The Middle East’s New Nakba

The Middle East’s New Nakba

After midnight on August 15, 1947, India and Pakistan became separate countries. What should have been a joyous occasion — a celebration of independence from three centuries of British colonial rule — quickly turned into one of the greatest tragedies in modern...
Jim Crow in the Holy Land

Jim Crow in the Holy Land

The last days of the campaign sounded an awful lot like the Jim Crow South, when African Americans had officially won the right to vote but still faced massive discrimination. On election morning, a powerful white official running for re-election urged his followers...
The Life and Times of Michael B

The Life and Times of Michael B

Economic inequality is a hot topic in America these days. It is the subject of hefty bestsellers, presidential addresses, and even Hollywood movies. The issue has even appeared on the radar screen of foreign policy pundits. In this Sunday’s Washington Post, former...
Reception: Abby Ginzberg and Soft Vengeance

Reception: Abby Ginzberg and Soft Vengeance

Institute for Policy Studies, with Alliance for Justice and Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights cosponsor this reception for award-winning filmmaker Abby Ginzberg and her new film, Soft Vengeance: Albie Sachs and the New South Africa. During the reception...
“Viva Mandela, Viva!”

“Viva Mandela, Viva!”

Washington DC – We at the Institute for Policy Studies join the world in celebrating the life of the iconic global leader President Nelson Mandela. We express our deepest condolences to the Mandela family and the people of South Africa. While all in the human family...
When America Met Mandela

When America Met Mandela

Take your guns, pangas, and knives and throw them into the sea. –Nelson Mandela. “Who is this man Mandela?” The U.S News & World Report asked in January 1990. Apparently no one much knew, since the magazine could only come up with three short...
The City and the City

The City and the City

Kosice is not simply one city. Like any Central European metropolis worthy of the name, many urban incarnations coexist cheek and jowl in this charming capital of eastern Slovakia. In the Old Town, a medieval church overlooks a beautifully preserved Renaissance palace...
Hey Congress: Sequester Apartheid!

Hey Congress: Sequester Apartheid!

It has been roughly a month since the first $85 billion of Congress’ across-the-board “sequestration” cuts started to impact the daily lives of Americans. Parents are dealing with Head Start programs shutting down; patients are worrying about their...

With Bus Segregation Israeli Apartheid Becomes More Blatant

Israel’s continued disregard for Palestinians is yet again highlighted in its latest segregation of the region’s bus system—modern day apartheid at its finest. Especially problematic is the fact that the bus system is a public service and under law...
Author Event: The Unlikely Secret Agent

Author Event: The Unlikely Secret Agent

Join us for a talk and book signing with author, anti-apartheid leader, and solidarity activist, Ronnie Kasrils. Ronnie Kasrils has served in post-apartheid South African governments as Deputy Minister of Defence, Minister of Water Affairs and Forestry, and Minister...
South Africa at a Crossroads

South Africa at a Crossroads

South Africa has managed, once again, to shock the world with a brutal crackdown on workers. In a series of events eerily reminiscent of apartheid, police killed 34 striking miners and then charged the miners themselves with murdering their colleagues. The killing...
African Migrants and the Israeli Apartheid Debate

African Migrants and the Israeli Apartheid Debate

The name of the neighborhood could not have been more symbolic. Located in southern Tel Aviv, the impoverished Hatikva quarter has always born the stigma of sharing a name with Israel’s national anthem, while playing home to some of the poorest, most...

Waging Peace from Afar: Divestment and Israeli Occupation

When Israeli commandos launched their assault on the unarmed flotilla of ships carrying hundreds of humanitarian aid workers and 10,000 tons of supplies for the besieged Gaza Strip, killing at least nine activists and injuring scores more, part of the operation was...