The Dehumanization of Ahmaud Arbery, by Kenn Orphan

"Am I next?" - Justice for Philando Castile

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by Kenn Orphan
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Halifax, Nova Scotia
November 27, 2021

Without a doubt, the outcome of the Ahmaud Arbery murder trial in Georgia was a relief for many reasons. But the closing remarks made by Laura Hogue, the defense attorney representing Gregory McMichael, understandably sparked outrage. Hogue said:
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Critical Race Theory Playing Out in Real Time, by Kenn Orphan

3rd Floor Display - Critical Race Theory

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by Kenn Orphan
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Halifax, Nova Scotia
November 19, 2021

“People tell me because I have this case against the city I’m all right. But I’m not all right. I’m messed up. I know that I might see some money from this case, but that’s not going to help me mentally. I’m mentally scarred right now. That’s how I feel. [There] are certain things that changed about me, and they might not [change] back. Before I went to jail, I didn’t know about a lot of stuff, and, now that I’m aware, I’m paranoid. I feel like I was robbed of my happiness.” – Kalief Browder

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Capitalism Is Dying, But Don’t Expect The Patient To Accept The Prognosis, by Kenn Orphan

"Smash Capitalism" - Student protests - Parliament Square, London 2010

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by Kenn Orphan
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Halifax, Nova Scotia
November 4, 2021

“Capitalism, Marx said, never went beyond those economic models where a few dominate a majority. Capitalism just replaced the dichotomies of master/slave and lord/serf with a new one. A dominating and exploiting minority was still there, but it had a new name: employers.” ― Richard D. Wolff, Understanding Marxism

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Even in Death There is No Flag Large Enough to Cover the Shame of Killing Innocent People, by Kenn Orphan + Colin Powell’s Own Staff Had Warned Him Against His War Lies, by David Swanson

"There is no flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people" by Howard Zinn

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by Kenn Orphan
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Halifax, Nova Scotia
October 18, 2021

Colin Powell just died from Covid-19. So we should expect a tsunami of mourning from politicians, the mainstream media and even some liberals who seem to enjoy sanitizing the murderous lives of the ruling class. Those of us on the left who refuse to play the games of polite society when it comes to war crimes will be chastised. And he will take his place among the “great generals” of the American Empire. All warmongering societies do this, so it should come as no surprise. But no amount of eulogies can erase the truth.

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A Time of Plague in an Era of Corruption, Distrust and Irrationality, by Kenn Orphan

Communist Vegans - Covid-19 Exposes Capitalism

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by Kenn Orphan
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Halifax, Nova Scotia
September 27, 2021

Over the past couple years of this pandemic, it has been breathtaking to see the depth of the rabbit hole so many have fallen into. And that many of them purport to be on the left is both fascinating and terrifying. For far too many people, masks requirements, vaccine mandates or any kind of public health measure is looked at solely through the lens of conspiracy. To them, anything that might come from government or “Big Pharma” is to be distrusted or discounted. A virus that continues to bring healthcare systems to their knees and send millions to their premature deaths is still being referred to as a hoax or the flu. And despite decades of documentation on the effectiveness of eradicating or controlling deadly diseases through vaccines, there is a persistent paranoia when it comes to medical advances and science. It is worth examining what led us to this point in history.

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9/11: A Personal Reflection After Twenty Years, by Kenn Orphan

9-11: Lies!

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by Kenn Orphan
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Halifax, Nova Scotia
September 11, 2021

For 20 years I resisted making any personal remarks about the attacks September the 11th, particularly regarding the World Trade Center in NYC. I thought it was inappropriate and inconsequential because I did not suffer personal loss like so many that day. But I have been reflecting a lot on that historic event lately. And given that the US war against Afghanistan is now over, at least officially if not covertly, I think there is good reason for that.

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A Letter to Americans about Afghanistan, from the Margins of Empire, by Kenn Orphan

Afghan-Americans hold NYC vigil to protest Kabul bombing, June 2, 2017

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by Kenn Orphan
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Halifax, Nova Scotia
August 31, 2021

Dear Americans,

I wanted to share some thoughts with you on Afghanistan, as it sits atop the rubble of another indifferent imperial folly with the dread of once again living under a fundamentalist authoritarian regime on the horizon. And especially on the American public’s disconnect from its own government’s culpability in spreading misery there and throughout the Global South. I wanted to talk about reflection too.

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The Myths of Empire and the Real Message of Dune, by Kenn Orphan

Dunes 0213

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by Kenn Orphan
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Halifax, Nova Scotia
August 24, 2021

This fall, the much-awaited remake of Frank Herbert’s science fiction epic Dune will hit theatres. Dune tells the complex and multi-layered tale of a feudal interstellar empire in the future, where noble houses compete, often violently, for dominance over the planet Arrakis, a desert world that possesses the only source of a substance called the “spice.” It is essential for space navigation and also has the potential to enhance mental and metaphysical senses and abilities. The imperial powers of the Dune universe use political chicanery and treachery to manipulate various political figures within the noble houses. Arrakis has a desolate and hostile environment. Its inhabitants, the Fremen, are looked down upon by most of the noble houses as savage, inferior and backward. They are the last to see any benefit from the trade of spice, if any at all.

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There Will Be No Ferries Coming To Save Us, by Kenn Orphan

Smokey Sunset Vancouver 2021

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by Kenn Orphan
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Halifax, Nova Scotia
August 20, 2021

Titanic fires lay waste to vast forests in Siberia, California, Algeria and beyond. Violent muddy rapids sweep through quaint German villages, and the city of Sochi in Russia, and inundate modern subway systems in China and NYC. Marine life bakes in their shells, not in any cooker, but in the very ocean habitat where they were spawned. Stunned crowds clamor onto ferries surrounded by flames that stretch upward to the sky on picturesque Greek islands… It is that last image that somehow strikes at the heart, and somehow in a way that is different.

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Kabul has Fallen, by Kenn Orphan + U.S.-backed Afghan Government Surrenders to the Taliban

Protest against U.S military interventions and endless U.S. wars, Minneapolis, Minnesota, October 8, 2016

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by Kenn Orphan
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Halifax, Nova Scotia
August 16, 2021

“The Taliban is not the North Vietnamese army. There’s gonna be no circumstance where you see people being lifted off the roof of a embassy of the United States from Afghanistan.” — US President Biden, July 2021

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The War on Wokeness, by Kenn Orphan

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by Kenn Orphan
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Halifax, Nova Scotia
August 9, 2021

“I am human, and I think nothing of which is human is alien to me.” — Publius Terentius Afer, Roman playwright (195/185 – c. 159 BC)

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Why the Ruins of a Little Village Called Lifta Still Matter, by Kenn Orphan

ליפתא | Lifta

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by Kenn Orphan
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Halifax, Nova Scotia
July 29, 2021

In the Middle East stand the ruins of an ancient settlement known as Lifta. Archeological digs have traced its’ origins as far back as the Iron Age. It contains the remains of a court-yard home from the Crusader period at its centre and the ruins of several other beautiful homes, and once housed a vibrant and culturally rich community.

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On a Ten Minute Joyride in Space, Capitalism’s Endgame, and a Radical Imagination for the Future, by Kenn Orphan

Capitalism isn't working

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by Kenn Orphan
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Halifax, Nova Scotia
July 23, 2021

“It’s easier to imagine the end of the world than the end of capitalism.” — Mark Fisher, Capitalist Realism: Is There No Alternative?

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The Fourth is an Annual Day of Collective Amnesia, by Kenn Orphan

Lies

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by Kenn Orphan
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Halifax, Nova Scotia
July 5, 2021

“​Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind.” — Albert Einstein

“Flags are bits of colored cloth that governments use first to shrink-wrap people’s brains and then as ceremonial shrouds to bury the dead.” — Arundhati Roy

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Defending the Shame of Apartheid, by Kenn Orphan

End Israeli Apartheid

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by Kenn Orphan
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Halifax, Nova Scotia
June 24, 2021

It was to be expected. Following the worldwide exposure of an active campaign of ethnic cleansing in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem’s and Israel’s murderous 11 day campaign raining death and destruction on the captive population of Gaza, the apologists for Israel went into full on damage control. Anyone who decried these obvious injustices and war crimes were swiftly labeled “antisemitic” or extremist.

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