Grenfell Tower: A Disaster Waiting to Happen by Graham Peebles

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by Graham Peebles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London, England
June 23, 2017

Charred, lifeless and brutal, the hollowed out remains of Grenfell Tower in west London screams of the human agony inflicted when, on 14th June, the building became an inferno.

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Grenfell Tower: This Is What Austerity Looks Like by William Bowles

Grenfell Tower after Fire

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by William Bowles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Investigating Imperialism
London, England
June 17, 2017

‘The Prime Minister, Theresa May, had to [flee] the site of Grenfell Tower yesterday under police guard, BBC News, 17 June 2017

The Abandonment of a Community

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Michael Hudson: The Orwellian Double-Think That Is Used To Confuse People And Make Them Think That Poverty Is Wealth (Parts 1-5)

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with Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Michael Hudson
March 5, 2017

TheRealNews on Feb 26, 2017

Michael Hudson, author of the newly released J is for Junk Economics, says the media and academia use well-crafted euphemisms to conceal how the economy really works.

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Michael Hudson: Finance Really is a Mode of Warfare

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with Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Michael Hudson
February 17, 2017

TheRealNews on Feb 16, 2017

There’s a real need for international debtor rights, says economist Michael Hudson.

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Chris Hedges: The Wreckage of Neoliberalism

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Dec 11, 2016

On this week’s episode of On Contact, Chris Hedges discusses the damage done to Europe by neoliberal policies with Philipp Ther, author of “Europe Since 1989: A History”. RT Correspondent Anya Parampil looks at the current rise of the far right in Europe spawned by neoliberalism.

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Michael Hudson: Donald Trump Wants to Make the 1% Even Richer (Part 2)

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with Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Michael Hudson
November 18, 2016

TheRealNews on Nov 17, 2016

Economist Michael Hudson explains how economic terms like capital gains are deployed to mislead the public about who is benefiting from economic policy and where wealth is going.

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Michael Hudson: How Long are People Going to be Willing to Live in this Illusion?

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with Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
michael-hudson.com
October 7, 2016

TheRealNews on Oct 7, 2016

The IMF foretells of vulnerable banks in US and EU while enabling unsustainable debt-leveraging, says economist Michael Hudson.

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Chris Hedges: The Cost of Austerity

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Sep 10, 2016

On this week’s episode of On Contact, Chris Hedges sits down with economist Mark Blyth to discuss the detrimental ramifications of austerity programs following the 2008 financial crisis. Professor Blyth, author of “Austerity: The History of a Dangerous Idea” addresses the political effects of the spending cuts and considers why the elites will not take responsibility for the fallout. RT Correspondent Anya Parampil examines the impact austerity measures have had on the American working class and the poor since 2008.

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Chris Hedges and Richard Wolff: Capitalism in Crisis

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with Chris Hedges and

RT America on Jul 23, 2016

In this week’s episode of On Contact, Chris Hedges explores capitalism in crisis with Richard Wolff, professor of economics emeritus at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. From Brexit, to labor protests in France, to Italy’s financial woes, they discuss the effects of austerity on the working class. RT Correspondent Anya Parampil looks at the fallout of Britain’s decision to leave the European Union.

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Brexit and the Derivatives Time Bomb by Ellen Brown

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by Ellen Brown
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Web of Debt Blog
July 1, 2016

Brexit could trigger a $500 trillion derivatives meltdown, by forcing the EU to allow insolvent member governments and banks to write down debt. Italy is in financial crisis and is already petitioning for that concession. How to avoid collapse of the massive derivatives house of cards? Alternatives are considered.

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Richard Wolff: Class Warfare: French Labor Law, Brexit, and Greek Austerity

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with Richard Wolff

TheRealNews on Jun 29, 2016

Economist Richard Wolff says the old European elite believed it could fix their broken capitalism on the backs of the masses and that has proved to be a fatal mistake.

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Michael Hudson: There Is No Sign Of Recovery

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with Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
michael-hudson.com
December 31, 2015

TheRealNews on Dec 31, 2015

UMKC’s Michael Hudson breaks down how the increasing wealth gap, suppression of wages, and IMF rule changes are creating a battle between the classes.

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The Looting Class and its Hoarded Gold by Danny Katch

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by Danny Katch
socialistworker.org
October 8, 2015

Every time layoffs are announced or vital government benefits are slashed, we’re told that there is no alternative because the money isn’t there. But this is a bald-faced lie, explains Danny Katch, author of Socialism…Seriously: A Brief Guide to Human Liberation.

DOUGLAS, ARIZONA, is a town on the Mexico border with 17,000 people and now no hospital.

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The Greek Coup: Liquidity as a Weapon of Coercion by Ellen Brown + Greece is Not the Major Problem – Europe is by Siv O’Neall

Alexis Tsipras on a short leash from the EU

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by Ellen Brown
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Web of Debt Blog
July 30, 2015

“My father made him an offer he couldn’t refuse. Luca Brasi held a gun to his head and my father assured him that either his brains, or his signature, would be on the contract.” — The Godfather (1972)

In the modern global banking system, all banks need a credit line with the central bank in order to be part of the payments system. Choking off that credit line was a form of blackmail the Greek government couldn’t refuse.

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Greece is a Nation Under Occupation by Andrew Gavin Marshall

EU Austerity Albatross

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by Andrew Gavin Marshall
Writer, Dandelion Salad
andrewgavinmarshall.com
July 16, 2015

In the early hours of Thursday morning, July 16, the Greek Parliament passed a host of austerity measures in order to begin talks on a potential third bailout of 86 billion euros. The austerity measures were pushed onto the Parliament by Greece’s six-month-old leftist government of Syriza, elected in late January with a single mandate to oppose austerity. So what exactly happened over the past six months that the first anti-austerity government elected in Europe has now passed a law implementing further austerity measures?

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