Interview on Russia Today

I was on Russia Today (RT), Russia's 24/7 English-language news channel, to discuss ex-Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld's role in the Iraq war and the use of torture on the day that his new memoir Known and Unknown was released. Click here to watch the video.

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The Tragic U.S. Strategy in Afghanistan

Union Daily Times, SC; Worthington Daily Globe, MN; Fayette County News, GA; Asheville Citizen-Times, NC; News Eagle, PA. A shorter version was published in the Peoria Journal Star, IL. Distributed by OtherWords and Featurewell. Albert Einstein famously defined insanity as “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” If that doesn’t accurately … Continue reading The Tragic U.S. Strategy in Afghanistan

Record levels of violence in Afghanistan do not equal progress

Waging Nonviolence, Common Dreams, Counterpunch, Huffington Post, The Indypendent, Sojourners Greetings from Afghanistan. I arrived here now almost a week ago and there is so much to share about this experience that it’s hard to know where to start. I’d like to offer a few random observations about Kabul that I’m sure will make more sense upon … Continue reading Record levels of violence in Afghanistan do not equal progress

Lessons from the election

December 2010 Platypus Review In a strange way, the debate over whether the American left should support the Green Movement in Iran resembles the arguments that took place in progressive circles before the 2008 presidential elections in the United States, and that reemerged in the recent midterm elections. Those in the Obama camp either believed … Continue reading Lessons from the election

Jon Stewart’s Misguided Rally to Restore Sanity

Waging Nonviolence, Sojourners, The Indypendent While I regularly watch The Daily Show and think its political satire is second to none, the Rally to Restore Sanity that will be held on the Mall in Washington D.C. tomorrow is problematic on many levels.  Of all the critiques I’ve seen, Daniel Denvir over at Alternet best captured … Continue reading Jon Stewart’s Misguided Rally to Restore Sanity

Bringing down Serbia’s dictator, 10 years later

A conversation with Srdja Popovic by Eric Stoner and Bryan Farrell Waging Nonviolence, Truthout, Yes! Magazine, The Indypendent Ten years ago, on October 5, 2000, hundreds of thousands of Serbian protesters descended on the streets of Belgrade and pushed past the indifferent security forces to seize control of the Parliament building, effectively ending the dictatorship of … Continue reading Bringing down Serbia’s dictator, 10 years later