Abby Martin and Paul Jay: Afghanistan, 9/11 and Climate Change, Part 2 + Current Climate Extremes Double at 2 Degrees Warming and Quadruple at 3

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theAnalysis-news on Oct 1, 2021

In an episode of the Empire Files podcast, Abby interviews Paul about his investigation into the 9/11 attacks, his experiences in Afghanistan, and his interviews with climate scientists.

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How the “Polarized” Political Parties Work Together Against the Public Interest, by Ralph Nader

How the “Polarized” Political Parties Work Together Against the Public Interest, by Ralph Nader

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page, Oct. 1, 2021
October 3, 2021

“Polarization” is the word most associated with the positions of the Republicans and Democrats in Congress. The mass media and the commentators never tire of this focus, in part because such clashes create the flashes conducive to daily coverage.

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Chris Hedges: The Legacy of the Obama-Biden Administration

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Sep 30, 2021

On the show, Chris Hedges speaks with the author Robert Eisenberg, about the legacy of the Obama/Biden administration and how it lead to the election of Donald Trump.

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Abby Martin: Never Forget: Lessons of the Post-9/11 Warpath

War is terrorism with a bigger budget

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with

Empire Files on Sep 11, 2021

As the US Empire tries to leave its 9/11 warpath on Afghanistan & Iraq in the past, Abby Martin reviews the core lessons.

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Chris Hedges: Inverted Totalitarianism

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Sep 11, 2021

On the show Chris Hedges discusses the work of political philosopher Sheldon Wolin with Professor Wendy Brown, University of California, Berkeley, a student of Wolin’s.

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What Ending a War Could Look Like, by David Swanson + Abby Martin: Afghanistan War Pays Off BIG For Generals Who Lied

End-War

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, Sept. 4, 2021
September 7, 2021

When you imagine ending a war, do you imagine the U.S. President lamenting the human cost of the war’s financial expense while simultaneously demanding that Congress increase military spending — and while mentioning new wars that could potentially be launched?

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Chris Hedges: The Corporatization and Corruption of American Science

Till Dead Batteries Us Do Part

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Sep 4, 2021

On the show, Chris Hedges discuss the corporatization and corruption of American science with the author Clifford D. Conner.

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A Letter to Americans about Afghanistan, from the Margins of Empire, by Kenn Orphan

Afghan-Americans hold NYC vigil to protest Kabul bombing, June 2, 2017

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by Kenn Orphan
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Halifax, Nova Scotia
August 31, 2021

Dear Americans,

I wanted to share some thoughts with you on Afghanistan, as it sits atop the rubble of another indifferent imperial folly with the dread of once again living under a fundamentalist authoritarian regime on the horizon. And especially on the American public’s disconnect from its own government’s culpability in spreading misery there and throughout the Global South. I wanted to talk about reflection too.

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War: Ever More Present and Absent, by David Swanson

No war

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, Aug. 24, 2021
August 25, 2021

In many ways, war is ever more and less visible. Of course in U.S. academia, the Pinkerist pretense that we are living through a period of great peace is accomplished by all sorts of statistical manipulation, but first and foremost by declaring civil wars to not be wars, and declaring U.S. wars to be civil wars — a tricky thing to do when the minute the U.S. leaves, Afghans, for example, decline to keep killing each other (damn them!).

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Lies, Damn Lies, and What We’ve Been Told About Afghanistan, by David Swanson

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, Aug. 17, 2021
August 18, 2021

It’s far from the longest U.S. war. There was no peace before or after it. There is no after it until they end it — and bombing has always been most of what it is. It has had nothing to do with opposing terrorism. It has been a one-sided slaughter, a mass killing over two decades by a single invading army and air force dragging along token mascots from dozens of vassal states. After 20 years Afghanistan was one of the worst places to be on Earth, and the Earth as a whole was a worse place to be — the rule of law, the state of nature, the refugee crises, the spread of terrorism, the militarization of governments all worsened. Then the Taliban took over.

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Afghan Lesson For Uncle Sam’s Running Dogs, by Finian Cunningham + Afghanistan: Who’s to Blame and What Next?

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Ireland
Crossposted from Strategic Culture Foundation, August 15, 2021
August 17, 2021

Afghanistan is the most glaring proof of the American treachery. It’s a cautionary tale for others who incredibly still seem trusting in hitching their wagon to a U.S. alliance.

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David Swanson: It’s Absolute Hypocrisy

Message to and from Obama

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with David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, July 26, 2021
July 27, 2021

“There’s no growing threat or shrinking threat or threat of any sort from anywhere on earth to the US military.” — David Swanson

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I’m Sick and Tired of This Thing Called “Patriotism,” by William Blum

Patriotism

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by William Blum
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally published July 5, 2010
July 2, 2021

Some thoughts on “patriotism” written on July 4

Most important thought: I’m sick and tired of this thing called “patriotism”.

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How The U.S. Military Is Preparing For A Total War Scenario, by Rainer Shea

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by Rainer Shea
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rainer Shea: Anti-Imperialist Journalist, June 24, 2021
June 25, 2021

It’s an open secret among U.S. military experts, corporate elites, and DC insiders that in the coming decades, the country is going to be faced with a war which causes unprecedented destabilization for the American empire—both externally and internally. This is to say it’s quite likely that the military is going to have to fight a potential World War II-level series of conflicts abroad, and a class-based confrontation within U.S. borders which matches or surpasses the Civil War.

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Abolishing Police and Abolishing Militaries, by David Swanson

Abolish the Police sign in Minneapolis, Minnesota on May 27, 2020

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, June 10, 2021
June 11, 2021

The similarities between the movement to abolish war and the movement to abolish police and prisons jump out at me anew when reading Mariame Kaba’s We Do This ‘Til We Free Us, which is about police and prison abolition. The book has a foreword by Naomi Murakawa that includes this:
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