Category Archives: Cuba

If you open the window of torture, even just a crack, the cold air of the Dark Ages will fill the whole room by William Blum

Extraordinary Rendition, A collaboration between artists Tim Guthrie and Doug Hayko

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by William Blum
Writer, Dandelion Salad
www.killinghope.org
December 20, 2014

American Exceptionalism and American Torture

In 1964, the Brazilian military, in a US-designed coup, overthrew a liberal (not more to the left than that) government and proceeded to rule with an iron fist for the next 21 years. In 1979 the military regime passed an amnesty law blocking the prosecution of its members for torture and other crimes. The amnesty still holds. Continue reading

Embargo Ended: US lifts sanctions against Cuba + #TheCuban5 Are Home

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Good news!

RT on Dec 17, 2014

President Barack Obama has announced an historic move to normalize relations with Cuba. It comes after more than 50 years of tough American sanctions and severed diplomatic ties. Let’s get more from our correspondent Marina Portnaya in New York.

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Is There Anyone Out There Who Still Believes in Barack Obama’s Lies? by William Blum

by William Blum
Writer, Dandelion Salad
www.killinghope.org
April 7, 2014

Indoctrinating a new generation

Is there anyone out there who still believes that Barack Obama, when he’s speaking about American foreign policy, is capable of being anything like an honest man? In a March 26 talk in Belgium to “European youth”, the president fed his audience one falsehood, half-truth, blatant omission, or hypocrisy after another. If George W. Bush had made some of these statements, Obama supporters would not hesitate to shake their head, roll their eyes, or smirk. Here’s a sample: Continue reading

Peter Kornbluh: USAID is the New CIA — USAID is Clearly in the Job of Regime Change in Cuba

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US fueled dissent in Cuba with fake Twitter

RT America on Apr 3, 2014

In 2009, the US Agency for International Development, USAID, created a Twitter-like social network called ZunZuneo in order to fuel dissent in Cuba. According to the Associated Press, the service was intended to let users not only discuss topics such as sports and music, but also organize protests, voice dissent, and avoid censorship in the island nation. Topping out at around 40,000 users that the US gathered demographic and other information on, the program was ended after a government grant expired in September 2012. RT’s Ameera David dives into the details of this newly revealed USAID program.

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Let’s Not Repeat the Barack F*ckup with Hillary by William Blum

by William Blum
Writer, Dandelion Salad
www.killinghope.org
November 8, 2013

National Security Agency – The only part of the government that really listens to what you have to say

The New York Times (November 2) ran a long article based on NSA documents released by Edward Snowden. One of the lines that most caught my attention concerned “Sigint” – Signals intelligence, the term used for electronic intercepts. The document stated:

“Sigint professionals must hold the moral high ground, even as terrorists or dictators seek to exploit our freedoms. Some of our adversaries will say or do anything to advance their cause; we will not.”

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William Blum: Snowden Would Be Better Off in Cuba, Less Chance of a Coup D’état

with William Blum
Writer, Dandelion Salad
www.killinghope.org
June 26, 2013

PRISM-Demo der Piratenpartei zum Besuch des amerikansichen Präsidenten Barack Obama

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Voice of Russia
June 24, 2013

Speaking about the latest Edward Snowden’s travel ‘plans’ and the confusion the world has been exposed to in the media on the subject of his whereabouts, Mr. William Blum, an American author, historian and a longstanding critic of US foreign policy claims that Cuba would be Snowden’s best bet, as it’s “the most guaranteed place not to buckle to any kind of American pressure” and “the chance of coup d’état is much less than elsewhere”. Continue reading

Barack Obama’s Letter — Regarding the War Powers Resolution

TIME TO PULL THE PLUG ON KING OBAMA

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A little wrap-up on the status of permanent war.

Propaganda Alert!

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
June 14, 2013

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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Barack Obama’s Notice — Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to Cuba

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Propaganda Alert!

The White House

Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
February 22, 2013

NOTICE
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CONTINUATION OF THE NATIONAL EMERGENCY WITH RESPECT TO CUBA AND OF THE EMERGENCY AUTHORITY RELATING TO THE REGULATION OF THE ANCHORAGE AND MOVEMENT OF VESSELS

On March 1, 1996, by Proclamation 6867, a national emergency was declared to address the disturbance or threatened disturbance of international relations caused by the February 24, 1996, destruction by the Cuban government of two unarmed U.S.-registered civilian aircraft in international airspace north of Cuba. Continue reading

“Death by Stupidity” by William Blum + Untold History of the United States–World War II

by William Blum
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
www.killinghope.org
December 11, 2012

Anti-War, No Nukes Rally in Central Park

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“Nuclear, ecological, chemical, economic — our arsenal of Death by Stupidity is impressive for a species as smart as Homo sapiens” 1

The hurricanes, the typhoons, the heat waves … the droughts, the heavy rains, the floods … ever more powerful, ever new records being set. Something must be done of course. Except if you don’t believe at all that it’s man-made. But if there’s even a small chance that the greenhouse effect is driving the changes, is it not plain that, at a minimum, we have to err on the side of caution? There’s too much at stake. Like civilization as we know it. Carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere must be greatly curtailed.

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Noam Chomsky: Who Owns the World? + Transcript

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with Noam Chomsky

The end is near: Headless burocrats!

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Oct 26, 2012 by

In the week when President Obama and Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney debated issues of foreign policy and the economy, we turn to world-renowned political dissident, linguist, author and MIT Professor, Noam Chomsky. In a recent speech, Chomsky examined topics largely ignored or glossed over during the campaign: China, the Arab Spring, global warming, nuclear proliferation, and the military threat posed by Israel and the U.S. versus Iran. Continue reading

The Holy Triumvirate — The United States, NATO, and the European Union by William Blum

by William Blum
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
www.killinghope.org
April 6, 2012

Putting Syria into some perspective

The Holy Triumvirate — The United States, NATO, and the European Union — or an approved segment thereof, can usually get what they want. They wanted Saddam Hussein out, and soon he was swinging from a rope. They wanted the Taliban ousted from power, and, using overwhelming force, that was achieved rather quickly. They wanted Moammar Gaddafi’s rule to come to an end, and before very long he suffered a horrible death. Jean-Bertrand Aristide was democratically elected, but this black man who didn’t know his place was sent into distant exile by the United States and France in 2004. Iraq and Libya were the two most modern, educated and secular states in the Middle East; now all four of these countries could qualify as failed states.

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The Roads Leading to Disaster by Fidel Castro Ruz

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by Fidel Castro Ruz
www.adelante.cu
March 21, 2012

This Reflection could be written today, tomorrow or any other day without the risk of being mistaken.  Our species faces new problems.  When 20 years ago I stated at the United Nations Conference on the Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro that a species was in danger of extinction, I had fewer reasons than today for warning about a danger that I was seeing perhaps 100 years away.  At that time, a handful of leaders of the most powerful countries were in charge of the world.  Continue reading

Michael Parenti: Imperialism and the 99% Solution

with Michael Parenti
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
Michael Parenti Blog
www.michaelparenti.org
Nov. 21, 2011

Nafta SucKs

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by Paul Hamel
http://vimeo.com

The Communist Party of Canada and Lap Cat Productions presents Michael Parenti on 1 November 2011 for a talk entitled “Imperialism & the 99% Solution”.

Filmed at the McLeod Auditorium at the University of Toronto in part to support “The People’s Voice”.

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Noam Chomsky: Changing Contours of Global Order + Q&A

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on Nov 9, 2011

Professor Noam Chomsky presented a lecture ‘Changing Contours of Global Order’ a look at our drastically changing world, and the implications for domestic and world order on 4 November 2011.

This was a free public lecture and was Professor Chomsky’s only public appearance in Melbourne, Australia.

Professor Chomsky was an invited guest of Deakin University’s School of Humanities and Social Sciences.

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The destruction of Libya by William Blum

by William Blum
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
www.killinghope.org
Nov. 1, 2011

It doesn’t matter to them if it’s untrue. It’s a higher truth.

“We came, we saw, he died.”
— US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton,
giggling, as she spoke of the depraved murder of Moammar Gaddafi

Imagine Osama bin Laden or some other Islamic leader speaking of 9-11: “We came, we saw, 3,000 died … ha- ha.”

Clinton and her partners-in-crime in NATO can also have a good laugh at how they deceived the world. The destruction of Libya, the reduction of a modern welfare state to piles of rubble, to ghost towns, the murder of thousands … Continue reading