Category U.S. Empire

Chris Hedges | The Dance of Death

Societies in decline enthusiastically embrace the death instinct, as Freud observed in “Civilization and Its Discontents,” written on the eve of the rise of European fascism and World War II. 

Tomgram | Nick Turse, Special Ops, Shadow Wars, and the Golden Age of the Gray Zone

The Year of the Commando:
U.S. Special Operations Forces Deploy to 138 Nations, 70% of the World’s Countries

DN! What Will Happen When Donald Trump Takes Over U.S. Drone and Targeted Assassination Program?

The Obama administration argued that it shouldn’t be required to explain, to account for its actions to any court.

John Pilger | The Coming War on China

The greatest build-up of American-led military forces since the Second World War is well under way.

Michelle Alexander | Learning to Walk

The truth is we are stumbling badly in large part because we are just beginning to learn to walk.

Glenn Greenwald | Democrats, Trump, and the Ongoing, Dangerous Refusal to Learn the Lesson of Brexit

The institutions and elite factions that have spent years mocking, maligning, and pillaging large portions of the population …are now shocked that their dictates and decrees go unheeded.

Secret World of US Election: Julian Assange talks to John Pilger

Whistleblower Julian Assange has given one of his most incendiary interviews ever in a John Pilger Special, courtesy of Dartmouth Films, in which he summarizes what can be gleaned from the tens of thousands of Clinton emails released by WikiLeaks this year. RT Published on Nov 5, 2016 Media for the people!  Bringing you the […]

Evergreene Digest | Tom Engelhardt | Washington’s 15-Year Air War

Bombs Away! 
Their Precision Weaponry and Ours Perhaps this September 11th, it’s finally time for Americans to begin to focus on our endless air war in the Greater Middle East, our very own disastrous Fifteen Years’ War. Otherwise, the first explosions from the Thirty Years’ version of the same will be on the horizon before we […]

Nick Turse | Breaking the Camouflage Wall of Silence: When AFRICOM Evaluates Itself, the News Is Grim

What’s strange, however, is that none of this seems to have caused anyone in the national security state or the military to reconsider the last 15 years of military-first policies, of bombs dropped, troops dispatched, drones sent in, and what the results were across the Greater Middle East and now Africa. There is no serious recalibration, no real rethinking. The response to 15 years of striking failure in a vast region remains more of the same. State of failure indeed! –Tom

Kathy Kelly | Don’t Move!

We must swear off making the world our battlefield and be appalled to hear the U.S. government seem to tell the world “I will kill you if you f—ing move.”

US Making a Deadly Mistake in Afghanistan, Says Former Diplomat

“Under General (David) Petraeus, starting in 2010, the U.S. initiated scores of airstrikes, as well as dozens of nighttime commando raids, daily against Afghan insurgent targets,” he recalled. “Many of these strikes hit legitimate targets, but many more of them hit civilians. The surge in increase of public support for the Taliban in areas of the air and commando strikes is undeniable.”

Noam Chomsky on US Presence in Europe and Edward Snowden

Why are circa 44,660 US troops and 170 military installations stationed in Germany?
What historical decisions are tied to US military presence in Europe & Germany ?
Why doesn’t Germany grant Edward Snowden the right to asylum?

Noam Chomsky: American Power Under Challenge and The Costs of Violence| Masters of Mankind (Parts 1, 2)

Yet “concern” over what the U.S. has done in our distant war zones — from the killing of civilians at weddings, funerals, and memorial services to the evisceration of a hospital, to kidnappings, torture, and even the killing of prisoners, to drone strikes so “surgical” and “precise” that hundreds below died even though only a relatively few individuals were officially targeted — seems largely missing in action. –Tom Engelhardt’s Introduction

Michael Ratner on American Imperialism

[Truthdig] Editor’s note: Michael Ratner, the pioneering civil rights and constitutional lawyer, died Wednesday from cancer complications at age 72. In 2013, Ratner spoke on Truthdig Radio with Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer and former Truthdig Managing Editor Peter Scheer. To honor Ratner, we are reposting the audio of that interview. Truthdig Radio  May 12, […]

VIDEO The Empire Files: Abby Martin with Dr. Jill Stein — Symptoms of a Sick Society

Abby Martin sits down with Dr. Stein [Green Party presidential candidate] to look at how her career in medicine helped her diagnose America’s “multi-organ failure,” and why her ideas pose such a threat to Empire.

Wm. D. Hartung: How Not to Audit the Pentagon

Why has waste at the Pentagon been so hard to rein in? The answer is, in a sense, not complicated: the military-industrial complex profits from waste. Closer scrutiny of waste could mean not just cheaper spare parts, but serious questions about whether cash cows like the F-35 are needed at all. An accurate head count of the hundreds of thousands of private contractors employed by the Pentagon would reveal that a large proportion of them are doing work that is either duplicative or unnecessary.

VIDEO | Chris Hedges, Days of Revolt: Why the Brutalized Become Brutal

Chris Hedges and two US veterans lament the brutality of the American military presence in Iraq and Afghanistan, which fuels the conditions for terrorism, and speak out about the painful struggle of coping with PTSD in this episode of teleSUR’s Days of Revolt. Click here to read the transcript. TheRealNews Uploaded on Apr 2, 2016 Media […]

Sanjay Perera |The economy of violence: Waste, expenditure and surplus

As we have seen there has largely been the channeling and misuse of energy and resources in economies that could have been used to generate abundance, but are used instead for production that involves unconscionable waste of resources and life forms. There is a framework of duality and polarity in which one group extracts from another mercilessly. The extraction of resources from the planet and all life forms results in an inordinate accumulation and hoarding of resources and wealth that is redistributed primarily amongst those who already have plenty.

Henry A. Giroux: America’s addiction to violence

Giroux: At a policy level, violence drives an arms industry, a militaristic foreign policy, and is increasingly the punishing state’s major tool to enforce its hyped-up brand of domestic terrorism, especially against black youth.

Horror Beyond Description: Noam Chomsky on the Latest Phase of the War on Terror

Chomsky: One informative discussion, in Business Week (Feb. 12, 1949), recognized that social spending could have the same “pump-priming” effect as military spending, but pointed out that for businessmen, “there’s a tremendous social and economic difference between welfare pump-priming and military pump-priming.” The latter “doesn’t really alter the structure of the economy.” For the businessman, it’s just another order. But welfare and public works spending “does alter the economy. It makes new channels of its own. It creates new institutions. It redistributes income.” And we can add more. Military spending scarcely involves the public, but social spending does, and has a democratizing effect.