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Playing the Long Game on Iran

If the Iran nuclear deal attains legitimacy, much of the neoconservatives’ power will slip through their fingers as the imperialist idealism that drives their ventures from day to day will be cheated of the enemy it cannot live without. 

Posted on Aug 24, 2015 READ MORE



From the Archives of TomDispatch: America’s Empire of Bases

A vast network of American military bases on every continent except Antarctica actually constitutes a new form of empire not likely to be taught in any high school geography class. Without grasping the dimensions of this globe-girdling Baseworld, one can’t begin to understand the size and nature of our imperial aspirations or the degree to which a new kind of militarism is undermining our constitutional order.

Posted on Aug 12, 2015 READ MORE



North Korea Setting Clocks Back 30 Minutes to Create New Time Zone

In a bizarre move that North Korean state media call a break from “imperialism,” the nation is switching to a new time zone to mark Korea’s liberation from the Japanese at the end of World War II.

Posted on Aug 8, 2015 READ MORE



Is Everything We Were Told About the Amazon a Lie?

Turns out the Amazonian rain forest may have looked very different than we imagine just a few hundred years ago.

Posted on Jul 23, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Robert Scheer: ‘Imperialism Is a Loser’ (Part 5 of 10)

Update: Transcript added. Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer appeared on The Real News Network’s “Reality Asserts Itself” to discuss why the energy of the mass political movements of 1960s America dissipated and how the United States could prosper without resorting to the tactics of empire.

Posted on Jun 28, 2015 READ MORE



What We Know (and Don’t Know) About This Year’s Bilderberg Meeting

What could possibly be sinister about leaders of the world’s most powerful companies and countries meeting in closed sessions on an Austrian mountaintop to discuss global strategy?

Posted on Jun 11, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Robert Scheer to Chris Hedges: ‘I Will Not Blame’ the American Masses for Imperialism (7/7)

In the final installment of the seven-part interview on The Real News Network, after columnist Chris Hedges tells the Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer that he thinks the American public has been “far more complicit [in the culture of violence] than you give allowance for,” Scheer gives an impassioned response about his own experience with manipulation of the working class by elites.

Posted on Jun 4, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Robert Scheer Identifies a ‘Serious Division’ Between His and Chris Hedges’ Views (Part 6/7)

In perhaps the liveliest portion of the seven-part interview on The Real News Network, Robert Scheer and Chris Hedges discuss the culture of violence in the United States as their opposing views on American history come to light.

Posted on Jun 2, 2015 READ MORE



The Whoredom of the Left

If we accept prostitution as legal, we will take one more collective step toward the global plantation being constructed by our corporate pimps.

Posted on Mar 8, 2015 READ MORE



A Self-Perpetuating Machine for American Insecurity

Imagine yourself in January 1963, alive and chastened by a world in which you could be obliterated at any moment. Imagine as well that someone from our time suddenly invited you into the American future some 52 Januaries hence.

Posted on Jan 8, 2015 READ MORE



Eugene O’Neill: A Life in Four Acts

A new biography reclaims the playwright of “A Long Day’s Journey Into Night” as a self-conscious, committed artist who strove to break through the limits of production and consistently voice his lifelong contempt for American materialism, imperialism, racism and puritanism.

Posted on Dec 19, 2014 READ MORE



The New Republic: The Bad and the Good

As the aftermath of the staff departures at The New Republic continues, the veteran journalist who exposed the Iran Contra affair in the 1980s recalls the magazine’s deadly tradition of cheerleading for empire, while Salon columnist Tom Frank admits it published some “pretty damn good” writing shortly before it came apart at the hands of its new owner.

Posted on Dec 15, 2014 READ MORE



For the World’s Sake: Revolution in the United States

As a result of the United States’ disproportionate political, economic and military power, 121 million American voters hold the fate of billions in their hands every four years.

Posted on Nov 13, 2014 READ MORE



How Washington Protects Itself and the Corporate Sector

The question of how foreign policy is determined is a crucial one in world affairs. I can only provide a few hints as to how I think the subject can be productively explored.

Posted on Jul 3, 2014 READ MORE



Noam Chomsky and the Public Intellectual in Turbulent Times

Noam Chomsky not only represents the antithesis of intellectual accommodation, he exemplifies a new kind of intellectual, one who refuses, as C. Wright Mills put it, the role of “a sociological book-keeper,” preferring instead to be “mutinous and utopian” rather than “go the way of the literary faddist and the technician of cultural chic.”

Posted on May 12, 2014 READ MORE



U.S. Secretly Created ‘Cuban Twitter’ to Undermine Government

The U.S. government used its multibillion-dollar overseas humanitarian arm to build and launch a social media network that could be used to spark off a “Cuban Spring” and overthrow the country’s communist government, documents obtained by The Associated Press show.

Posted on Apr 3, 2014 READ MORE


Listen: Robert Scheer on the Honor of America’s Libertarian Politicians

On Berkeley, Calif., radio station KPFA’s “Sunday Show with Philip Maldari” over the weekend, the Truthdig editor-in-chief discussed the Internet’s capacities to liberate and enslave and cheered Kentucky Libertarian Republican Sen. Rand Paul’s defense of individual privacy in a recent, well-received speech at UC Berkeley.

Posted on Mar 24, 2014 READ MORE



Obama’s Dumbest Plan Yet

Obama and Co. have ousted Ukraine’s democratically elected president, Viktor Yanukovych, with the help of ultra-right, paramilitary, neo-Nazi gangs who seized and burned government offices, killed riot police, and spread mayhem and terror across the country. These are America’s new allies in the Great Game.

Posted on Mar 1, 2014 READ MORE



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The Manifesto and New Morality of the 9/11 Mastermind

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, known as the mastermind of 9/11, has released a new manifesto and allegedly come into a new way of thinking and believing.

Posted on Jan 15, 2014 READ MORE



Times Books

The Brothers

Stephen Kinzer tells the story of the Dulles brothers, who served as secretary of state and director of the CIA in the Eisenhower administration. It is a bracing, disturbing, and serious study of the exercise of American global power.

Posted on Nov 29, 2013 READ MORE



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Mistaking Omniscience for Omnipotence

At the moment, Washington seems to be operating in a world in which the more you know about the secret lives of others, the less powerful you turn out to be.

Posted on Nov 14, 2013 READ MORE



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The Business of America Is War

There is a new normal in America: our government may shut down, but our wars continue. Congress may not be able to pass a budget, but the U.S. military can still launch commando raids in Libya and Somalia, and the military-industrial complex can still dominate the world’s arms trade.

Posted on Oct 20, 2013 READ MORE



AP/J. Scott Applewhite

China Benefits From Bush’s Folly

What the Chinese have demonstrated is that in the modern world, to the conquerors do not go the spoils.

Posted on Jun 3, 2013 READ MORE


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And Then There Was One

To this day, we’ve never quite taken in the moment when Soviet imperial rot unexpectedly—above all, to Washington—became imperial crash-and-burn. Left standing, the United States—the Cold War’s victor—seemed like an empire of everything under the sun. It was as if humanity had always been traveling toward this spot.

Posted on May 8, 2013 READ MORE



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Overwrought Empire

The U.S. is now the sole planetary Top Gun in a way that empire-builders once undoubtedly fantasized about: alone and essentially uncontested. By all the usual measuring sticks, it should be supreme in a historically unprecedented way. And yet it couldn’t be more obvious that it’s not.

Posted on Oct 10, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Jason Redmond

Speaking Truth on the Fifth of July

“Why it is so hard to tell the truth today?” I asked Vietnam veteran and anti-war hero Ron Kovic one summer night over drinks in midtown Manhattan.

Posted on Aug 19, 2012 READ MORE



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The Imperial Way: American Decline in Perspective, Part 2

In the years of America’s conscious, self-inflicted decline at home, “losses” have continued to mount elsewhere.

Posted on Feb 16, 2012 READ MORE


Democracy Building Is Back in Fashion

I heard a brilliant young Harvard scholar, influential in the Obama administration, explain that the future of successful American action in Central Asia lies in a “surge” of civilian political and developmental action to rescue the people of the region from their present backwardness.

Posted on Jul 5, 2011 READ MORE


Turkey in Position to Lead Region Out of Tumultuous Century

Looking backward, there is a great deal to be said for leaving well enough alone, which is more difficult than one might think.

Posted on Jun 14, 2011 READ MORE


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AP / Karim Kadim

Sadr Delivers an Ultimatum to U.S.

Moqtada al-Sadr is back, issuing an ultimatum to American troops and contractors: Leave Iraq by the end of the year or he will revive his Mehdi Army and relaunch attacks on the United States’ post-withdrawal presence in the country.

Posted on Apr 9, 2011 READ MORE


U.S. Can’t Resist Meddling in the Middle East

The struggle is under way to re-establish American control over the successors to those despots whom popular uprisings have ousted from Tunisia and Egypt, threatening the careers of still other abusive absolute monarchs and presidents-for-life (and their offspring).

Posted on Apr 5, 2011 READ MORE


With Democracy or Against It—There’s No In Between

Just as you cannot be sorta pregnant, you cannot kinda support democracy, and only when it does what you want. That’s not “supporting democracy”; that’s imperialism.

Posted on Feb 4, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Obama’s Royal Passage to Asia

Like his royal British forerunners, the president, through his advisers and their policies, brings imperial ambitions to the largest and most populous continent.

Posted on Nov 10, 2010 READ MORE



news.bbc.co.uk

Petraeus Demurs on Afghan Pullout

President Obama may have marked 2011 on his calendar to begin pulling U.S. troops out of Afghanistan, but his commander there, Gen. David Petraeus, isn’t so sure. Withdrawal, Petraeus said in an interview with NBC, must be “conditions-based.”

Posted on Aug 15, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Lawrence Jackson

Afghanistan in Review

With civilian casualties in Afghanistan up sharply this year, President Hamid Karzai has asked President Obama for a “strategic review” of the way the war there is being fought.

Posted on Aug 14, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Javier Galeano

Castro Back in the Spotlight

A week shy of his 84th birthday, Fidel Castro took to the podium Saturday to address the Cuban parliament on the threat of nuclear war, his first such address in more than four years.

Posted on Aug 7, 2010 READ MORE


Basra offensive
AP / Nabil al-Jurani

U.S. Ends Combat Presence in Iraq (Update)

Even the mightiest of empires must let go. Seven years after the invasion to topple Saddam Hussein, the U.S. on Saturday handed over all combat duties to Iraqi security forces, fulfilling President Obama’s promise to end U.S. combat operations by the close of August.

Posted on Aug 7, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Lawrence Jackson

Troop Deaths in Afghanistan Hit High Mark

With 66 deaths so far in July, the month will go down as the deadliest yet for U.S. troops in the nine-year-old war in Afghanistan. The July toll brings the 2010 total so far to at least 265 American military personnel killed.

Posted on Jul 30, 2010 READ MORE


Morales
AP / Juan Karita

Nationalization Becomes Electric

President Evo Morales is pressing forward with his nationalization program in Bolivia, seizing four private electric companies Saturday morning. The government now controls 80 percent of the country’s power generation.

Posted on May 1, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Navy / MC3 Joshua Cassatt

Okinawans March Against U.S. Base

Tens of thousands of Okinawans joined a rally on Sunday, demanding that a U.S. Marine air base be moved off Okinawa. The protest comes amid speculation that the U.S. government is ready to accept an alternative plan to relocate the base to another part of the Japanese island.

Posted on Apr 25, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Rafiq Maqool

Digging In in Afghanistan

Though some analysts thiink the military conflict in Afghanistan will “trail off” by 2011, the United States’ BFF—the British army—has announced it will maintain a presence, and be “militarily engaged,” in the war-torn country for at least an additional five years

Posted on Feb 27, 2010 READ MORE


Morales
AP / Juan Karita

An OAS Without Empire

In a press conference before a meeting of Latin and Caribbean countries in Cancun, Mexico, Evo Morales proposed a new Organization of American States “without empire” that would remove Canada and the U.S. from the organization’s roster.

Posted on Feb 20, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Jae C. Hong

More Troops, More Shaking for Haiti

The U.S. has deployed an additional 4,000 troops to Haiti as aftershocks rocked the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince on Wednesday. The American troop count will reach 16,000 by the weekend as relief efforts hit full stride in the earthquake-ravaged country.

Posted on Jan 21, 2010 READ MORE



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Halt! Who Grows There?

Citing the fact that industrialized countries cause much more environmental destruction than loggers and farmers in the Amazon, Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has called on Western countries—“gringos”—to help halt deforestation.

Posted on Nov 28, 2009 READ MORE



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Obama Agrees to Reassess U.S. Base on Okinawa

Amid continuing protests by Japanese civilians on Okinawa, President Obama has announced he will create a “high-level working group” to discuss the future of a U.S. Marine Corps air base on the island, a move that appears to be aimed at mending relations with Japan.

Posted on Nov 14, 2009 READ MORE



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Okinawans Step Up U.S. Base Protest

With a new populist government in place in Tokyo, the people of Okinawa are stepping up their protest against the relocation of a U.S. Marine Corps air base on the island. They want the base gone altogether.

Posted on Nov 8, 2009 READ MORE


Chavez

Stone Goes ‘South of the Border’

A new documentary by Oliver Stone called “South of the Border” follows his earlier trajectory of “Salvador” (1984), “Comandante” (2003), and “Looking for Fidel” (2004) as he talks to several Latin American leaders to understand what is happening on the continent and how U.S. perceptions of our own backyard are skewed.

Posted on Sep 3, 2009 READ MORE



telegraph.co.uk

U.S. Death Toll in Afghanistan Hits a Grim Record

With the death of a U.S. service member Friday, August now stands as the deadliest month ever for U.S. forces in Afghanistan. Forty-five American troops have been killed so far this month, a disturbing sign that conditions in the nearly decade-long war are not getting any better.

Posted on Aug 28, 2009 READ MORE


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