Category: War/Peace

  • Afrin and the Rojava Revolution

    The dark clouds of 21st-century fascism are once again hanging over the heads of the people of northern Syria. As if the inhabitants of the region often referred to as Rojava haven’t suffered enough over the course of the past seven years of war, the Turkish state has come to the conclusion that the time … Keep reading »

  • The Unimaginable: Canada, Missile Defence and Nuclear War

    The Invictus Games, attended by Prince Harry and many celebrities in Toronto last month, overshadowed another big military story: a September 19 report in the Toronto Star that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has “cracked open the door to joining the U.S. ballistic missile defence program, [and] reversing Canada’s long-standing opposition in the face of North … Keep reading »

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    Afghanistan: There Is Only One Solution

    Donald Trump spent a lot of time when campaigning last year denouncing Barack Obama’s foreign policy. Yet within months of entering the White House he too is pledging to continue the war in Afghanistan, sending more troops not to engage in nation building as he puts it but to “kill more terrorists.” It is hard … Keep reading »

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    Time to Revitalize the Anti-War Movement

    Justin Trudeau certainly did not run on a military-strength platform. Nowhere on the campaign trail did Liberals talk about increasing military spending or using “hard power” abroad. The recent speech by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chrystia Freeland, alongside the announced 70% increase in military spending should ring alarm bells. Stephen Harper wouldn’t have dared such … Keep reading »

  • The Need For A New U.S. Foreign Policy Toward North Korea

    USA-North Korean relations remain very tense, although the threat of a new Korean War has thankfully receded. Still the U.S. government remains determined to tighten economic sanctions on North Korea and continues to plan for a military strike aimed at destroying the country’s nuclear infrastructure. And the North for its part has made it clear … Keep reading »

  • Zionist Colonization is Not ‘Exceptional’: A Marxist Viewpoint

    This article aims to challenge the rather widely accepted claim that the nature of Zionist settler colonization is exceptional[1] and even “defies appeal to any precedent that can usefully be invoked as to its evolution and eventual revolution.”[2] My challenge will focus on Moshé Machover’s 2016 article, “The decolonization of Palestine”[3] which is the third … Keep reading »

  • Convenient Untruths About ‘Human Nature’

    Can People Deal with Climate Change and Nuclear Weapons? At this most critical of times, do current erroneous assumptions about human nature play a role at a deep level in the prevalent responses to catastrophes? Apropos, Raymond Williams summarized Antonio Gramsci’s view of hegemony as a “central system of practices, meanings and values saturating the consciousness … Keep reading »

  • Trump’s Strike has Prolonged the Syrian Tragedy

    Trump’s attack on the Shayrat airbase in Syria has received plaudits from western politicians and commentators across the board. Liberal pundits, who had nothing but contempt for Trump days ago, are suddenly more respectful after this show of lethal force, even though most would probably accept The Guardian‘s Jonathan Freedland’s caveat that despite this virtuous … Keep reading »

  • The Much-Maligned Views of Rania Khalek on Syria

    Rania Khalek interviewed by Justin Podur When journalist Rania Khalek’s lecture was cancelled on February 27, the group that invited her, Students for Justice in Palestine – University of North Carolina (SJP-UNC) issued a statement saying that the cancellation was because of Rania’s “views” on Syria, and that they believed “her invitation would mistakenly imply SJP … Keep reading »

  • Unspoken Words: Nuclear War Provocations and Plans

    During the election campaign there was a brief period of anxiety about Clinton or Trump taking possession of the nuclear code, with the power to eradicate our species at the push of a few buttons. But where has discussion, let alone mention, of nuclear weapons gone? An exception is the brief article by Robert Dodge … Keep reading »

  • Will Washington’s New Pro-Moscow, Anti-Beijing Gang Drive a Wedge Through the BRICS in 2017?

    The weeks following an underwhelming Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa (BRICS) mid-September summit in Goa and the United States presidential election in November have unveiled ever-widening contradictions. Thanks to blatant corruption, presidential delegitimation has reached unprecedented levels in both Brazil and South Africa. Keep reading »

  • Debating Syria Productively

    The debate over Syria on the Left is toxic. I pulled together 13 points about the situation in Syria I hope can be useful in framing the discussion in a more productive way. The ultimate goal of these discussions in Western countries should be to have a clearer idea about how to strengthen antiwar movements … Keep reading »