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 […]

Taiwan is not going back to China

Taiwan is not going back to China

By Jonathan Power January 9, 2019 Those, like some highly placed people in the US government and Congress, who say it is inevitable that Taiwan with its population of 24 million will one day return as part of mainland China rather as Hong Kong did, have really missed a beat. There is simply no likelihood […]

New EU sanctions on Iran: The plank in your own eyes

New EU sanctions on Iran: The plank in your own eyes

Iranian foreign minister Javad Zarif and the EU Foreign Policy chief Frederica Mogherini By Jan Oberg January 9, 2019 UPI writes that the European Union issues sanctions on Iran over assassination plots on January 8, 2019. And US Secretary of State, Pompeo, fully supports them. The move puts the Iranian individuals and intelligence unit on […]

Jake Lynch explains peace journalism

Jake Lynch explains peace journalism

By Jake Lynch, TFF Associate January 7, 2018 Dr Jake Lynch, former BBC newsreader, political correspondent for Sky News and Sydney correspondent for the Independent, is the director of the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Sydney and one of the most published authors in the field of Peace Journalism. Associate […]

The US has Saudi Arabia over a barrel

The US has Saudi Arabia over a barrel

By Jonathan Power January 1, 2019 Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman remains at large, the unapologetic murderer (according to the CIA) of the respected dissident journalist, Jamal Khashoggi. Even though President Donald Trump came close to accusing him of the deed, he has pulled back, citing Saudi Arabia’s importance as an oil producer and arms […]

Finally, elections in the Congo

Finally, elections in the Congo

By Jonathan Power December 27, 2018 The general election has been postponed yet again. Will this country, the largest and potentially the richest in Africa, ever escape from its continuous dictatorship, and its propensity to civil war? It’s not so long ago that Susan Rice, then the US’s Ambassador to the United Nations, was talking […]

Can Trump Survive Syria, Mattis, Stock Market Fall, & Friedman’s ‘Watershed Moment’?

Can Trump Survive Syria, Mattis, Stock Market Fall, & Friedman’s ‘Watershed Moment’?

By Richard Falk December 27, 2018 I have long believed that the three red lines in Washington that no elected president can significantly transgress without being ejected from the Oval Office are unwavering support for the priorities of Wall Street, the Pentagon, and Israel. With the announced withdrawal of American troops in Syria (and their […]

What the Shah’s son should do – instead of siding with Trump

What the Shah’s son should do – instead of siding with Trump

By Farhang Jahanpour December 20, 2018 After a long period of relative silence, Reza Pahlavi, the son of the deposed Iranian Shah who has lived in the United States for more than 40 years, recently made a rare public appearance, calling for a U.S.-backed regime change in Iran. Speaking at the pro-Israel Washington Institute for […]

The Problems of Democracy

The Problems of Democracy

By Jonathan Power December 18, 2018 In the Western world, there is a constant debate about democracy. In the US the Democrats charge quite correctly that the House’s constituencies are gerrymandered against them. Then there’s the insoluble issue of the Senate’s anti-democratic bias where its numbers are tilted against the Democrats by the fact that […]

Time for another referendum

Time for another referendum

By Jonathan Power December 12, 2018 The whole debate about Brexit has had a weird quality about it from beginning to end. Prime Minister Theresa May voted in the referendum two and half years ago to remain in the European Union but then as a quid pro quo for being made prime minister she has […]

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