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A Critical Analysis of the Report of the UN Human Rights Council Commission of Inquiry into the 2014 Gaza Conflict

Pnina Sharvit Baruch analyzes the Report issued in 2015 by the UN Human Rights Council Commission of Inquiry into the conduct of the 2014 Gaza conflict and finds its investigative methodologies, legal analyses of international humanitarian law, and specific conclusions underwhelming at best. 

The Russia Connection

It’s Time for a Select Committee on Russia (Also, We Told You So)

In light of HPSCI Chairman Devin Nunes's behavior yesterday, it is worth briefly reviewing the need for the new select committee, as well as our arguments as to why a select committee has advantages over an independent bipartisan commission—the model preferred by many Trump critics.

Donald Trump

Destroying the Presumption of Regularity

In the normal course of events, the announcement by DHS that it would ban large electronic devices from direct flights originating at ten airports in the Middle East would excite a great deal of comment.  Technologists would speculate as to the nature of the potential new bomb threat.  Intelligence-types would be curious as to the provenance of the intelligence -- was it SIGINT or HUMINT?  Law and policy folk would ask about the legal underpinnings and deba

Aegis

Reminder—Hoover Book Soiree: Graeme Wood's The Way of the Strangers: Encounters with the Islamic State

The next in our series of book soirees at the Hoover Institution will take place from 5-7 pm on Tuesday, March 28, when Ben will interview Graeme Wood on his new book, The Way of the Strangers: Encounters with the Islamic State.

Today's Headlines and Commentary

Today's Headlines and Commentary

The Guardian reports that one police officer has been stabbed, a woman has died, and a number of people injured in an attack by an assailant on the UK Parliament. The man was shot by police and the Parliament is on lockdown, as is transportation to the area. The police have confirmed that they are treating the attack as a terrorist incident.

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