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Conversation: Historian William Blum on the Empire

The statements, views and opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of Oceania Saker.

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US: Historical Mythology in the Service of Fascism, by Caleb Maupin

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The United States government, at this moment, is aligned with many fascists and neo-Nazis. 

In Ukraine, a swastika-wearing gang called “the Right Sector” was the primary force in the campaign of street violence and terror that brought down the elected government. The “Right Sector” is just one of a number of Ukrainian ultra-nationalist groups that openly admires Hitler. Various figures in the Kiev-based regime, backed by the United States as it threatens Russia, have openly praised Adolph Hitler. The Kiev regime is dependent on these crazed anti-Russian fanatics as it wages a war against its own population in the East.

In Syria, the US has aligned itself with Takfiri extremists. These are armed Islamic groups that call for the extermination of those who hold unacceptable religious beliefs. The Takfiris are known to torture, recruit child soldiers, and commit other heinous crimes against humanity. They are known to summarily execute people by means of beheading for nothing other than their religion or ethnicity. The US government and its allies have funded these forces in the hopes of toppling the Syrian Arab Republic.

In Bolivia, Venezuela, Ecuador, and other Bolivarian countries, the US-backed “opposition” contains many who admire fascist dictators Francisco Franco and Augusto Pinochet. The anti-Bolivarian minority in Latin America openly talks of a campaign of terrorist violence to overthrow the elected, pro-socialist governments. Venezuelan official Robert Serra was already assassinated by these extremists, and their campaign of violence is likely to escalate as these popular anti-capitalist governments solidify themselves.

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Do Western Leftists Hate Socialist Countries ? , by André Vltchek

Let's stick to the basics, comrades!

The multitudes in Europe and North America did not really pay attention, did not notice, but in so many parts of the world, the Left was elected or it fought and won revolutions that propelled it to power. This is a totally different world than it was some twenty years ago; we are living in increasingly optimistic times, full of wonderful alternatives.

For the first time in centuries it seems possible to dream about a world that will not be defined by Western imperialism and colonialism!

In so many places, people are once again in charge of their countries, standing tall, building their cities and villages, erecting towers and bridges, putting to work mighty turbines, giving light to the poor, healing the sick and educating those who were kept in darkness, for decades and centuries, as a result of Western colonialism and savage capitalism.

Entire modern and ecological neighborhoods are growing up all over China; entire cities are being built, with enormous parks and public exercise grounds, with childcare centers and all the modern sanitation facilities, as well as wide sidewalks and incredibly cheap and super modern public transportation.

In Latin America, former slums are being converted into cultural centers, connected to the rest of the other urban areas by super modern cable cars.

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Do the Trans-Siberian shuffle, by Pepe Escobar

A specter haunts the elites of the Empire of Chaos; the new Russia-China strategic partnership. It’s manifesting itself in myriad ways – energy deals, investment deals, a closer political alliance inside the G-20, the BRICS and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, a concerted effort to progressively bypass the petrodollar. I have described this long process as essential to the birth of the Eurasian century.

From a Washington/Wall Street point of view, it was so much easier in those long gone, unipolar, “end of history” days. China was still tiptoeing on the banks of the river of capital accumulation, and Russia was down if not out.

So allow me a flashback to the early 1990s. I had been on the road in Asia for months, from all points Southeast Asia to India, Nepal, the Himalayas and the eastern Chinese seaboard. Then I finally hit Beijing – waiting in the bitter winter of early 1992 to take the Trans-Siberian to Moscow. I was barely aware of the collapse of the Soviet Union – not exactly a news item in the Himalayas. I was also fortunate enough to be in southern China just a few days after Deng Xiaoping made his famous tour – whose key consequence was to catapult the dragon to dizzying development heights. A look back to those heady times may have the merit of illuminating our present.

All aboard the night train
It’s 8:32 pm in Beijing Railway Station, and the Trans-Manchurian Train 19 to Moscow is about to depart. It’s minus 9 degrees Celsius. A bunch of Romanian crazies are trying to load more than 20 huge, vaguely green bundles stuffed with Made-in-China gear into one of the carriages. The Russian comptroller spouts out a “Nyet”. Romanian chicks immerse in Transylvanic hysteria. Then a stash of George Washingtons changes hands at the final whistle, just in time for PLA soldiers and lady sweepers sporting the ubiquitous red armband with the words “Serve The People” to impassibly observe the happy ending.

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The Anti-Empire Report #133, by William Blum

The Islamist State

You can’t believe a word the United States or its mainstream media say about the current conflict involving The Islamic State (ISIS).

You can’t believe a word France or the United Kingdom say about ISIS.

You can’t believe a word Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Jordan, or the United Arab Emirates say about ISIS. Can you say for sure which side of the conflict any of these mideast countries actually finances, arms, or trains, if in fact it’s only one side? Why do they allow their angry young men to join Islamic extremists? Why has NATO-member Turkey allowed so many Islamic extremists to cross into Syria? Is Turkey more concerned with wiping out the Islamic State or the Kurds under siege by ISIS? Are these countries, or the Western powers, more concerned with overthrowing ISIS or overthrowing the Syrian government of Bashar al-Assad?

You can’t believe the so-called “moderate” Syrian rebels. You can’t even believe that they are moderate. They have their hands in everything, and everyone has their hands in them.

Iran, Hezbollah and Syria have been fighting ISIS or its precursors for years, but the United States refuses to join forces with any of these entities in the struggle. Nor does Washington impose sanctions on any country for supporting ISIS as it quickly did against Russia for its alleged role in Ukraine.

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“Ye Shall Know Them By Their Fruits” – Part II, by Rufus Magister

Last week we published the first part of this article. We feel it is very important to dispel myths, correct wrongs and attempt to at least present the past with some integrity.

The one sided “Soviet Union was evil” narrative has corrupted far too many minds and has denied an equally greater number to ever actually know or even begin to understand the Russian people.

But how does one achieve this? How do you reverse decades of poisoning the mind? Well, we do not know but it surely must begin with presenting the truth.

We are grateful to Rufus for undertaking this excellent piece of work!

AE

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Observations on the Progressive Nature of the Soviet Union and its Inheritance by the Russian Federation (Continued)

The Soviet Union & the Cold War in Latin America

If we turn our attention to Washington’s oldest sphere of influence, the Americas, the results are equally stark.  While the Monroe Doctrine might have been a progressive step when first articulated, peoples from Mexico in North America through El Salvador and Honduras in Central America to Chile in South America have all suffered in more recent times.

The origins of the doctrine lie in the post-Napoleonic period.  Under the influence of the American and French revolutions, the Spanish colonies had fought and won their independence.  Spain desired these possessions back.  The British, anxious to extend their long-standing economic exploitation of these regions (they had held the asiento, the monopoly on providing slaves to Spanish colonies, for several decades in the early 1700’s), approached Washington with a suggestion to of a joint declaration guaranteeing these states their independence.  At that time the “special relationship” between the United Kingdom and its rebellious colony had not yet emerged.  The Revolution and the War of 1812 had produced substantial dislike of the British, and so President Monroe in 1823 expanded the idea to a individual proclamation that Washington would tolerate no outside interference in the Western Hemisphere.

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“Ye Shall Know Them By Their Fruits” – Part I, by Rufus Magister

“Ye Shall Know Them By Their Fruits”[i]

Observations on the Progressive Nature of the Soviet Union and its Inheritance by the Russian Federation

It is clear that much of the animus exhibited by the Western media towards increasing Russian assertion of its own national interests stems from perceptions of the Russian Federation created during the era of the Soviet Union.  The late President Reagan’s reference to it as “the Evil Empire” sums up the received wisdom of “responsible opinion” on the former Union.  In the popular mind, the image of the Soviets was an amalgam of exaggerated negative features.  Every error and excess from the October Revolution through the Stalin era and on into the “era of stagnation” of Brezhnev became frozen in place.  The West projected the past unchanged through the present and into the future, adding any further problems on the way.

This self-serving cartoon-villain remains firmly in place.  After the collapse of the Soviet Union Yeltsin’s cabal offered Western elites slavish devotion to Western political and financial interests.  The Western media falsely portray every step by Vladimir Putin away from that as some sort of recreation of Soviet “expansionism.”  Policy-makers use the hysteria so created to forestall any serious discussion of exactly what is going on in Russian international relations and domestic policy.  This allows the most brutal and reactionary factions in the West to carry the day.  The cost of this brutality is becoming increasing untenable, and in dire need of change.

Clearly a necessary precondition of any informed, intelligent discussion of Russia’s role in international relations is a redress this willful distortion of the nature of the Soviet Union.  Any objective reading of world history, from the end of the Great War to the present, will make clear the progressive nature of the Soviet Union.  Further, it will suggest that the Russian Federation continues to act on this legacy – in part, because Western reactions force this role upon it, willingly or not.

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