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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Fight the Empire on 07/07/11

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Peter Bergin, author of The Longest War.

Peter Bergen on Fight The Empire

Peter Bergen is the national security analyst for CNN. In his recent book The Longest War, Bergen writes that Osama bin Laden fell victim to hubris. With his 9-11 attack on the World Trade Center, according to Bergen, bin Laden and his al Qaeda organization over-reached and paid the price.

He'll be the guest on Fight The Empire Thursday, July 7 at 9:30am.

Fight the Empire on 06/16/11

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An interview with Matthew Fox

Matthew Fox -- Thursday, June 16, 2011

A funny thing happened in Rome. The Catholic Church silenced an outspoken liberation theologian, but Matthew Fox would not stay silent. He left the church and went on to write many books, the latest of which is The Pope's War.

We'll talk about Pope Benedict's new inquisition -- his war on liberation theology and the dumbing down of the Roman Catholic Church

Fight the Empire on 06/02/11

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The Believing Brain—How We Construct Beliefs and Reinforce Them as Truths

Host Per Fagereng interviews Michael Shermer, author of numerous books including the most recent, "The Believing Brain: From Ghosts and Gods to Politics and Conspiracies—How We Construct Beliefs and Reinforce Them as Truths,"a comprehensive theory on how beliefs are born, formed, nourished, reinforced, challenged, changed, and extinguished. This book synthesizes Dr. Shermer’s 30 years of research.

Fight the Empire on 05/19/11

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Permanent-war, American-style

Host Per Fagereng speaks with historian and retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel William J. Astore about his latest TomDispatch post in which he takes up permanent-war, American-style, and its eerie similarity to “enlightened” wars fought by European monarchs centuries ago.

Fight the Empire on 05/05/11

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Can we transform the suburbs into sustainable communities?

Host Per Fagereng speaks with Wendy Brown, author of "Surviving the Apocalypse in the Suburbs: The Thrivalist's Guide to Life Without Oil."

In the age of Peak Oil,environmental catastrophe and a failing economy it is imperative that we transform the suburbs into sustainable communities.

Fight the Empire on 04/07/11

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William Pepper on the Assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Host Per Fagereng speaks with William Pepper, an American lawyer who practices international human rights law, about the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. on April 4th, 1968.

Pepper was present at Martin Luther King's April 4, 1967 Riverside Church speech in which King launched a strong campaign against the Vietnam War.

Pepper thought that King's assassination was part of a government conspiracy and became James Earl Ray's last attorney. Following Ray's death Pepper represented the King family in a wrongful death suit.

William Pepper's books include Orders to Kill: The Truth Behind the Murder of Martin Luther King, 1995, and An Act Of State: The Execution of Martin Luther King, 2003. 

Fight the Empire on 03/03/11

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In Afghanistan, a Woman's Place Is at the Peace Table

Host Per Fagereng speaks with writer, reporter, photographer and humanitarian Ann Jones about her article "In Afghanistan, a Woman's Place Is at the Peace Table," which says "Let women play a bigger role in the country's affairs and see what happens to the peace process."

www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-jones-afghanistan-women-20110113-11,0,7690540.story

Fight the Empire on 02/17/11

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Osama Bin Laden

Host Per Fagereng interviews Michael Scheuer, blogger, historian, foreign policy critic, and veteran of two decades in the ranks of the C.I.A, about his new book, "Osama Bin Laden."

Fight the Empire on 02/03/11

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Juan Cole on the current uprisings in Egypt and the Mideast

Host Per Fagereng speaks with Juan Cole about the current uprising in Egypt and his book Engaging the Muslim World.

Juan Cole is Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History at the University of Michigan. For three decades, he has sought to put the relationship of the West and the Muslim world in historical context. His most recent book is Engaging the Muslim World (Palgrave Macmillan, March, 2009) and he also recently authored Napoleon’s Egypt: Invading the Middle East (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007).

Fight the Empire on 01/20/11

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"The Making of a Human Bomb: An Ethnography of Palestinian Resistance

Host Per Fagereng speaks with Palestinian scholar and social entrepreneur Dr. Nasser Abufarha, author of "The Making of a Human Bomb: An Ethnography of Palestinian Resistance (The Cultures and Practice of Violence)."

Abufarha earned his PhD in Cultural Anthropology and International Development from the University of Wisconsin in 2006. His first book, which focuses on landscapes, the environment and violence, was published by Duke University Press in 2009.

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Mike Ruppert on the new Congress, peak oil and the future

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Thu, 01/06/2011

Host Per Fagereng speaks with Mike Ruppert, author of Crossing The Rubicon: The Decline of the American Empire at the End of the Age of Oil. They will discuss the New Year, the new Congress, peak oil and the future. 

Per Fagereng speaks with historian Alfred McCoy

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Host Per Fagereng speaks with historian Alfred McCoy about his article “The Decline and Fall of the American Empire, Four Scenarios for the End of the American Century by 2025” McCoy says the demise of the United States as the global superpower could come far more quickly than anyone imagines.

www.tomdispatch.com/archive/175327/

Alfred McCoy is the noted University of Wisconsin historian and author most recently of Policing America's Empire: The United States, the Philippines, and the Rise of the Surveillance State (and most famously) of The Politics of Heroin: CIA Complicity in the Global Drug Trade.

Fight the Empire on 12/02/10

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Host Per Fagereng speaks with Michael W. Hudson about his new book, The Monster: How a Gang of Predatory Lenders and Wall Street Bankers Fleeced America - and Spawned a Global Crisis..

Michael W. Hudson is a staff writer at the Center for Public Integrity, a non-profit journalism organization.  He previously worked as a reporter for the Wall Street Journal and as an investigator for the Center for Responsible Lending. He edited the award-winning book Merchants of Misery and appeared in the documentary film Maxed Out. He is also the winner of a George Polk Award

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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 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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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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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. 

 

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