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Twenty-One Egyptian Rights Organizations Urge Egyptian President to Prevent Civil War

[Protesters head to the Presidential Palace in Cairo on 4 December 2012. Image by Moud Barthez via Flickr]

[The following statement was released by a group of Egyptian rights organizations on 6 December 2012.] The undersigned Egyptian human rights organizations express their grave concern regarding the recent developments that are rapidly pushing Egypt toward the brink of civil war, the first signs of which were seen in the street battles and exchanges of violence which occurred yesterday in the area surrounding the presidential palace in Cairo and in a number of other ...

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Dismay at Convictions of Bahraini Medics in Criminal Court

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[The following statement was issued by Physicians for Human Rights on 21 November 2012.]  PHR today expressed dismay at the decision by Bahrain’s Lower Criminal Court to sentence 23 health professionals to three months in prison on charges of illegally gathering during Arab spring protests in 2011. Five others were acquitted. “We are disappointed, though not surprised, that the Bahraini regime once again has decided to punish health professionals merely for expressing ...

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Urgent Appeal: Political Prisoner Ali Radhi’s Health Rapidly Deteriorating on Fourth Day of Hunger Strike

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[The following report was issued by the Bahrain Center for Human Rights on 4 December 2012.] Further to information published by the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR) regarding the recent attack on prisoners at the Dry Dock prison, the BCHR has received following information regarding ill-treatment of prisoners. The twenty-three year-old political prisoner Ali Radhi from Al-Eker village is on the fourth day of a hunger strike to protest being placed in a solitary ...

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Letter From Center for Constitutional Rights and Other Groups to University of California President Advising Him of Need to Protect Pro-Palestinian Speech on Campus

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[The following introduction and letter were published by the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) on 3 December 2012.] Today, CCR and other civil rights groups submitted a letter to University of California (UC) President Mark Yudof, pressing him to consider the chilling effect of efforts to target Arab, Muslim and other students advocating for Palestinian rights on UC campuses, and to take affirmative steps to protect pro-Palestinian speech on campus.  In ...

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Call for Papers -- The Arab Spring and MENA Economies: Quo Vadis? (15 December Deadline)

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The Arab Spring and MENA Economies: Quo Vadis? 18 - 20 March 2013 Speyer, Germany The Middle East Economic Association (MEEA) is pleased to announce that it is now accepting abstracts for papers to be presented at the 12th International Conference of MEEA, held jointly with the German Research Institute for Public Administration, in Speyer, Germany, 18 to 20 March 2013. The main topics will focus on several fields of economic research related to the ...

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Letter from Maryam Alkhawaja to Kim Kardashian

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[The following letter was issued by Maryam Alkhawwaja, Acting President of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights, on 29 November 2012.]  Dear Ms. Kardashian, My name is Maryam Alkhawaja, and I am writing in my capacity as the Acting President of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights (BCHR). [Our work has been recognized by a number of international human rights bodies over the last few years- see below.] I am pleased that you’ll be visiting Bahrain, and that you’re ...

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Israeli Supreme Court Hearing on Petition Against Anti-Boycott Law Set for 5 December

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[The following statement was issued by the Who Profits? project and was first published on the BDS Movement website on 1 December 2012.]  On Wednesday, 5 December 2012, the Israeli Supreme Court will conduct a hearing on the petition filed by the Coalition of Women for Peace against the anti-boycott law, which was passed by the Knesset in July 2011. This anti-democratic law is a blunt violation of political and civil liberties and is ...

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Reports Roundup (December 1)

[The following list is a compilation of the reports, statements, and other materials featured on the Jadaliyya Reports Page this past week.] Joint Statement by Twenty-Two Egyptian Rights Organizations on Morsi Declaration Egyptian rights organizations came together to reject Morsi's constitutional declaration as an attack on the judiciary and rule of law.  America's Native Prisoners of War Aaron Huey's TEDx presentation traces the history of settlers and ...

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Egypt: New Constitution Mixed on Support of Rights

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[The following statement was issued by Human Rights Watch on 30 November 2012.] The final draft of a constitution approved on 29 November 2012 by Egypt’s 100-member constituent assembly protects some rights but undermines others. The constitution, approved in the midst of a political standoff between the president and the judiciary, provides for basic protections against arbitrary detention and torture and for some economic rights but fails to end military trials of ...

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How Syria Turned Off the Internet

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[The following report on internet outage in Syria on 29 November 2012 was produced and published by CloudFare on the same date.] Today, 29 November 2012, between 1026 and 1029 (UTC), all traffic from Syria to the rest of the Internet stopped. At CloudFlare, we witnessed the drop off. We have spent the morning studying the situation to understand what happened. The following graph shows the last several days of traffic coming to CloudFlare's network from Syria. Since the ...

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Qatar: Outrageous Life Sentence for 'Jasmine Poet' (Video)

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[The following report, issued by Amnesty International on 29 November 2012, documents the sentencing of Mohammed Ibn al-Dheeb for the publication of his "Jasmine Poem." The video that follows is a recitation of that poem.] A life sentence handed today to a Qatari poet has all the hallmarks of an outrageous betrayal of free speech, Amnesty International has said.  Mohammed al-Ajami, also known as Mohammed Ibn al-Dheeb, was tried on charges of incitement ...

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Palestine at the United Nations: A Vote for Peace and Justice

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[The following report was issued by the Palestine Liberation Organization on 29 November 2012.]  Palestine at the United Nations: A Vote for Peace and Justice We are pleased to have released the latest publication made by the PLO – Negotiations Affairs Department entitled “Palestine at the United Nations: A Vote for Peace and Justice.” Copies of this study will be distributed in a few hours to all member states of the United Nations before the vote to ...

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UAE: Cybercrimes Decree Attacks Free Speech

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[The following report was issued by Human Rights Watch on 28 November 2012.] (Beirut) – A new federal decree on cybercrimes in the United Arab Emirates effectively closes off the country’s only remaining forum for free speech. The decree poses a serious threat to the liberty of peaceful activists and ordinary citizens alike. The UAE president, Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, issued Federal Legal Decree No. 5/ 2012 on combating cybercrimes on November 12, 2012. ...

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Call for Papers -- New Media, New Politics? (post-) Revolutions in Theory and Practice? (London, 26 April 2013)

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New Media, New Politics?(post-) Revolutions in Theory and Practice Friday, 26 April, 2013 University of Westminster, London, UK It has been two years since the world witnessed millions of Arabs march, strike and fight to remove their repressive regimes. As the Arab popular struggles coincided with a deepening global economic crisis, they found resonance across the globe. We saw the Occupy Movement and Spain’s indignados referring to Tahrir Square, exchanging mutual ...

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Egypt: A Year of Abuses Against Detained Children

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[The following report was issued by Human Rights Watch on 20 November 2012.]  Egyptian police and military officers have arrested and detained over 300 children during protests in Cairo over the past year, in some cases beating or torturing them, Human Rights Watch said today. Frequently, these children were illegally jailed with adult prisoners, tried in adult courts, and denied their rights to counsel and notification of their families. Human Rights Watch found ...

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Cairo Event -- Why Middle East Studies? A Discussion of the State of the Field (5 December)

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Why Middle East Studies? A Discussion of the State of the Field 5 December 2012, 6-8pm Oriental Hall AUC Tahrir Square For arguably well over a century, Middle East studies has witnessed broad structural and intellectual shifts. What is the status of Middle East studies today? What are the stakes of the discipline? How has it responded to formative political changes? What is the significance of Middle East studies in the Arab world and in Egypt in ...

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Afghanistan: The Long, Hard Road to the 2014 Transition

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[The following report was issued by International Crisis Group on 8 October 2012.]  Afghanistan: The Long, Hard Road to the 2014 Transition  Executive Summary Plagued by factionalism and corruption, Afghanistan is far from ready to assume responsibility for security when U.S. and NATO forces withdraw in 2014. That makes the political challenge of organising a credible presidential election and transfer of power from President Karzai to a successor that year all ...

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Bassem Youssef's The Show: Mohamed Mahmoud Street (Video with English Subtitles)


This week, Egyptians marked one year since the loss, community, and resilience of the “Battle of Mohamed Mahmoud Street.” In doing so, they faced fresh rounds of US-made tear gas from Egyptian security forces. At times, this tear gas was used against protestors calling for justice and accountability for those that were gassed, beaten, and murdered on the same street. At other times, quite literally as these words are being written, tear gas is being used against ...

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America's Native Prisoners of War

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Two years ago, photographer, activist, and storyteller Aaron Huey gave a presentation called America's Native Prisoner's of War at the University of Denver. The presentation is a mix of photography and narrative, and traces the ongoing history of settling and occupying indigenous American land. The format of TEDx talks makes in-depth and serious discussions about important topics almost impossible. However, this presentation is exceptional in both its argument and its ...

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Joint Statement by Twenty-Two Egyptian Rights Organizations on Morsi Declaration

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[The following joint statement was issued by twenty-two Egyptian rights organizations in response to the recent constitutional decleration by Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi. The statement was originally published on 24 Novemeber 2012 by the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies.] The undersigned rights organizations announce their unequivocal rejection of the constitutional declaration issued by the president on 22 November and demand its immediate revocation. These ...

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