1. Court orders U.S. to release memo on drones, al-Awlaki killing

    Reuters:

    It sounds crazy when you say it out loud, but the US government has repeatedly refused to release its legal memorandum which it used to justify to kill an American citizen without due process. 

    A court has overturned a previous ruling and is now ordering the government to finally release that memorandum. 

    Ruling for the New York Times, a unanimous three-judge panel said the government waived its right to secrecy by making repeated public statements justifying targeted killings.

    Basically, you can’t go around bragging about how legal and effective your targeted killing programs are and expect to keep all the information about those programs secret. 

  2. Really great bit of in-depth journalism from Noor Tagouri, an aspiring journalist studying at the University of Maryland and 2013 ISF scholarship recipient.

    Her coverage of the controversy and legal proceedings over the building of a new mosque cemetery in Mufreesboro, Tennessee proves we still have a long way to go in moving past Islamophobia in this country. 

  3. INTERSECTION, Ep 34: April 18, 2014

    On this week’s podcast, host Michael Brooks caught up with Nabil Rahman, a photo journalist and curator of the Eyes on Bangladesh exhibit in New York. They discuss the power of photo journalism in modern media, what inspired the exhibit, the art scene in Bangladesh, and how social change is happening in that country.

    Also, Michael gives his perspective on the NYPD disbanding its Muslim spying unit and the future balance of civil liberties and security.

    News Team member Dina Yazdani gives you this week’s News Brief from the MENA region.

  4. haaretz:

Three-time Olympic gold medalist Jackie Joyner-Kersee spent a week in the West Bank in order to encourage Palestinian women to be physically active, despite cultural restrictions and lack of opportunities. Read more.

She deserves a fourth gold medal! haaretz:

Three-time Olympic gold medalist Jackie Joyner-Kersee spent a week in the West Bank in order to encourage Palestinian women to be physically active, despite cultural restrictions and lack of opportunities. Read more.

She deserves a fourth gold medal!
    haaretz:

Three-time Olympic gold medalist Jackie Joyner-Kersee spent a week in the West Bank in order to encourage Palestinian women to be physically active, despite cultural restrictions and lack of opportunities. Read more.

She deserves a fourth gold medal! haaretz:

Three-time Olympic gold medalist Jackie Joyner-Kersee spent a week in the West Bank in order to encourage Palestinian women to be physically active, despite cultural restrictions and lack of opportunities. Read more.

She deserves a fourth gold medal!

    haaretz:

    Three-time Olympic gold medalist Jackie Joyner-Kersee spent a week in the West Bank in order to encourage Palestinian women to be physically active, despite cultural restrictions and lack of opportunities. Read more.

    She deserves a fourth gold medal!

  5. Bloggingheads.tv with Michael Brooks

    Check out this recent Bloggingheads.tv conversation with our own INTERSECTION host Michael Brooks. Here he sits down with Steven A. Cook from the Council on Foreign Relations and they discuss the ongoing crisis in Turkey- including an analysis of PM Erdogan self-conception and the “mostly ineffective” Turkish opposition.

    Michael has spoken with Cook twice before for the INTERSECTION podcast. 

    The first conversation back in August 2013 focused on the crisis in Syria.

    The second conversation, much like the recent Bloggingheads.tv discusssion, focused on Turkey. 

    Have a listen/watch!

  6. crisisgroup:

    In a bleak milestone, the UN reported earlier this month that Lebanon has now taken in 1 million Syrians since the conflict began in 2011. The agency reports there are now 2.5 million Syrians registered as refugees in Turkey, Jordan, Egypt, Iraq and Lebanon.

    By the end of this year, the Turkish government expects the number of Syrians within Turkey to balloon to 1.5 million.

    The Republic of Turkey — the biggest, most stable state bordering Syria — has shouldered the burden of caring for the displaced mostly alone. It has spent close to $3 billion but has only received $183 million from the international community…

    FULL ARTICLE (The Toronto Star)

    Photo: ultimcodex/flickr

    The Syrian refugee crisis not only continues; it’s getting worse.

    Turkey is using mostly its own resources. Less than 10% of the money it has spent on refugees is coming from international donors. 

    If those countries pushing for military intervention in Syria were truly motivated by humanitarian concerns, they would be providing the bulk of that aid. 

    The Gulf states funding the rebel groups are fighting a proxy war.  They wanted the US to intervene to weaken Iran’s position in the region, not primarily out of concern for Syrian civilians. 

    Those who’ve supported US intervention should be leading the call for increased aid to refugees. Instead, the chief complaint we hear is of Obama’s “weakness.”

    What do you think?

  7. Artist: MONOCLE
    Plays: 30

    ionacraig:

    Talking to Monocle - The Globalist, 17 April 2014

    We analyse the state of Al-Qaeda in Yemen, preview today’s elections in Algeria, discuss the business news in Prague, and review the morning newspapers with Staffan Sonning of Swedish Radio.

    Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula recently released a video of their group celebrating the escape of several of their members from prison a few short months ago. 

    Iona Craig is one of the few foreign journalists based in Yemen and has been in the country longer than any other reporter. Her analysis of the video and the current state of AQAP is definitely worth a quick listen. 

    Don’t forget to listen to our own interview with Yemen Peace Project on INTERSECTION! Our guest Will Picard echoed the truth that became apparent with this released video: that the drone program in Yemen has failed miserably. 

  8. fotojournalismus:

Hebron, West Bank | April 10, 2014
Photos by Ammar Awad/Reuters
1. A Palestinian vendor organises a display of glass ornaments in a glass factory.
2. A Palestinian man paints a traditional vase in a ceramic factory.
3. A Palestinian man paints a traditional ceramic plate in a ceramic factory.
4. Palestinians work in a ceramic factory.
5. A Palestinian man uses a potter’s wheel to make a traditional vase in a ceramic factory.
6. A Palestinian glassblower uses a blowpipe to make a traditional vase in a workshop.

Beautiful photos of Palestinians in the act of making art - not something we often see here in western media.  fotojournalismus:

Hebron, West Bank | April 10, 2014
Photos by Ammar Awad/Reuters
1. A Palestinian vendor organises a display of glass ornaments in a glass factory.
2. A Palestinian man paints a traditional vase in a ceramic factory.
3. A Palestinian man paints a traditional ceramic plate in a ceramic factory.
4. Palestinians work in a ceramic factory.
5. A Palestinian man uses a potter’s wheel to make a traditional vase in a ceramic factory.
6. A Palestinian glassblower uses a blowpipe to make a traditional vase in a workshop.

Beautiful photos of Palestinians in the act of making art - not something we often see here in western media. 
    fotojournalismus:

Hebron, West Bank | April 10, 2014
Photos by Ammar Awad/Reuters
1. A Palestinian vendor organises a display of glass ornaments in a glass factory.
2. A Palestinian man paints a traditional vase in a ceramic factory.
3. A Palestinian man paints a traditional ceramic plate in a ceramic factory.
4. Palestinians work in a ceramic factory.
5. A Palestinian man uses a potter’s wheel to make a traditional vase in a ceramic factory.
6. A Palestinian glassblower uses a blowpipe to make a traditional vase in a workshop.

Beautiful photos of Palestinians in the act of making art - not something we often see here in western media.  fotojournalismus:

Hebron, West Bank | April 10, 2014
Photos by Ammar Awad/Reuters
1. A Palestinian vendor organises a display of glass ornaments in a glass factory.
2. A Palestinian man paints a traditional vase in a ceramic factory.
3. A Palestinian man paints a traditional ceramic plate in a ceramic factory.
4. Palestinians work in a ceramic factory.
5. A Palestinian man uses a potter’s wheel to make a traditional vase in a ceramic factory.
6. A Palestinian glassblower uses a blowpipe to make a traditional vase in a workshop.

Beautiful photos of Palestinians in the act of making art - not something we often see here in western media. 
    fotojournalismus:

Hebron, West Bank | April 10, 2014
Photos by Ammar Awad/Reuters
1. A Palestinian vendor organises a display of glass ornaments in a glass factory.
2. A Palestinian man paints a traditional vase in a ceramic factory.
3. A Palestinian man paints a traditional ceramic plate in a ceramic factory.
4. Palestinians work in a ceramic factory.
5. A Palestinian man uses a potter’s wheel to make a traditional vase in a ceramic factory.
6. A Palestinian glassblower uses a blowpipe to make a traditional vase in a workshop.

Beautiful photos of Palestinians in the act of making art - not something we often see here in western media.  fotojournalismus:

Hebron, West Bank | April 10, 2014
Photos by Ammar Awad/Reuters
1. A Palestinian vendor organises a display of glass ornaments in a glass factory.
2. A Palestinian man paints a traditional vase in a ceramic factory.
3. A Palestinian man paints a traditional ceramic plate in a ceramic factory.
4. Palestinians work in a ceramic factory.
5. A Palestinian man uses a potter’s wheel to make a traditional vase in a ceramic factory.
6. A Palestinian glassblower uses a blowpipe to make a traditional vase in a workshop.

Beautiful photos of Palestinians in the act of making art - not something we often see here in western media. 
    fotojournalismus:

Hebron, West Bank | April 10, 2014
Photos by Ammar Awad/Reuters
1. A Palestinian vendor organises a display of glass ornaments in a glass factory.
2. A Palestinian man paints a traditional vase in a ceramic factory.
3. A Palestinian man paints a traditional ceramic plate in a ceramic factory.
4. Palestinians work in a ceramic factory.
5. A Palestinian man uses a potter’s wheel to make a traditional vase in a ceramic factory.
6. A Palestinian glassblower uses a blowpipe to make a traditional vase in a workshop.

Beautiful photos of Palestinians in the act of making art - not something we often see here in western media.  fotojournalismus:

Hebron, West Bank | April 10, 2014
Photos by Ammar Awad/Reuters
1. A Palestinian vendor organises a display of glass ornaments in a glass factory.
2. A Palestinian man paints a traditional vase in a ceramic factory.
3. A Palestinian man paints a traditional ceramic plate in a ceramic factory.
4. Palestinians work in a ceramic factory.
5. A Palestinian man uses a potter’s wheel to make a traditional vase in a ceramic factory.
6. A Palestinian glassblower uses a blowpipe to make a traditional vase in a workshop.

Beautiful photos of Palestinians in the act of making art - not something we often see here in western media. 
    fotojournalismus:

Hebron, West Bank | April 10, 2014
Photos by Ammar Awad/Reuters
1. A Palestinian vendor organises a display of glass ornaments in a glass factory.
2. A Palestinian man paints a traditional vase in a ceramic factory.
3. A Palestinian man paints a traditional ceramic plate in a ceramic factory.
4. Palestinians work in a ceramic factory.
5. A Palestinian man uses a potter’s wheel to make a traditional vase in a ceramic factory.
6. A Palestinian glassblower uses a blowpipe to make a traditional vase in a workshop.

Beautiful photos of Palestinians in the act of making art - not something we often see here in western media.  fotojournalismus:

Hebron, West Bank | April 10, 2014
Photos by Ammar Awad/Reuters
1. A Palestinian vendor organises a display of glass ornaments in a glass factory.
2. A Palestinian man paints a traditional vase in a ceramic factory.
3. A Palestinian man paints a traditional ceramic plate in a ceramic factory.
4. Palestinians work in a ceramic factory.
5. A Palestinian man uses a potter’s wheel to make a traditional vase in a ceramic factory.
6. A Palestinian glassblower uses a blowpipe to make a traditional vase in a workshop.

Beautiful photos of Palestinians in the act of making art - not something we often see here in western media. 
    fotojournalismus:

Hebron, West Bank | April 10, 2014
Photos by Ammar Awad/Reuters
1. A Palestinian vendor organises a display of glass ornaments in a glass factory.
2. A Palestinian man paints a traditional vase in a ceramic factory.
3. A Palestinian man paints a traditional ceramic plate in a ceramic factory.
4. Palestinians work in a ceramic factory.
5. A Palestinian man uses a potter’s wheel to make a traditional vase in a ceramic factory.
6. A Palestinian glassblower uses a blowpipe to make a traditional vase in a workshop.

Beautiful photos of Palestinians in the act of making art - not something we often see here in western media.  fotojournalismus:

Hebron, West Bank | April 10, 2014
Photos by Ammar Awad/Reuters
1. A Palestinian vendor organises a display of glass ornaments in a glass factory.
2. A Palestinian man paints a traditional vase in a ceramic factory.
3. A Palestinian man paints a traditional ceramic plate in a ceramic factory.
4. Palestinians work in a ceramic factory.
5. A Palestinian man uses a potter’s wheel to make a traditional vase in a ceramic factory.
6. A Palestinian glassblower uses a blowpipe to make a traditional vase in a workshop.

Beautiful photos of Palestinians in the act of making art - not something we often see here in western media. 

    fotojournalismus:

    Hebron, West Bank | April 10, 2014

    Photos by Ammar Awad/Reuters

    1. A Palestinian vendor organises a display of glass ornaments in a glass factory.

    2. A Palestinian man paints a traditional vase in a ceramic factory.

    3. A Palestinian man paints a traditional ceramic plate in a ceramic factory.

    4. Palestinians work in a ceramic factory.

    5. A Palestinian man uses a potter’s wheel to make a traditional vase in a ceramic factory.

    6. A Palestinian glassblower uses a blowpipe to make a traditional vase in a workshop.

    Beautiful photos of Palestinians in the act of making art - not something we often see here in western media. 

  9. An 'emotional' debate over Bush/Cheney-era torture policies

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    The Senate Intelligence Committee last week easily approved a measure last week to declassify part of its report on Bush/Cheney-era torture policies. Yesterday, former CIA and National Security Agency director Michael Hayden pushed back against Chairwoman Feinstein’s statements. His word choice was unfortunate. 

    MSNBC:

    Hayden began by suggesting the woman who leads the Senate Intelligence Committee was too “emotional” in her role investigating Bush/Cheney torture policies, which in his mind led to a dubious, bipartisan report. He then followed that up by mentioning a minor detail: Hayden hasn’t read the report he’s criticizing.

    Women can be so emotional when it comes to war crimes. Can’t Difi just suck it up and accept that the US tortured innocent people like a man?!?!

    But, really, that’s not the most frustrating part of the whole episode. The piece goes on to point out Liz Cheney’s support for her father’s torture policies. While she cried partisanship bias, 

    One wonders, then, why several Senate Republicans voted with Democrats to declassify the report’s findings.

    It may have taken the American people this long to really hold the Bush era policies accountable, but at least we’ve finally started. 

  10. HAPPY EASTER TO OUR CHRISTIAN FRIENDS ACROSS THE WORLD!!

    Orthodox Christians hold Palm Sunday procession at 1,607-year old Gaza City church.

    GAZA, PALESTINE, April 13 - Following a Sunday morning worship service, members of the Greek Orthodox Church of Saint Porphyrius, which turned 1,607 this year, held a procession marking Palm Sunday, the Christian feast that celebrates Jesus’ triumphal entry to Jerusalem. The festivities come a week before Pascha, or Easter, which will be celebrated next Sunday, April 20, in an unusual convergence of the Eastern and Western church calendars. (Photo by Joe Catron)