Richard Falk

Richard Falk

Richard Falk is a former IPS/TNI fellow, an American professor emeritus of international law at Princeton University, writer, and appointee to two United Nations positions on the occupied Palestinian territories.

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Recent content by Richard Falk

9/11 did not start or end at midnight

September 2011
All too often 9/11 is viewed from the perspective of the nation-state rather than from a global standpoint.

The Afghanistan War in the Mirror of the Tet Offensive

August 2011
U.S. foreign policy still fails to incorporate the lessons learned from the Tet Offensive. The refusal to admit goals weren't achieved in Afghanistan is frustrating to say the least.

Turkey, the Region, and the West after the Elections

June 2011
American newspapers lead the new angle of biased critisim on Turkey. Such a shame because Ankara has proven to be an independant regional influence in the Middle East, with its own brand of soft power diplomacy.

A Shameless Secretary General versus Freedom Flotilla 2

June 2011
A year after Israel's violent attack on the first aid flotilla, it has failed to keep its promise to end the blockade of Gaza, where the humanitarian crisis continues to worsen. The second flotilla planned this year will again try to ease conditions, amid the failure of political actors to bring any real change to the situation.

Is the Arab Spring a Black Swan?

May 2011
A recent comparison by top foreign policy thinkers in the US reveals the not so pro-democratic thinking that also goes on in Washington, referring to the emancipatory movements of the Arab Spring as a improbable "worst-case scenarios."

Obama and his Libyan folly

April 2011
It remains unclear what the Western allies were hoping to achieve through their intervention in Libya; but one thing is clear, civilians are still dying as the violence continues, and the UN Secuity Council's mandate went outside the goals of the UN charter.

Learning from Disaster? After Sendai

March 2011
Despite a terrible history with nuclear technology, corporate and state actors try to disconnect these mega disasters from the energy industry in order to "normalise" that which continues threatens our very existance.

The toxic residue of colonialism

February 2011
The overt age of grand empires gave way to the age of covert imperial hegemony, but now the edifice is crumbling.

Discrimination in Occupied Palestine

December 2010
The Human Rights Watch report, "Separate and Unequal: Israel’s Discriminatory Treatment of Palestinians in the Occupied Palestinian Territories" reveals nothing new but is nevertheless a conclusive demonstration of acute and pervasive discrimination against Palestinians as a salient feature of the Israeli occupation.

The delusions of the peace process

December 2010
The politics of the peace process in the Middle East have ensured that the mere prospect for producing peace is nonexistent.