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O.I.L. Media Roundup (April 24)

[The entrance to Camp 1 in Guantanamo Bay's Camp Delta. Photo by Kathleen T. Rhem.] [The entrance to Camp 1 in Guantanamo Bay's Camp Delta. Photo by Kathleen T. Rhem.]

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Occupation, Intervention, and Law and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the O.I.L. Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each biweekly roundup to OIL@jadaliyya.com by Monday night of every other week]


News

"Hebron Clashes Follow Maysara Abu Hamdiyeh Funeral," BBC News
Following the funeral of a Palestinian detainee who died in Israeli custody, Hebron has witnessed violence between Palestinians protestors and Israeli troops.  

"Guantanamo Hunger Strike Holds, Half Of Detainees Involved: Military," Ryan J. Reilly
The Huffington Post reports that eighty-four of Guantanamo's 166 detainees are now officially hunger strikers and reports on the force-feeding of seventeen of the detainees.

"Palestinian Prisoner Ends Fast," Al Jazeera English
AJE reports on the early release of Samer al-Issawi in exchange for his release from an Israeli prison.

"Cal on Palestine," Avi Ssher-Schapiro
The SF Bay Guardian details the UC Berkeley Student Senate's passage of a bill calling the university to divest twelve million dollars from corporations that do business in the West Bank.  

"U.N. Treaty is First Aimed at Regulating Global Arms Sales," Neil MacFarquhar
The New York Times reports on the UN General Assembly's passage of a treaty aimed at regulating the sale of conventional weapons and linking sales thereof to the human rights records of purchasers.

"Drone Use Remains Cloaked Despite Obama's Pledge For More Transparency," Karen DeYoung
DeYoung, writing for The Washington Post, covers President Obama's pledge for more transparency on his administration's use of drone strikes and other counterterrorism efforts, and difficulties the administration has encountered in meeting said pledge.

"World Powers Await Iran's Reaction to Nuclear Offer," Justyna Pawlawk and Yeganeh Torbati
Reuters covers the most recent round of talks between Iran and Western diplomats over its use of nuclear weapons, including the prospect that a failure of the talks will lead to new economic sanctions imposed on Iran.

"Exchange of Fire Threatens Gaza Ceasefire," AlJazeera English
AJE reports that rockets have been fired into southern Israel following a series of IDF attacks in the Gaza Strip.

"Amnesty 'Outrage' at Saudi Paralysis Sentence," BBC News
Amnesty International and other human rights groups object to Saudi Arabia's sentencing a man charged with stabbing to be paralyzed from the waist down, calling the punishment a form of torture.

"U.S. Grows More Helpful to International Criminal Court, a Body It First Scorned," Marlise Simons
Simons, reporting for The New York Times, reports on the measured cooperative stance the United States has taken towards the International Criminal Court, in the form of providing witnesses and offering rewards for the capture of ICC fugitives.  

"11 Years in Guantanamo Without Trail or Charges," Phil Hirschkorn
CBS News details the case of Shaker Aamer, a British national held for eleven years in Guantanamo Bay without any criminal or military charges filed despite efforts of the British government to secure his release.
 

Commentary

"Hunger Strike at Guantanamo Bay," New York Times Editorial Board
The New York Times expresses shock at the living conditions and indefinite detentions at Guantanamo Bay leading to the recent wave of hunger strikes, arguing a "truly human response" of the United States would involve freeing prisoners approved for release and closing the facility. 

"The Long Arm of International Law," Pierre N. Level
Level, a judge on the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, defends use of the Alien Tort Statute for international human rights litigation.

 

"Supreme Court Observations: Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum & The Future of Alien Tort Litigation," Rich Samp
Samp argues in Forbes that while the Supreme Court's decision in Kiobel regarding the Alien Tort Statute will make it more difficult for human rights advocates to sue corporations for overseas activities, the decision is not broadly worded enough that such lawsuits are likely to subside.

 

"Open Justice Department's Legal Interpretations to the Public," Washington Post Editorial Board
The Washington Post argues for opening the opinions of the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel to the public, particularly those regarding issues such as torture and surveillance. 

"Whatever Happened to the Obama Administration's Review of NYPD Spying?," Adam Serwer
Serwer argues the question of investigating the NYPD's surveillance activities on American Muslims places a conflict between two of the administration's priorities: aggressive counterterrorism efforts, and empowering the Justice Department's civil rights division. 


Blogs

"The Road to Failure in Iraq," Adnan Pachachi
Pachachi, an Iraqi politician of the Iraqiya coalition, discusses the miscalculations behind the invasion of Iraq on its tenth anniversary, criticizing the war's dubious legality among other aspects.

"CIA Personnel, Drones, and the Privilege of Combatancy," Jens David Ohlin
Ohlin on his blog Liebercode, discusses recent rumors that the CIA is preparing to transfer responsibility for the drone strikes to the Department of Defense.

"Goodman Responds to Heller on Capture v. Kill," Ryan Goodman
Ryan Goodman of New York University School of Law responds to Kevin Jon Heller's critique of his argument that the law of armed conflict prohibits lethal force "when it is manifestly unnecessary to kill an individual rather than injure or capture them to accomplish a military objective."
 

Reports

"International Law and the Future of Peace," Diane Marie Amann
Amann's remarks from the luncheon of the American Society of International Law Women in International Law Interest Group, in which she discusses Jane Addams and other 20th century feminists as examples of an intellectual tradition to follow in the practice of law related to armed conflict. 

Conferences

 

"23rd Annual Fulbright Symposium: International Law in a Multipolar World"; Golden Gate University School of Law, San Francisco, CA; 12 April 2013; Register here.
 

 

On Jadaliyya

"Joint PHROC Statement: UN Resolution on Settlements--Another Missed Opportunity," Jadaliyya Reports

"Sinan Antoon on Iraq Ten Years After US Invasion: Panel Interview on DW," Jadaliyya interview

"Not Enough Water in the West Bank?," Visualizing Palestine and EWASH

"Reconciling Return and Rights: Palestinian Refugees and the Emergence of a 'Political Society,'" Ruba Salih

"Beyond the State: The Refugee Camp as a Site of Political Invention," Alessandro Petti

"Colonizer as Lender: A Statement on Palestine from Members of Occupy Wall Street and Strike Debt," Jadaliyya Reports

"New Texts Out Now: Rashid Khalidi, Brokers of Deceit: How the US Has Undermined Peace in the Middle East," Rashid Khalidi

"Caught Shopping While Iranian: Diasporic Solidarity and the Globalization of Collective Punishment," Roozbeh Shirazi

"O.I.L. Monthly Edition (March 2013)," O.I.L. Editors'

"ماذا عن ربيع فلسطين؟," Mahmood Omar

"Palestinian Museum’s Groundbreaking Ceremony Set for 11 April 2013," Jadaliyya Reports

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