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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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.

Fight the Empire on 08/01/13

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Thu, 08/01/2013 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Interview with Chris Nelder on peak oil

There's much talk these days of soaring U.S. oil production. With huge reserves and modern technology, experts say we can be energy independent and export oil to the rest of the world. They call us Saudi America.

 

But is it true? Chris Nelder doesn't think so. He's the enrgy writer for Smart Planet newsletter.

Fight the Empire on 07/18/13

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Thu, 07/18/2013 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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A discussion of Chinese and Western law.

Is China a lawless society ruled by despots? Is it totally different from Western civilization? Some people seem to think so.

Thursday's guest will be Teemu Ruskola, professor of law at Emory University. He examines these questions in his book Legal Orientalism.

Fight the Empire on 06/20/13

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Thu, 06/20/2013 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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The Legacy of Dr. Mossadeqh and the Possibility of Peace

Host Per Fagereng speaks with Moji Agha founder of the Mossadegh Legacy Institute. Moji discusses the life, career and legacy of Dr. Mossadegh; the unfortunate long-term breakdown in U.S.- Iranian relations that resulted from U.S. led coup; and now the CIA is back to its old tricks in Iran with drone overflights and covert operations. He also analyzes the recent election of Hassan Rouhani as President. Moji expresses caution and hope: that with an understanding of history, and genuine efforts at reconciliation, the cycle of extremism and tyranny need not be repeated for another 60 years.

Fight the Empire on 06/06/13

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Thu, 06/06/2013 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Britain and US Play Both Sides in the Terror Game

Host Per Fagereng discusses a recent article by Dr. Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed, bestselling author, investigative journalist, international security scholar, policy expert, film-maker, strategy & communications consultant, and change activist. "UK Pays Price for MI5 Courting Terror."

Per will talk about Britain and the US playing both sides in the terror game.

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Wendy Brown: "Surviving the Apocalypse in the Suburbs: The Thrivalist's Guide to Life Without Oil"

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Thu, 05/05/2011

Host Per Fagereng speaks with Wendy Brown, author of Surviving the Apocalypse in the Suburbs: The Thrivalist's Guide to Life Without Oil.

In the age of Peak Oil,environmental catastrophe and a failing economy it is imperative that we transform the suburbs into sustainable communities.

Surviving the Apocalypse in the Suburbs envisions a suburban evolution -- from isolated cookie-cutter houses with manicured lawns and 2-car garages to small, closely packed, productive, interdependent homesteads. Thisguide to simplifying suburbia and adopting a lower energy lifestyle breaks down all our basic needs and describes how they might be met after the loss of the modern conveniences we currently take for granted. From small-space gardening techniques and a guide to small livestock, to tips on cooking, heating, and sanitation options and much more, this is a complete guide to becoming more self-sufficient wherever you live.

Wendy Brown is a suburban homesteader growing roots (both literally and figuratively) in Southern Maine. Until 2005 her family was living the American Dream, complete with credit card debt, car payments and two mortgages. Concerns about the environment, Peak Oil, and the economy combined with a growing desire to live a more self-sufficient life caused her and her family to reevaluate their lives. The result has been a transition from a completely dependent, consumerist lifestyle to one of living debt-free in a comfortable, more energy efficient home in a desirable location with a bountiful garden. 

 

Recognizing Palestine?

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Thu, 04/21/2011

Per Fagereng discusses an article by Ali Abunimah, "Recognizing Palestine?," which discusses how the Palestinian Authority is attempting to bring about an independent Palestinian state.  Ali Abunimah is the author of One Country: A Bold Proposal to End the Israeli-Palestinian Impasse and a fellow with the Palestine Centre in Washington, DC. Abunimah is Executive Director of The Electronic Intifada.  Per also provides some background for understanding  the recent election in the Ivory Coast.

William Pepper on the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Thu, 04/07/2011

Host Per Fagereng speaks with William Pepper, an American lawyer who practices international human rights law, about the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. on April 4th, 1968.

Pepper was present at Martin Luther King's April 4, 1967 Riverside Church speech in which King launched a strong campaign against the Vietnam War.

Pepper thought that King's assassination was part of a government conspiracy and became James Earl Ray's last attorney. Following Ray's death Pepper represented the King family in a wrongful death suit.

William Pepper's books include Orders to Kill: The Truth Behind the Murder of Martin Luther King, 1995, and An Act Of State: The Execution of Martin Luther King, 2003.

Conn Hallinan on the Irish Economy

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Thu, 03/17/2011

 In a special edition of Fight the Empire, Per Fagereng hosts  Conn Hallinan, columnist for Foreign Policy in Focus, who talks about the Irish economy.

Ann Jones advocates for increased role for Afghani women

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Fri, 03/04/2011

Host Per Fagereng speaks with writer, reporter, photographer and humanitarian Ann Jones about her article "In Afghanistan, a Woman's Place Is at the Peace Table," which says "Let women play a bigger role in the country's affairs and see what happens to the peace process."

www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-jones-afghanistan-women-20110113-11,0,7690540.story 

 

Juan Cole discusses his book, "Engaging the Muslim World;" and Egyption uprising

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Thu, 02/03/2011

Host Per Fagereng speaks with Juan Cole about the current uprising in Egypt and his book Engaging the Muslim World.
Juan Cole is Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History at the University of Michigan. For three decades, he has sought to put the relationship of the West and the Muslim world in historical context. His most recent book is Engaging the Muslim World (Palgrave Macmillan, March, 2009) and he also recently authored Napoleon’s Egypt: Invading the Middle East (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007).
Juan Cole has written widely about Egypt, Iran, Iraq, and South Asia. He has commented extensively on al-Qaeda and the Taliban, the Iraq War, the politics of Pakistan and Afghanistan, and Iranian domestic struggles and foreign affairs. He has a regular column at Truthdig. He continues to study and write about contemporary Islamic movements, whether mainstream or radical, whether Sunni and Salafi or Shi`ite. Cole commands Arabic, Persian and Urdu and reads some Turkish, knows both Middle Eastern and South Asian Islam. He lived in various parts of the Muslim world for nearly 10 years, and continues to travel widely there.  www.juancole.com/about

Dr. Nasser Abufarha, author of "The Making of a Human Bomb: An Ethnography of Palestinian Resistance"

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Thu, 01/20/2011

 

Host Per Fagereng speaks with Palestinian scholar and social entrepreneur Dr. Nasser Abufarha, author of The Making of a Human Bomb: An Ethnography of Palestinian Resistance (The Cultures and Practice of Violence).

Abufarha earned his PhD in Cultural Anthropology and International Development from the University of Wisconsin in 2006. His first book, which focuses on landscapes, the environment and violence, was published by Duke University Press in 2009.

Abufarha is the founder of the Palestine Fair Trade Association and Canaan Fair Trade, which is bringing Palestinian olive oil and other traditional foods to mainstream American and European markets, while also improving economic conditions for more than 1,700 farmers in the West Bank. Canaan Fair Trade today is the largest exporter of certified fair trade and organic Palestinian olive oil to America and Europe.

Nasser Abufarha will present a free public talk called "Insisting on Life" in the Equal Exchange office at 1033 SE Main, Portland, OR 97214 on Thursday, January 20, 2011. 
There is a reception prior to the presentation starting at 5:00 pm in Banyan Tree Portland
at 18 SW 1st Avenue, Portland 97204 (in the Mercy Corps building), with an informal talk at 5:30pm.

There will be fair trade olive oil tasting and sales at both locations on Thursday. Equal Exchange will provide fair trade coffee, tea and chocolate for the evening presentation. 

 

Mike Ruppert on the new Congress, peak oil and the future

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Thu, 01/06/2011

Host Per Fagereng speaks with Mike Ruppert, author of Crossing The Rubicon: The Decline of the American Empire at the End of the Age of Oil. They will discuss the New Year, the new Congress, peak oil and the future. 

Per Fagereng speaks with historian Alfred McCoy

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Thu, 12/16/2010

 

Host Per Fagereng speaks with historian Alfred McCoy about his article “The Decline and Fall of the American Empire, Four Scenarios for the End of the American Century by 2025” McCoy says the demise of the United States as the global superpower could come far more quickly than anyone imagines.

www.tomdispatch.com/archive/175327/

Alfred McCoy is the noted University of Wisconsin historian and author most recently of Policing America's Empire: The United States, the Philippines, and the Rise of the Surveillance State (and most famously) of The Politics of Heroin: CIA Complicity in the Global Drug Trade.

Fight the Empire on 12/02/10

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Host Per Fagereng speaks with Michael W. Hudson about his new book, The Monster: How a Gang of Predatory Lenders and Wall Street Bankers Fleeced America - and Spawned a Global Crisis..

Michael W. Hudson is a staff writer at the Center for Public Integrity, a non-profit journalism organization.  He previously worked as a reporter for the Wall Street Journal and as an investigator for the Center for Responsible Lending. He edited the award-winning book Merchants of Misery and appeared in the documentary film Maxed Out. He is also the winner of a George Polk Award

 

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