Globalization/Empire


By Noam Chomsky ICH

A leading principle of international relations theory is that the state’s highest priority is to ensure security. As Cold War strategist George F. Kennan formulated the standard view, government is created “to assure order and justice internally and to provide for the common defense.” (more…)

William Blum

When it gets complicated and confusing, when you’re overwhelmed with too much information, changing daily; too many explanations, some contradictory … try putting it into some kind of context by stepping back and looking at the larger, long-term picture. (more…)

NavyTimes.com

When Army Sgt. Jayson Williams deployed to Iraq in 2003, he was a healthy 33-year-old who enjoyed the outdoors, running and playing with his son. When he returned home, he found he couldn’t do routine chores without becoming exhausted or needing to take deep breaths. (more…)

Aljazeera

The disturbing phone call came after Baraa Shiban investigated a drone strike on a wedding party that killed 12 people in central Yeen in December. A clear message was delivered to the human rights researcher over the phone after a major news network reported the story based on his research. (more…)

Libya’s sovereign wealth fund is suing banking giant Goldman Sachs for “deliberately exploiting” its position to make $350 million profit on $1 billion worth of failed derivative trades, London’s High Court announced Thursday. (more…)

Nick Turse  TomDispatch.com

Since September 11, 2001, U.S. Special Operations forces have grown in every conceivable way, from their numbers to their budget.  Most telling, however, has been the exponential rise in special ops deployments globally.  This presence — now, in nearly 70% of the world’s nations (more…)

 

Christian Science Monitor

The National Security Agency vacuums up about 5 billion cell phone records each day that it uses to map locations and associations of foreigners – but also inevitably some Americans as well, according to top-secret documents leaked by Edward Snowden, the former NSA contractor. (more…)

Vincent Warren CCR

Guantánamo’s military tribunals were not created to try crimes, but to hide them. This system was set up to ensure that the U.S. government’s torture program would never face trial, and so far it has succeeded. (more…)

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