Why we need to move closer to King’s understanding of nonviolence

Why we need to move closer to King’s understanding of nonviolence

Kazu Haga February 9, 2021 Nonviolence is not simply the absence of violence, but about taking a proactive stand against violence and injustice, and working to repair the harm. Originally posted on Waging NonViolence on January 16, 2020 The following is an edited version of a chapter from Kazu Haga’s new book, “Healing Resistance: A […]

Contrast today’s anti-intellectual peacelessness: John F. Kennedy’s “Peace Speech” in 1963

Contrast today’s anti-intellectual peacelessness: John F. Kennedy’s “Peace Speech” in 1963

Jan Oberg February 4, 2021 At a time when the intellectual level of much politics has decreased dangerously, it may be useful to remember politicians who earlier on were leaders, visionaries, intellectually alert and able to communicate their message in ways that caught the attention of wide audiences. The Transnational has many student visitors, and […]

The Fall of the American Empire on a Failing Planet

The Fall of the American Empire on a Failing Planet

(Photo credit: iai.tv) By Tom Engelhardt February 1, 2021 We’re now living in an age of opacity, as Rudy Giuliani pointed out in a courtroom recently. Here was the exchange: “‘In the plaintiffs’ counties, they were denied the opportunity to have an unobstructed observation and ensure opacity,’ Giuliani said. ‘I’m not quite sure I know what […]

The Second Cold War is coming: It will be quite different from the one with the Soviet Union

The Second Cold War is coming: It will be quite different from the one with the Soviet Union

Cooperation would be much better for all, more desirable and perfectly possible. But some want confrontation. Roberto Savio February 2, 2020 It will be quite different from the Cold War with the Soviet Union… While the Coronavirus has rightly taken much of our attention, a fundamental geopolitical realignment has been taking shape in the world, […]

Grand Illusions

Grand Illusions

Pankaj Mishra January 13, 2020 It’s time to abandon the intellectual narcissism of cold war Western liberalism. In Radical Hope: Ethics in the Face of Cultural Devastation (2006), Jonathan Lear writes of the intellectual trauma of the Crow Indians. Forced to move in the mid-nineteenth century from a nomadic to a settled existence, they catastrophically lost not […]

China’s real threat is to America’s ruling ideology

China’s real threat is to America’s ruling ideology

U.S. Department of State/Chinese President Xi Delivers Remarks at a State Luncheon in His Honor at the State Department December 29, 2020 Richard Hanania Across the political spectrum, there is widespread agreement that America must get serious about the threat posed by China. As the Trump administration comes to a close, the State Department has […]

Fools’ crusade: Why United States provocations towards China will lead to disaster

Fools’ crusade: Why United States provocations towards China will lead to disaster

 Jeff J. Brown and Jeremy Kuzmarov 15 December, 2020 On July 4, 2020, the U.S. Navy dispatched an unprecedented two aircraft carriers and four other warships to the South China Sea for naval manoeuvres in waters claimed by China. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo subsequently broke with the official U.S. policy of neutrality in territorial […]

Iran’s New Doctrine: Pivot to the East

Iran’s New Doctrine: Pivot to the East

Photo credit: Flickr/ Nick Taylor By Seyed Hossein Mousavian December 12, 2020 Over the past few months, Iran  has been working with China on a sweeping long-term political, economic, and security agreement that would facilitate hundreds of billions of dollars of investments in the Iranian economy. It is also pursuing a long-term partnership with Russia. Politicians in […]

The unprecedented US presidential election and its consequences – Part 1-4

The unprecedented US presidential election and its consequences – Part 1-4

Picture design by Saulo Castro at Dribble Farhang Jahanpour TFF Associate November 20, 2020 – December 1, 2020 This is a four-part series by the author, published by the International Press Service, IPS. Below is Part 1 and this is where you find the next two:Part 2 • US Presidential Election: A Campaign of Insults […]

The U.S. ‘War on Terror’ Has Displaced 37 Million People

The U.S. ‘War on Terror’ Has Displaced 37 Million People

Here’s why we used the numbers we did — and what they can and can’t tell us. David Vine December 5th, 2020 Over the last week, considerable debate arose around a calculation I helped produce showing that the wars the U.S. government has fought since the attacks of September 11, 2001, have forced at least […]