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Call for Papers -- International Conference: The PKK, Kurdish Nationalism, and the Future of Turkey (7 November, Alexandria)

International Conference: The PKK, Kurdish Nationalism and the Future of Turkey Thursday, 7 November 2013 Virginia Tech National Capital Region 1021 Prince Street Alexandria, VA 22314 Abstract Submission Deadline: Monday, 19 August 2013.  Organized and Sponsored by School of Public & International Affairs, Virginia Tech, National Capital Region. Ottoman and Modern Turkish Studies Chair (Indiana ...

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Conference: Self-Critique Two Decades After Oslo (5-6 October, London)

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Self-Critique Two Decades After Oslo 9th Annual Conference SOAS Palestine Society and hosted by London Middle East Institute and the Centre for Palestine Studies (SOAS) 5-6 October 2013 (9-5:30 PM; 10-6 PM) Brunei Lecture Theater, SOAS, London   On 5-6 October 2013, the Palestine Society at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London will hold its ninth annual conference, Self-Critique Two Decades After Oslo. Twenty years after the ...

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Press Release and Open Letter: Nobel Laureates Condemn Turkish Government’s Treatment of Protesters and Doctors

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[The following press release was issued by several organization (listed below) in relation to a letter Nobel Laureates condeming the Turkish government's treatment of protesters and doctors. The letter is reproduced below the press release.] Press Release: Nobel Laureates Condemn Turkish Government’s Treatment of Protesters and Doctors  New York City, July 18 - Several world-renown scientists have expressed their concerns over the excessive use of tear gas and police ...

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Norwegian Woman Sent to Prison After Reporting Rape in UAE

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[The following report was originally published by the Emirates Center for Human Rights on 19 July 2013.] A twenty-five-year-old Norwegian woman has been sentenced to a sixteen-month prison sentence, convicted of "having sex outside of marriage," after reporting a rape incident to Dubai police.   Marte Deborah Dalelv reported that she had been raped to Dubai authorities on March 6, but had her passport confiscated and money seized before being charged four ...

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University of California Student-Workers Union on the Recent Nomination of Janet Napolitano for UC President

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[The following statement was issued on 15 July 2013 by UAW Local 2865, the union representing over 12000 Academic Student Employees (ASE)—teaching assistants, readers, tutors, and others—at the nine teaching campuses of the University of California.] A Statement from UAW 2865 – UC Student-Workers Union Regarding the Recent Appointment of Ex-Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano as the President of the UC As student-workers of the University of California (UC), we ...

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Palestinian Journalist Syndicate Condemns Egyptian Media Incitement Against Palestinians

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[The following development on Egyptian media and Palestinains was reported by the Ma'an News Agency on 16 July 2013.] Journalists Union Says Egypt Media Inciting Against Palestinians RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian Journalists Syndicate on Monday warned of an ongoing "crackdown" against Palestinians by some Egyptian media outlets.  The syndicate said some Egyptian journalists were inciting against the Palestinians as a people, and not just those who ...

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Drones: Myths and Reality in Pakistan

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[The following report was issued by the International Crisis Group (ICG) on 21 May 2013.] Drones: Myths and Reality in Pakistan Executive Summary Nine years after the first U.S. drone strike in Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) in 2004, the U.S. refuses to officially acknowledge the CIA-run program, while Pakistan denies consenting to it. This secrecy undermines efforts to assess the program’s legality or its full impact on FATA’s population. It also ...

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EIPR Statement on Wave of Attacks on Copts and Churches in Egypt

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[The following statement was issued by the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) on 15 July 2013.] Wave of Attacks on Copts and Churches EIPR: Authorities must take immediate action to protect citizens and houses of worship, bring perpetrators and inciters to justice The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) today warned about the gravity of sectarian violence and incitement seen in several governorates since the massive demonstrations and marches of 30 ...

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Statement by Pro-Democracy Pro-Morsi Protestors in Response to al-Sisi Speech

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[The following statement was issued by pro-Morsi demonstrators on 15 July 2013 and published on ikhwanweb. com.]   Coup commander Abdel Fattah al-Sisi betrayed the oath he took before the head of state–the supreme commander of the armed forces. He spilled the blood of innocent Egyptians, killing more than a hundred citizens and injuring more than a thousand, including women and children, supporters of democratic legitimacy, opponents of the bloody military coup. He ...

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Kurdish Translation of Statement by Comrades from Cairo: 'We Can Smell the Tear Gas from Rio and Taksim to Tahrir'

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[This statement was originally published in English here. It was translated into Kurdish by Xelef Botan.] Nameyek ji Hevalên ji Qahîre: em bêhna gaz a ku ji Rio û Taksîm’ê tê li Tehrîrê distînin [Ev nivîsar, wergera danezana ku demekî nêzik de ji alîyê Hevalên ji Qahîre ve hatîye weşandî ye. Hun dikarin Ingilîzîya vê nivîsarê li vir bixwînin.] Ji we re ku em li rex we berxwedidin; 30’ê pûşperê dê bibe nîşana gihatina mertebeyek nû ya serhildana me ku 25 û 28’ê rêbendan a ...

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Afghanistan's Parties in Transition

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[The following report was issued by the International Crisis Group (ICG) on 26 June 2013.] Afghanistan's Parties in Transition Overview Political parties are developing slowly in Afghanistan, discouraged by electoral laws and fragmented ethnic politics, but starting to shed their legacy as armed groups. Their newfound legitimacy will face its most serious challenge during the 2014 presidential election and 2015 parliamentary polls, as parties scramble to ensure their ...

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Open Letter to Filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf: Please Be a Messenger of Freedom for Iranian and Palestinian People

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[The following open letter is being circulated to publicize and opposed Iranian filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf's participation in the Jerusalem Film Festival and his acceptance of  an achievement award from the fesitval. The Persian and Arabic versions of the open letter follow the list of signatories.]  Open Letter to Mr. Mohsen Makhmalbaf: Please Be a Messenger of Freedom for Iranian and Palestinian People We, the undersigned, are a group of Iranian scholars, ...

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Committee to Protect Journalists Statement on on Mohammad al-Azza

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[The following report was issued by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) on 9 July 2013.] Israeli Forces Arrest Palestinian Freelance Journalist  Israeli authorities should immediately release a Palestinian freelance journalist who was arrested in a nighttime raid last week, and drop the charges against him, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Israeli security forces arrested Mohammed al-Azza early on July 1 in a raid of his family's compound ...

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Feminism(s), Secularism, and Religions: Encounter Interview with Jadaliyya Co-Editor Maya Mikdashi and Other Scholars/Activsts

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The following episode of Encounter (hosted by David Rutlege) features interviews with Jadaliyya Co-Editor Maya Mikdashi, as well as Leila Ahmed, Ellen Armour, Jean Bethke Elshtain, Lisa Isherwood, and Ratna Osman--all of whom are feminist professors and/or activists. In "Beyond the Boundaries," they critically discuss the relationships between feminism(s) and Islam and feminism(s) and Christianity, in addition to discussing events such as the Egyptian and US ...

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The US War on Yemen: Drone Attacks

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[The following report was submitted by Alkarama, in cooperation with Hood, to the Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms while Countering Terror on 3 June 2013.] The United States' War on Yemen: Drone Attacks Introduction From the first air strike in November 2002 until the month of May 2013, there have been between 134 and 226 U.S. military operations in Yemen, including strikes by aircraft, drone ...

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الحرية بإيد الناس مش بالعسكر والحراس

[بيان] تحية لملايين المصريين الذين أسقطوا مرسي بتحركاتهم الباسلة وصمدوا في احتجاجاتهم ودافعوا عنها على مدار أسبوعين مؤكدين أن ثورة يناير لازالت عفية وقادرة على فرض إرادتها على أعدائها. مرة أخرى يتدخل الجيش في المشهد مرتكباً مجزرة دموية قتل فيها عشرات وأصاب مئات من الإسلاميين أثناء فض اعتصامهم أمام مقر الحرس الجمهوري. المؤسسة العسكرية اليوم تقمع الإسلاميين بعنف وشراسة. وبرغم جرائم الإخوان المسلمين بتحريض من قياداتهم، لا يمكن أن تنتابنا البهجة من هذه المذبحة؛ فقد ارتكبت ...

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شخصيّاتٌ فلسطينيّةٌ تحذّر من خطورة مبدأ تبادل الأراضي

[بيان] خلال حلقة نقاش نظمها مركز "مسارات" بالبيرة شخصيّاتٌ فلسطينيّةٌ تحذّر من خطورة مبدأ "تبادل الأراضي" على الحقوق الفلسطينيّة البيرة: بحثت مجموعةٌ من الشخصيّات السياسيّة والأكاديميّة والقانونيّة مخاطرَ مبدأ "تبادل الأراضي" مع إسرائيل وتداعياته على مستقبل الدولة الفلسطينية على حدود 1967، خصوصًا في ظل احتفاظ إسرائيل بالكتل الاستيطانية الكبرى في الضفة الغربية والقدس وضمها إليها، والآثار القانونية المترتبة على أي اتفاقيات يمكن إبرامها على أساس ...

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Force Feeding Is Torture: Just Ask Yasiin Bey (a.k.a. Mos Def) (Video)

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Yasiin Bey, the rapper-actor-political activist formerly known as Mos Def, has added his voice to the rising chorus of people protesting the brutal force feeding of prisoners at Guantánamo Bay. Today, 120 prisoners are on hunger strike, many since late February. Every day, forty-four to forty-six are force fed. In order to illustrate and help publicize the pain and humiliation involved in this process, Bey volunteered to subject himself to the Standard Operating ...

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Sudan's Spreading Conflict II: War in Blue Nile

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[The following report was issued by the International Crisis Group (ICG) on 26 June 2013.] Sudan's Spreading Conflict II: War in Blue Nile Executive Summary The war in Blue Nile state has had a horrible impact, with about a third of the state’s population in need of humanitarian assistance, including some 150,000 refugees in South Sudan and Ethiopia and approximately 200,000 displaced or severely affected within the state. It resumed in September 2011 because the root ...

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Statement Against Closure of Islamist Media Channels and Arrest of Some of Its Staf

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[The following statement was published by the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies on 5 July 2013, and is signed onto by several Egyptian organizations.]     Closure of Islamist Media Channels and Arrest of Some of Its Staff: Clear Iiolation of Media Freedom   The undersigned organizations express their concern regarding the exceptional procedures taken yesterday against Islamist satellite channels, which included the breaking by security forces into ...

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