I’m Sick and Tired of This Thing Called “Patriotism,” by William Blum

Patriotism

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by William Blum
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally published July 5, 2010
July 3, 2022

Some thoughts on “patriotism” written on July 4

Most important thought: I’m sick and tired of this thing called “patriotism”.

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Abby Martin Confronts Sec. of State Antony Blinken Over Israeli Murder of Shireen Abu Akleh

Abby Martin Confronts Sec. of State Antony Blinken Over Israeli Murder of Shireen Abu Akleh

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with Abby Martin

Empire Files on Jun 8, 2022

In LA for Biden’s ‘Summit of the Americas,’ Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke about press freedom at a journalism forum. Abby Martin confronted him over US hypocrisy. Featuring commentary from Abby after the event.

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David Swanson and Margaret Kimberley: Powell, Obama, Alex Saab and Assange

Close-up of a poster on a pole with a message "Free Julian Assange"

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, Oct. 18, 2021
October 20, 2021

Margaret Kimberley is a co-founder and Executive Editor and Senior Columnist for Black Agenda Report, a recipient of the Serena Shim Award for Uncompromising Integrity in Journalism, a board member of Consortium News, and a recipient of a 2021 Women and Media Award from the Women’s Institute for Freedom of the Press.

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The Biden Administration Kidnaps Venezuelan Diplomat: #FreeAlexSaab Now! by Melinda Butterfield

A U.S. Guide--7 Steps to Kill a Revolution

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by Melinda Butterfield
Struggle ★ La Lucha
October 19, 2021

The Biden administration on Oct. 16 kidnapped Venezuelan diplomat Alex Saab from the West African country of Cape Verde, in blatant violation of international law. Under U.S. pressure, Saab had already been imprisoned and tortured in Cape Verde for 16 months.

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Imperialists Unleash Desperate Warfare Against Latin America, by Rainer Shea

End Fascist Violence in Bolivia

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by Rainer Shea
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rainer Shea: Anti-Imperialist Journalist
July 18, 2021

Last year, when the Bolivian people fought back against brutal repression to force out the coup regime that the U.S. empire installed in 2019, the imperialists quietly went into panic mode. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo looked visibly discouraged at the news that the Movement for Socialism (MAS) Party’s Luis Arce was to become the country’s president. Just a year after Washington had used its terrorists to force out the previous MAS president Evo Morales, the indigenous proletarian movement had reversed the counterrevolution.

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I’m Sick and Tired of This Thing Called “Patriotism,” by William Blum

Patriotism

Image by rstrawser via Flickr

by William Blum
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally published July 5, 2010
July 2, 2021

Some thoughts on “patriotism” written on July 4

Most important thought: I’m sick and tired of this thing called “patriotism”.

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Medea Benjamin: 10 Things Wrong With Biden’s Foreign Policy

Anti-War Demonstration at The White House 1/4/20

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theAnalysis-news on Mar 22, 2021

Progressive Americans hoped Biden would quickly restore the Iran deal and relations with Cuba. Instead, the administration seems firmly entrenched behind Trump’s walls of hostility. Medea Benjamin joins Paul Jay on theAnalysis.news.

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Abby Martin: US Kisses Saudi Crown + Taliban’s Tet Offensive

Human rights campaigners protest against Farnborough International arms fair - London, UK. 11th July, 2016

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Dandelion Salad

with Abby Martin

Empire Files on Mar 4, 2021

Abby Martin’s Empire Update wraps up the last week in US imperialism: Biden breaks major campaign promise to punish Saudi Arabia for Khashoggi murder; US & France extend war in Africa; Bolivia and Venezuela defy US Empire; major bloodshed on the horizon in Afghanistan.

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John Pilger: The New Cold War With China, American Exceptionalism, Biden’s Victory and Covid-19

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Dandelion Salad

with John Pilger

goingundergroundRT on Dec 19, 2020

On this season finale episode of Going Underground, we speak to legendary journalist and filmmaker John Pilger. He discusses the devastating impact of Coronavirus in the U.K., rising poverty and militarism, the Western logic for the new Cold War with China, the victory of Joe Biden over Donald Trump and why not much will change with Trump leaving the Presidency, the Yemen War, the survival of Venezuela despite crippling international sanctions, mainstream journalism vs real journalism and much more!

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Abby Martin: Why has Venezuela been in the Crosshairs of the US Empire for the Last 20 Years?

Abby Martin: Why has Venezuela been in the Crosshairs of the Empire for the Last 20 Years?

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Empire Files on Dec 10, 2020

Was the Venezuelan election rigged? Abby Martin speaks with an election observer.

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Abby Martin: It’s Just Mind-Boggling that the Democrats Continue to Support Trump’s Worst Foreign Policy Blunders and Policies

A U.S. Guide--7 Steps to Kill a Revolution

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Dandelion Salad

with Abby Martin

TeleSUR English on Oct 14, 2020

Unsubstantiated Trump’s questioning on mail-in voting system, the nomination of the conservative Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, and foreign policy of both candidates, are discussed by the journalist for Empire Files Abby Martin.

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USA’s Militarization of Latin America, by Yanis Iqbal

A U.S. Guide--7 Steps to Kill a Revolution

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by Yanis Iqbal
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Aligarh, India
September 3, 2020

Maj. Gen. Andrew Croft, the commander of 12th Air Force, wrote on 22 August: “I have seen an increasingly contested strategic space where Beijing and Moscow are aggressively investing time and resources in Latin America to support their authoritarian models of governance. The Air Force must reinforce the strength of our longstanding commitment to the Western Hemisphere. We lose ground when we are unable to commit to spending the time and resources to fly our aircraft south and train alongside our partners.”

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Covid-19 and the Health Crisis in Latin America, by Yanis Iqbal

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by Yanis Iqbal
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Aligarh, India
August 9, 2020

Latin America has surpassed more than 5 million Covid-19 cases to overtake North America, with 4.8 million Covid-19 cases, as the region worst-hit by the Coronavirus pandemic. This astronomic increase in Covid-19 cases has been accompanied by a corresponding economic catastrophe of great magnitude. According to a United Nations Policy Brief entitled “The Impact of COVID-19 on Latin America and the Caribbean”, “Parts of Latin America and the Caribbean have become hotspots of the coronavirus (COVID19) pandemic, exacerbated by weak social protection, fragmented health systems and profound inequalities. COVID-19 will result in the worst recession in the region in a century, causing a 9.1% contraction in regional GDP in 2020…This could push the number of poor up by 45 million (to a total of 230 million) and the number of extremely poor by 28 million (to 96 million in total), putting them at risk of undernutrition.” The Policy Brief further states that “The sharp drop in economic activity is expected to lift the unemployment rate from 8.1% in 2019 to 13.5% in 2020. The poverty rate is expected to rise by 7.0 percentage points in 2020, to 37.2%, while extreme poverty is expected to rise by 4.5 percentage points, from 11.0% to 15.5%, which represents an increase of 28 million people.”

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“We Will Coup Whoever We Want”: U.S. Empire’s Mask Slips Off, by Rainer Shea

“We Will Coup Whoever We Want”: U.S. Empire's Mask Slips Off, by Rainer Shea

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by Rainer Shea
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rainer Shea: Anti-Imperialist Journalist, July 27, 2020
July 28, 2020

Last week, when the billionaire neo-colonialist Elon Musk was confronted on Twitter about how his company is benefiting from the Washington-perpetrated coup in Bolivia, he replied with a statement that encapsulates the ugly nakedness of current U.S. imperialism: “We will coup whoever we want! Deal with it.” I have a feeling that when the world looks back on 2020, the time when the U.S. lashed out with such great violence when faced with its imperial decline, Musk’s declaration will be seen as the moment when the mask of the empire came off.

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I’m Sick and Tired of This Thing Called “Patriotism” by William Blum

Patriotism

Image by rstrawser via Flickr

by William Blum
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally published July 5, 2010
July 4, 2020

Some thoughts on “patriotism” written on July 4

Most important thought: I’m sick and tired of this thing called “patriotism”.

The Japanese pilots who bombed Pearl Harbor were being patriotic. The German people who supported Hitler and his conquests were being patriotic, fighting for the Fatherland. All the Latin American military dictators who overthrew democratically-elected governments and routinely tortured people were being patriotic — saving their beloved country from “communism”.

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