The Openly Plutocratic Domination of U.S. Politics by Paul Street

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by Paul Street
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Official Website of Paul Street
November 14, 2018

So often, underlying structures and institutions of oppression escape serious scrutiny amid our country’s most high-profile political dramas. Take the recent conviction of Jason Van Dyke, the white Chicago police officer caught on tape four years ago firing 16 shots into 17-year-old Laquan McDonald.

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Chris Hedges: The Exploitation of Laundry Workers

Chris Hedges: The Exploitation of Laundry Workers

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Jul 14, 2018

Rosanna Rodriguez and Mahoma Lopez of the Laundry Workers Center discuss worker exploitation in the retail laundry industry with journalist, Chris Hedges.

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Like All Colonial Societies, Australia Has Secrets, by John Pilger

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Parramatta Female Factory By Augustus Earle (1793-1838) – National Library of Australia, Public Domain, Link

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by John Pilger
John Pilger, July 6, 2018
July 8, 2018

John Pilger gave this address on the 200th anniversary of the establishment of the Parramatta Female Factory, a prison where women convicts from mostly Ireland and England were sent to Britain’s Australian colony in the early 19th century.

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None of Us are Free if One of Us is Chained by Paul Street

Criminal Injustice

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by Paul Street
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Official Website of Paul Street
July 2, 2018

The road to total tyranny is littered with tests — moments when those atop reigning oppression structures learn how far they can push the boundaries of decency without sparking potent people’s resistance. One such moment was when the demented jackass and imperialist butcher George W. Bush marched down a red carpet to screw up his evil, moronic face to announce the U.S. invasion of Iraq on openly false pretexts including the shamelessly idiotic claim that Saddam Hussein’s government had been involved in the September 11, 2001 jetliner attacks and the equally bogus charge that Iraq possessed a threatening stockpile of “weapons of mass destruction.” The president and his team of Orwellian Neocon war pigs faced two days of mass protest across the country and around the world. Still, they were not deterred from launching a brazenly criminal invasion and occupation that would kill more than a million Iraqis, displace millions more, and devastate Iraq almost beyond recognition.

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American Totalitarianism and the Culture of Fake News by Finian Cunningham

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from Strategic Culture Foundation, June 26, 2018
June 27, 2018

American citizens have a problem telling the difference between facts and opinion. That’s the finding of a recent survey carried out by the respected Pew organization.

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Why Do They Flee? & The US Seeks to Dominate the World! by William Blum

The Anti-War Protest Presence at the Philadelphia Democratic Convention

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by William Blum
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Killing Hope
June 26, 2018

Why do they flee?

The current mass exodus of people from Central America to the United States, with the daily headline-grabbing stories of numerous children involuntarily separated from their parents, means it’s time to remind my readers once again of one of the primary causes of these periodic mass migrations.

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Underestimating The U.S. Military Budget, Altruism and Sadism by David Swanson

U.S. Out Of Everywhere

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
June 25, 2018

There are three things that are almost always underestimated: the U.S. military budget, altruism, and sadism.

First, the military budget.

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Adding Lying Insult To Traumatic Injury by Elizabeth Terzakis + A Once Silent Crisis is Now a Deafening Cry + US Locks Up Central American Refugees That It’s Helped Displace

Adding Lying Insult To Traumatic Injury by Elizabeth Terzakis

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Updated: June 27, 2018

by Elizabeth Terzakis
Socialist Worker, June 21, 2018
June 23, 2018

IT IS difficult to decide which of the Trump administration’s lackeys involved in the sickening new “zero tolerance” policy for the is the most hypocritical and deserves the most ire.

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Matteo Salvini, Italy’s New Strongman by Gaither Stewart + Italian Government Closes Port to Migrants

Matteo Salvini, Italy’s New Strongman by Gaither Stewart

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by Gaither Stewart
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rome, Italy
June 14, 2018

As shown in the permissive attitude of Italians toward Fascism last century, also contemporary Italians perceive of a strong and charismatic leader as a shield against disorder and their inherent inclination toward anarchy. Someone to protect them against their own nature. Promises of more police and more security are reassuring to those Italians who see today’s enemy in immigrants and in the European Union with all its rules … including its Euro currency. When a legitimate government to control their inclination toward anarchy goes missing, some form of servility to a powerful individual returns. Strongmen emerge from that conundrum deep in the Italian psyche: anarchy or a strongman at the helm. Italy today seems to be following the same familiar old script.

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The USA: The Human Rights and Civil Rights Hypocrite by Paul Street

Criminal Injustice

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by Paul Street
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Official Website of Paul Street
June 12, 2018

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Signed by the United States and adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on Dec. 10, 1948, the document was a great and shining step forward in the articulation of how human beings might organize their social and political systems in accord with democratic and civilized ideals.

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Two Right-Wing Coups in the Americas by Paul Street

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by Paul Street
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Official Website of Paul Street
April 18, 2018

You’ve got to hand it to Hillary Clinton. In 2016, she helped put the right-wing racist, sexist, nativist, authoritarian, and nationalist oligarch Donald Trump in the White House. She and her operatives did this in two ways: (1) by rigging the presidential primaries against the popular progressive Democrat Bernie Sanders, the Democrats’ best chance to prevail over Trump; (2) by mounting a dreadfully uninspiring and transparently tone-deaf, neoliberal general election campaign – a reflection of her massive funding by the nation’s corporate and financial establishment, including big business money normally slated for Republican presidential candidates.

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Denial and Mass Hysteria: The Liberal Loses It by Arthur D. Robbins

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by Arthur D. Robbins
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Paradise Lost, Paradise Regained
April 16, 2018

If one had wanted to create a psychosocial experiment to study the liberal political mentality, one could not have come up with a better solution than to have Donald Trump follow Barack Obama as president of the United States: one a blank screen, the Archangel, the other, the Antichrist, a raging volcano. The Archangel departed from office to a fond and teary-eyed farewell. The Antichrist was greeted with anger and outrage. There were protests around the country. There were attempts to prevent his election. He is probably the first president in American history to be docketed for impeachment before he even took office.

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Abby Martin: Trump’s Growing War on the Trans Community

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Updated: May 11, 2018, TeleSur replaced the video. ~DS

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teleSUR English originally on Mar 28, 2018; replaced May 11, 2018

In 2016, more than 50 bills were introduced in Congress targeting Trans people. Since Trump took office, dozens of pieces of landmark legislation have been canceled, severely rolling back Trans rights.

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David Swanson: Israel Deporting African Refugees + Israel Pays a Bounty of $5,000 and Arms for Each African Asylum Seeker Expelled + Ethnocracy in the Promised Land

David Swanson: Israel Deporting African Refugees + Israel Pays a Bounty of $5,000 and Arms for Each African Asylum Seeker Expelled + Ethnocracy in the Promised Land

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
February 27, 2018

David Sheen on Israel Deporting African Refugees

David Sheen is an independent journalist and filmmaker born in Canada, now reporting from Israel/Palestine. His work focuses primarily on racial tensions and religious extremism. In 2017, Sheen was named a Front Line Defenders Human Rights Defender, the only person in Israel to receive that honor in a decade.

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The Gringo Wall by Gaither Stewart

Ni'llin's Weekly Protest 26/4/13

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by Gaither Stewart
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rome, Italy
January 12, 2018

Some years ago an amusing satirical article in the Buenos Aires leftwing daily, Pagina 12, made me want to cry. In five thousand words the Argentinean journalist José Pablo Feinmann, ridiculed, among other things, the whole concept of the great wall the U.S. Bush government projected along the border with Mexico.

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