“We Will Coup Whoever We Want”: U.S. Empire’s Mask Slips Off, by Rainer Shea

“We Will Coup Whoever We Want”: U.S. Empire's Mask Slips Off, by Rainer Shea

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by Rainer Shea
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rainer Shea: Anti-Imperialist Journalist, July 27, 2020
July 28, 2020

Last week, when the billionaire neo-colonialist Elon Musk was confronted on Twitter about how his company is benefiting from the Washington-perpetrated coup in Bolivia, he replied with a statement that encapsulates the ugly nakedness of current U.S. imperialism: “We will coup whoever we want! Deal with it.” I have a feeling that when the world looks back on 2020, the time when the U.S. lashed out with such great violence when faced with its imperial decline, Musk’s declaration will be seen as the moment when the mask of the empire came off.

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Covid-19 is Bringing the Vulnerable U.S. Empire Towards Collapse, by Rainer Shea

Smash US Empire

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by Rainer Shea
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rainer Shea: Anti-Imperialist Journalist, Apr. 14, 2020
April 16, 2020

At an increasingly rapid pace, the globe is experiencing the greatest geopolitical shift since the fall of the British empire. The arrangement that the U.S. carved out during the 20th century to fortify its hegemony is falling apart piece by piece, with a thorough collapse of Western imperialism and a new wave of socialist revolutions being increasingly unavoidable outcomes.

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The Twisted Climate Equation of the Ruling Class by Rainer Shea

Global Warming Landscape

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by Rainer Shea
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rainer Shea: Anti-Imperialist Journalist, Feb. 20, 2020
February 23, 2020

Five years ago, an investigation from InsideClimate News confirmed what one might have intuitively suspected: that the leaders of Exxon Mobil were well aware of the science of global warming before it became a public issue. The investigation showed that as far back as the 1970s, Exxon had engaged in research that determined carbon dioxide was heating up the planet, corroborating observations about the effects of fossil fuels on the climate that scientists had been making since the 1890s.

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Another U.S. Regime Change Operation Is Taking Shape In Mexico by Rainer Shea

State of the Union

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by Rainer Shea
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rainer Shea: Anti-Imperialist Journalist, Dec. 3, 2019
December 5, 2019

When it comes to Mexico, one can at this point easily spot the signs of a brewing U.S. regime change operation. Since Mexico’s president Andrés Manuel López Obrador was elected last year, he’s been thoroughly vilified by the U.S. media. After Brazil’s fascist president Jair Bolsonaro was elected, the Financial Times’ John Paul Rathbone even argued that Obrador is a greater threat to liberal democracy than Bolsonaro. Such views of Obrador have come from claims that he’s an authoritarian, or “too strong” as the Washington Post recently put it.

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The Age of Constitutional Coups by Paul Street

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by Paul Street
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Official Website of Paul Street, Oct. 18, 2019
October 28, 2019

The contemporary global neofascistic right has become adept at seizing power through legal and parliamentary coups that do not involve military units dramatically taking over government headquarters and radio and television and rounding up opponents.

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Powerful Forces Cause Fires in Brazil, Beyond the Amazon + Militarism and Climate Change + Warming Oceans Are Rising at Alarming Rate

US Military Largest consumer of Oil -- 2014 People's Climate March NYC 89

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TheRealNews on Sep 25, 2019

The policies of Brazil’s right-wing president Jair Bolsonaro are provoking more forest fires and deforestation, not only in the Amazon rainforest. Environmental activists are now trying to counter the trend by engaging in reforestation.

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Chris Hedges: The Destruction of the Amazon Rainforest

Chris Hedges: The Destruction of the Amazon Rainforest

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RT America on Sep 21, 2019

Host Chris Hedges talks to Sonia Bone Guajajara, leader of 300 indigenous ethnic groups in Brazil, about the future of the Amazon rain forest, its people, climate change, and the competing goals of agro business, multinational corporations, and the policies of conservative Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro.

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The Fight Against Climate Change Is An Anti-Colonialist Struggle by Rainer Shea + The Amazon is Burning at a Record Rate

The Fight Against Climate Change Is An Anti-Colonialist Struggle by Rainer Shea + The Amazon is Burning at a Record Rate

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by Rainer Shea
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rainer Shea: Anti-Imperialist Journalist, Aug. 27, 2019
August 30, 2019

With this month’s burning of the Amazon as a result of the actions of the fascist Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro, the first world has gotten a glimpse of the horrors that the world’s poor and indigenous people have long been experiencing at the hands of capitalism and colonialism. Because the Amazon’s existence is crucial for preventing climate apocalypse, the world outside of the region’s indigenous community now feels threatened by the consequences of profit-motivated white supremacy.

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Another of the Many Charming Examples of Cold War Anti-Communism by William Blum

CCCP USSR in Moscow

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by William Blum
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Killing Hope
April 19, 2018

Unpersons

One reason it’s so easy to get an American administration, the mainstream media, and the American people to jump on an anti-Russian bandwagon is of course the legacy of the Soviet Union. To all the real crimes and shortcomings of that period the US regularly added many fictitious claims to agitate the American public against Moscow. That has not come to a halt. During a debate in the 2016 Republican presidential primary, candidate Ben Carson (now the head of the US Housing and Urban Development agency) allowed the following to pass his lips: “Joseph Stalin said if you want to bring America down, you have to undermine three things: Our spiritual life, our patriotism, and our morality.” This is a variation on many Stalinist “quotes” over the years designed to deprecate both the Soviet leader and any American who can be made to sound like him. The quote was quite false, but the debate moderators and the other candidates didn’t raise any question about its accuracy. Of course not.

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Impeachment of Dilma Rousseff: A Parliamentary Coup

Manifestantes durante ato contra impeachment

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RT America on Aug 31, 2016

After a nine-month impeachment process, the Brazilian parliament voted 61-20 to impeach Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff and remove her from office. University of Rio de Janeiro Professor Maria Luisa Mendonca tells RT America’s Anya Parampil that the lawmakers’ vote was a “parliamentary coup” and that there was “no legal basis for impeachment.”

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Chris Hedges: Voices of Hope in a Time of Crisis (updated)

Final Message Stop

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Last Updated: Nov. 25, 2014

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with Chris Hedges

The Economics of Happiness on Nov. 12, 2014

This talk was part of symposium organized by Local Futures (formerly ISEC) at Cooper Union in New York City, November 8, 2014. For more information about Local Futures’ work or to listen to other talks from the symposium, go to localfutures.org.

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Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff’s Speech at the United Nations Assembly Sept. 24, 2013 + Transcript

Assembleia-geral da ONU

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RT on Sep 24, 2013

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff lambasted US spying on her country at Tuesday’s UN summit, calling it a “breach of international law.” She further warned that the NSA surveillance, revealed since June, threatened freedom of speech and democracy. READ MORE: http://on.rt.com/o2u7py

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Glenn Greenwald on Secret NSA Program to Crack Online Encryption + Bruce Schneier on NSA’s Secret Online Spying

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Restore the Fourth march on Market St on Fourth of July

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democracynow on Sep 6, 2013

www.democracynow.org – A new exposé based on the leaks of Edward Snowden have revealed the National Security Agency has developed methods to crack online encryption used to protect emails, banking and medical records. “Encryption is really the system that lets the internet function as an important commercial instrument all around the world,” says Glenn Greenwald of The Guardian, which collaborated with The New York Times and ProPublica on the reporting. “It’s what lets you enter your credit card number, check your banking records, buy and sell things online, get your medical tests online, engage in private communications, it’s what protects the sanctity of the internet.” Documents leaked by Snowden reveal the NSA spends $250 million a year on a program which, among other goals, works with technology companies to “covertly influence” their product designs. “The entire system is now being compromised by the NSA and their British counterpart, the GCHQ,” Greenwald says. “Systematic efforts to ensure that there is no form of human commerce, human electronic communication, that is ever invulnerable to their prying eyes.”

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Worldwide Social Activism Demanding Change by Graham Peebles

by Graham Peebles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London
July 19, 2013

Terceiro Grande Ato - Não é por 20 centavos

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Change is afoot. Confronted with state corruption and corporate greed, abuse of human rights, environmental chaos and extreme levels of economic and social injustice, the people, overwhelmingly the young are taking to the streets demanding change, and a new political/economic system, that is inclusive and just.

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