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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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Rep. Mike Quigley: A Better Deal Could Not Have Been Negotiated

(13) Comments | Posted September 1, 2015 | 5:35 PM

On Monday, August 31, I went to the City Club of Chicago to see a speech by Democrat Mike Quigley, who represents Illinois' Fifth Congressional District in Congress. I went for three reasons: to support a vigil outside the talk by supporters of the Iran deal, urging Quigley...

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Why Is the 'New York Times' Swiftboating J Street?

(15) Comments | Posted July 26, 2015 | 9:04 PM

On July 23, the New York Times published an op-ed by Shmuel Rosner, political editor at The Jewish Journal and a senior fellow at The Jewish People Policy Institute, which made the following claim:

There are American organizations (such as J Street) that support goals that barely any...
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Is Scott Walker Less of an Extremist Than Donald Trump?

(42) Comments | Posted July 23, 2015 | 3:54 PM

Count me among the Democrats who are totally delighted that Donald Trump is running for the Republican nomination for president, that he is a frontrunner in polls of Republican voters, that he cannot be prevented from participating in the Fox News debate, that he is sucking oxygen from other Republican...

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Will President Scott Walker Ask Congress for Authorization Before He Bombs Iran?

(32) Comments | Posted July 21, 2015 | 10:58 AM

People who claim that they have an alternative to the Iran nuclear deal besides war might want to check in with Wisconsin governor Scott Walker, widely judged to be one of the three "serious" Republican candidates for President.

As Greg Sargent notes at the Washington Post,...

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Can Republicans Swiftboat the Iran Nuclear Deal?

(7) Comments | Posted July 15, 2015 | 2:36 PM

It's hard to see a plausible path for Republicans to block the deal to curb Iran's nuclear program in exchange for lifting sanctions. To override a certain presidential veto of any legislation undermining the deal, they would need a two-thirds majority in both houses, and nobody has come...

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Media Refs Should Call Foul on Bogus Arguments Against Iran Deal

(66) Comments | Posted July 14, 2015 | 1:13 PM

The deal on curbing Iran's nuclear program and lifting sanctions is done. Bernie Sanders called it a "victory for diplomacy." Hillary Clinton backed the deal. So did the Congressional Progressive Caucus. So did Pope Francis.

Congress will have about 60...

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MoveOn and Robert Reich: Save Greece and Reject Global Austerity

(7) Comments | Posted July 13, 2015 | 11:40 AM

MoveOn and Robert Reich have launched an emergency campaign to press the Obama administration to use its influence in the International Monetary Fund to push for a just end to the crisis in Greece.

In an email to MoveOn members Sunday, Reich wrote:

"Greece is all...
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Where Does Bernie Sanders Stand on Israeli Settlements in the West Bank?

(358) Comments | Posted July 9, 2015 | 6:04 PM

I've gotten a fair bit of correspondence complaining that Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders hasn't said anything recently in support of the human rights of Palestinians.

Of course, Bernie Sanders isn't talking a lot about a lot of things that a lot of progressives wish he would talk more...

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Bernie Sanders Will End the IMF's Economic Violence in Greece and Africa

(57) Comments | Posted July 3, 2015 | 3:43 PM

Many people want to know more about Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders' foreign policy agenda. Yes, they say, we like what Sanders is saying about reducing extreme inequality, about reducing the political power of the billionaire class. But what about U.S. foreign policy? Yes, they say, Bernie voted...

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#FreedomFlotilla III Exposes Anti-Democratic Extremism of the Israeli 'Center'

(211) Comments | Posted June 28, 2015 | 1:33 PM

Supporters of continuing the Israeli occupation of Gaza, the West Bank, and East Jerusalem would like global public opinion to believe that the occupation can be maintained and yet Israel can be considered a democracy. A central challenge of occupation opponents is to expose and exacerbate the contradiction between democracy...

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Fast Track Retaliation: Fueling the Bern in Iowa and New Hampshire

(1) Comments | Posted June 23, 2015 | 6:12 PM

With the minimum required 60 votes - including 13 Democratic votes - the Senate has passed fast track authority to negotiate the Trans-Pacific Partnership and other secretive, anti-democratic, pro-corporate, anti-worker, climate chaos-exacerbating, medicine price-raising trade agreements.

Naturally, many progressive Democrats will be asking each other: "How can...

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A Bernie Sanders Talking Filibuster Could Help Stop the Fast Track to Greater Inequality

(6) Comments | Posted June 22, 2015 | 5:48 PM

Congressional approval or rejection of Fast Track authority to negotiate inequality-increasing corporate rule trade agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership now hangs significantly on the actions of thirteen Democratic Senators: Michael Bennet (Colo.), Tom Carper (Del.), Chris Coons (Del.), Maria Cantwell (Wash.), Dianne Feinstein (Calif.), Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.), Tim...

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Let's Celebrate a Fast Track Defeat National Day of Gloating

(2) Comments | Posted June 16, 2015 | 10:02 AM

Let me be perfectly clear, as President Obama might say. I'm not claiming that fast track trade negotiating authority is defeated for now. Unlike some people, I do care what Mama Don't Allow.

But suppose it were true that fast track is defeated for now. Then I would...

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News for Peace Advocates: AIPAC Crushed in House Trade Vote

(131) Comments | Posted June 14, 2015 | 7:05 PM

Do you remember the Monty Python skit, "News for Parrots"?

No parrots were involved in an accident on the M-1 today when a lorry carrying high-octane fuel was in collision with a bollard... A spokesman for parrots said he was glad no parrots were involved.

So, here's the...

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How Bernie Sanders Can Kill the 1 Percent's TPP Trade Deal

(17) Comments | Posted June 9, 2015 | 12:06 PM

The DC press says it's getting down to the wire on a possible vote in the House on fast track to substantially pre-approve the Trans-Pacific Partnership and other pending trade deals, with a vote possible as early as Thursday.

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, who was a...

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NYT: Taxing Wealthy and Cutting Pentagon Make Sanders 'Unelectable'

(51) Comments | Posted June 4, 2015 | 4:30 PM

On Sunday, in the course of an article about Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders attracting huge crowds in Iowa, the New York Times told us that:

some of Mr. Sanders's policy prescriptions -- including far higher taxes on the wealthy and deep military spending cuts -- may...
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Thirteen Things I Learned in Iran

(75) Comments | Posted May 15, 2015 | 12:28 PM

Istanbul, Turkey -- I just experienced the blessing of visiting Iran for the first time. Here are some things I learned.

1. If you are visiting someone's office and you appear very sleepy, you may be asked if you want to take a nap. If you say yes, a comfortable...

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Is Saudi Arabia Now the Israel of the Gulf?

(204) Comments | Posted May 10, 2015 | 4:25 PM

I came to Iran this week to participate in a peace boat sailing from Iran to protest the Saudi bombing and blockade of Yemen. Unfortunately, I had to withdraw from the boat trip for logistical reasons. My frequent collaborator Tighe Barry of CodePink still plans to...

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Bernie Sanders' Run Can Help the Less War Movement

(6) Comments | Posted May 4, 2015 | 4:09 PM

A key problem confronting Americans who would like to see the U.S. involved in less war is that as Peter Beinart recently noted in the Atlantic:

It's also notoriously hard to mobilize Americans against wars until those wars begin. The anti-Vietnam movement didn't become a force inside the...
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Arab-Americans and Muslim-Americans Should Oppose Fast Track Trade Bill

(2) Comments | Posted April 27, 2015 | 2:02 PM

In 2010, the Census Bureau estimated that there were 1.7 million Americans of Arab descent. The Arab American Institute thinks this was an undercount, and puts the number now at about 3.7 million. The Pew Research Center says that there are about 2.4 million...

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