How Universal U.S. Sovereignty Threatens World Peace

This year, I was invited to be a speaker for a panel at Left Forum.  The panel was appropriately titled, “How Universal U.S. Sovereignty Threatens World Peace.”  David Hungerford of the Coalition for Social Justice hosted it.  Other panelists included Sara Flounders of International Action Center and Kazem Azin of Solidarity with Iran-SI, Iran Forum.  Any one of these activists and thinkers alone would be worth listening to.  It was truly remarkable having all of them in one room presenting on such a pertinent (and as David explains in his presentation an under-recognized) topic as sovereignty, imperialism, and world peace.

There’s no better introduction than just watching them speak for yourself.  Check out Hungerford, Flounders, Azin and I’s presentation below:

Why the Refugee Acceptance Movement Must Become an Anti-Imperialist Movement

This article originally appeared on Truthout.

Corporate media have been filled with news about the growing crisis of Syrian refugees. Politicians and journalists alike ask what the United States ought to do about it. An increasing number of governors have declared their intent to reject refugees. In a brazen attempt to stand strong against defenseless people fleeing terror, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie harshly bragged that he would not even admit “orphans under five.” This is nothing but political posturing for a dysfunctional party that must appeal to racist fears to stay relevant, as governors do not have the constitutional power to refuse to accept refugees.

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