Category Archives: Oil

Lighting The Fires For Chaos In Ukraine by Bruce Gagnon

by Bruce Gagnon
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Organizing Notes
March 3, 2014

A couple of people have wondered if I exaggerated the possibility of war with Russia over Ukraine. I don’t think so – in fact I would suggest that the proxy war is already underway.

Two of the first things that happened following the US led coup d’etat in Ukraine was the “new government” declaring that Russian would be removed as one of the official languages (Ukraine has millions of Russians in it) and that the ban on Nazi symbols and ideology would be lifted. Continue reading

Preparing For War With Russia by Bruce Gagnon

by Bruce Gagnon
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Organizing Notes
March 2, 2014

I’ve been writing for many years about US-NATO efforts to militarily surround Russia.  The oil-i-garchy wants to get ahold of the natural gas (the world’s largest supply) that sits on Russian territory.  It also wants full control of the Arctic region now that climate change will make it possible to drill for oil there.  Russia has a huge northern coastal border with the Arctic and thus stands in the way of western oil control.

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Why House of Saud Fears/Hates Iran by Finian Cunningham

by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from PressTV
February 6, 2014

In countless media interviews and statements, it is clear that the Saudi rulers have an abiding obsession with Iran – an obsession that betrays an intense fear and hatred.

Senior members of the House of Saud have let it be known that their real focus in Syria, for example, is not primarily the government of Bashar al Assad, and their desire for regime change, but rather the main target is Assad’s closest regional ally – Iran.

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Texas Supreme Court Poised to Save Planet by William Boardman

by William Boardman
Guest Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally published on
February 2, 2014

Chicago Chapter of RAN Sends Canadian Consulate A Clear Message About Tar Sands

Image by Rainforest Action Network via Flickr

Most of the Keystone XL chatter these days is about the U.S. State Department fantasy that tapping the tar sands of Canada will be a benign blessing for America and the world. But almost no one mentions the Texas Supreme Court case that could shut the pipeline down completely – since a court ruling for the appellant could mean that the pipeline was built on property to which the pipeline owner had no rights.

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Goodnight Gaia by Ed Ciaccio + Stop the Keystone XL Pipeline + State Department’s Fact Sheet

by Ed Ciaccio
Writer, Dandelion Salad
January 31, 2014

Stop Keystone XL

Image by chesapeakeclimate via Flickr

(to the music of “Goodnight Saigon” by Billy Joel)

We entered crying
From mothers’ safe wombs.
We struggled daily
To keep from our tombs.
And we learned fast
That life was tough,
So we were determined
To make it enough.

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Anti-NATO Forces Retake Areas in Southern Libya by Abayomi Azikiwe

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by Abayomi Azikiwe
January 29, 2014

U.S. Out of Libya

Image by Jacob Anikulapo via Flickr

For nearly seven months in 2011, NATO planes — particularly from the U.S., France, Britain and Canada — carried out a massive bombing campaign in Libya intended to overthrow the government of Muammar Gaddafi.

After getting the U.N. Security Council to pass a resolution imposing an arms embargo on Libya and then another authorizing a so-called “no-fly zone” in which only their planes could fly, the imperialists succeeded in having Gaddafi captured and brutally killed, opening the way for the establishment of a new regime that would further their interests in that oil-rich North African country.

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Train Derailments Another of Fracking’s Problems by Walter Brasch

POV: Across Spuyten Duyvil Creek from the scene of the terrible train derailment this morning. (Under the Henry Hudson Bridge)

Image by Steve Guttman NYC via Flickr

by Walter Brasch
Writer, Dandelion Salad
January 24, 2014

The derailment of a 101-car CSX freight train on a bridge in a densely-populated part of Philadelphia this past week should be yet another warning to politicians who have become cheerleaders for oil and gas fracking.

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Israel: Gas, Oil and Trouble in the Levant by Felicity Arbuthnot

by Felicity Arbuthnot
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London, England
December 28, 2013

Israel is set to become a major exporter of gas and some oil, if all goes to plan. The giant Leviathan natural gas field, in the eastern Mediterranean, discovered in December 2010, is widely described as “off the coast of Israel.”

At the time the gas field was:

“…the most prominent field ever found in the sub-explored area of the Levantine Basin, which covers about 83,000 square kilometres of the eastern Mediterranean region.” (i)

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Lee Camp: Exxon and BP Really Don’t Want You To Know This + Chris Hedges: Cannibalization of Natural Resources

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with Chris Hedges

Arkansas Tar Sands Oil Spill

Image by NWFblogs via Flickr

LeeCamp2 on Nov 7, 2013

There’s a lot about oil spills big oil doesn’t want you to know. We cover a great deal of it in this episode and somehow have time to make it funny. We also talk again with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist CHRIS HEDGES.

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Saving the Earth from Ourselves + IPCC report: Human-caused warming is ‘unequivocal’

Ents admiring themselves - 6523

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UN: Greenland ice melting six times faster than previous decades

TheRealNews on Sep 27, 2013

Environmental expert Subhankar Banerjee breaks down the latest UN climate change report.

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Keystone XL Pipeline Civil Disobedience

Tar Sands Blockade N19

Image by Elizabeth Brossa via Flickr

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CIMC on Jun 2, 2013

In this episode, we’ll see a short documentary about activists and landowners joining forces to stop the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline. We’ll also go to recent protest activities in Chicago, including those opposing the corporate control of food, a proposed buyout of the Tribune company’s newspapers, and a commemoration of May Day.

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Just Because America Has Been Taken Over By Mendacious Mass-Murdering Madmen Doesn’t Mean We Can’t Have A Good Time by William Blum

by William Blum
Writer, Dandelion Salad
June 5, 2013

What our presidents tell our young people

In this season of college graduations, let us pause to remember the stirring words of America’s beloved scholar, George W. Bush, speaking in Florida in 2007 at the commencement exercises of Miami Dade College:

“In Havana and other Cuban cities, there are people just like you who are attending school, and dreaming of a better life. Continue reading

TransCanada Seizes Land In Texas By Eminent Domain by Walter Brasch

kxl pipeline photos

Image by via Flickr

by Walter Brasch
Writer, Dandelion Salad
May 19, 2013

Julia Trigg Crawford of Direct, Texas, is the manager of a 650-acre farm that her grandfather first bought in 1948. The farm produces mostly corn, wheat, and soy. On its north border is the Red River; to the west is the Bois d’Arc Creek.

TransCanada is an Alberta-based corporation that is building the controversial Keystone Pipeline that will carry bitumen—thicker, more corrosive and toxic, than crude oil—through 36-inch diameter pipes from the Alberta tar sands to refineries on the Gulf Coast, mostly to be exported. The $2.3 billion southern segment, about 485 miles from Cushing, Okla., to the Gulf Coast is nearly complete. Continue reading

Imperial Recipes for a Burnt Planet by Chris Williams

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Climate change

Image by jeancliclac via Flickr

by Chris Williams
April 2, 2013

Chris Williams, author of Ecology and Socialism: Solutions to Capitalist Ecological Crisis, explains the critical connection between imperialism and ecological destruction.

AT THE turn of the 19th century, industrialist and weapons manufacturer par excellence Alfred Nobel, the guilt-ridden inventor of dynamite, established the Peace Prize that carries his name, proposing that it go “to the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between the nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies, and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses.”

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Media Grounded: No-fly zone over Arkansas oil spill to censor news coverage?

Arkansas Tar Sands Oil Spill

Image by NWFblogs via Flickr

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RussiaToday·Apr 4, 2013

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has imposed an indefinite no-fly zone over an area in Arkansas recently affected by an oil spill. It’s sparked concern that the Exxon Mobil oil company may be trying to keep the TV cameras away from the scene. RT’s Marina Portnaya reports.

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