But We’re The Good Guys, Ain’t We? by William Blum

Protests January 25, 2014 in Kiev, Ukraine

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by William Blum
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Killing Hope
August 18, 2018

The mind of the mass media: Email exchange between myself and a leading Washington Post foreign policy reporter:

July 18, 2018

Dear Mr. Birnbaum,

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Frankly, The United States Does Not Have A Government — It Is A Regime + US Sanctions Are Pushing Russia to War by Finian Cunningham

Frankly, The United States Does Not Have A Government -- It Is A Regime + US Sanctions Are Pushing Russia to War by Finian Cunningham

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Updated: Aug. 15, 2018

by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from Sputnik, Aug. 12, 2018
August 14, 2018

American politicians provoke a slew of emotions, from tears of rage to tears of laughter. But perhaps the uppermost emotion is one of pity.

With a few honorable exceptions, it is such a pity that the American people are misled by such buffoons. It is such a pity that the American and Russian people — who have so much in common as human beings — are nevertheless being driven towards a state of war by these buffoonish politicians.

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The Life and Times of Michael Hudson: From Trotsky’s Godson to Modern Monetary Theory

Capitalism Kills

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by Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
August 11, 2018

Global University for Sustainability on Jul 11, 2018

The interview with Professor Michael Hudson was conducted on 7 May 2018 in Beijing, by Professor Lau Kin Chi and Professor Sit Tsui Jade. Professor Hudson talked about his formative years, and his turn to economics from music as he found his mentor Terence McCarthy’s speech about economics beautiful and aesthetic. He recalled his experiences in research and teaching, and the background leading to his writing the many books on imperialism, balance of payment, history of debt, and fictitious capital. The interview was edited by George Lee, and produced by the Global University for Sustainability, July 2018.

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Chris Hedges: No Tyranny in History has Crushed the Human Capacity For Love + Love is the Most Potent Enemy of War

19/365

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Dandelion Salad
Originally posted Jan. 26, 2010
August 10, 2018

with Chris Hedges

TheWritersFestival on Jan 26, 2010

Chris Hedges reads from his book Empire of Illusion at the Ottawa International Writers Festival.

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No Liberal Rallies Yet for the Children of Yemen by Paul Street + The U.S.-Backed War That Is Tormenting Yemen by David Moulton

Stop the War in Yemen! (London protest)

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Updated: August 11, 2018, added a poem by Luis Lazaro Tijerina

by Paul Street
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Official Website of Paul Street
August 8, 2018

Hundreds of thousands of people showed up across the United States at more than 600 gatherings three weeks ago. They came out to protest Donald Trump‘s “zero tolerance” immigration policy in highly choreographed, Democratic Party-affiliated “Families Belong Together” rallies and marches. Liberal celebrities marched and spoke. Local, state, and federal Democratic Party politicians and office-holders gave passionate speeches denouncing Trump’s separation of Central American migrant children from their parents at the southern U.S. border.

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Geopolitics Shadow Ethiopia’s Foul Murder by Finian Cunningham

Geopolitics Shadow Ethiopia’s Foul Murder by Finian Cunningham

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from Strategic Culture Foundation, Aug. 2, 2018
August 6, 2018

The apparent assassination of a highly regarded public figure has rocked Ethiopia to its core. Simegnew Bekele, the architect overseeing a prestigious hydroelectric project in Ethiopia, was shot dead last week in the capital Addis Ababa by an unknown attacker. Many people in the Horn of Africa country are now suspecting a foreign hand behind his brutal slaying.

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David Swanson: An Actual Break with American Exceptionalism is not on the Agenda of Trump or his Advisors

Chicago Anti-War Protest

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
August 1, 2018

RT on Aug 1, 2018

On this edition of CrossTalk we consider only one question: Is Donald Trump’s “America First” policy in contradiction to the Washington Consensus idea of American Exceptionalism? The answer to this question will likely define Trump’s presidency and change the world in the process.

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Abby Martin: Capitalism–America’s Unofficial Religion + Understanding Marxism and Socialism

Occupy May Day 2012

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Dandelion Salad
Originally posted Oct. 10, 2015

with Abby Martin

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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What Were George Orwell’s Political Views? by The Anti-Social Socialist

George Orwell's 1984

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“I have seen British Imperialism at work in Burma, and I have seen something of the effects of poverty and unemployment in Britain. In so far as I have struggled against the system, it has been mainly of writing books which I hoped would influence the reading public. I shall continue to do that, of course, but at a moment like the present writing books in not enough. The tempo of events is quickening; the dangers which once seemed a generation distant are staring us in the face. One has got to be actively a Socialist, not merely sympathetic to Socialism, or one plays into the hands of our always-active enemies.” — George Orwell, 1938

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Stephen F. Cohen: The Russia “National Security Crisis” is a U.S. Creation + Debunking the Putin Panic + Trump: A Symptom of a System in Decay

World War 3 - XV

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Dandelion Salad

Part 1: The Russia “National Security Crisis” is a U.S. Creation

TheRealNews on Jul 19, 2018

President Trump’s warm words for Vladimir Putin and his failure to endorse U.S. intelligence community claims about alleged Russian meddling have been called “treasonous” and the cause of a “national security crisis.” There is a crisis, says Prof. Stephen F. Cohen, but one of our own making.

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Abby Martin and Mark Crispin Miller: Propaganda and the Engineering of Consent

Abby Martin and Mark Crispin Miller: Propaganda and the Engineering of Consent

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Originally posted June 5, 2016

with Abby Martin

Empire Files on Jun 4 2016

With thousands of advertisements seen by Americans everyday, and a corporate media that reinforces the needs of Empire, propaganda in the U.S. is more pervasive and effective than ever before. The manipulation of public opinion through suggestion can be traced back to the father of modern propaganda, Edward Bernays, who discovered that preying on the subconscious mind was the best way to sell products people don’t need, and wars people don’t want. To get a deeper understanding of how propaganda functions in today’s society, Abby Martin interviews Dr. Mark Crispin Miller, professor of Media Studies at New York University.

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The Power Principle: Empire – Propaganda – Apocalypse (must-see)

State of the Union

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Dandelion Salad
Originally published May 27, 2012

Warning

This video may contain images depicting the reality and horror of war/violence and should only be viewed by a mature audience.

“A gripping, deeply informative account of the plunder, hypocrisy, and mass violence of plutocracy and empire; insightful, historically grounded and highly relevant to the events of today.” – Michael Parenti, Historian, Author The Face of Imperialism

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Chris Hedges, David Swanson, et al Interviews in Support of Julian Assange and WikiLeaks (#Unity4J)

WikiLeaks Julian Assange

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

#Unity4J on Jul 15, 2018

In a world of divide and conquer, unity is the ultimate act of resistance.

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New Israeli Law Bans Dissent in the Classroom by David Swanson + The Rules of Engagement + Israel Legislates Apartheid into Law

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
July 21, 2018

Israel has passed a law allowing its Minister of Education to ban from its schools any person or group who criticizes Israel — apparently something that no teachers or students in Israel are supposed to do either (though some do). The hasbara, or pro-war propaganda, spin on this is that it is protecting Israel’s brave Troops from (rhetorical) “attacks.” But one of the chief targets of the law is understood to be Israeli troops who speak about what it is they do. And the law explicitly identifies for banning from schools those who advocate “legal or political” actions, which tend to be taken against those who make laws and political decisions, not against Troops.

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The Anti-War Speech That Jailed Eugene Debs For 10 Years + Transcript

The Anti-War Speech That Jailed Eugene Debs For 10 Years

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The Peace Report on Jun 28, 2018

“Canton, Ohio” speech made on June 16, 1918 by Eugene Debs. Eugene Debs made his famous anti-war speech in Canton, Ohio, protesting World War I which was raging in Europe. For this speech he was arrested and convicted in federal court in Cleveland, Ohio under the war-time espionage law. He was his own attorney. His appeal to the jury and his statement to the court before sentencing are regarded as two of the great classic statements ever made in a court of law. He was sentenced to serve 10 years in prison.

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