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The word ‘privilege’ originates from the Latin privus lex, ‘private law’—law for a private individual and by extension, an aristocratic entitlement. For the privileged, there is a secret code: their transgressions will never be challenged, and if exposed, will be discreetly forgiven. Privilege is generally male, white, born to riches, expensively educated and clubbable, […]

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There are plenty of absurdities one can point to and laugh at, and more one can deride with horror, about the Trump-Kim summit on June 12th. The extraordinary spectacle of Trump going from threatening “fire and fury” and boasting about the size of his nuclear button, to praising “Little Rocket Man” as “very talented”, and […]

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Recognizing that in today’s geopolitics, no idea is bad enough to be put to rest, we draw on a 2013 interview with Trita Parsi, founder and current president of the National Iranian American Council, author of Treacherous Alliance: The Secret Dealings of Israel, Iran and the United States (2007) and A Single Roll of the Dice: Obama’s Diplomacy with Iran (2012). The interview took place during a period of mounting US pressure on Iran to cease their nuclear program, but before the Joint Comprehesnive Pan of Action that the Obama Administration signed with China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States, the European Union, and Iran. Parsi’s warnings then about the perceived ‘military solution’ are as relevant today as they were then.

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In this short video, Sam Perlo-Freeman, Project Manager for the Global Arms Business and Corruption project explains who is arming actors in the war in Yemen and what should be done about it. [3:43]

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In this video, [ 2.30 mins.] Vijay Prashad, journalist, historian and director of Tricontinental Institute for Social Research, discusses the flow of weapons from ‘friends’ to ‘enemies’ across today’s war zones. [Produced by World Peace Foundation with Corruption Watch, original footage produced for Shadow World]

Learn more about WPF’s project on corruption and the global arms trade, […]

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The presidential speech is a special artform. One of the things that makes it unique is that the speaker has to address several different audiences at the same time, such as a legislature, a domestic public, a political party, and international peers. Africa has a lot of presidents and they make a lot of speeches, […]

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