Abby Martin and Rosa Clemente: Electoral Politics Never Saved Anyone

Abby Martin and Rosa Clemente: Electoral Politics Never Saved Anyone

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with Abby Martin

teleSUR English on Oct 11, 2017

Renowned Afro-Latinx activist and scholar Rosa Clemente sits down with Abby Martin to discuss her experiences running for Vice President, organizing under Obama versus under Trump, advice for new activists, identity politics and more.

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The Rising Of Britain’s ‘New Politics’ by John Pilger

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by John Pilger
John Pilger, Oct. 6, 2017
October 7, 2017

Delegates to the recent Labour Party conference in the English seaside town of Brighton seemed not to notice a video playing in the main entrance. The world’s third biggest arms manufacturer, BAE Systems, supplier to Saudi Arabia, was promoting its guns, bombs, missiles, naval ships and fighter aircraft.

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You Can’t Have a Progressive Movement Without Peace by David Swanson + Desmond Tutu on #NoWar

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

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
September 9, 2017

Remarks at People’s Convergence Conference, Sept. 8, 2017

Here’s my five-minute case for why you can’t have an effective progressive movement in the United States that doesn’t include working for peace. War and militarism and bases and ships and missiles and sanctions and nuclear threats and hostility make up the filter through which much of the other 96% of humanity experiences this 4%. The U.S. Congress chooses how to spend a great deal of money each year, and chooses to put 54% of it into war and preparations for war. The wars demonstrably increase rather than reduce or eliminate anti-U.S. sentiment and violence. They endanger us rather than protect us. The wars are a top cause of death and injury in the world, and a top cause of famines and disease epidemics and refugee crises that cause massive additional suffering. But war kills most by diverting resources. Small fractions of U.S. military spending could end starvation, provide clean water, end diseases, even end the use of fossil fuels worldwide. Military spending also reduces jobs in comparison to other spending or not taxing working people in the first place.

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Without Adequate Health Insurance, The Choice Is Morbidly Clear: Pay Or Die by Ralph Nader

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
August 2, 2017

Before recommending a practical way to reverse the devastating impact of Congressional Republicans’ attempts to strip tens of millions of Americans of health insurance coverage, and the non-stop anxiety and dread that comes with such cruel and vicious legislation, note the impact of having gerrymandered (the politicians pick the voters) Washington rulers.

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Eleven Blasphemous Thoughts for the Current Russo-phobic Season by Paul Street

On the walls of the former American embassy

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by Paul Street
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Official Website of Paul Street, June 9, 2017
June 10, 2017

Summer’s here and the time is right for sacrilege in the streets. Here are eleven blasphemous thoughts for the current Russo-phobic season, likely to be a real carbon-cooked scorcher.

Wouldn’t That Have Been Russia’s Job?

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The Answer Is: Medicare for All

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Democracy Now! on Mar 27, 2017

http://democracynow.org – On Friday, House Republicans failed to muster enough support to pass the GOP healthcare plan, which some call Trumpcare. In response, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has announced he will soon introduce a bill to create a single-payer healthcare system. Several progressive groups are backing a single-payer system, including the Working Families Party, the Progressive Campaign Change Committee, CREDO, Social Security Works and National Nurses United. For more, we speak with Dr. Steffie Woolhandler, co-founder of Physicians for a National Health Program. She is a professor at CUNY-Hunter College and a primary care physician. She is also a lecturer at Harvard Medical School.

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Trump is Obama’s Legacy. Will this Break up the Democratic Party? by Michael Hudson

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by Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Michael Hudson, March 23, 2017
March 26, 2017

Nobody yet can tell whether Donald Trump is an agent of change with a specific policy in mind, or merely a catalyst heralding an as yet undetermined turning point. His first month in the White House saw him melting into the Republican mélange of corporate lobbyists. Having promised to create jobs, his “America First” policy looks more like “Wall Street First.”

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The Only Fake News That Provably Threw The Election To Trump Was Not Russian by Rob Hager

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by Rob Hager
Guest Writer, Dandelion Salad
February 26, 2017

Trump and establishment Democrats are trading allegations about “fake news.”

Trump attacks CNN and others in the mass media with his typical lack of supporting evidence for his assertions. Nevertheless, progressives can agree with Trump that during the election major mass media selected Clinton as their candidate early on. They accordingly discounted and ignored Sanders during the primary while promoting Trump, and then promoted Clinton against Trump in the general election

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Chris Hedges: The Dysfunctional U.S. Health Care System Can Be Fixed + Republicans Lead In Obamacare Replacement, Act Now by Margaret Flowers

Dr Margaret Flowers

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with Chris Hedges and Margaret Flowers

RT America on Feb 18, 2017

On this week’s episode of On Contact, Chris Hedges discusses how the dysfunctional U.S. health care system can be fixed with Dr. Margaret Flowers, a pediatrician and leading advocate for a single-payer system. RT Correspondent Anya Parampil looks at the soaring cost of health care.

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Trump’s Cabinet: The Church of Neoliberal Evangelicals + Abby Martin: 2016–Year in Review

Democracy Not Plutocracy

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TheRealNews on Dec 26, 2016

Professor Henry Giroux says the appointments signal a future of more war and violent military interventions, and an embrace of Islamophobia.

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Animals to Humans—Listen, Learn and Respect! by Ralph Nader + Nader: Elections, Eruptions and Animal Fables

Hello Fox Squirrel

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
November 23, 2016

I have long wondered what the animal kingdom – mammals, reptiles, birds, fish and insects – would want to tell us humans if we and the animals had a common language?

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Break Up the Democratic Party by Michael Hudson + Hudson: The Great Moderation

DNC is more afraid of Bernie than Trump

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by Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Michael Hudson
November 16, 2016

It’s Time for the Clintons, Rubin to Go – and Soros, too.

In the week leading up to last Tuesday’s election the press was busy writing obituaries for the Republican Party. This continued even after Donald Trump’s “surprising” victory – which, like the 2008 bank-fraud crash, “nobody could have expected.” The pretense is that Trump saw what no other politician saw: that the economy has not recovered since 2008.

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Abby Martin and Ralph Nader: The Rigged Corporate Two-Party Dictatorship

Clinton is a war criminal

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Previously posted on Dec. 19, 2015

with Abby Martin and Ralph Nader

teleSUR English on Dec 19, 2015

On this week’s episode of The Empire Files, Abby Martin interviews American political figure Ralph Nader about the 2016 presidential race—from the “Brown Shirt” Trump movement to “corporate criminal” Hillary Clinton—and the reality of who has power in America.

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“Progressive”: Does its Meaning Depend on Whatever the Clintons Think is “Progress”? by Rob Hager

Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton - Caricatures

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by Rob Hager
Guest Writer, Dandelion Salad
Older version published February 10, 2016
September 20, 2016

The battle between Sanders and Clinton over the term “progressive” presented an opportunity to discuss some history. Now that Sanders is supporting the very person who misappropriated the term it is even more important to define what does progressive mean, if it is more than a euphemism for the vague term “liberal.” This article argues on the contrary that “progressive” has a very precise meaning conferred by its history.

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