South Africa: A Place Weeping

Worlds Apart

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by New Frame
Johannesburg, South Africa
June 6, 2021

The social devastation of mass unemployment renders South Africa a non-viable society for millions. Something must give.

Unemployment in the United States peaked at 24.9% during the Great Depression. On the eve of Adolf Hitler’s ascension to power in 1933, unemployment in Germany was at 24%. The protests that launched the Arab Spring in 2011 were ascribed, in part, to what the International Labour Organization called an “extremely high youth unemployment rate of 23.4%”.

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Abby Martin: Uganda Dictatorship: Imperialism’s Pearl of Africa

Abby Martin: Uganda Dictatorship: Imperialism's Pearl of Africa

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Empire Files on Apr 11, 2021

Short documentary on Uganda’s US-backed dictatorship, the country’s freedom struggle from colonialism until today, and the geo-strategic role the regime plays for US Imperialism.

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Abby Martin: A Guide to US Empire in Africa

Congo resource wars

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with Abby Martin

Empire Files on Mar 13, 2021

Abby Martin speaks to Eugene Puryear to discuss the big picture of US imperialism in Africa: From the Berlin Conference to the subversion of liberation movements to neocolonial puppets and the current sprawl of AFRICOM “counterterrorism.”

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Abby Martin: US Kisses Saudi Crown + Taliban’s Tet Offensive

Human rights campaigners protest against Farnborough International arms fair - London, UK. 11th July, 2016

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Dandelion Salad

with Abby Martin

Empire Files on Mar 4, 2021

Abby Martin’s Empire Update wraps up the last week in US imperialism: Biden breaks major campaign promise to punish Saudi Arabia for Khashoggi murder; US & France extend war in Africa; Bolivia and Venezuela defy US Empire; major bloodshed on the horizon in Afghanistan.

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Abby Martin: The Grand Finale of Trump’s Promise to End the Afghanistan War

2015 DC Spring Rising Against War 10

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Dandelion Salad

with Abby Martin

Empire Files on Nov 23, 2020

The Empire Update for Nov. 23 covering the Grand Finale of Trump’s promise to end the Afghanistan War; what’s really behind the Somalia troop withdrawal; US-backed monarchy sparks new potential war in Africa; State Department takes new action for Israel against BDS movement; and potential for Trump to start war with Iran on his way out.

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Thomas Sankara: An Icon of Revolution, by Yanis Iqbal

They say Revolution

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by Yanis Iqbal
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Aligarh, India
October 16, 2020

October 15, 2020, was Thomas Sankara’s 33rd death anniversary. On this day, he was murdered by imperialist forces at the tender age of 37. A Pan-Africanist, internationalist and Marxist, he was committed to the total liberation of the oppressed masses from the clutches of imperialism. Instead of bourgeoisie nationalism, Sankara believed in radical nationalism: a combination of anti-imperialist courage and unabashed humanism that pushes for revolution instead of neo-colonial settlement. Thus, he belonged to a pantheon of African revolutionaries like Amilcar Cabral, Samora Machel and Patrice Lumumba who understood the necessity of adopting socialism for the fundamental transformation of their respective societies. Looking at the short life of Sankara, one can’t help but be moved by the way in which he emerged through the anguish and aspirations of millions of Burkinabe civilians and commanded a radical project of socialist transformation.

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Drawing the Color Line by Howard Zinn

Meeting the first slave ship

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by Howard Zinn
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally published March 21, 2011
November 21, 2019

Chapter 2 from A People’s History of the United States.

A black American writer, J. Saunders Redding, describes the arrival of a ship in North America in the year 1619:

Sails furled, flag drooping at her rounded stern, she rode the tide in from the sea. She was a strange ship, indeed, by all accounts, a frightening ship, a ship of mystery. Whether she was trader, privateer, or man-of-war no one knows. Through her bulwarks black-mouthed cannon yawned. The flag she flew was Dutch; her crew a motley. Her port of call, an English settlement, Jamestown, in the colony of Virginia. She came, she traded, and shortly afterwards was gone. Probably no ship in modern history has carried a more portentous freight. Her cargo? Twenty slaves.

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Glen Ford: History of Black Radicalism, Social Justice, and Antiwar

no justice no peace die-in

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by Will Griffin
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Peace Report
April 16, 2019

The Peace Report on Apr 8, 2019

Glen Ford from Black Agenda Report was the keynote speaker at the No Compromise No Retreat campaign launch event organized by Black Alliance For Peace.

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Chris Hedges: Extracting Profit: Imperialism, Neoliberalism, and the New Scramble of Africa

Chris Hedges: Extracting Profit: Imperialism, Neoliberalism, and the New Scramble of Africa

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RT America on Aug 25, 2018

Author, Lee Wengraf talks to journalist Chris Hedges, host of On Contact, about her new book Extracting Profit: Imperialism, Neoliberalism, and the New Scramble of Africa.

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David Swanson: Israel Deporting African Refugees + Israel Pays a Bounty of $5,000 and Arms for Each African Asylum Seeker Expelled + Ethnocracy in the Promised Land

David Swanson: Israel Deporting African Refugees + Israel Pays a Bounty of $5,000 and Arms for Each African Asylum Seeker Expelled + Ethnocracy in the Promised Land

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
February 27, 2018

David Sheen on Israel Deporting African Refugees

David Sheen is an independent journalist and filmmaker born in Canada, now reporting from Israel/Palestine. His work focuses primarily on racial tensions and religious extremism. In 2017, Sheen was named a Front Line Defenders Human Rights Defender, the only person in Israel to receive that honor in a decade.

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Chris Hedges: Hage Geingob, From Resistance Fighter to President of Namibia

Chris Hedges: Hage Geingob, From Resistance Fighter to President of Namibia

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Sept 24, 2017

President of the Republic of Namibia, Dr. Hage Geingob, discusses how his country, which achieved independence from neighboring apartheid South Africa in 1990, is now fighting for justice and economic emancipation from global banks, corporations and foreign governments seeking to extract the developing country’s natural resources.

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Europe’s Shameful Refugee Policy by Graham Peebles

Mayday Hamburg Recht auf Stadt-Never mind the papers

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by Graham Peebles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London, England
July 21, 2017

This time of year Mediterranean beaches are the destinations of choice for many European holidaymakers; it’s also the beginning of the busiest time of year for the people smugglers based in Libya and elsewhere along the North African coast. July to October is their peak season — during this time in 2016 around 103,000 refugees were crammed into unsafe boats, often in the dead of night, and cast off into the Mediterranean Sea.

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Peter Schweizer: Clinton Cash Documentary–A History of Corruption

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RT on Jul 27, 2016

RT spoke to the author and executive producer of the documentary ‘Clinton Cash’ – Peter Schweizer, who believes Hillary Clinton needs power to keep the money coming in.

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Abby Martin: The Military Feeds on Congo’s Natural Resources

Congo resource wars

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Dandelion Salad

with Abby Martin

teleSUR English  on Apr 11, 2016

Every drone flown by the U.S. military has inside a piece of the Democratic Republic of the Congo–a valuable mineral, of which the DRC has trillions of dollars worth buried underground.

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EU Refugee Crisis: Stop Illegal Wars, Don’t Blame the Victims by Finian Cunningham

Refugees Welcome: Community March Against Islamophobia — Marche communautaire contre l'islamophobie

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from RT, Jan. 27, 2016
January 28, 2016

Europe is on a dangerous, slippery slope of increasing xenophobia and racism engendered by the influx of refugees. Denmark’s new confiscation law is a sign of the brooding, baleful climate.

But the real answer to the problem is dealing with Europe’s support for Washington’s criminal wars.

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