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O.I.L. Media Roundup (11 April)

[Jafra Palestinian Youth Center in Yarmouk Camp. Image by Wikimedia Commons User Tobbe.] [Jafra Palestinian Youth Center in Yarmouk Camp. Image by Wikimedia Commons User Tobbe.]

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Occupation, Intervention and Law and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the O.I.L. Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each biweekly roundup to by Monday night of every other week.]


Here's What You Need to Know About the Iran Deal, Noah RaymanTime magazine provides an overview of a deal reached between Iran and the US and a number of western powers in which the former agrees to curb it's nuclear program to a degree in exchange for the lifting of a number of economic sanctions.

The Factual Errors in John Bolton's "Bomb Iran!" Op-Ed in the New York Times – and Why You Should Care, Jon Schwarz
The Intercept dissects a number of factual errors in a recent New York Times op-ed advocating war with Iran.

The Fantasy of a Better Iran Deal, Samuel R. Berger 
Critics of the Iran nuclear deal with the US and five western powers are wrong to suggest that rejecting the current agreement in favor of tougher sanctions might bring about a deal more favorable to the west. 

Iran Is 'Congenital Cheating' 'Islamic Power Bent on World Domination,' Philip Weiss
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has reacted to the Iran agreement with great skepticism, characterizing Iran as "more dangerous than North Korea."


It's Not Just the Lobby, David Mizner
The Israel lobby is far from the only factor behind American political and military support for Israel, writes Mizner, pointing out that often the relationship serves American interests in the middle east.

UN Report: 2014 Saw the Most Palestinians Killed by Israel's Military Since '67,  Amira Hass
Israeli forces killed 2,312 Palestinians in 2014, roughly two thirds of which were civilians, the most in a single year since 1967.

Running Between the Walls in the Palestine Marathon, Ahmad Al-Bazz
A photo essay on the Palestine Marathon, a race held in Bethlehem to highlight issues of Palestinian right to movement.

The Politicization of Palestine's ICC Membership, Raed Omari
Omari argues in al-Arabiya that Palestine's bid for ICC membership had more to do with demonstrating their political capital ("to show that they can act unilaterally, as Netanyahu has") than necessarily initiating a prosecution of Israeli war crimes.

The International Criminal Court Will Never Investigate Palestine's Problems, Kevin Jon Heller
Heller suggests that Hamas may increase the likelihood of the ICC convicting Israeli parties of war crimes by first volunteering it's own leaders for prosecution, a move he refers to as "legal martyrdom."

Armed Conflict

Al-Shabaab: from al-Qaida rejects to a fighting force of thousands, David Smith
The Guardian profiles the terrorist group responsible for a raid on a school in Kenya that killed 147.

To Equip and Advise: Why the Us Strategy Against the Islamic State Will Fail, Sebastian Bae
Bae argues that US policy of air strikes and sending military advisers to assist Iraqi forces battling ISIS is a strategy likely to only result in short term military gains against the terrorist group.

US-Backed Airstrikes on Yemen Kill Civilians – and Hopes for Peace, Baraa Shiban
Shiban writes that drone strikes in Yemen have only exacerbated the country's lack of strong governance and institutions, accusing the US of trying to "bomb a country into existence."


Boston Bomber Could Live or Die Based on Whether He Was Radicalized Online, Murtaza Hussain
Dzokhar Tsarnaev, accomplice in the 2013 Boston marathon bombings, may face the death penalty if a court finds he was radicalized via online Al Qa'ida resources rather than under the influence of his fellow accomplice and older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev.

Occupier Orders Palestinian Lawmaker Khalida Jarrar Held 6 Months Without Charge or Trial, Ali Abunimah
Israel has ordered Palestinian Legislative Council member Khalida Jarrar to be held in "administrative detention"--without trial or charge--for six months. 

Imprisoned and Tortured in Syria—and Then Rejected by Washington, Tim Mak
The Daily Beast profiles Syrian activists who have encountered difficulties obtaining US government approval to travel to the US to testify about their being tortured under Assad.


PLO to coordinate Yarmouk relief with Syrian government, Ma’an
Ma’an news discusses an agreement between the Syrian government and the PLO to allow relief and safe passage out of Yarmouk, after it was invaded by armed militants from ISIS.

"Beyond Inhumane" Battle for Refugee Camp in Syria, CBS News
CBS News covers the chaotic conditions in Syria's Yarmouk refugee camp for Palestinians, currently under attack from Islamic State militants.

Syria offers Palestinians its firepower in Yarmouk battle
Ma’an news discusses an offer from the Syrian government to arm Palestinian factions in Yarmouk fighting to repel ISIS.

Yarmouk Camp: Palestinian Resistance Combats ISIS, Leith Fadel
Writing for Al Masdar, Fadel reports on the ongoing clashes between the Syrian army, the PFLP-GC on the one hand and ISIS on the other, for control of Yarmouk camp.

'Chaos,' Charges of Abuses Follow Retaking of Tikrit, Matt Bradley and Dion Nissenbaum
The Wall Street Journal covers the aftermath of ISIS' defeat at Tikrit at the hands of Iraqi security forces.

Tunisia Says Plans to Renew Ties With Syria to Help Track Fighters, Tarek Amara
Tunisia plans to resume, to a limited degree, diplomatic relations with Syria, as part of an effort to track thousands of Tunisian militants in Iraq and Syria.

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