Chris Floyd

Award-Winning journalist and author of Empire Burlesque – High Crimes and Low Comedy in the Bush Imperium, Chris Floyd blogs about the American political scene.

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Apt Pupils: Chicago Violence Reflects the Lessons of the Elite

I wrote here Monday of an Easter weekend full of death in Yemen, ordered up hot and steaming by the progressive American president and his assassins. But death was feasting elsewhere too — in the president’s hometown of Chicago, as the Guardian reports :
A senior Chicago police officer said that parts of the city are being overwhelmed by gun [Read More...]
>Posted to Welcome to Chris Floyd’s Empire Burlesque on 23 April 2014 | 12:23 am

Maggie’s Farm: The Roots and Fruits of Terror War

Here’s a video of a heinous “material supporter” of violent Islamist extremism, brazenly pledging to give millions of dollars to armed “holy warriors” fighting to overthrow a secular government. This shocking footage shows us some of the deepest roots of the sectarian violence raging across the globe today — untold mountains of cash and arms sh [Read More...]
>Posted to Welcome to Chris Floyd’s Empire Burlesque on 21 April 2014 | 12:50 pm

Supper Time: Singing the Praises of Power

In any power structure, at any level, it’s not enough — it’s never enough — that you simply acquiesce to it, or grudgingly accept it, or silently go along with it, or even openly compromise with it. No, you must also sing its praises . It’s never sufficient just to obey the system of power; you must love it, you must laud it — and you must do [Read More...]
>Posted to Welcome to Chris Floyd’s Empire Burlesque on 20 April 2014 | 10:30 pm

Stone by Stone, From the Mouth of the Grave

We knew peace, but we’ll know peace no more.

We knew strife, and there is strife yet in store ….

We knew blood, that dread word, would find its way to our door…

We knew peace, but we’ll know peace no more . [Read More...]
>Posted to Welcome to Chris Floyd’s Empire Burlesque on 18 April 2014 | 11:55 pm

False Flags and Imperial Facades: Tales of ‘Progressives’ in Power

Sy Hersh has a long piece in the London Review of Books detailing the strong evidence indicating that the Turkish government worked with Syrian rebels in a “false flag” operation of the worst sort: staging a chemical weapons attack near Damascus in August 2013. The intent was to throw blame for the attack on the Assad regime, thereby drawing the [Read More...]
>Posted to Welcome to Chris Floyd’s Empire Burlesque on 7 April 2014 | 9:02 pm

On Data Dumps, Death States and "Respectable" Dissent

(UPDATED BELOW)
One last word on the recent contretemps here involving Glenn Greenwald. I want to own up to a misstatement I made in my reply to Glenn. It was, literally, a parenthetical comment made in passing, not a main part of the argument, but it did contain a misstatement of fact, for which I apologize, and which I can only ascribe to [Read More...]
>Posted to Welcome to Chris Floyd’s Empire Burlesque on 5 April 2014 | 11:32 pm

Cartoons and Cueballs: An Exchange with Glenn Greenwald

Glenn Greenwald stopped by the place Tuesday to respond to my last post . I thought I would bring his reply out of the comments and feature it here, along with my response. Glenn’s statement is a lengthy and, to my mind, remarkable document: a powerful piece of emotional invective put together in the guise of an argument, based on wild and someti [Read More...]
>Posted to Welcome to Chris Floyd’s Empire Burlesque on 2 April 2014 | 1:44 am

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