Trump’s Media Furore… US Democracy On Thin Ice + Washington: The Bleeder of the ‘Free World’ 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, Oct. 14, 2017
October 17, 2017

US President Trump’s threats this week to shut down critical news media is an ominous sign of how fragile American democratic rights have become.

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Chris Hedges: No Discussion of Race Is Possible Without A Discussion of Capitalism and Class

Chris Hedges: No Discussion of Race Is Possible Without A Discussion of Capitalism and Class

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Oct 16, 2017

Alex Vitale, author of The End of Policing and Professor of Sociology and Coordinator of the Policing & Social Justice Project at Brooklyn College, discusses the origins of modern policing and how to prevent law enforcement from stripping away citizens’ rights. RT Correspondent Anya Parampil looks at the expansion of police powers.

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Anglo-American War Plan for North Korea by Finian Cunningham

World War 3 - XVIII

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from Strategic Culture Foundation, Oct. 12, 2017
October 13, 2017

The United States and Britain – the two countries responsible for so many recent wars and conflicts – are at it again. This time, the diabolical double-act has North Korea in its sights, despite the risk that such an attack could ignite a global nuclear war.

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Trump’s Reality Free Zone: Tweeting About Armageddon by Felicity Arbuthnot

Nuclear Nightmare - Open Your Eyes And Awake !

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by Felicity Arbuthnot
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London, England
October 12, 2017

When US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, stated of North Korea (4th September 2017): “When a rogue regime has a nuclear weapon and an ICBM pointed at you, you do not take steps to lower your guard. No one would do that”, she unwittingly put her finger on why the DPRK has been conducting missile tests and stating that they have ever bigger, better and longer range capabilities. There is no certainty that either of the latter is the case, but the tiny country has been subject to nearly seventy years of vilification and ever more threatening behavior from the US and allies, with the language of Donald Trump, from near day one of his Presidency of the US regime reaching ever more apocalyptic heights.

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Abby Martin and Rosa Clemente: Electoral Politics Never Saved Anyone

Abby Martin and Rosa Clemente: Electoral Politics Never Saved Anyone

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with Abby Martin

teleSUR English on Oct 11, 2017

Renowned Afro-Latinx activist and scholar Rosa Clemente sits down with Abby Martin to discuss her experiences running for Vice President, organizing under Obama versus under Trump, advice for new activists, identity politics and more.

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Julian Assange: Look, Amy, I’m Getting Annoyed

Julian Assange: Look, Amy, I’m Getting Annoyed

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Updated: Oct. 11, 2017

As Catalonia Plans Independence from Spain, Julian Assange Advises Organizers on Secure Messaging

Democracy Now! on Oct 10, 2017

https://democracynow.org – Barcelona’s Mayor Ada Colau is calling for Spain to remove thousands of state police who have been deployed to Catalonia ahead of tonight’s expected declaration of independence by regional President Carles Puigdemont, possibly triggering intervention by Spanish forces. We speak with WikiLeaks founder and editor-in-chief Julian Assange, who has been advising those pushing to secede on how to communicate securely even as the state pushes back.

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Trump Plans to Decertify Iran Nuclear Deal

don't attack iran

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Updated: Oct. 7, 2017

TheRealNews on Oct 5, 2017

Before decertifying the Iran nuclear deal, the US should approach the UN Security Council and the P5+1 with evidence that Iran is not in compliance, this is a multilateral deal says Professor Vijay Prashad.

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Is the Nobel Committee Finally Abiding by Nobel’s Will? by David Swanson + Rebuking Trump, Nobel Prize Goes to Group That Opposes Nuclear Weapons

Is the Nobel Committee Finally Abiding by Nobel’s Will? by David Swanson

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
October 6, 2017

The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded Friday to the International Campaign for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) — listen to my radio show with one of ICAN’s leaders two years ago here.

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Michael Hudson: Only The Little People Will Pay Taxes

Police Pay protest march, London SG101482

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with Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Michael Hudson
October 5, 2017

TheRealNews on Oct 4, 2017

“It should be called the Leona Helmsley tax plan,” says economist Michael Hudson. “Only the little people will pay taxes.”

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From Myanmar, to Whitehall, to Washington – Politics Festering Nadir by Felicity Arbuthnot + Video Reports

Burma's Rohingya Muslims Face Worst Crisis Yet

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by Felicity Arbuthnot
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London, England
October 5, 2017

“But then, once in a lifetime
the longed for tidal wave
of justice can rise up,
and hope and history rhyme.
Believe that a further shore
is reachable from here.
Believe in miracles.”

— Seamus Heaney, 1939-2013, “The Cure at Troy”

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Antifa: A Look at the Antifascist Movement Confronting White Supremacists in the Streets

Charlottesville

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Sep 30, 2017

Mark Bray, author of Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook discusses the resurgence of the movement to counter the rise of the far-right and responds to Chris Hedges’ critique of the violent tactics used by the activists. RT Correspondent Anya Parampil looks at the origins of Antifa.

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The Debt Before the Storm by Lance Selfa + Puerto Rico Devastated By Hurricanes, Colonialism by Berta Joubert-Ceci

The Debt Before the Storm

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by Lance Selfa
Socialist Worker, Sept. 26, 2017
September 30, 2017

THE SOCIALIST German playwright Bertolt Brecht once wrote that “famines do not simply occur; they are organized by the grain trade.”

A similar observation could be made about Puerto Rico today. Replace “famine” with “natural disaster,” and the “grain trade” with “U.S. colonialism,” and you have a succinct summation of the human disaster that is unfolding on the island today.

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Big Institutions—Immunities, Impunities and Insanities by Ralph Nader

Solidarity (2 of 25)

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page, Sept. 26, 2017
September 28, 2017

One of the first times I used the phrase “institutional insanity” was in 1973 to describe the behavior of scientist Dixy Lee Ray, chairperson of the presumed regulatory agency, the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC). I pointed out that her personal and academic roles were quite normal. But her running of the AEC—pressing for 1,000 nuclear plants in the U.S. by the year 2000 (there are 99 reactors left in operation now), and going easy on a deadly, taxpayer subsidized technology that was privately uninsurable, lacked a place to put its lethal radioactive wastes, a national security risk, replete with vast cost over-runs, immunities and impunities shielding culpable officials and executives, should a meltdown occur and take out a city or region (all to boil water to produce steam to make electricity)—was a case study in “institutional insanity.”

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Why United States Is the Fourth Reich by Finian Cunningham

World War 3 - III

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from Strategic Culture Foundation, Sept. 27, 2017
September 28, 2017

US President Trump’s declaration last week before the UN to “totally destroy” North Korea and his general ranting about American military might is on par with the Nazi Third Reich’s invocation of “Total War”.

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Cold War Then. Cold War Now. by William Blum

CCCP USSR in Moscow

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by William Blum
Writer, Dandelion Salad
www.killinghope.org
September 26, 2017

Cold War then. Cold War now.

The anti-Russian/anti-Soviet bias in the American media appears to have no limit. You would think that they would have enough self-awareness and enough journalistic integrity -– just enough -– to be concerned about their image. But it keeps on coming, piled higher and deeper.

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