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'US Overthrowing Governments: The Master List', by William Blum, 2013:

"Instances of the US overthrowing, or attempting to overthrow, a foreign government since the Second World War. (* indicates successful ouster of a government):

China 1949 to early 1960s

Albania 1949-53

East Germany 1950s

Iran 1953 *

Guatemala 1954 *

Costa Rica mid-1950s

Syria 1956-7

Egypt 1957

Indonesia 1957-8

British Guiana 1953-64 *

Iraq 1963 *

North Vietnam 1945-73

Cambodia 1955-70 *

Laos 1958 *, 1959 *, 1960 *

Ecuador 1960-63 *

Congo 1960 *

France 1965

Brazil 1962-64 *

Dominican Republic 1963 *

Cuba 1959 to present

Bolivia 1964 *

Indonesia 1965 *

Ghana 1966 *

Chile 1964-73 *

Greece 1967 *

Costa Rica 1970-71

Bolivia 1971 *

Australia 1973-75 *

Angola 1975, 1980s

Zaire 1975

Portugal 1974-76 *

Jamaica 1976-80 *

Seychelles 1979-81

Chad 1981-82 *

Grenada 1983 *

South Yemen 1982-84

Suriname 1982-84

Fiji 1987 *

Libya 1980s

Nicaragua 1981-90 *

Panama 1989 *

Bulgaria 1990 *

Albania 1991 *

Iraq 1991

Afghanistan 1980s *

Somalia 1993

Yugoslavia 1999-2000 *

Ecuador 2000 *

Afghanistan 2001 *

Venezuela 2002 *

Iraq 2003 *

Haiti 2004 *

Somalia 2007 to present

Honduras 2009

Libya 2011 *

Syria 2012

Ukraine 2014 *

Q: Why will there never be a coup d’état in Washington?

A: Because there’s no American embassy there.


← Be nice to America. Or we’ll bring democracy to your country!"

Ethics of Resistance

"Political consciousness without political ambition is a description that fits many members of the resistance of the mind. They came from an intellectual milieu in which experimental rationalism and intellectual courage was paired. They were convinced the political activity of intellectual need not be dreamlike or utopian: ‘Before it can become a sister of the dream, action must be the sister of rigor’. Normally, Canguilhem said, a philosopher who wrote a textbook on ethics was prepared to die at home and in his bed; but in the years when Cavaillés was in danger of being arrested, tortured, and killed by the Nazis, he wrote a textbook on logic."
 
"Since the Nazi ideology was intellectually unacceptable, political resistance against it was unavoidable. Scholars became political resisters out of intellectual necessity. They were willing to fight for their country and for the life of the mind, as Jean Cavaillès did, a professor of mathematics and logic who got used to carrying hand grenades in his briefcase and know how to handle dynamite. He acted – as George Canguilhem put it – without political ambition, but with a highly developed political consciousness."
 
"When asked how he could have changed from a militant pacifist to an active Resistance fighter, Canguilhem said only, ’When the Germans attacked France, I knew that the time for pacifism was over’. Yet he never talked about himself and his admirable role in the Resistance; he only talked about the courage of colleagues and friends. (…) For Canguilhem, his comrades’ dedication to the Resistance and their calm and unflinching courage could be understood only on the basis of their fundamental belief in universal values. National Socialism was an ideology of race that contradicted any claim of universalism." Wolf Lepenies, The Seduction of Culture in German History, 2006:119f.
 
"Who is my brother and my sister? Who is not?" Primo Levi 
 

"Every year, on Martin Luther King Day, I’m reminded of these words, from King’s Letter from a Birmingham Jail (refs. missing): 

"Over the past few years I have been gravely disappointed with the white moderate. I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro’s great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen’s Counciler or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more devoted to “order” than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says: “I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I cannot agree with your methods of direct action”; who paternalistically believes he can set the timetable for another man’s freedom; who lives by a mythical concept of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait for a “more convenient season.” 
 
"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable
network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly." Martin Luther King (in Letter from Birmingham Jail)

French Historian Marc Bloch ((also) later killed by the nazis) writes on the similarity of the educated people's incredible passiveness up to the French Revolution and the educated people's passivenes to nazis in the thirties.

Ernst Cassirer writes in The Myth of the State: Know your enemy



"When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall, one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle." Edmund Burke
 
"I wish that people would understand that our time is nothing special." M. Foucault
 
"If we know, then we must fight for your life as though it were our own - which it is - and render impassable with our bodies the corridor to the gas chamber. For, if they take you in the morning, they will be coming for us that night. Therefore: peace." Brother James

"Who fights can lose, who doesn't fight has already lost." Bertolt Brecht

“If there is no struggle there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom and yet deprecate agitation are men who want crops without plowing up the ground; they want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters. This struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, and it may be both moral and physical, but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.”  Frederick Douglass (in 1857)