Author Archives: Robert Barsocchini

American Rape of Vietnamese Women was “Considered Standard Operating Procedure”

Comparing testimony from Vietnamese women and American soldiers, Gina Marie Weaver, in her book Ideologies of Forgetting: Rape in The Vietnam War, finds that rape of Vietnamese women by American troops during the US invasion of Vietnam was a “widespread”, … Continue reading

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Empire Files: From 1776 to Trump

I had mentioned Gerald Horne to Abby Martin as a person to interview for her show, so I am glad to see him in this episode of Empire Files, posted here with Martin’s permission:

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Empire Files: Human Rights Hypocrisy – Colombia vs. Venezuela

‘Colombia and Venezuela: neighboring countries that receive extremely different treatment by the US Empire and the mass media. While Colombia is known for one of the worst human rights records in the world, it remains a top recipient of US … Continue reading

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Truman put Nukes in Guam and Gave the Order to Nuke North Korea

In 1951, the US placed nuclear weapons in Guam, and Truman gave the order to use them on North Korea. That order was not sent – literally, by accident. The reason: Truman was in the process of removing General MacArthur … Continue reading

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Key Myths and Facts about the Atomic Bombings of Japan

In 1945, US president Harry Truman (who had dictatorial control over the atomic bomb) and his advisor James Byrnes intentionally prolonged the US war with Japan until, and apparently so that, they could target Japanese civilians, without warning, with atomic bombs. The bombings … Continue reading

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Tracing Potential US View of ISIS as Strategic Asset

Gelhorn prize winner Gareth Porter notes this week that in 2008, after the US had destroyed Iraq, killing hundreds of thousands of people and sending millions fleeing, George W. Bush wanted to establish indefinite military occupation of the country.  But … Continue reading

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Trump Pushing for More Weapons Shipments to Saudi Dictator

Donald Trump is pushing for billions more in heavy weapons shipments to Saudi dictator Salman Abdulaziz. According to leaked US docs, the Saudi dictatorship, a totalitarian theocratic monarchy which exports the extremist Sunni Wahabbi ideology of Al Qaeda and ISIS … Continue reading

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Endless Atrocities: The US Role in Creating the North Korean Fortress-State

Paul Atwood, a Senior Lecturer in American Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston, provides a concise summary of the history that informs North Korea’s “relations with the United States” and “drives its determination never to submit to any American … Continue reading

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As Yemen Humanitarian Crisis Fueled by US-Assisted Food Blockade Worsens, Al Qaeda in Yemen Grows Stronger

Shortly after Donald Trump’s unauthorized rocket-attack on Syria in early April, which Trump said he carried out to avenge the deaths of ‘beautiful babies’ killed in an unattributed chemical attack*, Gelhorn prize-winning journalist Gareth Porter noted that Trump, following Obama … Continue reading

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History Lesson awaits Trump if he Attacks North Korea: Analysts

Korea specialist Professor Bruce Cumings notes North Korea became a national security fortress-state as a result of “the holocaust the North experienced during the Korean War”.  After the ‘Communist’ label and racial epithets were applied to dehumanize the populace, the … Continue reading

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Addendum to Dr. Theodore Postol’s Assessment of the White House Report on Syria Chemical Attack

Addendum to A Quick Turnaround Assessment of the White House Intelligence Report Issued on April 11, 2017 About the Nerve Agent Attack in Khan Shaykhun, Syria Theodore A. Postol Professor Emeritus of Science, Technology, and National Security Policy at the … Continue reading

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MIT Rocket Scientist: White House Claims on Syria Chemical Attack “Cannot Be True”

One of the world’s leading rocket scientists, national security advisor and MIT Professor Theodore Postol, who has won awards for debunking claims about missile defense systems and has been a scientific adviser to the US Chief of Naval Operations, says … Continue reading

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Yemen Humanitarian Crisis Worse than Syria; with US Assistance, Saudi Starving Yemen: Porter

Gelhorn Prize-winning journalist Gareth Porter: By February 2016, the humanitarian crisis in Yemen as a result of the Saudi blockade was already worse than Syria’s. The UN Security Council had a series of meetings about humanitarian access in both Syria … Continue reading

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[Fake] Breaking News: Citing ‘Humanitarian Concern’, Putin Strikes Child-Killing US-Allies Saudi Arabia and Israel

Upon observing the jubilation in US elite circles over Trump’s illegal bombing of Syrian military equipment (reportedly also killing several civilians) in response to an as-yet unattributed chemical weapons attack (a similar 2013 attacked was initially blamed on Assad by … Continue reading

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US Public Directed to Condemn Chemical Attacks and Election Interference – Unless Carried Out by US or Collaborators

Dr. Noam Chomsky, a scholar who taught classes on US foreign policy at MIT and whom International Business Times notes is “one of the world’s most eminent academics and political commentators”, gave a more than one hour-long interview this week … Continue reading

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US Selectively Invokes Liberal Virtues to Serve War Propaganda: Bashar Assad Today; Bertrand Russell in 1922

Interviewer: “All sides in this war have been accused of civilian casualties, but Western media has been almost completely silent about the atrocities committed by the rebels” [who, according to internal US government analysis, operate predominantly under the umbrellas of … Continue reading

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Largest Hunger Crisis since Creation of UN Underway as US Hoards Food to Feed Harmful Addiction

The UN notes the world is “facing the largest humanitarian crisis since the creation of the UN … more than 20 million people across four countries face starvation and famine. Without collective and coordinated global efforts, people will simply starve … Continue reading

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Murky Picture of Death Figures begins to Emerge from US/Iraqi Mosul Siege

A prominent Iraqi Sunni politician, Khamis Khanjar, who is in touch with civilians on the ground in the ISIS stronghold of Mosul, which is being bombarded by US airstrikes and US-trained Iraqi ground forces, told Washington this week that …a … Continue reading

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UN Commission: States have a “Duty Not to Aid or Assist” Israeli “Apartheid Regime”

A UN commission has found “overwhelming evidence” that Israel is an “apartheid regime” which uses force and violence to “oppresses” and “dominate” the Palestinian people as a whole for purposes of “racial” and “demographic engineering”.  (Likewise, in 2009, “a comprehensive … Continue reading

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Oxford Study: The More Plants and Fewer Animal Products we Consume, the Greater the Health, Economic, and Emissions Benefits

Health benefits: Moving to diets with fewer animal-sourced foods would have major health benefits (Fig. 1A). Compared with the reference scenario, we project that adoption of global dietary guidelines (HGD) would result in 5.1 million avoided deaths per year [95% … Continue reading

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This May be the Most Dangerous Point Ever in US-Russian Relations: Cohen

Professor Emeritus of Russian Studies at Princeton, Stephen Cohen, this week in The Nation, dissects the six “factually unverified allegations” that supposedly prove “Trump has been seditiously ‘compromised’ by the Kremlin” and that Trump and Putin worked together to steal … Continue reading

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US Gov Egg Promotion Board in Private Emails: Eggs are Unhealthy, Unsafe

If egg companies want to receive subsidies from a US government agency that was created to “increase demand for egg and egg products on behalf of U.S. egg producers”, companies can’t say eggs are healthy, healthful, nutritious, contribute nutritionally, are … Continue reading

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Nationalist Propaganda has Many Progressives Demonizing ‘The Russians’

Neocon and neoliberal war propaganda, as exhibited in the Washington Post, New York Times, etc., “has turned much of the liberal/progressive community” in the US “into a pro-New Cold War constituency willing to engage in a new breed of McCarthyism”, … Continue reading

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Carter Helped Argentine Satellite Dictator Drown Thousands of Dissidents: New Docs

Newly declassified documents pertaining to ‘Operation Condor‘, a deadly crackdown on pro-democracy sentiment in US satellites in Latin America, reveal that the government of Jimmy Carter provided assistance to the US proxy dictator in Argentina that helped him drown thousands … Continue reading

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1943 Gov’t Film Offers Sharp Contrast with Current US Elite Attitude toward Russia

The film The Battle of Russia, produced in 1943 by the US War Department (which was renamed the Defense Department in 1949), illustrates a respectful and favorable US elite view of Russian history, the Soviet/Russian people, and Stalin for defeating … Continue reading

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NYT, WaPo Fake News Still Bringing Real Guns to Iraq, Killing Thousands

Fake news propagated by the US government and collaborating organizations such as the New York Times and Washington Post helped create an environment in which the US was able to illegally invade Iraq in 2003, killing at least one million … Continue reading

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Are US Corporate-Media Businesses ‘Independent’?

Professor Noam Chomsky is one of the most cited scholars in history.  His work continues to be prominently taught in classes at top US universities like Yale.  He teaches classes on US government at MIT, and has written some 100 … Continue reading

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US Forces Caught Lying about Blasting Civilians with Fire-Hose in Below-Freezing Weather to Protect Dakota Pipeline

US domestic forces using both lethal and pain-inducing weaponry to guard the expansion of the Dakota access oil pipeline denied to NBC the use of fire-hoses (The Guardian has called them ‘water cannons’) against civilians last night.  However, many live-streams … Continue reading

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On the Knife-Edge of Western Globalization: A Stint at Standing Rock

Armed men in jackboots, some masked and toting assault rifles, stand mockingly, defiantly, heavily on the mound of graves – a sacred indigenous burial ground.  A site non-natives can understand as similar to Arlington National Cemetery.  How US nationalists would … Continue reading

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Help Send Washington’s Blog to Standing Rock

Journalist colleague Sha Hebert and I will be heading to the North Dakota water-protector camps tomorrow from Portland, OR. We are going out of pocket for all expenses and bringing humanitarian supplies. If you would like to help cover costs … Continue reading

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US Gov Releases ‘Surprisingly Honest’ Ad for Dakota Access Pipeline

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Taking Personal Responsibility for Our Health: Introduction to Evidence-Based Nutrition

Why should we care about making diet choices based on peer-reviewed scientific evidence?  Because diet appears to be the number one cause of death and disability in the US… Physician and New York Times bestselling author, Michael Greger, “scours the … Continue reading

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US Citizens Can’t Sue Saudis for Perpetrating 9/11, but Can Sue Iranians Who Had Nothing to Do With It: Obama

Update to the situation covered in the below video report by Washington’s Blog: Since the video was made, the House and Senate have unanimously passed an act that could make it possible for US 9/11 victims to sue Saudis for … Continue reading

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Historian Gerald Horne talks to Washington’s Blog about the Reaction to Kaepernick and why No One Should Stand for the Current US National Anthem

As Colin Kaepernick’s choice to remain seated for the US national anthem continues to highlight and provoke conversation about racism and oppression in the country, I asked attorney and Professor of African American studies at the University of Houston, Dr. … Continue reading

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Black Movements in US must Work with Int’l Allies to Fight Oppression at Home: Prof. Horne

In the below interview, attorney and history professor Gerald Horne stresses that it is important for black (and other) anti-oppression movements in the US to make use of international allies to put pressure on an angry white majority culture that … Continue reading

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Easy Way to Boost Testosterone

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Progressive Leader Norman Solomon Slithers Into Bed With Neocon Leader Robert Kagan

by John V. Walsh Norman Solomon betwixt the political sheets with Robert Kagan?  How could that be?  Has our political world turned upside down? Driving south to Mountain View in my new home state of California, I tuned into KPFA, … Continue reading

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UN: Root of US Police Terror is ‘Lack of Accountability for Perpetrators’

Philando Castile, shot to death this week by a police officer. US police kill approximately 1,000 people per year according to Federal statistics, disproportionately targeting African and Native Americans and other minority groups.  The UN expert panel on people of … Continue reading

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Chomsky on Noble Intentions, Self-Deception, and Relation to Acts of State Terror like Iraq Invasion

Clip from Chomsky interview with Professor of Anthropology and Biological Sciences at Rutgers, Robert Trivers. Full interview. We may also draw analogies between liberal-intellectual rationalizations for mass murder by state and those given by executives at companies pushing and selling … Continue reading

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As US Controlled NATO Meets: U.S. War on Russia and China Will Mean Ruin for the Whole of Europe and Asia

by John V. Walsh What we shouldn’t do now is inflame the situation further through sabre-rattling and warmongering. .. Whoever believes that a symbolic tank parade on the alliance’s eastern border will bring security is mistaken. .. We are well-advised … Continue reading

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July 4th reflections from a man who may have experienced the US more fully than anyone in its history

Frederick Douglass, one of the most brilliant minds in history, had many praises for the US and its founders. However, he experienced the nation more fully than any of them, beginning his life a victim of the totalitarian fascism they … Continue reading

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Corporate Government Complicity with Big Tobacco

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US Eugenics, Enslavement, and Neoliberalism in Puerto Rico

Republished with permission.

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#ReasonsForBrexit

Businessman Graham Vanbergen points out: Corporate interests now have a disproportionality high level of political influence on a truly global scale. A good example would be Cecilia Malmstrom, the lead EU Trade Commissioner of the TTIP negotiations between Europe and … Continue reading

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Amnesty International: “Slavery Still Reigns in US Prisons”

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Pictures of Major Cities Before and After US Aggression, Proxy War

US foreign policy is intended to ‘help’ people like US slavery was intended to ‘help’ Africans (which US slave-drivers said it was). (via Jeblary Bushton, @Jeblary2016)

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Russian-Americans Warn Nuclear War Will Leave Millions of Americans Dead. Which Candidate Most Likely to Deescalate?

A group of Russian-American political analysts have issued a detailed warning to US citizens.  They note that allowing the regime in Washington to attack or provoke Russia might leave the US in ruins and tens or hundreds of millions of … Continue reading

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Obama Violates Nuclear Treaties while Iran Upholds Them

The IAEA issued a new report reconfirming that Iran is “complying with the P5+1 nuclear deal, and that Iran’s stockpiles have all remained below the limits set forth in the deal.” The ‘deal’ has been selectively imposed, mainly by the … Continue reading

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Father of Western Economics Took ‘Most of his Best Ideas’ from Sharia Law

Transcript with references:  In the West, Adam Smith is considered to be the ‘father of economics’.  He is ‘revered’ both by Western academics and in Western popular culture and government, particularly within the ‘citadel of the international right wing’, Washington, … Continue reading

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Top Russian Judge: US ‘Exceptionalism’ Rhetoric is Hitlerian

Russian Constitutional Court Chairman Valery Zorkin pointed out that US exceptionalism rhetoric is the same as rhetoric used by the Nazis, and that it also exemplifies Orwell’s observation that certain people and groups proclaim themselves to be ‘more equal’ than others.  Zorkin noted … Continue reading

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