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Mimi Kirk


"The Jews of Our Time?": Israel's Deportation of the South Sudanese

[Salva Kiir, President of South Sudan. Image from Wikimedia Commons.]

Planeloads of South Sudanese refugees from Israel have been landing in South Sudan’s capital of Juba over the past few weeks. Many of them had been living in the poor neighborhoods of Hatikva and Shapira in southern Tel Aviv, working in such jobs as hotel chambermaids or waiters. Israel has justified the deportations with the explanation that because South Sudan seceded from Sudan in July 2011, the refugees can now return to their home country without fear. Their calls ...

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Memoir and Mythology

[Greg Mortenson at Gultori School Pakistan. Image from Central Asia Institute]

Facts aren’t the only thing that should be checked in Three Cups of Tea The recent uproar over Greg Mortenson’s immensely popular nonfiction book Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission To Promote Peace... One School at a Time has centered around the question of whether the account is factual, and whether Mortenson is siphoning money from his $20 million-a-year charity, the Central Asia Institute (CAI). Three Cups of Tea is the ostensibly nonfiction narrative of ...

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Mimi Kirk is Editor for the Middle East Institute, National University of Singapore. Her writing has appeared in the Atlantic and Middle East Report. She is editor, with Chris Toensing, of Uncovering Iraq: Trajectories of Disintegration and Transformation (2010) and, with Rochelle Davis, of the forthcoming Palestine and the Palestinians in the Twenty-first Century.