Mel Gurtov

Mel Gurtov

Mel Gurtov, syndicated by PeaceVoice, is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Portland State University, Editor-in-Chief of Asian Perspective, an international affairs quarterly, and blogs at In the Human Interest.

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The sky above Soda Bay, Calif. is seen on July 30, 2018 as the River Fire burns. Views
Saturday, August 04, 2018
While Rome (and Most Everywhere Else) Burns
By now we’re accustomed to learning that every year brings record high temperatures around the world. Extreme weather, says Prof. Michael Mann of Pennsylvania State University, “is the face of climate change. We literally would not have seen these extremes in the absence of climate change. The...
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Sunday, July 08, 2018
At Home and Abroad, Trump Abandons Human Rights
In January 1941, with the prospect looming of US involvement in another European war, President Franklin Roosevelt spoke of America’s purpose in the world: to protect and promote “four freedoms.” FDR drew a clear link between US security and the fulfillment of human rights at home. “Just as our...
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Donald Trump is greeted by President Ronald Reagan at 1987 White House reception. (Photo: White House) Views
Sunday, September 03, 2017
Echoes of Reagan: Another Nuclear Buildup
Thirty years ago Americans endured an absurd expansion of the US nuclear-weapon force under President Reagan. The announced weapons modernization program was accompanied by a huge increase in the military budget, the President’s warning to the Soviet Union that he was willing to spend it into...
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Wednesday, August 02, 2017
Reaching Paris Without Stopping in Washington
History may record that the planet’s climate crisis was avoided thanks to the efforts of three countries: China, Germany, and France. Or not. The preparedness of those three, and the other EU member-states, to follow through on commitments under the Paris Accord despite the US pull-out is key to...
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Sunday, May 28, 2017
All Is Not Quiet on the Western Front
Donald Trump’s visit to NATO headquarters last week was consistent with two of his foreign policy views: the need to pursue close relations with Russia, and skepticism about NATO’s utility. Despite affirmative comments about NATO from his secretary of state and Vice President Mike Pence, Trump...
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Sunday, April 02, 2017
The Great Distracter
Three of Donald Trump’s latest ploys to distract attention from Russiagate have failed. First was Rep. Devin Nunes’ late night visit to the White House under escort by two staff members to view classified information. The visit increasingly looks like a prearranged attempt to divert his committee’s...
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Saturday, October 10, 2015
Manipulating Reality: Facebook Is Listening to You
One thing we have become all too used to is that our reality can be manipulated to create the appearance of something else entirely. Invading another country is defensive, rigged elections are passed off as democracy in action, more guns (or more nuclear weapons) ensure the peace, trade and foreign...
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Friday, August 29, 2014
The Lone Ranger Rides Again – America’s Return to Iraq
In an interview with Thomas Friedman of the New York Times on August 8, President Obama stressed that the US was only fighting the Islamic State (IS, or ISIS) in Iraq as a partner, not as Iraq’s or the Kurds’ air force. Obama claims his officials are reminding everyone, “We will be your partners,...
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