From Industry to Empire

While the rest of the country was still frantically attempting to adapt to the realities of the Civil War, President Lincoln continued to work with the Congress to sign and enact a laundry list of new laws that served to placate US business and industrial interests and returned what the South had either blocked or taken from the northern industrialists leading up to the secession. During this time, Congress established a national bank, which guaranteed that the interests of the US government would remain “inexorably determined by the immutable bylaws of business.”

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Race, Religion, and Revisionism

In his 1981 book, Race and Manifest Destiny: The Origins of American RacialAnglo-Saxonism, Reginald Horsman describes the efforts and undertakings of Matthew Parker, John Joscelyn, and a number of other historical revisionaries on a quest to improve the public image of the Catholic Church. Their efforts are similar to the ways in which contemporary political pundits seek to evoke images of a pristine and egalitarian period in American history.

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Faces of Revolution: Mobutu Sésé Seko

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is located right on the equator, near the center of the African continent, and boasts a “fabulous natural endowment of minerals and other resources.” Unfortunately, this combination of strategic location and vast natural wealth had led to intense strategic scrutiny and interest from some of the major players in the international power scene. 

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Saving Private Manning

I think that most American citizens — despite the current state of affairs in this country and other countries around the world — would like to believe that deep down, the U.S. government operates within a set of values that represents the concepts of justice and equality all of us were taught in school. We would all like to believe that, especially in cases that deal with our own citizens, all of the necessary steps are taken to ensure a fair, honest and decent legal process in the pursuit of justice.

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Unwelcome Guests: The Next Global Crisis

The impetus behind the latest push for further militarization of the southern US border has very little to do with protecting the United States from an impending military invasion, and the same is true for the European Union. Still, the recent increase in border security between the United States and Mexico is certainly preemptive. It simply represents one of the strategies used by the major players in the latest game of global economic domination and international political hegemony.

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You were deployed to Iraq? How was it?

From the fall of 2007 until the fall of 2009, I was an enlisted member of Alpha Company, which was part of the 50th Armored Brigade of the New Jersey Army National Guard. Alpha Company operates out of the National Guard Armory in Newark, New Jersey.  In the winter of 2007 to 2008, the 50th Armored Brigade began pre-mobilization training for an upcoming deployment to Iraq to support the Global War on Terrorism and participate in Operation Iraqi Freedom. 

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