The World Should be Forever Grateful to Shireen Abu Aqleh, by Kenn Orphan + What Shireen Abu Akleh Meant to Arab News Audiences

The World Should be Forever Grateful to Shireen Abu Aqleh, by Kenn Orphan + What Shireen Abu Akleh Meant to Arab News Audiences

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by Kenn Orphan
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Halifax, Nova Scotia
May 17, 2022

I will be honest about something. Since the cold-blooded execution of Palestinian, veteran journalist Shireen Abu Aqleh by an Israeli sniper I have felt rather nonplussed. A rarity for me. But it does happen.

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The Chris Hedges Report: Hip Hop, Censorship, and Palestinian Resistance with Lowkey

Free Palestine !

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with Chris Hedges

TheRealNews on Apr 29, 2022

Legendary UK-based hip-hop artist and activist Kareem Dennis, aka Lowkey, uses his considerable talents as a musician to pay homage to the voices and struggles of the oppressed, from the plight of migrants that have fled to Europe, to the suffering of Iraqis and Palestinians in the Middle East, to the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire in 2017.

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The Chris Hedges Report: Ukraine and the ‘Worthy’ and ‘Unworthy’ Victims of War

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with Chris Hedges

TheRealNews on Apr 22, 2022

Rulers divide the world into ‘worthy’ and ‘unworthy’ victims; those we are allowed to pity, such as Ukrainians enduring the hell of modern warfare, and those whose suffering is minimized, dismissed, or ignored. This bifurcation of the world into worthy and unworthy victims is a key component of propaganda, especially in war.

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The Chris Hedges Report: Cornel West

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with Chris Hedges

TheRealNews on Apr 15, 2022

Dr. Cornel West is the most important standard bearer for the Black prophetic tradition, the most important intellectual and spiritual movement in our history. Rooted in the experience of American racism, capitalist exploitation, and imperialism, this tradition has provided an ongoing critique of our economic, social, and political institutions and beliefs, as well as calling out the country’s spiritual bankruptcy.

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Chris Hedges: How Kindness Saved My Life

Chris Hedges: How Kindness Saved My Life

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Originally posted Jan. 14, 2020

with Chris Hedges

Emir-Stein Center on Jan 6, 2020

Evil, even in the darkest moments, is impotent before the miracle of human kindness. This miracle defies prejudices and hatreds. It crosses cultures and religions. It lies at the core of faith. Take a brief journey through the eyes of American, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges to Jerusalem, Gaza, and Iraq, and discover the sacred bonds that make us human. Continue reading

No Human is Alien to Us, by Kenn Orphan

Scenes from Gaza Crisis 2014

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by Kenn Orphan
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Halifax, Nova Scotia
March 4, 2022

Let’s take a simple test. Ask yourself these questions: has Facebook ever placed a non-white nation’s flag on the top of the list as a choice for profile photo frames? Has Saturday Night Live ever had a Syrian, or Palestinian, or Yemeni choir open their show? Did liquor stores ever stop selling Russian vodka when it was involved in the Syrian civil war? Did Shell or BP or any other major fossil fuel company ever stop doing business with Saudi Arabia despite massive human rights violations or its murderous war in Yemen? I think the answer to these questions should come easily.

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Ali Abunimah and Rania Khalek: Ukraine War Exposes US Hypocrisy, Double Standards and Racism

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BreakThrough News on Mar 1, 2022

It’s not for nothing that the US has been called the “United States of Amnesia.” The same leaders who invaded Iraq and killed a million people, who are starving Yemenis and Afghans, who label Palestinians “terrorists” for throwing rocks, and who took every opportunity to escalate rather than de-escalate the conflict in Ukraine since 2014, have suddenly dusted off their international law books with regard to Russia and are celebrating and promising to arm the Ukranian resistance.

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Abby Martin: Israel Gets Georgia to Strip Free Speech Rights (Again) + Israel’s Apartheid Against Palestinians

End Israel Apartheid-Free Palestine-Boycott Divest Sanction

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with Abby Martin

Empire Files on Feb 6, 2022

After Abby’s major legal victory getting Georgia’s anti-BDS law ruled unenforceable, Israel has hit back by getting the State Legislature to keep this brazenly unconstitutional law officially on the books.

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David Swanson and Charles Lenchner: Refusing Military “Service”

Don't Enlist - Resist

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, Jan. 4, 2022
January 5, 2022

This week on Talk World Radio we’re talking about refusing military “service.” Our guest Charles Lenchner is a veteran peace activist, organizer, and political campaigner. Born in the United States, he grew up in Israel where he became an anti-occupation activist at a young age. In 1987, he was drafted into the Israeli Army and subsequently refused orders and spent time in military prison. More recently he was a co-founder of People for Bernie Sanders and today is part of the RootsAction team that publishes ProgressiveHub. I also work for RootsAction.

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A 9/11 Reflection: Remember “Their” Crimes, Forget “Ours” by Paul Street

A 9/11 Reflection: Remember “Their” Crimes, Forget “Ours” by Paul Street

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by Paul Street
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Official Website of Paul Street
September 14, 2021

So much we are supposed to forget or not know and/or care about, so little we are supposed to remember.

“We must never forget” 9/11, when “America was attacked” (when, as cannot be said without sounding “controversial,” the United States Middle East policy blew back on the nation’s financial and political capitals).

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Chris Hedges: The Fictitious Ideas of Empire and Western Civilization

Chris Hedges: Legacy of Empire

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Aug 18, 2021

On the show this week, Chris Hedges discusses the importance of the scholar Edward Said with Professor Hamid Dabashi. Dabashi is the professor of Iranian Studies and Comparative Literature at Columbia University.

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Why the Ruins of a Little Village Called Lifta Still Matter, by Kenn Orphan

ליפתא | Lifta

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by Kenn Orphan
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Halifax, Nova Scotia
July 29, 2021

In the Middle East stand the ruins of an ancient settlement known as Lifta. Archeological digs have traced its’ origins as far back as the Iron Age. It contains the remains of a court-yard home from the Crusader period at its centre and the ruins of several other beautiful homes, and once housed a vibrant and culturally rich community.

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Defending the Shame of Apartheid, by Kenn Orphan

End Israeli Apartheid

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by Kenn Orphan
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Halifax, Nova Scotia
June 24, 2021

It was to be expected. Following the worldwide exposure of an active campaign of ethnic cleansing in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem’s and Israel’s murderous 11 day campaign raining death and destruction on the captive population of Gaza, the apologists for Israel went into full on damage control. Anyone who decried these obvious injustices and war crimes were swiftly labeled “antisemitic” or extremist.

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Abby Martin and Miko Peled: Disturbing Truth About Israel’s New Government

Free Palestine Rally - Melbourne May 22, 2021

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with Abby Martin

Empire Files on Jun 11, 2021

Netanyahu could be out. A more extreme right-winger is set to take his place. But the new ruling coalition is being heralded as a “progressive step” and “an opportunity for change.” Learn the shocking details about what is happening, and what it means for Palestine with prominent Israeli dissident Miko Peled.

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