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American Imperialism

Blood on a Beach

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 07.30.2014 | Politics
Richard J. Rosendall

Our ubiquitous social media are a game changer: having seen pictures of dead boys on a beach, we cannot un-see them.

America's Late Imperial Paradox

Ian Buruma | Posted 06.09.2014 | World
Ian Buruma

The much-vaunted "liberal order" policed by the U.S. was a product of World War II and the Cold War. Germany and Japan had to be kept down, the Communist powers had to be contained, and the old countries of Europe had to learn to live with one another under unifying pan-national institutions. All of this was made possible by American money and military might. As a result, the Free World, in Western Europe and East Asia, became a US dependency. This cannot go on forever. Indeed, the arrangements are already fraying. But then comes the old imperial paradox. The longer others remain dependent on the U.S., the less capable they will be of taking care of their own affairs, including their security. And, like an authoritarian parent, the U.S. itself, despite its admonitions to its allies to pull their weight, is often loath to let go of its increasingly unruly dependents.

Anti-Americanism and the Funeral of a Great Myth

Joseph Loconte, Ph.D. | Posted 10.16.2013 | World
Joseph Loconte, Ph.D.

Throughout most of the Bush administration, opinion pollsters relentlessly tracked America's plummeting approval ratings across the planet.

Memorial Day: Remembrance and Resolve

Jack Rothman | Posted 07.24.2013 | Politics
Jack Rothman

Invasions don't come our way, but incursions do emanate from us and penetrate other nations on an astonishing scale -- a reality most Americans ignore or discount, abetted by their leaders.

Here's Occupy Wall Street's "One Demand": Sanity

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 12.03.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

The fact that the movement doesn't make demands of Wall Street -- or Washington, for that matter -- doesn't mean it doesn't have demands. It does, but they're not directed at Wall Street, or K Street, or Pennsylvania Avenue. They're directed at you.

25 Overlooked Political Books Of 2011

Anis Shivani | Posted 08.08.2011 | Books
Anis Shivani

Can Detroit be saved? What are the myths of green energy? What can we learn from the boggled reconstruction of Iraq? Are we going to share a future of biometric surveillance? Just how did white middle-class Americans start identifying themselves as outsiders?

Gaddafi's Mind: A Political Psychology Perspective

Tijana Milosevic | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Tijana Milosevic

Gaddafi's statements are not a mere propaganda attempt and he honestly believes in what he is saying.

The Nervous American Empire or Raise Your Hands Over Your Head and Don't Move

Peter Block | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Peter Block

It will soon be ten years since 9/11 and the effects are still with us. One of the obvious ones is the U.S. military's adventures in the rest of the w...

Amid The Arab Revolt Of 2011, Asking The Christian Question

Mark Lewis Taylor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Mark Lewis Taylor

Can Christians, especially in the U.S., discern the extent to which their own nation is an economically and militarily exploitative power in the Middle East, and then organize?

The Stimulus Package in Kabul (I Was Delusional -- I Thought One Monster 'Embassy' Was the End of It)

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Tom Engelhardt

Few in the U.S. notice the stimulus package in Kabul, Islamabad, Baghdad, and elsewhere is going great guns. Nowhere is it clear that Washington is committed to packing up its tents, abandoning its billion-dollar monuments, and coming home.

One and a Half Cheers for American Decline: The Future's Not Ours -- and That's Good News

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

It's actually going to feel better to be just another nation, one more country, even if a large and powerful one, on this overcrowded planet, rather than the nation.

The Hurt Locker's Missing Disclaimer: No Arabs Were Harmed During the Making of This Movie

Ahmad Sadri | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Ahmad Sadri

Why get uptight, right? This is a genre flick, after all. And yet, this movie did make me uptight with its profound indifference to a nation utterly destroyed in an American preemptive war.

Will Obama be a Peacemaker?

John W. Whitehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Clearly, what the world desperately needs from America and its new president is a peacemaker, not another warrior.