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Target dictators, but without violence
March 10, 2014 12:35 AM
With the retreat of the Western democracies globally, we can count only on ourselves when it comes to freedom. Our Ukrainian friends have determined the course of their history by accepting no less than the removal from power of a kleptomaniacal dictator. The mediocre diplomacy of the European...
A criminal against humanity who missed his redemption
January 13, 2014 12:48 AM
Justice, this is what everyone says is missing in the comeuppance of a man who chose, in the title of his memoirs, to be remembered as the Warrior. Even Kenneth Roth, the indefatigable leader of Human Rights Watch, underlined that missing story in a comment Saturday. It is unfortunate that, unlike...
Coddling dictators is Annan’s bad habit
June 08, 2012 01:56 AM
The recent massacres in Qubair and Houla should clarify the obvious about Kofi Annan and his plan for Syria. Not only has the United Nations-Arab League envoy failed in his mission, which should persuade him to exit the stage, the three-month delay occasioned by his project has destroyed much of...
The Republicans’ best bet may not be whom you expect
January 03, 2012 01:36 AM
I have grown cynical of party politics in mature democracies, including the most exciting democracy of all, the United States. In the middle of a spectrum exclusively defined by Republicans and Democrats, personality and style must be favored over platforms that few candidates are ever able to...
A letter from the Cedar Revolution to the Nile Revolution
February 07, 2011 12:00 AM
With scenes of Cossack-like Mubarak supporters on horse- and camel-back whipping unarmed, nonviolent demonstrators, the repeated appeal for a gentle change of regime at the top is proving insufficient. From my experience with the Lebanese Cedar Revolution, and the history of popular revolutions in...
Iraqi refugees: Mobilizing for Lana and the rights of abused women
October 21, 2010 12:00 AM
  I received last week  a news documentary made by an Australian television network from Dr. Isam Khafaji. Khafaji is an old Iraqi friend who fought against Saddam Hussein’s regime because of its appalling human-rights record, and keeps the fight on for the continuing miseries...
The Special Tribunal for Lebanon, the staring abyss and what must be done about it
October 07, 2010 12:00 AM
Lebanon is back on the brink. The highly charged atmosphere has been steadily building up again around the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL), which was established for “truth and justice” after the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri five years ago with little to show...
A federal Israel-Palestine: Nonviolence and law to end the 100-year civil war
September 23, 2010 12:00 AM
In the first part of this study, the deadlock in Israel-Palestine was presented as a 100-year civil war. New realities on the ground, as well as visionary calls for a united state, instead of partitioning the land at a heavy human cost, have come from leading US thinkers, notably Tony Judt and...
A federal Israel-Palestine: Ending 100 years of civil war in the Holy Land?
September 17, 2010 12:00 AM
What if we have been dead wrong in our search for peace in the Holy Land? What if we read what happened in Palestine-Israel in the past 100 or so years with the incorrect lens? What if we have been misdiagnosing the conflict and continue to do so? What if we saw it mostly as an East-West conflict...
The constitutional crisis in Iraq: What can the Federal Supreme Court do?
September 02, 2010 12:00 AM
Contemplate the ongoing deadlock in Iraq following French historian Fernand Braudel’s classification of two spans of time, two durées.  One is the longue durée: how does the Federal Supreme Court (FSC), and the Iraqi judiciary in general, shape the rule of law for the...
Madhat al-Mahmood, chief justice of Iraq: Portrait of the judge as hero
September 02, 2010 12:00 AM
Amid a distinguished group of Federal Supreme Court (FSC) justices, including a Kurd, a Turkoman, and a Christian, at the Heidelberg Max Planck Institute colloquium last week, the figure of Iraqi Chief Justice Madhat al-Mahmood was dominant. He was proud of the court he presided over, and of the...
Jaafar al-Sadr : A confluence prime minister for Iraq
August 19, 2010 12:00 AM
In Iraq and the wider Middle East, Jaafar needs no introduction. His father, Mohammad Baqer al-Sadr, was the most remarkable Islamic thinker of the 20th century. He was executed without trial by Saddam Hussein, together with Jaafar’s aunt Bint al-Huda, on 8 April 1980. His cousin and...
Insightful, moving study of the Iraqi Chalabi dynasty
August 19, 2010 12:00 AM
Tamara Chalabi is dear to me. I accompanied her academic rise from her high school years, through SOAS to Brown to Harvard, where she got her PhD with a thesis that she turned into an excellent book. She always delivered beyond expectations, and I have often been moved by her courage through the...
After Kosovo: Secession in the Middle East
July 29, 2010 12:00 AM
First impressions matter in law. The world has received the advisory opinion of the International Court of Justice (ICJ)   issued on July 22 as a victory for secessionist movements. It does not matter that it is an “advisory opinion” rather than a “case;” that the...
Beware of Sudan's secessionist demons
July 16, 2010 12:00 AM
Sudan is about to break up into two states, and regional stability is at risk. The first worrying sign was the whitewash of the presidential election there held last April by no less a seasoned elections monitor than Jimmy Carter. Although the voting was deemed not to have met international...

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