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 […]

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 […]

What if Donald Trump is what America is all about?

What if Donald Trump is what America is all about?

  There is a widely accepted idea among some Americans that Trump does not reflect American values. They are wrong   By Hamid Dabashi In an erudite and timely piece for the New York Times, published just a few days before the midterm elections in early November 2018, my distinguished Columbia University colleague Andrew Delbanco […]

Law Not War: Listen very carefully to Ben Ferencz

Law Not War: Listen very carefully to Ben Ferencz

  By Jan Oberg August 13, 2018 This is literally a unique experience of extraordinary educational value: Listen to 98-year old Ben Ferencz sharing his crystal clear perception of the human stupidity of war – all wars – and how he sees the situation of humanity. He remains a realist, he says, with more optimism […]

If you want peace, don’t focus on the violence and the evil guy

If you want peace, don’t focus on the violence and the evil guy

A personal pledge provoked by the debates about Syria   By Jan Oberg   Summary About 95% of all debates about conflicts and war that we see in politics, mainstream media, the Internet and social media focus on the violence, who uses more or less of it and who is, therefore, the evil party. This […]

The Necessity of a Trump-Putin Summit

The Necessity of a Trump-Putin Summit

Ten ways the new US-Russian Cold War is increasingly becoming more dangerous than the one we survived. By Stephen F. Cohen June 21, 2018 Stephen F. Cohen, professor emeritus of Russian studies and politics at NYU and Princeton, and John Batchelor continue their (usually) weekly discussions of the new US-Russian Cold War. (You can find […]

Populism – A Notion Rising Above Its Content

Populism –  A Notion Rising Above Its Content

  By Tibor Várady April 19, 2018 Some introductory remarks concerning the use of the term “populism” The term “populism” is becoming increasingly popular in public discourse. It is difficult to deny – and I have no intention to try to deny – that the designation tackles (or tries to tackle) a serious problem. But […]

The hard right and its threats to democratic liberalism

The hard right and its threats to democratic liberalism

By Edmund Fawcett Originally published by Open Democracy on April 7, 2018 here on   Unlike the hard right I have not conjured up an imaginary Other, but identified a genuine adversary in a struggle over democratic liberalism that is already engaged.   28 March 2018, Germany, Berlin: Olaf Scholz, Federal Minister of Finance (SPD), […]

Will Democracy Survive? How? Whether? Hard Questions in Dark Times

Will Democracy Survive? How? Whether? Hard Questions in Dark Times

    By Richard Falk April 7, 2018 As demagogic leaders with popular approval or at least acquiescence dominate the political process of several important ‘democratic’ states questions need to be asked about the core or indispensable content of democracy. Other states seek the imprimatur of ‘democracy’ but limit drastically the choices open to the citizenry […]

“Revisiting the Vietnam War And International Law: Views and Interpretations of Richard Falk” – New Book

“Revisiting the Vietnam War And International Law: Views and Interpretations of Richard Falk” – New Book

  New book by TFF Associate, Richard Falk, on the Vietnam War   Revisiting the Vietnam War And International Law: Views and Interpretations of Richard Falk Editor Stefan Andersson Cambridge University Press, 2017 (US $ 157) Paperback UK £ 28 here   Why the Legal and Political Debate on the Vietnam War Still Matters   […]

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