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UN report finds continued violence in Syrian conflict
The UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria issued its latest report Wednesday, finding that despite the military advances made by pro-government forces in 2018 that led to the demilitarized zone, violence continues with a high number of civilian casualtie (More)
The Yazidi Massacre Five Years On-The Shadow of an Atrocity
This past Saturday was the Fifth Anniversary of the latest Yazidi genocide perpetrated largely by ISIS, as other actors in the region looked the other way. Today Yazidis in the region remain in limbo. As Nadia Murad, Nobel Peace Laureate, stated last (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)
Syrian refugee living in Pittsburgh arrested for attempting attack on Christian church
Mustafa Mousab Alowemer, a Pittsburgh resident and a recent graduate of a Pittsburgh public high school, was arrested on Wednesday based on a federal complaint charging him with one count of attempting to provide material support and resources to the (More)
Accounting for Missing Migrants: Civil, Criminal, and Humanitarian Law Perspectives
In The Hague last week at the Headquarters of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP), policymakers and stakeholders discussed a coherent international approach to accounting for people who have gone missing as a result of conflict and (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)
Terrorism and Normalcy: Law, Fear, and Rationality in US Policy
"I believe" is the one great word against metaphysical fear. Oswald Spengler, The Decline of the West At least one thing is clear. Those terrorists who carried out the Easter Sunday attacks on certain Sri Lankan churches and hotels would have reso (More)
Donald Trump’s Muslim Travel Ban: The United States' Political, Legal, and Moral Responsibility
In what may have been one of the most consequential decisions since the notorious Korematsu case of 1944, when the Supreme Court upheld the incarceration of Japanese-Americans during World War II, the Court (in June 2018) voted 5-4 vote to uphold Pre (More)
EU declares no recognition of Israel sovereignty over Golan Heights
Twenty-eight EU member states on Wednesday issued declaration reaffirming that they do not recognize Israeli sovereignty over the occupied Golan Heights. The declaration responds to the US President Donald Trump's proclamation signed on Monday. Th (More)
Nuclear War Avoidance in the Middle East: International Law and Deterrence (Part II)
Contrary to conventional wisdom, both nuclear deterrence and associated forms of nuclear strategy, including preemption, can support the authoritative expectations of international law. The adequacy of international law in preventing a nuclear war in (More)
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