Category Archives: External Affairs

Kirstein Remarks at Steven Salaita Columbia College Appearance

Carolina Sánchez – Columbia College Chronicle: Steven Salaita speaking, Iymen Chehade and Peter N. Kirstein Steven Salaita Panel, Sponsored by Students for Justice in Palestine: October 8, 2014 Columbia College Chicago. This is a link to a post on the event on the American Association … Continue reading

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5 Atomic Myths of Hiroshima: Gaza Comparisons

Captain Van Kirk, left, who was known as Dutch, with Col. Paul W. Tibbets Jr., center, and Maj. Thomas W. Ferebee in 1945 after they flew the Enola Gay to Hiroshima to drop an atomic bomb. Credit U.S. Air Force, … Continue reading

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Pulitzer Prize Winner Glenn Greenwald on Israeli Butchery in Gaza

The great Glenn Greenwald, who lives in Rio De Janeiro, exposed the terrorist–there is that word again–National Security Agency spying and invading the privacy of hundreds of millions of Americans, has written a factual based account on the disproportionate use of force … Continue reading

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Rise of Antisemitism in Europe: A Response

Much is being written of an  alleged resurgence of antisemitism in Europe. I am certain the ramifications of such a recrudescence pales in comparison to the murderous anti-Islamic prejudice in the Middle East. The deliberate killing of babies, schools full … Continue reading

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Kirstein Interviewed on the Centennial of World War I

I was interviewed in the Chicago Sun-Times’ Daily Southtown Star on the legacy of the Great War. Photos courtesy of the Daily Southtown Star. BY DONNA VICKROY dvickroy@southtownstar.com Twitter: @dvickroy July 30, 2014 6:06PM In this photo taken on Saturday, June … Continue reading

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Legal Scholars Denounce Gaza Mass Murder

The International Community Must End Israel’s Collective Punishment of the Civilian Population in the Gaza Strip As international and criminal law scholars, human rights defenders, legal experts and individuals who firmly believe in the rule of law and in the … Continue reading

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The Cowardice of Israeli Air and Naval Forces

I wonder what the pilots of American-made F-16 jets, or Apache helicopters, (note the racist a la “Redskins” name), causing these war crimes against the outdoor prison of Gaza are thinking. They fly only a few miles from base, drop their … Continue reading

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End the Palestinian Holocaust in Gaza

Please take a few minutes to make these calls – today and every day until this ends. 1. Contact President Obama at (202) 456-1111 and the State Department at (202) 647-4000. Demand that they immediately withdraw U.S. military aid from … Continue reading

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US Racist Press refers to Gaza Palestinians as “Militants” code-name for Terrorists

The US press calls Gazan Palestinian freedom fighters “militants.” Settler Jews who kill Palestinian children on the colonised West Bank are given more anodyne terms. Militant implies violent terrorism. The term “militant” is meant to delegitimise an effort to reverse … Continue reading

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Iraq and Vietnam: Identical Failures in Nation Building

The US has always failed in its imperialistic ventures to plant its American Exceptionalism abroad. After the 1973 Paris Peace Accords that ended the Vietnam War, President Richard M. Nixon and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, who should have been tried and … Continue reading

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D-Day Follies: War Crimes, and Arrogance

There is very little to celebrate on the seventieth anniversary of the D-Day invasion on June 6, 1944 as soldiers entered France by crossing the English Channel. First of all, it was a relatively minor event in World War II. Aside … Continue reading

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US Hypocrisy over Tiananmen Square: Kent State Forgotten

America’s Tiananmen: How many American even know about this butchery of these students on their own campus by the United States military? The US and its “liberal” press are making hay over the 25th anniversary of the June 4, 1989 … Continue reading

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Petition to Attenuate N.A.T.O. Enlargement and Imperialism in Russia and Ukraine

SIGN to say U.S. Hands Off Russia and the Ukraine! Please send email messages to President Obama, Vice President Biden, Secretary of State Kerry, Senator McCain, Secretary-General Ban, Congress and the media saying: U.S. HANDS OFF RUSSIA AND THE UKRAINE!  SIGN the online … Continue reading

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Comments on Kirstein Ukraine-Crimea Op-Ed

Here are a couple of comments that responded to my article on Ukraine and its Crimean struggle with the Russian Federation. The op-ed appeared in the Sunday, March 16, SouthtownStar Peter Kirstein The US also used the excuse of protection of Americans … Continue reading

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Kirstein Op-Ed: Crimea Self-Determination and N.A.T.O. Enlargement

This appeared in the SouthtownStar newspapers: owned by the Chicago Sun-Times. http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/opinions/guestcommentary/26145598-474/russia-protects-strategic-interests-in-crimea.html   OpEd Alert! – Prof. Peter N. Kirstein on Ukraine Crisis (from SXU webnews page) Saint Xavier University Department of History and Political Science Professor Peter N. Kirstein … Continue reading

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Putin’s Crimea is Not Hungary 1956 or Czechoslovakia in 1968

Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin’s expanded presence in the Crimean Peninsula is a far cry from the Soviet invasions during the Cold War that prohibited Hungary and Czechoslovakia from replacing pro-Soviet governments with more independent-minded entities such as the repression … Continue reading

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Defeat Reactionary Illinois Legislation to Censor Human Rights Advocacy

The A.A.U.P. opposes ethnocentric, anti-boycott. McCarthyism legislation targeted at institutions or persons who may associate with, may have participated in or dared to support a boycott of Israel’s policies in the West Bank and Gaza. This is type of rule … Continue reading

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Secretary Kerry, Memory and Russia in Ukraine

Secretary of State John Kerry has accused the Russian Federation of behaving in a nineteenth-century manner as a result of its military movements in Crimea. Note: it could hardly be called an invasion in a nineteenth-century sense since Russian troops … Continue reading

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Putin’s Restraint in Ukraine

  Russian Federation Black Sea Fleet in Crimea, Ukraine. Its only other military base outside its homeland is at Tartus, Syria in the eastern Mediterranean. We need to abolish bases and militaries but in the meantime, Russia feels overly “contained” … Continue reading

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Understanding Russia’s Interests in Ukraine

It would be better if nations acted in the global interest and not in the national interest. Realism, neorealism are immoral in theory and in practice. Understanding President Putin’s desires to prevent the loss of Crimea within his sphere of … Continue reading

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Report: Israel Defence Forces Terrorising Palestinian Children

A SPECIAL FOUR CORNERS / THE AUSTRALIAN NEWSPAPER INVESTIGATION Monday 10 February 2014 The Israeli army is both respected and feared as a fighting force. But now the country’s military is facing a backlash at home and abroad for its … Continue reading

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Shame on Senate Warmongers and Iran Sanctions Bill

The Senate effort to impose more sanctions on Iran with mister warmonger Harvard law grad Chuck Schumer, senior Senator from New York, leading the way is anti-American and sinister. It is a call for war just when the potentiality for a … Continue reading

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Kennedy and Vietnam: Ignored During Assassination Remembrance

The assassination of President Kennedy on November 22, 1963 transpired exactly three weeks after the assassination of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam President Ngo Dinh Diem. J.F.K. clearly had blood on his hands in his support of the coup that … Continue reading

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Iran’s Right to Enrich Uranium is Allowed Under the N.P.T.

Iran insists it has the right to enrich uranium. The U.S., that refuses to acknowledge Israel is currently operating outside of international law in actually developing and possessing nuclear weapons, asserts Iran does not have the right to enrich uranium. To … Continue reading

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Meet the Press’s David Gregory Fiery Anti-Iranian Rhetoric

David Gregory is not the Meet the Press moderator we were entitled to after the shocking death of Tim Russert. Mr Russert had nuance, was not blindly anti-Muslim and brought a progressive, humanistic streak to journalism. He was balanced but when … Continue reading

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American Exceptionalism is a Racist, Imperialistic Canard

The notion of American exceptionalism is a disgrace. The nation is the only industrialised nation that does not construe health care as a right. The pusillanimous Obamacare maze, while certainly a progressive step toward socialism, is still placing too many … Continue reading

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The Bumbling Secretary Kerry and The Use of the Word “Degrade.”

The warmongers in the Barack Hussein Obama administration and in particular Secretary of State John Kerry are using the latest military patois of “degrade”: yes I am glad Mr Obama beat the war criminal Senator John McCain and the erstwhile … Continue reading

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A Strange Israel-Iran-Syria Axis

Atomic, biological, chemical weapons of mass destruction. It is strange that all three contain or are reputed to be in advance stages of developing weapons of mass destruction. For me, only fission or fusion bombs can destroy “economically” on a … Continue reading

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Deterrence of Syria’s Chemical Weapons’ Without War

  I think the Obama administration is afflicted in part with the latest version of Rice-state sponsored murder: Former Secretary of State Condoleezza who was a chief advocate for the criminal, Nazi invasion of Iraq, and now Susan Rice, national security advisor, who … Continue reading

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Senator Dick Durbin’s Disgraceful Vote for War in Syria

Senator Dick Durbin (Ill) who sits on the Foreign Relations Committee voted to go to war. My vote will be for another senator from Illinois in 2014. I emailed him this message and expect either to get a response from … Continue reading

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Secretary of State John Kerry is a Disgrace and a Hypocrite

Now Secretary Kerry wants to kill babies and women in Syria! This war criminal should be tried at The Hague and named in an international arrest warrant. This guy who used the Vietnam War dead as his cynical rise to … Continue reading

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Syria’s Chemical Weapons Use: A History and the Hypocrisy

The hypocrisy of imperialist anti-Assad circles in the United States and Europe complaining about the use of chemical weapons in a two-year civil war is stunning. Interventionists that want to kill more people to show that the use of chemical weapons is too inhumane, … Continue reading

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President Obama’s Disappointing Cancellation of Putin Summit in Moscow

During the 2008 campaign, Senator Barack Hussein Obama stated he would travel and speak to our “enemies” and engage directly our adversaries in face-to-face talks. Neo-con Hillary Clinton viciously attacked the senator for demeaning the presidency and for jeopardizing its … Continue reading

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Gar Alperovitz, Hiroshima and Me: E-mail From the Great Historian

War Criminal Tibbets piloted the Enola Gay, named after his mother, that destroyed a city of non-combatants. These non-combatants and innocents did NOT bomb Pearl Harbor. Today marks the sixty-eighth anniversary of the greatest war crime ever perpetrated with the … Continue reading

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US Travel Alert, Embassy Closings are a Hoax

The US is manufacturing the rationale for its anti-Al Qaeda world-wide travel alert and overreacting to the September 11, 2012 attack on its consulate in Benghazi, Libya in order to avoid political repercussions from the Republicans. The State Department is closing 19 embassies, consulates and other assets for … Continue reading

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