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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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Airs at: Thu, 11/01/2018 at 9:30am - 10:00am
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  Pepe Escobar writes in a Special to Consortium News: "It’s darkness at the break of (tropical) high noon. Jean Baudrillard once defined Brazil as “the chlorophyll of our planet”. And yet a land vastly associated worldwide with the soft power of creative joie de vivre ha... Read more

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Airs at: Thu, 10/18/2018 at 9:30am - 10:00am
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  Per Fagereng welcome journalist Daniel Lazare to discuss his latest article in Consotium News: Reports are growing that Muhammad bin Salman, Saudi Arabia’s hyperactive crown prince, is losing his grip. His economic reform program has stalled since his father, King Salma... Read more

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Airs at: Thu, 10/04/2018 at 9:30am - 10:00am
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Airs at: Thu, 09/20/2018 at 9:30am - 10:00am
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Airs at: Thu, 09/06/2018 at 9:30am - 10:00am
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Airs at: Thu, 08/16/2018 at 9:30am - 10:00am
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Clinging to Collusion: Joe Lauria

Airs at: Thu, 08/02/2018 at 9:30am - 10:00am
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  Per welcomes journalist Joe Lauria from ConsortiumNews.com where he wrote: "Charges against 12 Russian intelligence agents for allegedly hacking emails from the Democratic Party during the 2016 presidential election were announced by the U.S. Justice Department on Friday... Read more

Russia-Phobia

Airs at: Thu, 07/19/2018 at 9:30am - 10:00am
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  "Charges against 12 Russian intelligence agents for allegedly hacking emails from the Democratic Party during the 2016 presidential election were announced by the U.S. Justice Department on Friday at the very moment President Donald Trump was meeting Queen Elizabeth II a... Read more

Sergei and Yulia Skripal

Airs at: Thu, 07/05/2018 at 9:30am - 10:00am
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  Two months ago the UK government sent D Notices to the media “requesting” that they say nothing about the case. But a blogger named Rob Slane has published an analysis that seems to explain more than the official account. Meanwhile Sergei and Yulia are incommunicado, pe... Read more

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Airs at: Thu, 06/21/2018 at 9:30am - 10:00am
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  Per Fagereng is joined by Professor Michael T. Klare to discuss his recent article in Truthout about the US military's newly named Indo-Pacific Command.  Call (503) 231-8187 to join the conversation.  from Truthout.org On May 30th, Secretary of Defense James Mattis anno... Read more