Tag Archives: American empire
How Corporations Won the War on Terror, by William Hartung
“To put such a figure in perspective, the $75 billion in Pentagon contracts awarded to Lockheed Martin that year was significantly more than one and one-half times the entire 2020 budget for the State Department and the Agency for International Development, which together totaled $44 billion.”
Hedges: The Empire Does Not Forgive
“The cynicism of arming and funding the mujahedeen against the Soviets exposes the lie of America’s humanitarian concerns in Afghanistan.”
Hedges: The Collective Suicide Machine and the Fall of Kabul
The return of the Taliban to power will be one more signpost of the end of the American empire — and nobody will be held accountable.
UK High Court Allows US to Appeal Ban on Assange Extradition;Doctors Tell Biden: Let Assange Go
“Because western media are designed to protect the powerful, most people are more aware of smears about Assange being a Russian agent or a rapist than of his victimization by a tyrannical assault on world press freedoms…”
A People’s Guide to the War Industry, by Christian Sorensen
“The main role of the federal government under capitalism is to maintain the capitalist economic system and set the general conditions by which large corporations and billionaires are able to accrue more and more profit.”
Diana Johnstone: Washington’s Green Branches in Europe
“The Greens are in perfect harmony with the Biden administration’s new ideological crusade to remake the world on the American model. Echoing Russiagate, and with no evidence, the Greens accuse Russia of malevolent interference in Europe, while advocating their own beneficent interference in Russian domestic policy on behalf of some theoretical ‘democratic opposition.'”
Chris Hedges: The Unraveling of the American Empire
“There is not a single case since 1941 when the coups, political assassinations, election fraud, black propaganda, blackmail, kidnapping, brutal counter-insurgency campaigns, U.S. sanctioned massacres, torture in global black sites, proxy wars or military interventions carried out by the United States resulted in the establishment of a democratic government.”
Chris Hedges: Papering Over the Rot
“…window dressing, masking the root cause of the demise of America — unchecked oligarchic power and greed. The longer wealth is funneled upwards into the hands of a tiny, oligarchic cabal, who put Biden into office and whose interests he assiduously serves, we are doomed.”
Goodbye to the Dollar, by Chris Hedges
For the majority of Americans, the 2020s will likely be remembered as a demoralizing decade of rising prices, stagnant wages, and fading international competitiveness.
The Second Sight of W.E.B. Du Bois, by Chris Hedges
]Racism, [Du Bois] saw, was not only endemic to capitalism and imperialism but deformed historical narratives, the stories that got told and those that did not.
Aviva Chomsky | How (Not) to Challenge Racist Violence
Rather than organizing for change, individuals seek to enact a statement about their own righteousness.
William J. Astore | Tourists of Empire: America’s Peculiar Brand of Global Imperialism
Tomgram: William Astore, Taking Selfies in Iraq and Afghanistan. American troops are never seen as conquerors or oppressors, always as liberators and freedom-bringers, or at least helpers and trainers. There’s just enough substance to this myth (World War II and the Marshall Plan, for example) to hide uglier imperial realities…
Guernica: American Empires: Power and Its Discontents
…we offer a few panels from this sprawling imperial mosaic—its victims and beneficiaries, the merciful and the mercenary. You won’t find these empires on a map, tucked as they are behind the names of can’t-say-I’ve-been-there towns. Be on the lookout instead for an office complex, someplace awash in the soothing hum of data centers and microwave transmitters. Their borders are the perimeter of the boardroom table, the cut of a sharp suit.
Mary Beaudoin: How Palestinian-American Rasmea Odeh Was Revictimized In US Federal Court
Rasmea Odeh, a 67-year-old Palestinian-American, has been convicted of the “unlawful procurement of naturalization” in a trial that wasn’t supposed to — but sometimes did — touch on her disputed conviction by an Israeli military court. By Mary Beaudoin | MintPressNews.com November 13, 2014 DETROIT — In the trial of the United States v. Rasmea Odeh, a […]
Greg Grandin: The Terror of Our Age
The Two Faces of Empire: Melville Knew Them, We Still Live With Them By Greg Grandin TomDispatch.com January 26, 2014 Read Tom Engelhardt’s introduction here. A captain ready to drive himself and all around him to ruin in the hunt for a white whale. It’s a well-known story, and over the years, mad Ahab in Herman […]