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The Lawfare Project is now accepting applications for its Summer 2014 internship program. If you are interested and a current law student or law school graduate, please email your resume, cover letter, recent transcript (may be unofficial), and writing sample to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , with subject line "Internship." More information about the program is available here.

 
Secretary of Transportation Justifies Airline's Unlawful Discriminatory Practice Against Israelis
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Lawfare—often manifested in the form of illegitimate, frivolous lawsuits filed solely to intimidate—also entails the failure to apply existing law to protect fundamental human and civil rights. Among these is the right to equal protection and freedom from discriminatory treatment, guaranteed by numerous state and federal statutes prohibiting discrimination based on race, religion, national origin, sex, and other specified classes.

In late 2013, a formal complaint was filed with the U.S. Secretary of Transportation (Secretary) alleging illegal discrimination by Kuwait Airways (KA) on the basis of national origin, in violation of federal law proscribing such discrimination by air carriers. The complaint concerned the airline's refusal to transport Israeli nationals on nonstop flights from New York to London. KA's bigoted policy is readily apparent: to purchase tickets through the airline's website, the passenger must select his or her nationality from a drop-down list of countries, as well as the passport issuing country. Israel is absent from these drop-downs and, consequently, Israeli nationals cannot buy tickets.

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A Bad Month for Free Speech
Friday, March 21, 2014
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By Benjamin Ryberg


February 2014 was a bad month for free speech. Two federal court decisions—addressing a controversial YouTube film and the rights of students to wear American flag clothing, respectively—and a pop singer’s act of self-censorship present a harrowing illustration of the current state of First Amendment free expression rights, sending a dangerous message: if you don’t like the content of someone’s speech, intimidate the speaker.
 
 
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