Posts Tagged ‘empire’

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Cultural Imperialism and Perception Management: How Hollywood Hides US War Crime

So natural has the CIA–entertainment connection become that few question its legal or moral ramifications.

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Assange: What Wikileaks Teaches Us About How the U.S. Operates

Every year, more than $1 billion is budgeted for “public diplomacy,” a circumlocutory term for outward-facing propaganda. Public diplomacy explicitly aims to influence journalists and civil society, so that they serve as conduits for State Department messaging.

And where is this empire?

Each working day, 71,000 people across 191 countries representing twenty-seven different US government agencies wake and make their way past flags, steel fences and armed guards into one of the 276 fortified buildings that comprise the 169 embassies and other missions of the US Department of State.

They are joined in their march by representatives and operatives from twenty-seven other US government departments and agencies, including the Central Intelligence Agency, the National Security Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the various branches of the US military….

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http://www.bravenewfilms.org/nationalsecurityforum

GLENN GREENWALD

LINDA BILMES

NOAM CHOMSKY

ROXANNE DUNBAR-ORTIZ

ANAND GOPAL

HEIDI BOGHOSIAN

JAMES BAMFORD

STEPHEN KINZER

JOHN TIRMAN

WILLIAM BLUM

ANDREW BACEVICH

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US-trained Syria rebels do a deal with al-Qaeda

A Division 30 statement made after the release of its fighters described Nusra Front as “brothers”, a sign that the moderate group is capitulating to the Islamists. It said it was on the “same page with all holy warriors in Syria”.

…Division 30 was to be the nucleus of new Syrian national army, composed of groups deemed more “moderate” by Western nations who fear the dominance of Islamist rebels in Syria. But the $US36 million ($49 million) program has been beset by troubles from its inception eight months ago.

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To Defend Iran Deal, Obama Boasts That He’s Bombed Seven Countries

As commander-in-chief, I have not shied away from using force when necessary (like helping Libyan Jihadists linked to Al Qaeda?). I have ordered tens of thousands of young Americans into combat. …

I’ve ordered military action in seven countries.
-U.S. President Barack Obama

This used to be known as war crimes, belligerence, Nuremberg violations, Crimes Against the Peace, a breach of the UN Charter. It’s why the Nazis got a bad reputation. It was the invading and destroying other countries that started World War 2, and that is why war was outlawed after it, at the Nuremberg Tribunals. Those responsible for initiating wars of aggression were HANGED.

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Earlier, he started a 2013 Facebook rant with “I don’t support the troops, America, and neither do you. I am tired of the ruse we are playing on these brave citizens in our armed forces.” He went on to say troops “get sent off to wars that have NOTHING to do with defending America or saving our lives,” and chastise the military industrial complex as well as insincere public support.

“How many of you who say you ‘support the troops’ have visited a VA hospital to bring aid and comfort to the sick and wounded?” he said, before saying the best thing a troop can do regarding “the ideals our country says it believes in” is to get out of the military and “never look back.”

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Why can countries like Germany, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Brazil and others send their students to college for free while American students have to choose between a continued existence in poverty and debt, or death on the battlefield, the increased possibility of rape, and/or higher incidence of mental illnesses if they want a college education?

A College Education Instead of Mindless Militarization

Many democratic governments throughout Europe offer their children a free college education. Some, like Denmark, even pay their children a living allowance of around $1000 to go to college. In South America, the government of Brazil offers its students a free college education. The United States, conversely, charges students exorbitant fees for education which has forced many poorer students to either join the military and utilize the GI Bill or take out huge loans in order to go to college.