Articles by Richard Falk

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The Turkish Coup Attempt: Five Years Later
Richard Falk | Global Justice in the 21st Century – TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Jul 2021

16 Jul 2021 – A modified text of my responses to interview questions of Murat Sofuoglu, a Turkish journalist associated with TRT World.

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Declaration of the Crime of Apartheid: Israel
Richard Falk | Global Justice in the 21st Century – TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Jul 2021

9 Jul 2021 – The Declaration on the Suppression and Punishment of the Crime of Apartheid in Historic Palestine below is an initiative endorsed by scholars and artists worldwide. Please distribute widely as there is a campaign underway to reach 1,000 signatures. List of the 773 signatories (last update : 8 Jul 2021)

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Approaching Iran: The Flaws of Imperial Diplomacy in the Middle East
Richard Falk | Global Justice in the 21st Century – TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Jul 2021

28 Jun 2021 – Biden pledged as a candidate to restore JCPOA, but has so far shown only a limited commitment to rejoin the earlier agreement, and seems to be insisting on a new agreement that is more restrictive of Iran’s nuclear program and its regional political activity. The U.S. Government seems to forget that it was its actions that led to the breakdown of the agreement.

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Who Was Edward Said? Biographically Interpreted and Existentially Recollected
Richard Falk | Global Justice in the 21st Century – TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Jul 2021

3 Jul 2021 – This is an edited text from the 30 Jun 2021 book launch of Timothy Brennan’s ‘Places of Mind: A Life of Edward Said’ (2021), under the auspices of the Cambridge Centre of Palestinian Studies and moderated by its director, Dr. Makram Khoury-Machool.

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Culture as Combat: Palestinian Voices
Richard Falk | Global Justice in the 21st Century – TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Jun 2021

Festivals, Museums and Awards – In stirring opening remarks at the international 2021 mega-conference, Palestine Writes, Susan Abulhawa asserts that “… this festival is meant to expand Palestine’s cultural imprint in the world.”

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Confronting the Ruling Elite
Chris Hedge interviews Richard Falk | RT – TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 Jun 2021

5 Jun 2021 – Richard Falk joins Chris Hedges for a new episode of “On Contact.” Falk has denounced what he calls “the global legalization of rogue behavior embedded in the UN Charter” which vests a right of veto in the five permanent members of the Security Council, the only organ within the UN system with the authority to reach binding decisions.

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IDF Operation ‘Guardian of the Walls’: Prelude, Aftermath, Prospects
Richard Falk | Global Justice in the 21st Century – TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 Jun 2021

7 Jun 2021 – The Palestinian ordeal is certainly not over, but for the first time we can envision it ending!

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Whither Palestine? Whither Israel? After the Violence Spike, after the Abraham Accords, after Netanyahu
Richard Falk | Global Justice in the 21st Century – TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 Jun 2021

13 Jun 2021 – The changing circumstances in Israel/Palestine over the last six weeks. Two questions that will shape the Palestinian destiny: Will the post-Netanyahu government push harder the political agenda of the right-wing settler movement? Will the aftermath of the IDF military operation, Guardian of the Walls, increase Palestinian resistance and global solidarity?

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(Français) Réflexions sur le génocide comme crime ultime
Alfred de Zayas et Richard Falk | Investig'Action - TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 Jun 2021

10 Juin 2021 – L’utilisation abusive du mot «génocide» est un manque de respect envers les proches des victimes des massacres arméniens, de l’holocauste et du génocide rwandais. Il est bien plus dangereux de découvrir que nous risquons également d’être immergés dans les eaux troubles du «faux droit» (fake law). Il est urgent de réagir. Une telle évolution n’est pas tolérable.

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(Italiano) ‘Ordine internazionale su base normativa’: nuova metafora per un primato geopolitico U.S.A.
Richard Falk | Centro Studi Sereno Regis - TRANSCEND Media Service, 7 Jun 2021

3 Giugno 2021 – Questa enfasi su un mondo ‘governato da norme’ implicitamente esprime l’asserzione polemica che gli Stati Uniti si muovono secondo le regole mentre gli avversari no. Ma Snowden ha rivelato che gli USA hanno investito più pesantemente di qualunque altro governo del pianeta nello sviluppo di capacità di sorveglianza intrusiva. I precedenti USA di manipolazione di elezioni estere sono notori, e sono da tempo una parte ben nota del repertorio CIA.

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A New Different Cold War, an Old Geopolitics
Richard Falk | Global Justice in the 21st Century – TRANSCEND Media Service, 31 May 2021

30 May 2021 – This text is based on responses to questions posed by C.J. Polychroniou, a skilled interpreter of the global scene and noted author and interviewer.

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‘Rule-Based-International-Order’: A New Metaphor for U.S. Geopolitical Primacy
Richard Falk – TRANSCEND Media Service, 31 May 2021

The implication of this ‘rules-governed’ world is that the USA plays by the rules whereas our adversaries do not. But Snowden revealed that the US has invested more than any other government in intrusive surveillance. Its record of manipulating foreign elections is notorious being a well-known part of the CIA’s portfolio. It has projected more deadly force outside its borders than any other state in last 75 years and has intervened repeatedly in disrupting democracies, blocking and sanctioning their governments if they refuse U.S. tutelage.

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Palestine Is Winning the Legitimacy War
Richard Falk | Global Justice in the 21st Century – TRANSCEND Media Service, 24 May 2021

19 May 2021 – This piece attempts to contextualize the current violence directed against Gaza in earlier Israeli provocations and takes note of Israel’s reliance on excessive force upon a helpless Gazan civilian population of over two million people trapped inside a crowded and unlawfully blockaded enclave. I find it appropriate to recall Gandhi’s famous observation along these lines: “First, they ignore you, then they insult you, then they fight you, then you win.”

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Conversation at the Crossroads
Joseph Camilleri talks with Richard Falk and Stuart Rees – TRANSCEND Media Service, 24 May 2021

Conversation at the Crossroads have chosen two inspiring books and their celebrated authors for an international event on Tuesday 8 June:
>Public Intellectual-The Life of a Citizen Pilgrim by Richard Falk
>Cruelty or Humanity by Stuart Rees

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Citizen Pilgrim: To Be or Not to Be
Richard Falk | Global Justice in the 21st Century – TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 May 2021

Public Intellectual: The Life of a Citizen Pilgrim – Conversation with Richard Falk, Noura Erakat, Victoria Brittain and Jeremy Corbyn~
Monday 17 May, 5:30–7:00 PM (GMT-BST), Where: Online

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Biden’s Foreign Policy and Nuclear Weapons: A Dialogue
Richard Falk and David Krieger | Global Justice in the 21st Century – TRANSCEND Media Service, 10 May 2021

5 May 2021 – Biden’s international bipartisan approach risks a renewed arms race in a political and economic atmosphere that makes it unaffordable as well as acutely dangerous. My conversation with David Krieger explores some of the ramifications.

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Israeli Apartheid and Palestine Grievances
Richard Falk | Global Justice in the 21st Century – TRANSCEND Media Service, 10 May 2021

3 May 2021 – Questions from Rodrigo Craveiro from Correio Braziliense, 27 Apr 2021, in response to Report of Human Rights Watch on Israeli Apartheid; it is followed by my responses to questions of Zahra Mirzafarjouyan on behalf of Mehr News Agency in Tehran, addressing some of the underlying causes of Palestinian grievances.

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(Italiano) Riflessioni sul genocidio come crimine estremo
Richard Falk | Centro Studi Sereno Regis - TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 May 2021

L’abuso del termine genocidio è sdegnoso verso i parenti delle vittime dei massacri armeni, dell’Olocausto, del genocidio rwandese – come pure un disservizio alla storia, al diritto, e alla conduzione prudente dei rapporti internazionali. Sapevamo già di essere alla deriva in un oceano di fake news. E’ ben più pericoloso scoprire che rischiamo anche di venire sommersi nelle acque turbolente del “fake law” [falso diritto]. Dobbiamo reagire, con senso d’urgenza. Tale sviluppo non è tollerabile.

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Reflections on Genocide as the Ultimate Crime
Richard Falk | Global Justice in the 21st Century – TRANSCEND Media Service, 26 Apr 2021

26 Apr 2021 – The misuse of the word genocide is disdainful toward relatives of the victims of the Armenian massacres, the Holocaust, the Rwandan genocide – and as well a disservice to both history, law, and the prudent conduct of international relations. We already knew that we were adrift in an ocean of fake news. It is far more dangerous to discover that we are also at risk of being immersed in the turbulent waters of “fake law”. We must push back with a sense of urgency. Such a development is not tolerable.

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Remembering Ramsey Clark
Richard Falk | Global Justice in the 21st Century – TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Apr 2021

12 Apr 2021 – Ramsey Clark was a great man, and it was my privilege to work with him closely on several occasions. His death is a time to mourn, but it is also a time to remember who he was and why his life mattered in profound ways to so many people.

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The Middle East: Geopolitical Battleground
Richard Falk | Global Justice in the 21st Century – TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Apr 2021

18 Apr 2021 – Questions posed on the basis of my memoir, ‘Public Intellectual,’ by an Egyptian journalist. The interview covers several distinct issues that involve interpretations of major foreign policy concerns in the Middle East.

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How Significant Is the $400 Billion Comprehensive Strategic Partnership between China and Iran
Richard Falk | Global Justice in the 21st Century – TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Apr 2021

This post consists of my responses to questions posed by the Iranian journalist Javad Heiran-Nia, Questions on the China/Iran Agreement (4 April 2021). The agreement, officially known as Comprehensive Strategic Partnership, was signed formally just a few weeks before it was announced that so-called ‘indirect talks’ between Iran and the U.S. were taking place in Vienna.

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Do We Really Want a Second Cold War?
Richard Falk | Global Justice in the 21st Century – TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Apr 2021

31 Mar 2021 – The protection of human rights is being geopolitically manipulated to mobilize public support for an anti-Chinese foreign policy in the West that risks generating a dangerous geopolitical confrontation. Such a confrontation amounts to war-mongering and diverts U.S. attention from self-scrutiny and global peacebuilding. Whether a second cold war is already underway is a matter of interpretation.

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Palestinian Balance Sheet: Normative Victories, Geopolitical Disappointments
Richard Falk | Global Justice in the 21st Century – TRANSCEND Media Service, 22 Mar 2021

21 Mar 2021 – . It seems to me that Israeli leaders understand that South African racism collapsed largely because it lost the Legitimacy War. Maybe some Israeli leaders are beginning to grasp the writing on the wall. The ICC decision may turn out to be a turning point not unlike the Sharpeville Massacre of 1965. This may be so even, as is likely, not a single Israeli is ever brought to justice before the ICC.

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The Geopolitics of the Normalization Agreements
Richard Falk | Global Justice in the 21st Century – TRANSCEND Media Service, 15 Mar 2021

Listen Closely to the Israeli Discourse in an American Liberal Idiom: Geopolitical Dreams, Ethical Nightmares

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Corrupting Democracy One Dollar at a Time
Richard Falk | Global Justice in the 21st Century – TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 Mar 2021

Commodifying Democracy is a Costly Failure in America – Everyday I receive ten to twenty times more appeals for money to support this or that political campaign than I receive any kind of serious substantive statement of explanation or concern. And because this storm has become so deadening, the language of most appeals is nearly always hysterical, wildly exaggerating good or bad marginal developments designed to create a sense of urgency on the part of recipients.

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A German Court Punishes an International Crime Committed in Syria
Richard Falk | Global Justice in the 21st Century – TRANSCEND Media Service, 1 Mar 2021

26 Feb 2021 – The case is significant because it asserts the legal authority of a national court to impose accountability when the territorial sovereign is itself the culprit and international tribunals lack the means to pursue those most responsible for the commission of the most serious international crimes. In this instance, Russia and China vetoed an attempt in the UN Security Council to authorize allegations against Syria.

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(Italiano) La violenza nucleare è il motivo per cui viviamo nell’Antropocene
Richard Falk | Centro Studi Sereno Regis - TRANSCEND Media Service, 1 Mar 2021

26 Febbraio 2021 – Comprendo l’essenza del consenso emerso da questa discussione dell’eloquente scritto di Paul Raskin. Infatti si tratta di un’accettazione dell’Antropocene come un terribile avvertimento che la specie umana è destinata al disastro, se non all’estinzione, se la sua impronta ecologica non sarà notevolmente ridotta in un futuro relativamente prossimo.

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Nuclear Violence Is Why We Are Living in the Anthropocene Age
Richard Falk | Global Justice in the 21st Century – TRANSCEND Media Service, 22 Feb 2021

15 Feb 2021 – Violence: Another Existential Crisis – As I grasp the essence of the consensus emerging from this discussion of Paul Raskin’s eloquent essay, it is an acceptance of the Anthropocene as a dire warning that the human species is headed for disaster, if not extinction, if its ecological footprint is not greatly reduced in the relatively near future.

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(Italiano) Un Bilancio Palestinese: Vittorie Normative, Delusioni Geopolitiche
Richard Falk | Centro Studi Sereno Regis - TRANSCEND Media Service, 22 Feb 2021

Nei decenni a venire la decisione ICC può risultare il punto di svolta, non così diverso dal Massacro di Sharpeville. Prima dell’alba la notte è più buia. La maggioranza Africana attese allora oltre 30 anni per la propria emancipazione dall’apartheid. I palestinesi hanno già sopportato gli stenti e le umiliazioni della soggiogazione razzista e della supremazia ebraica per più di 70 anni. Quando finirà, e come?

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Iran’s Islamic Republic Celebrates Its 42nd Anniversary
Richard Falk | Global Justice in the 21st Century – TRANSCEND Media Service, 15 Feb 2021

9 Feb 2021 – Iran is in the process of celebrating the 42nd Anniversary of the Islamic Revolution that led to the downfall of the Shah of Iran’s dynastic rule and its replacement by the Islamic Republic of Iran, which has defied the odds by resisting successfully a variety of attempts to restore the old established order either by an Iraqi encouraged war in the 1980s, destabilization efforts all along pushed by the U.S. and Israel, and an undisguised goal of regime change.

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Living by Love [Haiku]
Richard Falk – TRANSCEND Media Service, 15 Feb 2021

 30 Jan 2021 – Haiku is my form of lockdown therapy.

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A Palestinian Balance Sheet: Normative Victories, Geopolitical Disappointments
Richard Falk – TRANSCEND Media Service, 15 Feb 2021

In decades to come the ICC decision may turn out to be a turning point not unlike the 1960 Sharpeville Massacre. Before dawn, the night is darkest. The African majority waited more than 30 years for their emancipation from apartheid. The Palestinian people have already endured the hardships and humiliations of racist subjugation and Jewish supremacy for more than 70 years. When will it end, and how?

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Remembering George Shultz after 53 Years
Richard Falk | Global Justice in the 21st Century – TRANSCEND Media Service, 15 Feb 2021

I recall nostalgically, George’s civility, which according to reports, nevertheless required backbone, resisting the Nixon’s tactics that prefigured Trump’s antic presidency. George impressively stood his ground firmly whenever political leaders asked him to cross his red lines, so unlike the Republicans who inhabit Congress, and toe the Trump line no matter what. [He died on 6 Feb 2021 at the age of 100.]

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The B’Tselem Report on Israeli Apartheid
Richard Falk | Global Justice in the 21st Century – TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 Feb 2021

3 Feb 2021 – The significance of the B’Tselem Report, which recently concluded that Israel imposes an apartheid regime to sustain Jewish supremacy on both Israel itself and all of the Occupied Palestine.

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Is There an American ‘Deep State’?
Richard Falk | Global Justice in the 21st Century – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Jan 2021

23 Jan 2021 – Trump’s foreign policy was indeed disastrous, but it did somewhat illuminate the anachronistic character of the zombie like ‘bipartisan consensus’ that yet be revived in the course of reaffirming the old Cold War/neoliberal globalization orthodoxy of pre-Trump America.   

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Blocking Twitter & Twitter Blocking Trump: Why We Should Worry
Richard Falk | Global Justice in the 21st Century – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Jan 2021

Should a government have the authority to limit the dissemination by social media of material derogatory to or defamatory of the elected leadership of the country, as well as have a mandate to impose limits on access to sexually explicit material in deference to public morals?

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State Terrorism: Remembering General Soleimani
Richard Falk | Global Justice in the 21st Century – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Jan 2021

8 Jan 2021 – This first anniversary of the assassination of General Qassim Soleimani, provides an occasion to remember not only the man but the nature of the act, the precedent set, and degree to which Iran and the region have become the main hunting ground of post-colonial Western imperialism. It is also relevant to take note of Mossad’s apparent responsibility for the   targeted killing of Iran’s leading nuclear scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, ten months later.

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The Trump Pardons and Fast-Tracking Capital Punishment
Richard Falk | Global Justice in the 21st Century – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Jan 2021

31 Dec 2020 – Among the disquieting dimensions of this strangest of all Christmas holidays has been the lurid spectacle of misplaced empathy by Donald Trump, placating cronies and criminals who helped him circumvent law and morality while exhibiting hard heartedness toward those unfortunate souls awaiting execution on death row in federal prisons.

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From Counterterrorism to Geopolitics: Reviving the U.S. Deep State
Richard Falk | Global Justice in the 21st Century – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Jan 2021

25 Dec 2020 – The challenge of transnational non-state violence, what the media dutifully criminalizes as ‘terrorism’ while whitewashing the abuses of state and state-sponsored violence as ‘counterterrorism’ or exercises of every state to act in self-defense. Language matters as those who wanted to sugarcoat ‘torture’ by such phrases as ‘enhanced interrogation.

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Peace and Peacefulness: Reaching for the Stars
Richard Falk | The Transnational - TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Jan 2021

29 Dec 2020 – This interview is not about current political concerns. It rather explores ‘peace’ in its manifold identity. The interview was conducted by Miguel Mendoça a couple of months ago for a book project.

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Peace and Peacefulness: Reaching for the Stars
Richard Falk | Global Justice in the 21st Century – TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Dec 2020

I recall being rather bemused more than 25 years ago when a meditation practice was premised on the confidence that if enough people meditated for a few minutes each day on the reality of a peaceful world it would bend the arc of history toward peace. I know that spiritual attentiveness has wider implications but I find no evidence that links connect my meditation with the policies and actions of performers in ongoing world dramas.

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(norsk-Norwegian) Nedrusting må begynne hjemme
Richard Falk – TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 Dec 2020

Vi ruster opp og bruker nærmere 100 milliarder bare på F-35-jagerfly.  USAs og våre militære ledere anser Russland som en potensiell fiende. Den erfarne forskeren Richard Falk mener at global nedrustning neppe er mulig å få til før USA avruster sin egen, tungt bevæpnede befolkning.

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Palestine Legal: Please Support & Donate
Richard Falk | Global Justice in the 21st Century – TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 Dec 2020

18 Dec 2020 – Palestine Legal’s work is necessary not only for those of us involved in work for Palestinian human rights, but for anyone who believes in preserving space for open political debate and upholding our rights to protest, which are sacred elements of any genuine constitutional democracy. Needless to say, Palestine Legal’s work will remain urgently necessary under the next U.S. administration.

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Will China Run the World? Should It?
Richard Falk | Global Justice in the 21st Century – TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 Dec 2020

14 Dec 2020 – Responses to interview questions from Javad Heiran-Nia on ‘World Order in the Time of COVID-19,’ with emphasis on China & United States, especially as reflected in the restructuring of the world economy. The underlying issue is whether the Chinese or U.S. approach to global policy and world order will gain the upper hand, and at what costs to humanity.

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Murdering Nuclear Scientists Does Not Prevent Proliferation–A Nuclear Free Middle East Does
Richard Falk | Global Justice in the 21st Century – TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 Dec 2020

Interview published in the Tehran Times on 2 Dec 2020. Fakhrizadeh’s assassination cannot be legally and politically justified by any acceptable theory governing the use of force in international relations and has very negative implications as an international precedent.

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Qatar: Between the Scylla of Coercion and the Charybdis of Accommodation: An Inquiry into Sub-Regional Geopolitics
Richard Falk | Global Justice in the 21st Century – TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 Dec 2020

11 Dec 2020 – Qatar is caught between seeking the end of the coercive diplomacy led by Saudi Arabia and the UAE and not wanting to end its necessary cooperation with Iran, especially with respect to large maritime natural gas deposits. The efforts at accommodation can turn out to be either a lessening of a confrontational approach to Iran or its intensification.

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Pompeo’s Diabolical Diplomacy
Richard Falk | Global Justice in the 21st Century – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Nov 2020

29 Nov 2020 – This interview, devoted to Pompeo’s three-day visit to Israel and Occupied Palestine, was conducted by Eshrat Mardi and published in the Tehran Times Interview Nov. 28, 2020.

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Remembering Robert Fisk
Richard Falk | Global Justice in the 21st Century – TRANSCEND Media Service, 23 Nov 2020

15 Nov 2020 – ‘Remembering Robert Fisk’ is the text of an interview conducted by Daniel Falcone, and published below on Nov. 9, 2020 in Counterpunch. There is one insertion mentioning Seymour Hersh as a fourth journalist in this style of exceptional devotion to the courage and craft of truth telling in place of danger or where transparency is obscured by state secrets.

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A Comic Display of Geopolitical Subservience: Mike Pompeo’s Visit to Israel
Richard Falk | Global Justice in the 21st Century – TRANSCEND Media Service, 23 Nov 2020

22 Nov 2020 – On the entirely inappropriate and distasteful visit of the U.S. Secretary of State to Israel for three days. For me the entire event was a grotesque occasion of national embarrassment from start to finish. Even the most dimwitted imperialist would know better than to declare Pompeo’s subservience to Israel in these scary words: “Israel is everything we want the entire Middle East to look like going forward.” 

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Demilitarization Begins at Home
Richard Falk – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Nov 2020

In my view, until the American people are fully disarmed as a matter of law, reinforced by political sentiment, it is foolhardy to expect global demilitarization. The same worldview that exaggerates security threats to overinvest in the military, despite abundant evidence of the disastrous failure of militarist foreign policies in Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya, is what gives political traction to the powerful gun lobby that has a potency with politicians that seems to exceed even what the Zionist lobby is able to achieve.

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Reaching 90 in 2020
Richard Falk | Global Justice in the 21st Century – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Nov 2020

Note from TMS editor: Richard Falk and his friends around the world celebrated his 90th year on 13 Nov 2020.
Happy Birthday dear Richard! Thank you for existing.

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Interpreting the U.S. Election Results: Preliminary Observations
Richard Falk | Global Justice in the 21st Century – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Nov 2020

9 Nov 2020 – The victory by the Biden/Harris ticket is basically good news for the country and the world, although not as good as expected. And there is some bad news, as well, lurking just beneath the surface. Not only the strength of Trumpism in America, but the likely drift toward the center-right of the Biden presidency.

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Making Sense of Hunger Strikes and Symbolic Politics
Richard Falk | Global Justice in the 21st Century – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Nov 2020

12 Nov 2020 – My essay speaks to the hunger strikes as political resistance of a sublime character, and at the same time to the selective silence of the Western media when it comes to heroic moments in the Palestinian struggle

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Interview on U.S. Foreign Policy in the Middle East
Richard Falk | Global Justice in the 21st Century – TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 Nov 2020

2 Nov 2020 – A momentous test of whether the Trump challenge to constitutional democracy will be decisively repudiated by the American people and whether Republicans will mount a perverse challenge via the judicial system. The system is structurally rigged against democratic values by enabling Trump to be reelected via the anachronistic Electoral College even if he loses the popular vote by 5,000,000 or more.

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The Politics of Hunger Strikes
Richard Falk | Global Justice in the 21st Century – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Nov 2020

28 Oct 2020 – During my six years as UN Special Rapporteur for Occupied Palestine, I found disturbing the silence of the Western media about Palestinian hunger strikes, especially when these extreme expressions of nonviolent resistance were in reaction to prison confinement by Administrative Detention decrees, that is, without charges or any show of incriminating evidence.

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A Gathering Global Storm
Richard Falk | Global Justice in the 21st Century – TRANSCEND Media Service, 26 Oct 2020

24 Oct 2020 – This is my chapter contribution to The Great Awakenkng: New Modes of Thinking Amid the Ruins of Capitalism (2020) edited by Anna Grear & Davd Bollier. My text is preoccupied with the decline of the state as an efficient problem-solving instrument in a period where global scale challenges are generating an ethical-ecological-bio crisis.

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Why Biden Must Win: It Is Not about Democracy, It’s about Fascism
Richard Falk | Global Justice in the 21st Century – TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Oct 2020

8 Oct 2020 – Interview with Iranian Journalist Javad Heiran-Nia on U.S. Elections: “What is the most important issue affecting the upcoming US presidential election? (Economy; Foreign Policy; Domestic Policy; etc.)”

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Should Iran Be Concerned about the U.S. Elections?
Richard Falk | Global Justice in the 21st Century – TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Oct 2020

30 Sep 2020 – This interview was published by Mehr News Agency on 27 Sept 2020 in Tehran. It addresses questions that arise for foreign societies seeking to comprehend the spectacle of the 2020 US national elections. The outcome of the Trump/Biden struggle is, of course, of particular concern to Iran.

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UAE/Bahrain Normalization with Israel: Peace or Geopolitics?
Richard Falk | Global Justice in the 21st Century – TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Sep 2020

23 Sep 2020 – the willingness to endorse these normalization agreements in the White House setting was a dramatic expression of identification with Trump’s regional diplomacy in the Middle East and a formalized repudiation of Palestinian aspirations for a sustainable peace based on their inalienable right of self-determination.

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Iconic Deaths and What They Mean: George Floyd and Ruth Bader Ginsberg
Richard Falk | Global Justice in the 21st Century – TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Sep 2020

26 Sep 2020 – 2020 is a year that will be remembered for its many distinctive features—the global reach and lethality of the COVID pandemic, worldwide protests against racism, and likely, to come, the outcome and aftermath of an American presidential election with likely severe worldwide reverberations. Yet one of the least conceptualized aspects up until now is the occurrence of two very different iconic deaths. By according an iconic status to an individual’s death is to acknowledge its historic impact.

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Trump Induced Normalization Agreements with Gulf Monarchies: Is This What Peace Looks Like?
Richard Falk | Global Justice in the 21st Century – TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 Sep 2020

18 Sep 2020 – Two interviews based on the normalization agreements between Israel and two Arab countries, United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, which are being perceived from a variety of angles depending on the agendas of the various political actors. In the present context it seems a win for Israel and Trump, and a loss for the Palestinians and Iran. However,…

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A Conversation at the Edge of the Human Future
Richard Falk | Global Justice in the 21st Century – TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 Sep 2020

12 Sep 2020 – I am posting below a long interview with Konrad Stachnio on wide-ranging questions, which stretched by knowledge past its breaking point, especially in assessing where the technological innovations on the horizons will lead us. It is one of 17 conversations published by Clarity Press under the title, Civilization in Overdrive: Conversations at the edge of the Human Future.

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Global Governance after the COVID Pandemic
Richard Falk | Global Justice in the 21st Century – TRANSCEND Media Service, 7 Sep 2020

31 Aug 2020 – In making conjectures about global governance in the post-COVID-19 era, it is important to be both cautious and clear. Cautious because there are many uncertainties. Clarity is equally important, especially drawing clear lines between what is expected and feasible, what seems necessary, and what is desirable but not likely attainable.

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Can the U.S. Democracy Be Fixed?
Richard Falk – TRANSCEND Media Service, 31 Aug 2020

After the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, attention was redirected to the market-driven economy. With the support of both political parties, the U.S. Government focused on making the world safe for predatory capitalism, ‘the Washington consensus’ or more politely, ‘neoliberal globalization.’ This version of Marxist materialism encouraged consumerist orgies and the militarists required an enemy for continuing with wartime military budgets and restoring their self-esteem as guardians of national and global security.

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Nuclear Complacency and the Dangerous Drift toward a New Cold War with China
Richard Falk | Global Justice in the 21st Century – TRANSCEND Media Service, 24 Aug 2020

22 Aug 2020 – I am increasingly worried by the either/or quality of the U.S. November elections that effectively suppresses concerns about a bipartisan drift toward a second cold war focused on China as geopolitical adversary that will be confronted.

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Interpreting the UAE/Israel Agreement on Suspending Annexation
Richard Falk | Global Justice in the 21st Century – TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 Aug 2020

16 Aug 2020 – Responses to interview questions from Javad Heiran-Nia, an Iranian journalist, on the UAE/Israel Normalization/Annexation Agreement of Aug. 13, 2020.

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Trumpism: What Will 2020 Bring?
Richard Falk | Global Justice in the 21st Century – TRANSCEND Media Service, 10 Aug 2020

8 Aug 2020 – During the height of the Cold War when it was viewed as disloyal and compromising to show a sympathetic interest in Marxism or sympathies with Soviet ideology, someone at the U.S. military base at Frankfurt distributed to the soldiers stationed there, a handwritten version of the Bill of Rights, the first ten amendments of the U.S. Constitution, in the form of petition.

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With John Lewis in Stockholm 1969
Richard Falk | Global Justice in the 21st Century – TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Aug 2020

1 Aug 2020 – Moved by the iconic recognition of John Lewis’ exceptional courage and perseverance on behalf of human rights, nonviolence, and opposition to American militarism, I recall a weekend spent together in Stockholm. We were the two invited American speakers at a conference opposing the American War in Vietnam.

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Is the United States a Failing State? A Failed State?
Richard Falk | Global Justice in the 21st Century – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 Jul 2020

22 Jul 2020 – To ask whether the United States, the world’s dominant military power, is ‘a failing state’ should cause worldwide anxiety. Such a state, analogous to a wounded animal, is a global menace of unprecedented proportions in the nuclear age. Its political leadership is exhibiting a reckless tendency of combining incompetence with extremism. The November elections will send a strong signal as to whether the United States is failing or has failed.

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Learning Now from Gandhi
Richard Falk | Global Justice in the 21st Century – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Jul 2020

12 Jul 2020 – a faithful and highly accessible presentation of Gandhi’s essential thought and practice as applicable to the rather overwhelming set of circumstances that amount to gathering storm clouds. Such a darkened sky hovering over the present is intended to call to our attention the severe threats to the human and ecological futures all beings on earth confront, whether or not they are aware of these unprecedented dangers.

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Poems, Pandemics, and Preservation
Richard Falk | Global Justice in the 21st Century – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Jul 2020

3 Jul 2020 – With the help of a friend I taught myself to write poems in a haiku form following classic Japanese guidance. Poetry has long been a place of sanctuary for me, and in recent months it has also offered me the pleasures of ‘lockdown therapy.’ I hope I am not abusing readers by posting a sample, and hoping others will be drawn to join an invisible community of haiku lovers.

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Post-COVID Prospects Assessed
Richard Falk | Global Justice in the 21st Century – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Jul 2020

8 Jul 2020 -This text is a slightly edited interview on post-COVID prospects that was published in Mutekabiliyet, a Turkish student online journal, July 3, 2020.

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The Politics of Kneeling: A Tribute to Colin Kaepernick
Richard Falk | Global Justice in the 21st Century – TRANSCEND Media Service, 29 Jun 2020

22 Jun 2020 – Of course, there have been many Kaepernick moments that stretch back to the era of slavery, and forward to Rosa Parks’ 1956 refusal to go to the back of the bus sparking the Montgomery Bus Boycott , King’s 1963 letter from the Birmingham Jail, and the death of George Floyd, some more resonant than others, but none have been enough to remove the dark stains of systemic racism from the fabric of daily life in America, and elsewhere in the world.

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The Right to Food During the Coronavirus Pandemic: A Time of Bio-Ethical-Ecological Crisis
Richard Falk | Global Justice in the 21st Century – TRANSCEND Media Service, 22 Jun 2020

14 Jun 2020 – Even before the Coronavirus Pandemic, humanity faced an unprecedented challenge in the coming decades that threatened the foundations of life itself, and yet, up to this time societal reactions have been disappointingly weak and evasive, aside from a few voices in the wilderness.

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Repudiating the International Criminal Court
Prof. Richard Falk – TRANSCEND Media Service, 22 Jun 2020

Even Orwell would be at a loss to make sense of some of the recent antics of leading governments. We would expect Orwell to be out-satirized by the U.S. actions to impose penalties and sanctions on officials of the ICC not because they are accused of acting improperly or seem guilty of some kind of corruption but because they were doing their appointed jobs carefully, yet fearlessly.

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Revisiting Meeting Ayatollah Khomeini in January, 1979
Richard Falk | Global Justice in the 21st Century – TRANSCEND Media Service, 15 Jun 2020

10 Jun 2020 – This post is a slightly modified text of responses to Javad Heiran-Nia’s interview questions that was published on 2 Jun 2020 in Mehr News. From the Iranian publication I received some criticisms to the effect that I failed to associate Ayatollah Khomeini’s legacy with the repressiveness of the policies and practices of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

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(Français) Israel: Géopolitique de Gangsters et Projets Mafieux
Richard Falk | Investig'Action - TRANSCEND Media Service, 1 Jun 2020

28 Mai 2020 – Richard Falk été rapporteur spécial des Nations unies pour les droits de l’homme dans les territoires palestiniens. Il analyse le plan d’annexion de pans entiers de la Cisjordanie présenté par Benyamin Netanyahu et soutenu par les États-Unis. Un plan qui témoigne d’un mépris flagrant pour le droit international. Pas étonnant de la part de responsables politiques qui se comportent comme de véritables gangsters.

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Arms Control & Disarmament: A Failed Marriage
Richard Falk | Global Justice in the 21st Century – TRANSCEND Media Service, 1 Jun 2020

25 May 2020 – The linkage between contagious disease and climate change is too evident to ignore altogether: The falling price of oil, the declining carbon emissions, the global imperative of cooperation, uneven vulnerabilities, and the relevance of justice and empathy. With respect to nuclear weapons hazards and their possible use, there is a growing disconnect between risk and behavior, a combination of nuclearism prevailing among the political elites of the nuclear weapons states and public disregard.

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The Darkening Sky over Palestine: Storm Clouds or New Dawn?
Richard Falk | Global Justice in the 21st Century – TRANSCEND Media Service, 1 Jun 2020

28 May 2020 – If, de jure annexation will go forward, then the sky is likely to emit thunder and lightning. When the storm passes, nothing will seem changed. Annexation is being discussed as if a game changer yet ‘annexation’ has already taken place in the form of settlements, the separation wall, denial of building and residence permits to Palestinians living in Area C, and long-affirmed Israeli sentiments of biblical entitlement solidified by continued tradition of affirming the territory the British administered as ‘Palestine’ between the two world wars as ‘the promised land’ of the Jewish people.

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Planetary Transformations: A Progressive Quest
Richard Falk | Global Justice in the 21st Century – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 May 2020

20 May 2020 – Below are three texts: a paper by the widely respected writer and progressive scholar, Val Moghadam, which describes what it might mean to have a left transformative movement of planetary scope; followed by a short explanatory essay by Paul Raskin, who exercises intellectual leadership of the Great Transition Network. The third text is my comment on Moghadam’s paper.

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The Coronavirus Pandemic, Sanctions on Iran, and the Maladies of World Order
Richard Falk | Global Justice in the 21st Century – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 May 2020

12 May 2020 – The U.S. depends primarily on its military capabilities to punish and coerce those states that it regards as hostile to its global ambitions. Iran (and Venezuela) is the current leading example, as victimized by ‘the maximum pressure’ approach based on threats and punitive sanctions. In contrast, China has brilliantly extended its influence and increased its prosperity by reliance mainly on non-military instruments of expansion including trade, investment, and foreign assistance. The two global states exemplify an encounter between hard and soft power foreign policies.

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Gangster Geopolitics and Israel’s Annexation Plans
Richard Falk | Al Jazeera – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 May 2020

13 May 2020 – The Israeli plan to annex parts of the occupied West Bank shows a shocking disregard for international law.

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U.S. Policy toward Israel/Palestine in a Deglobalizing World: A Pre-Pandemic Perspective
Richard Falk | Global Justice in the 21st Century – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 May 2020

7 May 2020 – The text below is from my presentation at the TRT World Forum, 21-22 Oct 2019. What strikes me now is how different the world seems only six months later due to the surreal impacts of the Coronavirus Pandemic on all aspects of perception and assessment, the totality of dislocating developments, and the heightening of an existential appreciation of the precariousness of individual and collective experience and of the radical uncertainty clouding our expectations of the future.

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Acknowledging Disorientation after COVID-19: Beyond Horizons of Fear and Doubt
Richard Falk | Global Justice in the 21st Century – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 May 2020

3 May 2020 – More than earlier crises of my lifetime, including the Great Depression, World War II, 9/11, the COVID-19 pandemic illuminates as never before, how precarious and uncertain is the future wellbeing, and possibly survival, of the human species. The concreteness, immediacy, and haunting uncertainties of the pandemic is quite terrifying on its own, but its heuristic pedagogy seems applicable to a range of potentially catastrophic threats of global scope, most obviously climate change, biodiversity, nuclear weaponry.

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World Order and COVID-19 Pandemic
Richard Falk | Global Justice in the 21st Century – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Apr 2020

19 Apr 2020 – I am aware of the greater strength and role of cooperative movements in European countries, a residue of the socialist movements of the prior century, that give rise to more spontaneous approaches on local levels to immediate threats to well-being, exhibiting both less trust and less dependence on governmental undertakings. Furthermore, European health systems are more evolved, fewer people left out, and more sense of public responsibility, although some deficiencies also emerged.

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Triple Jeopardy for Palestinian Prisoners
Prof. Richard Falk – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Apr 2020

The allegation of Triple Jeopardy arises from the failure to suspend or mitigate prison condition in light of the Coronavirus Pandemic, and the related failure to take responsible steps to protect those so confined from contracting the potentially lethal disease. A virtual death sentence hangs over every single Palestinian prisoner, and in an especially acute form with respect to particularly vulnerable Palestinians living in crowded unhealthy prisons.

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A Prayer in the Time of Pandemic
Richard Falk | Global Justice in the 21st Century – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Apr 2020

8 Apr 2020 – Affirming spirituality as the power over life and death I aspire to achieve
this spirituality that is nothing other than the blending of love and mystery
cherishing wonder at a precarious precipice, respecting knowledge

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In Time of Pandemic Praise for the UN
Richard Falk | Global Justice in the 21st Century – TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 Apr 2020

3 Apr 2020 – What the COVID-19 experience made clear was the importance of information to virtually every person and governmental body on the planet, and the degree to which the WHO and its Director General were quickly established as a valued source of reliable and trustworthy information. Establishing public trust and informational reliability become paramount goals, and WHO and Tedros Adhanan Grebreyerus, its Director General, have risen to the occasion, gaining media credibility and worldwide respect.

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Investigating Israeli Criminality at the International Criminal Court (ICC)
Richard Falk | Global Justice in the 21st Century – TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 Apr 2020

Amicus Brief submitted to the International Criminal Court in The Hague on 16 Mar 2020 in the jurisdictional phase of a proceeding in which to initiate such a legal proceeding and whether the ICC has jurisdiction, that is, legal authority to investigate and possibly prosecute such alleged. As the Prosecutor indicated, the facts at her disposal indicate a basis for accepting Palestine’s request for an investigation of alleged Israeli criminal conduct.

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A 21st Century Worldview: Interviewing Ahmet Davutoğlu
Richard Falk | Global Justice in the 21st Century – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Mar 2020

28 Mar 2020 – Interview that I conducted with the former Turkish Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, Ahmet Davutoğlu, published in Middle East Monitor on March 23-24, 2020. His responses to questions 18-20 concern the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis on the world. The interview is long, yet a worthwhile overview how the most important intellectual political figure in Turkey views global and national reality given the shape of recent developments.

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Explaining the ‘Asian Miracle’
Richard Falk | Global Justice in the 21st Century – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Mar 2020

20 Mar 2020 – A timely aspect of Nayyar’s book is the emphasis he places on the importance of effective state/society relations in explaining the remarkable growth experience of Asia. Such an insight seems relevant to the degree to which various governments are effectively managing responses to the challenge of the Coronavirus pandemic. It would seem at this stage that well-managed autocracies do better than most democracies, and much better than poorly managed democracies that embody capitalist structures, priorities, and values.

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COVID-19: Present, Past, and Future
Richard Falk | Global Justice in the 21st Century – TRANSCEND Media Service, 23 Mar 2020

17 Mar 2020 – A few days ago when WHO officially declared the COVID-19 a ‘pandemic’ a Rubicon of consciousness and global governance was crossed. Hundreds of millions of individuals around the world are coping physically and mentally with what that word never before used in my lifetime means for themselves and those they care most about. The mental dimensions of self-isolation may turn out to be a big challenge almost as big as the disease itself.

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Cruelty or Humanity?
Richard Falk | Global Justice in the 21st Century – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Mar 2020

12 Mar 2020 – This is my foreword to Stuart Rees’ exceedingly important study of the role of cruelty in politics, a mystifying dimension of human experience, which is illuminated by integrating the insights and reflections of poets with the narration of political policies. This fusion gives this book a quality of originality as well of practical relevance.

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Evasions, Accidents, Engagements, and Fulfillment: An Autobiographical Fragment
Richard Falk | Global Justice in the 21st Century – TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 Mar 2020

2 Mar 2020 – This post is something new for me, an autobiographical fragment written at the request of an online listserv as a suggestive model for academics at the start of their careers as diplomatic historians. I publish it here. It was found unsuitable for publication by the group that made the initial solicitation for unspecified reasons.

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How Sanders Wins and Governs–Winning and Losing in 2020
Richard Falk | Global Justice in the 21st Century – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Mar 2020

24 Feb 2020 – Anyone sensitive to the American political scene has become aware of an emerging collision between surging citizen support for Bernie Sanders and the lamentations of portfolio (stocks & bonds) driven Democrats who purport to question Sanders’ electability, and even if they now most reluctantly acknowledge the robustness of his electoral challenge to Trump, contend that he will be never be able to govern given his left agenda and considering the likely embitterment of the DNC establishment.

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Weaponizing Lawfare in the Philippines
Richard Falk | Global Justice in the 21st Century – TRANSCEND Media Service, 24 Feb 2020

22 Feb 2020 – Rodrigo Duterte, despite leaving by now a long trail of blood-stained abuse, retains an approval rating of more than 80%. As in the United States, we ask the question that prompted the leading thinkers in ancient Athens to abandon democracy—‘how can we trust the citizenry if they are drawn to support demagogues whose policies are self-destructive for the political community?” If not, the people, then whom? Surely, not the financial oligarchs. Plutocracy is not the answer.

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Meeting Grand Ayatollah 41 Years Ago
Richard Falk | Global Justice in the 21st Century – TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 Feb 2020

15 Feb 2020 – 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 had such an opportunity to meet the leader of the Iranian Revolution in a relatively relaxed atmosphere and for an ample length of time, there seemed interest in Iran and elsewhere in my recollections of that meeting.

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Why International Law Is Crucial for Human Wellbeing
Richard Falk – TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 Feb 2020

If we are attentive to current events, as the media reports war/peace issues we would quickly conclude that invoking international law in these high profile settings is to be out of touch with how sovereign states go about pursuing their most important economic and political interests, which in areas touching on security is by trusting their defensive capabilities and alliance relations, and not by believing that as long as their actions and policies stay on the right side of the law, they have nothing to worry about.

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Trump/Netanyahu Diplomacy: Orientalism by any Other Name
Richard Falk | Global Justice in the 21st Century – TRANSCEND Media Service, 10 Feb 2020

1 Feb 2020 – This so-called contribution to ‘peace’ requires Palestine to give up its most fundamental rights, and accept a permanent condition of subjugation and victimization. It is framed in such a one-sided pro-Israel manner as if designed to ensure its instant and overwhelming rejection by Palestinian government representatives and by Palestinian public opinion.

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