Category Archives: Imperialism

William Shakespeare VS The United States Government by Rocket Kirchner

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This one needs to be heard. Scroll down to view the video of the speech. ~ Lo

by Rocket Kirchner
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rocket Kirchner (blog)
Rocket Kirchner (youtube channel)
April 26, 2015

Your Honor and Ladies and Gentlemen of the jury, I represent the case for William Shakespeare versus the United States Government. Shakespeare wrote during the Aristocratic Age of literature. His audience was living under Aristocracy. His words bit hard and penetrated the depth and deception of the Aristocratic mindset.

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Dear President Obama: Easter Has Nothing To Do With War (repost)

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

Christians cannot love their enemies and kill them, too

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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.

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Multidimensional and Complex Nature and Effects of Imperialism On Democracy, Society, Nature, and Human Nature by Fazal Rahman, Ph.D.

This is an updated version of The Nature and Effects of Imperialism.

by Fazal Rahman, Ph.D.
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally published on imperialismandthethirdworld, updated on March 29, 2015
April 1, 2015

THE FACE OF IMPERIALISM

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“At the same pace that mankind masters nature, man seems to become enslaved to other men or to his own infamy. Even the pure light of science seems unable to shine but on the dark background of ignorance. All our invention and progress seem to result in endowing material forces with intellectual life, and in stultifying human life into a material force.” Karl Marx. Selected Works, Vol. 1, p. 500. Continue reading

Local Syria ceasefires: The way out of a US policy dead end? by Gareth Porter + US to deploy over 400 troops to train Syria insurgents

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by Gareth Porter
Writer, Dandelion Salad
crossposted at Middle East Eye
Washington
January 17, 2015

US contradictions between the Obama administration’s policy in Syria and realities on the ground have become so acute that US officials began last November discussing a proposal calling for support of local ceasefires between opposition forces and the Assad regime in dozens of locations across Syria.

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Letter from President Barack Obama: Six Month Consolidated War Powers Resolution Report

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Propaganda Alert!

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
December 11, 2014

TIME TO PULL THE PLUG ON KING OBAMA

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Dear Mr. Speaker: (Dear Mr. President:)

I am providing this supplemental consolidated report, prepared by my Administration and consistent with the War Powers Resolution (Public Law 93-148), as part of my efforts to keep the Congress informed about deployments of U.S. Armed Forces equipped for combat.

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If you open the window of torture, even just a crack, the cold air of the Dark Ages will fill the whole room by William Blum

Extraordinary Rendition, A collaboration between artists Tim Guthrie and Doug Hayko

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by William Blum
Writer, Dandelion Salad
www.killinghope.org
December 20, 2014

American Exceptionalism and American Torture

In 1964, the Brazilian military, in a US-designed coup, overthrew a liberal (not more to the left than that) government and proceeded to rule with an iron fist for the next 21 years. In 1979 the military regime passed an amnesty law blocking the prosecution of its members for torture and other crimes. The amnesty still holds. Continue reading

Chris Hedges: Defending Our Civil Liberties (#NDAA)

Witness Against Torture: Captive Hands

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with Chris Hedges

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Sheldon Wolin: Can Capitalism and Democracy Coexist? Part 6, interviewed by Chris Hedges

Capitalism Kills, Kill Capitalism

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TheRealNews on Nov 1, 2014

Journalist Chris Hedges and political philosopher Sheldon Wolin continue their discussion of the threats faced by democratic institutions.

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Noam Chomsky: The Origins of ISIS + Sibel Edmonds: US Cultivated, Financed ISIS

No New War On Iraq DC Rally 5

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MIT Armenian Society on Oct 4, 2014

An interview of Professor Noam Chomsky of MIT by David Barsamian. The interview takes us on a general overview of the state of the Middle East, and the role that Turkey has played in it. Covering the origins of ISIS all the way to the Kurdish issues in Turkey, Professor Chomsky gives us a glimpse of the complex politics of the area and his opinion on the future moving forward.

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Hong Kong Protests: Why Imperialists Support ‘Democracy’ Movement by Sara Flounders + Pepe Escobar: Operation ‘Occupy Central’

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by Sara Flounders
Workers.org
October 7, 2014

Demonstrations in Hong Kong, China, raising demands on the procedures to be followed in city elections in 2017, have become an international issue and a source of political confusion.

The protests, called Occupy Central, have received enormous and very favorable U.S. media coverage. Every news report describes with great enthusiasm the occupation of central business parts of Hong Kong as “pro-democracy” protests. The demonstrations, which began on Sept. 22, gained momentum after Hong Kong police used tear gas to open roads and government buildings. Continue reading

Black Prophetic Fire: Cornel West on the Revolutionary Legacy of Leading African-American Voices

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Updated: Oct. 12, 2014

democracynow  on Oct 6, 2014

democracynow – The renowned scholar, author and activist Dr. Cornel West, joins us to discuss his latest book, “Black Prophetic Fire.” West engages in conversation with the German scholar and thinker Christa Buschendorf about six revolutionary African-American leaders: Frederick Douglass, W. E. B. Du Bois, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Ella Baker, Malcolm X and Ida B. Wells. Even as the United States is led by its first black president, West says he is fearful that we may be “witnessing the death of black prophetic fire in our time.”

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Chris Hedges: The Global Culture of Violence: What Is The Path to Peace and Justice?

Stop Wars

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with Chris Hedges

Brookly Society for Ethical Culture on Oct 1, 2014

Chris Hedges speaking at the Brooklyn Society For Ethical Culture Charley Horwitz Platform. “The Global Culture of Violence: What Is The Path to Peace and Justice?” Sept. 28, 2014. http:/bsec.org

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Chris Hedges: The Future Collapse + Perpetual Imperialistic War = Bombs on Subways in the West

2014 People's Climate March NYC 20

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with Chris Hedges

Chris Hedges: Building Different Relationships Before It’s Too Late

ontheearthproduction on Sep 29, 2014

Journalist, author and activist Chris Hedges took time during his September 13, 2014 appearance at Fighting Bob Fest in Baraboo, Wisconsin, to talk about the human race’s sustainability or potential collapse in the age of unstoppable climate change, corporate domination, and perpetual war.

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Once Upon a Time in the US of A: An Unfairness Tale by Ed Ciaccio

by Ed Ciaccio
Writer, Dandelion Salad
September 28, 2014

2014 People's Climate March NYC 89

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Once upon a time in the US of A, the Plundering Class told their lackeys in the White House and Congress that huge war budgets would be necessary to provide the hundreds of thousands of unquestioning, expendable bodies to act as security guards to national (corporate) “interests” (as they called them) all over the planet, because those “national interests” would regularly be extracting precious natural resources which should have belonged to the people of all those countries, instead of to corporations and Wall Street; and those extractions would be exploiting local labor at slave wages with no workers’ rights and health protections, while polluting the water, ground and air of the very workers being exploited. And, of course, those ungrateful, anti-American workers would irrationally hate the US of A and its corporations which had gone to so much trouble to give them jobs. And so those corporate “interests” would need protection. Lots of protection. Continue reading

Chris Hedges: The Disease of Imperialism + Transcript

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with Chris Hedges

ontheearthproduction on Sep 15, 2014

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Hedges speaks to thousands at this years 13th annual Fighting Bob Fest Chautauqua. The Progressive, Madison, WI

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