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Israel's Worldwide Role in Repression

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[Researched, written, and edited by members of the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network, this twenty-eight-page exposé focuses on the role of Israel’s government, military, and related corporations and organizations in a global industry of violence and repression. The states most involved with this industry profit from perpetual war and occupation across the globe while maintaining vastly unequal societies of their own. Click here to learn more about this booklet and an ...

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Joint Statement Condemning IOF Raid on the Offices of Palestinian NGOs in Ramallah

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[The following statement was issued by the Palestinian Human Rights Organizations Council on 12 December 2012.] The Palestinian Human Rights Organizations Council (PHROC) strongly condemns yesterday morning’s raid by Israeli Occupying Forces (IOF) on the office of a number of Palestinian non-governmental organizations in Ramallah. At about 3am this morning, IOF raided the offices of Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, the Palestinian NGO Network and the ...

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Reporters Without Borders Condemn Arrests in Bahrain

[Bahraini human rights defended Sayed Yousef Al-Muhafda. Image from en.rsf.org]

[The following statement was issued by Reporters Without Borders on 28 December 2012.] Reporters Without Borders condemns the Manama prosecutor-general’s 25 December decision to hold human rights defender Sayed Yousef Al-Muhafda for another two weeks on a charge of posting false information on Twitter. Arrested on 17 December, Muhafda is currently being held in an isolation cell in a police station in the northeastern suburb of Hoora. One of the accusations ...

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United Nations Periodic Update on Syria

[Damaged street in Homs, Syria, November 2012. Image by Freedom House via Flickr]

[The following report was issued by the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic of the United Nations on 20 December 2012.] Introduction  The unrelenting violence in Syria has resulted in thousands of deaths; untold thousands of wounded, detained, and disappeared; and physical destruction on a massive scale. Hundreds of thousands have fled their homes, and those that remain struggle to secure basic ...

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Calls to Boycott Qatar and the UAE for Labor Violations

[Workers in a bus after a day of work in Dubai. Image from Flickr/Eric J Scott]

[The following is a Migrant Rights post on calls to boycott the World Cup in Qatar in 2022 and (possibly) the UAE, if chosen for the 2024 Olympics.] The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) will organize a boycott of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar unless the nation improves migrant worker conditions. The group also plans to boycott the UAE (if selected for the 2024 Olympics) if genuine labor reform is not realized. As both nations will implement intensive labor ...

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Call for Applicants: Building Knowledge in Media Policy for Arab Countries in Transition (Cairo, 12-21 March 2013)

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Building Knowledge in Media Policy for Arab Countries in Transition 12 - 21 March 2013 American University of Cairo The School of Global Affairs and Public Policy’s Executive Education at the American University in Cairo, announces the third round of its program entitled "Building Knowledge in Media Policy for Arab Countries in Transition" from March 12 to 21, 2013. The training will be delivered in Arabic for members of civil society organizations ...

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Reports Roundup (December 29)

[The following list is a compilation of the reports, statements, and other materials featured on the Jadaliyya Reports Page this past week.] Letter Concerning Ongoing Pattern of Arrests of Turkish Academics Researching Kurdish Issues The Committee on Academic Freedom of the Middle East Studies Association addresses Turkish Prime Minister Erdoğan with concerns over the recent arrests and detentions of academics focusing on Kurdish issues. Bahrain13 Prisoner Group ...

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Egypt’s Anti-Freedom Constitution: The Borhami Video

[Salafist cleric leader Yasser Borhami (right) speaks with Morsi's presidential advisor Bassam al-Zarqa during the constitutional marathon vote in the assembly on 30 November. Image by Mohamed Abd El Gany/Reuters]

“This constitution imposes complete restrictions that have never before been imposed by any Egyptian constitution” and it “places restrictions on freedom of thought, expression, and creativity.” These are the words of Sheikh Yasser Borhami, a leading member of the Constituent Assembly. He was explaining Article 10 of Egypt’s draft constitution during a conference with religious experts and Salafist preachers on 22 November 2012. On this same day, President Mohamed Morsi ...

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Eyes on Israeli Military Court: A Collection of Impressions

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[The following report was issued by Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association on 4 June 2012.]  Eyes on Israeli Military Court: A Collection of Impressions  Introduction This booklet encompasses a series of reflections on the experience of Addameer volunteers and associates who visited the Israeli military courts situated in the occupied Palestinian territory from 2009 to 2011. The contributors were asked to write about what they saw ...

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Security Forces Attack Protesters in Kuwait

[Tens of thousands march in Kuwait on 30 November 2012. Image from Flickr/Kuwait-Ra'ed Qutena.]

[The following is a Human Rights Watch report on security forces using violence against protesters in Kuwait.] Kuwait security forces have on several occasions used what appears to be excessive force to disperse largely peaceful protesters at a series of demonstrations over participation in the country’s political process since October 2012. Some demonstrators have been wounded, and the security forces have arrested many more.  In several statements the Interior ...

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Bahraini Authorities Continue to Punish Opponents By Imprisoning Them

[Rola al-Saffar]

[The following is a report by the Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights (BYSHR) regarding today’s sentencing of Rola Al-Saffar and Ibrahim Al-Demistani.] The Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights (BYSHR) expresses its great concern that the Court of Appeal upheld the sentence today against Mrs. Rola Al-Saffar– Head of Bahrain’s Nursing Society– and Mr. Ibrahim Al-Demistani–Secretary General– who is serving a one month prison sentence in a different case related to the ...

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Statement Regarding the Saudi Ban on Migrant Organizations

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[The following statement was issued by Migrante International on 11 December 2012.] Migrante Partylist today raised serious concern over a latest circular released by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to all Embassies and International Organizations prohibiting the establishment of organizations by migrants and expatriate nationals. The circular was dated October 17, 2012 and was released by the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh on December 10. The Saudi Ministry of Labor has then ...

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Extreme Makeover? (II): The Withering of Arab Jerusalem

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[The following report was issued by International Crisis Group on 20 December 2012.]  Extreme Makeover? (II): The Withering of Arab Jerusalem  Executive Summary  For many Arab East Jerusalemites, the battle for their city is all but lost. Settlements have hemmed in their neighbourhoods, which have become slums in the midst of an expanding Jewish presence; trade with the West Bank has been choked off by the Separation Barrier and checkpoints; organised ...

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Extreme Makeover? (I): Israel's Politics of Land and Faith in East Jerusalem

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[The following report was issued by International Crisis Group on 20 December 2012.]  Extreme Makeover? (I): Israel's Politics of Land and Faith in East Jerusalem  Executive Summary  Jerusalem no longer is the city it was in 2000, when Israelis and Palestinians first negotiated its fate. In the interval, much has changed, complicating the task of unscrambling the Jerusalem egg based on the formula presented by President Clinton in December of that year: ...

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Censored 2013: Project Censored List of Top Censored Stories and Media Analysis of 2011-2012

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[The following list was compiled and released by Project Censored: Media Democracy in Action and features the top twenty-five censored stories of 2013.] 1. Signs of an Emerging Police State 2. Oceans in Peril 3. Fukushima Nuclear Disaster Worse than Anticipated 4. FBI Agents Responsible for Majority of Terrorist Plots in the United States 5. First Federal Reserve Audit Reveals Trillions Loaned to Major Banks 6. Small Network of Corporations ...

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Bahrain13 Prisoner Group Meets with Delegation from OHCHR

[Protests in Bahrain in February 2011. Image by Bahrain Viewbook via Wikimedia Commons]

[The following statement was issued by the Bahrain Center for Human Rights on 17 December 2012.] A delegation from the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights visited "Jaw Prison" and met with the thirteen prisoners also known as "Bahrain13" which they last met in December 2011. During the trip, the delegation also met with other political prisoners. This came at the end of a six-day visit for the delegation to Bahrain from 2 December until 6 ...

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Reports Roundup (December 22)

[The following list is a compilation of the reports, statements, and other materials featured on the Jadaliyya Reports Page this past week.] Adalah Q & A on Representation/Participation of Palestinian Citizens of Israel in Knesset Elections Adalah provides answers to frequently asked questions about the upcoming parliamentary elections in Israel, which are scheduled for January 22, and their effect on Palestinian citizens of Israel.  Lebanese Security ...

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New Zealand Superannuation Fund Excludes Three Companies on Responsible Investment Grounds

[Israel's West Bank Separation Barrier, which Elbit Systems Limited was involved in constructing. Image by Ted Swedenburg via Flickr]

[The following press release was issued by the New Zealand Superannuation Fund on 12 December 2012.] The New Zealand Superannuation Fund today announced that it had excluded three companies from its twenty billion dollar investment portfolio on responsible investment grounds. Africa Israel Investments and subsidary Danya Cebus: Africa Israel and its subsidiary Danya Cebus have been excluded because of their involvement in the construction of Israeli settlements ...

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Torture vs. Torture Euphemisms: Language of Torture in U.S. Media 2010-2012

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[The following infographic was issued by Covering Torture.] Do we call torture by its name? Torture is legally defined by the UN Convention Against Torture and that definition includes acts of abuse that have occurred as part of U.S. and allied interrogation policies. Nevertheless, euphemisms like "enhanced interrogation," "harsh interrogation," or "special techniques" are used widely by U.S. media to describe practices that are more accurately ...

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Saudi Arabia: Prominent Human Rights Defender and Judge Arrested

[Shaykh Suliaman Al-Rashudi. Photo from gc4hr.org]

[The following report was issued by the Gulf Center for Human Rights on 16 December 2012.] Saudi Arabia: Arrest and detention of prominent human rights defender, lawyer and former judge, head of the Saudi Civil and Political Rights Association (ACPRA) Sheikh Suliaman Al-Rashudi On the morning of Wednesday, 12 December 2012, prominent human rights defender, lawyer, former judge, and head of the Saudi Civil and Political Rights Association (ACPRA),  Sheikh Suliaman ...

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