Stanford Progressive

Free Fadi – And the Rest of Palestine

by Shadi Bushra

Filed under International

The detention of Fadi Quran, Stanford ’10, during a peaceful protest in the West Bank last week should serve as a reminder that Palestinians do not enjoy the same civil rights as Israelis and can be detained without charge indefinitely. Fadi’s detention is unjust – the detention of nearly five thousand Palestinians without ever seeing a civilian court is equally abhorrent.

Students Give Accounts of Police Raids at Khartoum University

by Shadi Bushra

Filed under International

Khartoum University remains closed almost one month after anti-regime protests triggered a police crackdown that left dozens injured, with two students still detained after nearly four weeks in custody. In protest of last month’s crackdown and a subsequent university resolution authorizing police to enter the campus, the students have called for the university to remain [...]


The Arab League’s Self-Serving Sanctions

by Shadi Bushra

Filed under Feature, International

Over the past months, the Arab League has incrementally stepped up pressure on Syria’s Bashar al-Assad, culminating in the imposition of diplomatic and economic sanctions. Since then, the League has been showered with admiration from Western governments, media outlets, and political analysts for stepping up to protect Syrian civilians and their democratic aspirations. However, it may be more accurate to comment the League for its shrewd political calculations of how the crisis could best serve its interests.


Chronicle of 750,000 Deaths Foretold

by Shadi Bushra

Filed under Feature, International

Officials in the UN’s Organization for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) have been sending out famine warnings since last year. But governments often believe relief agencies are over-playing the risk of an emergency for their own reasons – until it happens. The global humanitarian system is based on responding to, not preventing crises. It is as much a money argument as a moral one: The UN estimates that every $1 spent in prevention saves $7 in emergency spending