Briefing: With Richard Falk and Phyllis Bennis

Briefing: With Richard Falk and Phyllis Bennis

The situation of human rights in the Palestinian Territories is a topic of some controversy and conflict. Israel’s continuing occupation of the Palestinian territory, and the lack of respect of international humanitarian law, have resulted in a protection crisis...
John Kerry’s Doomed Peace Process is Deja Vu All Over Again

John Kerry’s Doomed Peace Process is Deja Vu All Over Again

Secretary of State John Kerry’s latest foray into Middle East negotiations should be called the Einstein peace process. Doing the same thing over and over again and still expecting different results is the great scientist’s definition of insanity. This time around,...
Syrian War Moving Outward, Obama Looks Inward

Syrian War Moving Outward, Obama Looks Inward

Even as the U.S. and Russia continue collaborating on plans for a Syrian peace conference to be held some time in late June, arms shipments on all sides continue to threaten even greater escalation. Arms flows to Syrian rebel forces from Qatar and Saudi Arabia via...
Afghanistan: Is It Really the End Game?

Afghanistan: Is It Really the End Game?

Gunmen in Pakistan on Monday set ablaze five trucks carrying NATO equipment out of Afghanistan as the international military alliance winds down it combat mission there, officials said. —Agence-France Presse, 3/1/13 There is nothing that better sums up the utter...
Obama’s Chance to Renew the Peace Process

Obama’s Chance to Renew the Peace Process

President Barack Obama’s upcoming trip to the Middle East presents an opportunity to move the dormant Palestinian-Israeli peace process forward. If he’s serious about making progress, the president should take into account how dispute resolution works in...
In El Salvador, a Rose in the Concrete

In El Salvador, a Rose in the Concrete

In recent years, El Salvador, like many of its Latin American counterparts, has witnessed an explosion in violence. The contentious fighting between two of the country’s biggest gangs, Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) and Barrio 18, is largely responsible for fueling...
Briefing: El Salvador’s Gang Truce: Challenges and Opportunities

Briefing: El Salvador’s Gang Truce: Challenges and Opportunities

Early this year, authorities in El Salvador facilitated a truce between the country’s two largest street gangs, MS-13 and 18th Street. Homicide rates in El Salvador have dropped dramatically as a result, and the truce, to the surprise of some observers, has...
The Arab World’s Intifada

The Arab World’s Intifada

The “Arab spring” may have started in early 2011 when a young Tunisian fruit seller, in a desperate response to disempowerment and despair, immolated himself in the streets of a small town. But its origins link directly to the first Palestinian intifada,...

Sometimes a Veto Means Victory

Sometimes a Security Council vote can mean a victory for human rights no matter which side wins. Today’s vote on a resolution mildly condemning Israeli settlement activity is one example. If the U.S. had voted for the resolution, or even abstained and allowed...

New Poll Underlines Gloom Shrouding “Peace Process”

A solid majority of 63 percent of Palestinian Israelis and a plurality of 47 percent of Jewish Israelis say they don’t believe that peace between the two peoples “will ever happen”, according to the surveys, which were conducted separately in October...

Empty Promises: Obama Takes His Middle East Peace Plan to the UN

President Obama’s General Assembly speech called on the international community to mobilize behind the U.S.-led “peace process.” He called on the Palestinians to “reconcile with a secure Israel” and waxed eloquent on the illegality of...
The Future of Irish Peace

The Future of Irish Peace

Despite the striking political gains made in Northern Ireland since 1998’s Good Friday Agreement, its power-sharing government again verged on collapse in early February, due to a policing and justice dispute. In the end, marathon negotiations forged a deal to...