BOAVENTURA DE SOUSA SANTOS – More than 100 years after World War I, Europe’s leaders are sleepwalking toward a new all-out war. In 1914, the European governments believed that the war would last three weeks; it lasted four years and resulted in more than 20 million deaths. The same nonchalance is visible with the war in Ukraine.
SOMALI KOLHATKAR – Masses of refugees from Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Somalia, Yemen, and elsewhere have faced racially motivated hostility in Europe. Now, Ukraineâ€™s refugee crisis is revealing Western double standards.
LEONARD C. GOODMAN – A wrongly targeted Afghan aid worker and his family are among the latest casualties.
TOM ENGELHARDT – Americans may feel more distant from war than at any time since World War II began. Certainly, a smaller percentage of us â€” less than 1% â€” serves in the military in this all-volunteer era of ours and, on the face of it, Washingtonâ€™s constant warring in distant lands seems barely to touch the lives of most Americans. And yet the militarization of the United States and the strengthening of the National Security Complex continues to accelerate.
CORY MCMAHON & RICHARD CLARK – Genocide expert Daniel Goldhagen has shown that genocide â€” which includes deliberate famine and other silent killing campaigns â€” has occurred more than 70 times since 1900 with a death toll of at least 127 million, outnumbering the casualties of all of mankindâ€™s 20th century wars. It is no wonder that Goldhagen calls genocide an â€œurgent first order global problem.â€
CYNTHIA MCKINNEY – While serving on the House International Relations Committee from 1993 to 2003, it became clear to me that the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) was an anachronism. Founded in 1945 at the end of World War II, NATO was founded by the United States in response to the Soviet Union’s survival as a Communist state. NATO was the U..S. insurance policy that capitalist ownership and domination of European, Asian, and African economies would continue. This also would ensure the survival of the then-extant global apartheid.