Howard Friel

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Friday, September 13, 2013
The Threat to Attack Syria Is STILL Illegal
Unless President Obama would like to risk seeing Syria, at some point in the future, renounce its signature on the chemical weapons convention , which it has recently pledged to sign under the threat of attack by the United States, he should rescind the threat of force.
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Thursday, September 05, 2013
Lawless President + Lawless Congress ≠ Legal Use of Force in Syria
On August 7, 1964, the United States House of Representatives voted 416–0, and the U.S. Senate voted 88–2, to support President’s Johnson’s decision to bomb targets inside North Vietnam in response to what the president said were North Vietnamese attacks on the U.S.S.
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Saturday, August 31, 2013
Note to the New York Times: ‘War is the Health of a Totalitarian State’
Speaking to tens of thousands of U.C. Berkeley students on May 21, 1965, Norman Mailer bellowed , “War is the health of a totalitarian state. And peace is its disease.” In the same breath, Mailer said, “No philosophy of government can occupy nine-tenths of the globe without being altered to its roots.”
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Monday, February 21, 2011
The U.N. Voting Record of Susan Rice on Palestinian Rights, 2009–2010
On Friday, February 18, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, vetoed a U.N. Security Council resolution which, upon condemning Israel’s settlements in Palestinian territory, had the unanimous support of the 14 other Security Council members and over one hundred state sponsors. Although Rice’s veto in this instance was certainly outrageous, she is no stranger to voting contrary to U.S. obligations under international law, in support of Israel’s violations of Palestinian rights, and against the clear consensus of U.N. member states, since, as U.S.
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Wednesday, September 01, 2010
The Lomborg Deception: About Yesterday’s Front-Page Story in the Guardian
Howard Friel's most recent book is The Lomborg Deception: Setting the Record Straigh about Global Warming (Yale University Press, 2010) Yesterday, London's Guardian newspaper, an important paper with some of the West's best journalists, including Johann Hari, Suzanne Goldenberg, George Monbiot, and Chris McGreal, printed a front-page feature
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Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Throwing Darts for a Mission in Afghanistan
In yesterday's Washington Post, Bob Woodward, writing about General Stanley McChrystal, reported that "the top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan warns, in an urgent" assessment of the war, "that he needs more forces within the next year" or the U.S.-led war "will likely result in failure." Quoting McChrystal, Woodward wrote, "without more forces ...
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Sunday, September 06, 2009
The Congress and Afghanistan: Rubber-Stamping Yet Another War?
On August 7, 1964, the United States House of Representatives voted 416-0, and the U.S. Senate voted 88-2, to support President Lyndon Johnson's decision to bomb North Vietnam in response to the alleged attacks three days earlier on two U.S. war ships—the Maddox and Turner Joy—in the Gulf of Tonkin.
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Tuesday, August 25, 2009
On Senator Grassley's 'Moderation'
It has been widely reported that the Obama administration has delegated the job of healthcare reform to the top three Democrats and Republicans in the Senate Finance Committee. Not to Senator Ted Kennedy's Health, Education, and Labor Committee. Not to the committees of Charles Rangel, George Miller, or Henry Waxman in the House of Representatives. And certainly not to the nation's leading advocates of a single-payer healthcare system, as Ralph Nader recently wrote: "The White House door is [thus] closed to the likes of Dr.
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Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Guns at Political Events: A Chilling Effect on the First Amendment
On August 11, a man with a loaded firearm in a holster appeared outside a town hall meeting in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, where President Obama was speaking. He carried a sign that said: "It is Time to Water the Tree of Liberty"—a reference to Thomas Jefferson's statement that "The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants." Neither the Secret Service nor police ushered the man away from the area of the president's town meeting.
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Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Chronology: Which Side Violated the Israel-Gaza Ceasefire?
Introduction June 18, 2008
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