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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The American Press is Wrong about the Ukraine with Stephen Cohen

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Thu, 12/19/2013 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Connecting history with the latest world events

Host Per Fagereng speaks with Stephen Cohen, professor emeritus at New York University and Princeton University. His books include "Soviet Fates and Lost Alternatives: From Stalinism to the New Cold War."

Secret operations and democracy

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Thu, 12/05/2013 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Interview with Annie Machon

Annie Machon was an intelligence officer with England's MI5. In the late 1990's she resigned and revealed secret operations, such as one to assassinate Libya's ruler Moammar Gaddafi. Is this kind of secrecy compatible with democracy? Tune in and find out.

David Talbot on "Brothers: The Hidden History of the Kennedy Years"

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Thu, 11/21/2013 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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David Talbot on "Brothers: The Hidden History of the Kennedy Years"

Host Per Fagereng speaks with David Talbot, author of "Brothers: The Hidden History of the Kennedy Years." Talbot is a journalist and the founder and former CEO and editor-in-chief of Salon.com. "Brothers" details JFK's efforts to keep the country out of war and Bobby Kennedy's quest to solve his brother's murder.  Talbot postulates that RFK might have been the victim of the same plotters he suspected of killing his brother. 

The geopolitics of food scarcity

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Thu, 11/07/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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An interview with Lester Brown

Lester Brown grew up on a farm in New Jersey. Now he writes about the planet's ability to feed all of its people.

Fifty years ago he wrote Man, Land and Food and went on to found the Worldwatch Insitute and the Earth Policy Institute.

Thursday he will be the guest on Fight The Empire's hour-long special on the geopolitics of food scarcity.

Radio Producer Maria Gilardin on Radio, Pacifica, KPFA and Free Speech

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Thu, 10/31/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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The history of Pacifica Radio

Per Fagereng hosts a special hour-long edition of Fight the Empire with a focus on the history of Pacifica Radio with particular attention to the struggles at KPFA in 1999 and other issues covered in the documentary "KPFA On the Air."

Per's guest is radio producer Maria Gilardin, host of TUC RADIO.

Maria Maria Gilardin learned radio in the KPFA news department in 1980 and was one of the founders of the women's department. She co-wrote the GATT Guide for the Earth Summit in Rio, was founding producer of the national weekly public-affairs show Making Contact, and is a member of the International Forum on Globalization.

The Five Stages of Collapse

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Thu, 10/17/2013 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Interview with Dmitry Orlov
The Five Stages of Collapse Dmitry Orlov was born in the Soviet Union and witnessed its economic collapse. Now he lives in the United States and foresees a collapse here. His recent book, The Five Stages of Collapse, will be a KBOO membership drive thank you gift.

Fight the Empire on 10/03/13

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Thu, 10/03/2013 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Connecting history with the latest world events

Fight the Empire on 09/19/13

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Thu, 09/19/2013 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Connecting history with the latest world events

Fight the Empire on 09/05/13

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Thu, 09/05/2013 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Peak oil and financial limits

There is oil on the market, but fewer people can afford it.

Gail Tverberg is an insurance actuary and a writer on peak oil and the economy. She finds that there is a growing gap between the price that oil exporters require to keep drilling and the price that importers can afford to pay. What happens when the gap canot be bridged?

Fight the Empire on 08/15/13

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Thu, 08/15/2013 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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How to Fry a Planet with Michael Klare
How to Fry a Planet with Michael Klare

Host Per Fagereng interviews author and professor Michael Klare, about his recent article "How to Fry a Planet: The Third Carbon Age: Don’t for a Second Imagine We’re Heading for an Era of Renewable Energy," on TomDispatch.com and CommonDreams.org.

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An interview with Michael Klare

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Thu, 05/10/2012

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.

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

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Thu, 04/19/2012

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).

In 2003 Bruce co-produced a popular documentary video entitled Arsenal of Hypocrisy that spelled out U.S. plans for space domination. Another of his videos, shot in 2009, was entitled Review of Obama's Foreign Policy.

He is also host of a public access TV show called This Issue that currently runs in 13 Maine communities.

Bruce will be speaking  in Portland this week on current U.S. space technology strategy, military expansion in the Asia-Pacific region, the effects of our war economy on climate change and ending the corporate domination of congress

April 20, 6:30 p.m.
First Unitarian Church, Fuller Hall

Entrance on SW 12th Avenue, between Salmon and Main
Donations $5-$20 invited

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

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Thu, 04/05/2012

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.

  • Length: 28:17 minutes (25.89 MB)
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Interview with Ellen Brown

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Thu, 03/15/2012

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

  • Length: 27:36 minutes (12.63 MB)
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Gilad Atzmon, author of "The Wandering Who?", on Jazz, Israel, and Jewish Identity Politics

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Thu, 03/01/2012

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? 

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

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Thu, 01/19/2012

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.

  • Length: 28:34 minutes (26.15 MB)
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Fight the Empire on 01/05/12

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Thu, 01/05/2012

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.

  • Length: 57:50 minutes (52.94 MB)
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Fight the Empire for 12-15-2011

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The United States, after two disastrous wars in the Middle East, is now moving against China. Once again, it's all about oil and global power. Host Per Fagereng talks with Michael Klare, author of Blood and Oil, and Rising Powers, Shrinking Planet: The New Geopolitics of Energy.

  • Length: 28:03 minutes (25.67 MB)
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Fight the Empire on 12/01/11

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Thu, 12/01/2011

Host Per Fagereng speaks with Tom Engelhardt, publisher of TomDispatch and the author of "The United States of Fear." They'll talk about his recent article "An All-American Nightmare: This Is What Defeat Looks Like," which is about the end of the Neo-Cons' imperial dreams.

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Fight the Empire for 11/17/2011

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Thu, 11/17/2011

Host Per Fagereng speaks with Ray McGovern, who was a U.S. army officer and CIA analyst for 30 years, about Iran, an IAEA report on nuclear verification in Iran circulated last week, and Israel. McGovern recently said, "What's really new, if anything, in the IAEA report? And why are some U.S. officials, belatedly, playing it down after a lot of pre-release ballyhoo? Does this reflect a nervous attempt to rein in the 'crazies' in Tel Aviv and their neocon friends in Washington? If so, is it likely to have that effect?  Plus news and a report from the Occupy movement as it happens.

  • Length: 30:46 minutes (28.17 MB)
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