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Humanitarian Intervention

Hell's Problems: Genocide and 'Humanitarian Intervention'

Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite | Posted 08.10.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite

There seems little doubt that the self-styled radical Islamist group, Islamic State, is committing genocide in Iraq, certainly against the Yazidis, and has targeted Christians to "convert or die" as well.

It's Time to Give Back to the Greeks

Vasilis Georgiou | Posted 07.21.2014 | Impact
Vasilis Georgiou

I have two passions in my life: Helping entrepreneurs find the right franchise or business to buy, and trying to give something back to society throu...

For These Are All Our Girls

Pam Allyn | Posted 07.08.2014 | Impact
Pam Allyn

The kidnapping of the Nigerian schoolgirls is a crisis of our humanity. What will become of us if half of humanity is not fully safe, empowered and free? We will all perish. Let us begin to repair the world today.

In Syria, Death Is Falling From the Sky

Elizabeth Filippouli | Posted 06.01.2014 | Impact
Elizabeth Filippouli

The humanitarian catastrophe in Syria is one of the greatest of recent decades, but in a world which gets so consumed with constant breaking news and the bombardment of all sorts of information, the electrifying noise of barrel bombs and the real cry for help are not reaching our ears.

The Scandal of Syria

John Feffer | Posted 04.22.2014 | Politics
John Feffer

Today we confront the fallen world of Syria. Is this House of Cards territory where ambition and revenge battle for supremacy and there is nothing to do but watch the horrors unfold before our eyes? Or do we believe that, despite our own original sins, we Americans can don the white hat and fix things in Syria?

Parlez-vous Francais 'Problem from Hell'?

Lionel Beehner | Posted 04.20.2014 | Politics
Lionel Beehner

Why has France, which opposed the war in Iraq, suddenly taken up the mantle of humanitarianism? Is it guilt motivating France's latest bout of humanitarian interventionism? Or is the French government just more humane than ours? Actually, none of the above.

7 Things You Need to Know Now About the Escalating Violence in South Sudan

Matthew Leriche | Posted 02.21.2014 | World
Matthew Leriche

In the past week, what started as a political confrontation in South Sudan has descended into serious violence with the potential for mass atrocities. But continued fighting and civil war is not inevitable.

What You Need to Know About U.S. Intervention in Central African Republic

John Glaser | Posted 02.19.2014 | Politics
John Glaser

Many have noted the lack of clear strategic interests in CAR. So why did the White House choose to intervene? And why this particular way? What is the likelihood of successfully improving the humanitarian situation? Is there a risk of mission creep?

Good Wars and Bad Anti-Wars?

Ian Williams | Posted 11.25.2013 | World
Ian Williams

Accurate history is messy, because reality is messy -- and that is no more apparent than over Syria. The lines between good and bad are never as clear and bold as we would like.

Syria's Tragedy Could One Day Be Our Own

Atif Choudhury | Posted 11.16.2013 | World
Atif Choudhury

As the Syrian people watch to see whether the international community will finally spring into action, we should have some more real talk on Syria's ongoing tragedy and why all of us have a personal stake in combatting state terrorism.

Obama's Sudden Syria Crisis, With Putin Solution: What the Heck Was That?

William Bradley | Posted 11.12.2013 | Politics
William Bradley

The truth is that Putin is as much messing with Obama with this New York Times piece as he is trying to sell himself to the American public. Putin showed he knows how to reach the American people. But how believable is he?

A Memo to Syria: Sovereignty Is Not a Right, It's a Responsibility

Joseph Amodeo | Posted 11.09.2013 | World
Joseph Amodeo

Failure to respond to the crisis in Syria will allow evil to beget evil. We cannot merely watch as the crisis in Syria spirals into further attacks on Syrian citizens and, in turn, draws the United States and the international community into an even deeper threat to global security.

Why the US Should Intervene in Syria

Helen Ouyang, MD, MPH | Posted 11.05.2013 | World
Helen Ouyang, MD, MPH

Military intervention should not be for punishment of Assad for the use of chemical weapons or the atrocities of the past two years. Its main purpose ought not be for sending a message to any other country planning to use weapons of mass destruction.

The Syrian Reprisal

Heather Roff | Posted 10.29.2013 | World
Heather Roff

That the Syrian regime used chemical weapons does not necessarily entail that the U.S. becomes the international judge, jury and executive to dole out punishments. Indeed, reprisals are subject to strict criteria.

Killing Civilians to Protect Civilians in Syria

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 10.28.2013 | Politics
Marjorie Cohn

The United States and the international community have failed to take constructive steps to promote peace-making efforts, which could have brought the crisis in Syria to an end.

60 Years Ago This Month: The Israeli Navy Lay the Foundations for a Long Tradition of Humanitarian Aid

David Saranga | Posted 10.22.2013 | World
David Saranga

Sixty years ago this month, long before the Internet was invented, Greece was devastated by one of the most powerful earthquakes Europe had ever experienced.

The Power of Women

Roberta Gately | Posted 09.23.2013 | Women
Roberta Gately

Whoever the woman was who influenced you the most, remember her, carry her in your heart and pass on the light she shared with you to another.

More Americans Want Government Out of International Affairs

Christopher McKnight Nichols | Posted 09.07.2013 | Politics
Christopher McKnight Nichols

The number of Americans wanting their government to stay out of international affairs is higher than it has been since the Vietnam War, according to a new analysis.

Despite Horrific Repression, the U.S. Should Stay Out of Syria

Stephen Zunes | Posted 07.30.2013 | World
Stephen Zunes

Opposing U.S. support for the armed resistance in Syria has nothing to do with indifference, isolationism, or even pacifism.

Sequester But a Scalpel for Bloated Military Budget

Doug Bandow | Posted 05.08.2013 | Politics
Doug Bandow

The fact that government devotes too much to Social Security is no argument for spending too much on the military. With the threat of runaway deficits, debts, and interest payments, the U.S. cannot afford any budget sacred cows.

Does Foreign Intervention Doom the Arab Spring? A Conversation With Trita Parsi and Stephen Zunes

Iara Lee | Posted 04.16.2013 | World
Iara Lee

After the Western intervention in Libya, a number of people argued that it was a success and that it saved Libyan lives, it helped the Libyans oust a dictator, and it did not result in military occupation.

Tell Obama What Dr. King Told LBJ: "God Didn't Choose America"

Coleen Rowley | Posted 03.22.2013 | Politics
Coleen Rowley

Celebration of Obama's second inauguration is already being dampened by news of his mulling the commencement of more drone bombing of Mali, destabilized and engulfed in violence, in no small part due to spillover of the violence from U.S.-NATO bombing of Libya

Putting the Principle in PMSC Use

David Isenberg | Posted 12.10.2012 | Business
David Isenberg

One longstanding argument for the use of private military and security companies is that they can facilitate undertaking interventions for human right...

Republican Peace?

D. Robert Worley | Posted 12.16.2012 | Politics
D. Robert Worley

Promoting democracy has become justification for military intervention. The only viable check on the use of force today appears to be presidential self discipline, and there's a great deal of variability among presidents.

Democratic Peace?

D. Robert Worley | Posted 11.02.2012 | Politics
D. Robert Worley

The democratic peace theory is used to justify intervention and regime change to spread democracy and thereby assure peace. As the late Gore Vidal sardonically called it, "Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace."