Howard Friel

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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
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
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
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 07, 2014
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
The New York Times and the National Endowment for Democracy
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Thursday, March 20, 2014
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
On Democracy and Orchestrated Overthrows in Venezuela and Ukraine
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Friday, March 14, 2014
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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Friday, December 06, 2013
Bjorn Lomborg and the Climate Change Catastrophe at the New York Times
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Friday, November 01, 2013
The 'Preventive Constitution' in the Age of NSA Surveillance
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