Torture again and again

Torture again and again

By Jonathan Power January 9, 2018 Looking for a good cause for 2018? Something you can do while sitting in your arm chair. Something that needs to be done if we are to live in a “clean” planet. Campaigning against torture is what it is. It can be done by e-mail, s-mail, phone, text and […]

Let the Two-State Solution Die a Natural Death

Let the Two-State Solution Die a Natural Death

  By Richard Falk This post is a modified version of an article published in Middle East Eye on Jan. 1, 2018. It contends that the proper priority for genuine advocates of peace between Israelis and Palestinians should be centered around apartheid rather than be devoted to reviving an Oslo style ‘peace process’ (always a sham) […]

Don’t get too excited about the protests in Iran

Don’t get too excited about the protests in Iran

  By Stephen Kinzer • Whenever trouble breaks out in Iran, adrenaline rushes through Washington. Hearts pound excitedly at the Pentagon, the CIA, the White House, and Congress. In recent weeks, reports of street protests in several Iranian cities have triggered this Pavlovian response. Once again, however, Americans who have spent decades hoping for an […]

Honor, Humiliation, and Terror – Book note

Honor, Humiliation, and Terror – Book note

New book by Evelin Lindner • Humankind has reached a boiling point. Violence, hatred, and terror have become deeply entangled with honor, heroism, glory, loyalty, and love. Over the past five percent of modern human history on planet Earth, roughly the past ten millennia, human activity has reached a crescendo of rapid and ruthless competition […]

Dr Shashi Tharoor MP – Britain Does Owe Reparations – YouTube

Dr Shashi Tharoor MP – Britain Does Owe Reparations – YouTube

  By Dr. Shashi Tharoor • At Oxford Union in 2015   Jan Oberg comments: Elegant, knowledgeable, witty and – to the point. A delightful way of setting the records straight.

A journey through a land of extreme poverty: Welcome to America

A journey through a land of extreme poverty: Welcome to America

  • The UN’s Philip Alston is an expert on deprivation – and he wants to know why 41m Americans are living in poverty. The Guardian joined him on a special two-week mission into the dark heart of the world’s richest nation. By Ed Pilkington “You got a choice to make, man. You could go […]

International Law and “The Responsibility to Protect” – Vijay Prashad

By Vijay Prashad • In the final segment of Paul Jay’s interview with Vijay Prashad on Reality Asserts Itself, the subject is the undermining of international law and military interventions in the name of human rights. Watch the full episode… From The Real News Network Via youtube.com

Between Humanitarianism and Security: Displacement in a Perilous State of Exception

Between Humanitarianism and Security: Displacement in a Perilous State of Exception

By James Fitzgerald • This paper examines how the politics of state, border, and biological control affect the journeys and experiences of asylum seekers and “irregular” migrants who are, at once, the victims and recipients of care and security. Building on fieldwork carried out at the “migrant aid centre” in Porte de la Chapelle, Paris, […]

“Ever Since My UN Appointment I Have Often Been Accused of Being an Anti-Semite and A Self-Hating Jew”

“Ever Since My UN Appointment I Have Often Been Accused of Being an Anti-Semite and A Self-Hating Jew”

By Richard Falk Via ahtribune.com A wide-ranging conversation with Richard Falk at the American Herald Tribune on October 5, 2017. Here a few excerpts: • Mohsen Abdelmoumen: You wrote the book “Achieving Human Rights”. Don’t you think that the many interventions of American imperialism, under the pretext of spreading human rights and democracy, have emptied […]

The Prince of human rights

The Prince of human rights

  By Jan Oberg • General Ratko Mladic has finally been sentenced – to life – for crimes committed in Bosnia during the Yugoslav dissolution wars in the 1990s. That motivated Prince Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, to make a statement to the effect that “Mladic is the epitome […]