Category: Politics

Aug 29 2015

Open Letter from International Relations Experts In Support of the Nuclear Deal

This is an open letter from the National Iranian American Council, a moderate, politically active group of Iranian Americans.  It is signed by a number of U.S. Experts on International Relations. The Nuclear Agreement with Iran: A Plus for Regional Stability Statement from Middle East and International Relations Scholars The nuclear deal with Iran (The …

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Aug 27 2015

Rally in Support of the Iran Nuclear Deal

On August 26th, Rochester activists joined a national call to stand up for the Iran Nuclear Deal as an example of successful diplomacy.   More than 50 people showed up at the Federal Building for a rally and some enthusiastic protesting.  Members of Senator Gillibrand’s staff join us for a while, and conversed with members of …

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Sep 28 2014

The Futility of Asking Congress to Block the Next Gate

There are those who want to support emerging bills in Congress that would limit the administration’s ability to put ‘boots on the ground’ and give Obama an authorization for the current air war with an expiration date. I very much disagree with this strategy and believe that even promoting it is counter productive. Sometimes, instead …

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Feb 07 2014

International Law and Protesting Drones

My Closing Argument in the Case of Hancock Protesters from October 25, 2012 Presented January 31, 2014 Transcript: I would like to begin, Judge Gideon, by thanking you for your attention to our unique argument, and support for our learning process with regard to formal court procedures as pro se defendants. I will preface my …

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Nov 11 2013

Drone Wars, P3: Who Will Tell the Emperor He Has No Clothes

A year ago October, around the same time I went to Pakistan to meet some Drone victims, visit the countryside where they live, two academic studies were released explicating concerns about the impact of Drone strikes on the civilian population in the Federally Administrated Tribal Area (FATA) of Pakistan along the Afghan border. One was …

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Oct 17 2013

Echo of Silence, re. Iranian Chemical Weapons Victims

The film below was recently posted on the Fellowship of Reconciliation Blog by Leila Zand.   It appears to have been recently distributed, though the Chemical Weapons attacks visited on Iran and her people are now nearly 30 years in the past.   Perhaps the event was triggered by the global discussion around Chemical Weapons attacks in …

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Oct 12 2013

Chemical Weapons Update

The Nobel Peace Prize, it’s luster dulled by the wars of Barack Obama and the EU,  and Henry Kissinger’s lifetime record of supporting massacres, dictators and Israeli exceptionalism, was presented to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons this year.   According to Thorbjørn Jagland, Chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, the award was not …

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Sep 28 2013

Obama-Rouhani Dialog at the UNGA

I’ve taken US President Obama’s speech [1] at the UN General Assembly and Iranian President Rouhani’s speech [2] at the UN General Assembly and interwoven them as a dialog of sorts.   It appears that President Rouhani did not attend President Obama’s speech, but he says that he did listen to it.   Perhaps he sat outside …

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