Shut Down Canada Until it Solves its War, Oil, and Genocide Problem by David Swanson

Rally against Kinder Morgan oil pipeline on Burnaby Mountain

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
February 16, 2020

Indigenous people in Canada are giving the world a demonstration of the power of nonviolent action. The justness of their cause — defending the land from those who would destroy it for short term profit and the elimination of a habitable climate on earth — combined with their courage and the absence on their part of cruelty or hatred, has the potential to create a much larger movement, which is of course the key to success.

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Late-Stage Capitalism Is Creating A New Kind Of Global Despotism by Rainer Shea

Chemical Agents, Occupy Oakland Move In Day (30 of 31)

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by Rainer Shea
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rainer Shea: Anti-Imperialist Journalist, Dec. 23, 2019
December 26, 2019

The power structure that now dominates the globe is a logical extension of the project for colonizing Africa, Oceania, and the Americas that the European imperialist powers began over five centuries ago. From the start of this project, it’s been a constant rule for those in the colonizing powers that one’s society is at war with a weaker enemy. The indigenous people, who have been portrayed as not capable of running things, have had to be brought under the colonial boot according to the ideology of imperial conquest. And in accordance with the global rise of capitalism that colonialism precipitated, the same dynamic of subjugation has existed between the poor and the rich.

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When America Was “Great”… by Paul Street + Indigenous Peoples’ History is More Complicated Than a Holiday Myth

Edgewood

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by Paul Street
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Official Website of Paul Street
Originally published November 21, 2018
November 28, 2019

“Your prayers and hymns, your sermons and thanksgivings… are… a thin veil to cover up crimes which would disgrace a nation of savages. There is not a nation on the earth guilty of practices more shocking and bloody than are the people of these United States, at this very hour.” – Frederick Douglass, July 4th, 1852

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Capitalism, Imperialism, and their Genocidal Consequences by Rainer Shea

Capitalism, Imperialism, and their Genocidal Consequences by Rainer Shea

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by Rainer Shea
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rainer Shea: Anti-Imperialist Journalist, Aug. 7, 2019
September 8, 2019

The story of how America became an empire is one where a group of ambitious and egotistical men rationalized implementing a governing model which would lead to massive death and suffering. Its main forerunner was Theodore Roosevelt, a narcissistic politician from an upper-class household who was determined to turn his childhood obsession with war into a foreign policy model which would make the United States into a conquering nation. He and the other political elites who supported the Spanish-American War and the subsequent rush to empire received support from William Randolph Hearst, the businessman who used his vast newspaper network to manufacture public opinion for war because war stories would help him sell papers better than the lurid gossip that he otherwise used to gain the public’s attention.

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Glen Ford: History of Black Radicalism, Social Justice, and Antiwar

no justice no peace die-in

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by Will Griffin
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Peace Report
April 16, 2019

The Peace Report on Apr 8, 2019

Glen Ford from Black Agenda Report was the keynote speaker at the No Compromise No Retreat campaign launch event organized by Black Alliance For Peace.

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Native Americans and the New Confusion in US Politics by Caleb Maupin

Trail of Tears

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by Caleb Maupin
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Caleb Maupin (website)
Caleb Maupin (Facebook Page)
New Eastern Outlook, Jan. 2, 2018
January 7, 2019

When it comes to the genocide of Native Americans, the people of the United States seem to face an existential crisis. The cultural clashes and recent diversification of rhetoric around this issue illustrates how deeply confused the people of the United States truly are about their identity and their history.

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Murder Incorporated by David Swanson + To Hell With Manifest Destiny

Murder Incorporated by David Swanson + To Hell With Manifest Destiny

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, June 17, 2018
December 4, 2018

Murder Incorporated is a three-book series by Mumia Abu Jamal and Stephen Vittoria, which I can highly recommend based on the first book. The other two are not out yet.

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When America Was “Great”… by Paul Street

Edgewood

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by Paul Street
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Official Website of Paul Street
November 21, 2018

“Your prayers and hymns, your sermons and thanksgivings… are… a thin veil to cover up crimes which would disgrace a nation of savages. There is not a nation on the earth guilty of practices more shocking and bloody than are the people of these United States, at this very hour.” – Frederick Douglass, July 4th, 1852

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A Terrible Normality by Michael Parenti

Genocide Phnom Penh

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by Michael Parenti
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally published Jan. 25, 2013
August 23, 2018

Through much of history the abnormal has been the norm. This is a paradox to which we should attend. Aberrations, so plentiful as to form a terrible normality of their own, descend upon us with frightful consistency.

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Chris Hedges with Max Blumenthall and Dan Cohen: Killing Gaza: A New Documentary on Palestinians Under Siege

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Warning

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

with Chris Hedges

RT America on May 19, 2018

Max Blumenthal, Director and Writer of “Killing Gaza,” and Dan Cohen, Cinematographer and Editor of “Killing Gaza,” discuss their documentary “Killing Gaza” that details the Israeli War crimes committed against the people in Gaza.

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Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz: Pre-Colonial Socialism and the Effects of Genocide

Edgewood

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Previously posted Nov. 24, 2016

The Laura Flanders Show on Oct 14, 2014

Author and historian Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz joins GRITtv to discuss how the history of genocide of Native peoples effects all people of the US, even today. In Chew On This, Laura talks to Tom Goldtooth about today’s solutions to the problem – what does indigenous sustainable society look like? And the F Word with Laura Flanders.

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Columbus, the Indians, and Human Progress by Howard Zinn

Christopher Columbus Glazed Tile Painting - 9

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It’s that time of the year again. In case you missed reading this, here it is again.

by Howard Zinn
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally published October 13, 2009
October 9, 2017

An excerpt from A People’s History of the United States.

Arawak men and women, naked, tawny, and full of wonder, emerged from their villages onto the island’s beaches and swam out to get a closer look at the strange big boat. When Columbus and his sailors came ashore, carrying swords, speaking oddly, the Arawaks ran to greet them, brought them food, water, gifts. He later wrote of this in his log:
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From Myanmar, to Whitehall, to Washington – Politics Festering Nadir by Felicity Arbuthnot + Video Reports

Burma's Rohingya Muslims Face Worst Crisis Yet

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by Felicity Arbuthnot
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London, England
October 5, 2017

“But then, once in a lifetime
the longed for tidal wave
of justice can rise up,
and hope and history rhyme.
Believe that a further shore
is reachable from here.
Believe in miracles.”

— Seamus Heaney, 1939-2013, “The Cure at Troy”

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More Than A Pipeline

Standing Rock

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Robert Bridgeman on Jun 29, 2017

We are grateful, humble and proud to announce the online release of More than a pipeline. MORE THAN A PIPELINE is a story about 500 years of suppression of the First Nations and how Standing Rock is basically a next chapter in that story.

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Peter Linebaugh: The Untold History of Independence Day

United States Capitol

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TheRealNews on Jul 4, 2014

Historian Peter Linebaugh: The rights and freedoms that we celebrate on the Fourth of July are the product of vast human struggle that remains unfinished.

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