World War III – The New Axis of Evil

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StormCloudsGathering on Jan 28, 2016

The alliances and proxies of the Syrian Front explained.

The concept that humanity is teetering on the edge of third world war is no longer the domain of the lunatic fringe.

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Abby Martin and Dr. Deepa Kumar: Islamophobia and the Politics of Empire

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with Abby Martin

teleSUR English on Jan 8, 2016

Abby Martin interviews Dr. Deepa Kumar, professor of media studies at Rutgers University and author of Islamophobia and the Politics of Empire, about the roots of this alarming situation. From confronting right-wing arguments, to examining the reality behind Donald Trump’s proposed ban on Muslims, to how Islamophobia is a reinforcement and basis for the structures of Empire, the first Empire Files episode of 2016 gives essential context to the wave of anti-Muslim hate in America and beyond.

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Pres. Obama, Which is Most Important to You: Destroying ISIS, Overthrowing Assad, or Scoring Points Against Russia? by William Blum

Parliament Square sit-in against Syria airstrikes.

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by William Blum
Writer, Dandelion Salad
www.killinghope.org
December 6, 2015

Questions to ask President Obama the next time (also the last time) you’re invited to one of his press conferences:

Which is most important to you – destroying ISIS, overthrowing Syrian president Assad, or scoring points against Russia?

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Chris Hedges and Sabah Alnasseri: The Revolutionary Age, Part 2

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with Chris Hedges

teleSUR English on Oct 6, 2015

In this episode of Days of Revolt, host Chris Hedges sits down with Middle Eastern Studies Professor, Sabah Alnasseri. The two dissect the genesis of political revolutions, particularly focusing on the Middle East. They discuss the role of religion in the region, and name the reasons for the increased prevalence of fundamentalism. teleSUR

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Chris Hedges on Roots of Terrorism, Free Speech Hypocrisy and Translating #JeSuisCharlie + Rage of the Dispossessed

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Updated: Jan. 14, 2015

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breakingtheset  on Jan 12, 2015

On this episode of Breaking the Set, Abby Martin, discusses the lack of media coverage of the massacre of as many as 2,000 people in the town of Baga by Boko Haram militants. Abby then goes over the most outrageous responses to the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris and why the clash of civilizations mentality when it comes to these type of acts is so misleading. Abby then speaks with Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and author, Chris Hedges, about the roots of the attacks in France and the relationship between global events and the rise of radicalization.

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Chris Hedges and Loretta Napoleoni: The Islamic State and the Crisis in US Foreign Policy

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with Chris Hedges

LeighaCohen on Dec 4, 2014

Chris Hedges and Loretta Napoleoni, author of The Islamic Phoenix spoke on December 2, 2014 at the New York Society for Ethical Culture and co-sponsored the event along with Seven Stories Press, New York Society for Ethical Culture, and AlterNet. Ted Rall was the moderator of the event.

Much of the evening gives one a brilliant clarification of how world policy starting after World War 1 carved up the Islamic State. The discussion then goes into how US foreign policy has interfered and created Islamic Fundamentalist Groups such as the Taliban and now a more state Islamic State driven group such as ISIL as a continuing reaction to outside interference within the region.

The video has opening statements by Chris Hedges and Loretta Napoleoni, then a dialogue between the two speakers. After 15 minutes Ted Rall asks audience questions to both speakers on topics including the history of ISIS, what the Caliphate is, and is ISIS accepted by other Islamic States?

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s Speech at the United Nations Assembly September 25, 2014 + Transcript

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RT on Sep 25, 2014

Hassan Rouhani’s Speech at United Nations
25 September 2014

The rise of violent extremism around the world is the fault of “certain states” and “intelligence agencies” that have helped to create it and are failing to withstand it, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said in an address to the UN General Assembly.

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ISIS Beheadings on Cue from Washington and London? by Finian Cunningham + Codepink Protests + Is There a Diplomatic Solution to ISIS Crisis?

by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from Strategic Culture Foundation, Sept. 16, 2014
Sept. 17, 2014

The gruesome beheading of a British aid worker by the ISIS terror group in Syria over the weekend provoked a stern warning from Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron who vowed to “hunt down the murderers” for their “act of pure evil”.

The British victim was named as David Haines, a 44-year-old aid worker, who had been held hostage in Syria for many months. A graphic video released by his killers shows Haines kneeling on the ground dressed in an orange jumpsuit as a masked executioner severs his throat with a knife. The dead man’s prone body is then filmed with a decapitated, bloody head placed on the corpse’s back. Continue reading

Iraq’s Cabinet Approved a Draft Law Lowering the Age of Legal Marriage for Girls to 9 Years Old by Felicity Arbuthnot

by Felicity Arbuthnot
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London, England
March 14, 2014

Less than a month before the eleventh anniversary of the illegal US-led invasion of Iraq, the near destruction of much of the country, heritage, culture, secularism, education, health services and all State institutions, the country is poised to revert “two thousand years” say campaigners.

On 25th February Iraq’s Cabinet approved a draft law lowering the age of legal marriage for females to nine years old.

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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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Forging a Socialist-Islamist Alliance by William T. Hathaway

by William T. Hathaway
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Germany
February 6, 2014

Review of Eric Walberg, From Postmodernism to Postsecularism: Re-emerging Islamic Civilization, Clarity Press, 2013

Most western Middle East experts see Islam as a problem for the West — a source of terrorism, religious fanaticism, unwanted immigrants — and they see their job as helping to change the Middle East so it’s no longer a problem for us. Eric Walberg, however, recognizes that this is another instance of the Big Lie.

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Saudi ‘House of Pseud’ Thrives on Deception by Finian Cunningham

by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from PressTV
November 6, 2013

The House of Saud is such a decrepit domain of duplicity it is hard to know where to begin in listing its numerous deceptions, but suffice to say that any appraisal should start, in the first instance, with a name change. Henceforth, in the cause of truth and plain language, the Saudi rulers would be better referred to as the House of Pseud.

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Beyond Fitna (2008)

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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.

Valasr (Moarya / MohammadNHG) on Apr 23, 2011

The film, which was directed by a group of Iranian filmmakers and produced by the Islam and Christianity Nongovernmental Organization, is a response to Dutch politician Geert Wilders’ anti-Islam documentary “Fitna”.

The film honors all monotheistic religions and gives a response to the anti-Islam propaganda of Western extremists, the NGO’s spokesman, Mohammad Karimi, told IRNA on Tuesday.

He said that the documentary was produced under the supervision of a group of religious scholars and Iranian professional documentarians in the English, Persian, and Arabic languages.

The film “Fitna”, which blasphemously claims that Islam’s holy text promotes violence and intolerance, was posted on the Internet on March 27, 2008 after television networks and cinemas refused to screen it due to the controversy and the protests of Muslims, Christian communities, and the European Union.

The title of the film “Fitna” is an Arabic term used to describe “disagreement and division among people.

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Bethlehem: Beyond the Christmas Story

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Day of Discovery

Join us on a fascinating tour of the city of Bethlehem, the birthplace of Christ. Hosts Jimmy DeYoung and Bonnie Keen will lead you on a journey to key locations throughout Bethlehem—from Manger Square to the Shepherds’ Fields. Gain a better understanding of the place where Christmas began and the impact that event still has on Bethlehem today.

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What Is Happening to Muslims Will Happen to the Rest of Us by Chris Hedges

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