South Asia

Post 9/11 AUMF Law Gives Trump Power to Wage Perpetual War

November 1, 2017

Post 9/11 authorization to use military force has been used to intervene in 19 countries. Congress ought to reclaim its authority to declare war, explains Col. Larry Wilkerson

Xi Jinping: China’s ‘Chairman of Everything’

November 1, 2017

China’s President Xi Jinping has been incorporated into the communist party’s constitution, during the 19th party congress. This puts him at a far higher level than China’s previous two leaders, on a par with Mao and Deng Xiaoping, explains Prof. Jeff Wasserstrom of UC Irvine

Cables Show US Complicity in Indonesia Genocide

October 23, 2017

Newly published cables detail the critical U.S. role in the Indonesian military’s genocidal campaign against communists and dissidents in 1965. We speak to scholar Brad Simpson, who oversaw the documents’ publication for the National Security Archive

Wrongful Rhetoric and Trump’s Strategy on Iran

October 18, 2017

By Kathy Kelly Mordechai Vanunu was imprisoned in Israel for eighteen years because he blew the whistle on Israel’s secret nuclear weapons program. He felt he had “an obligation to tell the people of Israel what was going on behind their backs”  at a supposed nuclear research facility which was actually producing plutonium for nuclear…


October 17, 2017
The persecution of Rohingya Muslims goes beyond religious intolerance, says Dr. Elizabeth Hurd, professor of politics at Northwestern University

Decertifying Iran Deal, Trump Escalates His War

October 13, 2017

President Trump’s decertification of the Iran nuclear deal and targeting of the Revolutionary Guard is a dangerous escalation, says Reza Marashi of the National Iranian American Council

India’s Hindu Right-Wing Extremists Are Increasingly Turning to Violence

October 12, 2017

The Hindu right tries to suffocate Indian politics, but runs into a wall on the left. By Vijay Prashad / AlterNet. Communist protest in Delhi on October 9.Photo Credit: Sudhanva Deshpande Earlier this month, in Bhubaneshwar, the capital of the Indian state of Odhisa, activists of the Hindu right decided to do some political theater.…

Will Congress Help Trump Kill the Iran Deal?

October 9, 2017

President Trump is just days away from his expected decision to decertify the Iran nuclear deal, leaving the deal — and a whole lot more — in the hands of Congress, says scholar William Beeman

Rebuking Trump, Nobel Prize Goes to Group That Opposes Nuclear Weapons

October 6, 2017

“No right hands for the wrong weapons” – Nobel Peace Prize Winner ICAN

Kurds Have Overwhelmingly Voted for Independence, but Having Their Own Country Is a Long Way Off

September 29, 2017

By Vijay Prashad / AlterNet. It’s a symbolic first step. A family displaced by fighting in the village of Shore, 25 kilometers south of Mosul, Iraq, walk towards an army checkpoint on the outskirts of Qayyarah (photo: Ivor Prickett/United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees)Photo Credit: Ivor Prickett/United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees On 25 September,…