April 21st, 2006

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Overthrow: America's Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq

Former New York Times foreign correspondent and author Stephen Kinzer discussed his new book, Overthrow: America's Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq with Amy Goodman on today's Democracy Now! program. He talked about how "The invasion of Iraq in 2003 was not an isolated episode. It was the culmination of a 110-year period during which Americans overthrew fourteen governments that displeased them for various ideological, political, and economic reasons." The Biggest Revelations to This Non-History student was:

STEPHEN KINZER: It's hard to believe today that we could even use the word “Iran” and “democracy” in the same sentence, but the fact is Iran was a functioning, thriving democracy in the late 1940s and early 1950s. Because Iran nationalized its oil industry, rather than allow it to continue being exploited by foreigners, Iran became a target for foreign intervention, and the U.S. did overthrow the democracy of Iran in the summer of 1953...

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STEPHEN KINZER: Many Americans I don't think realize that Hawaii was an independent country before it was brought into the United States. In brief, this is the story. In the early part of the 19th century, several hundred American missionaries, most of them from New England, sailed off to what were then called the Sandwich Islands to devote their lives to, as they would have put it, raising up the heathen savages and teaching them the blessings of Christian civilization...

Also Highly Recommend is the segment from January where Amy spoke with John Perkins, the author of Confessions of an Economic Hit Man about his former work of going into various countries to create a secret empire through economics after being recruited by the National Security Agency.

Books:
  • Overthrow: America’s Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq
  • Confessions of an Economic Hit Man
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