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An American President's Perilous Misunderstanding of War, Strategy and Survival
“It must not be forgotten that it is perhaps more dangerous for a nation to allow itself to be conquered intellectually than by arms.” - Guillaume Apollinaire, “The New Spirit and the Poets" (1917) In his commencement address at West Point on June 1 (More)
From Occupation to Subjugation: Israel’s Plan to Annex the West Bank
Israel has occupied territories belonging to Palestine since 1967, namely the West Bank (including East Jerusalem) and the Gaza Strip. Over the last century to the present date, Israel continues to exert more control, stripping Palestine of any possi (More)
An American War with Iran: Legal and Strategic Implications for Israel
In apparent response to US President Donald Trump's unilateral American withdrawal from the July 2015 Iran Pact (JCPOA), the Islamic Republic has seemingly reinvigorated its active nuclear program. In turn, this has led to a more-or-less continuing c (More)
America, Terrorism, and Power Over Death
Though rarely understood, there can be no greater form of power on this earth than power over death. Ominously, this always-preeminent form of power in world politics remains unrecognized by American foreign policy-makers. The perilous result is that (More)
America, Iran, and "Anticipatory Self-Defense": International Legal Standards of Presidential War-Making Decision
"Any attack by Iran on anything American will be met with great and overwhelming force. In some areas, overwhelming will mean obliteration."-US President Donald Trump, June 23, 2019"The United States has great strength and patience, but if it  is (More)
Targeting Jihadist Terrorists: Identifying Pertinent Legal Guidelines
Targeted killing campaigns are still accelerating under the Trump administration, with fewer constraints and even less transparency. More precisely, it seems that the Obama-era Presidential Policy Guidance has been relaxed in two very meaningful ways (More)
UN Human Rights Council report condemns Israel's use of lethal force against protesters in Gaza
The United Nation's Human Rights Council released a report last Friday detailing its investigation into Israeli Security Forces' (ISF) unlawful conduct and response against civilian protesters in Gaza beginning in March 2018.The independent inter (More)
HRW condemns alleged inhumane arrests and torture by Palestinian authorities
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Tuesday released a report alleging detainment and torture of journalists within areas controlled by the Palestinian Authority (PA) and Hamas, which encompass the West Bank and Gaza Strip, bordering Israel.The PA and ri (More)
“Martyrdom” and International Law
Very conspicuously, Israel’s Palestinian foes regard “martyrdom” as among the highest expressions of religious sacredness. Nonetheless, there are distinctly prominent disjunctions between the pertinent obligations of faith and those of international (More)
Unexplored Connections: The Crimes of Saddam Hussein and Israeli-Palestinian Relations
Nullum crimen sine poena,  "No crime without a punishment." - Nuremberg Tribunal, Final Judgment, 1946 Whether formally codified or merely personal, memory must always lie at the heart of justice. Today, however, almost no one remembers the myriad (More)
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