Category Archives: Oil

Noam Chomsky: Will We Survive the 21st Century?

Nuclear Extinction

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with Noam Chomsky

DurhamUniversity on May 28, 2014

Professor Noam Chomsky Institute Professor & Professor of Linguistics (Emeritus), Massachusetts Institute of Technology addressed this question of global significance in a special Durham Castle Lecture on 22nd May.

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The New Cold War’s Ukraine Gambit by Michael Hudson + Rick Rozoff: CrossTalk: Nulandistan Update

Updated: May 16, 2014 Added video

Updated: May 14, 2014 Added video

by Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
michael-hudson.com
May 13, 2014

Michael Hudson[1]

The following article is from a new book, Flashpoint in Ukraine, edited by Stephen Lendman. It is currently available from Clarity Press as an e-book, and soon to be printed.

Finance in today’s world has become war by non-military means. Its object is the same as that of military conquest: appropriation of land and basic infrastructure, and the rents that can be extracted as tribute. In today’s world this is taken mainly in the form of debt service and privatization. That is how neoliberalism works, subduing economies by indebting their governments and using unpayably high debts as a lever to pry away the public domain at distress prices. It is what today’s New Cold War is all about. Backed by the IMF and European Central Bank (ECB) as knee-breakers in what has become in effect a financial extension of NATO, the aim is for U.S. and allied investors to appropriate the plums that kleptocrats have taken from the public domain of Russia, Ukraine and other post-Soviet economies in these countries, as well as whatever assets remain. Continue reading

Global Economy Confounds Washington’s War Mentality by Finian Cunningham

by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from Strategic Culture Foundation
April 25, 2014

Capitalism and its imperialist proclivity have been associated with the structural causes of conflict and war over recent centuries. But given today’s imperative realities of a globalized economy, capitalism – or at least large sections of it – cannot afford such a conflict or desire it. In this regard, we may be witnessing a seminal shift, whereby Washington’s threatened sanctions towards Russia, and the war that that entails, are seen as an untenable political agenda divorced from the all-important economic realm.

In pushing this agenda, Washington may be the one that finds itself isolated, not Moscow. Continue reading

Greg Palast: Exclusive Investigation Uncovers How BP Uses Bribes To Do Business

Egret - BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

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with Greg Palast
Writer, Dandelion Salad
www.gregpalast.com
Apr. 22, 2014

 on Apr 22, 2014

Four years after 200-million gallon BP oil spill, TRNN speaks with investigative journalist Greg Palast about BP’s collusion with government officials to get dodge safety regulations.

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Ralph Nader Radio: Sugar, McCutcheon, Climate Change, Oil Spills and Army Food

Anacortes McCutcheon

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
April 8, 2014

Ralph carves up Antonin Scalia and “Corporate Welfare King,” Rush Limbaugh, points out how Exxon actually made money on the Exxon/Valdez oil spill; and we discuss whether Germany actually won World War II, and the one position that Ralph took that he now regrets. Continue reading

The Great Challenge-Oil + The Secret of the Seven Sisters

Middle East, oil and gas ;

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PressTV documentaries on Apr 5, 2014

This doc shows the US policies in the Middle East designed according to its dire need for oil. The US overthrows governments if they don’t comply with its policies or support them if they prove to be helpful in this regard.

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Greg Palast: BP, Not Exxon, Caused the Exxon Valdez Disaster

with Greg Palast
Writer, Dandelion Salad
www.gregpalast.com
March 25, 2014

Exxon Valdez Oil Spill - 0149

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GregPalastOffice on Mar 24, 2014

RT-TV Breaking the Set —- Abby Martin features an exclusive interview with investigative journalist, Greg Palast, discussing his article on TruthDig which exposes the extent of BP’s culpability in the Exxon Valdez oil spill 25 years ago, specifically for not providing adequate safety equipment, a criminal offense which was repeated in the 2010 Deep Water Horizon spill.

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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 readersupportednews.org
February 2, 2014

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

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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

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(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
www.workers.org
January 29, 2014

U.S. Out of Libya

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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)

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by Walter Brasch
Writer, Dandelion Salad
walterbrasch.com
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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