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For the majority of Americans, the 2020s will likely be remembered as a demoralizing decade of rising prices, stagnant wages, and fading international competitiveness.
]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.
Rather than organizing for change, individuals seek to enact a statement about their own righteousness.
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…
…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.
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 […]
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 […]
Tomgram: Noam Chomsky, Hegemony and Its Dilemmas February 14, 2012 Tom Dispatch Back in May 2007, I stumbled across online sketches at the website of a Kansas architectural firm hired to build a monster U.S. embassy-cum-citadel-cum-Greater-Middle-Eastern command center on 104 acres in the middle of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad. They offered an artist’s impressions of what […]
Chris Hedges “Brace Yourself! The American Empire Is Over & The Descent Is Going To Be Horrible” An informative video: The empire of consumption. The fall of the empire. Serving the interests of the corporate state. Betrayal of working people in America. Deregulation of the FCC. Destruction of banking system. Indefinite detention. Reagan, Clinton, […]