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Human Rights Watch Statement on Zero Dark Thirty

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[The following statement was released by Human Rights Watch on 11 January 2013.] The movie Zero Dark Thirty, which depicts the hunt for Osama bin Laden, wrongly suggests that torture was an ugly but useful tactic in the fight against terrorism. It also falsely implies that information obtained through torture was critical to finding bin Laden. As the film-makers note, it is a fictionalized account, not a documentary. The use of ...

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Arrested Bedoon Activist Goes on Hunger Strike

[Protesters gathered in Taima' Square near Kuwait City on 13 December 2012 to call for release of Abdulhakim AlFadhli. Image from Gulf Center for Human Rights.]

  [The following letter from detained Kuwaiti activist Abdulhakim Al-Fadhli was published in translation by BedoonRights.org. The original Arabic text can be accessed here.]  I send this message to the free Kuwaiti people, To His Highness the Emir, And to the Bedoon heroes: My brothers and countrymen, Kuwait is screaming with injustice. How long will this last? If this injustice practiced against the Bedoon does not stop, we will all lose ...

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Kuwaiti MPs Propose a New Bedoon Law

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[The following report was originally issued by BedoonRights.org on 19 January 2012.]  On Sunday, 20 January, a new proposal will be made in the parliament regarding the Bedoon issue. According to MP Khaled AlShlaimi, the law will include 17 articles. The law will define a Bedoon as a person who is registered in the Central Agency for Illegal Residents and lives in Kuwait. He also stated that the law, if passed, will give IDs valid for five ...

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Reports Roundup (January 19)

[The following list is a compilation of the reports, statements, and other materials featured on the Jadaliyya Reports Page this past week.] University of California Student Petition Against HR-35 Surpasses 1,000 Signatures UC Students for Justice in Palestine reports on the status of the student petition denouncing California State Assembly HR-35, which equates criticism of Israeli state policies with anti-Semitism, thus stifling the freedom of expression of ...

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"Business Networks in Syria": Jadaliyya Co-Editor Bassam Haddad on C-Span Book TV

Jadaliyya Co-Editor Bassam Haddad discussed his book, Business Networks in Syria: The Political Economy of Authoritarian Resilience with C-Span's Book TV, and talked about the current conflict in that country. This interview was recorded on the campus of George Mason University on 27 September 2012 and aired recently on C-Span.  The themes addressed include: The gradual transformation of the Syrian economy after 1970  State-business ...

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Call for Papers: Right of Return Conference (5-7 April, Boston)

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Right of Return Conference 5 - 7 April 2013 Boston University The Right of Return Conference Committee is seeking abstracts about Palestinian refugees and the Right of Return for papers to be presented at the Right of Return Conference at Boston University, 5-7 April 2013. While there has been much theoretical work done on the subject, we are looking to move beyond ethical arguments, and focus instead on the ...

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Personal Status Litigation for Palestinians in Israel: A Controversial Issue (Jadal Issue 16, December 2012)

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[The following is the Table of Contents of the latest issue of Jadal, a quarterly journal published by Mada al-Carmel.] Jadal Issue 16, December 2012 Personal Status Litigation for Palestinians in Israel: A Controversial Issue Editorial Areen Hawari Analytical Papers Personal Status in Civil Versus Religious Courts: A Controversial Issue Areen Hawari Viewpoints Eleven Years Since the Amendment to the Family Rights Law: Achievements and ...

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EIPR Analysis: Overturning of Mubarak and Adli Conviction Expected Outcome of a Flawed Trial

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[The following press release and report were issued by the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights on 13 January 2013.] The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) said that the Court of Cassation’s ruling today to overturn the conviction of ousted president Mubarak and his interior minister Habib al-Adli was the expected outcome of a flawed, disappointing trial. The EIPR said that the retrial must avoid the grave mistakes of the first trial that led to the annulment ...

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Call for Participants -- MESA Panel Proposal: Gendered Responses to Crisis, Conflict, and Catastrophe

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Gendered Responses to Crisis, Conflict, and Catastrophe 10 -13 October 2013 New Orleans Nicola C. Pratt is seeking papers for a proposed panel. In line with one of the themes for the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Middle East Studies Association, this panel aims to explore systematically the gendered dimensions of how governments, communities, households and nations or sub-national groupings respond to crisis, conflict and/or catastrophes. The panel invites ...

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Torture, Drones, and Detention: A Conversation Between Laleh Khalili and Lisa Hajjar

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The following is an audio recording of a joint book talk held on 16 January 2013. Laleh Khalili and Lisa Hajjar recently published their Time in the Shadows: Confinement in Counterinsurgencies and Torture: A Sociology of Violence and Human Rights, respectively. The event was held at the School of Oriental and African Studies, and featured a conversation between the two authors entitled "Torture, Drones, and Detention: The ...

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Detention of Activists Continues in Oman

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[This report was originally issued by the Gulf Center for Human Rights on 16 January 2013.] Oman - Prominent human rights defender Saed Jadad arrested and detained The Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) has received information that prominent human rights defender Saed Jadad has been arrested and remains in detention. On 14 January 2013, Saed Jadad was summoned by the Special Branch Police to the General Police Headquarters in the capital of Muscat. It is believed that ...

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US Department of Homeland Security's Media Monitoring Manual

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The following link directs you to portions of the US Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) 2011 Media Monitoring Desktop Reference. It was made available through the efforts of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, which filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request and subsequent law suit to obtain the documents. The manual identifies many of the problematic monitoring practices of DHS and contains a (broad) list of (extremely vague) key words DHS uses to ...

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Statement by Palestinian Residents of New Village in East Jerusalem: Bab al-Shams

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[The following statement was issued by the 250 Palestinian residents of Bab al-Shams and published by the Popular Struggle Coordination Committee on 11 January 2013. The residents were later forcibly evicted by the Israeli military.] 250 men and women from across Palestine establish this morning a new Palestinian village named “Bab Alshams” (Gate of the Sun). Tents were built in what Israel refers to as area E1 and equipment for long-term living was brought. The group ...

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Jadaliyya Co-Editor Sinan Antoon Shortlisted for Arabic Booker Prize

[Front and back cover of Sinan Antoon's Ya Maryam.]

Sinan Antoon’s third novel, Ya Maryam (Ave Maria) (Beirut/ Baghdad: Dar al-Jamal, 2012), was shortlisted for the 2013 International Prize for Arabic Fiction, otherwise known as the “Arabic Booker.” The novel, Antoon’s third, explores the conflicting views of two generations of an Iraqi Christian family. The six books on the shortlist were selected by a panel of five judges. The winner will be announced on 23 April 2013.

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Statement In Memory of Three Kurdish Activists Killed in Paris

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[The following statement was issued by the EU Turkey Civic Commission on 9 January 2013.] In Memory of Our Friends: Sakine Canziz, Fidan Dogan, and Leyla Söylemez It was with shock and grief we received the horrible news about the deaths of our dear friends who were massacred in Paris today in the most grotesque way. Sakine Canziz, the co-founder of the PKK in 1978, holds a crucial role in the party. Fidan Dogan (Rojbin), a Kurdistan National Congress (KNK) member from ...

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Call for Papers: Geographies of Gender in the Arab Revolutions (Durham, NC, 20 & 21 September)

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Geographies of Gender in the Arab Revolutions 20 & 21 September 2013 Durham, North Carolina A workshop and edited volume addressing the spatial dimensions of gender and sexuality in the Arab Revolutions, organized by Frances S. Hasso (Duke University) and Zakia Salime (Rutgers University) and hosted by Duke Women's Studies. Co-sponsors: Duke Islamic Studies Center/Carnegie Transcultural Islam Project, Dean of Trinity College of Arts & Sciences, Franklin Humanities ...

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Call for Papers from Early Career Scholars: New Middle Eastern Studies Journal

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The new Brismes sponsored journal 'New Middle Eastern Studies' is looking for new submissions. 'New Middle Eastern Studies' is an innovative e-journal for early careers scholars and graduate students covering all the disciplines falling in the broad field of Middle East Studies. NMES accepts different formats: journal article, quick study, and book reviews. Please find out more at: http://www.brismes.ac.uk/nmes/   

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University of California Student Petition Against HR-35 Surpasses 1,000 Signatures

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[The following press release was issued by University of California Students for Justice in Palestine on 9 January 2013.]  Students voice their united opposition to California Resolution HR-35 and thank the UC Students Association for vocally opposing it while taking a morally consistent stand against racism. HR-35 proposes broad bans on student speech supporting Palestinian rights and criticizing discriminatory Israeli policies. Today a petition signed by ...

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Reports Roundup (January 12)

[The following list is a compilation of the reports, statements, and other materials featured on the Jadaliyya Reports Page this past week.] Turkey's Kurdish Impasse: The View from Diyarbakır International Crisis Group reports on the Kurdish situation in Turkey's biggest Kurdish majority province, Diyarbakır. Crackdown on Activists Continues in UAE The Gulf Center for Human Rights reports on the recent arrests of human rights acvitists and journalists ...

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Ongoing Protests in Bahrain (Video)

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Bahraini protesters in the village of Sanabis and other nearby villages have been holding demonstrations over the last three days to condemn the 7 January prison sentences handed down to thirteen prominent political activists for organizing demonstrations against Al Khalifa.  

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