The 4th Annual DC Palestinian Film and Arts Festival

The 4th Annual DC Palestinian Film and Arts Festival

The Institute for Policy Studies proudly joins this year’s fourth annual DC Palestinian Film and Arts Festival, which begins October 2 and runs through October 5, 2014! The four day festival will feature several short and feature-length films, discussions with...
Gaza Update with Special Guest Tariq Abu Khdeir

Gaza Update with Special Guest Tariq Abu Khdeir

The Institute for Policy Studies, Busboys & Poets, and the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation invite you to this Gaza update and discussion. Tariq Abu Khdeir is the 15-year-old Palestinian-American arrested and beaten by Israeli police in Jerusalem last...
Mowing the Lawn in Gaza

Mowing the Lawn in Gaza

The Palestinians of Gaza are guilty of that new post-Cold War misdemeanor: voting while Muslim. The punishment for this crime has been eight years of economic hardship, international isolation, and periodic Israeli bombardments. Like the Algerians in 1990 and the...
The Rise of Diplomacy, Not Military Force, in U.S. Foreign Policy?

The Rise of Diplomacy, Not Military Force, in U.S. Foreign Policy?

What an amazing few weeks we have seen. Not to say everything in my favorite part of the world is suddenly doing fine – Syria and Palestine, Gaza in particular, still face disastrous realities of war and occupation – but suddenly the stand-down on the threat of U.S....
Briefing: With Richard Falk and Phyllis Bennis

Briefing: With Richard Falk and Phyllis Bennis

The situation of human rights in the Palestinian Territories is a topic of some controversy and conflict. Israel’s continuing occupation of the Palestinian territory, and the lack of respect of international humanitarian law, have resulted in a protection crisis...
What Comes Next: Rights, Not ‘Arrangements,’ for Palestinians

What Comes Next: Rights, Not ‘Arrangements,’ for Palestinians

This blog is part of a series on the end of the two-state paradigm for Israel and Palestine, which can be read in full on Mondoweiss’ website. On the ground, in the real world, of course there is no longer any possibility of a real “two-state” solution. Two...
U.S. Not Bombing Syria: A Victory Against Another U.S. War

U.S. Not Bombing Syria: A Victory Against Another U.S. War

For just these moments we should be savoring a victory. The U.S. is not bombing Syria, as we certainly would have been if not for a huge mobilization of anti-war pressure on the president and especially on Congress. It was, according to the Washington Post, “the first...
Brown Bag: Meeting With Cast of The Island

Brown Bag: Meeting With Cast of The Island

The Island, written by famed South African playwrights Athol Fugard, John Kani, and Winston Ntshona and inspired by a true story, takes place in a South African prison and revolves around a cellmate who is soon to be released, and another who is serving a life...
John Kerry’s Doomed Peace Process is Deja Vu All Over Again

John Kerry’s Doomed Peace Process is Deja Vu All Over Again

Secretary of State John Kerry’s latest foray into Middle East negotiations should be called the Einstein peace process. Doing the same thing over and over again and still expecting different results is the great scientist’s definition of insanity. This time around,...
“World War Z”: Israel’s Best Foot Forward?

“World War Z”: Israel’s Best Foot Forward?

“A Hollywood movie starring Brad Pitt posits a right of return for Arabs and Jews?” asks blogger levi9909 at Jews sans frontieres. An anonymous poster at 1971 Productions blog provides some background on World War Z (with emphasis added and, where applicable, sic):...