Robert Naiman

Robert Naiman is Policy Director 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. You can contact him here.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 4:00pm
Let's Treat Assad Fairly - Like Any Other Pro-West Dictator in the Middle East
Glenn Greenwald thinks it's funny that while a year ago, we were told that it was an absolute emergency to bomb Syrian President Bashar Assad and arm insurgents fighting to overthrow him, now we're being told that it's an absolute emergency to bomb Assad's main military opponents. Greenwald...
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Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 7:00am
If Liberal Zionism Were Dead, What Actions Would That Imply?
On Sunday, the New York Times ran an opinion piece by Antony Lerman, a former director of the Institute for Jewish Policy Research, with the provocative title, " The End of Liberal Zionism ," which raised the question of whether "Liberal Zionism" - broadly speaking, the ideology that has animated...
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Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 9:45am
Sunset an Authorization for the Use of Force in Iraq
Judging from press reports, when Congress returns from its August recess in early September, the United States military will have been bombing "Islamic State" fighters in Iraq for a month, with a broader set of missions than originally advertised, and with plans to continue bombing for months . The...
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Friday, August 15, 2014 - 10:30am
Gaza Blockade Hangs Fire in Cairo: Where is the Anti-War Left?
The greatest struggle facing the anti-war movement in the United States is the struggle to get people who come to anti-war demonstrations after a war starts to engage politically to prevent the same wars in the future. In the case of U.S. policy towards Iran, we created a political movement to...
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Friday, August 8, 2014 - 3:15pm
"Humanitarian Emergency" Does Not Suspend the Constitution on War Powers
President Obama gave a speech last night purporting to justify today's U.S. military strikes in Iraq. Unfortunately, the President's speech failed to clearly answer key questions related to the issue of Congressional war powers under the U.S. Constitution and the War Powers Resolution; that is, he...
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Saturday, August 2, 2014 - 9:30am
Gaza Ceasefire Collapses: What Should We Do Now?
The Gaza ceasefire has collapsed, the New York Times reports . This is terrible news, obviously, and there is no reason to belabor why, for anyone following the news. However, there are three positive, important things to report. Good news #1: it seems likely that the collapse of the ceasefire was...
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President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel hold a joint press availability in the Oval Office July 6, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) Views
Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 3:30pm
Netanyahu's War: What Is It Good For?
The government of Benjamin Netanyahu has launched a new war on Palestinians in Gaza, a war whose purported justifications make George W. Bush's excuses for his illegal invasion of Iraq smell nice by comparison. So far, the United States, Netanyahu's chief enabler, has been unwilling to stop the...
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In East Jerusalem, between Damas Gate and New Gate, Graffiti reads "Free Palestine." (Photo: Djampa / Wikimedia Creative Commons) Views
Tuesday, June 24, 2014 - 8:30am
Presbyterians Divest from the Israeli Occupation: The End of the Beginning?
When there is a just resolution to the Israel/Palestine conflict, I will claim that June 20, 2014 marked a turning point. That was the day that the Presbyterian Church, USA voted to divest from Caterpillar, Hewlett-Packard and Motorola Solutions as a result of these companies' continued involvement...
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President Barack Obama talks with Gen. Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, outside the Oval Office following a meeting in the Situation Room of the White House, June 19, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) Views
Friday, June 20, 2014 - 1:00pm
The President Has No Mandate to Bomb Iraq or Syria
At this writing, President Obama has neither the legal nor the political mandate to conduct airstrikes in Iraq or Syria. On Thursday night, 182 Members of the House voted yes on Representative Barbara Lee's amendment defunding the use of the 2002 Iraq Authorization for the Use Military Force. Among...
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Archbishop Desmond Tutu (Elke Wetzig / Wikimedia Creative Commons) Views
Monday, June 16, 2014 - 4:00pm
Anti-Apartheid Archbishop Calls Presbyterians to Back Divestment from Israeli Occupation
As Presbyterians meeting in Detroit consider divestment from three companies linked to the Israeli occupation of Palestine - Caterpillar, Motorola, and Hewlett Packard - Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the leader who more than any other human being alive is associated with the successful use of divestment...
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