Time to challenge the War System

Time to challenge the War System

By Jake Lynch • “Free elections and free markets” represent “the single sustainable model for national success”. So declared the US National Security Strategy published by the Administration of George W Bush in 2002. It’s a document better known for the novelty of its proposed variation on the traditional UN provision for the legal use […]

Norway’s Parliament Must Change Its Routine for Selection of the Nobel Committee

Norway’s Parliament Must Change Its Routine for Selection of the Nobel Committee

By Fredrik S. Heffermehl* 23 Oct 2017 • The parliament will select a new Nobel Committee only in a month’s time–and we fear the worst. But there are 19 law professors backing our demands. Below, our letter to parliament. I. Parliament must change its routine for selections for the Nobel Committee, legislators must comply with […]

The Saudi art charade and Mohammad bin Salman

The Saudi art charade and Mohammad bin Salman

By Mark LeVine • Regime sponsorship of the arts could hurt artistic freedom of expression. Last month’s purchase of Leonardo da Vinci’s painting, Salvator Mundi, for $450m by an associate of Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman (MBS) rocked the art world. It also called into question an already suspect anti-corruption drive launched by bin Salman in […]

Two Ways of Being Western: Christianity and Science

Two Ways of Being Western: Christianity and Science

By Johan Galtung Farewell Seminar SCAR, George Mason University, Arlington-VA 6 Dec 2017 • Two basic institutions in Western history and individual lives: Christianity offering Salvation to those following Laws, Commandments, and Science offering Truth to those who believe in scientific laws. After Enlightenment ushered in a godless world, one is waning and the other […]

What has brought Iranians into the streets? In a word, the economy

What has brought Iranians into the streets? In a word, the economy

    By Scott Peterson • In the outpouring of anger by thousands of Iranian protesters, people have died and the country’s foreign policy and top leaders have been denounced. But the driving factor is the economy above all, say analysts. January 2, 2018 London—The violent protests in Iran that entered their sixth day Tuesday […]

Glenn Greenwald on Iran protests

Glenn Greenwald on Iran protests

  From Democracy Now – where you’ll also find a transcript of this interview. January 2, 2018    

Top 5 Signs Trump doesn’t Actually Care about Iranian Protesters

Top 5 Signs Trump doesn’t Actually Care about Iranian Protesters

  By Juan Cole, Informed Comment. Trump has tweeted as though he cares about the welfare of the Iranian protesters in small towns across that country who are upset about reduced government subsidies for commodities such as eggs and gasoline. His administration tried to prosecute protesters for laughing at VP Mike Pence. The scattered rallies, […]

Star footballer is now president of Liberia

Star footballer is now president of Liberia

  By Jonathan Power January 2nd 2018. It was late 2003, the Liberian war was winding down after taking the lives of 250,000 civilians, spawning a small army of deadly child soldiers, and I was sitting at lunch in Monrovia inside the president’s palatial office and residence with the American ambassador on my right and […]

Behind the Fall and Rise of China’s Xiaomi

Behind the Fall and Rise of China’s Xiaomi

  By David Kline A year ago, Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi (sha-oh-me) had fallen from the world’s most valuable unicorn to a “unicorpse.” Sales plunged in 2016, pushing the company from first to fifth place among China’s smartphone makers. No firm had ever come back from a wound that severe in the trench warfare of […]

The Case Against Iraqing Iran

The Case Against Iraqing Iran

  By David Swanson • The case against Iraqing Iran includes the following points: Threatening war is a violation of the U.N. Charter. Waging war is a violation of the U.N. Charter and of the Kellogg-Briand Pact. Waging war without Congress is a violation of the U.S. Constitution. Have you seen Iraq lately? Have you […]

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