Local Syria ceasefires: The way out of a US policy dead end? by Gareth Porter + US to deploy over 400 troops to train Syria insurgents

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by Gareth Porter
Writer, Dandelion Salad
crossposted at Middle East Eye
Washington
January 17, 2015

US contradictions between the Obama administration’s policy in Syria and realities on the ground have become so acute that US officials began last November discussing a proposal calling for support of local ceasefires between opposition forces and the Assad regime in dozens of locations across Syria.

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Chris Hedges: Prison State America: Corporations Use Inmates Like Slaves

America - We're Number One!

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Jan 14, 2015

For-profit prisons have created a “neo-slavery” in the US, according to award-winning journalist Chris Hedges. Inmates work eight hours per day for major corporations such as Chevron, Motorola, Nordstrom’s and Target, yet only have the possibility of making up [to] $1.25 an hour. In addition, companies that provide services like phone calls overcharge prisoners on even the most basic services, making hundreds of millions in profits annually. RT’s Ben Swann speaks to Hedges, who explains how this shadowy system came into existence.

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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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Big Fish, Little Fish by Michael Hudson

by Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
michael-hudson.com
January 11, 2015

Re-think Capitalism

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US 2015 budget anti pension law, January 2, 2015.

On the Senate’s last day in session in December, it approved the government’s $1.1 trillion budget for coming fiscal year.

Few people realize how radical the new U.S. budget law was. Budget laws are supposed to decide simply what to fund and what to cut. A budget is not supposed to make new law, or to rewrite the law. But that is what happened, and it was radical.

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The Year of the Pig: Should Workers Support Police Strikes? (must-read) + Caleb Maupin: Low Wages, Police Terror & the Necessity of Revolution

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Updated: Jan. 12, 2015

Workers.org
January 10, 2015

This updated article first appeared in the Jan. 29, 1971, issue of Workers World newspaper.  The writer was a founding member and chairperson of Workers World Party.

Are strikes by the police to be regarded approximately the same way as strikes by ordinary workers? A reading of the treatment accorded to the New York police strike by the Daily World (the paper of the Communist Party which professes to be Marxist-Leninist) clearly conveys this impression. A column by George Morris, the Daily World’s labor analyst, waxes eloquent about the cops’ strike and says “it is in the spirit of rebellion we see everywhere today as in unions against the long entrenched bureaucracy.” He further says that the cops are “beginning to see themselves as in much the same position as other city employees and workers.” Finally, he admonishes his readers that “fire should not be blunderbussed against all on the police force.”

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Chris Hedges: How Prisons Rip Off and Exploit the Incarcerated, Part 2

Decarcerate PA rally #occupyPhilly

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with Chris Hedges

TheRealNews on Jan 7, 2015

Eddie Conway and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges continue their discussion about the forms of slavery and exploitation thriving in today’s U.S. prison system

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Chris Hedges: How Prisons Ripoff and Exploit the Incarcerated, Part 1

Rally against private prisons at 2012 United Methodist General Conference

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with Chris Hedges

TheRealNews on Jan 5, 2015

Eddie Conway and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges discuss the forms of slavery and exploitation thriving in today’s U.S. prison system.

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Michael Hudson: Pensions of Union Workers Cut in Federal Budget

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with Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
michael-hudson.com
January 5, 2015

TheRealNews on Jan 5, 2015

UMKC Economics Professor Michael Hudson discusses how Wall Street will profit as workers’ pensions get slashed.

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Bob Koehler: Abolish the CIA, interviewed by Cindy Sheehan

Stop Wars

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by Cindy Sheehan
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Cindy Sheehan’s Soapbox Blog
Jan. 4, 2015

Welcome to 2015 and to the beginning of the 7th year of Cindy Sheehan’s Soapbox!

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Letter from President Barack Obama: Six Month Consolidated War Powers Resolution Report

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Propaganda Alert!

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
December 11, 2014

TIME TO PULL THE PLUG ON KING OBAMA

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Dear Mr. Speaker: (Dear Mr. President:)

I am providing this supplemental consolidated report, prepared by my Administration and consistent with the War Powers Resolution (Public Law 93-148), as part of my efforts to keep the Congress informed about deployments of U.S. Armed Forces equipped for combat.

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New Year’s Concert 2015: Vienna Philharmonic: Radetzky March + Explosions + The Blue Danube

Fireworks

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Happy New Year!
Love, Lo

Radetzky Marsch – Zubin Mehta

Milenko Krstanovic on Jan 1, 2015

Za one koji su prespavali – srećna Nova 2015 godina!
Happy New 2015 Year!

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New Look for the New Year on Dandelion Salad and Continued Hiatus by Lo

Happy New Year!

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Updated: Jan. 3, 2015

by Lo
editor, Dandelion Salad
December 31, 2014

Happy New Year!

I recently changed themes on WordPress so mobile and tablet users can read the blog posts more easily. The previous theme was “retired” by WordPress so it needed to be changed to a newer one anyway.

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The Nature of Reality by Tristan A. Shaw

by Tristan A. Shaw
Writer, Dandelion Salad
British Columbia, Canada
December 28, 2014

Wisdom...

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I write these words for those interested in the esoteric domain of philosophy (real philosophy). Certain truths, in seeming contradiction, may be reconciled with a novelty of perspective – and so may this short piece help one’s struggle with the many difficulties which inexorably lay ahead.

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Goodbye Privacy, Hello Censorship If Secret #TISA Pact Is Approved by Pete Dolack

If you don’t want to live in the world like the TV series, Continuum, please act now. ~ DS

by Pete Dolack
Guest Writer, Dandelion Salad
Systemic Disorder, Dec. 24, 2014
December 27, 2014

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Internet privacy and net neutrality would become things of the past if the secret Trade In Services Agreement comes to fruition. And on this one, the secrecy exceeds even that shrouding the two better-known corporate giveaways, the Trans-Pacific and Transatlantic partnerships. Continue reading

If Hope Remains Dormant, Freedom Remains Elusive by ashiftinconsciousness

by ashiftinconsciousness
Guest Writer, Dandelion Salad
ashiftinconsciousness
December 26, 2014

Look at the things we teach our children: that it’s OK to do horrible things – just don’t get caught.

a frame from Gone? - a 3D short film about freedom, hope and beauty

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Imagine someone was caught teaching their children it’s acceptable to torture, but not acceptable to talk about it because people would then hate you. That person’s children would be taken away. Continue reading