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Robert Naiman
Robert Naiman is Policy Director at Just Foreign Policy. Mr. Naiman edits the Just Foreign Policy daily news summary and writes on U.S. foreign policy at Huffington Post. Naiman has worked as a policy analyst and researcher at the Center for Economic and Policy Research and Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch. He has masters degrees in economics and mathematics from the University of Illinois and has studied and worked in the Middle East. You can
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Entries by Robert Naiman

Speak Up for Kids in Military Detention?

(19) Comments | Posted May 20, 2016 | 1:44 PM

If you count yourself among the folks who might be willing occasionally to engage Congress to try to help protect Palestinian civilians living under Israeli military occupation if there were a plausible story that your action could have a positive impact, I have some good news. Today is your special...

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Reps. Conyers, Yoho: Sending MANPADS to Syria Is Still a Stupid Thing We Shouldn't Do

(15) Comments | Posted May 4, 2016 | 12:38 PM

On May 4, 27 Members of Congress, led by Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) and Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL), sent a bipartisan letter to President Obama urging him to maintain his opposition to the transfer shoulder-fired surface-to-air missiles ("MANPADS") to Syrian combatants. The letter followed a report in the...

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Let's Open Up the Democratic Party to Public Participation

(103) Comments | Posted April 28, 2016 | 3:40 PM

Sometime, between now and the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, there will almost certainly be a deal between the Sanders forces and the Clinton forces. The $64,000 question is: What are the forces of progress going to get out of the deal?

Here's what I hope will be in...

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Would Sanders Support Murphy-Paul Conditions on Military Aid to Saudi Arabia?

(10) Comments | Posted April 22, 2016 | 4:04 PM

On April 21, the Center for International and Security Studies at the University of Maryland and the National Iranian American Council sponsored a "Presidential Surrogates Foreign Policy Debate" between former Assistant Secretary of Defense Larry Korb, a foreign policy advisor and surrogate for the Bernie Sanders campaign, and...

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Senators Murphy and Paul Challenge U.S. Military Aid to Saudi Arabia

(30) Comments | Posted April 20, 2016 | 1:57 PM

Until recently, the U.S. relationship to Saudi Arabia has been one of those things that we're not allowed to do anything about. There's death and taxes, and the U.S. is joined at the hip to Saudi Arabia. Move along, nothing to see here.

But the world has changed. We're...

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To Counter Trumpism, Let's Press the Senate to Confirm Judge Garland

(1) Comments | Posted March 22, 2016 | 6:47 PM

Whatever dwindling hope remained that Trumpism would somehow magically go away just got two more blows in the last few days. First, Donald Trump got a hero's welcome at AIPAC. Then, Trump exploited a terrorist attack in Brussels to generate headlines with calls for...

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Dear Bernie: Please Go Prophesy at AIPAC

(5) Comments | Posted March 11, 2016 | 1:26 PM

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee [AIPAC] policy conference is in Washington March 20-22. All presidential candidates are invited. Hillary Clinton is going.

Bernie Sanders could use this opportunity to be a truth-teller to AIPAC. When President Obama's National Security Advisor Susan Rice spoke at AIPAC last year,...

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Why Is Rick Snyder Governor? Some Dems Stayed Home on Election Day

(3) Comments | Posted March 7, 2016 | 3:34 PM

In Sunday night's Democratic Presidential debate, Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton agreed that to accept his responsibility for the poisoned water crisis in Flint, Michigan's Republican governor, Rick Snyder, should resign:

Sanders repeated his call for the Republican governor to resign before Clinton spoke.

"Amen to that," she...

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Super Tuesday: Sanders Defeats Debs

(19) Comments | Posted March 2, 2016 | 10:28 AM

Every American on the left knows that when labor leader Eugene Debs ran for President in 1920 as a socialist, he got a million votes.

I don't know if Howard Zinn would approve this message, but by this standard, Team Sanders is arguably kicking Debs' butt. Bernie Sanders has...

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Did Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Enable the Coup in Honduras?

(59) Comments | Posted February 19, 2016 | 9:58 AM

On June 28, 2009, when Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State, democratically elected Honduran President Manuel Zelaya was overthrown by a military coup. The United Nations, the European Union, and the Organization of American States condemned the coup, and on July 5, Honduras was suspended from the OAS.


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In Michigan, Arab-American Millennials Show Support for Sanders

(16) Comments | Posted February 17, 2016 | 3:10 PM

Shebab in Arabic means "young people." When I was a student at Birzeit University in Palestine many moons ago, we used it all the time. Like, a bunch of young people are lingering somewhere when someone thinks we should be moving on to the next activity. "Yalla, ya shebab, let's...

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Sanders' Media Critics Should Concede That Fixing America IS a Foreign Policy

(14) Comments | Posted February 14, 2016 | 11:57 AM

"Where are Sanders' foreign policy advisors?" screams the establishment media in chorus.

Sanders himself provided one important answer: not Henry Kissinger. As Dan Froomkin pointed out at the Intercept, where someone stands on Henry Kissinger tells us a great deal about where they stand on...

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Elizabeth Warren: It Matters Greatly Who the Democratic President Is

(468) Comments | Posted January 30, 2016 | 1:42 PM

An unfortunate fact of political debate is that one often feels compelled to state and re-state what one thinks should be obvious, because a bunch of folks are apparently having success at pretending that something which seems obviously true is not true.

Right now, a bunch of people seem...

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Chamber of Commerce Lobbyist Tom Donohue: Clinton Will Support TPP After Election

(52) Comments | Posted January 28, 2016 | 4:47 PM

In an interview from Davos with Bloomberg TV on January 20, Chamber of Commerce President Tom Donohue, a top lobbyist for the pro-corporate-power Trans-Pacific Partnership [TPP] agreement, assured viewers that if Hillary Clinton wins the Presidential election, Clinton will support the TPP, even though she opposes it now....

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Is Team Clinton Campaigning Against President Obama On Iran Diplomacy?

(29) Comments | Posted January 27, 2016 | 5:24 PM

Watching the fourth Democratic debate in South Carolina on January 17, many people understandably got the impression that Hillary Clinton was campaigning for President Obama's third term. But in the aftermath of the debate, her team attacked Bernie Sanders for supporting President Obama's efforts to engage Iran.

The attack...

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Hillary: I Have a Longer History Than One Vote for the Iraq War

(28) Comments | Posted January 26, 2016 | 7:00 PM

Hillary Clinton is pushing back against criticism of her vote as a Senator in 2002 to authorize the Iraq war, The Hill reports.

"I have a much longer history than one vote, which I said was a mistake because of the way that it was done and how...
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Politifact's Fuzzy Case Against Bernie Sanders on Pentagon Spending

(53) Comments | Posted January 20, 2016 | 11:17 AM

During the last Democratic presidential debate, Bernie Sanders did something that you don't see every day from politicians of either political party. He criticized the Pentagon budget.

SANDERS: But here's an issue that we also should talk about. We have a $600 billion military budget. It is a...
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MoveOn Members On Bernie Sanders: 'He'll Say No to Permanent War'

(70) Comments | Posted January 13, 2016 | 5:33 PM

As Katrina vanden Heuvel has written, "The conventional wisdom is that [Hillary] Clinton benefits as voters grow more concerned about national security and terrorism. She is the most experienced of all the candidates." But, vanden Heuvel argued, "as we have seen on domestic issues, experience is a mixed...

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Who Won #DemDebate on ISIS? John Kerry and the U.N. Security Council

(2) Comments | Posted December 21, 2015 | 2:57 PM

In the salad days of my youth, you could count on liberal Democrats to be steadfast supporters of action by the U.N. Security Council on matters of war and peace. Liberal Democrats were once so reliable on U.N.-defense that young leftist scold Phil Ochs could make fun of us by...

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To Help Thwart ISIS, Let's Take Baby Steps Away From Saudi Arabia and Turkey

(15) Comments | Posted December 18, 2015 | 3:04 PM

Here's two things we know for sure from key advances of the Obama Administration's foreign policy: our relationships with other countries aren't set in stone, and the choices aren't merely "friend" and "foe." We can shake hands without getting married, and we can pivot away without getting divorced. We can...

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