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O.I.L. Media Roundup (21 February)

[Libyan rebel checkpoint, 2011. Image by J. Weeks, Voice of America.]

[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.] Chapel Hill Shootings The Race Hate We All Know, Nima Azmi Azmi, former president of the Harvard Muslim Law Students Association, writes for ColorLines, critiquing the American legal system's capacity for exculpating white Americans of race-based violent crimes. FBI Opens Inquiry into Chapel Hill Shootings, ...

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New Texts Out Now: Smadar Lavie, Wrapped in the Flag of Israel: Mizrahi Single Mothers and Bureaucratic Torture

[Cover of Smadar Lavie,

Smadar Lavie, Wrapped in the Flag of Israel: Mizrahi Single Mothers and Bureaucratic Torture. New York and Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2014. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Smadar Lavie (SL): In February 1999 I was a star academic, on the eve of becoming a full tenured professor at University of California, Davis. I had to pack two suitcases, the family dog, and my son’s cello, and flee with him from Berkeley to save our lives. We were both victims of domestic violence that I kept secret from my colleagues. The California courts had proven unable to help us. So I fled to Israel-Palestine, where my family resides. Upon arrival, our Israeli and US passports ...

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ISIS Kills Gays: A History of Violence

[Fighters belonging to the Islamic State group in Anbar, Iraq. Image by Wikimedia Commons User Ritsaiph.]

Hands shove them forward, bound and blindfolded. Then comes the step when the stone beneath them stops and nothing is there. The photographs appall but they have the solidity of things you can see; they suggest but cannot summon the feel of one terrifying lurch in darkness when all that is solid falls away. Death is what happens when you are there, alone, and the world disappears. ISIS stands for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, which now styles itself just the Islamic State. Many Arabs prefer to call it Da’ish, an acronym (Ad-Dawlah al-Islamiyah fi al-‘Iraq wash-Sham) that the militants despise, partly because it echoes Arabic words for ...

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O.I.L. Monthly Edition (January 2015)

[Iran concluded negotiations about Iran's nuclear capabilities on November 2013. Image by US Department of State.]

[This is a monthly archive of pieces written by Jadaliyya contributors and editors on the Occupations, Interventions, and Law (O.I.L.) Page. It also includes material published on other platforms that editors deemed pertinent to post as they provide diverse depictions of O.I.L.-related topics. The pieces reflect the level of critical analysis and diversity that Jadaliyyastrives for, but the views are solely the ones of their authors. If you are interested in contributing to Jadaliyya, send us your post with your bio and a release form to post@jadaliyya.com (click "Submissions" on the main page for more information).] O.I.L. Media Roundup (29 January), O.I.L. ...

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Call for Submissions: Palestine Yearbook of International Law

Call for Submissions Deadline for Abstracts: 15 February 2015 The Palestine Yearbook of International Law is now inviting submissions of scholarly articles for publication for its next volume, XVIII (2015). Unlike recent years, this upcoming volume will not be based on a specific theme. Therefore, the editors encourage the submission of scholarly pieces of relevance to public international law and Palestine. The Yearbook is edited at Birzeit University’s Institute of Law (Birzeit, Palestine), and published by Martinus Nijhoff Publishers (The Hague, The Netherlands). The Editor-in-Chief of the Yearbook is Mr. Ardi Imseis. At this stage, the Institute of Law will be ...

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Who Is Afraid of the International Criminal Court?

[The International Criminal Court in The Hague (ICC/CPI), Netherlands. Image by Vincent van Zeijst.]

Can the International Criminal Court (ICC) deliver the justice Palestinians have struggled to realize for well over a century? The pursuit of accountability at the ICC is one venue of this struggle. But any sustainable vision of Palestinian liberation must account for the confines of the courtroom in particular international law more broadly. As should be clear to all observers of international law, the odds are stacked against Palestinians in that courtroom. The challenge ahead is to innovate not simply litigation strategies but to put them in conversation with radical popular mobilization. The move to the ICC does offer Palestinians two significant opportunities. ...

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حول تفكك الدولة اللبنانية. محادثة لـ" الوضع" بين رانية المصري وشربل نحاس

يناقش شربل نحاس في هذه المقابلة المؤلفة من أربعة أجزاء:  ١- غياب الحكم في لبنان: من الاستقلال حتى اليوم   ٢- مفهوم الدولة المعطلة ومعانيها الضمنية    ٣- لبنان اليوم: الانتخابات، الموازنة الوطنية، الإعلام وصناعة القرار    ٤- استجابة المواطن ولجنة تنسيق النقابة في لبنان    السيرة الذاتية  تخرّج شربل نحاس من كلية الفنون التطبيقية والكلية الوطنية للجسور والطرق بشهادة في الهندسة، وحصل على الدكتوراه في الأنثربولوجيا الاجتماعية، والدراسات المعمقة في علم الاقتصاد والتخطيط. حين عاد إلى لبنان، شارك في إنشاء كلية للهندسة المدنية في الجامعة اللبنانية، حيث درّس لمدة ١٢ عاماً. ثم عمل في القطاع المصرفي في ...

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Even Morocco’s Friends Know Its Judicial System Is Corrupt and Lacking in Due Process

[Image of Morocc's Court of Justice. Image by Kathrin Mezger/Flickr]

On 13 August 2014, a US federal court declined to enforce a 123 million dollar judgment issued by a Moroccan court in 2009 against Texas native John Paul DeJoria. In Dejoria v. Maghreb Petroleum Exploration S.A. (W.D. Tex. 13 August 2014), the court laid out various reasons for refusing to recognize the verdict, focusing on the absence of an independent judiciary and the unlimited influence of the Moroccan royal family, especially King Mohammad VI, on the country’s judicial system. In opining on Morocco’s judiciary, the federal court held that: The Moroccan court judgment was not rendered under a system that provides impartial tribunals and procedures ...

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The Quest for a Way Out of Tunisia’s Constitutional Quagmire

[Image of candidate posters on a wall in Tunisia. Image by Malek Khadraoui for Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung/Flickr]

Successfully passing the tests of democracy while the whole region seems to be doomed to a chronic state of turmoil, Tunisia is considered to have set a good example for the “Arab Spring” countries and is expected to prove that a happy ending is actually possible. In fact, Tunisia has come a long way from the shadows of the police state to the perspective of a sustainable democracy. And it is Tunisian political life that has witnessed the biggest shift from a vegetative state to an interesting and complicated case study. From one crisis to another, the Tunisian political landscape evolved into the site of recent elections, which resulted in redistributing the cards ...

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منظمة التحرير الفلسطينية: حان الوقت للتوقف عن المماطلة

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منظمة التحرير الفلسطينية/ فلسطين: حان الوقت للتوقف عن المماطلة تطلُّ علينا منظمة التحرير الفلسطينية كلَّ يوم تقريبًا بمبادرةٍ دولية جديدة للاعتراف بها "كدولة" أو لإنهاء الحكم العسكري الإسرائيلي. وفي الآونة الأخيرة، أعلنت المنظمة أنها تعتزم استصدار قرارٍ من مجلس الأمن الدولي يحدد مهلة ثلاث سنوات كموعدٍ أخير لإنهاء الاحتلال الإسرائيلي لأراضي عام 1967. ويأتي هذا الإعلان بعد عامين من الجهود الرامية إلى الحصول على اعتراف البلدان الأخرى "بدولة فلسطين" – وهي جهود أثمرت مؤخرًا بأنْ أصبحت السويد أولَ دولةٍ أوروبية كبرى تعترف بدولة فلسطين، رغم تسونامي الانتقادات الموجهة إليها حين أعربت عن نيتها. وثمة حديث يتردد كثيرًا ...

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14 منظمة حقوقية مستقلة تنتقد توسيع اختصاصات القضاء العسكري

بيان صحفي مشترك تعرب المنظمات الموقعة على هذا البيان عن قلقها البالغ إزاء قانون تأمين وحماية المنشآت العامة والحيوية، والذي صدر هذا الأسبوع وجعل عددًا هائلًا من المنشآت العامة في حكم المنشآت العسكرية، مما يترتب عليه توسيع مجال اختصاص القضاء العسكري على نحو يعرض حق المواطنين في محاكمات عادلة للخطر، ويفاقم من أزمة منظومة العدالة التي تشهدها مصر حاليًا. وتطالب المنظمات الموقعة السيد رئيس الجمهورية بسحب هذا القرار بالقانون في أسرع وقت. وكان الرئيس عبد الفتاح السيسي قد أصدر في 27 أكتوبر قرارًا بالقانون رقم 136 لسنة 2014، والذي يوسع من اختصاص القضاء العسكري، ليشمل جرائم التعدي على طيف واسع من المنشآت والمرافق العامة، بما فيها "محطات وشبكات وأبراج الكهرباء وخطوط ...

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Operation Protective Edge and Legal Remedies

[The following report was authored by Noura Erakat [1], Bianca Isais [2], and Salmah Rizvi [3]. It was published by the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs (IFI) at American University of Beirut on 9 October 2014.] Operation Protective Edge and Legal Remedies Introduction On 26 August 2014, Israel and Palestinian resistance groups entered into a long-term ceasefire agreement. The terms of the agreement look almost identical to those established in November 2012, including a lack of implementation mechanisms. Indeed, if the parties fail to make these terms more precise and binding, it will be no more than a holding position ...

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In Memory of Ozgecan Aslan: Sexual Violence and the Juridical System in Turkey

This piece is written as a farewell to Ozgecan Aslan, a twenty-year-old university student, who was stabbed to death after she was raped. Her remains were found on 13 February, burnt and thrown into a river by three men. I slept with a heavy heart that night and woke up even grimmer and more outraged. Another terrible piece of news from Turkey, my home country, where nearly every day men brutally kill, sexually harass, and rape women. Where everyday acts of walking on the street, taking a bus, visiting ...

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Could Cantonizing Palestine Bring Peace?

An interesting plan for dividing Israel into provinces was published a few months ago by Haaretz. It suggested a remedy for the fragmentation of Israeli society and its failure to create a melting pot for Jews immigrating to Palestine. In this article I provide a critique of the pros and cons of this plan and offer an alternative. The scheme, laid out by Carlo Strenger and Judd Yadid in a 7 October 2014 article entitled “How Cantonization can save Israel,” admits that Israel’s leaders failed “to ...

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Justice: An Uncertain Question in Turkey

On 3 June 2013, Ali Ismail Korkmaz, a nineteen-year old university student in Eskisehir, was participating in nonviolent peaceful protests against the Turkish government when he was brutally clubbed and beaten by a group of police officers and civilians. The protestors were demanding the retraction of an urban development plan for Gezi Park in Istanbul that required the demolition of the only green area in the heart of the city. The wave of protests quickly spread to all of Turkey. On the day he was ...

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O.I.L. Media Roundup (29 January)

[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.] Law From Inside Prison, a Terrorism Suspect Shares His Diary, Scott Shane The New York Times covers a recently published diary of Mohamedou Ould ...

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O.I.L. Media Roundup (17 January)

 [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.]   Charlie Hebdo Israel Moves Quickly to Exploit Paris Attacks, Ali Abunimah Abunimah speculates about potential political ...

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Israel’s “Jewish State” Bill: Does it Really Change Anything?

The debate taking place in Israel on the bill for a Basic Law titled Basic Law: Israel the Nation State of the Jewish People has seen ebbs and flows since the idea was first floated in 2011. The bill, which aims to emphasize Israel’s Jewish character, is revived periodically and different Members of Knesset proposed different possible versions for it. If approved by the Knesset it would become part of Israel’s partial constitution- a number of Basic Laws that the Supreme Court has declared to have ...

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مذكرة الى الهيئة الليبية الوطنية التأسيسية لصياغة الدستور عن المساواة في حقوق المواطنة للمرأة الليبية في الدستور

[صدر المذكرة التالية من قبل مجموعة من المواطنين الليبيين المعنيين لالهيئة الليبية الوطنية التأسيسية لصياغة الدستور في 20 آب 2014 فيما يتعلق بحق المرأة الليبية على نقل الجنسية لأبنائها.]  14 أغسطس 2014 إلى: الهيئة الليبية الوطنية التأسيسية لصياغة الدستور الموضوع: المساواة في حقوق المواطنة للمرأة الليبية في الدستور السادة أعضاء الهيئة بعد التحية نود تهنئتكم على انتخابكم للهيئة التأسيسية لصياغة مشروع الدستور في ليبيا وإلى الأمل والثقة التي ألهمت العديد من الموطنين في ليبيا إلى غاية ...

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New Texts Out Now: Nimer Sultany, Religion and Constitutionalism: Lessons from American and Islamic Constitutionalism

Nimer Sultany, “Religion and Constitutionalism: Lessons from American and Islamic Constitutionalism.” Emory International Law Review Volume 28, Issue 1 (2014). Jadaliyya: What made you write this article? Nimer Sultany (NS): The article is part of a larger project that originates in my dissatisfaction with both the English-speaking scholarship on shari’a and constitutionalism in Muslim-majority states, as well as the post-Arab Spring debates on constitution-making, specifically in Egypt. As a secular ...

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O.I.L. Media Roundup (23 November)

 [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.]   Rasmea Odeh Palestinian Activist Rasmea Odeh Found Guilty of Immigration Fraud, Julianne Hing ColorLines covers the trial and ...

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O.I.L. Media Roundup (7 November)

[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.] Israel-Palestine "Let the Police Mow the Lawn": Israeli Right-Wing Demands Stronger Crackdown as Netanyahu Increases Attacks on ...

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Operation Protective Edge: Legal and Political Implications of ICC Prosecution (Audio Recording)

George Mason University’s Middle East Studies Program, Global Programs, New Century College (NCC) and the Trans-Arab Research Institute welcomed four international law experts to discuss the political and legal implications of an International Criminal Court (ICC) investigation of recent conflict in the Gaza Strip. This discussion was held on Monday, October 20, 2014. In July and August, hostilities in the Gaza Strip left 2,131 Palestinians and 71 Israelis dead, including 501 Palestinian children and ...

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O.I.L. Media Roundup (20 October)

[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.] Israel-Palestine The Back of the Gazan Economy has Been Broken, Bettina MarxInterviewing US academic Sara Roy for Qantara, Marx discusses how ...

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