Uproar Over Detention of Prominent French Scholar for Gaza Solidarity Posts

Academic freedom defenders around the world are rallying around a renowned French political scientist and Arabist who was detained by police Tuesday after voicing “respect and appreciation” for the militant Palestinian resistance group Hamas.

François Burgat, the 75-year-old research director emeritus at the French National Center for Scientific Research, was taken into custody Tuesday morning in the southern city of Aix-en-Provence as part of an investigation into “apology for terrorism,” his lawyer Rafik Chekkat said on social media.

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American Committee for US-Russia Accord Statement on NATO’s Washington Summit

NATO will mark its 75th year at a three day summit in Washington this week. President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine is scheduled to attend the proceedings, during which the alliance is expected to offer, in lieu of membership, what has been described by Biden administration officials as a “Bridge to NATO.”

In other words, a promise of accession, not unlike the one proffered by the alliance 16 years ago at the NATO summit in Bucharest.

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Senate Joins House in Proposal for ‘Automatic’ Draft Registration

A Contrary to earlier reports, the U.S. Senate has joined the House of Representatives in moving toward a foolhardy attempt to ‘automatically’ register all draft-eligible U.S. citizens and residents for a possible military draft, by extracting and aggregating information obtained from other Federal agencies.

The proposal for “automatic” draft registration is among several previously-undisclosed provisions related to Selective Service in the newly-release version of the National Defense [sic] Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2025 approved by the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) and to be considered by the full Senate.

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