Hamas does poorly in Gazan polls but has not permitted elections since 2006, so it can’t be voted out. And people have little freedom to protest; dissent is often met with brutality. Which leaves young men like Naser (he declined to give his full name to protect his family) with many frustrations. The 28-year-old would love to see a new kind of politics in Gaza—he particularly dislikes the way Hamas exploits religion—but he also has no clear sense of what would replace it. Naser and his friends simply want the territory to open up so they can breathe, think, reassess. If that happened, he says, an alternative politics would be possible, rather than one that benefits only the families of the party. “Hamas and Fatah have their interests,” he says. “Their politics are now far from the ideology that they talk about in the media.” … [Read more...] about Middle East Peace? Can Young Palestinians’ Rejection of the PA Lead to a Binational State With Israel?
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"The planes were flying over these areas of intelligence and geopolitical interest — things like airfields in the middle of nowhere in Syria," said Emily Hammer, an assistant professor of archaeology at the University of Pennsylvania. "But they passed over a lot of other places on their way to their main targets, and they had their cameras on while they were doing that." … [Read more...] about Declassified U-2 spy plane photos are helping archaeologists uncover ancient sites
Tel-Aviv (AFP) — While many in the Israeli city of Tel Aviv start the weekend at a sidewalk cafe, there is a small group of visitors walking the streets in search of Bauhaus buildings. Practitioners of the minimalist architectural movement, founded in Germany a century ago, were among European Jews who fled to British-ruled Palestine when the Nazis took power. … [Read more...] about As Bauhaus Marks 100 years, Tel Aviv’s White City Stands Tall
In candor, few if any states can ever claim to meet the high standard established by Emmerich de Vattel, one of the great founders of modern international law, back in the eighteenth century. Nonetheless, any such lofty jurisprudential expectation would be especially ironic in the prospective case of "Palestine." This is the case because of the complete absence of any expressly cooperative or collaborative ethos in the Palestine Authority (PA). There are both legal and practical problems associated with ongoing Palestinian demands for enhanced formal statehood. To begin with the first set of problems, even if an expanding number of existing states should argue tenaciously for recognition of a 23rd Arab state, these actions would have no properly authoritative effect. Inter alia, the governing treaty on statehood - the Convention on the Rights and Duties of States (1934) - stipulates a number of distinctly explicit criteria that must always be satisfied, irrespective of recognition. … [Read more...] about Why “Palestine” Would be a Dangerous Fiction
The tribunal finally created its own Web site in late winter 2005 and designated investigative Judge Juhi as the body’s spokesman–largely because he was the only jurist who spoke English well enough to communicate with Western reporters. But a dearth of details about the case and a rough Arabic to English translation hardly make the site a font of information. Neither Juhi nor the American advisers still working in Iraq responded to requests to comment for this story. … [Read more...] about Rough Justice