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Iraq, ISIS, and Intervention: Just What is Going On?

Monday, 23 June 2014, 1:27 pm | John Chuckman

As so often is the case in foreign affairs, we will never know with precision what is happening in Iraq. The governments involved have reasons to disguise what they are doing, and a number of governments are indeed at work there. More >>

Genocide, Great Wars, and Other Human Depravity

Tuesday, 17 June 2014, 5:43 pm | John Chuckman

The word genocide, coined in 1944 in an effort to describe what the Nazis called “the final solution” and what today we call the Holocaust, attempted to distinguish the crime of killing people of a certain identity in such great numbers that you ... More >>

Israel’s Corrosive Influence on Western Democracy

Thursday, 5 June 2014, 4:49 pm | John Chuckman

Something troubling is quietly underway in the Western world, that portion of the world’s governments who style themselves as liberal democracies and free societies. Through a number of avenues, people’s assumptions about the role of government ... More >>

The Twilight Zone of American Political Life

Tuesday, 13 May 2014, 4:30 pm | John Chuckman

I think a description of the political space in which we live as a kind of twilight reality is not an exaggeration. Not only is a great deal of the news about the world we read and hear manipulated and even manufactured, but a great deal of genuine news ... More >>

A Strange, Soulless Man and His Utterly Failed Presidency

Tuesday, 6 May 2014, 10:32 am | John Chuckman

How vividly I remember the photos of Obama in Berlin during his campaign in 2008: streets literally flooded with people keen to get a glimpse of a promising young politician, expressing for us all how exhausted the world was with the most ignorant ... More >>

A New Cold War? Or Just America’s Need for a Villain?

Thursday, 1 May 2014, 1:58 pm | John Chuckman

We read a lot about a new Cold War, and I think there is truth in the words. Obama’s so-called “pivot” towards Asia is clearly directed at China’s emergence as a great power, at the notion of containing China, to use the very word, coined by ... More >>

The Sickly Smell of Lies And Death

Sunday, 27 April 2014, 3:25 pm | John Chuckman

Only the other day, Benjamin Netanyahu earned a small note of immortality when he said the peace talks were ended by the new arrangements between the Palestine Authority and Hamas: Netanyahu’s announcement bundled a record number of lies into one mouthful ... More >>

America’s Great Leap towards Global Tyranny

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 2:19 pm | John Chuckman

The darkness to which I refer is something largely unanticipated in political studies and even in science fiction, a field which definitely enters this discussion, as readers will see. More >>

Vladimir Putin, The World’s Last True Statesman

Wednesday, 5 March 2014, 5:35 pm | John Chuckman

Everywhere you look in the West, you find political pygmies rather than statesmen. In France, we see a pathetic man whose own people intensely dislike him, François Hollande, attempt to speak as though he were something other than a dry, pompous ... More >>

Understanding Modern Israel: Why It Is Driving The World Tow

Monday, 17 February 2014, 10:42 am | John Chuckman

Understanding Modern Israel: Why it is Driving the World towards madness Nothing that Israel does in its affairs would be of quite such great concern to the world were it not for the fact that Israel drags along, willy-nilly, the world’s greatest ... More >>

The Real Lessons from the Death of Nelson Mandela

Monday, 9 December 2013, 11:00 am | John Chuckman

The press has echoed for days with admiration for Nelson Mandela and his genuinely heroic fight against the apartheid government of South Africa. There have been many recollections of the brutal quality of that government, all perhaps carrying an unstated ... More >>

America’s Rampage through the Middle East

Thursday, 14 November 2013, 4:58 pm | John Chuckman

I read that six thousand people have been killed by sectarian violence so far this year in Iraq, surely a good rough measure of what America’s invasion achieved there. In Afghanistan, America’s chosen man publically disagrees with America’s ideas ... More >>

How America Learned to Play God: The Aftermath of 9/11

Wednesday, 13 November 2013, 10:32 am | John Chuckman

I call America’s pattern of behavior since 9/11 a “great transformation” because it involves revolutionary changes for the country and, unavoidably, the entire world. In its internal affairs, America has effectively weakened the protections of the ... More >>

Why Israel Cannot Survive in Its Present Form

Thursday, 31 October 2013, 4:51 pm | John Chuckman

Some Israelis are fond of comparing Israel’s displacement of Palestinians to the historical experience of North Americans in displacing indigenous people, but the comparison is inaccurate on almost every level. More >>

What America Has Become

Friday, 18 October 2013, 11:59 am | John Chuckman

Of course, the cozy popular myth of America’s Founding Fathers as an earnest, civic-minded group gathered in an ornate hall, writing with quill pens, reading from leather-bound tomes, and offering heroic speeches in classical poses – all resembling Greek philosophers ... More >>

The Poor People of Egypt

Friday, 11 October 2013, 4:54 pm | John Chuckman

How is it that the people of Egypt, after a successful revolution against the repressive 30-year government of President Mubarak, a revolution involving the hopes and fears of millions and a substantial loss of life, have ended up almost precisely where ... More >>

The Meaningless Concept Of Ethical War - John Chuckman

Sunday, 27 March 2011, 2:10 am | John Chuckman

French air force planes struck the first blows: using “intelligent” munitions, the planes struck tanks and artillery which threatened the people of Benghazi. More >>

Is Wikileaks a Front For the CIA Or Mossad?

Thursday, 2 December 2010, 12:49 pm | John Chuckman

From a Response to a Column by Richard Spencer in the Telegraph "All bizarre and nonsensical conspiracy theory of course." It is not at all clear why you should say that. The "of course" only emphasizes the lack of analytical basis for your total ... More >>

John Chuckman: The Misnomer of Peace Talks

Wednesday, 8 September 2010, 12:34 pm | John Chuckman

I don’t know how anyone given the task could draw a map of Israel: it is likely the only country in the world with no defined borders, and it actually has worked very hard over many decades to achieve this peculiar state. It once had borders, ... More >>

Too Early To Write-Off New Israel-Palestine Talks?

Sunday, 29 August 2010, 9:41 pm | John Chuckman

Too early to write-off direct talks? Please. Representatives for these "direct talks" on the Palestinian side in a sense do not even exist: Abbas's election mandate timed out a year ago, and he stays in office under emergency measures – i..e,, he has ... More >>

 

 

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