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Posts by Clara Spera

Clara Spera is an M.Phil student at the University of Cambridge. She was a summer intern for Lawfare in 2013. She graduated from The University of Chicago in 2012. She has deferred her enrollment at Harvard Law School until the Fall of 2014, when she will join the Class of 2017.

Today’s Headlines and Commentary

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 11:00 AM

The conflict between Israel and Hamas has intensified. The AP reports that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu suggested that Israel should prepare itself for a drawn-out conflict, and that he has no immediate plans to end the violence. The BBC, The Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and the Washington Post all cover the most recent violence, including destruction of the home of Hamas’ . . .
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Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 12:40 PM

The bloody conflict between Israel and Hamas continues. The Washington Post reports that Hamas has announced that it has captured an Israeli soldier, after a long battle on Sunday in an East Gaza neighborhood. But it is unclear whether or not this claim is true; the Israeli army is still investigating. Meanwhile, the New York . . .
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Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at 10:10 AM

Yesterday, Jane caught us up on the tensions between Israel and Palestine, in the wake of the brutal killing of a Palestinian teenager. Today, the New York Times reports that Israel “began an intensive aerial offensive in Gaza” early this morning. The Israeli defense minister defended the action—codenamed Operation Protective Edge—as necessary to contain Hamas. . . .
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Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at 8:03 AM

Abu Khattala, the man suspected of playing a key role in the September 2012 attack in Benghazi, is scheduled to appear in a Washington, D.C. district court for a detention hearing this morning. The prosecution is fighting for pretrial detention, arguing “[t]here is no condition or combination of conditions that will reasonably assure the defendant’s appearance . . .
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Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 11:54 AM

We start with the current crisis in Iraq. The New York Times reports that the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has its sights set on the second largest dam in the country, the Haditha Dam. Destruction of the structure, which sits 120 miles northwest of Baghdad on the Euphrates River, would cause crippling floods throughout . . .
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Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at 11:19 AM

Civil strife and bloody violence rage on in Iraq. NPR reports that the country has “slipped into chaos” and that support for Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has all but vanished. New York Times reporting backs up that characterization of the current situation in Iraq, explaining that the reinvigorated Sunni militias threaten the future of the country. Another . . .
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Friday, June 20, 2014 at 10:10 AM

President Obama announced yesterday that the United States will send military advisers to Iraq. CNN has the details of President Obama’s announcement, and accompanying video. It seems Congress is going to take a step back and allow President Obama to act, without securing further statutory backing. Evan McMorris-Santoro of Buzzfeed points out that the reaction . . .
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Monday, June 16, 2014 at 10:34 AM

The violence in Iraq continued over the weekend—and in spades. Sunni Islamist militants claimed that their forces had massacred hundreds of Shiite members of Iraq’s security and army forces. The Wall Street Journal covers that story, including with graphic photos. The U.S. State Department has strongly condemned the claims—that’s over at The Hill. The New . . .
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Friday, June 13, 2014 at 9:52 AM

All eyes are on Iraq as we head into the weekend. The New York Times reports that insurgents are continuing to press towards Baghdad, and that Iraq’s highest-ranking Shiite cleric has asked Iraqis to assist in the country’s defense.  The Washington Post supplies further details on Iraq’s disintegration, and on the Iraqi government’s weak military resistance. Regarding . . .
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Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at 9:35 AM

The Pakistani Taliban returned to Karachi’s international airport yesterday, after carrying out a deadly attack on Sunday night. The New York Times reports that yesterday’s attack was more subdued than Sunday’s: it caused no casualties, but certainly did “underscore [the attackers'] ability to create mayhem in the country’s largest city.” CNN also covers the story. The Wall Street Journal considers the implications of Pakistan’s . . .
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Friday, June 6, 2014 at 8:51 AM

Today marks the 70th anniversary of D-Day. The Allied invasion of Normandy remains the largest seaborne military invasion in history, and its importance for the Second World War was monumental. To commemorate the occasion, several world leaders, including President Obama, will gather in Normandy. The BBC has the details of the day’s events. The New . . .
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Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at 10:24 AM

Lots of discussion in the wake of the weekend’s freeing of Sgt Bowe Begdhal in exchange for the transfer of five Afghan Guantanamo detainees. Ben has outlined his thoughts on the matter, while Jack has focused on the pertinent legal features of the deal. This morning, President Obama strongly defended the decision. The Washington Post . . .
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Friday, May 30, 2014 at 10:09 AM

As Ritika mentioned in yesterday’s news coverage of the Williams-Snowden interview, the latter claimed that he initially sought to alert NSA officials to his concerns—among other things by emailing the NSA’s general counsel. On that point, the Washington Post reports that government officials yesterday released an April 2013 email from Snowden inquiring about legal authorities but “raising no concerns” about the NSA’s . . .
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Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at 9:20 AM

President Obama has outlined his plan for a future American military presence in Afghanistan: he plans to withdraw all but 9,800 troops by the end of the year. Reuters reports that by the end of 2016, the hope is that the U.S. troop levels would be “cut to a normal embassy presence.” Of course, the United . . .
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Friday, May 23, 2014 at 8:31 AM

As expected, the House passed an NSA reform bill yesterday. The Los Angeles Times explains that the USA Freedom Act is designed to increase privacy and rollback some forms of government surveillance. Senator Diane Feinstein (D – Calif.) has said she is “open to” considering the bill, according to the Hill. Privacy advocates aren’t thrilled . . .
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Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 9:14 AM

In response to “extensive” pressure on the administration, the Department of Justice will release a 2011 memo that provided the legal justification for the killing of American terrorist suspects overseas. The Washington Post reports that DOJ ultimately decided not to appeal a court order to disclose the memo. There is no official word on the exact date . . .
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Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at 10:03 AM

The Intercept reports that the NSA collects and stores essentially all cell phone calls inside the Bahamas and one other unnamed country. The collection of data, under the auspices of a program called SOMALGET, covers both metadata and content material. The report also explains that the NSA sweeps up metadata as part of the MYSTIC . . .
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Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 10:44 AM

Lots of news coming out of Syria today. First, we are told by the Human Rights Watch that there is “strong evidence” that the Syrian government has used chemical weapons against its people as recently as April of this year. The Los Angeles Times has more on that development. CNN conducted an interview with the country’s . . .
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Friday, May 9, 2014 at 9:35 AM

The United Nations issued a human rights report yesterday on the situation in South Sudan. The New York Times explains that report draws attention to the horrors being committed by both government and rebel forces in the world’s newest country, in a conflict that began there in December. The report is very clear: both sides . . .
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Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at 10:27 AM

The United States will help to recover over 200 female schoolchildren abducted by Boko Haram in Nigeria. The Washington Post reports that the White House will be sending “specialists” to Nigeria to help with the situation. Secretary of State John Kerry promises a “very, very rapid response.” The New York Times Editorial Board weighs in on . . .
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