Americas

The Kushner Plan: Why Sovereignty Cannot be Traded for Growth

Jared Kushner’s “Peace To Prosperity” plan provides a welcome note of optimism in a normally pessimistic debate. However, the plan relies on a false trade-off: economic growth in return for the acceptance of indefinite statelessness. Such a compromise cannot work because Palestine’s economic problems mostly stem from a lack of sovereignty rather than capital. A stateless Palestine will face the same issue: there cannot be consistent growth without consistent government.

Remembering Lounes Matoub on the 21st Anniversary of his Assassination

June 25, 2019, marks the 21st anniversary of the assassination of famous and beloved Berber singer, poet, thinker, and mandole player, Lounes Matoub, who was a prominent advocate of human rights and secularism in Algeria.

Trump Should Reconsider Designating the Muslim Brotherhood a Terrorist Organization

The US administration is pushing to designate the Muslim Brotherhood, the world’s oldest and largest Islamist movement, a terrorist organization. Yet it would be healthy for US officials to seriously consider the countless risks that would come with such a bold move that could create new enemies and undermine America’s political, diplomatic, and security interests abroad while leaving more Muslim-Americans fearful of new threats to their civil liberties.

New York Welcomed Morocco to American Sephardi Music Festival

The American Sephardi Music Festival was one of several events celebrating Sephardi Jewish culture in New York City across February and March this year. Such events are instrumental in promoting tolerance and inter-cultural understanding.
Trump’s Veto of the Yemen War Powers Resolution is a Disaster for the People of Yemen and for US Democracy

Trump’s Veto of the Yemen War Powers Resolution is a Disaster for the People of Yemen and for US Dem...

Arab intellectuals and activists are mobilizing in the U.S., urging the public to put pressure on the executive. Yet this should not be an academic matter, nor a radical political cause. Basic morality should suffice to cease U.S. involvement in the world’s worst humanitarian disaster.
Hoda Muthana The Case that Could Redefine Who Is Undeniably American

Hoda Muthana: The Case that Could Redefine Who Is Undeniably American

Citizenship acquired by birth should be undeniable, regardless of what crimes an individual has committed, unless the citizen is of a minority background, it seems. Hoda Muthana’s case could set a dangerous precedent.
Ilhan Omar Is Right—The Pro-Israel Lobby Has Too Much Influence in Washington

Ilhan Omar Is Right—The Pro-Israel Lobby Has Too Much Influence in Washington

The vilification of the freshman Congresswoman by the political class in the U.S. is merely an attempt to conceal uncomfortable truths. If the U.S. is serious about rooting out foreign influence over its government, it must question the role of AIPAC and its allies.
Trump’s Golan Gambit Threatens To Divide Gulf States and Israel and Stir Hezbollah Further

Trump’s Golan Gambit Threatens To Divide Gulf States and Israel and Stir Hezbollah Further

Washington’s support for Golan status may seem like a game to Trump, but it’s one which only plays into the hands of Hezbollah and increases regional tension.
The Case of Ilhan Omar and the Silencing of Israel’s Critics

The Case of Ilhan Omar and the Silencing of Israel’s Critics

While Ilhan Omar’s lazy or ill-informed language may have reinforced anti-Semitic tropes, across the West the charge of anti-Semitism is being weaponized to discredit the Left and bury elementary political truths.
US-Taliban Peace Talks Heighten Tensions Between Qatar and UAE

US-Taliban Peace Talks Heighten Tensions Between Qatar and UAE

As negotiations continue between the U.S. and the Taliban to broker a ceasefire in the 17-year war in Afghanistan, Gulf rivals, Qatar and the UAE, are gearing up to play a key role in the peace process.