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Coming to Terms With the American Empire – commentary

Coming to Terms With the American Empire

Geopolitical WeeklyGeopolitical Weekly  – April 14, 2015 | 07:54 GMT  –By George Friedman

“Empire” is a dirty word. Considering the behavior of many empires, that is not unreasonable. But empire is also simply a description of a condition, many times unplanned and rarely intended. It is a condition that arises from a massive imbalance of power. Indeed, the empires created on purpose, such as Napoleonic France and Nazi Germany, have rarely lasted. Most empires do not plan to become one. They become one and then realize what they are. Sometimes they do not realize what they are for a long time, and that failure to see reality can have massive consequences.

World War II and the Birth of an Empire

The United States became an empire in 1945. It is true that in the Spanish-American War, the United States intentionally took control of the Philippines and Cuba. It is also true that it began thinking of itself as an empire, but it really was not. Cuba and the Philippines were the fantasy of empire, and this illusion dissolved during World War I, the subsequent period of isolationism and the Great Depression.   Continue reading

Thriller in Manilla – Oct. 1, 1975: Ali-Frazier video – Dmitri Allicock

Thriller in Manilla

By Dmitri Allicock

On this day in history, Oct 1 1975, Muhammad Ali TKOs Joe Frazier for the heavyweight boxing title- The Thrilla in Manila was the third and final boxing match between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier. It was contested for the Heavyweight Championship of the World at the Araneta Coliseum in Quezon CityMetro Manila,Philippines on Wednesday, October 1, 1975. The contest’s name is derived from the frequent rhyming boast made by Ali that the fight would be a “Killa and a Thrilla and a Chilla, when I get that gorilla in Manila”.  Read More »

Michael Jackson’s This is it – They don’t care..

Precision Dancing- Philippine prison inmates…

These guys are good, they should have marketed this video.

The latest performance from the Dancing Inmates of Cebu maximum-security prison in the Philippines . 

Not only is it a wonderful performance, but it illustrates in a powerful way what is possible when a strong positive intention is introduced to a very negative environment.

The focus on dance has resulted in an enlivened, peaceful environment and increased self-esteem on the part of the inmates.

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