Chris Hedges: We are Trapped Within this Death Spiral of Violence + Iraq War Tribunal

13th Anniversary of the Iraq War

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with Chris Hedges

CODE PINK on Dec 1, 2016

After 14 years of costly war based on lies, it’s time for truth and accountability. The People’s Tribunal on the Iraq War brings the lies that created the war on Iraq into public awareness, while demanding Obama act on them. It inspires the anti-war movement that we will need after the inauguration of the next administration in 2017.

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Have a Chilcot Fourth of July by David Swanson

Blair's Bloody Hands

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
June 28, 2016

This Fourth of July, U.S. war makers will be drinking fermented grain, grilling dead flesh, traumatizing veterans with colorful explosions, and thanking their lucky stars and campaign contributors that they don’t live in rotten old England. And I don’t mean because of King George III. I’m talking about the Chilcot Inquiry.

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The Sociocide of Iraq by Bush/Cheney by Ralph Nader

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Faucet of Blood

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
March 21, 2013

Ten years ago George W. Bush and Dick Cheney, as war criminals, launched the sociocide of the people of Iraq – replete with embedded television and newspaper reporters chronicling the invasion through the Bush lens. That illegal war of aggression was, of course, based on recognized lies, propaganda and cover-ups that duped or co-opted leading news institutions such as the New York Times and the Washington Post.

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Tariq Ali: US, UK Never Faced Justice for Iraq War Crimes + Deadly Blasts Rock Iraq

Bush and Blair Wanted for War Crimes, Iraq Inquiry, London

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RussiaToday·Mar 19, 2013

At least 56 people have been killed in a series of attacks across Baghdad. The deadly assaults come as Iraq marks ten years since the coalition, led by the US and Britain, invaded the country with their ‘freedom and democracy’ mission. Historian and political campaigner, Tariq Ali, says it’s surprising that no-one has been held responsible for creating havoc in Iraq.

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Every Building in Baghdad that Falls, Crushed and Broken to the Ground…. by Felicity Arbuthnot

by Felicity Arbuthnot
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London, England
March 17, 2013

I wrote this article as the bombs fell on Baghdad on the 20th of March 2003, with tears streaming down my face.

I had come back from Iraq just days before. In another sparkling pink and azure dawn on the day I left Baghdad, (dubbed “the Paris of the ninth century” by 19th century traveller, Sir Richard Burton) I photographed the panoramic views of this great, vibrant city. I would, I felt certain, never see it like this again. I never will. Felicity Arbuthnot, March 17, 2013

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Hubris: Selling the Iraq War + Hubris Isn’t the Half of It by David Swanson

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Updated: Feb. 20, 2013

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Noam Chomsky: U.S.–A Top Terrorist State + You’re Welcome Iraq

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Massacre is NOT SELF-DEFENSE!!

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Warning

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

with Noam Chomsky

PressTVGlobalNews·Jan 29, 2013

In this episode of press TV’s documentary program renowned American academic Noam Chomsky says the United States would be recognized as a leading terrorist state if international law is applied.

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Iraq: A Twenty-Two Year Genocide by Felicity Arbuthnot

by Felicity Arbuthnot
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
London, England
January 17, 2013

“It is the first genocide of the 21th century. Poor Iraq and Iraqis. The silence of the world pushes me to lose faith in humanity.” (Anonymous)

Incredibly it is twenty-two years to the day since the telephone rang in the early hours and a friend said: “They are bombing Baghdad.”

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Peace is Inevitable by Dennis Kucinich

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by Dennis Kucinich
June 13, 2012

Protest against US wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, etc.

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For Immediate Release
Nathan.White@mail.house.gov (202)225-5871

“The Department of Peace is based on faith in the evolution of human consciousness”

New York, NY (June 13, 2012) — Appearing on a live broadcast of Brian Lehrer Radio Show at The Green Space, Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) called for a new approach to peace. He explained H.R. 808, his legislation to establish a Cabinet-level Department of Peace. H.R. 808, which seeks to address the causes of violence both nationally and internationally, currently has 52 cosponsors.

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Iraq: Twenty One Years of Crimes Against Humanity by Felicity Arbuthnot

by Felicity Arbuthnot
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
London, England
6 March 2012

“These diaries are dedicated to the people of Iraq and to all others who have suffered the crippling effect of sanctions.” (Nuha al-Radi, 1941-2004)

With current US-led plans to remodel (read annihilate) the remaining Middle East, the 1991, twenty eight country attack on Iraq’s just 27 million people, where, arguably it all started, has largely dropped from Western consciousness, though certainly not that of Iraqis.

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Drones over Afghanistan: Rediscovering the V-2…and Other Monsters by Donald Ristow

by Donald Ristow
Guest Writer
Dandelion Salad
Nov. 9, 2011

Danger U.S. war crimes ahead

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“I would not deny that the pilotless plane, flying bomb, or whatever its correct name may be, is an exceptionally unpleasant thing, because, unlike most other projectiles, it gives you time to think. What is your first reaction when you hear that droning, zooming noise? Inevitably, it is a hope that the noise won’t stop. You want to hear the bomb pass safely overhead and die away into the distance …”

–George Orwell in 1944 describing the terror of V-2 rockets

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A Tribute to Anti-War Campaigner Brian Haw, Driven by Revulsion at the Murder of Innocents by Andy Worthington

Updated: Jan. 4, 2015

by Andy Worthington
Featured Writer
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www.andyworthington.co.uk
19 June, 2011

Brian Haw

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When I was a child, I read the Guinness Book of Records, and marvelled at the stories of the people who, in ancient times, removed themselves from everyday reality, like Saint Simeon Stylites, a Christian ascetic who lived on a tiny platform on top of a pillar in Aleppo, Syria for 37 years in the 5th century AD.

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Madeleine Albright: We think the price is worth it by Felicity Arbuthnot

by Felicity Arbuthnot
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
11 May, 2011

the hand that feeds

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Dedicated to Madeleine Albright, on Behalf of the Children of Iraq, whose Lives were a “Price Worth It.” (“60 Minutes”, 12th May 1996)

” … war in our time is always indiscriminate, a war against innocents, a war against children.” — Howard Zinn. (1922-2010)

It was Kathy Kelly – relentlessly, lovingly, committed to the people of Iraq, constantly risking the draconian wrath, jail terms, and impossible fines of the US., government for her compassion – who alerted me. The ‘phone rang, it was 12th May 1996, and Kathy was calling from Chicago, stunned. Madeleine Albright, then US., Ambassador the the UN., had just appeared on “Sixty Minutes.”

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John Perry: Obama’s Sickening Hypocrisy

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on Mar 29, 2011

Pardon me, Mr. President, but is it not a betrayal of who we’re supposed to be when there is such a deafening silence in Washington regarding the well over one million innocent fellow human beings, in Iraq alone, who now lay dead as a result of the illegal wars of choice launched by your predecessor?

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Paying the Price by Felicity Arbuthnot

by Felicity Arbuthnot
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
23 March, 2011

Now Libya’s people are “paying the price”, for being, well, Libyan, I am reminded of another people that, to use the words of the appalling Madeleine Albright, then U.S. Ambassador for the UN., were : ” … a price worth paying.” She was talking of the deaths of half a million Iraqi children, on 12th May 1996.

When I was involved, as Senior Researcher, in John Pilger’s ground breaking documentary on the reality of what was happening, in Iraq, resultant from America and Britain’s (arm twisted) UN., backed embargo, not from the actions of the regime, one scene has stayed with me to haunt.

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