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Venezuela, Ukraine, and North Korea: Targets of flailing American Imperialism

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    by Danny Haiphong

    The United States is engaged in all-out regime change offensive around the world. “With the global capitalist economy in permanent crisis, the US and its allies are sponsoring so called ‘protest movements’ and ‘opposition’ groups to wage wars most Americans no longer support.”


    Venezuela, Ukraine, and North Korea: Targets of flailing American Imperialism

    by Danny Haiphong

    The US imperialist system is in such a terrible economic state that it must rely on waging war in every corner of the globe to maintain its relevancy.”

    In every part of the globe, the world's sovereign nations are feeling the wrath of a US imperialist system in decline.  US imperialism is losing its grip as the most dominant capitalist economy on the planet.  To reconcile its humiliation and maintain its waning economic dominance, US imperialism has resorted to building a vast military empire abroad to submerge independent states under its thumb.  From 1945 and through the GW Bush era's call for a "New American Century," the overthrow of democratically elected governments and overt acts of war either had to gain popular consensus in the US first or be done covertly by the CIA. Now, with the global capitalist economy in permanent crisis, the US and its allies are sponsoring so called "protest movements" and "opposition" groups to wage wars most Americans no longer support.

    Nowhere is this clearer than in Venezuela, North Korea, and Ukraine. As in Libya and Syria, Venezuela and Ukraine are struggling to defeat Washington-backed “opposition” groups looking to install US-friendly regimes. Venezuela's democratically elected government was never forgiven for betraying the wishes of the neo-colonial oligarchy and completely reforming its electoral and economic basis to align with the interests of Venezuela's poor majority.  The Bolivarian government has made important gains in the areas of poverty reduction, healthcare, literacy, and education.  But the corporate media and US political leaders are having us believe that "anti-government" protesters funded at 5 million per year by the US government itself somehow represent the interests of the Venezuelan majority.  Undoubtedly, the Venezuelan oligarchy and their sugar-daddies in Washington are bitter that their representatives lost over 70 percent of municipalities in local elections and failed to become the ruling party in what Jimmy Carter called the most democratic Presidential election process in the world in 2012. 

    Venezuela's democratically elected government was never forgiven for betraying the wishes of the neo-colonial oligarchy.”

    In Ukraine, a fascist "protest" movement has overthrown the government with the support from NATO and the US.  These "protesters," armed with heavy artillery and shwastika banners, demanded the Ukrainian government open up relations with the EU and allow their economy to become a nest for finance capital. The Ukrainian government had defied the wishes of fascists and their Western allies by swearing allegiance to Russia. The US-NATO-EU alliance sees Ukraine as a possible NATO military base and an economic asset to mend the austerity and crisis ridden European capitalist order. The replacement of President Yanukovych with a EU friendly government will exacerbate economic woes and set back the hopes of Russia and its allies for a multi-polar economic and military global order.

     At the level of soft power, a new report emerged from the UN that used interview data from exiles residing in the West and South Korea. The report concluded that the leader of the DPRK, Kim Jong Un, should be referred to the International Criminal Court for "crimes against humanity."  Hypocrisy stains this report from top to bottom. The US never ended its war against Korea, only signing an armistice in 1953 that kept the country divided between socialist DPRK and the neo-Colony South Korea.  The US has never been referred to any international body for its war crimes let alone for its horrific bombing campaign that left Korea in ruins and forced thousands into death or homelessness. Nor will the UN report admit that US-imposed sanctions on the DPRK beginning after the fall of the Soviet Union is a blatant act of war. The US, not the DPRK, uses "food as a weapon" on the people of North Korea by blocking its ability to receive needed resources abroad to increase its foodstuffs.  Lastly, The UN remains silent on the crimes of the South Korean government, which presides over masses of impoverished people and imprisons dissidents of its fascist regime. The UN and its ruler, the US, never criticize South Korea’s military operations, which violate of North Korea's sovereignty. Indeed, the UN report was conducted for the sole purpose of justifying further US intervention against North Korea in pursuit of geopolitical dominance.

    The US, not the DPRK, uses "food as a weapon" on the people of North Korea.”

    The reality is that the US imperialist system is in such a terrible economic state that it must rely on waging war in every corner of the globe to maintain its relevancy.  No longer is US imperialism able to conduct widespread bombing campaigns or overthrow democratically elected governments through the CIA with impunity.  In order to bypass Russia and China in the United Nations, US imperialism must resort to mass manipulation through the corporate media and a network of intelligence agencies, private military contractors, and allied nations in imperial organizations like NATO to train and fund so called "protest movements" and "opposition" groups.   Venezuela, Ukraine, and North Korea have fallen victim to media deception and mercenary terrorism sponsored by the Wall Street ruled US-Western alliance.  Anti-imperialists in the United States need to defend these countries right to sovereignty and organize resistance to US imperialism at home.  Furthermore, anti-imperialists residing in the US must explain to the people the connection between US imperialism abroad and the increased austerity, poverty, racism, and massive prison and police state at home.

    Danny Haiphong is an activist and case manager in the Greater Boston area. You can contact Danny at:

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    Stephen Gowans on North Korea Report

    The above is a great article. Here is an article by Stephen Gowans on the U.N. report on North Korea.

    Nice analogy


    I like your comparison of the US as a host and finance capital as a parasite.  What country do you think will be infected, next? China? Brazil? A Resurgent Russia?  Or some other emerging market(s) ?


    It's Too Early Write the West's Epitaph

    With Obama's track record expanding AMERIKKKA's power and influence around the world even the face of other empires like Russia and China, shows that the West is a persistant and an implacceable foe and it's gonna take more than wishful thinking and rhetoric to defeat it.  The West maybe in decline, but the rest of the world is not in a good enough position to replace it.

    To Lone Star

    comrade, I guess i should of made clear. my conclusion that US imperialism was in decline was in no means meant to do what a lot of Trots and marxist groups in amerika do, which is paint US imperialism as already dead and underestimating its continued hegemony. What this piece was supposed to articulate is the desparation of US imperialism and its need to superimpose its exploitative tentacles wherever it can to survive, to achieve a fascist "equilibrium" if you will.  In permanent crisis and at its last stage, US imperialism cannot last unless it uses its military capabilities to stabalize an economic system that cannot be stabalized at all.  So I think you are correct in saying that rhetoric and wishful thinking will not end US empire, only the people can do that.  But I do not think that my piece was either rhetoric or wishful thinking either, just my attept analyze corporate media blitzing of US imperialism over the last few weeks in a way that I hope some readers will be able to use for the building of a movement.

    Thanks for your reply

    My comments were directed at you or a criticism of wrote you wrote.  I just get tired of hearing especially on this blog how the West is on it's deathbed when everything points to it being alive and well. 

    After all, modern Europeans have over 5 centuries of successful combat experience.  Things are gonna have to get alot worse before they get any better.  That means non-Westerners are going have to adopt scorched earth tactics before they drive it out the foreigners and then rebuild.

    Lone Star Pugs

    Yeh, I dunno what planet these people are reporting from but it doesn't seem to be planet earth. I'm not seeing any decline of any western empire on my radar. 

    Where exactly is this decline?

    More importantly what are Africans (blacks everywhere) doing to accelerate that decline, if it's happening?  

    Not a damn thing. Kiss teet

    Just wishful thinking. Sitting back and hoping some one else will do all the fighting for em and they've done their bit by covering it on their internet blogs.

    On the other side you have whites who think they can overcome the laws of empire collapse, by deluding themselves that they wrote them and can therefore discard them as suits and carry on forever . . . so they're gonna keep on, which means 

    We have to learn how to fight and keep fighting . . . 


    Empire will not fall until aggressive action is taken and permanently maintained against it.