Category Archives: Imperialism

Top 12 Reasons the Good War was Bad – Hiroshima in Context by David Swanson

"XX-34 BADGER" atmospheric nuclear test - April 1953

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
American Herald Tribune, May 23, 2016
May 24, 2016

Consider this a friendly reminder to President Obama on his way to Hiroshima.

No matter how many years one writes books, does interviews, publishes columns, and speaks at events, it remains virtually impossible to make it out the door of an event in the United States at which you’ve advocated abolishing war without somebody hitting you with the what-about-the-good-war question.

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Abby Martin: 100 Years of US Troops as Lab Rats

resist don't enlist

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with Abby Martin

teleSUR English on May 23, 2016

On Memorial Day, politicians will speak at ceremonies all over the country and repeat their favorite mantra: “Support the troops.” This pledge is hammered into the American psyche at every turn. But there is a hidden, dark history that shows that the politicians are in fact no friend to service members–but their greatest enemy. An easy way to prove this truth is to look at how they so quickly betray and abandon their soldiers after purposely ruining their lives, and even after using them as literal lab rats.

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Exiled on Main Street: Urban Utopian Insurrection by Mark Mason and Susan Cain

Defeat Capitalism!

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by Mark Mason and Susan Cain
Guest Writers, Dandelion Salad
Mark Mason, PhD
crossposted from Dissident Voice, May 18, 2016
May 23, 2016

The dynamics of capitalism is postponement of enjoyment to the constantly postponed future.
— Norman O. Brown, Life Against Death: The Psychoanalytical Meaning of History, 1959

Is There No Alternative? Thinking Outside the Ballot Box

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The Gospel Of Mark VS The Imperial Mindset by Rocket Kirchner

St Mark

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by Rocket Kirchner
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rocket Kirchner (blog)
Rocket Kirchner (youtube channel)
Originally published March 30, 2009
May 21, 2016

Many literary critics have said that in the theocratic age of literature, that the gospel of Mark is the most radical and important work of antiquity.  It took me years to see that. I always saw Mark as a wallflower gospel, not yielding its secrets so easily. I mean there is no sermon on the mount, no Magnificat, no Pilate/Christ juicy repartee. And yet there is no doubt that Mark’s gospel was the first one to be written. The plethora of books on recent Markan studies, however, have convinced me that it is indeed the most revolutionary document against the imperial mindset in the common era. And for all eras. Continue reading

What the Hell, It’s All Out in the Open Anyway by Daniel N. White

Stop the Wars! End The Afghan War Honk for Peace

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by Daniel N. White
Guest Writer, Dandelion Salad
May 17, 2016

Story from some actress about marriage and divorce always stuck with me, even if the actress’ name hasn’t. She talked about how if you are in head over heels in love with someone, or if you are pissed off at them and divorcing them, you still see everything about the person, good and bad. Your vision doesn’t change with emotion, she said. The only thing that changes, she said, is which aspects of that person you bring into focus. Everything is out in the open for you to see, and you just choose what you want to focus on. She’s right about that. Not just in love, but in world events, too.

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Noam Chomsky: Climate Change and Nuclear Proliferation Pose the Worst Threat Ever Faced by Humans

Republican Elephant & Democratic Donkey 2016

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with Noam Chomsky

Democracy Now! on May 16, 2016

http://democracynow.org – President Obama has just passed a little-noticed milestone, according to The New York Times: Obama has now been at war longer than any president in U.S. history—longer than George W. Bush, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. Obama has taken military action in at least seven countries: Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia. Just last month, President Obama announced the deployment of 250 more Special Operations troops to Syria in a move that nearly doubles the official U.S. presence in the country.

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From Cover to Cover The Bible is Anti-Empire by Rocket Kirchner

An old Bible

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by Rocket Kirchner
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rocket Kirchner (blog)
Rocket Kirchner (youtube channel)
Originally published February 2, 2014
May 14, 2016

I have always found it an interesting contradiction that some of those who oppose empire building also oppose the great document in world history that is anti-empire, namely the Bible. It is also just as contradicting that many who say they believe in the Bible are promoting empire. Something seems out of whack here.

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Bush-Obama Powers Will Pass to Next President by David Swanson

Drone

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, May 11, 2016
May 13, 2016

Remember when coups and assassinations were secretive, when presidents were obliged to go to Congress and tell lies and ask permission for wars, when torture, spying, and lawless imprisonment were illicit, when re-writing laws with signing statements and shutting down legal cases by yelling “state secrets!” was abusive, and when the idea of a president going through a list of men, women, and children on Tuesdays to pick whom to have murdered would have been deemed an outrage?

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Chris Hedges and Miko Peled: Apartheid Israel

Massive DC Rally And March For Gaza 18

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with Chris Hedges

TheRealNews on May 11, 2016

In this episode of Days of Revolt, Chris Hedges interviews Miko Peled, Israeli peace activist and author of The General’s Son: The Journey of an Israeli in Palestine. Together they walk through the construction of the state of Israel, tracing its legacy of ethnic cleansing and apartheid, and arriving at today’s Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

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Julia Ward Howe: Mother’s Day Proclamation (1870)

Pink Rose

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Happy Mother’s Day

Pearlsbefore Swine on May 24, 2012

This is perhaps the most heart-felt video I have ever put together. The second “Iraq War” was in full swing and George W. Bush was refusing to meet with Cindy Sheehan to justify sending her son Casey off to fight in a war built on false assumptions.

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Lenin on Imperialism and Capitalism by Gaither Stewart, Part 4

Lenin

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by Gaither Stewart
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rome, Italy
May 5, 2016

First published in 1917, Lenin’s “Imperialism. The Highest Stage of Capitalism”, his major theoretical work, shows imperialism as a “direct continuation of the fundamental properties of capitalism,” a primary manifestation of capitalism in its late stages.

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Jeremy Scahill and Glenn Greenwald: The Assassination Complex: Inside the Government’s Secret Drone Warfare Program

Death from Above / Drones

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Jeremy Scahill Remembers His Longtime Friend, Father Daniel Berrigan: “The Man was a Moral Giant”

Democracy Now! on May 3, 2016

http://democracynow.org – “I may not be here if it wasn’t for Dan Berrigan,” says journalist Jeremy Scahill as we remember the legendary antiwar priest, Father Daniel Berrigan, who spent his lifetime nonviolently protesting militarism, nuclear proliferation, racism and poverty. Berrigan died Saturday in the Bronx, just short of his 95th birthday. Scahill was a college student when he first met Berrigan, and went on to become close friends with him and his brother, Philip. The conversations they had inspired him to pursue fiercely independent journalism. “This man was just a moral giant,” Scahill says, “the closest thing we have in our society to a prophet.”

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Antiwar Priest and Poet Father Daniel Berrigan Dead at Age 94

Father Daniel Berrigan

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RIP Father Daniel Berrigan: Remembering the Life and Legacy of the Antiwar Priest & Poet

Democracy Now! on May 2, 2016

http://democracynow.org – We spend the hour remembering the life and legacy of the legendary antiwar priest, Father Daniel Berrigan. He died on Saturday, just short of his 95th birthday. Berrigan was a poet, pacifist, educator, social activist, playwright and lifelong resister to what he called “American military imperialism.”

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Bernie Sanders Supports Obama’s Kill List, “ISIS Has Got To Be Destroyed”

Bernie Sanders - Caricature

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HIT Breaking News on Apr 25, 2016

FULL : Bernie Sanders at MSNBC, Democratic Presidential Townhall, Apr 25, 2016

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Welcome to Palestine 2017 — A legal Imperative by Clive Hambidge

Support Palestine, Protest AIPAC 2016

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by Clive Hambidge
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London, England
April 26, 2016

“Those who have the privilege to know have the duty to act.” — Albert Einstein

The ship carrying the precious cargo of a Palestinian Statehood bid, intended for late 2017, navigates through the choppy waters of Israel’s polluted sea of propaganda, US obduracy and a forever abstaining UK, complicit to a universally recognized, unlawful and brutal Israeli occupation.

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