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 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.

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.

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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.

Pepe Escobar on Pakistan, Afghanistan and "Pipelineistan"

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Wed, 06/03/2009

Host Per Fagereng starts his new program "Fight the Empire" with an interview with journalist Pepe Escobar on Pakistan, Afghanistan and "Pipelineistan."  Pepe Escobar is the roving correspondent for Asia Times and an analyst for the Real News.

 

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