Articles from Juan Cole

Erdogan takes Saudi Prince to Woodshed, Demands Extraditions

(Buenos Aires, Argentina) | AFP | –

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan demanded Saturday that Saudi Arabia extradite suspects in the killing in Istanbul of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, taking to task the kingdom’s crown prince who was basking in his quick return to the world stage at the G20.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s presence at the summit of the Group of 20 powers in Buenos Aires demonstrated he was firmly in control, as he met with Western leaders and sealed an oil pact with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Big Oil Infiltrates, Undermines UN Climate Talks

By Patrick GALEY | –

Paris (AFP) – Oil and coal giants are exploiting a lack of conflict-of-interest protection at UN climate talks to push for continued fossil fuel use despite its contribution to harmful climate change, several sources have told AFP.

As policymakers from around the world prepare to gather in Poland for the COP 24 summit to finalise the Paris climate promises, officials and campaigners said that groups representing big energy are free to lobby with little or no oversight at the negotiations.

Israeli Court Grants Palestinian Lands near Bethlehem to Israeli Squatters

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Israeli Supreme Court ruled, on Wednesday, to grant ownership of Palestinian land, located near the illegal Israeli settlement of Gush Etzion, south of Bethlehem in the southern occupied West Bank, to the Jewish National Fund (JNF).

Hebrew-language news outlets reported that the Israeli Supreme Court’s ruling grants Israeli settlers from JNF ownership rights to 522 dunams (129 acres) of Palestinian land surrounding the illegal Gush Etzion settlement.

MESA Slams new Version of Israel Anti-Boycott Act (S. 720) for Criminalizing Criticism of Israel

Committee on Academic Freedom
Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA)
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November 29, 2018

The Honorable Benjamin Cardin
United States Senate
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The Honorable Rob Portman
United States Senate
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