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Every first and third Thursday from 9:30 AM to 10:00 AM. 

Connecting history with the latest world events

We live in an empire that began 500 years ago with the European conquest of the Americas. This program looks at how the empire permeates our lives.

 

What are we doing in the world? What are we doing to the world?

George Kennan was an influential US diplomat during the Cold War years. It was he who devised the containment strategy against the Soviet Union (as opposed to a more aggressive rollback policy). In February 1948 Kennan presented a document to President Truman, Presidential Policy Statement #23, which includes the following:

"The US has  50 percent of the world's wealth, but only 6.3 percent of its population. Our real task in the coming period is to devise a pattern of relationships which permits us to maintain this position of disparity...To do so we will have to dispense with all sentimentality and day-dreaming, and our attention will have to be concentrated everywhere on our immediate national objectives.

"We should cease to talk about vague and unreal objectives such as human rights, the raising of living standards, and democratization. The day is not far off when we are going to have to deal in straight power concepts. The less we are hampered by idealistic slogans the better."

Some have claimed that Kennan was speaking as a foreign policy "realist," and arguing against an ideological anti-Communist crusade. That may be so, but his words are clear, as Noam Chomsky has pointed out. The US intends to keep for itself an unfair share of the world's resources. The main difference between the realists and the ideologues is one of tactics in pursuing this ignoble goal.

 

 

 

 

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Patriots, Traitors & Empires: Stephen Gowans

Airs at: Thu, 05/03/2018 at 9:30am - 10:00am
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  Per Fagereng welcomes author Stephen Gowans to discuss his new book Patriots, Traitors and Empires.  Call in to join the conversation, pledge your support during KBOO's Spring Membership Drive and receive a copy of the book. from Counterpunch: Patriots, Traitors & Empir... Read more

The New Cold War: Ray McGovern on KBOO

Airs at: Thu, 04/19/2018 at 9:30am - 10:00am
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  On this episode of Fight the Empire, Per is joined by veteran CIA Officer turned activist Ray McGovern.  They'll discuss Trump, Syria, Russia and the new Cold War. from Consortium News: Attacking Syria: Thumbing Noses at Constitution and Law The U.S. Constitution and i... Read more

Fight the Empire on 04/05/18

Airs at: Thu, 04/05/2018 at 9:30am - 10:00am
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King Killed 50 Years Ago

Airs at: Wed, 04/04/2018 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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  Fifty years ago Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis. William Pepper, a lawyer and peace activist, was a colleague and friend of King. He came to understand that government figures carried out the killing, and spent many years seeking the truth. Friday, Ma... Read more

Fight the Empire on 03/15/18

Airs at: Thu, 03/15/2018 at 9:30am - 10:00am
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Per v. Graham

Airs at: Thu, 03/01/2018 at 9:30am - 10:00am
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  Per dives back in to the seemingly endless Russia-gate plus he recounts his run in with the late Billy Graham. Read more

Against the looting of Africa: Patrick Bond

Airs at: Thu, 02/15/2018 at 9:30am - 10:00am
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  Fight the Empire's Per Fagereng welcomes Patrick Bond, professor of political economy at the University of the Witwatersrand Wits School of Governance. His research interests include political economy, environment, social policy, and geopolitics. Bond writes in The Chan... Read more

The FBI Hand Behind Russia-gate: Ray McGovern

Airs at: Thu, 01/18/2018 at 9:30am - 10:00am
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  In a new article posted on ConsortiumNews.com Ray McGovern writes: "Russia-gate is becoming FBI-gate, thanks to the official release of unguarded text messages between loose-lipped FBI counterintelligence official Peter Strzok and his garrulous girlfriend, FBI lawyer Lis... Read more

Fight the Empire on 01/04/18

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Fight the Empire on 12/21/17

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