Tom Sperlinger writes about teaching 'Romeo and Juliet' while teaching at Al Quds University in East Jerusalem and navigating the trials, and themes, of occupation.
At the World Trade Organization's biennial Ministerial Conference this week in Bali, Indonesia, one of the issues that trade officials will be grappling with is how to integrate the proliferation of regional trade agreements into the...Show More Summary
An American chemistry teacher at the International School in Libya was shot and killed in Benghazi on Thursday. A security official told the Associated Press that the man was jogging when he was shot near the U.S. consulate, the same site where the U.S. Show More Summary
Another sign that the left is in the Palestinian solidarity camp: Steven Salaita, grandson of Palestinian refugee, endorses academic boycott in Salon
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said in Jerusalem on Thursday that despite reports to the contrary, there is “some progress” in the talks between Israel and the Palestinians. Kerry said that regarding Iran, the U.S. is “committed to Israel’s safety” and that it is a top priority in the P5+1 diplomatic discourse with Iran. [...]
Gunmen shot dead an American chemistry teacher from Texas working at an international school in the Libyan city of Benghazi, medical and security sources said on Thursday. “He was doing his morning exercise when gunmen just shot him. I don’t know why. He was so sweet with everyone,” said Adel al Mansouri, director at the [...]
Pope Francis is shocking. Finally, one of the figureheads of the Western World is confessing the sins of the unjust economic model that is driving us all over a cliff. It is perhaps ironic that this humble and resolute man, who has taken...Show More Summary
Pope Francis is assembling a panel of experts to advise him about protecting children from sexually abusive priests.
Twenty years ago, the PLO Central Council approved the Oslo Accord with the Israeli government. Israeli-Palestinian talks were slated to conclude within 5 years, yet two decades on Israel’s occupation continues, and the situation on the ground has only moved backwards for Palestinians. The infographic “20 Years of Talks" focuses on this deteriorating reality.
A spirited debate has followed Susan Abulhawa’s critical review of Michelle Corasanti’s book, The Almond Tree, originally posted on Aljazeera and reposted on Mondoweiss together with the author’s rebuttal. Hatim Kanaaneh tries to bring the discussion to some kind of amicable end:
The Bank of France warned on Thursday about risks related to the digital currency bitcoin, adding its voice to growing concerns about the unregulated, online money. Bitcoin is not backed by any central bank or government, or by physical assets. Their value depends on people’s confidence in the currency. It has been gaining acceptance by [...]
The upheaval in Thailand was temporarily suspended Thursday as the country marked its revered 86-year-old king’s birthday, but anti-government protesters have vowed to pick up where they left off. King Bhumibol Adulyadej gave a customary...Show More Summary
An American teacher has been killed in Libya, medical and security sources tell Reuters. The US citizen was working at an international school in Benghazi, and was reportedly shot while exercising in the morning. No one has yet claimed responsibility. The former principal of the school and current head of...
NSA Tracks Mobile Phone Locations Worldwide Top news: The National Security Agency (NSA) is sweeping up nearly 5 billion mobile phone records per day in a massive surveillance program designed o track the movements of -- and thereby discern hidden relationships between -- individuals worldwide, the Washington Post reports. Show More Summary
Assailants in military uniforms Thursday crashed an explosives-laden vehicle into the gates of the Defense Ministry, causing multiple casualties, security sources said. The strike, in a crowded and bustling part of the capital, then set off a chaotic firefight involving heavy weapons and at least one secondary blast, according to officials and witnesses. Military and [...]
More horrific tales have emerged from North Korea via a new Amnesty International report that indicates the country's prison camps are expanding. Satellite images from May of this year indicate one of the largest sites, camp 15, features new housing blocks and production facilities; a review of images featuring camp...
The threatening, violation and denial of the undeniable rights the Q'eqchi [indigenous Maya community] have over the land they acquired by their own means so many years ago, together with the stunning violation of basic human rights by evidence of abuse of force, not possibly rested on legal means, are...
The NSA collects nearly 5 billion records a day on the locations of cell phones overseas to create a huge database that stores information from hundreds of millions of devices, including those belonging to some Americans abroad, the Washington Post reported Wednesday. Documents provided to the Post by NSA leaker Edward Snowden detail how this [...]
The Israeli army raised its alert level along the border with Lebanon on Thursday over fears of a retaliation by Hezbollah following the assassination of its top commander Hassan Laqqis. The Israeli forces conducted patrols along the border, while their troops monitored activity inside Lebanese territory, National News Agency reported on Thursday. NNA [...]