Ignore The Tough Talk — Trump’s Iran Policy Will Be Much Like Obama’s by Gareth Porter

don't attack iran

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by Gareth Porter
Writer, Dandelion Salad
crossposted at Middle East Eye
Washington
February 14, 2017

For all its grandstanding, Trump’s administration is just following an American tradition of coercing Iran and its ‘malign influence’

The first public pronouncements by President Donald Trump’s administration on Iran have created the widespread impression that the US will adopt a much more aggressive posture towards the Islamic Republic than under Barack Obama’s presidency.

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The Great American Perpetual Motion War Machine by Greg Maybury

War is Money (Encourage people to consider how our socio-economic-cultural system incentivizes and rewards aggressions and other harmful behaviors/activities.)

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by Greg Maybury
Guest Writer, Dandelion Salad
Pox Amerikana, Jan. 16, 2017
February 13, 2017

Brief: The so-called ‘military-industrial complex’ ushered in by the passing of the 1947 National Security Act is a luxury America and the world can no longer afford. The unprecedented threat posed by the over-privileged belligerents infecting U.S. military doctrine with their unbridled hegemonic ambition is redolent of that of the British Empire in the years leading up to the Great War in 1914. With Donald Trump advocating massive upgrades of the U.S. nuclear arsenal and full-spectrum dominance likely to remain integral to American foreign and national security policy making, along with musing on how we arrived at this point, we ponder the here and now, and an unthinkable, yet, still avoidable future.

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Edward Snowden: If We Are Going To Protect The Rights Of Anyone, We Have To Be Able To Protect The Rights Of Everyone

HERO

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Edward Snowden talks about FBI’s COINTELPRO, CIA’s MK-ULTRA and Black Lives Matters

acTVism Munich on Jan 17, 2017

In this interview with NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden we talk about the history of intelligence agencies and some notable whistleblowers.

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Chris Hedges: The Future of the US Empire Under Donald Trump

"anche il 9 aprile" "per un piano alternativo di rifiuti.... SMASH IMPERIALISM!"

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Jan 28, 2017

On this week’s episode of On Contact, host Chris Hedges examines the future of the American empire under the Trump Administration with investigative journalist Allan Nairn. RT Correspondent Anya Parampil looks at the global reach of the American military.

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Chris Hedges and Glen Ford: Obama’s Legacy–The Smashing of the Left

War is Peace. Obama and his Nobel "Peace" Prize

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Jan 23, 2017

On this week’s episode of On Contact, Chris Hedges looks back on President Barack Obama’s legacy with Glen Ford, Executive Editor of the Black Agenda Report. They examine Obama’s role in boosting the war industry, serving corporate interests and depleting the privacy rights of Americans. RT Correspondent Anya Parampil looks at some of the darker decisions made over the past eight years.

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The Enemy is Not Trump, It is Ourselves by John Pilger

Political Art

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by John Pilger
John Pilger, Jan. 17, 2017
January 21, 2017

On the day President Trump is inaugurated, thousands of writers in the United States will express their indignation. “In order for us to heal and move forward…”, say Writers Resist, “we wish to bypass direct political discourse, in favour of an inspired focus on the future, and how we, as writers, can be a unifying force for the protection of democracy.”

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President Obama Commutes Chelsea Manning’s Sentence (updated)

free chelsea manning : san francisco pride parade (2014)

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Chelsea Manning Support Network
January 17, 2017

President Obama has commuted all but four months of the remaining prison sentence of Chelsea Manning, the former US Army Intelligence Analyst serving 35-years for releasing classified information. Chelsea’s attorney Nancy Hollander, who spoke with President Obama’s counsel earlier today, confirms that “Chelsea will walk out of Fort Leavenworth a free woman in four months, on May 17th.”

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John Pilger: Obama’s Legacy–One of The Most Violent Presidents

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RT on Jan 16, 2017

Renowned journalist, film-maker and author John Pilger gives RT his view on the future of US-Russia relations.

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Obama Expands Surveillance Powers on His Way Out by Kate Tummarello (Action Alert)

FISA - illegal domestic spying - feb 2001, BEFORE 9/11

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by Kate Tummarello
Electronic Frontier Foundation, Jan. 12, 2017
January 14, 2017

With mere days left before President-elect Donald Trump takes the White House, President Barack Obama’s administration just finalized rules to make it easier for the nation’s intelligence agencies to share unfiltered information about innocent people.

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Why Release the Torture Report Now by David Swanson

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

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
January 6, 2017

A young man was tortured in Chicago this week. It wasn’t an act of the Chicago police. It was live streamed on Facebook. And the President of the United States declared it an horrific hate crime.

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The U.S. Government Has Essentially Created A Ministry of Truth

George Orwell's 1984

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TheRealNews on Dec 31, 2016

Obama’s Recently-Signed National Defense Authorization Act Includes A ‘Countering Disinformation and Propaganda Act’. The Intercept’s Alex Emmons Explains.

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David Swanson: How Will Trump Wield Obama’s Modernized Nukes?

US nuclear weapons test in Nevada in 1953

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with David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
December 23, 2016

TheRealNews on Dec 23, 2016

The President-elect’s off-the-cuff, ignorant and inconsistent remarks suggests he’s either a cynical war profiteer or a true believer in the American myth that more militarism leads to fewer wars, says Noble Prize nominee David Swanson.

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John Pilger: The Empire Feels Shocked and Threatened with Trump’s Victory, Parts 1 & 2

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teleSUR English on Dec 16, 2016

Tariq Ali talks to the award winning Journalist and Filmmaker John Pilger about the state of the world.

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John Pilger: The Media Blackout on the Blockade of China and Threat of Nuclear War

World War 3 - XV

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goingundergroundRT on Dec 3, 2016

We speak to award winning journalist and filmmaker John Pilger about his newest film, The Coming War with China. Dr. Hong Bo on China’s economy and Chair of the Bhopal Medical Appeal on the Bhopal Disaster thirty two years on.

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Michael Hudson: The Orwellian Turn in Contemporary Economics (Part 1)

Overthrow Your Capitalist Masters

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with Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Michael Hudson
November 17, 2016

TheRealNews on Nov 16, 2016

Economist Michael Hudson sits down with Sharmini Peries to talk about the elections and his new book J is for Junk Economics.

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