Marjorie Cohn

Marjorie Cohn is professor emerita at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, former president of the National Lawyers Guild, and deputy secretary general of the International Association of Democratic Lawyers. Her latest book is, Drones and Targeted Killing: Legal, Moral, and Geopolitical Issues. Previous books include: Cowboy Republic: Six Ways the Bush Gang Has Defied the Law and co-author of Rules of Disengagement: The Politics and Honor of Military Dissent (with Kathleen Gilberd); and an anthology, The United States and Torture: Interrogation, Incarceration and Abuse.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016 - 3:30pm
US Bombing Syrian Troops Would Be Illegal
In an internal “dissent channel cable,” 51 State Department officers called for “targeted military strikes” against the government of Bashar al-Assad in Syria, a proposal that President Barack Obama has thus far resisted. However, were he to accept the cable’s advice, he would risk a dangerous –...
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Tuesday, June 7, 2016 - 10:00am
The Racial Divide Between Sanders and Trump
As I sat in the San Diego sunshine yesterday listening to Bernie Sanders outside of Qualcomm Stadium, I was struck by the stunning contrast between the senator and Donald Trump, particularly on the issue of race. Sanders emphasized racial justice, citing the courage of African Americans and their...
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Tuesday, May 17, 2016 - 8:30am
Michael Ratner's Death Is a Loss for Freedom, Peace and Justice
Legendary human rights lawyer Michael Ratner died last Wednesday . His pathbreaking legal and political work on behalf of the poor and oppressed around the world is unmatched. His death is an incalculable loss for the cause of freedom, peace and justice. The last time I saw Michael was shortly...
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Monday, April 18, 2016 - 12:45pm
Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton: The Palestinian Defender vs. the Israel Apologist
An amazing thing happened at the prime-time Democratic debate in Brooklyn on Thursday. A few days ahead of Tuesday’s delegate-rich New York primary, presidential candidate Bernie Sanders dared to criticize Israel. Rival Hillary Clinton, on the other hand, stood firm as an uncritical apologist for...
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Friday, March 18, 2016 - 8:00am
Human Rights Hypocrisy: US Criticizes Cuba
In advance of President Barack Obama's historic visit to Cuba on March 20, there is speculation about whether he can pressure Cuba to improve its human rights. But a comparison of Cuba's human rights record with that of the United States shows that the US should be taking lessons from Cuba. The...
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Monday, February 29, 2016 - 8:45am
Occupy Hillary Clinton's Wall Street Speeches
Hillary Clinton refuses to make public the transcripts of her speeches to big banks, three of which were worth a total of $675,000 to Goldman Sachs. She says she would release the transcripts "if everybody does it, and that includes Republicans." After all, she complained, "Why is there one...
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Monday, February 1, 2016 - 2:45pm
Want Endless War? Love the U.S. Empire? Well, Hillary Clinton’s Your Choice
Hillary Clinton likes to extol her foreign policy credentials, particularly her experience as secretary of state. She attaches herself to Barack Obama’s coattails, pledging to continue his policies. But she is even more hawkish than the president. Like Obama, Clinton touts American exceptionalism,...
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Monday, January 25, 2016 - 11:30am
Saudi Arabia Is Killing Civilians With US Bombs
Saudi Arabia has engaged in war crimes, and the United States is aiding and abetting them by providing the Saudis with military assistance. In September 2015, Saudi aircraft killed 135 wedding celebrants in Yemen. The air strikes have killed 2,800 civilians, including 500 children. Human Rights...
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Friday, November 6, 2015 - 9:00am
‘Drone Papers’ Revelations Are a Cry for Ending the Slaughter
A new whistleblower has joined the ranks of Edward Snowden, Chelsea Manning, John Kiriakou and other courageous individuals. The unnamed person, who chose to remain anonymous because of the Obama administration’s vigorous prosecution of whistleblowers, is a member of the intelligence community. In...
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Sunday, November 1, 2015 - 10:15am
Obama: Put Your Money Where Your Mouth is on Cuba
Millions of Americans believe that President Obama has normalized relations with Cuba and ended over 50 years of U.S. efforts to strangle its economy. They might have been puzzled when the United States stood up against every other nation save one, in opposing the UN General Assembly resolution...
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