Moving to Medium

I am officially moving my blog over to Medium. All my posts to date will continue to exist here, but future writing will just be posted there. If you want to continue reading my work, please follow me there! https://medium.com/@enajlaura  

Thoughts on the Pulse Massacre

Two nights ago I attended the Boston Dyke March, an annual Pride event with no corporate sponsors that maintains the political origins of Pride. Yesterday, I attended the major Pride parade here in Boston, with its attendant concerns about pinkwashing exploitive corporations and allowing them to profit off of our identities, but an event that…

Guantanamo, Israel, and the Rule of Law

This past week, President Obama announced a plan to “close” the Guantanamo Bay detention center. I put “close” in quotation marks, because while technically his plan would close the prison at Gitmo, and would accelerate the transfer of prisoners who have been cleared for release, it fails to address some of the other problems associated…

Military Integration and Militarized Feminism

Early this year, the first women successfully completed the training process for the Army Rangers. A (potentially deeply flawed) study assessed the performance of female-integrated Marine Corps combat units. By January 1, all branches of the U.S. armed forces must present a plan for integrating women into combat roles, or a strong rationale for excluding…

Leading by Example: How States Identify Targets for Non-State Violence

Nearly 80,000 people in the UK signed a petition calling for the arrest of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on war crimes charges ahead of his diplomatic visit to Britain. The growing global criticism of Israel’s military actions against Palestinians is encouraging, but is also particularly interesting to consider alongside recent acts of settler violence…

Drone Strikes, Police Violence, and Suspect Classes in American Justice

Last week, NSA domestic surveillance programs, as well as several provisions of the PATRIOT Act were shut down. First off, credit where credit is due: I disagree with Rand Paul on a great many things, but he has consistently been good on surveillance issues, and he blocked the Senate from fast-tracking a vote on the…

Language and the War on Terror

A while ago, I think I mentioned on here that the BBC was no longer going to use the words “terrorist” or “terrorism” in their reporting (except when quoting someone.) The BBC explained this policy change by stating: “We recognise the existence and the reality of terrorism – at this point in the twenty first…

Links for the Middle of Your Week 3/18/15

My bad, guys. It’s late. Also, though, links posts are a great time to let me know if you are interested in reading a longer/more in-depth post about any of the topics I mention here. Human Rights This week I learned that Australia mandates detention of all asylum seekers until their claims are processed. This…

Top 5 U.S.-Trained Groups That Have Committed War Crimes

In light of the recent news that U.S.-trained Iraqi forces are being investigated for committing war crimes in their fight against ISIS, I decided to do my first listicle: forces that have been trained or funded by the U.S. and then accused of committing war crimes (in possible violation of the Leahy Law, which prohibits…

Links to Start Your Week 3/8/15

International Women’s Day! On this fine day, the Zinn Education Project has a toolkit for educators to teach women’s contributions to history year-round, and for the rest of us to learn. This piece uses recent acts of violence against women in India as a starting point to discuss how to design cities “as if women…