Category Archives: History

Happy Thanksgiving with Blood and Tears by Michael Parenti


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by Michael Parenti
Writer, Dandelion Salad
November 25, 2015

An excerpt from the recent book by Michael Parenti, Profit Pathology and Other Indecencies for your Thanksgiving consideration:

The lives of indigenous peoples in North America (“Indians”)—from quality of diet and medicine to individual freedom—were superior to the pinched, unwashed, dour lives transported from Christianized England. The Europeans were far more practiced than the “Indians” in dealing with syphilis, gonorrhea, small pox, typhoid, and bubonic plague, not to mention hangings, slavery, prostitution, religious wars, witch hunts, and inquisitions. European superiority registered in a few devilishly crucial areas, specifically the technologies of firearms, armor, and oceanic transport. The Native Americans had no desire to embrace the religiously oppressive, mean-spirited, acquisitive life of the colonizers. They lived comfortably free from any ruinous impulse for massive wealth accumulation. Labeled as “savage beasts” by the invaders, they actually behaved in courteous and kindly ways—that is, until they realized what they were up against.

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Abby Martin: Native American Genocide + The Unist’ot’en Camp are Blocking Pipelines From Crossing Their Land


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Dandelion Salad

with Abby Martin

teleSUR English on Nov 20, 2015

Each November, Americans celebrate a mythical version of U.S. history. Thanksgiving Day’s portrayal of the experience of Native Americans under the boot of settler-colonialism is one of the Empire’s most cherished falsehoods.

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Chris Hedges and Ralph Nader: The Death of Electoral Politics

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges and Ralph Nader

teleSUR English on Nov. 9, 2015

In this episode of Days of Revolt, host Chris Hedges speaks with former presidential candidate Ralph Nader. Together they analyze the historic role of third parties in the US, and trace how such political alternatives have been shut out by a corporatized, dictatorial two-party system. Nader and Hedges also discuss Bernie Sanders’ campaign, and his capitulation to the Democratic establishment. teleSUR

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“Brigands of the World, They Create Desolation and Call it Peace” by Clive Hambidge

Massive DC Rally And March For Gaza 2

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by Clive Hambidge
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London, England
October 28, 2015

Sitting in Committee room G in the Houses of Parliament on 23rd October from 6 to 7.30 pm was a sobering affair. While hosted by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Conflict Issues and chaired by Lord Alderdice, the event’s speaker was Professor Padraig O’Malley who had recently published The Two State Delusion which the New York Times described as both “impressive and frustrating”. It is indeed impressive in its observations.

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Abby Martin and Noam Chomsky: Electing The President of an Empire

Noam Chomsky

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Dandelion Salad

with Noam Chomsky

teleSUR English on Oct 24, 2015

At the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass., Abby Martin interviews world-renowned philosopher and linguist Professor Noam Chomsky.

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Noam Chomsky: Knowledge and Power (featuring Norman Finkelstein)

Conferencia magistral de Noam Chomsky - - Foro Internacional por la Emancipación y la Igualdad

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Dandelion Salad

with Noam Chomsky

Al Jazeera English on Oct 15, 2015

An in-depth look at the work and views of the man described as ‘one of the greatest minds in human history’.

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Columbus, the Indians, and Human Progress by Howard Zinn

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It’s that time of the year again. In case you missed reading this, here it is again.

Writer, Dandelion Salad
October 12, 2009

An excerpt from A People’s History of the United States.

Arawak men and women, naked, tawny, and full of wonder, emerged from their villages onto the island’s beaches and swam out to get a closer look at the strange big boat. When Columbus and his sailors came ashore, carrying swords, speaking oddly, the Arawaks ran to greet them, brought them food, water, gifts. He later wrote of this in his log:

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Abby Martin: America’s Unofficial Religion — The War On An Idea

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Dandelion Salad

Empire Files on Oct 10, 2015

The Empire has a range of weapons to maintain its power: from its courts to its military. But it also has effective ideological weapons.

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Chris Hedges and Sabah Alnasseri: The Revolutionary Age, Part 2

Power of the people

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

teleSUR English on Oct 6, 2015

In this episode of Days of Revolt, host Chris Hedges sits down with Middle Eastern Studies Professor, Sabah Alnasseri. The two dissect the genesis of political revolutions, particularly focusing on the Middle East. They discuss the role of religion in the region, and name the reasons for the increased prevalence of fundamentalism. teleSUR

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


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Dandelion Salad

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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The Nader Challenge and What It Means Today by Todd Chretien

Ralph Nader after the speech - Green Lecture

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Dandelion Salad

by Todd Chretien
October 1, 2015

VERMONT SEN. Bernie Sanders’s campaign for the presidency and his platform in favor of raising the minimum wage, defending Social Security, reducing student debt and establishing a single-payer health care system have energized millions of people who want an alternative to the status quo political system.

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A Long Time For Killing by Michael Parenti

May 2, 2015 Justice For Freddie Gray Baltimore Victory Rally 4

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by Michael Parenti
Writer, Dandelion Salad
September 22, 2015

Today, across the nation, we witness homicidal violence delivered against unarmed people by law enforcement officers. These beatings and killings are carried out with something close to impunity. The cops almost always get away with murder. Moreover, these crimes are nothing new; they are longstanding in practice.

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Chris Hedges and Leo Panitch: The Genesis of Global Imperialism and Capitalism

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges and Leo Panitch

teleSUR English on Sep 7, 2015

In this episode of Days of Revolt, host Chris Hedges sits down with author and professor Leo Panitch to examine the genesis of global imperialism and capitalism. The two discuss how both are upheld by economic and cultural forces, and debate the roles of ignorance, myth, and mal­intent in the perpetuation of systems of inequality. teleSUR

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Labor Day: The Unknown Holiday by Walter Brasch (repost)


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by Walter Brasch
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally published September 7, 2009
September 7, 2015

It’s Labor Day, and that means millions of Americans are celebrating. Most Americans have no idea what Labor Day is, other than self-serving political speeches, hot dogs, burgers, a pool party, and the last day of a three-day holiday. Few even know that Labor Day exists to allow people to remember and honor the struggles for respect, dignity, and acceptable wages and working conditions for the rank-and-file employees.

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Abby Martin: The Rise of History’s Biggest Empire


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Dandelion Salad

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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