John Gershman is a Clinical Associate Professor of Public Service, Associate Director of NYU’s Global MPH Program, and Director of Undergraduate Programs at Wagner. Previously he was the Director of the Global Affairs Program at the International Relations Center and the Co-Director of Foreign Policy In Focus.
Europe Protests Bitter Cuts
Europe’s war between unions trying to protect the remnants of the welfare state, and governments bent on shredding them further, brought a million people into the streets on Sunday.
One Step Forward, Two Steps Back
Almost two years after the fall of the Taliban, peace and security in Afghanistan still remains elusive.
9/11 Commission Testimony Reveals Bush Administration Lacked Focus on Terrorism Prior to Attacks
Condoleezza Rice’s testimony to the 9/11 commission supports Richard Clarke’s charges to the commission that the Bush administration reduced the urgency of the problem of counter-terrorism–and that the invasion of Iraq marked a major diversion from the “war against terrorism.”
The Release of Mordechai Vanunu and U.S. Complicity in the Development of Israels Nuclear Arsenal
The recent release on April 22 of Mordechai Vanunu from an Israeli prison provides an opportunity to challenge the U.S. policy of supporting Israel ’s development of nuclear weapons while threatening war against other Middle Eastern states for simply having the potential for developing such weaponry.
Bush’s AIDS Relief Plan Will Delay Drugs, Reward Big Pharma
Africa and AIDS activists say the Bush Administration’s pledge to expedite its approval process for low-cost, generic anti-retroviral drugs by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will really slow delivery of drugs to those suffering while undermining the authority of the United Nations and World Health Organization.
Bush & Sharon: The Oil Connection
At a time when the U.S. is desperate for an international bailout in Iraq, why would the White House go out of its way to alienate allies?
The Real "Scary Movie" Won’t Be on Elm Street this Summer
U.S. public diplomacy is “a disaster,” according to former U.S. Information Agency (USIA) director Joseph Duffey.
Don’t Credit Reagan for Ending the Cold War
Perhaps the most dangerous myth regarding the legacy of the late President Ronald Reagan is that he was somehow responsible for the end of the Cold War.
Pakistan’s position as a key U.S. ally in the campaign against al-Qaeda has been particularly beneficial to the military-led government of General Pervez Musharraf, whose support is seen by the Bush administration as indispensable to U.S. “anti-terrorism” efforts in the region.
Guatemala and the Forgotten Anniversary
At the G-8 Summit in Georgia, one of the main items on the agenda was the democratization of the Middle East, and the recent commemoration of the D-Day anniversary and the passing of President Reagan both generated discussion concerning the defense and spread of democracy.
Law of the Sea Being Delayed by Far Right Cadre
Ratification of the 1982 Law of the Sea Treaty is being held up by half a dozen right-wing Republican senators backed by a coalition of national groups who see the agreement as another step toward world government.
Human Rights Groups Call on the U.S to Lead Troops Into Sudan’s Darfur and End Genocide
A range of U.S.-based advocacy groups, such as Africa Action and Human Rights Watch, as well as the United Nations, are calling for international intervention to stop “ethnic cleansing” in western Sudan.
Congress Overwhelmingly Endorses Ariel Sharon’s Annexation Plans
On Wednesday, June 23, 2004, the U.S. House of Representatives, in an overwhelming bipartisan vote, endorsed right-wing Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon??s efforts to colonize and annex large sections of the Palestinian West Bank, seized by Israel in the June 1967 war.
Corporate Welfare for Jumbo Shrimp
ver the last decade, shrimp have evolved from a delicacy only the rich could afford to the most popular seafood in America.
Talking Peace and KashmirWarily, Under a Nuclear Shadow
Six years after they blasted their way into the Global Nuclear Club and dangerously heightened their mutual rivalry even further, India and Pakistan have begun a wide-ranging bilateral dialogue to resolve disputes and normalize relations.
Tear Down That Wall, Mr. Sharon
The International Court of Justice??s advisory opinion on the legal consequences of the Israeli Wall in the Occupied Territories is a triumphant vindication of the Palestinian decision to get their case heard there, and of their long term strategy of underlining and restating their legal rights.
Divide and Conquer as Imperial Rules
Investigative journalist Seymour Hersh??s recent revelations that the Israeli government is encouraging Kurdish separatism in Iraq, Iran, and Syria should ring a bell for anyone who has followed the long history of English imperial ambitions.
Iraq’s Labor Upsurge Wins Support from U.S. Unions
Iraqi workers quickly discovered that the occupation authorities had little respect for labor rights.
The Limits of Neocolonial Rule
On Friday July 23, the old Mostar bridge, which was bombed by Croat artillery in 1993, re-opened under a media spotlight and amid justified international satisfaction for yet another step forward in the long Bosnian post-war transition.
Bolivia’s Referendum About More Than Gas
President Carlos Mesa won a stunning political victory last month when Bolivian voters overwhelmingly approved a five-point referendum, endorsing his plans to develop Bolivia’s gas reserves.