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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Another Week, Another War: The Iron Logic of America’s Middle East Madness

Another week, another war . And yet another American alliance with the forces of Islamic extremism. Washington is clearly the guiding force between the Saudi-led invasion of Yemen — a move that will almost certainly lead to a protracted and ruinous conflict, spilling over many borders and, as usual, creating fertile ground for more extremism. [Read More...]
>Posted to Chris Floyd – Empire Burlesque on 27 March 2015 | 3:23 pm

Children’s Crusade: The Nightmare-Makers of the West

The defenders of Western values are always bold and brave: Israeli Soldiers Raid Homes, Question Kids as Young as 9 (NBC). Yes, it takes enormous courage for a gang of armed and body-armored men to barge into private homes in the middle of the night, haul children out of bed, point their weapons at them and batter them with threats and questio [Read More...]
>Posted to Chris Floyd – Empire Burlesque on 18 March 2015 | 9:42 am

A Reasoned Response to a Washington Post Call for War With Iran

I was going to write a careful, reasoned commentary on this article in the Washington Post — “War With Iran is Probably Our Best Option” — written by a highly respected fellow at the Foreign Policy Institute of Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies, Joshua Muravchik. But in the end all I could find to say wa [Read More...]
>Posted to Chris Floyd – Empire Burlesque on 14 March 2015 | 10:35 pm

Master’s Degree: Teaching Torture as a Western Value

In a recent London Review of Books article detailing the abysmal horrors of Egypt’s prison system — a multi-circled hell with visible and invisible layers, all of them wretched, some of them unspeakably so — Tom Stevenson noted, in passing, this piece of historical context:

“The prison system in Egypt is the legacy of a long period o [Read More...]
>Posted to Chris Floyd – Empire Burlesque on 10 March 2015 | 8:42 pm

Useful Idiots: The Clueless Gooberism of First Look’s Fallen Heroes

I don’t really want to go too far down the road on this when there are far more important things happening in the world, but really, take just a moment to look at the language in the Ken Silverstein piece on the world-historical tragedy of him finding out that it was less than ideal to work for a rapacious, dodgy billionaire:

“[Matt [Read More...]
>Posted to Chris Floyd – Empire Burlesque on 27 February 2015 | 11:38 pm

History Never Sleeps: The Empire of Amnesia Rolls On

As always, Bill Blum gives us meet food to feed upon in his latest Anti-Empire Report . I was going to quote some pertinent excerpts, but why not just read the whole thing. Of special interest is Blum’s look at the true history of today’s “Greek crisis”— and, given that history, the grim prospects ahead for Syriza; the jaw-dropping (but [Read More...]
>Posted to Chris Floyd – Empire Burlesque on 24 February 2015 | 5:37 pm

Conflict, not Cartoons: Hebdo Shows the Common Goals of Both Sides in Terror War

Juan Cole has some insightful words on the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris. As he points out, the shooters were neither “attacking free speech” nor “defending Mohammed”; they were using a time-honored tactic of radical extremists (of all stripes): “sharpening the contradictions,” hoping to provoke an overreaction that would lead to repression an [Read More...]
>Posted to Chris Floyd – Empire Burlesque on 8 January 2015 | 4:13 pm

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