Reflections & Observations in 2015

2015 has been a fruitful year. I’ve published columns on targeting and profiling of Muslim Americans, Iranian-US relations, whistleblower protections for undocumented immigrants and drones.  More soon!

The Un-American Way To Tackle Extremism

The U.S. Should Rethink Its Relationship With Iran

Protect Undocumented Workers Who Fight Abusive Employers

US Drone Complex Bureaucratizes Murder 

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The U.S. & Children’s Rights

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Only three countries in the world haven’t ratified the landmark human rights treaty, The Convention on the Rights of the Child: Somalia, South Sudan, and the United States. In going it alone, the U.S. hurts itself, the rest of the world, and children everywhere. More at Al Jazeera America.

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The US government can brand you a terrorist based on a Facebook post.

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You read that headline right.  Taken together, you can’t help but wonder: are you already on the watchlist?  More at The Guardian.

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NSA Surveillance: It’s Much Worse Than You Think

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I published a piece with CNN today on NSA surveillance under the Section 702 FISA program. It’s much worse than you think.

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It’s Time to Close the Workplace Sexual Harassment Loophole

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There’s an absurd loophole that allows employers to escape meritorious claims of employment discrimination.  Here’s the piece I published earlier this summer in The Guardian.

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Americans’ Complicity in the Prison Rape Crisis

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Rape and sexual assault are as basic to the prison experience as bars and bunk beds. When did rape become a laughing matter?  More in Al Jazeera America.

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Spying on Muslims is Legal?

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I published a column last week with CNN Opinion on religious surveillance.  Since 9/11, the NYPD has used community mapping, video surveillance, photography and confidential informants to map Muslim life in and around New York.  No detail has proved too remote for the prying eyes of the NYPD.  Mosques, student groups, restaurants, even grade schools, have all been surveilled, absent any evidence of wrongdoing.  Regrettably, a New Jersey court recently ruled that the spying program is legal, and found that monitoring Muslims was the only way to stop terrorism arising from the Muslim community.  I believe the decision is shameful and diminishes the Bill of Rights.  You can read more at CNN Opinion.

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