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The Rise of History’s Biggest Empire

According to David Vine, author of Base Nation: How U.S. Military Bases Abroad Harm America and the World (American Empire Project), the USA maintains approximately 800 military bases in more than 70 countries and territories abroad; see Vine’s maps for these base locations in 2015. And this does not include the military bases within the borders of the United States.

Politico has a colorful map showing military bases and lily pads (military base locations with less than 200 personnel).

It may not be politically correct to call it empire, but Abby Martin’s 2015 documentary refers to it as The Rise of History’s Biggest Empire.

Journalist Abby Martin is the creator of The Empire Files @EmpireFiles and founder of @MediaRootsNews, Her Twitter account proudly proclaims that she was “accused by US govt of fomenting ‘radical discontent’ at RT’s @BreakingTheSet.

The Empire Files “explores the U.S. Empire, its rise to world hegemony and its impact on people and the planet… recording a world shaped by war & inequality.”

Videos can be watched on or YouTube. You can also find some content from The Empire Files at The Empire Files podcast can be heard on Apple Podcasts or SoundCloud.

One might think that Abby Martin’s sensibilities are because she experienced political oppression, but Wikipedia says that she “grew up in Pleasanton, California, where she attended Amador Valley High School, graduating in 2002. She became interested in journalism when her old high school boyfriend enlisted in the military after the September 11 attacks in 2001. ‘I didn’t want him going to war, let alone fighting in one’, she recalls. ‘I began to critically ask ‘What is really going on?’ By the time she was a sophomore at San Diego State University, she began questioning what she called the ‘selling’ of the Iraq War by the media.” 

Millennial Magazine portrayed Martin in 2014 as anunfiltered media representative for the Millennial generation who reports “stories that deserve public recognition”.

This 25 minute YouTube video traces “the rise of the U.S. empire to world hegemony and its impact on people and the planet.”

Find out more on the subject from the series of books referred to as The American Empire Project.


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