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Don Kalb: War: New Times

focaal_admin , April 21st, 2022


It is now becoming overly clear that this cruel and unjustifiable war in and on Ukraine is not going to last ten days – as the strategists in…


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Chris Hann: The Agony of Ukraine

focaal_admin , March 11th, 2022


After nearly two weeks of violent conflict in Ukraine, it is increasingly difficult to stand back and see the bigger picture. The West has lined up behind the…


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Elizabeth Cullen Dunn: When Western Anti-Imperialism Supports Imperialism

focaal_admin , March 3rd, 2022


The invasion of Ukraine has been a shock not just to Eastern Europe, but to the post World War II international order.  While the fundamental tenets of postwar…


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Don Kalb: “Fuck Off” versus “Humiliation”: The Perverse Logic towards War in Europe’s East

focaal_admin , March 1st, 2022


Image 1: Czar Vladimir, by BakeNecko. I like the tone and the global historical perspective of David Harvey’s FocaalBlog article. Harvey’s socialist internationalism versus competitive nation-…


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Afghanistan und der Westen – eine nicht so eindeutige Beziehungsgeschichte

Maurus Reinkowski , January 30th, 2022


Der Westen ist in Afghanistan kläglich gescheitert. Seine vielen Interventionen, selbst noch die gutgemeinten, haben das Land verfehlt – und letztlich zerstört. Für die Bevölkerung und für die…


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Goodbye “American Greatness”

Maximilian C. Forte , April 29th, 2020


Part 3 of 5 of the COVID-19 Series. Indispensable. Here was the so-called “indispensable nation,” the self-appointed saviour of the world, with generations of its leaders and thinkers…


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Global Giants: American Empire and Transnational Capital

Maximilian C. Forte , November 28th, 2019


Review of Giants: The Global Power Elite by Peter Phillips (Introduction by William I. Robinson). New York: Seven Stories Press, 2018. LCCN 2018017493; ISBN 9781609808716 (pbk.); ISBN 9781609808723…


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The Kursk Disaster: Facts Sunk Beneath Waves of Drama

Maximilian C. Forte , March 5th, 2019


At the turn of the millennium a trilogy of disasters gained a high profile in the international media. First, in July of 2000 the fiery crash of Air…


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Review of 2018, Part 3 (July–September): The Trade War plus Cold War II

Maximilian C. Forte , December 22nd, 2018


JULY June was a month so heavily saturated with key turning point events, that it seemed like the longest month of the year—but then July came. Already, on…


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Book Review: Afghanistan Post–2014—Misreading Afghanistan’s Crypto-coloniality

M. Jamil Hanifi , September 28th, 2018


Review of: Afghanistan Post-2014: Power Configurations and Evolving Tragectories. Edited by Rajen Harshe’ and Dhananjay Tripathi. (New Delhi: Routledge), 2016, pp. xix+248. The colonial and postcoloni…


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The Helsinki Summit: Trying to Turn the Page on the New Cold War

Maximilian C. Forte , July 17th, 2018


Finally, on Monday, July 16, 2018, the Helsinki Summit bringing together Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump took place, despite shrill demands that it be…


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Trade War and the Nationalist Exchange: Trudeau Trails Trump

Maximilian C. Forte , June 1st, 2018


“These tariffs are totally unacceptable. For 150 years, Canada has been America’s most steadfast ally. Canadians have served alongside Americans in two world wars and in Korea. From…


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What Happened to the American Empire?

Maximilian C. Forte , January 11th, 2018


Has anything out of the ordinary happened to the US as an imperialist power since the ascent of Trump to office? While the continuities between Trump and his…


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Donald Trump, Empire, and Globalization: A Reassessment

Maximilian C. Forte , May 8th, 2017


“Hey, I’m a nationalist and a globalist,” Donald Trump recently declared, “I’m both”. The only way in which the two (seemingly contradictory) positions can be reconciled is by…


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Haunted by Gaddafi

Maximilian C. Forte , October 22nd, 2016


One thing I did not predict is that, even five years later, what happened to Libya and to Muammar Gaddafi would still cast a long shadow across the…


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Donald Trump and Empire: An Assessment

Maximilian C. Forte , October 7th, 2016


“There is something unseemly about a nation conducting a foreign policy that involves it in the affairs of most of the nations of the world while its own…


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The World Changed Overnight

Maximilian Forte , June 24th, 2016


The European Union is now to be written as a postscript. Thanks to British voters, who were given an extremely rare chance to have a say on one…


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Did the Belgian Authorities Purposely Trigger the Brussels Attacks?

Maximilian Forte , March 24th, 2016


Among the dense clouds of speculation from mainstream journalists and the many supposed national security experts whose expertise lies in repeating nothing (“I have been briefed, but I…


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Crisis, ISIS, Synthesis: Where is Libya Going?

Maximilian Forte , February 24th, 2016


Just as the pace of subjecting Libya to a new phase of international discipline quickens, the elites of the small club of recolonizing powers that nominate themselves “the…


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The Shape of Things to Come in Libya (Part 1 of 2)

Maximilian Forte , February 14th, 2016


There is another rush to war in Libya. Driven by US public alarmism over ISIS, and fronted by Italy, we are now being told by the Italian Defence…


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Encircling Empire: Report #26 — Reviewing Force Multipliers

Maximilian Forte , December 1st, 2015


This and previous issues have been archived on a dedicated site—please see: ENCIRCLING EMPIRE. For frequent updates, please “like” our Facebook page and/or follow on Twitter. Over the…


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Empire’s “Mimic Men”

Maximilian Forte , October 24th, 2015


Imperialism by Invitation or Imitation? US efforts in remaking the international system according to an image reflecting the US are not usually in complete vain since the track…


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Instrumental Partners: An Imperial Science of Agency

Maximilian Forte , October 16th, 2015


For an empire whose imperialism is still denied by many, a striking number of terms and concepts have been generated by US leaders that nonetheless are premised on…


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(New Book) Force Multipliers: The Instrumentalities of Imperialism

Maximilian Forte , October 12th, 2015


From ALERT PRESS: Click here to order a printed copy, or, Click here for the free e-book (pdf) Friends and allies, partners and protégés, extensions and proxies—the vocabulary…


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