Posts Tagged ‘empire’

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Why does the US have 800 military bases around the world?

This is according to American University professor David Vine in his forthcoming book Base Nation, in which he seeks to quantify the financial, environmental, and human costs of keeping these bases open.

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Chris Kyle built his reputation as a sniper during one of the most criminal operations of the entire occupation of Iraq, the 2nd siege of Fallujah.

This process, known as “moral disengagement”, is extremely common in militaristic societies. But what is fascinating about American Sniper is how these omissions survive in the face of overwhelming evidence of the crimes that Chris Kyle participated in. The fact that a man who participated in the 2nd siege of Fallujah — an operation that killed between 4,000 to 6,000 civiliansdisplaced 200,000, and may have created an epidemic of birth defects and cancers — can come home, be embraced as a hero, be celebrated for the number of people he has killed, write a bestselling book based on that experience, and have it made into a Hollywood film is something that we need to reflect on as a society.

More on the atrocities in Fallujah.

All hail the glorious mass murderers.

Isis fighters drive a US-made Humvee  along the streets of Syria's northern Raqqa province

Why the U.S. “war on terra” is a fraud

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Another Idiotic Plan to Hurt Russia

It was always empire, the grandiose visions of Brzezinski and Wolfowitz. It was always about fending off competitors: Russia and China. It is about who will own Asia and the unlimited profits contained there.

The Laussanne negotiations between Iran and the so called P5+1 group (the United States, Russia, China, France, Britain, and Germany) have nothing to do with nuclear proliferation. They are, in fact, another attempt to weaken and isolate Russia by easing sanctions, thus allowing Iranian gas to replace Russian gas in Europe.

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Wikileaks has released Sony emails, and there are many plump pickings.  They discuss anti-Russian propaganda under the guise of countering propaganda. Typical.

This is interesting. They do call actors “meat puppets,” after all.

US State Department flunkie to Sony:

…We have already started to think through ways your superstars could potentially help amplify some of the great work US Embassy Paris is doing.  We’d love to include Sony names in events here, either as guests or performers, and would love the opportunity to leverage their popularity to promote the President’s priorities and agenda overseas.

I’ve cc’d my Senior Advisor for Partnerships, Alan Fitts, on this email.  You may actually know him – he worked for the First Lady for the first term of the Administration, and then was most recently the White House Liaison to the State Department.  He is going to be leading a lot of the efforts here to bridge private companies with Embassy and Administration programs.  I am hoping you may be able to speak with him or connect him with the right folks from your team.  I’d love to kick off an active dialogue with Sony, and together find creative ways to do good work (and have some fun along the way).

Empire is so fun.

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Tariq Ali in a powerful essay, covering most bases:

The New World Disorder

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There is so much of the world for us to bomb, invade and dominate. And your middle-schoolers are key to a future of global dominance…

73 percent of Los Angeles County high schools that offer JROTC “do not offer enough college preparatory courses for all students to take a college preparatory curriculum.” In Chris Harmer’s words: “Poor and minority kids are being tracked into military careers as early as sixth grade. That’s what’s so insidious about this.”

America’s Tween Soldiers

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Reminds me of the Madrassahs of Pakistan, same concept. They take the poor street kids, set them up in religious brainwashing schools and prep them for Jihad. JROTC is the American militarism version of the Madrassah. They take kids from poor neighborhoods and start brainwashing them young in what they call “leadership.” They empower their next generation of killers with a curriculum to stir up a love of empire and ambition, cultural hubris and a completely warped sense of war and peace.