The Biden Administration Kidnaps Venezuelan Diplomat: #FreeAlexSaab Now! by Greg Butterfield

A U.S. Guide--7 Steps to Kill a Revolution

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by Greg Butterfield
Struggle ★ La Lucha
October 19, 2021

The Biden administration on Oct. 16 kidnapped Venezuelan diplomat Alex Saab from the West African country of Cape Verde, in blatant violation of international law. Under U.S. pressure, Saab had already been imprisoned and tortured in Cape Verde for 16 months.

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Unity and Survival: Fighting Hunger on the Streets of Philadelphia + Hunger Stalks the United States, by Kei Pritsker and Eugene Puryear

Fighting Hunger on the Streets of Philadelphia

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Updated: September 30, 2021

BreakThrough News on Sep 15, 2021

The Unity and Survival Program of the Philadelphia Liberation Center provided essential food support to a struggling population as the pandemic wreaked havoc. Their success demonstrates that the problem of hunger stalking the United States could be solved if there was sufficient political will to do so.

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Maine Farm Girl and Kansas Grain Farmer Talk Climate on The Train, by Rivera Sun

Windmills in Story County, Iowa

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by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
March 12, 2021

A young Kansas grain farmer and I were riding on a train through Iowa when the subject of the climate crisis came up. He was a blonde-haired, blue-eyed son of a multigenerational Midwest farming family. I’d grown up on a potato farm in Northern Maine. Both of us spent our teenage years in overalls. We compared tractor models (him, John Deere; me, 1960s FarmAll).

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Impact of PFAS Contamination at the Burlington Air National Guard Base, Part 3, by Pat Elder

Backwash

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by Pat Elder
Writer, Dandelion Salad
February 8, 2021

This is the third article in a three-part series on the contamination caused by the use of per-and-poly fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) at the Burlington, Vermont Air National Guard base. This work is made possible through the generous support from the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILFP-US Section), the WILPF Burlington Branch, and the Center for Health, Environment, and Justice – a project of the Peoples Action Institute.

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Impact of PFAS Contamination at the Burlington Air National Guard Base, Part 2, by Pat Elder

The Salmon Hole

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The Salmon Hole on the Winooski River is located two miles downstream from the burn pit at the Burlington Air National Guard Base.

by Pat Elder
Writer, Dandelion Salad
January 31, 2021

This is the second article in a three-part series on per-and-poly fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination at the Burlington, Vermont Air National Guard base. This work is being made possible through the generous support from the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILFP-US Section), the WILPF Burlington Branch, and the Center for Health, Environment, and Justice – a project of the Peoples Action Institute.

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Impact of PFAS Contamination at the Burlington Air National Guard Base, Part 1, by Pat Elder

by Pat Elder
Writer, Dandelion Salad
January 25, 2021

This is the first article in a three-part series on per-and-poly fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination at the Burlington, Vermont Air National Guard base. This work is being made possible through the generous support from the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILFP-US Section), the WILPF Burlington Branch, and the Center for Health, Environment, and Justice – a project of the Peoples Action Institute.

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The Coffee Crisis in Colombia, by Yanis Iqbal

Colombia Coffee

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by Yanis Iqbal
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Aligarh, India
July 13, 2020

With the unabated march of the Covid-19 pandemic, the economic situation of Colombian coffee farmers is rapidly deteriorating. The price of Arabica coffee has reduced to an exceptionally low $0.9 per pound in June. Earlier, coffee production had fallen by 28% in April, 12% in March, 9% in February and 19% in January. Specialty coffee farmers too are experiencing difficulties in the form of shortage of experienced coffee pickers. In specialty coffee, coffee cherries are picked at the peak of ripeness. But with the absence of expert pickers, “Coffee cherries left on the tree will over-ripen or fall to the ground, effectively nullifying all the additional work put into the coffee to achieve the higher quality.” This labor shortage has been partly caused by the pandemic-necessitated closure of Colombia-Venezuela border which has significantly blocked the flow of Venezuelan migrants. 1.8 million Venezuelan migrants reside in Colombia and their contribution to Colombian coffee sector is indispensably important with nine out of ten coffee pickers in Colombia being Venezuelans.

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Chris Hedges: Food Companies Distort the Science and Research Into What We Eat

Tomatoes and Cucumbers and Banana Peppers Harvest

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Oct 19, 2019

Host Chris Hedges talks to Marion Nestle, New York University professor of nutrition, on how food companies distort the science and research into what we eat.

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In Praise of Honey Bees by Shepherd Bliss

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by Shepherd Bliss
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Sebastopol, California
August 2, 2019

I attended a honeybee gathering recently at a wild place in rural Sebastopol. During my nearly 30 years of organic farming here, I have usually had honeybee hives on my farm. The berries need their pollination.

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Dandelions and Civilization

Dandelion and Violets

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The History Guy: History Deserves to Be Remembered on Jun 3, 2019

Dandelions are among the most populous and widespread plants on earth. The secret to their success has to do both with their unique characteristics, and their inextricable connection to humans. The history of humans and dandelions is forever linked in ways that may surprise you.

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Will Griffin: The North Korea You’ve Never Heard About

Will Griffin: The North Korea You've Never Heard About

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by Will Griffin
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Peace Report
April 8, 2019

“The principle of self-reliance–that one can and should solve one’s problems utilizing one’s own resources and skills and not become dependent on foreign powers–was the guiding philosophy of North Korea’s founding leader Kim Il-sung since the Korean people’s anti-colonial struggle against the Japanese. And it has been the country’s guiding philosophy ever since. North Korea’s experience during the Korean War–when countries that had pledged support didn’t come through with supplies of armaments in its moment of desperate need–reaffirmed its belief that to guarantee its survival, it cannot rely on others and needs to develop its own resources.” — Soobok Kim from ZoominKorea

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Chris Hedges and Vandana Shiva: The Fight for Life VS Monsanto/Bayer AG

Monsanto Wants You Dead

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Mar 30, 2019

This week Monsanto/Bayer AG was ordered by a California federal court to pay $80 million to Edwin Hardeman after a jury found its weed killer, Roundup, caused his cancer. The case is just one of thousands of lawsuits filed against the company over plaintiff’s use of the glyphosate-based herbicide.

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Extreme Heat Could Make One Third of Planet Uninhabitable + Mass Media Fail to Link Heat Waves and Climate Change

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TheRealNews on Aug 1, 2018

Climate scientist Michael Mann says that, under a business-as-usual scenario, the mass displacement of billions could trigger an unprecedented national security crisis.

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Eric Holt-Giménez: Do Foodies Need to Know About Capitalism?

Defeat Capitalism: Grow Your Own Food!

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A Foodie’s Guide to Capitalism

FoodFirstVideo on Nov 15, 2017

Do foodies need to know about capitalism? Eric Holt-Giménez of the Institute for Food and Development Policy (Food First) introduces his new book. Visit foodfirst.org/foodiesguide for more information.

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Trump’s Sadist-in-Chief: Mick Mulvaney by Ralph Nader + Congress Finds Another Way To Punish Children

Capitalism Kills

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
June 28, 2018

Mr. Mulvaney’s title seems uninterestingly bureaucratic—director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). But as Trump’s chief hatchet man extraordinaire, Mugger Mick Mulvaney is easily one of the cruelest, most vicious presidential henchman in modern American history. From his powerful perch next door to the White House, he is carving a bloody trail against tens of millions of Americans who are poor, disabled, frail, and elderly. He has gone after defenseless children and injured or sick patients with little or no access to health care.

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