One of the Democrats’ Biggest Hawks Is Now Senate Foreign Relations Chair

Now with a working majority, the Democrats have named Sen. Robert Menendez (D-New Jersey) to chair the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. This has rung alarm bells for advocates of peace, human rights and international law, given that Menendez has opposed the Iran nuclear agreement, repeatedly attacked the United Nations and the International Court of Justice, supported unconditional military aid to governments that have used the weapons in the commission of war crimes, and taken other positions far closer to those of Republicans than rank-and-file Democrats. [FULL LINK]

Nonviolent Activists Laid the Groundwork to Oppose a Coup. They May Have Saved the Republic

Yes!Activists prepared for months, expecting Trump to steal the election. They were right, and he failed. [FULL LINK]
Since Joe Biden’s decisive win in November, efforts by President Trump and his supporters to steal the election… have been unsuccessful. In the months leading up to the Nov. 3 election, many of us were warning that, even in the face of a clear Biden victory, Trump and the Republicans might attempt a de facto coup. .. Trump might declare victory election night before all the votes are counted… make false charges of vote fraud, and refuse to concede… wage a legal battle to challenge the legitimate results, try to convince Republican election officials not to certify the results, encourage state legislatures to appoint Republican electors regardless of the vote count in the state, and convince the Republican-dominated federal judiciary to uphold these illegal measures.

When a Ceasefire is Not Enough

THE WAR BETWEEN Armenia and Azerbaijan this past autumn was an avoidable  tragedy. 

Sojourners Magazine — The disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region has been populated since at least the second  century B.C.E. by Armenians, one of the world’s oldest Christian civilizations. The  Muslim Azeris and others have lived there and in neighboring areas for centuries as  well, and the region was ethnically mixed (albeit majority Armenian) when the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991. Stalin’s divide-and-rule policy for drawing borders made Nagorno-Karabakh a  theoretically “autonomous region” within the Azerbaijani Soviet Socialist Republic. As  the Soviet Union was breaking up and Azerbaijani persecution of ethnic Armenians increased, the Armenian and Nagorno-Karabakh governments demanded transfer of the region to Armenia.  [FULL LINK]