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Bahrain: The Return of the National Security Apparatus with a New Face

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[The following statement was issued by the Bahrain Center for Human Rights and the Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights on 7 May 2013.]  Bahrain: The Return of the National Security Apparatus with a New Face Introduction Royal Decree No. 14 of 2002 established the National Security Apparatus, which was an amendment of the Amiri Decree No. 29 of 1996 regarding the management of the Ministry of Interior. According to the new decree, the National Security Apparatus ...

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Prominent Human Rights Defender Nabeel Rajab Reportedly Missing

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[The Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR) issued the following urgent appeal after failing to confirm the status and whereabouts of Nabeel Rajab.] The Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR) and the Gulf Center for Human Rights (GCHR) express grave concern over the news of the removal of Nabeel Rajab from his cell to an unknown location. Nabeel Rajab called his wife on 14 May 2013, telling her that he had witnessed the torture of young political prisoners at the hands of ...

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Too Close for Comfort: Syrians in Lebanon

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[The following report was issued by International Crisis Group on 13 May 2013.] Too Close for Comfort: Syrians in Lebanon Executive Summary  Syria’s conflict is dragging down its neighbours, none more perilously than Lebanon. Beirut’s official policy of “dissociation” – seeking, by refraining from taking sides, to keep the war at arm’s length – is right in theory but increasingly dubious in practice. Porous boundaries, weapons smuggling, deepening involvement by ...

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Death from the Skies: Deliberate and Indiscriminate Air Strikes on Civilians

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[The following report was issued by Human Rights Watch on 10 April 2013.]  Death from the Skies: Deliberate and Indiscriminate Air Strikes on Civilians   Summary Since late July 2012, Syrian government forces have carried out air strikes from fighter jets and helicopters against cities, towns, and neighborhoods under the control of opposition forces. These attacks have killed more than 4,300 civilians according to one Syrian group documenting casualties, injured ...

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Letter from Associated Press to US Department of Justice: Massive and Unprecedented Intrusion

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[The following letter was issued by the Associated Press on 13 May 2013 in response to revelations that the Justice Department had seized the personal and professional telephone records of reporters and editors of The Associated Press for the months of April and May 2012.] Attorney General Eric Holder Department of Justice Washington, D.C. Dear General Holder: I am writing to object in the strongest possible terms to a massive and unprecedented intrusion by the ...

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The Palestinian Economy in East Jerusalem: Enduring Annexation, Isolation, and Disintegration

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[The following report was issued by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development on 9 May 2013.] The Palestinian Economy in East Jerusalem: Enduring Annexation, Isolation, and Disintegration Executive Summary   With the onset of occupation in 1967, Israeli  authorities began to pursue a policy of physical, political, and economic segregation of East Jerusalem from the rest of the occupied Palestinian territory (OPT), which continues ...

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Eye on the Libyan General National Congress: Seventh Report

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[The following report was issued by Bokra Youth Organization and H2O Team on 8 May 2013. This is the seventh in a year-long series of reports covering the actions of Libya's General National Council. This issue focuses on the period from 15 March to 1 April 2013. Click here to access the previous report.] Eye on the Libyan General National Congress: Seventh Report Introduction The General National Congress held five meetings in this period beginning Sunday March 17, after ...

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Uncounted and Unacknowledged: Syria's Refugee University Students and Academics in Jordan

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[The following report was issued by the University of California Davis Human Rights Initiative and the Institute for International Education's Scholar Rescue Fund.]   Uncounted and Unacknowledged: Syria's Refugee University Students and Academics in Jordan  The following is a brief preliminary report on the status of refugee academics and university students from Syria residing in Jordan prepared by a multidisciplinary research collaboration between the ...

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Glenn Owns Bill: A Lesson in Challenging Islamophobia and Taking Responsibility (Video)

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[The following video is from the 10 May 2013 episode of HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher. The clip shows an exchange between Bill Maher and Glenn Greenwald following a discussion about the White House and State Department's immediate response to the 11 September 2012 attack on the US Embassy in Benghazi, Libya. In this clip, Maher claims that theocracy and violence are inherent to Muslims and/or Muslim culture, and that US citizens and policy-makers are void of any ...

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Reports Roundup (May 11)

[The following list is a compilation of the reports, statements, and other materials featured on the Jadaliyya Reports Page this past week.] Month-by-Month Summary of Developments in Syria (Updated) International Crisis Group issues a monthly "Crisis Watch" report on Syria. These briefs are compiled here, showing the progression of the Syrian conflict. Gulf Center for Human Rights Condemns Assassination of Jalal Thyab Al-Jawhar The Gulf Center for Human ...

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Bahrain: Silence Is a War Crime

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[The following report was issued by the Bahrain Press Association on 2 May 2013.]  Bahrain: Silence Is a War Crime Forward The 2012 Annual Report comes to mark the second year running of the coverage started with the incorporation of the Bahrain Press Association (“BPA”) in July 2011 in London, the United Kingdom. The report, named ‘Bahrain: Silence Is A War Crime,” represents a testament intended to be comprehensive and impartial in describing ...

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Healing Iraqis: The Challenges of Providing Mental Health Care in Iraq

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[The following report was issued by Doctors Without Borders on 30 April 2013.]   Healing Iraqis: The Challenges of Providing Mental Health Care in Iraq Introduction  Mental health disorders and emotional distress are as debilitating and agonizing as physical health problems. According to The World Health Organisation, mental health disorders are the fourth leading cause of ill health in Iraqis over the age of 5 years. There is little doubt that ...

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Statement by Palestinian Youth Movement on Refugee Camps in Syria

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[The following statement was issued by the Palestinian Youth Movement on 6 May 2013.] The Camps Are Above the Siege In general, the Palestinian refugee camps in Syria, and particularly Yarmouk camp, formed as the capital of the diaspora, are among the largest groups of Palestinian refugees and have been the starting point for many resistance operations, fueling the Palestinian revolution in its various stages and sacrificing many lives for Palestine. The last ...

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Oxford Event -- Egypt's 2011 Revolution and the Rule of the Muslim Brotherhood (15 May)

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Egypt's 2011 Revolution and the Rule of the Muslim Brotherhood 15 May 2013, 5:00 - 7:30 p.m. Oxford University  A two-panel conference offering a rare opportunity to debate with insiders and experts the fortunes of Egypt's 2011 revolution since the Muslim Brotherhood came to power, as well as the implications for the wider region. With thanks to the Department of Politics and International Relations, Middle East Centre, Oriental Institute, and St Antony's College ...

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Cairo Event: Photography Exhibit "Covering One's Back" (7 - 23 May, 2013)

Covering One's Back Cairo, Gezira Art Center, Zamalek 7 May – 23 May, 2013 In today’s world, what images can we bear to look at? This was the question posed by Maha Maamoun and Ala Younis when curating the photography exhibition “Covering One’s Back.” The exhibition brings together a wide range of works that engage with photography and the photographic process by artists from the Arab World and Switzerland. The artists participating are Atfal Ahdath, Yasser Alwan, Goerge ...

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Widespread Middle East Fears that Syrian Violence Will Spread

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[The following report was issued by the Pew Research Global Attitudes Project on 1 May 2013.]  Widespread Middle East Fears that Syrian Violence Will Spread As concern mounts about the Syrian government’s possible use of chemical weapons against its own people, publics in the Middle East – especially the Lebanese – are extremely worried about violence spreading to neighboring countries. Nonetheless, a new survey by the Pew Research Center, conducted before news ...

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Gulf Center for Human Rights Condemns Assassination of Jalal Thyab Al-Jawhar

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[The following statement was issued by the Gulf Centre for Human Rights on 29 April 2013.]  With utmost sorrow and grief, the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) received the news of the assassination of human rights defender Jalal Thyab Al-Jawhar, President of the Liberty Supporters Association. On 27 April 2013, unknown assailants opened fire and killed him in the vicinity of the headquarters of the Association, which is located in Al-Zubair City center, about 18 km ...

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Workshop: Commitment and Dissent in Arabic Literature since the 1950s (Marburg, Germany, 27-29 June)

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Commitment and Dissent in Arabic Literature since the 1950s  27 - 29 June 2013 University of Marbug, Germany  As the ongoing popular uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa challenge tradi­tio­nal paradigms for understanding the region’s politics and culture, this workshop strives to return to the conceptual beginnings of literary commitment in the Arab world. In the highly politi­cized period of the 1950s, Jean Paul Sartre’s concept of ...

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Call for Papers -- Global Legal Education Approaches: Experiences for Palestine (Hebron, 1-3 October)

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Global Legal Education Approaches: Experiences for Palestine 1-3 October 2013 Hebron University, Hebron, West Bank, Palestine Context The HU Legal Clinic, UNITERRANEE, in collaboration with the Faculty of Law of Aix-en-Provence University, France, are organizing an international conference that would examine the trends on legal education systems and methodologies from global and comparative perspectives with the purpose to enhance the quality of legal ...

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Reports Roundup (May 4)

[The following list is a compilation of the reports, statements, and other materials featured on the Jadaliyya Reports Page this past week.] Press Release from Love in the Time of Apartheid Campaign on Extension of Citizenship and Entry into Israel Law The Love in the Time of Apartheid campaign discusses the re-ratification of Israel's Citizenship and Entry into Israel Law, which denies Palestinian families the right to reunification under one roof.  Sara Roy on ...

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