Egypt under Empire, Part 1: Working Class Resistance & European Imperial Ambitions

Control Over Egypt Has Always Been a Pre-Requisite

Egypt is one of the most important countries in the world, geopolitically speaking. With a history spanning some 7,000 years, it is one of the oldest civilizations in the world, sitting at the point at which Africa meets the Middle East, across the Mediterranean from Europe. Once home to its own empire, it became a prized possession in the imperial designs of other civilizations, including the Persians, Greeks, Romans, and Byzantine to the Islamic and Ottoman Empires, and subsequently the French, British and Americans. For any and every empire that has sought to exert control over the Middle East, Asia or Africa, control over Egypt has been a pre-requisite. Its strategic location has only become more important with each subsequent empire. [Read more...]

The Reality Principle -Episode 33

“Syria, NATO, and the Global Empire” with Rick Rozoff

RPLogoThis week Eric sits down for an in depth conversation with independent journalist and geopolitical expert Rick Rozoff of Stop NATO. Eric and Rick examine the latest developments in Syria with a particular focus on the regional and international geopolitics. They discuss the role of Russian diplomacy and Putin's strategic outlook in the Middle East and beyond. Additionally, Eric and Rick break down in detail the competing pipeline projects throughout Central Asia, and discuss how these developments impact current events internationally.

The second half of the interview focuses primarily on the global development of NATO, specifically its expansion to South America, Africa, and elsewhere. The conversation also touches upon the economic context within which these important geopolitical developments are occurring, with specific attention to free trade and the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Rick Rozoff- Boiling Frogs Post Contributing Author & Analyst
Rick Rozoff is an investigative journalist based in Chicago and has been an active opponent of war, militarism and intervention for over 40 years. He manages the Stop NATO e-mail list, and is the editor of Stop NATO, a website on the threat of international militarization, especially on the globalization of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Mr. Rozoff has a graduate degree in European literature

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The Leading Whistleblower of All Time: Philip Agee

There’s no former CIA officer more hated by members of the intelligence establishment than Agee; no one’s even close

Before there was Edward Snowden, William Binney and Thomas Drake … before there was Bradley Manning, Sibel Edmonds and Jesselyn Radack … there was Philip Agee. What Agee revealed is still the most startling and important information about US foreign policy that any American government whistleblower has ever revealed.

Philip Agee spent 12 years (1957-69) as a CIA case officer, most of it in Latin America. His first book, Inside the Company: CIA Diary, published in 1974 – a pioneering work on the Agency’s methods and their devastating consequences – appeared in about 30 languages around the world and was a best seller in many countries; it included a 23-page appendix with the names of hundreds of undercover Agency operatives and organizations. [Read more...]

BFP Book Review: “America’s Deadliest Export: Democracy”- By William Blum

The Truth About U.S. Foreign Policy & Everything Else

By Mark Mondalek

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In January 2006, an audiotape from Osama bin Laden was released in which he recommended William Blum’s Rogue State as a useful book to read for Americans looking to better understand the “lies and oppression” perpetrated by George W. Bush on the rest of the world at the time.

Fast-forward to 2013: Barack Obama is President, bin Laden’s dead, and William Blum has a new book out. [Read more...]

Iran: A Modest Proposal- The Sanctions of Mass Destruction!

Iran’s basketizing has begun with draconian sanctions, the way the basketizing of Iraq began.”

Washington’s sanctions against Iran are a wonder to behold, seriously hampering Tehran’s ability to conduct international commerce, make payments, receive money, import, export, invest, travel … you name the hardship and the United States is trying to impose it on the government and the people of Iran. In early May a bipartisan bill was introduced in Congress aimed at stopping Iran from gaining access to its billions of dollars in euros kept in overseas banks – money that represents up to a third of Tehran’s total hard-currency holdings. In addition, Congress is looking to crack down on a weakness in current sanctions law that allows Iran to replenish its hard-currency accounts by acquiring gold through overseas markets.

Washington has as well closed down Iran’s media operations in the United States, is putting great pressure on Pakistan to cancel their project to build a pipeline to import natural gas from Iran, and punished countless international companies for doing business with Iran. [Read more...]

Large Corporations Seek U.S.–European ‘Free Trade Agreement’ to Further Global Dominance

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership is the latest plan of conglomerates to strengthen their grip over the planet.

A corporate world order is emerging, and like any parasite, it is slowly killing off its host. Unfortunately, the “host” happens to be the planet, and all life upon and within it. So, while the extinction of the species will be the end result of passively accepting a corporate-driven world, on the other hand, it’s very profitable for those corporations and their shareholders.

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is the latest corporate-driven agenda in what is commonly called a “free trade agreement,” but which really amounts to  ‘cosmopolitical corporate consolidation’: large corporations dictating and directing the policies of states – both nationally and internationally – into constructing structures which facilitate regional and global consolidation of financial, economic, and political power into the hands of relatively few large corporations. [Read more...]

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Geopolitics with Ryan Dawson-“The West’s Intentional Sabotage of the Diplomatic Process for Syria

Ryan Dawson Presents Nicholas J.S. Davies

GPNicolas J. S. Davies author of "Blood on our Hands: The American Invasion and Destruction of Iraq," joins us today to explain how the West intentionally sabotaged the diplomatic peace process for Syria while simultaneously giving covert support to the Syrian opposition forces as the peace talks were taking place. Make no mistake about it, peace was never the aim. The failure of a diplomatic solution from international bodies was simply a necessary step to take to give the public the appearance of a failed nonviolent solution. What has been the press's role? Where does Obama stand? Tune in.

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Geopolitics with Ryan Dawson-“North Korea: More than just a Boogie-Man to Generate a Healthy Arms Buildup in the Pacific”

Ryan Dawson Presents Dr. Joseph Gerson

GPDr. Joseph Gerson joins us today to explain the 'soft power politics' that piggy back on the militarist saber rattling. How does the Nuclear proliferation in North Korea drive a wedge in US hegemony and spoil the economic encircling of China with pro-US allies who are leveraged into economic trade agreements by the US's protection gambit? Tune in hear the details.

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The Latest Threats to Life as We Know It

“American sovereignty hasn’t faced a legitimate foreign threat to its existence since the British in 1812.”

Last month numerous foreign-policy commentators marked the tenth anniversary of the fateful American bombing and invasion of Iraq. Those who condemned the appalling devastation of the Iraqi people and their society emphasized that it had all been a terrible mistake, since Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein didn’t actually possess weapons of mass destruction (WMD). This is the same argument we’ve heard repeatedly during the past ten years from most opponents of the war. [Read more...]

Geopolitics with Ryan Dawson-“Syria, Turkey, Israel and a Greater Middle East Energy War”

Ryan Dawson Presents William Engdahl

GPUS-German author William Engdahl joins us today to explain the often under discussed role of big energy hiding in the shadows of orientalism in the conflict in Syria. Engdahl is the author of Myth, Lies, and Oil Wars. What would bring Qatar, Turkey, the Muslim Brotherhood, Israel, together with a green light from NATO and US media? Well, maybe natural gas. Tune in to see how it all connects - Syria, Turkey, Israel and a Greater Middle East Energy War.

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Syria Teeters on Obama’s “Red Line”

The pages of history tell us that beautiful civilizations emerged and prospered in the ancient cities of Damascus and Aleppo, some of the oldest continually inhabited cities on earth. The harrowing circus of brutality that is the Syrian conflict, now in its third year, will soil and blacken those pages indefinitely. No matter the political outcome of this horrible war, a once tolerant and diverse state has been shattered and terror itself has eaten into the destiny of Syria’s people, inexorably changing the courses of their lives forever. Children have been orphaned; parents have faced the loss of their children – and by uncompromising means. Infants have been beheaded, the fates of innocent men and women have been sealed through summary executions, and families have been torn apart or destroyed all together. Recent developments in Syria are alarming.

Spokesmen of the Assad government recently accused foreign-backed militants of launching scud missiles containing chemical weapons in the city of Aleppo, killing dozens. Witnesses claim to have seen powder emanate from the rocket, causing those who inhaled the substance to suffocate or require immediate medical attention. An unnamed chemical weapons expert cited by Al-Jazeera claimed that the causalities were not consistent with Syria’s reputed stockpile of chemical agents, stating, “If it’s a chemical warfare agent, it’s not working very well.” Syria’s ambassador to the UN, Bashar Ja'afari, called on the UN Secretary-General to form an independent technical mission to investigate the use of chemical weapons by terrorist groups operating in Syria. [Read more...]

The Second Iran Hostage Crisis

“The Upside-Down Logic of Washington Policy-Makers”
From talk of “red lines” and cartoon bombs to having “all options on the table”, an undeniably delusional logic emanates from leadership in Washington and Tel Aviv regarding the alleged threat posed by Iran’s nuclear program. When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu famously took to the stage of the UN General Assembly with his doodled explosive, he claimed that Iran would soon have the capability to enrich uranium to 90 percent, allowing them to construct a nuclear weapon by early-mid 2013. In his second administration, Obama, who recently said a nuclear-Iran would represent a danger to Israel and the world, appears to be seeing eye-to-eye with Netanyahu, despite previous reports of the two not being on the same page. For whatever its worth, these two world leaders have taken the conscious decision to entirely ignore evidence brought forward by the US intelligence community, as well as appeals from nuclear scientists, policy-advisers, and IAEA personnel who claim that the “threat” posed by Iran is exaggerated and politicized.

It is common knowledge that Washington’s own National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) on Iran, which reflects the intelligence assessments of America’s 16 spy agencies, confirmed that whatever nuclear weapons program Iran once had was dismantled in 2003. Mr. Netanyahu has not corrected his statements insinuating that Iran was nearing the red line of 90 percent enrichment, even when recent UN reports that show Tehran has in fact decreased its stockpiles of 20 percent fissile material, far below the enrichment level required to weaponize uranium. Hans Blix, former chief of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), has challenged previous IAEA reports on Iran’s nuclear activities, accusing the agency of relying on unverified intelligence from the US and Israel. Flynt Leverett and Hillary Mann Leverett, former Washington insiders and analysts in the Clinton and Bush administrations, recently authored a book titled “Going to Tehran”, arguing that Iran is a coherent actor and that evidence for the bomb is simply not there. [Read more...]

Corbett Video Report Gladio Series: Who’s at the Top of the Pyramid?

In this sixth part of the ongoing Sibel Edmonds Gladio B conversation, we ask the question: Who is at the top of the pyramid. We look beyond the usual suspects and follow the money back to the industries and lobbies whose existence depends on the perpetuation of boogeymen enemies.

See Previous Gladio Episodes Here:

Part One – Sibel Edmonds on NATO, Terrorism, 9/11 and Drug Running

Part Two – Sibel Edmonds on Gladio B, Protected Terrorists and Stifled Investigations

Part Three – Sibel Edmonds on Turkey, the Hood Event, Israel and Gladio B

Part Four – Sibel Edmonds on Gladio Protected Drug Running and Money Laundering

Part Five – http://www.corbettreport.com/sibel-edmonds-answers-your-questions-on-gladio-b/

SHOW NOTES:

10 companies profiting the most from war

The 25 Biggest Defense Companies In America

Graph of US Military Spending Since 1962

The American Turkish Council: US Association Helps Create New World Order

Sibel Edmonds Case: Richard Perle continues criminal enterprise, MSM still silent

Guardian Exposes West-Jordan-Syria Axis … But Only 15 Months Late

American Judas – Synopsizing Sibel Edmonds: The Evolution of Operation Gladio Part One

Synopsizing Sibel Edmonds: The Evolution of Operation Gladio Part Two

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The EyeOpener- Chile-Contra: The CIA’s Latest Latin American Scandal

BFP VideoBring up the issue of US interference in Latin America, and among that section of the public that does not greet the topic with blank stares, you will usually hear about the same few pieces of well-documented history. US involvement in the overthrow of Allende in Chile in 1973, for instance, or Iran-Contra, where the US military, and intelligence establishment under Reagan illegally sold arms to Iran in order to fund the Nicaraguan Contras. In fact, those who have been following the latest developments in Argentina will know that these ghosts of the past are coming back to haunt some of the officials who were backed by the US during Operation Condor in the 1970s, an attempt by the hardline military dictatorships that came to power in the region in the 1970s with US support to eliminate their left-wing opposition through a coordinated campaign of bloodshed and terror.

In this third episode of our Latin America series James Corbett presents and discusses the recent scandal of immense proportions involving the CIA and the DEA in drug smuggling operations in Chile that are being used to fund political opposition groups in Ecuador, and how Iran-Contra part two is unfolding right now.

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