Abby Martin: All This Shit Doesn’t Matter–Every Issue Must Be Seen Through the Lens of the US Empire

State of the Union

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Dandelion Salad

with Abby Martin

The Jimmy Dore Show on Nov 14, 2017  Continue reading

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Why United States Is the Fourth Reich by Finian Cunningham

World War 3 - III

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from Strategic Culture Foundation, Sept. 27, 2017
September 28, 2017

US President Trump’s declaration last week before the UN to “totally destroy” North Korea and his general ranting about American military might is on par with the Nazi Third Reich’s invocation of “Total War”.

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Quadriga by Gaither Stewart

The Brandenburg Gate, Berlin

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by Gaither Stewart
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rome, Italy
September 27, 2017

A five-meter tall resplendent Quadriga sculpture tops the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, the Wellington Arch in London, The Bolshoy Theater in Moscow, the Victor Emmanuel Monument in Rome, and other important structures elsewhere. Quadriga  is a Latin word (quad=square plus yoke or iugum), the name of the two-wheel chariot drawn by four horses (not three as the Russian Troika) yet harnessed abreast, one beside the other, projecting an image of unusual power. The four-horse Quadriga was used in chariot races by Greeks, Romans and Byzantines and its drivers, the charioteers, were popular heroes like Formula One race drivers today. Some were even driven by gods and the Quadriga image was used also on coins. So the Quadriga became a symbol of war, victory and also the peace following a military victory.

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Am I an American Supremacist? by Adele Roof

American Exceptionalism Exceptions

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Dandelion Salad

Republished with permission from David Swanson at World Beyond War

by Adele Roof
World Beyond War
August 15, 2017

As most everyone knows, white supremacists descended upon my city of Charlottesville, VA, this past weekend, and chaos, violence and tragedy ensued. I’ve been thinking since then about the concept of supremacy and how odious it is–as if one race were purer and better than another, as if one color of skin were of a higher virtue than another.

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Put Away The Flags by Howard Zinn

American Exceptionalism Exceptions

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by Howard Zinn
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Repost from July 3, 2010
crossposted at The Progressive (2006)
July 4, 2017

On this July 4, we would do well to renounce nationalism and all its symbols: its flags, its pledges of allegiance, its anthems, its insistence in song that God must single out America to be blessed.

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Russia Calls House Bill an “Act of War.” Will the Senate Block H.R. 1644? by Gar Smith

World War 3 - XVIII

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Dandelion Salad

Republished with permission from David Swanson at World Beyond War

by Gar Smith
World Beyond War, May 29, 2017
May 30, 2017

Top Russian officials are concerned that a bill passed by the US Congress will do more than increase sanctions on North Korea. Moscow claims H.R. 1644 violates its sovereignty and constitutes an “act of war.”

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John Pilger: Obama Is A Corporate Marketing Creation + Transcript

Political Art

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Dandelion Salad

Don’t get fooled again!

Previously posted September 2, 2009

Socialism 2009: John Pilger: Obama and Empire

PHubb
July 31, 2009

Author, journalist, film maker John Pilger speaks at Socialism 2009 http://www.socialistworker.org; wwwhaymarketbooks.org. Filmed by Paul Hubbard at the Womens Building in San Francisco 7-4-09.

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Abby Martin and Peter Kuznick: The Untold History of Imperial Japan and the Bomb

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

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Dandelion Salad

with Abby Martin

teleSUR English on Jun 26, 2016

Obama’s high-profile trip to Hiroshima was accompanied by a media storm that gave endless justifications for the US use of the atomic bomb on Japanese civilians. The myths are widely accepted in society, and underpin the notion of American exceptionalism.

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Back To The Future: The Legacy Of Abraham Lincoln by Arthur D. Robbins

Chicago Protest Against Guantanamo Jan 11, 2012 - Photo by FJJ

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by Arthur D. Robbins
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Paradise Lost, Paradise Regained, Sept. 30, 2015
December 17, 2015

A President of the United States would never operate outside the law, ignore the U.S. Constitution and the courts, shut down the presses, imprison his domestic adversaries or turn his guns on his own people. Well, Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president did of all of that and, curiously, has been turned into a national hero for his troubles. Lincoln ignored his closest advisors and the temper of the times to engage in the bloodiest war in American history, a war that could easily have been avoided. Single handedly Lincoln terrorized the entire nation. So let us take notice. What happened once could happen again.

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Noam Chomsky On Power and Ideology + Q&A + Transcript

State of the Union

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Dandelion Salad

with

The New School on Sept 21, 2015

Presented by Haymarket Books and the Schools of Public Engagement at The New School, Noam Chomsky discusses the persistent and largely invariant features of U.S. foreign policy — in the words of U.S. planners, “the overall framework of order” — and its intimate relationship with U.S. domestic policy.

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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

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

Putin Faces Down Obama Over Ukraine by Finian Cunningham

by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from PressTV
March 1, 2014

American exceptionalism has gone into overdrive with stern warnings from US President Barack Obama to Russia to respect Ukrainian sovereignty and to not destabilize the region.

By “American exceptionalism” we mean Washington’s seemingly unlimited capacity for exceptional arrogance and double think.

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American Exceptionalism: Monopoly on Democracy?

American Exceptionalism Exceptions

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Dandelion Salad

Featuring Chris Hedges and Gareth Porter.

RT on Oct 14, 2013

What is American exceptionalism? Where does the US’s world monopoly on democracy come from? How does the US give itself license to do as it pleases? “Exceptionalism” is a film by RT correspondent Anissa Naouai. Continue reading

Howard Zinn: The Myth of American Exceptionalism (2005; repost)

by Howard Zinn
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally posted June 9, 2010
September 26, 2013

mitworld.mit.edu
March 14, 2005

Howard Zinn

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Running Time: 1:32:02

Americans have long embraced a notion of superiority, claims Howard Zinn. Governor Winthrop of the Massachusetts Bay Colony described establishing “a city on a hill,” to serve the world as a beacon of liberty. So far, so good. But driving this sense of destiny, says Zinn, was an assumption of divine agency—“an association between what the government does and what God approves of.” Continue reading