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, 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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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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