Mark Mason: Pakistan Is a Fractured Client State of the US Empire, Afghanistan a US Colony

Smash US Empire

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Interview with Mark Mason
Guest Writer, Dandelion Salad
Mark Mason, PhD (his website)
The Citizen, Jan. 15, 2018
January 17, 2018

NEW DELHI/SAN FRANCISCO: Editors Note: US Domestic and Foreign Policy Analyst Mark Mason speaks to The Citizen on the current Trump administration and its world view, with specific focus on West (Iran) and South (India,Pakistan) Asia. Mark Mason offers analyses of United States domestic and foreign policies for the international news media. He was trained as a biological anthropologist educated at the University of California, Berkeley, and recently engaged in the Occupy and bioregional green and peace social movements. His recent publications include Demystifying US and Israeli Power. This interview is the first of an irregular series of conversations between The Citizen and scholars in different parts of the world. Feedback is very welcome at editor@thecitizen.in. [DS added the link.]

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Thus Spake Oprah as the New York Times Spots UFOs Over The Comb Over Empire by Phil Rockstroh

Are we alone?

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by Phil Rockstroh
Writer, Dandelion Salad
January 14, 2018

I remember my first impression of the Reality Television program American Idol. I cringed at the thought, what if, a young Bob Dylan, Patti Smith, or the members of The Clash had been forced to have their talents appraised by the sort of shallow celebrities, supercilious moderators, and gallery of lowest common denominator-giddy cretins attendant to the hype-driven fare.

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Lazy-Minded Liberals and “The Trump Effect” by Paul Street

Political Art

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by Paul Street
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Official Website of Paul Street
January 13, 2018

*This essay (below) was published on Counterpunch on Friday, January 12, 2018. It was written and submitted before I learned about Donald Trump’s sickening racist comments calling Haiti and Africa (home to 48 nations) “shithole countries.” Trump’s racist remarks have led me to alter and add text (seen in italics) in this essay’s next-to-last paragraph.

Liberals and other Democrats are getting dumber by the day. I keep running into them and hearing the same story over and over: things are bad because Trump is the president.

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Trashing the Planet For Profit by William Bowles

Make Capitalism Extinct

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by William Bowles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Investigating Imperialism
London, England
January 8, 2018

Introduction

Before I began this essay I read through some of my past forays that mentioned climate change and capitalism, the first I think, being in 2006 where I opined in a piece on the ‘War on Terror’:
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“An Idiot Surrounded by Clowns”: Why Trump (Still) Sits in the White House by Paul Street + Max Blumenthal on Fire and Fury, Clinton Probe, and Russiagate

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by Paul Street
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Official Website of Paul Street
Previously published at Counterpunch
January 6, 2018

Most of the media’s attention on journalist Michael Wolff’s “explosive” new book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House has focused on the disclosure that Trump’s former political strategist Steve Bannon used the words “treasonous” and “unpatriotic” to describe Donald Trump, Jr. and presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner’s infamous June 2016 meeting with Russians claiming to possess damaging information on Hillary Clinton.

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When the Unthinkable Becomes Quotidian by Phil Rockstroh

Lies

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by Phil Rockstroh
Writer, Dandelion Salad
December 22, 2017

The effects of humankind created Climate Chaos are proving to be more devastating than even the most grim predictions. Wealth inequity is worse than in the Gilded Age. The US empire wages perpetual war, hot and cold, overt and covert, including military brinksmanship with the nuclear power, The Russian Federation.

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The Case Against Iraqing Iran by David Swanson

peace in persia

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, Dec. 15, 2017
December 21, 2017

The case against Iraqing Iran includes the following points:

Threatening war is a violation of the U.N. Charter.

Waging war is a violation of the U.N. Charter and of the Kellogg-Briand Pact.

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Paul Street: We Live In An Abject Authoritarian Plutocracy

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with Paul Street
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Official Website of Paul Street
December 20, 2017

OpenUnivoftheLeft on Dec 17, 2017

Dr. Paul Street, “Trumped? How the United States Became a Banana Republic”, Open University of the Left, 12-16-2017, Chicago, Illinois

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Trump’s Terrifying Threats by Felicity Arbuthnot

World War 3 - III

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by Felicity Arbuthnot
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London, England
December 19, 2017

“What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or in the holy name of liberty or democracy?” — Mahatma Gandhi, 1869-1948

When the UN was established on 24th October 1945, little over five months after the end of World War II, the organization’s stated aims were to prevent further devastating conflicts. In spite of the fact that 193 out of the world’s 195 nations are Member States, it has failed woefully.

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“Preemptive war could risk millions of casualties. But….” by David Swanson + Drummer Boy of War

Genocide Phnom Penh

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
December 14, 2017

According to the Washington Post, “Preemptive war could risk millions of casualties. But . . . .”

Is that a statement that should ever be followed by a “but”? I contend that it isn’t. There isn’t something that can outweigh risking millions of casualties. The Washington Post thinks otherwise. Here’s a fuller quote:
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What Does Trump Mean by “Make America Great Again”? by Ralph Nader

Donald Trump supporters

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Dandelion Salad

by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
December 14, 2017

Donald Trump’s now ubiquitous slogan, “Make America Great Again!”, is often chanted at rallies, but rarely scrutinized in public discourse. What era in America’s past is Mr. Trump referring to when he says “Again”?

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Abby Martin: Coca Farmers Massacred In Colombia Under Pressure From Trump

Abby Martin: Coca Farmers Massacred In Colombia Under Pressure From Trump

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Updated: Dec. 21, 2017

Warning

This video may contain images depicting the reality and horror of war/violence and should only be viewed by a mature audience.

Dandelion Salad

with Abby Martin

teleSUR English on Dec 13, 2017

On October 5, 2017, police opened fire on unarmed farmers in Tumaco, Colombia. Eight were killed, with dozens more shot. The massacre was part of a crackdown on coca farmers in the “War On Drugs” despite an agreement for crop substitution–and amidst new threats from Trump, ordering the government to use more force or face consequences.

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Chris Hedges: A Recipe for an Emerging Dystopia + Q&A + Transcripts

utopia banished

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Dandelion Salad

Updated: Dec. 30, 2017

with Chris Hedges

mediasanctuary on Dec 1, 2017

Journalist, author and war correspondent Chris Hedges spoke at The Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy NY on November 10, 2017 on fascism and empire in the age of Trump.

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Slashing and Burning In Every Direction by Ralph Nader

#occupyboston

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Dandelion Salad

by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
December 6, 2017

Have the Republican greed-hound toadies gone too far? How much are the American people going to take before they replace the reckless Republicans in the next election? Low and middle-income Americans are bracing for the likely passage of a Trump-supported tax bill that deviously redistributes even more of the people’s income to the richest one percent (including a big tax cut for Trump) and the unpatriotic giant corporations.

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Cold War 2.0 Just As Stupid As Cold War 1.0 by William Blum

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by William Blum
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Killing Hope
December 5, 2017

Cold War Number One: 70 years of daily national stupidity

Cold War Number Two: Still in its youth, but just as stupid

“He said he absolutely did not meddle in our election. He did not do what they are saying he did.” – President Trump re Vladimir Putin after their meeting in Vietnam.

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