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

[Mohsen Makhmalbaf. Photo by Cines del Sur via Flickr]

[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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Ecclesiastical Courts in Israel: A Gender-Responsive Analysis

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[The following report was compiled by Adv. Shirin Batshon, the Legal Department Coordinator for Kayan-Feminist Organization based in Haifa. Kayan-Feminst Organization was established by a group of Arab women with the goal of acting together to create social change, to improve the status of Arab women, and to increase their active participation in society. The organization's Legal Department provides legal advice and representation free of charge to Arab women in family law ...

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Reports of Systematic Torture in UAE Prisons

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[The following statement was issued by Alkarama on 27 June 2013.]   Smuggled Notes Detail Serios Aburse in Detention (Beirut, June 26 2013) -- United Arab Emirates state security officers have subjected detainees to systematic mistreatment, including torture, say hand-written letters from detainees smuggled out of jails, Alkarama, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said today. The groups obtained 22 statements written by some of the 94people on trial for ...

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مسارات" و"حملة المقاطعة" يبحثان آفاق مقاطعة إسرائيل وفرض العقوبات عليها"

"مسارات" و"BDS" يبحثان آفاق مقاطعة إسرائيل وفرض العقوبات عليها ضمن سلسلة الاجتماعات التحضيرية للمؤتمر السنوي لمركز مسارات ضمن سلسلة اجتماعاته للتحضير للمؤتمر السنوي الثالث، عقد المركز الفلسطيني لأبحاث السياسات والدراسات الإستراتيجية – مسارات اجتماعًا مع حركة مقاطعة إسرائيل وسحب الاستثمارات منها وفرض العقوبات عليها (BDS) في مقره في مدينة البيرة، بحضور عدد من سكرتاريا لجنة المقاطعة. استهلت سكرتاريا لجنة المقاطعة الاجتماع باستعرض نماذج على النجاحات ...

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Syria’s Metastasising Conflicts

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[The following report was issued by the International Crisis Group (ICG) on 27 June 2013.] Syria’s Metastasising Conflicts Executive Summary Two years, scores of thousands of dead, a mushrooming regional sectarian war and millions of refugees and internally displaced later, the Syrian war is tying the international community in knots largely of its own making. Once confident of swift victory, the opposition’s foreign allies shifted to a paradigm dangerously divorced from ...

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The Challenges of Managing the Influx of Syrian Refugees into Lebanon

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[The following recommendations were issued by the Lebanese Center for Policy Studies (LCPS) on 20 June 2013.] The Challenges of Managing the Influx of Syrian Refugees  Roundtable Discussion Series LCPS discussion group recommends six immediate actions on the Syrian refugees: The government must lead the initiative by coordinating not only with international donors but also with municipalities, municipal unions, and NGOs. Establish a crisis management unit ...

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To Resolve Current Political Crisis: Rule of Law Must Be the Basis of the State

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[The following statement was issued by human rights groups on the official website of Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies on 3 July 2013]   The undersigned organizations declare their profound respect for the overwhelming uprising of the Egyptian people, who on 30 June set out to boldly challenge the political despotism, which had now taken on a religious guise, in the same way they challenged Mubarak’s regime and his police state. This uprising is tantamount to a ...

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Statement by President Morsi's Assistant Essam El Haddad

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[The following statement was issued by Essam El Haddad, Assistant to President of Egypt on Foreign Relations. The statement appeared on his official Facebook page at 11:31 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) on 3 July 2013] Office of Assistant to President of Egypt on Foreign Relations - Official The Egyptian Presidency Office of the Assistant to the President on Foreign Relations & International Cooperation For Immediate Release, July 3, 2013 As I write these ...

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Press Release by Operation Anti-Sexual Harassment/Assault on Sexual Assaults during 30 June Demonstrations (Video)

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[The following press release was issued by Operation Anti-Sexual Harassment/Assault (OpAntiSH) on 2 July 2013.] Press Release: Mob Sexual Assaults Reported to OpAntiSH during June 30th Demonstrations Hit Catastrophic Skies Mob sexual assaults reported to OpAntiSH during June 30th demonstrations hit catastrophic skies. Organizers bear responsibility and the Muslim Brotherhood reaches a new political low by politically exploiting reports. During the massive ...

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Kahireli Yoldaslar grubundan mektup

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Kahireli Yoldaşlar grubundan mektup: Rio ve Taksim’den gelen gazın kokusunu Tahrir’den alıyoruz [Bu metin Kahireli Yoldaşlar tarafından yakın zamanda yayımlanan bir bildirinin çevirisidir. Metnin İngilizcesi'ne buradan ulaşılabilir.] Yanı başında mücadele ettiğimiz sizlere: 30 Haziran, 25 ve 28 Ocak 2011’de başlayan isyanımızın yeni bir aşamaya geçişini temsil edecek. Bu seferki isyanımız, bilindik ekonomik sömürüye, polis şiddetine, işkenceye ve cinayetlere yenilerini ...

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When Civic Action Confronts Militia Politics in Beirut [To be updated]

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Updated at 4:15pm (Beirut Time) on 2 July 2013 Activists Hold Follow-Up Protest at Ministry of Justice What began as a typical display of thuggary on the part of an MP convoy has evolved into a broader mobilization against the nexus of corruption between political elites, party militias, and the legal system in Lebanon. It all began with a Lebanese MP convoy's attack on the Nasawiya Café on Friday 28 June 2013. The following day, on Saturday 29 June, while members of both ...

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Courage Is Contagious: Glenn Greenwald on the Ethics of Edward Snowden and the Difference between Real Journalism and Stenography

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Glenn Greenwald was a featured speaker at the Socialism 2013 conference in Chicago. Greenwald, who writes for The Guardian, along with Laura Poitras, broke one of the biggest stories of the year: the heretofore unknown scope of National Security Agency spying. Their source, also part of the story, is Edward Snowden, who leaked documents revealing truths about the largest spy agency in the world. Jeremy Scahill, another world-class investigative journalist, introduced ...

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