Roger Waters: War, Peace, and Music, with David Swanson and Todd Pierce + Roger Waters Uncut

Roger Waters in Concert - Rogers Arena - Vancouver - BC - Canada - October 28, 2017

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
August 9, 2022

WorldBeyondWar.org on Aug 8, 2022

A webinar hosted by World BEYOND War on August 8, 2022, with Todd Pierce and David Swanson moderating.

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Abby Martin Confronts Sec. of State Antony Blinken Over Israeli Murder of Shireen Abu Akleh

Abby Martin Confronts Sec. of State Antony Blinken Over Israeli Murder of Shireen Abu Akleh

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with Abby Martin

Empire Files on Jun 8, 2022

In LA for Biden’s ‘Summit of the Americas,’ Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke about press freedom at a journalism forum. Abby Martin confronted him over US hypocrisy. Featuring commentary from Abby after the event.

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Fascism is Intentional, by Kenn Orphan

Handmaiden at the protest

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by Kenn Orphan
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Halifax, Nova Scotia
May 5, 2022
Revised July 7, 2022

Author’s note: this essay is an updated and expanded upon version of one published in May of this year.

There was a part of Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel, The Handmaid’s Tale, that is perhaps the most unsettling to me. The protagonist, Offred, is walking past the notorious Wall in the Republic of Gilead. This Wall, once part of a prestigious university in Cambridge Massachusetts, is now being used as a place of public execution, where corpses are left hanging for days to send a message of compliance and terror to the citizens of this authoritarian, theocratic state. Defy “God’s law” and you will suffer the punishment for doing so.

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Abby Martin: Hawaii Emergency: Navy Poisons Drinking Water + Mike Prysner: Navy Abandons Victims of Red Hill Fuel Leak

Abby Martin: Hawaii Emergency: Navy Poisons Drinking Water

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Updated: Dec. 20, 2021

with Abby Martin

Empire Files on Dec 7, 2021

The US Navy has poisoned the largest water supply in Hawaii. Nobody knows how long residents have been drinking toxic water, how big the chemical leak is, or how many it will impact. But instead of urgent action to save lives, the Navy is engaging in a cover up.

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The Preventable Plight of the U.S. Postal Service, by Ralph Nader + Take Action!

US Post Office Marshfield VT 05658

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Updated: Dec. 2, 2021

by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page, Nov. 11, 2021
November 17, 2021

The preventable plight of the U.S. Postal Service, with its over 30,000 post offices, is an important issue for all Americans. When President Donald J. Trump’s donor and henchman Louis DeJoy became postmaster general in 2020, he started to dismantle the agency. Thousands of citizens responded by participating in demonstrations that revealed a deep civic commitment to preserving the people’s post office.

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Unity and Survival: Fighting Hunger on the Streets of Philadelphia + Hunger Stalks the United States, by Kei Pritsker and Eugene Puryear

Fighting Hunger on the Streets of Philadelphia

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Updated: September 30, 2021

BreakThrough News on Sep 15, 2021

The Unity and Survival Program of the Philadelphia Liberation Center provided essential food support to a struggling population as the pandemic wreaked havoc. Their success demonstrates that the problem of hunger stalking the United States could be solved if there was sufficient political will to do so.

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Chris Hedges, Max Blumenthal and Dan Cohen: Killing Gaza: A New Documentary on Palestinians Under Siege

Destruction in Gaza, 2014

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Updated: June 2, 2021. Originally published May 19, 2018.

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These videos may contain images depicting the reality and horror of war/violence and should only be viewed by a mature audience.

with Chris Hedges

RT America on May 19, 2018

Max Blumenthal, Director and Writer of “Killing Gaza,” and Dan Cohen, Cinematographer and Editor of “Killing Gaza,” discuss their documentary “Killing Gaza” that details the Israeli War crimes committed against the people in Gaza.

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Kevin Gosztola: Judge Denies Bail for Julian Assange + Kristinn Hrafnsson: Sending Assange Back to Belmarsh is Inhumane

Free Julian Assange

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Updated: Jan. 7, 2021

British Judge Keeps Julian Assange In Prison, Despite Her Own Decision Against Extradition

Shadowproof on Jan 6, 2021

Shadowproof managing editor Kevin Gosztola reports on the British district judge’s decision to deny bail to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, even after ruling against the US government’s extradition request two days ago.

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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

Vampire Squid

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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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