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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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Maryam al-Khawaja to Visit Bahrain

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[The Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR) and the Gulf Center for Human Rights (GCHR) issued the following press release on 10 January 2013.] The Acting President of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR) and Deputy Director for the Gulf Center for Human Rights (GCHR), Maryam Al-Khawaja, has decided to travel to Bahrain on Friday, 11 January 2013. The primary purpose of Maryam Al-Khawaja’s trip to Bahrain will be to visit her father and uncle in prison as well as to ...

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Alkarama Condemns Arrests of Omani Human Rights Activists

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[The following statement was issued by Alkarama on 30 December 2012.] On 5 and 12 December, the appeal court of Muscat upheld verdicts against 29 human rights activists, including 36 year-old Omani human rights defender Said Ben Sultan Al Hashimi, who will be serving prison sentences for charges such as 'insulting the Sultan' and 'unlawful gathering'. Alkarama strongly condemns the illegal detention of Sultan Al Hashimi and the 28 others which is clearly an assault against ...

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European Lawyers Protest Against Ongoing Arrests in Turkey

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[The following statement was issued by the European Association of Lawyers for Democracy and World Human Rights on 20 December 2012.] ELDH is gravely concerned about the ongoing wave of arrests in Turkey. Some 8.000 politicians, trade-unionists, journalists, artists, students, human rights activists as well as their lawyers have been the victims of mass arrests in Turkey since 2009. Most of them have been arrested as part of the KCK operation mounted by the ...

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Settler Colonialism: Then and Now (Video)

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Settler Colonialism: Then and Now A Lecture by Mahmood Mamdani This lecture was delivered on 6 December 6 2012 at Princeton University for the 10th Annual Edward W. Said '57 Memorial Lecture. Mahmood Mamdani is an academic, author, and political commentator. He is the author of, among other books, Citizen and Subject: Contemporary Africa and the Legacy of Late Colonialism (1996), When Victims Become Killers: Colonialism, Nativism, and the Genocide in Rwanda (2002), ...

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University of California System and The Three-Pronged Attack on Free Speech and Campus Organizing

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In the following episode from AJE's The Stream, Palestine solidarity activists from various University of California (UC) campuses discuss a three-pronged attack on free speech and campus organizing throughout the UC system: A "Jewish Student Campus Climate Report" co-authored by Anti-Defamation League's Richard Barton, which cherry-picked interviews to create the perception that Jewish students largely agreed that Palestine solidarity advocacy was ...

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Call for Papers: Everyday Life in the Middle East (19-21 September 2013: Lund, Sweden)

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Ninth Nordic Conference on Middle Eastern Studies: Everyday Life in the Middle East 19-21 September 2013 Lund, Sweden Focusing on the multi-faceted nature of everyday life, the conference will address the diverse practices, events and attitudes that shape and are shaped by daily experiences of individuals and groups in the region. Questions related to the relationship between everyday life and political, social, religious and cultural institutions, the connections between ...

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HRW Letter to Bahrain on the Pre-Trial Detention of Sayed Yusuf al-Muhafadha

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[The following letter was issued by Human Rights Watch on 2 January 2013.] Dr. Ali Fadhul Al Buainain Attorney General Kingdom of Bahrain Dear Dr. Al Buainain:  We are writing you this open letter to express our concerns about the prosecution and pre-trial detention of Sayed Yusuf al-Muhafadha, acting vice-president of the Bahrain Human Rights Centre (BHRC), on charges of “willfully disseminatingfalse news” that amounts to “incitement to violence.”  Security ...

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Don't Play Apartheid Israel: Summary of 2012 Cultural Boycott

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[The following summary list was published by Don't Play Apartheid Israel on 31 December 2012.] The year 2012 was an amazing year full of many successes in the campaign for the cultural boycott of Israel. This summary focuses on the cultural boycott with an emphasis on musical artists and groups. The fall of South African apartheid was preceded by the movement by artists of conscience to boycott “Sun City.” A similar anti-apartheid movement is rapidly growing, and musicians ...

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European Footballers Declare Support for Palestine

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[The following statement was published on footballer Frederic Oumar Kanoute's webiste on 29 November 2012.]   We, as European football players, express our solidarity with the people of Gaza who are living under siege and denied basic human dignity and freedom. The latest Israeli bombardment of Gaza, resulting in the death of over a hundred civilians, was yet another stain on the world's conscience. We are informed that on 10 November 2012 the Israeli army bombed a ...

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Crackdown on Activists Continues in UAE

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[This report was originally issued by the Gulf Center for Human Rights on 5 January 2013.] Urgent Action: UAE - Number of human rights defenders & activists in detention reaches 77 as brutal crackdown continues The numbers of those detained in the UAE as a result of their human rights activities has reached 77 following the arrests of four Egyptian activists. On 14 December 2012 an Egyptian journalist was arrested and three Egyptian doctors were arrested four days ...

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Turkey's Kurdish Impasse

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[The following report was issued by International Crisis Group on 30 November 2012.] Turkey's Kurdish Impasse: The View from Diyarbakır Executive Summary As Turkey’s biggest Kurdish-majority city and province, Diyarbakır is critical to any examination of the country’s Kurdish problem and of the insurgent PKK (Kurdistan Workers’ Party). The armed conflict has deteriorated in the past year and a half to its worst level in over a decade, with increased political friction ...

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Call for Papers: Political Slogans in a Changing Arab World (April 2013, Cairo)

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Workshop: Political Slogans in a Changing Arab World April 2013 Cairo, Egypt The Orient-Institut in Beirut is organizing a workshop on political slogans and the question of how political and social change is reflected in the recent development of political slogans in Egypt and the Arab world. The workshop observes the transformation of political communication and is calling for papers that deal with written, shouted, sung and digitally spread slogans in the way in which ...

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Reports Roundup (January 5)

[The following list is a compilation of the reports, statements, and other materials featured on the Jadaliyya Reports Page this past week.]  Calls to Boycott Qatar and the UAE for Labor Violations The International Trade Union Confederation expresses its intent to organize a boycott of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar and the UAE (if selected to host the 2024 Olympics) unless these nations improve their subpar working conditions for migrant laborers.  United ...

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An Eye-Witness Account of Yemeni Students Protesting Campus Militarization

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[The following account was published by Woman From Yemen on 23 December 2012.] Yesterday, a large crowd of students and activists met at the gate of Sanaa University then marched to the prime minister's office near the cabinet to protest the continued militarization of the campus.   The protest was organized by Sanaa university students to demand an end to the presence of the military in the education facility.  Soldiers control the entrances of Sanaa ...

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Curbing Violence in Nigeria (I): The Jos Crisis

[The following report was issued by the International Crisis Group (ICG) on 3 2014.]   Executive Summary Since 2001, violence has erupted in Jos city, capital of Plateau state, in Nigeria’s Middle Belt region. The ostensible dispute is over the “rights” of the indigene Berom/Anaguta/Afizere (BAA) group and the rival claims of the Hausa-Fulani settlers to land, power and resources. Indigene-settler conflicts are not new to Nigeria, but the country is ...

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Access Denied: Bahrain Restricting Entry to Limit International Exposure

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[The following press release was issued by Bahrain Watch on 3 January 2013.] BAHRAIN GOVERNMENT SHUTS OUT THE WORLD More Than 200 Journalists, Observers, Aid Workers Kept Out Since February 2011 [Manama] Bahrain’s government stands accused of serious and ongoing human rights violations, and has made many commitments to reform. However, the Government is keeping out journalists, members of non-governmental organizations (NGOs), researchers, politicians, activists, and ...

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Jadaliyya's Maghreb Page Echoes in France

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Paris-based weekly newspaper, Courrier International, has translated and featured a couple pieces from Jadaliyya's Maghreb Page. They include an interview with Moroccan-born artist, Lalla Essaydi, conducted by Maghreb Page co-editor, Samia Errazzouki, and an overview of the current situation in Morocco, written by Maghreb Page intern, Allison L. McManus. Below are snapshots of the French versions as they appear in Courrier International's print edition. [Courrier ...

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