News Item Archive - 2016

Michael Beer on “The Monitor”



Following an appearance on a recent IPA press release, Michael Beer, Director of Nonviolence International, was interviewed by Mark Bebawi on “The Monitor,” where Beer discussed the tension between Turkey and the Kurds.

“Given hundreds of years of Turkish/Ottoman dominion over Arabs, this Turkish invasion is unlikely to gain much support in Syria or the Arab world. The timing is remarkable just as the vice president of the U.S. arrived in Turkey. The U.S. cooperated, in part, because the U.S. already has troops in Syria in violation of international law and the U.S. constitution and has no credible platform to protest … European governments support it, and the Iranians refuse to release a public statement. We are seeing more and more countries follow the U.S. and Russia’s example of using military force outside of international law. This is a dangerous direction for the future security of planet earth.”

Beer was also interviewed by Scott Harris on “Between the Lines.”

Maria Luisa Mendonca in AlterNet



Following an appearance in a recent IPA news release, Maria Mendonca, the director of Brazil’s Network for Social Justice and Human Rights, penned this article for AlterNet in which she discusses the unintended consequences of what she calls “impeachment theater.”

She writes: “The impeachment is aimed at distracting from the very real crimes perpetrated by the congressmen sanctimoniously casting judgment on the president. Since the beginning of the process, it was clear that the main charge brought against president Dilma Rousseff, based on an accounting mechanism characterized as “fiscal pedaling” (“pedaladas fiscais” in Portuguese), had the barely hidden objective of curtailing investigations of corruption against Congress members and implementing a conservative agenda that has consistently been rejected by the majority of Brazilian society in presidential elections since 2002.”

“This type of manipulation would not be possible without the support of Brazil’s major media outlets, which have mostly abandoned even the pretense of objectivity. The good news is that there is a growing number of independent, alternative media sources, which present accurate information from diverse perspectives.”

Mendonca recently wrote “Brazil’s Parliamentary Vote Is A Coup,” for The Progressive. She is also the editor of the book “Human Rights in Brazil“.

Vijay Prashad in AlterNet


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Following an appearance on a recent IPA news release, Vijay Prashad, author and professor of International Studies at Trinity College, penned an article for AlterNet, in which he discussed the possible negative consequences of U.S. military action in Libya.

“Will the airstrikes actually degrade and destroy the Islamic State? It is not merely the Islamic State that is Libya’s problem. Airstrikes such as this will only move these fighters to other locations – to Tunisia, for instance, or to Benghazi. They will continue to be a serious problem in North Africa.”

He also recently wrote “The World After Obama,” for Counterpunch. His most recent book is The Death of the Nation and the Future of the Arab Revolution.

Frederick Clarkson in Al Jazeera



Following an appearance on a recent IPA news release, Frederick Clarkson, a senior fellow for Religious Liberty at social-justice think-thank Political Research Associates and author of When Exemption is the Rule: The Religious Freedom Strategy of the Christian Right, was quoted in an Al Jazeera article, in which he discusses the qualifications of Gov. Mike Pence as Donald Trump’s running mate. He states: “Pence needs to demonstrate that he brings knowledge, measured judgement and gravitas to the ticket.

“As a former six term member of Congress and current governor of a state, we can believe that Pence will do that. But then the question becomes, what is the substance that he brings? …

“Although abortion rights and marriage equality are part of the unambiguous law of the land, Pence represents the politics of permanent reaction and rollback, seeking to use the tools of government to undermine access to these rights wherever he can.”

Clarkson was also interviewed by Scott Harris on “Between the Lines” (WPKN), Laurel Avalon on “Peace and Social Justice” (KZFR) and Ian Masters on “Background Briefing.”


Marjorie Cohn in Alternet, the Independent and more



Following an appearance on a recent IPA news release, Marjorie Cohn, a professor emerita at the Thomas Jefferson School of Law, was interviewed and quoted in articles for McClatchy, the Independent, Alternet and National ObserverShe was also interviewed on various radio shows, including KBOO radio (Portland), New Zealand Radio, WMNF radio (Tampa, FLA), KMEC radio (Northern Calif.) and Peoples Internet Radio (US, UK, Canada), and she has written an op-ed that has been published in both The Hill and CommonDreams. She discusses both the militarization of police in the U.S. and the foreign policy of and use of drones by the Obama administration. Cohn told Alternet: “There is so much secrecy surrounding Obama’s drone program and, even when he releases figures of civilian casualties, they just don’t add up, according to the leading NGOs. The lack of transparency around the Obama administration also extends to the legal rational for using targeted killings and drone strikes off the battlefield without respecting due process. This is also called an extrajudicial killing.

“With the lack of transparency in the federal government about drone policy abroad, there is no reason to believe there is going to be any more transparency on a local level.”

Cohn is also an editor and contributor to Drones and Targeted Killings: Legal, Moral, and Geopolitical Issues.

Junaid Ahmad on The Real News


AhmadFollowing an appearance on a recent IPA news release, scholar Junaid Ahmad was interviewed by The Real News examining gun culture, homophobia, and the U.S. ideologies that informed the Orlando shooting. He explained that despite Hillary Clinton’s claim that this was an act of “radical Islamism” and Trump’s proposal to ban Muslims from entering the country, placing the blame on Islam ignores the homophobia and violence that the U.S. has historically perpetuated. Ahmad said, “You don’t have to go to the country of origin of this shooter to find [homophobia] it’s very present here in the U.S. as well.” He states that we need to look at the bigger picture and the “culture of violence that is cultivated within the U.S. that has been exported abroad through wars, invasions, drones, and so on, is also part of the picture when looking at why something like this is taking place.”

Howie Klein on the “Bill Press Show”


wasserman shultzFollowing an appearance on this IPA news release, Howie Klein was interviewed on the “Bill Press Show.” Klein discussed the failings of Debbie Wasserman Schultz as chair of the DNC and current efforts to remove her from the role. He commented on Schultz’s and the DNC’s performance in contrast to predecessor Howard Dean, whose successful 50-State strategy was eliminated upon Schultz’ debut. Klein is a retired music executive whose career included a dozen years as president of Reprise Records. He now blogs at and has closely followed the career of Wasserman Schultz.


Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz on WHDT WORLD NEWS


indigenous_peoples_historyFollowing an appearance on an IPA news release, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz was interviewed by Danielle Masterson of WHDT World News. Dunbar-Ortiz spoke about Obama’s role in sustaining the longest war in U.S. history and drew parallels to the Seminole Wars. She is author or editor of seven books, including An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States.

Maria Luisa Mendonça on several interviews


Screen Shot 2016-05-04 at 1.34.38 PMFollowing an appearance on a recent IPA news release Maria Luisa Mendonça was interviewed by The Real News, KPFA Pacifica Radio’s “Rising Up with Sonali“, FAIR’s “Counterspin” and RT UK’s “Going Underground” about the ongoing impeachment process against Dilma Rousseff in Brazil. She explained that social movements critical of the government are “Now taking the streets and protesting because it’s clear to us that we’re facing a parliamentary coup, very similar to what happened in Honduras and Paraguay recently.” She emphasized that there is no legal basis for an impeachment: “The President has not been accused of any corruption crimes,” unlike the opposition. Mendonça is a director of Brazil’s Network for Social Justice and Human Rights and a professor in the international relations department at the University of Rio De Janeiro.

John Hanrahan on “Talk Nation Radio”


imgresFollowing an appearance on an IPA news release, John Hanrahan was featured on “Talk Nation Radio.” He spoke to host David Swanson about the organization Avaaz and their support for no-fly zones in Syria, which “seemed out of synch” with the organization’s causes and notes that many who supported the group now wonder, “what’s their agenda?” Hanrahan is on the editorial board of He is the former executive director of The Fund for Investigative Journalism and has been a reporter for The Washington PostThe Washington Star, UPI and other news organizations.