Hold The Front Page. The Reporters Are Missing. by John Pilger + Julian Assange on the Future of Cyber Security

Chris Hedges and Barrett Brown: The War on Journalism, WikiLeaks, Julian Assange and Others

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by John Pilger
John Pilger
September 21, 2018

The death of Robert Parry earlier this year felt like a farewell to the age of the reporter. Parry was “a trailblazer for independent journalism”, wrote Seymour Hersh, with whom he shared much in common.

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Leave Syria the Hell Alone by David Swanson

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, Sept. 11, 2018
September 13, 2018

Last weekend I was on Iranian TV being asked about the meeting in Tehran at which the presidents of Iran and Russia had refused to agree with the President of Turkey to stop bombing people in Syria. I said Iran and Russia were wrong.

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Debate: Max Blumenthal VS Mary Ellsberg: Who Is Behind Nicaragua’s Turmoil? Parts 1-3

Debate: Max Blumenthal VS Mary Ellsberg: Who Is Behind Nicaragua's Turmoil? Parts 1-3

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TheRealNews on Aug 22, 2018

Recent months of deadly unrest in Nicaragua have fractured splits in the Sandinista movement, with critics accusing President Daniel Ortega of autocratic rule, and supporters accusing the opposition of attempting a US-backed soft coup. We host a debate between Dr. Mary Ellsberg of George Washington University and Max Blumenthal of the Grayzone Project.

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But We’re The Good Guys, Ain’t We? by William Blum

Protests January 25, 2014 in Kiev, Ukraine

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by William Blum
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Killing Hope
August 18, 2018

The mind of the mass media: Email exchange between myself and a leading Washington Post foreign policy reporter:

July 18, 2018

Dear Mr. Birnbaum,

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Abby Martin: Capitalism–America’s Unofficial Religion + Understanding Marxism and Socialism

Occupy May Day 2012

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Originally posted Oct. 10, 2015

with Abby Martin

Empire Files on Oct 10, 2015

The Empire has a range of weapons to maintain its power: from its courts to its military. But it also has effective ideological weapons.

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It Starts with the Lie that We’re Free by Shawn S. Grandstaff

Take care to guard against all greed ...

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by Shawn S. Grandstaff
Writer, Dandelion Salad
July 24, 2018

Before I say anything I have to say, I’ve never been as free on the inside as I am now. Once I understood some things and let go of materialism I realized where freedom lies. Not that I was caught up with things or it’s wrong to have them but I had to see past it. It opened up a part of me that seemed turned off. I began to see the Human side of me that was disconnected. Please don’t take that the wrong way, it’s the only way I can describe it. And maybe it’s just for me and you’ve already been there.

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Abby Martin and Mark Crispin Miller: Propaganda and the Engineering of Consent

Abby Martin and Mark Crispin Miller: Propaganda and the Engineering of Consent

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Originally posted June 5, 2016

with Abby Martin

Empire Files on Jun 4 2016

With thousands of advertisements seen by Americans everyday, and a corporate media that reinforces the needs of Empire, propaganda in the U.S. is more pervasive and effective than ever before. The manipulation of public opinion through suggestion can be traced back to the father of modern propaganda, Edward Bernays, who discovered that preying on the subconscious mind was the best way to sell products people don’t need, and wars people don’t want. To get a deeper understanding of how propaganda functions in today’s society, Abby Martin interviews Dr. Mark Crispin Miller, professor of Media Studies at New York University.

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The Power Principle: Empire – Propaganda – Apocalypse (must-see)

State of the Union

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Dandelion Salad
Originally published May 27, 2012

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This video may contain images depicting the reality and horror of war/violence and should only be viewed by a mature audience.

“A gripping, deeply informative account of the plunder, hypocrisy, and mass violence of plutocracy and empire; insightful, historically grounded and highly relevant to the events of today.” – Michael Parenti, Historian, Author The Face of Imperialism

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New Israeli Law Bans Dissent in the Classroom by David Swanson + The Rules of Engagement + Israel Legislates Apartheid into Law

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
July 21, 2018

Israel has passed a law allowing its Minister of Education to ban from its schools any person or group who criticizes Israel — apparently something that no teachers or students in Israel are supposed to do either (though some do). The hasbara, or pro-war propaganda, spin on this is that it is protecting Israel’s brave Troops from (rhetorical) “attacks.” But one of the chief targets of the law is understood to be Israeli troops who speak about what it is they do. And the law explicitly identifies for banning from schools those who advocate “legal or political” actions, which tend to be taken against those who make laws and political decisions, not against Troops.

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Something Seems To Be Missing by Shawn S. Grandstaff

Capitalism kills Love

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by Shawn S. Grandstaff
Writer, Dandelion Salad
July 9, 2018

I believe if we’re not self-aware, we can take on the values of the political and economical system as our own. If so we end up treating each other through that filter. We think we’ve gained individual liberties but it’s been at the expense of disconnecting ourselves from being one with each other, and nature. Rather than going with the stream of life we’re going against the current. The Earth has a frequency and we should be in tune with it. This is speculation but I really wonder if the technology we have today is throwing our frequency off. Regardless, rather than using technology to help liberate people it has been used to enslave us further by exploiting us along the way.

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American Totalitarianism and the Culture of Fake News by Finian Cunningham

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from Strategic Culture Foundation, June 26, 2018
June 27, 2018

American citizens have a problem telling the difference between facts and opinion. That’s the finding of a recent survey carried out by the respected Pew organization.

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Of Fake News and History Suborned (In War and Peace) by Greg Maybury

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by Greg Maybury
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Perth, Western Australia
Pox Amerikana, May 25, 2018
May 28, 2018

We have blind men, one-eyed men, squint-eyed men, men with long sight, short sight, clear sight, dim sight, [and] weak sight. All that is a faithful enough image of our understanding; but we are barely acquainted with [men of] false sight. — Voltaire, The Philosophical Dictionary, Knopf, NY, 1924

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Abby Martin VS Edward Rodriguez on Peace and Paramilitaries in Colombia

Abby Martin VS Edward Rodriguez on Peace and Paramilitaries in Colombia

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with Abby Martin

teleSUR English on May 27, 2018

Colombia’s presidential election could determine the fate of the historic peace deal ending their 53-year civil war. While most in the country want to honor the agreement, Colombia’s right wing has been a fervent opponent.

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John Pilger: We’re Seeing the Most Intense Campaign of Propaganda Since the Build Up to the Iraq War

John Pilger: We're Seeing the Most Intense Campaign of Propaganda Since the Build Up to the Iraq War

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with John Pilger

goingundergroundRT on May 5, 2018

We speak to the legendary journalist and filmmaker John Pilger about the events behind the mainstream media headlines on Syria, Salisbury, Yemen and the Korean Peninsula.

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Capitalism Is Always At War by William T. Hathaway

Why Is War A Permanent Feature of Capitalism?

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by William T. Hathaway
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally published September 9, 2012
April 27, 2018

Vicious fanatics are trying to kill us and destroy our country. They’re blowing up our soldiers overseas. They’ve infiltrated our country. We must defend ourselves against these mad-dog berserkers before it’s too late.

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