Occupied Washington, D.C. by Stephanie Westbrook

Thanks to Stephanie Westbrook for sending this to DS.

See her photo essay video: Occupied Washington, D.C.

by Stephanie Westbrook
Guest Writer
Dandelion Salad
April 10, 2010

lockhead martin aircraft
photo by Stephanie Westbrook

As a visitor to our nation’s capital, I cannot tell you how disconcerting it is to step off the metro and find yourself face to face with a F-35 fighter jet. Where you would normally expect to find ads for cell phones or museum exhibitions, Washington’s subway, the second busiest in the country, instead displays full color backlit billboards for some of the most deadly – and expensive – weapons systems ever produced.

The ads for such companies as Lockheed Martin, the world’s largest weapons producer, Goodrich, KBR, AGI, BAE Systems and Northrop Grumman can be found in many of the metro stations in the Washington metropolitan area. Not surprisingly, the heaviest concentration is at Pentagon City and near government offices at the Federal Center and Capitol South stations. Undoubtedly, the ads aim to influence key decision-makers, but they also serve the purpose of selling to the general public the concept that only our superior military prowess can protect us from a hostile world.

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A day in the life of prisoners at Guantanamo (photo essay)


Mail Online
2 April 2010

The eerie images of leg irons, ‘life lessons’ and boredom at America’s darkest prison

They are scenes of tediousness rather than of terror or torture.

But the shackles and barbed wire imply the threat behind the boredom, as these never-before-seen images of life inside the prison at Guantanamo Bay show.

The inane round of exercise, packaged meals and ‘life lessons’ is now everything to these, the few remaining detainees – who have never been charged with any crimes – at Guantanamo.


via A day in the life of prisoners at Guantanamo: The eerie images of leg irons, ‘life lessons’ and boredom at America’s darkest prison | Mail Online



Occupied Washington, D.C.


Thanks to Stephanie Westbrook for sending this to DS.


March 30, 2010 — A photo essay on the military presence in our nation’s capital

Occupied Washington DC


Out-Republicaning the Republicans By Ted Rall

Daniel Ellsberg: Our President Is Deceiving the American Public

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In the Shadow of Power by Ralph Nader + Q&A with Kike Arnal


by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
March 5, 2010

Our just published In the Shadow of Power is a penetrating collection of 92 black and white photographs about life in Washington, DC, by Venezuelan photographer Kike Arnal.

After scores of books and reports by our groups over forty-five years, where the premise was that “a thousand words is worth one picture,” I am reminded of the impact of the reverse saying “a picture is worth a thousand words.” Continue reading

Ralph Nader on Bunning, Dodd, Cars and Poverty in D. C.


Democracy Now!
March 2, 2010

Ralph Nader on the GOP Filibuster of Unemployment Benefits Bill, the Collapse of the Consumer Financial Protection Agency Proposal, and the Latest Auto Recalls

Senate Republican Jim Bunning is continuing to filibuster a key spending bill to extend unemployment benefits for hundreds of thousands of American workers. The blocked bill also affects several governmental agencies, rural television customers and doctors receiving Medicare payments. At the same time, Senate Banking Committee Chair Christopher Dodd has abandoned an idea proposed by President Obama and favored by consumer groups to create an independent Consumer Financial Protection Agency to protect consumers against abuses in mortgages, credit cards and other forms of lending. Meanwhile, General Motors announced today it is recalling 1.3 million compact cars in North America because of a power steering problem that has been linked to fourteen crashes. GM blamed the fault on a supplier partially owned by Toyota. We speak to longtime consumer advocate Ralph Nader. [includes rush transcript]

via Ralph Nader on the GOP Filibuster of Unemployment Benefits Bill, the Collapse of the Consumer Financial Protection Agency Proposal, and the Latest Auto Recalls

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The Pictures of War You Aren’t Supposed to See by Chris Hedges

by Chris Hedges
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
Jan. 4, 2010

War is brutal and impersonal. It mocks the fantasy of individual heroism and the absurdity of utopian goals like democracy. In an instant, industrial warfare can kill dozens, even hundreds of people, who never see their attackers. The power of these industrial weapons is indiscriminate and staggering. They can take down apartment blocks in seconds, burying and crushing everyone inside. They can demolish villages and send tanks, planes and ships up in fiery blasts. The wounds, for those who survive, result in terrible burns, blindness, amputation and lifelong pain and trauma. No one returns the same from such warfare. And once these weapons are employed all talk of human rights is a farce.

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Ryan Lobo: Photographing the hidden story

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December 15, 2009

http://www.ted.com Ryan Lobo has traveled the world, taking photographs that tell stories of unusual human lives. In this haunting talk, he reframes controversial subjects with empathy, so that we see the pain of a Liberian war criminal, the quiet strength of UN women peacekeepers and the perseverance of Delhi’s underappreciated firefighters.

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COMO says Yes to Youth Peace Volunteers! (photos)

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Nov. 15, 2009

Alex, Emma & Lily

Originally uploaded by Dandelion Salad

Members and friends of Peaceworks met for their annual dinner last night, so I went and took lots of photos of smiling faces for the Afghan Peace Vigil.

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2nd Cup of Tea Peace Vigil, our 2nd mile of love

Abdulai, Afghan boy

13 year old Abdulai

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Updated: Nov. 16, 2009 added Part 2

November 14, 2009

We wish for you to join us in our 2nd Cup of Tea Peace Vigil, ‎
person by hopeful person, friends with new friends
in homes, in parks, along the streets ‎
and in the warm places of your hearts!‎

بار اول دوست , بار دوم برادر!‏
The first time, were friends. The second time, brothers.‎
Afghan proverb

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President Signs Law Giving Defense Department Authority To Exempt Photos From Freedom Of Information Act

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American Civil Liberties Union

ACLU Renews Call For Secretary Gates Not To Block Release Of Torture Photos

CONTACT: (212) 549-2666; media@aclu.org

WASHINGTON – President Obama today signed into law a Homeland Security appropriations bill that grants the Department of Defense (DOD) the authority to continue suppressing photos of prisoner abuse. The amendment, which would allow the DOD to exempt photos from the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), is aimed at photos ordered released by a federal appeals court as part of an American Civil Liberties Union FOIA lawsuit for photos and other records related to detainee abuse in U.S. custody overseas, although it would apply to other photos in government custody as well. Earlier this month, the ACLU sent a letter to Secretary Robert Gates urging him not to exercise the authority to suppress the photos in their case, stating that the photos “are of critical relevance to an ongoing national debate about accountability.”

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James Balog: Time-lapse proof of extreme ice loss

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In case you missed this.

September 09, 2009

http://www.ted.com Photographer James Balog shares new image sequences from the Extreme Ice Survey, a network of time-lapse cameras recording glaciers receding at an alarming rate, some of the most vivid evidence yet of climate change. Continue reading

ArmorGroup’s lewd behavior and hazing + Kabul Embassy: Scenes from Lord of the Flies + photos

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Updated: Sept 4, 2009 added link to photos

ArmorGroup’s lewd behavior and hazing

September 01, 2009 PBS News Hour

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Viva Palestina aid convoy enters Gaza + We are in Gaza (photos)

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Viva Palestina aid convoy enters Gaza
Wed, 15 Jul 2009 18:21:43 GMT

The Viva Palestina humanitarian convoy enters the Gaza Strip, breaking the deadly Israeli blockade imposed on 1.5 million Palestinians for a second time.

The American aid convoy carrying hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of supplies for the people of Gaza crossed the Rafah border on Wednesday upon receiving permission from Cairo after a 10-day delay.

The 200 activists are allowed to stay in the coastal territory only for 24 hours, a Press TV correspondent reported.

Viva Palestina activists, all Americans, including Charles Barron, a New York City Councilman, say that they have been stranded on the Egyptian side of the Rafah crossing for about 10 days despite earlier arrangements.

The humanitarian aid convoy consisting of 50 vehicles is the second organized by British Member of Parliament and Press TV presenter George Galloway.


Photos: Viva Palestina US » WE ARE IN GAZA!!!!

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Uighur Protest In Guantánamo: Photos by Andy Worthington + Bob Dylan: Subterranean Homesick Blues

by Andy Worthington
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
6 June 2009

On Monday, just hours after the first war crimes hearing for four months was convened at Guantánamo, and just hours before the Pentagon announced that a sixth prisoner had died, apparently by committing suicide, the small group of reporters — “less than a dozen,” according to Michelle Shephard of the Toronto Star — who had made the trip to watch a military judge commend the Canadian prisoner Omar Khadr for being “well-spoken” and “professional,” while criticizing his lawyers for their infighting, witnessed what Shephard called “a rare unscripted moment on the base,” when two prisoners staged “an impromptu protest.”

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