Howard Friel

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Monday, June 6, 2016 - 9:15am
Kenneth Roth’s Strange Review of Noam Chomsky’s New Book
In the first paragraph of his surprisingly inept and unfriendly review in the New York Review of Books of Noam Chomsky’s Who Rules the World? (May 2016), Kenneth Roth described the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq as a “blunder.” This wasn’t a good sign, since it signaled either ignorance or rejection of...
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Monday, April 11, 2016 - 8:30am
Hillary Clinton and Paul Krugman: Fuddy Duddies against Sanders (Life During Wartime)
I keep reading columns in the New York Times by Paul Krugman about how he is on the outs with Bernie and is in with Hillary. (I don’t know why he loves her like he does.*) They do sound like soulmates during wartime. Krugman never actually, really opposed the U.S. invasion of Iraq in March 2003,...
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Friday, February 26, 2016 - 8:30am
Antidote to DNC Bias Against Bernie Is Massive Grassroots Turnout
Before supporters of Bernie Sanders vote in the Super Tuesday primaries on March 1 , their candidate will already be behind Hillary Clinton in the participating states. This is because the superdelegate count in those states already favors Clinton over Sanders as follows: Alabama (3 to 0), Arkansas...
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Monday, February 22, 2016 - 8:30am
Hillary Clinton’s Pay-to-Play Speaking Fees Disqualify Her as a Presidential Candidate
Black’s Law Dictionary defines “recusal” as “removal of oneself as judge or policy-maker in a particular matter, esp. because of a conflict of interest.” In the federal judiciary—a coequal branch with the executive—judges as well as Supreme Court justices are expected to recuse themselves, and do...
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Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 8:45am
Obama’s Commitment to Nuclear Weapons Violates the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty
There are two major threats to life on Earth—nuclear weapons and climate change. A recent decision by President Obama has heightened both threats. Two months ago, the New York Times reported that the president had initiated a 30-year, $1 trillion “revitalization” of the strategic nuclear weapons...
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Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 8:00am
Obama Bombs Syria and Threatens Wider War in Violation of the UN Charter
After the U.S. bombing of Syria on Tuesday , Obama administration officials issued a number of self-serving and misleading statements seeking to justify its actions as complying with international law. Yesterday the New York Times reported that “senior Obama administration officials said on Tuesday...
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Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - 7:15am
Israel Has No Right of Self-Defense to Invade or Bomb Gaza
Was 9/11 a criminal act or an act of war justifying the U.S. invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq? Similarly, are actions against Israel by militants in Gaza criminal acts or acts of war justifying the habitual Israeli invasions and shelling of Gaza? These are not legalistic questions, but rather...
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A rebel checkpoint Saturday as Ukrainian troops pressed their assault on separatists in the east. (Credit: Sergey Ponomarev/The New York Times) Views
Monday, May 19, 2014 - 1:00pm
Ukraine and International Law: The Double Standard at the New York Times Editorial Page
“A dirty dog will not have justice by the court.” I did not invent these words, although I wish I had. The honor belongs to the British satirist and legal commentator, A.P. Herbert, as spoken by his fictional Judge Mildew. The idea, in general, is that one shouldn’t accuse another of a crime...
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Tuesday, May 13, 2014 - 8:15am
The Newspaper of War
Many years ago, Ho Chi Minh’s North Vietnam, Communist China, and Soviet Russia were saying one thing about what had happened in the Gulf of Tonkin in early August 1964, while President Johnson and top administration officials were all saying the exact opposite. How should the Times have responded...
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U.S. Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland offered food to pro-European Union activists as she and U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt, right, walked through Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine, on Wednesday. She also offered food to some of the police nearby. (Photo: Andrew Kravchenko/AP) Views
Tuesday, April 29, 2014 - 6:45am
From Havana to Kiev: The US State Department as a Covert Operative
I begin with three examples of State Department covert operations. The first examples start with Cuba (for context) and end with Venezuela, the target of the first two covert operations described below. The third example begins and ends with Cuba. These examples function as case studies that can be...
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