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From Inside Prison, a Terrorism Suspect Shares His Diary, Scott Shane
The New York Times covers a recently published diary of Mohamedou Ould Slahi, a detainee at Guantanamo, detailing the brutal daily life inside the detention center.
Who Is Wesam El-Hanafi? New York Man Sentenced o Fifteen Years in Prison for Aidi Al-Qaeda, Kukil Bora
International Business Times covers a man recently sentenced to fifteen are in prison for providing financial and other material support for Al Qaeda.
Two Yemenis Linked to al Qaeda to Stand Trial in US Court, Douglas Ernst|
The Washington Times reports on the upcoming trial, to be held in a Brooklyn court, of Saddiq Al-Abbadi and Ali Alvi, two Yemeni men accused of taking part in attacks on US military forces.
Al Marri`s End and the Failed Experiment of Domestic Military Detention, Jonathan Hafetz
Seton Hall law professor Hafetz argues in Just Security that the case of Ali al-Marri, a US military prisoner put through a revolving door of legal statuses by the US government in an attempt to avoid legal scrutiny over his detention, highlights the futility of domestic military detention and the prudence of trying terrorism suspects in civilian courts.
If France is to Build a New Identity, It Must Address its Apartheid, Francis Ghiles
Ghiles argues that, rather defending free speech, the challenge France faces in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo shooting is the dismantling of a legal and economic regime preventing the integration of Muslims and other minority groups into French society.
US, Iraq Readying Assault to Recapture Mosul: Report, Reuters
The United States and Iraq have begun preparations for a summer offensive to capture the Iraqi city Mosul from Islamic State forces.
In Iraq and Syria the US Sanctions its Allies While Its Friends Back its Enemies (Got That?), Ted Snider
Mondoweiss provides an attempt at summarizing the landscape of alliances in the Syrian Civil War and operations in Iraq against Islamic State.
Spies Among Us: How Community Outreach Programs to Muslims Blur LInes between Outreach and Intelligence, Cora Currier
Currier writes about US government outreach programs to American Muslim communities that often serve as thin covers for surveillance operations.
Yemen President Hadi Resigns After Shiite Rebels Seize Palace, Mohammed Hatem, Caroline Alexander
Bloomberg reports that President Abdurabuh Mansur Hadi has resigned his post following a political standoff launched after violent clashes between the Yemeni government and Houthi fighters.
Yemen`s Turmoil Exposes Mr. Obama`s Crumbling "Partners" Strategy, Washington Post Editorial Board
The Washington Post writes that recent political turmoil in Yemen is partially a consequence of the White House`s over reliance on drone strikes over "institution-building and support for moderate political forces."
How Al Qaeda`s Biggest Enemy Took Over Yemen (And Why the US Government is Unlikely to Support Them), Casey Coombs, Jeremy Scahill
The Intercept provides an overview of the Houthis, their history and political agenda, and the ramifications of their recent seizure of power in Yemen.
American Sniper Illustrates the West`s Morality Blind Spots, Gary Younge
Younge, writing for The Guardian, places the success of the film American Sniper celebrating American Iraq war veteran Chris Kyle in the context of the US government reaction to the Charlie Hebdo shootings and the death of Saudia Arabian King Abdullah.
Learning from American Sniper, Rory Fanning
Jacobin publishes a review of American Sniper, characterizing the film`s portrayal of Iraqis as racist while acknowledging that the film can help antiwar activists understand the US military`s appeal to young teenagers.
ICC Opens Investigation into Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Thomas Escritt, Anthony Deutsch
Reuters reports on the recently-opened International Criminal Court investigation into potential Israeli war crimes committed in the Palestinian Territories during Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip.
Arab States Fail to Deliver on Promised Aid to Gaza, Sheera Frenkel
Buzzfeed reports that less than $100 million of the $5.4 billion pledged to Gaza reconstruction by Arab States has been paid out thus far.
Israeli Mossad Goes Rogue, Warns US on Iraq Sanctions, Josh Rogin, Eli Lake
Israeli intelligence agency Mossad has, breaking with the political stance of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, argued to US legislators that the US passing a new Iran sanctions bill would negatively impact Iran nuclear negotiations.
Jim Crow`s Polite Sons, Ned Rosch
Rosch draws a connection between the teachings and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King and the Palestinian struggle for liberation.
"Double Tapping" in Gaza, Jamie
New Left Project discusses a recent report from Physicians for Human Rights-Israel (PHR) surveying that impact of Israel`s most recent assault on Gaza on the Gazan healthcare system.
No, Going to the ICC is Not "Lawfare" by Palestine, Kevin Jon Heller
Heller responds to recent commentary of Nimrod Karin, former Deputy Legal Adviser to Israel`s Permanent Mission to the United Nations, which charge Palestine with engaging in "law fare" by taking its dispute with Israel over the legality of its recent incursion into Gaza to the International Criminal Court.
Is Netanyahu`a Address to Congress Unconstitutional?, David Bernstein
Bernstein, writing in The Washington Post, finds much convincing in the legal argument that only the President has the constitutional authority to receive foreign leaders.
White House, Citing Israeli Election, Says Obama and Netanyahu Won`t Meet, Julie Hirschfield Davis
President Obama, citing a policy against meeting with foreign leaders close to their own elections, will not meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu when he visits the US to address a joint session of Congress.
Hamas Calls on Hezbollah to Unite Fight against Israel, Reuters
An open letter from the leader of Hamas` military wing advocates the group set aside political differences over the conflict in Syria.