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William Blum is the author of: Killing Hope: US Military and CIA Interventions Since World War 2 - Rogue State: A Guide to the World's Only Superpower - West-Bloc Dissident: A Cold War Memoir Freeing the World to Death: Essays on the American Empire.
Saturday, March 19, 2016 To Cuba with Hate
By traveling to Cuba and easing the embargo, President Obama signals reduced U.S. hostility but no apologies for the cruelty that Washington has inflicted on the Caribbean island for more than half a century, says William Blum.
Sunday, January 10, 2016(1 comments)
US Media Lost in Propaganda
There was once a time -- perhaps just a brief moment in time -- when American journalists were cynical and responsible enough to resist being jerked around by U.S. government propaganda, but that time has long since passed if it ever existed, a reality that William Blum describes.
Saturday, April 4, 2015(5 comments)
State Department's Hypocrisies and Lies
If the U.S. government were not so terrifyingly powerful, its jaw-dropping double standards and the yawning gap between reality and what it calls reality might be funny. But there is the scary recognition that these hypocrisies and lies get people killed, as William Blum describes.
Friday, April 3, 2015(2 comments)
Mysterious Deaths in Ukraine
The mainstream U.S. news media is so in the tank for the post-coup Ukrainian government that anything negative -- from neo-Nazi militias to apparent "death squad" operations -- are ignored, including a string of mysterious deaths of anti-coup politicians, as William Blum noted at Anti-Empire Report.
Wednesday, February 25, 2015(1 comments)
Killing Democracy in Greece
Greece, known as the birthplace of democracy, has seen the popular will thwarted often since World War II, from a brutal rightist coup to today's austerity-driven depression touched off by financial manipulators, as William Blum describes.
Monday, December 22, 2014(1 comments)
The "Exceptionalism" of US Torture
Americans like to think of themselves as the ultimate "good guys" and anyone who gets in their way as a "bad guy." Under this theory of U.S. "exceptionalism," whatever "we" do must be moral or at least morally defensible, from sponsoring coups around the world to torture, as William Blum describes.
Monday, October 20, 2014(2 comments)
The Two Sides of the Berlin Wall
Historical narratives are often boiled down to simplistic and self-serving storylines that influence how people see the world, when a more sophisticated and fair-minded account would offer a different perspective, as William Blum writes about the Berlin Wall.
Saturday, October 18, 2014(9 comments)
Why You Can Hardly Believe a Word of What You Read About ISIS
The groundwork for this awful mess of political and religious horrors sweeping through the Middle East was laid -- laid deeply -- by the United States during 35 years (1979-2014) of overthrowing the secular governments of Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, and Syria. And all of Washington's horses, all of Washington's men, cannot put this world back together again.
Sunday, July 13, 2014(6 comments)
What Has War Achieved?
If and when the American empire engages in combat with China or Russia, it appears that Washington will be able to count on their Japanese brothers-in-arms. In the meantime, the many US bases in Japan serve as part of the encirclement of China, and during the Vietnam War the United States used their Japanese bases as launching pads to bomb Vietnam.
Saturday, May 10, 2014(1 comments)
"The Russians are coming -- again -- and they're still 10 feet tall!"
The current protestors in Ukraine know about the impoverishment of Greece, Spain, et al. They also despise the new regime for its overthrow of their democratically-elected government, whatever its shortcomings. But the American media obscures these motivations by almost always referring to them simply as "pro-Russian."
Wednesday, February 5, 2014(2 comments)
Time For a Study of the US Mass Media's Bias on Foreign Policy?
There are more than 1,400 daily newspapers in the United States. Can you name a single paper, or a single TV network, that was unequivocally opposed to the American wars carried out against Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan, Yugoslavia, Panama, Grenada, and Vietnam? Or even opposed to any two of these wars? How about one?
Tuesday, October 8, 2013(2 comments)
Surveillance State Takes Offense
President Obama proclaims his love of "transparency" but has an odd idea what the word means. He generally defines it as sharing some information with Congress and the Courts but keeping the public in the dark and punishing those who ask too many questions.
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 The Anti-Empire Report #118
What is a poor National Security State to do? Well, they might consider behaving themselves. Stop doing all the terrible things that grieve people like me and Edward Snowden and Bradley Manning and so many others. Stop the bombings, invasions, endless wars, torture, sanctions, overthrows, support of dictatorships, the unmitigated support of Israel. Stop all the things that make the United States so hated.
Saturday, May 4, 2013(3 comments)
Blindness to Blowback
After a terrorist attack, if anyone dares suggest that the killings represent blowback from U.S. military violence abroad, that person can expect furious denunciations even though the point is almost surely true, a paradox that William Blum confronts in this article from Anti-Empire Report.
Sunday, April 8, 2012(1 comments)
What's Happening in Syria?
It's difficult to know what's happening in Syria not only because of the confusing violence but because the Western news media has lost nearly all credibility when it comes to reporting on Muslim countries, at least those on America's and Israel's enemies lists.
Tuesday, March 6, 2012 Maligning Pvt. Manning
Dozens of members of the American media and public officials have called for Julian Assange's execution or assassination. Under the new National Defense Authorization Act, Assange could well be kidnapped or assassinated. What century are we living in? What world?
Saturday, February 4, 2012(1 comments)
In The "Real Non-Propaganda World," Does Iran Constitute a Nuclear Menace?
As we all know only too well, the United States and Israel would hate to see Iran possessing nuclear weapons. Being "the only nuclear power in the Middle East" is a great card for Israel to have in its hand. But -- in the real, non-propaganda world -- is USrael actually fearful of an attack from a nuclear-armed Iran?
Saturday, January 1, 2011(6 comments)
The Anti-Empire Report Wikileaks, the United States, Sweden, and Devil's Island
One consequence of the release of the documents may be to put an end to the widespread belief that Sweden is peaceful, progressive, neutral and independent. Stockholm's behavior in this matter and others has been as American-poodle-like as London's, as it lined itself up with an Assange-accuser who has been associated with right-wing anti-Castro Cubans, who are of course US-government-supported.
Friday, May 14, 2010(2 comments)
Terminally Dumb People
If you shake your head and roll your eyes at the nonsense coming out of the Tea Party followers of Sarah "Africa is a country" Palin and other intellectual giants like Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh -- keep in mind that the right wing has long been at least as stupid and as mean-spirited.
Sunday, July 23, 2006(1 comments)
The End Is Near, but first, this commercial
Most discussions of the eternal Israel-Palestine conflict are variations on the child's eternal defense for misbehavior -- "He started it!" Within a few minutes of discussing/arguing the latest manifestation of the conflict the participants are back to 1967, then 1948, then biblical times.