John Pilger: American Exceptionalism Driving World to War, interviewed by Finian Cunningham

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from Strategic Culture Foundation, Nov. 27, 2019
December 3, 2019

Australian-born John Pilger has worked for over five decades as a reporter and documentary film-maker covering wars and conflicts all over the world. In the following interview, the award-winning journalist says the world is arguably at a more perilous geopolitical juncture than even during the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962 at the height of the Cold War. This is because American “exceptionalism” – which, he points out, mirrors that of Nazi Germany – has developed into a hyper-rogue phase. The relentless denigration of Russia by American and Western media show that there are few red lines left to restrain aggression towards Moscow, as there were, at least, during the past Cold War. Russia and China’s refusal to bow down to Washington’s dictate is infuriating the would-be American hegemon and its desire for zero-sum world domination.

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The Lies About Assange Must Stop Now by John Pilger + Jennifer Robinson: What’s Really Happening to Julian Assange?

Free Assange

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by John Pilger
John Pilger
November 25, 2019

Newspapers and other media in the United States, Britain and Australia have recently declared a passion for freedom of speech, especially their right to publish freely. They are worried by the “Assange effect”.

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Is Corbyn A Socialist and Does It (No Longer) Matter If He Isn’t? by William Bowles

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by William Bowles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Investigating Imperialism
London, England
November 20, 2019

Is this our last chance before the darkness falls?

This is probably the most difficult piece I’ve ever had to write, at least about the Labour Party. My feelings about Corbyn and the Labour Party are on record, hereherehere and here, to name a few. The Labour Party is a party of Imperialism and always has been since its inception, well over a century ago. Even its high point in 1945, with the creation of the welfare state, occurred through pressure from below and just as today, capitalism was bankrupt and in crisis. The Labour government, in return for the Welfare state, saved capitalism from revolution (or collapse). The gains made during that critical period following WWII lasted about thirty years before the lords of capital started taking back what ‘we’ had tried to take from them and by 1975 we were clearly not equipped to resist. In part, the Labour Party was directly responsible, in fact it was party to the attacks on the Welfare state and the working class.

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John Pilger: Julian Assange’s Extradition Process Is A Charade

Julian Assange US Extradition Hearing: It Raises Massive Concerns About Free Speech

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with John Pilger

TheRealNews on Nov 5, 2019

Filmmaker John Pilger attended Julian Assange’s last court hearing and observed not only that Assange is visibly suffering from prison mistreatment, but his defense is not being given a fair chance to make its case against his extradition to the US.

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Challenging Structural Geographical Inequalities on a Global Scale by Andrew Henderson

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by Andrew Henderson
Guest Writer, Dandelion Salad
November 1, 2019

Many of the most pressing problems all nations face are a result of failing to adequately tackle our increasing level of global interdependence.

Mobilized capital can play the tax-regime of one country off against another with ease, such that there is a race to the bottom with respect to the corporate tax revenues which might be expected from even the wealthiest transnational corporations. Such economic arbitrage is possible precisely due to the propagation of widespread variations in the distribution of social justice across the planet. There are no national solutions to such problems, which ultimately require the more equitable distribution of social justice on a global scale.

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Ken Loach and Paul Laverty: The Idea Capitalism Can Be Regulated is RIDICULOUS!

Capitalism isn't working

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goingundergroundRT on Oct 30, 2019

On this episode of Going Underground, ahead of a UK General Election in December, we speak to BAFTA-award winning director Ken Loach and BAFTA-award winning writer Paul Laverty on their new film “Sorry We Missed You”, highlighting the struggles of a family living facing an uphill struggle since the 2008 financial crash in the neoliberal gig economy. They discuss the film, the illusion of choice in the free market and how it damages workers’ rights, the hardship of workers in gig economy jobs, the rise of Amazon and how companies like Amazon show capitalism can’t be regulated, the culture of shaming the poor and lauding entrepreneurs, the ignoring of corporate fraud and the continuous focus on welfare fraud, why the ideology of socialism still faces difficulty after the collapse of the Soviet Union and more!

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The Age of Constitutional Coups by Paul Street

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by Paul Street
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Official Website of Paul Street, Oct. 18, 2019
October 28, 2019

The contemporary global neofascistic right has become adept at seizing power through legal and parliamentary coups that do not involve military units dramatically taking over government headquarters and radio and television and rounding up opponents.

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John Pilger: Julian Assange’s Extradition Case is a SHOW TRIAL! + Roger Waters: The US and UK are trying to KILL Julian Assange! + Assange in Court by Craig Murray

Free Assange

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Dandelion Salad

with John Pilger

goingundergroundRT on Oct 23, 2019

On this episode of Going Underground, we speak to legendary journalist and filmmaker John Pilger on Julian Assange’s latest extradition hearing this Monday, which he attended. He discusses how Julian appeared at the trial, the bias of the judge against Julian Assange, the lack of mainstream media coverage of Julian’s persecution, his health and conditions in Belmarsh prison, CIA spying on Julian Assange and more!

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Julian Assange’s Father: They’re Murdering My Son by Finian Cunningham + Kristinn Hraffnson: Julian Assange’s US Extradition Case A Matter of Life and Death!

Free Assange

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from Strategic Culture Foundation
September 24, 2019

Julian Assange’s father, John Shipton, gave an interview to Strategic Culture Foundation over the weekend. After arriving from his home country of Australia, Shipton is visiting several European states, including Russia, to bring public attention to the persecution of Julian Assange by British authorities over his role as a publisher and author.

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John Pilger at The Don’t Extradite Julian Assange Rally + Roger Waters: Wish You Were Here

Julian Assange US Extradition Hearing: It Raises Massive Concerns About Free Speech

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with John Pilger

WSWS on Sep 2, 2019

Journalist John Pilger speaks at London rally called by musician Roger Waters on Sept. 2, 2019.

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Chris Hedges: The Integrity Initiative: British Government Psyops

Chris Hedges: The Integrity Initiative: British Government Psyops

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Aug 3, 2019

On Contact host Chris Hedges and investigative journalist Mohamed Elmazzi discuss documents showing an alleged British government-financed propaganda mill, equivalent in scale to the CIA’s Operation Mockingbird psychological operations. Elmazzi’s work can be found at TheInterregnum.net.

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Chris Hedges and Lowkey: The Wreckage of Imperialism and Neoliberalism

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Jul 27, 2019

In this week’s On Contact program, Chris Hedges talks to the rapper, Lowkey, about his artistic work and political activism.

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Chris Hedges: The Alternative Media Shames the Corporate Media Into Doing Their Job

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Jul 20, 2019

On Contact host, Chris Hedges talks to Kerry-Anne Mendoza, editor-in-chief of The Canary. Created just five years ago, the alternative socialist website is financed by subscribers and advertisers with 3.5 million monthly viewers. It has been accused of “hyper-partisan” owning to its mainly pro-Labor party content, and The Daily Telegraph, an elitist newspaper, called it “the maddest left-wing website in the world.”

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Some Like It Hot by William Bowles (updated)

London November 16 2018 (23) Extinction Rebellion Climate Change

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by William Bowles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Investigating Imperialism
London, England
July 18, 2019, updated: July 19, 2019

I am nothing if not an optimist, a trait that most on the Left seem to share. A belief in the future, that there is one that includes us. That things, eventually, get better, if we fight for it. ‘Unrealistic’, I hear you say, what is there to be optimistic about? The planet is going to hell and taking us all with it, and there’s nothing we can do about it! Well, maybe so, then this happened, a small event, minute even, in the scheme of things but somehow it triggered a response in me that I could not ignore and which I had to address:

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Idiots Driving World to War by Finian Cunningham

No War On Iran NYC March

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from Sputnik
July 16, 2019

Like a person going up in an escalator while asserting they are going down, the British foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt has a bizarre way of trying to assure Iran that war is not on the cards.

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