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Handshakes in Geneva

Date:  November 30, 2013 Author(s):  The Editors Everyone is happy with the interim agreement reached with Iran in Geneva on November 23 — that is, everyone who really wants to defuse the…

Breaking “America’s Last Taboo”

Author(s):  Alex Lubin American Zionism has made any serious public discussion of the past or future of Israel — by far the largest recipient ever of US foreign aid — a taboo.…

Manhunting in Africa

Author(s):  Steve Niva The penultimate scene in the recently released film Captain Phillips, about the 2009 seizure of the US-flagged cargo ship Maersk Alabama by Somali pirates, depicts the methodical precision with…

Round Two to Arafat

Author(s):  Mouin Rabbani The release of the Swiss Institut de Radiophysique’s Experts Forensic Report Concerning the Late President Yasser Arafat has lent further credence to the proposition that the iconic Palestinian leader’s…

New Alliances and Schisms in Sudan

Author(s):  Amanda Ufheil-Somers The ten days of protests in Sudan beginning September 23, 2013 were the largest in the country since the installation of the military government of Omar al-Bashir in 1989.…

UN Admission, Ours and Yours

Author(s):  Jamie Stern-Weiner Having declared independence in May 1948, the new State of Israel was lacking in international legitimacy. Recognizing the deficiency, Israeli officials invested tremendous effort over the course of 1948-1949…

Breaking Point

Subtitle:  The Crisis of Syrian Refugees in Lebanon Date:  September 25, 2013 Author(s):  Omar S. Dahi One of the many plot lines lost in the summertime discussions of a US strike on…

On the Signs of Intervention in Syria

Author(s):  The Editors Today Secretary of State John Kerry presented documents in support of his case that the Syrian regime ordered a chemical weapons attack that killed 1,429 Syrians, including 426 children.…

Egyptian Workers After June 30

Date:  August 23, 2013 Author(s):  Joel Beinin The independent labor movement that has flourished in Egypt since the ouster of former president Husni Mubarak enthusiastically supported the Tamarrud (Rebel) campaign for the…

On Egypt's Day of Infamy

Author(s):  The Editors August 14, 2013 was a day whose events and meaning Egyptians will be debating fiercely for decades to come. Following that day’s bloodshed, Egypt is in the middle of…