Howard Friel

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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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Monday, April 7, 2014 - 7:45am
The ‘Cuban Twitter’ Covert Program: Misleading Denials by the Obama Administration
A simple reading of the report last week by the Associated Press that a U.S. State Department agency was engaged in a destabilization program in Cuba suggests that administration officials who responded to the report coordinated their comments to present a smoothly articulated but misleading case...
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Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 4:06pm
The New York Times and the National Endowment for Democracy
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Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 9:15am
No Russian Ever Called Me a Terrorist
Are recent events in Ukraine and Crimea more important than the mitigation of climate change? Are they more relevant to Americans than our own Stasi state and our broke cities, abandoned public schools, decrepit infrastructure, rickety railroads, rotten jobs, and chronic unemployment?
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Monday, March 17, 2014 - 7:15am
On Democracy and Orchestrated Overthrows in Venezuela and Ukraine
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Friday, March 14, 2014 - 1:03pm
The Siege of Sevastopol Threatens War
A U.S. National Endowment for Democracy (NED) “Resource Summary” for Fiscal Year 2013 says this about its policy toward Europe in 2013:
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