Category Archives: Military

The Long History of Israel Gaming the ‘Iranian Threat’ by Gareth Porter

by Gareth Porter
Writer, Dandelion Salad
crossposted at Middle East Eye
Washington
March 5, 2015

#ShutDownAIPAC! DC Rally 27

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Years before his recent grandstanding in Congress, Netanyahu and other Israeli leaders conjured a threat where one previously didn’t exist

Western news media has feasted on Prime Minister Netanyahu’s talk and the reactions to it as a rare political spectacle rich in personalities in conflict. But the real story of Netanyahu’s speech is that he is continuing a long tradition in Israeli politics of demonising Iran to advance domestic and foreign policy interests.

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Noam Chomsky: State Power Trumps Actual Security Again and Again + Helen Caldicott Nuclear Symposium: The Dynamics of Possible Nuclear Extinction + On The Beach

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Updated: March 4, 2015

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Doomsday Clock: 3 Minutes to Midnight

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strugglevideomedia on Mar 2, 2015

Speaking at the “Nuclear Free World” conference 3/1/15 in New York City Noam Chomsky speaks about the long history of U.S. policymakers risking everything in order to increase the power of the U.S. government over some part of the world. Again and again the actual safety of American people was risked.

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Chris Hedges: War is a Drug

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Sent to DS by David Gutnick, CBC radio

with Chris Hedges

CBC Radio’s Ideas
By David Gutnick
Paul Kennedy, interviewer
February 9, 2015

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Chris Hedges (Photo credit: Dandelion Salad)

Pulitzer Prize winner Chris Hedges spent decades as a war correspondent for the New York Times and other publications before the suffering he witnessed became too much to bear.

Now he is minister of social witness and prison ministry at the Second Presbyterian Church in Elizabeth, New Jersey, a popular public speaker, and an author and freelance columnist who does not shy away from controversy. Continue reading

Local Syria ceasefires: The way out of a US policy dead end? by Gareth Porter + US to deploy over 400 troops to train Syria insurgents

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by Gareth Porter
Writer, Dandelion Salad
crossposted at Middle East Eye
Washington
January 17, 2015

US contradictions between the Obama administration’s policy in Syria and realities on the ground have become so acute that US officials began last November discussing a proposal calling for support of local ceasefires between opposition forces and the Assad regime in dozens of locations across Syria.

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Letter from President Barack Obama: Six Month Consolidated War Powers Resolution Report

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Propaganda Alert!

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
December 11, 2014

TIME TO PULL THE PLUG ON KING OBAMA

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Dear Mr. Speaker: (Dear Mr. President:)

I am providing this supplemental consolidated report, prepared by my Administration and consistent with the War Powers Resolution (Public Law 93-148), as part of my efforts to keep the Congress informed about deployments of U.S. Armed Forces equipped for combat.

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John Pilger: Ukraine Crisis Could Start World War III + WWIII – The Calm Before The Storm

Nuclear Extinction

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Updated: Dec. 21, 2014

with John Pilger

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Elizabeth Warren Could Use Some Elizabeth Peacen by David Swanson + Bernie Sanders Says No to Bloated Defense Budget

by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
warisacrime.org
Dec. 11, 2014

Why people want to become fans of a senator rather than pushing senators to serve the public is beyond me.

Why people want to distract and drain away two years of activism, with the planet in such peril, fantasizing about electing a messiah is beyond me. Continue reading

#NDAA 2015 Passes In House of Representatives + It Allows Obama To Expand War Against ISIS

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Witness Against Torture: National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) Cements Indefinite Detention

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Act of Faith? Congressmen admit to not reading NDAA before voting

RT on Dec 6, 2014

US House members admitted they had not read the entire $585 billion, 1,648-page National Defense Authorization Act, which predominantly specifies budgeting for the Defense Department, before it was voted on Thursday in Congress.

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How Is a Prison Like a War? by David Swanson + Chris Hedges: Poverty, Racism & Policing, Mass Incarceration, Resistance and Social Transformation

by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
warisacrime.org
Nov. 13, 2014

America - We're Number One!

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The similarities between mass incarceration and mass murder have been haunting me for a while, and I now find myself inspired by Maya Schenwar’s excellent new book Locked Down, Locked Out: Why Prison Doesn’t Work and How We Can Do Better. This is one of three books everyone should read right away. The others are The New Jim Crow and Burning Down the House, the former with a focus on racism in incarceration, the latter with a focus on the incarceration of youth. Schenwar’s is an overview of incarceration in all its absurd and unfathomable evil — as well as being a spotlight leading away from this brutal institution. Continue reading

Sucking Up to the Intel Agencies by Daniel N. White

by Daniel N. White
Guest Writer, Dandelion Salad
November 10, 2014

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UT’s Big Conference of the year just ended. Title of it was “Intelligence Reform and Counterterrorism after a Decade: Are We Smarter and Safer?”. UT drug in very high level outside talent—DNI Clapper made one of his rare flyover state appearances; same for the other DC attendees, most all of whom were #2’s at various 3-initial agencies in the intel world. Of late, UT is getting in bed with the intel folks in DC in a big way; exactly why this is happening is something that I’m too far down on the food chain to know, no need to know I guess for any ordinary citizen like me as to why the flagship university of the nation’s second most populous state wants to buddy up with the US intel empire. Nobody in the newsmedia in these parts is observant enough to see this happening or smart enough about the military-industrial complex to be concerned by this happening. Ultimately the reasons behind it have to revolve around money, money and access to power in the real center of power in Washington, DC, which is the Pentagon. That topic is of course one of those not officially discussed you know, so I will. Continue reading

Noam Chomsky: The Official Mission of NATO Became to Control the Global Energy System; To Control the World

Nuclear Extinction

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RT on Nov 7, 2014

How did Russia and the West slip back into what seems like the Cold War all over again? How dangerous is the current confrontation? Should the world be ready to face a nuclear war? World-famous academic, linguist, philosopher and political commentator Noam Chomsky is on Sophie&Co.

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History of Key Document in IAEA Probe Suggests Israeli Forgery by Gareth Porter + Iran’s Non-Existent Nuke Program

by Gareth Porter
Writer, Dandelion Salad
crossposted at ISP, Oct. 17 2014
Washington
October 23, 2014

Western diplomats have reportedly faulted Iran in recent weeks for failing to provide the International Atomic Energy Agency with information on experiments on high explosives intended to produce a nuclear weapon, according to an intelligence document the IAEA is investigating. Continue reading

Body of War (must-see) + Iraq veteran, activist Tomas Young dies at 34

Toronto International Film Festival

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Updated: Nov. 11, 2014

TheRealNews on Sep 24, 2014

Body of War, a film by Ellen Spiro and Phil Donahue. It is an intimate and transformational feature documentary about the true face of war today.

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NATO Sabotage on Order for Ukraine Ceasefire by Finian Cunningham + Threat of Nuclear War

by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from Strategic Culture Foundation, Sept. 7, 2014
Sept. 9, 2014

protest march against NATO 2014

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Within hours of the ceasefire taking effect in eastern Ukraine, Kiev’s forces were accused of breaching the truce with rocket attacks on civilian areas. The Western-backed Kiev junta, in turn, blamed pro-independence militia of breaking the ceasefire. However, video evidence of explosive damage to homes and vehicles indicated that the Kiev forces had in fact resumed their usual tactics of targeting civilians. Continue reading

Finian Cunningham on Crosstalk: Ukrainian Crucible + Michael Hudson: Austerity in Ukraine

Updated: see below

with Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Belfast, Ireland
June 27, 2014

RT on Jun 27, 2014

Ukraine continues to be divided and there is no evidence of a ceasefire in the country. What is Poroshenko’s “peace plan”? Is a political compromise possible? Or economic suicide in Ukraine is imminent? CrossTalking with Finian Cunningham, Jonathan Steele and Mark Sleboda.

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