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Donald Trump’s attacks on Muslims fit a pattern of persecution. Just ask Jews, Catholics and Mormons.

Author(s): 
Henry Farrell
Publication Date: 
December 8, 2015
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

David T. Smith (@dtsmith_sydney) is a senior lecturer at the United States Studies Centre and the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney. His new book, “Religious Persecution and Political Order in the United States” came out two weeks ago, right at the beginning of the current controversies about the treatment of Muslims in the U.S., which have culminated in Donald Trump’s proposal to bar all Muslims from traveling to the U.S. I carried out an email interview with him.

Targeting Tankers Under the Law of War (Part 1)

Author(s): 
Beth Van Schaack
Publication Date: 
December 2, 2015
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Editor’s Note: This is the first in a two-part post discussing how the law of war applies to airstrikes against oil tanker trucks. You can read Part Two here.

The US Holocaust Memorial Museum: “ISIL Is Committing Genocide Against the Yezidis in Iraq”

Author(s): 
Beth Van Schaack
Publication Date: 
December 1, 2015
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

The US Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) has issued an important and distressing report characterizing violence against the Yezidi people in 2014 in Iraq as amounting to genocide. This is not the first time ISIL’s campaign against this minority group has been deemed a genocide, as I have recounted before.

The US Holocaust Memorial Museum: “ISIL Is Committing Genocide Against the Yezidis in Iraq”

Author(s): 
Beth Van Schaack
Publication Date: 
December 1, 2015
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

The US Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) has issued an important and distressing report characterizing violence against the Yezidi people in 2014 in Iraq as amounting to genocide. This is not the first time ISIL’s campaign against this minority group has been deemed a genocide, as I have recounted before.

On Climate Change and Cyber Attacks

Author(s): 
Scott Shackelford
Publication Date: 
December 1, 2015
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

It is difficult to think of two issues with a greater potential to negatively impact both our environment and the global economy than climate change and cyber attacks. Though long-term estimates on both are notoriously tough to pin down, contestedassessments on the cost of cyber attacks range from approximately $400 billion for 2014 to more than $3 trillion by 2020 (a figure, if true, larger than the global illegal drugs market).

Stupid Patent Of The Month: Infamous Prison Telco Patents Asking Third-Parties For Money

Author(s): 
Daniel Nazer
Publication Date: 
November 25, 2015
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Plenty of businesses rely on third-party payers: parents often pay for college; insurance companies pay most health care bills. Reaching out to potential third-party payers is hardly a new or revolutionary business practice. But someone should tell the Patent Office. Earlier this year, it issued US Patent No. 9,026,468 to Securus Technologies, a company that provides telephone services to prisoners.

Two new initiatives will hold tech companies accountable on press freedom

Author(s): 
Geoffrey King
Publication Date: 
November 20, 2015
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

The launches of OnlineCensorship.org today and Ranking Digital Rights on November 3 will ensure technology companies serve--rather than squelch--the free flow of news online.

Both projects seek to independently document the policies and practices of tech companies on the issues of free expression and privacy. These data can then be used by civil society, academics, and competitors to ensure companies follow best practices.

This is the group that’s surprisingly prone to violent extremism

Author(s): 
Henry Farrell
Publication Date: 
November 17, 2015
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

In the last 24 hours many prominent politicians and pundits have said that they don’t want Syrian refugees to enter the United States. For example, Gov. Chris Christie has said that he doesn’t even want 5-year-old Syrian orphans to come into the country. Almost half of the country’s governors have said that they will refuse to allow Syrian refugees to come to their states.

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