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Stephen R. Shalom: Phoenix Rising in Iraq?

  The Newsweek story that the Pentagon is considering the "Salvador option" for Iraq has gotten much play in progressive circles, but it left two unanswered questions: First, how credible was the story given that it was based on anonymous sources and denied by the Secretary of Defense? And second, what does it mean to Read more…

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Stephen R. Shalom: Exile for the Enemy of Peace?

  As fighting between Israelis and Palestinians reaches horrible new heights, many are asking whether the time has not finally come to stop tolerating an intransigent leader who refuses to put an end to the violence. Not that he should be killed, or even arrested, but wouldn’t exile be an appropriate response? The case seems Read more…

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Stephen R. Shalom: The Crisis in Palestine

  The basic problem in the Israel-Palestine conflict today remains what it’s been for decades: the denial of self-determination to the Palestinian people. Palestinians have been living under a brutal and humiliating occupation since 1967 and no solution to the crisis is likely unless this fundamental reality is addressed. Some Palestinians have turned to terrorism Read more…

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Stephen R. Shalom: Exxon-Mobil in Aceh

Dutch. What has propelled most of Aceh’s four million people to endorse independence, however, are three developments from the post-colonial era. First, although Indonesian authorities in Jakarta proclaimed a special autonomous status for Aceh in recognition of its strong historical and Islamic identity (most Indonesians are Muslim, but more secular than in Aceh), in practice Read more…

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Stephen R. Shalom: The Sinking of the Ehime Maru and U.S. Bases in Okinawa

  On February 9, the U.S. nuclear attack submarine, the USS Greeneville, with visiting civilians in the control room, surfaced rapidly under a Japanese fishing vessel, the Ehime Maru, sinking it, apparently with the loss of nine lives. The Japanese public was outraged, and though U.S. officials apologized, in Japan criticisms of the entire U.S.-Japanese Read more…

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Stephen R. Shalom: Turmoil in Palestine: The Basic Context

As the occupied Palestinian territories suffer their worst paroxysm of violence in years, with the casualties, as always, overwhelmingly Palestinian, the mainstream media, also as always, focus on peripheral questions, offer misleading answers, and ignore the underlying causes of the conflict. The fundamental, neglected reality is that the Palestinian people have been denied their basic Read more…

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Stephen R. Shalom: The Crash of the Osprey

  On April 8, a hybrid helicopter-airplane known as the V-22 Osprey crashed in Arizona, killing all 19 Marines aboard. It was, said Air Force Magazine, "one of the worst accidents in the history of Marine Corps aviation and one of the deadliest military crashes of the decade." The accident seems to have taught not Read more…

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Stephen R. Shalom: The Diallo Case

    During the Vietnam War, the court martial trials of Lt. William Calley and other U.S. military personnel who massacred hundreds of unarmed civilians at My Lai was deeply contentious. Conservatives opposed the trials as besmirching the good name of the U.S. armed forces. (Governor Jimmy Carter of Georgia, for example, urged citizens to Read more…

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Stephen R. Shalom: Green Lights and Red Herrings

    In December 1975, after receiving a green light from U.S. President Gerald and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, Indonesian President Suharto launched an invasion of East Timor. The weapons for the attack came from the United States. "Of course there were US weapons used," commented one high-ranking Indonesian general. "These are the only Read more…

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Stephen R. Shalom: Humanitarian Intervention

Stephen R. Shalom   The issue of humanitarian intervention arises again, propelled by the crises in Kosovo and East Timor and by the memories of the 1994 Rwanda genocide. Some analysts have used these cases to support new principles of international relations. But to assure that the correct lessons are learned, we have to examine Read more…

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