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UAE-Linked NGO Whitewashes Migrant Abuse

[Construction workers in Dubai. Image from tyglobalist.org]

 [This Migrant Rights report sheds light on the response of Gulf regimes in general and the Geneva-based NGO International Gulf Organization (IGO) in particular to international criticism of migrant labor rights in the region.]  This past year, the crackdown that resulted in the deportation of over a million migrants from Saudi Arabia, the mistreatment of Saadiyat Island construction workers in the United Arab Emirates, and the spotlight on World Cup workers in Qatar has generated significant public criticism of migrant rights in the region. States responded to this intensified scrutiny primarily by intensifying propaganda and public relations stunts, ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (July 22)

[The Bahraini justice ministry has asked a court to suspend the activities of Al-Wefaq National Islamic Society, the country's main opposition bloc. Al Jazeera English/Wikimedia Commons.]

[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 the Saudi-Israeli alliance is “forged in blood, Palestinian blood.” Egypt says Qatar, Turkey and Hamas hurt Gaza ceasefire bid The Egyptian foreign minister accuses Qatar, ...

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

[G.U.L.F.'s guerilla projection on the side of New York's Guggenheim Museum. 24 March 2014. Image from G.U.L.F.]

[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 Ultra Luxury Faction. Our name is important to emphasize at the outset as our artistic vision does indeed have a global dimension that both encompasses and surpasses migrant ...

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Son of UAE94 Detainee Tortured for Four Days

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

[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 secret detention, Alkarama solicited the urgent intervention of the UN Special Procedures with the UAE authorities. It was only two weeks later that Alkarama learned ...

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

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

[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 the UN Special Rapporteur of torture today to ensure that Osama Al Najjar is not subjected to any torture or ill-treatment, and is immediately released. "We do not ...

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

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

[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 Al-Razeen prison, the same detention facility where some of the UAE94 are being unlawfully detained. Today, Alkarama asked the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention to ...

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How to Do Things with Hair

[Rokni and Ramin Haerizadeh

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 engagement into an exhibition hosted by Dubai creative space thejamjar. He presented works by six artists that creatively confront some of the ways in which “hair” has been ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (November 19)

[Riyadh Flood, 16 November 2013. Image from Kuwaitiful.com]

[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 Washington and Tehran. Two old foes unite against Tehran Uzi Mahnaimi writes on the cooperation of Saudi and Israeli intelligence agencies on plans for a possible attack on ...

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'Mapping Dubai' in New York City

[The Hor-al-Anz Street Corner in Dubai. Image by Yasser Elsheshtawy]

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 travels to New York, Berlin, and Mumbai from 2011 to 2013. Led by international, interdisciplinary Lab Teams–groups of emerging talents in the areas of urbanism, ...

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UAE Prisoners Begin Hunger Strike

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

[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 visits, and the banning of group prayer for prisoners.   Other complaints include authorities turning off air conditioning as temperatures rise above forty degrees ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (July 9)

[Bahraini Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad al-Khalifa with US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, 7 June 2013. Image from Flickr/DoD Photo By Glenn Fawcett.]

[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 Moza, matriarch of the modern Gulf Simeon Kerr and Roula Khalaf write on the legacy of the former Qatari first lady, whose son became the new ruler after his father’s ...

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

[Cover of Neha Vora,

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 was searching for a non-Western field site in which to study South Asian migration and diaspora, because I felt the literature was too centered on experiences of ...

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

[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 ...

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Social Discord and the Power-Capital Nexus in the Gulf

[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 ...

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

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 ...

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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 ...

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Press Release: Where is Jamal Al Hammadi?

[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 ...

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In Conversation with Artist Nadia Ayari

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 ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (December 10)

[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 ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (November 12)

[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 ...

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إصلاح أسواق العمل في بلدان الخليج العربية التبريد بالقبّعة

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 ...

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Norwegian Woman Sent to Prison After Reporting Rape in UAE

[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 ...

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Reports of Systematic Torture in UAE Prisons

[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 ...

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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 ...

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