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The Riches of Nature v. Private Property: An Interview With Gerardo Cerdas

Beverly Bell | Posted 08.31.2014 | Impact
Beverly Bell

By Beverly Bell July 1, 2014 Gerardo Cerdas is coordinator of the Latin American- and Caribbean-wide social movement Grito de los Excluidos, Cry of...

Raising Hope Across Borders: Transnational Social Movements and Power

Beverly Bell | Posted 08.17.2014 | Impact
Beverly Bell

An interview with Gerardo Cerdas by Beverly Bell June 17, 2014 Gerardo Cerdas is coordinator of the Latin American- and Caribbean-wide social movem...

And The Greatest Movie Of All Time Is ...

The Huffington Post | Tyler McCarthy | Posted 05.30.2014 | Entertainment

"Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back" is officially the greatest movie of all time. Well, at least if you trust the fan poll conducted by film-centric ...

May the Fourth Be with You! A Star Wars Empire Custom Storm Trooper Helmet Show

Eric Frank | Posted 07.04.2014 | Arts
Eric Frank

Stormtrooper helmets re-imagined by celebrities and artists will be on display in celebration of the global fan holiday, May the 4th.

Shakira's New Song Probably Won't Do Much For Your Hips

Posted 02.25.2014 | Entertainment

The second single from Shakira's forthcoming self-titled album sounds more like a '90s singer-songwriter power anthem than it does a gyration-inducing...

Christmas vs. the Empire

Craig S. Keener | Posted 02.08.2014 | Religion
Craig S. Keener

Does it matter where our wealth and merchandise come from? Or do we pledge first allegiance to different values, identifying with those in need and working for peace and justice in the world?

The World Without US

John Feffer | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
John Feffer

The recent government shutdown has prompted many to contemplate a world in which the United States hasn't so much disappeared but collapsed in on itself. Would the world be better off? How one answers this question depends a great deal on who one is.

If You Really Want to Understand Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria (and More), You Need Context. Try Blowback

Jesse Kornbluth | Posted 11.13.2013 | Books
Jesse Kornbluth

The message that our military has exported for the last half century --- America as a super-nation, as the exception to all rules --- has made its way around the world and has returned home. Too bad so few of us have read Chalmers Johnson.

Syria: A Turning Point Against Empire?

Bruce Fein | Posted 11.03.2013 | Politics
Bruce Fein

President Barack Obama has threatened gratuitous, unilateral, offensive military action against Syria, which would compound the already grisly Syrian war casualties. His juvenile justification is national prestige.

From Iran in 1953 to Egypt in 2013 -- Why Should the World Have to Pay for U.S. Empire?

Chris Ernesto | Posted 10.20.2013 | World
Chris Ernesto

The U.S. has the power to help calm the situation by stopping military aid and by sincerely condemning violence against Egyptian protesters. But many are lobbying Washington to turn a blind eye to what is happening in strategically important Egypt.

Retiring the American Empire

John Feffer | Posted 10.04.2013 | World
John Feffer

If the United States were to change its global behavior, it might discover that the calls for early retirement fade. Then, as a more cooperative international player, America could truly enjoy its imperial twilight in the sure knowledge that the deluge is not imminent.

Why Obama Supports Tyranny Over Democracy in Bahrain

John Glaser | Posted 09.02.2013 | World
John Glaser

The Bahraini regime's repression has not let up. U.S. support has kept up throughout. And it isn't because the Obama administration actually buys into the lie about this being a sectarian conflict.

Bread and Circuses in Rome and America

William Astore | Posted 08.10.2013 | World
William Astore

Perhaps our new national motto should be: When in America, do as the Roman Empire would do. Eat to your fill of food and violence, cheer on the warfighters, and dismiss expressions of doubt or dismay about military interventions and drone killings as "feminine" and "weak."

Revelation, Politics And Injustice

Craig S. Keener | Posted 06.17.2013 | Religion
Craig S. Keener

There is a God of justice, and those who unjustly indulge their comforts at the expense of others will one day have to face reality. Numerical calculations of 666 aside, perhaps Revelation still has something to teach us today.

America in Denial

Joan Z. Shore | Posted 06.16.2013 | Politics
Joan Z. Shore

It's a sobering lesson of history that all the great empires -- including the Roman, Ottoman, Austro-Hungarian, Soviet (and yes, even the British) did not fall apart from foreign invasion, but from their own over-expansion, hypocrisy and corruption. This, I fear, is the future of the American Empire.

Memo to the Presidential Candidates: Cut the Warfare State, Not the Welfare State

David Coates | Posted 12.15.2012 | Politics
David Coates

Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan's foreign policy and military stance is taking us in entirely the wrong direction. We need saving from a Romney-led repeat of George W. Bush's disastrous military forays into a Middle East.

Gore Vidal: Remembering A Brilliant, Controversial Legend of the Sort We Don't Foster Any More

William Bradley | Posted 10.03.2012 | Books
William Bradley

The current scene isn't producing writers like Gore Vidal, one of the towering writers and cultural figures of the post-World War II era. So his passing Tuesday in Los Angeles, where he lived most of the past decade, marks a sad cultural milestone.

Olympic Lessons for an Imperial America

David Coates | Posted 07.30.2012 | Home
David Coates

As American eyes turn to London, it will be worth remembering that this will be London's second post-World War II Olympic Games, not the first, and that there are also medals to be won by comparing the condition of the UK during the last time the Games were held in London with its condition now.

Empires: Individuals in Search of Society

Marc Lafia | Posted 07.18.2012 | Home
Marc Lafia

The new empire still plays by the games of the old empires: of divisiveness, of scarcity, of might and fear, even while we have never had such abundance and innovation. It is this paradox that our documentary Empires sets out to unravel.

'Anchorman 2' Details Revealed

Posted 04.24.2012 | Comedy

The hiring of Veronica Corningstone as an "anchor-lady" was just the beginning of the end for the boys of the Channel 4 News Team. In "Anchorman 2...

A Dying Empire Invades Oaksterdam, Our Privacy & Our Speech

Harvey Wasserman | Posted 06.12.2012 | Politics
Harvey Wasserman

At freedom's core is protection from arbitrary police power and the right to choose one's own medicine, as well as to express one's opinion, however c...

The Empire's Pretentious New Clothes

Rick Ayers | Posted 05.16.2012 | Home
Rick Ayers

What passes for profound in the dominant culture, the despair and demoralization of the privileged who are seeing it all slip away, is, I suppose, something that should make us sad.

Pax Occupata

Randall Amster | Posted 01.14.2012 | Politics
Randall Amster

Everyone's a bard, and all the world's a stage. The curtain is finally closing on the old order, and a new paradigm of peace is being hewn from the colossus.

Libraries: Information and Knowledge Spaces II

Carla Leitao | Posted 11.27.2011 | Arts
Carla Leitao

Libraries are located at a unique intersection of spatial design. They are spaces that store, articulate and distribute formats (media), which are vessels of information.

Ignorant Certainty

Robert Koehler | Posted 07.26.2011 | Politics
Robert Koehler

The big, scary thing about the National Defense Authorization Act -- the thing that summons irrationality from the pit of our collective paranoia -- is the provision that would expand the "war on terror," at presidential discretion, to the whole world.