Category: WESTERN MEDDLING & HYPOCRISY

America

CAITLIN JOHNSTONE—Giant wars left Europe a mess many years ago, so America rose to the top. Now it’s where many rich and powerful influencers centralize their operations. America is the cattle prod used to compel the world to march along with the interests of western aristocrats. Governments which comply are rewarded with military “protection”, while noncompliant governments are sanctioned and bombed. The Mafia does this also.

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The Callousness of the Corporate Military Empire

PHILIP A. FARRUGGIO—They send our young soldiers overseas to occupy countries we have no business ever being in. Peeling away the ‘ onion of truth’ reveals that our military is over there to protect our corporations and our banking cartels, and not for any other reason. So, we kill and get our soldiers killed for no moral purpose but …. keeping this empire empowered! Of course, this all fuels the nourishment of the beast that our Military Corporate Empire has become… whereupon half of our federal taxes goes down that rabbit hole! Is this what Making America great again is all about?

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Lee Camp: Endless war explained in 2 minutes

Lee Camp’s excellent summary goes to the core of our national predicament. Why do we keep spending such ludicrous amounts of money for threats that do not exist or that we are actually creating? The reason is simple: weapons manufacturing is the most profitable industry in the country, obscenely so, but it requires a permanent “threat”—a credible bugaboo, a feared enemy— to keep the money flowing “for defense”.

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Blum’s Anti-Empire Report: Why do they flee?

BILL BLUM—Those in the US generally opposed to immigration make it a point to declare or imply that the United States does not have any legal or moral obligation to take in these Latinos. This is not true. The United States does indeed have the obligation because many of the immigrants, in addition to fleeing from drug violence, are escaping an economic situation in their homeland directly made hopeless by American interventionist policy.

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U.S. Government Continues Trying to Seize Syrian Territory

ERIC ZUESSE—Without this jihadist operation in Syria’s south, all that will remain of the U.S.-led invasion-occupation operation will be the northern part, which relies instead upon anti-(Syrian)-Government Kurds as the U.S. regime’s boots-on-the-ground proxy forces to seize the northern portion of Syrian territory. So, it’s the Sauds’ jihadists in the south, and the Americans’ Kurdish-independence fighters in the north — a pincer between the two, for the U.S. alliance to take all of Syria. But there is increasing doubt that the U.S. coalition will be able to seize and hold either portion, or, ultimately, any part, of Syria.

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BAR Book Forum: Shane Maddock’s “Nuclear Apartheid”

ROBERTO SIRVENTIS—Nuclear Apartheid exposes how “white supremacy” remained alive in U.S. foreign policy thinking and undergirded some American efforts to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons. Antonio Gramsci’s theory of “cultural hegemony” raised my awareness of how unquestioned assumptions often shape and limit the choices leaders make and while also enabling them to persuade the public that those choices were the only “rational” ones.

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BAR Book Forum: Stephen Gowans’ “Patriots, Traitors and Empires: The Story of Korea’s Struggle for Freedom”

ROBERTO SIRVENT—US foreign policy largely shaped what Korea is and has become since 1945, and it is impossible to understand Korea without first understanding US foreign policy. US foreign policy is set, not by the broad public acting through its elected representatives to serve broad public interests, but by an elite based in the business and especially finance and banking communities to serve their sectional interests.

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