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Chris Floyd is an American journalist. His work has appeared in print and online in venues all over the world, including The Nation, Counterpunch, Columbia Journalism Review, the Christian Science Monitor, Il Manifesto, the Moscow Times and many others. He is the author of Empire Burlesque: High Crimes and Low Comedy in the Bush Imperium, and is co-founder and editor of the "Empire Burlesque" political blog.
Saturday, July 26, 2014 Blockading the Truth: Obama's Big Lie About Gaza (6 comments)
One hundred and ten bombing raids, a military incursion, 17 killings, mass arrests -- all before Hamas fired a single rocket. This is what Obama -- and every single member of the United States Senate -- call an "unprovoked attack." They say it with a straight face -- nay, with long, somber, pious faces -- but they know it's a lie.
Sunday, July 20, 2014 A Future in Hell: The Bitter Fruits of Bellicose Policy (8 comments)
we are now in the midst of two major military operations where American-backed governments are killing large numbers of civilians with the full approval of the West's political and media elite. The outcome of the American-backed coup in Ukraine has devolved into a civil war which has laid waste to cities and killed hundreds of people.
Friday, July 18, 2014 The Fatal Bargain: Oil and Blood in a Burning World (2 comments)
One of the most deleterious effects of fossil-fuelled civilization has been the prominence that geographical happenstance has given to Saudi Arabia. Its vast reserves of oil has meant that governments of every stripe have overlooked its horrendous oppression and its global propagation of one of the most narrow and ignorant perversions of Islam.
Monday, July 14, 2014 Massacre of the Innocents: Slaughter in the Gaza Ghetto (3 comments)
A propaganda campaign was waged by the Israeli government to whip the population into a frenzy of revenging bloodlust over the "missing boys" -- even as Netanyahu and his minions knew full well the boys were dead. These efforts were redoubled after the bodies were found, and of course led to the notorious murder of a Palestinian teenager by Israeli youths inflamed by the government's cold-blooded manipulations.
Saturday, July 5, 2014 Court and Caliphate: New SCOTUS Ruling Fuels Sectarian Rise
A growing sectarian hardcore believes that secular government has no legitimacy whatsoever; a Bible-based "Dominion" is the only proper form of government. Wheaton College's objections to the government form likely has as much to do with this larger agenda as it does with the sectarian extremists' deep-seated, fear-ridden hatred of women.
Thursday, July 3, 2014 Inside Job: Ex-Power Player Pounds Imperial Poobah (4 comments)
Lawrence Wilkerson, former chief of staff to Colin Powell, delivers a blistering attack on his former Bush Regime colleague Dick Cheney -- and the idea of rapacious empire that Cheney serves and embodies -- in language rarely seen in the mainstream press from a thoroughly entrenched Establishment figure. But wouldn't it be great if one of our highly-placed courtiers grew a conscience when they were still in power?
Sunday, June 29, 2014 Another Murderous Milestone: 60 Years of Carnage (1 comments)
This week saw the anniversary of another major turning point in modern history, a campaign that became -- and remains -- the enduring template of foreign policy for the world's most powerful nation. We speak, of course, of the 60th anniversary of Washington's "regime change" operation in Guatemala, overthrowing a democratically elected government.
Monday, June 16, 2014 Back to the Future: A Voice of Sanity on Iraq
If we were not ruled by bipartisan war profiteers -- if we only had ordinary, run-of-the-mill politicians trying gamely to muddle through to something better for their own people and others -- we would find there are many, many positive elements that could be supported or encouraged in these "intractable, historic" conflicts.
Friday, June 13, 2014 Hell's Gate: The Iraqi Blitzkrieg and the Cult of Violence (5 comments)
The immediate responsibility for the death and suffering we are witnessing in Iraq right now lies squarely on those who launched (and those who supported) a war of aggression that destroyed Iraqi society and --just as was predicted -- "opened the gates of hell" to sectarian strife and world-rattling chaos.
Thursday, June 12, 2014 A Matter of Principle: The True Aims of the Terror War (10 comments)
None of the elites can admit the truth: that the world they are making -- the world that has made them powerful, has lifted them up on a finely-meshed web of interlocking elite interests and will sustain them, and their families, among the elite for the rest of their lives -- is organized around violence and loot. Not security, not prosperity, not liberty, not democracy, not justice, not peace.
Friday, June 6, 2014 Pierre's Payday: Cashing In on a Sinister Agenda (7 comments)
Rupert Murdoch rules the rightwing media, Omidyar will now dominate the left, Bezos will command the overchewed cud that constitutes the "centrist" position in American politics today. All sides will be covered beneath the broader neoliberal umbrella. Our elites not only own the ball, and the playing field, and the stadium, and the parking lot; they own both teams as well.
Tuesday, June 3, 2014 Sign Language: Dazzled by Atrocity's Distant Mirror (3 comments)
"Bring back our girls!" The girls who were kidnapped from that place somewhere in Africa by that group I'd never heard of before the story about this thing was on the news and started trending on Twitter. They took "our girls," the girls who belong to us -- our girls, the girls we have cared about for so long, living there in that country in Africa where nothing has ever happened until this thing happened.
Thursday, May 29, 2014 Cracking the Walnut: American Amnesia and the Libyan Aftermath
In the crinkled, crumpled little walnut that constitutes America's political discourse, the question of Libya has been reduced to the petty, bitter political wranglings over "Benghazi." The hyper-partisan focus on Benghazi actually reflects the thoroughly bipartisan nature of America's fubarish foreign policy.
Tuesday, May 27, 2014 Posterity Will Hate Us: Building a Lasting Legacy of Death (16 comments)
Future generations will look back on us in horror. They won't notice or care about the pointless, finely-meshed gradations of minute policy differences between the two parties, or between the two factions called "left" and "right"; they won't care if Barack Obama was or wasn't "two percent less evil" than George W. Bush. All they will see is a seamless record of murder, terror, tyranny and corruption.
Friday, May 16, 2014 Night of the Hunter: Family Values in American Foreign Policy (3 comments)
America policy in Ukraine -- securing control of eastern Ukraine by the Kyiv regime, and, if possible, the rollback of Russia's annexation of the Crimea -- has now become directly tied to the personal family fortunes of the American Vice President and Secretary of State. In what way is this remotely different from the corruption of the Bush Family that once stuck so painfully in "progressive" craws?
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 Potomac Fever: Sleepwalking to the Brink in Ukraine (3 comments)
the Ukrainian "government" installed by the West -- a government led by the very people American officials were caught, on tape, conspiring to install -- is now relying on unabashed neo-fascist "paramilitaries" to put down uprisings by pro-Russian groups that exactly mirror what happened in Kyiv.
Tuesday, April 29, 2014 Mad Men: The Lunatic Fringe That Leads the West (6 comments)
We are led by people whose vision of reality is every bit as insane as those who think a suicide belt will send them to paradise: leaders who believe that all human activity, across the entire globe, must be bent to their will, and to their advantage -- and that they have the right, the duty, to kill or ruin anyone who stands in the way of this pathological obsession.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 Apt Pupils: Chicago Violence Reflects the Lessons of the Elite (1 comments)
More blacks are imprisoned than any other Americans; more blacks are executed than any other Americans. More blacks are denied loans and jobs, more blacks are relegated to substandard, underfunded schools. Subsequently, more blacks begin life several rungs down the ladder from their white compatriots. And on every rung of that ladder, there are powerful forces waiting to beat them down, repress them, belittle them.
Monday, April 21, 2014 Maggie's Farm: The Roots and Fruits of Terror War (3 comments)
Every step taken in the blind, brutal "war on terror" has been counterproductive. Every step has increased terrorism, exacerbated hatred for America and the West, destabilized vast regions of the earth, destroyed all vestiges of constitutional government in the United States, militarized and corrupted Western democracies and visited unspeakable horror and suffering on millions of innocent people.
Tuesday, April 8, 2014 False Flags and Imperial Facades: Tales of "Progressives" in Power (2 comments)
It's odd, isn't it? In order to overthrow a repressive regime in Syria, the Peace Laureate allies himself in clandestine gun-running and the fomenting of sectarian violence with a regime, the Saudis, whose repression makes Assad's Syria look like Haight-Ashbury in the Sixties.
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 Dear Landlord: A Message from the Zeitgeist
I will go and sin no more. Because I sure don't want to be left languishing in obscurity. I sure don't want to be a nobody. When I walk into a room full of landlords or Yale men, I want to hear them say, "We like the cut of your jib!" I want to be acceptable. Let those who are sick, those who are in need, look after themselves. After all, it's the spirit of the age, right?
Monday, March 10, 2014 Change Agents: The Curious Case of the "Responsible" NSA Revelations (3 comments)
I continue to be shocked at the way these revelations are being handled -- kept tightly under the control of a handful of responsible figures who happily submit them to "government stakeholders," while effectively repressing 98 percent of the evidence of criminality and moral turpitude on the part of those same "government stakeholders."
Friday, February 28, 2014 "A Friend of Kafka": Sentimental Power and the Survival of the Spirit
The president and his agents kill people-or spare them-without due process of law, any oversight, without giving their victims a chance to defend themselves or prepare themselves for death. They kill in perfect safety, without the slightest threat to their own person, striking down defenseless victims who have no power to strike back. In this they are no different from the officers in the Nazi camps.
Thursday, February 20, 2014 Sinister Illusions: Masking Tragedy in Ukraine (14 comments)
In the artfully hallucinated world of Barack Obama -- a fantasy-land in which the entire American political and media elite also live -- all that matters is the real agenda (which was also the agenda of George W. Bush, and Vladimir Putin for that matter): advancing the dominance of a brutal ruling class through manipulation, militarism, and deception, whenever the opportunity arises.
Friday, February 14, 2014 Testament, Communion, Subversion: Remembering Pasternak (3 comments)
The modern era's "War on Terror" bids fair to surpass the Revolution in this regard, with its wildly inflated rhetoric and grand abstractions, its epiphanies of violence and exaltations of terror -- on both sides -- inflaming a conflict that has already devoured nations and destabilized the entire globe.
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 Cloud-Dwellers: Class War Victors Get Higher on the Hog (5 comments)
The elite have won the war; they've imposed a brutal occupation on the vanquished -- and now they are withdrawing beyond the clouds, to golden citadels and "specialist suites," where they can disport themselves in luxury and safety, while looking down, with a satisfied smile, on the billions and billions of worthless suckers they've left behind.
Tuesday, January 14, 2014 Shooting and Crying: The Unlearned Lessons of American Atrocity
The Iraq war was an atrocity from the beginning -- from long before the beginning, in fact. Its very conception -- the idea of launching an act of aggression against a broken-down country which posed no threat, could not defend itself, and which had already seen more than half a million of its children killed by American-enforced sanctions -- was an atrocity.
Sunday, January 5, 2014 The One Percent Solution: Oligarchs to the Rescue! (3 comments)
Now, you rubes out there probably think that "governments" are actually prime culprits in the mass evisceration of privacy. But no; it seems our good-hearted, democracy-preserving leaders are victims: helpless babes manipulated by their sinister intelligence services, who "abuse power." (Power that has been given to them by, er, governments.)
Friday, January 3, 2014 Bait and Switch: The Heavy Price of Social Progress (4 comments)
Social progress is a tool used deliberately by our leaders to extract more gains for the elite at the expense of the general public. Vast amounts of energy and attention, especially potentially dangerous progressive and/or populist energy, is expended on social gains -- on winning them, opposing them, maintaining them, trying to reverse them, etc. -- while the overall system of domination rolls on unopposed.
Monday, November 4, 2013 Ashes to Ashes: The Downward Arc of the American Dream (4 comments)
The American Dream, its seeming solidity was built on sand--or ashes. Built on the death and suffering of countless, faceless "others" around the world, and in our own streets. Built on the poisonous myth of "exceptionalism," the cargo cult of "the market," and the tragic denial of our commonality. The never-ending, all-devouring, pointless, heartless psycho circus rolls on.
Monday, October 28, 2013 Choosing Murder: The True Nature of the System Laid Bare (3 comments)
Murder by Drone. It's not a comic book, it's not a civics book, it's a not a movie with a happy ending. It's a brutal, murderous, lawless, dangerous, out-of-control engine of destruction, encompassing the entire political establishment and all those who support it, politically and financially. This is the system we have now.
Sunday, October 20, 2013 From Dissident Gold to Imperial Dross: The Neutering of the NSA Archives (7 comments)
The "debate" provoked by the Snowden documents might possibly, eventually, expand the number of corporate-bought senators and representatives who sit on the committees overseeing, in secret, the government's all-pervasive spy programs. Why, we might even get a new secret court to preside over the existing secret court that secretly approves the apparat's operations.
Friday, October 11, 2013 Chemistry Equations: the Pious Virtuosos of Violence
The widespread use of chemical weapons in the decimation of Fallujah -- including the flesh-eating horror of white phosphorous, the future-maiming deployment of depleted uranium and other chemicals, which have led to an epidemic of birth defects in the region -- is well-documented and, after years of outright lies and evasions, now cheerfully admitted by the United States government.
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 Dead Zone: The Deeper Poison Beyond the NSA Revelations (5 comments)
This arbitrary power to murder is the central political reality of our time; it is the bedrock, the foundation, of the American state as it actually exists today. The NSA surveillance program is merely an outgrowth -- a natural product -- of this system. Even if by some miracle, you could nip this single bud, the tree will continue to bring forth an abundance of poisonous fruit.
Friday, September 20, 2013 Ham and Iron: America's Middle East Policies in Action (1 comments)
Such is the quality of mind required to reach the top rungs of the Imperium: brutal, witless, dishonest, ignorant, lacking all nuance, all common sense, all human feeling. A mind that mindlessly disgorges murderous tropes and blatant nonsense in order to obscure, frantically, at any cost, the cynical intentions and the monstrous effects of the Imperium's Domination Machine.
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 Requiem for a Whistleblower (2 comments)
In our ultra-modern, super-savvy 21st-century world, we all know what happens to whistleblowers. But Varnadore probably thought he was still living in the kind of country he'd been told about in Civics class. He thought the federal government would want to know about these dangerous glitches, and correct them. You can guess what happened next. No remedies -- but plenty of punishment for the "troublemaker."
Tuesday, September 3, 2013 There Will Be Blood: Analogies and Analyses of the Syrian Situation (3 comments)
It almost certain that Congress will approve the killing of Syrians; indeed, many powerful figures in both parties are eager to kill even more Syrians than Obama is proposing to kill at the moment. So barring some unforeseen turn, the killing will come -- and the tragedy in Syria will be darkened with new blood.
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 Moloch's Minions: Preparing More Slaughter in Syria (3 comments)
These Western leaders, primarily Barack Obama and the pathetic, feckless ex-PR shill David Cameron, will knowingly murder an unknown number of people while braying all the while of their own righteousness and the strict "legality" of their acts of mass murder. They will be supported in these murders by the leaders of the so-called opposition parties.
Friday, August 9, 2013 United We Fall: Our Egregious E Pluribus Unum (5 comments)
Every day, all across the world -- and in the holy-moley Homeland itself -- Obama commits and countenances crimes beyond the wildest dreams of LBJ and Richard Nixon. Every day he helps tighten the stranglehold of rampant militarism and corporate power on the lives of the people. Yet there are no riots, no uprisings, no public or institutional dissent that might trouble the complacency of our overlords.
Monday, July 29, 2013 Hard Rain: The Progressive Principle of Collective Punishment (2 comments)
Global climate change is a real threat. Many millions of people in the "Deep South" -- including some farmers! -- know this. Many of them are actively working to understand and address this threat. I have personally worked with many of these people, on the issue of climate change, right there in the "Deep South," as long as 25 years ago.
Monday, July 22, 2013 Soft Machine: A Bright Ray of Hope for Bradley Manning (14 comments)
Perhaps all is not lost. In the long dark night of our military imperium, a shaft of light, of hope, has suddenly appeared -- the Court of Appeal of the Armed Forces of the United States. For it turns out that if a military prisoner has faced the least mistreatment during incarceration, even a temporary abuse of due process, then all charges against him will be dropped and he can walk free.
Wednesday, July 3, 2013 Shamming into Syria
Syria is not Iraq, Libya or Afghanistan, isolated regimes on the outskirts of the Middle East. It is in the very center of the powder keg. And it has powerful allies in Russia and Iran. Expanding the civil war there could draw those countries more directly into the conflict, as well as Israel, Iraq, Lebanon, even Turkey. The risk of a wider regional war -- even a world war -- is very real.
Friday, June 28, 2013 Superiority Complex: The Reach and Roots of America's Stasi Regime (1 comments)
U.S. leaders have never acknowledged their responsibility for ruining so many lives, let alone apologized or made proper amends to the survivors. Those responsible have not been punished, but rewarded. The memory of it has been erased from national consciousness, as U.S. leaders endlessly declare their nation's, and their own, goodness.
Sunday, June 16, 2013 Absolving Obama, or The Lamentable Sigh of the Depressed Progressive (17 comments)
It's depressing that America keeps going around the world fomenting war, chaos, bloodshed, instability and ruin, bankrupting its own people in the process while stuffing the pockets of war profiteers. And depressing too that none of our presidents apparently have the power to stop this from happening. They are all "hemmed in by circumstances," by the American military empire.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 Collusion Course: Machinations of the Double-Headed Beast (1 comments)
While continuing a fierce vigilance against the relentless encroachments of an unhinged, unrestrained and openly murderous government, let us also recognize that the "free market" is, and always has been, a rigged game where vicious predators seek tyrannical control, by hook, crook and vast corruption in every way possible to squeeze out more unjust advantage for themselves.
Thursday, May 9, 2013 Radical Notions (1 comments)
If their real concern was to quell "radicalization," shouldn't they be sending in people to talk up peace, tolerance, non-violence? It's almost as if they want to foment scarifying plots, keeping the public scared, obedient -- even slavishly grateful. I wonder who radicalized them into such violent extremism?
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 Pay in Blood: May Day and Modern Politics (4 comments)
To put it plainly, the elites don't need us anymore -- or not many of us, anyway. And thanks to runaway population growth -- and the greasy mobility of global capital -- those few of us they do still need to keep the machinery going can be easily replaced, at any moment, by some other desperate chump trying to avoid destitution.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 Darkness at Dawn: Tainting Democracy for Power and Profit (2 comments)
The outpouring of violence has shaken the moral authority of Suu Kyi, as she tries to maintain the momentum of democratization through negotiation and cooperation with the power structure. Many have found her statements on the violence to be remarkably muted.
Saturday, April 20, 2013 Context and Contact: Exploring Agents of Influence in the Boston Attacks (2 comments)
This incident will greatly strengthen the military-security apparat in the United States and Russia, helping to further demonize Muslims in general. But every political power structure that feeds on fear -- and which ones do not? -- will benefit from the crime spree in Boston, whatever its origins.
Tuesday, April 16, 2013 Echoes in the Aftermath: Remembering the Victims of Violence
Let us remember the victims of violence today, those who died and those who live on in the scarred, tormented aftermath. Let us remember them in Boston, in Baghdad, in Mogadishu, in Guantanamo, in Waziristan -- and in every corner of the world where the crippled souls who live by violence seek to impose their evil dreams on us all.
Saturday, March 30, 2013 This Is Not The Age Of Defeat (1 comments)
In any given age, the lowering clouds can bear down more heavily than in others. Ours is indeed a very hard age, another age of iron. It is an age of loss, of grievous loss -- but it is not the age of defeat. Reality remains, the process goes on, the choice for goodness is always -- always -- there, no matter what.
Saturday, March 16, 2013 Barbarian Rhapsody: Ten Years Deeper Into Hell (4 comments)
The idea of restricting the president's power to kill any filthy foreigner he chooses is not in question anywhere in our national politics, of course; Rand Paul wasn't filibustering against that idea. No, any debate on the "ethics" of state murder is restricted to its application to Americans, who, as we know, are the only fully human beings on the face of the earth.
Thursday, March 7, 2013 A Low, Dishonest Decade: New Details for the Iraq War Crime Mosaic (16 comments)
In the media hoopla around the 10th anniversary of the invasion, no criminal in charge of the war crime, no savant who promoted it, or media sycophants who "stovepiped" the lies of the warmongers to the public, or any member of the political-media elite who by direct or collateral hand were complicit in this war crime have ever apologized for what they have done--much less been made to suffer the slightest discomfort for it.
Saturday, December 1, 2012 Blanking Bradley Manning: NYT and AP Launch Operation Amnesia (9 comments)
For the actual details of Manning's hearing -- which actually began a few days before his appearance -- you have to turn to foreign papers, such as the Guardian, whose coverage of Manning's situation has been copious. The Times provided only the single wire story, 11 paragraphs long, during the entire week of testimony. But, you don't have to think about it. Just nod your head, shrug your shoulders, and go about your business.
Monday, November 26, 2012 No Absence of Malice: Whitewashing the White House Murder Program (13 comments)
The only possible problem with the president of the United States and his deputized subordinates killing people all over the world outside any legal procedure or standards of evidence or, in many cases, without knowing anything at all about who they are killing -- is that the program might not be as open and efficient as it could be.
Monday, November 19, 2012 Blogging and Nothingness: Progressives Turn Their Gaze from Gaza (5 comments)
The few sporadic and ineffective missiles from Gaza "raining down" on Israel before the attack were in fact retaliation for repeated missile strikes, mortar fire, assassinations and civilian deaths caused by Israeli military incursions into Gaza.
Sunday, November 18, 2012 On the Eve: Last Thoughts Before the Latest Invasion of Gaza (4 comments)
Hell is coming. Hell is near. Thousands upon thousands of troops are massing for the ground invasion of a small patch of land crammed full with human beings trapped without any defense against the steel that will destroy them. Several children have already died in the preliminaries. Many, many more will die when the real feast of death begins.
Friday, November 16, 2012 Gaza: The Gates of Wrath and Sorrow Swing Open Once Again (1 comments)
Gaza is a concentration camp. It is not like a concentration camp. It is not a metaphorical or figurative concentration camp. It is a concentration camp. Our culture, our political leaders, and the cacophony of voices in the media have all agreed that this truth must never be spoken. Israel imposes conditions on Gaza and its inhabitants that necessarily result in a slow, long, lingering death.
Saturday, November 10, 2012 Dead Enough: The Reality of the "Lesser Evil" (24 comments)
If you really are a "lesser evilist" -- if this was a genuine moral choice you reluctantly made, and not a rationalization for indulging in unexamined, primitive partisanship -- then you will know that we are ALL the losers of this election. Even if you believe it could have been worse, it is still very bad.