How Absurd Can It Get? US-UK Defending Dictatorships by Finian Cunningham

by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from PressTV
December 9, 2013

Bahrain pro-democracy demo in the capital Manama

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In a breathtaking display of absurdity, US secretary of defense Chuck Hagel and Britain’s Foreign Minister William Hague were among senior Western delegates to address the annual conference on “regional security” held in Bahrain at the weekend.

These officials pontificated about regional threats, conflict, international law, human rights and so on; meanwhile out on the streets of Bahrain, not far from the venue, peaceful protesters calling for democratic freedom were being bludgeoned by regime police thugs.

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UK Government Ministries Sinking in Sea of Incompetence by Felicity Arbuthnot

by Felicity Arbuthnot
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London, England
December 2, 2013

Foreign and Commonwealth Office Holed Below the Water Line

Diplomacy: “Tact and skill in dealing with people”, “The art or practice of conducting international relations, alliances, treaties and agreements … relations between nations.”

As Ministers utter inane, ill-considered, uninformed statements, they also appear to compete as to who can construct the most idiotic policy.

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Don’t Mention the War! by Lesley Docksey

Blair wears the American flag - Tony Blair protest, Chilcot Iraq Inquiry 21 January 2011

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by Lesley Docksey
Guest Writer
Dandelion Salad
March 1, 2013

Why is it, just when you think the British Government can sink no lower and visit no more embarrassment and shame upon the country they are supposedly there to represent, that within a week or less one of the Ministers will open his mouth or put pen to paper and demonstrate just how arrogant and useless they are?  Arrogant because they believe that whatever they say will be accepted as the final word on the subject; useless because they apparently can’t foresee how their statements will be received.

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William Hague: Following in Churchill’s footsteps By William Bowles

by William Bowles
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
16 June, 2011

You've got blood on your hands..

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“I do not understand this sqeamishness about the use of gas. I am strongly in favour of using poison gas against uncivilised tribes.” — Winston Churchill 1920

Now let me get this straight: In order to save civilian lives (the infamous ‘Right to Protect’), the Empire, through its Rottweiller NATO, not only deindustrializes Libya but it also causes a mass exodus of refugees hundreds of whom drowned Continue reading

Tareq Aziz, the Foreign Secretary and the Convention against Torture by Felicity Arbuthnot

by Felicity Arbuthnot
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
28 October, 2010


The Foreign Secretary, The Rt. Hon., William Hague

Dear Foreign Secretary,

Re: Tareq Aziz

I have not yet received a reply to my letter regarding the death sentence hanging (literally) over Tareq Aziz.* The judgement is certainly because he, more than most, knows of the dealings with the U.S., and British government over the decades. Silence in the face of this shocking sentence – a judgement rooted in revenge – makes the U.K., party to a shaming, primitive act.

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MI6 chief: We need intelligence operations to stop Iran developing nuclear weapons

Propaganda Alert

compiled by Cem Ertür
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
28 October 2010

1) MI6 chief: We need intelligence operations to stop Iran developing nuclear weapons (28 October 2010)

2) UK Foreign Minister: We will continue to lead the way in imposing tighter sanctions on Iran (6 October 2010)
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