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 US President derided
    certain countries while discussing US immigration policy
    reform, suggesting that the US should have more
    immigrants from countries like Norway.  

    How the US 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

  • 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?  

    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.    

ISBN:  978-0-9998747-1-4 $29.95 405 pp  2018

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edited by
2008 Green Party Candidate  
for President and
Former Congresswoman

    A Peace Movement Whose Time Is Now
    Mike Gravel  

    Taking a Deeper Look at Trump’s Epithet, “Sh*thole” Country
    Cynthia McKinney

    Toward An Understanding of U.S. Foreign

    2017, a Year of Overt Imperialism. And 2018?
    Alberto Rabilotta

    Trump’s “Neo-Neocon” Deep State
    Wayne Madsen  

    The End of Washington’s “Wars on the Cheap”
    The Saker

    Western Wars and Imperial Exploitation Uproot Millions
    James Petras

    Some Victims to Remember
    (And How They Got That Way)

    What is a “Shithole Country,” and
    Why is Trump Obsessed with Haiti?
    Mark Schuler

    Why Are We in Afghanistan?
    Paul Craig Roberts

    US Imperialism Plagues the Philippines
    Jose Maria Sison

    Viet Nam
    One Man’s Atonement in an Ocean of Grief
    Chuck Searcy

    Life After Agent Orange
    Thomas Cox

    How the US Perpetuated the Palestinian Tragedy
    Sami al-Arian

    Africa and Western Multinational Corporations
    Baffour Ankomah

    Is Somalia the U.S. Template for All of Africa?
    Cynthia McKinney  

    Democratic Republic of Congo
    Disaster Capitalism’s Greatest Carnage of Them All
    Keith Harmon Snow  

    The United States and the Rwandan Genocide
    Charles Onana

    El Salvador
    What Goes Around, Comes Around
    S. Brian Willson  

    How the most reliable US oil supplier became
    an extraordinary threat
    Alba Carosio

    Puerto Rico
    "Sh*tholing" a U.S. Colony Before and After Hurricane María
    Maribel Aponte-García

    Why Getting the Truth Out Is So Difficult
    Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo in the
    Propaganda System
    David Peterson & Edward Herman

    Western Imperialism and the Use of Propaganda
    Christopher Black

    'Left' Complicity in American Escalation Toward World War III
    Danny Haiphong
    The United States as a “Sh*thole” Country

    The Shithole Phenomenon at Home and Abroad
    Richard Falk

    The Costs of American Narcissism
    Kevin Barrett
    US Capitalism and the Opioid Epidemic
    Robin Eastman Abaya  

    Report of the Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and
    human rights on his mission to the United States of America
    Philip Alston


Sami Al-Arian  is a Palestinian-American civil rights activist who was
a computer engineering professor  and a tenured academic  at the
University of South Florida  receiving several teaching awards and
grants.  During his four decades in the US (1975-2015), Dr. Al-Arian
founded numerous institutions and publications in the fields of
education, research, religion and interfaith, as well as civil and
human rights. He was a prolific speaker across many US campuses,
especially on Palestine, Islam and the West, and Civil Rights. After a
contentious interview on  FOX News  following the September 11
attacks, Dr. Al-Arian’s tenure came under attack and his
professorship became the most significant academic freedom case
since Angela Davis in the 1960s. In 2001, he was named by
Newsweek the “premiere civil rights activist” in the US for his efforts
to repeal the use of Secret Evidence in US immigration courts.
Before relocating to Turkey in 2015, he spent over 11 years in prison
and under house arrest (2003-2014) before the government had to
drop all of the charges. His US story was featured in the 2007 award-
winning documentary “USA vs. Al-Arian,” and in the 2016 book
“Being Palestinian: Personal Reflections on Palestinian Identity in the
Diaspora.” Dr. Al-Arian has written dozens of articles that were
translated to many languages focusing on US foreign policy,
Palestine, and the Arab Spring phenomena. His book of poetry on
Spirituality, Palestine, and Human Rights Conspiring Against Joseph
was published in 2004. Dr. Al-Arian is currently the director of the
Center for Islam and Global Affairs (CIGA) and public affairs
professor at Istanbul Zaim University in Turkey.

Baffour Ankomah, former Editor of the London-based New African  
magazine, is a pan-African writer and editor who hails from Ghana
but has lived in the Diaspora (principally in the UK and Zimbabwe) for
the past 33 years. In 38 years of his journalism career, Africa and its
many causes have been his passion.  As Editor of New African from
1999 to 2014, he turned the magazine into a veritable mouthpiece of
the African continent, a voice which was respected worldwide. His
personal column, Baffour’s Beefs, which has been running in New
African since 1987, is a big hit and a must-read for the magazine’s
worldwide readers.  Now based in Zimbabwe, he and his wife
Elizabeth run their own media consultancy and fashion house called
African Interest which trades under the trademark ‘I am African’.

Maribel Aponte-García  is Full professor and researcher at the
Graduate School of Business and the Social Science Research
Center, University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus; 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.

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

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, so as 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, contributions of feminist thought and movement and
Chavism as movement and political thought.

Thomas Cox is a U.S. citizen who lives in Asia.  In December 2015, he
conducted an interview of a Viet Nam family, residents of Phong Nha
Town in Quang Binh Province, who had been bombarded by
Monsanto’s Agent Orange being sprayed on them by U.S. planes.

Robin Eastman-Abaya is a  Physician, educated in the Philippines at
the University of the Philippines during the Marcos Dictatorship.  30
years experience as senior consultant pathologist diagnosing and
documenting the overdose and premature death crisis among rural
and small town citizens - covering a geographic range of around 13
impoverished and devastated counties in upstate New York.  Her
interests are documenting the health consequences of social and
political decisions in a specific geographic context.

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
Stefan Andersson.

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.

Danny Haiphong  is an anti-imperialist activist and journalist in the
NYC area. He is a contributing columnist for Black Agenda Report
since 2013. The focus of his work has been on the endless war
conducted by US imperialism. Danny sees such war as an extension
of the broader class war on the poor and oppressed both in the US
and around the world.  His articles have been republished in
independent outlets such as TruthOut, CounterPunch, and
MintPressNews. Danny has also frequently been a guest in CPRnews
with Don Debar and Black Agenda Radio with Glen Ford and Nellie
Bailey. At the moment, Danny is collaborating on a book tentiatively
titled “American exceptionalism and American innocence: The Fake
News of US Empire” with Professor Roberto Sirvent.

Wayne Madsen   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   journalist of investigation and essayist Franco-
Cameroonian, who is best known for his writings on the genocide in
Rwanda, including his 2018 Ph.D. 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 Organization of Independent Journalists.

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 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.

Paul Craig Roberts   Dr. Paul Craig Roberts is a former Assistant
Secretary of the US Treasury, member of the US Congressional
staff,  associate editor and columnist for the Wall Street Journal, and
columnist for Business Week, the Scripps Howard News Service,
and Creators Syndicate.  He has held academic appointments in six
universities, including the William E. Simon Chair in Political
Economy, Center for Strategic and International Studies,
Georgetown. He has testified before committees of Congress on 30
occasions. He is author or coauthor of twelve books and numerous
articles in scholarly journals.  Dr. Roberts was awarded the US
Treasury’s Meritorious Service Award for “outstanding contributions
to the formulation of US economic policy,” and France’s Legion of
Honor as “the artisan of a renewal in economic science and policy
after half a century of state interventionism” by the government of
Francois Mitterrand. His website is

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 two to three million
pageviews 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.

Mark Schuller is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Nonprofit
and NGO Studies at Northern Illinois University and affiliate at the
Faculté d’Ethnologie, l’Université d’État d’Haïti.  Schuller’s research
on NGOs, globalization, disasters, and gender in Haiti has been
published in over three dozen book chapters and peer-reviewed
articles as well as public media, including a column in Huffington
Post. He is the author of two monographs, including Humanitarian
Aftershocks in Haiti (Rutgers, 2016) and co-editor of five volumes,
Tectonic Shifts: Haiti since the Earthquake (Kumarian
Press, 2012). He is co-director/co-producer of the documentary Poto
Mitan: Haitian Women, Pillars of the Global Economy (2009). Schuller
is co-editor of Berghahn Books’
Catastrophes in Context and
University of Alabama Press’
NGOgraphies: a Series of Ethnographic
Reflections of NGOs
. Recipient of the Margaret Mead Award and the
Anthropology in Media Award, he is active in several solidarity efforts.

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 the foremost thinker and
leader of the Filipino people’s movement for national liberation and
democracy in the last 50 years.  Prof. Sison is the Chairperson of the
International Coordinating Committee, International League of
Peoples’ Struggle.

Keith Harmon Snow  is the 2009 Regent’s Lecturer in Law & Society
at the University of California, Santa Barbara, recognized for over a
decade of work on war crimes, crimes against humanity and
genocide.  A photojournalist and war correspondent, he is a three
time Project Censored award-winner; the author of the recently
published book: The Worst Interests of the Child; and his
photography is spotlighted on the Social Documentary Network.  A
presenter at the 65th Annual Conference on World Affairs, he is also
a Grof-certified facilitator of Holotropic Breathwork, a Motivational
Speaker, and a professional tree climbing instructor.  His TED-talk is
titled What Are You Waiting For? and his web sites are Conscious
Being Alliance and All Things Pass.

S. Brian Willson  commanded a United States Air Force 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
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.  In addition to Libya, she has traveled to Cuba, Syria, Russia, Iran,
Pakistan, and as she puts it: “Wherever U,S. Bombs are dropping or US sanctions are
biting.”  She is the author of  
Ain't Nothing Like Freedom and editor of The Illegal War On
Libya .  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.  Cynthia
McKinney is a former U.S. Congresswoman and Green Party nominee for President of the
United States and is an Assistant Professor at North South University.
A devastating critique of the effects of US foreign policy at home and abroad.
Barnes & Noble
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    "Former Rep. Cynthia McKinney has assembled an all-star
    cast of voices for peace, and against imperialism, in How the
    US Creates Sh*tholes . Ever since John F. Kennedy was
    assassinated, the dreams of people everywhere having the
    right to govern themselves independently have been
    crushed by the cruel reality of American imperialism. The
    Alliance for Progress and Peace Corps have been
    supplanted by a perpetual war against an unidentifiable and
    largely imaginary foe. In reality, the most obvious enemy of
    reasonable Americans is our monstrous military-industrial
    complex. The exploitation of smaller, poorer nations all over
    the world continues to be the central tenet of America's
    "bipartisan" foreign policy. With this important book, Cynthia
    McKinney and company provide some of those "tiny ripples
    of hope" that Robert F. Kennedy so eloquently spoke of.
    Every American should read this book, and keep it in mind
    when they hear the continuous propaganda spewed out by
    the mainstream media and career politicians serving our
    one and only War Party."
    DONALD JEFFRIES, author of Hidden History

    "This book is a call to peaceful action. Dr McKinney has
    compiled works by an impressive  assortment of
    investigators, academics, activists  and retired federal
    employees to awaken us to the cruel realities  of US imperial
    policy from the era of Manifest Destiny to the 'Full Spectrum
    Dominance' of the present. This book is essential reading
    for anyone who wants to know what's really going on in  the
    wider world!"
    Dr T.J. COLES, author/editor of Voices for Peace  

    "The United States creates sh*thole countries through
    military violence and war by other means, such as economic
    sanctions which create suffering in Venezuela and Cuba and
    Iran. The U.S. is not a democracy for its own citizens and
    routinely violates the sovereignty of people all over the
    world. Leaders who choose an independent path face
    threats of coups and assassinations. From Haiti, to Libya, to
    Honduras, to Somalia to Ukraine, United States foreign policy
    creates failed states and human misery on a massive scale."
    MARGARET KIMBERLEY, Black Agenda Report

    "The great freedom fighter and anti-war activist, Cynthia
    McKinney, has compiled valid statements from every side of
    the aisle showing that the US government creates the very
    problems it says it is fighting against.  No matter if you are
    left, right or libertarian you will hear eloquent writers making
    this exact case.  It is up to the people to realize what is
    happening before the military industrial complex and the
    massive amount of debt it creates turns the US into a third
    world shithole country."
    JEFF BERWICK,  The Dollar Vigilante