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What Obama Did While You Were Watching Elections by David Swanson

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

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

Pass the popcorn! Wait till I tweet this! Did you see the look on his face?

Ain’t elections exciting? We just can’t get enough of them, which could be why we’ve stretched them out to a couple of years each, even though a small crowd of Super Delegates and a couple of state officials with computer skills could quite conceivably decide the whole thing anyway.

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Abby Martin: The Empire’s Border: A Policy of Death, Part 1

No more deaths

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with Abby Martin

teleSUR English on Jan 31, 2016

Along the southern border of the United States is a graveyard, where hundreds upon hundreds of human remains are waiting to be found in the sand. They are teenagers, mothers and spouses walking the only path available to them—away from poverty and violence: towards their families, the only place safer and easier to eat. In Part 1 of this two-part series, Abby Martin reveals a catastrophe at the Empire’s gates; not only a shockingly high body count, but a humanitarian crisis manufactured by the U.S. government. Sinister tactics, a for-profit prison pipeline, and a court system that looks more like a slave auction than a trial await those who survive.

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US Military Leadership Resisted Obama’s Bid for Regime Change in Syria and Libya 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
Washington
January 4, 2016

Seymour Hersh’s recent revelations about an effort by the US military leadership in 2013 to bolster the Syrian army against jihadist forces in Syria shed important new light on the internal bureaucratic politics surrounding regime change in US Middle East policy. Hersh’s account makes it clear that the Obama administration’s policy of regime change in both Libya and Syria provoked pushback from the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS).

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Rackets Science: The Influence Peddlers Protection Act of 2015 (H.R. 2029) by Rob Hager

Money Corrupts

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by Rob Hager
Guest Writer, Dandelion Salad
December 23, 2015

Rackets Science: The Influence Peddlers Protection Act of 2015 (H.R. 2029)

Plu-toc-ra-cy

  1. Government by the wealthy.
  2. 2. A country or society governed in this way.

Christmastime for Plutocrats

Political scientists need a new sub-specialty to describe the end-of-year extravaganzas that influence peddlers and special interests have joined to make a Capital Christmas tradition: the racket of wholesale plundering of the government’s treasury. Paraphrasing Willie Sutton, that’s where (the tax-farmed and public-debt) money is.

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Pres. Obama, Which is Most Important to You: Destroying ISIS, Overthrowing Assad, or Scoring Points Against Russia? by William Blum

Parliament Square sit-in against Syria airstrikes.

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by William Blum
Writer, Dandelion Salad
www.killinghope.org
December 6, 2015

Questions to ask President Obama the next time (also the last time) you’re invited to one of his press conferences:

Which is most important to you – destroying ISIS, overthrowing Syrian president Assad, or scoring points against Russia?

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Full Text of #TPP Released to Public… And It’s Horrible by Jon Queally + Action Alerts + Video Reports

#TPP - Expressway to Trade Hell

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Updated: Nov. 6, 2015

by Jon Queally
Common Dreams
Nov. 5, 2015

It’s a disaster for people, the planet, democracy, and the future of the global economy.

That was the immediate assessment of informed critics as world governments, including the United States, on Thursday morning made the full text of the controversial Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) available to the public for the first time.

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US Special Forces Deployed as “Human Shields” to Salvage Terror Assets in Syria by Finian Cunningham

President Obama Declares More War But Some Americans Disapprove 4

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from RT
November 1, 2015

Obama’s decision to send Special Forces into Syria is being widely viewed as a US military escalation in the country. The troop dispatch also signals that the US is trying to forestall Russian successes in wiping out Washington’s regime-change assets in Syria.

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Kill Them All – US Strike on Afghan Hospital by Finian Cunningham

Drone

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from Strategic Culture Foundation
October 24, 2015

The deadly US airstrike on an Afghan hospital has been downplayed by Washington as a “tragic mistake” committed in the “fog of war”. But recently disclosed documents on the secret policy of drone assassinations by the Pentagon reveals a cold-blooded calculus to “kill all” within a designated strike zone, even resulting in 90 per cent “collateral damage” of “unintended targets”.

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Jeremy Scahill: Drone War Exposed + Secret “Kill Chain” + Afghanistan: The Longest U.S. War

2014 Global Day Of Action Against Drones DC 13

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Drone War Exposed: Jeremy Scahill on U.S. Kill Program’s Secrets & the Whistleblower Who Leaked Them

Democracy Now! on Oct 16, 2015

Democracynow.org – One of the most secretive military campaigns in U.S. history is under the microscope like never before. In a major exposé based on leaked government documents, The Intercept has published the most in-depth look at the U.S. drone assassination program to date. “The Drone Papers” exposes the inner workings of the U.S. military’s assassination program in Afghanistan, Yemen and Somalia, revealing a number of flaws and far more casualties than the intended targets. The documents were leaked to The Intercept by an unnamed U.S. intelligence source who says he wanted to alert Americans to wrongdoing. We are joined by The Intercept’s Jeremy Scahill, lead author of “The Drone Papers” exposé.

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The Incomprehensible Idea: What Opposing All Wars Means by David Swanson

by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
World Beyond War, October 5, 2015
October 7, 2015

No War Collage

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The world’s two big nuclear militaries are in the same war now in Syria and, if not on opposite sides exactly, certainly not on the same side. A primary, if not the primary, goal of the United States in Syria is overthrowing the Syrian government. A primary, if not the primary, goal of Russia is maintaining the Syrian government. Hostilities are building in each nation toward the other. Republican candidates for president are trying to outdo a certain Democratic candidate for president in bellicosity toward Russia. Forces armed by the U.S. in Syria are eager to shoot down Russian planes. Russia and the U.S. and its allies are clearly unhappy about each other’s flights. Hillary Clinton wants a no-fly zone. Israeli and Russian planes have already come close to fighting. Israel has attacked the base Russia is using, or at least Russia says it has.

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#TPP Deal Reached: 12 Countries Strike Pacific Rim Trade Accord

#TPP - Expressway to Trade Hell

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RT on Oct 5, 2015

Trade ministers from the Asia-Pacific region have reached a deal on the Pacific trade pact that is intended to cut trade barriers and establish common standards for 12 countries, This is the largest trade pact in 20 years and has been a long-term goal of the Obama administration.

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Chris Hedges: Pope Francis and Bernie Sanders on Imperialism and Capitalism

Pope Francis - Caricature

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with Chris Hedges

TheRealNews on Sep 24, 2015

Paul Jay asks Chris Hedges if the Pope’s rhetoric on climate change and capitalism is a positive force or a dangerous illusion.

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Cornel West: The Betrayal By The Black Elite, interviewed by Chris Hedges

Cornel West at Calvin College 5

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with Chris Hedges and

TheRealNews on Aug 11, 2015

In this episode of Days of Revolt host Chris Hedges continues his conversation with Dr. Cornel West to discuss the way in which the black prophetic tradition has been supplanted by black elitism and individualism.

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“King Obama,” his Royal Court, and the #TPP by Ralph Nader + Did Anti-Fast Track Senators Miss an Opportunity to Slow Down TPP?

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TIME TO PULL THE PLUG ON KING OBAMA

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
June 25, 2015

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) – a global corporate noose around U.S. local, state, and national sovereignty – narrowly passed a major procedural hurdle in the Congress by gaining “fast track” status. This term “fast track” is a euphemism for your members of Congress – senators and representatives – handcuffing themselves, so as to prevent any amendments or adequate debate before the final vote on the Trans-Pacific Partnership – another euphemism that is used to avoid the word “treaty,” which would require ratification by two-thirds of the Senate. This anti-democratic process is being pushed by “King Obama” and his royal court.

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Everyone Has to Practice Nonviolence. Now. by Rev. John Dear

"Nonviolence means not only avoiding external physical violence but also internal violence of the spirit. You not only refuse to shoot a man, you refuse to hate him" Sign (Washington, DC)

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by Rev. John Dear
originally published on Common Dreams
May 14, 2015

The death of unarmed Freddie Gray in police custody and the subsequent riots in Baltimore demonstrate the profound systemic injustice in our country, as well as the complete misunderstanding and widespread hypocrisy about nonviolence.

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