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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

Showdown in Chicago: Harold Washington Loyalist vs. 'Mayor 1 Percent'

(0) Comments | Posted March 5, 2015 | 11:55 AM

On April 7, there's going to be a world-historical electoral showdown in Chicago between incumbent Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the insurgent challenger, former Harold Washington lieutenant Jesus "Chuy" Garcia. The official deadline for voter registration is in less than a week, on March 10. A recent Chicago Sun-Times poll said...

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For Peace, We Must Defeat Netanyahu on Iran Diplomacy

(3) Comments | Posted March 3, 2015 | 3:47 PM

Peace and justice advocates in the U.S. are fighting Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and his U.S. amen corner on two fronts. The first front is the fight over Iran diplomacy, which Netanyahu is trying to blow up. The second front is the fight for justice for the Palestinians. One front...

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36 Democrats So Far Publicly Skipping Netanyahu's Reelection Ad

(6) Comments | Posted February 27, 2015 | 1:53 PM

Mitchell Cohen of the Century Foundation has a strong piece at the Boston Globe calling on Democrats not to participate in incumbent Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu's speech to Congress on Tuesday. He quickly gets to the heart of the matter:

To attend would both legitimize Boehner and Netanyahu's...
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White House Brainstorms Bibi Snubs -- Will Admin Play Its Trumps?

(18) Comments | Posted February 23, 2015 | 12:58 PM

AP reports that the White House is now brainstorming more ways that they could undercut Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu's planned speech to Congress on March 3, in which Netanyahu is expected to attack President Obama and U.S.-European efforts to reach a diplomatic agreement with Iran. Among the options...

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Profiles in Courage: 38 Dems Publicly Break With Netanyahu's War Polemic

(73) Comments | Posted February 20, 2015 | 8:20 AM

A recent CNN poll found that four out of five Democratic voters oppose the Israeli Prime Minister's planned March 3 tirade to Congress against diplomacy. Thursday morning, twenty-three House Democrats did something about it. They sent a letter calling on House Speaker John Boehner to postpone Netanyahu's scheduled...

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Rep. Hank Johnson: It's Not Just About Bibi Dissing Our Black President

(1) Comments | Posted February 11, 2015 | 1:57 PM

When the 1% were plotting to overthrow the Roman republic, the great democratic orator Cicero gave a series of speeches in the Roman Senate, exposing the conspiracy. These speeches came to be known as the "Catilinarians" or the "Catiline Orations," after the principal target of the speeches, Lucius Sergius Catilina....

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Israeli Consul: Supporters of Bibi's Speech Want to Humiliate President Obama

(0) Comments | Posted February 5, 2015 | 6:08 PM

If any doubt remains that Speaker Boehner's invitation to Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to address Congress on March 3 represents a coordinated attack on President Obama by the right-wing noise machine, let Israel's consul general in Philadelphia, Yaron Sideman, put it to rest.

Haaretz reports:

[Sideman] said...
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Rep. Keith Ellison: Postpone Bibi's Speech to Congress

(3) Comments | Posted January 30, 2015 | 8:32 AM

If you're anywhere to the left of Thomas Friedman (he's with us now, in case you didn't get the memo) on the issue of the relationship between the U.S. and Israel, now would be a strategic time to engage. We have a world-historical opportunity right now to help change the...

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FBI: Give Me Back My Email to WikiLeaks

(0) Comments | Posted January 27, 2015 | 8:10 PM

Back in the solidarity movements of the 1980s, activists were encouraged to apply for our FBI files under the Freedom of Information Act.

Nobody expected the FBI to tell the truth about what it had. It was intended as a protest of the FBI spying on activists.

I applied....

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Israeli Military Officers: Don't Punish Palestine for Joining the ICC

(84) Comments | Posted January 13, 2015 | 8:49 PM

If you thought it was a done deal that U.S. aid to the Palestinians would by cut off in punishment of the Palestinian application to join the International Criminal Court, think again. Opponents of Rand Paul's boneheaded proposal to punish Palestinians for embracing the rule of law just...

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Rand Paul: Kicking Palestinians Is a Freebie

(208) Comments | Posted January 9, 2015 | 4:43 PM

People who are still sure that Rand Paul offers a meaningful alternative to Hillary as far as excessively zealous support for the Empire is concerned may need to install the latest version of the software.

This week, Senator Paul introduced legislation to cut off U.S. aid to...

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In 2015, Let's Not Punish the Palestinians for Joining the ICC

(7) Comments | Posted January 1, 2015 | 1:54 PM

A proposed New Year's Resolution: in 2015, let's not punish the Palestinians for joining the International Criminal Court. No doubt some Members of Congress - presumably, the ones who aren't busy resigning for felony tax evasion or defending themselves for schmoozing with white supremacists...

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A Vote for 'Draft Warren' Is a Vote for a Democratic Primary

(2) Comments | Posted December 23, 2014 | 6:13 PM

If you object to the proposition that Hillary Clinton should become the Democratic nominee for President in 2016 without having to substantially engage with Democratic primary voters and caucus-goers about what she would do as President, speak now or forever hold your peace. Whether this proposition succeeds or fails is...

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Can Congress End Cuba Embargo? Many Republicans Want Embargo to Fall

(5) Comments | Posted December 18, 2014 | 5:52 PM

Can Republicans nostalgic for the Cold War block President Obama from taking executive actions to improve U.S. diplomatic and economic ties with Cuba? Could a Republican-led Congress vote to end the U.S. embargo? Some Republican leaders were quick to denounce President Obama's announcement that the U.S. was restoring ties with...

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Report on CIA Torture Shows Need for Limiting ISIS AUMF

(4) Comments | Posted December 10, 2014 | 7:51 PM

On Thursday, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will debate and vote on an authorization for the use of military force (AUMF) against ISIS. The committee will likely consider AUMF provisions barring the use of U.S. ground troops for combat with narrow exceptions, limiting the war to Iraq and Syria, and...

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This Week Senate Democrats Can Limit the ISIS War

(1) Comments | Posted December 8, 2014 | 10:26 PM

At long last the Senate Foreign Relations Committee is expected to vote this week on an authorization for the use of force for the war against ISIS that started in early August. There is little doubt that a majority of the committee supports the use of force against ISIS. What...

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Warren and Sanders: Missing Voices for Iran Diplomacy?

(7) Comments | Posted December 5, 2014 | 3:31 PM

Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders are increasingly seen as leaders of the progressive wing of the Democratic Party, largely as a result of being the most talked-about alternatives among progressives to Hillary Clinton as the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee.

Progressives who are most enthusiastic about Warren...

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On Preventing Iran War, Gary Peters is No Carl Levin

(4) Comments | Posted December 1, 2014 | 5:30 PM

Most Democrats of a certain age will remember the moment in the 1988 Vice-Presidential debate when Dan Quayle, who was running around comparing himself to President Kennedy, got this comeuppance from Senator Lloyd Bentsen:

Senator, I served with Jack Kennedy. I knew Jack Kennedy. Jack Kennedy was...
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Torture Report: Mark Udall's World-Historical Moment to Rescue CIA Oversight

(2) Comments | Posted November 25, 2014 | 4:06 PM

"Time Is Running Out on the CIA Torture Report," the National Journal reports:

Backroom negotiations over the release of a long-delayed Senate report on the George W. Bush administration's use of so-called "enhanced interrogation" practices are again hitting a wall. [...] The Senate is set to adjourn in...
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$5 Billion for Iraq-Syria War? Three Reasons to Oppose

(1) Comments | Posted November 14, 2014 | 3:35 PM

The Pentagon has requested $5 billion in funding from Congress to extend the three month old war in Iraq and Syria. Here are three reasons to oppose the Pentagon's request.

1. You're against the war. Then it's a slam dunk, right? If you're against the war, you...

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