US War Machine Masquerading as Country, by Finian Cunningham

Hacker IT Computer Security

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Ireland
Crossposted from Sputnik, Dec. 21, 2020
December 22, 2020

The late and not-so-great Republican Senator John McCain once provocatively described Russia as “a giant gas station masquerading as a country”.

Mitt Romney, the former presidential candidate and fellow Republican Senator, was quoted in US media over the weekend channeling McCain’s contemptuous description of Russia.

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Vijay Prashad: The Democratic Party and the War Machine

end u.s. imperialism

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theAnalysis-news on Dec 18, 2020

The roots of the Democratic Party’s foreign policy are found in WWII, the atomic bombing of Japan and militarization during the Cold War. Biden supported the Iraq War but fought for the nuclear agreement with Iran. What should we expect from his administration? Vijay Prashad joins Paul Jay on theAnalysis.news podcast.

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John Pilger: The New Cold War With China, American Exceptionalism, Biden’s Victory and Covid-19

Roo graffiti, Leake Street - How to survive a pandemic

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Dandelion Salad

with John Pilger

goingundergroundRT on Dec 19, 2020

On this season finale episode of Going Underground, we speak to legendary journalist and filmmaker John Pilger. He discusses the devastating impact of Coronavirus in the U.K., rising poverty and militarism, the Western logic for the new Cold War with China, the victory of Joe Biden over Donald Trump and why not much will change with Trump leaving the Presidency, the Yemen War, the survival of Venezuela despite crippling international sanctions, mainstream journalism vs real journalism and much more!

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Chris Hedges and Naomi Wolf: Outrages: Sex, Censorship, and the Criminalization of Love

"Enough is enough – Open your mouth!", Demonstration against homophobia in Russia

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

RT America on Dec 19, 2020

On the show this week, Chris Hedges talks to author Naomi Wolf about the bitter legacy of British and western colonialism of rampant homophobia, so virulent that people to this day are murdered for being gay in countries such as Uganda or Egypt.

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Abby Martin: Biden’s Scary Foreign Policy Picks

DC Protests Trump's New Wars 25

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Dandelion Salad

with Abby Martin

Empire Files on Dec 17, 2020

A breakdown of Biden’s new defense cabinet and what it means for war & peace. Who is Antony Blinken, Jake Sullivan, Avril Haines, Lloyd Austin and Linda Thomas-Greenfield?

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America’s Role as the Imperial Core is What’s Causing the Growing Misery, by Rainer Shea

Protest against US wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, etc.

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by Rainer Shea
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rainer Shea: Anti-Imperialist Journalist, Dec. 14, 2020
December 17, 2020

As I see the United States become ravaged by globally unsurpassed amounts of pandemic deaths, along with unemployment, rising mental illness, growing hunger, and evictions, I keep thinking back to one of the books that I read during my politically formative teenage years: Addicted to War by Joel Andreas. In its updated 2002 version, it observed how war was draining the country’s resources, with the U.S. having been set to spend an unprecedented $396 billion on the military during the fiscal year of 2003. “Since 1948 the U.S. has spent more than $15 trillion to build up its military might,” it says. “Just how much is $15,000,000,000,000 worth? It adds up to more than the cumulative monetary value of all man-made wealth in the U.S.”

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The Most Lethal Virus Is Not Covid. It Is War. by John Pilger

National Memorial Arboretum - Armed Forces Memorial - bronze sculptures

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by John Pilger
John Pilger, Dec. 14, 2020
December 15, 2020

Watch Pilger’s 2010 film The War You Don’t See.

Britain’s Armed Services Memorial is a silent, haunting place. Set in the rural beauty of Staffordshire, in an arboretum of some 30,000 trees and sweeping lawns, its Homeric figures celebrate determination and sacrifice.

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Chris Hedges: There is Massive Interference in Every Electoral Campaign in the US by a Foreign Power and that’s Israel

Confront Zionism, Boycott Israel

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with Chris Hedges

“Both sides of the elites are culpable in refusing to acknowledge because they’re both responsible for the rage that is legitimately ripping across the country. And so they use this notion of foreign interference as a way to deflect attention from their own complicity in de-industrialization and the concentration of wealth in the hands of a tiny oligarchic elite and trade deals and programs of austerity and wholesale surveillance and militarized police and the largest prison system in the world, 25% of the world’s prisoners although we’re four percent of the world’s population so it’s a familiar tactic.” — Chris Hedges

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Chris Hedges: Wrecking the Left

Never the answer

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

RT America on Dec 12, 2020

On the show this week, Chris Hedges talks to journalist Diana Johnstone about the betrayal of the Left with its historical role as the champion of social justice and peace now replaced with the boutique activism of identify politics, political correctness and what has become known as humanitarian intervention, the justification of US and NATO adventurism and wars on the specious belief it would liberate the women of Afghanistan or the peoples of Iraq.

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Abby Martin: Why has Venezuela been in the Crosshairs of the US Empire for the Last 20 Years?

Abby Martin: Why has Venezuela been in the Crosshairs of the Empire for the Last 20 Years?

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with Abby Martin

Empire Files on Dec 10, 2020

Was the Venezuelan election rigged? Abby Martin speaks with an election observer.

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America’s Sick Priorities, by Finian Cunningham

Communist Vegans

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Ireland
Crossposted from Sputnik
December 10, 2020

The US Congress is pushing through another record-breaking military budget this week while tens of millions of Americans are staring into the abyss of Christmas misery from poverty and disease. The twisted priorities of Washington’s politicians show the American political system is sick beyond words.

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I agree with the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on Foreign Bases, by David Swanson

no more endless wars fueled by capitalism

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
December 9, 2020

You may have heard that the U.S. House of Representatives just passed a bill to spend $741 billion renaming military bases that have been heretofore named for Confederates. You may think that’s a grand idea but still wonder at the price tag.

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NATO Craving Conflict, by Finian Cunningham

Stop NATO manifestation, Krakow

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Ireland
Crossposted from Sputnik, Dec. 7, 2020
December 8, 2020

The US-led NATO military alliance is like a war junkie – it needs to inject conflict and tensions in order to get a “fix” for its existence.

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Revolution Soon, But Not Yet, by Eric Schechter

They say Revolution

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by Eric Schechter aka LeftyMathProf
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Eric’s Rants and Videos blog
December 4, 2020

leftymathprof on Nov 27, 2020

00:06 Part 1. BIG EXPLANATIONS. We need a revolution soon, but we’re not ready yet. We need more people explaining what’s what.

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