This week Muslims around the world marked Eid al-Adha, a holy day in which sacrifice and charity are celebrated. As Syrian Muslims observed the occasion, the implementation of a new ceasefire agreement gave additional reasons to give thanks. While the agreement appears to be largely holding, though there have been reports of some violations and … Continue reading What is Aleppo? This is Aleppo.
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After Philando Castillo and Anton Sterling were killed by police I was as enraged as any thinking person ought to have been. Living in Washington, D.C., I have a unique opportunity to engage in civil discourse at all levels of power and in many forms. From street marches, sit-ins, letter campaigns, and direct dialogue with … Continue reading The Fallacies of the Regressive Liberal
Yesterday President Obama, flanked by former president George W. Bush, spoke at a ceremony commemorating the lives of police officers killed in Dallas last weekend. Cutting through the sanctimonious and pious eulogies and calls for unity is a demand to understand. Yet, understanding the shooting of officers in Dallas is difficult. It's easy to fall … Continue reading The Dialectics of Brutality in Dallas
INTRODUCTION Operation Protective Edge, Israel’s 2014 military operation in Gaza, involved many of the consequences of desperate and destructive urban and asymmetrical warfare that characterizes each hot flare up of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. One of the charges often levied during the 2014 round of hostilities is the use of human shields, voluntary and involuntary, by … Continue reading The Status of Voluntary Human Shields in IHL: Lessons from Gaza
I. INTRODUCTION Arguably the most important rights contained in the International Covenant on Social Economic and Cultural Rights (“ICSECR”) are those concerning availability, security and conditions of work. One does not need to travel far to see how necessary these rights have become in the modern world of globalized, technology-based, monopolized, finance capitalism. From Bangladesh … Continue reading When Laissez-Faire Is Left To Work – A Critical Analysis Of Article 7(A)
TABLE OF CONTENTS EXECUTIVE SUMMARY INTRODUCTION I. BACKGROUND A) The Question of Palestinian Statehood (1947-Present) B) Israeli Opposition, Acceptance and Recognition in 1993 C) Palestine’s Change of Status from “Observer” to “Non-Member State” by the United Nations General Assembly III.ANALYSIS. A) The Principles and the Mandates for the ICC B) ICC and Palestine C) Israeli … Continue reading Bridging the Gap: Israel, Palestine and the International Criminal Court