an extensive operation or sphere of activity controlled by one person or group

The largest empire today has amassed more foreign military bases than any other in world history, spends more seeking domination than the rest of the world combined, and has overthrown or attempted to overthrow some 60 governments, most of which were elected by their populations.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Warning to World as Most Powerful State, in Midst of Major Power Grab, Exalts “Genocidal Madman” Columbus

The US today provides another illustration of why one state should never dominate global affairs: states, like individuals, largely lack self-awareness.

Martin Luther King Jr. pointed out that the US is “perhaps the only nation” that was “born in genocide”.  “Moreover”, he said, the US celebrates genocide as “a noble crusade,” and US “literature, …films, …drama, …folklore all exalt it.”

 European invaders throw Native mothers, kids, etc., into a pit filled with spikes.

As US products of these traditions push for unprecedented dictatorial control over global production and profits, here are the words of some Native people and others on Columbus:

Here’s Why More States, Cities Need to Repeal Columbus Day by Sarah Sunshine Manning

Deceptive. Greedy. Murderer. Racist. Not exactly characteristics of a hero, and certainly not the makings of a man worthy of a national holiday.

Jig’s up, America. Christopher Columbus was a genocidal madman. America’s first and original terrorist. And as our global consciousness and awareness of humanity expands, it is time we give up defending Christopher Columbus as anything but otherwise.

Who Could Possibly Be in Favor of Columbus Day? by Bayard Johnson

What was Columbus’s impression of the Indians? He described them as “well-built, with good bodies and handsome features… They would make fine servants… With fifty men we could subjugate them all and make them do whatever we want.” And the Indians are “so naïve and so free with their possessions that no one who has not witnessed them would believe it. When you ask for something they have, they never say no…they are good to be ordered about, to work and to sow, and do all that may be necessary…”

At every landfall, the Indians either greeted Columbus with friendship or fled into the jungle. The Spanish were never attacked or treated with hostility. In his journal, Columbus describes the Indians as “generous to a fault.”

He repaid this hospitality by demanding gold and taking slaves. Columbus gave his men gifts of slave girls—ages 9 or 10 were preferred—to rape and use as sex slaves.

Truth-Telling in American History: Groups Fight for Indigenous Peoples Day by Tanya H. Lee

From the Northern Plains to the Southwestern deserts, American Indian groups are working to correct historic falsehoods and demanding acknowledgement of what the “discovery” of this continent meant to and for Indigenous Peoples.

One focus of this effort is to convince municipalities to pass resolutions changing the name of the holiday celebrated on the second Monday of October from Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day. In 1992, the city of Berkeley, California, became the first to abolish Columbus Day, and several other California cities have followed suit. As have a number of other cities, including Seattle, Washington; St. Paul, Minneapolis; Grand Rapids and Duluth, Minnesota; and Traverse City, Michigan.

The typical US defense when confronted with information like the above, that it was “a different time”, etc., provides another illustration of the self-serving thinking necessary to the genocidal settler colonial mindset by implying that in a “different time” victims would have been more amenable and somehow less resistant to being raped and butchered – though only by favored agents.  The victims of “enemy” groups, even in “different times”, are not dismissed, but are used, like the victims of “enemy” groups today, for propaganda purposes.  “Enemy” cruelty and the suffering of the victims of “enemies” – groups powerful enough to eschew US dominance – is highlighted, while “own” victims and cruelties are downplayed however possible, past and present.

Author focuses on force dynamics, national and global, and also writes professionally for the film industry.  Contact on Twitter.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015


Site founder's interest in studying power centers and force dynamics - with the most dominant power center of the day being the author's state of birth, the US - was piqued years ago when he began working in the film industry.  A writing job that requires him to study big-budget US films from the perspective of a cultural outsider caused him to notice troubling patterns that bore relation to ongoing US government policy, domestic and foreign, and eventually to begin writing and publishing on these and related topics.

The site was originally modeled on William Lloyd Garrison's anti-slavery newspaper, The Liberator.  However, author soon found that he prefers to spend all of his time researching and writing rather than reviewing submissions and managing the site.  Thus, instead of turning the site into a paper, he uses it as his personal blog while submitting pieces to other outlets for publication.

He is regularly published in Washington's Blog, Counter Currents, The Centre for Research on Globalization, and other outlets, and has been followed, cited, or engaged by numerous scholars, professors, politicians, journalists, writers, and others. 

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Russian Moves in Syria Highlight General US Hypocrisy

One has to wonder whether Moscow planners intend, as one of the effects of their current anti-terrorist (using US parlance) operations in Syria, to highlight US hypocrisy. Intentional or not, this aspect of the Russian campaign has been stunning.

As soon as Russia began doing in Syria the same thing the US claims to be doing, Syrian victims magically switched from “collateral damage” to “civilians”, and suddenly bombing, as long as it is Russia doing it, “will only fuel more extremism and radicalization”, according to the White House, which has increased terrorism in the Mid-East approximately “by a factor of seven”, according to experts, since illegally invading Afghanistan in 2001 and Iraq in 2003. (Iraq, reeling from the US invasion, saw almost four thousand people killed in September.)

At the same time as the US accuses Russia of “attacks on Syrian…civilians”, US-backed death squads in Yemen (led by US-coordinated/supplied Saudi Arabia while the US also bombs directly) carried out a massacre at a wedding, executing over 130 people and making Kill Bill look like an episode of My Fair Wedding. (The US itself also directly attacks weddings regularly.)

The US then blocked a UN bid for an independent investigation into the massacre, and said Saudi Arabia can investigate itself.

At the same time, the US, in classic racist/supremacist fashion, refuses to apologize to a Yemeni man whose entire family the US massacred, rejecting “Faisal bin Ali Jaber’s offer to drop his federal lawsuit in exchange for [the same] condolences Obama has given to western victims of [the same] 2012 strike”. (Even this reporter has to say “wow…” to that one.)

Also simultaneously (or, to be precise, “one day after” pointing entrail-draped fingers as Russia), the US spent about an hour bombing the only hospital in North Eastern Afghanistan, which is well-known to all sides and for which the US/NATO had exact coordinates.

Greenwald mentions that the US has long been hostile towards the Doctors Without Borders staff at this hospital for treating both patients who collaborate with and resist the US empire, so, while DWB frantically called Washington and NATO, telling them to stop detonating bombs in the building, the US continued its detonations for about an hour, murdering 12 DWB staffers and 7 other people in the hospital.

Gallup’s finding last month that distrust in US corporate media has hit a new high of 60%, particularly among ages 18 to 45, might suggest that people are catching on to the ridiculousness of getting “news” exclusively from giant, shady organizations run by oligarchs with massive conflicts of interest related to international markets and private capital and with intimate connections and a revolving door to US government positions controlling an unprecedented global military empire.

However, Gallup found last year that almost half of respondents (47%) believe corporate media is too “liberal”, reminding us that much of the grievance with corporate “news” is motivated by a belief that it is not nationalistic/US-supremacist enough.

But for the 53% who did not say their issue with corporate “news” is that it is too “liberal”, it is hard to imagine that current US actions, as particularly exposed by Russia’s new moves in Syria and Washington’s reaction to them, are not creating a little cognitive dissonance – mental discomfort/inconsistency – in at least a couple more of these US-Americans.

And as Frederick Douglass put it, for an enslaved (or in this case, obedient) person to be fully subservient and “contented”, he or she must “be able to detect no inconsistencies in slavery”, and must be convinced of “its absolute rightfulness”. For even “one crevice through which a single drop can fall, …will certainly rust off the slave’s chain.”

While nationalism is, as Orwell would point out, certainly harder to crack than slavery, if Douglass’s statement is applicable in any way, and if more people, even a few at a time, are able to catch onto the US government/corporate ruse, the question then becomes, “When?”

But to end on a somber note, Andre Vltchek, on a recent trip to the US, found that the number of people wise to the game is “too tiny to stop the crimes that the Empire is committing”, a stark reminder for concerned parties to keep hammering away, trying new tactics, and forging new alliances.

Author focuses on force dynamics, national and global, and also writes professionally for the film industry. Contact on Twitter.