The Reality for Many is One of Modern Day Slavery, Imprisonment and Violence by Graham Peebles

by Graham Peebles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London
Repost from October 5, 2013
December 19, 2013

Given the choice few people would leave their families and friends and migrate from their homeland. The tens of thousands that pay unscrupulous ‘agents’ and criminal gangs to transport them hundreds or thousands of miles (often across borders), are compelled to do so to find work and to earn money to support themselves and their loved ones at home. The Middle East and North African (MENA) countries are some of the destinations of choice for both men and women seeking work, women look for domestic work and child-care, whist employment in the construction industry, is the goal of the tens thousands of men from South East Asia living in stifling poverty.

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Abuse of Migrant Workers in MENA Countries by Graham Peebles

by Graham Peebles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London
October 5, 2013

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Image by nathangibbs via Flickr

Given the choice few people would leave their families and friends and migrate from their homeland. The tens of thousands that pay unscrupulous ‘agents’ and criminal gangs to transport them hundreds or thousands of miles (often across borders), are compelled to do so to find work and to earn money to support themselves and their loved ones at home. The Middle East and North African (MENA) countries are some of the destinations of choice for both men and women seeking work, women look for domestic work and child-care, whist employment in the construction industry, is the goal of the tens thousands of men from South East Asia living in stifling poverty.

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Arab Oil Cash To Kill Democracy In Egypt by Finian Cunningham

by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from PressTV
July 11, 2013

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In order to determine whether the turmoil in Egypt is in the best interests of the mass of ordinary Egyptians, we should use the trusted maxim – follow the money.

Within hours of the military’s arrest last week of now-deposed President Mohamed Morsi, the Persian Gulf Arab monarchies were offering their congratulations to defense minister Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi and the new interim president, Adli Mansour.

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Saudi Arabia: Persian Gulf Of Strategic Interest To NATO by Rick Rozoff

by Rick Rozoff
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
Stop NATO
June 20, 2012

On June 18 Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen met with Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Nizar Madani at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium.

The head of the Western military alliance extended an invitation to the Persian Gulf kingdom to join NATO’s partnership program in the region, stating “Saudi Arabia is a key player in the region and NATO would welcome the opportunity to engage the Kingdom’s government as a partner in the Istanbul Cooperation Initiative.”

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Three significant and inter-related developments for America’s war plans for full spectrum dominance by Finian Cunningham

by Finian Cunningham
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
East Africa
May 16, 2012

Chicago Anti-War Protest

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America’s war plans for full spectrum dominance in the oil-rich Middle East and Central Asian region shifted up a gear this week with three significant and inter-related developments.

Forget about viewing events in countries as separate incidents. Syria, Iran and the Gulf monarchies are closely bound up in US-led war plans in the Middle East that are aimed at projecting American political, economic and military power across this vital region and beyond. Continue reading

Dennis Kucinich Inspires at American University in Dubai: Power of Now

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by Congressman Dennis J. Kucinich
Washington, May 9, 2012

Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) today delivered the keynote address at the American University in Dubai’s Fifteenth Commencement. Kucinich spoke to an attentive audience of about 5,000. His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai was also present at the ceremony. Previous keynote speakers have included President William Jefferson Clinton, Secretaries of State James Baker, Madeleine Albright and General Colin Powell and former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell.

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Chicago Summit: NATO To Complete Domination Of Arab World by Rick Rozoff

by Rick Rozoff
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
Stop NATO
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April 18, 2012

Stop NATO manifestation, Krakow

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On April 17 King Abdullah II of Jordan visited the North Atlantic Treaty Organization headquarters in Brussels in the latest act of obeisance paid to the military bloc by what Zbigniew Brzezinski in 1998 referred to, bluntly but accurately enough, as the dependent vassals and pliant tributaries of the West from the Middle East, North Africa, Eastern Europe, the South Caucasus, Central Asia, South Asia, East Asia and the South Pacific.

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US Sabotage of Iran’s Currency: A New Twist of the Screw to War by Finian Cunningham

by Finian Cunningham
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
East Africa
3 January 2012

A new twist of the screw on Iran has emerged following the latest US sanctions aimed at the Islamic Republic’s vital oil economy – specifically destabilising the country’s currency and its ability to conduct normal domestic business.

Iran’s currency, the riyal, was thrown into turmoil – losing 10-12 per cent of its value against foreign currencies – days after US President Barack Obama signed off new sanctions against the Persian Gulf country’s Central Bank. The slide in value is just the latest drop in a prolonged, precipitous fall.

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U.S. Arms Persian Gulf Allies For Conflict With Iran by Rick Rozoff

by Rick Rozoff
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
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November 17, 2011

Rumors and reports of, speculation over and scenarios for attacks against Iran’s civilian nuclear power facilities and military sites by the United States, Israel or both have flared up periodically over the past several years, especially since early 2005.

However, recent statements by among others the president and defense minister of Israel and a leading candidate for the American presidency in next year’s election – Shimon Peres, Ehud Barak and Mitt Romney respectively – before and after the latest International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report on Iran’s nuclear program manifest a more stark and menacing tone that has been heard in a long time. Standing U.S. head of state Barack Obama recently stated, “We are not taking any options off the table.”

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Saudi and Emirati Forces Open Fire on Unarmed Protesters in Bahrain by Finian Cunningham + video

by Finian Cunningham
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
July 24, 2011

A shocking new video shows Saudi and Emirati forces firing indiscriminately at a crowd of unarmed youth protesting against the autocratic US-backed Bahraini government [See video below].

The attack took place after Friday prayers in the Shia village of Duraz, about 15 kilometres west of the capital, Manama, where the US Navy Fifth Fleet is based with some 4,000 personnel.

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Gulf State Gendarmes: West Backs Holy Alliance For Control Of Arab World And Persian Gulf by Rick Rozoff

by Rick Rozoff
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
Stop NATO
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May 25, 2011

The standard-bearers of Anglo-American imperialism in the current epoch, President Barack Obama and Prime Minister David Cameron, met in London on May 25 to discuss the world’s two ongoing wars of aggression, those in Afghanistan and Libya, both under the command of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization dominated by Washington and London.

As well as joining a barbecue for American and British troops in the prime minister’s haunts, in the gardens of Number 10 Downing Street, the two potentates called for continuing to bomb Libya back to the Paleolithic Age.

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Rick Rozoff: Iran’s noose tightens + Clinton warns Gulf of Iran nuclear threat

with Rick Rozoff
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
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February 17, 2010

RussiaToday
February 17, 2010

Rick Rozoff says that Iran is having their noose tightened by NATO and the United States. The United States has made many moves, including land and sea based interceptor missiles in the Mediterranean. NATO has increasingly been deploying its deputy secretary to the Persian Gulf United Arab Emirates to lay the groundwork for a military strike against Iran.

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