Category Archives: Military

Iran Won Upfront Sanctions Relief, But With Potential Snags by Gareth Porter

by Gareth Porter
Writer, Dandelion Salad
crossposted at Middle East Eye
Washington, D.C.
April 4, 2015

DON'T ATTACK IRAN

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Iranian research and development on advanced centrifuges research & development (R&D) remains unresolved

The framework agreement reached on Thursday night clearly gives the P5+1 a combination of constraints on Iran’s nuclear programme that should reassure all but the most bellicose opponents of diplomacy. It also provides the basis for at least a minimum of sanctions relief in the early phase of its implementation that Iran required, but some of the conditions on that relief are likely create new issue between Iran and the Western powers over the process. The agreement’s dependence on decisions by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the penchant of Israeli intelligence for discovering new evidence of illicit Iranian activities will encourage moves to delay or obstruct relief of sanctions.

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Stop Smoking the Democrack by Cindy Sheehan and David Swanson

by Cindy Sheehan
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Cindy Sheehan’s Soapbox Blog
Mar. 28, 2015

and by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
warisacrime.org
Mar. 28, 2015

2014 Global Day Of Action Against Drones DC 13

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The U.S. government is toying with a war with nuclear Russia while already waging wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, having done severe damage to Libya, Yemen, Pakistan, and Somalia. Military spending is climbing ever higher. Presidential war powers are ever more extreme. The proliferation of nuclear technology is combining with the ease and secrecy of drone wars to raise the risk of a Dr. Strangelove finish to the human species. And, let’s face it, you had more time to give a damn when the president was a Republican.

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Noam Chomsky: All Are Trapped By An Institutional Logic That Is Deeply Pathological And That Must Be Cured And Quickly If We Are Not To Put An End To The Human Race

Doomsday Clock: 3 Minutes to Midnight

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Lannan Foundation on Mar 19, 2015

Noam Chomsky was introduced by David Barsamian, then talked about his work.

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The Real Story Behind the Republicans’ Iran Letter by Gareth Porter + Larry Wilkerson: Open Letter to Ayatollah From the Republicans

by Gareth Porter
Writer, Dandelion Salad
crossposted at Middle East Eye
Washington
March 13, 2015

Tom "Benedict Arnold" Cotton

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The real story is how enforcers of Likudist policy on Iran used a young Republican politician to try to provoke a breakdown in nuclear talks

The “open letter” from Senator Tom Cotton and 46 other Republican Senators to the leadership of Iran, which even Republicans themselves admit was aimed at encouraging Iranian opponents of the nuclear negotiations to argue that the United States cannot be counted on to keep the bargain, has created a new political firestorm. It has been harshly denounced by Democratic loyalists as “stunning” and “appalling”, and critics have accused the signers of the letter of being “treasonous” for allegedly violating a law forbidding citizens from negotiating with a foreign power.

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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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Last updated: March 7, 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

Chris Hedges

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

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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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