2017

A story that appeared in the leading inside-Washington political journal The Hill last week bore a headline that ought to send a chill down the spine of anyone who believes in democracy: “Half of Republicans Would Back Postponing 2020 Election if Trump Proposed It.” Read the report’s opening 90 words and let them sink in:
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The Indispensable Movement Can Cure Fake News: By Becoming the News by Patrick Walker

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by Patrick Walker
Guest Writer, Dandelion Salad
August 22, 2017

It’s Party Time on the Titanic–and Screw the Slobs in Steerage

“So let us not talk falsely now, the hour is getting late.” — Bob Dylan, “All Along the Watchtower”

Introduction: The Party to (Literally) End All Parties

Without hyperbole, this article will make a case for organizing a political movement—appropriately called “Indispensable”—that could literally save civilization. So, I wish to state my thesis up front, so that crucial thesis doesn’t get lost amid my arguments and documentation supporting it. That would be the worst conceivable case of readers—by a writer’s own fault—not seeing the forest for the trees.

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Without Adequate Health Insurance, The Choice Is Morbidly Clear: Pay Or Die by Ralph Nader

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
August 2, 2017

Before recommending a practical way to reverse the devastating impact of Congressional Republicans’ attempts to strip tens of millions of Americans of health insurance coverage, and the non-stop anxiety and dread that comes with such cruel and vicious legislation, note the impact of having gerrymandered (the politicians pick the voters) Washington rulers.

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Sanctions Are A Form Of Warfare by David Swanson

Sanctions Are A Form Of Warfare by David Swanson

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Updated: July 31, 2017

by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
Originally published in American Herald Tribune, July 26, 2017
July 28, 2017

Both houses of Congress have now passed big new sanctions bills by veto-proof majorities, in fact with near unanimity. The vote this week in the House of Misrepresentatives was 419–3 on a bill to sanction Russia, Iran, and North Korea as punishment for primarily imaginary crimes, despite the sum total of the global legal bodies having asked the United States to judge these crimes, skip over a trial, and move right ahead with punishment being exactly equal to the number of principled opponents of war employed on Capitol Hill.

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Boycott Israel, Go to Jail?

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Updated: July 21, 2017 (added another video report and a Take Action link)

TheRealNews on Jul 19, 2017

A bipartisan Senate bill would make boycotting Israel punishable by up to 20 years in prison. But a new pushback from groups including the ACLU could help stop the ‘draconian’ measure, says Josh Ruebner of the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights.

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Detecting What Unravels Our Society by Ralph Nader

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
July 20, 2017

The unraveling of a society’s institutions, stability and reasonable order does not sound alarms to forewarn the citizenry, apart from economic yardsticks measuring poverty, jobs, wages, health, savings, profits and other matters economic.

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Strutting Fascism And Swaggering Militarism By Gaither Stewart

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by Gaither Stewart
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rome, Italy
Originally posted June 12, 2008
May 20, 2017

“We work for the moral and traditional values which Socialists neglect and despise….”

–Benito Mussolini

It’s their strutting. That detestable image of the strutting that links them, the strutting and prancing Fascists and their swaggering and parading military cousins, up front for their conveniently concealed corporatist controllers. A strutting and swaggering couple they are, Fascism and the entrenched class of war. Their distorted visions of gallantry and nation come so naturally to both. The spick and span generals, employers of mercenaries and killers, chin in, chest out, and their majors and their colonels (especially the generals in the offices and the majors in the tents), thick chests covered with ribbons and medals and rows of multicolored decorations—awarded for killing. And the political Fascists! Defiant chins thrust forward, hard fists clinched, swaggering and prancing and strutting across the stages of piazzas nations and continents—in support of the killing.

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Left Liberals and Counter-History by Gaither Stewart

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by Gaither Stewart
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rome, Italy
May 14, 2017

I read a Facebook post by an American Liberal comparing the refusal of the French Far-Leftist Jean-Luc Melanchon to choose between Emmanuel Macron and the rightist Marine Le Pen as President of France to the Left’s rejection of the German Social Democrats on the eve of WWI, resulting, ultimately, in the emergence of Naziism. He cited other similar cases where Communists of the 1920s and 1930s who refused to distinguish between the far right and those “insufficiently to the left”, ie. Social Democrats, thus paving the way for the fascist right and the rise of Hitler and Mussolini. He cites also the case of Fausto Bertinotti in Italy who withdrew his support for the center-left government of Romano Prodi and paved the road for the disastrous return to power in Rome of Silvio Berlusconi. This indeed sad history is compared to the choice (non-choice) between Clinton and Trump. And thus the nightmare of Trump in the White House.

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Abby Martin and Greg Palast: The Hidden Purging of Millions of Voters

Abby Martin and Greg Palast: The Hidden Purging of Millions of Voters

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gregpalast.com
April 25, 2017

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With all the discussion of the contentious 2016 election, the most shocking fact is often ignored: that millions of people had their votes stolen through malicious, means. The Republican Party is currently working to purge millions more voters leading up to the 2018 election.

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Crash of Trumpcare Opens Door to Full Medicare for All by Ralph Nader + 2 Video Reports

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
March 29, 2017

You can thank House Speaker Ryan and President Trump for pushing their cruel health insurance boondoggle. This debacle has created a big opening to put Single Payer or full Medicare for all prominently front and center. Single Payer means everybody in, nobody out, with free choice of physician and hospital.

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The Answer Is: Medicare for All

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Democracy Now! on Mar 27, 2017

http://democracynow.org – On Friday, House Republicans failed to muster enough support to pass the GOP healthcare plan, which some call Trumpcare. In response, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has announced he will soon introduce a bill to create a single-payer healthcare system. Several progressive groups are backing a single-payer system, including the Working Families Party, the Progressive Campaign Change Committee, CREDO, Social Security Works and National Nurses United. For more, we speak with Dr. Steffie Woolhandler, co-founder of Physicians for a National Health Program. She is a professor at CUNY-Hunter College and a primary care physician. She is also a lecturer at Harvard Medical School.

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Federal Government Squeezes Workers, Bloats Pentagon by Carl Lewis + May Day: Struggle For A Mass Strike!

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by Carl Lewis
Workers World
March 23, 2017

A recent hiring freeze for federal employees is one of a barrage of anti-worker laws and executive orders recently put forth by the Trump administration. These serve as a cover-up for gutting the people’s social safety net, on the way to implementing brutal capitalist austerity.

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