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Civil Society, NGOs, and Saving the Needy: Imperial Neoliberalism

August 28, 2014 by

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The following is an extract from my chapter, “Imperial Abduction Lore and Humanitarian Seduction,” which serves as the introduction to Good Intentions: Norms and Practices of Imperial Humanitarianism (Montreal: Alert Press, 2014), pp. 1-34: Outsourcing Empire, Privatizing State Functions: NGOs First, we need to get a sense of the size and scope of the spread […]

Venezuela: A Call for Peace, by Nicolás Maduro

April 3, 2014 by

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This is an Op-Ed by Nicolás Maduro, President of Venezuela, as published in the New York Times: CARACAS, Venezuela — THE recent protests in Venezuela have made international headlines. Much of the foreign media coverage has distorted the reality of my country and the facts surrounding the events. Venezuelans are proud of our democracy. We have […]

Encircling Empire: Report #24—Regime Change

March 16, 2014 by


In this report, our first for 2014, the reader will find links and article extracts for a selection of some of the very best resources to have been published online, focusing on the topic of regime change, along with an extended essay on Imperialism and Democracy. Here we address the current cases of Venezuela and Ukraine, and […]

The State Department’s “Report” on the Attack in Benghazi, Libya: The Effects of Diplomacy as Subversion

December 31, 2012 by


Originally published on CounterPunch on December 20, 2012. Almost immediately after the armed attack in Benghazi, Libya, on September 11, 2012, which resulted in the death of U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens, along with Sean Smith, Tyrone Woods, and Glen Doherty, added to the destruction and looting of the U.S. facility in Benghazi, various columnists immediately took […]

Libya: Empire or Dignity

September 22, 2012 by


[Part 6 of 6 of my series on “Dignity,” this article is itself divided up into a series of articles, each one partly derived and adapted from my book on NATO’s war against Libya. See the bottom of the articles for more details.] “May God bless them,” U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke with […]

Zimbabwe: “Keep your money, keep your power, and keep away from us”

August 9, 2012 by


A lot of people really do not like Robert Mugabe. Now, moving on to matters of interest and importance…. The Problem of Defiance “Mugabe Remains Defiant,” read the subtitle of a cable from the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli, Libya, from July 14, 2009, written by U.S. Ambassador Gene Cretz, and published by WikiLeaks. (A lot […]

Encircling Empire: Report #12, FOCUS ON EGYPT: Revolution and Counter-Revolution

February 3, 2011 by


In this report, some “opening statements” by key actors who helped to shape this report; then an editorial on revolution and counter-revolution; followed by a list of some Egyptian democracy activist sites worth following; also a list of live blogs on the Egyptian revolution; keeping track of missing persons in the Egyptian uprising; some essays worthy of note on Egypt; and, “Empire’s Egypt,” a special focus on news and essays concerning U.S. intervention in Egypt.

The Song of the Nonaligned Nile

January 30, 2011 by


The United States, whose hallowed creation myth styles America as the quintessential child of revolution, has for decades navigated the insupportable irony of denying others their own political parturition through the ideological conflation of freedom with stability. From Nicaragua to Iran, this deployment has served as a discursive validation for a host of violent counterinsurgency […]


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