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  • Legal Imperialism and International Law

    Law is not simply part of the superstructure “reflecting” the power of economic or political institutions: it also guides and directs political and economic institutions, committing material resources to implement imperial doctrines.

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  • The Civil Society Ploy

    Can the United States export democracy to another country, the way it exports Coca Cola? Apparently the government, particularly, USAID, and the mass media—think so. But, some tricky issues emerge because the USA—the ‘city on the hill” represent “exceptionalism.”

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  • The Syrian saga

    The Syrian situation is extremely complex this being the result of its history, its diverse ethnic groups, its long-lasting repressive regime, and compounded by a decade-long desire of the USA and other Western countries for regime change in that country. And because of the latter factor, much of the mainstream media for the past year or more have misrepresented the turmoil and conflict in Syria, almost in the way it was done in preparation for the war on Iraq.

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  • What is “the international community”?

    So what or who is “The International Community?” We hear it all the time from certain political leaders. For example, Hilary Clinton, President Barrack Obama’s Secretary of State, uses the term all the time. “We will take the issue of Iran’s nuclear program [certainly not ours!] to The International Community.” Is this the United Nations? Not exactly.

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  • The Obama Doctrine: Making a Virtue of Necessity

    After nearly 3 years in deep pursuit of the colonial wars initiated by ex-President Bush, the Obama regime has finally recognized the catastrophic domestic and foreign consequences. As a result the “reality principle” has taken hold; the maintenance of the US Empire requires modification of tactics and strategies, to cut political, military and diplomatic losses.

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  • Afghanistan calling!

    Ten plus years ago, the United States (oops, NATO) invaded Afghanistan and quickly won the war against the militarily (technologically) inferior Taliban government. Washington and allies followed their victory by quickly losing the occupation challenge. As W. Bush and allies invaded Iraq, the Taliban crept back from Pakistan and undid the U.S. war victory.

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  • 9/11 and the “War on Terror”

    From day one, the U.S. government and mainstream media have lied to the public about “why” the attacks occurred and mislead us about “who” was responsible for the attacks.

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  • NATO’s War Crimes in Libya: Who Grieves for the Fallen Heroes?

    NATO’s savage six-month blitz—over 30,000 air and missile assaults on Libyan civil and military institutions—was a response to those who claimed that the US and the EU were on the “decline” and that the “empire was in decay”.

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  • Our successful democracy abroad

    The United States, as we learn from first grade on, represents the world’s best economy and most successful democracy because we live by the rule of law. And we rightfully tell other countries how they too can measure up to our standards—including how to deal with our terrorist foes. And we help them.

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  • Puppets in Revolt: Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan and the United States

    Empires are built through the promotion and backing of local collaborators who act at the behest of imperial rulers. They are rewarded with the outward symbols of authority and financial handouts, even as it is understood that they hold their position only at the tolerance of their imperial superiors.

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