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Robert Chlala


What Happens in Yemen: The "End" of Citizenship and How We Got Here

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When Troy Davis was executed in Georgia, despite the recantation of seven of the nine witnesses who had testified against him and despite the lack of other material evidence implicating him in the murder for which he was convicted, it seemed like things could not get much worse for due process. Two weeks later, the US skipped the messiness of court hearings altogether and executed its own citizen, Anwar Al-Awlaki, with a unpiloted drone. The government and the mainstream ...

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Of Predators and Radicals: King's Hearings and the Political Economy of Criminalization

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To understand Congressman Peter King’s (R-NY) hearings on the “extent of radicalization” of U.S. Muslims before the U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security, one need not go so far back as the McCarthy era or Japanese interment (At the same time Congressman Mike Honda of California’s public stance connecting the King hearings to internment is worth noting here – and a powerful statement). Listening to the few, highly-orchestrated testimonies King assembled, I was brought ...

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Robert Chlala

Robert Chlala is a freelance journalist who currently works with U.S. colleges and universities around the role of interfaith social action and religious diversity in higher education. He has worked for over a decade in policy, communications, legal services and organizing with organizations led by and serving Arab-American, immigrant and youth communities.