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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.

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…

The United States Should ‘Govern’ the World?

The United States Should ‘Govern’ the World?

It might not have seemed necessary in the 21st century to ask or answer such a ridiculous question. After all, in the last half of the prior century European colonialism…

Beholding 2014: Looking Ahead for the Cause of Peace and Justice

Beholding 2014: Looking Ahead for the Cause of Peace and Justice

2013 was not a happy year in the chronicles of human history, yet there were a few moves in the directions of peace and justice. …

2014: International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People

2014: International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People

We can hope that that the UN in 2014 will give the International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People a political meaning that goes beyond words.…

Samer Issawi, Hunger Strikes, and the Palestinian Struggle

No recent Palestinian prisoner has received more attention among the Palestinian than Samer Issawi, released on December 23 after reaching an extraordinary bargain with prison officials last April. He agreed…

Northern Ireland and the Israel/Palestine ‘Peace Process’

Northern Ireland and the Israel/Palestine ‘Peace Process’

, Palestine is expected to give up fundamental rights while Israel is supposed to abandon some relatively minor unlawful aspects of its prolonged occupation…

BDS Campaign: The Palestinian National Movement Advances

BDS Campaign: The Palestinian National Movement Advances

In the Palestinian struggle, battles will not be won by military superiority, but prevailing in ideas of justice, as exhibited in the growing BDS Campaign.…

Nelson Mandela’s Inspiration

Nelson Mandela’s Inspiration

The Palestinian people, in the midst of their seemingly endless ordeal, have particularly reason to esteem the exemplary life and solidarity exhibited by Nelson Mandela for their cause. …

Escaping The Abusive State: After Snowden

Escaping The Abusive State: After Snowden

The more contact one has with the modern state, the more grounds there are for deep and growing concern. …

Clashing Views of Political Reality: Chomsky versus Dershowitz

Clashing Views of Political Reality: Chomsky versus Dershowitz

My friend and former collaborator, Howard Friel, has written an intriguing book contrasting the worldviews and polemical styles of two Jewish American intellectuals with world class reputations, Noam Chomsky and…

Egypt and Turkey: Two Forms of Lethal Polarization

There is a temptation to suggest that political life in Turkey and Egypt are both being victimized by a similar deepening of polarization between Islamic and secular orientations, and to…

Invisible Horizons of a Just Palestine/Israel Future

Invisible Horizons of a Just Palestine/Israel Future

I spent last week at the United Nations, meeting with ambassadors of countries in the Middle East and presenting my final report to the Third Committee of the General Assembly…

Malala and Eartha Kitt: Words that Matter

Malala and Eartha Kitt: Words that Matter

The White House praises Malala for her commitment to education and courage, but pointedly overlooking that part of her comment devoted to drones. …

The Chomsky/Vltchek Worldview

"On Western Terrorism: from Hiroshima to Drone Warfare" consists of a series of conversations between Chomsky and Andre Vltchek.…

Post-Intervention Libya: A Militia State

Two apparently related and revealing incidents have turned public attention briefly back to Libya just after the second anniversary of the NATO intervention that helped anti-Qaddafi rebel forces overthrow his…

Israel’s Politics of Fragmentation

Israel’s Politics of Fragmentation

If the politics of deflection exhibit the outward reach of Israel’s grand strategy of territorial expansionism and regional hegemony, the politics of fragmentation serves Israel’s inward moves designed to weaken…

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