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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Interview with Ellen Brown

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Thu, 03/15/2012

Interview with Ellen Brown who has written extensively on state banks, debt and other economic issues. Now she describes how the Greek financial crisis could take down Wall Street.

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Gilad Atzmon, author of "The Wandering Who?", on Jazz, Israel, and Jewish Identity Politics

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Thu, 03/01/2012

When Gilad Atzmon first heard the music of Charlie Parker his life changed. The philosophy behind Bird's musical freedom seemed increasingly at odds with Gilad's life in Israel. He now lives in London, plays jazz and is the author of The Wandering Who: A Study of Jewish Identity Politics? 

Gareth Porter on his article, "Clinton Revives Dubious Charge of "Covert" Iranian Nuclear Site"

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Thu, 01/19/2012

Host Per Fagereng speaks with Gareth Porter is an investigative historian and journalist specializing in U.S. national security policy about Iran. Porter is the author of the recent article, "Clinton Revives Dubious Charge of "Covert" Iranian Nuclear Site.

  • Length: 28:34 minutes (26.15 MB)
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Fight the Empire on 01/05/12

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Thu, 01/05/2012

Host Per Fagereng interviews Mike Ruppert, author of "Crossing the Rubicon" and star of the film "Collapse", about what happened in 2011 and what might be in the future in 2012.

  • Length: 57:50 minutes (52.94 MB)
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Fight the Empire for 12-15-2011

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The United States, after two disastrous wars in the Middle East, is now moving against China. Once again, it's all about oil and global power. Host Per Fagereng talks with Michael Klare, author of Blood and Oil, and Rising Powers, Shrinking Planet: The New Geopolitics of Energy.

  • Length: 28:03 minutes (25.67 MB)
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Fight the Empire on 12/01/11

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Host Per Fagereng speaks with Tom Engelhardt, publisher of TomDispatch and the author of "The United States of Fear." They'll talk about his recent article "An All-American Nightmare: This Is What Defeat Looks Like," which is about the end of the Neo-Cons' imperial dreams.

www.TomDispatch.com

Fight the Empire for 11/17/2011

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Thu, 11/17/2011

Host Per Fagereng speaks with Ray McGovern, who was a U.S. army officer and CIA analyst for 30 years, about Iran, an IAEA report on nuclear verification in Iran circulated last week, and Israel. McGovern recently said, "What's really new, if anything, in the IAEA report? And why are some U.S. officials, belatedly, playing it down after a lot of pre-release ballyhoo? Does this reflect a nervous attempt to rein in the 'crazies' in Tel Aviv and their neocon friends in Washington? If so, is it likely to have that effect?  Plus news and a report from the Occupy movement as it happens.

  • Length: 30:46 minutes (28.17 MB)
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Fight the Empire on 11/03/11

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Thu, 11/03/2011

Host Per Fagereng interviews Brian Terrell, co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence.

There have been a string of attacks on Western forces in Afghanistan this week, killing over 20 troops.
On Tuesday the trial of the Hancock Drone Resisters began. The Resisters are 38 people from throughout Central New York and beyond who converged on Syracuse, New York on April 22, 2011 to protest the piloting of hunter-killer Reaper drones at Hancock Air National Guard Base. They participated in a die-in at the main entrance, symbolizing the indiscriminate killing of civilians in Afghanistan and Pakistan by drones. 

Brian Terrell is one of the 38 people being charged in the trial. Terrell says, "Members of the New York National Guard are sitting in front of computers and operating drones with a mouse or joystick that fire hellfire missiles, killing people in Afghanistan 6,000 miles away. Then they go home to a warm dinner."

  • Length: 28:48 minutes (26.36 MB)
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Richard Heinberg on "The End of Growth: Adapting to our New Economic Reality"

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Thu, 10/20/2011

 Host Per Fagereng speaks with author, educator and speaker Richard Heinberg about his new book The End of Growth: Adapting to Our New Economic Reality

Richard Heinberg’s latest book goes to the heart of the ongoing financial crisis, explaining how and why it occurred, and what we must do to avert the worst potential outcomes. Written in an engaging, highly readable style, it shows why growth is being blocked by three factors: resource depletion, environmental impacts, and crushing levels of debt.
 
The End of Growth describes what policymakers, communities, and families can do to build a new economy that operates within Earth’s budget of energy and resources. We can thrive during the transition if we set goals that promote human and environmental well-being, rather than continuing to pursue the now-unattainable prize of ever-expanding GDP.

Michael Hudson looks at lender fraud, corruption

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Thu, 09/15/2011

Host Per Fagereng interviews Michael Hudson, Staff Writer at iWatch News about the legacy of corruption that still plagues Bank of America and a pattern of fraud at Countrywide Financial Corp., once the nation’s largest mortgage lender.

Michael Hudson covers business and finance for iWatch News. He has worked as a staff writer at the Roanoke (Va.) Times and the Wall Street Journal. The Columbia Journalism Review called him the reporter who “beat the world on subprime abuses.” His book, The Monster: How a Gang of Predatory Lenders and Wall Street Bankers Fleeced America--And Spawned a Global Crisis, was named “Book of the Year” by Baltimore City Paper.

www.iwatchnews.org/2011/09/22/6687/countrywide-protected-fraudsters-silencing-whistleblowers-say-former-employees

www.iwatchnews.org/2011/09/23/6706/mortgage-industry-tanks-fraud-continues-countrywide

 

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