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Chris Floyd is the Editor and co-founder of Atlantic Free Press. He is an American journalist now based in Great Britain and the UK correspondent for Truthout.org. For 10 years, he wrote the weekly Global Eye political column for The Moscow Times and St. Petersburg Times. His writings also appear in The Nation, Columbia Journalism Review, The Baltimore Chronicle, The Bergen Record and elsewhere around the world. His book, Empire Burlesque, is published by Expathos Books.
His work there included interviews with such thinkers as Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Steven Pinker, Frans de Waal, V.S. Ramachandran and other contributors from around the world including Islamic scientists, Jewish theologians, militant atheists, Nobel Prize-winning physicists, as well as authors such as Freeman Dyson, Paul Davies, Lisa Jardine, A.N. Wilson, John Polkinghorne.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, June 9, 2017 False Dawn or New Hope: Right-Wing Pact Imperils UK Paradigm Shift
Well, it was nice while it lasted. Like many others, I rejoiced through the night at the astounding UK election results, which seemed to presage a much needed, much longed-for paradigm shift in the poisonous bipartisan neoliberal consensus that has imprisoned the politics of the UK (and US) for so many years.
But this morning finds us in what might be an even worse situation, as a wounded -- and woefully incompetent...
SHARE Tuesday, November 25, 2014 Battle Cry: Candidate Paul Appeases the Masters of War
The war bill is yet another confirmation that Paul is damn sure running for president in 2016. More shrewd than his father, he knows that you must prove your bloody bona fides to the powers-that-be if you want a chance to take your turn at the top. No doubt the keepers of the coffers of our war profiteers are already looking favorably in young Rand's direction.
SHARE Wednesday, December 18, 2013 Distant Mirror: A Nation of Patsies, 50 Years On
whatever else the mysterious Oswald might have been (including, without doubt, an agent or asset of the security state), the book's skillful mastering of the facts makes it clear that he was, in the end, exactly what he claimed to be after his arrest: a patsy. And so are we all, 50 years on: a nation of patsies, still being played by the brutal power-gamers of our unlovely imperium.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, November 18, 2013 Shackles and Chains: Detroit as a Template for Democracy's Destruction
It is an extraordinary -- and sickening -- spectacle. Detroit is now under the control of an unelected "Emergency Financial Manager," Kevyn Jones, forcibly imposed by the state governor, with all real power -- the power of the purse -- placed in his hands. And Jones is wielding this power with ruthless efficiency.
(10 comments) SHARE Monday, June 11, 2012 Unspeakable Things: The Liberals' Clumsy Dance Across Obama's Killing Floor
The only consequence from the revelation that the U.S. government not only asserts the arbitrary right to kill anyone on earth but actually has a formal process to carry out this serial murder is that it will now be harder than ever to expose any of the crimes and corruption and sinister follies of the vast national security apparat.
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, January 6, 2012 Extraordinary Measures: Shredding the Curtain of an Enduring Atrocity
God bless us for killing, wounding, traumatising, imprisoning, displacing or exiling millions of innocent people in a country that never attacked us and posed no threat to us. God bless us for killing hundreds of thousands of children through our years of sanctions, invasion and occupation.
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, June 23, 2010 Termination Notice: McChrystal Sideshow Masks Murderous Reality
Two little girls were slaughtered last weekend in Khost. There they are, their bodies torn, their slender limbs twisted and broken, their lifeless eyes staring into eternal nothingness ... and we're supposed to care about the professional fortunes and political fates of the depraved, power-drunk thugs who run this brutal war machine?
SHARE Tuesday, May 11, 2010 The Poetry of Death: Patterns of State Terror
Where Bush was content with smirks and hints about his assassination program, Obama is bold, sending his security chief to declare openly before Congress that the president now has the unrestricted right and power to murder anyone, Americans included, in cold blood, by the simple expedient of declaring his victim a suspected terrorist of some vague description.
SHARE Tuesday, September 29, 2009 Dry Heaves and Sucker Ploys: The Great New Iran "Crisis"
Iran was building a new nuclear enrichment facility, as it is allowed to do by international treaty. The United States and several other Western countries knew about the facility for years. The facility, which is still months away from completion, is not designed to enrich uranium to weapons grade.
SHARE Saturday, September 12, 2009 Tears of Fire: Mourning in the Macabre Killing Fields of Afghanistan
Villagers were slaughtered while trying to siphon gas from two fuel tankers the Taliban had hijacked from occupation forces. The trucks were stranded in the ford of a shallow river, so the insurgents invited villagers to come gather the fuel for themselves. The prospect of salvaging a can or two of free fuel to help them get through the coming winter drove many of the villagers out into the dead of night.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, August 13, 2009 Addicted to War: America's Brutal Pipe Dream in Afghanistan
Looks like the "Good War" in Afghanistan is morphing even more directly into the "Drug War" that the U.S. government has been waging all over the world -- and especially against its own people -- for almost 40 years now with all the attendant authoritarian powers and degradation of civil liberties and human rights.
(5 comments) SHARE Wednesday, August 5, 2009 Shackles and Chains: America Leads the World Again
once again, the latest annual rankings of the world's prison population are in, and, once again, 2008 found the good old US of A the winners by a country mile. No other nation in the world comes close to imprisoning more of its own people -- not in terms of raw numbers or by proportion of the population.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, July 15, 2009 Unreality Check: Amnesiac Controversy Ignores CIA's Real Death Squads
Both action and analysis in the most powerful nation in history now take place in a fantasy world, a simulacrum, a state of permanent amnesia in which facts -- established, confirmed, published -- vanish almost in the very moment of their appearance. Anyone who tries to reason their way through this feverish hallucination is bound to fail -- or succumb to the madness themselves.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, July 10, 2009 Keep the Change: Obama Backs Bush's Political Prisoner Operation
The Chicago gang has temporarily supplanted the Texas boys, but both pay obesiance to the big bosses back East, with the Bush-Obama "bailout" plans funneling trillions of dollars of public money to the mob kings of Wall Street. And of course, in classic gangster fashion, our bipartisan foreign policy elite use murder, violence--and the constant threat of murder and violence--to impose their will on the global neighborhood.