Drones and Democracy in Afghanistan

The US initiated a sort of “shock and awe” operation in Afghanistan in late 2001, what appeared to many as a knee-jerk reaction to September 11th, in the midst of a half-heartedly supportive but largely bewildered American public.


Sexual Violence and War

Throughout history, sexual violence has often occurred in places wracked by armed conflict. But over the past decade, reporting from several countries has confirmed that rape is becoming increasingly frequent and brutal—and, in some places, a systematic weapon of war.

Is the World Capitalist Crisis Over?

On the real economy itself, the most optimistic position is that we may be nearing the bottom of the crisis, that things are unlikely to get worse, which is very different of course from saying that things are back to “normal.”

Non-aligned Heads of State Call for Universal Adherence to Test Ban Treaty

Heads of State and Government of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) stressed the significance of achieving universal adherence to the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT). NAM held its 15th Summit from 11 to 16 July 2009 in Sharm El Sheik, Egypt. Roughly half of the organization’s 118 Member States were represented by their respective Heads of State or Government.


The Ongoing Danger of Nuclear War

This August, when hundreds of Hiroshima Day vigils and related antinuclear activities occur around the United States, many Americans will wonder at their relevance. After all, the nuclear danger that characterized the Cold War is now far behind us, isn't it?


Book Review: When China Rules the World

“When you’re alone and life is making you lonely, you can always go: downtown.” So warbled the British singer, Petula Clark in the 1960s. However, today if solitude is your constant companion, I would suggest that you purchase a copy of this riveting book and read it on the bus and in airports.


Colonialism and Underdevelopment in Latin America

This essay is going to assess colonialism and the class structure inherited as a main determinant of current development in Latin American countries. First of all, we must highlight statistics published by the World Bank: 1.4 billion people in developing countries are living under the extreme poverty.


The Crisis in Honduras and the Bolivarian Dynamic

The June 28 coup d’etat in Honduras, in which left-leaning President Manuel Zelaya was overthrown by a right-wing military, political and judicial conspiracy, was aimed not only at Zelaya personally, but at a much larger international phenomenon which I will call the “Bolivarian dynamic.”