Abby Martin, Jill Stein and Glenn Greenwald: Freedom and Democracy: Global Issues in Context 2.0

On the walls of the former American embassy

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“Voting is easy and marginally useful, but it is a poor substitute for democracy, which requires direct action by concerned citizens.” — Howard Zinn, (2012) The Historic Unfulfilled Promise, p.208, City Lights Publishers

acTVism Munich on May 9, 2018

On the 6th of May 2018 we organized an event in Munich with Glenn Greenwald, Jill Stein & Abby Martin under the title “Freedom & Democracy: Global Issues in Context 2.0”.

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US Homeland Security Wants to Track Journalists Worldwide

US Homeland Security Wants to Track Journalists Worldwide

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Updated: April 18, 2018

RT on Apr 8, 2018

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is recruiting staff to compile a database, aimed at monitoring journalists around the world.

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Deep State and the FBI – Federal Blackmail Investigation by Finian Cunningham

Blackmail (1929)

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from Strategic Culture Foundation
February 21, 2018

It’s hilariously naive how mainstream American news media feign an air of disdain concerning accusations of impropriety by the Federal Bureau of Investigation during the last presidential elections.

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Industrializing Class War by William Bowles

George Orwell's 1984

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by William Bowles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Investigating Imperialism
London, England
February 3, 2018

Have you noticed that it’s no longer PC Dixon of Dock Green who mediates the relationship between the state and its citizens as he goes about his beat in your neighbourhood? Instead, it’s a Kevlar-armoured, video-monitored, taser-equipped, drone-surveilled, spit-masked supplied soldier, straight out of Star Wars, who now staggers along under the weight of an industrialized capitalism, visibly physically disconnected from the citizens they monitor by their bullet-proof uniforms, that more resemble a rack of tools in your local hardware store than the Bobby on the beat.

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Chris Hedges and David North: Organizing Resistance To Internet Censorship

Unions Behind Labor Day

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with Chris Hedges

WSWS on Jan 16, 2018

On January 16, 2018, the World Socialist Web Site will video livestream a discussion on Internet censorship, featuring Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges and WSWS International Editorial Board Chairperson David North. WSWS reporter Andre Damon will moderate the discussion. The webinar will explore the political context of the efforts to censor the Internet and abolish net neutrality, examine the pretexts used to justify the suppression of free speech (i.e., “fake news”), and discuss political strategies to defend democratic rights. Hedges and North will also field questions from on-line listeners.

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The Two-FacedBook by William Bowles

Don't Spy On Us Snow Footprints

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by William Bowles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Investigating Imperialism
London, England
January 7, 2018

At the end of the 1970s, when I first started using and investigating digital media, it quickly became apparent to me, that what became the World Wide Web, was very much a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it afforded independent journalists and investigators, a vehicle for reaching a public outside the control of corporate/state media and whose only parallel lay back in the 17th century, with the invention of the printing press and moveable type, broadsheets and later the so-called Penny Dreadfuls. Sold on street corners and in coffee houses, and produced in literally hundreds of small printing shops, they challenged the status quo in ways previously impossible. Often banned and their writers/publishers thrown in jail under the then new sedition laws, they heralded the arrival of modern capitalism.

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Censorship: The Death Knell of Democracy

Democracy

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The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
November 21, 2017

Censorship is the foe of freedom. It comes in many forms. The choking grip of control silences dissent. The bullhorns of propaganda blare out lies and fictions of consent. The maddened clench of greed stifles outlets for a diversity of expression, creativity, opportunity, and invention. The lurking spies of mass surveillance send chills down once-fearless spines. The data collectors of corporations mine our lives for ways to shrink-wrap our worldviews into commoditized sales pitches.

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Regulation Is Killing Community Banks by Ellen Brown

The patriot act is watching you

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by Ellen Brown
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Web of Debt Blog
October 30, 2017

Crushing regulations are driving small banks to sell out to the megabanks, a consolidation process that appears to be intentional. Publicly-owned banks can help avoid that trend and keep credit flowing in local economies.

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Thomas Drake: From 9/11 to Mass Surveillance, The Man Who Knew Too Much (must-see)

2013 DC Rally Against Mass Surveillance 14

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Previously posted Aug. 7, 2015 (good discussion in the comment section)

with Thomas Drake

Part 1

TheRealNews on Aug 2, 2015

On Reality Asserts Itself, former NSA senior executive Mr. Drake and host Paul Jay talk about the “dark state” and how 9/11 opens up disturbing questions about power, who we are, who’s in charge and the secret subversion of the U.S. constitution.

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Howard Zinn and Michael Parenti: Liberty Bound

The patriot act is watching you

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with Howard Zinn and
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Originally posted April 10, 2010
August 12, 2017

Christine Rose on Jun 13, 2012

A US Citizen’s journey of discovery into the lies, oppression, and corruption that has invaded her country since 9/11.

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With Friends Like These (Who Needs Allies?) by Greg Maybury

Scott Ludlam visits Pine Gap

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by Greg Maybury
Guest Writer, Dandelion Salad
Pox Amerikana
August 4, 2017

‘[For us] it is one thing to remain a good friend, but too close an embrace will lead Americans and others to resurrect the “deputy sheriff” tag. The Americans have always put their own interests first and will continue to do so; we should follow their example. American interests will not always be the same as Australian and vice versa. The bottom line, however, is the domestic political one. Australians are afraid of the outside world and convinced of their inability to cope with it. Any Australian government which suggested that we do without a great and powerful friend to look after us would have to consider the electoral implications.’ — Source: Cavan Hogue — fmr. Ambassador and Dep. Permanent Representative when Australia was last on the UN Security Council. He has also served as head of mission in Mexico, Kuala Lumpur, Moscow and Bangkok, along with other posts. He is an Adjunct Professor in International Communication at Macquarie University, Sydney.

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George Orwell’s 1984

George Orwell's 1984

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Originally posted February 7, 2008

Warning

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

1984 George Orwell (1954)

Emmanuel Goldstein on Sep 26, 2013

BBC Television’s live production of George Orwell’s “1984”. Produced in 1954. Creative Commons license: Public Domain.

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Chris Hedges: My Goal Is The Utter Destruction Of This Corporate Kleptocracy, interviewed by Joe Sacco

I Will Stand With The Most Vulnerable

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with Chris Hedges

KBOO Radio on Jun 7, 2017

Truthdig columnist & Pulitzer Prize–winner Chris Hedges and Portland-based award-winning cartoonist and journalist Joe Sacco spoke at The Aladdin Theater in Portland, Oregon on May 27th, 2017 — the day after the horrific hate crime occurred on the MAX.

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Chris Hedges: Stop Fascism

Stop Fascism

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with Chris Hedges

KBOO Radio on Jun 7, 2017

Truthdig columnist & Pulitzer Prize–winner Chris Hedges speaks at the Aladdin Theater for KBOO Community Radio on May 26th, 2017. Hedges takes a provocative look at the current state of revolt in the United States and recounts the US’s continuing history of domestic terrorism while outlining ways for communities to resist before it’s too late.

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Eleven Blasphemous Thoughts for the Current Russo-phobic Season by Paul Street

On the walls of the former American embassy

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by Paul Street
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Official Website of Paul Street, June 9, 2017
June 10, 2017

Summer’s here and the time is right for sacrilege in the streets. Here are eleven blasphemous thoughts for the current Russo-phobic season, likely to be a real carbon-cooked scorcher.

Wouldn’t That Have Been Russia’s Job?

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