Amnesty’s Syria Report
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Amnesty’s Syria Report

Former detainee Omar al-Shogre before his arrest and shortly after his release from Saydnaya Military Prison in Syria. Courtesy of Amnesty International A picture tells all, reminiscent of extermination camp photos. No level of hyperbole can capture the shocking transformation from the vibrant young Syrian man with his shadow’s wraith who survived. He represents one among thousands–and … Continue reading

Defense / Foreign Policy / international relations / Middle East / PTSD / Syria / War Correspondents

Powerful Reflections on PTSD from TedX Cannes

photo credit: recoveryranch.com Worth watching to hear from a deeply thoughtful journalist about his near-death experience in Iraq and subsequent investigations into PTSD. The relatively muted outcry about what’s going on in Syria is perhaps explained by the dulling of global sensibilities to drama and death in the Middle East.  In the future, there will … Continue reading

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Twisted Progress: Announcing the New “Frequent Checkpoint Card”

This just in:  Israel will issue 250 biometric cards to business people and merchants for people crossing the Erez Checkpoint between Gaza and Israel. The cards allow expedited security screening at Israeli-controlled crossings. Found this other artful photo of a better-than-typical checkpoint pedestrian walkway.  Sharing here while most are far different by an order of … Continue reading

Anthropology / Arts & Culture / Human Rights / International / international relations / Middle East / Politics / urban design

The Middle East Art Scene Featured in New York City

Good of The New Yorker to have featured the work of artist Wafa Hourani, documenting a certain type of particularly insidious urban decay.  Kudos to Massimiliano Gioni, the New Museum’s new artistic director who put on the current exhibit called “Here and Elsewhere” featuring artists from the Middle East, North Africa and their diasporas…. The exhibit runs through … Continue reading

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A Tale of Lobbying: vicissitudes of power and the emperor’s clothes.

The evolving lobbying landscape and U.S. foreign policy; is there a question about the power of AIPAC?    As President George Washington first warned, beware of “entangling alliances.” …and let the firestorm begin:  One retort is here…. …and another interesting perspective from The New Republic. Open windows are ideal.   Continue reading