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Military or Market-Driven Empire?

Military or Market-Driven Empire Building: 1950-2008
by James Petras
From the middle of the 19th century but especially after the Second World War, two models of empire building competed on a world scale: One predominantly based on military conquests, involving direct invasions, proxy invading armies and subsidized separatist military forces; and the other predominantly based on large-scale, long-term economic penetration via a combination of investments, loans, credits and trade in which ‘market’ power and the superiority (greater productivity) in the means of production led to the construction of a virtual empire.

Throughout the 19th to the middle of the 20th centuries, European and US empire building resorted to the military route, especially in Asia, Africa, Central America, North America and the Caribbean. By far the British and US colonized the greatest territories through military force, followed by the introduction of state directed mercantile systems, the Monroe doctrine for the US and imperial preference for the British.
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TYENDINAGA: Your Help is Needed

April 28, 2008 - YOUR HELP IS NEEDED!!
by IAKOHA'KO:WA/Jenn Tsun
On April 21, 2008, the OPP (Ontario Provincial Police) invaded the Mohawks of TYENDINAGA who are defending their territory against greedy developers. The OPP planned to destroy all HOPE amongst the people and sow seeds of terror in our communities.

Yet to their great credit, the Mohawk warriors are standing calm and firm against all the expensive hi tech equipment, the powerful weaponry and the overwhelming numbers.  They stand firm in the face of guns pointed at them. The Mohawks wear camouflage to emphasize their connection to Mother Earth.  They cover their faces to protect their families.

The POLICE wear armour and cover their faces with hideous visors to try to frighten us. They are so loaded with equipment they can hardly hear, see or move.  These cops are scared and not really sure why they are here pointing guns at unarmed people who refuse to run away. There are women and children in the road too, WATCHING the police who really need to be watched.

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America's University of Imperialism

A Litany of Horrors: America's University of Imperialism
by Chalmers Johnson
The RAND Corporation of Santa Monica, California, was set up immediately after World War II by the U.S. Army Air Corps (soon to become the U.S. Air Force). The Air Force generals who had the idea were trying to perpetuate the wartime relationship that had developed between the scientific and intellectual communities and the American military, as exemplified by the Manhattan Project to develop and build the atomic bomb.

Soon enough, however, RAND became a key institutional building block of the Cold War American empire. As the premier think tank for the U.S.'s role as hegemon of the Western world, RAND was instrumental in giving that empire the militaristic cast it retains to this day and in hugely enlarging official demands for atomic bombs, nuclear submarines, intercontinental ballistic missiles, and long-range bombers. Without RAND, our military-industrial complex, as well as our democracy, would look quite different.

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Winning the War on Global Warring

Another American War – Look Out Earth
by Jim Miles
True to the American manner of meeting challenges and desiring to overcome them, a recent Time magazine cover led off with the title “How to Win The War On Global Warming” [1].  
Accompanying that article, the UN Secretary-General demonstrated his Washington consensus credentials with a commentary titled “The Right War.”[2] 
If the American history of war is to be considered, earth itself is in trouble. 

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Which Rules of Engagement?

Which Rules of Engagement: "Iraq Rules" or NATO?
by Joe Hueglin
Canadian officials in Kandahar "expressed wariness at the suggestion that an Americanization of the approach to the Afghan war is under way."

"General Dan McNeill, the U.S. Army officer who currently commands the 40-nation NATO coalition fighting in Afghanistan, said in an interview that he hopes Canada and other nations will adopt U.S.-style tactics and doctrines, including lengthier deployments for soldiers, harder-line opium-poppy-eradication strategies and the use of military forces in reconstruction and humanitarian work."

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Fastened To A Dying Animal

Fastened To A Dying Animal: a Short Jeremiad Regarding
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by Phil Rockstroh
Here in this crumbling empire once known as the American republic, here in a nation that, at present, for all practical purposes, only produces Cheetos and killer drones, whose architecture is being winnowed down to thriving rural meth houses and foreclosed upon suburban mchouses, whose corrupt corporate culture has bequeathed upon our suffering planet dying oceans and the hyper-caffeinated tsunami of Red Bull Capitalism -- the essential question confronts us -- how does one retain (not retail) one's humanity amid the catastrophic machinery and inane accoutrement of our age? 
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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Kevin Neish, J9 and featuring the music of David Rovics Apr. 28, 2008

This Week on GR
by C. L. Cook
This week: Kevin Neish on the Fernwood Community Association's long struggle with City Hall coming to a head; Janine Bandcroft brings us up to speed on good local goings-on in the coming week; and Songs for Mahmud: the music of David Rovics.
Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Monday, 5-6pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, 104.3 cable, and on the internet at:  He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, Check out the GR blog at:

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Inside the Bush Bubble

Inside American Royalty's Security Bubble
by Mike Ferner
The First Family Security Bubble was nearly pried open for a moment last Friday; but in the end Disneyland remained blessedly undisturbed.

On a particularly warm spring evening, Laura and Jenna Bush alighted from a squadron of black SUVs at the Borders book store in downtown Washington, D.C., right on schedule at 7:00 pm.  Flanked by Secret Service agents, they went inside to an area set up for authors to sign books – yes, sign books.  The two Bush women have co-authored a 32-page children’s book, “Read All About It,” the story of Tyrone, a youngster who is good at everything in school but reading.

In line to have her copy signed, and more importantly, to get a moment to deliver a letter to the authors, waited Gilda Carbonaro, the mother of a U.S. Marine Sergeant who died a quite terrible death in Iraq.

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Days Of Action - Point Pelee National Park

Days Of Action - Point Pelee National Park
by Peaceful Parks
The Stephen Harper govt. has tentatively approved a plan by Parks Canada to shoot thousands of nesting Double-crested Cormorants at Middle Island, Point Pelee National Park beginning as early as next week – April 29, 2008.

They plan to reduce the vibrant and historical colonial waterbird colony by 90%, possibly killing as many as 7500 birds in the first week of May.


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Selling the Petraeus Story

Selling the President's General: The Petraeus Story
by Tom Engelhardt
You simply can't pile up enough adjectives when it comes to the general who, at a relatively young age, was already a runner-up for Time Magazine's Person of the Year in 2007.
His record is stellar. His tactical sense extraordinary. His strategic ability, when it comes to mounting a campaign, beyond compare.

I'm speaking, of course, of General David Petraeus, the President's surge commander in Iraq and, as of last week, the newly nominated head of U.S. Central Command (Centcom) for all of the Middle East and beyond -- "King David" to those of his peers who haven't exactly taken a shine to his reportedly "high self-regard." And the campaign I have in mind has been his years' long wooing and winning of the American media, in the process of which he sold himself as a true American hero, a Caesar of celebrity.

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The Responsibility to Protect Israel's Citizens

The Responsibility to Protect Israel's Citizens
by C. L. Cook
In the winter of 2001, while the ruins of the World Trade Center still smoldered in New York City, the International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty, adjunct to the United Nations and chaired by Canada, issued a controversial position paper that came to be known as 'The Responsibility to Protect.'
The R2P is a doctrine that seeks to "justify" third party interventions within sovereign states that are deemed "failed," that is to say the national government no longer possesses either the will or ability to safeguard the basic rights of the citizenry.
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