None of Us are Free if One of Us is Chained by Paul Street

Criminal Injustice

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by Paul Street
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Official Website of Paul Street
July 2, 2018

The road to total tyranny is littered with tests — moments when those atop reigning oppression structures learn how far they can push the boundaries of decency without sparking potent people’s resistance. One such moment was when the demented jackass and imperialist butcher George W. Bush marched down a red carpet to screw up his evil, moronic face to announce the U.S. invasion of Iraq on openly false pretexts including the shamelessly idiotic claim that Saddam Hussein’s government had been involved in the September 11, 2001 jetliner attacks and the equally bogus charge that Iraq possessed a threatening stockpile of “weapons of mass destruction.” The president and his team of Orwellian Neocon war pigs faced two days of mass protest across the country and around the world. Still, they were not deterred from launching a brazenly criminal invasion and occupation that would kill more than a million Iraqis, displace millions more, and devastate Iraq almost beyond recognition.

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Lazy-Minded Liberals and “The Trump Effect” by Paul Street

Political Art

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by Paul Street
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Official Website of Paul Street
January 13, 2018

*This essay (below) was published on Counterpunch on Friday, January 12, 2018. It was written and submitted before I learned about Donald Trump’s sickening racist comments calling Haiti and Africa (home to 48 nations) “shithole countries.” Trump’s racist remarks have led me to alter and add text (seen in italics) in this essay’s next-to-last paragraph.

Liberals and other Democrats are getting dumber by the day. I keep running into them and hearing the same story over and over: things are bad because Trump is the president.

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John Pilger: Media On Trial

State of the Union

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Dandelion Salad

with John Pilger

Frome Stop War on Nov 1, 2017

Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church
235 Shaftesbury Ave, WC2H 8EP London, United Kingdom

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The Killing of History by John Pilger

My Lai Memorial Site - Vietnam - Diorama of Massacre

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by John Pilger
John Pilger, Sept. 21, 2017
September 24, 2017

One of the most hyped “events” of American television, The Vietnam War, has started on the PBS network. The directors are Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. Acclaimed for his documentaries on the Civil War, the Great Depression and the history of jazz, Burns says of his Vietnam films, “They will inspire our country to begin to talk and think about the Vietnam war in an entirely new way”.

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The 16 Year War in Afghanistan – Headlines Tell the Story by Ralph Nader

Stop the Wars!

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
August 15, 2017

Since 2001 the US has been at War in Afghanistan – the longest war in US history. Headlines concisely tell the story of this cruel boomeranging quagmire of human violence and misery. Below are some newspaper headlines from 2010 to the present to show that a militarized foreign policy without Congress exercising its Constitutional duties and steadfast public engagement will drift on, costing our soldiers’ lives and limbs, nearly three-quarters of a trillion taxpayer dollars, hundreds of thousands of Afghani lives and millions of refugees, with no end in sight.

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On The Beach 2017–The Beckoning of Nuclear War by John Pilger

armageddon

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by John Pilger
John Pilger, August 4, 2017
August 7, 2017

The US submarine captain says,

“We’ve all got to die one day, some sooner and some later. The trouble always has been that you’re never ready, because you don’t know when it’s coming. Well, now we do know and there’s nothing to be done about it.”

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Obama: A Hollow Man Filled With Ruling Class Ideas by Paul Street + Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama and the Limitations of Liberal Criticism

Barack Obama - Second Term Flare-Ups

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by Paul Street
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Official Website of Paul Street, June 6, 2017
June 8, 2017

A “Hollow” Man Who Was “Unwilling to Fight the Good Fight”

What on Earth motivated the Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and law professor David J. Garrow to write an incredibly detailed 1078-page (1460 pages with endnotes and index included) biography of Barack Obama from conception through election to the White House? Not any great personal affinity for Obama on Garrow’s part, that’s for sure. Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama is no hagiography. On the last page of this remarkable tome, Garrow describes Obama at the end of his distinctly non-transformative and “failed presidency” as a man who had long ago had become a “vessel [that] was hollow at its core.”

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Promising Peace and Waging War: Trump Follows American Tradition + Trump Won’t Be Cancelling World War 3 After All

Promising Peace and Waging War: Trump Follows American Tradition + Trump Won't Be Cancelling World War 3 After All

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with Caleb Maupin
writer, Dandelion Salad
April 14, 2017

Caleb Maupin on Apr 11, 2017

Caleb Maupin is a journalist and political analyst who resides in New York City. Originally from Ohio, he studied political science at Baldwin-Wallace College.

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Chris Hedges and Glen Ford: Obama’s Legacy–The Smashing of the Left

War is Peace. Obama and his Nobel "Peace" Prize

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Jan 23, 2017

On this week’s episode of On Contact, Chris Hedges looks back on President Barack Obama’s legacy with Glen Ford, Executive Editor of the Black Agenda Report. They examine Obama’s role in boosting the war industry, serving corporate interests and depleting the privacy rights of Americans. RT Correspondent Anya Parampil looks at some of the darker decisions made over the past eight years.

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The Enemy is Not Trump, It is Ourselves by John Pilger

Political Art

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by John Pilger
John Pilger, Jan. 17, 2017
January 21, 2017

On the day President Trump is inaugurated, thousands of writers in the United States will express their indignation. “In order for us to heal and move forward…”, say Writers Resist, “we wish to bypass direct political discourse, in favour of an inspired focus on the future, and how we, as writers, can be a unifying force for the protection of democracy.”

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Obama Expands Surveillance Powers on His Way Out by Kate Tummarello (Action Alert)

FISA - illegal domestic spying - feb 2001, BEFORE 9/11

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by Kate Tummarello
Electronic Frontier Foundation, Jan. 12, 2017
January 14, 2017

With mere days left before President-elect Donald Trump takes the White House, President Barack Obama’s administration just finalized rules to make it easier for the nation’s intelligence agencies to share unfiltered information about innocent people.

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Why Release the Torture Report Now by David Swanson

"Extraordinary Rendition," A collaboration between artists Tim Guthrie and Doug Hayko

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
January 6, 2017

A young man was tortured in Chicago this week. It wasn’t an act of the Chicago police. It was live streamed on Facebook. And the President of the United States declared it an horrific hate crime.

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The U.S. Government Has Essentially Created A Ministry of Truth

George Orwell's 1984

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TheRealNews on Dec 31, 2016

Obama’s Recently-Signed National Defense Authorization Act Includes A ‘Countering Disinformation and Propaganda Act’. The Intercept’s Alex Emmons Explains.

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David Swanson: How Will Trump Wield Obama’s Modernized Nukes?

US nuclear weapons test in Nevada in 1953

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with David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
December 23, 2016

TheRealNews on Dec 23, 2016

The President-elect’s off-the-cuff, ignorant and inconsistent remarks suggests he’s either a cynical war profiteer or a true believer in the American myth that more militarism leads to fewer wars, says Noble Prize nominee David Swanson.

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John Pilger: The Media Blackout on the Blockade of China and Threat of Nuclear War

World War 3 - XV

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with

goingundergroundRT on Dec 3, 2016

We speak to award winning journalist and filmmaker John Pilger about his newest film, The Coming War with China. Dr. Hong Bo on China’s economy and Chair of the Bhopal Medical Appeal on the Bhopal Disaster thirty two years on.

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