Ralph Nader, Medea Benjamin and David Swanson: Ukraine: Senseless Conflict

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with Ralph Nader, Medea Benjamin and David Swanson

Ralph Nader Radio Hour on Nov 26, 2022

On this week of Thanksgiving, Ralph welcomes two distinguished anti-war activists and Nobel Peace Prize nominees, Medea Benjamin, co-founder of CODE Pink to discuss her book War in Ukraine: Making Sense of a Senseless Conflict and David Swanson of World Beyond War to not only put the conflict in Ukraine in context but also to reveal the financial incentives that drive endless war.

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The U.S. Has Put Six Worse Things Than the World Cup in Qatar, by David Swanson

Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis meets with Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani and Defense Minister Khalid bin Mohammad Al Attiyah at Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar on Sept. 28, 2017

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, Nov. 21, 2022
November 22, 2022

Here’s a video of John Oliver denouncing FIFA for putting the World Cup in Qatar, a place that uses slavery and abuses women and abuses LGBT people. It’s a video about how everyone else glosses over nasty truths. Oliver drags in Russia as a past World Cup host that abuses protesters, and even Saudi Arabia as a possible host in the distant future that commits all sorts of atrocities. My concern is not just that the U.S., as one of the planned hosts four years hence, gets a pass on its general behavior. My concern is that the U.S. has far outdone FIFA this year, and every year, in Qatar. The U.S. has put six things into that horrific little oil dictatorship, each of which is worse than the World Cup.

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“Subpoenas” Served On U.S. Weapons Manufacturers, by Brad Wolf

"Subpoenas" Served On U.S. Weapons Manufacturers, by Brad Wolf

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by Brad Wolf
Guest Writer, Dandelion Salad
November 12, 2022

What is it like to be so ashamed of the company for which you work that you cannot bring yourself to admit you work there? Ashamed of the products they manufacture, the innocent people those products kill, the hundreds of billions of dollars of public taxpayer money squandered in a gluttonous pursuit of profits?

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Ukraine Without Ukrainians, Earth Without Life, by David Swanson

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, Nov. 5, 2022
November 6, 2022

After the U.S. has spent months privately telling Ukraine not to negotiate peace and publicly telling Ukraine to help itself to an all-you-can-eat weapons buffet with breaks to pose for heroic portraits, and not long at all after telling Congress Members to beat themselves with whips for suggesting negotiating peace, the White House has privately asked Ukraine to pretend to be open to peace negotiations because it looks bad to have Russia willing (or at least saying it’s willing) to discuss peace and Ukraine not saying that. Or, in the words of the Bezos Post:
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If We Can Find Just 238 More Congress Members Who Don’t Want Us All to Die…, by David Swanson

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, Oct. 24, 2022
October 25, 2022

When an election has been very close, many factors can be pointed to as each having been enough to make the difference. One of those in 2016 was very suggestive and very much ignored by, as far as I know, every single major media outlet except this one. I mean the phenomenon of military families voting against Hillary Clinton, believing her more likely than Donald Trump to get their loved ones killed. It seems this factor decided the election.

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David Swanson, et al: How to Get to a World BEYOND War + Why Abolish War, by David Swanson

War is Never the answer

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, Sept. 19, 2022
September 20, 2022

Plenary: How to Get to a World BEYOND War

UNITY EARTH on Sep 19, 2022

Why it’s needed, what educational work moves us toward it, and what nonviolent activism can accomplish.

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Every Single Member of Congress Is Willing to Let Yemeni Children Die, by David Swanson

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, Aug. 24, 2022
August 25, 2022

Every Single Member of Congress Is Willing to Let Yemeni Children Die.

If you want to prove that statement wrong, I think you’ll want to start by proving wrong one or more of these five points:
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Fund Student Debt Relief and Defund War Profiteers’ Contracts, by Tom H. Hastings

Slaves to Money, Solidarity (9 of 25)

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by Tom H. Hastings
Writer, Dandelion Salad
August 21, 2022

My friend Gary left Michigan, went to Sweden years ago, and earned his PhD. He’s a research professor. He was not charged any tuition as long as he continued to qualify and thus held no student debt. That’s how it’s done in much of Europe, at least for public universities.

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Bruce Gagnon: What Could Trigger Nuclear War with Russia and China?

"XX-34 BADGER" atmospheric nuclear test - April 1953

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by Bruce Gagnon
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Organizing Notes, Aug. 4, 2022
August 13, 2022

WorldBeyondWar.org on Aug 3, 2022

Washington has called Russia and China ‘existential threats’ to the US. NATO is expanding up to Russia’s border and the war in Ukraine is escalating as the US-UK-NATO continue to ship weapons to Kiev. At the same time NATO is expanding into the Asia-Pacific region closing the military circle around Beijing.

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Will Griffin: How Would Space Be Used In War?

Will Griffin: How Would Space Be Used In War?

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by Will Griffin
Writer, Dandelion Salad
August 4, 2022

“There are endless ways outer space can be used in wars of the 21st century but let’s focus on some of the more probable ones.”

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The Hard Work of Creating a Last Resort War on Iran, by David Swanson

No War On Iran NYC March

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, July 14, 2022
July 15, 2022

Where do all the Lockheed Martin executives vacation?

At the Last Resort!

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Helen Caldicott: Why This Is More Dangerous Than the Cuban Missile Crisis, by Finian Cunningham

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Ireland
Crossposted from Strategic Culture Foundation, June 7, 2022
July 14, 2022

Helen Caldicott warns that the sharpening military confrontation between the United States and Russia puts global security, peace and ultimately our very existence in more danger than ever before.

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The Chris Hedges Report: The Proxy War in Ukraine and the Danger of American Militarism, with Andrew Bacevich

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with Chris Hedges

TheRealNews on May 13, 2022

In this episode Chris Hedges speaks with historian, retired Army Colonel and Vietnam veteran Andrew Bacevich about the proxy war in Ukraine and the danger of American militarism.

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Larry Wilkerson and Paul Jay: Ukraine and the Doomsday Machine

US nuclear weapons test at Eniwetok in 1952

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theAnalysis-news on Apr 29, 2022

Col. Lawrence Wilkerson joins theAnalysis.news with Paul Jay to discuss the dangers of nuclear war and the crisis/conflict war against Ukraine.

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