PROGRESSIVE INDEPENDENT JOURNALISM: “U.S. Hypocrisy Creates Perpetual Enemies and Forever War” / MAJ Danny Sjursen ☮

In foreign policy, Americans like to keep it simple. Good countries versus bad countries. Democracies versus dictatorships. Of course, as Ronald Reagan reminded Americans, we are a “shining city upon a hill,” one of the goodies. What no one seems to ask is whether idealistic Americans have a clear view of the world as it is, or how their worldview affects the United States’ global image. Surely, as the U.S. enters its 17th year of perpetual war, these might be questions worth pursuing. Problem is, the truth can be disturbing.

So humor me for a moment and join me on a tour of American hypocrisy and naiveté, from Africa to the South Pacific.

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PROGRESSIVE INDEPENDENT JOURNALISM: “The Secret Way the NRA Controls Congress” / Empire Files / Abby Martin ☮

Many have called for elected officials like Marco Rubio to stop accepting donations from the gun manufacturing industry—but even if they did, campaign contributions are only one small facet of the NRA’s power in Washington. Harvard congressional researcher James D’Angelo explains how the Gun Lobby really exerts influence on the US government.