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    The Syrian Civil War, Chemical Weapons, & the Rush to Regional and Global Disaster

    Tom Reifer
    28 August 2013
    Article

    The US, Saudis and Qatar who seek to take sides in fuelling sectarianism and violence in the Middle East, should remember how a similar discourse of preventative war and promotion of sectarian forces in Europe led to World War I.

     
  2. Race, space and punishment in urban sociology

    • Tom Reifer
    29 July 2013
    Paper

    Structural circumstances of deprivation and criminalization facing African-Americans and the racialized perceptions of criminality appear to be some of the salient features that recently led to a young black teenager being killed by neighborhood watch patrolman George Zimmerman.

  3. Zero Dark Thirty & the Question of Torture

    Tom Reifer
    29 January 2013
    Article

    It is high time Americans recognize that: “If torture is not wrong, nothing is wrong.”

  4. Secrets, Lies, & Propaganda

    • Tom Reifer
    03 January 2013
    Paper

    After the US embrace of torture after 9/11 it was only a matter of time before Hollywood decided to make a tribute to America’s liberal culture of torture for the big screen; Zero Dark Thirty

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    Beyond the Triangle of Emancipation

    • Tom Reifer
    23 August 2012
    Book

    In 2009, the song Changes, by Tupac Amaru Shakur, was put on the Pope’s playlist. What is Tupac’s significance, in light of his making the Pope’s playlist and the realities facing African-Americans today in the context of the USA's overpacked prison system, the largest in world history?

  6. Occupy Wall Street: Origins & Prospects

    Tom Reifer
    31 October 2011
    Article

    The ancient discussion about the purposes of wealth and the conflict between oligarchy – rule of the rich – and democracy – the rule of the demos/the people comes to the fore once again with the Occupy protests.

  7. 9/11: Ten years later, who have we become?

    Tom Reifer
    13 September 2011
    Article

    Ten years and two wars later, Americans face the monetary and psychological costs of both militarism and Wall Street materialism, effectively bankrupting the country; not to mention the casualties of war at home, and in Afghanistan and Iraq.

  8. Ten years later, who have we become?

    Tom Reifer
    13 September 2011
    Article

    A recommitment to King’s inspired vision might just be the best thing that could ever come out of the horrendous death and destruction of 9/11: a commitment to live, a commitment to love, and a commitment to peace and social justice.

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    Global Inequalities, Alternative Regionalism and the Future of Socialism

    • Tom Reifer
    30 August 2011
    Paper

    This paper examines global inequalities and the future of capitalism and socialism through an investigation of the oligarchic wealth on which the current global order is based and also looks at growing challenges to these social foundations of the present global system.

  10. The Crime Decline & California’s Priorities in the 21st Century

    Tom Reifer
    01 June 2011
    Article

    That increasing numbers of California's youth end up in prison may yield some short term perceptions of declining crime rates, but what about the long-term education deficit?

  11. The Road to Hell is paved with 'humanitarian interventions'

    Tom Reifer
    31 March 2011
    Article

    Will the outcome of the Western intervention in Libya be positive for its people? A look at history shows what came of 'good intentions' and promises in the past.

  12. Guantanamo, Torture, and the Perversion of Justice: Obama’s New Executive Order

    Tom Reifer
    16 March 2011
    Article

    President Obama ratifies Bush (again): orders indefinite detention without charge for political prisoners at Guantanamo Bay and other torture sites.

  13. The “Arab 1848”: Reflections on US Policy & the Power of Nonviolence

    Tom Reifer
    24 February 2011
    Article

    The uprising in the Arab world shows, along with being a textbook example of nonviolence as a mechanism of democratic social change, the crude results of a US policy based on dictatorship promotion.

  14. Obama versus the Polar Bears

    Tom Reifer
    26 January 2011
    Article

    President Obama’s decision comes despite the fact that US government and independent models predict an 80% chance Polar Bears will become mostly extinct by 2050, with total extinction this century without cuts in emissions.

  15. Torture, War and Presidential Power: Thoughts on the Current Constitutional Crisis

    Tom Reifer
    12 January 2011
    Article

    Despite evidence that torture was used to extract false confessions in the lead up to the war in Iraq, the Obama administration continues to block efforts to abolish torture and restore justice and the rule of law.

  16. Secrecy, Truth, & the Struggle for Peace & Justice: Reflections on the WikiLeaks Revelations

    Tom Reifer
    08 December 2010
    Article

    The WikiLeaks saga demonstrates that secrecy plus power results in corruption and crime, and that an informed citizenry is essential to prevent our's from becoming a society where civil liberties are a pipe dream and torture is the norm.

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    The Torturer in the Mirror

    • Tom Reifer
    27 September 2010
    Book

    When is torture ever an effective tool of government? Despite Obama promises to end torture (and close Guantanamo), this ineffective, inhumane and unacceptable practice still continues with complicity from the highest levels of the US government.

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    Beyond divide and rule? From the Washington to the Beijing Consensus

    • Tom Reifer
    21 September 2010
    Paper

    Cold War divisions were central to the rise of Asia-Pacific regionalism, but what factors are influencing alternative visions for Asia in the twentieth century, and what implications do they have for the global system as a whole?

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    Lawyers, Guns and Money: Wall Street Lawyers, Investment Bankers and Global Financial Crises

    • Tom Reifer
    29 July 2010
    Paper

    Over the last two centuries corporate lawyers and investment bankers have been central to the undemocratic consolidation of private corporate power.

  20. Secrecy, Torture & Human Rights: US War Crimes, European Complicity, and International Law

    Tom Reifer
    26 May 2010
    Article

    Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan's role in defending torture and rendition under the Obama administration raises serious concerns about the ongoing failure of the US government to end its own practice of extreme human rights abuses throughout the world.

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