Mark Mason: Al Khalifa Family Acting as Bahrain’s Prison Guards to Serve US Interests

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Interview with Mark Mason
Guest Writer, Dandelion Salad
Mark Mason, PhD (his website)
Tasnim, June 3, 2017
June 8, 2017

An American professor and political commentator said the Al Khalifa regime is a “subject client state of the US Empire”, describing Bahrain as an “open-air” prison with the ruling family acting as its “prison guards” to safeguard the US Fifth Fleet in the Persian Gulf state.

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Jeremy Scahill and Glenn Greenwald: What if All Victims of War Received the Media Attention of Manchester Victims? + Criminalizing WikiLeaks is a Threat to Journalists

Jeremy Scahill and Glenn Greenwald: What if All Victims of War Received the Media Attention of Manchester Victims?

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Democracy Now! on May 25, 2017

https://democracynow.org – In Britain, police are expanding their investigation into Monday’s suicide bombing in Manchester that killed 22 and left dozens injured. Many of those killed were young girls. While the Manchester story has dominated international headlines, far less attention has been paid to other stories this week involving the deaths of civilians. In Syria and Iraq, U.S.-led or backed airstrikes have killed dozens of civilians in the last week alone. Meanwhile, in Yemen, the human rights group Reprieve says U.S. Navy SEALs killed five civilians during a raid Tuesday night on a village in Ma’rib governorate. To talk more about how the media covers civilian casualties, we speak with two of the founders of The Intercept: Jeremy Scahill and Glenn Greenwald.

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Michael Hudson: The Capitalist Way: Cheat, Lie and Steal

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with Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Michael Hudson
May 4, 2017

The Laura Flanders Show on Mar 28, 2017

We’re living in a time of economic babble, where politicians and economists throw out words like “reform,” “privatize,” and “austerity” to prop up corrupt capitalist opportunists. So says our guest this week, economist Michael Hudson, author of J is for Junk Economics.

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US ‘Deep State’ Sold Out Counter-Terrorism To Keep Itself In Business by Gareth Porter

Parliament Square sit-in against Syria airstrikes.

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by Gareth Porter
Writer, Dandelion Salad
crossposted at Middle East Eye, April 21, 2017
Washington
April 23, 2017

Since 2001, senior Pentagon and CIA officials have sacrificed American interests in weakening al-Qaeda to pursue their own interests

New York Times columnist Tom Friedman outraged many readers when he wrote an opinion piece on 12 April calling on President Trump to “back off fighting territorial ISIS in Syria”. The reason he gave for that recommendation was not that US wars in the Middle East are inevitably self-defeating and endless, but that it would reduce the “pressure on Assad, Iran, Russia and Hezbollah”.

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Ralph Nader: Trump’s Attack on the EPA and Regulatory Agencies Will be a Disaster

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with Ralph Nader

TheRealNews on Mar 1, 2017

Ralph Nader tells Paul Jay that Trump’s attack on the EPA and regulatory agencies will be a disaster.

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Glenn Greenwald: Flynn-Russia Leaks: Highly Illegal and Wholly Justified + How Israel Is Turning into an Apartheid-Like State

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Democracy Now! on Feb 16, 2017

http://democracynow.org – While congressional Democrats and some Republicans are pushing for probes into President Trump’s ties to Russia, Trump has focused largely on going after those who have leaked information to the press. On Monday, Trump’s national security adviser was forced to resign after The Washington Post reported on leaks of classified intelligence revealing that Flynn had engaged in talks with the Russian ambassador to the United States during the transition period, while Barack Obama was still president. In a tweet this morning, Trump wrote, “The spotlight has finally been put on the low-life leakers! They will be caught!” On Wednesday, he wrote, “Information is being illegally given to the failing @nytimes & @washingtonpost by the intelligence community (NSA and FBI?).Just like Russia.” We speak to Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald of The Intercept.

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Ignore The Tough Talk — Trump’s Iran Policy Will Be Much Like Obama’s by Gareth Porter

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by Gareth Porter
Writer, Dandelion Salad
crossposted at Middle East Eye
Washington
February 14, 2017

For all its grandstanding, Trump’s administration is just following an American tradition of coercing Iran and its ‘malign influence’

The first public pronouncements by President Donald Trump’s administration on Iran have created the widespread impression that the US will adopt a much more aggressive posture towards the Islamic Republic than under Barack Obama’s presidency.

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Trump Dredging the Swamp to Empower the Worst Elements of the ‘Shadow World’

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The Story Behind the Gripping New Documentary ‘Shadow World’ (1/5)

TheRealNews on Dec 16, 2016

In part one, Andrew Feinstein discusses being witness to a corrupt weapons deal in post-apartheid South Africa sparked his quest to uncover the world of war profiteers and weapons contractors.

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Chris Hedges: Saudi Arabia–The Number One Purchaser of US Weapons

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Oct 29, 2016

On this week’s episode of On Contact, Chris Hedges explores why Saudi Arabia remains one of the U.S.’ closest allies in the Middle East with Medea Benjamin, author of Kingdom of the Unjust: Behind the U.S.-Saudi Connection. They examine why the U.S. overlooks the Saudi’s treatment of women, public executions and promotion of a fundamentalist religion that sanctifies violence. RT Correspondent Anya Parampil looks at the long alliance between the two countries.

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Chris Hedges: Saudi Arabia Plays a ‘Dark Role’ in the Middle East, Empowered by US

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Apr 15, 2016

The Saudi-led coalition – including the nations of Kuwait, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates – dropped US-supplied bombs into a Yemeni marketplace killing 119, according to Human Rights Watch. To discuss US arms sales to Saudi Arabia and ongoing legislation meant to curb it, Chris Hedges, author and former Middle East bureau chief for the New York Times, joins RT America’s Manila Chan.

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John Pilger: Corporate Media Blackout on Yemen and the Encirclement of China

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with John Pilger

goingundergroundRT on Dec 19, 2015

Afshin Rattansi goes underground with John Pilger on 2016. Award winning Journalist and film maker, John Pilger talks about media silence on Yemen, media attacks on Corbyn and the importance of the Spanish election. Plus what to expect from the Chilcot report.

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US Special Forces Deployed as “Human Shields” to Salvage Terror Assets in Syria by Finian Cunningham

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from RT
November 1, 2015

Obama’s decision to send Special Forces into Syria is being widely viewed as a US military escalation in the country. The troop dispatch also signals that the US is trying to forestall Russian successes in wiping out Washington’s regime-change assets in Syria.

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Abby Martin: Inside Saudi Arabia: Butchery, Slavery and History of Revolt

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

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Empire Files on Oct 3, 2015

Meet the new head of the United Nations panel on Human Rights: the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Abby Martin takes us inside the brutal reality of this police-state monarchy, and tells the untold people’s history of resistance to it. With a major, catastrophic war in Yemen and looming high-profile executions of activists, The Empire Files exposes true nature of the U.S.-Saudi love affair.

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The Media Misses the Point on ‘Proxy War’ by Gareth Porter

by Gareth Porter
Writer, Dandelion Salad
crossposted at Middle East Eye
Washington
May 6, 2015

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Map of the modern state of Yemen. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The term “proxy war” has experienced a new popularity in stories on the Middle East. Various news sources began using the term to describe the conflict in Yemen immediately, as if on cue, after Saudi Arabia launched its bombing campaign against Houthi targets in Yemen on 25 March.  “The Yemen Conflict Devolves into Proxy War,” The Wall Street Journal headlined the following day.  “Who’s fighting whom in Yemen’s proxy war?” a blogger for Reuters asked on 27 March.

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Gradual Injustice by David Swanson

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
warisacrime.org
April 23, 2015

Chris Woods’ excellent new book is called Sudden Justice: America’s Secret Drone Wars. The title comes from a claim that then-President George W. Bush made for drone wars. The book actually tells a story of gradual injustice. The path from a U.S. government that condemned as criminal the type of murder that drones are used for to one that treats such killings as perfectly legal and routine has been a very gradual and completely extra-legal process.

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