US Imperialism

The state of imperialism

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If, as some people on the left claim, the term "imperialism" is out of date, who are the world's multinationals depending on to defend their interests?

A snippet of news can occasionally lift the veil off the real motives behind high politics. One such snippet was buried on the inside pages of the Guardian last month. It revealed details about breakfast meetings held in Downing Street in 2003 between Tony Blair and the ten-strong "Multinational Chairmen's Group", which included the heads of BP, Unilever, Vodafone, HSBC and Shell. They were invited to tell the prime minister how government policies affected British based international companies and air their grievances.

No peace in Somalia

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The US-backed invasion of Somalia by Ethiopian forces has predictably turned into a disaster for the Somali people.

It has been a year now since the United Islamic Courts were overthrown after being in power for six months. During that time much of the violence and brutality of the contending local elites had been brought to a halt.

Last December's invasion, supported by US special forces, aircraft and ships, left the Ethiopian troops in charge of the country. But they have been unable to impose a government with even a shred of democratic legitimacy, and along with the transitional federal government have faced mounting opposition.

A Conspiracy Theory that Weakens the Movement

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Talk of an Israel lobby lets capitalism off the hook.

The US war on Iraq and its threat against Iran are products of US capitalism's drive for global hegemony. That is what we have always argued in SR.

But there is another interpretation to be found on both the fringes of the anti-war movement and in the Muslim majority regions of the world. It holds that the driving force behind the war is the "Jewish lobby" in the US.

The Hidden History of the Iranian Revolution

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Nuclear weapons proliferation is not the real reasons for the US's attitude toward Tehran.

The hypocrisy of the Western governments' threats to Iran should be obvious. Iran does not have nuclear weapons, whereas nearby states like Israel, India and Pakistan do, as of course do all the permanent members of the UN Security Council.

India: The Deadly Embrace of the US

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How times have changed. India, once considered 'the most non-aligned of the non-aligned countries', is now on the way to being a most favoured ally of the US.

In December 2005 the Indian foreign secretary, Shyam Saran, declared that to establish a proper 'balance' in Asia, India had to join the US.

US Imperialism: The Cracks in the US Machine

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Behind the military superiority of the US empire lie major weaknesses. Walden Bello and John Rees discuss the problems facing America's rulers.

Walden Bello: US imperialism today, despite its seeming power, is in crisis. This crisis has several different dimensions. There is a crisis at the economic level (the state of global capitalism), the military-political level and the ideological level. It is the way that the crisis of overproduction at the economic level, the crisis of overextension at the military-political level and the crisis of legitimacy at the ideological level relate to one another that constitutes the uniqueness of this period.

The crisis of global capitalism

'The Thrashing Around of the Beast'

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American journalist and writer Mark Danner explains to Peter Morgan why support for the Bush administration is slipping.

You've recently written about the minutes of the meeting that took place between Tony Blair and his foreign policy and security advisers in the run-up to the war in Iraq, now known as the 'Downing Street memo'. How significant have these revelations been in the US?

The Downing Street memo has fit in with a general perception on the part of the US public that the war was begun on false pretences and the Bush administration was not honest about the reasons they were taking the country to war in Iraq. All of this results from the fact that the war is going badly.

Feeding the Dogs of War

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The latest US military offensive, codenamed 'Operation Spear' and supported by British warplanes, on the so called 'village' of Karabila near the Syrian border left dozens dead and many more injured.

Using brutal tactics reminiscent of the attack on Fallujah, the US army sealed off the town (population over 60,000), trapping hundreds inside. Over 7,000 refugees were forced to flee to the desert in a desperate attempt to survive.

Experience suggests that this latest offensive will only increase the resistance's determination to step up its attacks on occupying forces and those in the Iraqi government who support them. Since prime minister Ibrahim Al Jaafari announced his cabinet on 28 April nearly 1,200 Iraqis have been killed.

Interview: The Imperial Blowback

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Robert Fisk explains to Simon Assaf why there can be no peace in the Middle East until Britain and the US get out.

You are currently writing a book - what is it about?

It's called The Great War of Civilisation: The Conquest of the Middle East. It studies the way in which history traps us, and how we are never free to make decisions because we are always caught by history.

Ukraine: 'Glory to the Miners'

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When Yanukovych bussed thousands of his supporters into the city, all fired up for a fight, the Yushchenko-supporting orange crowd began winning them over with flowers, kind words and kisses.

'Glory to the miners!', 'Lugansk, Donbass, come and join us!' were the chants. Yanukovych supporters began seeing through the lies they had been told and joining the revolution.

The movement also began splitting the state. Police and soldiers have come forward to pledge their support. On the main TV channels a revolt by journalists smashed through the censorship regime last week, enabling many Ukrainians to see a very different picture of what is going on.

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