What Does Trump Mean by “Make America Great Again”? by Ralph Nader

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
December 14, 2017

Donald Trump’s now ubiquitous slogan, “Make America Great Again!”, is often chanted at rallies, but rarely scrutinized in public discourse. What era in America’s past is Mr. Trump referring to when he says “Again”?

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Why The Documentary Must Not Be Allowed To Die by John Pilger + Vietnam: The Quiet Mutiny

Why The Documentary Must Not Be Allowed To Die by John Pilger + Vietnam The Quiet Mutiny

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by John Pilger
John Pilger, Dec. 11, 2017
December 12, 2017

I first understood the power of the documentary during the editing of my first film, The Quiet Mutiny. In the commentary, I make reference to a chicken, which my crew and I encountered while on patrol with American soldiers in Vietnam.

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9-11 Commemoration Garbage Was Nothing But More War Justifying Propaganda by Daniel N. White

Fuck 9-11

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by Daniel N. White
Guest Writer, Dandelion Salad
December 11, 2017

Bernard Fall, the great French-American writer on the wars in Vietnam, wrote a piece in his Street Without Joy about his early days in Vietnam, during the French war there. One day Fall was in Cambodia doing interviews and research, and afterwards went with a pair of French officers that he’d interviewed to the local club tennis courts, and watched them, in their spotless tennis whites, play a full match of tennis. Early on in their game, a Cambodian NCO came up to the court and attempted to get one of the officers to sign some papers he had. The NCO got a brushoff—the French officers were busy with their game—and so the Cambodian NCO just went off to the sidelines, squatted on his haunches the way Cambodians do, full out in the tropical sun , and waited while the two French officers in their tennis whites batted the ball back and forth. Fall watched, with a feeling of dread coming over him, as the post bugler sounded Last Post, the colors were lowered, the Cambodian standing to attention while the French officers continued playing tennis. Fall wrote:
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When a Nuclear War Planner Confesses by David Swanson + Daniel Ellsberg Reveals He was a Nuclear War Planner

When a Nuclear War Planner Confesses by David Swanson + Daniel Ellsberg Reveals He was a Nuclear War Planner, Warns of Nuclear Winter and Global Starvation

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
December 7, 2017

Daniel Ellsberg’s new book is The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner. I’ve known the author for years, I’m prouder than ever to say. We have done speaking events and media interviews together. We’ve been arrested together protesting wars. We’ve publicly debated electoral politics. We’ve privately debated the justness of World War II. (Dan approves of U.S. entry into World War II, and it seems into the war on Korea as well, though he has nothing but condemnation for the bombing of civilians that made up so much of what the U.S. did in those wars.) I’ve valued his opinion and he has rather inexplicably asked for mine on all sorts of questions. But this book has just taught me a great deal I had not known about Daniel Ellsberg and about the world.

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Smedley Butler: I Was A Racketeer, A Gangster For Capitalism

War is a racket - Smedley Butler

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“I spent 33 years and four months in active military service and during that period I spent most of my time as a high class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall Street and the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism.” — Smedley D. Butler, War is a Racket, Round Table Press (1935)

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John Pilger: Vietnam, Cambodia, South Africa and the Plight of the Working Class

John Pilger: Vietnam, Cambodia, South Africa and the Plight of the Working Class

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with John Pilger

goingundergroundRT on Dec 4, 2017

In this episode, we speak to the legendary journalist John Pilger looking back at decades documenting human rights abuse, wars and corruption.

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Palestine 101: Not That Complicated

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USCPR on Nov 29, 2017

Many people are held back from taking a stand on the issue of Palestine/Israel by the common misconception that it is “complicated.” Here, we explain the steady continuation of the more than 100 year old settler colonial project that is Zionism.

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Berlin-Moscow, Moscow-Berlin by Gaither Stewart

Exercise Iron Wolf II

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by Gaither Stewart
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rome, Italy
November 26, 2017

The US has tactical weapons in Europe, let us not forget this. Does it mean that the US has occupied Germany or that the US never stopped its occupation after World War II and only transformed the occupation forces into the NATO forces? (V.Putin)

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Chris Hedges: The Decline of the American Empire and The Rise of China

Chris Hedges: The Decline of the American Empire and The Rise of China

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Nov 26, 2017

Alfred McCoy, Harrington Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, explains the decline of the United States as a global power and the rise of the Chinese empire.

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Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz: Pre-Colonial Socialism and the Effects of Genocide

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Previously posted Nov. 24, 2016

The Laura Flanders Show on Oct 14, 2014

Author and historian Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz joins GRITtv to discuss how the history of genocide of Native peoples effects all people of the US, even today. In Chew On This, Laura talks to Tom Goldtooth about today’s solutions to the problem – what does indigenous sustainable society look like? And the F Word with Laura Flanders.

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Michael Parenti: Capitalism vs. Reality (2015)

Josiah Says Defeat Capitalism

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with Michael Parenti
Writer, Dandelion Salad
November 20, 2017

anti-imperialism on Oct 31, 2017

Springfield, Illinois, 6th October 2015.

This took ages to upload and the audio might be a bit loud or quiet at some points, sorry.

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Chris Hedges: The Power of Propaganda

Chris Hedges: The Power of Propaganda

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Nov 12, 2017

Stuart Ewen, Professor and Chair of the Department of Film & Media at Hunter College and author of Captains of Consciousness: Advertising and the Social Roots of the Consumer Culture joins Chris Hedges for a conversation on the power of mass propaganda. RT Correspondent Anya Parampil looks at the influence of the public relations industry.

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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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Remembrance Day: Why I’ll Wear a Dandelion Instead of a Poppy + A New Armistice Day by David Swanson

Remembrance Day: Why I'll Wear a Dandelion Instead of a Poppy + A New Armistice Day by David Swanson

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previously posted May 30, 2016

Stop the War Coalition on May 24, 2016

“Dandelions” written and sung by Steve O’Donoghue

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Global Rollback: After Communism by Michael Parenti + Reflection on the Overthrow of Communism

Workers Of The World Unite!

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by Michael Parenti
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally published at Third World Traveler
CovertAction Quarterly, Spring 2002
Previously posted Sept. 26, 2011
November 9, 2017

Lately we have been hearing a great deal about “blowback.” But the real menace we face today is global rollback. The goal of conservative rulers around the world, led by those who occupy the seats of power in Washington, is the systematic rollback of democratic gains, public services, and common living standards around the world.

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