The Promise of Messiah: What the Bible Reveals

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Merry Christmas to all

[Each part is 26 minutes long.]

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Day of Discovery

“The Promise of Messiah in the Law of Moses.” Join three Jewish followers of Jesus as they examine biblical descriptions of Messiah to reveal how they align with the life and teaching of Jesus of Nazareth.

via The Promise of Messiah Part I

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Season of Goodwill… West Delivers Sanctions, Suffering and Conflict by Finian Cunningham

by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from Strategic Culture Foundation
December 22, 2014

Glory to God in the Highest, Peace on Earth, Goodwill to Men

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It’s the Season of Goodwill – and Western governments are showering us with a medley of their “gifts”. Sanctions, austerity, lethal military aid and red-hot coals of conflict.

Meanwhile, the contrast of Russian humanitarian aid to Ukraine could not be greater or more telling. This week another convoy of trucks from Russia – at least the tenth so far in recent months – is due to arrive in eastern Ukraine, bearing food, clothing, heating and toys for the war-torn children of Luhansk and Donetsk. Continue reading

John Pilger: Ukraine Crisis Could Start World War III + WWIII – The Calm Before The Storm

Nuclear Extinction

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Updated: Dec. 21, 2014

with John Pilger

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Russian Roulette: Taxpayers Could Be on the Hook for Trillions in Oil Derivatives by Ellen Brown

Updated: Jan. 1, 2015

by Ellen Brown
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Web of Debt Blog
December 20, 2014

Alternative Bailout Plan

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The sudden dramatic collapse in the price of oil appears to be an act of geopolitical warfare against Russia. The result could be trillions of dollars in oil derivative losses; and the FDIC could be liable, following repeal of key portions of the Dodd-Frank Act last weekend. Continue reading

If you open the window of torture, even just a crack, the cold air of the Dark Ages will fill the whole room by William Blum

Extraordinary Rendition, A collaboration between artists Tim Guthrie and Doug Hayko

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by William Blum
Writer, Dandelion Salad
www.killinghope.org
December 20, 2014

American Exceptionalism and American Torture

In 1964, the Brazilian military, in a US-designed coup, overthrew a liberal (not more to the left than that) government and proceeded to rule with an iron fist for the next 21 years. In 1979 the military regime passed an amnesty law blocking the prosecution of its members for torture and other crimes. The amnesty still holds. Continue reading

Balls To War – When A World War Stopped To Play Football (Christmas Truce 1914)

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In case you missed this from last year posted at the end of an article. Merry Christmas!

World War 1 - War of destruction

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StoptheWarCoalition on Sep 8, 2013

http://noglory.org/ Video by Heathcote Williams and Alan Cox. On Christmas 1914 in the first world war, thousands of troops on both sides unilaterally declared a truce and played football friendlies instead of trying to kill each other. Their officers moved quickly to stamp out such peaceful developments and in the following four years 16 million people were slaughtered.

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Embargo Ended: US lifts sanctions against Cuba + #TheCuban5 Are Home

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Good news!

RT on Dec 17, 2014

President Barack Obama has announced an historic move to normalize relations with Cuba. It comes after more than 50 years of tough American sanctions and severed diplomatic ties. Let’s get more from our correspondent Marina Portnaya in New York.

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Six13: Chanukah (Shake It Off) + Jewish Voice for Peace: Chanukah 2014

Chanukah

Chanukah (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Updated: Dec. 17, 2014

Happy Chanukah!

Six13Sings on Dec 11, 2014

CHAG SAMEACH! Life got you down? You should be thinking about the miracle of light. Just shake it off… it’s Chanukah! Continue reading

Embracing the Specter of Systemic Collapse by Tristan A. Shaw

Know Thy Self

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by Tristan A. Shaw
Writer, Dandelion Salad
British Columbia, Canada
December 15, 2014

Let us evaluate our collective despondency as activists (the categorical minority of those who care) attempting to sustain the existence of human life. We think our role is defined by the perpetual struggle against imperial empire and capitalism – that the elite class must be vanquished through repeated protests and social organization. But limited is our mental landscapes, for there does exist an unrecognized alternative out of which our efforts will culminate great impact and change. Its essence can be discovered within your latent potential as a spiritual being, an inscribed message from our ancient past. Continue reading

RTP Downsized: The Audio Play by Martin Chomsky

RTP Downsized Audio Play release cover artby Martin Chomsky
Writer, Dandelion Salad
December 14, 2014

In this season of rampant consumerism, let us spare a thought for the poor, bedraggled working classes. Especially those who can see Christmas for the kaleidoscope of greed and avarice it really is.

So, jog on all you squillionaire celebrities in your Santa hats and ludicrous jumpers: this is our tale. Continue reading

Ralph Nader: The Budget Is A Collective Display of Twisted Priorities and Insane Declarations By Congress

Veterans for Peace Banner Drop: "How is the War Economy Working for You?" (Pittsburgh, PA)

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with Ralph Nader

TheRealNews on Dec. 14, 2014

If you were to judge this budget by conventional standards of human sanity you would indict it as the collective display of twisted of priorities says Consumer Advocate, Ralph Nader.

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The Global Bankers’ Coup by Ellen Brown

The colour of money; Financial Stability Board (FSB) headquartered in the Bank for International Settlements in Basel, Switzerland

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by Ellen Brown
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Web of Debt Blog
December 12, 2014

On December 11, 2014, the US House passed a bill repealing the Dodd-Frank requirement that risky derivatives be pushed into big-bank subsidiaries, leaving our deposits and pensions exposed to massive derivatives losses. The bill was vigorously challenged by Senator Elizabeth Warren; but the tide turned when Jamie Dimon, CEO of JPMorganChase, stepped into the ring. Perhaps what prompted his intervention was the unanticipated $40 drop in the price of oil. As financial blogger Michael Snyder points out, that drop could trigger a derivatives payout that could bankrupt the biggest banks. And if the G20’s new “bail-in” rules are formalized, depositors and pensioners could be on the hook. Continue reading

Backfired! by Michael Hudson + Hudson: China and Russia Trade Deals Due To Sanctions

Updated: Dec. 14, 2014

by Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
michael-hudson.com
December 12, 2014

U.S. New Cold War policy has backfired – and created its worst nightmare

1. The world’s geopolitics, major trade patterns and military alliances have changed radically in the past month. Russia has re-oriented its gas and oil trade, and also its trade in military technology, away from Europe toward Eurasia. Continue reading

The Koch Brothers’ Governors by Jeffery Sommers and Michael Hudson

by Jeffery Sommers and Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
michael-hudson.com
December 12, 2014

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Butlers Selling the Public’s Silver…. A Dress Rehearsal for Hillary?

The Koch Brothers are the closest thing the United States has to Russia’s oligarchs. They fuse ownership of the economy and state, using the latter to enrich themselves while making private gains through the public’s losses. Their idea of a “market economy” is to buy government officials and the assets they privatize at giveaway prices. Continue reading

Elizabeth Warren Could Use Some Elizabeth Peacen by David Swanson + Bernie Sanders Says No to Bloated Defense Budget

by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
warisacrime.org
Dec. 11, 2014

Why people want to become fans of a senator rather than pushing senators to serve the public is beyond me.

Why people want to distract and drain away two years of activism, with the planet in such peril, fantasizing about electing a messiah is beyond me. Continue reading