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Imperialism

It's Not Just the Confederate Flag: The Example of New Haven

Jes Minor | Posted 07.06.2015 | Politics
Jes Minor

Yes, Confederate flags are coming down across the country, and we can cheer. But in the wake of Dylann Roof's shooting of nine black people in the Charleston African Methodist Episcopal Church, fires have blistered seven other southern black churches, even burning some to the ground.

Shedding Imperial Conceit

James Zogby | Posted 06.27.2015 | Politics
James Zogby

This is not mere ancient history. It is playing out today, and not just in the consequences of British (or French, or German, or American) imperial misadventures. It informs our Western portrayal of the "East" and our understanding of its peoples. We still see ourselves as the civilized world, the bearers of universal values. And we still portray the "East" as less civilized, more prone to violence, less respectful of human life and liberty.

A New Internationalism

Van Gosse | Posted 06.16.2015 | Politics
Van Gosse

For well over a century, a shared commitment to internationalism has defined what it means to be Left. Even when we do not use that particular word, r...

Lord Deben: "Would You Get On A Plane That Had a 97% Chance of Crashing?"

Aiko Stevenson | Posted 06.30.2015 | Green
Aiko Stevenson

If 97% of aeronautical experts warned that plane A was going to crash, would you get on it? The answer, in all likelihood, would have to be no. "No...

Review: Morris Berman's New Book on Japan, "Neurotic Beauty"

Peter Van Buren | Posted 06.26.2015 | Books
Peter Van Buren

Neurotic Beauty: An Outsider Looks At Japan is a fine addition to a long list of books that attempt to explain Japan, what one observer has called the "most foreign of foreign countries."

Remembering the Marvelous Uruguayan Writer Eduardo Galeano

Danny Postel | Posted 06.21.2015 | Books
Danny Postel

My heart has been heavy since learning over the weekend of the death of the radical and marvelously lyrical Uruguayan writer Eduardo Galeano, whom I had the enormous pleasure of meeting some 20 years ago.

Celebrating National Poetry Month 2015

Michael Carosone | Posted 06.16.2015 | Gay Voices
Michael Carosone

For National Poetry Month 2015, here is one of my poems: "My Laundromat"//I will buy a Laundromat//so that//I can take the perfectly blue and green//rounded sphere which we call planet Earth// and give it a very needed cleaning.

For Whom the Balangiga Bells Toll

John R. Eperjesi | Posted 04.25.2015 | World
John R. Eperjesi

Tensions between the Balangiga townspeople and the U.S. military escalated in the context of the Philippine-American War, a war many Americans have probably never heard of, one of America's many "forgotten wars."

Clint Eastwood's Sniper, and the American Messiah

Lee C. Camp | Posted 03.29.2015 | Religion
Lee C. Camp

Eastwood's Kyle an American hero? No doubt. But Eastwood's Kyle increasingly shows us that what has become equated with "American" is increasingly dangerous, naïve, and ignorant.

Direct Action on Racism, Poverty, and War: An Honest Attempt to Honor MLK

Nourish International | Posted 03.21.2015 | Impact
Nourish International

Today there isn't a more fondly remembered and respected public figure than King, but did our opinion of him change because we embraced his ideas of radical justice, or did we simply forget them?

Awesome America: A Love Story

Marwan Bishara | Posted 03.15.2015 | Politics
Marwan Bishara

While American patriotism -- the love of one's country -- is "awesome" in more ways than one, American nationalism -- the belief that America is the "greatest nation on earth," with the "greatest military power", and the "greatest ideals" -- can become dangerous.

Rebel Music: Youth Led Social Movements and Their Sounds

Kumera Genet | Posted 03.10.2015 | Black Voices
Kumera Genet

Hisham Aidi's book, Rebel Music: Race, Empire, and the New Muslim Youth Culture, newly released on paperback, is an exploration of the diverse ways that Muslim youth around the world search for what he terms a "non-racist utopia".

How to Steal the Sea, Chinese Style

Llewellyn King | Posted 02.01.2015 | Politics
Llewellyn King

The ancient concept of oceans as commons is under threat. The Chinese dragon walks and swims.

What Makes Washington 'Imperial'?

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 01.20.2015 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

If imperial has any meaning in the post-colonial 21st century, it certainly means that the (super)power in question has an active interest in attempting to control significant swathes of the planet. In fact, there has never been a power, no matter how "great," that has, in such a militarized way, tried to put its stamp of control on so much of Planet Earth.

Whose Life, Liberty and Pursuit of Happiness Is More Important?

Jorge Mérida | Posted 10.16.2014 | Politics
Jorge Mérida

Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness... I am sure that all of you who have been through political science and philosophy in universities have discussed these ad nauseam. These are concepts probably unfamiliar to others, people like my father, my uncles.

Armenia and Its Russian-Imperialism Problem

Christopher Atamian | Posted 10.08.2014 | World
Christopher Atamian

Earlier this summer, a minor kerfuffle over an exhibition of artworks by famed Armenian filmmaker Sergei Parajanov (1924-1990) underscored a more serious problem facing Armenian culture and Armenia in general -- and, by extension, many of the former Soviet republics.

Leaving Congo One Day

Diana Buckhantz | Posted 10.04.2014 | Impact
Diana Buckhantz

Diana Buckhantz, JWW Board Member, is traveling with four other JWW delegates in Congo’s eastern provinces. They will work with survivors of t...

ISIS: The Spoils of the 'Great Loot' in the Middle East

Conn Hallinan | Posted 09.01.2014 | World
Conn Hallinan

As Iraq tumbles into a yet another civil war, it is important to remember how all this came about, and why adding yet more warfare to the current crisis will perpetuate exactly what the "Great Loot" set out to do: tear an entire region of the world asunder.

Empire's Age-Old Aim: Wealth and Power

Lawrence B. Wilkerson | Posted 08.30.2014 | Politics
Lawrence B. Wilkerson

Our constant rhetoric -- particularly from Washington -- asserts that we have made progress since the colonialism of King Leopold in the Congo. International criminal justice and human rights are pursued with relish, are they not? Not according to the example of Richard Bruce Cheney.

Sarajevo 1914 and New York City 2001: Is It Happening Again?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 08.26.2014 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Sarajevo 1914 does not appear so distant, at least in terms of rhetoric and inclination to dehumanize the other. But, then perhaps our awareness has been raised to the danger.

Anything Russian 'in Czarist Times' Is Fair Game in Putin's Mind

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 06.21.2014 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

Since the establishment of the United Nations, countries are not supposed to be allowed to take land from one another. More specifically, Russia agreed to respect Ukraine's borders when Kiev gave up its nuclear weapons 20 years ago. Putin has shredded that historical document.

What Happened to War and the Imperial Drive to Organize the Planet?

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 05.03.2014 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

If you survey our planet, the situation is remarkably unsettled and confusing. But at least two things stand out, and whatever you make of them, they could be the real news of the first decades of this century. Both are right before our eyes, yet largely unseen.

Beyond Fascism and Austerity: Why the Rise of the Radical Right in Hungary Matters

Julia Meszaros | Posted 04.15.2014 | Politics
Julia Meszaros

Ultimately, while Jobbik's discourse surrounding Jewish and Roma populations should be disconcerting to Americans, the more worrying trend should be Jobbik's turn to the 'East'.

Ur Imperialism

Michael Brenner | Posted 02.15.2014 | Politics
Michael Brenner

Is national and individual self esteem so rooted in the belief of American exceptionalism and superiority that it would be fatally impaired by acknowledging our ordinariness? and, does the sense of being a nonpareil people necessitate global preeminence?

Grenada: 'A Lovely Little War'

Bill Bigelow | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Bill Bigelow

Unless teachers "teach outside the textbook," students won't learn about Grenada or about anything else that might call into question the U.S. authority to impose its will whenever it wishes. The specifics of the Grenada invasion are unique, but when students are encouraged to ask critical questions, they can recognize that intervention in Grenada is part of a pattern.