Empire, Power, and People with Andrew Gavin Marshall- Episode 89

Obama’s Global Terror Campaign Under Barack Obama’s presidency, the expansion of “secret wars” – using CIA, Special Forces and military contractors to hunt down and kill people – has reached over 80 countries around the world, while the drone bombing terror campaign has bombed over 7 different countries, spreading “fear and chaos” as it “terrorizes […]

Empire, Power, and People with Andrew Gavin Marshall- Episode 88

Iraq Under Obama’s Empire This episode takes a look at the interaction between Iraq and its imperial patron, the United States, from the parliamentary elections in early 2010, through U.S. efforts to form a government, to the increasing authoritarianism of Prime Minister Maliki, his reaction to Iraq’s experience of the Arab Spring, and the US-led […]

Empire, Power, and People with Andrew Gavin Marshall- Episode 87

Stoking the Civil War in Syria So now we are witnessing the hysterical war hawks of the Obama Administration & Co. calling for military strikes in Syria. What is the real reason for this? Why now? Many commentators have criticized Obama for opposing Assad, yet stopping short of deposing Assad. Why grant verbal support to […]

Empire, Power, and People with Andrew Gavin Marshall- Episode 86

Syria and the Geopolitics of Empire Syria is complex. It’s an uprising against a tyrant, a civil war between the regime and violent rebel groups, a regional war between Iran and Saudi Arabia, a wider proxy war between the West (especially the US) and Iran (allied with Russia), it’s a counter-revolution to the Arab Spring […]

Empire, Power, and People with Andrew Gavin Marshall- Episode 85

World War Crazy So, is the West going to strike Syria? What will Russia and China do? Are we headed for World War III? Is this really where humanity has come to? If this is the case, then our main cultural focus over the past few days says a great deal about our society: the […]

Empire, Power, and People with Andrew Gavin Marshall- Episode 84

The Global Cartel: Central Banks & Financial Markets What is the nature of financial markets? What are central banks and how are they controlled? These two areas are heavily overlapped, with private banks playing a leading role in the shaping of policy and institutions. Financial markets influence central banks, and central banks influence financial markets, […]

Empire, Power, and People with Andrew Gavin Marshall- Episode 83

Is the Animal World Rebelling Against Humanity? Our world has so many majestic, intelligent, and emotionally evolved animals; arguably, humans are among them. But judging by how we treat these other animals, such as whales or elephants, for example, torturing them, keeping them imprisoned in tiny cages and tanks, parading them and making them do […]

Empire, Power, and People with Andrew Gavin Marshall- Episode 82

The Art of Irrelevance-Pop Culture in Modern Society Art, entertainment, music, movies, tv and celebrities: popular culture has largely become a celebration of irrelevance. Popular culture holds entrenched class differences, and for mass consumption, is largely used as a method of distraction and control. As art reflects life, or life reflects art, the irrelevance of […]

Empire, Power, and People with Andrew Gavin Marshall- Episode 81

Europe Under ‘Austocracy’ Europe’s policies of austerity and ‘adjustment’ have led to a radical decline and crisis in democracy. Where austerity is imposed, democracy is deposed. This we can understand as an emerging ‘Austocracy.’ Looking at news reports, op-eds and quotes from Europe’s political elite over the past year, we see a growing recognition of […]

Empire, Power, and People with Andrew Gavin Marshall- Episode 80

Reflecting on Revolution What makes a successful revolution? Has there ever been one? Looking at Egypt’s current situation, two and a half years after the fall of Mubarak, what have we learned about the revolutionary process, about its failures and successes? How does this relate to the global imperial system, and how can people within […]

Empire, Power, and People with Andrew Gavin Marshall- Episode 79

Egypt: From Revolution to Counter-Revolution In the two and a half years since the uprising began, Egypt has undergone not only a continuation of the Revolution, but an institutional counter-revolution from within Egyptian society, most dramatically witnessed with the ouster of Morsi two weeks ago. As always, the American Empire – in its infinite pragmatism […]

Empire, Power, and People with Andrew Gavin Marshall- Episode 78

Egypt’s Ongoing Revolution On June 30, between 14 and 17 million Egyptians took to the streets to demand the ouster of their first democratically-elected government of Mohammed Morsi, which came about a few days later when the military intervened (to protect its own institutional interests) and side with the population. Looking back at the start […]

Empire, Power, and People with Andrew Gavin Marshall- Episode 77

Global Unrest: Is Indonesia Next? Egypt just witnessed the largest protests in human history, Turkey and Brazil continue to witness protests as their uprisings take on new, evolving forms. Protests are taking place all over the world, yet only a few are grabbing international headlines. Indonesia, the largest Muslim country on Earth, is home to […]

Empire, Power, and People with Andrew Gavin Marshall- Episode 76

A Crisis of Empire At the end of World War II, the United States had half the world’s wealth with only 5% of the world’s population, and stated explicitly that its objectives in foreign policy were designed to “maintain this disparity.” George C. Marshall, former Secretary of State, noted at the time that there was […]

Empire, Power, and People with Andrew Gavin Marshall- Episode 75

The World is Rising After three weeks, Turkey is still experiencing massive unrest as the urban uprisings across the country progress, along with the state repression of them. As tear gas canisters used in Istanbul are made in Brazil, the population of Brazil – across the world – is rising up with hundreds of thousands […]