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Delivered into Enemy Hands: US-Led Abuse and Rendition of Opponents to Gaddafi's Libya

[Image from below report by Human Rights Watch.]

[The following report is the latest from Human Rights Watch (HRW) on the relationship between the US rendition program and the now-deposed Qaddafi regime.] When rebel forces overtook Tripoli in August 2011, prison doors were opened and office files exposed, revealing startling new information about Libya's relations with other countries. One such revelation, documented in this report, is the degree of involvement of the United States government under the Bush administration ...

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US Democracy in Action: DNC Chairperson Forces Through Reversal on Democrat's Jerusalem Position (Video)

[DNC Chairperson Villaraigosa looks back when he realizes he does not have enough votes to pass the amendment to the Democratic Party's national platform. Image from screenshot of below video.]

The following video shows the "vote" that occured on 5 September 2012 during the Democratic National Convention (DNC) to amend the Democractic Party's national platform, which had previously been adopted at the DNC on 4 September 2012. Initially, and up until this "vote," the platform made no reference to "God" nor to "Jerusalem as the undivded capital of Israel." The video shows the manner in which the "vote" was conducted ...

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An Account from Young Moroccan Political Prisoners: Rape and Torture in Police Custody

[A collage of the six Moroccan activists charged for belonging to the February 20th Movement. Image from Mamfakinch.]

[The following report was originally published in French on Mamfakinch on 2 September 2012. It was subsequently translated into English. Both the English translation and original French version appear below.] Following the 22 July protest against the high cost of living and the increase in prices, which was violently repressed and disbursed by riot police, six activists from the February 20th Movement were arrested. Their names are Samir ...

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Serious Crackdown on Saudi Detainees and Their Families in Al-Hayer Prison

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[The following report was issued by Alkarama on 29 August 2012.]  “The total number of detainees is nearly 30,000. Those imprisoned do not know when they will be out, as they are often not given any trials or sentences, and if they are tried and sentenced, then they are not released when the sentence expires. This is the situation of most political prisoners.” These are the words of more than five hundred Saudi women in a petition appealing for support to release ...

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Reports Roundup (September 1)

[A boy outside his school after a bombing in Gaza, 2009. Image by Al Jazeera English via Wikimedia Commons.]

[The following list is a compilation of the reports, statements, and other materials featured on the Jadaliyya Reports Page this past week.] Egyptian Government Attempts to Suppress Media The Committee to Protect Journalists reports on government censorship, particularly at the state run Al-Akhbar newspaper.   InCABI Statement on India-Israel Free Trade Agreement The Indian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel issues a statement ...

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Syria: Joint Rapid Food Security Needs Assessment

[Syrian herder in 2011. Image by Joel Bombardier via Flickr.]

[The following report was issued by the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations in June 2012.] Syria: Joint Rapid Food Security Needs Assessment  Summary of Findings Crops and livestock sectors are  the most affected by the ongoing crisis in the country. Table  1 summarizes the total damages and losses in the nine governorates in the crop, irrigation and livestock subsectors. Majorly affected crops are the strategic crops, such as ...

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Conference: Politics, Art, and Society - The Arab Uprisings of 2011 and After (28 September 2012, Cleveland, Ohio)

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Politics, Art, and Society: The Arab Uprisings of 2011 and After 28 September 2012 Cleveland, Ohio Religion, Social Movements, and Protest in the Middle East 9:30 a.m., Dolan Center for Science and Technology, John Carroll University  Well before the popular uprisings of 2011, there was a robust history of diverse social groups. Challenging and protesting political leadership across the Middle East. Change, however fitful, seems now possible in many countries. ...

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Moroccan State Propaganda and the Western Saharan Conflict

[Uniformed police officer attacking nonviolent protestor. Laayoune, Aug. 25, 2012. Image by Mariah Kennedy-Cuomo/Huffington Post.]

On the first day of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights’ visit to the Western Sahara “to assess the human-rights situation in both Western Sahara and the Algerian refugee camps where displaced Sahrawi live,” Kerry Kennedy, the president of the center, gave an account for the Huffington Post. Her piece details a crude encounter with the DST (Moroccan intelligence services) after her delegation witnessed DST officers brutalizing a peacefully protesting ...

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Gaza in 2020: A Liveable Place?

[A boy outside his school after a bombing in Gaza, 2009. Image by Al Jazeera English via Wikimedia Commons]

[The following report was issued by the United Nations Country Team in the occupied Palestinian territory in August 2012.]  Gaza in 2020: A Liveable Place?  Summary By the year 2020, the population of Gaza will increase to around 2.1 million, from an estimated 1.6 million people today. The substantial population growth rate will thus add some 500,000 people to a living area which is restricted and already heavily urbanized. Fundamental ...

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Call for Papers: Islam, Political Islam, and Islamophobia (Bloomington, Indiana, 29-30 March 2013)

[Justice and Development Party rally in Turkey. Image by Randam via Wikimedia Commons]

  Islam, Political Islam, and Islamophobia: An International Conference 29 - 30 March 2013 Indiana University Bloomington Muslims representing all strata of society throughout the world face an extraordinary degree of negative attention from both public and government eyes often resulting in discriminatory practices. These practices, born of stereotypical descriptions and definitions of “Islam” and “Muslims,” are connotative of the level of fear and hatred in many ...

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Kuwaiti Government Official Condemns Twitter

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[The following statement was issued by the Arab Network for Human Rights Information on 13 August 2012.]  ANHRI denounced  the statements of the Under Secretary of the Kuwaiti Ministry of Information (Suleiman Hamoud), in which he attacked the use of the social network website Twitter, saying that it is being used by hostile countries to spread discord in the Gulf countries in general and in Kuwait in particular. Hamoud said the following in a press ...

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Beirut Event: هذا البحر لي - This Sea is Mine (28 August - 8 September 2012)


هذا البحر لي مجموعة الدكتافون

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InCABI Statement on India-Israel Free Trade Agreement

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[The following statement was issued by the Indian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel on 24 August 2012.]    We, a group of academics, activists, and artists in India, came together in 2010 to campaign against yet another apartheid regime by extending support to the international campaign for the academic and cultural boycott of Israel. (Visit our website for more information.) In yet another instance of India ...

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Call for Papers: Ready for Democracy? Religion and Political Culture in the Orthodox and Islamic Worlds (Bloomington, Indiana, 28 February - 2 March 2013)

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Ready for Democracy? Religion and Political Culture in the Orthodox and Islamic Worlds February 28-March 2, 2013 Indiana University Bloomington The Russian and East European Institute at Indiana University invites advanced graduate students and recent PhDs (those who received their degrees in 2009 or after) to submit proposals for a conference to be held at Indiana University Bloomington February 28-March 2, 2013. Pending funding, REEI will cover travel and ...

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Egyptian Government Attempts to Suppress the Media

[Egyptian Billboard featuring President Morsi. Image by Faris Knight via Wikimedia Commons]

[The following article was issued by the Committee to Protect Journalists on 16 August 2012.]  President Mohamed Morsi's government and allies are pushing back against critical news coverage, suppressing critical journalists and state-run newspapers, putting a journalist on trial, and attacking three journalists on the street, according to news reports. "This is a troubling backward step that Egypt's newly elected President Mohamed Morsi should not be ...

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Reports Roundup (August 25)

[Poster from 2011 Protests in Egypt. Image by Essam Sharaf via Wikimedia Commons.]

[The following list is a compilation of the reports, statements, and other materials featured on the Jadaliyya Reports Page this past week.] South African Government Discourages Citizens from Traveling to Israel The South African Boycott, Divest, and Sanction movement reports on a recent statement from the South African government denouncing the "boycott-busting" trips organized for students and journalists.  Safe Streets Campaign in Yemen The Safe ...

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Press Release: Bahrain Hires London and Washington-Based Companies to Improve Image

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[The following statement was issued by Bahrain Watch on 23 August 2012.]  Bahrain Government Hires 18 Western Companies to Improve Image After Unrest New Project to Track Govt Spin Campaign Shows Over $32M Spent on PR The Government of Bahrain has spent or allocated at least US$ 32.5 million for the services of eighteen different London and Washington DC based companies, to improve its image in the Western media, since the start of pro-democracy protests last ...

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Traveling Open Call for Palestinian Artists (30 August Deadline)

[Allenby Bridge Cross at Jordanian-Palestinian border. Image from US Library of Congress]

The River Has Two Banks invites Palestinian artists/writers/thinkers traveling via Jordan to stay for an additional night/day to present their work in Amman in an artist talk at Makan art space. The politics of segregation has greatly hindered travel across the east and west banks of the River Jordan. For those in Jordan, travel into Palestine remains a dream that is determined/prevented by an Israeli visa. For Palestinians living in the West Bank, Jordan is the only exit ...

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Call for Papers: Mediterranean Research Meeting (Mersin, Turkey, 20-23 March 2013)

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14th Mediterranean Research Meeting 20 - 23 March 2013 Mersin, Turkey Goals Reaching its Fourteenth Session, the Mediterranean Research Meeting (MRM) aims: To foster theoretical and empirical research and dialogue among scholars from countries across the Mediterranean whose research focuses on the Mediterranean To cover all Mediterranean areas as widely as possible, with topics relating to the Middle East, North Africa, Southern and South-Eastern ...

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In the Arab World, Social Media Has Fast Developed into a Medium for the Masses

[Poster from 2011 Protests in Egypt. Image by Essam Sharaf via Wikimedia Commons]

[The following interview was issued by Arabic Knowledge @ Wharton on 12 June 2012.]  During Tunisia's revolution, Asma Mansour's parents kept her locked at home for her own safety. But Mansour was continuously in touch with those on the street and from her computer, updated through Facebook and Skype on the latest. Being president of the Tunisian chapter of the Junior Chamber International (JCI) and an alumna of AIESEC, an international youth leadership development ...

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