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Imperialism

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

Conn Hallinan | Posted 07.02.2014 | 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 07.01.2014 | 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 06.26.2014 | 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 Putin has shredded that historical document.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.

The Thrill Is Gone

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 11.13.2013 | World
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

It is fair to say that the on-going story of Syria has brought to the forefront a new truth about the United States in the early twenty-first century: We have lost our thrill for war.

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.

The U.S. and Japan: Partners in Historical Falsification

Oliver Stone | Posted 11.10.2013 | Politics
Oliver Stone

Whitewashing the past is critical to perpetuating empire in the present -- a project in which the U.S. and Japan have collaborated for the past 68 years.

China Benefits From Bush's Folly

Robert Scheer | Posted 08.03.2013 | Politics
Robert Scheer

The United States has spent well over $3 trillion on its Iraq War, while suffering and inflicting much mayhem. Yet it is the studiously neutral government of China that has most clearly benefited from George W. Bush's folly.

It's About Winning

Lara M. Gardner | Posted 06.22.2013 | Politics
Lara M. Gardner

I am increasingly dismayed to discover that most of the people I consider my friends willingly accept the killing and destruction of others if it is done by the person they perceive to be on the side they have chosen. They want to win.

Globaloney, 19th Century Edition

Ian Fletcher | Posted 02.10.2013 | Business
Ian Fletcher

Everyone knows we live in a brave new world of globalization. And like a lot of things that everyone knows, it isn't so. Not only was the globalization of the late 19th century, just as profound as today, it generated a similar class of professional sophists to justify it all.

The Siren Song of American Imperialism

William Astore | Posted 11.20.2012 | World
William Astore

It's tragically hard to win hearts and minds overseas when we don't even recognize what's in our own hearts and minds. We think we're pure of heart, but "civilizing" missions based on military occupation inevitably contain a heart of darkness.

Africa and the Chinese Invasion: Some Nuts and Bolts in the Craft Sector

Atim Oton | Posted 09.10.2012 | Black Voices
Atim Oton

Africa needs China's help to develop but I am still a strong believer in Africans doing it themselves. We are a continent of grand bargains. As nations that are about 50 years old, we are still too young to figure it out. In time, we will.

How Not to Reconstruct Iraq, Afghanistan -- or America

Peter Van Buren | Posted 10.16.2012 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

Strange that when I do media interviews now, only two years later, nobody even thinks to ask "Did we succeed in Iraq?" or "Will reconstruction pay off?" The question du jour has finally shifted to: "Why did we fail?"

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.

On the Obligatory Picture With Brown Babies: A Critique of Colonialism, Cuteness, Study Abroad and Facebook

Emily Schorr Lesnick | Posted 03.25.2012 | Home
Emily Schorr Lesnick

These pictures have become a staple of travel photo albums and a ritual for the traveler, a documentation of a privileged and condescending gaze upon a small, politicized body.

A Passage to Kabul

Franz-Stefan Gady | Posted 02.04.2012 | World
Franz-Stefan Gady

A recent reading of E. M. Forster's novel, A Passage to India, prompted me to reflect on the West's drawn out engagement in Afghanistan. The centerpi...

Bad News: History Repeats Itself

Pat LaMarche | Posted 10.15.2011 | Politics
Pat LaMarche

Washington state has a lot in common with Afghanistan. Both are rich in natural resources and both were -- for centuries -- populated by tribal peoples.

H.G. Wells and Defending the "Restoration Doctrine"

Franz-Stefan Gady | Posted 10.01.2011 | World
Franz-Stefan Gady

Michael Singh's parochial critique in Foreign Policy Magazine entitled "'Restoration' is Not an Option: Why America Can't Afford to Lead From Behind",...

Book Review: Death by China: Confronting the Dragon

Chriss Street | Posted 08.23.2011 | Books
Chriss Street

This highly entertaining book serves as not only a riotous call to arms, but a roadmap for Americans to re-claim the 21st century as their own.

Ramen Is Racist

Anneli Rufus | Posted 08.02.2011 | Food
Anneli Rufus

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Sleepwalking Into the Imperial Dark: What It Feels Like When a Superpower Runs Off the Tracks

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 06.19.2011 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Have you noticed how repetitiously our president and others insist that we are "the greatest nation on Earth"? When the U.S. was actually "the greatest," no one needed to say it over and over again.