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O.I.L. Media Roundup (24 July)

[An elementary school in Gaza’s Rimal neighborhood, where UNRWA is housing refugees who left their homes on orders from the Israeli military on the night between 12 and 13 July 2014. Image by Sean Hoyland.]

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Occupation, Intervention and Law and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the O.I.L. Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each biweekly roundup to OIL@jadaliyya.com by Monday night of every other week.]  Palestine-Israel News Gaza Conflict: Palestinian Death Toll Reaches Two Hundred Seventy-Four Amid Fierce Fighting, Harriet Sherwood, Peter Beaumont, Ian Black The Guardian reports on the Israeli ground assault of Gaza and provides live updates. Hamas Says Israeli Soldier Captured; Gaza Death Toll ...

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Social Discord and the Power-Capital Nexus in the Gulf

[Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Image from Broad Arrow/Wikimedia Commons. 2007.]

[The following is the executive summary of a study conducted and published by the Gulf Centre for Development Policies. The full report in Arabic can be found here.] The Constant and the Changing 2014: Social Discord and the Power-Capital Nexus in the Gulf Executive Summary The sudden explosion of the 2011 Arab uprisings came as a shock-reminder that societies never remain stationary. Where, then, do the countries of the GCC—pivotal players on the Arab and global landscape—currently stand and what are the future trajectories that are slowly brewing within their societies? These questions lie at the heart of the annual strategic publication of the Gulf Center for ...

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Event: Book Launch for "Beirut Re-Collected" (10 May, Dubai)

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Beirut Re-Collected Book Launch Event 10 May 2014 5:00-8:00 PM The Archive in Safa Park Dubai UAE Come join Mashallah News for the Dubai launch of the media collective's first book, Beirut Re-Collected– an anthology of "forgotten" stories from Beirut. One story from the book, “Inhabiting a Grudge,” was recently featured on Jadaliyya. Three of Mashallah News' co-editors will be present at the launch. In addition to giving a short introduction to the book, we will be joined by a couple of Dubai-based independent editors, including our friends from The State, for a panel discussion about alternative ways of narrating Arab cities. Following the panel ...

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Press Release: UN Claims UAE Government Has Duty to Release UAE94

[The following press release was issued on 20 March 2014 by the Alkarama Foundation] The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention's independent experts adopted an opinion confirming the arbitrary nature of the detention of those detained in the 'UAE94' case and requested the UAE government release them. Today, the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) issued Opinion No. 60/2013 in which it considers the deprivation of liberty of the 61 individuals detained in the 'UAE94' case to be arbitrary. It states that the UAE government "has a duty to release the detainees" and "provide them with adequate reparation". This ...

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Press Release: Where is Jamal Al Hammadi?

[Logo of the Alkarama Foundation. Image from alkarama.org]

[The following press release was issued by the Alkarama Foundation on 4 March 2014] Jamal Al Hammadi, a teacher of Islamic education from Khor Fakkan abducted on 20 April 2013 by state security services, was last seen 5 February 2014 in Abu Dhabi's State Security prison. A group of detainees recently transferred from this prison facility reported that Jamal was being detained there in very harsh conditions. Jamal is the brother of Fuad Mohammed Al Hammadi, one of the "UAE94", serving a 10-year sentence in Al-Razeen prison following a grossly unfair trial. "Considering the reports of systematic torture in centres of detention in the UAE, we have great ...

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In Conversation with Artist Nadia Ayari

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Since the start of her artistic practice over a decade ago, Nadia Ayari has engaged painting and the history of its development with marked intensity and seriousness. Adding to the complexity that one finds in her usage of the medium is her subject matter, which is not easily decipherable; figural but somehow abstracted and simultaneously sensual with tinges of the grotesque. Her “figures” are outwardly peculiar, psychologically laden, and allegorically political—a combination that is accentuated by the painterly force with which they are rendered if one considers the artist’s stirring palette, her cinematic usage of space, and the densely executed brushmarks that add a ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (December 10)

[Former Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld (left) escorts Prince Bandar Bin Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz (right) through an honor cordon and into the Pentagon for a meeting on Feb. 5, 2001. Image from Wikimedia.]

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on the Arabian Peninsula and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Arabian Peninsula Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to ap@jadaliyya.com by Monday night of every week.] Regional and International Relations Hezbollah blames Saudi for embassy attack The Secretary General of Hezbollah accuses Saudi Arabia of being behind the twin attacks on the Iranian embassy in Beirut two weeks ago. Bibi and Bandar Badger Obama Franklin Lamb writes about what he calls the “Saudi-Israel-Arab League ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (November 12)

[Undocumented foreign workers have been subjected to a violent crackdown by Saudi authorities this week. Image from junaidrao/flickr]

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on the Arabian Peninsula and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Arabian Peninsula Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to ap@jadaliyya.com by Monday night of every week.] Regional and International Relations U.S.-Saudi Relations Patrick Chappatte's cartoon on the tense relations between Washington and Riyadh, and John Kerry’s visit to the kingdom. Saudi nuclear weapons ‘on order’ from Pakistan Mark Urban investigates reports about Saudi Arabia’s investment in Pakistani nuclear weapons ...

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إصلاح أسواق العمل في بلدان الخليج العربية التبريد بالقبّعة

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من بين أسوأ المناظر التي تختزل حالة حقوق الإنسان في بلدان الخليج العربية هو مشهد عمال البناء وصيانة الطرق وهم يعملون تحت شمس منتصف الظهيرة، حين تصل درجة الحرارة إلى 45 في الظل وتزيد عن 50 درجة في الأماكن المكشوفة. يصبح إجبار العمال على العمل رغم لهب الشمس الحارق مقارباً للحكم عليهم بالموت عاجلاً أو آجلاً. كثيرون يسقطون مغمياً عليهم وقد يؤدي السقوط إلى الموت في حال من يعمل منهم في مواقع بناء مرتفعة أو على السقالات. هي شمس لاهبة في مواقع عمل مكشوفة تحرق أجساداً لا تتحاشاها خوفاً من خصم في الأجر أو الطرد من العمل لذي يليه إلغاء الإقامة. معاناةٌ صارخة وحراك مكتوم لا يستطيع العمال المهاجرون رفض العمل في تلك الظروف، رغم معرفتهم بالأخطار المحدقة. ومما يجبرهم على ذلك، السعي ...

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Norwegian Woman Sent to Prison After Reporting Rape in UAE

[Emirates Centre for Human Rights logo. Image from echr.org.uk]

[The following report was originally published by the Emirates Center for Human Rights on 19 July 2013.] A twenty-five-year-old Norwegian woman has been sentenced to a sixteen-month prison sentence, convicted of "having sex outside of marriage," after reporting a rape incident to Dubai police.   Marte Deborah Dalelv reported that she had been raped to Dubai authorities on March 6, but had her passport confiscated and money seized before being charged four days later.   Dalelv was convicted on three counts: having sex outside of marriage, drinking alcohol, and giving false testimony. Sentenced to sixteen months in prison, the Norwegian government ...

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Reports of Systematic Torture in UAE Prisons

[Alkaram logo. Image from alkarama.org]

[The following statement was issued by Alkarama on 27 June 2013.]   Smuggled Notes Detail Serios Aburse in Detention (Beirut, June 26 2013) -- United Arab Emirates state security officers have subjected detainees to systematic mistreatment, including torture, say hand-written letters from detainees smuggled out of jails, Alkarama, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said today. The groups obtained 22 statements written by some of the 94people on trial for allegedly plotting to overthrow the government. The mistreatment described in the letters is consistent with other allegations of torture at UAE state security facilities, and indicates that torture is ...

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Gulf 2013: The Constant and the Changing

[The following is the executive summary of the new publication Gulf 2013: The Constant and the Changing published by the Gulf Centre for Development Policies. For the Arabic version, click here.] Executive Summary This work focuses on developments in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) over the past two years. It has been written in its entirety by more than twenty experts from the GCC, and its intended audience is the people of the GCC. How does the strategic water reserve in Bahrain—just one day—compare to the rest of the region? Why has the barrel price of crude oil needed to balance the budget in a small and nominally rich county like the United Arab Emirates ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (July 22)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on the Arabian Peninsula and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Arabian Peninsula Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to ap@jadaliyya.com by Monday night of every week.] Regional and International Relations Attack on Gaza by Saudi Royal Appointment David Hearst analyzes the Saudi support for the attack on Gaza, and argues that ...

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The Art of Resistance: Labor, Debt, and G.U.L.F.'s Guggenheim Campaign

[This interview is the result of a month-long email conversation between the activists of Gulf Ultra Luxury Faction (G.U.L.F.) and Jadaliyya's Arabian Peninsula page editorial team.] Nate Christensen and John Warner (NC and JW): Can you give us a brief introduction to your work as artists and activists and to the political actions of G.U.L.F.? Can you describe how your work with G.U.L.F. fits in with your broader artistic visions? Global Ultra Luxury Faction (G.U.L.F.): G.U.L.F. stands for Global ...

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Son of UAE94 Detainee Tortured for Four Days

[The following press release was issued by the Alkarama Foundation on 3 April 2014] Osama Al Najjar, an Emirati human rights activist and the son of one of the 'UAE94', was tortured for four days during his secret detention by officers from the state security services who arrested him for a tweet. He was arrested on 17 March 2014 on his way back home, the day after he posted a tweet in reply to a radio statement made by the Emir of Sharjah Emirate on the 'UAE94' case. On 19 March, as he was held in ...

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Press Release: Crackdown on 'UAE94' Activists Extends to Relatives

[The following press release was issued by the Alkarama Foundation on 19 March 2014] Two days ago, Osama Al Najjar, a 25 year-old architectural engineer, was arrested on the road by several men in civilian clothes on his way back home from a visit to his doctor at around 4 pm. Osama is now being held in an unknown location outside the protection of the law. Given the systematic use of torture in detention centres controlled by the Emirati security services, Alkarama solicited the urgent intervention of ...

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Press Release: Seven-Year UAE Prison Sentence for Qatari Doctor Based on Forced Confessions

[The following press release was issued by the Alkarama Foundation on 9 March 2014] UAE: Qatari Doctor Sentenced to 7 Years in Prison on Basis of Forced Confessions Dr Abdulrahmane Al Jaidah, a Qatari doctor arrested one year ago at Dubai international Airport by the State Security Services, was sentenced to seven years imprisonment following an unfair trial on 3 March 2014 by the Abu Dhabi Federal Supreme Court for "helping an illegal secret organisation". He is currently imprisoned in ...

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How to Do Things with Hair

How to Do Things with Hair Curated by Barrak Alzaid  thejamjar, Dubai, UAE 26 October—2 December, 2013   Curator Barrak Alzaid has been critically grappling with hair—men’s body hair, to be more precise—for years now. “I find men’s body hair compelling, and as I did studio visits over the last four years, I began to log the variety of ways in which men’s body hair, or accessories of men’s body hair, were deployed.” Alzaid recently translated this ongoing professional and personal ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (November 19)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on the Arabian Peninsula and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Arabian Peninsula Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to ap@jadaliyya.com by Monday night of every week.] Regional and International Relations Thaw in US-Iran relations prompts alarm in Gulf states Simeon Kerr analyzes the Gulf states’ anxiety over talks between ...

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'Mapping Dubai' in New York City

A multimedia section from “Mapping Dubai,” a research project undertaken by Yasser Elsheshtawy, is currently featured in the BMW Guggenheim Lab exhibition in New York. “Participatory City: 100 Urban Trends” is on view at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum from 11 October 2013 to 4 January 2014. The exhibition is a global project that offers free programs and projects about important urban challenges in cities around the world. It explores the major themes and ideas that emerged from the Lab during its ...

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UAE Prisoners Begin Hunger Strike

[This report was originally published by the Emirates Centre for Human Rights on 2 August 2013.] UAE Prisoners Begin Hunger Strike in Protest at Continued Mistreatment   At least five of the sixty-one prisoners convicted of sedition in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have begun a hunger strike in what they claim is a protest at continued mistreatment by authorities.   The hunger strike, which began on 31 July, is said to be a protest against alleged beatings, severe restrictions on family ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (July 9)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on the Arabian Peninsula and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Arabian Peninsula Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to ap@jadaliyya.com by Monday night of every week.]  Reports and Opinions  Change in Qatar? As’ad AbuKhalil provides a critical perspective on the recent abdication of the Qatari emir.  Sheikha ...

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New Texts Out Now: Neha Vora, Impossible Citizens: Dubai's Indian Diaspora

Neha Vora, Impossible Citizens: Dubai's Indian Diaspora. Durham: Duke University Press, 2013. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Neha Vora (NV): I have always had an interest in South Asian diasporas, particularly in the forms of identification, cultural production, and belonging that occur as people move from “homeland” to new locales—how they imagine home and how they imagine themselves and their communities in relation to others. When I entered my PhD program in anthropology in 2002, I ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (May 29)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on the Arabian Peninsula and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Arabian Peninsula Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to ap@jadaliyya.com by Monday night of every week.] Regional and International Relations Saudi reportedly executes Yemeni gang members A news report on the beheading of five Yemenis and the public display of ...

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