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Eye on the Libyan General National Congress: Second Report

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[The following report was issued by Bokra Youth Organization and H2O Team on 8 February 2013.  This is the second in a year-long series of reports covering the actions of Libya's General National Council. This issue focuses on the period from 20 December 2012 to 15 January 2013. Click here to access the previous report.]  Eye on the General National Congress: The Second Report Introduction The General National Congress (GNC) held the following sessions ...

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Los Angeles Event: Sex and Sectarianism in Lebanon (20 February 2013)

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Sex and Sectarianism: Recognition and the Disarticulation of Madhhab/Sect and Sex/Gender in Lebanon A lecture by Maya Mikdashi Co-Sponsored by the UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies, the UCLA Islamic Studies Program, and UCLA School of Law Critical Race Studies Program, and the Arab Studies Institute (ASI) Wednesday, February 20, 2013
 12:00 PM  10383 Bunche Hall
 University of California Los Angeles   This talk examines the legal practice of strategic ...

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Statement from Global Palestinian Right to Return Coalition

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[The following statement was issued by the Global Palestinian Right to Return Coalition on 5 February 2013.] To the children of our heroic Palestinian people, To those who safeguard the unity of our people, our representation, and our cause, As the Palestinian people await the meeting of various sectors of Palestinian leadership on the eighth of February in Cairo, and as we anticipate further development of steps towards turning the page on painful Palestinian divisions, ...

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Globalizing Torture: CIA Secret Detention and Extraordinary Rendition

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[The following report was issued by the Open Society Foundations on 5 February 2013.]  Globalizing Torture: CIA Secret Detention and Extraordinary Rendition  Executive Summary Following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) commenced a secret detention program under which suspected terrorists were held in CIA prisons, also known as “black sites,” outside the United States, where they were subjected ...

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Judith Butler's Remarks to Brooklyn College on BDS

[The following remarks were given by Judith Butler at a recent boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) event held at Brooklyn College. The event was the subject of a major public campaign (via false accusations and threats to withdraw funding) to pressure the Department of Political Science at the college to withdraw their co-sponoshorship of the event. The remarks were first published on The Nation.] Usually one starts by saying that one is glad to be here, but I cannot ...

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Film-Portrait of Dr. Saud Mukhtar Al-Hashimi, Human Rights Defender, Saudi Arabia

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The following video was produced by the Alkarama Foundation to highlight the work of Dr. Saud Mukhtar Al Hashimi, co-laureate of the 2012 Alkarama Award for human rights defenders. Once acclaimed by the Saudi government for his humanitarian work with children in Iraq, he became the target of the very same authorities when he started calling for constitutional reform and greater civil and political rights in his country. Accused of criticizing the government, he was ...

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Reports Roundup (February 9)

[The following list is a compilation of the reports, statements, and other materials featured on the Jadaliyya Reports Page this past week.] International Fact-Finding Mission on Israeli Settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Refugee Rights reports on the various ways in which the human rights of Palestinians have been violated by the existence of settlements.  HRW Statement on Sweeping Injustices in Saudi ...

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Email Exchange between Glenn Greenwald and Alan Dershowitz

[The following is an email exchange between writer Glenn Greenwald and Professor Alan Dershowitz. The context for the exchange was a public campaign by certain politicians to pressure the Political Science Department at Brooklyn College to rescind its sponsorship of an event discussing the boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel. The email exchange was originally posted here. For more information on the attempt to suppress the BDS event at Brooklyn ...

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Call for Papers -- Difficult Transition: Iraq's Road to Democracy (2 March, London)

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Difficult Transition: Iraq`s Road to Democracy 2 March 2013 SOAS, University of London           This one-day conference will bring together academics, policy-makers, politicians, journalists and civic organisations from both inside and outside of Iraq to examine the country's experiences with democratic governance since the fall of the Baath regime in April 2003. The relationship between democracy and the country's political, social and ...

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Pakistan: Countering Militancy in PATA

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[The following report was issued by International Crisis Group on 15 January 2013.] Pakistan: Countering Militancy in the PATA Executive Summary  Pakistan’s Provincially Administered Tribal Areas (PATA), which include Swat and six neighbouring districts and areas in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province (KPK), remains volatile more than three years after military operations sought to oust Islamist extremists. Militant groups such as the Sunni extremist ...

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HRW Report on Repression and Reform in Morocco and the Western Sahara

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[The following report was released by Human Rights Watch on 31 January 2013.] Moroccans still await tangible improvements in human rights a year after the adoption of a progressive new constitution and the election of an Islamist-led parliament and government, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2013. Even as government ministers talked of reform, the courts imprisoned dissidents during 2012 under repressive laws curtailing free speech, and ...

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National Students for Justice in Palestine Stands in Solidarity with Brooklyn College

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As the Ad Hoc Steering Committee for the National Students for Justice in Palestine, we write to express our solidarity with organizers and academics at Brooklyn College. The co-sponsorship by Brooklyn College’s political science department of an event organized by Students for Justice in Palestine about the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement has resulted in an onslaught of intimidation from a campaign led by Alan Dershowitz. At first, Dershowitz and a handful ...

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UK Spyware in Bahrain: Company's Denials Called Into Question

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[The following press release was issued by Bahrain Watch on 6 February 2013.] FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact:
: New Evidence Suggests Gamma Sold FinSpy to Bahrain [Manama] In July 2012, Bahrain Watch reported that the Government of Bahrain was targeting activists with the FinSpy/FinFisher “lawful interception” computer spyware, programmed ...

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Letter from Faculty Union at CUNY in Support of Brooklyn College Israel Forum

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[The following letter was issued by the CUNY Faculty Union on 5 February 2013.] Congressman Jerrold Nadler Congresswoman Yvette Clarke Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez Congressman Hakeem Jeffries NY City Council Speaker Christine Quinn NY City Comptroller John Liu  NY City Public Advocate Bill de Blasio Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz NY State Senator Kevin Parker NY State Senator Daniel Squadron NY State Assemblywoman Rhoda Jacobs NY State ...

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Statement on 43 Bahraini Protesters Arrested Days After Calls for Dialogue

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[The following statement was issued by the Bahrain Center for Human Rights on 27 January 2013.] The Bahrain Center for Human Rights expresses grave concern over the continued use of excessive force to restrict and attack freedom of expression and assembly in Bahrain despite announced plans for political dialogue by the regime. On 25 Jan 2012 hundreds of Bahrainis took the streets in the capital Manama and peacefully protested to demand rights, including the right to ...

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Military Justice? Palestinians in Israeli Courts (Video)

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The Center for Palestine Studies (CPS) at Columbia University has developed a new project on Palestine and law, which consists of a series of panels with some of the world's leading legal scholars on Palestine. The aim of the series is to promote innovative academic thought on legal questions related to Palestine. The issues covered will include the state question, property issues, from possession to dispossession; the sphere of litigation; the legal status of the refugee; ...

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This Is A Mass Sexual Assault . . . We Will Resist (Video)

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The following video was produced by Operation Anti-Sexual Harassment/Assault. It shows a public and mass sexual attack on a female protestor in Tahrir Square and the efforts to ensure her safety. The footage was edited to highlight exactly what is happening in the moving crush of bodies caught on video. It shows several men publically raping a protestor, with several other men pressing in to partake in the assault. This is not the first time a woman is sexually ...

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HRW Statement on Sweeping Injustices in Saudi Arabia

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[The following statement was issued by Human Rights Watch on 31 January 2013.]  Correction: On 21 January 2013, a Saudi higher court decided not to charge website editor Raif Badawi with apostasy. The pending charges against Badawi include “insulting Islam through electronic channels,” which does not carry the death penalty. Saudi Arabia arrested hundreds of peaceful protesters during 2012, and sentenced activists from across the country to prison for expressing ...

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International Fact-Finding Mission on Israeli Settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory

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[The following press release and report were issued by the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on 31 January 2013.] The International Fact-Finding Mission on Israeli Settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory today published its findings on the implications Israeli settlements have upon the human rights of the Palestinian people.  The report states that a multitude of the human rights of the Palestinians are violated in various forms ...

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Reports Roundup (February 2)

[The following list is a compilation of the reports, statements, and other materials featured on the Jadaliyya Reports Page this past week.] Letter Concerning Incidents at the Marmara University Faculty of Communications The Committee on Academic Freedom of the Middle East Studies Association expresses its concern over the actions of Yusuf Devran, the government-appointed dean of the Faculty of Communications at Marmara University in Turkey. Under Dean Devran, specific ...

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