David Swanson and Margaret Kimberley: Powell, Obama, Alex Saab and Assange

Close-up of a poster on a pole with a message "Free Julian Assange"

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, Oct. 18, 2021
October 20, 2021

Margaret Kimberley is a co-founder and Executive Editor and Senior Columnist for Black Agenda Report, a recipient of the Serena Shim Award for Uncompromising Integrity in Journalism, a board member of Consortium News, and a recipient of a 2021 Women and Media Award from the Women’s Institute for Freedom of the Press.

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Even in Death There is No Flag Large Enough to Cover the Shame of Killing Innocent People, by Kenn Orphan + Colin Powell’s Own Staff Had Warned Him Against His War Lies, by David Swanson

"There is no flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people" by Howard Zinn

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by Kenn Orphan
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Halifax, Nova Scotia
October 18, 2021

Colin Powell just died from Covid-19. So we should expect a tsunami of mourning from politicians, the mainstream media and even some liberals who seem to enjoy sanitizing the murderous lives of the ruling class. Those of us on the left who refuse to play the games of polite society when it comes to war crimes will be chastised. And he will take his place among the “great generals” of the American Empire. All warmongering societies do this, so it should come as no surprise. But no amount of eulogies can erase the truth.

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Mike Prysner: George Bush, You Need to Apologize + Statement by Mike Prysner

Mike Prysner: George Bush, You Need to Apologize + Statement by Mike Prysner

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with Mike Prysner

Empire Files on Sep 20, 2021

Iraq War veteran and Empire Files producer Mike Prysner disrupted a speech by George W. Bush in Beverly Hills on Sept. 19, 2021.

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John Pilger: The US Military is a Killing Machine

Protest against U.S military interventions and endless U.S. wars, Minneapolis, Minnesota, October 8, 2016

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with John Pilger

goingundergroundRT on Sep 8, 2021

On this episode of Going Underground, we speak to legendary journalist and filmmaker John Pilger on the takeover of the Taliban in Afghanistan.

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A 9/11 Reflection: Remember “Their” Crimes, Forget “Ours” by Paul Street

A 9/11 Reflection: Remember “Their” Crimes, Forget “Ours” by Paul Street

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by Paul Street
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Official Website of Paul Street
September 14, 2021

So much we are supposed to forget or not know and/or care about, so little we are supposed to remember.

“We must never forget” 9/11, when “America was attacked” (when, as cannot be said without sounding “controversial,” the United States Middle East policy blew back on the nation’s financial and political capitals).

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Abby Martin: Never Forget: Lessons of the Post-9/11 Warpath

War is terrorism with a bigger budget

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Empire Files on Sep 11, 2021

As the US Empire tries to leave its 9/11 warpath on Afghanistan & Iraq in the past, Abby Martin reviews the core lessons.

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A Letter to Americans about Afghanistan, from the Margins of Empire, by Kenn Orphan

Afghan-Americans hold NYC vigil to protest Kabul bombing, June 2, 2017

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by Kenn Orphan
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Halifax, Nova Scotia
August 31, 2021

Dear Americans,

I wanted to share some thoughts with you on Afghanistan, as it sits atop the rubble of another indifferent imperial folly with the dread of once again living under a fundamentalist authoritarian regime on the horizon. And especially on the American public’s disconnect from its own government’s culpability in spreading misery there and throughout the Global South. I wanted to talk about reflection too.

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The Myths of Empire and the Real Message of Dune, by Kenn Orphan

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by Kenn Orphan
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Halifax, Nova Scotia
August 24, 2021

This fall, the much-awaited remake of Frank Herbert’s science fiction epic Dune will hit theatres. Dune tells the complex and multi-layered tale of a feudal interstellar empire in the future, where noble houses compete, often violently, for dominance over the planet Arrakis, a desert world that possesses the only source of a substance called the “spice.” It is essential for space navigation and also has the potential to enhance mental and metaphysical senses and abilities. The imperial powers of the Dune universe use political chicanery and treachery to manipulate various political figures within the noble houses. Arrakis has a desolate and hostile environment. Its inhabitants, the Fremen, are looked down upon by most of the noble houses as savage, inferior and backward. They are the last to see any benefit from the trade of spice, if any at all.

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Lies, Damn Lies, and What We’ve Been Told About Afghanistan, by David Swanson

Lies

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, Aug. 17, 2021
August 18, 2021

It’s far from the longest U.S. war. There was no peace before or after it. There is no after it until they end it — and bombing has always been most of what it is. It has had nothing to do with opposing terrorism. It has been a one-sided slaughter, a mass killing over two decades by a single invading army and air force dragging along token mascots from dozens of vassal states. After 20 years Afghanistan was one of the worst places to be on Earth, and the Earth as a whole was a worse place to be — the rule of law, the state of nature, the refugee crises, the spread of terrorism, the militarization of governments all worsened. Then the Taliban took over.

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Chris Hedges, Max Blumenthall and Dan Cohen: Killing Gaza: A New Documentary on Palestinians Under Siege

Destruction in Gaza, 2014

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Updated: June 2, 2021. Originally published May 19, 2018.

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

with Chris Hedges

RT America on May 19, 2018

Max Blumenthal, Director and Writer of “Killing Gaza,” and Dan Cohen, Cinematographer and Editor of “Killing Gaza,” discuss their documentary “Killing Gaza” that details the Israeli War crimes committed against the people in Gaza.

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Dear President Biden: End Your Co-Belligerent Backing of Israeli War Crimes, by Ralph Nader

Free Palestine Rally - Melbourne May 22, 2021

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page, May 21, 2021
May 23, 2021

As Senator, Vice President, and now President, your self-promoted/displayed empathy has a problem. You can’t seem to connect the Israeli military powerhouse’s occupation to the oppression and destruction of innocent Palestinian civilians, illegal seizure of Palestinian land/water, and daily violations of U.S. and international law. Israel’s military is deliberately bombing these families, the offices of American media, international medical facilities, and many local hospitals and water and electricity facilities with fighter jets and missiles made in America.

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Chris Hedges: Why American Liberals Refuse To Speak Out About The Crimes The Israeli Apartheid State Carries Out

Free Palestine Rally - Melbourne May 22, 2021

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on May 22, 2021

On the show this week, Chris Hedges discusses why American liberals refuse to speak out about the crimes the Israeli apartheid state carries out against the Palestinians, with political analyst and author Mitchell Plitnick.

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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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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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