Donald Trump’s purported reference to “Sh*thole Countries”
has captured the (outraged) attention of the global
community. And while there is some dispute as to whether
or not the President uttered those exact words, what is not
disputed is that the U.S. President derided certain countries
while discussing U.S. immigration policy reform, suggesting
that the U.S. should have more immigrants from countries
How the U.S. Creates Sh*thole Countries seizes this unique
moment of global focus on the world’s most suffering
countries to address some causative factors, and the extent
to which their lamentable state is not of their doing. It
questions the legitimacy, means and ends of US
interventions in their domestic affairs in pursuit of its
“interests”, which the US then regards as matters of national
security. And from there it proceeds to other questions:
- Why and how does a country become a US target?
- What socio-economic, political and military policies—overt
and covert—does the US undertake to bring the victim
country into line?
- What are the results for the targeted countries?
- For US citizens, who have little idea what is going on, but are
footing the bill?
When the controversy erupted over Donald Trump purportedly castigating immigration from "sh*thole" countries, the opportunity arose to at last bring to the public mind exactly how these countries got that way -- and the other four Ws. Former Congresswoman and 2008 Green Party Presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney and a host of distinguished commentators leapt into the breach.
The seasoned analysts contributing to this book come from
all walks of life and every shade of the political spectrum.
Some have held high positions in government or at the
United Nations; some taught or teach at prestigious
universities; some are in forced exile because of their
political beliefs and the exercise of their Constitutional
rights; some have spent time in prison for acting on their
beliefs; one of them sacrificed the limbs on his body.
|HOW THE US CREATES
|CYNTHIA MCKINNEY, Ph.D
2008 Green Party Candidate
for President and
|BLAMING THE VICTIM COUNTRY
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Important Note on the Characterization “Sh*thole Country”
Toward An Understanding of U.S. Foreign Policy and Its Effects
Enoch Page, Ph.D.
Paul Craig Roberts
The Whole World Is A Chessboard: How An “Uppity Attitude” Can Get A
Country in Trouble With the U.S. Deep State . . .
Lies, Demonization, and Idiotic Reductionism: When An Entire Country
Became One Person
Sanctions Or Bombs Or Rebel Groups:
State-SponsoredTerrorism Financed By the U.S. Deep State
Some “Sh*tholes” to Remember (And How They Got That Way)
Haiti . . . Èzili Dantò
Philippines . . .Jose Maria Sison
Palestine . . .Sami Al-Arian
Democratic Republic of Congo . . .Keith Harmon Snow
Somalia . . . Cynthia McKinney
Syria . . . .Vanessa Beeley and Eva Bartlett
Puerto Rico . . .Maribel Aponte
El Salvador . . . S. Brian Willson
Rwanda . . . Charles Onana, Ph.D.
The United States as a “Sh*tHole Country": The Health Status of
Descendants of Africans Enslaved in the United States (DAEUS) in
The Cost To the People of the U.S. For Creating “Sh*thole Countries”
James Petras and Robin Eastman Abaya
Why Getting the Truth Out Is So Difficult and Necessary: Information
Flow and the Failures of the Press
Sami Al-Arian is a Palestinian-American civil rights activist who was
a computer engineering professor at University of South Florida.
During the Clinton administration and Bush administration, he was
invited to the White House. He actively campaigned for the Bush
presidential campaign in the United States presidential election in
2000. After a contentious interview with Bill O’Reilly on the The O’
Reilly Factor following the September 11 attacks, Al-Arian’s tenure at
University of South Florida came under extreme public scrutiny. His
professorship became the most significant academic freedom case
since Angela Davis in the 1960s.
Kevin Barrett, an American Muslim and PhD Islamic Studies scholar,
is one of America’s best-known critics of the War on Terror. He is
the translator and publsher of Laurent Guyénot’s From Yahweh to
Zion (2018) and has authored and edited several books, including
Orlando False Flag (2016), ANOTHER French False Flag (2016) and We
Are NOT Charlie Hebdo (2015). Dr. Barrett has appeared many times
on Fox, CNN, PBS and other broadcast outlets, and has inspired
feature stories and op-eds in the New York Times, the Christian
Science Monitor, the Chicago Tribune, and other mainstream
publications. A former teacher at colleges and universities in Paris,
the San Francisco Bay Area, and Wisconsin, he currently works as
author, talk radio host, False Flag Weekly News host, editor at
Veterans Today, and TV pundit. His website is TruthJihad.com.
Eva Bartlett is a Canadian freelance journalist and rights activist with
extensive experience in the Gaza Strip, where she lived from late
2008 to early 2013. She arrived by boat as a part of the Free Gaza
missions and documented the 2008/9 and 2012 Israeli war crimes
and attacks on Gaza while riding in ambulances and reporting from
hospitals. An Arabic speaker, Eva accompanied Palestinian
fishermen and farmers as they came under intensive fire from the
Israeli army. More recently, Eva has visited Syria 7 times in the past
few years,exposing war propaganda, around Omran Daqneesh, east
Aleppo, Madaya, al-Waer, Homs and more.
Vanessa Beeley is a British investigative journalist focused on the
West Asia. On her return from Syria in September 2016, she
reported how 600,000 people moved from East to West Aleppo to
take refuge when the NATO-backed rebels attacked the city in 2012.
Scott Bennett, formerly of the U.S. Army 11th Psychological
Operations Battalion, attempted to blow the whistle by contacting the
commercially-controlled media and writing to US politicians after
being sacked from his job as terrorist finance investigator after he
proved too zealous at the job. “He has developed and managed
psychological warfare theories, products, and operations for U.S.
Special Operations Command, U.S. Central Command, the State
Department Coordinator for Counterterrorism, and other government
agencies.” He was a Research Fellow at the Heritage Foundation.
Christopher Black is an international criminal lawyer based in
Toronto, Ontario, Canada where he defended accused in a wide
variety of criminal offences, including acting as counsel in several
murder trials. He was appointed amicus curiae in the Kuldip Singh
Samra case in 1993 (the Osgoode Hall shootings) by Mr. Justice
John O’Driscoll. He has been involved in high-profile cases involving
human rights and war crimes and has defended those accused of
these crimes in Rwanda (see Rwandan Genocide) and the former
Yugoslavia and is on the list of counsel at the International Criminal
Alba Carosio is professor, doctorate tutor and senior researcher of
Posgraduate Studies at the Women´s Studies Center, Central
University of Venezuela, also Senior Researcher at the Rómulo
Gallegos Center of Latin American Studies and at the Internacional
Center Miranda. In charge of the Venezuelan Review for Women’s
Studies since 2007, and Venezuelan Representative at Directing
Committee, Latin American Social Science Research Council
(CLACSO). She holds a PhD in Social Sciences from Central
University of Venezuela, and has authored numerous refereed
articles on Ethics, Politics, Latin American issues, and
Feminist/Gender Studies. Her most recents works are on challenges
of Social Sciences and Humanities in Latin America and the
Caribbean, contribu-tions of feminist thought and movement and
Chavism as movement and political thought.
Èzili Dantò (fomerly colonially named “Marguerite Laurent”) is a
Haitian woman inspired, guided, and directed by the strength, legacy
and visions of the Haitian warrior goddess, Ezili Dantò. She is an
award winning playwright, a performance poet, political and social
commentator, author and human rights attorney. She was born in
Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and raised in Stamford, CT. She holds a BA
from Boston College, a JD from the University of Connecticut School
of law, and, attended the Hartford Conservatory for Ballet, Jazz and
Modern while studying Haitian dancing at home and with countless
Haitian dance experts in the field.
Donald DeBar is a highly-respected broadcast journalist and a
courageous leader and former candidate for the Green Party. As
Senior Producer at Community Public Radio CPR News (CPR), he has
taken a strong stand against U.S. imperialism and is an outspoken
advocate for social justice of every kind. In 2010, he was among
more than 100 activists and journalists from a variety of
organizations, religious groups and media outlets who attended a
New York gathering with former Iranian President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad in the face of an incendiary media campaign that tried
to silence them.
Robin Eastman-Abaya is a pathologist in Binghamton, New York. She
received her medical degree from University of the Philippines
College of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 20 years.
Richard Falk is an American professor emeritus of international law
at Princeton University. He is the author or co-author of 30 books and
the editor or co-editor of another 30 volumes, In 2008, the United
Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) appointed Falk to a six-year
term as a United Nations Special Rapporteur on “the situation of
human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967.” In
2017 UN ESCWA published his report, co-authored with Virginia
Tilley, on Israel as an Apartheid State. His most recent books are
Power Shift: On the New Global Order (2016) and Revisiting the
Vietnam War: Views of Richard Falk (2017) edited by Stefan
Sara Flounders is an American political writer who has been active in
‘progressive’ and anti-war organizing since the 1960s. She is a
member of the Secretariat of Workers World Party, as well as a
principal leader of the International Action Center. She also
frequently writes for Workers World newspaper.
Maribel Aponte-García is Full professor and senior researcher at the
Graduate School of Business and the Social Science Research
Center, UPR; and Caribbean Region Representative, Directing
Committee, Latin American Social Science Research Council
(CLACSO). She holds a PhD in Economics from the University of
Massachusetts at Amherst; and has authored numerous refereed
articles on regionalism, value chains and enterprises; one video
collection on Cuba; and four books on regionalism and Latin
American and Caribbean development. Her most recent works are
on Cuba; the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas; Geopolitics,
regionalism, natural resources and chain mapping, for which she
was awarded the Ruy Mauro Marini Prize by CLACSO; and food
sustainability and trade regimes in Bolivia.
Mike Gravel is an American politician who was a Democratic United
States Senator from Alaska from 1969 to 1981 and a candidate in the
2008 U.S. presidential election. As a Senator, Gravel became
nationally known for his forceful but unsuccessful attempts to end
the draft during the War in Vietnam and for putting the Pentagon
Papers into the public record in 1971 at some risk to himself.
Adam Kokesh is an American political activist. A decorated veteran
of the War in Iraq, Kokesh came to disparage war and advocate
nonviolent resistance to power. Identifying as a libertarian, Kokesh
has called for a “new American revolution” and has announced his
run for President in 2020 on the platform of an “orderly dissolution of
the federal government.” His 2014 book FREEDOM! outlines his
beliefs and philosophy.
Wayne Masden is an investigative journalist, author and newspaper
columnist. He has been a frequent political and national security
commentator on television and radio networks. He has some forty
years of experience in national security issues, including as a U.S.
Naval officer and stints with the National Security Agency, State
Department, and Defense Department contractor corporations. He is
the author of 15 books on various topics, including data privacy,
political corruption, intelligence matters, and genocide.
Charles Onana is a Franco-Cameroonian investigative ournalist and
essayist, who is best known for his writings on the genocide in
Rwanda, including his 2018 dissertation on the topic. He is also
known for his pioneering work on the history of the skirmishes
between Africans in the French army during the Second world War.
He led the pan-African Organisation of independent journalists.
Enoch Page, former Associate Professor at UMass Amherst began
to conceive of race as a managerial method of organizing white
privilege in the racial state. He thereby set out to theorize racism as
a set of stratifying cultural practices and to develop the courses and
pedagogical tools that would engender among his students both the
skills and the desire to eventuate its impending demise. He firmly
believes that ending racism requires the dismantling of whitened
privilege--how dominant racial privilege has been granted to
colonizing and colonized populations.
James Petras is a retired Bartle Professor (Emeritus) of Sociology
at Binghamton University in Binghamton, New York and adjunct
professor at Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
who has published widely on Latin American and Middle Eastern
political issues. He is the author of more than 62 books published in
29 languages, and over 600 articles in professional journals,
including the American Sociological Review, British Journal of
Sociology, Social Research, and Journal of Peasant Studies.
Vernellia Ruth Randall, Professor Emerita, has been a professor of
nursing and community health at Oregon Health Sciences University
and Wright State University as well as a law professor at
Northwestern School of Law, Seattle University School of Law, and
the University of Dayton. She was an associate with the Portland law
firm of Bullivant, Houser, Bailey, Pendergrass and Hoffman from
1987 to 1989. In 1994, Randall was hired as Associate Professor,
School of Law, University of Dayton. Since that time she also was
director of the Academic Excellence Program for the University of
Paul Craig Roberts attended four of the finest universities, studied
under two Nobel Prize-winners in economics, authored 20 peer-
reviewed articles in journals of scholarship, and published four
academic press peer-reviewed books, including Harvard and Oxford
Universities, and seven commercially published books. His most
recent book is The Neoconservative Threat to World Order:
Washington’s Perilous War for Hegemony. Dr. Roberts is one of the
most respected columnists in the alternative media. His syndicated
articles can be seen on many leading alternative news websites
including Lew Rockwell, Infowars, Counterpunch,
InformationClearingHouse and countless others.Roberts scores
huge points in the credibility department having been the former
head of policy at the Department of Treasury under Reagan, and an
editor of the Wall Street Journal — among a long list of other
The Saker was born in a military family of "White" Russian refugees
in western Europe where he lived most of his life. After completing
two college degrees in the USA, he returned to Europe were he
worked as a military analyst until he lost his career due to his vocal
opposition to the western-sponsored wars in Chechnia, Croatia,
Bosnia and Kosovo. After re-training as a software engineer, he
moved to the Florida where he now lives. The Saker is the founder of
the Saker Community of Blogs, which now features: 7 blogs (Main,
French, Russian, Oceanian, Latin American, Italian, Serbian) written
in 7 languages. The main blog alone gets well over one million page
views per month. The international Saker community is composed of
about 100 volunteers including professional translators. Articles
from the Saker blog are picked up by Russia Insider, the Asia Times,
Information Clearing House and many others news sources and our
work has been quoted by Paul Craig Roberts, Sheikh Imran Hosein,
Pepe Escobar and many others.
Jose Maria Sison is a Filipino patriot, a proletarian revolutionary,
professor, and internationalist. He is a Filipino statesman, known for
his experience in and knowledge of the people’s democratic
government and revolutionary forces in the Philippines. He is
sometimes consulted by high officials of foreign governments and by
presidents, senators, congressmen and local officials of the
Philippine reactionary government concerning peace negotiations
with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) and
related matters. He is recognized as the foremost thinker and leader
of the Filipino people’s movement for national liberation and
democracy in the last 50 years.
Keith Harmon Snow is the 2009 Regent’s Lecturer in Law & Society
at UCSB, recognized for over a decade of work challenging
establishment narratives on war crimes, crimes against humanity
and genocide. An award winning photojournalist and war
correspondent, he has worked in 46 countries, is persona non grata
in four of these, and has presented at colleges and universities
around the world. He has worked in classified programs for GE
Aerospace, as genocide investigator for the UNICEF, and has testified
at the International Court of Justice in Spain and in numerous U.S.
refugee asylum hearings. He is the author of The Worst Interests of
the Child and is a Grof-certified Holotropic Breathwork facilitator.
S. Brian Willson commanded an AF combat security unit in Viet Nam.
As a lawyer he critiques the US INjustice system and its equally
criminal foreign policies. He is the author of On Third World Legs and
Blood On the Tracks, and is featured in two documentaries, “The
Healing of Brian Willson,” and “Paying the Price for Peace.” He is the
recipient of numerous awards for his peace and justice activities,
and in addition to his J.D., holds two honorary degrees. While
peaceably blocking US munitions destined for Central America, he
lost both legs and now walks on prostheses. His essays can be
found at brianwillson.com.
Cynthia McKinney is an international peace and human rights
activist, noted for her inconvenient truth-telling about the
U.S.war machine. She was held for seven days in an Israeli
prison after attempting to enter Gaza by sea and traveled to
Libya during U.S. bombing and witnessed the crimes against
humanity committed against that country's people. She holds a
B.A. from the University of Southern California, an M.A.L.D.
from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and a Ph.D.
from Antioch University.