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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Inglorious Goobers: Progressives Line Up to Defend Corrupt Clintons

It’s amusing to see how our staunch progressives — who believe so deeply in a level playing field and fair play, who railed so vociferously against crony capitalism back in Bush-Time — are now twisting themselves in knots to dismiss the stories about that long-festering font of corruption , the Clinton Foundation. Suddenly, what was once [Read More...]
>Posted to Chris Floyd – Empire Burlesque on 24 April 2015 | 4:49 pm

Fear of a Black Prophet: The Lowdown on the Takedown of Cornel West

Glenn Ford says , with eloquent heat, exactly what I was thinking: that Michael Dyson’s brutal character assassination of Cornel West in the historically racist pages of the New Republic was, above all else, an application for a job in the upcoming Hillary Clinton administration. Ford writes:

But, of course, there is method to Dyson’s m [Read More...]
>Posted to Chris Floyd – Empire Burlesque on 23 April 2015 | 3:21 pm

Heart of Darkness: An Exceptional Danger

*** This is my column from the latest print version of CounterPunch Magazine. *** According to latest report from the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, the United States currently deploys some 2,080 nuclear warheads, ready to launch at a moment’s notice. It has 500 tactical nuclear weapons — for combat use, not strategic strikes — primed [Read More...]
>Posted to Chris Floyd – Empire Burlesque on 5 April 2015 | 10:19 pm

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

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