Articles from Juan Cole

Little Jakelin’s Death in Border Patrol Site a ‘Systemic Failure’: Congressman

Washington, United States | AFP | – The US lawmaker who led a delegation to New Mexico Tuesday to look into the death of a seven-year-old Guatemalan girl in US Border Patrol custody blamed the tragedy on glaring systematic failures.

Jakelin Caal died last week in hospital in El Paso, Texas, after being arrested with her father and others crossing from Mexico December 6. Together they had traveled more than 3,000 kilometers from their hometown of Raxruha, Guatemala.

Congress must reject Israel Anti-Boycott Act

By Omar Shakir | –

( Human Rights Watch) – Today the US Congress is weighing draft legislation based on problematic logic that conflates a call for businesses to stop operating in West Bank settlements, which are unlawful under the 1949 Geneva Conventions that prohibit transferring civilians into occupied territory, with a boycott of Israel.

Trump Admin. Relents, will Waive Muslim Ban to let Yemeni Mother see Dying Son

San Francisco, CA | AFP |

Shaima Swileh, a native of Yemen, was granted a US visa to visit her dying two-year-old son Abdullah Hassan, a US citizen like his father Ali — both of whom are picture here at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital in Oakland on December 16, 2018
A mother from Yemen was granted Tuesday her wish to see her dying toddler one last time in the United States, which agreed to issue her a waiver from its ban on citizens from several Muslim-majority countries.

Why Airbnb is not backing Down on Boycotting Israeli Squatter Housing in Palestinian West Bank

Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) – The living space- sharing company Airbnb on Monday denied an allegation by the Israeli tourism minister that it had suspended its delisting of apartments in Israeli squatter settlements (which are Jewish-only) in the Palestinian West Bank.

Airbnb has to boycott the Israeli squatter settlements because they are illegal.

Can we Make Christmas Sustainable?

By Sharon George –

Moderation is the last thing on people’s minds at Christmas. Shopping, travelling and eating reach peak levels – putting pressure on our planet. Even Santa poses a problem. If you don’t believe in flying reindeers, that sleigh must be rocket-fuelled to reach the supersonic speeds needed to travel around the world to visit hundreds of millions of children in just one night using conventional engineering.

Israeli PM Netanyahu’s Son Banned from Facebook after Call to Expel 2 mn. Muslims

Yair Netanyahu, the son of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, was yesterday banned from Facebook for posting anti-Muslim content.

The saga began on Thursday after Yair Netanyahu wrote on Facebook that: “There will not be peace here [in Israel-Palestine] until: 1. All the Jews leave the land of Israel. 2. All the Muslims leave the land of Israel. I prefer the second option.”