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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Fight the Empire on 05/03/12

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An interview with Michael Klare

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.

Fight the Empire on 04/19/12

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

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).

Fight the Empire on 04/05/12

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

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.

Fight the Empire on 03/15/12

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Interview with Ellen Brown

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

Fight the Empire on 03/01/12

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An interview with Gilad Atzmon, author of The Wandering Who?

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?

Fight the Empire on 01/19/12

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

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.

Fight the Empire on 01/05/12

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Mike Ruppert, author of "Crossing the Rubicon," on the year in review and a preview of 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.

Fight the Empire on 12/15/11

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A new Cold War against China?

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.

Fight the Empire on 12/01/11

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Tom Engelhardt on "An All-American Nightmare: This Is What Defeat Looks Like"

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 on 11/17/11

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Ray McGovern talks about Iran, an IAEA report on nuclear verification, and Israel

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?

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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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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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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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