David Swanson: We Can’t Save the Climate Without Ending War

David Swanson: We Can't Save the Climate Without Ending War

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
World Beyond War
May 22, 2019

“War and preparations for war are not just the pit into which trillions of dollars that could be used to prevent environmental damage are dumped, but also a major direct cause of that environmental damage.

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Who Among the Contented Classes Will Unfurl the Flag of Rebellion Against the Plutocrats and the Autocrats? by Ralph Nader

20110928 Class War

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Updated: May 22, 2019

by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page, May 9, 2019
May 21, 2019

For all the rhetoric and all the charities regarding America’s children, the U.S. stands at the very bottom of western nations and some other countries as well, in terms of youth well-being. The U.S.’s exceptionalism is clearest in its cruelty to children. The U.S. has the highest infant mortality rate of comparable OECD countries. Not only that, but 2.5 million American children are homeless and 16.2 million children “lack the means to get enough nutritious food on a regular basis.”

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US Foreign Policy is Nothing Short of Low-Intensity Warfare Against the Whole Planet by Finian Cunningham

US Foreign Policy is Nothing Short of Low-Intensity Warfare Against the Whole Planet by Finian Cunningham

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Updated: May 21, 2019

by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from Sputnik, May 16, 2019
May 20, 2019

To say the US conducts “foreign policy” is patently a misnomer. US policy is nothing short of low-intensity warfare against the whole planet. Its “foreign policy” is nothing more than a continuous program of psychological operations.

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Jesus’s Manifesto: The Sermon on the Plain by Roman A. Montero

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by Roman A. Montero
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Oslo, Norway
Roman A. Montero’s blog
May 19, 2019

Originally aired and published by The Beloved Community on KBOO Portland and as a podcast, May 10, 2019.

Roman Montero on May 11, 2019

Interview with Roman Montero about Jesus’s Manifesto on KBOO The Beloved Community 5/10/2019.

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Chris Hedges and Medea Benjamin: Threat of War with Iran + Anti-War Resistance?

Don't Attack Iran

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with Chris Hedges and Medea Benjamin

RT America on May 18, 2019

Chris Hedges discusses the threat of war with Iran and the US relationship with Saudi Arabia and Israel with anti-war activist Medea Benjamin of Codepink.

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What is the Relationship Between Loneliness and Capitalism? by The Anti-Social Socialist

What is the Relationship Between Loneliness and Capitalism? by The Anti-Social Socialist

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“However, the social, political, and economic organization of society must be recognized as a significant contributor to people’s mental health, with certain social structures being more advantageous to the emergence of mental well-being than others. Capitalism can never offer the conditions most conducive to achieving mental health. Oppression, exploitation, and inequality greatly repress the true realization of what it means to be human.” — David Matthews, 2019

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Who Really Gains from the Gulf Ship ‘Sabotage’? by Finian Cunningham + Wilkerson: Manufactured Iranian Threat in the Persian Gulf

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from Strategic Culture Foundation
May 16, 2019

After dramatic and patently scripted warnings of “Iranian aggression” by bellicose US officials, there then follows – conveniently enough – an alleged sabotage incident in the Persian Gulf region implicating Iran.

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Showdown At The Venezuelan Embassy: Federal Authorities Back Down After Threatening To Evict Peace Activists Inside By Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers + Activists Arrested! (updated)

Showdown At The Venezuelan Embassy: Federal Authorities Back Down After Threatening To Evict Peace Activists Inside By Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers, From Inside the Venezuelan Embassy

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Updated: May 15-17, 2019

by Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers, from inside the Venezuelan embassy
Popular Resistance
May 15, 2019

Writing on Day 36 of the campaign to prevent a US-sponsored coup by protecting the Venezuelan Embassy from illegal takeover.

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Embassy Protection Collective Activists Face Eviction From Venezuela Embassy (updated)

Embassy Protection Collective Activists Face Eviction From Venezuela Embassy

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Updated: May 13-14, 2019

RT America on May 13, 2019

Rick Sanchez breaks the news of the departure of the pro-Maduro Embassy Protection Collective from Venezuela’s embassy in Washington, DC following a trespassing notice from authorities stating that opposition leader Guaido’s “ambassadors” have legal right to the building and ordering its occupants to evacuate. Pro-Guaido protestors chant and cheer as the US Secret Service seems poised to evict the handful of activists who remain inside.

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The USA Has Been A Plutocracy Thinly Disguised As Democracy Ever Since Its Founding by Eric Schechter

Capitalism isn't working

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Updated: May 20, 2019

by Eric Schechter aka LeftyMathProf
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Eric’s Rants and Videos blog
May 13, 2019

Progressives are fooled by the corporate news media, who are paid to lie about wars, climate, economics, everything. Progressives believe the abuses in capitalism can be removed through reforms; they haven’t realized that the abuses are capitalism. A simple analysis shows that inequality, externalities, and alienation are terrible evils inherent in every version of capitalism.

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Mother’s Day Proclamation 2019: Divest From War! by Rivera Sun

Women Say No to War

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Happy Mother’s Day

by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
May 12, 2019

Instead of flowers, give us peace. Instead of brunch, end the wars. Let no more mothers raise their children to kill other mothers’ children. Give us, instead, the abolition of war, the promotion of peace, and the care of people and planet.

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Chris Hedges and Matt Taibbi: The Deep Rot That Infects American Journalism, Part 2

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on May 11, 2019

Chris Hedges continues his discussion with reporter, Matt Taibbi, about the deep rot in American journalism.

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Humanitarian Aid Blocked from Entering Venezuelan Embassy in Washington D.C. by David Swanson + Medea Benjamin: Venezuelan Embassy’s Power Cut

Embassy Protection Collective Activists Occupying the Venezuela Embassy in Washington, DC

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
May 10, 2019

Two months ago, I heard a story. You heard it too, if you went anywhere near a television or a newspaper in the United States. The government of Venezuela needed to be overthrown because it wouldn’t allow in humanitarian aid.

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Albert Einstein: Why Socialism?

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“For the sake of simplicity, in the discussion that follows I shall call “workers” all those who do not share in the ownership of the means of production—although this does not quite correspond to the customary use of the term. The owner of the means of production is in a position to purchase the labor power of the worker. By using the means of production, the worker produces new goods which become the property of the capitalist. The essential point about this process is the relation between what the worker produces and what he is paid, both measured in terms of real value. Insofar as the labor contract is “free,” what the worker receives is determined not by the real value of the goods he produces, but by his minimum needs and by the capitalists’ requirements for labor power in relation to the number of workers competing for jobs. It is important to understand that even in theory the payment of the worker is not determined by the value of his product.” — Albert Einstein, Monthly Review, May 1949

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A Military Psy-Ops Campaign in the Heart of Washington is Directed at U.S. Citizens by Pat Elder + Abby Martin on Failed April 30th Coup in Venezuela (Updated)

A Military Psy-Ops Campaign in the Heart of Washington is Directed at U.S. Citizens by Pat Elder + Abby Martin on Failed April 30th Coup in Venezuela

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Updated: May 9, 2019

Republished with permission from David Swanson at World Beyond War

by Pat Elder
World Beyond War
May 7, 2019

I’ve been studying the Pentagon’s use of psychological tactics in the way it recruits youth into the armed forces for 20 years, so I have a sense of the lack of boundaries practiced by the US government through its military. Now I can report on the psychological tactics employed by the State Department through the Secret Service Police. I spent a week in the besieged Venezuelan Embassy in Washington, and I was exposed to a relentless psychological operations campaign (psy-ops) orchestrated by my government to drive peace activists like myself from the embassy.

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