Palestine: Reconfiguring The Liberation Struggle, by Yanis Iqbal

Free Palestine - End Israeli Occupation

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Updated: October 6, 2020

by Yanis Iqbal
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Aligarh, India
October 5, 2020

Palestine is currently facing a quadruple crisis consisting of Covid-19 pandemic, Zionism, imperialism and reactionary Arab regimes. With more than 50,000 Coronavirus cases, Palestine is finding it hard to combat the pandemic with a war-torn and fragmented healthcare system. The ruthlessness of Zionist ideology has invariably prevented the proper development of health infrastructures and what we have now is a severely under-resourced health architecture perforated by the wounds of settler colonialism. As a result of Israel’s 53-year occupation of West Bank and Gaza, the region has been converted into a donor-dependent system that has perennial shortages in equipment, medication and staff due to military raids and import restrictions. While the Palestinian Authority (PA) has tried to effectively operate within this restricted environment, the all-encompassing Israeli chokehold around the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT) has greatly curtailed the administration’s ability to secure key supplies to counter the spread of infection. Not contented with the restriction of medical supplies, Israel has further hampered Palestine’s Covid-19 response by comprehensively destroying two Coronavirus testing centres.

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324 Congress Members Who Should Permanently Quarantine, by David Swanson

324 Congress Members Who Should Permanently Quarantine, by David Swanson

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Updated: Added a “Take Action” July 23, 2020

by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, July 21, 2020
July 22, 2020

The U.S. House of Misrepresentatives on Tuesday voted 324 to 93 (with 13 not voting) to defeat a proposal to move a mere 10% of military spending to human, environmental, and health needs. The 324 people who voted the wrong way on this really should never show their faces in public again. Our society ought to shame them so deeply that they pick up and move to a country with healthcare and retirement and clean energy and a decent education system where they can discover what they’ve been depriving the United States of, as well as discover what they’ve been inflicting on the world. Certainly, nobody should ever vote to elect any of them again.

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BlackRock’s Rise Shows the Dark Direction of Monopoly Capitalism, by Rainer Shea

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Updated: July 12, 2020

by Rainer Shea
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rainer Shea: Anti-Imperialist Journalist, June 30, 2020
July 1, 2020

Matt Taibbi concluded that the 2008 Wall Street bailout had “built a banking system that discriminates against community banks, makes Too Big to Fail banks even Too Bigger to Failier, increases risk, discourages sound business lending and punishes savings by making it even easier and more profitable to chase high-yield investments than to compete for small depositors.” In this post-crash environment, the largest financial institutions gained more of a hegemonic grip than ever, with the five biggest banks having come to own almost half the industry by 2015.

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Neoliberalism Survives By Destroying Social Cohesion by Rainer Shea + The Neoliberal “New” Deal: The Rich Drink for Free While the Poor Pay More

Death to Capitalism

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Updated: Feb. 28, 2020

by Rainer Shea
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rainer Shea: Anti-Imperialist Journalist, Feb. 12, 2020
February 19, 2020

When you compare socialist countries like China, Cuba, Vietnam, and the DPRK with neoliberal countries like the United States and Britain, a particular factor stands out in how their developments have differed: the socialist countries have vastly more social cohesion than their counterparts do. By this, I mean they have a lack of serious political polarization and a relatively small amount of ethnic or class divides. In these countries, most people think favorably of the governing parties, racial and religious violence aren’t sanctioned by the state, and strong social safety nets and firm checks on private business keep inequality from becoming too pronounced. These places aren’t perfect, but they lack the deep rottenness that pervades neoliberal societies.

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More Than One Billion Animals Killed in Australia Wildfires Called a ‘Very Conservative’ Estimate, by Jake Johnson (updated)

Australia Wildfires

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Updated: Jan. 9, 2020

by Jake Johnson
Common Dreams
January 8, 2020

Chris Dickman of the University of Sydney said “without any doubt at all” the animal death toll has exceeded one billion.

As Australia’s catastrophic wildfires rage on with no end in sight, University of Sydney ecologist Chris Dickman said the number of animals killed in the blazes has topped one billion—a horrifying figure that the scientist described as a “very conservative” estimate.

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Will Griffin: Schools of Mass Destruction + A Veterans Counter-Recruitment Presentation

Nuclear Nightmare - Open Your Eyes And Awake !

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Updated: Dec. 15, 2019

by Will Griffin
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Peace Report
December 2, 2019

Global Network on Nov 29, 2019

ICAN Report: https://universities.icanw.org/schools_of_mass_destruction

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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?

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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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Abby Martin and Mike Prysner: Installing A Fascist Rule In Bolivia + Anya Parampil: Debunking Bolivian Coup Myths

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Last updated: Nov. 13, 2019

with Abby Martin

Empire Files on Nov 11, 2019

Abby and Mike discuss their recent tour of Gaza Fights For Freedom during the first half of the show, the last half they discuss the coup in Bolivia and the 2020 presidential elections.

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10 Ways We Pretend War Is Not a Crime and How to Change Them by David Swanson

Protest: No War in Iraq

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Updated: Sept. 10, 2019 added the audio

by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
August 28, 2019

August 27, 2019, remarks, Chicago

Happy Kellogg-Briand Pact Day! As you all know, but most people do not, the Peace Pact was signed 91 years ago today. And, as you all probably know, but most people do not, the inspiration and vision and endless labor behind it came from a mass movement begun and led, not by Mr. Kellogg or Monsieur Briand but by a lawyer from Chicago named Salmon Oliver Levinson. You could point that out to Minnesotans from Frank Kellogg’s Twin Cities if, of course, any of them had ever heard of Frank Kellogg.

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Will Griffin: The Three Main Reasons Why The U.S. Invaded and Occupied Afghanistan

Will Griffin: The Three Main Reasons Why The U.S. Invaded and Occupied Afghanistan

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Updated: August 14, 2019

by Will Griffin
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Peace Report
August 13, 2019

“A general line of advice to stick with is to never believe the US government or the Pentagon when it comes to interventions in war. I can’t think of a single war the US has been involved with where they actually told the truth on the reasons behind their involvement, not even World War II.” — Will Griffin

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Puerto Rico Rises Up by Jason Cohen + Corruption, Mismanagement, and Disrespect Fuel Puerto Rico Protests

Puerto Rico Rises Up by Jason Cohen + Corruption, Mismanagement, and Disrespect Fuel Puerto Rico Protests

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Updated: July 25, 2019

by Jason Cohen
Workers World
July 24, 2019

The souls of Puerto Ricans everywhere should burn with indignation as they read through the text messages by Gov. Ricardo Rossello and members of his administration written in a group chat. On July 13, the Center for Investigative Journalism in Puerto Rico published 900 pages of the messages.

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Some Like It Hot by William Bowles (updated)

London November 16 2018 (23) Extinction Rebellion Climate Change

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by William Bowles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Investigating Imperialism
London, England
July 18, 2019, updated: July 19, 2019

I am nothing if not an optimist, a trait that most on the Left seem to share. A belief in the future, that there is one that includes us. That things, eventually, get better, if we fight for it. ‘Unrealistic’, I hear you say, what is there to be optimistic about? The planet is going to hell and taking us all with it, and there’s nothing we can do about it! Well, maybe so, then this happened, a small event, minute even, in the scheme of things but somehow it triggered a response in me that I could not ignore and which I had to address:

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Daniel Ellsberg on Julian Assange’s Espionage Charges: It Cuts Out The First Amendment, Essentially! + Chelsea Manning Back in Prison (Updated)

Julian Assange US Extradition Hearing: It Raises Massive Concerns About Free Speech

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Updated: May 24, 2019

TheRealNews on May 23, 2019

The US Department of Justice issued an 18-count indictment against Julian Assange for violating the 1917 Espionage Act. We speak to Daniel Ellsberg about the dangerous implications this move has for journalism in the United States.

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Who Among the Contented Classes Will Unfurl the Flag of Rebellion Against the Plutocrats and the Autocrats? by Ralph Nader

20110928 Class War

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Updated: May 22, 2019

by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page, May 9, 2019
May 21, 2019

For all the rhetoric and all the charities regarding America’s children, the U.S. stands at the very bottom of western nations and some other countries as well, in terms of youth well-being. The U.S.’s exceptionalism is clearest in its cruelty to children. The U.S. has the highest infant mortality rate of comparable OECD countries. Not only that, but 2.5 million American children are homeless and 16.2 million children “lack the means to get enough nutritious food on a regular basis.”

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