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Elke Schwarz: Killing Is The New “Justice” – The Murky Morality of Target Killings

Elke Schwarz: Killing Is The New “Justice” – The Murky Morality of Target Killings

By Elke Schwarz Today’s news of the killing of US citizen Anwar al-Awlaki by US drones sparked a much overdue flurry of criticism and questions on the ethics and legality of Obama’s death-by-drone programme in the war on terror. Awlaki, al-Qaeda’s alleged ‘chief of external operations’ in Yemen (an upgraded title he received posthumously by officials at the White House and the CIA – previously he was by reputation and status merely a radical Muslim cleric) is the … Read entire article »

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Wikileaks Statement On The 9 Month Anniversary Of Cablegate: Release of 133,887 Cables

Wikileaks Statement On The 9 Month Anniversary Of Cablegate: Release of 133,887 Cables

By WikiLeaks (Aug. 29) – Over the past week, WikiLeaks has released 133,887 US diplomatic cables from around the world – more than half of the entire Cablegate material (251,287 cables). The new release was met with a sustained Denial of Service (DOS) attack during the first 36 hours. WikiLeaks had to rely on back-up servers for some hours. With supporters’ help, WikiLeaks was able to bring in additional servers to stave off the attack. For the first … Read entire article »

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Emad Gad: The Importance Of Going To The UN General Assembly

Emad Gad: The Importance Of Going To The UN General Assembly

By Emad Gad: Source: Al-Masry Al-Youm Recognition of an independent Palestinian state by the UN General Assembly will be a great achievement and a step towards Palestinian membership of the UN. As the date of the opening session of the UN General Assembly in September approaches, there is growing debate over whether the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) should seek recognition of an independent Palestinian state, or if this is a futile move and that efforts should focus on building … Read entire article »

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Harpreet Paul: Israel/Palestine Conflict – Interview with Richard Falk

Harpreet Paul: Israel/Palestine Conflict – Interview with Richard Falk

At the end of May 2011 Global Policy Forum associate Harpreet Paul interviewed UN Special Rapporteur Richard Falk. 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. In 2001 Falk served … Read entire article »

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Richard Falk: Sabotaging Freedom Flotilla II

Richard Falk: Sabotaging Freedom Flotilla II

By Richard Falk: Two of the foreign ships experienced similar forms of sabotage, creating allegations of Israeli responsibility. The reports that two of the foreign flagged ships planning to be part of the ten vessel Freedom Flotilla II experienced similar forms of disabling sabotage creates strong circumstantial evidence of Israeli responsibility. It stretches the imagination to suppose that a sophisticated cutting of the propeller shafts of both ships is a coincidence with no involvement by Israel’s Mossad, long infamous … Read entire article »

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Noam Chomsky: The Evolving Global Order – Prospects and Opportunities

Noam Chomsky: The Evolving Global Order – Prospects and Opportunities

By Noam Chomsky: (video) This talk was delivered Wednesday, 7th June, 2011 at the University of Cologne. Length: 1:41:01 … Read entire article »

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Noam Chomsky: The Revenge Killing of Osama bin Laden

Noam Chomsky: The Revenge Killing of Osama bin Laden

By Noam Chomsky: The May 1 U.S. attack on Osama bin Laden’s compound violated multiple elementary norms of international law, beginning with the invasion of Pakistani territory. There appears to have been no attempt to apprehend the unarmed victim, as presumably could have been done by the 79 commandos facing almost no opposition. President Obama announced that “justice has been done.” Many did not agree—even close allies. British barrister Geoffrey Robertson, who generally supported the operation, nevertheless described Obama’s claim … Read entire article »

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Rap News: Osamacide

Rap News: Osamacide

The Truth About The Osama bin Laden Operation (video) RapNews: episode 8. It’s the end of an era. The decade which opened with a ferocious attack in the United States of America, closes with the announcement of the death of its greatest and most conveniently disney-like villain, Usama Bin Laden. In a decade which has been dominated by the Empire Strikes Back, our affable and dextrous host Robert Foster invites us to scrutinise the events shrouding the … Read entire article »

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Immanuel Wallerstein: Osama is Dead – What Difference Does This Make?

Immanuel Wallerstein: Osama is Dead – What Difference Does This Make?

By Immanuel Wallerstein: Osama bin Laden was killed in Abbottabad, Pakistan on May 2, 2011, Pakistan time. He was killed by U.S. Seals forces in a special operation ordered by the U.S. president. The whole world knows this, and reactions to this event have been extremely diverse. But has this death changed anything anywhere? Does it matter? The first question that most people are posing is whether this death signals the demise of al-Qaeda. It has become … Read entire article »

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The World System After 1945

The World System After 1945

By Immanuel Wallerstein: 1968 as world revolution and beginning of the end for the twentieth-century superpowers: Immanuel Wallerstein on the logic of global history from the Yalta Conference to the Second Iraq War. Based on a lecture given at The Vienna L’Internationale Conference, 27 October 2010. I have to start my story by outlining what I consider to be the context of your discussion. You say you want to look at “avant-gardes from the decline of modernism … Read entire article »

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What Kind of Law is This?

What Kind of Law is This?

By Anne Orford: Many aspects of the Libyan situation remain unclear: the scope of the mandate given to UN member states by Security Council Resolution 1973, the broader aims of the intervention, how many civilians have been killed and by whom, and who the rebels represent. One thing, however, seems clear: the international intervention is considered to be legal. International lawyers have agreed with the UK government’s advice that Security Council Resolution 1973 ‘provides a clear … Read entire article »

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Is the World Too Big to Fail? The Contours of Global Order

Is the World Too Big to Fail? The Contours of Global Order

By Noam Chomsky: The democracy uprising in the Arab world has been a spectacular display of courage, dedication, and commitment by popular forces — coinciding, fortuitously, with a remarkable uprising of tens of thousands in support of working people and democracy in Madison, Wisconsin, and other U.S. cities. If the trajectories of revolt in Cairo and Madison intersected, however, they were headed in opposite directions: in Cairo toward gaining elementary rights denied by the dictatorship, in … Read entire article »

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