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Don'ti Mixi: A Song by The Great Departed (Video)

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The following song/video was released by a recently formed Lebanese band, The Band of the Great Departed (Sandy Chamoun, Imad Hsheishou, Abed Qbeisi, Ali Al-Hout, and Khaled Soubeih).  The song was inspired by Egypt's President Morsi. During a recent talk in Germany, Morsi mixed Arabic and English while speaking, despite having an interpreter. Hence the title and lyrics of their song, which play on this issue and the Egyptian accent: "Don’ti ...

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Event: Proxy and Invisible Detention in the US Counterinsurgencies in Iraq and Afghanistan (12 March 2013, Rutgers University)

Proxy and Invisible Detention in the US Counterinsurgencies in Iraq & Afghanistan 12 March 2013, 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey The Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Rutgers University presents "Proxy and Invisible Detention in the US Counterinsurgencies in Iraq & Afghanistan," a talk by Dr. Laleh Khalili, Reader in Politics of the Middle East SOAS, University of London. This talk examines the use of ...

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Spider Web: The Making and Unmaking of Iran Sanctions

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[The following report was issued by International Crisis Group on 25 February 2013.] Spider Web: The Making and Unmaking of Iran Sanctions  Executive Summary With war a frightening prospect and fruitful negotiations a still-distant dream, sanctions have become the West’s instrument of choice vis-à-vis Iran. They are everywhere: in the financial arena, barring habitual commercial relations; in the oil sector, choking off Tehran’s principal source of currency; in the ...

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Unpunished Massacre: Yemen's Failed Response to the "Friday of Dignity" Killings

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[The following report was issued by Human Rights Watch on 12 February 2013.] Unpunished Massacre: Yemen's Failed Response to the "Friday of Dignity" Killings Summary  On 18 March 2011, as popular revolts swept the Arab world, tens of thousands of demonstrators in Yemen held a protest that they proclaimed the Friday of Dignity. The biggest rally took place at Change Square, a sprawling protest camp in the capital, Sanaa. As the protesters ...

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Physicians for Human Rights: Rights Violations Still Common in Bahrain on Second Anniversary of Protest Movement

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[The following statement was issued by Physicians for Human Rights on 14 February 2013.]  Two years after political protests first erupted in Bahrain, the government continues to routinely violate the human rights of protesters, PHR said today. In fact, the death toll from violent clashes that have marked the past two years continued to inch up today when security forces shot and killed a sixteen year-old boy participating in protests held to mark the second ...

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Sexual Violence Against Women and the Increasing Frequency of Gang Rape in Tahrir Square and its Environs

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[The following position paper was issued by Nazra for Feminist Studies on 4 February 2013.] Sexual Violence Against Women and the Increasing Frequency of Gang Rape in Tahrir Square and its Environs  With this paper, Nazra for Feminist Studies offers a feminist theoretical attempt to understand the rise of sexual violence against women over the past few months.   We believe that it is important to raise this issue so that different political actors, even well ...

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Palestine Awareness Week at UCLA (25-28 February, Los Angeles)

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Palestine Awareness Week (PAW) at UCLA Please join Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) at UCLA for a week of educational events and activities highlighting the Palestinian cause and discussing how UCLA students can support Palestinian rights. This week will feature both day and evening events, and speakers from both in and outside the UCLA community. The events are co-sponsored by the Afrikan Student Union, Muslim Students Association, Queer Alliance, Incarcerated Youth ...

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Reports Roundup (February 23)

[The following list is a compilation of the reports, statements, and other materials featured on the Jadaliyya Reports Page this past week.] Misery Beyond the War Zone: Life for Syrian Refugees and Displaced Populations in Lebanon Doctors Without Borders reports on the humanitarian needs of the growing population of Syrian refugees in Lebanon and focuses on the change in the situation of this displaced population since a prior survey conducted in June 2012. Statement ...

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Joint Statement on Iranian Opposition Leaders Under House Arrest

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[The following statement was issued by a group of human rights organizations, including Human Rights Watch, on 14 February 2013.] The Iranian authorities should immediately release from arbitrary house arrest two former presidential candidates, Mehdi Karroubi and Mir Hossein Mousavi, and Mir Hossein Mousavi's wife, Zahra Rahnavard, an author and political activist, the Nobel Peace laureate Shirin Ebadi, and six leading human rights groups said today. The authorities ...

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Gerrymandering in Bahrain: Twenty-One Persons, One Vote

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[The following article was issued by Bahrain Watch on 11 February 2013.] With the the start of yet another “National Dialogue” arranged by the Bahraini government yesterday, the Bahrain Watch team thought it would be appropriate to highlight the issue of gerrymandering which will certainly be brought up during the talks. The question of gerrymandered voting districts has been one of the major sticking points between the government and opposition since 2002, when ...

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Tunisia: Violence and the Salafi Challenge

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[The following report was issued by International Crisis Group on 13 February 2013.]  Tunisia: Violence and the Salafi Challenge  Executive Summary   The assassination of Chokri Belaïd, a prominent opposition politician, has thrown Tunisia into its worst crisis since the January 2011 ouster of President Ben Ali. Although culprits have yet to be identified, suspicions swiftly turned to individuals with ties to the Salafi movements. Founded or not, such ...

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The Silence of the Law: Khaled Fahmy on Shari'a and the Origins of the Egyptian Legal System (Video)

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What does it mean to implement shari'a today? Khaled Fahmy, Professor and Chair of the Department of History at the American University in Cairo, tackles this question by examining Egypt's encounter with modernity in the nineteenth century and the origins of the Egyptian legal system. The interview was produced the by the American University of Cairo Office of Communications.  

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London Event: 'Syria Through a Lens' Screening (28 February 2013)

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 Syria Through a Lens A documentary on the life and works of slain Syrian filmmaker and activist Bassel Shahade.  Thursday, 28 February 2013 7:00 PM G3 Main Building The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) Thornhaugh Street, WC1H 0XG London Syria Through a Lens highlights the life, activism, and films of the late Syrian filmmaker Bassel Shahade. On 28 May 2012, Bassel was killed during a government assault on Homs, where he had been ...

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Human Rights Organizations Demand the Release of Omani Activists

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[The following statement was originally published by the Gulf Center for Human Rights on 20 February 2013.] Oman – Release Immediately and Unconditionally all Detainees of Human Rights Defenders and Activists The undersigned human rights organizations declare their full and complete solidarity with all Omani human rights defenders who are currently in detention, especially those undertaking hunger strikes. Twenty-four defenders and activists (including Basma Al-Kiyumi, ...

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SJP National Voices Support for University of California Organizers

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[The following statement was issued by Students for Justice in Palestine on 5 February 2013.] Nearly fifty years ago, students at the University of California fought to win the right to free speech on their campuses. It is deplorable that today, pro-Palestinian students must find themselves fighting once again for their basic rights. As the Ad Hoc Steering Committee for the National Students for Justice in Palestine Conference, we write to express our solidarity with ...

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Statement on FJP Endorsement of Repressive NGO Law

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[The following statement was issued by the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies on 14 February 2013.] On February 13, the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS) participated in a second meeting at the Ministry of Justice to discuss the new NGO law. During the meeting, CIHRS representatives received a copy of the draft law submitted by the Ministry of Local Development, overseen by Mohammed Ali Bishr, a member of the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) and a ...

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Call for Applicants: Summer Arabic & Politics Exchange (14 June - 12 July, Tunis)

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Mideastwire.com and its partners - Université Paris-Dauphine I Tunis, Tunisia Live and the Bosphore Academy - are pleased to announce the first Summer Arabic & Politics Exchange June 14-July 12, 2013, in Tunis, Tunisia. The four-week course will immerse our participants in the language and politics of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), with a particular emphasis on direct engagement with some of the leading academic, political, intellectual and religious ...

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تظاهرات عالمية من أجل الديمقراطية والتضامن والعدالة

نداء ١٥ شباط لتظاهرات عالمية من أجل الديمقراطية والتضامن والعدالة

[تم إصدار هذ البيان من مجموعة من الناشطين والباحثين الدوليين في ١٥ شباط، ٢٠١٣] نداء ١٥ شباط لتظاهرات عالمية من أجل الديمقراطية والتضامن والعدالة منذ عشر سنوات، قال ملايين الناس حول العالم "لا" للحرب في 15 شباط من عام 2003. والآن، فإننا نقول "نعم" للسلام؛ "نعم" لنزع الأسلحة وللحياة الكريمة، بما في ذلك الحياة الاقتصادية التي تحددها المبادئ الديمقراطية. بدأ احتلال العراق بالرغم من احتجاجات عام 2003، ولكن العنف الذي أحدثه بوش كان أضيق من العنف ...

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Statement on UAE Targeting Families of Detained Human Rights Defenders

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[The following statement was issued by the Gulf Centre for Human Rights on 16 February 2013.] The Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) has received information that authorities in the UAE are targeting family members of human rights defenders currently in detention. In recent days the daughter of Dr Mohammed Al-Mansoori has been subjected to judicial harassment while the son of Saleh Al-Dhufairi has been intimidated by state authorities. Moza Al-Mansoori, twenty-three ...

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Misery Beyond the War Zone: Life for Syrian Refugees and Displaced Populations in Lebanon

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[The following report was issued by Doctors Without Borders (MSF) on 6 February 2013.] Misery Beyond the War Zone: Life for Syrian Refugees and Displaced Populations in Lebanon Executive Summary  The ongoing crisis in Syria is forcing ever more Syrians to flee their homeland in search of safety. The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) reported in late January that more than 165,000 refugees had officially been registered in Lebanon alone, ...

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