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New Zealand Superannuation Fund Excludes Three Companies on Responsible Investment Grounds

[Israel's West Bank Separation Barrier, which Elbit Systems Limited was involved in constructing. Image by Ted Swedenburg via Flickr]

[The following press release was issued by the New Zealand Superannuation Fund on 12 December 2012.] The New Zealand Superannuation Fund today announced that it had excluded three companies from its twenty billion dollar investment portfolio on responsible investment grounds. Africa Israel Investments and subsidary Danya Cebus: Africa Israel and its subsidiary Danya Cebus have been excluded because of their involvement in the construction of Israeli settlements ...

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Torture vs. Torture Euphemisms: Language of Torture in U.S. Media 2010-2012

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[The following infographic was issued by Covering Torture.] Do we call torture by its name? Torture is legally defined by the UN Convention Against Torture and that definition includes acts of abuse that have occurred as part of U.S. and allied interrogation policies. Nevertheless, euphemisms like "enhanced interrogation," "harsh interrogation," or "special techniques" are used widely by U.S. media to describe practices that are more accurately ...

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Saudi Arabia: Prominent Human Rights Defender and Judge Arrested

[Shaykh Suliaman Al-Rashudi. Photo from gc4hr.org]

[The following report was issued by the Gulf Center for Human Rights on 16 December 2012.] Saudi Arabia: Arrest and detention of prominent human rights defender, lawyer and former judge, head of the Saudi Civil and Political Rights Association (ACPRA) Sheikh Suliaman Al-Rashudi On the morning of Wednesday, 12 December 2012, prominent human rights defender, lawyer, former judge, and head of the Saudi Civil and Political Rights Association (ACPRA),  Sheikh Suliaman ...

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Bahrain: Police Violence and Arrests

[Arrest of a Female Protestor in Manama. 17 December 2012. Photo from bahrainrights.org]

[The following report was issued by the Bahrain Center for Human Rights on 18 December 2012.] Bahrain: Peaceful Protests Violently Disrupted by Police, Twenty-seven Arbitrary Arrests, Including BCHR Acting Vice-President Sayed Yousi * This comes just one day after Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa gave a speech stating that: “Bahrain is a country of Law and Freedom” yet repression continues. The Bahrain Center for Human Rights expresses grave concern with regard to the ...

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UC Berkeley's New Chancellor Endorses the Falsehood: Criticizing Israel is Anti-Semitic

[Nicholas Dirks]

[The following statement was issued on 19 December 2012 by a group of Columbia University professors in response to recent comments by the newly appointed chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley, Nicholas Dirks, wherein he equated the criticism of Israel with anti-Semitism.] A recent interview conducted by UC Berkeley’s Public Relations office and timed with the appointment of the new university Chancellor, Nicholas Dirks, begins, “Floating around the ...

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Syrian Refugees: Reliance on Camps Creates Few Good Options

[Syrian refugees at Reyhanli refugee camp in Antakya, Turkey. Image by Syria Freedom via Flickr]

[The following report was issued by Refugees International on 5 December 2012.]  Syrian Refugees: Reliance on Camps Creates Few Good Options  Summary The civil war in Syria has forced large numbers of Syrians from their homes, and in many cases from the country entirely. Refugees continue to flee in record numbers, and there are currently almost 400,000 registered or waiting for registration in Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey ...

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Lebanese Security Agency's Request Threatens Citizens' Right to Privacy

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[The following statement was issued by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, an interim member of the International Freedom of Expression Exchange, on 7 December 2012.] A controversy arose in Lebanon this past week over revelations that the country's Internal Security Forces (ISF) demanded the content of all SMS text messages sent between 13 September and 10 November of this year, as well as usernames and passwords for services like Blackberry Messenger and ...

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Adalah Q&A on Representation/Participation of Palestinian Citizens of Israel in Knesset Elections

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[The following resource on the participation of Palestinian-Israelis in the upcoming Israeli parliamentary elections was issued by Adalah on 11 December 2012.] Election Q&A: The 2013 Israeli Elections and Arab Parliamentarians   When and for what purpose are the elections being held in Israel? Parliamentary elections will be held in Israel on 22 January 2013. They will determine the composition of the 19th Knesset, Israel’s unicameral (single-house) parliament ...

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Arab(ic) Media Workshop: Framing the Revolution (Munich, 17 & 18 January 2013)

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Arab(ic) Media Workshop: Framing the Revolution 17 & 18 January 2013 Munich, Germany After the first two workshops on censorship in Arab(ic) satellite news channels (term 2011), and on the effects of those on (an) Arab public sphere(s) (term 2011/12), the present workshop (term 2012/13) concentrates on the revolutions of the “Arab Spring” and their (re-)presentation by the satellite channels.  Based on considerations of revolutionary theories and the ...

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Reports Roundup (December 15)

[The following list is a compilation of the reports, statements, and other materials featured on the Jadaliyya Reports Page this past week.] Jadaliyya Co-Editor Sinan Antoon Longlisted for Arabic Booker Prize Antoon's third novel, Ya Maryam (Ave Maria), has been longlisted for the 2013 International Prize for Arabic Fiction.  Themed Issue of International Review of the Red Cross: The Future of Humanitarian Action This periodical discusses a variety of ...

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European Court of Human Rights Judgment: El-Masri v. The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

[European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. Image by CherryX via Wikimedia Commons]

[On 13 December 2012, the European Court of Human Rights issued a unanimous ruling in El-Masri v Macedonia, which condemns the role played by Macedonian officials in assisting the CIA's "extraordinary rendition" of German citizen Khaled el-Masri. He was detained while traveling through Macedonia on 31 December 2003, held incommunicado for twenty-three days at the Americans' request, then turned over to the CIA at the Skopje airport. Under the watch of Macedonian ...

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Sanctuary in the City? Urban Displacement and Vulnerability in the Gaza Strip

[Gaza City. Image by Olly L via Flickr]

[The following report was issued by the Humanitarian Policy Group of the Overseas Development Institute.] Sanctuary in the City? Urban Displacement and Vulnerability in the Gaza Strip Introduction In recent decades, many cities and towns around the world have seen dramatic population growth, with significant inflows from rural areas. A prominent feature of this global trend of urbanisation is forced displacement triggered by armed conflict, violence ...

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Letter Urging Musician Joy Harjo to Cancel Performance in Israel

[Poet and musician Joy Harjo. Image from change.org]

[The following letter was issued by the US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel to Native American poet and musician Joy Harjo. Harjo performed at Tel Aviv University on Monday 10 December, despite efforts, such as this letter, to convince her otherwise.]   It's time to take a principled stance in support of Palestinian human rights being violated by the Israeli state's colonial occupation and apartheid regime. Palestinian civil society has called ...

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Beirut Event -- Why This Sea is Mine? A Lecture by Dictaphone Group (17 December 2012)

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Why This Sea is Mine? A Lecture by Dictaphone Group 6:30pm on Monday 17 December 2012 Architecture Lecture Hall Dar El Handasa Arcitecture Building Why This Sea is Mine? is a lecture by Dictaphone Group in which they share some of their findings from three of their research and performance projects: Bit Teleferique, Bus Cemetery, and This Sea is Mine. Dictaphone Group creates live art performances based on findings and stories produced through research on space and ...

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Mission to UAE Supports European Resolution Against Crackdown on Activists

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[The following report was issued by the Gulf Center for Human Rights on 10 December 2012.] Mission to UAE Supports European Resolution Against Crackdown on Activists / Free expression rights of sixty-four detainees violated A crackdown in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has violated the free expression rights of sixty-four detainees, including human rights lawyers, in the Gulf Kingdom, according to a report based on a mission undertaken by the Gulf Centre for Human Rights ...

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Demonstrations and Arrests for Bedoon Rights Activists in Kuwait (Video)

[Abdulhakim and Abdulnasser AlFadhli. Photo from bedoonrights.org]

[The following report was issued by Bedoon Rights on 12 December 2012. The video, included at the bottom of the report showing a recent protest march for Bedoon rights, was posted on Youtube by MediaBidoon and is not a part of the original report.] Two Bedoon Activists Sentenced to 2 Years in Jail and "Deportation"! After arresting his brother on Sunday, 9 December, Bedoon activist Abdulhakim AlFadhli was taken last night,  11 December. ...

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Call for Papers -- Sectarianism in the Contemporary Middle East: Religious and Political Discourses (London, 13 April 2013)

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Sectarianism in the Contemporary Middle East: Religious and Political Discourses 13 April 2013 Al-Khoei Foundation, London The Centre for Academic Shi'a Studies is pleased to announce its third annual conference titled "Sectarianism in the Contemporary Middle East: Religious and Political Discourses," which will be held at the Al-Khoei Foundation in London on Saturday 13 April 2013. CASS encourages new research trajectories based on historical, sociological, ...

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Mosques Under Construction Re-Demolished by Authorities in Bahrain

[Site of Demolished Al-Sajad Mosque in Bahrain. Image from bahrainrights.org]

[The following report was issued by the Bahrain Center for Human Rights on 9 December 2012.] The Bahrain Center for Human Rights expresses concern over the continued attacks on religious freedom represented in the re-demolishing of Shia mosques, which have been under construction since they were initially attacked and demolished during the government crack-down in 2011. On December 1st, 2012, government bulldozers demolished four mosques for the second time; no ...

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Letter to Members of EU and European Parliament Concerning Human Rights in Bahrain

[Endorsement Signatures of Bahraini Political Prisoners. Image from bahrainrights.org]

[The following letter was issued by the Bahrain Center for Human Rights on 8 December 2012.] 8 December 2012 Honorables President and members of the European Union President and members of the European Parliament Subject: EU to secure respect of human rights in Bahrain Dear respected members, We appreciate your stances to support the genuine promotion of human rights in Bahrain. The procrastination and deception policy, adopted by the ruling elite in Bahrain to ...

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Sudan: Major Reform or More War

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[The following report was issued by International Crisis Group on 29 November 2012.] Sudan: Major Reform or More War Executive Summary The “Sudan Problem” has not gone away with the South’s secession. Chronic conflict, driven by concentration of power and resources in the centre, continues to plague the country. The solution is a more inclusive government that addresses at least some of the peripheries’ grievances, but pledges to transform governance remain unfulfilled. A ...

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