A Terrible Normality by Michael Parenti

Genocide Phnom Penh

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by Michael Parenti
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally published Jan. 25, 2013
August 23, 2018

Through much of history the abnormal has been the norm. This is a paradox to which we should attend. Aberrations, so plentiful as to form a terrible normality of their own, descend upon us with frightful consistency.

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Abby Martin: The Rise of History’s Biggest Empire

State of the Union

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Dandelion Salad
Originally posted Sept. 6, 2015

with Abby Martin

Empire Files on Sep 5, 2015

Abby Martin debuts teleSUR’s The Empire Files exploring the U.S. Empire, its rise to world hegemony and its impact on people and the planet.

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The Occupation of the American Mind (must-see)

Massive DC Rally And March For Gaza 2

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Dandelion Salad

Warning

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

[Film made in 2016]

The Real News Network on April 6, 2018

A documentary film narrated by legendary musician and activist Roger Waters of Pink Floyd trains a harsh light on Israel’s decades-long propaganda war in the U.S.

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Make No Mistake: The Rule Of The Rich Has Been A Deadly Epoch For Humanity

Capitalism Kills

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The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
February 15, 2018

Rich people rule, make no mistake. They have ruled for centuries, and the toll of their reign has been high. At their feet can be laid the bodies of every child starved in a world with surplus food; every person who freezes to death in the streets while there are six empty houses for every homeless person; every death from lack of affordable healthcare; and the incalculable casualties of the world’s wars – which have all had the wealthy at the helm. Colonization’s genocides, slavery’s murders, and the living death of mass incarceration can all be added to the oligarchy’s tally.

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David Swanson VS Pete Kilner: Is War Ever Justifiable?

End-War

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
World Beyond War
February 14, 2018

On February 12, 2018, I debated Pete Kilner on the topic of “Is War Ever Justifiable?” (Location: Radford University; Moderator Glen Martin; videographer Zachary Lyman). Here is the video: Continue reading

The Rule of Power Over the Rule of Law by Ralph Nader

"anche il 9 aprile" "per un piano alternativo di rifiuti.... SMASH IMPERIALISM!"

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Dandelion Salad

by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
November 16, 2017

Me Too is producing some results. At long last. Victims of sexual assault by men in superior positions of power are speaking out. Big time figures in the entertainment, media, sports and political realms are losing their positions – resigning or being told to leave. A producer at 60 Minutes thinks Wall Street may be next.

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A Veteran Remembers by Howard Zinn + How the U.S. Poisoned its Veterans

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by Howard Zinn
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Previously published Nov. 13, 2011
November 10, 2017

Let’s go back to the beginning of Veterans Day. It used to be Armistice Day, because at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, World War I came to an end.

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Vijay Prashad: The U.S. Celebrates The Culture of Death

World War 3 - III

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Dandelion Salad

TheRealNews on Nov 8, 2017

President Trump’s presidency is so “annihilatonist” that it may very well be the last presidency of the United States says Professor Vijay Prashad at the CODEPINK Summit.

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William K. Black: Pollution Kills 9 Million People a Year

Pollution Kills 9 Million People a Year

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TheRealNews on Oct 25, 2017

Pollution causes far more deaths than tobacco, infectious disease or war, and causes 4.6 trillion dollars of economic damage per year, according to a major new study published in the British medical journal The Lancet.

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War by Gaither Stewart

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 Gaither Stewart
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rome, Italy
October 25, 2017

If you have you ever seen a monkey hanging from a tree by its tail and showing its red ass to onlookers, then you have seen the animal kingdom’s representation of war. According to French playwright Jean Giraudoux, the pacifist and Légion d’onore holder in WWI, war looks just like that monkey’s ass. In 1933, on the eve of WWII, Giraudoux in his famous anti-war play, The Trojan War Will Not Take Place, the imminent author penned his memorable words: “When he shows us his red bottom, all scaly and glazed, encircled by a filthy wig, that’s exactly what war looks like. That’s its real face.” (Included in my novel, The Trojan Spy). Giraudoux’s play was first published in English in 1956 as Tiger At the Gates.

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Abby Martin On the Deadly Front Lines of the Anti-Government Protests

Abby Martin On the Deadly Front Lines of the Anti-Government Protests

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with Abby Martin

teleSUR English on Jul 3, 2017

Abby Martin goes on the deadly front lines of the anti-government protests in Venezuela and follows the evolution of a typical guarimba—or opposition barricade.

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Venezuelan Opposition Largely Responsible for the Rising Death Toll and Violence in Venezuela

Venezuelan Opposition Largely Responsible for the Rising Death Toll and Violence in Venezuela

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TheRealNews on Jul 2, 2017

Lucas Koerner of Venezuelanalysis.com says the death toll and violence are on the rise but according to the Attorney General’s reports more of these deaths are being instigated and attributed to opposition supporters.

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Howard Zinn: Myths of the Good Wars (Three Holy Wars) (must-see)

manning8 - Almost Gone by Graham Nash and James Raymond

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with Howard Zinn
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally published January 8, 2010
July 1, 2017

PHubb
September 15, 2009

Historian, Author, Playwright: Howard Zinn Sponsored by Cape Codders for Peace and Justice Filmed by Paul Hubbard at the Wellfleet Public Library on 9-13-09.

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Christopher Hitchens and Michael Parenti Debate: Iraq and the Future of US Foreign Policy (2005)

Smash US Empire

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by Michael Parenti
Writer, Dandelion Salad
originally published Dec. 23, 2011
June 24, 2017

Here is a debate held at Wesleyan University in 2005 between Christopher Hitchens and me. Hitchens went to his grave as a supporter of the Bush/Cheney venture. He supported Bush in 2004. His turn to the right (from weak leftish/center) won him the attention of all the mass media, especially Fox and the like, and lecture invitations at fat fees. Others of us were less enthralled about his anti-Islam warrior politics.

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