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America - We're Number One! Mass incarceration

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Netflix on Apr 17, 2020

Combining archival footage with testimony from activists and scholars, director Ava DuVernay’s examination of the U.S. prison system looks at how the country’s history of racial inequality drives the high rate of incarceration in America.

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There Will Be No Social Or Racial Justice Worth Having On A Dead Planet, by Paul Street

BLM at Monroe Park, 20-06-11

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by Paul Street
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Official Website of Paul Street, June 13, 2020
June 14, 2020

I have never heard it louder than I did this morning.

The Interstate highway, I-80, that is, two miles or so north of my abode in Iowa City.

It’s a highway to Hell in the heartland of the deranged Superpower that leads the world in per-capita Greenhouse Gassing.

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Chris Hedges: The Real Looting of America

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“But I can tell you that the ruling elites, given what they’re doing in Washington and their utter refusal to respond in a rational way to what’s happening to larger and larger numbers within the citizenry, are playing with fire and playing with their own destruction.” — Chris Hedges

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A Long Time For Killing by Michael Parenti

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by Michael Parenti
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally published, Sept. 22, 2015
June 1, 2020

Today, across the nation, we witness homicidal violence delivered against unarmed people by law enforcement officers. These beatings and killings are carried out with something close to impunity. The cops almost always get away with murder. Moreover, these crimes are nothing new; they are longstanding in practice.

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Danny Haiphong: George Floyd and the Centrality of White Supremacy in America

"Am I next?" - Justice for Philando Castile

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“One of the reasons why white supremacy is such a huge lesson out of the Covid-19 pandemic is because Black workers have ultimately been the ones who have sacrificed themselves to ensure that what profits can be made here in the United States continue to be made. And they were ultimately the ones who bore the brunt of the deaths in most states across the country where Black Americans reside; two to three times the rate of deaths has been higher for Black Americans than White Americans in many cities and states across this country.” — Danny Haiphong

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Chris Hedges: It’s the System of Corporate Power and That Is Not Going To Get Better Unless We Make War Against the System

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“The Democratic Party know they’re safe with Biden. Look, it’s the fact, it’s all of these programs of austerity, the evisceration of our constitutional rights and civil liberties, the right to privacy, the complete control of the legislative process by corporate lobbyists and corporate money. The massive amounts of money it takes to run which comes from the oligarchs which is only a form of legalized bribery.” — Chris Hedges

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Chris Hedges and Miko Peled: Injustice–The Persecution of American Muslims Since 9/11

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

RT America on Aug 24, 2019

Host Chris Hedges talks to Israeli-American activist and author, Miko Peled, about the persecution of Muslims in America following 9/11, especially when they are supportive of Palestinian rights. Peled’s recent book Injustice: The Story of the Holy Land Foundation Five, published by Just World Books.

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CIA: World’s Biggest Terrorist Organization, featuring William Blum

Smash State Sanctioned Terrorism

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with William Blum
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally posted January 27, 2013
July 25, 2019

Originally on PressTVGlobalNews on Jan 24, 2013
rightwithya1 on Jun 8, 2014

A close look at the history of the CIA from its initial mission of intelligence gathering during World War II to covert subversive, counterrevolutionary, assassination operations around the world to CIA-led coups and regime changes from its backyard of Latin America to Africa, Europe, Middle East/Near East, Far East, Central Asia, … to its present day War on Terror.

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Aviva Chomsky: Are Immigration Detention Centers Concentration Camps?

Aviva Chomsky: Are Immigration Detention Centers Concentration Camps?

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TheRealNews on Jun 23, 2019

Aviva Chomsky discusses the reality of refugees coming to the U.S in light of the controversial statement of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez that refugees are kept in concentration camps.

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Chris Hedges’ Commencement Address: Integrity Forged in Cages

Ways of Thinking - Feudalism is very much alive

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with Chris Hedges

Nigrotime on May 21, 2019

On May 10, 2019, Chris Hedges gave this talk to 27 graduating students who were formerly incarcerated—several of whom he taught in prison—and their families at Rutgers University on Friday. The ceremony was held by the Mountainview Program at Rutgers, which helps students complete their degrees at Rutgers after they take college courses inside prisons through the New Jersey Scholarship and Transformative Education in Prisons Consortium (NJ-STEP) program.

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Chris Hedges and Andy Worthington: Over 17 Years of Detention and Torture at Guantanamo Bay Prison

Guantanamo Bay protest

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with Chris Hedges and Andy Worthington

RT America on Mar 23, 2019

The most notorious U.S. detention site in the world, Guantanamo Bay, still holds 40 prisoners. Most of the 800 men shipped to Guantanamo Bay since it was opened under George W. Bush in 2002 were sold to U.S. forces for bounty by Pakistani and Afghan officials, militia and warlords. They were stripped of their legal rights, held for years without being charged or given a fair and open trial. Not only is the detention center a recruiting dream for radical jihadists, it costs American taxpayers $0.5 billion a year, roughly $11 million dollars for each detainee.

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Chris Hedges: Many US Citizens Are Currently Denied The Right To Vote Due To State Laws That Disenfranchise Citizens Who Have Been Convicted Of A Felony

Chris Hedges: Many US Citizens Are Currently Denied The Right To Vote Due To State Laws That Disenfranchise Citizens Who Have Been Convicted Of A Felony

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Feb 9, 2019

More than 6 million United States citizens are currently denied the right to vote due to state laws that disenfranchise citizens who have been convicted of a felony. More than 75 percent of these disenfranchised citizens are not in prison, and more than half have completed all terms of parole and probation.

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Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jamal Granted Right Of Appeal + Court Decision Likely Win for Mumia

Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jamal Granted Right Of Appeal + Court Decision Likely Win for Mumia

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Updated: Jan. 19, 2019

TheRealNews on Jan 8, 2019

The world’s most renowned death-row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal has been granted the right of appeal after 30 years. Eddie Conway, former Black Panther wrongfully convicted and imprisoned for 44 years himself, now released, discusses Mumia’s case with Scholar Anthony Monteiro.

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The Nation’s Enduring Apartheid by Paul Street

The Movement

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by Paul Street
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Official Website of Paul Street
January 2, 2019

It’s a little-acknowledged reality that housing markets distribute more than mere dwellings. That’s because people’s place in the social order is intimately related to their geographic location generally, and where they live specifically.

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In Memory of William Blum: Persistent U.S. Attacks Against “Democracy and Freedom,” Past and Present

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Bill died Sunday, December 9, 2018. My sincere condolences and deepest sympathies to all his family, friends and readers. He will be missed by many. In his memory, here is his last video panel discussion. — Lo

with William Blum
Writer, Dandelion Salad
December 11, 2018

CovertAction Magazine on Jul 25, 2018

In the decades long tradition of award-winning investigative journalism by writers for CovertAction Quarterly, this panel will address the secretive and nefarious activities of the U.S. government in their efforts to destabilize democratic processes, both past and present. It is now ever more critical to expose such ongoing efforts: efforts that further U.S. geopolitical regional and global control while creating favorable investment climates for U.S. multinational corporations. While their goals are invariably masked in the name of “democracy and freedom,” their efforts invariably strive to exploit cheap labor and natural resources.

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