by Ellen Brown
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Web of Debt Blog
April 6, 2015
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The politicians are put there to give you the idea that you have freedom of choice. You don’t…. You have owners. — George Carlin, The American Dream
According to a new study from Princeton University, American democracy no longer exists. Using data from over 1,800 policy initiatives from 1981 to 2002, researchers Martin Gilens and Benjamin Page concluded that rich, well-connected individuals on the political scene now steer the direction of the country, regardless of – or even against – the will of the majority of voters. America’s political system has transformed from a democracy into an oligarchy, where power is wielded by wealthy elites.
This video may contain images depicting the reality and horror of war/violence and should only be viewed by a mature audience.
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April 04, 2010 — In his weekly address, President Obama strangely introduces a war theme into a message ostensibly about a holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ…y’know, the Prince of Peace.
Mr. President, Easter has nothing to do with war. Please stop trying to make Jesus fit with your outlook on war and international relations. You just cheapen both.
Posted in Christianity, Dandelion Salad Posts News Politics and-or Videos 2, Dandelion Salad Videos, Empire, History, Imperialism, Politics, Religion
Tagged Barack Obama, Easter, Jesus, Meet the new boss the same as the old boss
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with Noam Chomsky
Lannan Foundation on Mar 19, 2015
Noam Chomsky was introduced by David Barsamian, then talked about his work.
Norman Finkelstein giving a talk at Suffolk University in Massachusetts (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Is Israel Unfairly Held to a Higher Standard? Norman Finkelstein on Reality Asserts Itself (1/8)
TheRealNews on Dec 24, 2014
Norman Finkelstein and Paul Jay discuss a full page ad in the NYT that says Israel is condemned by liberals for human rights violations while it defends gay rights, and less is said about the persecution of gays by Iran, Hamas and ISIS
Posted in Dandelion Salad Posts News Politics and-or Videos 2, Dandelion Salad Videos, Gaza, History, Human Rights, Israel, Israel-Palestine-Gaza-Occupation, Palestine, Politics
Tagged bds, Boycott Divestment and Sanctions, Holocaust, Norman Finkelstein
I highly recommend listening to the entire speech on the audio player below or reading the entire transcript. ~ DS
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Democracy Now! on Jan 19, 2015
On Dec. 7, 1964, days before he received the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, King gave a major address in London on segregation, the fight for civil rights and his support for Nelson Mandela and the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa. The speech was recorded by Saul Bernstein, who was working as the European correspondent for Pacifica Radio. Bernstein’s recording was recently discovered by Brian DeShazor, director of the Pacifica Radio Archives. Today is the federal holiday that honors King.
Posted in Anti-war, Capitalism, Civil Rights, Dandelion Salad Posts News Politics and-or Videos 2, Dandelion Salad Videos, History, Human Rights, Politics, Racism
Tagged apartheid, Boycott Divestment and Sanctions, Martin Luther King, Martin Luther King on Dandelion Salad, South Africa, Very Important or Must-Read Posts
In case you missed this from last year posted at the end of an article. Merry Christmas!
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StoptheWarCoalition on Sep 8, 2013
http://noglory.org/ Video by Heathcote Williams and Alan Cox. On Christmas 1914 in the first world war, thousands of troops on both sides unilaterally declared a truce and played football friendlies instead of trying to kill each other. Their officers moved quickly to stamp out such peaceful developments and in the following four years 16 million people were slaughtered.
Posted in Anti-war, Dandelion Salad Posts News Politics and-or Videos 2, Dandelion Salad Videos, England-UK-Britain, Europe, France, Germany, History, Politics
Tagged Christmas, Christmas on Dandelion Salad, Christmas Truce, Football, Sports, WWI
Chanukah (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Updated: Dec. 17, 2014
Six13Sings on Dec 11, 2014
CHAG SAMEACH! Life got you down? You should be thinking about the miracle of light. Just shake it off… it’s Chanukah! Continue reading
Posted in Dandelion Salad Posts News Politics and-or Videos 2, Dandelion Salad Videos, Entertainment, History, Judaism, Music, Musicians - Bands, Peace, Politics
Tagged Happy Chanukah, Happy Chanukah from Dandelion Salad, Holiday, Music-Musicians-Bands on Dandelion Salad, Six13
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with Noam Chomsky
Antonio M. Rosario on Nov 25, 2014
On the occasion of Brooklyn for Peace’s 30th Anniversary Gala honoring Noam Chomsky, recipient of the Pathmakers to Peace Award. Interview by Dr. Partha Banerjee, labor educator and human rights activist. November 15th, 2014
with Chris Hedges
LeighaCohen on Dec 4, 2014
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Chris Hedges and Loretta Napoleoni, author of The Islamic Phoenix spoke on December 2, 2014 at the New York Society for Ethical Culture and co-sponsored the event along with Seven Stories Press, New York Society for Ethical Culture, and AlterNet. Ted Rall was the moderator of the event.
Much of the evening gives one a brilliant clarification of how world policy starting after World War 1 carved up the Islamic State. The discussion then goes into how US foreign policy has interfered and created Islamic Fundamentalist Groups such as the Taliban and now a more state Islamic State driven group such as ISIL as a continuing reaction to outside interference within the region.
The video has opening statements by Chris Hedges and Loretta Napoleoni, then a dialogue between the two speakers. After 15 minutes Ted Rall asks audience questions to both speakers on topics including the history of ISIS, what the Caliphate is, and is ISIS accepted by other Islamic States?
Posted in Al Qaeda, Dandelion Salad Posts News Politics and-or Videos 2, Dandelion Salad Videos, History, Islam, Middle East, Politics, Terrorism
Tagged Chris Hedges, ISIS, Loretta Napoleoni, Taliban, Ted Rall
Introduction by Chris Hedges
LeighaCohen on Nov 15, 2014
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[…] In his new book, Cornel West, together with distinguished scholar Christa Buschendorf, provides a fresh perspective on six revolutionary African American leaders: Frederick Douglass, W. E. B. Du Bois, Martin Luther King Jr., Ella Baker, Malcolm X, and Ida B. Wells. He examines the impact of these men and women on their own eras and across the decades. He not only rediscovers the integrity and commitment within these passionate advocates but also their fault lines.
West describes Douglass as a complex man who is both “the towering Black freedom fighter of the nineteenth century” and a product of his time who lost sight of the fight for civil rights after the emancipation. He calls Du Bois “undeniably the most important Black intellectual of the twentieth century” and explores the more radical aspects of his thinking in order to understand his uncompromising critique of the United States, which has been omitted from the American collective memory. West argues that our selective memory has sanitized and even “Santaclausified” Martin Luther King Jr., rendering him less radical, and has marginalized Ella Baker, who embodies the grassroots organizing of the civil rights movement. The controversial Malcolm X, who is often seen as a proponent of reverse racism, hatred, and violence, has been demonized in a false opposition with King, while the appeal of his rhetoric and sincerity to students has been sidelined. Ida B. Wells, West argues, shares Malcolm X’s radical spirit and fearless speech, but has “often become the victim of public amnesia.” […]