Encircling Empire: Report #25 — Remembering Panama

This and previous issues have been archived on a dedicated site—please see: ENCIRCLING EMPIRE. For frequent updates, please “like” our Facebook page and/or follow on Twitter. “Operation Just Cause” “25 Years after US Invasion of Panama, Death Toll Still Unknown,” TeleSur, December 19, 2014: On December 20, 1989, over 27,000 U.S. soldiers invaded the small… Read More Encircling Empire: Report #25 — Remembering Panama

Thirty Years After the U.S. Invasion of Grenada, the First Neoliberal War

This past Friday, October 25, marked the 30th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Grenada. There were many meanings and consequences of that invasion, not just for Grenada itself, or for the wider Caribbean region (including the increased militarization of the region in the aftermath, the importation of U.S. national security doctrine, and the scandalous… Read More Thirty Years After the U.S. Invasion of Grenada, the First Neoliberal War

Questions about the Taliban: Struggle against the USSR; Reagan; how popularity was gained

Reading Ahmed Rashid’s TALIBAN: Militant Islam, Oil and Fundamentalism in Central Asia (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2000), a partial copy of which is available here, at least a couple of questions I had were addressed early on in the book. This post is meant to complement an earlier one, “Glimpses of What the Mainstream… Read More Questions about the Taliban: Struggle against the USSR; Reagan; how popularity was gained