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 06/21/12

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Tom Engelhardt on The History and Future of Drone Warfare

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."

Fight the Empire on 06/07/12

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Murder City

Host Per Fagereng speaks with Charles Bowden, the critically acclaimed author of many books including Murder City: Ciudad Juarez and the Global Economy's New Killing Fields, Down by the River: Drugs, Money, Murder, and Family, A Shadow in the City: Confessions of an Undercover Drug Warrior, Blood Orchid, and Some of the Dead Are Still Breathing: Living in the Future.

Fight the Empire on 05/17/12

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INTEL WARS: The Secret History of the Fight Against Terror

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.

Fight the Empire on 05/03/12

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An interview with Michael Klare

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.

Fight the Empire on 04/19/12

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Bruce Gagnon on Weapons in Space, Military Expansion, War, Climate Change and Corporate Domination

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).

Fight the Empire on 04/05/12

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PAKISTAN ON THE BRINK:The Future of America, Pakistan, and Afghanistan.

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.

Fight the Empire on 03/15/12

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Interview with Ellen Brown

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

Fight the Empire on 03/01/12

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An interview with Gilad Atzmon, author of The Wandering Who?

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?

Fight the Empire on 01/19/12

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

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.

Fight the Empire on 01/05/12

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Mike Ruppert, author of "Crossing the Rubicon," on the year in review and a preview of 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.

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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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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.

Ray McGovern: "Obama's Timidity and Deaths at Sea"

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Thu, 06/03/2010

Host Per Fagereng discusses the Israeli commando attack on the Gaza aid flotilla and other issues with Ray McGovern, retired CIA officer turned political activist. McGovern was a Federal employee under seven US presidents over 27 years, presenting the morning intelligence briefings at the White House for many of them. McGovern has a recent article on ConsortiumNew.com called "Obama's Timidity and Deaths at Sea."  http://www.consortiumnews.com/2010/060110a.html

 

San Francisco City Hall Uprising 50 years ago

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Host Per Fagereng speaks with Portland resident Burton White about the San Francisco City Hall Uprising in 1960, 50 years ago this week. Both Fagereng and White were arrested at the San Francisco City Hall. They were part of a group of people protesting the House Un-American Activities Committee or HUAC, which was holding a hearing in San Francisco. Police turned fire hoses on the protesters inside the City Hall. A total of 68 people got arrested.

http://foundsf.org/index.php?title=The_House_Un-American_Activities_Committee_(HUAC)_Hearing_and_Riot_of_1960 

Michael Parenti on "God and His Demons"

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Thu, 05/06/2010

Per Fagereng hosts Part 2 of his interview with scholar, author and lecturer Michael Parenti about his new book, "God and His Demons."

Michael Parenti (Berkeley, CA) is the acclaimed author of more than twenty books, including, most recently, Contrary Notions: The Michael Parenti Reader; The Assassination of Julius Caesar; and The Culture Struggle. The New York Times Book Review, the Washington Post, the New York Review of Books, Harper's, The Nation, and Antioch Review, are among the countless publications that have praised Parenti's work. For further information, visit his Web site: michaelparenti.org

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Micael Parenti discusses "God and His Demons," a look at the dark side of religion

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Thu, 04/15/2010

 Host Per Fagereng speaks with political analyst and author Michael Parenti about his new book, God and His Demons, a look at the dark side of religion, the many evils committed in the name of godly virtue throughout history.  Michael Parenti has won awards from Project Censored, the Caucus for a New Political Science, the city of Santa Cruz, New Jersey Peace Action, the Social Science Research Council, the Society for Religion in Higher Education, and other organizations. 

He now serves on the advisory boards of Independent Progressive Politics Network, Education Without Borders, and the Jasenovic Foundation; as well as the advisory editorial boards of New Political Science and Nature, Society and Thought. He also served for some 12 years as a judge for Project Censored.

He is the author of twenty-two books:
God and His Demons (Prometheus Books, 2010)
Democracy for the Few (Wadsworth, 9th edition, 2010)
Contrary Notions: The Michael Parenti Reader (City Lights Books, 2007)
Democracy for the Few (Wadsworth, 8th edition, 2007)
The Culture Struggle (Seven Stories Press, 2006)
Superpatriotism (City Lights Books, 2004)
The Assassination of Julius Caesar (The New Press, 2003)
The Terrorism Trap (City Lights Books, 2002)
To Kill a Nation (Verso Books, 2001)
History as Mystery (City Lights Books, 1999)
America Besieged (City Lights Books, 1998)
Blackshirts and Reds (City Lights Books, 1997)
Dirty Truths (City Lights Books, 1996)
Against Empire (City Lights Books, 1995)
Inventing Reality (Wadsworth, second edition, 1993)
Land of Idols (St. Martin's, 1993)
Make-Believe Media (Wadsworth, 1992)
The Sword and the Dollar (St. Martin's, 1989)
Power and the Powerless (St. Martin's, 1978)
Ethnic and Political Attitudes (Arno Press, 1975)
Trends and Tragedies in American Foreign Policy (Little, Brown, 1971)
The Anti-Communist Impulse (Random House, 1969)
 

"An Act of State" by Dr. William Pepper: an investigation into Martin Luther King Jr's assassination

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Thu, 04/01/2010

 Per Fagereng interviews Dr. William Pepper about the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. Pepper is the author of An Act of State, a compelling and authoritative account of how King’s challenge to the US establishment led inexorably to his murder.  William Pepper was a young journalist, just back from Vietnam, when he first met Martin Luther King Jr. His photographs and first-hand accounts of the war prompted King’s unflinching opposition to the war. His investigations of King’s assassination included extensive interviews with James Earl Ray. Pepper is an English barrister who convenes a seminar on International Human Rights at Oxford University and maintains practices in the US and the UK. He is the author of three other books and numerous articles.

[Who Killed Marine Colonel Jim Sabow?

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Who killed Marine Colonel Jim Sabow? Host Per Fagereng speaks with the Colonel's brother Dr. David Sabow, who has been pursuing the case for over ten years.

Marine Colonel James Sabow's death was very controversial. In 1991 Sabow, a fighter pilot and a hero of the Vietnam War before becoming the third ranking officer at the Marine Corps Air Station El Toro, was found dead behind his home at the base, a shotgun blast to his head, blood splattered across the backyard.

Navy and Marine officials ruled the death a suicide. But Sabow’s younger brother David says evidence indicated murder. He says his brother was killed because of his knowledge of drug smuggling at El Toro and that the murder was covered up to protect others.

 

Entropy and Empire

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Thu, 02/04/2010

Host Per Fagereng speaks with blogger Stoneleigh, who contributes to the website theautomaticearth.blogspot.com about entropy and empire. Kurt Liebezeit co-hosts.

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