Robert Naiman

Robert Naiman

Robert Naiman is Policy Director at Just Foreign Policy. Naiman has worked as a policy analyst and researcher at the Center for Economic and Policy Research and Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch. He has masters degrees in economics and mathematics from the University of Illinois and has studied and worked in the Middle East. You can contact him here.

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Saturday, January 25, 2014
Vermont's @SenSanders Is Right: Use War Money to Take Care of Veterans
Sometimes Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders does something that reminds us that it does actually matter that he's an Independent in the best sense of the word: thinking for himself, not accepting the D.C. "conventional wisdom" that often defines the limits of reform.
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Saturday, January 04, 2014
Make the 1% Pay for the Iran War
Something wonderful happened in Washington in 2013 that can't be celebrated too much: the Pentagon spending lobby experienced a clear defeat in its efforts to prevent any real cuts to the Pentagon budget. When the music stopped on the budget negotiations, those paid to claim that if we gave the Pentagon a haircut foreigners would steal our lunch money came up short: half the planned Pentagon cuts were left in place.
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Thursday, December 26, 2013
Could We Make Opposition to Iran War Obligatory for Blue State Democrats?
On August 8, 2006, something world-historical happened in Connecticut: Joe Lieberman was kicked out of the Democratic Party as punishment for the crime of supporting the Iraq war. The retribution delivered to Lieberman established a "red line" for "blue state" Democrats: support the Iraq war, and something like this could happen to you.
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Saturday, December 21, 2013
War with Iran? Sherrod Brown is the Firewall
In the halcyon days of your misspent youth, you happily wasted hours reading Sherlock Holmes mysteries instead of doing boring homework. And thus, you remember this famous passage from Silver Blaze:
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Wednesday, December 18, 2013
President Karzai, Stand Tall Against US Pressure to Sign the Troop Deal
A key reason that many Americans are turned off by politics is that they don't experience news sportscasters who are on their side. The average American, if she read the New York Times, would feel like a Chicagoan watching the Cubs game on St. Louis TV. Her team hits a home run and the sportscaster is melancholy. Her team strikes out and the sportscaster does a dance.
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Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Did Pro-Diplomacy Backlash Stop Steny Hoyer from Nixing Obama's Deal to Prevent War with Iran?
A New York Times editorial on December 9 warned that while "either side could undermine the November interim agreement, and with it the best chance in 30 years for a genuine thaw in Iranian-American relations, the more serious threat seems to be on the American side."<img alt="" border="0" class="image-right" src=" http://www.commondreams.org/sites/commondreams.org/files/imce-images/un-general-assembly-u_wong.jpg " style="width: 360px; height: 240px;" title="U.S.
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Saturday, November 16, 2013
TPP, WikiLeaks and the Drone Strike Transparency Bill
The Senate Intelligence Committee recently took an important step by passing an intelligence authorization which would require for the first time -- if it became law -- that the administration publicly report on civilian casualties from U.S. drone strikes.
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Friday, November 15, 2013
WikiLeaks and the Drone Strike Transparency Bill
The Senate Intelligence Committee recently took an important step by passing an intelligence authorization which would require for the first time - if it became law - that the Admin
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Thursday, November 07, 2013
Keep America at Peace: Keep the Pentagon Sequester
Folks who think that (at the very least) we should be allowed to experience a few years of peace before launching the next military adventure are on the cusp of a major victory in Washington.
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Tuesday, October 08, 2013
Ask a Keynesian: With US Borrowing Capped, Won't More Pentagon Spending Destroy Jobs?
I claim that the following is a basic economic fact, which all Keynesian economists should readily acknowledge: in the current federal budget political context, in which federal borrowing is capped under the Budget Control Act, and repealing the BCA’s borrowing cap is not under serious consideration; and in which increased taxes on the super-rich, like a Wall Street speculation tax, are not considered politically viable in Washington, unnecessary Pentagon spending will destroy American jobs.
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