The War on Weed Is Winding Down – But Will Monsanto Be the Winner? by Ellen Brown

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by Ellen Brown
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Web of Debt Blog
June 23, 2016

The war on cannabis that began in the 1930s seems to be coming to an end. Research shows that this natural plant, rather than posing a deadly danger to health, has a wide range of therapeutic benefits. But skeptics question the sudden push for legalization, which is largely funded by wealthy investors linked to Big Ag and Big Pharma.

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Abby Martin: Puerto Rico’s Debt to its Oppressors

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with Abby Martin

teleSUR English on Jun 23, 2016

Puerto Rico’s massive debt has been discussed at length in Congress and the media, all omitting the most important fact: the history of being a colonial subject for over 500 years, still owned and controlled by the United States.

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Women’s Draft? Sign Me Up To Abolish War by Rivera Sun

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by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Republished with permission from Peace Voice
June 21, 2016

For too long, the women of this nation have been complacent while our brothers, sons, husbands, and fathers are sent to kill, maim, brutalize, destroy and even die in defense of our alleged liberty.

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Chris Hedges: The Nature of Human Evil: Auschwitz, Part 2

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with Chris Hedges

teleSUR English on Jun 21, 2016

In this episode of Days of Revolt, Chris Hedges continues his discussion with Holocaust survivor Lola Mozes. Lola describes her time in Auschwitz, and reflects on the importance of love in overcoming evil and leading a life that is not crippled by hate.

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Chris Hedges and Kshama Sawant: How to Counter Establishment Politics

Democracy

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Jun 20, 2016

In this week’s episode of On Contact, Chris Hedges explores how to counter establishment politics with Kshama Sawant, the only socialist on the Seattle City Council. RT Correspondent Anya Parampil reports on the obstacles third party candidates face in trying to enter the race for the White House.

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Chris Hedges, Noam Chomsky and Slavoj Žižek: Free Julian Assange

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Updated: June 22, 2016

with Chris Hedges

RT on Jun 19, 2016

Ten cities across the world are hosting a week of events dubbed “First they came for Assange,” featuring Noam Chomsky, Slavoj Zizek, Yanis Varoufakis and Patti Smith, among others. It marks four years of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s detention.

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Commercializing Elections to Destroy Our Democracy by Ralph Nader

US Capitol For Sale (Washington, DC)

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
June 18, 2016

Our political economy – a wonderfully embracing phrase much used a century ago – has three main components: The electoral/governmental powers, the marketplace, and the civil society, which is composed of we the citizens.

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Rivera Sun’s Billionaire Buddha, reviewed by Guadamour

Rivera Sun's Billionaire Buddha Book

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by Guadamour
Writer, Dandelion Salad
June 18, 2016

Billionaire Buddha is Rivera Sun‘s third novel. In it David Grant, a self-made billionaire, goes from the pinnacle of a most unfulfilling and emotionally deprived material success to homelessness, destitution and the spiritual contentment of knowing himself (which is the embodiment of Buddhahood). Sun describes the changes Grant goes through in a clear writing style which holds the reader and compels them to turn the pages to see what happens next in this book which should be read by all Americans with their general love of money.

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Amulet, reviewed by Gaither Stewart

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by Gaither Stewart
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rome, Italy
June 17, 2016

(Rome) I am reading for the first time the work of Chilean born writer, Roberto Bolaño. His novel, Amulet, set in a phantasmagoric Mexico City that, perhaps, also because it is Latin America’s biggest city, represents the entire crushed and tortured and imprisoned and murdered Latin America while also his characters are emblematic of the suffering and decimation of much of the best of the Latin American youth. Perhaps the author chose to highlight Mexico City, not only because of the massacre of Mexican students there in 1968, but also because he moved there as a teenager and lived there many years before moving to Spain and Barcelona where he died at 50.

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Jill Stein: Clinton Has Done What Trump Only Talks About

Vigil for Orlando victims, Wellington, June 13, 2016

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Presidential candidates react to the Orlando shooting

RT America on Jun 13, 2016

The candidates were quick to the react the Orlando shooting on social media, and quick to politicize it. Both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump also gave speeches on the Orlando tragedy. Clinton opened her speech by saying “Today is not a day for politics,” but then proceeded to take several indirect shots at Donald Trump. RT America’s Lindsay France joins Anya Parampil to discuss the presidential candidates’ reactions to the shooting. Then, Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein tells Anya Parampil about her reaction to the Orlando shooting and expresses her sadness that “LGBTQ community was specifically targeted on Pride Week” in this latest attack.

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Exiting the EU by William Bowles

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by William Bowles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Investigating Imperialism, June 10, 2016
London, England
June 16, 2016

I haven’t written a single word about this non-event, precisely because it is a non event. It’s an artificially created argument, with the mainstream reasoning used on both sides, being equally fallacious. A gigantic deception played out with all the pomp and circumstance of a Royal Wedding and just about as empty.

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Michael Lebowitz: What is Socialism in the 21st Century?

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GreenLeftTV on Jun 14, 2016

At the ‘Socialism in the 21st Century’ Conference held in Sydney in May 2016 and organised by the Socialist Alliance, Michael Lebowitz, a world leading Marxist author who writes and researches the problems and possibilities of building a socialist alternative, here presents a paper on what Socialism might look like in this century and the differences with 20th Century Socialism as represented by the developments in the Soviet Union.

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NATO’s Anakonda: A Beast That Preys on Its Own? by Finian Cunningham

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from Strategic Culture Foundation, June 12, 2016
June 14, 2016

The NATO people assigned with the task of thinking up operational codenames seem to have had a Freudian slip over Operation Anakonda. The NATO war exercises underway in Poland are the biggest since the end of the Cold War a quarter of a century ago. The name, by chance perhaps, also refers to the world’s largest species of snake – a lumbering reptile that can reach up to 8 meters in length and prone to lurking in swamps.

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Review of Suited For War by Guadamour

by Guadamour
Writer, Dandelion Salad
June 13, 2016
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Science fiction deals with imaginative concepts such as futuristic science and technology. Many people are aficionados of science fiction, but what puts many off are when it goes into space/time travel and creates extraterrestrials and other phenomenon difficult for many to wrap their minds around. Science fiction has been called “The Literature of Ideas.” The genre can offer a glimpse into the future, and can be most realistic using the platform of the present and recent past to look into what is ahead. A truly classic example of that is Philip K. Dick’s novel, The Man In The High Tower, where Dick describes what it is like to live in Occupied America after losing WWII to Germany and Japan.

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Chris Hedges and Tariq Ali: A Recipe For Fascism

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Jun 12, 2016

In the first episode of ‘On Contact’, host Chris Hedges discusses the global revolt against corporate capitalism with radical intellectual and author Tariq Ali. Ali talks about how the world banking system got Greece and other European countries in trouble, and how big capital may be behind the impeachment of Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff. RT Correspondent Anya Parampil joins the show with a report on global inequality.

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