Fight the Empire

We live in an empire that began 500 years ago with the European conquest of the Americas. This program looks at how the empire permeates our lives.

 

What are we doing in the world? What are we doing to the world?

George Kennan was an influential US diplomat during the Cold War years. It was he who devised the containment strategy against the Soviet Union (as opposed to a more aggressive rollback policy). In February 1948 Kennan presented a document to President Truman, Presidential Policy Statement #23, which includes the following:

"The US has  50 percent of the world's wealth, but only 6.3 percent of its population. Our real task in the coming period is to devise a pattern of relationships which permits us to maintain this position of disparity...To do so we will have to dispense with all sentimentality and day-dreaming, and our attention will have to be concentrated everywhere on our immediate national objectives.

"We should cease to talk about vague and unreal objectives such as human rights, the raising of living standards, and democratization. The day is not far off when we are going to have to deal in straight power concepts. The less we are hampered by idealistic slogans the better."

Some have claimed that Kennan was speaking as a foreign policy "realist," and arguing against an ideological anti-Communist crusade. That may be so, but his words are clear, as Noam Chomsky has pointed out. The US intends to keep for itself an unfair share of the world's resources. The main difference between the realists and the ideologues is one of tactics in pursuing this ignoble goal.

 

 

 

 

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Rwanda

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Thu, 04/17/2014 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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A short history of Rwanda

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Rwanda genocide, but to understand it we need to go back a century.

We'll look at the former kingdom of Rwanda, the misrule by two colonial powers, and the troubles that came with liberation and civil war.

Reflections on the anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Thu, 04/03/2014 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Reflections on the anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Host Per Fagereng ponders these facts and questions...
1. Martin Luther King, Jr. was killed 46 years ago on April 4th, 1968.
2. The wars still go on.
3. Is President Obama afraid of the intelligence apparatus? Does he have reason to be afraid?

Ukraine: Critical Analysis

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Thu, 03/06/2014 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Ukraine: Critical Analysis
Per's topic is  Ukraine: Critical Analysis.

The Convergence of the Surveillance State and the Warfare State

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Thu, 02/20/2014 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Norman Solomon on how the surveillance state and the warfare state continue to converge.

Host Per Fagereng interviews journalist and author Norman Solomon about his recent article If Obama Orders the CIA to Kill a U.S. Citizen, Amazon Will Be a Partner in Assassination. They will discuss how the the surveillance state and the warfare state continue to converge.

James Howard Kunstler on "Too Much Magic”

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Thu, 02/06/2014 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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James Howard Kunstler on "Too Much Magic”

Host Per Fagereng interviews James Howard Kunstler about his new book, “Too Much Magic.”  “Too Much Magic” is what Kunstler sees in the bright visions of a future world dreamed up by overly optimistic souls who believe technology will solve all our problems. Their visions remind him of the flying cars and robot maids that were the dominant images of the future in the 1950s.

Fight the Empire on 01/16/14

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Thu, 01/16/2014 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Connecting history with the latest world events

Fight the Empire on 01/02/14

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Thu, 01/02/2014 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Connecting history with the latest world events

The American Press is Wrong about the Ukraine with Stephen Cohen

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Thu, 12/19/2013 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Connecting history with the latest world events

Host Per Fagereng speaks with Stephen Cohen, professor emeritus at New York University and Princeton University. His books include "Soviet Fates and Lost Alternatives: From Stalinism to the New Cold War."

Secret operations and democracy

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Thu, 12/05/2013 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Interview with Annie Machon

Annie Machon was an intelligence officer with England's MI5. In the late 1990's she resigned and revealed secret operations, such as one to assassinate Libya's ruler Moammar Gaddafi. Is this kind of secrecy compatible with democracy? Tune in and find out.

David Talbot on "Brothers: The Hidden History of the Kennedy Years"

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Thu, 11/21/2013 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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David Talbot on "Brothers: The Hidden History of the Kennedy Years"

Host Per Fagereng speaks with David Talbot, author of "Brothers: The Hidden History of the Kennedy Years." Talbot is a journalist and the founder and former CEO and editor-in-chief of Salon.com. "Brothers" details JFK's efforts to keep the country out of war and Bobby Kennedy's quest to solve his brother's murder.  Talbot postulates that RFK might have been the victim of the same plotters he suspected of killing his brother. 

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America's Shifting Imperial Strategy (at Palestine/Middle East conference)

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Sat, 04/27/2013

Ashley Smith, author of "Obama's Pivot to Asia" in the current International Socialist Review, addresses the April 27, 2013 conference at Portland State University on "Palestine, Imperialism and the New Middle East" sponsored by Students United for Palestinian Equal Rights (SUPER)

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Next Steps for the Arab Uprisings

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Sat, 04/27/2013

Todd Cretien, a long time Palestine solidarity activist from the Bay Area, writes for the International Socialist Review and SocialistWorker.org.  This talk was given at the Portland State University conference "Palestine, Imperialism and the New Middle East", sponsored by Students United for Palestinian Equal Rights on April 27, 2013.

Building International Solidarity with the Arab Uprisings (Plenary)

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Sat, 04/27/2013

A panel at the evening plenary session of the "Palestine, Imperialism, and the New Middle East", a conference sponsored by Students United for Palestinian Human Rights at Portland State University on April 27, 2013.  Speakers are Todd Chretien, Palestine activist and journalist with the International Socialist Review; Suzan Boulad, a Syrian-American involved in support to the revolutionary civilian councils in Aleppo and Idlib;  Sarah Farahat, an interdisciplinary Egyptian-American artist whose works have been exhibited worldwide; and Kelly L, an activist with SUPER and the Portland Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement.

  • Length: 28:00 minutes (38.44 MB)
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Syria

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Thu, 08/02/2012

Host Per Fagereng talks about Syria and takes listener calls

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James Howard Kunstler on his new book TOO MUCH MAGIC

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Thu, 07/19/2012

Host Per Fagereng speaks with James Howard Kunstler, author of The Long Emergency, a shocking vision for our post-oil future caught the attention of environmentalists and business leaders.

In the seven years since its first publication, many of Kunstler’s warnings from The Long Emergency have proved prophetic, and now in his new book, TOO MUCH MAGIC: Wishful Thinking, Technology and the Fate of the Nation, Kunstler argues there is now compelling evidence that the long emergency – a period of increasing resource shortfalls, gradual economic decline, and a forced change in humanity’s lifestyle – has already begun.

James Howard Kunstler was born in New York City in 1948. He is the author of eleven novels, including World Made By Hand and The Witch of Hebron, and four nonfiction books, including The Long Emergency.

  • Length: 28:47 minutes (26.35 MB)
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Tom Engelhardt on The History and Future of Drone Warfare

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Thu, 06/21/2012

Host Per Fagereng speaks with Tom Engelhardt, co-author with Nick Turse of the new book, "Terminator Planet: The First History of Drone Warfare, 2001-2050."

The drone has been a remarkable fantasy weapon -- our version of Terminator planet -- and a blood-stained one as well. Increasingly, however, its reality is proving grimly mundane and far less like that of a sci-fi movie. But drones remain the weak sisters of the weapons world. They tend to crash at an alarming rate due to weather, mechanical failures, and computer glitches, leaving shattered silver-screen techno-dreams of cheap, error-free, futuristic warfare in the dust.” The Holy Grail of drone ops, the ability of an aircraft to linger over suspected target areas for long durations, has similarly proven disappointingly limited.

In other words drones are quickly turning from can-do into can’t-do weapons. And yet, they are also proliferating. Engelhardt and Turse say tomorrow’s drone warfare will likely mean ‘more’ in one other area: more dead civilians.

  • Length: 25:43 minutes (23.55 MB)
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INTEL WARS: The Secret History of the Fight Against Terror

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Thu, 05/17/2012

Host Per Fagereng interviews intelligence historian Matthew Aid, author of INTEL WARS: The Secret History of the Fight Against Terror, a detailed overview of U.S. intelligence since President Obama’s election which finds more problems than solutions.

Matthew M. Aid is the author of Intel Wars: The Secret History of the Fight Against Terror (January 2012) and The Secret Sentry, the definitive history of the National Security Agency. He is a leading intelligence historian and expert on the NSA.

  • Length: 21:40 minutes (19.84 MB)
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An interview with Michael Klare

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Thu, 05/10/2012

Oil and other resources are dwindling, and the nations of the world grow desperate for more. Will the hunt end badly or can it lead to a lasting era of global justice? Fight The Empire talks with Michael Klare, author of The Race for What's Left: The Global Scramble for the World's Last Resources.

  • Length: 17:48 minutes (16.3 MB)
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Bruce Gagnon on Weapons in Space, Military Expansion, War, Climate Change and Corporate Domination

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Thu, 04/19/2012

Host Per Fagereng speaks with Bruce Gagnon, Coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space. He was a co-founder of the Global Network when it was created in 1992.

Between 1983–1998 Bruce was the State Coordinator of the Florida Coalition for Peace & Justice and has worked on space issues for 29 years. In 1987 he organized the largest peace protest in Florida history when over 5,000 people marched on Cape Canaveral in opposition to the first flight test of the Trident II nuclear missile. He was the organizer of the Cancel Cassini Campaign (launched 72 pounds of plutonium into space in 1997).

In 2003 Bruce co-produced a popular documentary video entitled Arsenal of Hypocrisy that spelled out U.S. plans for space domination. Another of his videos, shot in 2009, was entitled Review of Obama's Foreign Policy.

He is also host of a public access TV show called This Issue that currently runs in 13 Maine communities.

Bruce will be speaking  in Portland this week on current U.S. space technology strategy, military expansion in the Asia-Pacific region, the effects of our war economy on climate change and ending the corporate domination of congress

April 20, 6:30 p.m.
First Unitarian Church, Fuller Hall

Entrance on SW 12th Avenue, between Salmon and Main
Donations $5-$20 invited

  • Length: 28:10 minutes (12.89 MB)
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PAKISTAN ON THE BRINK:The Future of America, Pakistan, and Afghanistan.

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Thu, 04/05/2012

Host Per Fagereng speaks with journalist Ahmed Rashid about the relationship between Islamabad and Kabul and U.S.-Pakistani relations.

Ahmed Rashid is a Pakistani journalist based in Lahore, is a regular contributor to the Financial Times and The Washington Post, and has written for the New York Review of Books, BBC Online, and The Nation as well as various academic and foreign affairs journals. His most recent book is Pakistan on the Brink: The Future of America, Pakistan, and Afghanistan.

  • Length: 28:17 minutes (25.89 MB)
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