U.S. Spends 11 Times What China Does on Military Per Capita, by David Swanson

Veterans for Peace Banner Drop: "How is the War Economy Working for You?" (Pittsburgh, PA)

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
February 24, 2021

NATO and various columnists employed by major U.S. newspapers and “think” tanks believe that military spending levels should be measured in comparison to nations’ financial economies. If you have more money, you should spend more money on wars and war preparations. I’m not sure if this is based on opinion polls in Afghanistan and Libya expressing gratitude for war as a public service or some other source of data less imaginary.

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Chris Hedges: China Is Not Our Enemy

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

CODEPINK on Feb 17, 2021

As we continue to dismantle the anti-China rhetoric we are uplifting stories through webinars, hosted by CODEPINK co-founder Jodie Evans, featuring guests from across the world that are working towards peace. This week on China Is Not Our Enemy we are excited to be in conversation with Chris Hedges, Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist, author, and TV host. Jodie and Chris will discuss how propaganda drives us to war as well as the true cost of war. As a witness to war and the failings of the US hegemony, capitalism, and imperialism, Chris Hedges has a lot to share.

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The Final Dance: A Conversation with Cheryl Deines on Death and Dying, the Pandemic, and Living Our Best Lives, by Kenn Orphan

Don’t grieve. Anything you Lose Comes Round in Another Form.

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by Kenn Orphan
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Halifax, Nova Scotia
February 17, 2021

KO: I wanted to begin by disclosing that I had the great honour of working with Cheryl in hospice care as medical social workers and grief counselors for several years. Her compassion, intuitive empathy and healing manner taught me invaluable lessons on how to approach death and grief.

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Abby Martin: Biden’s Doublespeak About Ending Yemen War

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Dandelion Salad

with Abby Martin

Empire Files on Feb 11, 2021

Abby Martin explains what President Biden really means by the duplicitous language in his major Feb. 4 foreign policy speech on ending the Yemen war.

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Abby Martin: Afghanistan Mercenary Shocker + US Says Nuclear War “Very Real Possibility”

Abby Martin: Afghanistan Mercenary Shocker + US Says Nuclear War “Very Real Possibility”

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Dandelion Salad

with Abby Martin

Empire Files on Feb 10, 2021

The Empire Update: Startling new data reveals the true size of the US-led occupation of Afghanistan; Biden’s first foreign policy speech threatens war with Russia; new administration begins with major aggression towards China; and more.

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Impact of PFAS Contamination at the Burlington Air National Guard Base, Part 3, by Pat Elder

Backwash

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by Pat Elder
Writer, Dandelion Salad
February 8, 2021

This is the third article in a three-part series on the contamination caused by the use of per-and-poly fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) at the Burlington, Vermont Air National Guard base. This work is made possible through the generous support from the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILFP-US Section), the WILPF Burlington Branch, and the Center for Health, Environment, and Justice – a project of the Peoples Action Institute.

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Christian Sorensen: Seizing the War Industry, interviewed by Will Griffin

Understanding the War Industry by Christian Sorensen

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by Will Griffin and Christian Sorensen
Writers, Dandelion Salad
February 5, 2021

The Peace Report on Feb 4, 2021

The war industry is one of the largest and most powerful industries in the United States. This industry in currently in the hands of the imperialist class, who continue to manufacture weapons which influence US policy and the economy to a great degree. What would the industry look like if the working-class seized it?

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100 Seconds To Midnight: The Dissonance and Madness of Our Time, by Rainer Shea

"XX-34 BADGER" atmospheric nuclear test - April 1953

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by Rainer Shea
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rainer Shea: Anti-Imperialist Journalist, Jan. 29, 2021
February 1, 2021

Something feels bizarre about living in the current era, the era in which the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists just concluded that we’re metaphorically 100 seconds away from the extinction of humanity. This strange feeling has been present for a while now, going back to when the Bulletin’s “Doomsday Clock” reached 2 minutes to midnight in January of 2018 for the first time since 1953.

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Impact of PFAS Contamination at the Burlington Air National Guard Base, Part 2, by Pat Elder

The Salmon Hole

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The Salmon Hole on the Winooski River is located two miles downstream from the burn pit at the Burlington Air National Guard Base.

by Pat Elder
Writer, Dandelion Salad
January 31, 2021

This is the second article in a three-part series on per-and-poly fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination at the Burlington, Vermont Air National Guard base. This work is being made possible through the generous support from the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILFP-US Section), the WILPF Burlington Branch, and the Center for Health, Environment, and Justice – a project of the Peoples Action Institute.

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Impact of PFAS Contamination at the Burlington Air National Guard Base, Part 1, by Pat Elder

by Pat Elder
Writer, Dandelion Salad
January 25, 2021

This is the first article in a three-part series on per-and-poly fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination at the Burlington, Vermont Air National Guard base. This work is being made possible through the generous support from the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILFP-US Section), the WILPF Burlington Branch, and the Center for Health, Environment, and Justice – a project of the Peoples Action Institute.

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Chris Hedges and Noam Chomsky: The State of the American Empire

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

RT America on Jan 23, 2021

On the show this week, Chris Hedges talks to Professor Noam Chomsky, the pioneering linguist, prolific author of numerous seminal political works, about the state of the American Empire.

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The Military-Industrial-Congressional Complex Study Guide, by Christian Sorensen

Understanding the War Industry by Christian Sorensen

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by Christian Sorensen
Writer, Dandelion Salad
January 21, 2021

INTRODUCTION

Capitalism—the system by which a relatively tiny group owns the means of production and enriches themselves through hoarding the workers’ surplus value, transforming the natural world into goods and services—is inherently destructive, exploitative, and polluting. Capital is concentrated in very few hands. The richest one percent own half of the world’s wealth (Frank, CNBC, 14 Nov 2017), and the three wealthiest humans in the United States own more wealth than the bottom fifty percent of the population of the country (Kirsch, Forbes, 9 Nov 2017). This trend of the rich getting richer only accelerated during the COVID-19 pandemic. Billionaire wealth skyrocketed while the masses suffered.

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Warnings from Weimar + The Corporate State is Not Our Friend, by Kenn Orphan

Capitol Breach 4

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by Kenn Orphan
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Halifax, Nova Scotia
January 10, 2021

Without a doubt, the people who stormed the US Capitol on January 6th are not ashamed. They have been emboldened. Egged on by a wannabe proto-fascist, his endless stream of lies about a stolen election, and driven by a relatively new cultish religion called QAnon, this mob breached the Capitol of the wealthiest and most powerful imperial power in human history. This mostly white crowd, already coming from a place of enormous privilege, did something no Black or Indigenous person could ever dream of in America. Yet there they were, being allowed into the historic building by members of the Capitol police, who some would later take selfies with. At the end of the day, four people would be dead, including a woman who was trying to break into the building. She is being referred to by some on the far right as a “martyr for the revolution.” A police officer would be dead a short time later from his injuries.

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Things That Keep Me Up At Night, January 2021 Edition, by Kenn Orphan

No War On Iran NYC March

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by Kenn Orphan
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Halifax, Nova Scotia
January 8, 2021

“There are two problems for our species’ survival—nuclear war and environmental catastrophe.” — Noam Chomsky

“We should indeed be worried,” — Kingston Reif, a nuclear expert with the Arms Control Association in Washington, D.C., regarding Donald Trump and the nuclear codes.

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