FAILED: Foreign Policy as We Know It by David Swanson

Syria: Stop the War march, London, 31 August 2013

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
November 30, 2017

The Stop the War Coalition has just published a short summary of what’s wrong with foreign policy, going through a partial list of current wars one by one. Of course this is a British organization with a British perspective, but it’s the closest thing to what a well-funded U.S. anti-war organization might produce, and it ought to be considered by people everywhere, as it impacts us all.

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Why Saudi Public Relations Are So Disastrous by Finian Cunningham + Shadow World (must-see)

Human rights campaigners protest against Farnborough International arms fair

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from Strategic Culture Foundation
November 28, 2017

What a disastrous past week it’s been for Saudi Arabia’s international public relations. It’s hard to imagine how it could possibly become more ignominious or cringe making for the House of Saud.

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David Swanson: Senate Refuses to Stop Endless War

No War

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with David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
September 15, 2017

TheRealNews on Sep 14, 2017

Sixteen years after its passage, the Senate has rejected an effort to repeal the Congressional authorization that has been used as a blank check for military action around the globe, says David Swanson of World Beyond War.

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David Swanson: Purposeless Death in Syria + No U.S. Warplanes Over Syria News Conference

Parliament Square sit-in against Syria airstrikes.

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
August 9, 2017

Statement by David Swanson as Director of World Beyond War at DC press conference August 8, 2017.

I won’t have time to list all the reasons I want U.S. military planes and drones out of Syrian skies much less all the reasons people have noted in comments on our petition, but there’s no question what my first reason is, although it’s not a reason always given much weight here in Washington.

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Uncle Sam’s Grisly Record of Murder and Mayhem Since 1945 by Paul Street

Genocide Phnom Penh

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by Paul Street
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Official Website of Paul Street, July 30, 2017
August 1, 2017

The United States has killed, maimed, displaced, and otherwise harmed an astonishing number of people in its 241-year record of murder and mayhem – including more than 20 million killed in 37 nations since 1945.

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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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Dandelion Salad

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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David Swanson: House Panel Votes to Debate Post-9/11 Blank Check for War + De-Authorize the Use of Military Force by David Swanson

End-War

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with David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
July 12, 2017

TheRealNews on Jul 11, 2017

The House Appropriations Committee has advanced a measure proposed by Rep. Barbara Lee that would repeal the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force, which the U.S. has used to wage wars around the globe.

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Self-Defense Is No Defense for US Acts of War in Syria by Finian Cunningham

“Another war based on lies!”

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from Strategic Culture Foundation
June 20, 2017

The shooting down of a Syrian fighter jet by US forces this week comes on the back of several aggressive actions by American military on the ground. Taken together the US actions mark an alarming escalation of intervention in the Syrian war – to the point where the Americans can be said to be now openly at war against Syria.

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John Pilger: There Is No Evidence + Vanessa Beeley: Depleted Uranium and White Phosphorus Used in Syria

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Dandelion Salad

with John Pilger

vanessa beeley on Jun 19, 2017

He has been defying the Establishment gatekeepers and telling us the truth about what’s really going on in the world for over 50 years. He has covered wars around the world from Vietnam to Iraq, and is also an award-winning documentary filmmaker. For many, John Pilger is the journalists’ journalist, and he came into the Sputnik studio to give us his thoughts on the state of the press today.

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Trump’s Lawless Presidency? Just Like All the Rest of Them by Finian Cunningham

The Anti-War Protest Presence at the Philadelphia Democratic Convention

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from Strategic Culture Foundation
June 12, 2017

Piling on the invective against Donald Trump, an op-ed in the New York Times this week castigated him as a “lawless president”. The business tycoon-turned politician has already been roundly condemned in the US media as a traitor, stooge, buffoon and much more. Now the Times has marked him down as “lawless”.

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London Bridge Attack – Hypocrisy, Double Standards and Double Dealing by Felicity Arbuthnot

Vigil After London Bridge Attack

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by Felicity Arbuthnot
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London, England
June 6, 2017

“Nothing justifies killing of innocent people.” — Tony Blair, CNN, 15th January 2015

Perhaps the attack which killed seven and injured forty-eight — twenty-one critically — on a balmy Saturday evening on London Bridge and nearby Borough Market, a popular area of cafes, bars and restaurants, could be described in one word: “blowback.”

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Mosul’s “Liberation”: Another Fallujah, Dresden or Hiroshima? by Felicity Arbuthnot

No New War On Iraq DC Rally 16

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by Felicity Arbuthnot
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London, England
June 1, 2017

“In the United States today, the Declaration of Independence hangs on schoolroom walls, but foreign policy follows Machiavelli.” — Howard Zinn, 1922-2010

When the US, UK and their fellow destroyers of nations embarked, in October last year, on erasing Iraq’s ancient Mosul in order to save it, did they reflect on the enormity of the cost to humanity and history of their actions now and that of their genocidal, illegal invasion and fourteen year occupation – and counting? (Not forgetting the bombing of the country 1991-2003.) There was a quasi pull out in 2009, but a reported 16,000 mercenaries remained in the US Embassy compound.

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Jeremy Scahill and Glenn Greenwald: What if All Victims of War Received the Media Attention of Manchester Victims? + Criminalizing WikiLeaks is a Threat to Journalists

Jeremy Scahill and Glenn Greenwald: What if All Victims of War Received the Media Attention of Manchester Victims?

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Democracy Now! on May 25, 2017

https://democracynow.org – In Britain, police are expanding their investigation into Monday’s suicide bombing in Manchester that killed 22 and left dozens injured. Many of those killed were young girls. While the Manchester story has dominated international headlines, far less attention has been paid to other stories this week involving the deaths of civilians. In Syria and Iraq, U.S.-led or backed airstrikes have killed dozens of civilians in the last week alone. Meanwhile, in Yemen, the human rights group Reprieve says U.S. Navy SEALs killed five civilians during a raid Tuesday night on a village in Ma’rib governorate. To talk more about how the media covers civilian casualties, we speak with two of the founders of The Intercept: Jeremy Scahill and Glenn Greenwald.

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The Tragedy of Forced Displacement by Graham Peebles

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by Graham Peebles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London, England
May 19, 2017

It constitutes the greatest humanitarian crisis since the Second World War affecting huge numbers of people and demanding all that is best in us. Yet instead of compassion, understanding and unity, all too often intolerance, ignorance and suspicion characterise the response to the needs of refugees and migrants.

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Trump’s Tomahawks, Double Standards – Using Chemical and Radioactive Weapons for Profit? by Felicity Arbuthnot

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by Felicity Arbuthnot
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London, England
May 16, 2017

“Two centuries ago, a former European colony decided to catch up with Europe. It succeeded so well that the United States of America became a monster, in which the taints, the sickness and the inhumanity of Europe have grown to appalling dimensions.” — Frantz Fanon, 1961 (1925-1961)

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