Author: shorty

The Illegality Of NATO

JOHN SCALES AVERY—In general, war is illegal under the UN Charter. Self-defense against an armed attack is permitted, but only for a limited time, until the Security Council has had time to act. The United Nations Charter does not permit the threat or use of force in preemptive wars, or to produce regime changes, or for so-called “democratization”, or for the domination of regions that are rich in oil. NATO must not be a party to the threat or use of force for such illegal purposes.

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INDISPENSABLE BOOKS: F.W. Engdahl’s The Lost Hegemon

F.W. ENGDAHL—On November 13, 2015 grotesque suicide bomber attacks across Paris signaled a new phase in the attack on civilization. Yet few asked who or what was actually behind the IS and its reign of terror. To answer that it would be necessary to go back to the early post-World War II period and the birth of a new American intelligence agency. For more than six decades, a faction in the US intelligence community used, and even trained, various Islamic political groups for their goal to extend an American hegemony in the world. The relationship between the CIA and certain specific groups of political Islamists began in the 1950s in postwar Munich and reached a new dimension  in the 1980s,

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Violence, Revolution, and Structural Change in Latin America (Revised and expanded)

JOHN GERASSI—The basic difference between American imperialism today and American imperialism a century ago is that it is more violent, more far-reaching, and more carefully planned today. But American foreign policy, at least since 1823, has always been assertive, always expansionist, always imperialist. Of course, it has rarely been pushed beyond America’s capabilities. Thus, when the United States was weak, its interventions abroad were mild. When its strength grew, so did its daring.

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Please, Can We Get a Regime Change Here?

DIANE GEE—It is becoming impossible to have a real conversation around here. Being an out-where-the-buses-don’t-run, fringe leftist has always made conversations difficult. The neo-cons think we are crazy. The liberals think we are delusional purists. The centrists don’t think at all… wait, that’s not fair. The centrists mostly think that our system is as fixed as gravity, a universal truth that cannot be changed, so any activism is tilting at windmills; hand me the remote, let me get a beer and chill already.

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Show Me Something New in Trump’s Foreign Policy

CHARLES PIERSON— Landler writes that Trump “holds a radically different view of the United States’ role in the world than most of his predecessors” and has broken with the “rules-based postwar international order” the US has upheld for the past seventy years. Hogwash.  Even before the coming of Sauron the Orange-Haired to Washington, the US was a lawless, imperialist Leviathan.

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