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The Supreme Court Criminalizes Being Homeless

Clare Pastore and homeless tents at Triangle Park along 2nd Street between Massachusetts Avenue and D Street, NE, Washington DC on Tuesday afternoon, 12 January 2021. The Supreme Court’s recent decision to allow cities to ban people from sleeping outdoors presents a major shift in the perception of poverty and homelessness in the U.S. and […]

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Protesting U of Texas-Dallas Arrest and Suspension of Faculty and Students Peacefully Protesting against Gaza War

Committee on Academic Freedom | Middle East Studies Association | – Dr. Richard C. Benson President,  University of Texas at Dallas president@utdallas.edu . . . We write on behalf of the Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA) and its Committee on Academic Freedom to express our grave concern over your administration’s recent actions with respect […]

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Trump’s Dangerous ‘State of Exception’: SCOTUS must not Allow Presidential Immunity

Hamburg, NY (Special to Informed Comment; Feature) – Carl Schmitt wrote in Political Theology (1922) “sovereign is he who decides on the state of the exception.” What Schmitt meant in using the word “exception” is that in a specific historical timeframe a sovereign can suspend law in the context of a declared state of emergency. […]

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In Fit of anti-Palestinian Hatred, Congress tries to Outlaw “From the River to the Sea, Palestine will be Free”

Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) – On Wednesday the House of Representatives passed a resolution condemning the chanting of the phrase “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free.” Since Congress, which appears to have a disproportionate number of genocidal maniacs in its ranks, is all right with the Palestinians being subjected to mass […]

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Condemning Vanderbilt University’s Suspension of Students Engaged in Peaceful Protest against Gaza Campaign

Committee on Academic Freedom | Middle East Studies Association | – Daniel Diermeier Chancellor, Vanderbilt University daniel.diermeier@vanderbilt.edu   C. Cybele Raver Provost, Vanderbilt University cybele.raver@vanderbilt.edu   Dear Chancellor Diermeier and Provost Raver:   We write on behalf of the Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA) and its Committee on Academic Freedom to express […]

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Texas’ Gov. Abbott: Stop Weaponizing “Antisemitism” to Harass Campus Critics of Israeli Policy

Committee on Academic Freedom | Middle East Studies Association | – Letter to Texas Governor Greg Abbott regarding Executive Order GA-44 2 April 2024     Governor Greg Abbott Office of the Texas Governor Office of the Governor P.O. Box 12428 Austin, Texas 78711-2428   Dear Governor Abbott:   We write on behalf of the […]

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‘Constitutionally ineligible’: Legal expert says Trump ‘spitting on our sacred documents’

A prominent legal expert recently accused former President Donald Trump’s lawyers of making circular and self-contradictory arguments all in the service of shielding Trump from accountability. During a Friday night segment on MSNBC’s All In with Chris Hayes, former US principal deputy solicitor general Neal Katyal — who helped argue cases on behalf of the […]