The Early Christians and the Military by Roman A. Montero

Christians Cannot Love Their Enemies and Kill Them, Too

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by Roman A. Montero
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Oslo, Norway
May 23, 2018

In modern times it may not even seem like an issue if a Christian can or cannot serve in the military, clearly Christians today and for many centuries do, so what would the issue be? On the other hand, anyone who has honestly read the gospels must recognize that the issue of violence is at the very least problematic in Jesus’s teachings. One would simply have to point to the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:38–47) or the Sermon on the Plain (Luke 6:27–31), or his teaching on the one taking the sword dying by the sword (Matthew 26:52), to recognize that Jesus tended to reject violence.

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Women’s Draft? Sign Me Up To Abolish War by Rivera Sun + Feds Extend Deadline for Public Comments on Future Draft

"No Draft!" rally on Diag -- photo reversed to enhance sign's scrutability. (See adjacent photo for original view.)

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by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally published June 21, 2016
May 22, 2018

For too long, the women of this nation have been complacent while our brothers, sons, husbands, and fathers are sent to kill, maim, brutalize, destroy and even die in defense of our alleged liberty.

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War Profiteers and The Plunder of the U.S. Treasury by David DeGraw + Lee Camp: New Proof About $21 Trillion Missing

War Profiteers and The Plunder of the U.S. Treasury by David DeGraw + Lee Camp: New Proof About $21 Trillion Missing

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by David DeGraw
Changemaker Media, April 18, 2018
May 12, 2018

OPENING STATEMENT

According to United States government documents, since 1998, the Office of the Inspector General has reported on $21 Trillion in unaccounted for taxpayer money.

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Chris Hedges: Many Unintended Consequences of the US Backing Out of the Iran Nuclear Deal + Global Impact of US Withdrawal + Israel Hits Iran in Syria

Chris Hedges: Many Unintended Consequences of the US Backing Out of the Iran Nuclear Deal + Global Impact of US Withdrawal + Israel Hits Iran in Syria

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on May 9, 2018

Pulitzer Prize-winning On Contact host Chris Hedges joins RT America’s Manila Chan to discuss the geopolitical impact of America backing out of the Iran nuclear deal.

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US Withdraws from Iran Nuclear Deal and Restores US Sanctions on Iran

NYC Rally

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TheRealNews on May 8, 2018

With Trump withdrawing from the JCPOA and European allies showing no signs that they’ll withstand US pressure, the Iran nuclear deal is in danger and the threat of war has increased, says Jamal Abdi of the National Iranian American Council.

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Wilkerson: Corker-Kaine Bill is Just a Recipe for the President to Continue the So-called Global War on Terror

War is Money (Encourage people to consider how our socio-economic-cultural system incentivizes and rewards aggressions and other harmful behaviors/activities.)

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TheRealNews on Apr 23, 2018

Congress ‘lacks courage’ to assert its constitutional power to declare war. The newly proposed Corker-Kaine Senate bill says it would regulate the president’s ability to wage war, but actually gives him more war powers, says Col. Larry Wilkerson.

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Mental Health Suffers As Gaza Is Choked By The Blockade by Soraya Boyd

Free Gaza

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by Soraya Boyd
Writer, Dandelion Salad
April 13, 2018

This June will mark 12 years of a crushing and unlawful land, air and sea Israeli-Egyptian blockade on the Gaza Strip.

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The Behavior of a Rogue Nation by David Swanson

State of the Union

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
April 9, 2018

Back in the 1890s those who believed conquering a continent was killing enough (without taking over Hawaii, the Philippines, Cuba, Puerto Rico, etc.) included Speaker of the House Thomas Reed. He clipped an article out of a newspaper about a lynching in South Carolina. He clipped a headline about “Another Outrage in Cuba.” He pasted the two together (fake news!) and gave them to a Congressman from South Carolina who was pushing for a war on Cuba. The Congressman eagerly read the article, then stopped, looked puzzled, and remarked “Why, this isn’t Cuba.”

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William Blum: Socialism is the Main Enemy of American Corporations

Fight Racism Fight Imperialism - Anti-Trump protesters start to gather in London's Trafalgar Square.

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with William Blum
Writer, Dandelion Salad
March 31, 2018

America’s Deadliest Export: “Democracy” | Interview with William Blum

breakingtheset on Nov 30, 2012

Abby Martin speaks to William Blum, Historian and Author of America’s Deadliest Export: Democracy speaking about the history of US interventionism around the world and the brainwashing of America.

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Chelsea Manning: We’re Living Under the Thumb of This Enormous Machine

Chelsea Manning: We’re Living Under the Thumb of This Enormous Machine

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Updated: March 28, 2018

Democracy Now! on Mar 27, 2018

https://democracynow.org – Fifteen years ago this month, the U.S. invasion of Iraq began. Today we spend the hour with the war’s most famous whistleblower, Chelsea Manning, in her first live television interview. While serving as an Army intelligence analyst in Iraq, Manning leaked a trove of documents in 2010 about the Iraq War to WikiLeaks. She also leaked diplomatic cables, as well as information on Guantánamo and the U.S. War in Afghanistan. It would become the largest leak of classified data in U.S. history.

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Larry Wilkerson: Trump Won’t Make Peace with North Korea

No War, Negotiate Peace

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TheRealNews on Mar 12, 2018

It is possible to make a peace deal that would denuclearize North Korea, but don’t expect Donald Trump to deliver it, says Col. Lawrence Wilkerson.

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The World Will Not Mourn the Decline of U.S. Hegemony by Paul Street

U.S. Out Of Everywhere

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by Paul Street
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Official Website of Paul Street
March 7, 2018

There are good reasons for any good progressive to bemoan the presence of the childish, racist, sexist and ecocidal, right-wing plutocrat Donald Trump in the White House. One complaint about Trump that should be held at arm’s-length by anyone on the left, however, is the charge that Trump is contributing to the decline of U.S. global power—to the erosion of the United States’ superpower status and the emergence of a more multipolar world.

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Now Is The Time For Revolutionary Change–Reject Greed-Based Destruction

Energy

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The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
March 2, 2018

The clock is ticking. Tick. Tick. Tick. Can you hear it? We have only ….
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Pat Elder: It’s Not A Volunteer Force, Amy. It’s A Recruited Force. + Militarizing Schools, Criminalizing Students

Thoughts and Prayers Don't Save Lives, student lie-in at the White House to protest gun laws

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with Pat Elder
World Beyond War, Feb. 21, 2018
February 26, 2018

Part 1: Inside the U.S. Military Recruitment Program That Trained Nikolas Cruz to be “A Very Good Shot”

Democracy Now! on Feb 21, 2018

https://democracynow.org – Dozens of students who survived last week’s school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida have arrived in Tallahassee to push for new gun control measures. On Tuesday, the Republican-controlled Florida House of Representatives blocked a bid to bring up a bill to ban sales of assault-style rifles in the state. The Florida gunman, a 19-year-old white former student named Nikolas Cruz, was a member of the Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps program before he was expelled from the school. Cruz was also part of a four-person JROTC marksmanship team at the school which had received $10,000 in funding from the NRA. For more, we speak with Pat Elder, director of the National Coalition to Protect Student Privacy, an organization that confronts militarism in schools. He’s the author of Military Recruiting in the United States.

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