U.S. Foreign Policy
|Gertrude Ezorsky February 7, 2011|
Stuart Schaar has written an especially astute analysis of events in Tunisia and beyond. His article was published on February 6 in Mumbai, India by the Economic and Political Weekly. Schaar is the co-author of THE MIDDLE EAST AND ISLAMIC WORLD READER. He is professor emeritus of Brooklyn College and is now living in Morocco.
|Lois Weiner January 31, 2011|
Mazin Qumsiyeh writes about Israel and the Middle East. What distinguishes his writing is his fusion of sharp political critique and acknowledgment of our common humanity. His most recent commentary, on events in Egypt, contains valuable information and links, as well as his typically thoughtful, moving analysis.
End the War Threats and Sanctions Program Against Iran; Support the Struggle for Democracy Inside Iran
|by Campaign for Peace and Democracy||Winter 2011|
We, the undersigned, oppose the U.S.-led campaign to impose harsher sanctions on Iran, and the ongoing threat of war against that country. Despite Washington’s claims, its policy is clearly not animated by a genuine concern for protecting the world from the threat of nuclear war; otherwise how could Washington support such nuclear-armed states as India, Israel, and Pakistan, or maintain its own huge nuclear arsenal? Nor is U.S. policy driven by the goal of defending democracy.
|Lois Weiner January 18, 2011|
The Campaign for Peace and Democracy (CPD) has issued an informative and politically important statement about events in Tunisia.
|Richard Greeman January 10, 2011|
Editor's note: This is the seventh article in a series by Richard Greeman about Islamism.
|Lois Weiner December 12, 2010|
A fascinating analysis of Liu Xiaobo and the Nobel Peace Prize has been circulating in Europe but has not, to my knowledge, been reprinted in the US, in print or online. Au Loong Yu, who wrote about China for the New Politics symposium on labor's response to the global economic collapse, rejects the premises of a debate that is "primarily between the liberals who support Liu Xiaobo and the
nationalists is essentially a debate of either Washington or the
|Lois Weiner December 9, 2010|
I’m with Peter Tatchell in supporting WikiLeaks and Julian Assange, who are exposing the U.S. government’s lies and its support for human rights abuses. Tatchell wants Brits to protest the U.S.-led attacks on WikiLeaks and argues that the charges against Assange have to be pursued in the court of law. Where I disagree is in estimating the probability of a frameup, and I think comparison with Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers supports my case.
|Richard Greeman December 4, 2010|
Does desperation alone account for reckless escalation of U.S. military aggression in the Middle East for which the “threat” of an aggressive Islamism provides the rationalization? To be sure, the worsening world economic crisis directly conditions the international context, aggravating U.S. capital’s frantic rush to control the world’s remaining oil reserves. America's willingness to use excessive force and to go it alone also serves to intimidate would-be imperialist rivals like China, Russia and France, so as to retain its lion’s share.
|Richard Greeman November 27, 2010|
Obama’s decision to radically escalate the wars he was ostensibly elected to terminate is a measure of U.S. imperialism's desperation. It’s not just that our erstwhile peace candidate and future Nobel peace laureate is withdrawing exhausted U.S. troops from the frying pan of Iraq only to transfer them into the fire of Afghanistan, although that itself was an act of desperation. Many of these “volunteer” soldiers and reservists, shattered after several devastating tours of duty in Iraq, are being forced to remain in the service years beyond their contracts.
|Joanne Landy October 23, 2010|
New Politics readers and friends are invited to sign the Campaign for Peace and Democracy statement "End the War Threats and Sanctions Program Against Iran - Support the Struggle for Democracy Inside Iran." The statement is being circulated widely in the United States and internationally. To sign on or see the evolving list of signers go to http://www.cpdweb.org/stmts/1015/stmt.shtml.
Joanne Landy and Thomas Harrison, Co-Directors, CPD, firstname.lastname@example.org. The statement along with a selected list of signers is below: