William Blum’s The Anti-Empire Report

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  • Issue #147 — November 30th, 2016 That he may not be “qualified” is unimportant. That he’s never held a government or elected position is unimportant. That on a personal level he may be a shmuck is unimportant. What counts to me mainly at this early stage is that he—as opposed to dear Hillary—is unlikely to start a war against Russia.  His questioning of the absolute sacredness of NATO, calling it “obsolete”, and his meeting with Democratic Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, an outspoken critic of US regime-change policy, specifically Syria, are encouraging signs. Keep reading →
  • Issue #146 — November 6th, 2016 Louis XVI needed a revolution, Napoleon needed two historic military defeats, the Spanish Empire in the New World needed multiple revolutions, the Russian Czar needed a communist revolution, the Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman Empires needed World War I, Nazi Germany needed World War II, Imperial Japan needed two atomic bombs, the Portuguese Empire in Africa needed a military coup at home, the Soviet Empire needed Mikhail Gorbachev … What will the American Empire need? Keep reading →
  • Issue #145 — October 2nd, 2016 “Russia suspected of election scheme.  U.S. probes plan to sow voter distrust.” That’s the Washington Post page-one lead headline of September 6.  Think about it.  The election that Americans are suffering through, cringing in embarrassment, making them think of moving abroad, renouncing their citizenship; an election causing the Founding Fathers to throw up as they turn in their graves … this is because the Russian Devils are sowing voter distrust!  Who knew?  Keep reading →
  • Issue #144 — March 11th, 2016 If the American presidential election winds up with Hillary Clinton vs. Donald Trump, and my passport is confiscated, and I’m somehow FORCED to choose one or the other, or I’m PAID to do so, paid well … I would vote for Trump. Keep reading →
  • Issue #143 — February 5th, 2016 “Self-described socialist” … How many times have we all read that term in regard to Vermont senator Bernie Sanders?  But is he really a socialist?  Or is he a “social democrat”, which is what he’d be called in Europe?  Or is he a “democratic socialist”, which is the American party he has been a member of (DSA—Democratic Socialists of America)?  And does it really matter which one he is?  They’re all socialists, are they not? Keep reading →
  • Issue #142 — January 8th, 2016 I stayed up about two hours past my usual bedtime to watch the New Years Eve celebration in Times Square. For one reason only. To see happy people. A year like 2015 can do that to you. Keep reading →
  • Issue #141 — December 6th, 2015 Questions to ask President Obama the next time (also the last time) you’re invited to one of his press conferences. Keep reading →
  • Issue #140 — November 3rd, 2015 Are you confused by the Middle East?  Here are some things you should know.  (But you’ll probably still be confused.) Keep reading →
  • Issue #139 — May 23rd, 2015 How can young people raised in the West—the freedom-obsessed, democratic, peace-loving, humanitarian, fun-filled West—join the Islamic State and support the public cutting off of the heads of breathing, living human beings? I hope those researching the question look inwardly as well as at ISIS.  How do young people raised in the West—the same West we know and love—coldly machine-gun to death more than a dozen Iraqis, men, women, children, reporters, absolutely in cold blood, in the video made famous by Chelsea Manning? Keep reading →
  • Issue #138 — April 2nd, 2015 In last month’s Anti-Empire Report I brought you the latest adventure of US State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki trying to defend the indefensible.  She said then: “As a matter of longstanding policy, the United States does not support political transitions by non-constitutional means,” which prompted me to inform my readers: “If you know how to contact Ms. Psaki, tell her to have a look at my list of more than 50 governments the United States has attempted to overthrow since the end of the Second World War.” Keep reading →
  • Issue #137 — February 23rd, 2015 American historian D.F. Fleming, writing of the post-World War II period in his eminent history of the Cold War, stated that “Greece was the first of the liberated states to be openly and forcibly compelled to accept the political system of the occupying Great Power.  It was Churchill who acted first and Stalin who followed his example, in Bulgaria and then in Rumania, though with less bloodshed.” Keep reading →
  • Issue #136 — January 20th, 2015 Where has all this Islamic fundamentalism come from in this modern age?  Most of it comes—trained, armed, financed, indoctrinated—from Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, and Syria.  During various periods from the 1970s to the present, these four countries had been the most secular, modern, educated, welfare states in the Middle East region.  And what had happened to these secular, modern, educated, welfare states? Keep reading →

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