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Wallerstein: War-weary U.S.?
May 03, 2011
Fighting wars requires serious support in public opinion
Wallerstein: Mideast allies in Disarray
Apr 20, 2011
Why the United States has created such an incredibly close alliance with Israel is a matter of much debate.
Wallerstein: The Libyan Distraction
Apr 01, 2011
The entire Libyan conflict is neither about humanitarian intervention nor about the immediate supply of world oil.
Wallerstein: Libya & the World Left
Mar 16, 2011
There is so much hypocrisy and so much confused analysis about what is going on in Libya that one hardly knows where to begin.
Wallerstein: The Wind of Change
Mar 01, 2011
In the middle of the French Revolution, Danton counseled "de l'audace, encore de l'audace, toujours de l'audace." ("Audacity, more audacity, always audacity.")
Wallerstein: WSF & Egypt
Feb 16, 2011
The World Social Forum (WSF) is alive and well.
Wallerstein: The Second Arab Revolt
Feb 03, 2011
The Arab Revolt of 1916 was led by Sharif Hussein bin Ali for Arab independence from the Ottoman Empire.
Wilpert: Bolivarian Rev. at 12
Feb 02, 2011
Venezuela has made significant progress in the past 12 years towards a more egalitarian, inclusive, and participatory society.
Jan 22, 2011
One of the guiding mantras of the twentieth century was the self-determination of peoples, of nations.
Wallerstein: Putin's Offer
Dec 30, 2010
Prime Minister Vladimir Putin of Russia visited Germany in the end of November. Before arriving there, he published an op-ed in the German newspaper, SüddeutscheZeitung, which commented on this interview under the headline, "Putin hugs Europe."
Wallerstein: Discussing Poverty
Dec 15, 2010
For the fifteen to twenty years that the Washington Consensus dominated the discourse in the world-system, poverty was a taboo word, even as it was increasing by leaps and bounds.
Wallerstein: Brazilian & U.S. Elections
Nov 18, 2010
On October 31, President Luis Inacio "Lula" da Silva won a sweeping victory in the Brazilian elections. On November 2, President Barack Obama was soundly defeated in the U.S. elections.
Wallerstein: Currency War
Nov 11, 2010
Currencies are a very particular economic problem. For currencies are the one true win-lose relationship.
Wilpert: Opportunity for Venezuela’s Socialists
Oct 02, 2010
The good news for Venezuela’s socialist and pro-Chavez forces is that while the September 26 National Assembly election might seem to be a disappointing result, because Chavez’s party won only about 50% of the popular vote, it is actually quite impressive.
Weissman: Afghanistan Study Group Report
Sep 11, 2010
There is a tradition among some peace activists of striking a pose of annoyed indifference to the question of how to get out of an unpopular war. "There are three ways to get out," goes one waggish response. "Air, land, and sea."
Sep 09, 2010
The dictionary defines xenophobia as "fear or hatred of strangers or foreigners or of anything that is strange or foreign." It seems to be an endemic plague everywhere in the world. But it infects larger numbers of people only sometimes. This is one of those times.
Wise: On Ground Zero
Sep 07, 2010
In all the rancor over whether or not one group of Muslims should be allowed to build a cultural center and worship space near the site of the 9/11 attacks -- which were committed by a separate and totally unrelated group of Muslims --there is one thing above all else that no one appears anxious to point out: namely, that for any white Christian to say "Ground Zero" is off limits to anyone is possibly the most deliciously and yet grotesquely ironic thing ever suggested.
Wallerstein: Latin American Contradictions
Aug 18, 2010
Latin America has been the success story of the world left in the first decade of the twenty-first century. This is true in two senses. The first and most widely-noticed way is that left or left-of-center parties have won a remarkable series of elections during the decade. And collectively, Latin American governments have taken for the first time a significant degree of distance from the United States. Latin America has become a relatively autonomous geopolitical force on the world scene
Wise: Colorblind Ambition
Jul 05, 2010
It was summer 2004 when most of us first became familiar with Barack Obama...
Wallerstein: "Why McChrystal Did It"
Jul 04, 2010
Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the U.S. commander in Afghanistan, gave an interview to Rolling Stone magazine in which he and his staff insulted the civilian leaders of his country. He was fired for insubordination by Pres. Obama. Even his defenders said that McChrystal's remarks were impolitic and a mistake. Given the fact that McChrystal is an exceptionally intelligent and very ambitious person, why did he do it?