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American Exceptionalism Is No Shining City On a Hill » CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names

American Exceptionalism Is No Shining City On a Hill » CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names | geopolitics | Scoop.it
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Ukraine and Syria: In Orwellian Times, Revolution is Imperialism

Ukraine and Syria: In Orwellian Times, Revolution is Imperialism | geopolitics | Scoop.it

We live in the times that George Orwell predicted in his groundbreaking novel 1984.  A time of deception, where nothing is what it seems to be. 


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Ukraine’s Crisis: Economic Sanctions Could Trigger a Global Depression

Ukraine’s Crisis: Economic Sanctions Could Trigger a Global Depression | geopolitics | Scoop.it

The referendum in Crimea on March 16, 2014 will probably attach the peninsula to the Russian federation. While it is unlikely that NATO will intervene and seek a direct military confrontation with Russia, the United States and the European Union are already cooking some broad and unwise economic sanctions with which to punish Russia.


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Ukraine: The New Cold War Heats Up

Ukraine: The New Cold War Heats Up | geopolitics | Scoop.it

Some Western Europeans say, jokingly, that at least winter is almost over, and if “Putin shuts off the gas,” they will not have to be cold for long. But as the Ukrainian crisis amplifies, European laughter will be short lived.


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The Strategy of Global Corporate Imperialism » CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names

The Strategy of Global Corporate Imperialism » CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names | geopolitics | Scoop.it
The Strategy of Global Corporate Imperialism

 

WEEKEND EDITION FEB 28-MAR 02, 2014 Engineering Failed StatesThe Strategy of Global Corporate Imperialismby GILBERT MERCIER

Empires as National and Cultural Megalomaniac Dreams

Once upon a time, national entities and cultures aspired to build empires. The impulse was the erroneous assumption of being a superior civilization. It was about exporting an extensive set of aspirations, a culture, and a value system. Romans thought that bringing water through aqueducts and paved roads to the “savages” of the north were the selfless gift of a superior civilization. Much more recently, France’s empire built its colonial towns, such as Saigon and Algier, following exactly the architectural model of French towns of the XIX century. In what could be an indication that history is on an accelerated course, the life span of empires is getting shorter. For example, the Egyptian empire lasted more than 3,000 years; the Mayan empire survived 2,900; the Chinese empire more than 1,600; the Roman empire itself, as a united empire, remained for 500 years while the Eastern Roman empire or Byzantine empire lasted an extra 1,000 after the split from the Western Roman empire.

Empire strategy: destroy, rebuild, occupy and exploit Closer to the modern era, and following the progress of technology in weapons and transport, Great Britain or France, during the rule of Napoleon, and even more recently Nazi Germany and its Japanese ally, had the lofty borderline-psychotic goal of complete world domination. In the ruins of World War II emerged the two winning empires, the United States and the Union of the Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR). To the winners belong the spoils of war, and in 1945 the world was de facto split in two. The two parts of Germany were rebuilt from complete wreckage in the image of their new respective masters; the US Marshall plan was the remedy prescribed to deal with West Germany’s ruins. In Japan, General MacArthur took charge of the mass murder, demolition and later reconstruction for the US empire. Germany and Japan were not rebuilt as free national entities but occupied vassals on a short leash. Almost 70 years after the end of World War II, US military boots are still on the ground in both countries. According to data from the US Department of Defense (DoD), more than 50,000 US troops were still in Germany and almost 40,000 were still occupying Japan in 2011. Overall, according to the DoD, the US military has troops stationed in almost 150 countries.


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The Empire Is Collapsing, and Americans Will Be the Last to Know | NEWS JUNKIE POST

The Empire Is Collapsing, and Americans Will Be the Last to Know | NEWS JUNKIE POST | geopolitics | Scoop.it
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Skip_Conover's comment, April 10, 2014 11:08 AM
Most Americans don't know it ever began. ...
Gilbert Mercier's comment, April 10, 2014 11:47 AM
Thank you Skip.
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Reset of Imperialist Borders: A Reaction Against Globalization

Reset of Imperialist Borders: A Reaction Against Globalization | geopolitics | Scoop.it

People all over the world, including the Scots, Catalans, Tuaregs, Crimeans, Kurds, Pashtuns, Basques and Palestinians are fighting for the right to have their own states. 


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Ukraine’s Crisis » CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names

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African Refugees Not Welcome: Xenophobia and Intolerance as Policy

African Refugees Not Welcome: Xenophobia and Intolerance as Policy | geopolitics | Scoop.it

For decades now, the tiny island of Lampedusa, Italy, a little over 100 kilometers from Tunisia and nearly twice that distance from the Italian coast, has been a primary destination for mostly African migrants attempting to reach Europe.


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Ukraine’s Games of Sovereignty: Russia vs US Exceptionalism

Ukraine’s Games of Sovereignty: Russia vs US Exceptionalism | geopolitics | Scoop.it

What is unfolding in Ukraine at this writing is a battle of sovereign will. Most conspicuously, this will is not Ukrainian. 


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Engineering Failed States: The Strategy of Global Corporate Imperialism

Engineering Failed States: The Strategy of Global Corporate Imperialism | geopolitics | Scoop.it

Once upon a time, national entities and cultures aspired to build empires. The impulse was the erroneous assumption of being a superior civilization. It was about exporting an extensive set of aspirations, a culture, and a value system.


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