Listen to Greta Thunberg’s “I Have A Dream” speech

Listen to Greta Thunberg’s “I Have A Dream” speech

By Jan Oberg April 17, 2019 The amazing person and phenomenon called Greta Thunberg can be looked at from many perspectives. What connects them all is the energies of hope. Thus, for instance, her own personal story and what drives her so passionately – and scientifically – at the age of only 16. Or, how […]

Why do dictators want to be writers?

Why do dictators want to be writers?

By Jonathan Power April 9, 2019 “Since the days of the Roman Empire”, Daniel Kalder wrote in his book “The Infernal Library”, “dictators have written books, but in the twentieth century there was a Krakatoa-like eruption of despotic verbiage, which continues flowing to this day.” It’s a strange thing but true that many dictators began […]

The CIA: Surprise, Kill, Vanish

The CIA: Surprise, Kill, Vanish

By Jonathan Power April 2, 2019 The International Criminal Court (ICC) which prosecutes crimes against humanity is under attack again by the Trump Administration for pursuing Americans. Bill Clinton and Barack Obama supported it. George W. Bush tried to close it down but then decided to cooperate with it. Donald Trump is against it and encouraged […]

Disputing how Europe conquered the world

Disputing how Europe conquered the world

By Jonathan Power March 19, 2019 By 1914 Europeans ruled 84% of the globe. How did they do it? Eleven hundred years ago Europe was a backwater. There were no grand cities, apart from Muslim Cordoba in Spain, and the remnants of Rome and Athens. The Middle East, India and China were further ahead. It […]

After the Trade War, a Real War with China?

After the Trade War, a Real War with China?

By Chas Freeman, Jr. February 20, 2019 Remarks to the St. Petersburg Conference on World Affairs Ambassador Chas W. Freeman, Jr. (USFS, Ret.)Senior Fellow, Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, Brown University St. Petersburg, Florida, 12 February 2019 I’m here at your kind invitation to discuss China, how bad our relations with it may […]

A forgotten great humanitarian

A forgotten great humanitarian

By Jonathan Power January 16, 2019 Many know about Raoul Wallenberg, the Swedish diplomat in Budapest, who led his embassy in a successful attempt to issue “protective passports” to at least 6,000 Hungarian Jews so they could escape the Nazi occupiers and travel to Sweden. He also helped forestall a planned massacre. He became the […]

The world is ending war

The world is ending war

  By Jonathan Power December 4, 2018 “We need jaw jaw not war war”, said Winston Churchill rather hypocritically. Still, he would be glad to see that the number of wars around the world has fallen dramatically since the end of World War 2, despite the wars in Korea, Africa, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Lebanon, Pakistan […]

The Cambodian-UN war crimes trials are finally over

The Cambodian-UN war crimes trials are finally over

  By Jonathan Power  November 20, 2018 Finally, finally, the over-long, ten year trials of the leaders of the murderous Khmer Rouge leadership of Cambodia, are over. The two defendants, Nuon Chea, and Khieu Samphan, were each given a life sentence at the end of the first trial in August 2015 for crimes against humanity. […]

Part 10 • Learn the lessons from US/Western invasions and regime change policies: Not Iran Too!

Part 10 • Learn the lessons from US/Western invasions and regime change policies: Not Iran Too!

  Utterly destructive, self-defeating and spelling the end of the U.S. Empire   By Farhang Jahanpour September 22, 2018 In view of the macro-historical perspective on the Middle East-West relations and the concrete cases referred to in this series – Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria – it is clear that the demonization of Middle Eastern […]

Part 9 • Syria – Attempted regime-change based on a false narrative

Part 9 • Syria – Attempted regime-change based on a false narrative

    By Farhang Jahanpour September 20, 2018   1. An ally in warfare and torture Although the tragic events in Syria are too close to us to pass a definitive judgement about what has happened there and we need some perspective before we can make any definitive statements, nevertheless, some of the outlines of […]

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