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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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Reports Roundup (October 13)

[The following list is a compilation of the reports, statements, and other materials featured on the Jadaliyya Reports Page this past week.] Jadaliyya Co-Editor Sinan Antoon Awarded National Translation Prize for Darwish Translation Sinan Antoon, a co-founder and co-editor of Jadaliyya, was unanimously chosen to receive this award for his translation of Mahmoud Darwish's In the Presence of Absence.  Bahraini Medical Professionals Arrested and Imprisoned for ...

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Tentative Jihad: Syria's Fundamentalist Opposition

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[The following report was issued by International Crisis Group on 12 October 2012.] EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Prematurely and exaggeratedly highlighted by the regime and belatedly and reluctantly acknowledged by the opposition, the presence of a powerful Salafi strand among Syria’s rebels has become irrefutable. That is worrisome, but forms only part of a complex picture. To begin, not all Salafis are alike; the concept covers a gamut ranging from mainstream to extreme. Secondly, ...

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The Struggle for Palestinian Rights is Incompatible with Any Form of Racism or Bigotry: A Statement by Palestinians

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[The following statement was originally published on 12 October 2012 in Electronic Intifada.] We the undersigned, as Palestinians living in historic Palestine and the diaspora, in the spirit of past statements, and in light of recent controversies, write to reaffirm a key principle of our movement for freedom, justice, and equality: The struggle for our inalienable rights is one opposed to all forms of racism and bigotry, including, but not limited to, anti-Semitism, ...

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Report Back on The Freedom Bus: First Palestine Freedom Ride

[The following is a report back on The Freedom Bus project in the West Bank, which ended its nine-day tour on 1 October 2012. Click here to view the original press release.]  The Freedom Bus project has just completed its first Freedom Ride, bringing together Palestinians and internationals on a tour to communities all over the West Bank of occupied Palestine. During the ride, The Freedom Bus visited some of the most besieged areas in the West Bank. Palestinian actors ...

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HRW Call for Investigation and Punishment of Lebanese Army Attackers on Migrant Laborers

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[The following statement was issued by Human Rights Watch on 10 October 2012.]  Lebanon’s judiciary should investigate and prosecute any army and intelligence officials responsible for the beating and serious abuse of at least seventy-two male migrant workers on the evening of 7 October in the Beirut neighborhood of Geitawi, Human Rights Watch said today. According to victims and other witnesses, those beaten include at least forty-five Syrian, twenty Egyptians, and ...

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Appeal to Defend Freedoms of Expression and the Press in Jordan

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[The following statement was issued by the Jordanian Coordination Group of Electronic Websites (CGEW) on 13 September 2012 and published on Ammon News.]  Despite King Abdullah II's repeated assurances that Jordanians enjoy unrestricted freedom of expression and free media, successive Jordanian governments for the past three years have attempted -- and succeeded -- in passing laws designed to undermine the freedom of the press, particularly the now widespread electronic ...

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Call for Applicants: PhD Grants at the Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies

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The Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies, funded by the Excellence Initiative of the German Federal and State Governments, will admit up to fifteen PhD students to its doctoral programme to begin 1 October, 2013. Up to ten of these candidates will receive a Graduate School grant; the other candidates will be supported in their quest for funding. The Graduate School investigates the plurality, changeability, and global connectedness of Muslim cultures ...

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