US ‘Deep State’ Sold Out Counter-Terrorism To Keep Itself In Business by Gareth Porter

Parliament Square sit-in against Syria airstrikes.

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by Gareth Porter
Writer, Dandelion Salad
crossposted at Middle East Eye, April 21, 2017
Washington
April 23, 2017

Since 2001, senior Pentagon and CIA officials have sacrificed American interests in weakening al-Qaeda to pursue their own interests

New York Times columnist Tom Friedman outraged many readers when he wrote an opinion piece on 12 April calling on President Trump to “back off fighting territorial ISIS in Syria”. The reason he gave for that recommendation was not that US wars in the Middle East are inevitably self-defeating and endless, but that it would reduce the “pressure on Assad, Iran, Russia and Hezbollah”.

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Chris Hedges: The Uncivil War

Chris Hedges: The Uncivil War

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Apr 15, 2017

On this week’s episode of On Contact, Chris Hedges is joined by Max Blumenthal, author and Senior Editor of AlterNet’s Grayzone Project, and Ben Norton, reporter for Alternet. Following the American missile attacks on a Syrian airbase in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack, they discuss the U.S. role in the Syrian conflict.

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John Pilger: Trump Fired Those Missiles In Order To Save His Political Skin

World War 3 - XV

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with John Pilger

goingundergroundRT on Apr 15, 2017

Legendary journalist and filmmaker John Pilger tells us how close we are now to a nuclear war.

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Promising Peace and Waging War: Trump Follows American Tradition + Trump Won’t Be Cancelling World War 3 After All

Promising Peace and Waging War: Trump Follows American Tradition + Trump Won't Be Cancelling World War 3 After All

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with Caleb Maupin
writer, Dandelion Salad
April 14, 2017

Caleb Maupin on Apr 11, 2017

Caleb Maupin is a 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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The US Missile Attack on a Syrian Airbase: The Most Dangerous Escalation in Syria by Fazal Rahman, Ph.D.

British parliament - David Cameron - Don't bomb Syria.

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by Fazal Rahman, Ph.D.
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally published on imperialismandthethirdworld, April 8, 2017
April 13, 2017

In some earlier articles (1, 2), I had described the dangers of escalations of wars and civil wars in Syria and Middle East by provocative military actions of Turkey, US, NATO, their so-called Coalition Forces, and foreign and domestic terrorists, financed, trained, and armed by them. In Syria, in opposition to them, and in support of the legitimate government of Syria, which they have been trying to overthrow since 2011, the superpower of Russia and the great regional power of Iran have also intervened very effectively, and have been crucial in turning the tide in favor of the Syrian government. All the major anti-state terrorist groups in Syria are in retreat and the Syrian government forces are getting closer to complete victory and establishment of control over all of its territory.

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Poodle Trump Runs With Dogs of War by Finian Cunningham + Chris Hedges: MSM ‘Kneejerk Cheerleading’ After Syria Strike Nothing New

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from Sputnik International, April 7, 2017
April 9, 2017

So the brash, big-mouth tycoon in the White House with an outsized ego has finally unleashed the dogs of war in Syria.

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Top 10 Lies, Damn Lies, and Lies About Syria by David Swanson + Was the Syria Strike Even Legal?

British parliament - David Cameron - Don't bomb Syria.

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
April 7, 2017

1. Chemical weapons are worse than other weapons.

This is not the case. Death and dismemberment are horrific regardless of the weapon. No weapon is being used legally, morally, humanely, or practically in Syria or Iraq. U.S. bombs are no less indiscriminate, no less immoral, and no less illegal than chemical weapons — or for that matter than the depleted uranium weapons with which the United States has been poisoning the area. The fact that a weapon has not been banned does not create a legal right to go into a country and kill people with it.

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Noam Chomsky on Trump’s First 75 Days and More + Full Transcript

Donald Trump - Caricature

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with Noam Chomsky

Democracy Now! on Apr 5, 2017

http://democracynow.org – Full 70-minute interview with Noam Chomsky on Democracy Now! today talking about Donald Trump’s first 75 days in the White House and much more.

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White Helmets Video, Macabre Manipulation of Dead Children and Staged Chemical Weapons Attack to Justify a “No-Fly Zone” in Syria by Marcello Ferrada de Noli

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Warning

The video below may contain images depicting the reality and horror of war/violence and should only be viewed by a mature audience.

by Marcello Ferrada de Noli
SWEDHR chair
The Indicter, March 6, 2017
March 10, 2017

An examination of a White Helmets video, conducted by Swedish medical doctors, specialists in various fields, including paediatrics, have revealed that the life-saving procedures seen in the film are incorrect – in fact life-threatening – or simply fake, including simulated emergency resuscitation techniques being used on already lifeless children.

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Tariq Ali: The Basis For Trump’s Victory Was Laid By Obama’s Policies

Resist sign, Supreme Court news conference to call for the reversal of President Trump’s travel ban on refugees and immigrants from several Middle East countries

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Dandelion Salad

teleSUR English on Feb 1, 2017

Tariq Ali discusses the first few days of Trump’s presidency and provides an analysis of the state of politics in countries around the world.

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Abby Martin: Stephen Cohen Debunks US Claim “Russia #1 Threat”

World War 3 - XV

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with Abby Martin

teleSUR English on Jan 19, 2017

Leading scholar on US-Russia relations addresses the claim being trumpeted by politicians and media on both sides of the political spectrum that Russia is now the “number one” threat to the United States. Given the proxy wars in Syria and Ukraine, Dr. Cohen tells host Abby Martin that the real alarming danger today is “a new, multi-front Cuban missile crisis.”

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Trump Dredging the Swamp to Empower the Worst Elements of the ‘Shadow World’

Human rights campaigners protest against Farnborough International arms fair

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The Story Behind the Gripping New Documentary ‘Shadow World’ (1/5)

TheRealNews on Dec 16, 2016

In part one, Andrew Feinstein discusses being witness to a corrupt weapons deal in post-apartheid South Africa sparked his quest to uncover the world of war profiteers and weapons contractors.

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The Bolton Threat to Trump’s Middle East Policy by Gareth Porter + Glenn Greenwald: Genuinely Terrifying Prospect

peace in persia

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by Gareth Porter
Writer, Dandelion Salad
crossposted at Middle East Eye
Washington
November 14, 2016

Disastrous consequences could ensue if President-elect Donald Trump picks John Bolton for Secretary of State

Post-election comments on Middle East policy last week by President-elect Donald Trump and one his campaign advisers have provoked speculation about whether Trump will upend two main foreign policy lines of the Obama administration in the Middle East.

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John Pilger: The Media Created Donald Trump

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with

goingundergroundRT on Nov 9, 2016

Afshin Rattansi goes underground on the US election results. Author and documentary filmmaker John Pilger tells us what has been revealed by Trump winning the U.S election. Plus what does a Donald Trump presidency mean for the Middle East?

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Abby Martin: We’ve Been Lied To, Over and Over Again

Lies

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with Abby Martin

mark jaramillo on Oct 31, 2016

The 2016 Media Freedom Summit celebrated 40 years of Project Censored. The event also brought together independent journalists, media activists, professors, students, and members of the public to discuss the links between media power and political power, and to share effective strategies for advancing social justice by promoting media freedom and critical media literacy.

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