Resist Lesser Evilism

A Day in New York

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Editorial Staff
September 23, 2016

The pressure to vote for Hillary Clinton is becoming ever more intense. But the left has to resist the political logic of lesser evilism that the Democrats rely on every four years.

FIRST, IT was the shaming. Now it’s fear–pure, raw terror at the prospect of Donald Trump in the White House.

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The Real US Syria Scandal: Supporting Sectarian War by Gareth Porter

No war on Syria protest in San Francisco - August 29

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by Gareth Porter
Writer, Dandelion Salad
crossposted at Middle East Eye
August 30, 2016

The main criticism of US policy in Syria has long been that President Barack Obama should have used US military force or more aggressive arms aid to strengthen the armed opposition to Assad. The easy answer is that the whole idea that there was a viable non-extremist force to be strengthened is a myth – albeit one that certain political figures in London and Washington refuse to give up.

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Ralph Nader: Dispelling the Myth of the 2000 Election (repost)

Ralph Nader after the speech - Green Lecture

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Originally posted on Dec. 20, 2013

with Ralph Nader

TheRealNews on Dec 20, 2013

Ralph Nader and Paul Jay discuss Ralph’s decision to stay in the Florida race and what an electoral strategy could be now.

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John Pilger: Obama Is A Corporate Marketing Creation + Transcript

Political Art

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Don’t get fooled again!

Previously posted September 2, 2009

Socialism 2009: John Pilger: Obama and Empire

July 31, 2009

Author, journalist, film maker John Pilger speaks at Socialism 2009; Filmed by Paul Hubbard at the Womens Building in San Francisco 7-4-09.

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Michael Hudson: US-NATO Border Confrontation with Russia Risks Nuclear War

Swift Response 16

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with Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
July 17, 2016

TheRealNews on Jul 17, 2016

Michael Hudson says that the US-led confrontational approach of NATO with Russia is driving European countries to consider disbanding or leaving the military alliance due to increased security risks.

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What Makes Obama Think His Wars Are Legal? by David Swanson

War Crimes Must Be Stopped

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
July 13, 2016

President Barack Obama’s lawyers, working on our dime, have just laid out a 46-page explanation of why current wars are legal. They’ve done so in response to a lawsuit, which has limited the argument in some significant ways.

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If Afghan Lives Mattered, Dallas Lives Would Matter by David Swanson

"Am I next?" - Justice for Philando Castile

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
July 8, 2016

The man who murdered police officers in Dallas, Texas, this week had earlier been employed in a massive operation, now in its 15th year, that has killed many thousands of people in Afghanistan. He was trained to kill by the U.S. military using U.S. tax dollars. He was conditioned to believe violence an appropriate response to violence by the examples everywhere to be found in U.S. public policy, history, entertainment, and language.

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Abby Martin and James Risen: Fighting Censorship, The Surveillance State and Permanent War

The Bug Stops Here

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with Abby Martin

teleSUR English on Jul 1, 2016

Few journalists know the cruelty of government censorship as well as James Risen, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist at the New York Times, targeted for several major stories implicating criminality by the US war machine and its national security state.

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NATO’s Anakonda: A Beast That Preys on Its Own? by Finian Cunningham

Swift Response 16 British airborne forces are training alongside NATO

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from Strategic Culture Foundation, June 12, 2016
June 14, 2016

The NATO people assigned with the task of thinking up operational codenames seem to have had a Freudian slip over Operation Anakonda. The NATO war exercises underway in Poland are the biggest since the end of the Cold War a quarter of a century ago. The name, by chance perhaps, also refers to the world’s largest species of snake – a lumbering reptile that can reach up to 8 meters in length and prone to lurking in swamps.

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GTMO 2016 + Guantánamo Diary: Torture and Detention Without Charge

2014 DC Rally To Close Guantanamo 2

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with Andy Worthington

RT America on Jun 10, 2016

President Obama promised during his campaign that he would close the infamous Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba. Now, the United States is well into the process of electing its next president and the future of the prison remains uncertain. Only 80 detainees remain, but the conditions they currently face and their future are just as unclear. RT America’s Simone Del Rosario went to Guantanamo Bay to investigate how and if the prison will be soon shut down, and to see what conditions those detainees are living in.

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John Pilger: The Threat of World War Three

Nuclear Extinction

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with John Pilger

goingundergroundRT on Jun 4, 2016

Afshin Rattansi goes underground on the outcome of whoever wins the White House in November. Multi-award winning author and filmmaker John Pilger gives his take on the threat of World War Three as Britain’s defence secretary Michael Fallon jets off to Singapore for the Asian Security Conference where the keynote address will be given by US Defence Secretary Ash Carter.

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Bush-Obama Powers Will Pass to Next President by David Swanson


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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, May 11, 2016
May 13, 2016

Remember when coups and assassinations were secretive, when presidents were obliged to go to Congress and tell lies and ask permission for wars, when torture, spying, and lawless imprisonment were illicit, when re-writing laws with signing statements and shutting down legal cases by yelling “state secrets!” was abusive, and when the idea of a president going through a list of men, women, and children on Tuesdays to pick whom to have murdered would have been deemed an outrage?

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Jeremy Scahill and Glenn Greenwald: The Assassination Complex: Inside the Government’s Secret Drone Warfare Program

Death from Above / Drones

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Jeremy Scahill Remembers His Longtime Friend, Father Daniel Berrigan: “The Man was a Moral Giant”

Democracy Now! on May 3, 2016 – “I may not be here if it wasn’t for Dan Berrigan,” says journalist Jeremy Scahill as we remember the legendary antiwar priest, Father Daniel Berrigan, who spent his lifetime nonviolently protesting militarism, nuclear proliferation, racism and poverty. Berrigan died Saturday in the Bronx, just short of his 95th birthday. Scahill was a college student when he first met Berrigan, and went on to become close friends with him and his brother, Philip. The conversations they had inspired him to pursue fiercely independent journalism. “This man was just a moral giant,” Scahill says, “the closest thing we have in our society to a prophet.”

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Sue Saudi Arabia For 9/11, and U.S. For All Its Wars by David Swanson

9/11 Was an Inside Job

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
American Herald Tribune, April 18, 2016
April 20, 2016

President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry say that allowing family members of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia for its complicity in that crime would set a terrible precedent that would open the United States up to lawsuits from abroad.

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Ten Revealing War Lies by David Swanson

Fuck War

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
April 13, 2016

Remarks prepared for event in Washington, D.C., on April 11, 2016.

Let’s look at ten revealing moments in the history of lying about wars to see what they tell us, and then I’ll be glad to try to answer any questions I can. These remarks will be published at TeleSUR.

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