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

[Protesters in Tahrir Square on 23 November 2012. Image by Jonathan Rashad via Flickr]

[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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Reports Roundup (November 24)

[The following list is a compilation of the reports, statements, and other materials featured on the Jadaliyya Reports Page this past week.] Political Instability Costs Lebanon 5 Percent of Its GDP The Lebanese Center for Policy Studies analyzes political instabiiity in Lebanon since the assassination of Rafik Hariri in 2005 and the 2006 war and its effect on the economy. African Americans for Justice in the Middle East and North Africa Statement Regarding the Aggression ...

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Gaza Solidarity Statement from Individuals and Organizations Based in New York and New Jersey

[Protesters outside UN headquarters. Image by vikalpasl via Flickr]

[The following statement was issued on 24 November 2012 by a coalition of activists and other invdividuals from the New York and New Jersey areas in solidarity with the people of Gaza.]  We are a broad coalition of people of conscience in New York/New Jersey who strongly condemn the Israeli assault on Gaza.  Although a truce has been announced, Gaza still remains under a brutal and crippling siege and occupation. The recent assault on Gaza resulted in hundreds of ...

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Israel and Hamas: Fire and Ceasefire in a New Middle East

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[The following report was issued by International Crisis Group on 22 November 2012.]  Israel and Hamas: Fire and Ceasefire in a New Middle East  Executive Summary and Recommendations There they went again – or did they? The war between Israel and Hamas had all the hallmarks of a tragic movie watched several times too many: airstrikes pounding Gaza, leaving death and destruction in their wake; rockets launched aimlessly from the Strip, spreading terror on their ...

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Human Trafficking in the Sinai: Refugees Between Life and Death

[Protesters outside the Eritrean embassy in Tel Aviv in March 2011. Image by Physicians for Human Rights via Flickr]

[The following report was published by Tilburg University and Europe External Policy Advisors on 26 September 2012.] Human Trafficking in the Sinai: Refugees Between Life and Death Summary  This report describes the horrific situation of trafficking of refugees in the Sinai Desert, a crisis that started in 2009. The refugees include men, women, children, and accompanying infants fleeing from already desperate circumstances in Eritrea, Ethiopia, and Sudan. ...

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A Precarious Balancing Act: Lebanon and the Syrian Conflict

[Logo for International Crisis Group.]

[The following report was issued by International Crisis Group on 22 November 2012.] A Precarious Balancing Act: Lebanon and the Syrian Conflict Executive Summary  Syria’s conflict is leaking out of its borders, but in few places are risks higher than in Lebanon. This is not just a matter of history, although history bodes ill: the country seldom has been immune to the travails of its neighbour. It also is a function of recent events, the most dramatic of which was ...

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The BICI Reforms: Promises of Progress, A Worsening Reality

[Protesters gathering in Manama. Image from bahrainrights.hopto.org]

[The following report was issued by Bahrain Center for Human Rights,  Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights, and Bahrain Rehabilitation and Anti-Violoence Organization on 20 November 2012.] The BICI Reforms: Promises of Progress, A Worsening Reality Summary This report evaluates the progress that has been made by the Government of Bahrain towards reforming its record of human rights violations, and marks the one year anniversary of the recommendations presented by ...

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Text of Israel-Hamas Ceasefire Agreement

[Map of the Gaza Strip. Image from pbs.org]

[The following is the text of the cease-fire agreement between Israel and Hamas that is set to take effect at 9pm Cairo time on 21 November 2012.] Israel shall stop all hostilities in the Gaza Strip land, sea, and air, including incursions and targeting of individuals. All Palestinian factions shall stop all hostilities from the Gaza Strip against Israel, including rocket attacks and all attacks along the border. Opening the crossings and facilitating the movement of ...

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African Americans for Justice in the Middle East and North Africa Statement Regarding the Aggression Against Gaza

[Shelling in Gaza on 19 November 2012. Image by Gigi Ibrahim via Flickr]

[The following statement was issued by African Americans for Justice in the Middle East and North Africa on 18 November 2012.]  African Americans for Justice in the Middle East and North Africa (AAJMENA) strongly condemns Israeli aggression against the Palestinian people in Gaza. The arguments offered by the Israeli government for its attack on Gaza are nakedly cynical in both form and content. That a truce had been negotiated, with the assistance of the Egyptian ...

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Call for Applications: Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Modern Arab Culture and Society (Brown University, 2013-2015)

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Postdoctoral Fellowship in International Humanities Postdoctoral Fellow in Modern Arab Culture and Society Brown University Middle East Studies at Brown University invites applications for a two-year post-doctoral fellow in Modern Arab Culture and Society, with an emphasis on social movements and youth culture in a global context. The ideal candidate will be fluent in Arabic, have extensive field experience in the Arab world, and be familiar with global development and ...

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Political Instability Costs Lebanon 5 Percent of Its GDP

[Image of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, whose assassination initiated the instability, displayed in Martyrs' Square in Beirut. Image by Evan Bench via Flickr]

[The following policy brief was issued by the Lebanese Center for Policy Studies on 1 November 2012.]  Political Instability Costs Lebanon 5% of Its GDP Executive Summary In the last six years, Lebanon has experienced both war and political instability, including assassinations, bombings, sit-ins, demonstrations, government resignation, and armed clashes. This paper examines the impact of political instability on the economy between 2005 and 2010. The research ...

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Reports Roundup (November 17)

[The following list is a compilation of the reports, statements, and other materials featured on the Jadaliyya Reports Page this past week.] International Call Out: British CEO's Actions Threaten Union Rights in Lebanon Friends of Spinneys Workers draws attention to the harassment, both physical and psychological, of workers at the Lebanese branches of Spinney's supermarket. These attacks, a product of Spinney's CEO Michael Wright and Lebanese elites, are intended to ...

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Lonely Servitude: Child Domestic Labor in Morocco

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[The following report was issued by Human Rights Watch on 15 November 2012.]   Lonely Servitude: Child Domestic Labor in Morocco Executive Summary Latifa L. was twelve years old when she began working as a domestic worker in Casablanca, Morocco’s largest city. She said she was “really scared,” but a recruiter reassured her that her future employers “would be very kind” and would pay her well. It turned out to be an empty promise. Once in ...

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Some Panels from the Upcoming Meeting of the Middle East Studies Association (Denver 2012)

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The Middle East Studies Association (MESA) will be holding its forty-fourth annual meeting in Denver beginning this coming weekend, 17-20 November 2012. Over a span of four days, scholars and researchers from across North America, the Middle East, and beyond will present their work via an impressive and diverse array of thematic panels (see complete program here). In order to highlight some of the panels, below is a list of MESA 2012 Annual Meeting panels in which one or ...

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Timeline: Israel's Latest Escalation in Gaza

[Skyline of Gaza burns during Operation Cast Lead. Image by Al-Jazeera English. From Wikimedia Commons.]

Earlier today it was reported that Israel assassinated the leader of Hamas’ military wing, Ahmed Jabari, breaking a tentative truce with Palestinian fighters that had been in place since Monday. The truce followed an escalation in violence that began last Thursday in which six Palestinian civilians were killed, including three children, and more than fifty others injured. The IMEU offers the following timeline of the recent violence and a fact sheet on previous Israeli ...

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Letter to IMF From Egyptian Parties, NGOs, Syndicates and Political Movements

[No to IMF loan. Image by @iTefa]

[The following letter was issued on 11 November 2012 in light of the ongoing negotiations between the government of Egypt and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). It was issued by various organizations, political parties, movements, and syndicates to express their disapproval of this process.] Dr. Hisham Qandil Prime Minister of Egypt Magles El Shaab St., Kasr El Aini St.Cairo Ms. Christine Lagarde Managing Director International Monetary Fund, 700 19th Street ...

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Joint Statement on the Revocation of Bahraini Citizenship from 31 People

[King of Bahrain Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa, at whose order 31 individuals lost their Bahraini citizenship. Image by Julian Carroll, United States Navy, via Wikimedia Commons]

[The following statement was issued by the Bahrain Center for Human Rights and the Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights on 7 November 2012.]  The Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights (BYSHR) and the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR) express their grave concern over the King of Bahrain’s decision to revoke Bahraini citizenship from thirty-one individuals. This move is reminiscent of past government crackdowns in the 1980s, when the past Emir, Salman bin Isa ...

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Reports Roundup (November 10)

[The following list is a compilation of the reports, statements, and other materials featured on the Jadaliyya Reports Page this past week.] Trial of Israeli Attack on Freedom Flotilla Begins on November 6 IHH Humanitarian Relief foundation reports on the opening of the trial on Israel's attack on the Gaza-bound Freedom Flotilla in Çağlayan Courthouse in Turkey. The suspects, which include several high-ranking individuals within the Israeli Defense Forces, will be ...

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Facebook Attempts to Shut Down the Voice of “The Uprising of Women in the Arab World”

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[The following statement was issued by activists involved in The Uprising of Women in the Arab World on 7 November 2012 in response to attempts by Facebook to suppress their online activities. It was originally issued in Arabic, English, and French. This English version has been slightly edited for style. The Arabic version, along with an introduction and background to the issue, can be found on Beirut Walls.] On the morning of 7 November 2012, the five admins of The ...

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International Call Out: British CEO’s Actions Threaten Union Rights in Lebanon

[Spinneys workers announce their independent union. Image by Farfahinne via Flickr]

[The following call out was issued by Friends of Spinneys Workers on 9 November 2012 in reaction to attempts by Spinneys’ CEO and others to undermine recent successes by Spinneys workers in operating their recently-recognized independent union. For background on the struggle to form the independent union of Spinneys workers, read "Unionizing in Lebanon."] Employees at the Lebanese branches of the supermarket chain Spinneys are being fired from work, physically ...

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