American Foreign Policy: The Problem of Applying the Monroe Doctrine Everywhere

When the new American nation was created, it was a lightweight in an international political game dominated by heavyweights. The U.S. was forced to develop a serious, measured, and realistic foreign policy. The colonists outlasted the British during the Revolution in part because the New World revolt triggered an Old World war, in which the … Continue reading “American Foreign Policy: The Problem of Applying the Monroe Doctrine Everywhere”

Discredited Russian Bounty Story Exposes Media’s Role in Status Quo

Originally appeared at ScheerPost It is an old journalistic trope: no one reads the correction … or the retraction. No matter how serious the error or profound the implications of the misreporting. Like, let’s say the entire range of mainstream media took the word of unnamed intelligence sources as gospel and reported that the only … Continue reading “Discredited Russian Bounty Story Exposes Media’s Role in Status Quo”

Counter-Recruitment in the Time of Covid

In 2016-17, the U.S. Army visited Santa Maria High School and nearby Pioneer Valley High School in California over 80 times. The Marines visited Ernest Righetti High School in Santa Maria over 60 times that year. One Santa Maria alumnus commented, “It’s as if they, the recruiters, are on staff.” A parent of a high … Continue reading “Counter-Recruitment in the Time of Covid”

The Guardian‘s Deceit-Riddled New Statement Betrays Both Julian Assange and Journalism

In my recent post on the current hearings at the Old Bailey over Julian Assange’s extradition to the United States, where he would almost certainly be locked away for the rest of his life for the crime of doing journalism, I made two main criticisms of the Guardian. A decade ago, remember, the newspaper worked … Continue reading “The Guardian‘s Deceit-Riddled New Statement Betrays Both Julian Assange and Journalism”

The Trump Administration’s Human Rights Confidence Game: Targeting Adversaries, Excusing Allies

Promoting human rights is a central tenet of US foreign policy. Sometimes. In practice, Washington is most enthusiastic about defending life, liberty, and happiness where America has the least clout. And American policymakers most often remain silent when allied governments, whom the US could most influence, are detaining, torturing, and murdering opponents. The Trump administration … Continue reading “The Trump Administration’s Human Rights Confidence Game: Targeting Adversaries, Excusing Allies”

Julian Assange US Extradition: Show Trial of Journalism at the Old Bailey

Nozomi Hayase, PhD, is a US-based journalist who has been covering the issue of free speech. She has authored the book WikiLeaks, the Global Fourth Estate: History Is Happening. In an interview with John Kendall Hawkins, as the US extradition hearing of WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange in the UK unfolds, Hayase talks about the significance … Continue reading “Julian Assange US Extradition: Show Trial of Journalism at the Old Bailey”

Palestinians Are Not Numbers: On the Future of the Palestinian Discourse

Palestine can never be truly understood through numbers, because numbers are dehumanizing, impersonal, and, when necessary, can also be contrived to mean something else entirely. Numbers are not meant to tell the story of the human condition, nor should they ever serve as a substitute for emotions. Indeed, the stories of life, death – and … Continue reading “Palestinians Are Not Numbers: On the Future of the Palestinian Discourse”