Bulletin N° 776
The American Empire’s Descent Into Dystopia
Subject : Moving the goal post: a ‘revolution’ for more jobs and a higher minimum wage, by way of War?
7 December 2017
Dear Colleagues and Friends of CEIMSA,
It's counterintuitive to think that small victories can lead to great defeats, and yet it is an incontrovertible fact that the global concentration of wealth and power has created a veritable tsunami that threatens the much celebrated victories of single-issue social movements, such as those advocating civil rights, the anti-war policies, & women’s rights, as well as those of the labor movement, and the student movement. The war parties in the United States and their international allies are bankrolled by financial interests and military/police industries and various corporations, including the media, all of whom enjoy great leverage over American society and over foreign governments, as well.
The 21 items below will remind CEIMSA readers of the massively destructive effect that capitalist expansion must impose on societies around the world. Any collaboration with such destruction is contemptible, and at no time in our history has the axiom rung more true:
“If you’re not part of the solution, then you’re part of the problem.”
The international plutocrats, who govern capitalist growth today, wish to immortalize themselves into a permanently organized oligarchy, on a scale such as the world has never seen. These owners of capital have at their disposal not only enormous sums of wealth and concentrated political power, but more recently access to high technology which would facilitate their movement toward monopoly control of society. What remains problematic, however, is the labor force necessary to accomplish their rise to absolute power over society. Will their strategies of systematically impoverishing society be enough to secure a compliant work force in order to implement their agenda, or will there be a revolt against this looming dehumanization of the world’s population and the eventual replacement of our zombie-like dependency on the owners of capital by something new . . . more just; more egalitarian?
This vision has been around for a long time, but never has it been more urgent to integrate it into our daily reality!
Professor emeritus of American Studies
Director of Research
University of Paris-Nanterre
Center for the Advanced Study of American Institutions and Social Movements
The University of California-San Diego
Yemen: Today’s Guernica
By Cesar Chelala
On the market day of April 26, 1937, at the bequest of General Francisco Franco, a bombing of the Basque town of Guernica took place. It was carried out by Spain’s nationalistic government allies, the Nazi German Luftwaffe’s Condor Legion and the Fascist Italian Aviazione Legionaria. The attack, under the code name Operation Rügen, in which hundreds of people died, became a rallying cry against the brutal killing of innocent civilians. 80 years later, however, an even more criminal action is carried out against Yemeni civilians mainly by Saudi Arabia, with the complicity of the United States.
Should NATO Answer For Libya's Slave Trade?
Media Erase NATO Role in Bringing
Markets to Libya
by Ben Norton
Twenty-first century slave markets. Human beings sold for a few hundred dollars. Massive protests throughout the world.
The American and British media have awakened to the grim reality in Libya, where African refugees are for sale in open-air slave markets. Yet a crucial detail in this scandal has been downplayed or even ignored in many corporate media reports: the role of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in bringing slavery to the North African nation.
In March 2011, NATO launched a war in Libya expressly aimed at toppling the government of longtime leader Muammar Qadhafi. The US and its allies flew some 26,000 sorties over Libya and launched hundreds of cruise missiles, destroying the government’s ability to resist rebel forces.
US President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, along with their European counterparts, insisted the military intervention was being carried out for humanitarian reasons. But political scientist Micah Zenko (Foreign Policy, 3/22/16) used NATO’s own materials to show how “the Libyan intervention was about regime change from the very start.”
America's Monetary Imperialism
by Michael Hudson
In theory, the global financial system is supposed to help every country gain. Mainstream teaching of international finance, trade and “foreign aid” (defined simply as any government credit) depicts an almost utopian system uplifting all countries, not stripping their assets and imposing austerity. The reality since World War I is that the United States has taken the lead in shaping the international financial system to promote gains for its own bankers, farm exporters, its oil and gas sector, and buyers of foreign resources – and most of all, to collect on debts owed to it.
Each time this global system has broken down over the past century, the major destabilizing force has been American over-reach and the drive by its bankers and bondholders for short-term gains. The dollar-centered financial system is leaving more industrial as well as Third World countries debt-strapped. Its three institutional pillars – the International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Bank and World Trade Organization – have imposed monetary, fiscal and financial dependency, most recently by the post-Soviet Baltics, Greece and the rest of southern Europe. The resulting strains are now reaching the point where they are breaking apart the arrangements put in place after World War II.
From the Caucasus to the Balkans,
China’s Silk Roads are Rising
by Pepe Escobar
The 19th Chinese Communist Party Congress made it clear that the New Silk Roads – aka, the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) – launched by President Xi Jinping just four years ago, provides the concept around which all Chinese foreign policy is to revolve for the foreseeable future. Up until the symbolic 100th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China, in 2049, in fact.
Virtually every nook and cranny of the Chinese administration is invested in making the BRI Grand Strategy a success: economic actors, financial players, state-owned enterprises (SOEs), the private sector, the diplomatic machine, think tanks, and – of course – the media, are all on board.
It’s under this long-term framework that sundry BRI projects should be examined. And their reach, let’s be clear, involves most of Eurasia – including everything from the Central Asian steppes to the Caucasus and the Western Balkans.
Empire’s ‘Irrevocable’ Decline
Hedges, Alfred McCoy
Alfred McCoy, Harrington Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, explains the decline of the United States as a global power and the rise of the Chinese empire."The American Empire could collapse almost overnight"
"If it comes to a military crunch," the historian tells the journalist, "we could lose."
Can't You See War On The Horizon?
by Paul Craig Roberts
According to news reports in the British press, Russian President Vladimir Putin has instructed Russia’s industries to prepare themselves to be able to make a quick switch to war production. Clearly, the Russian government would not make such an announcement unless it was convinced that
the prospect of war with the West was real.
Daniel Ellsberg Reveals He was a Nuclear War Planner, Warns of Nuclear Winter & Global Starvation
Progress Report on the US-Russian War
by The Saker
I am often asked if the US and Russia will go to war with each other. I always reply that they are already at war. Not a war like WWII, but a war nonetheless. This war is, at least for the time being, roughly 80% informational, 15% economic and 5% kinetic. But in political terms the outcome for the loser of this war will be no less dramatic than the outcome of WWII was for Germany: the losing country will not survive it, at least not in its present shape: either Russia will become a US colony again or the AngloZionist Empire will collapse.
In my very first column for the Unz review entitled “A Tale of Two World Orders” I described the kind of multipolar international system regulated by the rule of law Russia, China and their allies and friends (whether overt or covert) worldwide are trying to build and how dramatically different it was from the single World Hegemony and AngloZionist attempted to establish worldwide (and almost successfully imposed upon our suffering planet!). In a way, the US imperial leaders are right, Russia does represent an existential threat, not for the United States as a country or for its people, but for the AngloZionist Empire, just as the latter represents an existential threat to Russia. Furthermore, Russia represents a fundamental civilizational challenge to what is normally called the “West” as she openly rejects its post-Christian (and, I would add, also viscerally anti-Islamic) values. This is why both sides are making an immense effort at prevailing in this struggle.
US government could 'lose perspective' & move towards war
RAs Russia continues to be accused of US election meddling and President Putin is portrayed as a villain by the MSM, filmmaker Oliver Stone told RT there's more to the story - and that he fears the US could lose its self-control and do something dangerous.
Stone - who extensively interviewed Russian President Vladimir Putin for “The Putin Interviews,” which aired on US cable network Showtime in June - spoke to RT's Sophie Shevardnadze about Moscow, Washington, and the relationship between the two powers.
"Manufacturing Consent" 25 Years Later
Edward S. Herman (co-author with Noam Chomsky of "Manufacturing Consent'): All the problems of the propaganda media model we talked about in the book have grown worse; new media like Real News show potential but need funding for more investigative journalism
The Coming War on Lebanon
by Timothy Alexander Guzman
Saudi Arabia and the U.S. Prepare for a Long-Planned Middle East War
Washington’s plan to oust Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has ultimately failed. Now Lebanon seems to be in the cross-hairs with tensions between Israel and Hezbollah on the same level that led to the 2006 Lebanon war. There is also the possibility that a new offensive against Syria that might take place as Washington maintains its troop levels in the devastated country caused by ISIS and other terrorists groups they supported. Various reports suggests that the Pentagon may reveal that there are close to 2,000 U.S. troops stationed in Syria even though ISIS has been defeated. So why is Washington staying in Syria? Will there be another attempt to overthrow Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the near future? Most likely, yes. Adding the Trump administration’s continued hostilities towards Iran, the drumbeats of a new war in the Middle East is loud and clear. Israel, Saudi Arabia and the U.S. have one main objective at the moment and that is to destabilize Lebanon and attempt to defeat Hezbollah before they prepare for another offensive in Syria to remove Assad from power. Before they declare an all-out war on Iran, they must neutralize their allies, Hezbollah and Syria which is by far an extremely difficult task to accomplish.
Fighting Israel's Wars
How the United States military has become Zionized
by Philip Giraldi
There has been a report that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is looking into foreign lobbying in Washington while another story relates how his team is investigating the alleged contact of a Donald Trump associate with a Hungarian. Both are part of the ongoing investigation into Russiagate. Unless I am wrong, which happens occasionally, Hungary is a member of the European Union and also of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). It has relatively free elections and its government changes as a result.
An Arab Nightmare
by Robert Fisk
Roger Waters Confronts the Occupation of
the Canadian Mind
Rock Musician and Palestinian Rights Advocate Roger Waters discusses his recent concert tour in Canada
U.S. Hits The Hypocrisy Ball Out Of The Park
State Department Condemns* Designation Of Media As Foreign Agents
(*only applies to Russia)
by Moon Of Alabama
It remarked that "legislation that allows .. to label media outlets as 'foreign agents' ... presents yet another threat to free media". It noted that "freedom of expression—including speech and media ... is a universal human rights obligation".
The remark came after the U.S. Department of Justice required the Russian outlet RT America to register as a 'foreign agent' under the Foreign Agent Registration Act (FARA). RT registered as ordered on November 13.
. . .
The whole issue started with the notable liar James Clapper under the Obama administration. He and other 'intelligence' people found that RT was too truthful in its reporting to be allowed to inform the U.S. public. Publication of criticism of the U.S. government based on verifiable facts is seen as an unfriendly act which must be punished.
Congress and the U.S. Justice Department under the Trump administration followed up on that. FARA is originally NOT directed against foreign media. The Trump Justice Department circumvented the spirit of the law to apply it to RT.
Obama’s Crimes are Revealed Under Trump
by Margaret Kimberley
“The war against Yemen began in 2015, with a stamp of approval and military assistance from the Obama administration.”
Barack Obama was not the lesser evil president. He was always the more effective evil. The ruling classes were in desperate need of a new and attractive face to complete their ugly agenda. George W. Bush and the Republicans were reviled and thus no longer capable of bringing imperialist plots to fruition. They were bad for the brand and were shown the door for use at a later date.
Obama certainly didn’t disappoint his patrons. He claimed that America was exceptional and indispensable and that no other nation had rights that it need respect. He succeeded in making some neo-con dreams come true as he tried to bring the Project for a New American Century to reality. He destroyed Libya, supported a coup against an elected government in Ukraine and attempted regime change in Syria too.
Blood was shed and lives were upended all over the world under the Obama doctrine of American rights to global hegemony. But the corporate media and most Democrats said nothing. Now that Trump is in office the evil doing that Obama began is suddenly brought to light.
Empire Files: Death & Biostitutes - The US Opioid Crisis
With the U.S. government failing to address the opioid crisis, one law firm has taken to a massive lawsuit. Head of that case is Mike Papantonio, who tells Abby Martin that he's pushing for many executives to go to jail
Socialism, Capitalism and Health Care
by James Petras
The US political and economic elites have always bragged that capitalism is far superior to socialism in terms of providing people’s personal welfare. They claim that citizens live longer, healthier and happier lives under capitalism.
The debate between the supporters of the US Affordable Care Act or ‘Obamacare’ and its most vehement opponents under President Trump is not part of any larger system debate since both ‘sides’ base their vision and plans for medical care on private, for-profit corporate insurance schemes. This source of funding would ‘harness market forces’ to deliver quality medical care…in a marketplace of ‘free competition’, in which every American, even the most fragile, cancer-ridden patient, would be an engaged stakeholder, weighing a huge menu of free choices…
The real comparison of how these economic systems provide basic health care should be based on showing which provides the best population outcomes, personal satisfaction and community security across national boundaries. National health systems top the chaotic private system in these parameters.
From: "Jim O'Brien via
Sent: Wednesday, 6 December, 2017
Subject: H-PAD Notes 12/6/17: AHA sessions; links to recent articles of interest
For those attending the AHA convention in Washington, DC next month, here are two sessions that may be of particular interest. Both are on Saturday morning, January 6 at the main convention hotel, the Marriott Wardman Park.
8:30-10:00: Roundtable: "A Fateful Misunderstanding: A Discussion of the Film Documentary The Vietnam War by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick (Roosevelt Room 2, Exhibition Level).Participants include Michael Kazin, Chris Appy, Mark Philip Bradley, Heather Marie Stur, and Carolyn Eisenberg.
10:30-12:00: Historians for Peace and Democracy (H-PAD) roundtable: "What Should Historians Do in a Time of Crisis?"
(Roosevelt Room 4, Exhibition Level). H-PAD's past and future will be part of the discussion.
Links to Recent Articles of Interest :
"Another Way Trump Will Get Us Killed: To Move US Embassy in
Israel to Jerusalem"
By Juan Cole, Informed Comment blog, posted December 6
By Matt Purple, The American Conservative, posted December 5
By William Burr, National Security
Archive, posted December 4
The author, who has a PhD in history, is a senior analyst at the National Security Archive at George Washington University.
By Catherine Killough, LobeLog, posted November 29
By Richard E. Frankel, History News Network, posted November 29
The author teaches German history at the University of Louisiana Lafayette.
By Richard Lachmann, Michael Schwartz, and Kevin Young, CounterPunch.org, posted November 27
Kevin Young teaches history at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Interview of Alfred McCoy by Nick Turse, The Nation, posted November 24
Alfred McCoy teaches history at the University of Wisconsin.
By William J. Astore, Bracing Views blog, posted November 13
The author, a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel, taught history for fifteen years in military and civilian schools.
By Pankaj Mishra, The Guardian, posted November 10
By Jeff Faux, Dissent, Fall 2017 issue
This is a review essay on Stephen Kinzer's book The True Flag: Theodore Roosevelt, Mark Twain, and the Birth of the American Empire.
Thanks to an anonymous reader for suggesting several of the above articles. Suggestions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Coming War on China
Journalist John Pilger on how the world's greatest military power, the US, may well be on the road to war with China.
by John Pilger
A major United States military build-up is under way in Asia and the Pacific with the purpose of confronting China, according to award-winning journalist John Pilger. Nuclear war is no longer unthinkable. In his film, The Coming War on China, Pilger warns that the world's greatest military power, the US, and the world's second economic power, China, may well be on the road to war.