David Swanson and Daniel Ellsberg: The Most Dangerous Missiles

Nuclear Nightmare - Open Your Eyes And Awake !

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, Oct. 24, 2021
October 26, 2021

Daniel Ellsberg is a former U.S. military analyst employed by the RAND Corporation who precipitated a national uproar in 1971 when he released the Pentagon Papers, the U.S. military’s account of activities during the Vietnam War, to The New York Times.

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Abby Martin and Paul Jay: Afghanistan, 9/11 and Climate Change, Part 2 + Current Climate Extremes Double at 2 Degrees Warming and Quadruple at 3

US Military Largest consumer of Oil -- 2014 People's Climate March NYC 89

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Dandelion Salad

with

theAnalysis-news on Oct 1, 2021

In an episode of the Empire Files podcast, Abby interviews Paul about his investigation into the 9/11 attacks, his experiences in Afghanistan, and his interviews with climate scientists.

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How the “Polarized” Political Parties Work Together Against the Public Interest, by Ralph Nader

How the “Polarized” Political Parties Work Together Against the Public Interest, by Ralph Nader

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page, Oct. 1, 2021
October 3, 2021

“Polarization” is the word most associated with the positions of the Republicans and Democrats in Congress. The mass media and the commentators never tire of this focus, in part because such clashes create the flashes conducive to daily coverage.

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Chris Hedges: The Legacy of the Obama-Biden Administration

Political Art

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Sep 30, 2021

On the show, Chris Hedges speaks with the author Robert Eisenberg, about the legacy of the Obama/Biden administration and how it lead to the election of Donald Trump.

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Mike Prysner: George Bush, You Need to Apologize + Statement by Mike Prysner

Mike Prysner: George Bush, You Need to Apologize + Statement by Mike Prysner

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with Mike Prysner

Empire Files on Sep 20, 2021

Iraq War veteran and Empire Files producer Mike Prysner disrupted a speech by George W. Bush in Beverly Hills on Sept. 19, 2021.

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Abby Martin: Never Forget: Lessons of the Post-9/11 Warpath

War is terrorism with a bigger budget

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Empire Files on Sep 11, 2021

As the US Empire tries to leave its 9/11 warpath on Afghanistan & Iraq in the past, Abby Martin reviews the core lessons.

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Chris Hedges: Inverted Totalitarianism

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Sep 11, 2021

On the show Chris Hedges discusses the work of political philosopher Sheldon Wolin with Professor Wendy Brown, University of California, Berkeley, a student of Wolin’s.

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What Ending a War Could Look Like, by David Swanson + Abby Martin: Afghanistan War Pays Off BIG For Generals Who Lied

End-War

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, Sept. 4, 2021
September 7, 2021

When you imagine ending a war, do you imagine the U.S. President lamenting the human cost of the war’s financial expense while simultaneously demanding that Congress increase military spending — and while mentioning new wars that could potentially be launched?

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Chris Hedges: The Corporatization and Corruption of American Science

Till Dead Batteries Us Do Part

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Sep 4, 2021

On the show, Chris Hedges discuss the corporatization and corruption of American science with the author Clifford D. Conner.

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They’re About to Add Women to Military Draft in the Name of Feminism, by David Swanson

Repeal the U.S. Military Selective Service Act

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by David Swanson
Writers, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, Aug. 30, 2021
September 2, 2021

In some future lovely little war, perhaps with China or some other demonized target, some percentage of the U.S. public may suddenly exclaim: “Hey, since when does a draft include young women as well as men?!” Old tunes will be revised and sung in protest with lyrics about being the first one on your block to have your daughter come home in a box. The tragedies will be played out in tears and screams and flag-covered propaganda-regurgitating rationalizations. Dead women and men will be thanked for the service of stirring up World War III before being dumped in the ground to rot, as some of the living begin to envy them and wonder about the merits of the service they’ve provided.

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A Letter to Americans about Afghanistan, from the Margins of Empire, by Kenn Orphan

Afghan-Americans hold NYC vigil to protest Kabul bombing, June 2, 2017

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by Kenn Orphan
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Halifax, Nova Scotia
August 31, 2021

Dear Americans,

I wanted to share some thoughts with you on Afghanistan, as it sits atop the rubble of another indifferent imperial folly with the dread of once again living under a fundamentalist authoritarian regime on the horizon. And especially on the American public’s disconnect from its own government’s culpability in spreading misery there and throughout the Global South. I wanted to talk about reflection too.

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US Foreign Policy = War, by Finian Cunningham

No War On Iran NYC March

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Ireland
Crossposted from Sputnik, Aug. 29, 2021
August 30, 2021

US President Joe Biden this weekend warned Iran that “other options” will be used if the failed nuclear deal is not restored through diplomacy.

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War: Ever More Present and Absent, by David Swanson

No war

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, Aug. 24, 2021
August 25, 2021

In many ways, war is ever more and less visible. Of course in U.S. academia, the Pinkerist pretense that we are living through a period of great peace is accomplished by all sorts of statistical manipulation, but first and foremost by declaring civil wars to not be wars, and declaring U.S. wars to be civil wars — a tricky thing to do when the minute the U.S. leaves, Afghans, for example, decline to keep killing each other (damn them!).

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Lies, Damn Lies, and What We’ve Been Told About Afghanistan, by David Swanson

Lies

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, Aug. 17, 2021
August 18, 2021

It’s far from the longest U.S. war. There was no peace before or after it. There is no after it until they end it — and bombing has always been most of what it is. It has had nothing to do with opposing terrorism. It has been a one-sided slaughter, a mass killing over two decades by a single invading army and air force dragging along token mascots from dozens of vassal states. After 20 years Afghanistan was one of the worst places to be on Earth, and the Earth as a whole was a worse place to be — the rule of law, the state of nature, the refugee crises, the spread of terrorism, the militarization of governments all worsened. Then the Taliban took over.

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Afghan Lesson For Uncle Sam’s Running Dogs, by Finian Cunningham + Afghanistan: Who’s to Blame and What Next?

Stop the Wars! End The Afghan War Honk for Peace

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Ireland
Crossposted from Strategic Culture Foundation, August 15, 2021
August 17, 2021

Afghanistan is the most glaring proof of the American treachery. It’s a cautionary tale for others who incredibly still seem trusting in hitching their wagon to a U.S. alliance.

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