Seven Days in June by William Bowles

BREXIT Leave

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by William Bowles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Investigating Imperialism
London, England
June 30, 2016

It’s very rare that you see the ruling elite totally at a loss for words: but they were. Gobsmacked and stunned would be accurate descriptions of the look on the political class’s collective face on the morning of June 24, 2016.

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Why the British Said No to Europe by John Pilger

NATO protest Strasbourg 4-4-09

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Dandelion Salad

by John Pilger
johnpilger.com, June 25, 2016
June 27, 2016

The majority vote by Britons to leave the European Union was an act of raw democracy. Millions of ordinary people refused to be bullied, intimidated and dismissed with open contempt by their presumed betters in the major parties, the leaders of the business and banking oligarchy and the media.

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Michael Hudson: How Western Military Interventions Shaped the Brexit Vote

NATO Summit Protest

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with Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
michael-hudson.com
June 24, 2016

TheRealNews on Jun 24, 2016

Michael Hudson argues that military interventions in the Middle East created refugee streams to Europe that were in turn used by the anti-immigrant right to stir up xenophobia.

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The Tory Chickens Come Home To Roost by William Bowles

BREXIT Leave

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by William Bowles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Investigating Imperialism
London, England
June 24, 2016

Ask yourself this: Why has immigration been made the pole around which, this entire referendum ‘debate’, has revolved? Why has the closet Nazi Nigel Farage of UKIP been given so much airtime?

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Exiting the EU by William Bowles

BREXIT Leave

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by William Bowles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Investigating Imperialism, June 10, 2016
London, England
June 16, 2016

I haven’t written a single word about this non-event, precisely because it is a non event. It’s an artificially created argument, with the mainstream reasoning used on both sides, being equally fallacious. A gigantic deception played out with all the pomp and circumstance of a Royal Wedding and just about as empty.

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Europe Gets Burned Playing With Fire by Finian Cunningham

Brussels 23 March 2016 - Gathering at the Bourse

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from RT
March 23, 2016

Brussels, the administrative capital of Europe, was turned into a war zone after a series of deadly bomb blasts caused the city to shut down all transport links to the outside world.

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Andrew Gavin Marshall: Who Rules Europe?

Marcha en Madrid en solidaridad con Grecia y por el NO (OXI) en el referéndum griego

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by Andrew Gavin Marshall
Writer, Dandelion Salad
andrewgavinmarshall.com
July 22, 2015

Andrew Gavin Marshall on Jul 22, 2015

From the outbreak of Europe’s debt crisis in 2010, Germany and the Troika institutions of the European Commission, European Central Bank and IMF have come to wield immense influence over the continent and the populations within it. This video examines the individuals and institutions of power in Europe.

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Greece is a Nation Under Occupation by Andrew Gavin Marshall

EU Austerity Albatross

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by Andrew Gavin Marshall
Writer, Dandelion Salad
andrewgavinmarshall.com
July 16, 2015

In the early hours of Thursday morning, July 16, the Greek Parliament passed a host of austerity measures in order to begin talks on a potential third bailout of 86 billion euros. The austerity measures were pushed onto the Parliament by Greece’s six-month-old leftist government of Syriza, elected in late January with a single mandate to oppose austerity. So what exactly happened over the past six months that the first anti-austerity government elected in Europe has now passed a law implementing further austerity measures?

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The Problem of Greece is Not Only a Tragedy. It is a Lie. by John Pilger + Grexit or Jubilee? How Greek Debt Could Be Annulled by Ellen Brown

OXI - no to austerity and debt

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Dandelion Salad

by John Pilger
crossposted from johnpilger.com
July 14, 2015

An historic betrayal has consumed Greece. Having set aside the mandate of the Greek electorate, the Syriza government has willfully ignored last week’s landslide “No” vote and secretly agreed a raft of repressive, impoverishing measures in return for a “bailout” that means sinister foreign control and a warning to the world.

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“Guerrilla Warfare Against a Hegemonic Power”: The Challenge and Promise of Greece by Ellen Brown + Hudson: Capitalism & Government Debt at Odds

Greece solidarity protest at British Museum #OXI

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by Ellen Brown
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Web of Debt Blog
July 10, 2015

Banks create money when they make loans. Greece could restore the liquidity desperately needed by its banks and its economy by nationalizing the banks and issuing digital loans backed by government guarantees to its ailing businesses. Greece could provide an inspiring model of sustainable prosperity for the world. But it is being strangled by a hegemonic power in a financial war that is being waged against us all.

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Greece Rejects the Troika. What’s Next? by Michael Hudson + Greece: It all seems so clear – and so complicated by Siv O’Neall

OXI in Brussles

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by Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
michael-hudson.com, July 6, 2015
July 8, 2015

Just after 7 PM Greek time on Sunday, I was told that the “No” vote (Gk. Oxi) was winning approximately 60/40. The “opinion polls” showing a dead heat evidently were wrong. Bookies across Europe are reported to be losing their shirts for betting that the financial right wing could fool most Greeks into voting against their self-interest. The margin of victory shows that Greek voters were immune to media misrepresentation during the week-long run-up as to whether to accept the troika’s demand for austerity to be conducted on anti-labor lines.

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Aid to Ukraine May End US Empire by Finian Cunningham + Video Reports

by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from PressTV
Feb. 11, 2015

Hosting the German Chancellor in Washington this week, US President appears to have developed cold feet over ardent American calls to send lethal weaponry to Ukraine. He is right, too. He knows such a move would spell the end of US global power.

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Syriza Party Wins Elections in Greece + Trojan Hearse: Greek Elections and the Euro Leper Colony by Greg Palast

Can SYRIZA Break with Austerity?

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Radical-leftist Syriza party wins elections in Greece – exit polls

RT on Jan 25, 2015

Greek radical-leftist party, Syriza, has won between 35.5 and 39.5 percent of the vote in the national parliamentary election, leaving the country’s ruling New Democracy party more than 10 per cent behind, the exit-polls revealed.

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Season of Goodwill… West Delivers Sanctions, Suffering and Conflict by Finian Cunningham

by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from Strategic Culture Foundation
December 22, 2014

Glory to God in the Highest, Peace on Earth, Goodwill to Men

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It’s the Season of Goodwill – and Western governments are showering us with a medley of their “gifts”. Sanctions, austerity, lethal military aid and red-hot coals of conflict.

Meanwhile, the contrast of Russian humanitarian aid to Ukraine could not be greater or more telling. This week another convoy of trucks from Russia – at least the tenth so far in recent months – is due to arrive in eastern Ukraine, bearing food, clothing, heating and toys for the war-torn children of Luhansk and Donetsk. Continue reading

Backfired! by Michael Hudson + Hudson: China and Russia Trade Deals Due To Sanctions

Updated: Dec. 14, 2014

by Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
michael-hudson.com
December 12, 2014

U.S. New Cold War policy has backfired – and created its worst nightmare

1. The world’s geopolitics, major trade patterns and military alliances have changed radically in the past month. Russia has re-oriented its gas and oil trade, and also its trade in military technology, away from Europe toward Eurasia. Continue reading