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It’s Not Dark Yet, But It’s Gettin’ There

"Don’t even hear the murmur of a prayer…." — Brother Bob Illness and other aggravations have hindered the blogivating of late, so below are some choice items from other quarters that are well worth your attention. The Children’s Crusade Andy Worthington tells the truly horrendous story of Omar Khadr, who was taken captive as a child by U.S. forces in Afghanistan and has now spent eight years in the lower depths of the American gulag. He is now being "tried" in the kangaroo "tribunals" of the Bush-Obama Continuum, under arbitrarily concocted, illogical "laws" whose cruel absurdity would shame a Stalinist

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The Revenant: Brief Glimpses of Empire’s Reality

I. The Ghost Who Walks Last week, the reappearance of a figure from the recent past briefly stirred the amnesiac fog that enfolds the brutal reality of the American empire. Former Panamanian ruler Manuel Noriega was taken from the American prison which has been his home for the past 21 years and flown to Paris, where he is to stand trial for decades-old drug-trafficking charges. The extradition was itself illegal. Noriega, who was captured after the illegal American invasion of his country in 1989, was classed by the United States as a "prisoner of war." In fact, he is the

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Love and Strife: Don’t Spill A Drop

Listen now to a further point: no mortal thing Has a beginning, nor does it end in death and obliteration; There is only a mixing and then a separating of what was mixed, But by mortal men these processes are named ‘beginnings.’ — Empedocles *** "Dream delivers us to dream, and there is no end to illusion. Life is a train of moods like a string of beads, and as we pass through them they prove to be many-coloured lenses which paint the world their own hue, and each shows only what lies in its focus." — R.W. Emerson ***

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Waste Management: Congress Pushes Surge in Ongoing War Against Iran

There was a striking story in the papers on Friday: “Congress OKs Surge in Undeclared War against Iran!” Well, that wasn’t exactly the headline – but it was the truth behind the reports about the vote in the House of Representatives to tighten the ligature of sanctions around the neck of Iran, as reports. In accordance with the “diplomacy” of the Peace Laureate in the Oval Office, the House wants to “cripple” the Iranian economy by starving the human beings who live there of gasoline and other vital goods necessary to maintain a modicum of ordinary life. In other

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Monster’s Ball: Drawing Back the Veil on the ‘Death State’

Arthur Silber is back, with piercing insights that rip the veil which even self-proclaimed dissenters still draw across the blood-soaked reality of what Silber aptly calls the “Death State” that has long “wrapped the world in flames” (to quote the preferred method of resolving diplomatic conflicts famously voiced by Abe Lincoln’s secretary of state) from its mephitic base on the Potomac. As always with Silber, you must read the whole piece (and follow the links) to get the full force of the argument, which is nuanced, multifarious and deeply considered, but here is just the briefest excerpt to send you

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Dawg Day Afternoon: Bubba and the Bombers

For those shedding tears of admiration at the Big Dog’s visionary New York Times op-ed marking the anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing, James Bovard has a few choice words, and a few choice facts, to put the elder statesman’s soaring words in perspective: Clinton declared that “we do not have the right to resort to violence — or the threat of violence — when we don’t get our way. “ Unless you’re the government. The four million Americans arrested for marijuana violations during Clinton’s reign were victims of government violence and government threats of violence.  The “fact” that Clinton

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Howling Wind: The Unrepented Genocide

The other day I was reading the New York Review of Books in a bookstore café. I saw a large ad in the bottom corner of a page; it began with this quote, in bold capitals:   "WHY IS IT A CRIME FOR ONE MAN TO MURDER ANOTHER, BUT NOT FOR A GOVERNMENT TO KILL MORE THAN A MILLION PEOPLE?"   My first reaction, before I read further, was a feeling of surprise that someone had articulated the case against the Iraq war so clearly – and had bought expensive space in the magazine to bring this unpunished, unrepented –

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The American Way: In Defense of George W. Bush

The piece below was posted last year. However, it was one of many pieces wiped out from the database in one of the many hack attacks the site has endured over the years. Having run across the original text in my files, I wanted to get it back "on the record" here at Empire Burlesque. And sadly, it is still all too relevant. If George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and other principals of the previous administration were ever brought to trial for war crimes, I would offer my services, in all sincerity, to their defense. For I think they would

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Engineers of Human Souls: The Pentagon’s Cult of Killing Strikes Again

In the light of this: Iraq War Vet: “We Were Told to Just Shoot People, and the Officers Would Take Care of Us” (Dahr Jamail, and this: Support the Troops? (John Caruso, A Tiny Revolution) and this: Tears of Rage, Tears of Grief: Mass Death Returns to Ishaqi (Empire Burlesque) and this: Dead Souls: The Pentagon Plan to Create Remorseless Warfighters (Empire Burlesque) is there anything really suprising about this? (From Monday’s New York Times): U.S. Troops Fire on Afghan Bus, Killing at Least 5 Civilians American troops raked a large passenger bus with gunfire near the southern city

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