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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.
Sunday, August 2, 2015(5 comments)
Dung Beetles: Pope Denounces Davos Dominionists
Francis called the workers and peasants in his audience "social poets," creating new structures, new realities, in the ruins that "the world market" has made of their lives and their societies. They cheered, then gave him a miner's helmet, which he promptly put on. It was perhaps the most noble -- and hopeful -- headgear any pope has ever worn.
Tuesday, June 30, 2015(3 comments)
Athens Agonistes: Troika Extremists Write New Greek Tragedy
Even an economist is smart enough to see that making a bankrupt country even poorer and more desperate while preventing it from injecting bailout funds into its economy is a recipe for ruination, not a blueprint for growth. What, in the end, is at stake? Literally nothing. Numbers on a computer screen. All of it -- the debts, the loans -- are abstract notions.
Wednesday, June 3, 2015(2 comments)
Our Lives in the Larder: Celebrating Another Defeat for Freedom
The intense focus on some activities of the NSA occasioned by the Edward Snowden saga (coming soon to a multiplex near you) has totally obscured the dozens of other agencies and programs that feast on the corpse of privacy and keep our lives locked in their larders, ready to be devoured at their pleasure.
Monday, June 1, 2015(8 comments)
Progressive Apocalypse: Obama Opens Door to Nuclear Nightmare
The treaty review that Obama just killed would have called for a conference in 2016 on eliminating all nuclear weapons in the Middle East. Of course, only one nation in the Middle East actually has nuclear weapons. But Israel is concerned that such a conference would force it to acknowledge the existence of the large nuclear arsenal that everyone in the world already knows it has.
Monday, May 4, 2015(2 comments)
Murder's Loophole: US Cluster Bombs Rain Mass Death on Yemen
The Saudis -- and their ally, the United States, which is supplying weapons, logistics and intelligence support to the act of aggression -- have already shown they are unconcerned about civilian casualties in the conflict. More than 1,000 people have died in 2,300 airstrikes launched by the Saudis and their allies. According to best estimates, hundreds of civilians have been killed.
Thursday, April 30, 2015(13 comments)
Sham and Shame: Saudi-US Slaughter in Yemen Shows Truth of Terror War
We can give up the pretense that the "War on Terror" has anything at all to do with "fighting terrorism?" It is solely about power and profit, and has been from the beginning. Obama is a willing pawn in their game. Hillary, Jeb, Mario -- they will all be the same. The nightmare goes on.
Saturday, April 25, 2015(4 comments)
Inglorious Goobers: Progressives Line Up to Defend Corrupt Clintons
What matters is that Republican "ratfuckers" trumped up charges against the Clintons 20 years ago. The sleaziness of the Clintons' enemies absolves them of all blame, apparently. Any evidence of their corruption -- financial, legal or moral -- no matter what the source, is, ipso facto, nothing more than the noxious fumes of conspiracy.
Thursday, April 23, 2015(5 comments)
Fear of a Black Prophet: The Lowdown on the Takedown of Cornel West
Michael Dyson's brutal character assassination of Cornel West in the historically racist pages of the New Republic was, above all else, an application for a job in the upcoming Hillary Clinton administration. West's dissent has been useful to the Democratic Party ... and the Establishment, represented by Dyson, has now decided to tear him down.
Monday, April 6, 2015(13 comments)
Heart of Darkness: An Exceptional Danger
Russia's involvement in a dispute in a region on its border has been translated by the Western Establishment into an imminent, Hitler-like threat to take over Europe. Whatever one thinks of the odious Putin regime, any rational observer would have to say that Western propaganda surrounding the crisis has been absurd, exaggerated, and highly dangerous.
Friday, March 27, 2015(2 comments)
Another Week, Another War: The Iron Logic of America's Middle East Madness
In some ways, attempting any kind of rational analysis of the situation and its strategic ramifications is pointless. The burning hell that the United States has made of the region with its war of aggression against Iraq and its repeated violent interventions is beyond any sensible comprehension.
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 Master's Degree: Teaching Torture as a Western Value
The Egyptians have had decades of authoritarianism to work out their own approaches to punishment and persuasion -- but they have been aided, supplied, trained and tutored by American military and security experts every step of the way.
Thursday, February 19, 2015(9 comments)
Deadly "Dissent": Hidden Hell Lurks in New Critique of Syria Policy
The covert and overt intervention of Washington and the, er, authoritarian regimes it supports, such as Saudi Arabia, has created and maintained the conditions for an all-out civil war, spreading the chaos and hatred that is the sine qua non for jihadi movements to thrive. Now we're told we must put "boots on the ground" to fight the forces we ourselves have spawned.
Tuesday, February 17, 2015 The Wrong Kind of Victim: No Hashtag for Dead Hostage in ISIS War
However she died, it seems that Kayla Mueller forfeited her sacred American citizenship -- indeed, her very humanity -- by committing the heinous crime of " supporting Palestinian rights. That's all it took for her to be branded "a Jew-hating b*tch." That's all it took for inveterate foes of the "savage barbarians" in the Middle East to tweet and trumpet their jubilation at her death.
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 Shame and Shame Again: Obama Signs Death Warrant for Somalis
The American record in Somalia is shameful beyond measuring. Few people even know that 10 years ago, the US had a direct military involvement in Ethiopia's invasion of Somalia, which destroyed the country's first stable government in 15 years, killed thousands of innocent people, and opened the door for the radical extremists who plague the country today.
Monday, February 9, 2015(8 comments)
Life of Brian: The Unbearable Lightness of American Being
Oh dear! Brian Williams. Oh, what does this say about our media, our culture, etc., etc.? It doesn't say anything. It says that Williams, like every other person in our ridiculous and pathetic public life, gilds the lily whenever he can to make himself look good. So what?
Saturday, February 7, 2015(5 comments)
Waltzing To Armageddon: The West's Dance With Death in Ukraine
It will be interesting to see what, if anything, comes from the summit between Putin, Angela Merkel and Francois Hollande who met Friday to discuss a peace plan. Will the Europeans be able to derail -- or at least delay -- the American drive for confrontation? Or has the bloodlust gone too far, as it did with Iraq?
Monday, January 12, 2015 The Unmourned: Another Mass Killing by the Peace Prize Prez
The unilateral, illegal bombing campaign of the Peace Prize Laureate killed dozens of victims of Islamic extremism. But unlike the Charlie Hebdo case, there is no worldwide mourning for these nobodies, these brown nobodies from the back of beyond. Islamic State denied their "free speech" by imprisoning them; then Barack Obama ended it entirely, by killing them.
Sunday, January 11, 2015(3 comments)
The Lash and the Sword: Hebdo, Hypocrisy and the Mob-Mind
This is the voice of the master, the imperialist, the slaveowner, the sadist: "We can bomb you, we can starve you, we can torture you, we can eviscerate you, we can visit every imaginable horror on you, we can utterly destroy you -- but you are forbidden to ever attack even one of us in any manner at all."
Thursday, January 8, 2015(1 comments)
Conflict, not Cartoons: Hebdo Shows the Common Goals of Both Sides in Terror War
The military-industrial-security complex holds the commanding heights of society now, and it is utterly dependent on a steady supply of terrorist attacks (and the constant production of new terrorist entities to fight) in order to keep its power, privileges -- and profits -- going strong.
Friday, December 19, 2014(6 comments)
Update: The Woman-Bashing Beat Goes On
So if your guy beats you up then knocks you up, you must have his baby anyway. And if he's still ornery afterward, you can always get one of those protection thingies that have worked so well for the thousands of women who've been murdered by men under restraining orders.
Wednesday, December 17, 2014(3 comments)
The Handmaid's Time is Here: America's Apotheosis of Woman-Hatred
The idea that in 21st century America we would put a woman in jail for being concerned enough about her baby that she informs her doctor about the full range of physical factors that might affect its development -- that we would throw someone in jail for this -- is simply astounding.
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 Modern-Day Mengeles: America's Terror War Torture Shrinks
They don't want to govern; they want to rule. They simply cannot be treated -- on any issue whatsoever -- as an ordinary government engaged in ordinary tussles over politics and policy. They are not a government in any traditional sense of the word. They are the criminal vanguard of a radical movement that is now holding the nation hostage.
Wednesday, December 3, 2014(2 comments)
Hunger Games: Western Terror Warriors Spurn Their Innocent Victims
Let the refugees die. Who cares? The main thing is that the war goes on -- in Syria, in Iraq, in Somalia, in Afghanistan, where the hell ever. Who cares? None of these nations matter. None of these people matter. Nor do the "folks at home." Barack Obama and David Cameron -- and all of their wanna-be successors -- know that their policies are simply creating more terrorists, more extremism, more violence, more repression.
Monday, December 1, 2014(3 comments)
Cage Match: Gitmo Case a Snapshot of America's Imperial Soul
A man sold into captivity by crooks working with spies to facilitate the vast, endless expansion of America's imperial war state; the reality of the American state. This is what we are now, this is what we do. Yet people still get exercised, on both left and right, over the question of which bloodstained murderer will preside over this slaughterhouse of human values for the next four years.
Friday, November 28, 2014(1 comments)
Landmarks of Loss and Love: Being Human in Horrible Times
These are grim times. Monstrous, ugly, implacable -- and seemingly immovable -- systems of power hold increasingly brutal sway over vast areas of the earth; a monstrous weight crushing hope and light out of the future. But the only fight that matters is the struggle to deepen the meaning of what it means to be human, in ourselves and in our relation to all others.
Sunday, November 23, 2014(2 comments)
Yonder Comes Sin: More Terror From the Top
In every case where Washington took a hand in events, the outcome has been catastrophe, chaos, repression and -- terror. Yes, once again, in Egypt as elsewhere, the chickens have come home, the blowback has arrived, and it's time to pay the piper.
Monday, November 17, 2014 It's All Right, Ma, I'm Only Bleeding
As the Masters of the World gather at the G20 summit in Australia, Patrick Smith provides a fascinating look at some behind-the-scenes developments that could help make the bewildering facade of American foreign policy make more sense. You will not be surprised to find that it centers around our monied, militarized elites' desire to retain and expand their domiination of the world -- no matter what.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014(13 comments)
Pale Riders: The Moral Blindness of our Leading Liberals
Since they cannot accept the full moral import of the death squads and dirty wars, they expend their righteous fury on the safer and more limited ground of torture. Or again, in this case, on "complicity" with torture, by covering up a report on the crimes committed years ago by the real bad guys, from the other side of the partisan divide: the Bush gang.
Sunday, October 12, 2014(1 comments)
Pay the Piper: Imperial Evils Bearing Bitter Fruit
America, of course, is renowned for the historical amnesia that permeates its public discourse. Thanks to the tireless efforts of our media, our educators and, above all, our elites, Americans enjoy a level of ignorance about the actions of their government that approaches the sublime.
Tuesday, October 7, 2014(2 comments)
All Systems Go: The Elite View of the New Iraq-Syria War
The vicious civil war we have fomented in Syria has spawned an extremist militia that is using the weapons we poured into Syria to attack the corrupt sectarian regime we installed in Iraq with our illegal invasion there earlier, which gave rise to a vicious civil war that has continued to this day, with both sides using our weapons.
Tuesday, September 30, 2014(5 comments)
An Enduring Casus Belli: The Liberal Club Hears the Truth
What is the war with ISIS all about? The most direct -- and truest -- answer could be found in a short clip from an old film, made more than 30 years ago, in a scene set in the midst of a conflict now an entire century in the past. But the answer given then is most assuredly true now.
Saturday, September 27, 2014(20 comments)
Will You Be Free: Caught in the Trap of Permanent War
The fear has come round again: another war, more mountains of dead, more cities in ruins, more hatred spread, more extremism created. Yet even if ISIS is forced back from the territory it now occupies in Syria and Iraq (thanks to the hellholes of chaos and instablity that Western actions have induced in both those countries), the question will be hanging in the blood-flecked mist: are we free now?
Wednesday, September 24, 2014(1 comments)
Mr. and Mrs. America!
The AmericaForever Corporation is proud to announce the latest winners of the Mr. and Mrs. America Contest: Pippy and Poppy Longdawdle of Rumsfeld, Ohio! They're a thoroughly modern couple grounded in traditional values, upholding the best of American exceptionalism in the most exceptional way!
Tuesday, September 16, 2014(2 comments)
Killing Joke: The Presidential Leadership Scholars Program
Certainly the one word that comes to mind when you think of Bill Clinton and George W. Bush is "leadership." That's why the world is so lucky that these two sages for the ages have joined together to teach the secrets of their success to a whole new generation of leaders.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014(1 comments)
Breach Birth: Bipartisan Bull Brings New War
Facts are thin on the ground -- but the bull is flowing thick and fast. So it's once more into the breach, with a military intervention to solve the problems caused by the last military intervention -- which will no doubt cause problems which can only be addressed by a future military intervention.
Sunday, September 7, 2014 Steel and Blood: America's Racial Cancer
Following the police berzerkery in Ferguson, Missouri, America is going through one of its periodic -- but always brief and ineffectual -- moments of vague awareness about the virulent, brutal racism it carries in its body politic like an inoperable cancer.
Saturday, July 26, 2014(6 comments)
Blockading the Truth: Obama's Big Lie About Gaza
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(8 comments)
A Future in Hell: The Bitter Fruits of Bellicose Policy
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(2 comments)
The Fatal Bargain: Oil and Blood in a Burning World
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(3 comments)
Massacre of the Innocents: Slaughter in the Gaza Ghetto
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(4 comments)
Inside Job: Ex-Power Player Pounds Imperial Poobah
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(1 comments)
Another Murderous Milestone: 60 Years of Carnage
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(5 comments)
Hell's Gate: The Iraqi Blitzkrieg and the Cult of Violence
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(10 comments)
A Matter of Principle: The True Aims of the Terror War
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(7 comments)
Pierre's Payday: Cashing In on a Sinister Agenda
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(3 comments)
Sign Language: Dazzled by Atrocity's Distant Mirror
"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(16 comments)
Posterity Will Hate Us: Building a Lasting Legacy of Death
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(3 comments)
Night of the Hunter: Family Values in American Foreign Policy
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(3 comments)
Potomac Fever: Sleepwalking to the Brink in Ukraine
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(6 comments)
Mad Men: The Lunatic Fringe That Leads the West
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(1 comments)
Apt Pupils: Chicago Violence Reflects the Lessons of the Elite
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(3 comments)
Maggie's Farm: The Roots and Fruits of Terror War
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(2 comments)
False Flags and Imperial Facades: Tales of "Progressives" in Power
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(3 comments)
Change Agents: The Curious Case of the "Responsible" NSA Revelations
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(14 comments)
Sinister Illusions: Masking Tragedy in Ukraine
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.