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The Rise of Egypt's Workers

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[The following report was authored by Joel Beinin and published by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace on 28 June 2012.]  The Rise of Egypt's Workers Summary Workers have long sought to bring change to the Egyptian system, yet the independent labor movement has only recently begun to find a nationwide voice. As Egypt’s sole legal trade union organization and an arm of the state for nearly sixty years, the Egyptian Trade Union Federation (ETUF) has had a ...

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Kuwait: Bidoun Nationality Demands Can't Be Silenced

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[The following report was issued by Refugees International on 6 March 2012.]  KUWAIT: BIDOUN NATIONALITY DEMANDS CAN'T BE SILENCED  As many as 100,000 people living in Kuwait are stateless. They are called “bidoun,” and over the last twelve months thousands have been gathering peacefully in Taima Square to insist that the government recognize their Kuwaiti nationality. Tear gas, rubber bullets, and beatings have all been used to quell the demonstrators. Refugees ...

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Yemen: Enduring Conflicts, Threatened Transition

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[The following is the latest from International Crisis Group (ICG) on Yemen.]  YEMEN: ENDURING CONFLICTS, THREATENED TRANSITION  As messy as it has been and unfinished as it remains, Yemen’s transition accomplished two critical goals: avoiding a potentially devastating civil war and securing the resignation of President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who had ruled the impoverished country for over three decades. It also cracked the regime’s foundations, while making it ...

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Racism and Segregation at Lebanese Beaches (Video)

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Recently, the Ministry of Tourism in Lebanon issued a memorandum banning discrimination in the country's private pools and beaches. Such a ban came after many years of the barring of entry or other forms of discrimination against migrant domestic laborers and those assumed to be migrant domestic laborers. In an effort to monitor and encourage the implementation of this recent official ban on discrimination, the Lebanese group Anti-Racism Movement has produced the ...

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Letter to EU High Representative on the EU-GCC Ministerial Meeting

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[The following letter was issued by Human Rights Watch on 25 June 2012.]  Baroness Catherine Ashton High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Vice-President of the European Commission  Dear High Representative, In advance of the upcoming EU-GCC Ministerial Meeting we write to request that human rights form a significant part of your dialogue with your GCC counterparts. We specifically call on you to make unmistakably ...

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Academics Call on EU Commission to Exclude Israeli Companies from EU-Funded Research

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[The following letter was issued by the British Committee for the Universities of Palestine to the EU Commisioner for Research, Innovation and Science on 10 July 2012. The letter was signed by 250 academics from over fourteen different countries, mainly in Europe but also inlcuding the United States and elsewhere. It urges the European Commission to take action to prevent Israeli arms companies and other companies involved in abuse of Palestinian human rights from ...

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BDS at 7: Celebrating, Reflecting, and Further Mainstreaming

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[The following statement was issued by the Palestinian BDS National Committee on 9 July 2012.]  Occupied Palestine, 9 July 2012 – Seven years after the Palestinian civil society call for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel was launched, the global BDS campaign has become stronger, more widespread, more effective and certainly more diverse than ever—a true cause for celebration by all those groups and conscientious citizens of the world who ...

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Committee to Protect Journalists Condemns Recent Attacks on Palestinian Journalists

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[The following statement was issued by the Committee to Protect Journalists on 2 July 2012.]   The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned attacks by Palestinian security forces on at least four journalists who were covering protests against the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah on Saturday and Sunday, according to news reports. "Palestinian journalists have a right and a duty to document demonstrations," said CPJ Executive Director Joel Simon. ...

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Call for Papers: Short Papers on Youth Movements for Social Change / Youth Organizations (25 July Deadline)

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The Kinder & Braver World Project: Research Series  Submissions due 25 July Boston Published by The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University   The Berkman Center for Internet & Society is delighted to announce a Call for Papers for The Kinder & Braver World Project: Research Series (danah boyd and John Palfrey, editors) presented by the Berkman Center and the Born This Way Foundation, and supported by the ...

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Human Rights Watch Calls for Due Process for Detained Libyan Ex-Prime Minister

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[The following statement was issued by Human Rights Watch on 6 July 2012.]  The Libyan authorities have yet to bring former prime minister Al-Baghdadi al-Mahmoudi before a judge or inform him of the charges against him though he was extradited from Tunisia on 24 June, 2012, Human Rights Watch said today after visiting al-Mahmoudi in his prison cell in Tripoli. Al-Mahmoudi said that he had not suffered any abuse during his detention in Libya, but that he had been ...

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Call for Papers: The Elections of the Revolution - From the Street to the Ballot Box (Cairo, 15 July Deadline)

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Egypt Arab World Abstract due 15 July Cairo, Egypt Published by Centre d'Études et de Documentation Économiques, Juridiques et Sociales Since the January 25 Revolution, Egyptians have been offered several opportunities to make their voices heard through the ballot box. The elections held in 2011 and 2012 have been opportunities for the different political currents not only to come into office or to influence politics, but also to test their worth. Due to the ...

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Call for Papers: "Inverted Worlds" - Congress on Cultural Motion in the Arab Region (Beirut, 15 July Deadline)

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Congress on Cultural Motion in the Arab Region 4-9 October 2012 Beirut, Lebanon Organized by the Orient-Institut Beirut The Congress on Cultural Motion in the Arab Region, organized by the Orient-Institut Beirut between 4 and 9 October 2012, aims to explore arenas and manifestations of cultural change effective in the eventful and disruptive outbursts of the Arab Spring.  It addresses the manners and means of articulation and self-imaging, the medial catalysts ...

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Al-Haq and Diakonia Seminar--"Annexation Wall: Lessons Learned and Future Strategy"

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9 July 2012 marks the eighth anniversary of the Advisory Opinion issued by the International Court of Justice. Al-Haq and Diakonia are holding a seminar in Bethlehem University featuring local and international academics and advocates, including Prof. William Schabas, Adv. Tessa Gregory, Mr. Ruben Carranza, Ms. Sheerin Al-Araj, Ms. Malin Greenhill, and Mr. Shawan Jabarin. The seminar will conclude Al-Haq’s campaign, ‘Annexation Wall: 10 Years Too Long,’ which calls for the ...

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Artist Call: NEWSFEED: Anonymity & Social Media in African Revolutions and Beyond (New York, 16 July Deadline)

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Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts 80 Hanson Place, Brooklyn, New York 11217 | p. 718.230.0492 | f. 718.230.0246 Important Dates: July 16, 2012: Submission deadline August 1, 2012: Artists announced via e-mail and web Exhibition Dates: October, 2012 – January, 2013 Exhibition Theme Be it in New York, Paris, or Bamako, the world is experiencing a paradigm shift that began in Africa. Worldwide, members of the financial and racial majority are no longer ...

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Call for Participants: Arab Feminist Knowledge Production Meeting (Beirut, 27-31 July 2012)

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Arab Feminst Knowledge Production Meeting 27-31 July 2012 Beirut, Lebanon What are We Calling for Exactly? Young women activist, writers, and feminists have been setting up alternative electronic media websites/blogs to provide more critical coverage and points of views on various issues in the Arab region, including gender issues, Islamophobia, the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, as well as the recent uprisings in the region. Many of these websites, journals, and even ...

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AUB President Responds to Criticisms of 2012 Honorary Degree Recipient Selection

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[The following letter was issued by the AUB Office of the President on 3 July 2012 in response to critiques of and opposition to a recent honorary degree recipient at the American University of Beirut (AUB). Click here to read "Open Letter from AUB Anti-Normalization Groups at the AUB Opposing 2012 Commencement Speaker."] Dear Members of the AUB Community, I would like to share with you a personal note, in view of several e-mails that have been circulating ...

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المعارضة السورية تطالب أمريكا بتسليحها وتجاوز مخاوفها من الإسلاميين

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طالبت بعض فصائل المعارضة السورية الولايات المتحدة الأحد بالبدء بتسليحها "لإظهار الرغبة بالتخلص من نظام الرئيس السوري بشار الأسد"، وحضتها على "تجاوز مخاوفها" من وجود إسلاميين على الأرض قالت إنهم يقاتلون في صفوف المعارضين. فقد نقلت وكالة رويترز للأنباء عن معارضين سوريين وقادة في "الجيش السوري الحر" المعارض قولهم إن مقاتلي المعارضة "يحتاجون إلى أسلحة، كالصواريخ المضادة للدبابات وطائرات الهليكوبتر التي يستخدمها الأسد في إخماد الانتفاضة، ويمكن ...

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Egypt After the Election: An Interview with Mona El-Ghobashy and Joshua Stacher

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Both fresh off of field research trips to Egypt during the presidential election, political scientists Mona El-Ghobashy (Barnard College) and Joshua Stacher (Kent State University) discuss the state of the political transition on Wisconsin Public Radio's Kathleen Dunn Show. Professors El-Ghobashy and Stacher debate the election results and the prospects for a Mohamed Morsi presidency with SCAF lurking in plain sight. They also discuss the state of the revolution, the ...

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Testimony of Bahrain Political Prisoner Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja to Supreme Court of Appeals

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[Below is the translated text of the statement given by Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja before the Bahrain Supreme Court of Appeals on 22 May 2012. This particular text was made available by the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR) on 26 June 2012, the International Day Against Torture. For more on Al-Khawaja's trial and the Bahrain uprising, see the links at the bottom of this post. For background on the trial of Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja, read Jadaliyya's "Abdulhadi ...

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Announcement of New Publication: "On Torture"

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[The following excerpt is the introductory section to a newly published edited volume entitled "On Torture." The volume is co-published by Adalah, Physicians for Human Rights-Israel, and Al Mezan Centre for Human Rights. Chapters are based on presentations from an April 2011 workshop entitled "Securing Accountability for Torture and Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment (CIDT) in Israel: New Trends and Comparative Lessons." Contributors ...

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