Ask HRW (Israel and Palestine) 1 – Recent Events

By Scott Douglas Jacobsen Omar Shakir is the Israel and Palestine Director for Human Rights Watch (Middle East and North Africa Division). Here we talk about Israel, Palestine, human rights, international law, and more. Scott Douglas Jacobsen: In mid-May, what are some of the updates in some of the issues regarding Israel … Continue reading

Interview with Dr. Usama Antar – Independent Political Analyst (Gaza Strip, Palestine)

— By Scott Douglas Jacobsen Dr. Usama Antar is an Independent Political Analyst living in the Gaza Strip, Palestine. Here we talk about the Gaza Strip, the West Bank, Israel, and more. Scott Douglas Jacobsen: What is the current sociopolitical situation from the view of Gaza Strip? Dr. Usama Antar: You cannot … Continue reading

Interview with Omar Shakir – Israel and Palestine Director, Human Rights Watch (Middle East and North Africa Division)

By Scott Douglas Jacobsen Omar Shakir is the Israel and Palestine Director for Human Rights Watch (Middle East and North Africa Division). Here we talk about Israel, Palestine, human rights, international law, and more. Scott Douglas Jacobsen: Let’s start from a general overview. What are the basic facts in the modern … Continue reading

Daesh is even more unpopular among Middle East Arabs when they learn more about it

[The Daesh flag, with a circle-slash symbol overlaid.]

It’s not news that Daesh (or ISIS or ISIL or IS) is wildly unpopular among Middle East Arabs. Survey after survey has shown general disdain for the self-proclaimed Islamic State, its goals, and its tactics, whether the population being surveyed is Arabs in general or specifically Muslims. But a new … Continue reading

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