Progressive Calendar 02.13.10
From: David Shove (shove001tc.umn.edu)
Date: Sat, 13 Feb 2010 08:27:12 -0800 (PST)
             P R O G R E S S I V E   C A L E N D A R    02.13.10

1. Peace walk       2.13 9am Cambridge MN
2. Gaza             2.13 10am
3. Haiti/1492-2009  2.13 10am
4. EXCO carnival    2.13 1pm
5. CUAPB            2.13 1:30pm
6. Northtown vigil  2.13 2pm
7. Arise/future/eat 2.13 4pm
8. Movie/food       2.13 6:30pm
9. WAMM/love party  2.13 7pm
10. Yes Men/film    2.13

11. M Gross/CUAPB   - Legal action to force CRA & cop chief to follow law
12. Jonathan Salant - Few want members of Congress re-elected, poll fnds
13. Ralph Nader     - No nukes
14. Michael Parenti - What do empires do?
15. ed              - Obama's nude deal  (haiku)

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From: Ken Reine <reine008 [at] umn.edu>
Subject: Peace walk 2.13 9am Cambridge MN

every Saturday 9AM to 9:35AM
Peace walk in Cambridge - start at Hwy 95 and Fern Street


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From: Women Against Military Madness <wamm [at] mtn.org>
Subject: Gaza 2.13 10am

Eyewitness Reports on the Gaza Freedom March: What was Accomplished
and the Way Forward

Saturday, February 13, 9:30 a.m. (Refreshments); 10:00 a.m. (Presentation
and Discussion) Southdale Hennepin County Library, 7001 York Avenue South,
Edina. Eight Minnesotans traveled to Cairo in December 2009 to take part
in the Gaza Freedom March, in hopes of breaking the nearly four-year siege
of the Gaza Strip. One year after Operation Cast Lead, Israel's brutal
assault on the people of Gaza, little rebuilding has taken place due to
the tight restrictions on materials allowed to enter Gaza. Hoping to bring
this situation into focus for the world these eight Minnesotans joined
almost 1,400 other international activists in Cairo.  Join others for a
presentation by three of the eight marchers: Ouahib Chalbi, Sylvia Schwarz
and Duane Suess. Sponsored by: Middle East Peace Now (MEPN). WAMM is a
member of MEPN. FFI: Call Florence Steichen, 651-696-1642 or email
mepn [at] mepn.org.


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From: Jason Stone <jason.stone [at] yahoo.com>
Subject: Haiti/1492-2009 2.13 10am

Please join us these next 2 Saturdays as local experts and witnesses join
us at the Resource Center of the Americas to help some historical context
on Haiti, before learning more about the current tragedy. Please donate
generously at this event to the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti
(http://www.ijdh.org/). Nobody will be turned away for lack of funds.

Haiti: 1491 to 2009
Saturday, February 13th 10:00am-11:45am
At the Resource Center of the Americas
Presented in English

Please help us raise $500 at this event for the Institute for Justice
& Democracy in Haiti (http://www.ijdh.org/). Nobody will be turned
away for lack of funds.

Presenting will be a panel of speakers from the activist group, the
Haiti Justice Committee of Minnesota, which has organized educational
programs about Haiti locally since 1991 and is working currently in
coalition with the MN Cuba Committee, Hands off Venezuela, Hands Off
Honduras, and other progressive groups to monitor US foreign policy
towards Haiti in the aftermath of the Jan. 12, 2010 earthquake: April
Knutson, Ruben Joanem, Marcy Shapiro, and others.

3019 Minnehaha Ave, Suite 20 Minneapolis, MN 55406 (612) 276-0788 x3 Fax
(612) 605-3252 Cell (612) 270-4568


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From: EXCO <excotc [at] gmail.com>
Subject: EXCO carnival 2.13 1pm

Exco Winter Carnival
Saturday, February 13, 1-4pm
Aldine Park 1717 Iglehart Ave. St. Paul

The Experimental College of the Twin Cities will be kicking off its Spring
2010 session in winter-y style, Saturday February 13th from 1-4pm at
Aldine Park in St. Paul (Poor weather location: Hamline Midway Library
1558 Minnehaha Avenue W. St Paul). The "Winter Carnival" will feature
"fancy" hot drinks, urban winter survival skills, hockey lessons and
games, food, arts and crafts, a medallion hunt, and the chance to learn
about EXCO's spring classes! Bring old winter clothing to participate in
the clothes swap. Near 21, 84, 16, 94 bus lines. All are welcome!


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From: Michelle Gross <mgresist [at] visi.com>
Subject: CUAPB 2.13 1:30pm

Meetings: Every Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Walker Church, 3104 16th Avenue
South http://www.CUAPB.org

Communities United Against Police Brutality
3100 16th Avenue S
Minneapolis, MN 55407
Hotline 612-874-STOP (7867)


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From: Vanka485 [at] aol.com
Subject: Northtown vigil 2.13 2pm

Peace vigil at Northtown (Old Hwy 10 & University Av), every Saturday
2-3pm


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From: Lydia Howell <lydiahowell [at] visi.com>
Subject: Arise/future/eat 2.13 4pm

SAT.FEB.13:ARISE!Community Forum&potluck

NOTE: While we all spend plenty of time in cyber-space, HAVING COMMUNITY
SPACES IS ESSENTIAL! (And there's less & less public space available these
days). Arise Bookstore has not only been a place for radical reading
(books NOT on Amazon or at B&N) - but, a space for films,music, forums;the
home of the WOMEN'S PRISON BOOK PROJECT and where Communities United
Against Police Brutality began. Please come to this forum & potluck!
SHARE WIDELY.Lydia Howell

Arise! Must Arise Anew: Community Forum & Potluck
Saturday, Feb. 13th, 4pm
Arise! Bookstore
2441 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55405

After being in our current location since 1993, the Arise! Books and
Resources Collective has come to the painful realization that we can no
longer afford to operate in this space. Rather than letting the awful
realities of capitalism tear us apart, we want to figure out a way to
arise anew. A new form. A new location. A new way to continue serving and
being part of the radical and progressive community in the Twin Cities.

But we need your help! Please join us for a community forum and potluck to
learn more about our situation, what we need to make this transition
effectively, and how you can get involved. In addition to taking care of
our financial and other commitments in a responsible manner, we need help
finding a new space and figuring out a new model for providing this
resource to the community.

After the community forum, stick around for a fundraiser for local
activists and grand jury resisters Carrie Feldman and Scott DeMuth. Carrie
and Scott were subpoenaed before a grand jury in Davenport, Iowa in
November 2009. They both refused to testify and were taken into custody on
civil contempt. Scott was charged with conspiracy under the Animal
Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA) a couple days later and subsequently
released pending trial, but Carrie remains in jail for refusing to
cooperate with state repression. More information is available at
http://davenportgrandjury.wordpress.com.

Unsettling Minnesota (http://unsettlingminnesota.org/) is putting on a
double feature and potluck at 6:30 pm to help raise funds for their legal
defense ($5-10 suggested donation). The documentaries being screened are
"Forgotten Bird of Paradise" and "Tar Sands Documentary: Downstream."

With much love and solidarity,
The Arise! Books and Resources Collective


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From: Nick Espinosa <espinosa.nick [at] gmail.com>
Subject: Movie/food 2.13 6:30pm

Benefit for Scott and Carrie at Arise!
Sponsored by Unsettling Minnesota
Come support our friends Scott and Carrie with a double feature movie/food
night at Arise!
6:30pm Saturday February 13th Arise Bookstore 2441 Lyndale ave.
Minneapolis, MN
Recommended donation $5-$10

"Forgotten Bird of Paradise (2009, 26 Min):" Filmed undercover and without
the knowledge or authority of the Indonesian authorities, Forgotten Bird
of Paradise provides a rare insight into the forgotten struggle for
independence and resistance to occupation that has gripped West Papua for
over 45 years. It includes never before seen footage of rebel fighters at
their stronghold deep in the Papuan jungle as well as interviews with
human rights victims of the Indonesian regime.

* Tar Sands Documentary: Downstream (2009, 33 Min):* An academy award
nominated film looking at the effects of the Tar Sands project on the
Aboriginal community of Fort Chipewyan is located downstream from one of
the most polluting oil operations in the world - the tar sands. Downstream
follows Dr. John O'Connor as he fights for the lives of residents who are
dying from rare forms of cancer.

After the movies there will be a brief discussion connecting the movies to
local struggles against ongoing colonization, as well as a LEGAL UPDATE on
Scott and Carrie's cases.

Some Background on Scott & Carrie's cases

Scott DeMuth, a Dakota organizer and facilitator for the EXCO class which
Unsettling Minnesota formed from, is currently facing bogus conspiracy
charges under the AETA, Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act. The Animal
Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA) is a 2006 piece of legislation that makes
interference with and protest of animal enterprises, including First
Amendment-protected activities, *terrorism*.

Scott DeMuth and Carrie Feldman are two Minneapolis activists who were
subpoenaed to a federal grand jury in Davenport, Iowa, in November. Both
refused to testify in the grand jury, which was opened to investigate a
high-profile Animal Liberation Front action that occurred at the
University of Iowa in 2004. Both were given immunity, and thus, jailed for
their principled refusal to testify. Two days after being jailed in
contempt of court, Scott received charges of conspiracy. It is very clear
that the government has very little evidence with which to prosecute
Scott, manipulating the contents of items seized from his home during a
house raid prior to RNC in 2008.

The prosecution has changed their tune a few times, first arguing that he
was involved in the incident, then implying that they believe he has
knowledge of those involved. Scott, a graduate sociology student at the
University of Minnesota, had all his research into animal rights movements
seized during the 2008 house raid, and has stated that as sociologist, his
credibility hinges on his commitment to protect the privacy of his
subjects. The 5 year statute of limitations on investigating this action
was to end the day after he was charged - which would have meant the
incident could no longer be investigated. It appears that the government
has charged Scott in order to keep the case open so they can continue look
for people to charge.

His trial is currently scheduled for March 1st. Carrie's motion for
release and subsequent appeal were both denied. The prosecution was
allowed to file secret evidence that not even her lawyer could see. Carrie
remains jailed to this day.*

For further information see:
http://davenportgrandjury.wordpress.com/<https://sslunblock.com/browse.php?u=Oi8vZGF2ZW5wb3J0Z3JhbmRqdXJ5LndvcmRwcmVzcy5jb20v&b=3>

If you are unable to attend but wish to *donate*, you can do so by
clicking the donate button on the website.
In Solidarity, Unsettling Minnesota


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From: Women Against Military Madness <wamm [at] mtn.org>
Subject: WAMM/love party 2.13 7pm

WAMM's Fourth Annual Valentine's Party: "Love, not War"

Saturday, February 13, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. 1716 Dupont Avenue South,
Minneapolis. This Valentine's Party is for every kind of love and passion
for anything or being. This year's celebration honors some of the many
dedicated volunteers of WAMM. Peace loving (but lively) company. Wine,
coffee, hors d'oeuvres. Lots of fun. All are welcome. Suggested Donation:
$10.00 to $25.00. FFI: Call WAMM, 612-827-5364.


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From: Eric Angell <eric-angell [at] riseup.net>
Subject: Yes Men/film 2.13

A funny and great political film is opening this Friday,Feb. 12 (through
Feb. 18th) at the U Film Society, "the Yes Men Fix the World" is opening
at Minnesota Film Arts, screening at Oak Street Cinema, on Oak St. @
Washington Ave. S., U of M campus,East Bank, Minneapolis. Its on for a
week. On Friday, the Yes Man- Mike Bonanno will be there to answer you
questions after each screening. please show up and see this amazing
activist and a great film. For a link to the theater,
http://www.mnfilmarts.org/oakstreet


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Communities United Against Police Brutality
3100 16th Avenue South
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55407
612-874-STOP
www.CUAPB.org

COMMUNITY TAKES LEGAL ACTION
TO FORCE CRA, POLICE CHIEF TO FOLLOW LAW
PRESS CONFERENCE:
Friday, February 12, 2010
12:15 p.m.
Hennepin County Government Center, Main Level (2nd floor) near fountain
Copies of the petition and other documents will be distributed

On Friday, February 12, 2010, Michelle Gross, president of Communities
United Against Police Brutality and Dave Bicking, a member of the
Minneapolis Civilian Review Authority (CRA) Board filed a petition for
writ of mandamus.  The intent of this action is to force Minneapolis
police chief Tim Dolan to discipline cases sustained by the CRA and to
force CRA board chair Don Bellfield to file a required notice to the
Minneapolis City Council's Executive Committee regarding Chief Dolan's
repeated violations of the CRA ordinance.

Under Minneapolis ordinance 172.130, the police chief is required to make
disciplinary decisions on sustained CRA cases "based on the adjudicated
facts as determined by the civilian review authority board, and shall not
include a de novo review of the facts." In its recently released report,
*CRA Participation in Performance Review of MPD Chief Dolan,* the CRA
board provided ample documentation of Chief Dolan's refusal to accept CRA
findings and refusal to discipline based on those findings.  His continued
refusal to properly act on sustained CRA complaints constitutes a
violation of this ordinance.  In addition, Chief Dolan has failed to take
appropriate action when police officers are shown to have lied to the CRA.

Minneapolis ordinance 172.130(d) provides that the chair of the CRA board
"shall notify the executive committee [of the Minneapolis city council] of
the chief's failure to comply with the requirements of this section
[172.130, Disciplinary Decisions].  Members of the community have tried
repeatedly for at least three months to get chair Bellfield to take this
required action and he continues to refuse to do so.

A writ of mandamus is a legal action in which a judge issues an order
directing a public official to follow the law.  "It is important for us to
take this action now because Chief Dolan has been nominated for
reappointment and we want the city council to have all available facts
before considering his nomination," stated Michelle Gross with Communities
United Against Police Brutality.


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Few Want Members of Congress Re-Elected, Poll Finds
Written by Jonathan D. Salant, Bloomberg.com
Feb 12, 2010 at 05:56 PM

Feb. 12 (Bloomberg) -- Just 8 percent of Americans want the members of
Congress re-elected, according to a CBS News-New York Times poll taken
nine months before roughly one-third of the Senate and the entire House
face voters.

The Feb. 5-10 survey found 81 percent of respondents saying the lawmakers
shouldn't receive another term.

By 80 percent to 13 percent, Americans said members of Congress are more
interested in serving special interests than the people they represent.

Also, 75 percent disapproved of the job Congress is doing, the highest
level since 74 percent said they disapproved in October 2008. Congress's
job approval rating was 15 percent in the current survey; it was 12
percent in October 2008. [Most of them are filthy lying scum, including
most Dems, and should be give the Big Boot this November. And several next
Novembers. We've been manueuvered into backing these traitorous jackels by
the "lesser evil" line. Best to kick'em out and keep kicking 'em out.
Show no mercy. Curse, gesture, but most of all, kick. -ed]

The new poll of 1,084 adults had a margin of error of plus- or-minus 3
percentage points.

Half of those surveyed said they wanted to abolish the filibuster in the
U.S. Senate, the procedural move by which bills can be stalled unless 60
lawmakers vote to shut off debate, while 44 percent disagreed.

The job President Barack Obama is doing was approved of by 46 percent;
disapproving were 45 percent. In a December CBS-New York Times poll, his
approval rating was 50 percent, while 39 percent disapproved....

[Betrayed at every level. -ed]


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No Nukes
by Ralph Nader
Saturday, February 13, 2010
CommonDreams.org

A generation of Americans has grown up without a single nuclear power
plant being brought on line since before the near meltdown of the Three
Mile Island structure in 1979. They have not been exposed to the enormous
costs, risks and national security dangers associated with their
operations and the large amount of radioactive wastes still without a
safe, permanent storage place for tens of thousands of years.

All Americans better get informed soon, for a resurgent atomic power lobby
wants the taxpayers to pick up the tab for relaunching this industry.
Unless you get Congress to stop this insanely dirty and complex way to
boil water to generate steam for electricity, you'll be paying for the
industry's research, the industry's loan guarantees and the estimated
trillion dollars (inflation-adjusted) cost of just one meltdown, according
to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, plus vast immediate and long-range
casualties.

The Russian roulette-playing nuclear industry claims a class nine meltdown
will never happen. That none of the thousands of rail cars, trucks and
barges with radioactive wastes will ever have a catastrophic accident.
That terrorists will forgo striking a nuclear plant or hijacking deadly
materials, and go for far less consequential disasters.

The worst nuclear reactor accident occurred in 1986 at Chernobyl in what
is now Ukraine. Although of a different design than most U.S. reactors,
the resultant breach of containment released a radioactive cloud that
spread around the globe but concentrated most intensively in Belarus,
Ukraine and European Russia and secondarily over 40% of Europe.

For different reasons, both governmental and commercial interests were
intent on downplaying both the immediate radioactively-caused deaths and
diseases and the longer term devastations from this silent, invisible form
of violence. They also were not eager to fund follow up monitoring and
research.

Now comes the English translation of the most comprehensive, scientific
report to date titled Chernobyl: Consequences of the Catastrophe for
People and the Environment whose senior author is biologist Alexey V.
Yablokov, a member of the prestigious Russian Academy of Sciences.

Purchasable from the New York Academy of Sciences (visit nyas.org/annals),
this densely referenced analysis covers the acute radiation inflicted on
both the first-responders (called "liquidators") and on residents nearby,
who suffer chronic radioactive sicknesses. "Today," asserts the report,
"more than 6 million people live on land with dangerous levels of
contamination--land that will continue to be contaminated for decades to
centuries."

Back to the U.S., where, deplorably, President Obama has called for more
so-called "safe, clean nuclear power plants." He just sent a budget
request for another $54 billion in taxpayer loan guarantees on top of a
previous $18 billion passed under Bush. You see, Wall Street financiers
will not loan electric companies money to build new nuclear plants which
cost $12 billion and up, unless Uncle Sam guarantees one hundred percent
of the loan.

Strange, if these nuclear power plants are so efficient, so safe, why
can't they be built with unguaranteed private risk capital? The answer to
this question came from testimony by Amory B. Lovins, chief scientist of
the Rocky Mountain Institute, in March 2008 before the [House of
Representatives of the U.S.] Select Committee on Energy Independence
(rmi.org). His thesis: "expanding nuclear power would reduce and retard
climate protection and energy security...but can't survive free-market
capitalism."

Making his case with brilliant concision, Lovins, a consultant to business
and the Defense Department, demonstrated with numbers and other data that
nuclear power "is being dramatically outcompeted in the global marketplace
by no and low-carbon power resources that deliver far more climate
solution per dollar, far faster."

Lovins doesn't even include the accident or sabotage risks. He testified
that "because it's [nuclear power] uneconomic and unnecessary, we needn't
inquire into its other attributes." Renewable energy (eg. wind power),
cogeneration and energy efficiencies (megawatts) are now far superior to
maintain.

I challenge anybody in the nuclear industry or academia to debate Lovins
at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., with a neutral moderator,
or before a Congressional Committee.

However, the swarm of nuclear power lobbyists is gaining headway in
Congress, spreading their money everywhere and falsely exploiting the
concern with global warming fed by fossil fuels.

The powerful nuclear power critics in Congress want the House energy bill
to focus on climate change. To diminish the opposition, they entered into
a bargain that gave nuclear reactors status with loan guarantees and other
subsidies in the same legislation which has passed the House and, as is
usual, languishing in the Senate.

Long-time, staunch opponents of atomic power who are leaders in countering
climate change, such as Cong. Ed Markey (D-MA), have quieted themselves
for the time being, while the Republicans (loving the taxpayer subsidies)
and some Democrats are hollering for the nukes. All this undermines the
valiant efforts of the Union of Concerned Scientists, NIRS, Friends of the
Earth, and other established citizen groups who favor a far safer, more
efficient, faster and more secure energy future for our country and the
world.

Just recently, a well-designed and documented pamphlet from Beyond Nuclear
summarize the case against nuclear power as "Expensive, Dangerous and
Dirty." The clear, precise detail and documentation makes for expeditious
education of your friends, neighbors and co-workers.

You can download it free and reprint it for wider distribution from
www.BeyondNuclear.org. It is very well worth the 10 to 15 minutes it takes
to absorb the truth about this troubled technology--replete with delays
and large cost-overruns--that has been on government welfare since the
1950s.

Ralph Nader is a consumer advocate, lawyer, and author. His most recent
book - and first novel -  is, Only The Super Wealthy Can Save Us. His most
recent work of non-fiction is The Seventeen Traditions.


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What Do Empires Do?
by Michael Parenti
Saturday, February 13, 2010
CommonDreams.org

When I wrote my book Against Empire in 1995, as might be expected, some of
my U.S. compatriots thought it was wrong of me to call the United States
an empire. It was widely believed that U.S. rulers did not pursue empire;
they intervened abroad only out of self-defense or for humanitarian rescue
operations or to overthrow tyranny, fight terrorism, and propagate
democracy.

But by the year 2000, everyone started talking about the United States as
an empire and writing books with titles like Sorrows of Empire, Follies of
Empire,  Twilight of Empire, or Empire of Illusions - all referring to
the United States when they spoke of empire.

Even conservatives started using the word.  Amazing. One could hear
right-wing pundits announcing on U.S. television, "We're an empire, with
all the responsibilities and opportunities of empire and we better get
used to it"; and "We are the strongest nation in the world and have every
right to act as such" - as if having the power gives U.S. leaders an
inherent entitlement to exercise it upon others as they might wish.

"What is going on here?" I asked myself at the time. How is it that so
many people feel free to talk about empire when they mean a United States
empire?  The ideological orthodoxy had always been that, unlike other
countries, the USA did not indulge in colonization and conquest.

The answer, I realized, is that the word has been divested of its full
meaning. "Empire" seems nowadays to mean simply dominion and control.
Empire - for most of these late-coming critics - is concerned almost
exclusively with power and prestige.  What is usually missing from the
public discourse is the process of empire and its politico-economic
content.  In other words, while we hear a lot about empire, we hear very
little about imperialism.

Now that is strange, for imperialism is what empires are all about.
Imperialism is what empires do. And by imperialism I do not mean the
process of extending power and dominion without regard to material and
financial interests. Indeed "imperialism" has been used by some authors in
the same empty way that they use the word "empire," to simply denote
dominion and control with little attention given to political economic
realities.

But I define imperialism as follows: the process whereby the dominant
investor interests in one country bring to bear their economic and
military power upon another nation or region in order to expropriate its
land, labor, natural resources, capital, and markets - in such a manner as
to enrich the investor interests. In a word, empires do not just pursue
"power for power's sake."  There are real and enormous material interests
at stake, fortunes to be made many times over.

So for centuries the ruling interests of Western Europe and later on North
America and Japan went forth with their financiers - and when necessary
their armies - to lay claim to most of planet Earth, including the labor
of indigenous peoples, their markets, their incomes (through colonial
taxation or debt control or other means), and the abundant treasures of
their lands: their gold, silver, diamonds, copper, rum, molasses, hemp,
flax, ebony, timber, sugar, tobacco, ivory, iron, tin, nickel, coal,
cotton, corn, and more recently: uranium, manganese, titanium, bauxite,
oil, and - say it again - oil. (Hardly a complete listing.)

Empires are enormously profitable for the dominant economic interests of
the imperial nation but enormously costly to the people of the colonized
country.  In addition to suffering the pillage of their lands and natural
resources, the people of these targeted countries are frequently killed in
large numbers by the intruders.

This is another thing that empires do which too often goes unmentioned in
the historical and political literature of countries like the United
States, Britain, and France. Empires impoverish whole populations and kill
lots and lots of innocent people. As I write this, President Obama and the
national security state for which he works are waging two and a half wars
(Iraq, Afghanistan, and northern Pakistan), and leveling military threats
against Yemen, Iran, and, on a slow day, North Korea. Instead of sending
medical and rescue aid to Haiti, Our Bomber sent in the Marines, the same
Marines who engaged in years of mass murder in Haiti decades ago and
supported more recent massacres by proxy forces.

The purpose of all this killing is to prevent alternative, independent,
self-defining nations from emerging. So the empire uses its state power to
gather private wealth for its investor class. And it uses its public
wealth to shore up its state power and prevent other nations from
self-developing.

Sooner or later this arrangement begins to wilt under the weight of its
own contradictions. As the empire grows more menacing and more murderous
toward others, it grows sick and impoverished within itself.

>From ancient times to today, empires have always been involved in the
bloody accumulation of wealth. If you don't think this is true of the
United States then stop calling it "Empire." And when you write a book
about how it wraps its arms around the planet, entitle it "Global Bully"
or "Bossy Busybody," but be aware that you're not telling us much about
imperialism.

Michael Parenti's recent books include: Contrary Notions: The Michael
Parenti Reader (City Lights); Democracy for the Few, 8th ed. (Wadsworth);
The Assassination of Julius Caesar (New Press), Superpatriotism (City
Lights), The Culture Struggle (Seven Stories Press), and God and His
Demons (forthcoming).  For further information, visit his website:
www.michaelparenti.org.


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 When poor folks have no
 clothes - that's Obama's Nude Deal.
 How to Eff D.R.


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