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Richard Falk
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Richard Falk is an international law and international relations scholar who taught at Princeton University for forty years. Since 2002 he has lived in Santa Barbara, California, and taught at the local campus of the University of California in Global and International Studies and since 2005 chaired the Board of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation. He is the U.N. Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967.

Palestinian Recourse to the ICC: The Time Has Come

Palestinian Recourse to the ICC: The Time Has Come

Recourse to the ICC remains a valuable trump card in the PA's deck, and playing it might begin to change the balance of forces bearing on the conflict.…

No Exit from Gaza: A New War Crime?

No Exit from Gaza: A New War Crime?

It is the presence or absence of political will that is the decisive factor in determining whether victimized people, such as those in Gaza, will be protected or not.…

Tormenting Gaza

Tormenting Gaza

For the third time in the last six years, Israel has cruelly unleashed the full fury of its military machine against the defenseless 1.7 million people of Gaza.…

Five Palestine Futures

Five Palestine Futures

Future alternatives for Palestine need to be imagined and appraised. Five seem worth pondering, and each has some plausibility.…

Zombie Ideas and the Presbyterian Church Divestment Decision

Zombie Ideas and the Presbyterian Church Divestment Decision

It is right to celebrate the outcome of the vote in Presbyterian Church decreeing the divestment of companies associated with Israel's occupation.…

Israel-Palestine: Beyond The Liberal Imaginary

Israel-Palestine: Beyond The Liberal Imaginary

Richard Falk writes a letter to the New York Times illustrating how public opinion about the Israel-Palestine conflict is distorted by the American media.…

Preparing the Path to a Just Peace for Palestine/Israel

Preparing the Path to a Just Peace for Palestine/Israel

The Palestinian national movement needs to mobilize nonviolent militant resistance and solidarity support to prepare the path for a just peace for Palestine.…

Obama’s Legacy: “Don’t Do Stupid Stuff”

Obama’s Legacy: “Don’t Do Stupid Stuff”

Obama's conception of US leadership is depressingly similar to the commencement address given by George W. Bush at West Point twelve years ago.…

Prosecuting Syrians for War Crimes Now

Prosecuting Syrians for War Crimes Now

France presented a resolution to the UN Security Council on 22 May calling upon the ICC to investigate allegations of war crimes in Syria.…

On What the Pope Taught in His Trip to the Middle East

On What the Pope Taught in His Trip to the Middle East

I am not surprised that there are such contradictory reactions to Pope Francis’ recent visit to Palestine and Israel.…

Pope Francis’s Visit to Palestine

Pope Francis’s Visit to Palestine

The Pope challenges all of us to act as citizen pilgrims, having a personal responsibility to act as best we can against bastions of flagrant injustice.…

Citizens vs. Subjects in a Democratic Society: The American Case

Citizens vs. Subjects in a Democratic Society: The American Case

Most American ‘citizens’ increasingly behave as ‘subjects,’ blithely acting as if a love of country is exhibited more by obedience than conscience. …

Israel & Palestine: Why the Peace Talks Collapsed—and Should Not Be Resumed

Israel & Palestine: Why the Peace Talks Collapsed—and Should Not Be Resumed

There is hope for Palestinians of a just and sustainable peace through the actions of people rather than governments and their "peace" talks.…

‘Genocide’ in 1915: Law, Language, and Politics

‘Genocide’ in 1915: Law, Language, and Politics

The Armenian campaign that will settle for nothing less than the unambiguous avowal that the Armenian ordeal was ‘genocide.’…

Armenian Grievances, Turkey, United States and 1915

From the Armenian perspective seeking redress for the 1915 genocide, is the recent show of American governmental support helpful or not?…

After Turkey’s March 30th Local Elections

After Turkey’s March 30th Local Elections

Extremely serious charges have been leveled against the Turkish government that could tip the balance against Erdogan as an acceptable political leader.…

Syria: What to Do Now

Syria: What to Do Now

There is a new mood of moral desperation associated with the ongoing strife in Syria.…

A Meeting with Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini 35 Years Ago

A Meeting with Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini 35 Years Ago

Ayatollah Khomeini was a true revolutionary even if his goal was to turn the clock back when it came to modernity, including secular values.…

OMAR: Uncovering Occupied Palestine

OMAR: Uncovering Occupied Palestine

OMAR in some respects is superior even to PARADISE NOW, telling the story of what life under Israeli occupation means for how Palestinian lives are lived.…

Imperiled Polities: Egypt and Turkey—Two Visions of Democracy

Imperiled Polities: Egypt and Turkey—Two Visions of Democracy

The Meaning of a 98.1% Vote In mid-January, there was a vote in Egypt as to whether to approve a constitution drafted by a 50-person committee appointed by the interim government…

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