“Summit for Democracy” and the Empire’s New Weapons

19 December 2021 — Internationalist 360°

William Serafino

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On December 9 and 10, the so-called “Summit for Democracy” took place, an online event sponsored by the Biden administration as part of a new attempt to revive the global hegemony of the empire, weakened for several years now by a polycentric architecture of international actors of different sizes, influence and geopolitical scope, with China and Russia at the forefront, which has brought about the definitive collapse of the era of US unipolar dominance.

“Summit for Democracy” – Enhancing Empire, Not Defending “Democracy”

2 December, 2021 — New Atlas

(Brian Berletic – NEO) – The very first “Summit for Democracy” will be held in early December 2021. Organized by the United States, it will include “leaders from government, civil society, and the private sector,” all unilaterally picked by the United States who, by implication, has unilaterally declared itself arbiter of which nations are deemed “democratic” and by process of counting the uninvited, those deemed “undemocratic.”

US-sponsored opposition movements in nations left uninvited took the opportunity to portray the summit as validation for some and a “slap in the face” to others.

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Churchill & British Imperialism

18 October 2021 — Economics of Imperialism 

Even patriotic Brits know that their hero Winston Churchill did not win World War 2 or fly a Spitfire. What they, and others, may not know is how his statements often shed a clear light on British imperialism. From Britain’s reliance on colonies, to the political rationale for giving the working class some welfare services, Churchill’s rhetorical flourishes in speeches, newspaper articles, and deliberations with his peers, illuminate things all too often absent from contemporary political consciousness.

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‘Left problem’ is not cozying up to bad guys but supporting imperialism

28 October 2021 — Yves Engler

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Left media should explore a wide range of critical ideas. But it should try to avoid ‘punching down’ too often.

Recently new left outlet The Breach published a long interview with Columbia University PhD student Barnaby Raine “on the resurgence of ‘tankie’ and ‘campist’ politics” titled “Is the enemy of my enemy my friend?”

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The Emerging Totalitarian Dystopia: An Interview with Professor Mattias Desmet

12 October 2021 — Internationalist 360°

Editorial Comment: In addition to the following interview, I highly recommend the recent interview conducted by Max Blumenthal, “Foreign Agents #10 – Covid and Mass Hypnosis w/Dr. Mattias Desmet


Few phenomena have had a profound impact on a global level as quickly as the current corona outbreak. In no time, human life has been completely reorganised. I asked Mattias Desmet, Psychotherapist and Professor of Clinical Psychology at Ghent University, how this is possible, what the consequences are, and what we can expect in the future.
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Reflections on Events in Afghanistan-24

5 October 2021 — Indian Punchline

Sir Simon Gass, British Prime Minister’s representative on Afghanistan, seated second from left, with Taliban Foreign Minister Mullah Amir Khan Muttaqi, Kabul, October 5, 2021.

24. UK fires the first shot in the New Great Game

While India’s External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar is doing a masterly job to canvass support for the Biden Administration’s project to delay any constructive engagement with the Taliban Government in Kabul by the international community until Washington gets its act together, on a parallel track, the Anglo-American axis has been working systematically to re-engage the Taliban. read more

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How the US Government Stokes Racial Tensions in Cuba and Around the World

10 September 2021 — MintPress News

BLM for Thee, but Not for Me

In Washington’s eyes, the point of funding Black, indigenous, LGBT or other minority groups in enemy countries is not simply to promote tensions there; it is also to create a narrative that will help convince liberals and leftists in the United States to support American intervention.

by Alan Macleod

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BLM for Thee, but Not for Me

HAVANA — “A Black uprising is shaking Cuba’s Communist regime,” read The Washington Post’s headline on the recent unrest on the Caribbean island. “Afro-Cubans Come Out In Droves To Protest Government,” wrote NPR. Meanwhile, The Wall Street Journal went with “Cuba’s Black Communities Bear the Brunt of Regime’s Crackdown” as a title.

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We Can No Longer Avoid Raising the Contradiction of the Western Imperial Left’s Collaboration with the Western Bourgeoisie

1 September 2021 — Black Agenda Report

We Can No Longer Avoid Raising the Contradiction of the Western Imperial Left’s Collaboration with the Western Bourgeoisie

As the Western left has become more aligned with their imperialist bourgeoisie in the destabilization of the Global South, the radical Black tradition provides a clear approach to “turn imperialist wars into wars against imperialism.”

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Imperialism and its discontents

20 August 2021 — New Frame

The United States has wreaked destruction across the planet and bringing an end to its reign of terror is urgent. But an organisation such as the Taliban offers only new forms of oppression.

Circa 1915: American naval officers and marines from the USS Washington come ashore for the capture of Port-au-Prince in Haiti. (Photograph by Getty Images)Circa 1915: American naval officers and marines from the USS Washington come ashore for the capture of Port-au-Prince in Haiti. (Photograph by Getty Images)

On the night of 14 August 1791, enslaved Africans gathered in the Bois Caïman forest and planned the revolt that would begin the Haitian Revolution. Last week, on the 230th anniversary of this meeting, Haiti was hit by an earthquake that has upturned the lives of more than a million people. The count of the lives lost stood at 1 941 at the time of writing, with around 10 000 more injured. The following day, the Taliban took the city of Kabul and thereby control of Afghanistan.

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Climate Collapse Will Create The Next Wave Of Genocide Against Colonized Peoples

8 August, 2021 — See You in 2020


At the end of this century, people will conclude that the warming of the climate precipitated a rise in white nationalism like we’ve never seen before. This climate-related fascist upswell, which is already at play, will be unprecedented in that the crisis preceding it is unprecedented. The rise of fascism in the early-to-mid 20th century was produced by economic and environmental collapses which will be tiny in comparison to the ones that we’re going to see.

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The Apocalypse That The Imperialists Are Engineering

31 July 2021 — See You in 2020

As the U.S. empire slowly crumbles, it’s cutting its losses. This means waging ever-growing campaigns to destabilize the places that are slipping out of its control. Obama’s 2011 destruction of Libya, where the richest democracy in Africa was bombed into nonexistence and NATO left the country a slave trade-ridden failed state, was a major step towards this new era of engineered apocalypse. Another was Washington’s manufacturing of war in Syria in 2011, where the U.S. aided jihadists in a mission to overthrow Assad that’s since cost half a million lives and displaced over 13 million people.

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Requiem for an Empire: A Prequel

31 July 2021 — Asia Times

By Pepe Escobar

The inexorable imperial rot will go on, a tawdry affair carrying no dramatic, aesthetic pathos worthy of a Gotterdammerung.

Assaulted by cognitive dissonance across the spectrum, the Empire of Chaos now behaves as a manic depressive inmate, rotten to the core – a fate more filled with dread than having to face a revolt of the satrapies.

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Book Review: Imperial roots of the global food system

29 June 2021 — Origin: Climate & Capitalism

Book Review

‘Diet for a Large Planet’ – how Britain fed itself by plundering the world

Tea workers in colonial India


Chris Otter
DIET FOR A LARGE PLANET
Industrial Britain, Food Systems, and World Ecology

University of Chicago Press, 2020

reviewed by Amy Leather

Why do we eat what we do? This is the question Chris Otter seeks to answer in Diet for a Large Planet. It is very timely. In recent years there has been growing anger and horror at a food system that delivers both unhealthy and environmentally destructive diets. Food has become deeply politicized.

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Nicaragua’s Benedict Arnolds – political opposition as organized crime

24 June 2021 — MROnline

Nicaragua's Benedict Arnolds – political opposition as organized crime

Originally published: Nicaragua’s Benedict Arnolds – political opposition as organized crime by Stephen Sefton and Tortilla con Sal (June 17, 2021 )

Ever since they lost badly in the 2011 elections to the Frente Sandinista, Nicaragua’s political opposition has divided into conventional political parties working in the country’s legislature and an extra-parliamentary opposition based in local NGOs. The U.S. government, in particular, gave up supporting Nicaragua’s opposition political parties financially so as to focus on consolidating an opposition bloc exploiting the figure of “civil society” but excluding the country’s main labor and rural workers’ organizations and the cooperative movement. The member organizations of this exclusive, bogus civil society were all financed either directly by the U.S. and allied governments or indirectly via foreign corporate and state-funded foundations.

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The Imperialists Intensify Colonial Genocide In Reaction To The Rise Of Liberation Movements

18 June 2021 — See You 2020

Israel’s siege on Gaza, where new airstrikes are being launched following last month’s unprecedentedly destructive bombing campaign and just two days into Israel’s new government, is the latest stage in a global intensification of colonial warfare. As much as CIA propagandists try to deflect from the pro-Washington bloc’s crimes within this war by fabricating accounts of a Chinese “Uyghur genocide,” this war’s perpetrators are to be found within the Anglo-American imperialist sphere, and within the genocidal right-wing regimes that U.S. imperialism props up.

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Imperialism meets in Cornwall

10 June 2021 — Michael Roberts Blog

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This weekend, the leaders of the ‘free world’ are flying (and helicoptering) into Cornwall, at the tiny end of England, for the first physical meeting of the G7 nations. As they increase the carbon footprint sharply through extensive fossil fuel activity, the G7 agenda will include dealing with climate change, global ‘action’ on the COVID pandemic and the state of the world economy.

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Colombia Revolt’s Victories Show That Imperialism Can’t Maintain Control In The Long Term

6 June 2021 — See You in 2020

The imperialists understand well how far asymmetrical, unconventional warfare tactics can go towards undermining a state. Until China’s deradicalization program put a stop to the terrorist attacks in Xinjiang several years ago, Washington dedicated decades to often successfully fomenting acts of Uyghur separatist violence within northwestern China with the hope of Balkanizing the country. Parallel terrorist attacks have since been facilitated by the imperialists in Hong Kong, where the National Endowment for Democracy has funded anti-communist rioters who’ve beat up PRC supporters, lit people on fire, and killed an old man with a brick.

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