A couple years ago, I was interviewed by a supposed “post-left” podcast that ridiculed my suggestion that anti-imperialism should be the priority issue of North American anarchists on the grounds that the US empire is the world’s leading mass murderer. At the same time, the hosts of the program were practically hysterical about the alleged “racism” of the National-Anarchist Movement. But nobody ever said common sense is a mandatory characteristic for anarchists. “Anarchists Against Common Sense” can be a tendency as well.
“NEVER FORGET that the man who exposed US war crimes and the slaughter of innocent people has been rotting in prison, tortured, denied a fair trial, and treated as a top-tier criminal for exposing top-tier bipartisan tyrants while a war-mongering media apparatus that goes on and on about the importance of journalism in the age of Trump barely bats their eyes.” -Carey Wedler
Two of the world’s shittiest countries realize they can become even bigger dickheads by joining forces.
Middle East Monitor
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Israel are working on a plan to establish a spy base in the Yemeni Island of Socotra, according to JForum, the official sites of the Jewish and French-speaking community. The two countries, which normalised relations earlier this month, have already undertaken steps to install a spy base on the island strategically located in the Arabian Sea some 350 kilometres south of Yemen.
Israel and the Emirates are making all logistical preparations to set up intelligence bases to collect information throughout the Gulf of Eden Bay from Bab Al-Mandab on the island of Socotra, in southern Yemen, which is under the control of the Emirates, reported JForum citing Yemeni sources. It was suggested that the co-operation to build a spy base was down to the two country’s normalisation of ties.
The way this writer describes how each century seems to give rise to a major empire which then expires during the following century is interesting. Since the rise of Western hegemony, it was Portugal, followed by Spain, then Holland, France, England, and now America.
This book is a must-read for anyone who is interested in anti-globalization movements. The most important political question in the 21st century is how do we fight globalization without erecting repeats of 20th-century tyrannies like Communism, Nazism, and Islamism, or merely creating an endless series of chaostic failed states like Syria, Libya, or Mexico. Available here.
So FOX is posing as the antiwar channel now? Except for when the beneficiaries are Israel and Saudi Arabia, of course.
The neocons’ Iranian MEK allies, an Islamo-Marxist cult, create fake journalists who publish opinion pieces calling for war with Iran.
By Paul Brian and Arthur Bloom
The American Conservative
There is at least one more foreign policy opinion writer from the Mujahideen-eKhalq (MEK) whose existence is dubious, based on a study by a social media analyst and statements from a defector from the group. Amir Basiri, who contributed to Forbes 9 times, the Washington Examiner 52 times, OpenDemocracy, Algemeiner, and The Hill once also appears to be a fabrication.
The MEK is an Iranian exile group for which John Bolton, Rudy Giuliani, and other foreign policy luminaries have given paid speeches. Dems like Joe Lieberman and Howard Dean have also spoken on their behalf. But the group has American blood on its hands, has been accused of practicing forced sterilization, and their belief system has been described as a mixture of Marxism and Islamism. Its supporters claim they, and their front group the National Council of Resistance of Iran, are a sort of government-in-exile, despite nearly nonexistent support for the group within Iran. They also have waged a substantial disinformation campaign in the Western press, in particular targeting conservative media.
A three-way fight is brewing in the Middle East and Central Asia.
By Seth J. Frantzman
Following the historic agreement between the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Israel, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited the region to ensure the stability of U.S. interests. In addition to the UAE, he visited Israel, Sudan, Bahrain and Oman. During the trip, the U.S. also criticized Turkey for hosting Hamas leaders, whom the U.S. and Israel view as terrorists. The U.S. message appears to be that a new alliance system is forming in the region, with the UAE and Israel at its core and Washington’s backing.
This may be part of a wider U.S. strategy to shore up allies in the Middle East and confront China and Russia in the long term.
This is more or less the map of indigenous Europe before the Romanization period. A problem with much contemporary anti-imperialist or post-colonialist thought is that it tends to limit its analysis to the early modern period and beyond, i.e. the “age of exploration” through the postwar period. However, the history of Western colonialism really starts with the Romans and begins in Europe and the Mediterranean.
“National-populism” is not going to be any more successful at rolling back the globalization of neoliberalism than throne and altar traditionalists were successful at rolling back classical liberalism, the industrial revolution, and the rise of modernity.
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.”
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.
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
The best thing about Trump is that he portrays the state as it ought to be portrayed. The mafia writ large. The overlords of the empire are concerned Trump is breaking kayfabe.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
By Jim Carey
Ankara (GPA) – In this final installment of the Geopolitics Alert series on Turkey we seek to tie the rest of the series together to make likely predictions for Erdogan’s future. This is the fifth and final installment of the Geopolitics Alert series on Turkey. You can find the previous installments below:
By Randi Nord
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.
This is an interesting take. Kim is pretty solid on international relations.
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.
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.
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.