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Is There a Human Right to Kill?

Israeli SoldierIn a cool spring day in May 2012, the members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) met in McCormick Place, Chicago. The 28 heads of state comprising the military alliance had come to the Windy City to discuss the withdrawal of NATO forces from Afghanistan, among other strategic matters. Nearly a decade before, in August 2003, NATO had assumed control of the International Security Assistance Force, a coalition of more than 30 countries that had sent soldiers to occupy the most troubled regions in Afghanistan. Not long before the Chicago summit, President Barack Obama had publicly declared that the United States would begin pulling out its troops from Afghanistan and that a complete withdrawal would be achieved by 2014. NATO was therefore set to decide on the details of a potential exit strategy.


Is Morocco failing as a state?

Abderrahim Chalfaouat

In Ramadan, politics in Morocco usually abate to devote more public focus on spiritual life. This year, successive incidents have kept the level of social debate high. In addition to untimeliness, a second aspect is that the state is being pushed to be viewed as absent or ineffective. As a result, the incidents mirror Morocco as a state on the verge of failure in providing key services and protecting its sovereignty.


The Jewish National Fund as a colonization tool

Dr Salman Abu Sitta

The Jewish National Fund- JNF (or Keren Kayemet LeYisrael- KKL) is a unique colonization tool. The adjective "unique" is usually associated with positive distinction, not in this case.


A month in Palestine

Tom BlanxThis May, I travelled to the West Bank in occupied Palestine.

I had a fairly good idea of the kind of things I would see when I went, but wanted to take a closer look at what I think is an unfair and asymmetrical situation. I don't stand against Jews or Israelis. I stand against racism, violence, oppression and ignorance, and all of those things, I think, are here.


Sectarian conflict in the Middle East

File photo from the Shia mosque bombing last Friday in KuwaitSectarianism has become the framework for understanding a range of conflicts in the Middle East, going even beyond the sphere of Syria and Iraq where the sectarian narrative has most potency in media and academic discourse. Policy makers and international relations experts in Turkey and beyond assume that solutions to regional problems must lie in non-sectarianism since it is through the prism of "sect" that they understand issues in the first place. The Sunni-Shia binary is the paradigm par excellance, applied wherever possible, and behind which the Iranian-Saudi proxy war must be lurking. But just how accurate is this framing? What do we mean by sect and sectarianism? Are we favouring sectarianism by using it as the prism du jour for understanding the Middle East?


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