The Rise and Rise of the Regime Renovators (Another Splendid Little Coup) by Greg Maybury

On the walls of the former American embassy

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by Greg Maybury
Guest Writer, Dandelion Salad
Pox Amerikana, June 26, 2017
June 27, 2017

‘It has been a splendid little war, begun with the highest motives, carried on with magnificent intelligence and spirit, favored by that Fortune which loves the brave.’ US Secretary of State John Hay, defining the Spanish-American War of 1898, in a letter to Theodore Roosevelt, July 27 of that year, the war ushering in America’s Imperial era and unequivocally heralding its hegemonic ambitions.

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Self-Defense Is No Defense for US Acts of War in Syria by Finian Cunningham

“Another war based on lies!”

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from Strategic Culture Foundation
June 20, 2017

The shooting down of a Syrian fighter jet by US forces this week comes on the back of several aggressive actions by American military on the ground. Taken together the US actions mark an alarming escalation of intervention in the Syrian war – to the point where the Americans can be said to be now openly at war against Syria.

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Untrump the World — It Won’t Self-Impeach and The Unifying Force of War Abolition by David Swanson

Never the answer

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, June 17, 2017
June 19, 2017

Remarks at United National Antiwar Coalition in Richmond, Virginia, June 17, 2017

Did you hear about Trump calling up the mayor of Tangier Island in the Chesapeake Bay and telling him that, contrary to all appearances, his island is not sinking? I want to focus on one element of this story, namely that the guy believed what he was told, rather than what he saw.

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Saudi Attack on Qatar; U.S. Threat to Iran by Sara Flounders

Human rights campaigners protest against Farnborough International arms fair

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by Sara Flounders
Workers World, June 13, 2017
June 14, 2017

Two weeks after the grand pomp of President Trump’s visit, Saudi Arabia announced the complete blockade of small neighboring state Qatar on June 5. The blockade is an act of war.

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Chris Hedges: My Goal Is The Utter Destruction Of This Corporate Kleptocracy, interviewed by Joe Sacco

I Will Stand With The Most Vulnerable

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with Chris Hedges

KBOO Radio on Jun 7, 2017

Truthdig columnist & Pulitzer Prize–winner Chris Hedges and Portland-based award-winning cartoonist and journalist Joe Sacco spoke at The Aladdin Theater in Portland, Oregon on May 27th, 2017 — the day after the horrific hate crime occurred on the MAX.

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Trump’s Lawless Presidency? Just Like All the Rest of Them by Finian Cunningham

The Anti-War Protest Presence at the Philadelphia Democratic Convention

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from Strategic Culture Foundation
June 12, 2017

Piling on the invective against Donald Trump, an op-ed in the New York Times this week castigated him as a “lawless president”. The business tycoon-turned politician has already been roundly condemned in the US media as a traitor, stooge, buffoon and much more. Now the Times has marked him down as “lawless”.

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Chris Hedges: Stop Fascism

Stop Fascism

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with Chris Hedges

KBOO Radio on Jun 7, 2017

Truthdig columnist & Pulitzer Prize–winner Chris Hedges speaks at the Aladdin Theater for KBOO Community Radio on May 26th, 2017. Hedges takes a provocative look at the current state of revolt in the United States and recounts the US’s continuing history of domestic terrorism while outlining ways for communities to resist before it’s too late.

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Another Massive Subsidy To Wall Street by Ellen Brown

Boston GS Protest

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by Ellen Brown
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Web of Debt Blog
June 11, 2017

Higher interest rates will triple the interest on the federal debt to $830 billion annually by 2026, will hurt workers and young voters, and could bankrupt over 20% of US corporations, according to the IMF. The move is not necessary to counteract inflation and shows that the Fed is operating from the wrong model.

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Mark Mason: Al Khalifa Family Acting as Bahrain’s Prison Guards to Serve US Interests

Protest at Pearl Roundabout

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Interview with Mark Mason
Guest Writer, Dandelion Salad
Mark Mason, PhD (his website)
Tasnim, June 3, 2017
June 8, 2017

An American professor and political commentator said the Al Khalifa regime is a “subject client state of the US Empire”, describing Bahrain as an “open-air” prison with the ruling family acting as its “prison guards” to safeguard the US Fifth Fleet in the Persian Gulf state.

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London Bridge Attack – Hypocrisy, Double Standards and Double Dealing by Felicity Arbuthnot

Vigil After London Bridge Attack

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by Felicity Arbuthnot
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London, England
June 6, 2017

“Nothing justifies killing of innocent people.” — Tony Blair, CNN, 15th January 2015

Perhaps the attack which killed seven and injured forty-eight — twenty-one critically — on a balmy Saturday evening on London Bridge and nearby Borough Market, a popular area of cafes, bars and restaurants, could be described in one word: “blowback.”

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Chris Hedges, Medea Benjamin, Jill Stein and Margaret Kimberley at The Left Forum 2017: Reality Check: Time for Radical Resistance and Green-Left Collaboration

Resist sign, Supreme Court news conference to call for the reversal of President Trump’s travel ban on refugees and immigrants from several Middle East countries

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with Chris HedgesMedea Benjamin, Jill Stein and Margaret Kimberley

Other Voices, Other Choices on Jun 3, 2017

Session 4 Panel Abstract:

The converging crises of fascism, endless war, climate change, mass migrations, and economic/racial/gender oppression create unprecedented urgency for united, radical action – in the street and in the voting booth. At previous Left Forums – and over the past many decades – progressives have debated the merits of working to “reform” the Democratic Party versus building a united independent radical political front.

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Mosul’s “Liberation”: Another Fallujah, Dresden or Hiroshima? by Felicity Arbuthnot

No New War On Iraq DC Rally 16

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by Felicity Arbuthnot
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London, England
June 1, 2017

“In the United States today, the Declaration of Independence hangs on schoolroom walls, but foreign policy follows Machiavelli.” — Howard Zinn, 1922-2010

When the US, UK and their fellow destroyers of nations embarked, in October last year, on erasing Iraq’s ancient Mosul in order to save it, did they reflect on the enormity of the cost to humanity and history of their actions now and that of their genocidal, illegal invasion and fourteen year occupation – and counting? (Not forgetting the bombing of the country 1991-2003.) There was a quasi pull out in 2009, but a reported 16,000 mercenaries remained in the US Embassy compound.

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NATO Recoils From Trump Spending Salvos by Finian Cunningham

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from Strategic Culture Foundation, May 29, 2017
May 31, 2017

When US President Donald Trump addressed the opening of the NATO summit last week, it was an embarrassing display of American bullying. As Trump lectured the other leaders of the military alliance about laggardly financial commitments, there was much shuffling of feet and grimacing of faces. There were also contemptuous smirks as the president spoke.

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Russia Calls House Bill an “Act of War.” Will the Senate Block H.R. 1644? by Gar Smith

World War 3 - XVIII

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Republished with permission from David Swanson at World Beyond War

by Gar Smith
World Beyond War, May 29, 2017
May 30, 2017

Top Russian officials are concerned that a bill passed by the US Congress will do more than increase sanctions on North Korea. Moscow claims H.R. 1644 violates its sovereignty and constitutes an “act of war.”

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Chris Hedges: We Are All Complicit In The Crimes Of Empire

Chris Hedges: We Are All Complicit In The Crimes of Empire

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on May 28, 2017

On this week’s episode of On Contact, Chris Hedges is joined by actor, playwright and essayist Wallace Shawn. You way recognize Shawn from films such as Princess Bride, but he is also a thoughtful playwright and is out with a new book, “Night Thoughts”. RT Correspondent Anya Parampil looks at how the American empire’s control of global resources has enriched us.

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