Chris Hedges: The Torture Machine: Racism and Police Violence in Chicago

Criminal Injustice

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on May 1, 2021

On the show this week, Chris Hedges discusses police abuse and torture with civil rights attorney Flint Taylor.

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Chris Hedges: Saudi Arabia–The Number One Purchaser of US Weapons

Human rights campaigners protest against Farnborough International arms fair

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Oct 29, 2016

On this week’s episode of On Contact, Chris Hedges explores why Saudi Arabia remains one of the U.S.’ closest allies in the Middle East with Medea Benjamin, author of Kingdom of the Unjust: Behind the U.S.-Saudi Connection. They examine why the U.S. overlooks the Saudi’s treatment of women, public executions and promotion of a fundamentalist religion that sanctifies violence. RT Correspondent Anya Parampil looks at the long alliance between the two countries.

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Abby Martin: Inside Saudi Arabia: Butchery, Slavery and History of Revolt


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Abode of Terrorism

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Empire Files on Oct 3, 2015

Meet the new head of the United Nations panel on Human Rights: the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Abby Martin takes us inside the brutal reality of this police-state monarchy, and tells the untold people’s history of resistance to it. With a major, catastrophic war in Yemen and looming high-profile executions of activists, The Empire Files exposes true nature of the U.S.-Saudi love affair.

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Pope Tells World’s Top Arms Dealers to End Arms Trade by David Swanson + Pope Francis’ Speech to Congress + Transcript

Pope Francis rips capitalism and trickle-down economics

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
September 24, 2015

I lack patience. I admit it.

There’s my confession.

I couldn’t sit through the Pope’s slow and plodding and polite speech to Congress, waiting for him to say something against the primary thing that body does and spends our money on. But finally he got there:
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Abby Martin: Tortured and Enslaved: Enter the World’s Biggest Prison

Witness Against Torture: Captive Hands

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Empire Files on Sep 19, 2015

The Empire holds by far the most prisoners than any other country on earth, in both absolute numbers and per capita. Abby Martin explores the dark reality of America’s prisons: their conditions, who is warehoused in them, and the roots of mass incarceration.

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Joe Hill Was Right. Don’t Just Mourn. Organize! by Rev. John Dear

DC Vigil for Charleston Church Massacre

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by Rev. John Dear
originally published on Common Dreams
June 19, 2015

Like millions of others, I’m grieving the death of the nine church folk killed in the unthinkable massacre inside Charleston’s Emanuel AME Church on Wednesday night. My heart goes out to the families and friends of the dead, and the church members, and I offer all my condolences, prayers, blessings and love.

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Killed Beaten Raped: Migrant Workers are Slaves by Graham Peebles

by Graham Peebles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
December 6, 2013

With few opportunities at home, millions of poor, desperate men and women from South East Asia and the horn of Africa migrate annually to Saudi Arabia. Vulnerable at home and vulnerable abroad where many are enslaved and badly abused, some killed. Slavery is woven into the fabric of the psyche of the kingdom; according to Saudi scholar Ali al-Ahmed, a “culture of slavery pervades the country”[The Guardian[i]], and although banned in 1964 (when it is thought there were 30,000 slaves in the country) the barbaric practice of owning a fellow human being still exists in the form of the internationally condemned kafala sponsorship system. By tying the residency status of migrant workers to their employers, the system grants the latter total control, amounting to ownership.

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Ali Al Taweel’s Death Sentence and Torture

Sent to Dandelion Salad from a personal contact who wishes to remain anonymous
Nov. 15, 2013

Ali Al Taweel is an extreme example of the illegal, violent nature of the Bahrain legal system. It also shows that torture is widespread in the prisons to degrade detainees and extract confessions.

Ali is an uneducated young man, unable to read or write and the son of a fisherman. He was picked up because he was in Sitra when the demos were going on. He was tortured for weeks including being strung up like a chicken and sexually abused. There has not been an execution of a Bahraini since 1990s, the last execution was of a Bangladeshi in 2010.

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Murder Is Our National Sport by Chris Hedges

The death penalty is wrong

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by Chris Hedges
Writer, Dandelion Salad
May 13, 2013

Murder is our national sport. We murder tens of thousands with our industrial killing machines in Afghanistan and Iraq. We murder thousands more from the skies over Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen with our pilotless drones. We murder each other with reckless abandon. And, as if we were not drenched in enough human blood, we murder prisoners—most of them poor people of color who have been locked up for more than a decade. The United States believes in regeneration through violence. We have carried out blood baths on foreign soil and on our own land for generations in the vain quest of a better world. And the worse it gets, the deeper our empire sinks under the weight of its own decay and depravity, the more we kill.

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Iraq: The Terrible State Murder of Abed Hamid Hamoud by Felicity Arbuthnot

by Felicity Arbuthnot
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
London, England
10 June 2012

“There was no honour left; ruin and war and the blood was flowing …
Sadness, hate and the reign of arbitrary destruction.” (Rachid Taha, Algerian Musician and lyricist, 1958-)

Shocking details have emerged from an impeccable source (not named for obvious reasons) of the execution on Thursday 7th June, in Baghdad, of Abed Hamid Hamoud, President Saddam Hussein’s former personal secretary and aide.

Mr Hamoud, fourth on America’s 2003 asinine, juvenile playing card list of Iraq’s sovereign government, has been held in jail since June 2003, after being arrested by US occupying forces.

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Tareq Aziz, Whose Life Hangs in the Balance by Felicity Arbuthnot

by Felicity Arbuthnot
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
London, England
6 January 2012

President Bush wrote "Let freedom reign!&...

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“We are all victims of Britain and America. They killed our country.” (Tareq Aziz)

“In the United States today, the Declaration of Independence hangs on schoolroom walls, but foreign policy follows Machiavelli.” (Howard Zinn, 1922-2010.)

On 5th December, the first day of the solemn, predominantly Shi’a Muslim marking of Ashura – the martyrdom of Hussein, the Prophet’s Grand son in 680 AD – in a statement few of the main stream media thought worthy of mention, Saad Al Muttalibi, a Minister, ironically, at the Iraqi Ministry of National Dialogue and Reconciliation, announced another impending murder. Tareq Aziz, Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minister, under Saddam Hussein, would be executed as soon as the Americans left.

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The Stimulator: #OccupyWallStreet


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Dandelion Salad

on Sep 30, 2011

This Week:

1. Rick Roll
2. Troy Davis R.I.P.
3. Pelican Bay hunger strike
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Bahrain: New Evidence of Framed-up Death Sentences Against Pro-Democracy Activists by Finian Cunningham


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by Finian Cunningham
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
23 September 2011


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Ministry of Interior Whistleblower Suggests Murder Trial Used For Political Dirty Tricks

New evidence has emerged that the Bahraini regime’s case against two pro-democracy activists sentenced to death for killing a pair of police officers is seriously flawed. In the latest twist of the controversial murder trial, an employee of Bahrain’s Ministry of Interior has now spoken out to clear the names of the men awaiting execution.

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Tareq Aziz: “Ill, Isolated and Abandoned” by Felicity Arbuthnot

by Felicity Arbuthnot
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
15 July, 2011

“The expense of spirit in a waste of shame … is perjured, murderous, bloody, full of blame, savage, extreme, rude, cruel, not to trust.”  — William Shakespeare (1564-1616.)

In the UK, there has been much discussion in recent months, on the right of the ill or those with potentially disabling conditions to choose their time of death.

Imagine however, feeling so hopeless, abandoned and despairing that you request execution – in Iraq. That is the plea of Tareq Aziz, that country’s former Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minister.

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Michael Parenti: Justice For Sale

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We're declaring this a corporate crime scene!

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with Michael Parenti
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
June 16, 2011

Recorded 1994 or 1995?

Oct 13, 2012 by

Dr. Michael Parenti speaks about how law is used as a deterrent to political dissent and lists many social activists whom it has been used against.

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