The Strange World of Russian Trolls by William Blum

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by William Blum
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Killing Hope
October 23, 2017

Capturing the wisdom and the beauty of Donald J. Trump in just one statement escaping from his charming mouth:

“Our military has never been stronger. Each day, new equipment is delivered; new and beautiful equipment, the best in the world – the best anywhere in the world, by far.”1

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Socialism, Land and Banking: 2017 Compared to 1917 by Michael Hudson

Communist Revolution Islands Brygge, Copenhagen (1998)

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by Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Michael Hudson
October 23, 2017

An article written for the hundredth anniversary of the Russian Revolution, to be read in Beijing today.

Socialism a century ago seemed to be the wave of the future. There were various schools of socialism, but the common ideal was to guarantee support for basic needs, and for state ownership to free society from landlords, predatory banking and monopolies. In the West these hopes are now much further away than they seemed in 1917. Land and natural resources, basic infrastructure monopolies, health care and pensions have been increasingly privatized and financialized.

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Clinton, Assange and the War on Truth by John Pilger

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by John Pilger
John Pilger, Oct. 20, 2017
October 21, 2017

On 16 October, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation aired an interview with Hillary Clinton: one of many to promote her score-settling book about why she was not elected President of the United States.

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Trump’s Media Furore… US Democracy On Thin Ice + Washington: The Bleeder of the ‘Free World’ 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, Oct. 14, 2017
October 17, 2017

US President Trump’s threats this week to shut down critical news media is an ominous sign of how fragile American democratic rights have become.

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Caleb Maupin in Red Square: Let’s Talk About Communism!

Caleb Maupin in Red Square: Let’s Talk About Communism!

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October 14, 2017

Interview with Savvy Business Radio on Socialism and Communism

Caleb Maupin on Oct 13, 2017

Caleb Maupin is a radical journalist and political analyst who resides in New York City. Originally from Ohio, he studied political science at Baldwin-Wallace College.

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Julian Assange: Look, Amy, I’m Getting Annoyed

Julian Assange: Look, Amy, I’m Getting Annoyed

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Updated: Oct. 11, 2017

As Catalonia Plans Independence from Spain, Julian Assange Advises Organizers on Secure Messaging

Democracy Now! on Oct 10, 2017

https://democracynow.org – Barcelona’s Mayor Ada Colau is calling for Spain to remove thousands of state police who have been deployed to Catalonia ahead of tonight’s expected declaration of independence by regional President Carles Puigdemont, possibly triggering intervention by Spanish forces. We speak with WikiLeaks founder and editor-in-chief Julian Assange, who has been advising those pushing to secede on how to communicate securely even as the state pushes back.

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Cold War Then. Cold War Now. by William Blum

CCCP USSR in Moscow

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by William Blum
Writer, Dandelion Salad
www.killinghope.org
September 26, 2017

Cold War then. Cold War now.

The anti-Russian/anti-Soviet bias in the American media appears to have no limit. You would think that they would have enough self-awareness and enough journalistic integrity -– just enough -– to be concerned about their image. But it keeps on coming, piled higher and deeper.

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The Continuing Debate: Capitalism vs. Socialism by William Blum

Unions Behind Labor Day

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by William Blum
Writer, Dandelion Salad
www.killinghope.org
August 25, 2017

I’m back

It has recently been reported that Senator John McCain has an aggressive brain tumor. Not long ago I would have thought: “Good. It’ll be great to be rid of that neanderthal reactionary bastard!”

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Pentagon Denounces American Nazis While Arming Ukrainian Nazis by Finian Cunningham

Charlottesville "Unite the Right" Rally

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from Strategic Culture Foundation
August 23, 2017

In the wake of violent protests involving white supremacists and Neo-Nazis in the US, the Pentagon’s top military brass issued unprecedented condemnations of “racists and extremists”. One veterans spokesman said: “Anyone waving a Nazi flag must be rooted out of our society”.

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The Indispensable Movement Can Cure Fake News: By Becoming the News by Patrick Walker

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by Patrick Walker
Guest Writer, Dandelion Salad
August 22, 2017

It’s Party Time on the Titanic–and Screw the Slobs in Steerage

“So let us not talk falsely now, the hour is getting late.” — Bob Dylan, “All Along the Watchtower”

Introduction: The Party to (Literally) End All Parties

Without hyperbole, this article will make a case for organizing a political movement—appropriately called “Indispensable”—that could literally save civilization. So, I wish to state my thesis up front, so that crucial thesis doesn’t get lost amid my arguments and documentation supporting it. That would be the worst conceivable case of readers—by a writer’s own fault—not seeing the forest for the trees.

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John Pilger: There Is Such Risk At The Moment

John Pilger: There Is Such Risk At The Moment

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goingundergroundRT on Aug 12, 2017

In this season’s finale, we speak to John Pilger about the mainstream media pushing for a coup in Venezuela, the Labour Party’s division on #CorbynMustCondemn, UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia and US-Russia relations.

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On The Beach 2017–The Beckoning of Nuclear War by John Pilger

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by John Pilger
John Pilger, August 4, 2017
August 7, 2017

The US submarine captain says,

“We’ve all got to die one day, some sooner and some later. The trouble always has been that you’re never ready, because you don’t know when it’s coming. Well, now we do know and there’s nothing to be done about it.”

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John Pilger: The Truth Game (1983)

John Pilger: The Truth Game (1983)

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www.johnpilger.com

John Pilger looks at world-wide propaganda surrounding the nuclear arms race.

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Sanctions Are A Form Of Warfare by David Swanson

Sanctions Are A Form Of Warfare by David Swanson

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Updated: July 31, 2017

by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
Originally published in American Herald Tribune, July 26, 2017
July 28, 2017

Both houses of Congress have now passed big new sanctions bills by veto-proof majorities, in fact with near unanimity. The vote this week in the House of Misrepresentatives was 419–3 on a bill to sanction Russia, Iran, and North Korea as punishment for primarily imaginary crimes, despite the sum total of the global legal bodies having asked the United States to judge these crimes, skip over a trial, and move right ahead with punishment being exactly equal to the number of principled opponents of war employed on Capitol Hill.

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Vijay Prashad: Trump is Setting Up a Dangerous Confrontation With Iran + Saudi Arabia Set to Execute 14 Protesters

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TheRealNews on Jul 24, 2017

Vijay Prashad and Paul Jay discuss the American, Saudi and Israeli ​campaign ​against Iran and the new Cold War with Russia.

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