The Empire is Finished–It’s Just a Matter of Time by Bruce Gagnon + Postmortem Assassination of Iran’s General Soleimani by Finian Cunningham

DC Protests Trump's New Wars 25

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by Bruce Gagnon
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Organizing Notes, Jan. 6, 2020
January 7, 2020

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said yesterday, after the Iraqi government had asked the US to leave their country, pack up and close the US bases, “the United States is prepared to help the Iraqi people get what they deserve and continue our mission.” He went on to say that the Iraqi people want the US to keep their bases in Iraq.

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The Gehlen Org + The Powers of Love and War by Gaither Stewart

Bundesnachrichtendienst bnd_sw; berlin_germany

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by Gaither Stewart
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rome, Italy
January 3, 2020

In February 2019 Germany opened a brand new intelligence complex in the city of Berlin. The new headquarters of the BND (Bundesnachrichtendienst or Federal Intelligence Service) occupies a huge space—by the way, much as STASI or State Security Service once did in East Berlin the former German Democratic Republic—and supposedly employs a total of over six thousand persons. The move from its former secret location in the Munich suburb of Pullach reflects both the centralization in Berlin of federal institutions that after World War Two were widely dispersed throughout Germany and importantly, European Union-NATO leader Germany’s efforts to get away from the nation’s Nazi past. The new BND location in Germany’s capital city seems also a giant step away from the former obsessive secrecy of its location in Munich, hidden away in that obscure suburb and operating under a cover name and, above all, until the late 1950s an affiliate of the CIA. The move to Berlin can be interpreted as the BND’s declaration of sovereignty.

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The 2010s: America’s Self-Delusional Decade of Imperial Collapse by Rainer Shea

State of the Union

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by Rainer Shea
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rainer Shea: Anti-Imperialist Journalist, Dec. 28, 2019
December 31, 2019

Ten years ago, Americans were beginning to confront the reality that their nation was irrevocably in decline. The economy had entered into a downward spiral, the country had been in a nine-years-long war, and democratic rights were disappearing. Given the history of collapsing empires, it’s unsurprising that all of these trends have continued since then. And the geopolitical and cultural dynamics that have developed throughout the 2010s aren’t surprising either.

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Will Griffin: The Pentagon’s Secret Weapon — Missile Defense + US Weaponizing Space in Bid to Launch Arms Race by Finian Cunningham

Will Griffin: The Pentagon's Secret Weapon -- Missile Defense + US Weaponizing Space in Bid to Launch Arms Race by Finian Cunningham

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by Will Griffin
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Peace Report
December 15, 2019

“The Pentagon has a little secret: a strategy that is low in cost but high in threat. It’s called missile defense. Missile defense spending is less than two percent of the military budget but it establishes a high level threat to so-called enemy nations like China Russia and others.” — Will Griffin

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NATO Dinosaur Plods On by Finian Cunningham + Tensions Inside NATO by Bruce Gagnon

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from Sputnik, Dec. 4, 2019
December 6, 2019

The splits and rancor at the NATO summit this week could not be concealed, even by strained calls for “unity”. The US-led military alliance is a dinosaur well past its extinction date.

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

On the walls of the former American embassy

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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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Abby Martin and Richard Wolff: The Growing Popularity of Socialism

Occupy May Day 2012

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Dandelion Salad

with Abby Martin

Empire Files on Aug 27, 2019

Abby Martin sits down with renowned Marxist Economist Richard Wolff to discuss the growing popularity of socialism under Trump and its historical roots in America, misconceptions about Russia and China’s economic success and Marx’s theory of alienation and monopoly capitalism.

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John Pilger: The Coming War On China Has Now Arrived

The Coming War On China Has Now Arrived

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with John Pilger

goingundergroundRT on Aug 21, 2019

On this season finale special episode of Going Underground, we speak to legendary journalist and film-maker John Pilger on a round-up of all the latest issues.

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Bruce Gagnon and Will Griffin: Crisis in Ukraine Explained

Protests January 25, 2014 in Kiev, Ukraine

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by Bruce Gagnon and Will Griffin
Writers, Dandelion Salad
Organizing Notes
August 21, 2019

Global Network board members Bruce Gagnon and Will Griffin discuss the current crisis in Ukraine: how fascists are killing thousands of people, support from the right-wing authoritarian government, and how the US supports and trains the fascists.

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The New Cold War and the Redoubling of U.S. Propaganda Power by Rainer Shea

Lies

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by Rainer Shea
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rainer Shea: Anti-Imperialist Journalist, Jul. 27, 2019
August 19, 2019

The American ruling class decided that it would be necessary to start a 21st century cold war with Russia and China when it became apparent that U.S. global hegemony was being replaced by a multipolar world. And even before this new level of warfare became the priority, it was apparent that a long-term era of tensions between great powers would require much greater government control over information than was previously the case.

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Global Warming and U.S. National Security Diplomacy by Michael Hudson

The Burning of the Sky

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by Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
August 12, 2019

Control of oil has long been a key aim of U.S. foreign policy. The Paris climate agreements and any other Green programs to reduce the pace of global warming are viewed as threatening the aim of dominating world energy markets by keeping economies dependent on oil under U.S. control. Also blocking U.S. willingness to help stem global warming is the oil industry’s economic and hence political power. Its product is not only energy but also global warming, along with plastic pollution.

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NATO’s China Double-Think by Finian Cunningham + Neoliberalism Has Met Its Match in China by Ellen Brown

Stop NATO manifestation, Krakow

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from Sputnik
August 9, 2019

The US-led NATO alliance this week designated a whole new hemisphere to itself for “security” operations. No longer merely an “Atlantic” organization, it’s assuming the role of policing the Pacific. Quite a self-promotion.

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Words Unspoken by Gaither Stewart

24th Panzer Division in Stalingrad

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by Gaither Stewart
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rome, Italy
August 7, 2019

Editor’s Note:

Historical fiction is a special and important genre. It can bring history to life, but more importantly it can allow us to put ourselves in the lives of those of another time, another context. There is a strong tendency in the United States toward historical amnesia. This is perhaps one of the biggest character flaws of the country. Floating in a constant now there is a complex, but highly malleable, context that disappears in the moment. This can drain the richness from our lives, set us on paths both personally and societally destructive, and perhaps most importantly, totally erode the concept of free will replacing it with faux will.

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Orwell, Hitchens, and the Hollow Self-Righteousness of Trotskyism by Rainer Shea

George Orwell's Animal Farm

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by Rainer Shea
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rainer Shea: Anti-Imperialist Journalist, Aug. 1, 2019
August 6, 2019

In addition to all of the propaganda pieces that anti-communists use to legitimize their position, they often utilize a more general rhetorical tool, which is the denunciations of communism that have come from two of the last century’s most prominent intellectuals: George Orwell and Christopher Hitchens. These figures maintain large cult followings and are widely seen as moral authorities for their crusades against civilization’s evil and hypocritical aspects, which for Orwell was a crusade against totalitarianism and for Hitchens was a crusade against organized religion. Yet the cultural and ideological makeup of both of these men caused them to infuse their works with the anti-communist agenda, and to give this agenda’s followers the sense that they’re righteous upholders of honesty and virtue.

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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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