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Aug. 13, 2021
The Next Gaza War Can Be Prevented
Authored by The Carter Center, published on Medium.
Palestinians are seething. Daily life under Israeli occupation is unbearably humiliating, particularly in Gaza. The fundamental obstacles to peace and justice in Israel and Palestine — the occupation of Palestinian territories and denial of equal rights to the Palestinians — can and must be addressed in the long run. But there is an urgent task now: preventing the next Gaza war.

Feb. 11, 2014
Syria's Refugees: Regional Implications of the Conflict (PDF)
Transcript: Q&A. Participant: Hrair Balian, Director, Conflict Resolution Program, The Carter Center. This event was live-streamed on
Thank you. Perhaps it would be a good starting point to review for this, I'm sure, very well informed audience the scale of the humanitarian catastrophe in Syria today. We've all heard about the 130,000 (or thereabouts) deaths as a result of the three-year conflict; 750,000 (or thereabouts) people injured and maimed as a result of the conflict; 2.5 million refugees in neighbouring countries and 6.1 million internally displaced, so more than 9 million displaced altogether. But that really doesn't tell the story, because there is more.

June 1, 2012
The Wisdom of Reforming Terrorist Designations
Nathan Stock op-ed, published by Foreign Policy. Login is required to access full text.
In 2008 — 18 years after New York City threw him a ticker tape parade for helping to end apartheid — it took an act of Congress to ensure that Nelson Mandela did not need a special waiver to enter the United States, finally removing his terrorist designation. In November 2011, Hezbollah leader Imad Mughniyah was removed from the "Individuals and Entities Designated by the State Department Under E.O. 13224" terrorist list. He had been dead for three and a half years.

Aug. 22, 2011
The EU Must Give Gazan Hope a Hand
Sami Abdel-Shafi op-ed, published by the Guardian.
It is no longer fitting to wonder whether Gaza is a problem: of course it is, and will continue to be for as long as its residents are forced to survive on aid for lack of economic opportunity and are denied the simple freedoms to pursue a decent and peaceful life. Whenever violence breaks out in or around the Gaza Strip, whether Gazans are responsible or not, we end up bearing the brunt.

Dec. 29, 2009
This Is Not Humane. We Need Dignity.
Sami Abdel-Shafi op-ed, published by The Guardian
A year on from Operation Cast Lead, the Gaza blockade is preventing people from leading a minimally respectable civil life.

Oct. 9, 2009
Opinion: Talk to Hamas Now or Fight New Radicals Indefinitely
Nathan Stock op-ed, published by The Christian Science Monitor.
History is repeating itself in the Palestinian territories. Washington refuses to engage a right-wing Palestinian group – and so spawns organizations that are even more extreme.

Oct. 9, 2009
Sami Abdel-Shafi: Palestinians Let Down by Their Compromising Leaders
Sami Abdel-Shafi op-ed, published by The Independent.
A diplomatic, political and legal disaster has left people in Gaza shocked and disillusioned, and the Palestinian National Authority (PNA), and its President look like they are trying to cover the sun in continuing to deny their responsibility for it.

Jan. 16, 2009
Trauma and Terror in Gaza
Sami Abdel-Shafi op-ed, published by The Guardian.
I never imagined I would, but now I know what it feels like to be stalked by death. Last week, I had just arrived for an engagement at a media building in Gaza City only to find the studio crew huddled in fear and peering out of the window.

Jan. 5, 2009
Our Spirit Will Not Die
Sami Abdel-Shafi op-ed, published by The Guardian.
Yesterday morning, I hurried up to the rooftop of my home to catch a glimpse of the sun rising. Columns of black smoke stretched sideways over Gaza's horizon, eerily symbolising how Israel's ground assault has already inflicted more indiscriminate suffering on ordinary people.

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