End the Occupation of the Corporate State, by The Man From the North

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The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally published on Jan. 31, 2018
May 18, 2022

It happened so subtly, we missed the corporate coup. Like shadows, corporations surrounded our country and slowly strangled it. They crept into Congress, the White House, the Supreme Court, the FDA, the military, the Department of the Interior: everywhere you look, a corporation controls the decisions of this nation. We have become the occupied territory of brand names, corporate logos, monopolistic power, and corporate greed.

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The Chris Hedges Report: Hip Hop, Censorship, and Palestinian Resistance with Lowkey

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

TheRealNews on Apr 29, 2022

Legendary UK-based hip-hop artist and activist Kareem Dennis, aka Lowkey, uses his considerable talents as a musician to pay homage to the voices and struggles of the oppressed, from the plight of migrants that have fled to Europe, to the suffering of Iraqis and Palestinians in the Middle East, to the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire in 2017.

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Disrupt! Interrupt! The Ground of Resistance is Ours

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The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally published November 18, 2016
April 27, 2022

A smoothly functioning society is created and maintained by the people. Children go to school, workers show up at their jobs, shipments are made, groceries and purchases are bought, bills are paid, goods and services are delivered; and so on. In times of justice, when the workings of society are fair, respectful, and uphold the rights and dignity of humanity, then the people have every reason to collectively maintain functional workplaces, schools, roads, social events, and so on.

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OMG, War Is Kind of Horrible, by David Swanson

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, Mar. 14, 2022
March 17, 2022

For decades, the U.S. public seemed largely indifferent to most of the horrible suffering of war. The corporate media outlets mostly avoided it, made war look like a video game, occasionally mentioned suffering U.S. troops, and once in a blue moon touched on the deaths of a handful of local civilians as if their killing were some sort of aberration. The U.S. public funded and either cheered for or tolerated years and years of bloody wars, and came out managing to believe falsely that a large percentage of war deaths are of troops, that a large percentage of war deaths in U.S. wars are U.S. troops, that wars happen in a mysterious place called a “battlefield,” and that with rare exceptions the people killed by U.S. troops are people who need killing exactly like those given death sentences in U.S. courts (except for the ones later exonerated).

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Glen Ford: The Black Elite and the Legacy of MLK + Martin Luther King, Jr.: Organized Nonviolent Resistance Is The Most Powerful Weapon

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Dandelion Salad
Originally posted Jan. 21, 2013
January 17, 2022

TheRealNews on Jan 21, 2013

Glen Ford: Black upper class took advantage of legal victories won by MLK and the Civil Rights Movement and then helped to undermine the movement.

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David Swanson and Charles Lenchner: Refusing Military “Service”

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, Jan. 4, 2022
January 5, 2022

This week on Talk World Radio we’re talking about refusing military “service.” Our guest Charles Lenchner is a veteran peace activist, organizer, and political campaigner. Born in the United States, he grew up in Israel where he became an anti-occupation activist at a young age. In 1987, he was drafted into the Israeli Army and subsequently refused orders and spent time in military prison. More recently he was a co-founder of People for Bernie Sanders and today is part of the RootsAction team that publishes ProgressiveHub. I also work for RootsAction.

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Thoughts on the Left’s Response to Capitalism’s Global Death Spiral, by Gary Olson

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by Gary Olson
Guest Writer, Dandelion Salad
December 6, 2021

For those whose personal and political identities are virtually indistinguishable, these are especially vexing times. Specifically, during this historical stage of capitalism it’s challenging to abide by Gramsci’s optimism of the will and heart and not acquiesce to pessimism of the mind, to the intellect’s awareness of certain recalcitrant realities in our world. And residing in the belly of the global beast also compounds one’s sense of personal responsibility.

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‘Tis the Season To Wage Boycotts! + Shopping as an Act of Resistance

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The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally published November 24, 2013
November 25, 2021

Boycott Season is now upon us. Let every citizen take careful aim. Your target is the corporate empire. Your weapon is your wallet.

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Chris Hedges: Debt Peonage Is Not Accidental

Look at it from the 1% Perspective: Debt Keeps You Subservient

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

RT America on Jul 22, 2021

On the show this week, Chris Hedges discuss economic disobedience and debt refusal with Thomas Gokey from The Debt Collective.

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Haiti: From Neo-Colonialism to Neoliberal Brutality, by Yanis Iqbal + Caleb Maupin: Moise Killed: What is Really Happening in Haiti?

A Preemptive Counter-Revolution in Haiti

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by Yanis Iqbal
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Aligarh, India
July 12, 2021

The 1697 Treaty of Ryswick legalized French control over the western third of the island of Hispaniola – a Spanish asset – under the name of Saint-Domingue. The colony proved to be a valuable spigot of wealth. In 1789, Saint-Domingue supplied two-thirds of the overseas trade of France and was the greatest individual market for the European slave trade. It was a greater source of income for its owners than the whole of Britain’s thirteen North American colonies combined. The labour of half-a-million slaves propped up the dazzling opulence of the French commercial bourgeoisie, and formed the hidden foundations of cities like Bordeaux, Nantes, and Marseille. In August 1791, after two years of the French Revolution and its ripple effects in Saint-Domingue, the slaves revolted.

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John Pilger: Palestine Has The Right to Resist!

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with John Pilger

goingundergroundRT on May 19, 2021

On this episode of Going Underground, we speak to legendary journalist and filmmaker John Pilger. He discusses why Palestine is still the issue in 2021, the Israeli aerial bombardment of Gaza which has claimed hundreds of lives, displaced over 50,000 and claimed the lives of over 63 children, the EU, US and UK role in the Israeli bombardment of Gaza, Palestine’s legal right to resist and Hamas as a part of a resistance provoked by Israeli occupation, the ‘media boycott’ of Gaza and why the mainstream media’s ‘both sides’ assertions are false, the entrenching Israeli illegal occupation of Palestine, the US-led campaign against China and the likelihood of war breaking out, China’s rise and memory of its ‘century of humiliation’ of dominance by imperialist powers, the persecution of Julian Assange and much more!

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Apartheid Does Not Have the Right To Defend Itself, Or To Exist, by Jim Kavanagh

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by Jim Kavanagh
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Polemicist, May 19, 2021
May 21, 2021

With its latest attack on Gaza—on the families it drove from their homes in what is now Israeli territory—Israel is surpassing itself in viciousness. As of today, Israel has killed 212 Gazans, including at least 61 children and 36 women. It is “obliterate[ing] multiple generations of families” in the middle of the night—at least 21 members of the al-Qawlaq family, from 6 months to 90 years old. It is pulverizing residential towers and media offices, and bombing “civic infrastructure, businesses and the main roads leading to the city’s al-Shifa hospital.” Destroying the roads is an instructive example of Israel’s gratuitous, and clever, cruelty: It of course prevents ambulances and medics from moving where they’re needed; it also blocks the families who are fleeing to the hospitals for safety from the sudden explosion of their homes. But, We didn’t bomb the hospital!

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Abby Martin: Debunking Israel’s “Human Shield” Defense in Gaza Massacre

Everyone loves Palestine - Free Palestine, London, May 15, 2021

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Dandelion Salad

with Abby Martin

Empire Files on May 19, 2021

Abby Martin gives 5 points that evaporate Israel’s assertion that the civilians it kills in Gaza were “human shields.”

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Abby Martin: Gaza Fights For Freedom (2019)

Gaza Fights For Freedom (2019)

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Dandelion Salad

with Abby Martin

Empire Files on May 9, 2021

This debut feature film by journalist Abby Martin began while reporting in Palestine, where she was denied entry into Gaza by the Israeli government on the accusation she was a “propagandist.” So Abby connected with a team of journalists in Gaza to produce the film through the blockaded border.

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