Category Archives: Terrorism

Chris Hedges: Saudi Wahhabism a Tool of U.S. Foreign Policy

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with Chris Hedges

TheRealNews on Jul 6, 2016

Chris Hedges and Paul Jay discuss the history of Saudi promoted Jihadism and blowback as ISIS attacks their former allies.

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Thought Crime: The Road To A Police State by Vashti Kenway

Detachment-88 Shock Troops

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by Vashti Kenway
Socialist Worker
May 26, 2016

The expansion of the Big Brother surveillance state in the U.S. has had greater scrutiny thanks to courageous whistleblowers like Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning and journalists like Glenn Greenwald. But the increase in state repression and violations of basic civil liberties–often carried out in the name of the “war on terror”–has gone global. In this article published at the Australian newspaper Red Flag, Vashti Kenway explains how “thought crime,” a concept once confined to science fiction, has become sufficient grounds to arrest and detain–and considers the ramifications of a strengthened state apparatus in Australia and beyond.


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Chris Hedges: Why the Brutalized Become Brutal

Protest: No War in Iraq

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with Chris Hedges

teleSUR English on Apr 4, 2016

In this episode of Days of Revolt, Chris Hedges interviews two veterans of the US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Michael Hanes and Rory Fanning. They lament the brutality of the American military presence, which they say creates the conditions for terrorism and fuels attacks in places like Brussels. They also speak out about the painful struggle of coping with PTSD, and the alienation faced by many soldiers when they come home.

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Blowback Denial, Climate Denial, and Apocalypse by David Swanson

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
American Herald Tribune
March 30, 2016

Last week Donald Trump suggested something Bernie Sanders would never dare: getting rid of NATO. I took some time to read people’s comments and tweets online about it, and a huge number seemed to believe that NATO and the U.S. military have been performing a service for Europe, and that it’s time for Europe to pay its own bills. But will someone explain to me what the service is?

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Chris Hedges: We Bomb Them, They Bomb Us

Freedom Bruxelles

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with Chris Hedges

TheRealNews on Mar 24, 2016

On Tuesday, March 22, a couple of explosions rocked Brussels Airport, killing 11 people. Another blast struck near the European Union headquarters an hour later, leaving approximately 20 people dead in the Belgian capital. The Islamic State has taken responsibility for the attack, and two of the suicide bombers have now been identified as Belgian nationals.

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Europe Gets Burned Playing With Fire by Finian Cunningham

Brussels 23 March 2016 - Gathering at the Bourse

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from RT
March 23, 2016

Brussels, the administrative capital of Europe, was turned into a war zone after a series of deadly bomb blasts caused the city to shut down all transport links to the outside world.

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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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Why Paris Reveals the Horror and the Hypocrisies of Global Terrorism by Andrew Gavin Marshall

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by Andrew Gavin Marshall
Writer, Dandelion Salad
andrewgavinmarshall.com
Originally posted at Occupy.com, November 17, 2015
November 23, 2015

The world was shocked and horrified at the terror inflicted upon Paris on the night of Friday the 13th, 2015, when ISIS-affiliated militants killed well over 100 civilians in one of the world’s most iconic cities. An outpouring of grief, solidarity, support and condolences came in from across the world. The tragedy, and tyranny, of such terror cannot be underestimated, but it should also be placed in its global context: namely, that the chief cause of terrorism is, in fact, terrorism, and that the chief victims are the innocent, wherever they may be.

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Exclusive: Defining True Martyrdom by Rocket Kirchner

this tank will move, over my dead body

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by Rocket Kirchner
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rocket Kirchner (blog)
Rocket Kirchner (youtube channel)
November 16, 2015

Be it the recent bombings of Beirut or Paris, and all subsequent violence since the world began in the name of this, that, and the other, those doing it are not martyrs. There is no religion here. There is no secularity here. All ideologies are a smokescreen as to what is really going on. For what is really going on is that there is the deep inward violent activity of self-loathing individuals projecting out that violence upon individual victims like casting a shadow up against the sun.

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We Are In Pitiless Times by Vijay Prashad + Beirut Bombings

Don't Bomb Syria, London, 12 September 2015

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by Vijay Prashad
open Democracy
November 15, 2015

After Paris, macho language about “pitiless war” defines the contours of leadership. Little else is on offer. It is red meat to our emotions.

A week of horrible carnage – bomb blasts in Beirut and Baghdad and then the cold-blooded shootings in Paris. Each of these acts of terror left dead bodies and wounded lives. There is nothing good that comes of them – only the pain of the victim and then more pain as powerful people take refuge in clichéd policies that once again turn the wheel of violence.

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Sanctioned Terrorism by Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich

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by Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich
Guest Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Saker
September 7, 2015

Who is a terrorist? Undoubtedly, what comes to mind is Daesh (ISIL), al-Qaeda, MKO, Boko Haram, etc. What is terrorism? The events of 9/11 and the gruesome beheadings carried out by Daesh shape our visual perception of terrorism. What is left unmentioned and unrecognized in our collective psyche is the kind of terrorism that has been deliberately obfuscated: sanctioned terrorism or terrorism with a license – sanctions.

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

"Je Suis Charlie" The I AM has turned into I FOLLOW - protest canalised

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Updated: Jan. 14, 2015

with Chris Hedges

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

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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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IranianTvChannel2 on Sep 25, 2014

Hassan Rouhani’s Speech at United Nations
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