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Princeton's Faculty Petition to Divest from Israeli Occupation

Usaama al-Azami | Posted 11.13.2014 | Politics
Usaama al-Azami

It remains to be seen what sort of response this petition elicits both in its favor, and in opposition; and whether it encourages comparable petitions at other institutions, academic or otherwise.

Is the Size of your Wallet Proportionate to the Cost of Your Divorce?

Diane L. Danois, J.D. | Posted 10.21.2014 | Divorce
Diane L. Danois, J.D.

Divorce is expensive. And just how expensive may depend upon the size of your wallet. While mega-watt settlements splash all across social media, the statistics for divorce costs (legal fees and expenses) are largely unavailable because the industry is loath to report such figures.

Good News From Palestine, for a Change

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 12.15.2014 | World
Daoud Kuttab

After the collapse of the Palestinian-Israeli peace talks, in April, the July war on Gaza, the August drowning of hundreds trying to emigrate to Europe and the September war of words between their two major factions, Palestinians welcomed this week a series of unexpectedly good news.

Despite Destruction, Ma'ale Rehavam Mom Remains Hopeful

Anav Silverman | Posted 07.20.2014 | World
Anav Silverman

Moriya Kaniel and her three children were among three Israeli families who were ordered to evacuate their homes in Ma'ale Rehavam because of a court-ordered home demolition operation carried out by Israeli security forces last week on Wednesday, May 15.

Palestinian Leader Joins UN Treaties and Continues Talks

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 06.02.2014 | Politics
Daoud Kuttab

Palestinian negotiators are now facing the tough challenge of applying to join various UN agencies while, at the same time, agreeing, to continue peace talks until the end of April.

If Press Reports Are Correct, Kerry Peace Plan Is a Joke

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 06.01.2014 | Politics
MJ Rosenberg

Assuming the report is correct, the Palestinians would be out of their minds to accept it. It is bad for Israelis and Palestinians and demeans the United States by reducing us to the role of Benjamin Netanyahu's stenographer.

Is it possible to be pro-Israel and pro-Palestine?

Brandon Faske | Posted 04.07.2014 | College
Brandon Faske

Dialogue is the only solution. For Israel, long term viability as a Jewish, democratic state in lieu a two-state solution could be demographically impossible. Two states for two peoples to express self-determination is the way forward.

ExxonMobil Won't Admit Baton Rouge Plants Had Safety Violations

Susan Buchanan | Posted 03.23.2014 | Green
Susan Buchanan

ExxonMobil must pay $2.329 million in a settlement, announced by Louisiana's Dept. of Environmental Quality last August and finalized early this month, to address violations from 2008 into 2013 at its greater Baton Rouge facilities.

Palestinians and Sharon

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 03.17.2014 | World
Daoud Kuttab

For some reason the passing of Ariel Sharon after the withdrawal from Gaza and the long years in a coma have taken away some of the bitterness that many felt about Ariel Sharon.

How to Ensure U.S. Sponsored Mideast Agreement Not Become Another Interim Deal

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 03.11.2014 | World
Daoud Kuttab

Kerry has surprised many observers with his tenacity and insistence on producing a peace agreement in this intractable conflict. The framework idea could move the process forward as long as it is not allowed to become yet another interim agreement.

Long Time Coming: Shining a Light on the Nation's Most Egregious Corporate Subsidy

Francisco Enriquez | Posted 03.10.2014 | Politics
Francisco Enriquez

Undeserved subsidies for wrongdoing occur because the law that prohibits companies from deducting fines or penalties as a tax write-off does not apply to companies that resolve charges through out of court settlements, unless agencies specifically forbid the write-offs as part of the settlement agreement.

Israel's Latest Settlement Plan Endangers Peace Talks

Alan Elsner | Posted 02.25.2014 | World
Alan Elsner

Does all this have to happen? Wouldn't it be nice if the leaders of both sides behaved responsibly in a way that suggests they actually want peace?

France's President disappoints Palestinians

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 01.25.2014 | World
Daoud Kuttab

France has always been a country that cares first and foremost about itself, which is normal, but sometimes it is so calculating that it comes across ...

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

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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.