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Robert Naiman is Senior Policy Analyst at Just Foreign Policy. 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. Naiman edits the Just Foreign Policy daily news summary and writes a blog on Huffington Post.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, December 3, 2013 Does Hillary's Silence on Iran Deal Show Neocon Pull on Her Presidential Run?
Hillary's silence suggests that "her harder-line supporters" want to re-fight the battle over U.S. foreign policy that they lost when Barack Obama, not Hillary Clinton, won the Democratic nomination in 2008, and see her potential victory in the 2016 Democratic presidential primary as the restoration of their dominion over Democratic Middle East policy, the second coming of Joe Lieberman.
SHARE Sunday, November 17, 2013 WikiLeaks and the Drone Strike Transparency Bill
We need to force the Administration onto the public record to document its claims. If the Administration wants to claim that civilian casualties from drone strikes have been extremely rare, and that those killed were mainly people trying to attack the U.S., make them show us their numbers, and how they arrived at them. Pass the drone strike transparency bill.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, August 22, 2013 President Obama, Commute Bradley Manning's Sentence to Time Served
A cynic might say: What's the point of asking President Obama for clemency, when he's in charge of the system that put Manning in prison? President Obama is indeed in charge of the system that put Manning in prison. That's why he's the correct address for the appeal for clemency.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, April 13, 2013 Cut Social Security & Veterans' Benefits? Cut the Pentagon Instead
The key takeaway from all these numbers is that compared to the bloated Pentagon budget, the proposed savings from whacking seniors, veterans, and the disabled are chump change, not worth bothering with. The crucial thing to remember in all this is that none of us needs to come up with a specific plan to replace cuts to Social Security and veterans benefits with Pentagon cuts.
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, June 20, 2012 President Correa, Please Protect Julian Assange From My Government
If the U.S. government succeeds in prosecuting Assange under the Espionage Act for helping to disclose the WikiLeaks cables, it will make it harder to reform U.S. foreign policy in the future. That's why I'm urging Ecuador's President Rafael Correa to grant Julian Assange's request for political asylum.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, March 2, 2012 On Iran Strike, Israelis Trust Obama Over Bibi
Saudi Arabia & neoconservative lunatics may be willing to fight a war with Iran "to the last American soldier" but the ordinary Israeli & American know exactly who really pays the price for all that warmongering.
(26 comments) SHARE Sunday, February 19, 2012 Does AIPAC want war?
If the experts and Western officials who believe that Iran already has "the knowledge and technology necessary to build a nuclear weapon" are right, then what that says is that Iran has already crossed the "red line" of the Lieberman bill. And therefore, the supporters of the Lieberman bill are saying that they are ready for war today.
(6 comments) SHARE Monday, January 9, 2012 The New York Times misleading public on Iran
It's deja vu all over again. AIPAC is trying to trick the United States into another catastrophic war with a Middle Eastern country on behalf of the Likud Party's colonial ambitions, and the New York Times is misleading the public with allegations that say that the country is developing "weapons of mass destruction."
(4 comments) SHARE Thursday, November 24, 2011 Dancing on the Super Committee's Grave, Singing Hallelujah
The "revealed preference" of Congress so far is this: there is no majority coalition in Congress which prefers cutting Social Security benefits, raising the Medicare retirement age and increasing taxes on rich people to cutting the projected Pentagon budget by 15% over 10 years.
(5 comments) SHARE Sunday, August 21, 2011 To live within our means, let's leave Iraq
Representative Barbara Lee has introduced legislation that would prevent the Pentagon from keeping thousands of US troops in Iraq by cutting off funds for the war after December 31, 2011. In other words, the bill would cut off funds for violating the agreement with Iraq to pull out troops by December. It would cut off funds for violating Obama's campaign promise to end the war.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, May 31, 2011 Kucinich Calls the Question on Libya War Powers
The House leadership has agreed to a vote on House Concurrent Resolution 51, introduced by Ohio Representative Dennis Kucinich, which would direct the President, pursuant to the War Powers Resolution, to remove U.S. armed forces from the Libya war. The vote could come as early as Wednesday afternoon.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, May 27, 2011 Asserting War Powers, House Moves To End Afghanistan, Libya Wars
Twenty-six Republican Members of the House voted in favor of the McGovern-Amash amendment, roughly a 200% increase in the number of Republicans voting against open-ended continuation of the war from the nine Republicans who voted for the McGovern amendment on July 1, 2010.
SHARE Sunday, May 8, 2011 After OBL: McGovern/Jones Push for Real Withdrawal Plan
The bipartisan legislation is unique in that it carries with it the prospect of a roll call, in which every member of the House will have to choose a side: open-ended war in Afghanistan, or a clear plan for military withdrawal?
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, February 8, 2011 "Orderly Transition," or "Nothing Burger" Reforms? Benchmarks for US Policy in Egypt
So far the "reforms" and "concessions" that have been reported have been a "nothing burger" as far as the transition to democracy is concerned. If the US is serious about democracy, there must be benchmarks for US policy, including ending the detention and harassment of journalists and human rights activists, lifting the state of emergency, free electoral competition, and restoration of judicial supervision of elections.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, January 29, 2011 "Hand in Hand, the Army and the People Are One"
Eyes are on the Egyptian military now. What will they do? A week ago, it was said: Egypt is not Tunisia, and the Egyptian military is not the Tunisian military. A week ago, that was surely true. Today, it is not quite so obvious. What will be true tomorrow?