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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Cynthia Mckinney of Green Party talks about war, peace, and Bike4Peace

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Thu, 11/18/2010

Host Per Fagereng interviews former Georgia Congressional Representative Cynthia McKinney a member of the Green Party since 2007. She served six terms as a member of the United States House of Representatives. In 2008, the Green Party nominated McKinney for President of the United States. She is the first African-American woman to have represented Georgia in the House.
They will discuss war and peace and McKinney's recent Bike4Peace cross-country group ride dubbed “Common Sense to Government."

David Barsamian on the elections and foreign policy

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Thu, 11/04/2010

 Host Per Fagereng interviews author and radio host David Barsamian about the elections and foreign policy.

David Barsamian will be speaking on "Elections & War" as well as a Q & A with audience members. This is a fundraiser for KBOO 
Community Radio. Friday, November 5, 2010; Doors at 7:00 PM
First Unitarian Church of Portland's Historic Eliot Chapel
1011 SW 12th Avenue
Tickets: $7 at the door.

David will also speak on "The Middle East and The Media" Tuesday, Nov. 9, at the Troubadour Music Center, 521 SW 3rd street, Corvallis.

David Barsamian is the award winning founder and director of Alternative Radio, the independent weekly series based in Boulder, Colorado. AR presents information and perspectives that are ignored or distorted in the corporate-controlled media. The one-hour program is broadcast on public radio stations in the United States, Canada, Australia, and other countries. His interviews and articles appear in The Progressive, The Nation, Z and other journals and magazines.
He is winner of the Media Education Award, the ACLU's Upton Sinclair Award for independent journalism, the Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Award and the Cultural Freedom Fellowship from the Lannan Foundation. The Institute for Alternative Journalism named him one of its Top Ten Media Heroes.
He is the author of numerous books with Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, Eqbal Ahmad, Tariq Ali, Arundhati Roy and Edward Said. His series of books with Chomsky, America's leading dissident, have sold in the hundreds of thousands and have been translated into many languages. His latest books are What We Say Goes with Noam Chomsky and Targeting Iran. He lectures all over the world. In December 2007, he gave the Eqbal Ahmad lectures in Karachi, Islamabad and Lahore in Pakistan.

Mike Ruppert discusses Peak Oil and the looming Currency War

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Thu, 10/21/2010

Mike Ruppert, the founder and former editor of From The Wilderness, a newsletter and website dedicated to investigating political cover-ups. He is now CEO and President of Collapse Network, Inc. Mike Ruppert will discuss peak oil and the looming currency war.   Ruppert was the subject of the 2009 documentary film Collapse, in which he was interviewed about his theories, writings and life story. He is now dedicated to his weekly show on Progressive Radio Network, and his music, writing and playing songs with the band "New White Trash."

Fight the Empire on 10/07/10 with guest Ann Jones

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Thu, 10/07/2010

Host Per Fagereng interviews Ann Jones about her new book, "War Is Not Over When It's Over: Women Speak Out from the Ruins of War." This book is an investigation of what happens to women because of warfare. Ann Jones gave cameras to women to document their lives and conditions.

Ann Jones is a writer/photographer who says she has always been an outraged activist for civil rights, women's rights and peace. She is the author of seven previous books, including Kabul in Winter, Women Who Kill, and Next Time She'll Be Dead. Since 9/11, Jones has worked with women in conflict and post-conflict zones, principally Afghanistan, and reported on their concerns. An authority on violence against women, she has served as a gender adviser to the United Nations. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including The New York Times and The Nation.

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Fight the Empire on 09/30/10, Host Per Fagereng interviews Gareth Porter

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Thu, 09/30/2010

Host Per Fagereng interviews Gareth Porter, historian, investigative journalist and policy analyst on U.S. foreign and military policy.

Porter just wrote a piece titled "UN Fact-Finding Mission Says Israelis 'Executed' U.S. Citizen Furkan Dogan," which states: "The report of the fact-finding mission of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on the Israeli attack on the Gaza flotilla released last week shows conclusively, for the first time, that U.S. citizen Furkan Dogan and five Turkish citizens were murdered execution-style by Israeli commandos.

   "The report reveals that Dogan, the 19-year-old U.S. citizen of Turkish descent, was filming with a small video camera on the top deck of the Mavi Marmara when he was shot twice in the head, once in the back and in the left leg and foot and that he was shot in the face at point blank range while lying on the ground. ...
   "Although the report's revelations and conclusions about the killing of Dogan and the five other victims were widely reported in the Turkish media last week, not a single story on the report ... appeared in U.S. news media." http://www.truth-out.org/un-fact-finding-mission-says-israelis-executed-us-citizen-furkan-dogan63609

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Raed Jarrar on Iraq and Iran

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Thu, 09/16/2010

Host Per Fagereng interviews Raed Jarrar, an Iraqi-born political analyst and Iraq consultant with the American Friends Service Committee. He recently wrote "End of War in Iraq or Rebranding of Occupation? Neither."

http://www.kabobfest.com/2010/08/end-of-war-in-iraq-or-rebranding-of-occupation-neither.html

Andrew Bacevich: "Washington Rules: America's Path to Permanent War"

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Thu, 08/19/2010
Host Per Fagereng interviews professor and retired Army colonel Andrew Bacevich about his new book Washington Rules: America's Path to Permanent War. Bacevich presents the origins of the unchanging American military policy which was forged at a moment when American power was at its height. He also exposes the preconceptions, biases, and habits that underlie our pervasive faith in military might.
Andrew Bacevich, professor of history and international relations at Boston University, retired from the U.S. Army with the rank of colonel. He is the author of The Limits of Power and The New American Militarism. His writing has appeared in "Foreign Affairs," "The Atlantic Monthly," "The Nation," "The New York TImes," "The Washington Post," and "The Wall Street Journal."

Bacevich spent twenty-three years serving in the US Army. His son Andrew J. Bacevich, Jr., was killed in action in Iraq in 2007 by an improvised explosive device. 

Will Iran be bombed? What about troop withdrawal from Iraq?

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Thu, 08/05/2010

Per Fagereng looks at the state of the Empire and leads discussion with listeners on whether Israel and/or US will bomb Iran. Also, will troops be withdrawn from Iraq?  What about private mercenaries?

Tom Engelhardt on drones and U.S. detachment from war

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Thu, 07/01/2010
Host Per Fagereng speaks with Tom Engelhardt, creator of TomDispatch.com, who's just authored the book The American Way of War: How Bush’s Wars Became Obama’s. They discuss this and Engelhardt's recent article, "America Detached from War: Bush’s Pilotless Dream, Smoking Drones, and Other Strange Tales from the Crypt."
www.tomdispatch.com/post/175265/tomgram%3A_engelhardt,_the_perfect_american_weapon/

Michael Ruppert discusses how to survive peak oil

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Thu, 06/17/2010

 

Per Fagereng hosts a special hour-long call-in show with Mike Ruppert, author of Crossing The Rubicon: The Decline of the American Empire at the End of the Age of Oil and A Presidential Energy Policy.

Mike is also the publisher/editor of From The Wilderness, a newsletter read in more than 50 countries around the world.

They will discuss peak oil and how to survive it and more.

 

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