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Israel, Gaza and Monitoring Human Rights

September 10, 2014
Monitoring human rights during wartime is a particularly daunting challenge, since the message and the messenger are often greeted by a hostile audience.

B’tselem, Israel’s leading human rights organization, has for years led the way in monitoring and reporting on the state of human rights in the West Bank, Israel and Gaza. Since the Israeli army commenced Operation Protective Edge in July, many have praised the organization’s attempts to humanize the dead and to fact-check both the Israeli army and Hamas evenhandedly. Others have called them traitors.

The Lesson of the Surge

  • By Col. (Ret.) Derek Harvey and Michael Pregent
June 24, 2014
As the United States considers its options against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), we should start by reviewing our earlier war against ISIS’s previous incarnation, Al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI), and remember what worked and what did not. The air power and special operations that many in Washington are now discussing can be an important component of a counterinsurgency or counterterrorism campaign, but our history with AQI/ISIS shows that by themselves they are not sufficient to put an end to the threat.

Pay More, Get Less

  • By
  • Joshua Freedman,
  • New America Foundation
April 30, 2014
The American middle class faces an uncertain future. Staring headlong into a difficult – and changing – world economy that has yet to fully recover from the Great Recession, many middle class families are trapped between low, stagnant wages and an increasingly expensive set of social and economic supports.

Driving Out of the Red with Greener Cars

  • By
  • Lisa Margonelli,
  • New America Foundation
March 24, 2014

Income inequality in California is already high, and it continues to increase. This income inequality is exacerbated by unequal access to jobs, credit, and efficient vehicles. Wages in California's Central Valley are lower than in the rest of the state, and workers there must commute long distances, with little access to alternative transportation, in older, inefficient cars. As a result, some working families in the Central Valley spend as much as a third to half of their income on fueling and maintaining their vehicle.

The U.S. Economy After The Great Recession

  • By
  • Sherle R. Schwenninger,
  • Samuel Sherraden,
  • New America Foundation
March 4, 2014
The bursting of the housing bubble in 2008 plunged the U.S. economy into a serious crisis, leaving American households with a huge debt overhang and the economy with a large gap in output and employment. This report reviews the economy’s deleveraging and recovery experience more than five years after the crash. It explores the following questions:  
  • How far has the economy come in the deleveraging process? Is private sector debt now at a sustainable level or do households and the financial sector continue to need to pay down debt?  
  • To what extent has the U.S.

Do NSA's Bulk Surveillance Programs Stop Terrorists?

  • By
  • Peter Bergen,
  • David Sterman,
  • Emily Schneider,
  • Bailey Cahall,
  • New America Foundation
January 13, 2014
On June 5, 2013, the Guardian broke the first story in what would become a flood of revelations regarding the extent and nature of the NSA’s surveillance programs.  Facing an uproar over the threat such programs posed to privacy, the Obama administration scrambled to defend them as legal and essential to U.S. national security and counterterrorism.

Translating Norms to the Digital Age

  • By
  • Danielle Kehl,
  • Tim Maurer,
  • New America Foundation
  • and Sonia Phene
December 4, 2013
Increasingly, the free flow of information and the ability to communicate is considered a human right that needs to be protected online as well as offline, especially in the most repressive countries in the world. The 2009 Green Movement in Iran and the Arab Spring were powerful examples of the new technological reality we live in. However, comprehensive U.S.

Between Al Qaeda and the Syrian Regime

  • By Adam Baczko, School of Advanced Studies in Social Sciences (Paris), Gilles Dorronsoro, University of Paris-Sorbonne and Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and Arthur Quesnay, Sorbonne University
November 14, 2013

The consequences of a continuing war in Syria are costly: the creation of a safe haven for Al Qaeda, the development of a war economy, a long-term refugee population, and the destabilization of neighboring countries. Yet, current discussions are focusing solely on the destruction of chemical weapons, without offering any credible prospect of terminating the conflict.

Virtually Unused

  • By
  • Seeta Gangadharan,
  • Bryan Dosono,
  • New America Foundation
  • and Bryan Dosono, Department of Information Science, Syracuse University; Kitior Ngu, Department of Communication, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
November 13, 2013
How accessible is privacy and security software? Though recent research and news reports find that Internet users are taking measures to secure themselves online, a survey completed by the Open Technology Institute (OTI) at New America Foundation suggests that public library Internet users may not be as nimble. Looking at Virtual Private Networks (VPNs), OTI found that almost none of nearly two hundred public library Internet users took advantage of this particular tool, and only eight individuals even knew what a VPN was.

Reply Comments on E-rate Modernization

November 8, 2013
The New America Foundation's Open Technology Institute and Education Policy Program submitted joint reply comments to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) with regard to modernizing the E-Rate program.
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