Chris Hedges: We Need To Dismantle the Power of the Corporate Oligarchy

Chris Hedges: We Need To Dismantle the Power of the Corporate Oligarchy

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Rising Up With Sonali on Jul 13, 2017

The “i” word, impeachment, has once more become commonplace. But is potential collusion with Russia the worst thing that President Trump done? When we consider the relentless assault on constitutional rights, the cruel attacks on immigrants, the nods to white supremacists, the fueling of Islamophobia, the undermining of climate accords, and the huge number of industry and corporate representatives he has stacked his cabinet with, is the Russia story really the big one?

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Abby Martin: Supermarkets to Black Markets in Venezuela

Abby Martin: Supermarkets to Black Markets in Venezuela

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with Abby Martin

teleSUR English on Jul 11, 2017

Abby Martin talks to Venezuelans on the streets of Caracas and investigates the main claim that there’s no free press, and that there is no food in the supermarkets.

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Nothing is More Important Right Now Than Preserving Net Neutrality

July 12th: Internet-Wide Day Of Action To Save Net Neutrality

July 12th: Internet-Wide Day Of Action To Save Net Neutrality

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Whatever issues you are interested in depend on keeping the Internet free and open. ~ Lo

From: Battle For The Net

July 12th: Internet-Wide Day Of Action To Save Net Neutrality

WHAT IS NET NEUTRALITY?

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U.S. War Justification Is in the Eye of the Beholder by David Swanson

U.S. Out Of Everywhere

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
Originally published in Counterpunch Volume 24 Number 3
June 28, 2017

The idea that the United States has a problem with war propaganda is typically scratched in a bad-apples manner with a story that the U.S. has set up a new propaganda agency, such as the Global Engagement Center, or hired a company, such as the Lincoln Group, to plant articles in foreign media. Or we’ll read a report that former generals are secretly picking up their talking points from the Pentagon and their income from weapons companies while appearing as objective commenters on television. Or occasionally we’ll hear the recognition that some particularly obvious or disproven set of lies (such as those regarding Iraq in 2003) were the result of a well-meaning slip-up.

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Closing the Doors of Democracy, by Ralph Nader

End of Democracy in Detroit

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
June 21, 2017

In 2006 a book was published called Losing Our Democracy by civic leader, Mark Green. His 21st book, it was the usual Mark Green brand of meticulous research with memorable examples. One would have thought such an important subject would have received wide coverage and circulation. In fact, it was almost completely ignored by reviewers and the media interviewers. In 2017, the danger of having the door shut on the practice of democracy by its citizens is more important than at any other time in recent history.

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John Pilger: There Is No Evidence + Vanessa Beeley: Depleted Uranium and White Phosphorus Used in Syria

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with John Pilger

vanessa beeley on Jun 19, 2017

He has been defying the Establishment gatekeepers and telling us the truth about what’s really going on in the world for over 50 years. He has covered wars around the world from Vietnam to Iraq, and is also an award-winning documentary filmmaker. For many, John Pilger is the journalists’ journalist, and he came into the Sputnik studio to give us his thoughts on the state of the press today.

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From Pseudo-Democracy to Real Participation by Graham Peebles

Democracy Spring March Arrives In DC 20

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by Graham Peebles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London, England
June 15, 2017

Imagine a country run along truly democratic lines. In such a mythical land, what would be the role of the politician, and the nature of his or her relationship with that amorphous group paraded under the banner: ‘the people’?

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Trump’s Lawless Presidency? Just Like All the Rest of Them by Finian Cunningham

The Anti-War Protest Presence at the Philadelphia Democratic Convention

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from Strategic Culture Foundation
June 12, 2017

Piling on the invective against Donald Trump, an op-ed in the New York Times this week castigated him as a “lawless president”. The business tycoon-turned politician has already been roundly condemned in the US media as a traitor, stooge, buffoon and much more. Now the Times has marked him down as “lawless”.

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Getting Julian Assange: The Untold Story by John Pilger + Pilger: Julian Assange is Cleared of Rape Charges, but Far From Free

Julian ASSANGE arrested, painted portrait - Wikileaks

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by John Pilger
John Pilger, May 20, 2017
May 22, 2017

Julian Assange has been vindicated because the Swedish case against him was corrupt. The prosecutor, Marianne Ny, obstructed justice and should be prosecuted. Her obsession with Assange not only embarrassed her colleagues and the judiciary but exposed the Swedish state’s collusion with the United States in its crimes of war and “rendition”.

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Glenn Greenwald: Prosecuting Julian Assange and WikiLeaks Threatens Press Freedom for All

Glenn Greenwald Julian Assange

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Democracy Now! on Apr 21, 2017

http://democracynow.org – Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald responds to reports that the Trump administration has prepared an arrest warrant for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Attorney General Jeff Sessions confirmed the report at a news conference Thursday. Last week, CIA chief Mike Pompeo blasted WikiLeaks as a “hostile intelligence service,” in a stark reversal from his previous praise for the group.

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Edward Snowden: Liberty VS Surveillance

Edward Snowden: Liberty VS Surveillance

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Ruptly TV on Apr 18, 2017

National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower Edward Snowden is due to participate via a video link during an international conference at College of William & Mary in Williamsburg on Tuesday, April 18.

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Poodle Trump Runs With Dogs of War by Finian Cunningham + Chris Hedges: MSM ‘Kneejerk Cheerleading’ After Syria Strike Nothing New

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from Sputnik International, April 7, 2017
April 9, 2017

So the brash, big-mouth tycoon in the White House with an outsized ego has finally unleashed the dogs of war in Syria.

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Self-Censored Questions by Career Questioners by Ralph Nader

Odeigorri II

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page, April 3, 2017
April 5, 2017

I’ve always been intrigued by the major questions not asked by reporters at press conferences, not asked by legislators at public hearings or even the questions citizens at town meetings don’t ask public officials. It’s not that they do not know about or could not easily become informed enough about a given issue and ask substantive questions. It’s just that so many taboos are packed into these questioners’ ideological mindset, career goals or concern with what other people over them might think. Maybe it is a culturally-rooted fear of challenging entrenched power brokers.

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Chris Hedges: Society Needs Robust Public Broadcasting + Action Alert

Chris Hedges--Society Needs Robust Public Broadcasting

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Mar 23, 2017

Nominations for the 44th annual daytime Emmy awards have been released and RT America’s Chris Hedges, host of “On Contact,” was nominated to receive the prize for Outstanding and Informative Talk Show Host. He joins Ashlee Banks to explain the importance of public broadcasting and why dissident voices need airtime.

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