The 2010s: America’s Self-Delusional Decade of Imperial Collapse by Rainer Shea

State of the Union

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by Rainer Shea
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rainer Shea: Anti-Imperialist Journalist, Dec. 28, 2019
December 31, 2019

Ten years ago, Americans were beginning to confront the reality that their nation was irrevocably in decline. The economy had entered into a downward spiral, the country had been in a nine-years-long war, and democratic rights were disappearing. Given the history of collapsing empires, it’s unsurprising that all of these trends have continued since then. And the geopolitical and cultural dynamics that have developed throughout the 2010s aren’t surprising either.

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Abby Martin and Lowkey: Talking About Deadly Neoliberalism

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“We’re talking about deadly neoliberalism–this bipartisan foreign policy that supersedes Democrat Republican Tory Labour. Why is it that there’s so much focus on the electoral process yet nothing seems to really change with the oppressed people living under the boot of Empire and it’s collaborators?” — Abby Martin

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Impeachment: What Lies Beneath? by Jim Kavanagh

IMPEACH

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by Jim Kavanagh
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Polemicist
December 17, 2019

The Raw

The Democrats have now revealed the hand they’re going to play for impeachment. I have been vehemently arguing against playing this game and pointing out how futile it is, but, seeing the two cards actually laid out on the table, even I am gobsmacked at what a loser of a hand they’ve got.

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John Pilger: American Exceptionalism Driving World to War, interviewed by Finian Cunningham

On the walls of the former American embassy

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from Strategic Culture Foundation, Nov. 27, 2019
December 3, 2019

Australian-born John Pilger has worked for over five decades as a reporter and documentary film-maker covering wars and conflicts all over the world. In the following interview, the award-winning journalist says the world is arguably at a more perilous geopolitical juncture than even during the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962 at the height of the Cold War. This is because American “exceptionalism” – which, he points out, mirrors that of Nazi Germany – has developed into a hyper-rogue phase. The relentless denigration of Russia by American and Western media show that there are few red lines left to restrain aggression towards Moscow, as there were, at least, during the past Cold War. Russia and China’s refusal to bow down to Washington’s dictate is infuriating the would-be American hegemon and its desire for zero-sum world domination.

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Defeat or Impeach? The (Il)Logic of Impeachment by Jim Kavanagh + David Swanson: Are Dems Barking Up The Wrong Tree On Impeachment?

IMPEACH

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Updated: Nov. 28, 2019

by Jim Kavanagh
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Polemicist, Nov. 25, 2019
November 27, 2019

I’ve had the displeasure to watch some hours of the House Intelligence Committee’s impeachment inquiry. It’s an excruciating spectacle, alternately boring, confusing, and infuriating.

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Chris Hedges: It’s Not Journalism

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Aug 30, 2019

A transcript of a town hall style meeting at the New York Times has revealed that the newspaper created a special news desk to spend two years covering the Mueller investigation. Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and former Times’ Middle East bureau chief Chris Hedges, host of RT America’s On Contact, discusses the state of journalism in America.

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The New Cold War and the Redoubling of U.S. Propaganda Power by Rainer Shea

Lies

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by Rainer Shea
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rainer Shea: Anti-Imperialist Journalist, Jul. 27, 2019
August 19, 2019

The American ruling class decided that it would be necessary to start a 21st century cold war with Russia and China when it became apparent that U.S. global hegemony was being replaced by a multipolar world. And even before this new level of warfare became the priority, it was apparent that a long-term era of tensions between great powers would require much greater government control over information than was previously the case.

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Inside the Submissive Void — Propaganda, Censorship, Power and Control by Greg Maybury

George Orwell's 1984

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by Greg Maybury
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Perth, Western Australia
July 28, 2019

Updated: July 29, 2019 to add the Author’s note

“Nothing appears more surprising to those who consider human affairs with a philosophical eye, than the easiness with which the many are governed by the few; and the implicit submission, with which men resign their own sentiments and passions to those of their rulers.” — David Hume, “Of the First Principles of Government”, 1768.

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Chris Hedges and Stephen Cohen: The New Cold War with Russia

CCCP USSR in Moscow

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on May 25, 2019

Chris Hedges discusses the potential of War with Russia? with Stephen F. Cohen, Professor of Russian Studies and History Emeritus at New York University.

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Chris Hedges and Matt Taibbi: The Deep Rot That Infects American Journalism, Part 2

Hate

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on May 11, 2019

Chris Hedges continues his discussion with reporter, Matt Taibbi, about the deep rot in American journalism.

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Chris Hedges and Matt Taibbi: The Deep Rot That Infects American Journalism, Part 1

Unplugged

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on May 4, 2019

Chris Hedges discusses the deep rot that infects American journalism with reporter Matt Taibbi. First of two parts.

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Chris Hedges Responds to Rachel Maddow’s Latest Conspiratorial Spasm

Chris Hedges Responds to Rachel Maddow’s Latest Conspiratorial Spasm

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Apr 29, 2019

Rachel Maddow smugly tweeted “death by algorithm” with a link to a recent Washington Post article lamenting that an Aaron Maté interview conducted by Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges, host of RT America’s “On Contact,” was recommended to people in the wake of the Mueller Report. Hedges joins Rick Sanchez to respond to Maddow’s latest conspiratorial spasm. He argues that she “functions to keep viewers glued to the set” and that her claims “aren’t tied to any verifiable reality.”

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Chris Hedges and Aaron Mate: Russiagate–One of the Most Shameful Periods in Modern American Journalism

Self Explanatory

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Apr 20, 2019

On this week’s show, Chris Hedges discusses with Nation reporter, Aaron Mate, how despite Robert Mueller’s report categorical statement that Donald Trump and his campaign did not collude with Russia, the conspiracy theories by the nation’s mainstream media show little sign of diminishing.

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Chris Hedges and Vijay Prashad: The Arrest of Julian Assange Eviscerates All Pretense of the Rule of Law and the Rights of a Free Press

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Apr 12, 2019

The arrest of Julian Assange eviscerates all pretense of the rule of law and the rights of a free press. Joining Chris Hedges to discuss the arrest and pending extradition of Julian Assange is the historian Vijay Prashad.

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Chris Hedges: The Demonization of Russia is Driven by Defense Contractors

No New Wars No to NATO

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Apr 3, 2019

Chris Hedges, host of “On Contact,” joins Rick Sanchez to discuss the role of the Democratic establishment in the “Russiagate” media frenzy. He argues that it was an unsustainable narrative given the actions of the White House but that the Democratic elite are unable to face their own role in the economic and social crises for which they are in large part to blame. They also discuss NATO’s expansionary tendencies and how profitable it is for US defense contractors. Continue reading