Here's an article I wrote in response to the argument of needing to fight fire with fire in Syria, Uganda, etc. Appealing as firepower may be, history shows that approach fails to ease civilian suffering most of the time.... often causing greater violence, prolonged instability and lessening chances for democracy.…Continue
By Prof. Peter Phillips
In an all day conference, February 10, 2012, some 120 authors, professors, and journalists, from dozens of Caribbean, American and African countries, met with Fidel Castro. Those attending were invited participants for the Intellectual Encounters for Peace and the…Continue
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New on TFF's new blog...
I'm pleased to alert you to a new comment on what increasingly looks to me as a build-up to yet another terrible unnecessary war. I argue that the Iran issue is not about nuclear weapons, that is only stage-setting. There is a larger drama in the theatre that is about to take fire - and it is the giant global change of forces and the…Continue
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Congress makes Elmo cry by defunding Palestinian 'Sesame Street'
Christian Science Monitor
Jan. 31. 2012
In protest of the Palestinian statehood bid at the UN, Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen froze $192 million in funding for USAID programs, including a Palestinian version of 'Sesame Street.' The move has not only jeopardized the show, but US Mideast policy.
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The Globalization of War
The "Military Roadmap" to World War III
Michel Chossudovsky and Finian Cunningham (Editors)
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By Jan Oberg
If we do not care for single individuals, we care for nobody. I have met Aziz twice, 5 hours conversation in 2002 and 2003 during TFF's fact-finding missions.
He came across as a decent, very knowledgeable man. No matter what he may also have done, killing him will be a barbarian act shaming us all.
It is my firm belief that the US colonial "legal" process against him is nothing but revenge of the most inhuman, cruel type.…
Added by Jan Oberg on January 15, 2012 at 8:30am — No Comments
Exciting news – Atlas Corps is expanding in Latin America! In addition to our Fellowship opportunities in Colombia, we also now offer placements in Chile. We encourage applicants to be keep an open mind about serving in either country. Since placements are dependent on …Continue
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Military force shouldn’t be ruled out as a response to an Iranian assassination plot on U.S. soil, the top House Republican on intelligence issues said on ABC’s “This Week.”
“I don’t think you should take it off the table,” said Representative Mike Rogers, the chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Rogers said other options would include rallying the international community against Iran or taking action against Iranian operatives in Iraq. Noticeably…
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Saturday, August 20, 2011
By James M. Dorsey
Mark Twain’s warning that “the reports of my death are greatly exaggerated" must be on Syrian president Syrian president Bashar al Assad’s mind as his country braces itself for European sanctions on his country’s oil exports.
Despite the tightening noose with Western nations this week calling for him to resign and seeking to increase the pain, Mr. Assad has substantial political life left in him and is unlikely to halt his…Continue
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Friday, August 12, 2011
By James M. Dorsey
US president Barak Obama and Sepp Blatter, the head of world soccer body FIFA, share the same headache: what to do about Bahrain?
So far, Messrs. Obama and Blatter have essentially shied away from confronting the issue of a ruler who employs mercenaries to violently suppress pro-democracy demonstrators, including some of the country's most prominent soccer players.
The protests in February and March that started with…Continue
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Monday, August 8, 2011
By James M. Dorsey
Syrian president Bashar al Assad has succeeded where US and European diplomacy failed: five months into anti-government demonstrations demanding his resignation, Mr. Assad has united the international community in decrying the brutality of his failed effort to crush the protests.
Increasingly cornered, Mr. Assad failed in the past week to read the writing on the wall. His ferocious attack on Hama, Syria’s…Continue
Added by James M Dorsey on August 8, 2011 at 2:24am — No Comments
For the last twenty years, Somalia has been entangled in a "civil war" amidst the destruction of both its rural and urban economies.
The country is now facing widespread famine. According to reports, tens…
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The United States spent more than $7 billion in military aid to Colombia since the year 2000.
"There are several powerful companies and lobbies in Washington such as Lockheed Martin, say Raytheon, Northrop Grumman; military intelligence contractors who lobby Congress and their contacts within the Pentagon and the CIA to engage in special programs in Colombia with provisos written to make sure that the money actually cycles back to the United States," the WikiLeaks founder…Continue
Added by Susmita Barua on March 31, 2011 at 9:43pm — No Comments
To help rabbis to lead the way in bringing Jewish ideas to the widest possible audiences, RWB invites applications for its Fellowship Program. The Fellowship Program will bring together rabbis from across the country and across the ideological spectrum to study with leading thinkers, authors, and influential people working in the fields of media, politics, public policy, American religion, and contemporary…Continue
Added by Craig Zelizer on March 16, 2011 at 7:55pm — No Comments
Japan announced its defense program in mid-December foreseeing a more dynamic, proactive and flexible military approach in the next decade. This policy shift could be simply described as rebalancing and adjusting Japan’s threat assessment and priorities from the Cold War era to the rising power of China. In fact, it has even wider implications: the new Japanese blueprint offers an insight into future strategic developments in the Asia Pacific region where,…
Added by Donatello Osti on January 17, 2011 at 1:19pm — No Comments
At the death of U.S. diplomat Richard Holbrooke, there is no end to the praise. Obama, CNN and Wesley Clarke are out of all proportions. Tiny fact like these are left aside:
1) Holbrooke gave the green light for the Kwangju massacre on South Korean students 1980.
2) He undermined non-violent Dr. Rugova in Kosovo by helping the murky US -defined terrorists of the Kosovo Liberation Army to take over.
3) He was a prime mover in the expansion of NATO after the Cold…Continue
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