The War on Terrorism … or whatever. by William Blum

by William Blum
Writer, Dandelion Salad
www.killinghope.org
October 8, 2013

“U.S. hopes of winning more influence over Syria’s divided rebel movement faded Wednesday after 11 of the biggest armed factions repudiated the Western-backed political opposition coalition and announced the formation of an alliance dedicated to creating an Islamist state. The al-Qaeda-affiliated Jabhat al-Nusra, designated a terrorist organization by the United States, is the lead signatory of the new group.” 1

Pity the poor American who wants to be a good citizen, wants to understand the world and his country’s role in it, wants to believe in the War on Terrorism, wants to believe that his government seeks to do good … What is he to make of all this?

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If You See Something, Say Something. Unless It’s US War Crimes + United States Bombings (1950 to 2013) by William Blum

No war on Syria protest in San Francisco - August 29

Image by Steve Rhodes via Flickr

by William Blum
Writer, Dandelion Salad
www.killinghope.org
September 3, 2013

Found at last! After searching for 10 years, the Iraqi weapons of mass destruction have finally been found – in Syria!

Secretary of State John Kerry: “There is no doubt that Saddam al-Assad has crossed the red line. … Sorry, did I just say ‘Saddam’?”

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Nationalism and Hypocrisy by William Blum

by William Blum
Writer, Dandelion Salad
www.killinghope.org
July 29, 2013

Edward Snowden, painted portrait IMG_8815

Image by Abode of Chaos via Flickr

That most charming of couples: Nationalism and hypocrisy

It’s not easy being a flag-waving American nationalist. In addition to having to deal with the usual disillusion, anger, and scorn from around the world incited by Washington’s endless bombings and endless wars, the nationalist is assaulted by whistle blowers like Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden, who have disclosed a steady stream of human-rights and civil-liberties scandals, atrocities, embarrassing lies, and embarrassing truths. Continue reading

Eavesdropping On The Planet by William Blum

by William Blum
Writer, Dandelion Salad
www.killinghope.org
June 26, 2013

Edward Snowden, painted portrait IMG_8815

Image by Abode of Chaos via Flickr

Edward Snowden

In the course of his professional life in the world of national security Edward Snowden must have gone through numerous probing interviews, lie detector examinations, and exceedingly detailed background checks, as well as filling out endless forms carefully designed to catch any kind of falsehood or inconsistency. Continue reading

William Blum: Snowden Would Be Better Off in Cuba, Less Chance of a Coup D’état

with William Blum
Writer, Dandelion Salad
www.killinghope.org
June 26, 2013

PRISM-Demo der Piratenpartei zum Besuch des amerikansichen Präsidenten Barack Obama

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Voice of Russia
June 24, 2013

Speaking about the latest Edward Snowden’s travel ‘plans’ and the confusion the world has been exposed to in the media on the subject of his whereabouts, Mr. William Blum, an American author, historian and a longstanding critic of US foreign policy claims that Cuba would be Snowden’s best bet, as it’s “the most guaranteed place not to buckle to any kind of American pressure” and “the chance of coup d’état is much less than elsewhere”. Continue reading

Just Because America Has Been Taken Over By Mendacious Mass-Murdering Madmen Doesn’t Mean We Can’t Have A Good Time by William Blum

by William Blum
Writer, Dandelion Salad
www.killinghope.org
June 5, 2013

What our presidents tell our young people

In this season of college graduations, let us pause to remember the stirring words of America’s beloved scholar, George W. Bush, speaking in Florida in 2007 at the commencement exercises of Miami Dade College:

“In Havana and other Cuban cities, there are people just like you who are attending school, and dreaming of a better life. Continue reading

Boston Marathon, This Thing Called Terrorism, and The United States by William Blum

by William Blum
Writer, Dandelion Salad
www.killinghope.org
May 4, 2013

Protesting the Democratic National Convention

Image by World Can’t Wait via Flickr

Boston Marathon, this thing called terrorism, and the United States

What is it that makes young men, reasonably well educated, in good health and nice looking, with long lives ahead of them, use powerful explosives to murder complete strangers because of political beliefs?

I’m speaking about American military personnel of course, on the ground, in the air, or directing drones from an office in Nevada.

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The Latest Threats To Life As We Know It by William Blum

by William Blum
Writer, Dandelion Salad
www.killinghope.org
April 9, 2013

Wikileaks _DDC1986

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The Anti-Empire Report

Would you believe that the United States tried to do something that was not nice against Hugo Chávez?

Wikileaks has done it again. I guess the US will really have to get tough now with Julian Assange and Bradley Manning.

In a secret US cable to the State Department, dated November 9, 2006, and recently published online by WikiLeaks, former US ambassador to Venezuela, William Brownfield, outlines a comprehensive plan to destabilize the government of the late President Hugo Chávez. The cable begins with a Summary:
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Dr. John Johnson: US Soldiers Killed My Daughter + William Blum: The Destruction of Iraq, interviewed by Cindy Sheehan

by Cindy Sheehan
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Cindy Sheehan’s Soapbox Blog
March 24, 2013

Juramentación Comités por el SI en Valencia

Image by ¡Que comunismo! via Flickr

with William Blum
Writer, Dandelion Salad
williamblum.org/
March 24, 2013

The US Empire’s War ON Iraq has lasted for a decade now. I am sure, I don’t have to convince supporters and fans of Cindy Sheehan’s Soapbox that the US Empire’s Illegal and Immoral War on the people of Iraq was/is wrong.

The War Crime of Iraq was/is just one more notch in the bloody belt of Empire, and we must tell the stories and never give up the fight for peace: no retreat, no surrender.

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William Blum: CIA Has Attempted To Assassinate 50 World Leaders, Including Chavez

with William Blum
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
www.killinghope.org
March 14, 2013

Presidente Chávez inauguró nuevo Mercal Comunal en La Pastora

Image by ¡Que comunismo! via Flickr

John Robles
Voice of Russia
March 14, 2013

The late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez was warned by Fidel Castro to be careful of a very specific attack, namely a quick jab from an infected needle. Such a warning coming from a leader who has reportedly been the target of CIA assassination plots more than 600 times in over 50 years, was sure to be heeded. Was the illness of Hugo Chavez a completely deniable assassination by the CIA? William Blum spoke with the VOR’s John Robles and discussed this issue and more.

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I Personally Believe That Hugo Chávez Was Murdered By The United States by William Blum

by William Blum
Writer, Dandelion Salad
www.killinghope.org
March 11, 2013

Chávez en Pdvsa

Image by ¡Que comunismo! via Flickr

Anti-Empire Report

Hugo Chávez

I once wrote about Chilean president Salvador Allende:

Washington knows no heresy in the Third World but genuine independence. In the case of Salvador Allende independence came clothed in an especially provocative costume – a Marxist constitutionally elected who continued to honor the constitution. This would not do. Continue reading

Rick Rozoff, William Blum and Glen Ford: Africa and The New Colonialism of The Continent

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

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with Rick Rozoff and William Blum
Featured Writers
Dandelion Salad
Stop NATO
www.killinghope.org
February 11, 2013

Gary Null
Progressive Commentary Hour

Guests:

Glen Ford
William Blum
Rick Rozoff

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American Foreign Policy – Have Our War Lovers Learned Anything? by William Blum

by William Blum
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
www.killinghope.org
February 7, 2013

Afghanistan National Institute of Music Concert

Image by World Bank Photo Collection via Flickr

Over the past four decades, of all the reasons people over a certain age have given for their becoming radicalized against US foreign policy, the Vietnam War has easily been the one most often cited. And I myself am the best example of this that you could find. I sometimes think that if the war lovers who run the United States had known of this in advance they might have had serious second thoughts about starting that great historical folly and war crime.

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There is a Drone with Assange’s Name On It by William Blum

with William Blum
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
www.killinghope.org
January 28, 2013

John Robles
Voice of Russia

Assange will be assassinated if freed, expert says. In an exclusive interview with the Voice of Russia, William Blum, an American author, historian, and critic of United States foreign policy spoke about CIA assassinations (one of his areas of expertise) and some of his past work. Mr. Blum is candid in his assessment of CIA assassination plots against such people as Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa. Continue reading

CIA: World’s Biggest Terrorist Organization

with William Blum
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
www.killinghope.org
January 27, 2013

The shadow government

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PressTVGlobalNews·Jan 24, 2013

A close look at the history of the CIA from its initial mission of intelligence gathering during World War II to covert subversive, counterrevolutionary, assassination operations around the world to CIA-led coups and regime changes from its backyard of Latin America to Africa, Europe, Middle East/Near East, Far East, Central Asia, … to its present day War on Terror.

Also a look at CIA-run torture chambers around the world including Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib and countless unknown brigs on the deck of US ships around the world.

Operations such as operation Condor of 1975 when at least 60,000 revolutionaries were assassinated in Southern America and Operation Ajax, the 1953 coup against Iran’s Mosaddegh. A close look at CIA’s role in creating and fostering terror and terrorists around the world from Latin American assassins to the Taliban in Afghanistan. Continue reading