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Richard Falk - 2020-02-15 - Original post - cached version

 

[Prefatory Note: In February 1979, along with two others, I had a meeting with Ayatollah Khomeini. The post below is an edited text of an interview by two Iranian journalists, Maryam Khormaei & Javad Heiran-Nia, which was published a few weeks ago in Iran. As few Westerners...

Richard Falk - 2020-02-07 - Original post - cached version

Making the Earth Charter Happen: A Necessary Utopia

[Prefatory Note: The Great Transition Network (GTN), under the intellectual and organizational leadership of Paul Raskin and Jonathan Cohn within the confines of the Tellus Foundation, have been pioneers exploring the preconditions for a...

Richard Falk - 2020-02-04 - Original post - cached version

 

Posted is a promotional flier for issue 10:3 of the journal Humanity that consists of a symposium focusing on questions of human right and global inequality.

 

Richard Falk - 2020-02-01 - Original post - cached version

[Prefatory Note: Based on Javad Heiran-Nia’s Interview (1 Feb 2020) on ‘the deal of the century.’]

Trump/Netanyahu Diplomacy: Orientalism by Any Other Name

1-Trump announced at the unveiling of the Deal of the Century, insisting that these proposals are a just plan for peace....

Richard Falk - 2020-01-29 - Original post - cached version

Rodrigo Craviero Supplemental Interview Questions

 

Q: What kind of comments would you add?

 

The release of Trump’s plan seems to have generated far less interest and enthusiasm, except on Netanyahu’s, and likely majority opinion in Israel, than I expected. It may be...

Richard Falk - 2020-01-28 - Original post - cached version

On the Eve of the Release of Trump’s ‘Deal of the Century

 

[ Based on CORREIO BRAZILIENSE, Jan. 28, 2020, Interview by Rodrigo Craveiro on Trump’s ‘Deal of the Century’]

1– Why are Palestinian leaders rejecting to talk with president Trump about this new peace plan?

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Richard Falk - 2020-01-27 - Original post - cached version

[Prefatory Note: This post was initially published on January 27, 2020 in a Turkish online publication, Fikir Turu, and is slightly modified below.]

 

The Decline of International Law

 

There is widespread agreement that international law is experiencing a sharp...

Richard Falk - 2020-01-22 - Original post - cached version

[Prefatory Note: The essay below, longer than most of my posts, started off as a tribute to my friend David Krieger, serving as a chapter in a forthcoming book honoring his dedication to the abolition of nuclear weaponry by way of a treaty regime being prepared under the editorship of Rick...

Richard Falk - 2020-01-17 - Original post - cached version

[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...

Richard Falk - 2020-01-14 - Original post - cached version

Four Reflections on What Would Help Democrats Defeat Trump

 

 

It is time to consider how the Democrats might win back the presidency and gain control of both houses of Congress. With the recent near stumble into a major disruptive war, with high risks of escalation beyond...

Richard Falk - 2020-01-08 - Original post - cached version

[Prefatory Note: Below is a Letter to Members of Congress with an initial group of signatories; there are many more that have been gathered but not listed here. If you wish to add your signature, please send your name and affiliation to Vida Samiian, vidasamiian@gmail.com who helped compose the...

Richard Falk - 2020-01-01 - Original post - cached version

[Prefatory Note: At this age, having exhausted prose options, I indulge myself during holidays, by sharing poems that seek also your indulgence. I searched 2019 forsome glimmers of good news, and felt stymied. Of course, here, there, everywhere there were glorious private exceptions, yet...

Richard Falk - 2019-12-24 - Original post - cached version

[Prefatory Note: This is a modified version of an earlier text published in TMS (Transcend Media Service) in the December 23-29, 2019 edition. For the sake of discouraging anti-Semitism and restoring freedom of expression in Western constitutional democracies denouncing the branding of those in...

Richard Falk - 2019-12-15 - Original post - cached version

Reconciling Ecological Imperatives and the Right to Food at a Time of Bio-Ethical Crisis[1]

 

 

A Perspective

 

Humanity faces an unprecedented challenge in the coming decades that threatens the foundations of life itself, and yet to date societal reactions...

Richard Falk - 2019-12-08 - Original post - cached version

Learning from Others: Germans and White Supremacists

 

Susan Neiman has written a remarkable book, Learning from Others: Race and the Problem of Evil (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2019). What makes it remarkable is the clarity, approach, and particular angles of interpretation taken...

Richard Falk - 2019-12-01 - Original post - cached version

[Prefatory Note: The text below is a modified version of remarks made at the opening plenary session of the “1st Global Conference on Israeli Apartheid: Dimensions, Repercussions and the Means to Combat It,” 29-30 November 2019, Istanbul. The conference was held under the joint auspices of the...

Jay's Analysis - 2019-11-29 - Original post - cached version



#fahrenheit451 #raybradbury The 1953 novel by Ray Bradbury predicted the social media governed dystopian society we now inhabit with stunning accuracy. We were warned, but no one heeded the warnings of science fiction … or was it scientism conditioning?

 

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Richard Falk - 2019-11-27 - Original post - cached version

[Preliminary Note: This post devoted to health and human rights in Gaza. It is based on a video presentation some weeks ago to a conference on this theme held in Gaza. It makes no effort to update by reference to the latest cycle of violence sparked by the targeted assassination of Baha Abu-Ata...

Richard Falk - 2019-11-22 - Original post - cached version

[Prefatory Note: What follows is a slightly modified interview conducted by Daniel Falcone on the theme of ‘The Renewal of Violence—Gaza/Israel’ in Jacobin, Nov. 2019. This latest cycle of transborder violence initiated by a targeted assassination of a well-known military commander in Islamic...

Richard Falk - 2019-11-19 - Original post - cached version

Passing the Torch at the Nitto ATP Tennis Finals for 2019?

 

The fact that Stephanos Tsitsipas, aged 21, beat Domenic Thiem, 26, in the ATP Finals that pit the eight players with the best records in tennis during the 2019 season is not so meaningful in itself until one realizes...

Richard Falk - 2019-11-13 - Original post - cached version

Becoming 89

 

Somehow as the sun sets

The thrill of being alive startles

 

Is it love alone

Or your starlit smile

 

The play of Istanbul

The enchantment of kediler

 

This thrill of life persists

Despite the world...

Richard Falk - 2019-11-06 - Original post - cached version

Did the West Win the Cold War?

 

 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...

Richard Falk - 2019-11-01 - Original post - cached version

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...

Richard Falk - 2019-10-27 - Original post - cached version

Courage Foundation Panel Challenges International Finding of Syrian Reponsibility

For the 2018 Attack on Douma  

 

 

An independent British civil society organization, Courage Foundation, convened a panel of persons with diverse professional backgrounds relevant to...

Richard Falk - 2019-10-13 - Original post - cached version

In Praise of Kamila Shamsie’s Home Fire

 

It took the withdrawal of the Nelly Sachs Prize to make me familiar with the fine literary achievements and compassionate politics of Kamila Shamsie. Selfishly, I cannot thank the Dortmund City Council enough for its outrageous behavior,...

Jay's Analysis - 2019-10-11 - Original post - cached version



The crew gathers to discuss the latest news and nonsense. The crew gathers to discuss the pope’s amazon synod, the new green deal, greta, vegan diets and more!

 

Subscribe to JaysAnalysis in the Purchase Membership section to access the archives of videos and interviews and...
Richard Falk - 2019-10-07 - Original post - cached version

[Prefatory Note: My interveiw on the Hormuz Peace Endeavor (HOPE); Gulf Peace & Security—Javad Heiran-Nia (Oct 6, 2019), to be published in Farsi.]

 

1-President Rouhani, President of Iran, in his speech at the UN General Assembly depicts Iran’s plan for Persian Gulf security...

Richard Falk - 2019-10-01 - Original post - cached version

[Prefatory Note: The post below is a slightly modified version of an interview published in The Nation on September 25th, following the September 14th attack on Saudi oil facilities. It follows a pattern with respect to Iran of accusations, denials, and public uncertainties. This combination of...

Jay's Analysis - 2019-09-28 - Original post - cached version



#THX1138 #demolitionman #movies

In the next movie analysis stream we finally cover Long-requested analyses of THX 1138 and Demolition Man! The 70s meets 90s cheese in this dystopia fest that will blow the neon yellow out of your Snipes Fro and smear other such fluids all over...

Jay's Analysis - 2019-09-26 - Original post - cached version



 

In the next movie analysis stream we finally cover the alien franchise and take special note of the thematic influences, from Ridley Scott to Cameron to Fincher, Jeunet’s Alien Resurrection, Prometheus and Alien Covenant. We will cover tranzzhumanizm, HR Giger, esoteric weirdness...
Richard Falk - 2019-09-25 - Original post - cached version

[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) on 22 Sept 2019. The theme of the three-day conference was on the role of youth in furthering the UN process associated with the 17...

Richard Falk - 2019-09-20 - Original post - cached version

[Re-posting Second Prefatory Note: To allow for prior German online publication I temporarily removed this post after two hours. The text below is identical to what was previously posted. We are eager to encourage debate, discussion, and democracy, and so encourage dissemination through social...

Richard Falk - 2019-09-18 - Original post - cached version

[Prefatory Note:The following collaborative article written jointly with my longtime cherished friend, Hans von Sponeck, who by family experience and moral disposition is acutely aware of the German policy dilemmas associated with its past. These issues have recently surfaced in the context of...

Richard Falk - 2019-09-05 - Original post - cached version

Burning Amazonia, Denying Climate Change, Devastating Syria, Starving Yemen, Ignoring Kashmir

 

The World Order Backdrop

 

Arguably, even before the atom bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, there was a widespread sense that a state-centric form of world order was morally...

Consortium News - 2019-09-02 - Original post - cached version

Happy Do Nothing Day. By Edward Curtin edwardcurtin.com  In a country with Mount Rushmore that celebrates ruthless and frenetic westward expansion, it might be a bit naïve to suggest a Do Nothing Day. National holidays are great – so many…

Consortium News - 2019-08-30 - Original post - cached version

As`ad AbuKhalil analyzes the calculations behind the recent attacks, which the Western press covered with the usual lack of realism.  By As`ad AbuKhalil Special to Consortium News There are two realities about Israel in the world: one projected by Western…

Consortium News - 2019-08-30 - Original post - cached version

A new film depicting the whistleblower Katherine Gun, who tried to stop the Iraq invasion, is largely accurate, but the story is not over, says Sam Husseini. By Sam Husseini Special to Consortium News Two-time Oscar nominee Keira Knightley is…

Consortium News - 2019-08-29 - Original post - cached version

It’s a billionaire’s world and the biggest of them all is in the thick of it, as Eric Zuesse explains. By Eric Zuesse Strategic Culture Jeff Bezos is the owner of The Washington Post, which leads America’s news-media in their…

Consortium News - 2019-08-28 - Original post - cached version

In need of a “collusion” connection, top FBI officials have now been shown to be behind the false portrayal of an unregistered lobbyist as a spy. By John Kiriakou Special to Consortium News Much has been written about Maria Butina,…

Consortium News - 2019-08-27 - Original post - cached version

The UN’s warnings are dire, but they are still likely overestimating the time we have to act, writes Arn Menconi. By Arn Menconi Special to Consortium News The U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, or IPCC, released a report earlier…

Consortium News - 2019-08-27 - Original post - cached version

Woody Guthrie might not have been perfect, but we don’t need to “cancel” him, writes Will Kaufman. Woody Guthrie. (Al Aumuller/Library of Congress) By Will Kaufman The Conversation  In recent years, Woody Guthrie’s “This Land Is Your Land” has become…

Consortium News - 2019-08-26 - Original post - cached version

Daniel Lazare analyzes the Trump-Bojo attacks on democracy and equality. By Daniel Lazare Special to Consortium News It’s tempting to describe President Donald Trump, Prime Minister Boris Johnson, and their ilk as the new Vandals.  But that would be unfair…

Consortium News - 2019-08-26 - Original post - cached version

Trump and Netanyahu thought they were pulling a fast one on two U.S. congresswomen, but it has blown up in their faces, as Marjorie Cohn explains. By Marjorie Cohn Truthout During Congress’s August recess, a group of 41 Democratic and 31…

Consortium News - 2019-08-23 - Original post - cached version

Michael Brenner considers the dearth of #MeToo outrage at the foul activities of the 25-year-long Epstein-Maxwell operation. By Michael Brenner Why have the howls of outrage not echoed through the media? Why has the trumpet’s call to action been silent?  Why haven’t the halls of Congress…...

Consortium News - 2019-08-22 - Original post - cached version

A clause in U.S. immigration law that restricted those “likely to become a public charge” has made a disturbing comeback, reports Laurel Leff.  AP Photo/Seth Wenig By Laurel Leff The Conversation During the Nazi era, roughly 300,000 additional Jewish refugees…

Consortium News - 2019-08-21 - Original post - cached version

Caitlin Johnstone discards the high-flown dogma around space colonization and challenges readers to accept themselves and life on planet Earth.   By Caitlin Johnstone CaitlinJohnstone.com It’s rare to get a billionaire to share their grand plans for the future, which is…

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Consortium News - 2019-08-21 - Original post - cached version

As things stand, the EU prohibition on relocating embassies to Jerusalem will fall on Nov. 1, writes Craig Murray. By Craig Murray CraigMurray.org.uk Following U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton’s talks with Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his ministers in…

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Consortium News - 2019-08-20 - Original post - cached version

Marjorie Cohn says Democratic contenders should commit to immediate troop withdrawal and to cooperate with international  investigations of U.S. war crimes.  By Marjorie Cohn Truthout On July 30, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan reported that the Afghan government and...

Consortium News - 2019-08-20 - Original post - cached version

Death, sex, power, intrigue, murder, suicide — these are the staples of the 19th century penny press, mass media and the CIA, writes Edward Curtin. By Edward Curtin edwardcurtin.com  When phrases such as “the deep state” and “conspiracy theory” become staples of…

Consortium News - 2019-08-20 - Original post - cached version

The ferociously anti-Chinese network behind the demonstrations has been cultivated with the help of U.S. funding and a Washington-linked local media tycoon, reports Dan Cohen.   By Dan Cohen    The Grayzone President Donald Trump tweeted on August 13 that he “can’t…

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