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

end u.s. imperialism

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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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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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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

Terrorism definition

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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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Top 10 Questions for Avril Haines, Neera Tanden and Antony Blinken, by David Swanson

Alas

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, Dec. 30, 2020
January 2, 2021

Before Avril Haines can become Director of National Intelligence, Senators must approve. And before that, they must ask questions. Here are some suggestions for what they should ask.

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US War Machine Masquerading as Country, by Finian Cunningham

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Ireland
Crossposted from Sputnik, Dec. 21, 2020
December 22, 2020

The late and not-so-great Republican Senator John McCain once provocatively described Russia as “a giant gas station masquerading as a country”.

Mitt Romney, the former presidential candidate and fellow Republican Senator, was quoted in US media over the weekend channeling McCain’s contemptuous description of Russia.

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Abby Martin: Biden’s Scary Foreign Policy Picks

DC Protests Trump's New Wars 25

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Dandelion Salad

with Abby Martin

Empire Files on Dec 17, 2020

A breakdown of Biden’s new defense cabinet and what it means for war & peace. Who is Antony Blinken, Jake Sullivan, Avril Haines, Lloyd Austin and Linda Thomas-Greenfield?

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America’s Role as the Imperial Core is What’s Causing the Growing Misery, by Rainer Shea

Protest against US wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, etc.

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by Rainer Shea
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rainer Shea: Anti-Imperialist Journalist, Dec. 14, 2020
December 17, 2020

As I see the United States become ravaged by globally unsurpassed amounts of pandemic deaths, along with unemployment, rising mental illness, growing hunger, and evictions, I keep thinking back to one of the books that I read during my politically formative teenage years: Addicted to War by Joel Andreas. In its updated 2002 version, it observed how war was draining the country’s resources, with the U.S. having been set to spend an unprecedented $396 billion on the military during the fiscal year of 2003. “Since 1948 the U.S. has spent more than $15 trillion to build up its military might,” it says. “Just how much is $15,000,000,000,000 worth? It adds up to more than the cumulative monetary value of all man-made wealth in the U.S.”

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America’s Sick Priorities, by Finian Cunningham

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Ireland
Crossposted from Sputnik
December 10, 2020

The US Congress is pushing through another record-breaking military budget this week while tens of millions of Americans are staring into the abyss of Christmas misery from poverty and disease. The twisted priorities of Washington’s politicians show the American political system is sick beyond words.

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NATO Craving Conflict, by Finian Cunningham

Stop NATO manifestation, Krakow

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Ireland
Crossposted from Sputnik, Dec. 7, 2020
December 8, 2020

The US-led NATO military alliance is like a war junkie – it needs to inject conflict and tensions in order to get a “fix” for its existence.

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