David Swanson: The Dirty Truth About NATO

NATO Summit Protest

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
February 17, 2019

Redacted Tonight on Feb 14, 2019

David Swanson visits VIP this week to discuss the upcoming ‘No to NATO, Yes to Peace Festival‘ in Washington DC this April 3-4. They discuss peace activism and the current state of international affairs.

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Michael Hudson: Dangerous US Financial Imperialism

Capitalism = economic terrorism

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by Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
February 15, 2019

An interview on Sputnik News – January 23rd.

Professor Hudson, in January you warned in Berlin at the Rosa Luxemburg Conference, about the still “dangerous” US financial imperialism. The US uses “financial weapons”, you said. Can you explain that briefly?

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The Russian Peace Threat by David Swanson + The REAL Reason The U.S. Wants Regime Change in Venezuela + Chris Hedges Slams NBC

The Russian Peace Threat by David Swanson + The REAL Reason The U.S. Wants Regime Change in Venezuela

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, Feb. 1, 2019
February 5, 2019

A lot more energy is invested by people in theorizing what respectable and corrupt influences motivate members of the U.S. Congress than at least some members of the U.S. Congress invest in thinking or in having opinions at all. If you’ve ever been the victim of one of those Tonight Show videos in which they ask you and other bumbling idiots on the street in Los Angeles to name a country, any country, or something else that easy, and you couldn’t do it, you may enjoy watching videos of U.S. Congress Members clearly incapable of finding their own asses with a flashlight and a map. Are they opposed on principle to a coup in Venezuela, or in support of one? [Watch video below] Do they flip their position because of the party of the emperor in the White House or because of a “donation” to their campaign fund? Have they been swayed by this or that lobbyist or news report? Nope. None of it. They’re lucky if they can identify Venezuela as a place in South America where something or other happened recently. Some of these people, elected to run this so-called country, openly declare that they like to work in only one issue area, which doesn’t happen to be foreign policy. Some of them clearly oppose Trump only haphazardly and for some reason other than the babbling incoherence of his speech habits. Commentators have surmised that Trump addresses his fourth-grade-level logorrhea to the people with the misspelled signs at the fascist rallies, but it’s possible he’s actually a better communicator to Congress than some of his predecessors have been.

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Top 10 Reasons NOT to Love NATO by David Swanson

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
January 15, 2019

The New York Times loves NATO, but should you?

Judging by comments in social media and the real world, millions of people in the United States have gone from having little or no opinion on NATO, or from opposing NATO as the world’s biggest military force responsible for disastrous wars in places like Afghanistan (for Democrats) or Libya (for Republicans), to believing NATO to be a tremendous force for good in the world.

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Abby Martin: Trump Expanding The Empire + Trump’s Syria Deception

Abby Martin: Trump Expanding The Empire + Trump's Syria Deception

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with Abby Martin

Empire Files on Jan 11, 2019

In the first installment of this multi-part series, Trump Expanding the Empire, Abby Martin debunks the notion that Trump is an anti-interventionist president, outlining his first two years of aggressive foreign policy that has expanded US wars and occupations. From the biggest military budget in history, to removing its restrictions to “bomb the hell out of” Iraq and Syria, to ramping-up brutal economic sanctions, to becoming America’s ‘Arms Salesman-In-Chief.’

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War and Betrayal: Change and Transformation by Gaither Stewart

24th Panzer Division in Stalingrad

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by Gaither Stewart
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rome, Italy
January 11, 2019

I have wondered if the German Field-Marshal Friedrich Paulus after his defeat and capture by Russians at Stalingrad in February 1943 really changed when as a prisoner of war in Soviet Russia he joined the National Committee For A Free Germany and the anti-Fascist Union of German Officers. Were his words sincere when he broadcast anti-fascist messages to Germany over Radio Moskau? Did he betray his entire background, his military career and the homeland he had fought for in order to save his life? Was he a traitor to Germany, to his beloved wife and to himself?

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John Pilger: William Blum Was One Of The Great American Renegades

John Pilger: William Blum Was One Of The Great American Renegades

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with John Pilger

goingundergroundRT on Dec 22, 2018

On this episode of Going Underground, legendary journalist and filmmaker John Pilger discusses the events of 2018, including the world’s worst humanitarian crisis in Yemen, events in Syria, Brexit, the Integrity Initiative, and more!

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Daniel Ellsberg: The Doomsday Machine, Parts 1-13

Daniel Ellsberg: The Doomsday Machine, Parts 1-13

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The Real News Network

“In this series, Daniel Ellsberg and Paul Jay explore Ellsberg’s latest book, The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner. In the introduction to the book, Ellsberg writes:

“No policies in human history have more deserved to be recognized as immoral or insane. The story of how this calamitous predicament came about and how and why it has persisted over a half a century is a chronicle of human madness. Whether Americans, Russians, and other humans can rise to the challenge of reversing these policies and eliminating the danger of near-term extinction caused by their own inventions and proclivities remains to be seen. I choose to join with others in acting as if that is still possible.””

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The Kerch Strait Incident by Finian Cunningham + US Will Take Advantage of Ukraine-Russia Standoff

The Kerch Strait Incident by Finian Cunningham + US Will Take Advantage of Ukraine-Russia Standoff

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from Strategic Culture Foundation
November 27, 2018

The latest potentially disastrous flare-up in violence between the Kiev regime and Russia near the Black Sea’s Kerch Strait is clearly a blatant provocation aimed at strengthening the autocratic regime under President Petro Poroshenko.

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Wilkerson: Trump To Abandon The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty + Peter Kuznick: It Looks Like Trump Is Trying To Dismantle What Is Left Of The Nuclear Regime That Greatly Reduced The Threat Of Nuclear War

Nuclear Nightmare - Open Your Eyes And Awake !

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Updated: Oct. 25, 2018

on Oct 23, 2018

Col. Lawrence Wilkerson says that the main reason for Trump to abandon the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty has to do with interests in the administration that would like to see a restarting of the nuclear arms race.

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Steve Bannon Declares “War Rooms” to Win European Elections – and That’s Not Meddling? by Finian Cunningham

Steve Bannon Declares "War Rooms" to Win European Elections – and That’s Not Meddling? by Finian Cunningham

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from Strategic Culture Foundation
September 26, 2018

One trait of imperial decadence is untrammeled hubris. Given the increasingly arrant arrogance on display by United States’ officials, public figures and news media we can safely conclude that this empire is accelerating into decadence.

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When Your Goal Is World Domination Any Country That Stands In The Way Of That Is An Enemy by William Blum

Resist Imperialism

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by William Blum
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Killing Hope
September 22, 2018

William Blum takes on the Washington Post again, in the person of columnist Max Boot, formerly of the Wall Street Journal

Dear Mr. Boot,

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Cornered Rats. What to Do? + Skripal and Syria… The Imperative of Criminalizing Russia by Finian Cunningham + Roger Waters’ White Helmet Terrorists Speech

Parliament Square sit-in against Syria airstrikes.

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from Sputnik, Sept. 8, 2018
September 10, 2018

At the Tehran summit on Friday, Iran’s Hassan Rouhani and Russia’s Vladimir Putin expressed tactical differences with Turkey’s President Erdogan, on how to proceed with the military offensive for the Syrian army to retake the northwest province of Idlib from terrorist groups.

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Warning Sign to Anti-war Movement: Behind the Assassination of Donetsk Leader Alexander Zakharchenko

Warning Sign to Anti-war Movement: Behind the Assassination of Donetsk Leader Alexander Zakharchenko

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by Greg Butterfield
Workers World, Sept. 3, 2018
September 4, 2018

Alexander Zakharchenko, prime minister of the anti-fascist Donetsk People’s Republic, was assassinated on Aug. 31 when an explosion ripped through the Separ restaurant in the capital city of Donetsk.

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But We’re The Good Guys, Ain’t We? by William Blum

Protests January 25, 2014 in Kiev, Ukraine

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by William Blum
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Killing Hope
August 18, 2018

The mind of the mass media: Email exchange between myself and a leading Washington Post foreign policy reporter:

July 18, 2018

Dear Mr. Birnbaum,

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