Dr. James Petras

Newsbud Contributing Author & Analyst

Dr. James Petras is author of more than 62 books published in 29 languages and over 600 articles in professional journals. He received his B.A. from Boston University and Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley.
You can visit his website here.

The Changing Contours of US Imperial Intervention in World Conflicts

Following the Vietnam War, US imperial intervention passed through several phases: In the immediate aftermath, the US government faced a humiliating military defeat at the hands of the Vietnamese liberation forces and was under pressure from an American public sick and tired of war. Imperial military interventions, domestic espionage against opponents and usual practice of […]

Iran-US Interim Agreement: Historic Breakthrough or Historic Sellout?

The recent interim accord between the six world powers and Iran has been hailed as an “historic breakthrough”, a “significant accomplishment” by most leading politicians, editorialists and columnists (Financial Times, (FT) 11/26/13, p. 2), the exceptions being notably Israeli leaders and the Zionist power brokers in North America and Western Europe (FT 11/26/13, p. 3). […]

The Logic behind Mass Spying: Empire & Cyber Imperialism

“An Essential component of a police state: An all-pervasive spy apparatus operating independently of any legal or constitutional constraints.” Introduction: Revelations about the long-term global, intrusive spying by the US National Security Agency (NSA) and other allied intelligence apparatuses have provoked widespread protests and indignation and threatened ties between erstwhile imperial allies. Allied regimes have […]

Empire Building, the Debt Ceiling, the Budget Deficit & the Samson Solution

“Who are the Beneficiaries of Raising the Debt Ceiling?” U.S. and world political and economic leaders are faced with what they describe as a ‘systemic catastrophe’: the inability to pay global creditors, including domestic and foreign banks, investors and governments, who hold $16.7 trillion in US Treasury notes. There is a related crisis: the government […]

Fifteen Minutes an American President

Obama is Preparing for Even More Deadly Wars Obama’s rhetorical exercise in ‘peace talk’ at the United Nations General Assembly impressed few delegations and even fewer Americans: Far more eloquent are his five years of wars, military interventions, cyber-spying, drone murders, military coups and the merciless prosecution of patriotic truth tellers. If his ‘peace message’ […]

US- Venezuela Relations: A Case Study of Imperialism & Anti-Imperialism

“Imperialism can adapt different political strategies but is never surrenders its drive for political, military and economic domination.” Introduction: US relations with Venezuela illustrate the specific mechanisms with which an imperial power seeks to sustain client states and overthrow independent nationalist governments. By examining US strategic goals and its tactical measures, we can set forth […]

Obama with Israel and Against the World

A Profound Gap Between the Highly Militarized State and US Public Opinion As President Obama announces plans for another war, adding Syria to the recent and ongoing wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Yemen and elsewhere, a profound gap has emerged between the highly militarized state and US public opinion. A Reuters/IPSOS poll taken August 19-23 […]

The Obama Regime’s Fabricated “Terror Conspiracy” in Defense of the Police State

A Failed Regime Pursuing Losing Wars in which the Masters of Defeat Can Now Only Rely on the Masters of Deceit Representative democracies and autocratic dictatorships respond to profound internal crises in very distinctive ways: the former attempts to reason with citizens, explaining the causes, consequences and alternatives; dictatorships attempt to terrorize, intimidate and distract […]

Wall Street Take-Off: 2012 – 2013

The Bi-Polar World of Rich Bankers in the North Racking Up Record Profits On July 16, 2013, Goldman Sachs, the fifth largest US bank by assets announced its second quarter profits doubled the previous year to $1.93 billion. J. P. Morgan, the largest bank made $6.1 billion in the second quarter up 32% over the […]

Brazil: Extractive Capitalism and the Great Leap Backward

“The point of confrontation is the street – not the workplace.” Introduction: Brazil has witnessed one of the world’s most striking socio-economic reversals in modern history: from a dynamic nationalist industrializing to a primary export economy. Between the mid 1930’s to the mid 1980’s, Brazil averaged nearly 10% growth in its manufacturing sector largely based […]

The Deeper Meaning of Mass Spying in America

The Politics Behind the Police State The exposure of the Obama regime’s use of the National Security Agency to secretly spy on the communications of hundreds of millions of US and overseas citizens has provoked world-wide denunciations. In the United States, despite widespread mass media coverage and the opposition of civil liberties organizations, there has […]

Twenty-First Century Imperialism: Militarism, Collaborators & Popular Resistance

Imperial Wars by Proxy and Domestic Decay The configuration of 21st century imperialism combines patterns of exploitation from the past as well as new features which are essential to understanding the contemporary forms of plunder, pillage and mass impoverishment. In this paper we will highlight the relatively new forms of imperial exploitation, reflecting the rise […]

“Legal Imperialism” and International Law: Legal Foundations for War Crimes, Debt Collection & Colonization

Imperial legal doctrines and judicial decisions set the groundwork for imperial wars & economic pillage. By now we are familiar with imperial states using their military power to attack, destroy and occupy independent countries. Boatloads of important studies have documented how imperial countries have seized and pillaged the resources of mineral-rich and agriculturally productive countries, […]

Elite Intrigues: It’s Not about Sex, Stupid!

The Media’s Petraeus Story: Nothing Could Be More Far-Fetched Simply on Prima Facie Evidence The headline stories claim that CIA Director General David Petraeus resigned as head of the CIA because of an adulterous relation with his young biographer and that General John Allen, Supreme Commander of US troops in Afghanistan, was under investigation and […]

Tropical Storm Sandy: Natural or Political Disaster?

“The impregnable Wall Street re-locates inland; its move financed by the impoverished upstate municipalities’ massive tax write-offs to the billionaires!” The world-famous New York Philharmonic can play a “Requiem for the New Atlantis” as more waves inundate lower Manhattan. Meanwhile, the impregnable Wall Street re-locates inland; its move financed by the impoverished upstate municipalities’ massive […]