Over the Rainbow: Paths of Resistance After George Floyd, by Jim Kavanagh

Protest for Justice, March for Peace

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by Jim Kavanagh
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Polemicist
June 8, 2020

“Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime.” — Aristotle

It has been an extraordinary week. On the heels of a pandemic and months-long lockdown, a nationwide uprising erupted in response to the brutal killing of George Floyd. In some 75 cities across at least 16 states, and around the world, militant, multiracial gatherings of thousands of rightfully-enraged people overwhelmed police forces, prevented arrests, forced the evacuation of, and burned, a police precinct, and damaged and burned dozens of buildings. Mainstream news reporters from around the world were arrested and fired upon with rubber bullets on live television. Police SUVs drove into crowds of people. It has been the most extensive, and the most threatening, explosion of popular rage against the machine since the uprisings of 1967-8.

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Joe or No? by Jim Kavanagh

Joe Biden - Caricature

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by Jim Kavanagh
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Polemicist, Apr. 22, 2020
April 24, 2020

Here we go again. Now that Bernie Sanders has completed his predictable circuit of loss and capitulation, leftists—those who stand for socialist and anti-imperialist, or even serious social-democratic and antiwar, politics—again confront the quadrennial quandary: Must one vote for the thoroughly neo-liberal and imperialist Democratic presidential nominee?

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Bloomberg’s Game by Jim Kavanagh

Democrats and Republicans

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by Jim Kavanagh
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Polemicist
February 26, 2020

There are two things I feel compelled to say about Mike Bloomberg and his candidacy.

Thing One: Thank you, Mike!

In a few weeks, Mike Bloomberg—along with the Democratic Party and its allied media—has demonstrated the reality of class rule more clearly than reams of Marxist analysis could.

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The Party’s Over: Bernie’s Last Dance With The Dems by Jim Kavanagh + Lee Camp: The DNC’s Secret Nuclear Option To Stop Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders - Caricature

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by Jim Kavanagh
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Polemicist
January 31, 2020

The Good

I wrote six articles (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6) about the Bernie Sanders campaign during the 2016 primary. As everyone keeps saying, Bernie is a paragon of consistency, so my understanding of him stands unchanged. The political situation in 2020 is, however, significantly different, and has opened up new possibilities for the Sanders campaign. On the eve of the first primary vote in Iowa, let’s consider what those possibilities are and where this campaign is taking its constituents and the Democratic Party.

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Aftermath: The Iran War After The Soleimani Assassination by Jim Kavanagh

No War On Iran NYC March

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by Jim Kavanagh
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Polemicist
January 24, 2020

“Praise be to God, who made our enemies fools.” – Ayatollah Khamenei

The Killing

I’ve been writing and speaking for months about the looming danger of war with Iran, often to considerable skepticism.

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Impeachment: What Lies Beneath? by Jim Kavanagh

IMPEACH

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by Jim Kavanagh
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Polemicist
December 17, 2019

The Raw

The Democrats have now revealed the hand they’re going to play for impeachment. I have been vehemently arguing against playing this game and pointing out how futile it is, but, seeing the two cards actually laid out on the table, even I am gobsmacked at what a loser of a hand they’ve got.

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Defeat or Impeach? The (Il)Logic of Impeachment by Jim Kavanagh + David Swanson: Are Dems Barking Up The Wrong Tree On Impeachment?

IMPEACH

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Updated: Nov. 28, 2019

by Jim Kavanagh
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Polemicist, Nov. 25, 2019
November 27, 2019

I’ve had the displeasure to watch some hours of the House Intelligence Committee’s impeachment inquiry. It’s an excruciating spectacle, alternately boring, confusing, and infuriating.

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Trump’s Syrian See-Saw: From Pullout to Pillage by Jim Kavanagh

Don't bomb Syria.

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by Jim Kavanagh
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Polemicist, Nov. 9, 2019
November 12, 2019

To withdraw, or not to withdraw? That is the question Donald Trump, in his own inimitable way, has answered both ways.

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The Empire Steps Back: Trump Withdraws From Syria – Impeachment Now Possible by Jim Kavanagh

The Empire Steps Back: Trump Withdraws From Syria – Impeachment Now Possible by Jim Kavanagh

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by Jim Kavanagh
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Polemicist, Oct.18, 2019
October 22, 2019

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Eve of Destruction: Iran Strikes Back by Jim Kavanagh

World War 3 - III

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by Jim Kavanagh
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Polemicist
June 23, 2019

It was a helluva week on the Iran front. It started with attacks on two tankers in the Gulf of Oman on June 13th and ended with Donald Trump ordering, and then calling off, a military attack on Iran on June 20-21. How we got from beginning to end of that chapter in ongoing US-Iran saga is worth close consideration.

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Swedish Sex Pistol Aimed at Assange by Jim Kavanagh + John Pilger: US Charges Against Julian Assange Are Ridiculous!

Swedish Sex Pistol Aimed at Assange by Jim Kavanagh + John Pilger: US Charges Against Julian Assange Are Ridiculous!

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by Jim Kavanagh
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Polemicist
May 31, 2019

In my article, Avoiding Assange, a month ago, right after the first US indictment was issued, I addressed two diversionary arguments that I knew would be used by those who want to hide their complicity with American imperialism under leftish cover—that is, those who don’t want to be seen as endorsing the United States government’s prosecution of Assange for, and intimidation of every journalist in the world from, reporting the embarrassing truth about American war crimes, but who also don’t really want to stand in the way of Assange’s extradition to the United States.

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Avoiding Assange by Jim Kavanagh

Julian Assange Arrested + Wikileaks Claims Discovery of Extensive Spying Operation Against Assange

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by Jim Kavanagh
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Polemicist
April 25, 2019

The United States government is seeking to extradite and prosecute Julian Assange for one reason: to punish him for publishing true and embarrassing information about US crimes and intimidate every journalist in the world from doing so again.

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Jim Kavanagh, et al: US Hands Off Venezuela DC Protest 03.16.19

US Hands Off Venezuela DC Protest and Rally at Lafayette Park, Washington DC on 16 March 2019

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with Jim Kavanagh and Eugene Puryear
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Polemicist
March 18, 2019

US Hands Off Venezuela Speakers

alchymediatv on Mar 16, 2019

Full HD 60p version of speakers at the March 16 protest opposing US aggression and interference against Venezuela.

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Jim Kavanagh: The Trump Administration’s Attacks On Pres. Maduro Are Nothing More Than Overt Imperialism

Oppose the imperialist coup in Venezuela!

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with Jim Kavanagh
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Polemicist
February 20, 2019

RT America on Feb 19, 2019

As US politicians are putting rhetoric against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro into high gear, US President Donald Trump gave a speech in Miami calling for Maduro to step down and for an end to socialism in Latin America. RT America’s Manila Chan interviews political analyst Jim Kavanagh to discuss why he considers the Trump administration’s attacks on Maduro as nothing more than “overt imperialism.”

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The Siege of Venezuela and The Travails of Empire by Jim Kavanagh (must-read)

Eva Golinger: Venezuela is in the Center of a Geopolitical Battlefield

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by Jim Kavanagh
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Polemicist
February 14, 2019

Here’s the bullet-point version:

  • It’s imperialism.
  • It’s American imperialism, a bipartisan national project.
  • American imperialism is the global management of capitalist class power.
  • It’s a binary situation in which one side or the other will win via the use and threat of armed force.
  • It’s trouble for Venezuela and for imperialism.
  • There’s no such thing as Progressive Except Imperialism.

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