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Nov 25, 2011 Israel’s Other Occupation (Op-Ed)

QUOTE: the legislature overrode the judiciary, when the Knesset passed a law authorizing community settlements in the Galilee and Negev to reject candidates who did not fit their “social-cultural fabric.”....Their legal battle led to an Israeli Supreme Court decision in 2000 that rejected discrimination against Arab citizens, stressing, “equality is one of the foundational principles of the State of Israel.”...In its current term, the Knesset has sought to turn parliamentary power against democratic principles and Israel’s Arab minority.

New York Times
Jan 14, 2011 Joy as Tunisian President Flees Offers Lesson to Arab Leaders

QUOTE: The protests’ success gripped a region whose residents have increasingly complained of governments that seem incapable of meeting their demands and are bereft of any ideology except perpetuating power. The combustible mix that inspired them — economic woes and revulsion at corruption and repression — seemed to echo in so many other countries in the Middle East...

New York Times
Nov 11, 2007 Jordan, Fearing Islamists, Tightens Grip on Elections

QUOTE: As a result, the government has dropped plans to change its byzantine electoral law, prohibited some critics from seeking office and threatened to bar independent observers from the polls. And, with less than two weeks before the Nov. 20 vote, opposition candidates are accusing the government of rampant voter fraud.

New York Times
Nov 07, 2007 Gay Muslims Find Freedom, of a Sort, in the U.S.

QUOTE: For gay Muslims, change may come via a nascent body of scholarship in minority Muslim communities where the reassessment of sacred texts used to damn homosexuality is gaining momentum.

New York Times
Nov 02, 2005 CIA Holds Terror Suspects in Secret Prisons: Debate Is Growing Within Agency About Legality and Morality of Overseas System Set Up After 9/11

QUOTE: ...the CIA has not even acknowledged the existence of its [secret detention] sites. To do so, say officials familiar with the program, could open the U.S. government to legal challenges, particularly in foreign courts, and increase the risk of political condemnation at home and abroad.

Washington Post
Aug 14, 2005 Trading Places: Can a Land Swap Keep Jews From Being a Minority in Their Own State?

QUOTE: The Israeli left opposes the Wadi Ara swap as both immoral and impractical. A state cannot simply divorce its citizens for convenience.

Washington Post
Mar 29, 2004 Follow-Up To Kofigate

QUOTE: At least $5 billion in kickbacks went from corrupt contractors — mainly French and Russian — into the pockets of Saddam and his thugs. Some went to pay off his protectors in foreign governments and media, and we may soon see how much stuck to the fingers of U.N. bureaucrats as well.

New York Times
Nov 05, 2003 Deported Terror Suspect Details Torture in Syria: Canadian's Case Called Typical of CIA

QUOTE: A Canadian citizen who was detained last year at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York as a suspected terrorist said Tuesday he was secretly deported to Syria and endured 10 months of torture in a Syrian prison.

Washington Post
Mar 17, 2003 Congress Questions Cost of War-Related Aid: Some Lawmakers Skeptical of 'Emergency' Requests for Assistance to Cooperating Nations

QUOTE: As country after country demands money and military aid from the Bush administration in return for cooperation in the struggle against Iraq and terrorism, the price tag is growing and some in Congress have begun questioning the strategy.

Washington Post
Jan 09, 2003 Ends, means and barbarity: torture in the United States

QUOTE: Torture has been outlawed in all circumstances everywhere. But global terrorism may be leading America to bend the rules.

Jan 30, 2002 Dead Man Walking

QUOTE: Mr. Arafat is a dead man walking because he shot himself — three times. First he spurned Bill Clinton's peace offer...

New York Times
Nov 10, 2001 Longer Visa Waits for Arabs; Stir Over U.S. Eavesdropping

QUOTE: groups and organizations representing American Muslims said the new requirements amounted to profiling by religion or nationality, a shift to methods they called antithetical to American values....Robert E. Hirshon, the president of the American Bar Association, said that the new eavesdropping regulation clearly violated the Constitution's guarantees...

New York Times
Jul 01, 2001 'Jihadistan'


QUOTE: Religious fanaticism.... when it merges with economic and cultural despair....the world's first "virtual nation," perhaps best called "Jihadistan." They recognize no borders save those of the Umma, the Islamic world...

Washington Law & Politics