Keiser Report: Michael Hudson: Working Class Debt Slaves

capitalism

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with Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
michael-hudson.com
October 5, 2013

RT on Oct 5, 2013

In this episode of the Keiser Report, Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert, discuss David Cameron as a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) which causes the wealth of the nation to drop. They also discuss Continuous Payment Authorities as a metaphor for our financial systems continuously taking toll payments, whether via interest fees or inflation.

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UK Parliament Votes No: Will Syria Cut Us Down to Size? by Lesley Docksey

Syria: Stop the War march, London, 31 August 2013

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by Lesley Docksey
Writer, Dandelion Salad
England
September 2, 2013

There has been an epidemic of outrage in the United Kingdom over the last few days, most of it coming from the great and not so good.  The original cause was the alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria.  With no hard evidence as to what the attack involved and who was actually responsible, our leaders had no hesitation in blaming President Assad, and suddenly we were awash with demands for ‘intervention’, military of course, as if the West hadn’t been intervening from the start.

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Fracking–Britain’s Next Revolution by Lesley Docksey

by Lesley Docksey
Writer, Dandelion Salad
August 21, 2013

Balcombe, UK

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‘Water, water everywhere,
Nor any drop to drink.’
— Samuel Taylor Coleridge: The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

At long last Britain is discussing and objecting to fracking – or we would be if the general public had access to accurate information.  As it is, Prime Minister David Cameron is going all out to promote a country-wide embrace of shale gas.

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Cheerleading Another Bloodbath in the Name of Peace by Felicity Arbuthnot

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

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by Felicity Arbuthnot
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London, England
June 24, 2013

“Any time bombs are used to target innocent civilians it is an act of terrorism.” President Barack Obama 15th February 2013. (Re Boston bombings.)

Having learned nothing from the catastrophes of Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, it seems President Obama, the equally clueless UK Prime Minister Cameron and his culturally challenged Foreign Secretary William Hague are cheerleading another bloodbath in formerly peaceful, secular, outward looking Syria.

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Putin Stands Up to G8 Warmongers on Syria, Reaffirming Support for Assad Govt. by Finian Cunningham

G8 session on counter-terrorism

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from PressTV
June 19, 2013

Russian President Vladimir Putin can take credit for standing up to the G8 warmongers on Syria. Thanks to the feisty Russian leader’s political courage, an all-out war in Syria may have been averted – at least for now.

Only days ago, Western media were touting that Putin would be given a political drubbing at the G8 summit in Northern Ireland this week by the US, Britain and France – the three main NATO powers pushing for regime change in Syria.

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US, UK Diabolic Lie: Syria Used Chemical Arms by Finian Cunningham

by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from PressTV
April 27, 2013

LIES

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You have to admit it. The Americans and British do make a formidable double-act – of deception and criminality. Where one party has the firepower, the other has the liar-power.

The diabolic duo is at it again. This time the criminal magic show is to sell the lie to the world that the Syrian government has used chemical weapons of mass destruction. Weeks of political choreography have set up the issue of chemical weapons as a convenient “red line”.

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French War on Mali to Clinch Warplane Mega-deal by Finian Cunningham

by Finian Cunningham
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from PressTV
February 21, 2013

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

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France’s claim of combating terrorism in Mali does not add up. Re-conquest of this former French colony and control of rich natural resources in West Africa are some of the more plausible reasons for this criminal offensive that began on 11 January.

Yet another plausible reason is to showcase the Rafale, France’s new fighter-bomber.

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Our War on Nature by Lesley Docksey

by Lesley Docksey
Guest Writer
Dandelion Salad
Jan. 27, 2013

Curious Newt

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With the ‘global war on terror’ dominating the headlines, when Western interests headed by Western security and armed forces are sweeping across vast swathes of the Middle East and North Africa, people are losing sight of a threat that will affect everyone, rich or poor, regardless of their religion, status or nationality.  So caught up in its Crusade – and what else can we honestly call it when the countries we are invading, attacking with drones or interfering with behind the scenes are all entirely or partially Muslim – the West is blind to the crusade it should really be fighting, that of climate change and the destruction of the natural world upon which all humanity depends.

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West Scripting Scary Scenario In Syria by Finian Cunningham

by Finian Cunningham
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from www.presstv.com
August 30, 2012

Aleppo - Khan Al-Shouneh

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The conflict in Syria is unfolding like a predictable plot line – a script that appears to be a re-run of some Hollywood cliché movie – only the script is being written with outrageous cynicism in Washington along with its criminal co-stars, Britain and France.

Tugging on public heartstrings this week, the Western powers are emoting about the plight of hundreds of thousands of refugees pouring out of Syria into neighboring countries: Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan. The United Nations fears that the number of refugees in Turkey alone may reach 200,000.

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A Tale of Three Tragedies by Felicity Arbuthnot

by Felicity Arbuthnot
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
London, England
1 April 2012

Stop the Wars!

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“ … she becomes the endless scream in the breaking news,
which was no longer breaking news, when the aircraft returned to bomb a house with two windows and a door.”
(The Girl/The Scream, Mahmoud Darwish, 1941-2008)

March was another month of tragic, needless lives lost, the searing grief of mother’s and father’s for lost son’s and daughters.

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Moral capitalism? What an insult to our intelligence! By William Bowles

by William Bowles
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
williambowles.info
27 January 2012

Morality

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PM Cameron’s call for a “moral capitalism” would be laughable if it weren’t so tragic and hypocritical. After all, hasn’t it been capitalism’s alleged occupation of the ‘moral high ground’, what they now choose to call ‘humanitarian intervention’ that has been used as a justification for mass murder and genocide? But plainly the millions killed and the countries decimated don’t fall under Cameron’s definition of what is and isn’t ‘moral’. Clearly, it’s for ‘local consumption’ only.

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Euro Crisis: Britain’s Financial Arsonist Returns to the Scene of the Crime by Finian Cunningham

by Finian Cunningham
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
East Africa
14 December 2011

The incendiary finance capitalism unleashed by Britain 25 years ago is at the heart of Europe’s raging debt woes

You either have to admire British Prime Minister David Cameron’s brass neck, or wince at his arrogant stupidity. The smart money is probably on the latter option.

For here you had the British leader heading to the European Union summit convened last week to “salvage” the EU from its the terminal debt crisis – a crisis that is threatening the survival of the Euro single currency, the political future of the European Union and may even be sounding the death knell for the faltering capitalist world economy.

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Riotgate: Dispatch from East London by Felicity Arbuthnot

by Felicity Arbuthnot
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
London, England
25 August 2011

Bruce Grove

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“Stuff happens and it’s untidy, and freedom’s untidy, and free people are free to make mistakes and commit crimes and do bad things.” Donald Rumsfeld on Iraq looting (April 11, 2003.)

From afar we have heard the politicians, the social scientists, the psychologists. It is “feral youth”, “black youth”, “low  life scum living off the State” (say the millionaire politicians in charge of the State, living off it courtesy the tax payer.) The “lazy”, the “feckless”, “people from sink estates”, are responsible – and so it goes on.

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The Attack on the British Council in Kabul by Felicity Arbuthnot

by Felicity Arbuthnot
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
21 August 2011

End the Endless Wars!

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The attack on the British Council in Kabul on 19th August, resulting in twelve deaths and many injuries, further underlined how unwelcome the occupiers are, in a country in which they should never have been in the first place. Further tragedies, heaped on tragedies, also illustrated how out of touch those both on the ground in country – and those in high places abroad are.

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Damn It Or Fear It, The Forbidden Truth Is An Insurrection in Britain by John Pilger

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by John Pilger
Information Clearing House
www.johnpilger.com
August 19, 2011

Who do they truly represent

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On a warm spring day, strolling in south London, I heard demanding voices behind me. A police van disgorged a posse of six or more, who waved me aside. They surrounded a young black man who, like me, was ambling along. They appropriated him; they rifled his pockets, looked in his shoes, inspected his teeth. Their thuggery affirmed, they let him go with the barked warning there would be a next time.

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