I'm tired of U.S. partisan politics, but I finally took a moment this morning to read about the immigration debate. After catching snippets of outrage on social media over the past couple days, I was surprised that H.R. 4038, the "American Security Against Foreign Enemies Act" or the "American SAFE Act of 2015" is a short four-page bill that merely outlines a federal "certification" process on top of the background and security checks currently in place for Iraqi and Syrian refugees.
Lawyer friends and colleagues (and others interested), I'm wondering what you think of Zivotofsky, the Jerusalem passport case just decided by the Supreme Court. It has received quite a bit of attention, though perhaps mostly because it concerns that volatile region, Israel/Palestine. Even so, I'm always excited by cases concerning foreign affairs powers.
To use Samuel Huntington’s phrase, one is inclined to see a “clash of civilizations” in these and other recent events. That is, a conflict along the fault line between Western and Islamic civilizations. And this may indeed be the reality. I do not wish to make a definitive argument here in favor of or against Huntington’s thesis, but rather present, by way of a book review, a counter argument that puts it into question.
John Adams’ 1991 opera is based on the 1985 hijacking of the cruise ship Achille Lauro by four Palestinian terrorists. During the course of the three-day standoff, the hijackers shot Leon Klinghoffer, an elderly, disabled, Jewish-American passenger, and then threw his body overboard. The story of the hijacking is told in oblique monologues that are made more explicit in the Met production with the projection of words and images on the set.
Today is the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, the massacre of approximately 1.5 million Armenians by the Ottoman government. On this date in 1915, the Ottoman authorities rounded up and arrested some 250 Armenian intellectuals and leaders in Constantinople (now Istanbul). A short time later, groups of Armenians were led on death marches into the Syrian desert.
In recent years, considerable attention has been paid to the many, multidimensional conflicts in the Middle East, with a particular focus on the influence of radical Islam. Many are inclined to see a conflict along the fault line between Western and Islamic civilizations, a “clash” that divides East from West. Perhaps this is why some do not know and others have forgotten that Christianity is an eastern religion, firmly rooted in the intellectual ferment of the Middle East.
Our legal office, Allied Command Transformation Staff Element Europe (ACT SEE), was originally located in a quiet, almost forgotten wing of the Live Oak building, what we affectionately call “the green container.”
Hisham Matar calls UN Resolution 1973 authorizing intervention in Libya "an extraordinary achievement," and I absolutely agree. Many American scholars and commentators mistook the situation as another Iraq or Afghanistan; the unique humanitarian aspect didn't seem to register in their analysis.
Have you been watching the Middle East? Did you know that tens of thousands are protesting in Egypt right now? Did you know that in Egypt, public dissent is usually harshly criticized, and that this level of protest is unprecedented there? Indeed it is.
The question for this year’s essay competition was “is authoritarian capitalism a viable alternative to its Western liberal vision to promote long term growth and development”. To answer this question, I focused primarily on China, a country that denies its citizens political liberties but has had incredible success in promoting economic growth.
On April 23rd Governor Brewer of Arizona signed the most stringent anti-immigration bill to date, aimed to identify, prosecute, and deport illegal immigrants. President Obama has voiced strong criticisms and called it misguided, and protests have sprung up across the country representing the faction of Americans who consider it to be racist and bigoted policy.
By now you’ve all heard of Park 51 and the Cordoba House, but probably by another name. Today the Landmarks Preservation Commission of New York City voted 9 to 0 against granting historic protection to the building in lower Manhattan, thereby allowing the start of construction on the $100 million center dubbed by right wing opponents as the “Ground Zero Mosque.”
"Is this what it takes to change things?" The question asked by a bubbly blonde at dinner with Madison Avenue’s fiercest creative director, Don Draper. Frank Rich references the same scene from Mad Men in an article about Shirley Sherrod, citing the Civil Rights fury and violence about to break loose in the TV drama’s 1960’s landscape.
Banning the burqa is a bad idea. It took me awhile to come to that conclusion for a number of reasons, one of the most important being that the burqa is perceived to be, and in some cases is, a tool of oppression directed at women. The burqa also serves as a visual representation of gender inequality in the Muslim world. Countries like Belgium moved to enforce a ban on burqa-wearing, and more recently, the French Parliament approved a resolution against full-face cover"
His voice was calm and unassuming. Wearing a subdued tweed jacket and rather large spectacles, balding at the top with brown tufts to the side, he fulfilled the professorial stereotype to a T. Yet there was something commanding in his voice, and the 200+ people at the lunch listened intently.
Lately I’ve read a lot of negative comments and commentary aimed at people who are “against big government.” This is fair to a certain extent. That is, as far as it targets those who generalize about the so-called evils of government. . .
In a previous essay, I argued for liberaltarianism, that is, some kind of alliance between libertarians and American liberals, the Democrats. Yesterday I read an article by a colleague, which explains in detail why he believes a third party will never capture the presidency in the American political system.
Much has been written recently on the malaise (if not quite death) of feminism. In 2006 Ariel Levy’s Female Chauvinist Pigs bemoaned the desire of women to become sex objects in a perverse re-reading of female power. Germaine Greer went on Celebrity Big Brother, and, in the popularity stakes, Girls Gone Wild would have won any contest.
No longer the political party enthusiast I once was, I do not affiliate myself with a political party, nor do I adhere to a particular ideology or dominant political belief. However, various discussions in the blogosphere have piqued my interest in the debate about whether libertarians should try to associate more with American liberals. . .
This article entitled “Shepherding Romance” is written by one of my professors in New York. An émigré from the former communist Czechoslovakia and a Yale-trained scholar, it was her Political Philosophy class that first formally introduced me to the Ancient philosophers, and her later classes that introduced me to feminism.