My Bookmarx 10/07/2010
7 أكتوبر 2010 بواسطة Tamer Mowafy
Loopholes in climate accord threaten death of coral reefs by 2100 » peoplesworld
“It doesn’t seem as if the big industrial nations are serious about trying to halt global warming. “
Empire: Affluence, Violence, and U.S. Foreign Policy | Dissident Voice <span class="“> – Annotated
“The United States is the most affluent nation in the history of the world.
The United States has the largest military in the history of the world.
Might those two facts be connected? Might that question be relevant in foreign policy debates?”
conventional political wisdom says Americans won’t reduce consumption and politicians can’t challenge the military-industrial complex.
Though not everyone shares in that material wealth, the U.S. public seems addicted to affluence or its promise, and discussions of the role of the military are clouded by national mythology about our alleged role as the world’s defender of freedom.
Any meaningful discussion of U.S. foreign policy has to start with the recognition that we are an imperial society. We consume more than our fair share of the world’s resources, made possible by global economic dominance backed by our guns.
Professor Catherine Lutz of the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University reports in her book The Bases of Empire that we maintain 909 military facilities in 46 countries and overseas U.S. territories, and we have more than 190,000 troops and 115,000 civilians working at those sites. That’s in addition to U.S. bases, military personnel, and contractors occupying Iraq and Afghanistan.
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