In Memory of William Blum: Persistent U.S. Attacks Against “Democracy and Freedom,” Past and Present

On the walls of the former American embassy

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Bill died Sunday, December 9, 2018. My sincere condolences and deepest sympathies to all his family, friends and readers. He will be missed by many. In his memory, here is his last video panel discussion. — Lo

with William Blum
Writer, Dandelion Salad
December 11, 2018

CovertAction Magazine on Jul 25, 2018

In the decades long tradition of award-winning investigative journalism by writers for CovertAction Quarterly, this panel will address the secretive and nefarious activities of the U.S. government in their efforts to destabilize democratic processes, both past and present. It is now ever more critical to expose such ongoing efforts: efforts that further U.S. geopolitical regional and global control while creating favorable investment climates for U.S. multinational corporations. While their goals are invariably masked in the name of “democracy and freedom,” their efforts invariably strive to exploit cheap labor and natural resources.

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George H. W. Bush: War Criminal, CIA Spy, Oil Tycoon, Embodiment of US Elite

George H. W. Bush: War Criminal, CIA Spy, Oil Tycoon, Embodiment of US Elite

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on Dec 10, 2018

President George H. W. Bush was an elite custodian of capitalism and empire, with countless victims, from Iraq to Panama. The former oil tycoon and CIA director paved the way for Trumpism.

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Chris Hedges: America’s Complicity in Turning Honduras Into a Failed State

USA Hands Off Honduras

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

RT America on Dec 8, 2018

Dana Frank, Professor of History Emerita, University of California, Santa Cruz talks to Chris Hedges about America’s complicity in turning Honduras into a failed state, and its geopolitical consequences.

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Murder Incorporated by David Swanson + To Hell With Manifest Destiny

Murder Incorporated by David Swanson + To Hell With Manifest Destiny

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, June 17, 2018
December 4, 2018

Murder Incorporated is a three-book series by Mumia Abu Jamal and Stephen Vittoria, which I can highly recommend based on the first book. The other two are not out yet.

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Daniel Ellsberg: The Doomsday Machine, Parts 1-13

Daniel Ellsberg: The Doomsday Machine, Parts 1-13

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The Real News Network

“In this series, Daniel Ellsberg and Paul Jay explore Ellsberg’s latest book, The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner. In the introduction to the book, Ellsberg writes:

“No policies in human history have more deserved to be recognized as immoral or insane. The story of how this calamitous predicament came about and how and why it has persisted over a half a century is a chronicle of human madness. Whether Americans, Russians, and other humans can rise to the challenge of reversing these policies and eliminating the danger of near-term extinction caused by their own inventions and proclivities remains to be seen. I choose to join with others in acting as if that is still possible.””

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The Kerch Strait Incident by Finian Cunningham + US Will Take Advantage of Ukraine-Russia Standoff

The Kerch Strait Incident by Finian Cunningham + US Will Take Advantage of Ukraine-Russia Standoff

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

The latest potentially disastrous flare-up in violence between the Kiev regime and Russia near the Black Sea’s Kerch Strait is clearly a blatant provocation aimed at strengthening the autocratic regime under President Petro Poroshenko.

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William Blum: Be Nice To America. Or We’ll Bring Democracy To Your Country!

U.S. Out Of Everywhere

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by William Blum
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally published April 15, 2010
November 26, 2018

Produced and directed by Charle Mauch and William Blum.

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Chris Hedges and Joe Lauria: The Persecution of Julian Assange

Chris Hedges and Barrett Brown: The War on Journalism, WikiLeaks, Julian Assange and Others

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with Chris Hedges and Joe Lauria

RT America on Nov 24, 2018

Chris Hedges and Joe Lauria, journalist and editor-in-chief, Consortium, discuss efforts to force WikiLeaks publisher, Julian Assange, out of the Ecuador Embassy in London and extradite him to the USA to stand trial.

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David Swanson: Greatest Crime on Earth + US Dept of Defense Failed Audit While Spending $5.9 Trillion Since 9/11

War Profiteers and The Plunder of the U.S. Treasury by David DeGraw + Lee Camp: New Proof About $21 Trillion Missing

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
November 19, 2018

WorldBeyondWar.org on Nov 18, 2018

Remarks in Dublin, Ireland, Nov. 18, 2018

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US, Britain Push Yemen Ceasefire as Tactic to Defeat Houthis by Finian Cunningham + Wilkerson: US & UK Not Truly Committed to Ending Saudi ‘Total War’ on Yemen

002 Rally

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from Strategic Culture Foundation
November 16, 2018

At first glance, it may seem like a positive move. The Trump administration and London are both putting pressure on Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to implement a ceasefire in Yemen’s atrocious war. Washington and London are also calling for warring sides to enter into peace negotiations within a month.

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World War I Homage – A Triumph of Lies and Platitudes by Finian Cunningham + Tell the Truth: Veterans Day Is A National Day of Lying by David Swanson

LIES

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from Strategic Culture Foundation
November 12, 2018

World leaders gathered in Paris on Sunday under the Arc de Triomphe to mark the centennial anniversary ending World War I. In an absurd way, the Napoleon-era arc was a fitting venue – because the ceremony and the rhetoric from President Emmanuel Macron was a “triumph” of lies and platitudes.

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Remembrance Day: Why I’ll Wear a Dandelion Instead of a Red Poppy + A New Armistice Day by David Swanson

Remembrance Day: Why I'll Wear a Dandelion Instead of a Poppy + A New Armistice Day by David Swanson

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Dandelion Salad

previously posted on Nov. 10, 2017 and May 30, 2016

Stop the War Coalition on May 24, 2016

“Dandelions” written and sung by Steve O’Donoghue

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John Pilger: The New Rulers of The World

Barry

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Dandelion Salad

Previously posted July 5, 2008

With John Pilger

John Pilger

‘The New Rulers Of The World (2001) analyses the new global economy and reveals that the divisions between the rich and poor have never been greater – two thirds of the world’s children live in poverty – and the gulf is widening like never before.

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Beyond Voting by Howard Zinn + What Else You Can Do: 198 Methods of Nonviolent Action by David Swanson

Trouble Maker w Sign

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by Howard Zinn
Writer, Dandelion Salad
November 6, 2018

Gossip is the opium of the American public. We lie back, close our eyes and happily inhale the stories about Roosevelt’s and Kennedy’s affairs, Lyndon Johnson’s nude swims with unnamed partners and, now, Nixon’s pathetic “final days” in office.

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Chris Hedges, Noam Chomsky and Khaled Abou El Fadl: Religious Nationalism and the American-Israeli-Saudi Alliance

American Jesus

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges and Noam Chomsky

“Nationalism is the new Golden Calf. What are the connections between religious nationalism in the United States, Israel and Saudi Arabia? How are these three nations allied and should we reconsider these alliances? …

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