Daily Briefing - Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Prop 8, Boycotting Target and the U.S. pulling troops out of Iraq.

NYU Professor of Politics, David Phillips gives us his input on Iraq.

Ilyse Hogue speaking of boycotting Target.

Tobias Wolf (professor of Pennsylvania Law School) about Prop 8

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Daily Briefing - Tuesday, August 3, 2010

William Gale is a Senior Fellow in Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution. He also directs their Retirement Security Project, co-directs the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center, and is the Arjay and Frances Miller Chair in Federal Economic Policy. Prior to joining Brookings he was an Economics professor at UCLA and a senior staff economist in the Council of Economic Advisers under President George H. W. Bush. His books include, Taxing the Future: Fiscal Policy in the Bush Administration ; Aging Gracefully: Ideas to Improve Retirement Security in America and Economic Effects of Fundamental Tax Reform .

Charles Kennedy is a professor of Political Science at Wake Forest University, where he directs the Middle East and South Asia Studies program. He has been researching and writing about South Asian political and governmental systems since 1975, and has conducted extensive fieldwork in Pakistan, Bangladesh, and India. He served as the Director of the American Institute of Pakistan Studies from 1988 to 2001. His books include Government and Politics in South Asia; Pakistan: 2005; and Pakistan at the Millennium.

David Enders is the author of Baghdad Bulletin, an account of his reporting on the American occupation of Iraq. He has reported and produced from the Middle East, Europe and the US for outlets ranging from Al Jazeera English to The Nation to The New York Times.

Alaa Majeed is an award-winning Iraqi journalist who has worked for Al Jazeera and McClatchy in their Baghdad bureaus, in addition to reporting for other news organizations. In 2007, she won the “Courage in Journalism” Award from the International Women’s Media Foundation. She currently works as a reporter and does research for the Committee to Protect Journalists.

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Daily Briefing - Tuesday August 31, 2010

Raed Jarrar is an Iraq-born architect, blogger, and political advocate. He currently lives in Washington, DC where he is the Iraq consultant for the American Friends Service Committee and a Senior Fellow at Peace Action. He first gain international prominence as the person referenced in the blog, “Where is Raed?” which was written from Baghdad by the pseudonymous author Salam Pax while the US invaded Iraq. Jarrar and his family compiled their own posts in the book, The Iraq War Blog, An Iraqi Family’s Inside View of the First Year of the Occupation. In 2003, he worked as the country director of CIVIC Worldwise, the only door-to-door civilian casualties survey in Iraq. He also founded Emaar, a non-governmental organization that carried out humanitarian and reconstruction work in Baghdad and southern Iraq. He has an article today on truthout.org titled, “Obama’s Iraq Speech: Don’t Expect Him to Say the War is Over.

Amjad Atallah Co-Directs the Middle East Task Force at the New America Foundation. Previously, Mr. Atallah headed Strategic Assessments Initiative, a not-for-profit organization committed to providing legal and policy assistance to parties involved in negotiations in conflict and post-conflict situations, where he worked on international policy and advocacy efforts of the Save Darfur Coalition, advised the Kosovar constitutional process, and prepared scenario planning exercises for the Palestinians and Israelis. Prior to that, Mr. Atallah advised the Palestinian negotiating team in peace negotiations with Israel on the issues of international borders, security, and constitutional issues, and served as their liaison to U.S. government officials in Washington, D.C.

Daniel Levy is a Senior Fellow and Director of the Middle East Policy Initiative of the American Strategy Program at the New America Foundation. He was the lead Israeli drafter of the Geneva Initiative and directed policy planning and international efforts at the Geneva Campaign Headquarters in Tel Aviv. Previously, Mr. Levy served as senior policy adviser to former Israeli Minister of Justice, Yossi Beilin, and under the Barak government he worked in the prime minister’s office as a special adviser and head of the Jerusalem Affairs unit. He was a member of the Israeli delegation to the Taba negotiations with the Palestinians in January 2001, and of the negotiating team for the “Oslo B” Agreement from May to September 1995, under Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.