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Irish Lawyers for Human Rights Call for Expulsion of Bahrain Attorney General from International Association of Prosecutors

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[The following report was issued by CEARTAS (Irish Lawyers for Human Rights) on 15 April 2013.]  Report on Bahrain's Attorney General Dr. Ali bin Fadhel Al-Buainain and his position in the International Association of Prosecutors  Executive Summary  This report, using evidence widely available, examines the role of Dr. Ali bin Fadhel AlBuainain, Attorney General of Bahrain, and his suitability as an Executive Committee member of the International ...

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Joint Statement Demanding Public Release of Egyptian Budget

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[The following statement was issued by a group of political parties and NGOs, including the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, on 21 April 2013.]  Continuing with the blackout approach by the regime, the Minister of Finance presents the 2013-2014 draft budget to the Shura Council without making it available to citizens. Early this April and in complete secrecy, the Minister of Finance presented the 2013-2014 budget proposal to the Shura Council, without making ...

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The End of an Era: The Less than Grand Opening of the New Ottoman Archives

[Main gate of the old Ottoman Archive, 11 March 2013. Photo by Michael Christopher Low.]

[The following status update on the new Ottoman Archive Center in Kağıthane was written by Patrick Adamiak, Jeffery Dyer, and Michael Christopher Low.] For generations, historians of the Ottoman Empire and its former territories in the Balkans and the Arab Middle East participated in a rite of passage linking them to the Ottoman bureaucrats they studied. Going to work at the Ottoman Archives (Başbakanlık Osmanlı Arşivi) entailed the humbling experience of passing through ...

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Infographic: The Work from Home Disadvantage

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March Madness: Theirs and Ours

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 March Madness: Theirs and Ours [The following Month in Review on Washington's Wars and Occupations was written by Michael Reagan and published on 31 March 2013 in War Times.] It's March and despite what you read on the sports pages, the real madness in the country isn't on the basketball court. It's on the streets of New York, where police murder another Black teenager. It's in Steubenville, Ohio, where a teenage girl is raped by high school athletes ...

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Another Al Islah Member Disappeared as the “UAE94” Trial Continues

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[The following report on the disappearance of Emirati Al Islah movement member Abdulwahed Al Shuhi appeared on Al Karama website on 22 April 2013.] On 26 March 2013—the day of the fifth hearing of the “UAE94”—Abdulwahed Al Shuhi, a member of the Al Islah movement, was arrested at his office in Dubai by police officers. One month later, his whereabouts remain unknown. His story recalls the cases of other Al Islah activists who are not amongst the “UAE94” but who have been ...

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Bahrain Tells UN Torture Expert to Postpone Visit—Again

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[The following post was written by Fahad Desmukh for Bahrain Watch on 23 April 2013.] For the second consecutive time, the Bahraini government has told the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture to delay his planned visit to Bahrain. A statement on the state-run news agency yesterday said that Bahrain’s Minister for Human Rights delivered an official letter to Special Rapporteur Juan Mendez “outlining reasons for the request to postpone the visit." However, those reasons ...

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Trial by Error: Justice in Post-Qadhafi Libya

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[The following report was issued by International Crisis Group on 17 April 2013.]  Trial by Error: Justice in Post-Qadhafi Libya Executive Summary  There are many necessary cures to Libya’s pervasive insecurity, but few more urgent than repairing its judicial system. Qadhafi-era victims, distrusting an apparatus they view as a relic, take matters in their hands; some armed groups, sceptical of the state’s ability to carry out justice, arbitrarily detain, ...

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Call for Papers -- On Demand and Relevance: Transnational American Studies in the Middle East and North Africa (30 May Abstract Deadline)

On Demand and Relevance: Transnational American Studies in the Middle East and North Africa Guest Editors: Ebony Coletu (American University in Cairo) and Ira Dworkin (American University in Cairo) This special forum invites proposals on transnational American Studies in the Middle East and North Africa as a way to prompt reflection on the purposes and challenges of invoking the “transnational” in American Studies from a geopolitical center that has become the object of ...

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A Who's Who of Fighters in Gaza

[Newly homeless in Gaza City, 2009. Image by Physicians for Human Rights-Israel via Flickr]

[The following report was issued by IRIN , a service of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, on 15 April 2013.]  This month, tensions have escalated in Gaza following the first Israeli air strikes since a ceasefire was signed in November 2012. Despite the November ceasefire, which ended eight days of sustained conflict, the past month has seen both rocket fire aimed at Israel by Gazan armed groups and incursions by Israeli tanks into Gazan ...

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Reports Roundup (April 20)

[The following list is a compilation of the reports, statements, and other materials featured on the Jadaliyya Reports Page this past week.] Palestinian Refugees from Syria in Lebanon American Near East Refugee Aid reports on the state of Palestinian refugees living in Lebanon after having fled Syria, many of whom suffer from lack of employment, hunger, and poor housing conditions. Open Letter to Formula One Racers on Human Rights Abuses in Bahrain A group of human ...

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Bahrain: Limited Medical Access and Breach of Medical Neutrality

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[The following report was issued by the Bahrain Center for Human Rights on 8 April 2013.]  Bahrain: Limited Medical Access and Breach of Medical Neutrality Introduction On 16 March 2011, approximately half an hour after the attack on the Pearl Square, the military and security forces besieged the Salmaniya Medical Complex and allowed no one to enter or leave the premises. Shortly afterwards, they commenced arresting wounded protesters inside the hospital; ...

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The Constitution Project's Task Force on Detainee Treatment

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[The following report was issued by the The Constitution Project on 16 April 2013.]  The Report of the Constitution Project's Task Force on Detainee Treatment  Statement of the Task Force This report of The Constitution Project’s Task Force on Detainee Treatment is the result of almost two years of intensive study, investigation and deliberation. The project was undertaken with the belief that it was important to provide an accurate ...

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Nothing to Declare: A Lecture Performance by Dictaphone Group (GMU, 22 April)

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Nothing to Declare: A Lecture Performance by Dictaphone Group Monday 22 April 2013 1:30pm Lecture Hall 1 George Mason University Performance Synopsis Nothing to Declare is a research-based lecture performance that explores borders within Lebanon, those between Lebanon and its neighbors, and across the Arab world. Our journey starts at a derelict train station in Beirut, and continues as each one of us sets off on a different trip following one of the three ...

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Oxford Event -- Turkish Area Study Group: Twenty-fourth Spring Symposium (27 April)

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Turkish Area Study Group: Twenty-fourth Spring Symposium Saturday, 27 April 2013 St Antony’s College, Oxford, UK  Programme: 10:00 a.m. -- Coffee, registration (in the Hilda Besse Building) 10:40 a.m. -- Opening remarks (Michael Lake, President of TASG) 10:50 a.m. -- Professor Clement Dodd, SOAS, “From Atatürk to Erdoğan: Political Revolution or Evolution?” 11.45 a.m. -- Professor Zafer Toprak, Boğaziçi University, “Society and Culture in Turkey: ...

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Call for Papers -- The Rentier State Approach and the Arab Spring: Demise or Renaissance of an Old Concept? (Münster, 23-27 September)

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Panel: The Rentier State Approach and the Arab Spring: Demise or Renaissance of an Old Concept? During the International DAVO-Congress/German Oriental Studies Conference 23 - 27 September 2013 Münster, Germany More than two years after the Arab Spring started to gain momentum, it should be a major scholarly task to critically discuss how well-established theoretical approaches could (not) contribute to an explanation of this epochal changes  and its ongoing ...

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Mali: Security, Dialogue, and Meaningful Reform

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[The following report was issued by International Crisis Group on 11 April 2013.]  Mali: Security, Dialogue, and Meaningful Reform Executive Summary For the population of northern Mali, the feeling of being “liberated” by the French military intervention launched on 11 January 2013 is real. The sudden, but clearly well-prepared intervention, which received widespread support in Mali, West Africa, and beyond, ended the offensive by jihadi groups that the Malian army ...

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Costs of War

[US Air Force destroys an insurgent prison in Northern Zambraniyah, Iraq, in March 2008. Image by The U.S. Army via Flickr]]

[The following project was created by the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University. Shown here is a selection of the project's content. Click here to access the website in full.] Costs of War 330,000 Killed by Violence, $4 Trillion Spent and Obligated The wars begun in 2001 have been tremendously painful for millions of people in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan, and the United States, and economically costly as well.  Each additional month and ...

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Call for Papers -- AMSS Annual Conference: Constitutions and Islam (28 September 2013, Princeton, NJ)

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Constitutions and Islam: 42nd Annual Conference of the Association of Muslim Social Scientists of North America (AMSS) Saturday, 28 September 2013  Princeton University, New Jersey The rise of Islamist parties and politics in the aftermath of the Arab Spring has brought new attention to the issue of Shari’a, and its relevance to governance. And while this attention has focused on how Islamist parties intend to implement provisions in new ...

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