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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Frankly, The United States Does Not Have A Government — It Is A Regime + US Sanctions Are Pushing Russia to War by Finian Cunningham

Frankly, The United States Does Not Have A Government -- It Is A Regime + US Sanctions Are Pushing Russia to War by Finian Cunningham

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Updated: Aug. 15, 2018

by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from Sputnik, Aug. 12, 2018
August 14, 2018

American politicians provoke a slew of emotions, from tears of rage to tears of laughter. But perhaps the uppermost emotion is one of pity.

With a few honorable exceptions, it is such a pity that the American people are misled by such buffoons. It is such a pity that the American and Russian people — who have so much in common as human beings — are nevertheless being driven towards a state of war by these buffoonish politicians.

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David Swanson: An Actual Break with American Exceptionalism is not on the Agenda of Trump or his Advisors

Chicago Anti-War Protest

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
August 1, 2018

RT on Aug 1, 2018

On this edition of CrossTalk we consider only one question: Is Donald Trump’s “America First” policy in contradiction to the Washington Consensus idea of American Exceptionalism? The answer to this question will likely define Trump’s presidency and change the world in the process.

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11 Million Reasons For Wall Street and London To Hate Russia by Caleb Maupin

The Burning of the Sky

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by Caleb Maupin
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Caleb Maupin (website)
Caleb Maupin (Facebook Page)
New Eastern Outlook
July 26, 2018

Why does the US media have an anti-Russian fixation? It’s not what the American people want to hear. 71% of the Ronald Reagan-loving, military-obsessed Republican Party approve of Trump meeting with Putin. On the other side, top liberal CNN commentator and former President Obama’s adviser, Van Jones has admitted in a video recording that the “Russiagate” story is a “big nothing burger” which Democrats are not interested in. The Russia-fixated, Hillary Clinton-DNC liberal establishment now faces an upsurge of opposition from Democratic Socialists like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Bernie Sanders, who emphasize the need for populist economics reforms.

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Stephen F. Cohen: The Russia “National Security Crisis” is a U.S. Creation + Debunking the Putin Panic + Trump: A Symptom of a System in Decay

World War 3 - XV

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Part 1: The Russia “National Security Crisis” is a U.S. Creation

TheRealNews on Jul 19, 2018

President Trump’s warm words for Vladimir Putin and his failure to endorse U.S. intelligence community claims about alleged Russian meddling have been called “treasonous” and the cause of a “national security crisis.” There is a crisis, says Prof. Stephen F. Cohen, but one of our own making.

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The Intelligence Community is Neither by David Swanson + Sam Husseini Dragged out of Press Conference + Debate: Glenn Greenwald VS Joe Cirincione

The Intelligence Community is Neither by David Swanson + Sam Husseini Dragged out of Press Conference + Debate: Glenn Greenwald VS Joe Cirincione

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
July 18, 2018

At the big “Treason Summit” “Russopocalypse” “Catastrovent” on Monday, journalist Sam Husseini tried to ask a question about banning nuclear weapons, and was physically hauled out of the room by officials from the “Land of Press Freedom,” Finland. Meanwhile, an Associated Press reporter was permitted to ask a perfectly respectable question pushing a blatant lie that risks nuclear war. Yay for press freedom!

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Trump Treats EU Like Bozos by Finian Cunningham + NATO Needs To End by Pat Elder

No to War No to NATO

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from Sputnik
July 10, 2018

You can’t really blame Trump for treating European leaders with contempt. Frankly, it’s because they deserve it, and Trump knows it.

This week, the American president joins European allies at the NATO summit in Brussels, and the gathering is expected to be a bruising one. The Europeans are fearing a drubbing from Trump over financial commitments.

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All Disquiet On The Western Front by Finian Cunningham + Political Disagreements Could Lead to Breakdown of NATO

All Disquiet On The Western Front by Finian Cunningham

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from Sputnik
June 22, 2018

The US-led NATO military alliance earlier this month committed to a major escalation in force buildup on Russia’s western flank. The development underscores Russia’s long-held concern that the 29-member alliance is inevitably moving dangerously on a war footing.

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Of Fake News and History Suborned (In War and Peace) by Greg Maybury

Fake News Figure, with Lurid Background 3

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by Greg Maybury
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Perth, Western Australia
Pox Amerikana, May 25, 2018
May 28, 2018

We have blind men, one-eyed men, squint-eyed men, men with long sight, short sight, clear sight, dim sight, [and] weak sight. All that is a faithful enough image of our understanding; but we are barely acquainted with [men of] false sight. — Voltaire, The Philosophical Dictionary, Knopf, NY, 1924

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Gaza Massacre Exposes Western Hypocrisy on Russia’s “Annexation” of Crimea by Finian Cunningham

Disappearing Palestine

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from Strategic Culture Foundation, May 18, 2018
May 21, 2018

This week, Russian President Vladimir Putin unveiled a new 19-kilometer bridge linking the Crimean Peninsula with mainland southern Russia. Thousands of kilometers away, in occupied Palestine, a massacre was being carried out by Israeli soldiers with full support of the United States as it opened a new embassy.

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John Pilger: We’re Seeing the Most Intense Campaign of Propaganda Since the Build Up to the Iraq War

John Pilger: We're Seeing the Most Intense Campaign of Propaganda Since the Build Up to the Iraq War

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goingundergroundRT on May 5, 2018

We speak to the legendary journalist and filmmaker John Pilger about the events behind the mainstream media headlines on Syria, Salisbury, Yemen and the Korean Peninsula.

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The Moral Mask by Gregory Barrett

"anche il 9 aprile" "per un piano alternativo di rifiuti.... SMASH IMPERIALISM!"

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by Gregory Barrett
Guest Writer, Dandelion Salad
Aichtal, Germany
April 21, 2018

It feels as if world events are in overdrive, and sometimes it’s hard to escape the thought that that there is no longer much point in trying to analyse, or make sense of, a trajectory increasingly out of control.

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Another of the Many Charming Examples of Cold War Anti-Communism by William Blum

CCCP USSR in Moscow

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by William Blum
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Killing Hope
April 19, 2018

Unpersons

One reason it’s so easy to get an American administration, the mainstream media, and the American people to jump on an anti-Russian bandwagon is of course the legacy of the Soviet Union. To all the real crimes and shortcomings of that period the US regularly added many fictitious claims to agitate the American public against Moscow. That has not come to a halt. During a debate in the 2016 Republican presidential primary, candidate Ben Carson (now the head of the US Housing and Urban Development agency) allowed the following to pass his lips: “Joseph Stalin said if you want to bring America down, you have to undermine three things: Our spiritual life, our patriotism, and our morality.” This is a variation on many Stalinist “quotes” over the years designed to deprecate both the Soviet leader and any American who can be made to sound like him. The quote was quite false, but the debate moderators and the other candidates didn’t raise any question about its accuracy. Of course not.

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Two Right-Wing Coups in the Americas by Paul Street

The Trump & Clinton Show

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by Paul Street
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Official Website of Paul Street
April 18, 2018

You’ve got to hand it to Hillary Clinton. In 2016, she helped put the right-wing racist, sexist, nativist, authoritarian, and nationalist oligarch Donald Trump in the White House. She and her operatives did this in two ways: (1) by rigging the presidential primaries against the popular progressive Democrat Bernie Sanders, the Democrats’ best chance to prevail over Trump; (2) by mounting a dreadfully uninspiring and transparently tone-deaf, neoliberal general election campaign – a reflection of her massive funding by the nation’s corporate and financial establishment, including big business money normally slated for Republican presidential candidates.

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Draft Dodger in Chief Might Trigger A World War by Felicity Arbuthnot + Trump Threatens to Bomb Syria Without Any Investigation into Alleged Chemical Attack

“Another war based on lies!”

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by Felicity Arbuthnot
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London, England
April 12, 2018

As all becomes ever more rapidly surreal it seems that, barring a miracle, Draft Dodger in Chief, Donald Trump might trigger a world war, over an incident in Syria which is entirely evidence free.

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