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Tunisian Unionists on Strike in Kasserine Province

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[The following statement was issued by Mohamed Sghaier Saihi, a UGTT union federation executive member in Kasserine province, Tunisia, via MENA Solidarity Network on 21 October 2012.]   Tunisia has seen waves of strikes and protests against the policies of the Islamist Ennahdha Party in recent months. In the Kasserine region, for example we saw general strikes in Majel Bel Abbès two months ago, in Thala three weeks ago, in Laayoun two weeks ago, in Sbiba last Tuesday ...

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Statement by Comrades from Cairo: We Refuse Economic Bondage -- Stop the Loans

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[The following statement was released by Comrades from Cairo on 31 October 2012] Dear friends, In the coming period we will again be facing a familiar enemy that many of you have and continue to battle. International Financial Institutions (IFIs) like the IMF have long had a hand in plundering the Egyptian economy and dispossessing the Egyptian people. We aim to resist these institutions and their depredations, but we know that this struggle is a global one and so we ...

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Trailer: THIS IS also GAZA (Video)

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As the name suggests, THIS IS also GAZA aims to present an alternative vision of Gaza, one nurtured through the eyes of its most compelling contemporary cultural producers.  For the last half-century and longer, Gaza has been viewed almost exclusively – both regionally and internationally–through the camera lens of war, occupation, in-fighting, and humanitarian strife.  Through an innovative cross-disciplinary program, THIS IS also GAZA aims to ...

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The London Statement: Members of Global Media Community Speak Out on Journalist Safety

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[The following statement was issued by members of the global media community, including the Committee for the Protection of Journalists, on 18 October 2012.]   The London Statement on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity Addressed to the UN Inter-Agency Meeting on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity in Vienna on 22-23 November 2012, organized by UNESCO and co-hosted by the United Nations Development Program, Office of the ...

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Cairo Event -- Revolts and Transitions in the Arab World: Towards a New Urban Agenda? (7-9 November 2012)

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Revolts and Transitions in the Arab World: Towards a New Urban Agenda?  7 - 9 November 2012 French Institute of Egypt, Cairo, Egypt The CEDEJ, a French research center in Cairo, is organizing a conference on the urban aspect of the current events that are reshaping the region. The event will include short lectures by academics and experts on the region, followed by a debate. The final session on 9 November will include an open debate on the ...

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Sexual Harassment Video that Led to Removal of Rula Quawas as Dean at the University of Jordan

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The following video was produced by students of the University of Jordan's Feminist Theory class during the fall semester of the 2011-2012 academic year. The video addresses sexual harassment experienced by female students on the University of Jordan campus.  It was uploaded to YouTube on 9 June, 2012. The video's public release created "a controversy" both in print and online media in Jordan. In light of the video's supposed "harmful effect" on ...

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London Event -- Yemen: Challenges for the Future (11-12 January 2013)

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Yemen: Challenges for the Future 11 - 12 January 2013 SOAS, University of London The British-Yemeni Society (BYS) in collaboration with the London Middle East Institute (LMEI) at SOAS proposes to hold an international conference entitled “Yemen: Challenges for the Future” at SOAS, University of London on 11 and 12 January 2013. This will be the first academic conference in the UK for more than a decade to discuss in depth the many economic and social challenges ...

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Call for Bahrain to Implement UN Human Rights Council Recommendations

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[The following statement was issued by PEN International on 25 October 2012.]  PEN International calls on the Bahraini government to implement recommendations of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC), released on 19 September 2012, alongside the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry BIC’s recommendations. While Bahrain accepted 145 of the 176 recommendations made as part of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Bahrain, the situation of human rights is still ...

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Four Arab Artists and Intellectuals Receive 2012 Prince Claus Fund Award

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[The following press release was issued by the Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development on 6 September 2012.]  The Prince Claus Awards The Prince Claus Awards honour outstanding achievements in the field of culture and development. The awards are presented annually to eleven individuals or organisations whose cultural actions have a positive impact on the development of their societies. In keeping with the Prince Claus Fund’s guiding principle that ...

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Reports Roundup (October 27)

[The following list is a compilation of the reports, statements, and other materials featured on the Jadaliyya Reports Page this past week.]  Jadaliyya's First Book Is Now Available from Pluto Press The Dawn of the Arab Uprisings, now available in paperback and Kindle format, documents and analyzes the first nine months of the rebellion that spread throughout the Arab world beginning in December 2010. Joint Letter to Kuwaiti Emir on Bidun Rights Refugees ...

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Human Rights Organizations Call for Investigation of Migrant Worker Abuse in Lebanon

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[The following statement was issued by a group of human rights organizations, including Alkarama Foundation, on 18 October 2012.]  Illegal and racist practices against foreign workers or refugees in Lebanon are on the rise. The latest example in this regard took place on the evening of 7 October as members of the Lebanese Army raided the homes of seventy Syrian, Egyptian, and Sudanese workers in Beirut in response to a complaint by some residents against these workers ...

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Amnesty International Calls for Release of Bahraini Teachers

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[The following statement was issued by Amnesty International on 15 October 2012.]  On 21 October an appeal court upheld the guilty verdict against Mahdi and Jalila but reduced their prison sentences to five years and six months respectively. They were arrested in 2011 after calling for a teachers strike in support of protesters’ calls for reform in Bahrain. Whilst in detention they were held in solitary confinement, where they say they were subjected to torture ...

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Open Letter on Israeli Beverage Company Operating Illegally in Palestine

[The following letter was issued by Corporate Watch on 21 September 2012.]  As Corporate Watch has previously reported SodaStream, an Israeli carbonated beverages manufacturer, has recently opened a shop called EcoStream in Brighton. SodaStream products are also stocked by major retailers such as Robert Dyas, John Lewis, Argos, Comet, Lakeland, Conran and some Tesco, Sainsbury and Asda stores. The Brighton shop is their first in the UK, the location was ...

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Morocco: Restore AFP Reporter's Accreditation

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[The following report was released by Human Rights Watch. Below the report is an interview conducted by Mamfakinch with AFP reporter, Omar Brouksy, on the loss of accreditation and the recent assault he endured while covering a protest in Rabat. The English and French versions of both the report and interview can be found below.] Moroccan authorities should restore the accreditation of Agence France-Presse (AFP) journalist Omar Brouksy and stop retaliating against foreign ...

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Call for Women's Right to Abortion in Lebanon

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[The following position paper was issued by Nasawiya on 28 September 2012.]  Women's Right to Abortion in Lebanon  Abortion laws have become an international political issue, resulting in continuing debates leading to social change and policy reforms throughout the years. Visible efforts to address abortion started in 1994 at the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) that was held in Cairo, in which the international ...

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The Lebanese Center for Policy Studies Announces New Website

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[The following press release was issued by the Lebanese Center for Policy Studies on 23 October 2012.]  The Lebanese Center for Policy Studies (LCPS) has launched its new website: The new site revisits LCPS’ twenty-three years of endeavors in a new and dynamic format in alignment with the center’s original mission: to disseminate innovative research work and information on public policy issues in Lebanon and the region. LCPS is the ...

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New Details of Israel's Gaza Food Consumption "Red Lines" Presentation

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[The following paper was issued by Gisha -- Legal Center for Freedom of Movement in October 2012.]  Reader: "Food Consumption in the Gaza Strip – Red Lines"  Executive Summary A three-and-a-half-year long legal battle waged by Gisha has led the Israeli Ministry of Defense to reveal the document entitled "Food Consumption in the Gaza Strip – Red Lines." The document includes information about the policy of restricting the entrance of food to ...

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The North Caucasus: The Challenges of Integration (II), Islam, the Insurgency and Counter-Insurgency

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[The following report was issued by International Crisis Group on 19 October 2012.]  The North Caucasus: The Challenges of Integration (II), Islam, the Insurgency and Counter-Insurgency Executive Summary Armed conflict in the North Caucasus is the most violent in Europe today. Insurgents seeking a regional political unit founded on Sharia (Islamic law) attack Russian officials and security forces, whose main response until recently has been a tough focus on ...

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London Event -- The Arab Uprisings: Between Change and Continuity (29 October 2012)

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[This event has already occured. Click here to read Naira Antoun's review of both the event and the book in Egypt Independent.] Panel Discussion and Book Launch Event This event marks the release of Jadaliyya's first book, which is published by Pluto Press. The panel features one of the volume's co-editors (Ziad Abu-Rish) as well as one of its contributors (Adam Hanieh). The panelists will offer commentary on both the book (as a resource) and the ...

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Joint Letter to Kuwaiti Emir on Bidun Rights

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[The following letter was issued by Refugees International, Human Rights Watch, and Amnesty International on 27 September 2012.]  His Highness Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmed al-Sabah Al Diwan Al Amiri Seif Palace – Building 100 State of Kuwait Your Highness, We write to you regarding the more than 100,000 stateless residents of your country, commonly referred to as the Bidun. The legal, social, and economic vulnerability of the Bidun has long been a source of unease ...

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