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O.I.L. Media Roundup (28 March)

[Carthage room, Bardo National Museum in Tunis, Tunisia. Image by Alexandre Moreau.] [Carthage room, Bardo National Museum in Tunis, Tunisia. Image by Alexandre Moreau.]

[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.]


Short Doc Looks for the Palestinians in Israeli Elections, +972
+972  features a documentary from filmmakers Tamar Glezerman and Arianna LaPenne on the role of Operation Protective Edge in Israeli elections.

Backtracking on Palestinian Statehood?, Josh Ruebner
Ruebner writes for The Hill on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's apparent reversal of his position during his recent electoral campaign on the issue of Palestinian Statehood.

Netanyahu's Win Is Good For Palestine, Yousef Munayyer
In The New York Times, Munayyer argues that Netanyahu's victory may hasten the death of Israeli apartheid policies toward Palestinians and signals the end of the argument that such change could come from within Israel.

Obama Says He Told Netanyahu That Talk Before Election Hurt the Peace Process, Julie Hirschfeld Davis
President Obama has commented that he warned Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu that his recent election rhetoric, suggesting he would stall the establishment of a Palestinian state, would harm the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.  


Big Bank's Analyst Worries That Iran Deal Could Depress Weapons Sales, Lee Fang
The Intercept reports on an exchange between an analyst from Deutsche Bank and the chief executive of Lockheed Martin in which the former party suggests an Iran nuclear deal might harm the profitability of Lockheed.

Israel Spied On Iran Nuclear Talks With U.S., Adam Entous
The Wall Street Journal reports that Israel had spied on recent negotiations between Iran and the US and a number of other Western powers over Iran's nuclear program, allegedly using information found through such spying to try to lobby Congress to put a deal between Iran and the US in jeopardy.


The Observer View on the Tunisian Bardo Museum Attack, The Observer
The British newspaper condemns Islamic State and its role in the recent assault on a renowned museum in Tunisia and critiques the "unconvincing" response from western countries.

Tunis Bardo Museum: Nine Suspects Arrested for Links to Attack, BBC News
BBC covers the gun attack on a Tunisian museum that killed twenty three people, ISIS' claiming responsibility for the attack, and the arrest of nine people alleged to have been connected with the assault.


Out of Yemen, US Is Hobbled in Terror Fight, Eric Schmitt
The New York Times reports on the evacuation of 125 US Special Operations advisers from Yemen admits violent unrest in the country, calling it a blow to the Obama Administration's counterterrorism strategy.

Pentagon Loses Track of $500 Million in Weapons, Equipment Given to Yemen, Craig Whitlock
The Washington Post reports that the Department of Defense is unable to account for more than $500 million in US military aid given to Yemen, having lost the ability to monitor small arms, ammunition, vehicles, and other supplies amidst recent violence.


ACLU Files New Lawsuit over Obama Administration Drone "Kill List," Spencer Ackerman
The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a disclosure lawsuit seeking the release of documents clarifying the criteria for placing a person on the "kill list" of targets for drone strikes and other attacks under the umbrella of the administration's targeted killing program.

What Went Wrong with the FISA Court, Liza Goitein, Faiza Patel
New York University's Brennan Center for Justice releases a report alleging the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court has failed to serve its function of "checking the executive branch's ability to obtain Americans' private communications" and underlying the political and legal causes of such a decline.

9/11 Judge: War Court Can't Order Guantanamo Health Care, Carol Rosenberg
Col. James L. Pohl, a judge in the 9/11 plotter trial, has rejected an appeal from the attorney of Saudi detainee Mustafa al Hawsawi asking the judge to intervene in the healthcare of Hawsawi, alleging he still suffers from injuries incurred at a CIA "black site."

Prison Dispatches From the War on Terror: Gitmo Detainee's LIfe an "Endless Horror Movie," Murtaza Hussain
A petition submitted to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights alleges that hunger striking Guantanamo detainee Moath Hamza Ahmed al-alai has been subjected to increasingly brutal abuse from guards since beginning his strike in early 2013.

United Nations Investigators Accuse ISIS of Genocide Over Attacks on Yazidis, Nick Cumming-Bruce
United Nations human rights investigators have released a report alleging ISIS' pattern of attacks against the Yazidi religious minority in Northern Iraq reveals an intention of genocide.

Armed Conflict

ISIS Recruits Afghans In Chilling Video, Nick Paton Walsh
CNN reports on ISIS attempts to expand recruiting efforts in Afghanistan and their hopes to capitalize on a fracturing Taliban and wealth of trained militants in the country.

"ISIS Hackers" Googled Their Hit List; Troops' Names Were Already on Public Websites, Nancy Youssef
Despite ISIS claims to have "hacked military servers" to collate a "hit list" of US military personnel, The Daily Beast reports that nearly all of the names and photos on the list were information featured publicly online prior to the release of the list.

Iraqi Forces Map Plan Against ISIS, With Strategic Use of Militias, Anne Barnard, Kareem Fahim
After four weeks of fighting, The New York Times reports Iraqi troops have abandoned plans to storm the city of Tikrit in hopes of sealing off the area and securing the province of Anbar.

Obama May Alter Drawdown Timetable but is Determined to End Afghan War, Missy Ryan, Greg Jaffe
The Washington Post reports that the Pentagon has indicated a willingness to delay troop departure dates for Afghanistan while maintaining a commitment to ending the US mission by the end of President Obama's tenure in office.

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