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We Lost Our House, the Economy Crashed, and You Made a Fortune. How Much Do We Owe You?

Francisco Enriquez | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Francisco Enriquez

The upcoming JPMorgan Chase settlement is expected to be the largest corporate settlement in Justice Department history. Unless the Justice Department prevents it, JPMorgan could heap billions of dollars right back onto the shoulders of taxpayers.

3 Ways To Succeed In A Divorce Settlement Negotiation

Caroline Choi | Posted 12.31.2013 | Divorce
Caroline Choi

So is there anything you can do to avoid moving your negotiated divorce into a litigated one? Here are some simple pointers to keep in mind when you are about to enter into your settlement meeting.

Tax Breaks for Corporate Wrongdoing, Part 1: The FTC

Francisco Enriquez | Posted 12.29.2013 | Politics
Francisco Enriquez

Every year, the Federal Trade Commission, or FTC, negotiates hundreds of millions of dollars in deals with corporations to settle allegations of criminal wrongdoing. However, the FTC has ended up allowing bad actors to claim massive tax deductions for their wrongdoing.

Mea Minima Culpa

Rev. Seamus P. Finn, OMI | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Rev. Seamus P. Finn, OMI

There is no amount of money, fines, settlements or payments that is commensurate with the hardship that the arrogance, unethical and fast dealing behaviors of banks and their leaders have caused.

The $4 Billion Question: Do We Value JPMorgan More Than Consumer Protection?

Francisco Enriquez | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Francisco Enriquez

Is $4 billion in taxpayer money better spent subsidizing JPMorgan's alleged criminal activity or funding the federal agency charged with defending consumers from dangerous financial products?

Ingredients of a Palestinian uprising

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 10.28.2013 | World
Daoud Kuttab

Predicting the next Intifada, or popular outbreak, is next to impossible. The past years have seen many predictions of an imminent third Intifada, on...

Israel Real Estate

Jeff Danziger | Posted 10.12.2013 | Politics
Jeff Danziger


No Surprises: BP Tries to Back Out of Their Responsibilities in the Gulf

Brian Young | Posted 10.12.2013 | Business
Brian Young

Two years after the spill, BP entered a comprehensive, multibillion-dollar settlement to compensate those affected by the disaster. In an unprecedented move, BP is now objecting to its own settlement.

Palestinians should invest in a plan B even while negotiating

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 07.23.2013 | World
Daoud Kuttab

One of the most important lessons any negotiator needs to know is that the ability to conduct effective negotiations requires one to have a credible a...

Will Palestinian Negotiations Tactics Work?

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 07.09.2013 | World
Daoud Kuttab

One of the hardest decisions that a political leader has to take is when to engage in negotiations and when to refrain. This has been the dilemma faci...

One Palestinian Village Obama Should Visit

Sunjeev Bery | Posted 05.22.2013 | World
Sunjeev Bery

Israeli military law imposed in the occupied West Bank places sweeping and arbitrary restrictions on freedom of expression and assembly. This makes any unauthorized peaceful protest by Palestinians a criminal offence.

The Obama Factor in the Middle East Conflict

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 05.20.2013 | World
Daoud Kuttab

The visit of U.S. President Barack Obama to the Middle East is a potentially good thing for peace. The problem is how to make this factor last -- how to create mechanisms that will continue to work even when a U.S. president or his secretary of state are not around.

This Is What the Challenges for Israel and Palestine Look Like

Ziad J. Asali, M.D. | Posted 05.14.2013 | World
Ziad J. Asali, M.D.

The real battle in the Middle East is between those who wish to see the region in general, and the Arab world in particular, modernize along the lines of universal values, and those who would impose their own versions of intolerance and authoritarianism. Which is to say: Values and ideas matter.

Abbas' Newfound Courage

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 03.12.2013 | World
Daoud Kuttab

Having taken that courageous step at the UN, the Palestinian president now feels free to make some changes that reflect that symbolic move.

Teaching Artists and the Future of the Arts

Nick Rabkin | Posted 02.05.2013 | Arts
Nick Rabkin

The bottom line is that children who have more arts education do better in school and in life. Significantly, the correlation happens to be strongest for low-income youth, the students most often failed by our schools.

Joshua Hersh

Gaza Conflict Highlights Israel's Search For A Long-Term Strategy On Palestine | Joshua Hersh | Posted 11.18.2012 | World

WASHINGTON -- In December 2008, Israel launched a massive air and ground war in the volatile Gaza Strip, in an attempt to quell a recent spike in rock...

$400 Million Deal

Mark Gongloff | Posted 11.16.2012 | Business

JPMorgan Chase and Credit Suisse will together pay $417 million to settle charges they misled investors about the quality of residential mortgage-back...

Mitt Romney: Israeli Settlements 'Should Be Discussed In Private'

The Huffington Post | Joshua Hersh | Posted 07.30.2012 | Politics

The sensitive issue of Israeli settlement construction in the Palestinian West Bank is something that should be "discussed in private," Mitt Romney sa...

The Levy Committee's New-Old Recommendations

Brent E. Sasley | Posted 09.26.2012 | World
Brent E. Sasley

While the Levy Committee's notion that "occupation" doesn't describe Israel's presence in the West Bank does help institutionalize the settlement enterprise, it's only the latest in a longstanding process of extension of Israeli sovereignty over the area.

David Then Goliath: How Israel Has Transformed From a Scrappy Underdog Into It's Own Worst Enemy

Andrew Veselka | Posted 09.24.2012 | World
Andrew Veselka

The mistakes Israel has made in governing its own people pale in comparison to its treatment of the still occupied territories.

The Perpetual Motion of the Occupation

Hagai El-Ad | Posted 09.02.2012 | World
Hagai El-Ad

While it is true that legalizing theft is an inconvenient task for all parties involved (and especially for their lawyers), there are those who make the petty argument that the Principle of Inconvenience is more strongly felt by those being robbed.

Israel Is Not a Jewish State: On the Destruction of Susya and the Expulsion of South Sudanese

Moriel Rothman-Zecher | Posted 08.20.2012 | World
Moriel Rothman-Zecher

The Israeli State has not only failed at any sort of "loving the stranger," but it has, especially recently, constructed policies that are hateful and oppressive to "strangers" living in our midst.

The Wall Must Come Down

John Quigley | Posted 08.20.2012 | World
John Quigley

The International Court of Justice was more than a little prophetic when it said in 2004 that the wall threatened the self-determination of the Palestinian people.

Is Mideast Peace Around the Corner or Far Away?

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 07.30.2012 | World
Daoud Kuttab

The question seemed simple. A European official wanted to know if the peace was just around the corner, or far away.

Woman Wins $10 Millon From Debt Collectors In Court, Can't Collect

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 04.26.2012 | Business

One woman is having trouble getting a debt collector to fork over its debt to her. Diana Mey, a West Virginia housewife, won an eight-figure court...