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Fifty Bloggers Demand the Release of Bahrain's Mohammed Hassan

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“Tell them about how you're never really a whole person if you remain silent.” - Audre Lorde On 31 July, our friend Mohammed Hassan (also known as Safy in the blogging sphere and social media) was arrested from his parents' house in the Bahraini town of Sitra without an arrest warrant. According to Amnesty International, the twenty-six-year-old blogger is still at the Criminal Investigation Directorate in al-'Adliya located in the capital city of Manama. Friends of ...

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Campaign to Boycott the Oral History Conference at Hebrew University of Jerusalem

[The following petition was organized by Palestinian, Israeli, and other oral historians and academics from Europe, South Africa, and North America in regards to June 2014 "International Conference on Oral History" at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. See complete list of signatories below. It has garnered 100 signatures and counting.]  Campaign to Boycott the Oral History Conference at Hebrew University of Jerusalem August ...

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Call for Submissions: Rhonda A. Saad Prize for Best Graduate Paper in Modern and Contemporary Arab Art

Rhonda A. Saad Prize for Best Graduate Paper in Modern and Contemporary Arab Art Submission Deadline: 5 September 2013 The Association for Modern and Contemporary Art of the Arab World (AMCA) is currently accepting submissions for the 2013 Rhonda A. Saad Prize for Best Graduate Paper in Modern Arab Art. In its third year, the award aims to recognize and promote excellence in the field of modern and contemporary Arab art. The prize is offered to a graduate ...

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Course Announcement: Middle East Photography Preservation Initiative

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Applications are currently being accepted for Middle East Photography Preservation Initiative Amman 2014 Workshop date: 20-28 January 2014 Workshop venue: National Library of Jordan in Amman Distance mentoring: February to September 2014 Follow-up meeting: Fall 2014 Please submit your applications to by 19 August 2013 The MEPPI Initiative The Arab Image Foundation, the Art Conservation Department at the University of Delaware, The Metropolitan ...

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Dr. Timucin Koprulu, Dr. Meryem Kurtulmus, Yeditepe Assistants Are Not Alone!

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[The following petition was announced to the public and the press at a demonstration held on 24 July at the entrance of Ankara University’s Cebeci Campus. Academic personnel who wish to sign the statement should send an e-mail indicating their title, name, and the institution they work for (or are retired from) to The statement and the signatures will be communicated to the relevant institutions, as well as the national and international ...

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Call for Stories: Independent Documentary Searching for Love Stories from Pre-1948 Palestine

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Call for Stories: Independent Documentary Searching for Love Stories from Pre-1948 Palestine I am presently conducting research for a new documentary film. The film is a journey in search of love stories set against the tumultuous changes of early twentieth-century Palestine. It unravels a different geography of love and belonging across generations. Therefore, I am looking for love stories from Palestine from the early 1900s through 1950s. Love stories lived by ...

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Maryam Al-Khawaja Banned from Boarding British Airways Flight to Bahrain

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[The Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR) issued the following report on 9 August 2013 after its Acting President was barred from traveling to Bahrain.]  This morning the Acting President of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR) and Co-Director of the Gulf Center for Human Rights (GCHR) Maryam Al-Khawaja, was informed by a British Airways flight staff member that the Bahrain Government had issued a ban on her name which effectively prevents her from boarding her ...

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Debating the University California Campus Climate: Taking On the ADL and Limits on Speech

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Last summer, a University of California (UC) advisory committee published a report claiming that "anti-Israel" speech and student activism creates a hostile environment for Jewish students on campus. Civil liberties organizations and progressive Jewish groups immediately criticized the report for its flawed methodology, and for the threat it posed to academic freedom and free speech. Former UC President Mark Yudof was forced to distance himself from the report's ...

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Taksim Commune: Gezi Park and the Uprising in Turkey (Video)

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Taksim Commune: Gezi Park and the Uprising in Turkey A video by Brandon Jourdan and Marianne Maeckelbergh This short documentary tells the story of the occupation of Gezi Park, the eviction on 15 July 2013, and the protests that have continued in the aftermath. It includes interviews with many participants and never before seen footage. Since the end of May 2013, political unrest has swept across Turkey. In Istanbul, a large part of the central Beyoğlu district became a ...

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Amnesty International: Evidence Points to Torture By Morsi Supporters

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[The following was published by Amnesty International on 2 August 2013] Egypt: Evidence Points to Torture Carried Out by Morsi Supporters Evidence, including testimonies from survivors, indicates that supporters of deposed President Mohamed Morsi tortured individuals from a rival political camp, said Amnesty International. Anti-Morsi protesters told Amnesty International how they were captured, beaten, subjected to electric shocks or stabbed by individuals loyal to ...

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Bahrain Government Using Fake Twitter Accounts to Track Online Critics

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[This report was originally published by Bahrain Watch on 31 July 2013.] Bahrain Government Using Fake Twitter Accounts to Track Online Critics: Over one hundred accounts targeted and 11 Twitter users jailed for insulting King [Manama] The Bahraini security apparatus has been hunting down activists who conceal their true identity online to avoid reprisal or prosecution for criticizing the Government, according to a new project by activist organization Bahrain ...

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UAE Prisoners Begin Hunger Strike

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[This report was originally published by the Emirates Centre for Human Rights on 2 August 2013.] UAE Prisoners Begin Hunger Strike in Protest at Continued Mistreatment   At least five of the sixty-one prisoners convicted of sedition in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have begun a hunger strike in what they claim is a protest at continued mistreatment by authorities.   The hunger strike, which began on 31 July, is said to be a protest against alleged beatings, ...

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Peace Keeping in Demonstrations and Public Disorder Situations

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[The following statement was recently released by the Egyptian Initiatve for Personal Rights (EIPR)] Peace Keeping in Demonstrations and Public Disorder Situations In every clash between demonstrators and security forces since the January revolution, the security forces involved in the violence, whether they were police or army, justified the killing and injuring of demonstrators with excuses such as: that the demonstrators were the ones who started the violence, that the ...

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مصريون يدعون لإجراءات محددة لوقف نزيف الدم

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طالب مجموعة من المواطنين المصريين اليوم في بيان أرسلوه للحكومة المؤقتة وجماعة الإخوان المسلمين بوقف إراقة الدماء عن طريق إجراءات محددة وعاجلة تكفل مواجهة الإرهاب مع عدم التعدي على الحقوق السياسية وضمان حق الاعتصام السلمي. وطالب الموقعون وهم مهنيون وكتاب وصحفيون وأساتذة جامعات وفنانون وعاملون في منظمات مدنية وطلاب بوقف التدهور المستمر في الأوضاع الأمنية والسياسية ونددوا بتحول العنف وإراقة الدماء إلى وسيلة وحيدة لممارسة الصراع السياسي. وحمل البيان قادة الدولة وأجهزتها ...

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Statement by Egyptian Rights Groups Calling for Dismissal of Interior Minister and Cessation of Violence by Muslim Brotherhood

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[The following statement was issued by the below signatories and published by the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies on 29 July 2013.] Rights Groups Demand Dismissal of Interior Minister, Call on Muslim Brotherhood to Refrain from Violence and Turn Over Those Responsible The undersigned organizations are severely alarmed by the massacre that took place on the Nasr Road in Cairo at dawn on Saturday, July 27, after police forces attacked demonstrators ...

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Human Rights Watch: Many Egyptian Protesters Shot in Head or Chest

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[The following report was issued by Human Rights Watch (HRW) on 28 July 2013] Egypt: Many Protesters Shot in Head or Chest Risk of Further Killings as Security Officials Threaten to Forcibly Break up Sit-Ins (London) – Many of the at least 74 pro-Morsy protesters killed in clashes with Egypt’s riot police and plain clothed men who stood alongside were shot in the head or chest. They were killed on July 27 over a period of several hours during ...

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We Are Taksim Solidarity, We Are Here

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[The following statement was issued by Taksim Dayanışması (Taksim  Solidarity) on 19 July 2013. Taksim Solidarity is a coalition constituted by approximately eighty organizations including civil society groups, professional associations, political parties, and platforms. The statement has been lightly edited for stylistic purposes.] We are Taksim Solidarity, here to follow up on our demands. Taksim Solidarity is not an illegal organization but the pride of ...

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Jadaliyya Co-Editor Noura Erakat Discusses Resumption of Peace Talks on Al Jazeera's 'The Stream'

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Peace talks between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators are scheduled to resume this week in Washington. Secretary of State John Kerry is credited with breaking the lull since the last talks broke down over Israel's refusal to halt settlement expansion in the occupied West Bank. Kerry, who traveled to the region six times since becoming secretary of state, has been deliberately opaque about the details of the resumed talks–leaving much open to question. Although the ...

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إسقاط الإخوان لتعميق الثورة لا لتدعيم النظام.. لن نفوّض

رغم جرائم الإخوان المسلمين ضد الأهالي والأقباط، وكل الجرائم التي ارتكبوها دفاعاً عن كرسي الحكم بإسم الدين، لن نفوض السيسي في أي شئ! لن ننزل الشوارع يوم الجمعة لنعطي شيكاً على بياض لارتكاب المذابح. إن كان لدى السيسي ما يفعله في إطار القانون، فلِمَ يطلب من الناس الاصطفاف في الشوارع؟! ما يطلبه السيسي هو استفتاء شعبي على تنصيب قيصر جديد لا يردعه قانون. نعم أذاق الإخوان الجماهير الشعبية الويل أثناء فترة حكمهم، واليوم تعود العمليات الإرهابية في سيناء والعريش وهجمات ضد الأهالي في ...

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Human Rights Watch: Arrests of Syrians in Egypt Raise Deportation Fears

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[The following report was issued by Human Rights Watch (HRW) on 25 July 2013] Egypt: Arrests of Syrians Raise Deportation Fears  (New York) – Egyptian authorities should stop arbitrarily detaining Syrians and threatening to summarily deport them. The authorities should release the Syrian detainees unless they are promptly charged with a valid offense, and not deport Syrians with visas or asylum seekers without their claims being impartially reviewed. On July 19 and ...

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