Category Archives: Imperialism

Happy Thanksgiving with Blood and Tears by Michael Parenti


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by Michael Parenti
Writer, Dandelion Salad
November 25, 2015

An excerpt from the recent book by Michael Parenti, Profit Pathology and Other Indecencies for your Thanksgiving consideration:

The lives of indigenous peoples in North America (“Indians”)—from quality of diet and medicine to individual freedom—were superior to the pinched, unwashed, dour lives transported from Christianized England. The Europeans were far more practiced than the “Indians” in dealing with syphilis, gonorrhea, small pox, typhoid, and bubonic plague, not to mention hangings, slavery, prostitution, religious wars, witch hunts, and inquisitions. European superiority registered in a few devilishly crucial areas, specifically the technologies of firearms, armor, and oceanic transport. The Native Americans had no desire to embrace the religiously oppressive, mean-spirited, acquisitive life of the colonizers. They lived comfortably free from any ruinous impulse for massive wealth accumulation. Labeled as “savage beasts” by the invaders, they actually behaved in courteous and kindly ways—that is, until they realized what they were up against.

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John Pilger: It is the West that Created this Monster


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Dandelion Salad

with John Pilger

goingundergroundRT on Nov 25, 2015

Afshin goes underground with one of NATO imperialism’s greatest chroniclers, John Pilger. The award-winning journalist and filmmaker tells us how Washington, London and Paris gave birth to ISIS, and why he can’t imagine Labour Party changing.

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Demystifying US and Israeli Power by Susan Cain and Mark Mason (must-read)

The USA military-industrial complex profit machine, international version

The USA military-industrial complex profit machine, international version by Dominique Ford

by Susan Cain and Mark Mason
Guest Writers, Dandelion Salad
Mark Mason, PhD
crossposted from The Real News Network, Nov. 13, 2015
November 24, 2015

Government is the entertainment division of the military-industrial complex. ~ Frank Zappa


If paying attention to the mass media, one would think that politicians have power, that the President of the USA has power, or even that AIPAC has power — They don’t. He doesn’t. AIPAC doesn’t. Few people understand American imperial power because it’s difficult to comprehend the unprecedented concentration of vast wealth in the hands of a few dozen individuals, and the ramifications for the rest of the world. Never before have so few people possessed so much wealth, and thus so much power over everything, including the US government, Israel, AIPAC, and — everything within the imperial American sphere of corporate influence. The Earth is under the control of a few hundred corporations, and a few thousand capitalists. The apparent power of AIPAC to influence US policy is based upon the intense media presence AIPAC does have while real power remains present but pushed into the media background. In this paper, we examine the power relationship between the USA and Israel. We present evidence supporting the claim that state power is subordinate to corporate power, and corporate power is driven by the rewards of expanding profits through manipulating state policies. US transnational corporations, particularly those assigned to the military-industrial complex (MIC: arms manufacturers and others engaged in military and police-state support) join banks and other corporations at the top of USA political power. We remind ourselves that in the USA and Israel, money is political power, not religion or the people.

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Why Paris Reveals the Horror and the Hypocrisies of Global Terrorism by Andrew Gavin Marshall


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by Andrew Gavin Marshall
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally posted at, November 17, 2015
November 23, 2015

The world was shocked and horrified at the terror inflicted upon Paris on the night of Friday the 13th, 2015, when ISIS-affiliated militants killed well over 100 civilians in one of the world’s most iconic cities. An outpouring of grief, solidarity, support and condolences came in from across the world. The tragedy, and tyranny, of such terror cannot be underestimated, but it should also be placed in its global context: namely, that the chief cause of terrorism is, in fact, terrorism, and that the chief victims are the innocent, wherever they may be.

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Abby Martin: The Distortion and Death Behind the Israel-Palestine Coverage


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Dandelion Salad

with Abby Martin

teleSUR English on Nov 6, 2015

A crisis in Palestine is again all over the headlines. From stabbings and molotov cocktails, to killing of protesters and anti-Arab lynch mobs–how much of the mass media coverage can we really trust?

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US Special Forces Deployed as “Human Shields” to Salvage Terror Assets in Syria by Finian Cunningham

President Obama Declares More War But Some Americans Disapprove 4

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from RT
November 1, 2015

Obama’s decision to send Special Forces into Syria is being widely viewed as a US military escalation in the country. The troop dispatch also signals that the US is trying to forestall Russian successes in wiping out Washington’s regime-change assets in Syria.

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Abby Martin: The Censored Reality Of The Refugee Crisis


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Dandelion Salad

with Abby Martin

teleSUR English on Oct 30, 2015

Today 60 million human beings are displaced by war and extreme poverty. Many European countries are responding to the crisis with racist hysteria and polices, backed by police measures.

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Chris Hedges: We Will Overthrow This Capitalist System + Q&A

Make Capitalism Extinct

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

Hedges: Calling All Rebels, part 1 of 4

GVFJ on Sep 29, 2015

Chris Hedges gave a talk about the true meaning of socialism and challenged Bernie Sanders on this topic.

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Abby Martin and Noam Chomsky: Electing The President of an Empire

Noam Chomsky

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Dandelion Salad

with Noam Chomsky

teleSUR English on Oct 24, 2015

At the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass., Abby Martin interviews world-renowned philosopher and linguist Professor Noam Chomsky.

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Regulation of Political, Electoral and Other Behaviors of Americans by the Devil-God of Capital by Fazal Rahman, Ph.D.

Democrats and Republicans

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by Fazal Rahman, Ph.D.
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally published on imperialismandthethirdworld
October 15, 2015

Hypothesis of its epigenetic and mass psychological role inside the mass mental apparatus

Elections for the political offices in the US are incomparably worse than any horror movies, as they repeatedly and inevitably reproduce the basic politico-economic structures and institutions of class divisions, inequality, injustice, vast deprivations, crime, mental illness, selfishness, aggressions, wars, and severe damages to the ecology of nature and human nature-within the context of the most advanced capitalist political economy and the most developed scientifico-technological forces of production and destruction-which, among other things, invariably cause destruction of tens of millions of lives globally, as well as, to a lesser extent, domestically, through wars and invasions, impoverishment and deprivations that cause severe multidimensional damages to human lives, diabolical expenditures of financial and human resources on the military war machine and production of ever more destructive and advanced weapons and systems of mass destruction, and great damages to the biosphere and all the life-supporting systems of the planet. No horror movie can come even close to the reality produced by these “democratic” elections.

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Abby Martin: America’s Unofficial Religion — The War On An Idea

Unions Behind Labor Day

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Dandelion Salad

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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The Incomprehensible Idea: What Opposing All Wars Means by David Swanson

by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
World Beyond War, October 5, 2015
October 7, 2015

No War Collage

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The world’s two big nuclear militaries are in the same war now in Syria and, if not on opposite sides exactly, certainly not on the same side. A primary, if not the primary, goal of the United States in Syria is overthrowing the Syrian government. A primary, if not the primary, goal of Russia is maintaining the Syrian government. Hostilities are building in each nation toward the other. Republican candidates for president are trying to outdo a certain Democratic candidate for president in bellicosity toward Russia. Forces armed by the U.S. in Syria are eager to shoot down Russian planes. Russia and the U.S. and its allies are clearly unhappy about each other’s flights. Hillary Clinton wants a no-fly zone. Israeli and Russian planes have already come close to fighting. Israel has attacked the base Russia is using, or at least Russia says it has.

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Corbyn’s Jobs For The Boys by William Bowles

Jeremy Corbyn - Caricature

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by William Bowles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
September 28, 2015

So socialist Jeremy Corbyn, after pressure from the trade union boys who bankroll him, agreed not to make Trident an issue. After all, making nuclear missiles and the submarines that carry them, are jobs for the boys. Continue reading

Abby Martin and Chris Hedges: War, Propaganda and the Enemy Within

2015 DC Spring Rising Against War 34

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

Empire Files on Sep 26, 2015

Abby Martin interviews Chris Hedges on American myths, war and revolt. Hedges explains the ‘folly of Empire,’ the dangers posed by right-wing extremism and the urgent need for a new system.

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Chris Hedges: Pope Francis and Bernie Sanders on Imperialism and Capitalism

Pope Francis - Caricature

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

TheRealNews on Sep 24, 2015

Paul Jay asks Chris Hedges if the Pope’s rhetoric on climate change and capitalism is a positive force or a dangerous illusion.

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