Category Archives: Current Events

Op-Ed on Yarmouk Camp & Right of Return

Lessons from Yarmouk Every decade, another episode of dispossession and loss plays out for Palestinian refugees in troubled host countries. Last updated: 27 Feb 2014 10:01 Yousef Munayyer Yousef Munayyer is Executive Director of The Jerusalem Fund and its educational programme, The Palestine Center. Prior to joining the Palestine Center, he served as a Policy […] Continue reading

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African Refugees in Israel Event, DC

According to this link, the following event on African refugees in Israel will take place in DC on Feb. 26: Starting in 2006, out of the millions of sub-Saharan Africans that have fled ethnic cleansing, political persecution and environmental collapse on the continent, 60,000 have sought refuge in Israel. The Israeli government let most of […] Continue reading

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PM would let all settlers remain in West Bank, official says

Article Link Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu does not intend to uproot Jewish settlements anywhere in the West Bank, and will not force any settlers to leave, even under a permanent peace deal with the Palestinians, a well-placed official in the Prime Minister’s Office told The Times of Israel on Sunday. Rather, the prime minister will insist […] Continue reading

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Israeli Soccer Politics Blog Post

Article Link Here is an blog post by James Dorsey which explores some of the politics of Israeli soccer clubs: Israeli pitches: A tale of racism, bigotry and double standards           By James M. Dorsey     If Israeli soccer pitches are any indication, Israeli attitudes towards Palestinians do not bode […] Continue reading

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Scarlett Johansson’s SodaStream Endorsement Deal Conflicts With Charity Work, Aid Group Says

Scarlett Johanssons Endorsement of Sodastream Conflicts with Oxfam: Scarlett Johansson’s SodaStream Endorsement Deal Conflicts With Charity Work, Aid Group Says By ROBERT MACKEY January 23, 2014 The international aid and development group Oxfam has distanced itself from one of its own global … Continue reading Continue reading

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Substantive Erasures: Essays on Academic Boycott and the American Studies Association

Article Link Members of the American Studies Association (ASA) first considered an academic boycott seven years ago, discussed it openly four years ago, and presented a resolution to endorse it a little over one year ago. As with most boycott, divestment, and … Continue reading Continue reading

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US-Israeli Friction Article

West of Eden Op-Ed: U.S. seizes on Ya’alon insult to tone down Israeli criticism of peace efforts and Iran policies But the angry American reaction is also a reflection of pent-up frustration at the steady barrage of denigration by right-wing … Continue reading Continue reading

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Middle East Institute Language Classes

Here is the link to the MEI Arabic, Turkish, Persian, and Hebrew classes in DC that I mentioned in class.
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Syrian / Iraqi Ba’ath Party History Blog Entry

The Baby and the Baath Water What is happening in Syria feels like one of the last gasps of the age of the military dictators. An old way of running the world is still desperately trying to cling to power, but the underlying feeling in the west is that somehow Assad’s archaic and cruel military […] Continue reading

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Iraq unrest: Deadly car bombs rock Baghdad Shia areas

Bombings kill 40… Continue reading

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