City of dreams
Walking through Ramallah, Raja Shehadeh reflects in The Guardian on how his city has changed over 50 years and what that tells us about Israel-Palestinian relations. "The landscape familiar to me as I was growing up is no more; it has changed... The legal strategies we employed to resist the occupation have dismally failed... It is time we recognise our defeat, step aside, hand over the reins to the young."
For many, the indifference of Aung San Suu Kyi, once "an avatar of human rights," towards the treatment of the Rohingya in Myanmar has felt like a betrayal, writes Ben Rhodes, Obama's former deputy national security adviser. For The Atlantic, Rhodes traces her path and asks what she truly wants — power, democracy, or, possibly, both. "I realize, she has always contained multitudes—the idealist, the activist, the politician, the cold pragmatist."
Ilhan Uzgel, one of Turkey’s leading specialists in American-Turkish relations, spent 30 years at the University of Ankara’s storied school of political science. But two years ago, he was fired, and some 6,000 of Turkey’s 150,000 academics would share the same fate. For The New York Times Magazine, Suzy Hansen spoke with Uzgel and many of his colleagues to document the Erdogan regime’s purge of Turkey’s intellectual class.
A Nuremberg moment?
The Commission for International Justice and Accountability — so secret that the exact location of the group’s European headquarters remains a mystery to most people — is headed by William Wiley, a Canadian, whose team has been gathering smuggled documents to make the case for Bashar al-Assad’s key role in atrocities in Syria. Mark MacKinnon visited Wiley for this Globe and Mail feature.