Empires are not easy to sustain given the multiple enemies that they provoke: at the international level (imperial rivals and emerging new powers), at the national level (national resistance movements, unreliable clients and untrustworthy ‘Sepoy’ armies) and at the local level (boycotts, sabotage and strikes). Imperial difficulties are multiplied when an empire is in economic decline, (loss of market shares with growing debt), facing domestic unrest as the economic costs to the taxpayers exceed the returns by a substantial margin; and when the political elite is internally divided between ‘militarists’ and ‘free market’ advocates.
The US Empire today is in the midst of a long-term decline, during which it has suffered a series of costly defeats. In addition, Washington has assumed long-term burdensome commitments to allies who have imposed their own ambitions of seeking ‘mini empires’ (Israel, Turkey and Saudi Arabia).
The US White House has increasingly adopted a military definition of ‘imperial leadership’ at the expense of reconfiguring imperial relations to accommodate potential new political and economic partners.
The people of the United States must work to end the interventionist violence of the U.S. Empire
This is Part I of a two part series on American Empire. Part II will focus on the Empire Economy and how it is failing to work for most Americans as well as most people of the world.
The historian who chronicles US Empire,William Blum, issued his 130th Anti-Empire Report this week. In it he notes that the US, by far, is seen by the people of the world as “the greatest threat to peace in the world today” with 24% taking that view. Only 2% see Russia as such a threat, and 6% see China.
How can we bring about an awareness that sharing is the solution to a planetary crisis, and our last remaining hope for rehabilitating a divided world? Central to this question is the problem of 'isms', in which our complacency has intellectualised itself in order to justify its existence as being normal.
The problems of humanity have reached such an apex that it is now critical for governments to implement the principle of sharing within and between every single country. It is critical on several counts: firstly, to release the joy and creativity that is inherent in every human being but widely suppressed through economic hardship and social breakdown, with levels of depression throughout the world now reaching epidemic proportions. Secondly, it is critical in a literal sense for the millions of men, women and children who live without adequate means for survival, and who are needlessly dying from poverty and disease with each passing day. Furthermore, it is vital that we integrate the principle of sharing into inter-governmental policies if we are to stand a chance of averting environmental catastrophe, for the necessary time for transforming our societies is fast running out. The world itself is sick and in a state of emergency, for which only sharing can provide the necessary healing and remedy. But on all these counts we are left in a quandary, because the crucial missing factor is a collective understanding that sharing is verily the solution to our problems, and our last remaining hope. Without an all-embracing public awareness that sharing is the only way out, it is impossible that this neglected principle can be implemented into world affairs.
By Khalid Amayreh
The title of this brief article is not a hyperbole or a dramatic overstatement meant to attract attention or gain sympathy. It is rather a reflection of reality.
Indeed, if a holocaust is about annihilating people, especially civilians, the Israeli army, the Wehrmacht of our time, has been exterminating entire Palestinian families-the father, the mother and all the children.
We are not speaking about one isolated incident or a few incidents where one stray missile hit a home inadvertently or children killed as a result of collateral damage. We are rather talking about an official policy endorsed and pursued by the government of Israel to wipe out numerous Palestinian households for the purpose of bringing the Palestinians to their knees.
This is Israel's way of wreaking shock and awe on the defenseless and helpless Palestinians.
Let's talk about the truth of the situation in Ukraine. Forget about all the talk on the MSM. The real truth is that the United States is taking the position of a nation that is trying to stop a civil war in Ukraine and putting the blame on Vladimir Putin and the Russian separatists for shooting down a Malaysian airliner.
That part is, sadly, the truth. What the Media that fills the homes of American citizen's fails to mention is that we started this conflict by supporting the overthrow of a legitimately elected government (although corrupt and inefficient) by force. It was widely publicized on the internet websites that Victoria Nuland authorized the payment of some 5 billion dollars to support a movement, that by some witnesses said, was shooting people in the Maiden district indiscriminately regardless of what side they were on in order to inflame the populace. This was terrorism. We supported this.
United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has expressed condolences to the Israeli regime for its losses. “I extend my deep condolences to the prime minister and to the people of Israel on the fatalities from the recent escalation. Israeli premier, claimed they did not want civilian casualties in Gaza.
Israeli ambassador Ron Dermer: The Israeli forces “should be given the Nobel Peace Prize... a Nobel Peace Prize for fighting with unimaginable restraint," Dermer said, claiming the Israeli soldiers do not “target a single Palestinian civilian.”"Our soldiers are dying so that innocent Palestinians can live.”
Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin: US remarks over the crash of a Malaysian airliner in Ukraine resemble Washington’s hasty conclusions on the existence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. US has established the guilty party "even before the investigation of the Boeing accident.
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“The only thing that can deter terrorists, like those who kidnapped the children and killed them, is the knowledge that their sister or their mother will be raped.” This assertion was made by Middle East scholar Dr. Mordechai Kedar of Bar-Ilan University on an Israel Radio program.
The Chinese yuan growing stronger. The Swiss National Bank and China agreed on a currency-swap deal on Monday. Last year China signed several agreements with other countries for direct currency deals.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Avigdor Lieberman requested a Herem, a religious boycott, on Israeli-Palestinians, the highest religious censure in Judaism, meaning total exclusion of the person from the community; term implies even destruction of the person being banned.
Federal Aviation Administration barred U.S. airliners traveling to or from Israel for at least 24 hours, reports a rocket landed near Tel Aviv's airport, less than a week after Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 shot down over Ukraine, potentially increasing Israeli's isolation from rest of the world
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko compared the crash of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine with the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on New York. Disaster is intensifying war propaganda, incitement of a military confrontation with Russia, military build-up in Eastern Europe.
Militants from ISIS now control or threaten key facilities on Euphrates, Tigris rivers, waging a war for water, trying to wrest control over rivers, dams, desalination plants. Without water, seasonal droughts cannot be managed, electricity cannot be generated, proper sanitation impossible, local economy grinds to a halt.
A Ukrainian Sukhoi fighter jet delivered a rocket near the city of Shakhtarsk, located within the 40-kilometer ceasefire zone around the site of the downed Malaysia Airlines passenger jet, a RIA Novosti correspondent reported Tuesday. The rockets struck a field outside the city. No injuries reported.
Foreign ministers from the European Union will introduce additional measures to restrict trade and investment in Crimea and Sevastopol, according to the statement issued after the Foreign Affairs Council meeting in Brussels on Tuesday.
UN chief, Washington’s top diplomat holding meetings in Cairo on Tuesday to push for end to two weeks of violence in Gaza that has killed 585 Palestinians. Israel pursuing campaign of shelling and air strikes, and militants hitting back with rocket fire and attacks on troops operating on the ground.
Lieberman accused the Qatar-based channel of being a mouthpiece for Hamas, and said the foreign ministry was taking steps to prevent it from broadcasting from Gaza, according to Israel's Channel 2 TV. Israel's army has denied targeting the Gaza offices of al-Jazeera TV .
Israeli military aircraft bombarded more than 70 targets including five mosques and a sports complex in Gaza overnight. Over the past 15 days, Israeli warplanes have been hitting numerous targets in the Gaza Strip, demolishing homes. Palestinian resistance fighters killed around 30 Israelis.
A video has emerged showing Israeli soldiers using sniper fire to kill a Palestinian civilian in Gaza Strip.Israeli snipers shot him and then continued to fire as he was on the ground, two ambulances targeted and destroyed by Israeli forces.
Egypt refusing to open the Rafah border crossing with Gaza to allow injured Palestinians to seek treatment at Egyptian hospitals. the border crossing is Gaza's only not controlled by Israel, closed since Israel’s attacks began. Medical delegations, aid convoy prevented from reaching Palestine.
The Israeli army says one of its soldiers has been lost in combat with Hamas forces in the blockaded Gaza Strip and is presumed dead. Israel’s Channel 10 News said on Tuesday that the military believed the trooper was killed along with six other soldiers in an attack on an armored vehicle on Sunday.
Israel kept up attacks on Gaza on Tuesday, killing three Palestinians and hitting over 70 targets, including five mosques, a sports stadium and the home of the deceased Hamas military chief. Palestinian death toll 570 according to AP. Almost 100 of them are children and many others are civilians.
German typewriter manufacturers are enjoying a boom in sales following the NSA spying scandal. A German defence manufacturer switched to typewriters last year, while last week a leading politician called for the government to use the old technology.
Nicholas Valtz, a managing director in cross-asset sales at Goldman Sachs in New York, was found in Napeague Harbor off the coast of Long Island, according to the East Hampton police. Valtz, 39, was a “novice kiteboarder” and was found floating in the water secured to his kite, police said
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden after meeting with the Russian leader at the Kremlin in 2011, “I said, ‘Mr. Prime Minister, I’m looking into your eyes, and I don’t think you have a soul,’” Biden said. “He looked back at me, smiled, and he said, ‘We understand one another.’”
Following the US imposition of further sanctions on Russia last week, specifically the import of Kalashnikov firearms, gun stores across the US are experiencing a run on AK-47s. Among the companies sanctioned this week was Kalashnikov Concern, the maker of the automatic weapon.
Malaysian Airlines MH370 and MH17. A Criminologist Questions: What are the Probabilities? Is it a Mere Coincidence? "Israel arranged for the shooting down of MH17 at 14:15 hours UTC. Israeli began its assault on Gaza at 14:00 hours UTC."
Russian Institute for Strategic Studies (RISS) warns United States, NATO attempting to create “new world order” out of Ukraine situation that will impose totalitarian global laws, regulations a “single system to issue money”, because this will meet resistance, threat of war needs to be maintained.
Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council: Ukrainian army took the towns of Dzerzhinsk, Rubezhnoye and Soledar. Ukrainian army now “spotting and eliminating remainders” of local militia “in liberated towns.” Detained number of local self-defense fighters, seized weapons and munitions.
Russia’s Foreign Ministry on Monday demanded that Sweden, Finland, the Baltic states and France conduct a thorough investigation into alleged involvement of mercenaries from these countries in hostilities in eastern Ukraine, condemn the participation of mercenaries in the hostilities in Ukraine.
Latest reports say Israeli aerial and ground forces are using white phosphorus bombs to pound residential areas across Strip .The bombs violate all international conventions, considered as banned weapons in civilian areas. Norwegian doctor in Gaza criticized Israel for using cancer-inducing bombs.
Russian Defense Ministry: Russian military detected a Ukrainian SU-25 fighter jet gaining height towards the MH17 Boeing on the day of the catastrophe. Kiev must explain why the military jet was tracking the passenger airplane along a civil aviation corridor at almost the same time and level.
Ukrainian troops equipped with tanks and armored vehicles are attempting to break into Donetsk, a city of approximately 950,000 people. Heavy firefight cannon heard downtown. City is being shelled with heavy artillery and unguided missiles of multiple launch rocket systems.
Groups of Israelis gather each evening on hilltops overlooking Gaza to watch, whoop and whistle as missiles are fired at Gaza a few miles away, Spectators hold up smartphones to take selfies against backdrops of black smoke in Gaza. Death toll 410. More than 3,000 Palestinians wounded.
Medical authorities called the killings in the area a "massacre", saying they have never seen such a level of violence before, warn of serious humanitarian crisis; hospitals running out of basic medical supplies. Israeli forces also killed dozens of others in other areas in the besieged enclave on the same day.
“Venezuela also rejects the cynical campaigns trying to condemn both parties equally, when it is clear you cannot morally compare occupied and massacred Palestine with the occupying state, Israel, which also possesses military superiority and acts on the margins of international law.
Russian President Vladimir Putin: The tragic Malaysian MH17 flight crash must not be politicised and the international experts on the scene should be able to carry out their work in complete safety, We need a fully representative group of experts working at the site under the guidance of ICAO.
Following an Israeli forces’ shelling of a Gaza City district which killed at least 70 civilians, including children, Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas has called for an emergency session of the UN Security Council over the “massacre in Shejaia.”
Israel is using flechette shells, which spray thousands of tiny and potentially lethal metal darts, in its military operation in Gaza. Israel Defence Forces (IDF) did not deny using the shells. Thousands of metal darts 37.5mm in length, disperse in a conical arch 300 metres long 90 metres wide”.
NBC Pulls Veteran Reporter After Witness To Gaza Kids Murder. NBC is facing questions over its decision to pull veteran news correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin out of Gaza just after he personally witnessed the Israeli military’s killing of four Palestinian boys on a Gaza beach. Mohyeldin was kicking a soccer ball around with the boys just minutes before they died.
The downing of Flight MH17 means that Washington’s gang are on the war path again. Barack Obama, Joe Biden, John McCain and even Hillary Clinton – are all insisting that the west has to ‘get tougher’ with Russia. Was this the plan all along?
You know something has gone terribly wrong in culture when you see people cheering as women and children are being blown to bits (see video below). This video is no longer availible because the Yuotube account associated with this video has been terminated.
How Can Americans Fall for Pro-War Propaganda So Soon After Learning of the Deceptions In Selling the Iraq and Syria Wars?
“The NSA will soon be able to collect 966 exabytes a year, the total of internet traffic annually. Former Google head Erich Schmidt once argued that the entire amount of knowledge from the beginning of humankind until 2003 amount to only five exabytes.”
Stuart Littlewood calls for comprehensive sanctions against Israel and its Western mouthpieces and stooges – as well as against media such as the BBC which consistently fail to challenge Zionist disinformation.
The world is utterly horrified by the destruction of Malaysian Airways Flight MH17 (298 dead) on 17 July 2014 by a sophisticated surface-to-air missile has diverted world attention from, the deadly escalation of the Israeli Gaza Massacre (about 300 Palestinians killed so far) by the war criminal Israeli Defence Forces
The death, destruction and human suffering caused by Israel’s 11-day-old onslaught against the impoverished and densely populated Gaza Strip increased sharply Friday. Israeli troops and armored columns continued pushing into the territory in an invasion launched the night before, even as the bombardment from air, land and sea intensified.
Washington’s propaganda machine is in such high gear that we are in danger of losing
the facts that we do have. One fact is that the separatists do not have the expensive Buk anti-aircraft missile system or the trained personnel to operate it.
Following a similar resolution passed last week by the U.S. House, the U.S. Senate voted Thursday night to support Israel’s ongoing invasion of the Gaza Strip. No dissenting vote was cast, and no mention was made of the hundreds of Palestinian civilians, most of whom are women and children, that have been killed by Israel in the past ten days.
Before any investigation had been carried out, leading US politicians and media outlets seized upon yesterday’s terrible crash of a Malaysian Airlines flight in east Ukraine, which cost 295 lives, to legitimize stepped-up threats against Russia, posing the danger of all-out war.
President Barack Obama assured Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Washington’s support for Tel Aviv’s assault on Gaza urged Israel to minimize civilian casualties in assault on Gaza. Among the victims; 5-month-old baby, 70-year-old woman, three teenage siblings.
Injured patients in Gaza in dire need of medical supplies after Israeli warplanes and tanks bombed hospitals across the besieged region. Hundreds of patients evacuated. Israeli aircraft continue hitting targets across region, quarter of the victims are children, "brazen violation of international norms."
Pay close attention to Steven Starr’s article, “The Lethality of Nuclear Weapons.” Washington thinks nuclear war can be won and is planning for a first strike on Russia, and perhaps China, in order to prevent any challenge to Washington’s world hegemony. The plan is far advanced, and the implementation of the plan is underway. As I have reported previously, US strategic doctrine was changed and the role of nuclear missiles was elevated from a retaliatory role to an offensive first strike role. US anti-ballistic missile (ABM) bases have been established in Poland on Russia’s frontier, and other bases are planned. When completed Russia will be ringed with US missile bases. ‘US threatens China not to drop dollar’ | ‘West sees China economy as threat’
The ANC government has received a request from the U.S. was rejected to be part of a U.S. disaster management plan which South Africa $ 10 billion a year (about R100 billion) for ten years would receive. According to the plan would be temporary housing for millions of Americans in South Africa built if the Yellowstone super volcano in the country sooner or later would come to a head. Countries that the U.S. will participate noodlenigingsplan, Brazil, Argentina and Australia. A spokesman for the Department of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Sipho Matwetwe, South Africa will not "part of the plan because there is a risk that millions of white Americans in an emergency situation to the country can be sent and we can national culture and identity threat". ►ALERT: Pentagon Moves Nuclear Missiles From Yellowstone Blast Zone
Scientists from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute were turned down after requesting minimal federal support by five agencies. There are no federal agencies conducting comprehensive, on-the-ground analyses of how much Fukushima radiation has made its way into the air and oceans of the U.S... the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) stopped testing imported foods in that manner the year after the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan.
The Dow Jones and Standard & Poor’s 500 indexes reached record highs on Thursday, having completely erased the losses since the stock market’s last peak, in 2007. But instead of cheering, we should be very afraid. Over the last 13 years, the stock market has twice crashed and touched off a recession: American households lost $5 trillion in the 2000 dot-com bust and more than $7 trillion in the 2007 housing crash. Sooner or later — within a few years, I predict — this latest Wall Street bubble, inflated by an egregious flood of phony money from the Federal Reserve rather than real economic gains, will explode, too.
"Help me dad, they're killing me" Kelly Thomas cried as the good police beat and suffocated him to death. One cop commented, "God there's blood everywhere." Officer Manuel Ramos was charged with one count of second-degree murder and one count of involuntary manslaughter; Corporal Jay Cicinelli and Officer Joseph Wolfe were each charged with one count of felony involuntary manslaughter and one count of excessive force. On January 13, 2014, Ramos and Cicinelli were found not guilty of all charges, and the district attorney's office announced it would not pursue the case against Officer Wolfe. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_of_Kelly_Thomas
In this most powerful expose yet on Zionist crimes in Palestine, Dr. David Duke exposes the horrific Zionist terror in Gaza and proves how Zionist influenced media around the world lies to us! Not only must we free Palestine, we must free the West and the whole world from Zionist Globalist tyranny!
Galina Pyshnyak: "City center. Lenin Square. Our City council - it is the only area where you can banish all people. Gathered in the square only women because the men are no more. Women, girls, old people. And this is called exponential penalty. They took the child three years old little boy with shorts, T-shirt, like Jesus they nailed him to the bulletin board. One Galitchina drove the nails while two held the child. The mother was held by the Galitchina and forced to watch her little boy bleeding, shrieking and squealing. They took a knife and cut the little boy so that he suffered more. The mother fainted at the sight of her child being tortured with a knife. It was horror unbearable to watch. People lost consciousness. After half an hour of suffering the child died, and the mother was taken and tied to a tank and dragged to death, three laps, each a kilometer, around the city square". http://www.1tv.ru/news/world/262978
Led by CODEPINK, American-Arab organizations, the Washington Peace Center and the ANSWER Coalition, an estimated 300 spirited protesters gathered outside the Israeli Embassy in Washington, D.C. on Friday afternoon July 11th. They brought with them pots, pans, drums and other assorted noise makers. As of today, the Israeli bombings “have killed at least 100 Palestinians” and injured more than 670 in Gaza. See: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/11/mideast-conflict-gaza-offensive-israel-hamas_n_5576854.html
Supposedly, half of the dead are “women and children.”
Gaza militants, on the other hand, have reportedly fired “over 400 rockets” into residential areas in Israel. No casualties have been reported. At press time, there was no sign of a truce between the parties. The Israelis insist they are only “defending” themselves.
Speaking on camera is social justice activist, Eugene Puryear. He is a graduate of Howard U. and currently running for an at-large seat on the Washington, D.C. City Council. Mr. Puryear, who is also an author, labeled Israel, “an apartheid state,” and compared it to the former South African regime. He also praised the ongoing “Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions Movement (BDS)” campaign. See for details: http://www.bdsmovement.net
Album of 28 Photos, at: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10204330434724377.1073742023.1334685315&type=1&l=6cdd288f32
“Protest at Israeli Embassy, Re: Gaza Bombings”
War crimes committed by both the Ukrainian Army and the Ukrainian National Guard in Eastern Ukraine against civilian population. Mainstream media channels won't show you any of this footage. This is a war they don't want you to see.
Kiev's warmongers and fascists on the ground keep on killing innocent civilians. 90% of the footage shown here was filmed by the locals and is readily available here on YouTube. The blood that's being spilled over by Kiev's punishers will never be washed away.
If you want to see pictures of July 2nd airstrike on Staraya Kondrashovka, here they are (WARNING, GRAPHIC): https://vk.com/album-69838054_198072706
Ukrainian mainstream media immediately blamed the incident on the rebels who don't even have an aircraft. Though on the 3rd of July, a deputy commander of the Public Relations of Battalion Azov had admitted that the cause of fire was pilot "error". All of the war crimes committed by Ukrainian government and their punitive battalions is blamed on the rebels who just wouldn't kill their own parents, wives, and children since over 90% of the rebels are made up of local citizens. Facts speak otherwise and images don't lie. Ukrainian propaganda machine is really on it. Disgusting.
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In what the New York Times describes as “a net neutrality turnaround” the Obama administration’s new FCC chairman Tom Wheeler is proposing rules that will create an Internet for the wealthy. The new plan to create a pay to play Internet came to light in the Wall Street Journal. Under the plan wealthy corporations will be able to purchase faster service, while those that cannot do so will have slower service. Rather than an open Internet for all the US will be moving to a class-based Internet. Now Wheeler is set to propose what the industry has wanted, an end to net neutrality, that will allow them to charge us more for service and create financial barriers that will prevent new services from challenging their domination of the Internet. As a result, more money will be funneled from working Americans to wealthy telecom giants. If you want an open Internet, We can stop this – but we must act now.
Time to end the failed experiment with rigged corporate trade and put in place fair trade for the people and planet before profits. Corporate trade negatively affects labor, environment, internet freedom, healthcare, food sovereignty, immigrant’s rights, and banking regulations. Rodrigo Contreras, Chile's lead TPP negotiator quit to warn people of how big financial institutions will dominate their governments and “will become a threat for our countries: It will restrict our development options in health and education, in biological and cultural diversity, and in the design of public policies and the transformation of our economies. Mass protest against rigged corporate trade agreements can end the experiment in trade that puts profits ahead of the people and planet. To get involved in the campaign to stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership visit: http://www.flushthetpp.org
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