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International Foundation for Electoral Systems FAQs on Jordanian Elections

[Jordanian flags. Image by Vyacheslav Argenberg via Wikimedia Commons]

[The following report was issued by the International Foundation for Electoral Systems on 16 January 2013. While polls have closed at the end 23 January for the 2013 Jordanian parliamentary elections, the document offers details on the policies and procedures guiding the electoral system. It should be noted, though, that the report problematically takes at face value the efficacy of these polices and procedures in bringing about meaningful change, something activists and ...

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BADIL Proudly Announces the Release of its Report on Palestinian National Identity

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BADIL Proudly Announces the Release of its Research Project: One People United: A Deterritorialized Palestinian Identity -- BADIL Survey of Palestinian Youth on Identity and Social Ties-2012 The violent establishment of Israel in 1948 constituted a catastrophe, or Nakba, for Palestinian aspirations for self-determination. More significantly, the Nakba resulted in the mass forced displacement of the majority of the Palestinian people from their homeland, thereby ...

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Reporters Without Borders: Mourning Mothers Spokesperson to be Jailed for 6 Months

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[The following statement was issued by Reporters Without Borders on 17 January 2013.] Reporters Without Borders is deeply concerned to learn that Mansoureh Behkish, a netizen and founder of the Mourning Mothers movement, has been told to report to the sentence application court at Tehran’s Evin prison on 29 January to begin serving a six-month jail sentence. “We urge the authorities not to jail Behkish,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The way she has been hounded ...

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Continued Harassment and Targeting of Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja's Family Members

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[The Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR) issued the following press release on 22 January 2013.]  The Bahrain Center for Human Rights expresses its grave concern about the constant targeting and harassment of families of human rights defenders and victims of extrajudicial killings. The latest case was the summoning of Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja's son-in-law, Hussain Ahmed (twenty-two years old), to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID). Hussain ...

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Los Angeles Event -- The Arab Uprisings: Between Change and Continuity (29 January)

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The Arab Uprisings: Between Change and Continuity Panel Discussion and Book Event Tuesday, 29 January 2013, 4:30 PM  UCLA Law School, Room 1430 This event features one of the co-editors and two of the contributors of The Dawn of the Arab Uprisings: End of An Old Order? (Pluto Press, 2012). The panelists will offer commentary on both the book (as a resource) and the general trajectory of the uprisings (as socio-political phenomena). This event is ...

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Qatar Leaks: The Business of Foreign Policy

[Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Jaber Al-Thani, Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Qatar. 22 October 2011. Image from flickr/Nader Daoud/World Economic Forum]

[This report has been placed on hold until further corroboration emerges]

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Palestine Refugee Family in Yemen Face Abuse Following Deportation from Saudi Arabia

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[The following statement was issued by Alkarama on 2 January 2013.] The suffering of a family of Palestinian refugees continues after being forcibly deported from Taif, Saudi Arabia to Yemen in 2007. All the members of Al-Hadad family were recently detained by Yemeni security forces and then taken to Sana'a central Prison without any legal proceedings. Although some of the family members were released a week later, the father, Omar Eid Nimer Al-Hadad, and his son Mahmoud ...

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European Parliament Calls for Sanctions Against Bahrain

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[The following statement was published on the Bahrain Center for Human Rights website on 17 January 2013.] The European Parliament today endorsed a strongly-worded resolution addressing the ongoing human rights violations in Bahrain. The effort, led by Dutch Member of European Parliament Marietje Schaake (ALDE/D66), calls for targeted EU sanctions against human rights violators in Bahrain. “For almost two years now the world has ignored the lethal violence used against ...

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Human Rights Watch Statement on Zero Dark Thirty

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[The following statement was released by Human Rights Watch on 11 January 2013.] The movie Zero Dark Thirty, which depicts the hunt for Osama bin Laden, wrongly suggests that torture was an ugly but useful tactic in the fight against terrorism. It also falsely implies that information obtained through torture was critical to finding bin Laden. As the film-makers note, it is a fictionalized account, not a documentary. The use of ...

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Arrested Bedoon Activist Goes on Hunger Strike

[Protesters gathered in Taima' Square near Kuwait City on 13 December 2012 to call for release of Abdulhakim AlFadhli. Image from Gulf Center for Human Rights.]

  [The following letter from detained Kuwaiti activist Abdulhakim Al-Fadhli was published in translation by The original Arabic text can be accessed here.]  I send this message to the free Kuwaiti people, To His Highness the Emir, And to the Bedoon heroes: My brothers and countrymen, Kuwait is screaming with injustice. How long will this last? If this injustice practiced against the Bedoon does not stop, we will all lose ...

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Kuwaiti MPs Propose a New Bedoon Law

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[The following report was originally issued by on 19 January 2012.]  On Sunday, 20 January, a new proposal will be made in the parliament regarding the Bedoon issue. According to MP Khaled AlShlaimi, the law will include 17 articles. The law will define a Bedoon as a person who is registered in the Central Agency for Illegal Residents and lives in Kuwait. He also stated that the law, if passed, will give IDs valid for five ...

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Reports Roundup (January 19)

[The following list is a compilation of the reports, statements, and other materials featured on the Jadaliyya Reports Page this past week.] University of California Student Petition Against HR-35 Surpasses 1,000 Signatures UC Students for Justice in Palestine reports on the status of the student petition denouncing California State Assembly HR-35, which equates criticism of Israeli state policies with anti-Semitism, thus stifling the freedom of expression of ...

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"Business Networks in Syria": Jadaliyya Co-Editor Bassam Haddad on C-Span Book TV

Jadaliyya Co-Editor Bassam Haddad discussed his book, Business Networks in Syria: The Political Economy of Authoritarian Resilience with C-Span's Book TV, and talked about the current conflict in that country. This interview was recorded on the campus of George Mason University on 27 September 2012 and aired recently on C-Span.  The themes addressed include: The gradual transformation of the Syrian economy after 1970  State-business ...

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Call for Papers: Right of Return Conference (5-7 April, Boston)

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Right of Return Conference 5 - 7 April 2013 Boston University The Right of Return Conference Committee is seeking abstracts about Palestinian refugees and the Right of Return for papers to be presented at the Right of Return Conference at Boston University, 5-7 April 2013. While there has been much theoretical work done on the subject, we are looking to move beyond ethical arguments, and focus instead on the ...

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Personal Status Litigation for Palestinians in Israel: A Controversial Issue (Jadal Issue 16, December 2012)

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[The following is the Table of Contents of the latest issue of Jadal, a quarterly journal published by Mada al-Carmel.] Jadal Issue 16, December 2012 Personal Status Litigation for Palestinians in Israel: A Controversial Issue Editorial Areen Hawari Analytical Papers Personal Status in Civil Versus Religious Courts: A Controversial Issue Areen Hawari Viewpoints Eleven Years Since the Amendment to the Family Rights Law: Achievements and ...

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EIPR Analysis: Overturning of Mubarak and Adli Conviction Expected Outcome of a Flawed Trial

[Poster outside Mubarak's 2011 trial. Image by Maggie Osama via Flickr]

[The following press release and report were issued by the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights on 13 January 2013.] The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) said that the Court of Cassation’s ruling today to overturn the conviction of ousted president Mubarak and his interior minister Habib al-Adli was the expected outcome of a flawed, disappointing trial. The EIPR said that the retrial must avoid the grave mistakes of the first trial that led to the annulment ...

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Call for Participants -- MESA Panel Proposal: Gendered Responses to Crisis, Conflict, and Catastrophe

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Gendered Responses to Crisis, Conflict, and Catastrophe 10 -13 October 2013 New Orleans Nicola C. Pratt is seeking papers for a proposed panel. In line with one of the themes for the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Middle East Studies Association, this panel aims to explore systematically the gendered dimensions of how governments, communities, households and nations or sub-national groupings respond to crisis, conflict and/or catastrophes. The panel invites ...

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Torture, Drones, and Detention: A Conversation Between Laleh Khalili and Lisa Hajjar

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The following is an audio recording of a joint book talk held on 16 January 2013. Laleh Khalili and Lisa Hajjar recently published their Time in the Shadows: Confinement in Counterinsurgencies and Torture: A Sociology of Violence and Human Rights, respectively. The event was held at the School of Oriental and African Studies, and featured a conversation between the two authors entitled "Torture, Drones, and Detention: The ...

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Detention of Activists Continues in Oman

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[This report was originally issued by the Gulf Center for Human Rights on 16 January 2013.] Oman - Prominent human rights defender Saed Jadad arrested and detained The Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) has received information that prominent human rights defender Saed Jadad has been arrested and remains in detention. On 14 January 2013, Saed Jadad was summoned by the Special Branch Police to the General Police Headquarters in the capital of Muscat. It is believed that ...

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US Department of Homeland Security's Media Monitoring Manual

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The following link directs you to portions of the US Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) 2011 Media Monitoring Desktop Reference. It was made available through the efforts of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, which filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request and subsequent law suit to obtain the documents. The manual identifies many of the problematic monitoring practices of DHS and contains a (broad) list of (extremely vague) key words DHS uses to ...

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