This past week I went on vacation for the holidays, so I haven’t been working as much; however, I managed to work roughly 21 hours @ $15/hour, which amounts to a payment of $315.00. Thanks to the donations that came in this past week, I was able to continue working for the week. The week had a total of donations at $395.00, which after the weekly payment, leaves a total budget of $68.58. So, it is still imperative that the donations keep coming in, and thank you greatly to those who have contributed and continue to do so.
I have been incredibly productive on the book in the last while, and have been working on roughly two or three chapters simultaneously. The current focus is on chapters which document the origins and early manifestations of the American Empire in the post-World War II era. I have released two book previews from these chapters last week, one dealing with the plan set forth by the Council on Foreign Relations during World War II to carve up the world for the American Empire in what was called the Grand Area project. The other sneak peak I provided was a look at the early strategies and actions of the American Empire in Latin America, and specifically the National Security memorandum 144 in 1953, which identified the primary “threat” for the U.S. in Latin America as “radical nationalism” which draws its support from the “masses” who were seeking a “higher standard of living.”
This particular chapter, which undertakes an examination of the actual efforts to manage the “Grand Area” in the first decades following World War II, examines not only the American Empire in Latin America, but in North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, East Asia, and the Middle East. At the moment, I am writing about the founding of Israel and the “ethnic cleansing” of the Arab Palestinian population in 1948, which dispels the myths regarding the 1948 war and the origins of the Palestinian refugee problem. David Ben-Gurion, a leading Zionist at the time who then became Israel’s first Prime Minister, was quoted in 1938 as saying, “The Arabs will have to go, but one needs an opportune moment for making it happen, such as a war.” I will be sure to release another sample from this chapter this week, if not two, as this will also help increase awareness of the book and hopefully help encourage more donations as people are able to see what type of work they are supporting. A great deal of research within this chapter has been done, and is quite detailed in scope. A number of my sources and the information within them cannot be found even in the academic literature, but rather, I had to consult the original declassified documents from the State Department and National Security Council (NSC) in the 1940s, 50s, and 60s, so it has been very time-consuming research and rather challenging, though, I think it has yielded some great results, finding information and quotes which can be found no where else. This is important to reveal the inner workings of the American Empire, to see it “in their own words,” how policy is constructed and subsequently implemented.
So, look for another sneak peak (or two) this week, and please continue to support the Book Project. Thanks very much for all your time and support!