David Swanson, Alice Slater and Bruce Gagnon: Obstacles to Nuclear Abolition

Nuclear Nightmare - Open Your Eyes And Awake !

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with David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, July 24, 2020

with Bruce Gagnon
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Organizing Notes
July 30, 2020

WorldBeyondWar.org on Jul 24, 2020

David Swanson, Alice Slater, and Bruce Gagnon discuss obstacles to nuclear abolition and the U.S.-Russia relationship.

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The U.S. Ruling Class Will Never Allow America’s Wars To End + Neoliberalism Is Going To Keep Us In A Perpetual Health Crisis, by Rainer Shea

Capitalism Kills

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by Rainer Shea
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rainer Shea: Anti-Imperialist Journalist, July 1, 2020
July 6, 2020

This last week, U.S. intelligence officials and their allies in the corporate media spread the evidence-free claim that Russia has put bounties on American troops in Afghanistan. This propaganda campaign was both an attempt to reinforce anti-Russian sentiment, and a subtle way to manufacture consent for the ongoing Afghanistan war. Which prompts one to ask: why is the empire so committed to perpetuating war? Why haven’t any of the wars it’s started since 9/11 been ended, and why does it evidently have every intention of making sure they don’t end?

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Deep State Bounty Hunters + Russia Bounty-Hunter Story Another Pulp Fiction Release, by Finian Cunningham

Lies

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from Sputnik, June 30, 2020
July 2, 2020

The media firestorm over alleged Russian intelligence collusion with Afghan militants to kill US troops has the hallmarks of a psy-ops orchestrated by America’s Deep State.

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The Russian Menace and the Dangers of Believing the New York Times, by David Swanson

Kremlin

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, June 28, 2020
June 29, 2020

The New York Times claims that Russia offered to pay Afghans to kill U.S. (and allied) troops. It does not claim that any payments were made. It does not claim that any troops were killed. It does not claim that any impact was had on anything. It does not name its sources. It does not offer any evidence other than the supposed assertions of nameless government officials. It does not offer any justification for not naming them. It does not provide the context of all the years the U.S. government spent arming and funding Afghans to kill Russians, nor all the more recent years during which the U.S. military has been both the enemy of the Taliban and its top funding source (or at least second to opium). It promotes the ridiculous and debunked Russiagate notion that Trump is too kind to Russia.

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Oligarchic Electoral Manipulations Continue, by Rainer Shea

Voter Suppression is Violence

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by Rainer Shea
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rainer Shea: Anti-Imperialist Journalist, Mar. 7, 2020
March 8, 2020

During this last week’s Democratic presidential primary contests, all of the familiar types of oligarchic electoral manipulations appeared. Voter suppression plagued the elections, with the GOP’s actions in Texas having led to many young people being forced to wait hours in voting booth lines. Mirroring the statistically impossible vote count discrepancies that happened in Clinton’s favor throughout the 2016 primaries, in Massachusetts the discrepancies between the vote count and exit poll for Biden and Sanders was 8.2%, which is double the 4% margin of error for exit poll discrepancies. The sudden decisions by Amy Klobuchar and Pete Buttigieg to drop out, as well as Elizabeth Warren’s refusal to drop out before Super Tuesday despite having been hopelessly behind, worked to shift the voting demographic advantage away from Sanders and towards the DNC favorite Biden.

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Chris Hedges: This Isn’t A Trial By Any Stretch Of The Imagination–It’s A Political Farce + Hedges: It’s Very Dangerous Because First It’s Julian Assange And Then It’s The Rest Of Us

Orange Trump The Charlottesville Terrorist, aka the Pittsburgh Terrorist; aka the El Paso Terrorist, etc.

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

Chris Hedges calls out Dems lack of moral authority on impeachment

The Hill on Jan 23, 2020

Journalist Chris Hedges describes what’s happened so far in the Senate’s impeachment trial.

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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

Austerity kills - poster

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Dandelion Salad

“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

Donald Trump, Loretto street art

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Dandelion Salad

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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Dandelion Salad

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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