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Call for Papers -- A Hundred Years of Arab Nationalism: Critical Assessment and Future Perspectives (4 & 5 June, Paris)

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A Hundred Years of Arab Nationalism:  Critical Assessment and Future Perspectives 4 & 5 June 2013 Institut du Monde Arabe (IMA), Paris In Commemoration of the Centenary of the first Arab Congress, Paris, 17-24 June, 1913The Arab Congress of 1913 (also known as the "Arab National Congress," the "First Arab Congress, and the "Arab-Syrian Congress") met in a hall of the French Geographical Society from June 18–23 in Paris.This ...

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Reporters Without Borders Enemies of Internet Report Features Iran, Bahrain, and Syria

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[The following report was issued by Reporters Without Borders on 11 March 2013.] The Enemies of Internet -- Special Edition: Surveillance  Introduction: Era of the Digital Mercenaries  “My computer was arrested before I was.” This perceptive comment was made by a Syrian activist who had been arrested and tortured by the Assad regime. Caught by means of online surveillance, Karim Taymour told a Bloomberg journalist that, during interrogation, he was ...

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Event -- Shades of Occupation: Iraq After 10 Years (29 March, Haverford College)

Shades of Occupation: Iraq After 10 Years 2013 Mellon Symposium Friday, 29 March 2013  Haverford College Convened by Zainab Saleh, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Haverford College This interdisciplinary symposium will be held on the 10th anniversary of the US-led invasion of Iraq as a venue to examine multiple dimensions of the decade-long occupation. Despite the US Army's official withdrawal from the country, the US ...

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Open Letter from Members of the Protection Committee for Bedouin Communities in the Jerusalem Periphery to President Obama

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[The following English version of an open letter to President Obama was issued by the Protection Committee for Bedouin Communities in the Jerusalem Periphery on 10 March 2013.] Dear Mr. President, In the name of the Protection Committee for Bedouin Communities in the Jerusalem Periphery we extend to you our warmest greetings. We write to welcome you to Palestine next week and also to seek your support as a matter of urgency due to the Government of Israeli's (GOI) ...

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Bahrain Press Association Condemns Attacks Against Journalists

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[The following statement was issued by the Bahrain Press Association on 13 March 2013.] Bahrain Press Association ("BPA"), the London-based association concerned with defending and addressing issues related to Bahraini media and press people, expresses its deep sorrow to the course of actions Bahrain has been witnessing since the awake of the 14 February Revolution as per the marginalization notion, intimidation of freedom of expression, and the on-going ...

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Call for Applicants: Reporting Energy and Finance in Europe's Neighborhood (9 May, Istanbul)

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Reporting Energy and Finance in Europe's Neighborhood 9 May 2013, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Istanbul, Turkey     Organised by Bankwatch Network, this workshop aims to familiarise reporters from European Neighbourhood countries with issues related to reporting energy and energy markets, particularly with a focus on European public and private investors in the Neighbourhood region.   Specific attention will be given to the European Bank for Reconstruction and ...

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The Final Statement of the Second Gulf Platform for Human Rights Defenders

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[The following statement was published on the Gulf Center for Human Rights website on 2 March 2013.] We, the human rights defenders from the Gulf countries and Yemen, convened at the second Gulf Platform for Human Rights Defenders held in Istanbul (1-2 March 2013), and organized by the Gulf Center for Human Rights, stress the following: We declare our absolute solidarity with the human rights defenders in the region and our complete support without reservations, and while ...

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Press Release: As Obama Lands, Palestinians Erect New Bab al Shams Neighborhood

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Palestinians assert their right to protect their lands from colonialism and their opposition to American policy which keeps granting Israeli occupation and repression of Palestinians full support.  Hundreds of the Palestinians arrived this morning, Wednesday, 20 March, to Eizariya and erected about fifteen tents on lands of the village as new neighborhood of Bab al Shams village, on a hillside opposite to the one on which the original village of Bab al Shams was ...

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Violence, Vulnerability, and Migration: Trapped at the Gates of Europe

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[The following report was issued by Doctors Without Borders on 14 March 2013.] Violence, Vulnerability, and Migration: Trapped at the Gates of Europe A report on the situation of sub-Saharan migrants in an irregular situation in Morocco. Executive Summary Over the last ten years, as the European Union (EU) has tightened its border controls and increasingly externalised its migration policies, Morocco has changed from being just a transit country for ...

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Yemeni Detainee Tortured in Saudi Prison after Extradition by Qatar

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[The following is an appeal that Al Karama issued on 14 March 2013 detailing the detention and torture of Yemeni detainee Iwad Al Hayki and calling on the international community and Saudi authorities to look into his case.] Iwad Al Hayki, a thirty-three-year-old Yemeni national has been imprisoned in Al Qasim Prison since 18 October 2010, the day he was extradited by Qatar to the Saudi authorities. Detained incommunicado for almost a year in solitary confinement, he has ...

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Jailed Human Rights Defenders on Hunger Strike

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[The following is an urgent appeal that the Bahrain Center for Human Rights issued on 18 March 2013]   The BCHR has received information that Zainab Alkhawaja's mother received a phone call today from the prison notifying her that Zainab's health had deteriorated, and that she had refused to be taken to the hospital until she is allowed to see her daughter.  The Bahrain Center for Human Rights expresses urgent concern for the health and well being for the ...

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An Open Letter From Salman al-Odah

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[The following is an open letter from Saudi sheikh and former political prisoner Salman al-Odah to the Saudi Arabian regime dated 15 March 2013. It has been circulating widely in English and Arabic.] Introduction: 1. Your friend is the one who speaks to you honestly. A rational person values the truth, regardless of who speaks it. We are speaking about the nation we love and whose future we are all equally concerned about. 2. We must preserve the gains we have ...

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Program of the Inaugural Conference of the Arab Council for the Social Sciences (March 19-20, Beirut)

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All tweets from the conference can be accessed HERE   يسر المجلس العربي للعلوم الاجتماعية أن يعلن عن توفير ترجمة لجميع التغريدات التي صدرت أثناء المؤتمر التأسيسي. اضعط هنا           The Arab Council for the Social Sciences is pleased to announce its inaugural conference, titled Arab Transformations: Interrogating the Social Sciences, to be held in Beirut, Lebanon on 19-20 March 2013. The conference will showcase papers and ...

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The Crime of Insulting the President, A Crime of an Authoritarian Regime

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[The following report was issued by the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information on 20 January 2013.]  The Crime of Insulting the President, A Crime of an Authoritarian Regime Introduction In the May of 1995, the Supreme Constitutional Court wrote significant lines in its judgment, which strongly support the freedom of expression, which  included: “Therefore, it is logically and inevitably that the constitution shall be biased to the freedom ...

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Reports Roundup (March 16)

[The following list is a compilation of the reports, statements, and other materials featured on the Jadaliyya Reports Page this past week.]  A Bitter Legacy: Lessons of De-Baathification in Iraq The International Center for Transitional Justice reports on the problematic de-Baathification process in Iraq from 2003 to 2011. Petition: Stop the "Green Building" Draft Law in Lebanon The following petition highlights the negative consequences of the ...

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The Tunisian Constituent Assembly's By-laws: A Brief Analysis

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[The following report was issued by the Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance on 26 February 2013.] The Tunisian Constituent Assembly's By-laws: A Brief Analysis Executive Summary In response to the Jasmine Revolution, Tunisia is in the process of  developing a new constitution. The institution charged with drafting this new constitution is the National Constituent Assembly (NCA). The functioning and processes of  the NCA will ...

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Torture Accusations Hidden Behind Closed Doors in 'UAE 94' Trial

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[This report was originally published by Alkarama on 13 March 2013.] UAE: Concerns for Safety of 'UAE 94' Confirmed as International Observers Prevented from Attending Second Hearing The first and second hearings in the trial of the UAE 94 were held on 4 and 11 March, respectively, with international observers prevented access. Reports from the trial have raised alarm bells that the UAE has still not respected the norms of a fair trial. The UAE should allow international ...

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UNICEF Report: Children in Israeli Military Detention

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[The following report was issued by UNICEF on 6 March 2013.] Children in Israeli Military Detention: Observations and Recommendations Executive Summary  All children in contact with judicial systems should be treated with dignity and respect at all times. For several years, national lawyers, human rights organizations, United Nations experts and treaty bodies have been publishing reports of illtreatment of children who come in contact with the Israeli ...

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UK Spyware Targets Bahraini Business

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[This report was originally published by Bahrain Watch on 13 March 2013.] TOP BAHRAINI COMPANY INFECTED WITH GOVERNMENT SPYWARE SOLD BY UK FIRM IN APPARENT POLITICALLY MOTIVATED TARGETING Company Declines to be Identified, Citing Potential Reprisals [Manama] During the course of recent investigations, Bahrain Watch determined that a computer inside a top Bahraini company was infected with spyware operated by Bahrain’s government. The spyware, known as FinSpy, is sold ...

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Long Sentences Imposed on Saudi Human Rights Activists

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[This report was originally issued by Alkarama on 12 March 2013.] KSA: Two prominent human rights defenders sentenced to 10 and 11 years in prison after unfair trial The Saudi authorities should immediately release Mohammad Al Qahtani and Abdullah Al Hamid, two Saudi human rights defenders and co-founders of the Saudi Association for civil and political rights (ACPRA). The two men were sentenced last Saturday to ten and eleven years in prison for accusations including ...

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