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Richard Falk

Template:TOCnestleft Richard Falk (born 1930) is an American professor emeritus of international law at Princeton University, the author or co-author of 20 books and the editor or co-editor of another 20 books.


In March 1979, the New York radical magazine the Guardian issued an emergency appeal to funds in an effort to save the publication.

Over fifty supporters endorsed the appeal including Richard Falk[1]

Center for International Policy

In 1980, Richard Falk, Princeton University, served on the Advisory Board of the Center for International Policy, a project of the Institute for Policy Studies.[2]

Palestine Human Rights Campaign

  • Richard Falk was listed as a "Sponsor" of the pro-PLO propaganda organization in the US known as the Palestine Human Rights Campaign (PHRC). This was an organization formed in late 1977/early 1978 by the Zogby brothers James Zogby and John Zogby, according to sources who followed this organization's creation. The PHRC was an amalgamation of veteran Communist Party USA members and supporters, Hanoi supporters (i.e. the "Hanoi Lobby"), black Marxists and extremist clergy, traditional PLO/Palestinian operatives and supporters, and white radical pro-PLO clergy. A few Hispanic Marxists/leftists and at least one member of the marxist American Indian Movement (AIM) were also "signers". See the KW page for the PHRC for more details and documentation.

Nuclear Weapons Freeze Campaign

Circa early 1980s, Richard Falk was an endorser of a US-Soviet Nuclear Weapons Freeze petition circulated by the Nuclear Weapons Freeze Campaign, National Clearinghouse, based in St. Louis, Missouri.

Reconciliation with Vietnam Conference, May 1, 1982, Princeton University

  • Prof. Richard Falk was a listed Panel speaker at the Hanoi Lobby's "Reconciliation with Vietnam Conference" scheduled for May 1, 1982 at Princeton University, and was co-sponsored by two Princeton leftist organizations, the "Faculty-Student Ad Hoc Committee for Peace & Human Rights" and "The Women's Center, Princeton University.

His panel was entitled "Legal & Legislative Obstacles to Reconciliation". A complete reproduction of this notice which appeared in the marxist weekly US paper, the "Guardian", April 28, 1982, Page 21, will be found under the KW page for the "Hanoi Lobby".


By 1984, under the leadership of Brennon Jones, Interlink, the US affiliate of Inter Press Service had contracts servicing such prestigious media outlets as the New York Times, the Baltimore Sun, the Wall Street Journal's Los Angeles bureau, the Atlanta Journal and Constitution, the San Francisco Examiner, the Christian Science Monitor, the Long Island Newsday, CBS News, National Public Radio, Cable Network News, and Metromedia's Channel 5 in New York City.

Under a board of directors that included Peter Weiss of Institute for Policy Studies, Richard Falk of Princeton, Sen. Tom Harkin, Herbert Schiller of the University of California and ILET's academic committee, Steve Hayes of the American Field Service, and Dwain Epps of the World Council of Churches, Interlink developed far beyond merely providing an outlet for Inter Press in the United States.[3]

Conference on Socialism and Activism" - Columbia Un., Dec. 6-8, 1985

Richard Falk was an "Endorser" of the Marxist-sponsored "Conference on Socialism and Activism" scheduled to be held from Dec. 6-8, 1985, according to an ad/notice in the October 9, 1985, p. 9, edition of the "Guardian", an American Marxist weekly. The co-sponsors of this event were "The Guardian", "The Nation", and "The Progressive", all Marxist or pro-Marxist newspapers or magazines.

New York Marxist School 1986

In the "Calendar" section of The Guardian, March 5, 1986, Page 8, Richard Falk was a scheduled speaker, along with Romy Capulong, for a Friday, March 14 talk on "World Politics: The Philippine Elections"

Socialist Scholars Conference 1990

The Socialist Scholars Conference 1990, held September 6-8, at the Hotel Commodore, New York, included panels such as:[4]

Ecology, Debt Crisis and Global Green Politics

The Jewish Committee on The Middle East

An organization calling itself "The Jewish Committee on the Middle East" (JCOME), placed an ad in the Washington Times of December 9, 1991, Page C9, regarding their appearance on Radio station WNTR, WNTR News Talk Radio, 1050 AM, "The Middle East Hour: Middle East Realities They Don't Want You to Know". JCOME described themselves as "an independent association of American Jews, including Jewish Professors at over 150 universities, and thousands of supporters nationwide". Phone numbers for them included (202) 234-JEWS; (202) 361-JCOME); and Fax, (202) 361-6965.

Members of the JCOME Advisory Committee listed in this notice were:

Quotes used to support JCOME: "For Israel to change its policy it must be coerced . . . It is our duty to call upon the U.S. to stop giving money to Israel..." Former General Matti Peled, Israeli Army General Staff, '67 War

"Israeli Jews like myself joing with JCOME ... and I'm delighted that such a committee exists in the U.S. -- to urge a suspension of American aid to Israel until... Israel agrees to cease the occupation." Natan Zach - Israel's most renowned poet

Contributions and support for JCOME could be sent to: JCOME, P.O. Box 18367, Washington, D.C. 20036

JCOME would send donors "the unique pamphlet by Prof. Charles Black, Yale Law School Emeritus, titled "Let Us Rethink Our 'Special Relationship' With Israel".

911 "Truther"

Richard Falk was one of 100 "prominent Americans" who signed an October 26 2004 statement circulated by calling on the U.S. Government to investigate 9/11 as a possible "inside job".[5]

...we have assembled 100 notable Americans and 40 family members of those who died to sign this 9/11 Statement, which calls for immediate public attention to unanswered questions that suggest that people within the current administration may indeed have deliberately allowed 9/11 to happen, perhaps as a pretext for war.

Open Letter to Obama on Iran

In 2008 Richard Falk, Milbank Professor Emeritus, Princeton University signed an online petition “A Open Letter to Barack Obama on Iran”.[6]

UN Rapporteur

In March 2008 Falk was appointed by the UN Human Rights Council as a special rapporteur of Palestinian affairs in the Occupied Territories. This drew criticism from the Israeli and U.S. governments, particularly in light of the fact that he compared the Israeli occupation of Gaza to the Holocaust in a 2007 article. The Israeli Foreign Ministry objected to his appointment based upon his previous writings and statements. “All we’re asking for is a balanced approach,” said Shahar Azani, a spokesperson for the Israeli Consulate in Los Angeles. “You do not bring forth a solution by alienating one side.”[7]

The Nation

In 2009, the Editorial board of The Nation[8] included Richard Falk, Deepak Bhargava, Norman Birnbaum, Barbara Ehrenreich, Frances FitzGerald, Eric Foner, Philip Green, Lani Guinier, Tom Hayden, Tony Kushner, Elinor Langer, Deborah Meier, Toni Morrison, Walter Mosley, Victor Navasky, Pedro Antonio Noguera, Richard Parker, Michael Pertschuk, Elizabeth Pochoda, Marcus Raskin, Kristina Rizga, Andrea Batista Schlesinger, David Weir and Roger Wilkins.

At right is a video of Deepak Bhargava speaking at a The Nation forum in April 2009, on the prospects for "progressive" gains under Obama's "stealth agenda".



  1. Guardian March 2 1979
  2. Center for International Policy letterhead, April 11, 1980
  3. Covert Cadre, S. Stephen Powell, page 142
  4. Second Annual Socialist Scholars Conference program.
  5. 911 Truth statement
  6. Open Letter to Obama on Iran
  7. Santa Barbara Independent, UCSB Professor Expelled from Israel, Critic of Palestine Policy Blocked as Human Rights Inspector Thursday, December 18, 2008