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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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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Wednesday, May 8, 2013 - 12:46pm
Syria, US Wars of Aggression, and the Wrong 'Red Lines'
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Wednesday, March 27, 2013 - 7:22am
What Was Wrong with Obama’s Speech in Jerusalem
It was master-crafted as an ingratiating speech by the world’s most important leader and the government that has most consistently championed Israel ’s cause over the decades. Enthusiastically received by the audience of Israeli youth, and especially by liberal Jews around the world.
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Sunday, November 18, 2012 - 11:06am
The Latest Gaza Catastrophe
The media double standards in the West on the new and tragic Israeli escalation of violence directed at Gaza were epitomised by an absurdly partisan New York Times front page headline: "Rockets Target Jerusalem; Israel girds for Gaza Invasion" ( NYT , Nov 16, 2012). Decoded somewhat, the message is this: Hamas is the aggressor, and Israel when and if it launches a ground attack on Gaza must expect itself to be further attacked by rockets.
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Monday, October 22, 2012 - 7:12am
From Hope to Fear: 2008 vs. 2012
In 2008, Barack Obama rekindled faith in the America electoral process for many, and revived the deeper promise of American democracy, bringing to the foreground of the national political experience a brilliant and compassionate African American candidate.
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Tuesday, May 8, 2012 - 1:33pm
The Massive Palestinian Hunger Strike: Traveling below the Western Radar
Can anyone doubt that if there were more than 1,300 hunger strikers in any country in the world other than Palestine, the media in the West would be obsessed with the story? It would be featured day after day, and reported on from all angles, including the severe medical risks associated with such a lengthy refusal to take food.
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Tuesday, December 30, 2008 - 11:35am
Israel's War Crimes
The Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip represent severe and massive violations of international humanitarian law as defined in the Geneva Conventions, both in regard to the obligations of an Occupying Power and in the requirements of the laws of war Even the most naive American voter cannot be expected to see the morally, legally and politically questionable death sentence given to Saddam Hussein a milestone in the Bush Administration's illegal war in Iraq. As the milestones pile up, so do the bodies. Those violations include:
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