Brexit: A Nail in the Coffin of Neo-colonialism in Africa

Brexit: A Nail in the Coffin of Neo-colonialism in Africa

Much of the discourse and debate around the UK referendum to leave the European Union, a move known as Brexit, seems centered solely on its impact on Britain, Western Europe as a whole, and the U.S.. But Foreign Policy Magazine (FP) warns us, “Brexit Is Bad News for...
Film: People Are the Sky

Film: People Are the Sky

Join Dai Sil Kim-Gibson, a North Korea born, Korean American filmmaker for the screening of her film, People Are the Sky. The screening is co-sponsored by IPS, CodePink, National Association of Korean Americans, Veterans for Peace—Korea Peace Campaign, and Women Cross...
Darkness at High Noon in Korea

Darkness at High Noon in Korea

As the world focuses on the war in Syria, the refugee crisis in Europe, and the primary slugfest in the United States, the two Koreas are heading toward a catastrophe in the Far East. Although relations on the Korean peninsula have been deteriorating for the better...
Mitch McConnell’s War on Iran — and Boeing?

Mitch McConnell’s War on Iran — and Boeing?

McConnell apparently looked into his crystal ball and determined that Iran would “inevitably” cheat. So, he said, the United States might as well go back on its own word first — and spare the trouble of re-imposing sanctions later. McConnell doesn’t know what he’s...
A Victory for Diplomacy Over War

A Victory for Diplomacy Over War

Phyllis Bennis joins The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell to discuss the ramifications of the negotiated nuclear agreement between the U.S. and Iran, both in terms of future relations between the two countries, as well as for diplomacy at large: “I think...
Arts Event: Salsa not Sanctions

Arts Event: Salsa not Sanctions

In the beginning of March of this year, President Obama ominously called Venezuela a “threat to US national security” and imposed sanctions on Venezuelan government officials, creating a new wedge between Washington and Latin America. Only July 8, CODEPINK, the...
Obama’s Triple Crown

Obama’s Triple Crown

It was only a couple years ago that I was bemoaning Obama’s failure to fulfill his promise to resolve major confrontations in the world diplomatically. “Smart power,” in the Obama lexicon, had largely been window dressing on the same old exercise of hard power — the...
Iran Deal: A Game-Changer for the Middle East

Iran Deal: A Game-Changer for the Middle East

Negotiators in Lausanne, Switzerland just won a huge victory for diplomacy over war. The hard-fought first-stage negotiations resulted in the outlines of an agreement that will significantly limit Iran’s nuclear program in return for significant relief from crippling...
Charlie Hebdo Meets ‘The Interview’

Charlie Hebdo Meets ‘The Interview’

The hacking of Sony Pictures and the terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo in Paris differ in obvious ways: One involved a state-directed cyberattack on a private corporation; the other involved radicals loosely linked to non-state actors determined to kill journalists....
The Meaning of Rouhani

The Meaning of Rouhani

The landslide victory of Hassan Rouhani, a moderate and pro-reform cleric, in Iran’s recent presidential election came as a surprise to many observers within and outside of Iran. Although Rouhani’s win was a major gain for the moderate and reformist political groups...
What’s Not on the Ballot in Iran

What’s Not on the Ballot in Iran

As Iran’s presidential election approaches with the speed of an out-of-control train, its passengers are certainly curious about who’s going to be the next conductor. Yet as they take in the political infighting that so consumes the country’s ruling...
In Tehran, All Eyes on North Korea

In Tehran, All Eyes on North Korea

North Korea’s nuclear weapons and Iran’s purported nuclear ambitions are the subject of constant speculation by Western pundits. However, the connection between the two is often overlooked. Although Northeast Asia and the Middle East are home to different...
Infantalizing North Korea

Infantalizing North Korea

Political Cartoonists love to portray North Korea as an irrational and infantile force. It’s either a baby with a nuclear rattle or a little truant in need of a timeout. The relative youth of the country’s leader, Kim Jong Un, encourages such...