“We Need Dissent From the Dubious Thesis That Military Power Alone Can Change the Map of the World” by Gaither Stewart

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by Gaither Stewart
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rome, Italy
March 16, 2016

Edward Said wrote a new preface for the twenty-fifth anniversary edition of his classic book, Orientalism, originally published in the USA by Random House in 1978. In the following pages I have quoted some of the author’s major thoughts and added my own ideas about Said’s preface written in 2003 for the last Vintage Books edition of his magnificent work.

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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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Why Does the Government of The United States Hate Syrian President Bashar al-Assad With Such Passion? by William Blum

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by William Blum
Writer, Dandelion Salad
www.killinghope.org, Nov. 3, 2015
November 5, 2015

Are you confused by the Middle East? Here are some things you should know. (But you’ll probably still be confused.) Continue reading

Chris Hedges and Sabah Alnasseri: The Revolutionary Age, Part 2

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with Chris Hedges

teleSUR English on Oct 6, 2015

In this episode of Days of Revolt, host Chris Hedges sits down with Middle Eastern Studies Professor, Sabah Alnasseri. The two dissect the genesis of political revolutions, particularly focusing on the Middle East. They discuss the role of religion in the region, and name the reasons for the increased prevalence of fundamentalism. teleSUR

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Chris Hedges and Sabah Alnasseri: ISIS, The New Israel + Hedges: Europe’s Refugees and American Elections

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with Chris Hedges

teleSUR English on Sep 29, 2015

In this episode of Days of Revolt, host Chris Hedges sits down with professor of Middle East studies Sabah Alnasseri to discuss how US foreign policy and class struggle created the conditions for the rise of ISIS. Hedges and his guest also draw comparisons between ISIS’s colonialist strategies and those of the Israeli independence movement in Palestine. teleSUR

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Noam Chomsky On Power and Ideology + Q&A + Transcript

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The New School on Sept 21, 2015

Presented by Haymarket Books and the Schools of Public Engagement at The New School, Noam Chomsky discusses the persistent and largely invariant features of U.S. foreign policy — in the words of U.S. planners, “the overall framework of order” — and its intimate relationship with U.S. domestic policy.

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Chris Hedges and Loretta Napoleoni: The Islamic State and the Crisis in US Foreign Policy

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with Chris Hedges

LeighaCohen on Dec 4, 2014

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Chris Hedges and Loretta Napoleoni, author of The Islamic Phoenix spoke on December 2, 2014 at the New York Society for Ethical Culture and co-sponsored the event along with Seven Stories Press, New York Society for Ethical Culture, and AlterNet. Ted Rall was the moderator of the event.

Much of the evening gives one a brilliant clarification of how world policy starting after World War 1 carved up the Islamic State. The discussion then goes into how US foreign policy has interfered and created Islamic Fundamentalist Groups such as the Taliban and now a more state Islamic State driven group such as ISIL as a continuing reaction to outside interference within the region.

The video has opening statements by Chris Hedges and Loretta Napoleoni, then a dialogue between the two speakers. After 15 minutes Ted Rall asks audience questions to both speakers on topics including the history of ISIS, what the Caliphate is, and is ISIS accepted by other Islamic States?

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The Great Challenge-Oil + The Secret of the Seven Sisters

Middle East, oil and gas ;

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PressTV documentaries on Apr 5, 2014

This doc shows the US policies in the Middle East designed according to its dire need for oil. The US overthrows governments if they don’t comply with its policies or support them if they prove to be helpful in this regard.

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Forging a Socialist-Islamist Alliance by William T. Hathaway

by William T. Hathaway
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Germany
February 6, 2014

Review of Eric Walberg, From Postmodernism to Postsecularism: Re-emerging Islamic Civilization, Clarity Press, 2013

Most western Middle East experts see Islam as a problem for the West — a source of terrorism, religious fanaticism, unwanted immigrants — and they see their job as helping to change the Middle East so it’s no longer a problem for us. Eric Walberg, however, recognizes that this is another instance of the Big Lie.

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Chandra Muzaffar: Containing China, Syria, BRICS and more

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Dr. Chandra Muzaffar, President of the International Movement for a Just World analyses a wide variety of issues including the emerging BRICS nations, the crisis in Syria, and the implications of Washington’s policy shift to the Asia-Pacific region.

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Chicago Summit: NATO To Complete Domination Of Arab World by Rick Rozoff

by Rick Rozoff
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
Stop NATO
Stop NATO-Opposition to global militarism
April 18, 2012

Stop NATO manifestation, Krakow

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On April 17 King Abdullah II of Jordan visited the North Atlantic Treaty Organization headquarters in Brussels in the latest act of obeisance paid to the military bloc by what Zbigniew Brzezinski in 1998 referred to, bluntly but accurately enough, as the dependent vassals and pliant tributaries of the West from the Middle East, North Africa, Eastern Europe, the South Caucasus, Central Asia, South Asia, East Asia and the South Pacific.

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Fighting the “Rising Tide” of Arab Nationalism: The Eisenhower Doctrine and the Syrian Crisis by Andrew Gavin Marshall

by Andrew Gavin Marshall
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
http://andrewgavinmarshall.com
March 5, 2012

The following is a research sample of a chapter on the American Empire in the Middle East in The People’s Book Project. This chapter was made possible through donations from readers like you through The People’s Grants. The new objective of The People’s Grants is to raise $1,600 to finance the development of two chapters on a radical history of race and poverty. If you find the following research informative, please consider donating to support The People’s Book Project.

The following sample is a compilation of unedited research, largely drawn from official government documents of the State Department, CIA, Pentagon, White House, and National Security Council, outlining the development of the Eisenhower Doctrine and the American imperial perceptions of the threat of ‘Arab Nationalism.’

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The U.S. Strategy to Control Middle Eastern Oil by Andrew Gavin Marshall

by Andrew Gavin Marshall
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
http://andrewgavinmarshall.com
March 2, 2012

NOTE: The following is a research sample from The People’s Book Project. It is unedited and in draft format, but is intended as an excerpt of some of the research that is going into the book. This research sample is drawn from a recently written chapter on the history of American imperialism in the Middle East and North Africa. Please support The People’s Book Project by contributing a donation to The People’s Grant to reach the target goal of $1,600 to fund two major chapters in the book on a radical history of race and poverty.

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Obama’s New Middle East Policy: “Ambitious Fiction and Monarchial Bastards” by Sibel Edmonds

by Sibel Edmonds
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
Originally published by Boiling Frogs Post
May 24, 2011

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Escobar Brilliantly Summarizes Obama’s New Middle East Policy

Pepe Escobar had another brilliant piece on Obama’s recent Middle East speech, and as always he is on the money:

So to make a story short, here’s a concise New Middle East Obama policy. We support “our” bastards (dictators) who are sophisticated enough to beat, arrest and kill their own people in the low hundreds (Bahrain). Continue reading

Barack Obama’s Speech on the Middle East and North Africa + transcript

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Propaganda Alert!

Power of the people

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by Barack Obama
The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
State Department, Washington, DC
May 19, 2011

Remarks by the President on the Middle East and North Africa

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you.  Thank you.  (Applause.)  Thank you very much.  Thank you.  Please, have a seat.  Thank you very much.  I want to begin by thanking Hillary Clinton, who has traveled so much these last six months that she is approaching a new landmark — one million frequent flyer miles.  (Laughter.)  I count on Hillary every single day, and I believe that she will go down as one of the finest Secretaries of State in our nation’s history.

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