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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America's 30 Year Cold War with Iran: Manufacturing a Good Adversary

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Thu, 04/16/2015 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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America's 30 Year Cold War with Iran: Manufacturing a Good Adversary

Host Per Fagereng speaks with Gareth Porter, independent investigative journalist and historian, and the author, most recently, of "Manufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare" about his recent article on Portside called "America's 30-year Cold War with Iran: Manufacturing A Good Adversary."  

The King Assassination and Beyond

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Thu, 04/02/2015 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Commentary and discussion by host Per Fagereng
Host Per Fagereng talks about the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on April 4th, 1968. Since 1968 the U.S. has been involved in one disastrous war after another. Is America under a curse?

Fight the Empire on 03/19/15

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Thu, 03/19/2015 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Connecting history with the latest world events

Fight the Empire on 03/05/15

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Thu, 03/05/2015 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Connecting history with the latest world events

Robert Parry on Ukraine and the Neo-Cons

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Thu, 02/19/2015 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Robert Parry on Ukraine and the Neo-Cons

Host Per Fagereng speaks with investigative journalist Robert Parry of Consortium News about Ukraine. Plus the bizarre ascendancy of the Neo-Cons.

Loretta Napoleoni on her book The Islamist Phoenix

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Thu, 02/05/2015 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Loretta Napoleoni on her book The Islamist Phoenix

Host Per Fagereng speaks with Loretta Napoleoni about THE ISLAMIST PHOENIX:  Islamic State and the Redrawing of the Middle East

The rise to prominence of the Islamic State (IS)—now dominating Middle Eastern politics—is explained by economist and bestselling author Loretta Napoleoni. in her new book The Islamist Phoenix: Islamic State and the Redrawing of the Middle East (Seven Stories Press).


James Kunstler's Forecast for 2015

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Thu, 01/15/2015 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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James Kunstler's Forecast for 2015
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Host Per Fagereng speaks with James Howard Kunstler, the author of The Long Emergency, Too Much Magic, The Geography of Nowhere, the World Made By Hand novels, and more than a dozen other books. 
They'll talk about Kunstler's forecast for 2015.

2015 and Beyond: Oil, War and More: What Can We Expect?

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Thu, 01/01/2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Per Fagereng leads a discussion of possible futures
Per Fagereng hosts an hour-long New Year's Day listener-call-in show on looking ahead to the future. What will happen with oil? What about wars, old and new?
Tune in and call 503 231-8187 with your comments.

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World War I Is One Hundred Years Old And Still Alive

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Thu, 12/18/2014 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Per discusses the legacy of World War I.
Host Per Fagereng looks at World War I

Host Per Fagereng looks at World War I, one of the deadliest conflicts in history. WWI is one hundred years old and still alive.

Robert McChesney on his new book Blowing the Roof Off the Twenty-First Century

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Thu, 12/04/2014 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Robert McChesney on his new book Blowing the Roof Off the Twenty-First Century

    Host Per Fagereng interviews award-winning author Robert W. McChesney about his new book Blowing the Roof Off the Twenty-First Century: Media, Politics, and the Struggle for Post-Capitalist Democracy.
    McChesney outlines the recent trajectory of capitalism and its ongoing degeneration. In exciting new research McChesney reveals how notions of democratic media are becoming central to activists around the world seeking to establish post-capitalist democracies. He argues that the weight of the present is blinding people to the changing nature and the tremendous possibilities of the historical moment we inhabit.

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Christmas Day Bombing Attempt-- A False Flag Operation?

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Thu, 01/21/2010

Host Per Fagereng interviews investigative reporter Wayne Madsen about whether the Christmas day bombing attempt was a false flag operation.

James Kunstler: Predictions for 2010 and Beyond

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Thu, 01/07/2010

 

Host Per Fagereng speaks with James Kunstler, author of numerous books including World Made By Hand, The Long Emergency, and The Geography of Nowhere. He discusses his predictions for 2010 and the future in general. 

 

History of Empire and the Imperial Doings of 2009

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Thu, 12/17/2009

Per Fagering goes back in time to review the history of empire.  Next he covers "the imperial doings" of 2009.

Michael Ruppert talks about new film: "Collapse"

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Thu, 11/19/2009

 

Host Per Fagereng speaks with investigative journalist and writer Mike Ruppert, whose books include "Crossing the Rubicon" and "A Presidential Energy Policy". They talk about the new film, "Collapse."  which features Mike Ruppert discussing his life and his work on peak oil issues.

 

Lisa Pease: Irregularities in the Lockerbie Bombing Conviction

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Thu, 09/03/2009

 Per Fagereng talks with information activist, Lisa Pease, about the recent release of the man convicted for the Lockerbie bombing.  They'll discuss the irregularities in the case.  Was Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi framed?  Find out more about it on Fight the Empire.    For more information from Lisa Pease, her website is:  http://www.realhistoryarchives.com/

Rick Rozoff: United Nations Subverted with NATO Expansion

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Wed, 08/19/2009

Host Per Fagering talks with Rick Rozoff, peace activist and writer with the Global Research website, about how NATO continues to expand despite hopes of the "peace dividend,"  how the United Nations is being subverted in conjunction with NATO expansion, and how wars such as in Afghanistan are carried out under the notion of "protecting global resources."   

Tom Hayden

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Wed, 08/05/2009

Host Per Fagereng talks with activist and politician Tom Hayden.

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Zaher Wahab

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Wed, 07/15/2009

Professor Zaher Wahab, recently back from Afghanistan, interviewed by Fight the Empire Host,Per Fagereng.

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Norman Solomon: How is War Spending Gutting our State Coffers?

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Fri, 07/03/2009

Per Fagereng speaks with Norman Solomon about the State Budget Crises, with a focus on California.  How is war spending gutting our State coffers? NormanNorman Solomon Solomon is a nationally syndicated columnist on media and politics. He has been writing the weekly "Media Beat" column since 1992.

Iran: Elections, Power and Protest

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Wed, 06/17/2009
Muhammad Sahimi

Theresa Mitchell of Presswatch is on break this week and next. Instead we hear a special 1-hour "Fight the Empire" show with Per Fagereng. The topic is Iran: Elections, Power and Protest. The guest is Muhammed Sahimi, professor of chemical engineering at the University of Southern California. Several of his articles about the election are available at: http://tehranbureau.com/?s=+MUHAMMAD+SAHIMI .
     He also recently wrote a New York Times oped titled "Iran's Power Struggle." He contrasted Iran's election system with U.S. allies like Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Jordan.

 

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