Category Globalization/Empire

Oil Reserves By Country 2019

What country has the most crude oil reserve?

Military Service: Homeland Security or Empire Building? talk by Ann Wright, Peacestock 2019

Is what we are doing outside the United States really protecting us?

How America’s Wars End (Messily), by Danny Sjursen

Count on this: the end of the American military mission in Afghanistan will be unfulfilling and likely tragic.

An American Tragedy: Empire at Home and Abroad, by Maj. Danny Sjursen

As a child myself, educated in public schools that peddled the dangerous myth of American exceptionalism, I never imagined a day when my government would separate refugee children from their parents…

The Ethics Of Regime Change, by Helena Cobban

Regime change toolbox (a list): deployed in different combinations in recent years against targeted governments such as those of Iran, Cuba, North Korea, or Gaza (along with Syria and Venezuela).

“I’m Explaining A Few Things”: A poem for June by Pablo Neruda

This was Spain: How many countries now where the U.S. bombs with endless war? The arms manufacturers’ dreams ($$$), the world’s nightmare.
“And you’ll ask: why doesn’t his poetry
speak of dreams and leaves
and the great volcanoes of his native land?
Come and see the blood in the streets. . .

The World’s Largest Oil Reserves By Country

“Surprise surprise,” Venezuela tops the list. Saudi Arabia is second.

Pelosi and McConnell Crank Up NATO Madness, by Norman Solomon

“NATO and a just, peaceful and sustainable world are incompatible…. It is an unjust, undemocratic, violent and aggressive alliance trying to shape the world for the benefit of a few.”

Freedom Rider: The Legacy of 1918, by Margaret Kimberley

Donald Trump is a racist boor, but the European leaders he snubbed are unreconstructed imperialists whose nations have enslaved and slaughtered tens of millions. “They relinquished colonies in Africa and Asia but kept them dependent through a variety of means.” Margaret Kimberley  Black Agenda Report  November 14, 2018 Donald Trump’s boorishness and stupidity always ruffle feathers […]

Tomgram: Nick Turse, Victory in Our Time (The U.S. Military is Winning. No, Really, It Is!)

Expressed differently, the United States has not won a major conflict since 1945; has a trillion-dollar national security budget; has had 17 military commanders in the last 17 years in Afghanistan, a country plagued by 23,744 “security incidents” (the most ever recorded) in 2017 alone; has spent around $3 trillion, primarily on that war and the rest of the war on terror…

The Empire Strikes! Regime Changes and Coups d’état

U.S. coups d’é·tat. US interventions

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.

Noam Chomsky | Optimism Over Despair (Book Review)

“In this series of highly informative conversations deftly organized by CJ Polychroniou, Noam Chomsky teaches us – yet again – so much on a huge range of issues – from economic globalisation through international politics to the linguistic foundations of humanity.”

ACLU | Why the U.S. War on ISIS Is Illegal

No court has ever addressed the government’s legal justifications for military action in so many different parts of the world. Now, in a case brought by the ACLU, one court will.

US Neocon Wars Open Pandora’s Box in Europe

The European refugee crisis. Made In The USA.

Chris Hedges | The End of Empire

This collective self-delusion saw the United States make the greatest strategic blunder in its history, one that sounded the death knell of the empire—the invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq.

Polly Mann | Nuclear Notes and A THAAD Story

The Pentagon has proposed a reclassification of nuclear safety records in order “to avoid disclosing too much information about U.S. nuclear capabilities to the public.”

When Washington Decides Democracy Is Dangerous: Stoking Opposition in Venezuela and Syria

The opposition “movements” in Venezuela and Syria have a great deal in common: both are seeking the demise of democratically-elected governments; both resort to violence and acts of terrorism; both are tools of U.S. and Western imperialism, and both are failing. A Venezuelan protester holds a poster that reads in Spanish “Against Imperialist aggression, respect […]

John Pilger’s “The Coming War on China”

We need to listen to John Pilger’s warning and break the silence about the possible use of nuclear weapons.

Paul Street | The Deep State’s Hatred of Trump Is Not the Same as Yours

Trump’s failure to grasp the necessity of the New Cold War with Russia “threat[ens] … Washington’s broader imperial strategy. … The economic integration of Asia and Europe must be blocked to preserve Washington’s hegemonic grip on world power.”