[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, Julianne Hing
Hing reports on the FBI opening an inquiry into the deaths of Dean Barakat, Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha and Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, three Muslim-Americans murdered near the campus of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
How the Chapel Hill Victims Deserve to be Mourned, Moustafa Bayoumi
The characterization of the murder of three Muslims killed in Chapel Hill as a "parking dispute" wrongly frames the victims as aggressors, mirroring a pattern of discrimination encountered by Muslims nationwide, writes Bayoumi for The Intercept.
Law and Armed Conflict
The Meaningful Legal Differences between Stateside and Guantanamo Detention, Steve Vladeck
Vladeck argues on Lawfare that moving Guantanamo detainees to detainment in the United States would likely amount to a meaningful legal benefit to the detainees in the form of greater due process protections.
Random American Justice, Anne Richardson
Richardson reviews the recently-published diary of Guantanamo detainee Mohamedou Ould Slahi for Los Angeles Review of Books.
War Debate Looms for Congress, Jeremy Diamond
CNN reports on lawmakers` reactions to the White House request for a war authorization for operations against ISIS.
How to Authorize War, Jens David Ohlin
Ohlin applauds the White House for seeking congressional authorization for operations against ISIS but questions the nebulous definition of "associated forces" also targeted by the authorization.
The Disaster in Libya, Greg Shupak
Reviewing Horace Campbell’s Global NATO and the Catastrophic Failure in Libya, Shupak discusses the origins of the NATO-GCC war on Libya.
Q&A: Hanin Zoabi - Israel`s "Bad Arab," Patrick Strickland
Al Jazeera interviews Zoabi, a Palestinian legislator in the Israeli Knesset, on issues facing Palestinian voters in upcoming Israeli elections and the notion of a united Palestinian coalition in the Knesset.
What`s at Stake in Israel`s Elections, Jamie Stern-Weiner
Stern-Weiner, co-Editor of New Left Project, outlines what the prospects of a viable Palestinian state would be in the event of a number of outcomes in the upcoming Israeli elections.
Middle East Law
Two Al-Jazeera Journalists Free from Prison in Egypt, Associated Press
Two English journalists have been released from Egyptian prison after spending more than a year incarcerated on terrorism-related charges widely denounced by human rights groups.
Rachel Corrie`s Family Loses Wrongful Death Appeal in Israel`s Supreme Court, Peter Beaumont
The Israeli Supreme Court has upheld a decision ruling that the Israeli military cannot be held responsible for the death of American activist Rachel Corrie.
Egyptian Court to Consider Lawsuit Claiming Turkey a Supporter of Terrorism, Dominic Yobbi
Jurist reports that Egyptian courts will hear a lawsuit claiming Turkey must be designated a state that supports terrorism.
Iran Says Opportunity for Nuclear Deal is Now, Al Jazeera English
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has made comments suggesting Iran may rule out any further extensions to negotiations over Iran`s nuclear program.
A Libyan Front in the War on ISIS Might Not Be All That It Seems, Mary Dejevsky
Claims that the murder of twenty-one Egyptian guest-workers outside Sirte, Libya is proof of a strong ISIS presence outside Northern Iraq and Syria exaggerate the power of the terrorist group, writes Dejevsky for The Guardian.
Islamic State Shows Beheading Video of Egyptian Hostages, Voice of America
VOA reports on a video showing the beheading of twenty-one Coptic Christian hostages held by Islamic State in Libya.
Al Qaeda Fighters Seize Yemen Army Base, UN Warns of Civil War, Mohammad Mukhashaf
A group linked with Al Qa’ida has seized an army base in the southern Yemeni province of Shabwa.
Violent Extremism from Washington to Riyadh, Marko Randelovic
Writing for New Left Project, Randelovic identifies Western military violence and support for reactionary governments in the Middle East as the root of extremist attacks like that of the attack on the Charlie Hebdo headquarters.
Islamic State claims American hostage killed in bombing in Syria, Adam Goldman, Karen DeYoung
The Washington Post reports on the death of Kayla Mueller, a humanitarian aid worker kidnapped and murdered by ISIS.
Rights Group: Syria Death Toll Surpasses 210,000, Daniel Politi
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has issued a report asserting that the death toll after four years of conflict in Syria has risen to 210,060.
Lebanese Army Laying Siege to Fighters in the Eastern Hills Ahead of ‘Spring War’, Radwan Mortada
Writing in Al-Akhbar, Mortada discusses the forthcoming offense of the Lebanese army against ISIS and JAN
Here`s How Obama and Assad Team Up against ISIS, Jamie Dettmer
Dettmer argues strong evidence suggests the White House and the Assad government in Syria are unofficially coordinating attacks against ISIS in Northern Iraq.