Amulet, reviewed by Gaither Stewart

Marcha 40 años-27

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by Gaither Stewart
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rome, Italy
June 17, 2016

(Rome) I am reading for the first time the work of Chilean born writer, Roberto Bolaño. His novel, Amulet, set in a phantasmagoric Mexico City that, perhaps, also because it is Latin America’s biggest city, represents the entire crushed and tortured and imprisoned and murdered Latin America while also his characters are emblematic of the suffering and decimation of much of the best of the Latin American youth. Perhaps the author chose to highlight Mexico City, not only because of the massacre of Mexican students there in 1968, but also because he moved there as a teenager and lived there many years before moving to Spain and Barcelona where he died at 50.

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Edward Snowden and Latin America Expose Washington’s Impotence in a Changing World by Finian Cunningham

War Is A Racket

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from Strategic Culture Foundation
July 17, 2013

One of America’s genuine heroes, Major General Smedley D Butler revealed in his memoirs the true, abhorrent nature of Washington’s foreign policy. Butler had led countless military operations in Central America and the Caribbean as a US Marines Corp commander in the era of “gunboat diplomacy” during the early 1900s. Years after his retirement, he spoke out candidly and ruefully of his highly decorated military service in a book entitled War is a Racket. Here is how Butler characterized with unsparing words his service for country in 1935, five years before his death:

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Eavesdropping On The Planet by William Blum

by William Blum
Writer, Dandelion Salad
www.killinghope.org
June 26, 2013

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Edward Snowden

In the course of his professional life in the world of national security Edward Snowden must have gone through numerous probing interviews, lie detector examinations, and exceedingly detailed background checks, as well as filling out endless forms carefully designed to catch any kind of falsehood or inconsistency. Continue reading

Noam Chomsky: Latin America-There is an Alternative for Democracy and Freedom, Europe-On a Suicidal Course

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with Noam Chomsky

LeftTalks Jun 8, 2013

A Message From Noam Chomsky To The Alter Summit In Greece.

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Noam Chomsky: The Problem for Latin America With Drugs is the US Demand, and Supply of Arms

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Dandelion Salad

with Noam Chomsky

NACLA’s 45th Anniversary Gala: Noam Chomsky

Ambre Auzanneau Jun 3, 2013

Noam Chomsky is the 2012 recipient of NACLA’s Latin America Peace and Justice Award for his ongoing commitment to social justice in the Americas. The son of Eastern European immigrants, Noam Chomsky is a professor emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a long time friend and supporter of NACLA. His book Turning the Tide: U.S. Intervention in Central America and the struggle for Peace (South End Press, 1985) helped a generation of scholars, activists, and concerned citizens think about the regions different conflicts – in El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Guatemala – as interlocking parts of a single crisis that revealed how the United States had a direct and enduring effect on political and economic policies in the hemisphere.

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Noam Chomsky, Howard Gardner, and Bruno della Chiesa: Pedagogy of the Oppressed

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with Noam Chomsky

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HarvardEducation May 24, 2013

On Wednesday, May 1, the Askwith Forum commemorated the 45th anniversary of the publication of Paolo Freire’s “Pedagogy of the Oppressed” with a discussion about the book’s impact and relevance to education today.

Read more: http://www.gse.harvard.edu/news-impac…

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Julian Assange: The US administration’s war against whistleblowers must end. Bradley Manning must be released.

"Don't Shoot the Messenger" - Julian Assange, Embassy of Ecuador, Knightsbridge, London

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Julian Assange makes his first public appearance in two months, ever since he took refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy in London. The WikiLeaks founder was granted political asylum on Thursday — a decision that ignited a wave of international responses, with the UK and Sweden opposing the verdict and Latin American countries strongly supporting Ecuador’s move. Continue reading

Venezuela Decries Attempted Coup in Paraguay, UNASUR Requests President’s Defense Guarantees

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An enlargeable map of the Republic of Paraguay (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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By AVN / Prensa Latina
venezuelanalysis.com
June 22, 2012

The secretary general of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR), Alí Rodríguez of Venezuela, said yesterday that guarantees ensuring a proper defense should be established in the proceedings against Paraguayan President Fernando Lugo.

Rodríguez said that due process must be respected in the case against the head of state, including providing the necessary time to prepare his defense.

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The Power Principle: Empire – Propaganda – Apocalypse (must-see)

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Warning

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

State of the Union

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“A gripping, deeply informative account of the plunder, hypocrisy, and mass violence of plutocracy and empire; insightful, historically grounded and highly relevant to the events of today.” – Michael Parenti, Historian, Author The Face of Imperialism [at 1:24:00 in the 1st part]

Pt 1: Empire

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Noam Chomsky Discusses Palestinian Prisoner Hunger Strike + Occupy + Obama’s Targeted Assassinations

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with Noam Chomsky

May 14, 2012 by

DemocracyNow.org – Democracy Now! interviews world-renowned political dissident, linguist and author Noam Chomsky, asking him about the ongoing Palestinian prisoner hunger strike. An estimated 2,000 jailed Palestinians have gone without food to pressure Israeli prison authorities to end the use of solitary confinement and ease a wide range of restrictions. “The hunger strikes are a protest against violations of the elementary human rights,” Chomsky says, who is Professor Emeritus at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and author of dozens of books, most recently, “Occupy.”

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Training Terrorists in Nevada: Seymour Hersh on U.S. Aid to Iranian Group Tied to Scientist Killings + Stop the Pentagon from Training Terrorists

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Updated: April 12, 2012 added a video

on Apr 10, 2012

DemocracyNow.org – Journalist Seymour Hersh has revealed that the Bush administration secretly trained an Iranian opposition group on the State Department’s list of foreign terrorists. Hersh reports the U.S. Joint Special Operations Command trained operatives from Mujahideen-e-Khalq, or MEK, at a secret site in Nevada beginning in 2005. According to Hersh, MEK members were trained in intercepting communications, cryptography, weaponry and small unit tactics at the Nevada site up until President Obama took office. The MEK has been listed as a foreign terrorist groups since 1997 and is linked to a number of attacks, spanning from the murders of six U.S. citizens in the 1970s to the recent wave of assassinations targeting Iranian nuclear scientists. Hersh also discusses the role of Israeli intelligence and notes the Obama administration knew about the training, “because they have access to what was going on in the previous administration in this area, in terms of the MEK, in terms of operations inside Iran.” His new report for The New Yorker blog, “Our Men in Iran?,” comes as nuclear talks are set to resume this week between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency.

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Punishing the Population: The American Occupations of Haiti and the Dominican Republic by Andrew Gavin Marshall

by Andrew Gavin Marshall
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
http://andrewgavinmarshall.com
February 21, 2012

The following is a research sample from The People’s Book Project, extracted from an unedited chapter on the American Empire in Latin America.

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A brief glance at the early 20th century American occupation of Haiti and the Dominican Republic tell us a great deal about America’s role in the world today. The Dominican Republic is the Western nation on the island that was named Hispaniola by Christopher Columbus, and was later split between Spanish and French rule: Santo Domingo in the west and Saint Domingue in the east. Continue reading

The American Empire in Latin America: “Democracy” is a Threat to “National Security” by Andrew Gavin Marshall

by Andrew Gavin Marshall
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
http://andrewgavinmarshall.com
Dec. 14, 2011

NOTE: This is an excerpt from a chapter in a current book-in-progress being funded through The People’s Book Project. The chapter is on the American Empire’s early implementation of its “Grand Area” designs in Latin America, as defined by the Council on Foreign Relations during World War II. The Project is currently in dire need of funding, so please donate if possible to allow progress on this book to continue.

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Celac: Is This the Mayan Prophecy? by Sean Fenley

by Sean Fenley
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
The Anything and Everything
December 17, 2011

“Celac is the greatest event in the last 200 years.” – Raul Castro, President of the Council of State Cuba

“The OAS is the meeting of the colonies with their empire, while the CELAC is the summit of peer countries in search of joint development, through the value of solidarity.” – Nicmer Evans, International Affairs Analyst

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Noam Chomsky: Changing Contours of Global Order + Q&A

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on Nov 9, 2011

Professor Noam Chomsky presented a lecture ‘Changing Contours of Global Order’ a look at our drastically changing world, and the implications for domestic and world order on 4 November 2011.

This was a free public lecture and was Professor Chomsky’s only public appearance in Melbourne, Australia.

Professor Chomsky was an invited guest of Deakin University’s School of Humanities and Social Sciences.

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