When America Was “Great”… by Paul Street + Indigenous Peoples’ History is More Complicated Than a Holiday Myth

Edgewood

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by Paul Street
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Official Website of Paul Street
Originally published November 21, 2018
November 25, 2020

“Your prayers and hymns, your sermons and thanksgivings… are… a thin veil to cover up crimes which would disgrace a nation of savages. There is not a nation on the earth guilty of practices more shocking and bloody than are the people of these United States, at this very hour.” – Frederick Douglass, July 4th, 1852

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Nuking Itself… How Russophobia Led the U.S. to Bomb its Own Citizens, by Finian Cunningham

"XX-34 BADGER" atmospheric nuclear test - April 1953

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Ireland
Crossposted from Strategic Culture Foundation, Oct. 26, 2020
October 30, 2020

Generations of countless Americans have been contaminated and sickened by the first-ever atomic bomb test. The Trinity explosion on July 16, 1945, was carried out in the New Mexico desert. Three weeks later, two A-bombs were dropped on Japan, killing up to 200,000 people.

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Top Poisoner of Pacific Is U.S. Military, by David Swanson

Poisoning the Pacific The US Military’s Secret Dumping of Plutonium, Chemical Weapons, and Agent Orange

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, Oct. 12, 2020
October 13, 2020

“We’re number one!” The United States famously fails to actually lead the world in anything desirable, but it does lead the world in many things, and one of them turns out to be the poisoning of the Pacific and its islands. And by the United States, I mean the United States military.

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WWII Was Not Fought To Save Anyone From Death Camps, by David Swanson

1389.4 Holocaust A

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, Sept. 21, 2020
September 24, 2020

Excerpted from Leaving World War II Behind

If you were to listen to people justifying WWII today, and using WWII to justify the subsequent 75 years of wars and war preparations, the first thing you would expect to find in reading about what WWII actually was would be a war motivated by the need to save Jews from mass murder. There would be old photographs of posters with Uncle Sam pointing his finger, saying “I want you to save the Jews!”

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Another Hiroshima is Coming—Unless We Stop It Now, by John Pilger

Nuclear weapons test in Nevada in 1957

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Dandelion Salad

by John Pilger
John Pilger, Aug. 3, 2020
August 5, 2020

In a major essay to mark the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, John Pilger describes reporting from five ‘ground zeros’ for nuclear weapons – from Hiroshima to Bikini, Nevada to Polynesia and Australia. He warns that unless we take action now, China is next.

When I first went to Hiroshima in 1967, the shadow on the steps was still there. It was an almost perfect impression of a human being at ease: legs splayed, back bent, one hand by her side as she sat waiting for a bank to open.

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David Swanson, Alice Slater and Bruce Gagnon: Obstacles to Nuclear Abolition

Nuclear Nightmare - Open Your Eyes And Awake !

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with David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, July 24, 2020

with Bruce Gagnon
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Organizing Notes
July 30, 2020

WorldBeyondWar.org on Jul 24, 2020

David Swanson, Alice Slater, and Bruce Gagnon discuss obstacles to nuclear abolition and the U.S.-Russia relationship.

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David Swanson: Free Ourselves From the Virus of War

No War

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, Apr. 26, 2020, recorded on Mar. 27, 2020
May 5, 2020

David Swanson was to speak at a conference in Florence, Italy, on April 25, 2020. The conference became a video instead. Below is the video and text of Swanson’s portion. As soon as we receive the video or text of the whole, in Italian or English, we will post it at worldbeyondwar.org. The video aired on April 25 on PandoraTV and on ByoBlu. Details on the full conference are here.

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Chris Hedges: The Collapse of Democracy in Germany’s Weimar Republic and its Descent into Fascism

Fascism

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

RT America on Feb 22, 2020

On the show this week Chris Hedges talks to Professor Benjamin Hett about the collapse of democracy in Germany’s Weimar Republic which lead to fascism, and what features of the collapse are applicable to the democratic experiment in America.

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The Gehlen Org + The Powers of Love and War by Gaither Stewart

Bundesnachrichtendienst bnd_sw; berlin_germany

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by Gaither Stewart
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rome, Italy
January 3, 2020

In February 2019 Germany opened a brand new intelligence complex in the city of Berlin. The new headquarters of the BND (Bundesnachrichtendienst or Federal Intelligence Service) occupies a huge space—by the way, much as STASI or State Security Service once did in East Berlin the former German Democratic Republic—and supposedly employs a total of over six thousand persons. The move from its former secret location in the Munich suburb of Pullach reflects both the centralization in Berlin of federal institutions that after World War Two were widely dispersed throughout Germany and importantly, European Union-NATO leader Germany’s efforts to get away from the nation’s Nazi past. The new BND location in Germany’s capital city seems also a giant step away from the former obsessive secrecy of its location in Munich, hidden away in that obscure suburb and operating under a cover name and, above all, until the late 1950s an affiliate of the CIA. The move to Berlin can be interpreted as the BND’s declaration of sovereignty.

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When America Was “Great”… by Paul Street + Indigenous Peoples’ History is More Complicated Than a Holiday Myth

Edgewood

Image by Daniel Lobo via Flickr

by Paul Street
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Official Website of Paul Street
Originally published November 21, 2018
November 28, 2019

“Your prayers and hymns, your sermons and thanksgivings… are… a thin veil to cover up crimes which would disgrace a nation of savages. There is not a nation on the earth guilty of practices more shocking and bloody than are the people of these United States, at this very hour.” – Frederick Douglass, July 4th, 1852

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David Swanson: Nukes–What Are They Good For? + Flash Mob Blocks Nuclear Submarine Base!

David Swanson: Nukes--What Are They Good For? + Flash Mob Blocks Nuclear Submarine Base!

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
August 15, 2019

Ed Mays on Aug 12, 2019

David Swanson gave this keynote address to a gathering of peace activists at the annual Ground Zero Hiroshima/Nagasaki Weekend marking the 74th Anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki Atomic Bombing. The Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action in Poulsbo WA was established in 1977, just as the Bangor Trident Submarine Base was being built, and sits on land directly adjacent to the base. The actual keynote title was: “The Myths, the Silence, and the Propaganda That Keep Nuclear Weapons in Existence.”

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Words Unspoken by Gaither Stewart

24th Panzer Division in Stalingrad

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by Gaither Stewart
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rome, Italy
August 7, 2019

Editor’s Note:

Historical fiction is a special and important genre. It can bring history to life, but more importantly it can allow us to put ourselves in the lives of those of another time, another context. There is a strong tendency in the United States toward historical amnesia. This is perhaps one of the biggest character flaws of the country. Floating in a constant now there is a complex, but highly malleable, context that disappears in the moment. This can drain the richness from our lives, set us on paths both personally and societally destructive, and perhaps most importantly, totally erode the concept of free will replacing it with faux will.

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Abby Martin: “United States” to Imperial America: Our Hidden Empire

Abby Martin: "United States" to Imperial America: Our Hidden Empire

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Dandelion Salad

with Abby Martin

Empire Files on Jul 28, 2019

The global expanse of US military bases is well-known; but its actual territorial empire is largely hidden. The true map of America is not taught in our schools.

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Abolish Terrorist Agencies by David Swanson

Abolish the CIA

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
July 29, 2019

Every government on earth, beginning with the United States, should shut down and be done with secret agencies, spy agencies, agencies used for murder, torture, bribery, election-manipulation, and coups.

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David Swanson: If Everybody Matters, War Can Never Be Justified At All

End war

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, Mar. 10, 2019
March 12, 2019

Student Peace Awards of Fairfax County on Mar 12, 2019

David Swanson is an author, activist, journalist, and radio host. He is director of World BEYOND War and campaign coordinator for RootsAction.org. The U.S. Peace Memorial Foundation awarded him their 2018 Peace Prize, and he has been nominated three times for the Nobel Peace Prize.

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