Richard Falk

Richard Falk is the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Palestinian human rights. An international law and international relations scholar who taught at Princeton University for forty years, since 2002 Falk 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. Read more articles by Richard Falk.

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016 - 8:15am
Political Responsibility in the Nuclear Age
Dear fellow citizens: By their purported test of a hydrogen bomb early in 2016, North Korea reminded the world that nuclear dangers are not an abstraction, but a continuing menace that the governments and peoples of the world ignore at their peril. Even if the test were not of a hydrogen bomb but...
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Tuesday, January 5, 2016 - 2:00pm
You Can’t Report Truthfully on Israel Without Facing Its Wrath
Makarim Wibisono has announced his resignation as UN special rapporteur on human rights in the occupied Palestinian territories, the position I held for six years until June 2014. The Indonesian diplomat says that he could not fulfill his mandate because Israel has adamantly refused to give him...
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Tuesday, September 29, 2015 - 9:15am
The Yemen Catastrophe: Beset by Contradictions of Will and Intellect
Any attempt to provide a coherent account of the political strife afflicting Yemen is bound to fail. The country is crucible of contradictions that defy normal categories of rational analysis. If we look beyond the political fog that envelops the conflict the tragic circumstances of acute suffering...
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Sunday, July 26, 2015 - 8:15am
Alliance Blackmail: Israel’s Opposition to the Iran Nuclear Agreement
The Vienna Agreement [formally labeled by diplospeak as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)] reached by the P5 + 1 on July 14, 2015 has been aptly hailed as a political breakthrough, not only because it calms regional worries about Iran’s nuclear program, but more so because it has the...
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Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - 3:30pm
The Geopolitical Right of Exception at the United Nations
The notorious, yet influential, German jurist, Carl Schmitt famously insisted that ‘a right of exception’ was the core reality of national sovereignty. By this he meant that internal law could be put aside by ‘the sovereign,’ inhering as the crux of the relationship between state and society. In...
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Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 9:15am
What Too Many Americans Don't See When They Watch 'American Sniper'
Note: 'American Sniper' was released on Christmas Day, 2014. It is a movie version of Chris Kyle’s memoir, American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History, with 255 kills, 160 officially confirmed by the Department of Defense. The movie set in Iraq is directed...
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Saturday, January 17, 2015 - 1:30pm
Pope Francis, Salman Rushdie and Charlie Hebdo
There is some common ground, but not much. The killings in Paris last week were horrifying crimes that expose the vulnerability of democratic societies to lethal vigilante violence, whether facilitated from outside or as a spontaneous expression of homegrown psychopathic alienation. Beyond this...
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Sunday, May 11, 2014 - 1:15pm
Citizens v. Subjects in a Democratic Society: The American Case
"Have we agreed to so many wars that we can’t Escape from silence?…" —Robert Bly, “Call and Answer” In my understanding silence is passivity as a way of being. Silence can be much more than the avoidance of speech and utterance, and is most poignantly expressed through evasions of body, heart, and...
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Monday, December 9, 2013 - 10:33am
Mandela’s Inspiration: On Fighting Apartheid from South Africa to Israel
Fifteen years ago I had the extraordinary pleasure of meeting Nelson Mandela in
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Tuesday, July 2, 2013 - 1:28pm
The Armed Forces Ultimatum and the Future of Egypt
General al-Sisi's Ultimatum On Monday General Abdel al-Sisi delivered the following ultimatum on Egyptian TV: that the government of President Mohamed Morsi had 48 hours "to respond to the people's demands" or the armed forces would impose its "own roadmap of the future". The full statement also indicated that the armed forces did not want to resume its 2011 role of presiding over the political process.
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