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Human Rights Organizations Call for Investigation of Migrant Worker Abuse in Lebanon

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[The following statement was issued by a group of human rights organizations, including Alkarama Foundation, on 18 October 2012.]  Illegal and racist practices against foreign workers or refugees in Lebanon are on the rise. The latest example in this regard took place on the evening of 7 October as members of the Lebanese Army raided the homes of seventy Syrian, Egyptian, and Sudanese workers in Beirut in response to a complaint by some residents against these workers ...

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Amnesty International Calls for Release of Bahraini Teachers

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[The following statement was issued by Amnesty International on 15 October 2012.]  On 21 October an appeal court upheld the guilty verdict against Mahdi and Jalila but reduced their prison sentences to five years and six months respectively. They were arrested in 2011 after calling for a teachers strike in support of protesters’ calls for reform in Bahrain. Whilst in detention they were held in solitary confinement, where they say they were subjected to torture ...

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Open Letter on Israeli Beverage Company Operating Illegally in Palestine

[The following letter was issued by Corporate Watch on 21 September 2012.]  As Corporate Watch has previously reported SodaStream, an Israeli carbonated beverages manufacturer, has recently opened a shop called EcoStream in Brighton. SodaStream products are also stocked by major retailers such as Robert Dyas, John Lewis, Argos, Comet, Lakeland, Conran and some Tesco, Sainsbury and Asda stores. The Brighton shop is their first in the UK, the location was ...

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Morocco: Restore AFP Reporter's Accreditation

[Image of Omar Brouksy being harassed by Moroccan security forces while covering a protest in Rabat on August 2012. Image from Achnoo.]

[The following report was released by Human Rights Watch. Below the report is an interview conducted by Mamfakinch with AFP reporter, Omar Brouksy, on the loss of accreditation and the recent assault he endured while covering a protest in Rabat. The English and French versions of both the report and interview can be found below.] Moroccan authorities should restore the accreditation of Agence France-Presse (AFP) journalist Omar Brouksy and stop retaliating against foreign ...

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Call for Women's Right to Abortion in Lebanon

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[The following position paper was issued by Nasawiya on 28 September 2012.]  Women's Right to Abortion in Lebanon  Abortion laws have become an international political issue, resulting in continuing debates leading to social change and policy reforms throughout the years. Visible efforts to address abortion started in 1994 at the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) that was held in Cairo, in which the international ...

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The Lebanese Center for Policy Studies Announces New Website

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[The following press release was issued by the Lebanese Center for Policy Studies on 23 October 2012.]  The Lebanese Center for Policy Studies (LCPS) has launched its new website: www.lcps-lebanon.org. The new site revisits LCPS’ twenty-three years of endeavors in a new and dynamic format in alignment with the center’s original mission: to disseminate innovative research work and information on public policy issues in Lebanon and the region. LCPS is the ...

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New Details of Israel's Gaza Food Consumption "Red Lines" Presentation

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[The following paper was issued by Gisha -- Legal Center for Freedom of Movement in October 2012.]  Reader: "Food Consumption in the Gaza Strip – Red Lines"  Executive Summary A three-and-a-half-year long legal battle waged by Gisha has led the Israeli Ministry of Defense to reveal the document entitled "Food Consumption in the Gaza Strip – Red Lines." The document includes information about the policy of restricting the entrance of food to ...

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The North Caucasus: The Challenges of Integration (II), Islam, the Insurgency and Counter-Insurgency

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[The following report was issued by International Crisis Group on 19 October 2012.]  The North Caucasus: The Challenges of Integration (II), Islam, the Insurgency and Counter-Insurgency Executive Summary Armed conflict in the North Caucasus is the most violent in Europe today. Insurgents seeking a regional political unit founded on Sharia (Islamic law) attack Russian officials and security forces, whose main response until recently has been a tough focus on ...

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London Event -- The Arab Uprisings: Between Change and Continuity (29 October 2012)

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[This event has already occured. Click here to read Naira Antoun's review of both the event and the book in Egypt Independent.] Panel Discussion and Book Launch Event This event marks the release of Jadaliyya's first book, which is published by Pluto Press. The panel features one of the volume's co-editors (Ziad Abu-Rish) as well as one of its contributors (Adam Hanieh). The panelists will offer commentary on both the book (as a resource) and the ...

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Joint Letter to Kuwaiti Emir on Bidun Rights

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[The following letter was issued by Refugees International, Human Rights Watch, and Amnesty International on 27 September 2012.]  His Highness Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmed al-Sabah Al Diwan Al Amiri Seif Palace – Building 100 State of Kuwait Your Highness, We write to you regarding the more than 100,000 stateless residents of your country, commonly referred to as the Bidun. The legal, social, and economic vulnerability of the Bidun has long been a source of unease ...

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Reports Roundup (October 20)

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[The following list is a compilation of the reports, statements, and other materials featured on the Jadaliyya Reports Page this past week.] Saudi Right to Dignity Campaign Statement on Lifting the Ban on Women Drivers Right to Dignity reiterates its demand for equality of the sexes in Saudi Arabia and an end to the ban on women drivers, citing economic hardship and restricted freedom of movement in support of its argument.  HRW Calls on Turkey and Iraq to Open ...

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ANHRI Statement on Judges' Arrests in UAE

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[The following statement was issued by the Arab Network for Human Rights Information on 14 October 2012.]  ANHRI condemns the renew of the campaign of arrests launched by the UAE authorities against the judges and the reformers, including the arrest of a judge in the  Abu Dhabi Court of Appeal. The Emirati security forces had arrested the judge Mohammed Saeed Ziab Abdouly, president of penal circuit in the Appellate Court of Abu Dhabi, to join the list of judges, ...

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Culture in Defiance: Continuing Traditions of Satire, Art, and the Struggle for Freedom in Syria

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[The following report was issued by the Prince Claus Fund Gallery on 19 July 2012.]  Culture in Defiance: Continuing Traditions of Satire, Art, and the Struggle for Freedom in Syria  Introduction: Laughter, Beauty and Human Resolve Imagine leaving your home at a moment’s notice with some clothes, a few sketches and a CD filled with a handful of the twenty thousand political cartoons you had drawn over the past fifty years. In 2011, the Syrian cartoonist Ali ...

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Syracuse Event -- NATO Intervention and the People of Libya: Lessons Learnt (19 October 2012)

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NATO Intervention and the People of Libya: Lessons Learnt  9 October 2012, 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.  Maxwell School, Syracuse University Eggers Hall Global Collaboratory, Room 060         Included Speakers: Adonia Ayebare, International Peace Institute Ali Mazrui, Institute of Global Cultural Studoes, Binghamton University Doc Mashabane, Permanent Mission of South Africa to the United Nations Emira Woods, ...

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Averting a Moroccan Revolution: The Monarchy's Preemptive Spatial Tactics and the Quest for Stability

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[The following report was issued by the German Institute for International and Security Affairs on 30 September 2012. An article form of the analysis of this report was recently published on Jadaliyya and can be accessed by clicking here.]  Averting a Moroccan Revolution: The Monarchy's Preemptive Spatial Tactics Summary Morocco is often seen as the exception to the “Arab Spring”. The country’s socio-political profile suggested that it was only a ...

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The River Has Two Banks: Full Program (Various Locations, Sep. - Nov. 2012)

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The River has Two Banks The politics of segregation has greatly hindered a collective understanding of shared realities and common histories across the east and west banks of the River Jordan. As individuals who are invested in the relationship between Palestine and Jordan, the historical trajectory of the two compels us to examine where we are now, and how we can build new alliances to overcome the social, economic, and political challenges of today. The ...

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The Struggle for Security in Eastern Libya

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[The following report was issued by the Carnegie Endowment in September 2012.]  The Struggle for Security in Eastern Libya Summary  Despite successful parliamentary elections in early July, localized clashes over identity, power, and resources persist in Libya, straining the capacity of the weak government, deterring foreign investment, and possibly stunting the emergence of democratic institutions. The most pressing of these conflicts — growing ...

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HRW Calls on Turkey and Iraq to Open Borders to Syrian Refugees

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[The following statement was issued by Human Rights Watch on 14 October 2012.]  The Iraqi and Turkish authorities should immediately re-open border crossings where more than 10,000 Syrians have been stranded for weeks and allow all those wishing to seek asylum to cross without delay, Human Rights Watch said today. Tens of thousands of Syrians fleeing recent fighting – including in Syria’s Aleppo, Idlib, and Deir el Zor provinces – are attempting to use the crossings to ...

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NYC Event: Three Jadaliyya Co-Editors on The Uprising in Syria at The Brecht Forum (22 October 2012)

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The Uprising in Syria Time/Date: 7:30 PM, 22 October 2012 Location: The Brecht Forum Address: 451 West Street (that's the West Side Highway) between Bank & Bethune Streets The uprising against the regime of Bashar al-Asad in Syria, which began in March 2011, has polarized the U.S. left. Some denounce the rebels, whom they view as fighting to overthrow a regional bulwark against Western imperialism; others support the rebels in their struggle against a ruthless ...

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Saudi Right to Dignity Campaign Statement on Lifting Ban on Women Drivers

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[The following statement was issued by Right To Dignity on 31 August 2012.]  We all know that the duty of the state is to achieve the greatest facilities for the convenience of citizens of both sexes and of all ages. This includes the state’s duty to protect them and ensure their rights in order that the people in turn build a society. This duty is recognized by our government and taken as one of the cornerstones upon which the state based its Basic Law of Governance ...

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