David Swanson, Bruce Gagnon and Rick Rozoff: Democracy vs Autocracy

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with David Swanson, Bruce Gagnon and Rick Rozoff
Writers, Dandelion Salad
April 2, 2021

RT on Apr 2, 2021

Historically speaking, the Cold War was a great ideological confrontation. Western liberalism vs Soviet communism. According to Joe Biden the great geopolitical struggle of our time is democracy vs autocracy. For Biden we are in another great ideological struggle. But there is a difference: the west, particularly the U.S. is the only ideological actor.

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Medea Benjamin: Are Progressives Ignoring Foreign Policy?

US Military Largest consumer of Oil -- 2014 People's Climate March NYC 89

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theAnalysis-news on Mar 29, 2021

Many progressives are ignoring U.S. aggression around the world despite its involvement in many wars and expanding arsenal of nuclear weapons. Medea Benjamin joins Paul Jay on theAnalysis.news.

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Will Griffin: The Fight Against Raytheon

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by Will Griffin
Writer, Dandelion Salad
March 30, 2021

GNspace4peace on Mar 29, 2021

Raytheon is the 4th largest weapons contractor in the world. Recently, a former Raytheon board member and retired four star general, was appointed as the Secretary of War under the Biden Administration, further highlighting the revolving door between the Pentagon, the war industry and Congress.

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Medea Benjamin: 10 Things Wrong With Biden’s Foreign Policy

Anti-War Demonstration at The White House 1/4/20

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theAnalysis-news on Mar 22, 2021

Progressive Americans hoped Biden would quickly restore the Iran deal and relations with Cuba. Instead, the administration seems firmly entrenched behind Trump’s walls of hostility. Medea Benjamin joins Paul Jay on theAnalysis.news.

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Chris Hedges: Politics is a Game of Fear

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“The Democratic Party has been quite effective in frightening progressives into backing a party that is a wholly owned subsidiary of corporate America.” — Chris Hedges

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Chris Hedges: Politics After Trump

Chris Hedges: Politics After Trump

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with Chris Hedges

BC Student Government on Mar 11, 2021

The event features a keynote address by Chris Hedges, followed by a discussion with the host, and then ending with a Q&A session for the audience.

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America’s Political Illiteracy Sustains the Two-Party Tyranny, by Finian Cunningham

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Ireland
Crossposted from Strategic Culture Foundation, Mar. 7, 2021
March 10, 2021

The superficial distortions propagated by many American politicians and pundits only serve to sustain the status quo of oligarchic tyranny.

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Phyllis Bennis and Larry Wilkerson: US Bombing in Syria Illegal and US Should Rejoin Iran Agreement Now

No War On Iran NYC March

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theAnalysis-news on Mar 9, 2021

The bombing of Syria was a violation of U.S. and International law. It was the U.S. that violated the nuclear deal with Iran and Biden should fulfill rejoin the agreement without new conditions. Phyllis Bennis and Larry Wilkerson join Paul Jay on theAnalysis.new.

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Abby Martin: US Kisses Saudi Crown + Taliban’s Tet Offensive

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with Abby Martin

Empire Files on Mar 4, 2021

Abby Martin’s Empire Update wraps up the last week in US imperialism: Biden breaks major campaign promise to punish Saudi Arabia for Khashoggi murder; US & France extend war in Africa; Bolivia and Venezuela defy US Empire; major bloodshed on the horizon in Afghanistan.

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US’ Futile Containment of China, by Finian Cunningham

China Industry

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Ireland
Crossposted from Sputnik, Feb. 28, 2021
March 1, 2021

America’s global power depends on a strategy of “containment” towards China. Containment is just a euphemism for aggression, hostility and confrontation. And such a strategy is bound to fail.

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Abby Martin: Biden Sells Missiles to Fascists + US Base Destroys Ancient Coral Reef + Haiti’s Century of US Coups, Invasions and Puppets

U.S. Out Of Everywhere

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with Abby Martin

Empire Files on Feb 19, 2021

Abby Martin covers Biden’s first arms deals to major human rights abusers Chile & Egypt; another US military base in Okinawa, opposed by majority of residents, threatens unique biodiversity; militia puts US at crossroads of a new Iraq war; Ecuador’s presidential election defies US imperialism.

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Chris Hedges: Biden Will Shut Down Left Voices + Will Americans Rise Up?

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Note: This is a partial repost of the Jan 14, 2021 interview.

“The Democratic Party has betrayed every principle the left claims to support which is why the self-identified left are a laughingstock.” — Chris Hedges

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10 Key Points to Ending Wars in Yemen and Afghanistan, by David Swanson

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
February 15, 2021

1. Victories that are only partial are not fictional.

When a ruler, like Biden, finally announces the end of a war, like the war on Yemen, it is as important to recognize what it does mean as what it doesn’t. It doesn’t mean the U.S. military and U.S.-made weapons will vanish from the region or be replaced by actual aid or reparations (as opposed to “lethal aid” — a product that’s usually high on people’s Christmas lists only for other people). It does not mean we’ll see U.S. support for the rule of law and the prosecution of the worst crimes on earth, or encouragement for nonviolent movements for democracy. It apparently does not mean an end to providing information to the Saudi military on whom to kill where. It apparently does not mean the immediate lifting of the blockade on Yemen.

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