Category Archives: MIC-Military Industrial Complex

David Swanson and John Dear on Catholic Church Rejecting “Just War” Theory

No More War

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
April 25, 2016

After 1700 years, the Catholic Church is turning against the idea that there can be a “just war.” We speak with John Dear.

John Dear is an internationally recognized voice for peace and nonviolence. A priest, pastor, retreat leader, and author, he served for years as the director of the Fellowship of Reconciliation, the largest interfaith peace organization in the U.S. After September 11, 2001, he was a Red Cross coordinator of chaplains at the Family Assistance Center in New York, and counseled thousands of relatives and rescue workers. John has traveled the war zones of the world, been arrested some 75 times for peace, led Nobel Peace prize winners to Iraq, recently visited Afghanistan, given thousands of lectures on peace across the U.S., and served as a pastor of several churches in New Mexico.

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Chris Hedges: Saudi Arabia Plays a ‘Dark Role’ in the Middle East, Empowered by US

Don't Bomb Syria - London protest 28 Nov 2015

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

RT America on Apr 15, 2016

The Saudi-led coalition – including the nations of Kuwait, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates – dropped US-supplied bombs into a Yemeni marketplace killing 119, according to Human Rights Watch. To discuss US arms sales to Saudi Arabia and ongoing legislation meant to curb it, Chris Hedges, author and former Middle East bureau chief for the New York Times, joins RT America’s Manila Chan.

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Uncontrollable—Pentagon and Corporate Contractors Too Big to Audit by Ralph Nader

What a Lovely War

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
March 18, 2016

The Reuters report put this colossal dereliction simply: “A law in effect since 1992 requires annual audits of all federal agencies—and the Pentagon alone has never complied.”

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What Obama Did While You Were Watching Elections by David Swanson

War is Peace. Obama and his Nobel "Peace" Prize

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
February 11, 2016

Pass the popcorn! Wait till I tweet this! Did you see the look on his face?

Ain’t elections exciting? We just can’t get enough of them, which could be why we’ve stretched them out to a couple of years each, even though a small crowd of Super Delegates and a couple of state officials with computer skills could quite conceivably decide the whole thing anyway.

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Counter-Intelligence

Shut Down the School of the Assassins 1

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Warning

These videos may contain images depicting the reality and horror of war/violence and should only be viewed by a mature audience.

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with Ray McGovern, Nafeez Ahmed, Russ Baker, John Stockwell, Glenn Greenwald, Michael Ratner, Bill Christison, Daniel Ellsberg, Abby Martin, Peter Dale Scott, Michael Parenti, John Perkins, James Bamford, John Pilger, William Blum and Peter Phillips

Part 1: The Company

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Jill Stein: US Pursuing Regime Change in Iraq, Syria, Aiming For Iran

Jill Stein Addressing the March

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RT America on Dec 28, 2015

The US presidential elections are just around the corner, the great fight for the seat of power. However, while Democrats and Republicans are all over the mainstream media, there are still those candidates who are forced out of the debate. The so-called “third parties” – what do they have to propose for the American people? Why is their agenda so scary for the Dems and GOPs that they try hard not to let their voice be heard? Today, we ask the US presidential candidate from the Green Party. Jill Stein is on Sophie&Co.

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Chris Hedges and Vijay Prashad: The Militarism of US Diplomacy

Smash US Empire

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with Chris Hedges

teleSUR English on Dec 15, 2015

In this episode of Days of Revolt, host Chris Hedges and author Vijay Prashad trace the acceleration of U.S. militarism since the collapse of the Soviet Union. They also discuss the nature of U.S. domination over global affairs, and the resulting consequences for not only the world, but also the U.S. itself.

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Abby Martin and Lawrence Wilkerson: The US Empire Is Ready To Collapse

State of the Union

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with Abby Martin

teleSUR English on Dec 11, 2015

Abby Martin interviews retired U.S. Army Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, former national security advisor to the Reagan administration, who spent years as an assistant to Secretary of State Colin Powell during both Bush administrations. Today, he is honest about the unfixable corruption inside the establishment and the corporate interests driving foreign policy.

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Demystifying US and Israeli Power by Susan Cain and Mark Mason (must-read)

The USA military-industrial complex profit machine, international version

The USA military-industrial complex profit machine, international version by Dominique Ford

by Susan Cain and Mark Mason
Guest Writers, Dandelion Salad
Mark Mason, PhD
crossposted from The Real News Network, Nov. 13, 2015
November 24, 2015

Government is the entertainment division of the military-industrial complex. ~ Frank Zappa

Introduction

If paying attention to the mass media, one would think that politicians have power, that the President of the USA has power, or even that AIPAC has power — They don’t. He doesn’t. AIPAC doesn’t. Few people understand American imperial power because it’s difficult to comprehend the unprecedented concentration of vast wealth in the hands of a few dozen individuals, and the ramifications for the rest of the world. Never before have so few people possessed so much wealth, and thus so much power over everything, including the US government, Israel, AIPAC, and — everything within the imperial American sphere of corporate influence. The Earth is under the control of a few hundred corporations, and a few thousand capitalists. The apparent power of AIPAC to influence US policy is based upon the intense media presence AIPAC does have while real power remains present but pushed into the media background. In this paper, we examine the power relationship between the USA and Israel. We present evidence supporting the claim that state power is subordinate to corporate power, and corporate power is driven by the rewards of expanding profits through manipulating state policies. US transnational corporations, particularly those assigned to the military-industrial complex (MIC: arms manufacturers and others engaged in military and police-state support) join banks and other corporations at the top of USA political power. We remind ourselves that in the USA and Israel, money is political power, not religion or the people.

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Bernie Sanders Mentioned the Military Budget by David Swanson + Democratic Party Debate 11.14.15

Top Three 2016 Democratic Candidates - Caricatures

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
World Beyond War
November 16, 2015

If U.S. President were not a mythical position but a serious job, the job interview would include asking the candidates their basic plans of action. This would start with, “What will you encourage Congress to spend a couple of trillion dollars on each year?”

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Pope Tells World’s Top Arms Dealers to End Arms Trade by David Swanson + Pope Francis’ Speech to Congress + Transcript

Pope Francis rips capitalism and trickle-down economics

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
September 24, 2015

I lack patience. I admit it.

There’s my confession.

I couldn’t sit through the Pope’s slow and plodding and polite speech to Congress, waiting for him to say something against the primary thing that body does and spends our money on. But finally he got there:
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Abby Martin: The Rise of History’s Biggest Empire

THE FACE OF IMPERIALISM

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Empire Files on Sep 5, 2015

Abby Martin debuts teleSUR’s The Empire Files exploring the U.S. Empire, its rise to world hegemony and its impact on people and the planet.

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Chris Hedges: Bernie Sanders Has Made No Mention of the Military, Part 3 + Our Night with Bernie by Bruce Gagnon

Bernie Sanders - Caricature (Painting)

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

TheRealNews on Jul 8, 2015

On Reality Asserts Itself, Chris Hedges and Paul Jay discuss the role of violence in revolution and the Bernie Sanders campaign.

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Robert Scheer and Chris Hedges: They Know Everything About You, Part 6

THE FACE OF IMPERIALISM

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with Chris Hedges

TheRealNews on May 18, 2015

Chris Hedges and Bob Scheer discuss the centrality of violence to U.S. American culture.

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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