Russia, the Eurasian Triangle, and the Soleiman Assassination

Russia, the Eurasian Triangle, and the Soleiman Assassination

By Gordon M. Hahn January 30, 2020 The apparent overreaction by the U.S. to Iranian provocations represented by the assassination of Revolutionary Guards Corps Commander Qassem Soleiman is one of the stronger blows to hit one of the most important nails in the coffin of U.S.-Russian relations: the revival of Russian-Western geopolitical competition outside Russia’s […]

Facing the Global Crisis – What Must Be Done?

Facing the Global Crisis – What Must Be Done?

By Richard Falk, TFF Associate Januar 22, 2020 Prefatory Note: The post below is a somewhat amplified version of an interview with C. J. Polychroniou, journalist and professor of political economy at West Chester University, which was published on January 7, 2020, in the online journal, Global Policy. As the interview was conducted in December […]

Greta’s most important speech? Next step?

Greta’s most important speech? Next step?

By Jan Oberg December 14, 2019 Here is a good backgrounder with her speech and an interview at COP 25 in Madrid: Greta Thunberg Slams COP25, Says Response to Climate Crisis Is “Clever Accounting and Creative PR” What she says in her intro is really important, important as a criticism of the world’s media: If […]

Measuring humanity’s undoubted progress

Measuring humanity’s undoubted progress

By Jonathan Power November 14, 2019 “Lies, damn lies and statistics”. “You can bend any fact with statistics”. There is some truth in that. Nevertheless, some statistics are necessary, revealing and surprising. Many of us when asked about the position of the poor in America would say that over the last two centuries they have […]

Declining protection of human rights – expectations of the future world?

Declining protection of human rights – expectations of the future world?

Richard Falk November 13, 2019 The Future of Human Rights: Regressive Trends and Restorative Prospects Points of Departure Reviewing the global situation, the then UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zaed Raad Al Hussein of Jordan, opened a 2018 conference devoted to the 25th anniversary of the 1993 UN Conference on Human Rights and Development held […]

Did the West win the Cold War?

Did the West win the Cold War?

Photo: Gerard Malie/AFP/Ritzau Scanpix By Richard Falk November 7, 2019 Posing the Question Such a question seems little more than a provocation until the effects of the interval between the fall of the Berlin Wall and the present are critically examined in relation to their principal effects. On closer inspection, I am not quite prepared, […]

Huawei: Rises after US ban

Huawei: Rises after US ban

October 25, 2019 Christine Tan from CNBC sits down with Huawei’s founder and CEO, Ren Zhengfei, to discuss the company’s attitude and response in the wake of being placed on the U.S. Entity List. How did the company’s leaders feel? Has the ban seriously affected international business? How is the company restructuring in order to […]

‘You can never be China’s friend’: Spengler

‘You can never be China’s friend’: Spengler

Photo: Jan Oberg 2018 Asia specialist and distinguished columnist David P Goldman is convinced the US and Europe stand a chance against the Red Dragon – but the clock is ticking By Urs Gehriger, New York He was a phantom among journalists, using the mysterious nom de plume, “Spengler.” Like his German philosopher namesake, the […]

Revisiting the Earth Charter

Revisiting the Earth Charter

By Richard Falk October 13, 2019 Prefatory Note: The following essay will appear as a chapter in Peter Burden & Klaus Bosselmann, eds., The Future of Global Ethics (Edward Elgar, 2018),  with the title: Revisiting the Earth Charter 20 Years Later: A Response to Ron Engel Ron Engel has articulated an insider review of the Earth […]

Dark Clouds and the Human Condition: Youth to the Rescue!

Dark Clouds and the Human Condition: Youth to the Rescue!

By Richard Falk October 1, 2019 Prefatory Note: The post below of my remarks at the opening session of the Maker Majlis Conference, College of Islamic Studies, Hamed Bin Khalif University (HBKU) in Doha, Qatar on 22 Sept 2019. The theme of the three-day conference was on the role of youth in furthering the UN […]

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