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Crumbling US empire - YouTube

In the last half-century we have witnessed a dramatic expansion of American corporate power into every corner of the world, accompanied by an equal growth in US military power. The United States is a super power but has forgotten about its own people (the republic). Michael Parenti says that US leaders have been consumed by the status of American super power and have forgotten basic infrastructure needs of their people.

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The Cochabamba Declaration: Latin America's Anti-Imperialist Offensive - Center for Research on Globalization

The Cochabamba Declaration: Latin America's Anti-Imperialist Offensive - Center for Research on Globalization | real utopias | Scoop.it

As a follow-up to the June summit meeting of the G77 + China leaders, held in Santa Cruz, the Bolivian government and the Bolivian Workers Central (COB) sponsored an “Anti-Imperialist International Trade Union Conference” in Cochabamba, June 30-July 2.


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the Unspoken Atrocities of US Imperialism: Chile and Indonesia - Center for Research on Globalization

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Center for Research on Globalization the Unspoken Atrocities of US Imperialism: Chile and Indonesia Center for Research on Globalization The experiment was about trying to figure this out: What happens to a poor country that is hit by a brutal...
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PSYOPs, “Media Warfare” and the “Weaponization of Information” in Iraq - Center for Research on Globalization

PSYOPs, “Media Warfare” and the “Weaponization of Information” in Iraq - Center for Research on Globalization | real utopias | Scoop.it

Another part of the problem is our collective failure to come to terms with the lies our government told to us about the US-led occupation.

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Neo-Colonialism and the Changing Nature of Imperialism in Africa - Center for Research on Globalization

Neo-Colonialism and the Changing Nature of Imperialism in Africa - Center for Research on Globalization | real utopias | Scoop.it
Neo-Colonialism and the Changing Nature of Imperialism in Africa Center for Research on Globalization After nearly a century, Lenin's study of the changing economic character of world capitalism remains important in understanding the nature of...
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The Politics of Plunder - CounterPunch

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Martin Luther King was surely right when he said that  “the arc of the moral universe…bends towards justice.”   It bends at a glacial pace, but it does bend.  The fact that everyone nowadays, even unreconstructed racists, would agree that slavery was a gross injustice is evidence that it does.  So too is the fact that Jim Crow (de jure) segregation has lately come to be regarded similarly.

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Titillations of Nuclear War - CounterPunch

Titillations of Nuclear War - CounterPunch | real utopias | Scoop.it

For America, the prospect of the structural-ideological constancy of war preparation and occasional conflagration is a delight, conviction, compulsion. For how else demonstrate hegemony? How else, by arrogating to itself guardianship—and chief beneficiary—of the world system, legitimate, affirm, and secure the fruits of Exceptionalism? Beginning in the late-19th century, with the fusion of capitalism and national power, already prefigured in domestic expansion and railroad development, the earlier phrase, “Manifest Destiny,” albeit hackneyed and contrived from day one self-serving a ruling-class-in-formation and conveying moralistic ethnocentric content, accurately described the grandiosity of public policy to follow (up to the present and no doubt future). The psychopathology of the winner-take-all mental set fulfilled by the militarization of US capitalism has, since the end of World War II, created a closed system in which anticommunism—now counterterrorism—becomes CODE for stifling alternatives to ascendant monopoly capital and the internal regimentation of political-social thought.

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Economic Imperialism and the One Word You Can't Say - CounterPunch

Economic Imperialism and the One Word You Can't Say - CounterPunch | real utopias | Scoop.it

One reason the United States and the West aren’t particularly interested in defending their neoliberal policies is because by the time their effects are felt in a particular location, the world and its five-minute attention span has already moved on. Once the glamour of violence simmers down, the appetites of the bourgeoisie are sated. Whether Russia or Thailand or Korea or Chile or the Ukraine, the vicious coup d’état or knowingly-savage policy prescriptions that unlock a country’s economy quickly fade into obscurity. Into that fathomless swamp of imperial crimes. The media moves on to fresher fires, newer conflicts, and more entertaining waves of repression. Falling wages, rising prices, mass privatization, and vanishing tariffs are not newsworthy—at least when ‘newsworthy’ is defined by clicks and eyeballs. Who wants to listen to a cranky union vet opine on the evils of capitalist accumulation? Or see some reporter on RT or Al Jazeera wander through decaying communities in some far-flung hamlet? Not when you can listen to Wolf Blitzer’s riveting blow-by-blow of the latest artificial uprising on ‘The Situation Room’.

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The Ukraine Imbroglio and the Decline of the American Empire - CounterPunch

The Ukraine Imbroglio and the Decline of the American Empire - CounterPunch | real utopias | Scoop.it

When discussing the Ukraine-Crimea “crisis” it might be hygienic for Americans, including their political class, think-tank pundits, and talking heads, to recall two striking moments in “the dawn’s early light” of the U. S. Empire: in 1903, in the wake of the Spanish-American War, under President Theodore Roosevelt America seized control of the southern part of Guantanamo Bay by way of a Cuban-American Treaty which recognizes Cuba’s ultimate sovereignty over this base; a year after the Bolshevik Revolution, in 1918, President Woodrow Wilson dispatched 5,000 U. S. troops to Arkhangelsk in Northern Russia to participate in the Allied intervention in Russia’s Civil  War, which raised the curtain on the First Cold War.  Incidentally, in 1903 there was no Fidel Castro in Havana and in 1918 no Joseph Stalin in the Kremlin.

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Michael Parenti: The Republic is Now in Decay

Michael Parenti: The Republic is Now in Decay | real utopias | Scoop.it

What the military industrial complex in the US learned from Yugoslavia was that they could fight an entire war and not lose a single soldier. This emboldened those who use war as a means to advance the interests of the empire, but the Empire feeds off the Republic for its financing and as a source for cannon fodder and the Republic is now in decay and falling apart. According to Dr. Michael Parenti, an expert and outspoken critic of the “Empire” the empire is stronger and better funded than ever. The solution for the people of the Republic if they want to achieve victory over the plutocracy, those whose interests are represented by Dick Cheney, George Bush and Barack Obama, and take their country back is to organize and find strong leaders who can lead the fight says Dr. Parenti.

 
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115 years of US Domination - CounterPunch

115 years of US Domination - CounterPunch | real utopias | Scoop.it

In recent weeks, we’ve seen signs of an empire that refuses to cease its worst behavior. The drone strikes, preparations for a new military base on Okinawa, the dispatch of more troops on the Korean peninsula, the push for the world’s most expansive free trade agreement, the devastating legacy of the disastrous war in Iraq. The list goes on. This past December, on the 10th to be exact, the world celebrated Human Rights Day 65 years after Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted. Yet the amateur historian in me recognized that date for another reason. Fifty years prior, on the 10th of December 1898, the Treaty of Paris was signed and the US global empire had officially begun. While US political leaders engage in the lofty rhetoric of equality, justice, liberty, freedom, the policies they make directly and indirectly prevent most of the human race from ever really living life free from want, from fear, from aggression. The following article is written to commemorate that dark day and to all those countless beings who’ve suffered as a result of the ongoing crimes of US foreign policy.


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▶ Henry Heller - WPF Part 1 - YouTube

Professor Henry Heller, from the University of Manitoba, Canada, speaks at the World Peace Forum 2010, in Vancouver, Canada, about his book "The Cold War and the New Imperialism"

  
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Michael Parenti: The US Empire Sees Only Two Kinds of Countries: Satellites or Enemies

Michael Parenti: The US Empire Sees Only Two Kinds of Countries: Satellites or Enemies | real utopias | Scoop.it

In destroying country after country, the US Empire is doing well. One devastated country after the other has made it clear that any country which pursues independent sovereign policies and attempts to better its own position and the state of its people becomes a target for the US Empire.According to Dr. Michael Parenti, in an interview with the Voice of Russia; “… any leader who uses the resources, and labor, and substance of his country for the well-being and self-development in that country is seen as someone who is evil, has a hidden agenda, hostile toward America and is hostile toward the West.” A term which he says really means the western plutocracy. Ukraine is a perfect example after having chosen a path of economic betterment which does not include US/EU/NATO, US backed “color-revolution” assets which have been left in place are being activated to cause another color revolution and more upheaval in that country. According to Dr. Parenti these people are: “… still so rabidly anti-communist, that even the residue of a shadow of a former Communist country is a little too much.”

 
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US Imperialism and America's War Machine: A Destructive Apparatus - Center for Research on Globalization

US Imperialism and America's War Machine: A Destructive Apparatus - Center for Research on Globalization | real utopias | Scoop.it

Corporate imperial militarism controls U.S. society and wages destructive occupations abroad to serve the capitalist interests of the war-making, armaments manufacturing class whose bombs eradicate human beings for profit

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Bolivian president to sue US govt for crimes against humanity

Bolivian president to sue US govt for crimes against humanity | real utopias | Scoop.it
Bolivian President Evo Morales will file a lawsuit against the US government for crimes against humanity.
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Economist, specialized in political economy and peer-to-peer dynamics; core member of the P2P Foundation