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Light at the End of their Tunnels? Hamas & the Arab Uprisings

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[The following report was issued by International Crisis Group on 14 August 2012.]  Light at the End of their Tunnels? Hamas & the Arab Uprisings  Executive Summary    Hamas never has faced such large challenges and opportunities as presented by the Arab uprisings. It abandoned its headquarters in Damascus, at much cost to ties with its largest state supporter, Iran, while improving those with such US allies as Egypt, Qatar and Turkey. Asked to ...

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US Pursues Return of Palestinian TV Station's Equipment

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[The following article was released by the Committee for the Protection of Journalists on 7 August 2012.]  For more than five months, the Ramallah-based private television broadcaster Wattan TV has been without key equipment, including transmitters, computers, files, and archives. On February 29, Israeli soldiers and officials from the Ministry of Communications raided the station without a warrant, saying it was broadcasting illegally and ...

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Saudi Arabia Between Conservatism, Accommodation, and Reform

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The “Saudi Arabia Between Conservatism, Accommodation, and Reform” report—edited by Roel Meijer & Paul Aarts—falls within the “Riyadh programme,” which is part of the larger Islamic Research Project (IRP) initiated by the Dutch Foreign Office. The report covers three topics: intellectual debates, civil society, and the position of women. During the course of the project, the junior researchers, Joas Wagemakers, Mariwan Kanie, and Annemarie van Geel spent at least three ...

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Reports Roundup (August 11)

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[The following list is a compilation of the reports, statements, and other materials featured on the Jadaliyya Reports Page this past week.]    Month-by-Month Summary of Developments in Syria (Updated) International Crisis Group chronicles events in Syria since February 2011.  Saudi Campaign for Disabled Rights Interview on Sabah Al-Saudia (Video) Sabah Al-Saudia interviews #للمعوق_حقوق (meaning "rights for the disabled") ...

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#SudanRevolts: Halima's Testimony (Video)

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The following video is the account of a University of Khartoum student named Halima. While on campus during a protest on 9 July 2012, she was shot with a rubber bullet by police officers, resulting in the loss of her right eye.   

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Syrian Inmate Describes Fatal Assault on Prisoners

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[The following statement was issued by Human Rights Watch on 27 July 2012.]  The Syrian government should immediately grant United Nations observers full access to Homs and Aleppo central prisons to check on prisoners who may be at risk of violent reprisals following prison riots, Human Rights Watch said today. “Samir,” an inmate in the old section of the Homs central prison, told Human Rights Watch by phone that a riot broke out on 21 July 2012, and that prisoners ...

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Photos of War Torn Abyan, Southern Yemen

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 [The following photos were posted by Woman from Yemen on 24 July 2012.]  Earlier this month I had a brief visit in the warn torn Southern province of Abyan.  Like any war, the impact on civilians and residents is often ignored.   The war in Abyan has killed innocent civilians and displaced hundreds.  Schools have been closed, and the main hospital was bombed.  Many have lost family members, and many others are wounded.  Their homes ...

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Interview with Representative of Sudan Change Now

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[Over the last month, a protest movement has gripped Sudan. The movement pronounced Friday 13 July "Kadanka Friday" in order to highlight the role of women in the opposition movement. Below, Heather McRobie interviews Rawa Gafar Bakhit, a representative of Sudan Change Now, about the overall course of the movement and women's role in #SudanRevolts. The interview was published by OpenDemocracy on 19 July 2012. ]  Heather McRobie (HM): What are ...

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Saudi Campaign for Disabled Rights Interview on Sabah Al-Saudia (Video)

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A recent Twitter campaign bearing the hashtag #للمعوق_حقوق (in English, "rights for the disabled") seeks to draw attention to the circumstances of people with disabilities in the Arab world. The initial campaign consisted of participants rotating their profile pictures 180 degrees; the upside-down images were intended to signify a reproach of Saudi government officials for ignoring the issue of disabled persons' rights.   

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Free Citizen Journalists in Sudan & Call for Videos

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[The following statement was issued by Sudan Watch on 22 July 2012. The organization is calling for brief videos about the importance of citizen journalism for an upcoming campaign.]  Citizen journalism has been changing the media landscape since the rise of blogs in the late 90s. This was further accelerated by the Arab Spring. It has moved from a nuisance to the only source of information where access is impossible for traditional media. It was citizen ...

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Syria's Mutating Conflict

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[The following report is the latest from the International Crisis Group (ICG) on Syria.]  Syria's Mutating Conflict Executive Summary  At a distance, Syria’s conflict can resemble a slow, painful slog, punctuated by intermittent accelerations and apparent tipping points, influenced by international activity. Zoom in, and one can cast such impressions aside. Diplomatic manoeuvrings have ended up being little more than inertia masquerading as motion. The West used ...

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Weaponizing Tear Gas: Bahrain's Unprecedented Use of Toxic Chemical Agents Against Civilians

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[The following report was issued by Physicians for Human Rights on 1 August 2012.]  Weaponizing Tear Gas: Bahrain's Unprecedented Use of Toxic Chemical Agents Against Civilians  The Bahrain government’s indiscriminate use of tear gas as a weapon has resulted in the maiming, blinding, and even killing of civilian protesters and must stop at once while the government reassesses its use, Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) declares in a report issued ...

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Iraq's Secular Opposition: The Rise and Decline of Al-Iraqiya

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[The following report was issued by International Crisis Group on 31 July 2012.]  Iraq's Secular Opposition: The Rise and Decline of Al-Iraqiya  Executive Summary  A key player in the political crisis currently unfolding in Baghdad is the Al-Iraqiya Alliance, a cross-confessional, predominantly Sunni, mostly secular coalition of parties that came together almost three years ago in an effort to replace Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki in the March 2010 ...

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Debate Over Open Data in Yemen

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[The following statement was published by Global Integrity on 5 July 2012. The statement responds to on an April Guaridan blog post by Yemeni journalist Walid Al-Saqaf claiming that open data in Yemen would facilitate democratization. Following the Global Integrity article is the original blogger's response, also dated 5 July 2012.]  The Case Against Open Data in Yemen (By Global Integrity) In a recent blog post on the Guardian, renowned independent ...

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Beirut Event: Public Meeting on Arab Feminist Knowledge Production (29 July 2012)

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This weekend, a group of Arab feminist activists, scholars, and writers are gathering in Beirut to discuss a range of issues related to feminist knowledge production. While the general meeeting sessions are closed to the public, there will be a public meeting held at Nasawiya Cafe (see below for directions) on Sunday, 29 July 2012, at 7pm to highlight some of the participating organizations/projects and invite discussion and reflection on their particular work and the ...

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Employees of Gulf of Aden Ports Corporation Protest (Video)

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On 15 July 2012, employees of the Gulf of Aden Ports Corporation marched from the gate of the Port of Mualla to the Governor's office in Aden to protest mismanagement of the company. Specifically, the employees called for the abolition of the Corporation's partnership with Dubai World and the release of Yemeni sailors who have been kidnapped by Somali pirates.  The following video features the groups statement as read by Abdul-Nasser Wasel, a spokesperson for the ...

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Reports of Cluster Munitions Use in Syria

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[The following statement was released by the Cluster Munitions Coalition on 12 July 2012.]  If confirmed, reports would mark first use of these indiscriminate arms by Syria.  The Cluster Munition Coalition (CMC) is deeply concerned by reports that Syrian government forces have used cluster munitions after submunitions were reportedly found in Jabal Shahshabu, near Hama. This evidence came to light as two videos were posted online showing at least fifteen ...

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Press Release: UK Company Helps Bahrain Government Spy on Activists

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[The following press release was issued by Bahrain Watch on 25 July 2012.]  UK COMPANY HELPS BAHRAIN GOVT SPY ON ACTIVISTS Malicious E-Mail Attachments Sent to Activists Steal Passwords, Record Skype Calls Bahrain’s government is spying on Bahraini activists with a malicious computer program apparently supplied by a UK firm. Bahrain Watch founding member Bill Marczak, and Citizen Lab security researcher Morgan Marquis-Boire analyzed a string of ...

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Syrian Refugees: Anxious Neighbors Stretched Thin

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[The following report was issued by Refugees International on 10 July 2012.]  Syrian Refugees: Anxious Neighbors Stretched Thin  Since early 2012, Lebanon and Jordan have seen a dramatic increase in the number of refugees crossing their borders as the Syrian government intensifies its crackdown on opposition groups. Despite the fact that neither country has signed the 1951 Refugee Convention or the 1967 Protocol, both have accommodated those fleeing Syria, ...

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Iraq: Cybercrimes Law Violates Free Speech

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[The following report was issued by Human Rights Watch on 12 July 2012.]  Iraq's Information Crimes Law: Badly Written Provisions and Draconian Punishments Violate Due Process and Free Speech  Summary Iraq’s government is in the process of enacting what it refers to as an Information Crimes Law to regulate the use of information networks, computers, and other electronic devices and systems. The proposed law had its first reading before Iraq’s Council ...

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