America’s Secret War On Black Anarchism in Somalia Reply

By Nicky Reid aka Comrade Hermit

Exile in Happy Valley

“All power is truly in the hands of the people, and in the end the people will win.”

-Kuwasi Balagoon

With November rapidly approaching and a Biden victory appearing more and more plausible, Donald Trump, our petulant man-child in chief, looks to have chosen the Culture War as his Alamo, forgoing his previously hip harangues against those plague spewing Chinese communists for more homegrown boogeymen. It’s now Chicago, not Beijing, that offers the true threat to American exceptionalism, and two time honored tropes of American conservative bigotry in particular have been dusted off to frighten elderly white suburbanites to their diseased polling places, the Blacks and the Anarchists. To hear Trump and company tell the tale, our Democratically run cities are being burned to the ground by a motley crew of nappy-headed Willie Hortons and their lawless Antifa-fied honky allies, and for once, the GOP has set their sites on a legit threat to their morally bankrupt way of life.

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Americanization: The Spread of a Dangerous Plague Reply

One thing that I have endeavored to point out to American “radicals” is that the US government is not merely the government of the 50 states but the government of most, if not all, of the world. The US directly or indirectly controls the internal politics of the majority of the world’s nations through bribery, economic hegemony, trade dominance, military occupation, military bases, manipulating elections, manipulating the press in other countries, funding political parties, candidates, or entire states, controlling science and technology on a global scale, the global pervasiveness of the US media, arming terrorists and insurgents, and providing weapons to client states and proxy armies.

Even major Eastern powers like Russia, China, India, Pakistan, and North Korea, or Middle Eastern rogue states like Iran and Syria, are largely subordinated to the USA through their submergence in the wider global capitalist empire in which the US ruling class is the senior party. That these states either have nuclear weapons or are supported by nuclear-armed nations makes them less vulnerable to outright invasion a la Iraq. But they are still subordinated to the global superclass through which the US power elite exercises hegemony.

By Troy Southgate

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Trump’s REAL Foreign Policy Target Reply

By far, the worst things about Trump are his total subservience to Israel and Saudi Arabia, along with his Iranophobia and Sinophobia. Trump seems to be aligned with a neo-realist faction of the ruling class, deep state, and power elite that regards China as the primary enemy as opposed to the neocon and neoliberals who regard Russia as the main enemy. Kim’s analysis in this is pretty good, although she needs to pay more attention to the role of Israel in the US-Iran conflict.

What happens if Kim Jong Un is dead? Explaining North Korea’s succession plan Reply

Hopefully, the DPRK will follow China, Vietnam, Laos, and to some degree Cuba, and adopt the New Economic Policy model of development that Lenin pursued in his later years.

By Armit Chaturvedi

Hindustan Times

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s disappearance from public life in recent months led to speculation about his health. And the fear for the worst gained credence after reports surfaced that he has handed over some power to his sister Kim Yo Jong.

Kim underwent a surgery earlier this year after which his health has been declining. And unlike other democratic countries, the Hermit Kingdom doesn’t have a succession plan in place. It is being ruled by Kim’s family since 1948; the 36-year-old became the supreme leader in 2011.

So what happens if Kim dies?

Kim’s grandfather Kim Il Sung started the Mount Paektu bloodline in the country in 1948. After his ascension to power, a cult of personality developed around him which was later passed on to his successors: Son Kim Jong Il and grandson Kim Jong Un in 2011.

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North Korea’s Kim Jong Un in coma, sister Kim Yo-jong to take over: Reports 1

Will Yo-Jong be the Gorbachev or at least the Deng of the DPRK, or will she be a North Korean Hillary or Kamala?

By Kanishka Sarker

Hindustan Times

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is reportedly in a coma and his sister Kim Yo-jong will be exercising de facto control over national and international matters, several media outlets said quoting a former aide of South Korea’s late president Kim Dae-jung.

Chang Song-min, who served Kim Dae-jung as a political affairs secretary and as head of the state affairs monitoring office, reportedly claimed in a social media post that no North Korean leader would entrust any of his authority to another person unless he was too sick to rule or was removed through a coup.

“I assess him (Kim Jong Un) to be in a coma, but his life has not ended,” he was quoted as saying by The Korea Herald. “A complete succession structure has not been formed, so Kim Yo-jong is being brought to the fore as the vacuum cannot be maintained for a prolonged period,” he added.

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David Graeber on Trump: Racist, But Anti-Imperialist Reply

David Graeber, a leading left-anarchist academic, has an interesting take on Trump. Read the Twitter thread here.

He is a pure opportunist but sincere in two ways: 1.he is genuinely and sincerely racist; 2. He is genuinely and sincerely anti-imperialist at least in the US empire’s current form.

On Trump’s anti-imperialism:

I was thinking of writing about how Trump tried to dismantle the US empire and basically failed. He’s a fascist but the only good thing about him was he did want to dismantle the post-45 treasury-bond – treaty system – US bases nexus, he was unable to do so.

He tried all sorts of things, ranging from pulling US troops out of Korea & Afghanistan (his aides blocked him), undermining NATO, encouraging a move away from the dollar as US reserve currency, destaffing the State Dept… but it didn’t work, yeah.

We must learn to distinguish moral turpitude, violence, militarist tendencies, and “imperialism/empire” which is a specific shake-down structure of domination and extraction.

I think starting wars is different than imperialism. Minor powers start wars too. He’s trying to dismantle the institutional system that’s existed since the ’40s which guarantees the US a unique hegemonic role.

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Trump Viciously Attacks Ilhan Omar & “Left Wing Fascists” 3

There are certainly metaphorical “fascists” on the Left but llhan isn’t one of them. I do wonder what her connections to the Muslim Brotherhood might be, although some in the movement for solidarity with Palestine feel she is actually too Zionist.  Either way, she is an important critic of US imperialism, and her confrontation with Elliot Abrams (son-in-law of neocon godfather Norman Podoretz) was priceless.

The UAE-Israel Deal is a US Strategy to Isolate Iran, Pro-Palestinians Reply

By Randi Nord

Geopolitics Alert

Abu Dhabi (GPA) – The United Arab Emirates and Israel signed what President Trump called a “breakthrough” comprehensive diplomatic agreement last week. Abu Dhabi has whitewashed the deal as a net positive for Palestinians. A deeper look, however, shows that the agreement is another move in Washington’s strategy to isolate Iran.

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Palestinians slam ‘traitor’ UAE for normalising ties with Israel Reply

The good news is that Dubai is an interesting smart city project that will make for an interesting municipal anarchist startup society once the present UAE ruling class and the regime are overthrown.

Ibrahim Husseini

Al Jazeera

Occupied East Jerusalem – The United Arab Emirates (UAE) decision to normalise ties with Israel did not surprise Saeed Ibrahim, an 83-year-old Palestinian living in East Jerusalem. For Ibrahim, it was just the latest betrayal of the Palestinian cause by Arab states.

“It all began with Anwar Sadat’s visit to al-Quds. It is Egypt who opened the door,” he said, referring to the former Egyptian president’s visit to Israel in 1977.

“Before that, no one dared to say peace with Israel.”

Sadat’s visit, the first by an Arab leader to Israel, resulted in normalising of ties between Cairo and Israel. Jordan followed decades later, signing a peace treaty and establishing diplomatic relations in 1994.

The rest of the Arab states held out. That is, until now.

For years, Palestinians have known about the existence of relations, albeit discreet, between the UAE and Israel. Still, they did not see an announcement of formal ties between the two countries coming this soon.

The move is just the latest blow to the Palestinian cause by the United States since Donald Trump took office in 2016. It comes on the back of a US decision in 2017 to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and the unveiling of this year’s so-called “Middle East Peace Plan” that resulted in Israel declaring plans to annex large parts of the occupied West Bank.

That the UAE-Israel agreement temporarily holds Israel off from declaring sovereignty over its illegal settlements in the West Bank – from a Palestinian perspective – is little justification for the rapprochement.

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Cheney: Sanders, AOC and Biden are advocating the quick sand of socialism Reply

This is interesting even if it’s pathetically tragic. The neocons have the Democratic Party under their control, which they can use to advance liberal imperialism on a general level through the wider set of institutions that comprise the global capitalist empire (UN, NATO, IMF, World Bank, WTO, G20, etc) while retaining control of the Republicans as the Likud, Wahhabi, Gulf State, petrodollar, and defense contractor wing of the US foreign policy establishment in order to ensure these interests get special recognition.

Trump has abandoned whatever maverick pretensions he ever had and has now become a full neocon puppet as well as evidenced by the FAUX News infomercial that constitutes his campaign.

DNC ROLLS OUT Neocons To Beat Election Drum For Biden Reply

The neocon Democratic Party recolonization effort is now complete. The neocons are now fully in control of both parties (if they weren’t before). They even trotted out George W. Bush’s own Tarik Aziz in the person of Colin Powell.

The role of the Democrats is advance a hawkish Wilsonian liberal internationalism in order to effectively maintain the empire, with the role of the Republicans to always be shouting, “More Zionism, please!” (like the Christopher Walken character shouting “More cowbell” in the famous SNL skit).

The Rise and Decline of the State Reply

This book explains how traditional nation-states that have their roots in the Treaty of Westphalia and came into full fruition in the 19th era of classical liberal are largely being absorbed into a transnational framework in which other institutions assume a hegemonic position. The “populist-nationalist” movements that have developed in response to globalization demonstrate many weaknesses but the main weakness is their orientation toward traditional nation-state nationalism (“civic nationalism” as its commonly called). Civic nationalism is merely the social democracy of the Right. Nearly all opponents fo the global technocratic managerial capitalist empire regrettably tend to rely on outmoded forms of 19th and 20th-century forms of social organization (nation-states, welfare states, labor unions, classical bourgeois capitalism, organized religion, “constitutionalism”) as some kind of antidote to the empire. Nope.

The Rise and Decline of the State: Creveld, Martin Van ...

The thesis is that the nation-state as we’ve known it is a modern invention and a thorough failure, ever more costly and intrusive and unworkable. It is in the process of being supplanted by other institutions less formal and hence more functional to serve the member’s goals.

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How the Empire Actually Works Reply

This book is not perfect by any means, but it’s the best academic work for explaining how the global capitalist empire actually works. It is important for radicals to avoid both the anti-Eastern propaganda perpetrated by Western elites, and the view that the East is somehow an alternative to the Empire as opposed to merely a subordinate faction within the Empire.

Imperialism as we knew it may be no more, but Empire is alive and well. It is, as Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri demonstrate in this bold work, the new political order of globalization. It is easy to recognize the contemporary economic, cultural, and legal transformations taking place across the globe but difficult to understand them. Hardt and Negri contend that they should be seen in line with our historical understanding of Empire as a universal order that accepts no boundaries or limits. Their book shows how this emerging Empire is fundamentally different from the imperialism of European dominance and capitalist expansion in previous eras. Rather, today’s Empire draws on elements of U.S. constitutionalism, with its tradition of hybrid identities and expanding frontiers.

Empire identifies a radical shift in concepts that form the philosophical basis of modern politics, concepts such as sovereignty, nation, and people. Hardt and Negri link this philosophical transformation to cultural and economic changes in postmodern society—to new forms of racism, new conceptions of identity and difference, new networks of communication and control, and new paths of migration. They also show how the power of transnational corporations and the increasing predominance of postindustrial forms of labor and production help to define the new imperial global order.

More than analysis, Empire is also an unabashedly utopian work of political philosophy, a new Communist Manifesto. Looking beyond the regimes of exploitation and control that characterize today’s world order, it seeks an alternative political paradigm—the basis for a truly democratic global society.

U.S. Wars and Hostile Actions: A List Reply

The most powerful state in the world is also the most violent and dangerous (big picture-wise). Gee, who would’ve thought? It’s not necessary to mislabel American power elites as fascists, communists, or any other cultic ideology that came out of the 19th and 20th centuries. The USA simply practices statism, colonialism, imperialism, expansionism, expropriation, and international gangsterism of the kind that states have been practicing since antiquity, whether the leadership is called “Democrats,” “Republicans,” “Emperors,” or “Pharaohs.”

By David Swanson

There is a reason that most countries polled in December 2013 by Gallup called the United States the greatest threat to peace in the world, and why Pew found that viewpoint increased in 2017.

But it is a reason that eludes that strain of U.S. academia that first defines war as something that nations and groups other than the United States do, and then concludes that war has nearly vanished from the earth.

Since World War II, during a supposed golden age of peace, the United States military has killed or helped kill some 20 million people, overthrown at least 36 governments, interfered in at least 85 foreign elections, attempted to assassinate over 50 foreign leaders, and dropped bombs on people in over 30 countries. The United States is responsible for the deaths of 5 million people in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia, and over 1 million just since 2003 in Iraq.

Since 2001, the United States has been systematically destroying a region of the globe, bombing Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Libya, Somalia, Yemen, and Syria, not to mention the Philippines. The United States has “special forces” operating in two-thirds of the world’s countries and non-special forces in three-quarters of them.

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‘They never went away’: reclaiming Indigenous names from a colonial past – a photo essay Reply

The true test of whether an individual, movement, ideology, organization, or government is authentically anti-imperialist is their stance on indigenous peoples’ rights. Virtually every regime in the world, even the most liberal ones, have awful histories and policies on indigenous peoples’ issues.

By Annette Ruzicka

The Guardian

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Belarus – A U.S. Sponsored Color Revolution Is Underway Reply

I’m sure most ATS readers are sophisticated enough to understand that legitimate popular rebellions against authoritarian regimes can take place, only to be turned into so-called “color-coded revolutions” hijacked by the imperial overlords and bent toward the overlords’ own purposes. This has happened in countries all over the world and now, in 2020, in the USA itself.

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The Rise of Anarcho-Neoconservatism? Reply

It’s definitely interesting how the anarchist sector of the US far-left seems to be drifting towards an implicitly “pro-American” view of international relations in a way that overlaps with those of neocons and neoliberals, while the Marxist sector has drifted toward “pro-Eastern” views that ironically overlaps with the far-right.

Now, we have left-anarchists like Alexander Reid-Ross taking the same “the antiwar movement is a tool of the Kremlin” line that imperialist hawks took in the Cold War period. A while back Goofy Gillis remarked that the actual global capitalist empire is really just a secondary consideration when what really matters is the war against fascists and Islamists, pretty much the same positions as the National Review/SPLC axis.

Just as many 1930s Communists eventually became neocons, and just as many New Left radicals from the 1960s eventually became neoliberals (who are basically left-neocons on international relations), look for many of today’s “anarchists” and Antifa to move in a similar direction. They already are.

An attempt to create “far left to neocon” pipeline? Reply

This is an image from Alexander Reid-Ross’ website that purports to demonstrate how Russia (supposedly the epicenter of world fascism) manipulates and puppet masters the Western media. Notice how the journalistic outlets that are supposedly the purest in terms of being free from supposed Russian influence are neocon and MSNBC liberal platforms, with the implicit message being how these are the “trustworthy” media outlets.  Is Alexander trying to create a far-left to neocon pipeline? It’s also interesting how this mirrors neo-Nazi claims about Jewish domination media. The Protocols of the Learned Elders of the Kremlin?