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Cultural Imperialism and the Seeds of Catastrophe: Ripping up the Social Fabric of India 

Foreign capital is dictating the prevailing development agenda in India. The aim is to replace current structures with a system of industrial agriculture suited...

Roman Imperialism

The Roman Empire was fuelled by a massive influx of Spanish silver after defeat of the infamous Carthaginian leader Hannibal, new research has found. Hannibal’s...

Days of US imperialism, unilateral actions numbered: Analyst

US considers itself the ‘judge, jury and executioner” of global affairs, with the right to invade whoever it chooses to defend its own national...

Imperialism Is Alive and Kicking: A Marxist Analysis of Neoliberal Capitalism

Indian Marxist economist and political commentator Prabhat Patnaik. (Photo: Sreejithkoiloth / Wikipedia) The concept of imperialism has fallen out of the political lexicon of many...

“A Liberated Area in the Middle East”?: Western Imperialism in Rojava

Over 17.1 million live in a socially democratic, secular state, the Syrian Arab Republic, ravaged by overt and covert imperialist machinations supported by Turkey,...

Imperialism and the Logic Of Mass Destruction

As throughout much of its war-obsessed history, the United States is currently engaged in military conflict – or threatening such action – across a...

The Road to War in 1812: Imperialism, Empire, and the Proletariat

With Donald Trump, President of the United States, visiting Hermitage, the home of Andrew Jackson before the 250th Anniversary of his birth, it is...

Japanese imperialism rearms

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Stephen Kinzer on the Birth of American Imperialism

Famed journalist Stephen Kinzer reads an excerpt from his new book, The True Flag, and discusses American imperialism today and yesterday in a podcast...

Vietnam is well, but that angers Western Imperialism

Some fifteen years ago, when I lived in Hanoi, I used to come very often to the rooftop bar at the Meritus Hotel for...

The Cuban Revolution: Defying Imperialism From Its Backyard

Fidel Castro died at age 90. The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) of the United States and Cuban exiles had tried for decades to kill...
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Video: How Fidel Castro Showed Latin America There was a Way to Resist U.S....

http://democracynow.org - As we revisit the life and legacy of former Cuban President Fidel Castro, we examine how Cuba's revolutionary ideals spread ... Via Youtube

Standing Rock and Imperialism Itself

The Dakota Access Pipeline was originally scheduled to cross the state of North Dakota north of Bismarck, the state capital (pop. 70,000). But then...

Illegality, Ignorance, and Imperialism

The Illegality of the U.S. War on Iraq One overlooked lesson of the invasion and occupation of Iraq is that international law–even the most fundamental...

Syria’s Heroic Fight Against Western Imperialism

Cairo, Egypt — It is hard to imagine a more resilient, more heroic nation than Syria! With only 17 million inhabitants (according to 2014 estimate), Syria...

Filipino Brute: President Rodrigo Duterte and US Imperialism

Empires are often in the habit of producing brutes. Colonies, once left to their own devices, can either improve in the face of history,...

Greek Debt and the New Financial Imperialism

This week marks the first anniversary of the 2015 Greek debt crisis, the third in that country’s recent history since 2010. Last Aug. 20-21,...

Exposing Canadian Imperialism

As hard as it is to admit for a former junior hockey player who spends many hours writing at the neighbourhood Tim Hortons, some...

Evolution of Capitalism, Escalation of Imperialism

The purpose of this essay is to show that as capitalism has evolved from the early stages of small-scale manufacturing to the current stage...

Stop Using Millenary Religions as a Scapegoat for the Crimes of Modern Imperialism

But if they incline to peace, you (also) incline to it, and (put your) trust in Allah. Verily, He is the All-Hearer, the All-Knower. —...

Modi, Monsanto, Bayer and Cargill: Doing Business or Corporate Imperialism?  

Colin Todhunter Describing itself as a major ‘global communications, stakeholder engagement and business strategy’ company, APCO Worldwide is a lobby/PR agency with firm links to the Wall...

Muslim Memories of West’s Imperialism

From the Archive: A century ago, Britain and France secretly divided up much of the Mideast, drawing artificial boundaries for Iraq...
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Video: Going Underground: UK elections & anti-imperialism (E338)

Afshin Rattansi goes underground on elections all over the UK. As 49 percent of Scots voted for the SNP, we are joined by former...

Zionism: Imperialism in the Age of Counter-revolution

Coercive Engineered Migration: Zionism's War on Europe (Part 11 of an 11 Part Series) During the 1920s General Secretary of the Communist Party of...

Imperialism, political corruption and the real face of capitalism

The “Panama Papers” claimed its first casualty Tuesday, when Icelandic Prime Minister Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson was forced to resign following protests by thousands of...

Responding to Clinton Barb, Sanders Blasts US Imperialism in Latin America

Hillary Clinton's interventionist record in Latin America is being called into question after Wednesday night's Democratic presidential debate saw her and rival Bernie Sanders...

Terrorism is the Price of Imperialism

Chris Ernesto What happened in Paris is not right, just inevitable (RINF) - Since 2011, France has been militarily involved in five countries — four of...

Henoko Takes on US Imperialism

Okinawa — Around one hundred and fifty Japanese protesters gathered to stop construction trucks from entering the U.S. base "Camp Schwab," after the Ministry...

9/11 truth would destroy American imperialism

The truth about the September 11, 2001 terror attacks would not only destabilize the American political system but it would also take down the...

Muslim Memories of West’s Imperialism

Special Report: American politicians know little about history, so they lash out at people from formerly colonized Third World nations without understanding the scars...

The Iran nuclear pact and US imperialism’s drive for global hegemony

After 20 months of negotiations, the Obama administration last week reached agreement with Iran, China, France, Russia, the UK and Germany on a 15-year...

Israel losing strategic value to US imperialism: Activist

The successful conclusion of nuclear talks between Iran and the P5+1 countries has threatened Israel's strategic value to the United States, an American political...

US imperialism’s Stamp is All over Chaos around the World

At the Left Forum, Fight Imperialism Stand Together (FIST) took part in a debate with other socialist organizations on the character anti-imperialist struggle must take in this...

The fall of Ramadi and the criminality of US imperialism

Bill Van Auken Nearly a year after the debacle suffered by US imperialism and the regime it imposed during more than eight bloody years of...

Hollande, the Clintons and imperialism in Haiti

By John Marion (WSWS) - In his book The Black Jacobins, a history of the Haitian revolution against France, C.L.R. James remarked that “a great...

Attack in Paris a Direct Result of Western Imperialism

T.J. Petrowski The tragic shooting in Paris of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, which published caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed in 2011, that left 12...

Defending Dollar Imperialism

Mike Whitney  RINF Alternative News “The Fed’s ‘need’ to take on an even more active role as foreigners further slow the purchases of our paper is...

Making Iraq Safe for American Rice – A Brief Exploration of Contemporary Imperialism

Christopher Fisher Betsy Ward, president and CEO of the USA Rice Federation, was fuming recently when the Iraqi Grain Board (IGB) neglected, once again, to...

The Sharpton-ization of American Imperialism

Obama Administration's DOJ to Train "Community Leaders" to be Snitches for Empire Danny Haiphong In quick time after Obama declared a prolonged war on Iraq and Syria, the...

US imperialism is still in crisis – build opposition to Obama’s messy war

Tomáš Tengely-Evans US president Barack Obama talked tough on Islamic State in his speech to the United Nations (UN) last week. The Nobel Peace Prize laureate...

US Global Power in the 21st Century: Military or Economic Imperialism?

Despite vast amounts of imperial data to the contrary, the great majority of writers on imperialism continue to describe and analyze US imperialism strictly...

US imperialism desperately tries to hold domination of oil-rich regions

Patrick Martin The Obama administration is moving rapidly towards launching air strikes against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) on both sides of...

Kwame Nkrumah: Neo-colonialism, The Last Stage Of Imperialism, 1965

Lenin Nightingale  RINF Alternative News Kwame Nkrunah described the model by which Yankee America would enslave the world and its own people: 'The neo-colonialism of today...

Bombing Iraq will only intensify a crisis caused by imperialism

The rise of sectarianism and the Islamic State is a direct result of the US’s divide and rule strategy–more intervention will only make the...

War drums beat louder against China as Japanese imperialism re-emerges

Nick Beams Two significant shifts in geopolitics emerged from Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to Australia this week and his address to its national...

Crimes of US Imperialism and the Fall of Mosul to the Islamic State of...

The fall of Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), a group from which even Al Qaeda...

U.S. Wars in the Middle East: Imperialism and the Battle for Water

Garikai Chengu Water is to the twenty-first century what oil was to the twentieth century: the commodity that determines the wealth and stability of nations. People...

Economic Imperialism and the One Word You Can’t Say

Jason Hirthler RINF Alternative News One reason the United States and the West aren’t particularly interested in defending their neoliberal policies is because by the time...

US Imperialism and the Ukraine Coup

Jeff Mackler  RINF Alternative News The recent Ukrainian Maidan (Independence Square) mobilizations are a grotesque caricature of the mass protests of workers and youth in Egypt...

From Radical Resistance to Propagating Imperialism

Derek Ide  RINF Alternative News In recent weeks protests against the elected president Nicolás Maduro have captured the imaginations of corporate media outlets and wealthy expatriates...

US Imperialism, Ukraine and the Danger of World War III

Barry Grey and David North  RINF Alternative News Are we standing on the brink of a nuclear war? That is the question that everyone should be...

The Strategy of Global Corporate Imperialism

Gilbert Mercier  RINF Alternative News Once upon a time, national entities and cultures aspired to build empires. The impulse was the erroneous assumption of being a...

America vs. the World — Invasion, Occupation, Disruption: U.S. Imperialism is Alive and Well

Margaret Kimberley  RINF Alternative News President Obama has placed whole nations on his Kill List. Syria and Venezuela are to join Libya and Iraq as states...

War criminal Tony Blair whitewashes imperialism’s role in the Middle East

Jordan Shilton  RINF Alternative News In an article for Britain’s Observer newspaper, published January 26, former prime minister Tony Blair claimed that the source of conflict in the...

The catastrophe unleashed by US imperialism in the Middle East

Bill Van Auken  RINF Alternative News In December 2011, having been forced to pull the last US combat troops out of Iraq after failing to secure...

US imperialism and Iraq’s descent into civil war

Bill Van Auken RINF Alternative News A decade after the US military waged two barbaric sieges of Fallujah, the Iraqi city is once again facing...

Military Spending: Future of Australian Workers Tied to War Aims of US Imperialism

Terry Cook The Australian Manufacturing Workers Union (AMWU) last month submitted a so-called auto jobs rescue plan to Prime Minister Tony Abbott's government. The trade...

US imperialism danger to world: Activist

American activist Joe Iosbaker says the deadly wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the proxy war in Syria show US imperialism is a danger...

Why imperialism mourns Mandela

By Bill Van Auken7 December 2013 The death of Nelson Mandela at the age of 95 has touched off a worldwide exercise in official...

Terrorism is Largely US Imperialism’s Own Creation

US Congressional Intelligence Chiefs Promote Terror Scare The US is less safe against a ubiquitous threat from global terrorism today than it was even...

Empire and Cyber Imperialism: The Logic behind the Global Spy Structure

Revelations about the long-term global, intrusive spying by the US National Security...

Friends of Syria or Friends of Imperialism?

The Friends of Syria—an 11 country coalition ranged against the Syrian government—favors what it calls a “democratic” transition in Damascus. There are multiple problems...

U.S. Imperialism and America’s War Machine: A Destrctive Apparatus

Corporate imperial militarism controls U.S. society and wages destructive occupations abroad to serve the capitalist interests of the war-making, armaments manufacturing class whose bombs...

The Wages of US Imperialism

Corporate imperial militarism controls U.S. society and wages destructive occupations abroad to serve the capitalist interests of the war-making, armaments manufacturing class whose bombs...

The United States of War: An Addiction to Imperialism

The U.S. is Number One is weapons of war and domestic civilian gun deaths – and very little else. Historically, peace has not been...

US- Venezuela Relations: A Case Study of Imperialism and Anti-Imperialism

Introduction US relations with Venezuela illustrate the specific mechanisms with which an imperial power seeks to sustain client states and overthrow independent nationalist governments....

General Vo Nguyen Giap: Defeated French Imperialism, Drove the U.S. out of Vietnam

Vietnamese Gen. Vo Nguyen Giap, who helped defeat Japan, then France, then the United States in a 35-year war for national independence, died in...

Argentines hold rally to slam imperialism

Hundreds of Argentines have staged demonstrations in the capital Buenos Aires on the eve of the Columbus Day to denounce imperialism and colonialism that...

US “Exceptionalism” is Nothing but Shameless Imperialism

The longstanding notion of US exceptionalism has deep roots in the American psyche, but as the world experiences a “tectonic shift in global geopolitics”...

Israel ‘spearhead’ of US imperialism

The US government is pressured to serve Israel™s interests due to the influence of the Zionist lobby in the United States and the role...

Puerto Rico and the Puerto Ricans Versus 115 Years of Yankee Imperialism and Colonialism

Address at the University of Puerto Rico, September 20, 2013 In order to commemorate the 500th anniversary of Columbus's invasion of the Americas, in...

US imperialism and the proxy war in Syria

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War Profiteers, Slavery and the Hypocrisy of Imperialism

Across the world, people are protesting against US intervention in Syria. Polls show widespread skepticism of the impending war. Rather than making Americans safer,...

In Syria, Obama's Calculations Reveal Stupidity of US Imperialism

Does the planned US/NATO attack on Syria serve a larger strategic goal than simply "saving political face"? Perhaps not, but that doesn't make it...

‘Imperialism always pillaging nations’

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says imperialist powers have always been trying to pillage the resources and assets of nations through complicated schemes. Å“Controlling the assets...

'Kidnapped by Imperialism': Bolivia Blasts US for Forced Landing

Morales at a news conference while he was stuck at the Vienna airport on July 3, 2013.(Photo: Reuters/Heinz-Peter Bader)Developing...The plane carrying Bolivia's President...

Permanent Occupation: Imperialism in Afghanistan, Past and Present

 Fraidoon Amel I. Reform, Revolution, Reaction (1919-1929, 1979-1992) History of Afghanistan is full of war, conflict and violence. It is also filled with revolutions; the...

The Naked Imperialism of Humanitarian Intervention

Some critics from the left and the right characterized my recent article “Syria and the Sham of Humanitarian Intervention” as an unnecessarily harsh indictment...

The Empire’s New Clothes: The Naked Imperialism of “Humanitarian Intervention”

Some critics from the left and the right characterized my recent article “Syria and the Sham of Humanitarian Intervention” as an unnecessarily harsh indictment...

Turkey, Syria and the hypocrisy of US imperialism

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‘Imperialism seeks to divide Libya’

Libya is targeted by imperialist efforts to disintegrate the North African country in the absence of unity among Libyan political factions, a political analyst...

‘Imperialism seeks to divide Libya’

Libya is targeted by imperialist efforts to disintegrate the North African country in the absence of unity among Libyan political factions, a political analyst...

Countering Imperialism: An Alternative Vision to Tyranny

The alternative to cockroaches  Many of us have a vision, an alternative vision to the tyranny of those who control the world. But we are...

The Alternative To Cockroaches: Countering Imperialism

Global Research and Countercurrents 6/6/2013 and The 4th Media 7/6/2013

Many of us have a vision, an alternative vision to the tyranny of those who control the world. But we are ridiculed, dismissed, put on trial (Manning), confined to a small embassy in London for months on end (Assange), called unrealistic or subversive and told to 'get real'. Are we destined to be the 'I told you so bunch'? 

The current wholly corrupt system is edging humanity towards the precipice of oblivion. When that happens, we (if we are still alive - if anything is still alive, apart from cockroaches) will say 'we told you so'. If there is to be any hope, if there is to be anything better, we must remain 'unreal' and true to our beliefs.  


Some like to believe that the meek (or gentle) shall inherit the earth. But it is popularly suggested that cockroaches may well do so if or when humanity destroys itself through nuclear war (or depleted uranium radiation). Cockroaches have a much higher radiation resistance than vertebrates, with the lethal dose perhaps six to 15 times that for humans.  


Cockroaches are regarded as pests. They feed on human food, and can leave an offensive odor. They can also passively transport microbes on their body surfaces, including those that are potentially dangerous to humans. Cockroaches have been shown to be linked with allergic reactions in humans, including asthma. 


It begs the question: is there much difference between the people that currently run the world and the cockroach? Both are pests, both feed off humanity, both cause disease and suffering. And both can end up sucking the oxygen from our lungs. The only difference is that there is no malicious intent on the part of the insect variety - it’s just the way they are. And the impact of the cockroach is minimal by comparison.  


The same may not be said of the human variety that has instituted a corrupt system of ‘globalisation’. This system of US-led imperialism benefits state-corporate interests who have been able to manipulate the international system of trade and finance in their favour to shift capital around the globe at ease. Supported by militarism and secular theology masquerading as neo-liberal economic theory, the result has been big profits and environmental degradation, easy money and cheap labour, private gain and public havoc.


The food and pharmaceuticals/healthcare industries work hand in glove to sicken and treat us; ‘big oil’ works with agribusiness to impose a system of big-dam, water intensive chemical-industrial at the expense of environmental sustainability; from Syria to Pakistan, US militarism is implemented under on behalf of powerful corporations under the lie of ‘humanitarianism’ or the ‘war on terror’; and the profiteering nuclear energy and resource extraction industries are destroying democracy, robbing people of their land and putting environments in jeopardy in places like India, where a nation’s poorest people are considered ‘surplus to requirements’, an inconvenient truth, and are beaten, raped and disposed of because they are a barrier to corporate ‘progress’ - profit and greed.


Whole populations are lied to and deceived on behalf of rich corporate interests that have succeeded in hijacking the machineries of state and media for commercial gain. Democracy is corrupted, local economies are destroyed, debt and dependency is used to assert control, science is pressed into the service of a worldwide arms industry and fraudulent corporate activities and there is endless conflict over finite resources. 


The current system is ecologically destructive and relies on perpetual war and conflict. It is both socially divisive and unsustainable and is tied to an image of the world laid down by corrupt transnational corporations and translated into policy by the IMF, WTO, World Bank and national governments. 


Projects like Navdanya in India that seek to take the control of food and agriculture back from agribusiness, or the finer elements of successful policies in places like Cuba or Venezuela, are just some of the many examples from across the world that indicate how we could address the problems we currently face. 

However, from Goldman Sachs, Bank of America and General Electric to Shell, Monsanto and others, there are those who seek to maintain the current system at all costs. We don't need them, but they will be difficult to get rid of. 

“Some cockroaches have been known to live up to three months without food and a month without water. They are even resilient enough to survive occasional freezing temperatures. This makes them difficult to eradicate once they have infested an area.” – Wikipedia
These cockroaches - the financiers, industrialists and corporate funded politicians, despise transparency - dislike democracy and hate anyone trying to hold them to genuine account. These are the criminals who have quite literally got away with murder with their illegal wars, indiscriminate use of drone attacks and exploitative economic policies.

It is the likes of Bush, Blair, Obama, Cheney, Rice and their profiteering arms dealing cronies, private ‘security’ contractors and corporate billionaire puppet masters who should be standing in the dock, not the likes of Manning or Assange. They should be made to pay for the millions of deaths they have caused.

“It (the Nuremberg tribunal) defines aggression as the supreme international crime, differing from other war crimes, and it encompasses all of the evil that follows. The US and British invasion of Iraq was a textbook example of aggression, which means that we were responsible for all the evil that followed. Serious conflict arose. It spread all over the region. In fact the region is being torn to shreds by this conflict. That’s part of the evil that follows…Take a look at the International criminal court (ICC) – black Africans or other people the West doesn’t like. Bush and Blair ought to be up there. There is no recent crime worse than the invasion of Iraq. Obama’s got to be there for the terror war... it’s just murder on executive whim” Noam Chomsky (1)
However, to achieve what Chomsky advocates would entail the victims of such crimes being made to sit in judgement over the perpetrators. The International Criminal Court, a criminal court in the starkest sense of the term, is based on the opposite principle. And that’s the reason for its existence.

Come to think of it, to call these perpetrators human cockroaches does our insect friends a gross disservice.


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Capitalism and Economic Imperialism

With ‘recovery’ the dominant economic theme in the capitalist media the unqualified inference is we all benefit. Left out is the fundamental tension of...

Imperialism, Syria, and the threat of world war

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Obama’s Militarism-Imperialism Lite

A tissue of lies? No, the whole Kleenex box-one tissue interleaved with all the others. Obama is fortunate to be presiding over a country...

Obama’s Militarism-Imperialism Lite

A tissue of lies? No, the whole Kleenex box-one tissue interleaved with all the others. Obama is fortunate to be presiding over a country...

The Caring Facade of French Imperialism

The “public relations” accompanying wars has become wearily predictable. Whenever one of its governments or allies conducts a military action, there is a...

Africa and U.S. Imperialism: Post-Colonial Crises and the Imperatives of the African Revolution

Five decades since the formation of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) while the Pentagon and NATO escalates its war drive on the continent...

Imperialism, The Cold War, and the Contradictions of Decolonization

The Second World War had devastated the colonial empires of Western Europe, leaving the United States as the capitalist world’s undisputed superpower. At the...

As Occupations Go On, Peace Vigils Continue Steadfast Resistance to US Imperialism

Common Dreams Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community. Independent, non-profit newscenter since 1997.To inform. To inspire. To ignite change for the common good.

German Imperialism: Parliament Approves Military Operations in Mali

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February 27, the German parliament voted by a large majority to support the French colonial war in Mali. In April, up to 330 German soldiers are to be stationed in that country.

The parliamentary motion includes two mandates. As part of the European Union (EU)-led training mission EUTM, 180 soldiers will be used to train the Malian army. The German army (Bundeswehr) will send 40 scouts and 40 medics and doctors to Koulikoro, 65 kilometres northeast of the capital city, Bamako. Another 100 soldiers are on standby to intervene “if necessary” to “protect the German soldiers.”

According to the commander of the EUTM mission, General François Lecointre, the military trainers from the EU will commence training more than 2,500 Malian soldiers beginning April 2.

The aim of the mission is to stabilise the ailing Malian army and enable it to support the combat mission conducted by French troops in the north of the country. About one year ago and before the French invasion, the Malian army had been driven out of the region by a coalition of Islamist rebels and Tuareg warriors.

The second mandate involves an additional 150 soldiers to logistically support the combat mission of the French Air Force. The plan is to use an Airbus to refuel French Rafale and Mirage fighter jets in the air. In addition, 63 soldiers and three Transall planes will continue to transport French combat troops and troops from the Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to Mali.

In January, shortly after the beginning of the war, the German army commenced logistical support of combat French and African troops, without a mandate from the German parliament. Since then, the Transall planes have transported some 570 soldiers and about 290 tons of material in 117 flights carried out in the area of operation.

According to official estimates, the German military operation will cost at least €55.5 million. In addition to the governing parties, the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), Christian Social Union and the Free Democratic Party (FDP), the opposition Social Democratic Party (SPD) and the Greens also voted in favour. From a total of 567 MPs, 496 voted in favour of the training mandate, and 492 for the deployment of “logistical support.”

The mandate initially runs for 12 months but is likely to be extended. Defence Minister Thomas de Maiziere (CDU) had already prepared parliamentarians in the first discussion in parliament for a prolonged military campaign, declaring, “No deployment is a walk in the park.”

The parliamentary vote is a further expansion of the dirty imperialist colonial war in Mali. The official website of the federal parliament states, “Germany [will] contribute, through its actions, to bring under state control those areas in northern Mali still under the influence of terrorist, extremist and armed groups.”

Officially, the Bundeswehr missions in both Mali and Afghanistan have been justified with the alleged “war against terrorism”.

In parliament, Rainer Stinner, foreign policy spokesman of the FDP parliamentary group, declared that the situation in Mali “has long-term influence on our German security interests” and that there was “a risk that terrorist forces or forces with evil intent would spread in another regions of the world.”

The reference to “terrorism” by imperialist powers to justify their colonial wars is hypocritical. The same Islamists active in northern Mali were in 2011 important allies of Western powers in their campaign against the Libyan regime of Muammar Gaddafi. Now, these powers and their regional allies are backing similar reactionary forces in Syria to overthrow the regime of Bashar al-Assad, and install a pro-Western puppet regime.

In reality, the wars in Mali and Afghanistan have nothing to do with a “struggle against terrorism,” but are rooted in definite geo-strategic and economic interests.

The latest military campaign in Mali is part of the imperialist campaign for a renewed colonial subjugation of Africa, which began with the NATO war against Libya two years ago. In common with the entire Sahel region, Mali is rich in natural resources. The major imperialist powers are seeking to secure these resources in an increasingly aggressive competitive race with China, which has close economic ties with Mali and other countries in the region.

After hesitating to participate in the Libya campaign, the German bourgeoisie is determined to gain a share of the spoils in Mali. German companies have made clear they intend to join the race for raw materials in Africa.

A long and detailed report last week in the German business newspaperHandelsblatt made clear that the German business and political elite are preparing to intensify their capacity to wage wars to secure the resources so necessary for the German export industry. The article lists China as one of Germany’s biggest competitors in this race, and explicitly identifies North Africa as one of the most strategically important regions in this respect.

The article relates that the German ambassador to NATO has been “given the job of reassessing north Africa and Middle East, along with its regional allies, to define which countries are of particular importance for Western and German security interests.”

German imperialism also regards the war against Mali as a prelude to further wars in the region. This was indicated in a comment by the foreign affairs spokesperson for the Greens, Kerstin Müller, who declared that the German operation amounted to “emergency surgery in order to prevent an even worse situation.” She then added: “If we want avoid intervention in the future in Niger or Burkina Faso, then we need a strategy for the entire Sahel.”

A particularly cynical role in the return of German imperialism is being played by the Left Party. Well aware that the motion would be passed overwhelmingly, the party voted against for tactical reasons.

In her speech before the vote, the “peace spokeswoman” of the Left Party, Christine Buchholz, gave the other parties a clear signal that the Left Party is quite willing to support future German military operations. She argued against a “general debate on the war policy of the federal government” and called instead for “a general discussion about how we can solve economic and social problems and the extreme problems that the arms trade causes in the world.”

The readiness of the Left Party to support military intervention in the interests of German imperialism was already clear from the position it took towards the Western aggression against Syria. In December of last year, leaders of the party backed an appeal for an intervention in Syria. The statement was also supported by the leaders of the CDU, the SPD and the Greens.

US Imperialism, International Law and the United Nations

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The broad principles underlying the United Nations (UN) are noble and peaceful. They have unfortunately been perverted from the UN’s inception.

The UN is currently being used as an instrument of domination by several permanent member States of the UN Security Council.

According to the Charter’s Preamble the UN was established:

“to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war [...] to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, in the equal rights of men and women and of nations large and small, and to establish conditions under which justice and respect for the obligations arising from treaties and other sources of international law can be maintained [...]” (Charter of the United Nations)

The UN General Assembly (GA) is democratic. One country, one vote. Unfortunately, even if it represents all 193 member states and passes very important resolutions, its members often follow the diktats of the powerful nations on which they depend financially.

The GA has no power. The latter lies in the self-given authority of the five permanent members of the Security Council (U.S.,UK, France, Russia, China), the only ones in possession of the very arbitrary and very powerful veto.

The astonishing number of resolutions passed by the GA regarding Israel have had no effect whatsoever and have invariably been blocked by the US at the Security Council (SC).

In his historic speech at the UN in 2009, which the New York Times unfairly qualified as “rambling”, the late Muammar Gaddafi rightfully and virulently criticized the unjust and contradictory nature of the UN:

The Preamble is very appealing, and no one objects to it, but all the provisions that follow it completely contradict the Preamble. We reject such provisions, and we will never uphold them; they ended with the Second World War. The Preamble says that all nations, small or large, are equal. Are we equal when it comes to the permanent seats? No, we are not equal.

[…] Do we have the right of veto? Are we equal? The Preamble says that we have equal rights, whether we are large or small.

That is what is stated and what we agreed in the Preamble. So the veto contradicts the Charter. The permanent seats contradict the Charter. We neither accept nor recognize the veto.

The Preamble of the Charter states that armed force shall not be used, save in the common interest. That is the Preamble that we agreed to and signed, and we joined the United Nations because we wanted the Charter to reflect that. It says that armed force shall only be used in the common interest of all nations, but what has happened since then? Sixty-five wars have broken out since the establishment of the United Nations and the Security Council — 65 since their creation, with millions more victims than in the Second World War. Are those wars, and the aggression and force that were used in those 65 wars, in the common interest of us all? No, they were in the interest of one or three or four countries, but not of all nations. (Muammar Gaddafi cited in Who is Muammar Al-Qadhafi: Read his Speech to the UN General Assembly, Global Research, March 23, 2011)

It is worth noting that the Libyan leader was killed during the 2012 NATO military invasion, which had been been approved by the Security Council. Three of the SC”s permanent members namely the U.S., the UK and France, participated in this NATO led invasion.

According to Mahmoud Jibril, Libya’s interim Prime Minister during the Western-backed armed insurrection in 2011, Gaddafi was killed by a French intelligence operative “acting under direct instructions of the French government”.

French President “Sarkozy was eager to prevent the possibility of Gaddafi standing trial, particularly after the Libyan leader had threatened to expose his alleged financial dealings with the French President”. (Joseph Fitsanakis, Did French intelligence agent kill Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi?, intelNews.org, October 2, 2012.)

These allegations are not surprising since France played a leading role in the invasion of Libya.

Was the war on Libya, like the other wars Gaddafi mentioned, “in the common interest of us all” or “in the interest of one or three or four countries”?

Libya was invaded and its leader killed for many reasons, all of which were of financial and geostrategic nature. Mahdi Nazemroaya explains how only a few nations, most of all the U.S., control the UN:

The manipulation of the United Nations for imperialist interests, […] goes back a long way. From its inception, the United Nations was meant to facilitate the global influence of the US after the Second World War. [...]

The UN was used as a tool to control most these former Western European and American colonies of the Third World. At first the US and its post-war allies maintained their domination over the newly formed UN and the former colonies through their numbers and then through a Western Bloc monopoly over the structures of the United Nations. Hereto this monopoly includes control over the agencies and permanent veto-wielding chairs of the fifteen-member Security Council of the United Nations.

The Security Council above all has been used by the US as a means of protecting its interests. The purpose of the Security Council veto is to reject any international resolutions and consensuses against the national interests (or more precisely the interests of the ruling elites) of the US and the other major post-World War II powers [...]

As the Western Bloc began to lose its numerical advantage, control over the Secretariat would be maintained through the Security Council. The UN Security Council does this by filtering all the candidates for the top UN post in the Secretariat. Secretaries-general of the UN are appointed by the UN General Assembly based on the recommendation of the UN Security Council. Thus, the US and other permanent members of the Security Council have vetoes that can eliminate any candidates that would be hostile to their interests. (Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya, America’s Takeover of the United Nations, Press TV 3 September 2012.)

The selection process of the UN Secretary-General reveals why those in office espouse concepts such as the so-called “responsibility to protect” (R2P), which actually refers to “military invasion”, and why they fail to act as “spokesm[e]n for the interests of the world’s peoples, in particular the poor and vulnerable among them”, as their position requires. If R2P had been drafted with genuine intent, it would have been invoked to protect Palestinians against the permanent Israeli aggression. Under Ban Ki-Moon, the Secretariat has rather endorsed Israeli agressions and approved the illegal blockade of Gaza. Kofi Annan was “an enabler of ‘responsibility to protect’” and Ban Ki-moon its “executioner”, Nazemroaya argues.

In regards to both Libya and Syria, Ban Ki-moon has followed the US and NATO script for R2P and regime change. When a major propaganda effort was launched against Syria following the Houla Massacre, Ban Ki-moon and other UN officials quickly followed the US line and condemned Damascus at a special session of the UN General Assembly in New York City. (Ibid.)

Ronda Hauben details the “mysterious process” by which the Security Council was able to influence the way the UN investigation on the Houla massacre was conducted and how a one-sided version of the events supporting the Western propaganda prevailed:

By a rather mysterious process, the Security Council’s request that an investigation of the Houla massacre, which was to be carried out with the involvement of UNSMIS, was shifted to a significantly different process that was carried out by the Human Rights Council and the Commission of Inquiry it created, the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic (hereafter CoI). How this shift happened and the significance of this change, merit serious consideration by those who are concerned about the role the UN is playing in the conflict in Syria [...]

Major-General Robert Mood, head of UNSMIS, [...] said that UNSMIS had been to Houla with an investigating team [...] They interviewed locals who told one story. They interviewed locals who told another story. But the circumstances leading up to Houla, the detailed circumstances, the facts related to the incident still remained unclear to the UNSMIS investigators. This led General Mood to say that if there was a decision to support a more extensive on the ground investigation, UNSMIS could help to facilitate it.

In his June 15 press briefing, General Mood said the UNSMIS Report on Houla included statements and interviews with locals with one story and statements and interviews with locals with another story. The August Report of the CoI tells only one story and claims that they either do not have other information or that any other information they know of is inconsistent, so that they have accepted that there is only one story. The Reports that the CoI produced had no on-site interviews or statements, but only telephone or Skype interviews with insurgents or those supporting the account of Houla presented by the armed insurgents. (Ronda Hauben, US-NATO Sponsored Crimes against Humanity in Syria. Coverup by UN Human Rights Council, taz.de,November 28, 2012)

Of all 297 UNSMIS international unarmed military observers on the groundto monitor a cessation of armed violence in all its forms by all parties“, none were from the US. The conditions of the UNSMIS mandate were set by the Security Council, which decided on July 20, 2012 it would allow the mission to be extended only if it confirmed “the cessation of the use of heavy weapons and a reduction in the level of violence sufficient by all sides”. The US must have known those conditions would be impossible to meet since it had itself been providing the rebels with heavy weaponry and contributing to the violence. Even The New York Times ran a story on the CIA arming Syrian rebels on June 21. The UNSMIS mandate was ended on August 19. If the US was not part of the UNSMIS, it was and still is, on the other hand, a member the UN Human Rights Council (HRC). The US possibly used its influent position at the Security Council to request that the HRC takes over the Houla massacre investigation, where it could play a part in its findings and align them with its war agenda.

[T]he US was elected to a second three-year term on the 47-member United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC). President Bush boycotted the HRC for criticizing Israel too much, but Obama joined in 2010 to ‘improve’ it. US Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice welcomed Washington’s re-election this week, saying that the HRC “has delivered real results”, citing its criticism of Syria, though she criticized the rights council’s continued “excessive and unbalanced focus on Israel”. (Eric Walberg, Human Rights: the People vs the UN, November 18, 2012.)

While it should be the guardian and promoter of international law, the UN has shown several times it acts on behalf of the powerful against the powerless. NATO has been manipulating the UN to legitimize its brutal neo-colonial designs and international law is being used in a very selective manner by imperial powers. James Petras explains:

Imperial law supersedes international law simply because imperial law is backed by brute force; it possesses imperial/colonial air, ground and naval armed forces to ensure the supremacy of imperial law.  In contrast, international law lacks an effective enforcement mechanism.

Moreover, international law, to the extent that it is effective, is applied only to the weaker powers and to regimes designated by the imperial powers as ‘violators’. [T]he application and jurisdiction of international law is selective and subject to constraints imposed by the configurations of imperial and national power [...]

To counter the claims and judgments pertaining to international law, especially in the area of theGenevaprotocols such as war crimes and crimes against humanity, imperial legal experts, scholars and judges have elaborated a legal framework to justify or exempt imperial-state activity [...]

This does not imply that imperial rulers totally discard international law: they just apply it selectively to their adversaries, especially against independent nations and rulers, in order to justify imperial intervention and aggression – Hence the ‘legal bases’ for dismantlingYugoslaviaor invadingIraqand assassinating its rulers [...]

Imperial legal doctrine has played a central role in justifying and providing a basis for the exercise of international terrorism.  Executives, such as US Presidents Bush and Obama, have been provided with the legal power to undertake cross-national ‘targeted’ assassinations of opponents using predator drones and ordering military intervention, in clear violation of international law and national sovereignty.  Imperial law, above all else, ‘legalizes’ aggression and economic pillage and undermines the laws of targeted countries, creating lawlessness and chaos among its victims. (James Petras“Legal Imperialism” and International Law: Legal Foundations for War Crimes, Debt Collection and Colonization,December 03, 2012)

On behalf of four men, Canadian and American lawyers recently filed a complaint against Canada with the United Nations Committee against Torture, because the Canadian authorities failed to prosecute George W. Bush during his visit to the country. Considering its strong economic, diplomatic and military ties to the U.S, such a move was not expected from Canada and its inaction demonstrates yet again how the U.S.’ imperial law overcomes international law.

As a signatory to the Convention against Torture, Canada has an obligation to investigate and prosecute a torture suspect on its soil. This is the first time a complaint concerning torture allegations against a high-level U.S. official has been filed with the U.N. Committee. The Canadian Centre for International Justice (CCIJ) and the U.S.-based Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) filed the complaint on the men’s behalf.

“Canada has the jurisdiction and the obligation to prosecute a torture suspect present in Canada, including a former head of state, and even one from a powerful country,” said Matt Eisenbrandt, CCIJ’s Legal Director. “Canada’s failure to conduct a criminal investigation and prosecution against Mr. Bush when there was overwhelming evidence against him constitutes a clear violation of its international obligations and its own policy not to be a safe haven for torturers.” (Lawyers against the War, Survivors File U.N. Complaint Against Canada for Failing to Prosecute George W. Bush for Torture The Canadian Centre for International Justice, November 14, 2012.)

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SELECTED ARTICLES

Who is Muammar Al-Qadhafi: Read his Speech to the UN General Assembly, March 23, 2011

America’s Takeover of the United Nations, Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya,  September 3, 2012

US-NATO Sponsored Crimes against Humanity in Syria. Coverup by UN Human Rights Council, Ronda Hauben, November 28, 2012

Human Rights: the People vs the UN, Eric Walberg, November 18, 2012

“Legal Imperialism” and International Law: Legal Foundations for War Crimes, Debt Collection and Colonization, James Petras, December 03, 2012

Survivors File U.N. Complaint Against Canada for Failing to Prosecute George W. Bush for Torture, Lawyers against the War,  November 14, 2012

Hamas Shouldn’t Fire Rockets … But Israel Has Violated HUNDREDS of UN Resolutions, Washington’s Blog, November 20, 2012 

UN General Assembly Vote On Syria: World Gone Unipolar – And Mad, Rick Rozoff, August 06, 2012

Canada’s Vote Opposing UN Recognition of Palestine. Quebec’s Motion to Recognize Palestine Statehood, Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East, December 05, 2012

UN Vote on Palestine, Stephen Lendman, December 01, 2012

UNESCO Human Rights Conference Honoring Israel’s President Shimon Peres. Four of Five Speakers Pull Out, Ali Abunimah, October 24, 2012

Boycott and Chaos at the United Nations in Geneva: Who Committed War Crimes in Iraq? Dirk Adriaensens, October 03, 2012

The UN and General Mood’s “Missing Report” on Conflicting Accounts of Houla Massacre, Ronda Hauben, September 11, 2012

UN Envoy Brahimi bears Poison Chalice to Syria, Finian Cunningham, September 10, 2012

NAM Summit: Ban Ki-Moon in disgraceful show of US puppetry, Finian Cunningham, August 30, 2012

Can the US and its Allies arbitrarily Violate International Law?, Rick Rozoff and John Robles, August 17, 2012

Terrorism as an Instrument of US Foreign Policy: UN-Backed Rogue States Plan Syria’s Slaughter, Felicity Arbuthnot, August 11, 2012

From “The Battle of Algiers” to the Intervention in Mali: French Imperialism, Resistance Movements...

Gillo Pontecorvo’s 1966 movie ‘The Battle of Algiers’ was an award winning film based on the Algerian War (1954-1962) between the Algerian independence movement called the National Liberation Front (FLN) who launched a Guerilla War against French occupation. Algeria eventually won its independence on July 5th, 1962.

Algerian nationals were treated as second-class citizens who were discriminated and humiliated by French nationals in their own country. The film takes place during a rebellion against French colonial rule in Algeria between 1954 and 1957.

The Battle of AlgiersThe opening scene of the film portrayed an Algerian national who was just tortured by the “Paras” or French paratroopers in order to obtain information on a suspected individual who was one of the leaders of the resistance named Ali la Pointe. The FLN targeted French nationals, Algerian nationals who collaborated with French authorities and the military and police with numerous assassinations and bombings. French troops used lynching, torture and murder to intimidate FLN insurgents and their supporters. The film shows how a resistance can take place from a population that can initiate an armed resurrection against colonial rule. In the movie, French police bombed a building in retaliation for the mass shootings of police and military personnel. The bombing took place by the home of an elderly Algerian Man (who was innocent and at the wrong place at the wrong time) accused of murdering a French policeman. The bomb killed scores of people including women and children. The FLN responded with similar bomb attacks in the French sector where the targets were bars, restaurants, race-tracks and an Air France office. Many French civilians were killed by the bombings. It allowed the French military to assume control over all areas of Algeria especially the Casbah, where attacks were taking place.

‘The Battle of Algiers’ is similar to the situation in Mali and Algeria where French Special Forces with Western backing intervened with the Malian military in northern part of Mali on January 11th in town of Diabaly and Konna, two small towns North of Mopti, which was overtaken by Islamist rebels linked to Al-Qaeda on the orders of French President Francois Hollande to protect Mali’s government along with French and Malian citizens. The fighting has caused thousands to flee to neighboring countries of the Western African region namely Mauritania, Burkina Faso, Guinea Bissau, Niger, Togo and Algeria. On January 16th, a hostage crisis took place in Algeria concerning a natural Gas Complex in the Sahara Desert. Hollande said it was linked to the Islamist rebels of Mali which caused the lives of more than 23 hostages and the 32 Islamist militants by the Algerian military forces in a botched raid on the complex. This action undertaken by western-Backed Al-Qaeda gives France “Carte Blanc” to operate in North Africa with military action to combat terrorism. France is in West Africa because it has abundant resources. The French government does not care about democracy or terrorism in Africa since they have been pillaging many African nations since the 17thcentury. So why they does France care about Mali’s security situation concerning Al-Qaeda? France is under Washington’s orders to use its military power to occupy Northern Africa. France also has economic interests within the region that includes natural resources, one of them being gold. France also has economic problems with rising unemployment and the possibility to have austerity measures imposed on their citizens in the near future by the European Union.The Battle of Algiers Scene-French Military marches into Algiers

The Battle of Algiers Scene-French Military marches into Algiers

Whether terrorist attacks are used as a weapon for the purpose of resisting foreign occupation or carried out by the government such as the Reichstag Fire in 1933 committed by the Nazi regime to blame the Communists, Western governments can use military action to fight terrorism. The consequence of the military use of force against civilian populations results in retaliatory attacks against their occupiers. In a scene from ‘The Battle of Algiers’ one of the leaders of the FLN was asked questions on their Guerilla war tactics during a press conference after he was apprehended by French forces:

Journalist: “Mr. Ben M’Hidi … Don’t you think it is a bit cowardly to use your women’s baskets and handbags to carry explosive devices that kill so many innocent people?”

Ben M’Hidi: “And doesn’t it seem to you even more cowardly to drop napalm bombs on unarmed villages, so that there are a thousand times more innocent victims? Of course, if we had your airplanes it would be a lot easier for us. Give us your bombers, and you can have our baskets”

A people’s rebellion against foreign occupation is always seen as terrorism or as a crime against humanity according to Western media. Armed resistance against foreign occupation was recognized by United Nations General Assembly Resolution A/RES/3246 (XXIX) on November 29th, 1974:

3. Reaffirms the legitimacy of the peoples’ struggle for liberation form colonial and foreign domination and alien subjugation by all available means, including armed struggle;

7. Strongly condemns all Governments which do not recognize the right to self-determination and independence of peoples under colonial and foreign domination and alien subjugation, notably the peoples of Africa and the Palestinian people;

Ben M’Hidi’s statement was correct considering that France used Napalm bombs in Vietnam against an anti-French Resistance called the Viet Minh during the First Indochina War. It is known as the Anti-French Resistance War in Vietnam which took place between December 19, 1946 and August 1st, 1954. It resulted in the deaths of over 90,000 French and 200,000-500,000 Viet Minh and between 125,000-300,000 civilians. The FLN was the resistance against French colonial rule which has happened in many countries throughout the world including Vietnam who experienced foreign occupation by France for more than 60 years.

In March 1954 the National Liberation Front (Front de Libération Nationale, FLN) was created by Algerian exiles in Egypt to counter French occupational forces in Algeria. On November 1 the FLN launched coordinated attacks on public buildings, military installations, police stations and communications facilities.

By 1956, the FLN had an estimated 40,000 members who turned to guerrilla warfare against a superior military force that had more advanced weapons with hit-and-run tactics. FLN targeted Europeans, Muslims who were considered collaborators, military and police personnel with methods of terrorism that involved bombings, targeted assassinations and kidnapping. That same year, France committed more 400,000 troops to the Algerian crisis and responded with Counterterrorism measures such as torture, threatened FLN family members and used undercover agents to penetrate the FLN to spread false allegations and rumors to divide and conquer the organization. They also recruited and trained Muslim irregulars, known as the Harkis to use guerrilla tactics with shotguns to counter the FLN. France even used Napalm on both FLN members and civilians. It was similar to Israel’s use of White Phosphorus shells on the Palestinians during the 2008 Gaza War.

As the war continued false flag operations were conducted through the Direction de la Surveillance du Territoire (DST) or the Directorate of Territorial Surveillance. They were part of the French National Police. False flag operations are when governments are involved in “covert operations” or carefully planned and executed operations that are secret and that is concealed from the public so that the operation would seem as if they were carried out by other groups or individuals rather than the government themselves who committed the act in the first place. Journalists Roger Faligot and Pascal Krop published DST: Police Secrete in 1999 and explained that DST was an intelligence agency that focused on counterespionage and counterterrorism tactics that was responsible for the creation of the Organization of the French Algerian Resistance (ORAF). ORAF was a group that was financed and trained by the DST to commit false flag terror attacks with the “aim of quashing any hopes of political compromise”. ORAF targeted members of the FLN and committed numerous terrorist attacks on civilians which blamed the FLN in many cases. France wanted to keep Algeria as a colony, but the majority of the population resisted foreign occupation. The war caused 1.5 million casualties according to the FLN and French officials declared more than 350,000 casualties of war. The Algerian War was complex. It claimed the lives of many French and Algerian civilians that included women and children, the police and military personnel. All parties were responsible for the atrocities including the French Paramilitary and the Police, Harki, the Organization of the French Algerian Resistance (ORAF) and the FLN.

However, regarding the situation of Mali and Algeria, terror attacks can spread to Europe. In a US News & World Report article titled “The French Intervention in Mali Is Necessary, But Risky” stated that “Military operations in northern Mali are likely to radicalize the population, spark a race war, and spread the conflict to neighboring countries. They also are unlikely to yield a long-term solution.” This is exactly what the French government wants, an excuse to re-occupy Mali and Algeria as colonial possessions. The Mali intervention is necessary for corporate interests, not for the interests of the Malian people. The radicalization of the Mali population is possible and can cause a blowback to France in the form of a terrorist attack. This would allow France to clamp down on its own citizens because more protests are expected in the coming months since the French economy is in decline due to the European debt crisis. When there is a terrorist problem, the French government would offer the solution to protect its citizenry. When Imperial powers unleash their militaries on the local population to combat terrorism, organizations such as the ‘Ansar Dine’ were most likely used to commit the terror attacks. They are linked to an Islamic organization affiliated with Al-Qaeda known as the Al-Qaeda Organization in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) created by the West during the Soviet-Afghan War when they were called the “Mujahideen”. Members of ‘Ansar Dine’ come from Mali, Algeria and Nigeria. When Western powers use military force to fight terrorist organizations, the population gets caught in the crossfire, many innocents are killed causing a radicalization of the population to retaliate. They create hatred among the people who would eventually become the resistance against the occupation. This becomes an opportunity for the west.

French Troops in Mali on January 16, 2013

French Troops in Mali on January 16, 2013

But the situation in Mali and Algeria is created by the west to re-conquer territories that was once controlled by the same forces since the 17th Century that are intervening in the North-African region today. ‘The Battle of Algiers’ serves as a reminder that there are legitimate resistance fighters against foreign occupation as there are terrorist organizations such as Al-Qaeda created by the West to commit terrorist acts as a pretext for invasion to supposedly “protect” French and Malian civilians and it’s government, but that is far from the truth. Its about Mali’s resources.

‘The Battle of Algiers’ is a movie, but it should also serve as a history lesson on how governments use the excuse of terrorism to their advantage. The point is that France, who is backed by the United States Africa Command (AFRICOM) would use any means necessary to re-occupy Mali and Algeria in order to exploit their resources for French, American and British corporations. France is under the Anglo-American establishment and it has been ordered to invade North-Africa regardless of the consequences. Terrorism whether used by legitimate resistance movements against foreign occupation or by the government to blame their enemies can justify their actions. They can use their military and police to occupy a country, exploit the resources and take away the people’s rights. France is allied with the United States and Great Britain in the War on Terror. Western powers want to re-take Africa, Latin America, the Middle-east and Asia so that they can dominate the world. It does not end with Mali and Algeria, so expect more wars in the coming years. Imperialism is a cancer on our planet that enforces colonialism and commits false flag terrorism to justify their military occupation. Either way, they both lead to war. France and its Western allies will find a way to occupy North-Africa and that is unfortunate.

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Mohamud (Tarzan) Nur US policy in Somalia, Ethiopia and Afghanistan from 1979 on helped reduce all three countries to failed states. It created massive refugee...

The Duplicitous U.S. Constitution

Civil government, so far as it is instituted for the security of property, is in reality instituted for the defense of the rich against...

Bigoted Americans Far More Supportive of War Against Syria

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org —— On April 23rd, the U.S. mega-corporate and government-funded National Public Radio network, NPR, interviewed voters about their views on...

Government Has Allowed Corporations to Be More Powerful Than the State

Both Republicans and Democrats are responsible for letting corporations run roughshod over all attempts at regulation. (Photo: Pixabay / Flickr) Disaster, poverty and misfortune have...

Middle Eastern Surgeon Speaks About “Ecology of War”

Dr. Gus Abu-Sitta is the head of the Plastic Surgery Department at the AUB Medical Center in Lebanon. He specializes in: reconstructive surgery. What...

Middle Eastern Surgeon Speaks About the “Ecology of War”

Dr. Gus Abu-Sitta Dr. Gus Abu-Sitta is the head of the Plastic Surgery Department at the AUB Medical Center in Lebanon. He specializes in: reconstructive surgery....

Empire Abroad, Empire At Home

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Decoding the American Jewish Zionists’ Rise to Power

Part 4: Readings in the Jewish Zionist Control of the United States: Interviews with Francis Boyle, James Petras, and Kim Petersenby B.J. Sabri /...

Big Steel’s Protectionist Scam

Protectionism, often refuted and seemingly abandoned, has returned, and with a vengeance. The Japanese, who bounced back from grievous losses in World War II...

The Main Issue in the French Presidential Election: National Sovereignty

Photo by Blandine Le Cain | CC BY 2.0   Paris. The 2017 French Presidential election marks a profound change in European political alignments. There is an...

From Earth Day to the Monsanto Tribunal, Capitalism on Trial

World Environment Day (WED) occurs on 5 June every year. Promoted by the United Nations, its aim is to encourage global awareness and action for...

Attack Against Syria and the Region Speaking Up

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“Mr. Madison’s War”: An Imperialist War of Conquest

• Read Part One here The United States (US) government, only 23 years old, had declared war on the British Empire, beginning Mr. Madison’s War....

Vimy Ridge, First Nations and Martial Patriotism

Amidst an orgy of martial patriotism that is finally over, there was a sad irony. In recent days the Canadian Forces, banks, politicians, sports TV...

Found in Cuba: The American Dream (and Nightmare)

I’ll tell you up front that my personal vehicle has crowns of rust on the rear wheel wells and an interior that smells vaguely...

Caribbean Reparations Movement Must Put Capitalism on Trial

Why is the reparations movement in the Anglophone Caribbean not putting capitalism on trial in its campaign to force British imperialism to provide financial...

Afghanistan: “Small” Western Propaganda Lies, Huge Impact

Ask anyone on the streets of Kabul about the revolutions that in recent years transformed huge parts of Latin America, and the chances are...

‘I never rush to accept anything US says,’ Ken Livingstone tells RT after Syria...

Published time: 7 Apr, 2017 14:54 US claims about the alleged gas attack which saw US...

The War on Islam: Irrational U.S. Behavior or Calculated Zionist Plan?

Part 3: Readings in the Jewish Zionist Control of the United States: Interviews with Francis Boyle, James Petras, and Kim Petersenby B.J. Sabri...

From Syria to Monsanto: A Moribund System of Deceit and Destruction

Today, as the dominant global power, the US rolls out its brand of unfettered capitalism across the world. US citizens constitute just five percent...

Trump's Austerity Budget Increases Military Recruiters' Power to Prey on Youth

Rory Fanning speaks in Japan on a Veterans for Peace trip in 2016. (Photo: Yoshiaki Kawakami) Stories like this are funded by readers like you,...

The Korea Problem

The United States and its allies have embarked on a dangerous path of aggression against the government of North Korea and its allies China...

Fake News about Venezuela: A Simple Recipe

President Hugo Chavez “Journalists” who want to write fake news about Venezuela, or about any other country or group that dares to stand up to...

The Rising Tide of Militarism in the 21st Century

US militarism expanded exponentially through the first two decades of the Twenty-First Century, and was embraced by both Democratic and Republican Presidents. The...

Sweat Shops, GMOs and Neoliberal Fundamentalism: The Agroecological Alternative to Global Capitalism

Much of the argument in favour of GM agriculture involves little more than misrepresentations and unscrupulous attacks on those who express concerns about the technology and its impacts....

Our Sons-of-Bitches: Western Media and the Syrian “Rebels”

“He may be a son-of-a-bitch, but he’s our son-of-a-bitch” – this is what U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt is rumoured to have once said about...

An Oscar for a Propaganda Flick

Hollywood activists prefer their human rights causes blessed by the U.S. government, which contributed to the dubious Oscar for “The...

Edward Percy Girouard: Canada’s Colonial Governor?

As Black History Month draws to an end it is important to reflect on the European conquest of Africa. Is there a connection between...

100 Years of Using War To Try To End All War

This April 4th will be 100 years since the U.S. Senate voted to declare war on Germany and 50 since Martin Luther King Jr....

European Union as NATO’s Auxiliary Economic Alliance

In a recent interview, Donald Trump has praised Britain for opting out of the European Union and called it a smart move. Moreover, he...

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The Week in War Episode One: Manning, Trump, and Marching Ladies

Angela Keaton and Lucy Steigerwald take a crack at what we hope will be a brand new, weekly podcast for the site. We’ll talk...

The Week in War Episode One: Manning, Trump, and Marching Ladies

Angela Keaton and Lucy Steigerwald take a crack at what we hope will be a brand new, weekly podcast for the site. We’ll talk...

The British Government Has Colluded with Monsanto and Should Be Held Accountable in the...

“The British Government has colluded with Monsanto and should be held accountable in the International Criminal Court in The Hague for crimes against humanity...

James Bond’s ‘Q’ is actually a woman, says MI6 chief in new spy recruitment...

MI6 chief Alex Younger has revealed the real head of gadgetry at the British spy...

Game Change: Syria, Interrupted

Photo by watch smart | CC BY 2.0 The recapture of Aleppo by the Syrian Arab Army and its allies marks a turning point not...

A Choice for Nations: Have Course Determined by the USA or Pursue a Course...

In his inauguration speech, president Donald Trump sounded sincere, and perhaps he is being sincere. But some of his views are deluded and misguided. Said...

The Week in War Episode One: Manning, Trump, and Marching Ladies

Angela Keaton and Lucy Steigerwald take a crack at what we hope will be a brand new, weekly podcast for the site. We’ll talk...

Development and India: Why GM Mustard Really Matters

The push to commercialise the growing of genetically modified (GM) mustard in India is currently held up in court due to a lawsuit by...

The Three-way Tug of War that’s Pulling Syria Apart

(RINF) - Last month, the Islamic State recaptured Palmyra from where it was evicted by the Syrian army only in March; and this week,...

Syrian Conflict: The Deceptions and Betrayals

(RINF) - Since the times of the Soviet-Afghan jihad, during the eighties, it has been the fail-safe game plan of the master strategists at...

President Duterte of the Philippines for Dummies

Manila and Davao — When Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez ascended to power in 1999, almost no one in the West, in Asia and even...

Motives behind the Assassination of Russian Ambassador to Turkey

Nauman Sadiq (RINF) - In order to identify the likely motives of the 22 years old Turkish police officer who assassinated the Russian ambassador to...

Entrenching Capitalist Agriculture in India Under the Guise of Development

Colin Todhunter Washington's long-term plan has been to restructure indigenous agriculture across the world and tie it to an international system of trade based on...

From Climate Change to Nuclear War, Noam Chomsky Warns of Literal Threats to Our...

On Monday night, Democracy Now! celebrated its 20th anniversary at the historic Riverside Church in New York City. Among those who addressed more than...

Brutal US Colonialism in Puerto Rico

Recently, I’ve been reading Overthrow: America’s Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq, a book by veteran New York Times correspondent Stephen Kinzer,...

The Fierce Debate Over Castro’s Legacy

Photo by Institute for Policy Studies | CC BY 2.0 Fidel Castro’s death, at 90, has sparked a fierce debate in the West over his...

Trembling with Indignation in the Belly of the Beast

by John R. Hall / November 26th, 2016 If you tremble with indignation at every injustice, then you are a comrade of mine. — Doctor Ernesto...

A Nonviolent Strategy to Liberate Syria

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Poor Liberals: You have Nobody to Blame but Yourselves

Poor liberals – for years you have toiled in vain for the betterment of humanity. Martyring yourselves for the greater good, you have attained...

The Elections Expose a Once-Great Nation

Enemies of the United States are joyously watching its upcoming elections that are exposing this once great nation as deeply corrupt.  It’s as if...

Forget the Trump-Clinton Charade: It’s Time to Wake Up America!

Colin Todhunter (RINF) - Who will be the winners and the losers in the coming U.S. presidential election? Trump or Clinton, Clinton or Trump? The...

Rhymes With Hypocrisy

The greatest objective of mankind in this century should be to eradicate imperialism and capitalism as models for society. — Evo Morales As we approach the...

Is Gandhi Still Relevant?

Colin Todhunter Mention Gandhi in certain circles and the response might be one of cynicism: his ideas are outdated and irrelevant in today's world. Such...

America, the World’s Public Enemy Number One

An Interview with Dr. Gary Brumback Mohsen Abdelmoumen: How do you explain the long history of US interventionism? What is your analysis? Dr. Gary Brumback: “Interventionism”...

Media Roll Out Welcome Mat for ‘Humanitarian’ War in Syria

Hillary Clinton told Goldman Sachs that a no-fly zone is “going to kill a lot of Syrians.” (cc photo: Gage Skidmore) As she marches toward...

What the Grenadian Revolution Can Teach Us About People’s Power

The collapse of the Grenadian Revolution on 19 October 1983 should be carefully examined for the lessons that it might offer to organizers in...

Hillary Clinton and the Brutal Murder of Qaddafi

Photo by thierry hermann | CC BY 2.0 On October 20, 2011, Libya’s Muammar al-Gaddafi was brutally murdered by a mob of NATO-backed ‘rebels’, after...

Syria and the Left: Time to Break the Silence

Photo by Kurdishstruggle | CC BY 2.0   The cold, hard reality of the war in Syria is that the violence, bloodshed, and chaos continues unabated...

Will “they” really try to kill President Duterte?

Rodrigo Duterte, the outspoken President of the Philippines, has by now most likely joined the concealed, prestigious and permanent hit list of the Empire. The...

China’s Influence on World Stage

“China and Russia have their work cut out for them, fighting for their countries, peoples, ways of life, and indirectly, for humanity’s 99% and...

Sale of tear gas & water cannon to ‘human rights-abusing’ Gulf nations worth millions...

The UK government has once again been accused of “arming repression” in countries such as...

Toxic Allegiances and Corporate Power: Open Letter to the Oxford Martin Commission

Colin Todhunter The Oxford Martin School is based at Oxford University in the UK. In what seems to be a laudable aim, the school has...

Unreliability, Spinelessness of the Western “Left”

It is tough to fight any real war. And it takes true guts, discipline and determination to win it. For years and decades, the so-called...

US Propaganda Goes into Overdrive

Over the weekend the Western press is blasting Russia and Syria for alleged war crimes in their assault on the terrorist controlled part of...

Election or Revolution? An Open Letter to the People of the United States

Robert J. Burrowes As citizens of the USA with a presidential election approaching you have a wonderful opportunity to ponder whether to participate in this...

The Real Enemy of Both Koreas

Warring hotspots all over the world are flaring up in 2016 in what amounts to preparation for World War III between the military forces...

Monsanto and Bayer: Why Food And Agriculture Just Took A Turn For The Worse

Colin Todhunter News broke this week that Monsanto accepted a $66 billion takeover bid from Bayer. The new company would control more than 25 per cent...

Old Cold Warriors Cool to New Cold War

To the surprise of many, some old Cold Warriors, including Zbigniew Brzezinski, are cooling to the idea of a New...

Kathy Kelly on A Good Beginning

It seems that some who have the ears of U.S. elite decision-makers are at least shifting away from wishing to provoke wars with Russia...

“Socialists” Supporting NATO and U.S. Empire

At the recent annual convention of Veterans for Peace, VFP Vice President Jerry Condon said: “The US peace movement has been demobilized by disinformation...

Hillary and the Clinton Foundation: Exemplars of America’s Political Rot

Hillary Clinton may be enjoying a comfortable lead in national polls, but she is far from enjoying a comfortable night’s sleep given the ever-widening...

Nonviolent Revolt in the Twenty-First Century

Robert J. Burrowes I sometimes wonder whether one of the ways in which 'Amercian exceptionalism' manifests is that many US scholars and others are unable...

Ukraine was Right! Why Russia is the “Biggest Threat” in the World!

by George Eliason Is Russia really the greatest threat to the world? The answer lies somewhere between how you define a threat and what you're...

The United States vs. Mexico

The Lost History of 1914: How the Great War Was Not Inevitable, by Jack Beatty. “Never before has any political assembly heard so fine a...

Hillary and the War Party

a katz | Shutterstock.com You haven’t heard much from the Democrats lately about foreign policy or global agendas – indeed virtually nothing at the Philadelphia convention and...

Will it be Petras’s Apocalypse or Hammond’s Hopeful Enlightenment?

It is time to assess the legacy that President Obama bequeaths us. Two timely books contribute to this; namely, The End of the Republic...

The Scapegoats of Empire

The Green Party might have had a realistic chance for the presidency had Bernie Sanders not amputated his “political revolution” and instead joined presidential...

Election Meddling: Bad if Done to USA, Bad to Complain About if Done by...

The Washington Post (8/10/16) published what has to be one of the most naked examples of projection ever displayed by a major American paper....

NYT Reveals Think Tank It’s Cited for Years to Be Corrupt Arms Booster

The New York Times (8/7/16) reveals the corporate influence behind some of its most-used sources. A recent New York Times article (8/7/16) detailed, in often...

Blum’s Straw Men

Back on 6 July 2016, anti-imperialist Bill Blum wrote an otherwise excellent article with the exception of one paragraph that detracted from its overall...

The battle for Aleppo and the hypocrisy of US war propaganda

Via WSWS. This piece was reprinted by RINF Alternative News with permission or license. This week marks two years since President Barack Obama initiated the...

Canada: Refugees mount hunger strike to protest indefinite detention

Via WSWS. This piece was reprinted by RINF Alternative News with permission or license. Laurent Lafrance Dozens of refugees who are being detained indefinitely in two...

Black Lives Matter Platform Accuses Israel of ‘Genocide’

The Black Lives Matter platform introduced on Monday includes a plank that accuses Israel of “genocide … against the Palestinian people.” The movement, which...

Hillary in Charge

America is a warrior nation, Hillary its most despicable exponent, her rage for war humanity’s greatest threat, WW III too serious a risk to...

Monsanto in India: Meet the New Boss – Same as the Old Boss?

In capitalism, the state’s primary role is to secure the interests of private capital. The institutions of globalised capitalism - from the World Bank,...

Superpower Conflicts Are Driving Tensions in the South China Sea

(Photo: U.S. Pacific Fleet / Flickr) The Philippines would seem to have won a major victory against China in a recent international court ruling in...

Sweden-Finland-Norway Globalization Blues

Scandinavia on the Skids: The Failure of Social Democracy (Part 3 of a 7 part series on Scandinavian “Socialism”) Olof Palme had just won his...

In the Shadow of the Bomb: Conducting International Relations with the Threat of Mass...

“Some fell to the ground and their stomachs already expanded full, burst and organs fell out. Others had skin falling off them and others...

The Distinction between Terrorism and Insurgency

Nauman Sadiq (RINF) - The definition of the term “terrorism” has been deliberately left undefined by the Western powers to use it as an umbrella-pretext...

A Preview of The Coming War Between America and China

John Pilger John Pilger is a world-renowned journalist, documentary filmmaker and author. He has twice won Britain’s highest award for journalism. His films have won...

What the coup against Jeremy Corbyn reveals about the Labour Party

Via WSWS. This piece was reprinted by RINF Alternative News with permission or license. By Chris Marsden Just ten months ago, Jeremy Corbyn was elected labour leader,...

Continues to Rise: Muhammad Ali (1942-2016)

Muhammad Ali tapes his right hand for a training session at his camp in Deer Lake, Pennsylvania, January 17, 1974. (Photo: Robert...

Tom Paine Warned About America’s Perpetual War

Around the globe, the United States faces more enemies than ever before. American troops are deploying to Syria and Libya, and...

The military-industrial complex of Pakistan

Nauman Sadiq (RINF) - Before the signing of the Iran nuclear deal last year, BBC’s defense correspondent, Mark Urban, published a report that Pakistan’s...

The Iraq War, Brexit and Imperial Blowback

US President George W. Bush, right, and former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair during a news conference at the White House on...

Libya’s Downward Spiral, Part 2

Syria’s new UN-approved government is little more than a loose alliance of militias loose alliance thrown together to provide Libya with a semblance of...

Europe under the Atlanticist thumb: "Free trade" and "free migration" destroying nations

In the contemporary European Union, the nation-state is undergoing a profound crisis which threatens not only the stability and well-being of the peoples...

How Does Corporate Media Manufactures False Narratives?

Nauman Sadiq (RINF) - What bothers me is not that we are unable to find the solution to our problems, what bothers me more is...

How the Occupied Mentality Syndrome Works

by B.J. Sabri / June 28th, 2016 Previously I argued whether Saudi Arabia’s repeated involvements in U.S. interventions and wars stem from free national will...

How Hillary Clinton Ignores Peace

Special Report: Despite neocon-instigated chaos and bloodshed across the Mideast (and now into Europe), Hillary Clinton continues to advocate more...

The Center Can’t Hold

The term “center” is in the eye of the beholder: To Tony Blair it’s much further right than it once was. (Photo: Matthew Yglesias...

The Slow Crash: When Global Economies are Run by Banks

I’m Bonnie Faulkner. Today on Guns and Butter, Dr. Michael Hudson. Today’s show: The Slow Crash. Dr. Hudson is a financial economist and historian....

Circles of War

Peace is an interlude between wars.— Benito Mussolini The world is corkscrewing through loops of violence and war; repeating. In the UK we have to hold...

Constructing Visions of "Perpetual Peace": An Interview With Noam Chomsky

A US Air Force B-52 Stratofortress leads a formation of aircraft from Poland, Germany, Sweden and the US over the Blatic Sea,...
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Video: Profound Social Alienation Underlies America’s Mass Atrocities

Gun culture, rampant homophobia, and U.S. imperialism - not Islam - is behind the Orlando shootings, says scholar Junaid Ahmad. Via Youtube

Hillary’s Agenda Here and Abroad Intertwined: “Full Spectrum Dominance” Around the Globe, A Swelling...

Joseph Sohm | Shutterstock.com Harry Truman surprised Americans with his call for European-style government guaranteed health care for all, Johnson with the extent of the Great Society...

Appeal To China And Russia: Please Do Not Let Venezuela Fall!

Dear Mr. President Xi Jinping, Dear Mr. President Vladimir Putin, The re-emerging specter of nuclear catastrophe is once again haunting the world. The West is trying to...

Op-Edge: Muhammed Ali was the people’s champ – not No 10's or the White...

On Friday, the world says farewell to the Greatest. Muhammed Ali, who died last week,...

A Failed State in Latin America?

Opposition activists and Chavistas confront each other in Caracas. (Photo: Rodrigo Suarez) Venezuela is at the mercy of its fluids. For a country that depends on...

The assassination of Mullah Akhtar Mansour: Washington plays with fire in Eurasia’s geopolitical tinderbox

The assassination of Mullah Akhtar Mansour: Washington plays with fire in Eurasia’s geopolitical tinderbox Thomas Gaist The assassination of Taliban Emir Mullah Akhtar Mansour, carried out...

On World Environment Day, Profiting from Death, Devastation and Destruction is the Norm

The scaly anteater is considered to be the most trafficked mammal on earth. Over a million of these have been taken from the wild...

Why You Shouldn’t Romanticize the Black Panther Party

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense (BPP). It is arguably the most revolutionary and...

What the Swiss Can Teach NYC

NEW YORK CITY – America is falling apart.  Anyone who travels in this great land knows it. This great city is crumbling.  I’m scared to...

Always Unjustified

To declare war means to state one’s intentions to attack another until the death or surrender of one or both participants. Some wars, like...

The State of the Left: Many Movements, Too Many Goals?

The Sanders campaign has proven a couple of important things about today’s political reality in the United States. 1)    A substantial number of Americans...

From Albrecht to Monsanto: A System Not Run for the Public Good Can Never...

The following extract is from the 2011 lecture ‘Healthy Soils, Healthy People’ by Professor John Ikerd. The lecture discussed the legacy of renowned agronomist...

The Crisis of Democracy

by subMedia / May 26th, 2016 This week we look at the current turmoil in South America, where the so-called “pink tide” is beginning to...

The Looting Stage of Capitalism: Germany’s Assault on the IMF

Gil C | Shutterstock.com Having successfully used the EU to conquer the Greek people by turning the Greek “leftwing” government into a pawn of Germany’s banks, Germany...

Pan-Africanism, Feminism and Finding Missing Pan-Africanist Women

We commemorated the 58th anniversary of African Liberation Day on May 25. When most of us think of Pan-Africanism and its major icons, women will...

How We Got the Tanks and M-16s Out of LA Schools

Today, after 18 months of ferocious uphill organizing the Labor/Community Strategy Center reached an agreement with the Los Angeles Unified School District and the...

Hillary Clinton’s Neocon Resumé

Liberal Democratic Hillary Clinton supporters get defensive when they hear that Mrs. Clinton is favored over Donald Trump by right-wing billionaires like Charles Koch...

Cheerleader for US Aggression, Pushing the World to the Nuclear Brink: Britain’s Defence Secretary...

Michael Fallon is British Defence Secretary. He is adept at making the types of statements that epitomise the pro-neoliberal, militaristic rhetoric that people in...

Why Not Hillary?

a katz | Shutterstock.com   For those who have had enough of the neoliberal turn and of liberal imperialism, and who have no liking for endless wars and...

NATO & the Humanitarian Dismemberment of Yugoslavia

On March 24th, 1999, NATO launched its 78-day round the clock aerial assault on the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia without the approval of the...

Women and War

This month we’ve seen a strange confluence of developments, anniversaries, and events bringing the subject of “women and war” to the editorial pages of...

Barack Obama and a quarter-century of US wars

In a front-page article published on May 15, the New York Times calls attention to a significant milestone in the presidency of Barack Obama:...

Organized Misery is Fascism

When the United States goes to war they will introduce a war economy. This means sacrificing everything for the army and war purposes –...

Reflections on a Delegation to Imprisoned Palestine

Emory Douglas, BPP Minister of Culture, with Mukhles Burgal and his son.   At the end of March 2016, I was part of a nineteen-member Prisoner...

The Great Leap Backward: America’s Illegal Wars on the World

Can we face it in this election season? America is a weapons factory, the White House a war room, and the president the manager...

Why I am a Communist

There are several essential messages literally shouting from the screen, whenever one watches ‘The Last Supper’ (La Ultima Cena), a brilliant 1976 film by...

Cuba: Strong, Resilient, Determined

I am not sure who has invented those rumors that Cuba is now facing a mortal danger, that it has lost its bearings, and...

Venezuela on the knife’s edge as economy collapses

Via WSWS. This piece was reprinted by RINF Alternative News with permission or license. Neil Hardt The free fall of the Venezuelan economy has produced an...

A further eruption of US militarism in the Middle East

Via WSWS. This piece was reprinted by RINF Alternative News with permission or license. This week’s admission by the Pentagon that dozens of American troops...

Canadian capitalism and the Fort McMurray wildfire

Via WSWS. This piece was reprinted by RINF Alternative News with permission or license. Roger Jordan Millions of people across Canada and around the world have...

US official stokes border tension between India and China in the Himalayas

Via WSWS. This piece was reprinted by RINF Alternative News with permission or license. Kumaran Ira The US Consul General in Kolkata, Craig L. Hall, provocatively...

The Untold History of US War Crimes

Atomic cloud over Nagasaki, August 9, 1945. (Photo: Hiromichi Matsuda) In this interview, professor Peter Kuznick speaks of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and...

May Day marches sweep through North America, turn ugly in Montreal (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Thousands have taken to the streets across the US to defend workers’ rights, and protest against the treatment of immigrants and hateful presidential campaign...

Oppose imperialist war! Join the International May Day Online Rally!

Via WSWS. This piece was reprinted by RINF Alternative News with permission or license. This coming Sunday, on May 1 at 1:00 pm US Eastern...

Refugee deaths in the Mediterranean: An imperialist crime

Via WSWS. This piece was reprinted by RINF Alternative News with permission or license. The deaths of hundreds of refugees in the Mediterranean on Monday...

Obama flies to Saudi Arabia amid rising tensions

Via WSWS. This piece was reprinted by RINF Alternative News with permission or license. Bill Van Auken US President Barack Obama arrives in Saudi Arabia today...

Canada’s Liberal government finalizes $15 billion Saudi arms deal

Via WSWS. This piece was reprinted by RINF Alternative News with permission or license. Carl Bronski In the latest example of the unbridled hypocrisy and prevarication...

More ‘Boots on the Ground’ as Obama Again Bolsters Endless Iraq War

Nika Knight Signaling further escalation of U.S. military force in Iraq, U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter announced Monday that 217 additional troops would be...

Panama Papers destabilise Cameron government in UK

Via WSWS. This piece was reprinted by RINF Alternative News with permission or license. The angry response in the UK to the “Panama Papers” revelations...
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Video: Dr. King’s Politics Absent From U.S. Political Scene

Glen Ford, of BlackAgendaReport.com, says that finding King's politics in today's presidential elections is hard to do. Anti-imperialism, anti-war and structural ... Via Youtube

US-backed Colombian peace treaty grants impunity for war crimes

Via WSWS. This piece was reprinted by RINF Alternative News with permission or license. Neil Hardt Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on March 26 told a...

War: The great unmentionable in the 2016 US elections

Via WSWS. This piece was reprinted by RINF Alternative News with permission or license. The most striking feature of the 2016 US election campaign is...

Labour Party and unions mount nationalist campaign over UK steel industry

Via WSWS. This piece was reprinted by RINF Alternative News with permission or license. Robert Stevens Following an emergency meeting with cabinet ministers yesterday, British Prime...

Canadian Liberal government to implement military spending hikes

Via WSWS. This piece was reprinted by RINF Alternative News with permission or license. Roger Jordan In presenting its first budget last week, Canada’s Liberal government...
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Video: Why Belgium?

Brussels attacks is the latest blowblack against western regime change says Jean Bricmont, author of Humanitarian Imperialism. Via Youtube

Castro government welcomes Obama, US corporate heads to Cuba

Via WSWS. This piece was reprinted by RINF Alternative News with permission or license. Alexander Fangmann President Barack Obama traveled to Cuba on Sunday, leading an...

New Zealand government plans further expansion of spy powers

Via WSWS. This piece was reprinted by RINF Alternative News with permission or license. Tom Peters A government-commissioned review of New Zealand’s spy agencies, released this...

Drug War Capitalism: An Interview with Dawn Paley

Dawn Paley is one of the best journalists covering the Drug War in Latin America in the English language. Her work has been published...

The International Socialist Organization agitates for war with Russia over Syria

Via WSWS. This piece was reprinted by RINF Alternative News with permission or license. Alex Lantier Major crises of the global capitalist order unmask the character...

Teachers take strike action against Palestinian Authority

Via WSWS. This piece was reprinted by RINF Alternative News with permission or license. Jean Shaoul On Tuesday, thousands of striking Palestinian teachers took to the...

New Zealand: Anti-TPP protests promote Maori nationalism

Via WSWS. This piece was reprinted by RINF Alternative News with permission or license. Tom Peters The signing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership in New Zealand last...

US moves to harness India to anti-China “pivot”

Via WSWS. This piece was reprinted by RINF Alternative News with permission or license. The head of the US Pacific Command, Admiral Harry Harris, gave...

Finding Security by Helping the ‘South’

Official Washington’s new group think is that more money must be poured into the Military-Industrial Complex to continue wars in...

Leading tech firms join Apple suit over iPhone encryption

Via WSWS. This piece was reprinted by RINF Alternative News with permission or license. Thomas Gaist US tech firms, including Facebook, Amazon.com, Google, Microsoft, Cisco Systems,...

Poisoned, Marginalised, Bankrupt and Dead: The Role of Agroecology in Resisting the Corporate Stranglehold...

It is becoming increasingly apparent that food and agriculture across the world is in crisis. Food is becoming denutrified, unhealthy and poisoned with chemicals...

The Dulles Brothers and Their Legacy of Perpetual War

I was intrigued by the 2015 release of David Talbot’s The Devil’s Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America’s Secret Government....

For an active boycott of the Brexit referendum!

Via WSWS. This piece was reprinted by RINF Alternative News with permission or license. For an active boycott of the Brexit referendum! Statement of the Socialist...

Hillary’s Secret Letter And The Whole Matter Of Endless War And The Almost Complete...

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The following is a rough transcription of the interview.

Press TV: Many accuse the American judiciary system of being full of flaws. Until when do you think white officers are going to walk freely like this?

Orunmila: The American judicial system is based on a worldwide system of white supremacy, and that is capitalism and imperialism. It is all tied into the foundation of having control over African people and control over other oppressed people of the world. That is the only it is able to function. And what we are seeing right now is the police acting in the United States in the manner in which they were established to control populations of blacks and other peoples who were not meant to be in this country, who they want to control in order to continue to exploit and oppress as a way to exploit and gain resources from my community.

And so therefore there is not going to be a change underneath this system. The change will only come only as Africans and other oppressed people can rise up and overturn this system that continues to oppress us and exploit us and kill us and murder us in the streets.

Press TV: Besides the judicial system, we are speaking at a time when police brutality is at its highest. What can be done to usher in a whole new police culture do you think?

Orunmila: I do not think that the police brutality or violence is at its highest. I think what we are seeing now is we are seeing more visual and more stories come to light. This has been happening since this country was established. It is a purveyor of violence. It continues to kill and maim people especially African people, it hung people from trees, it murdered people in mass, it burnt down entire villages and communities of black people, it murdered the Indians. This is the continuation of a culture that is part of the fabric of the United States.

So in terms of white officers, I think that we have to understand that whether they are white or black or any other color, ... it is their responsibility to act in the interest of the people that control them, which are white people. And so we need to understand that when we band together as people who are just tired of seeing this violence, we have a chance now to have power in our hands by really taking it to the streets and really pushing the agenda being bold and being action-based.

Press TV: Speaking about those demonstrations you are talking about, they say if it weren’t for the demonstrations, the six officers involved in the Baltimore case would have not been arrested. How far do you think the people are going to take their demonstrations?

Orunmila: I think the demonstrations are going to be taken as far as they could possibly go. What we are calling is for people to get organized. So it is great to go out into the streets and really bring the type of power and bring the type of response but the reality is that whether or not these cops have been indicted, let’s see if they are going to go ahead and be put to jail. Let’s see if all six of them go to jail for the murder of our people and we have to get organized. That is the fundamental question. How are we going to change this system and we cannot do that by just being angry and going to the streets for ten days. We need to change our relationship to the police, we need to change that relationship to the state and the government.

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