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[The following was written by Alaa Abd El Fattah, after the peice was smuggled out of the Tora Prison on 9 December 2011. It was published in Arabic on Al Shorouk and in English on the website of No Military Trials for Civilians Movement, both on 19 December 2011.] Half an Hour With Khaled: A piece smuggled out of jail by Alaa Abd El Fattah Fate chose that my imprisonment should be connected to the civil judiciary: I was imprisoned in 2006 with ...Keep Reading »
The following video shows the events of Qasr Al-'Aini street on 17 December 2011, which featured a brutally violent assualt on peaceful unarmed protesters. It was created by elmoghazy09 and is dedicated in the openning scene as such: To whomever defends the military council To those whose eyes are covered and believe that the army and the people are hand in hand To Ganzawiry, is what you said the truth And finally . . . are these the good soldiers of the ...Keep Reading »
Statement by the Revolutionary Socialists: The "Cabinet Offices" Massacre: A New Crime by the Sons of Mubarak in Power
[The following statement was issued on 17 December by the Revolutionary Socialists in Egypt.] The "Cabinet Office" Massacre: A New Crime by the Sons of Mubarak in Power 9 martyrs … 500 injured … this is the result of confrontations between the Egyptian Occupying Forces and the revolutionaries in a fresh attempt to bring the revolution to its knees and to bring back the Mubarak regime. And why not? After all, the leaders of the Supreme Council of ...Keep Reading »
[The following statement was issued on 14 December 2011 by various Palestinian bloggers and activists in support of Razan Ghazzawi, a Syrian activist that was recently detained by the Syrian security forces and sentenced to fifteen years.] We, a group of Palestinian bloggers and activists raise our voices loud and clear in solidarity with all the prisoners of the Great Syrian Revolution. We stand with all the prisoners, activists, artists, bloggers and others, all who are ...Keep Reading »
[The following is the latest from Amnesty International on Saudi Arabia.] Saudi Arabia: Repression in the Name of Security “I am here to say we need democracy. We need freedom. We need to speak freely. We need no one to stop us from expressing our opinions.” -Khaled al-Johani speaking to reporters at a protest where no one but he turned up on 11 March 2011 and was arrested shortly after. Since March 2011 the Saudi Arabian authorities have launched a new wave of ...Keep Reading »
[The following statement was recently issued by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on 7 December, 2011.] Congress: Stop Targeting American Muslims and Protect Muslim Service Members Today the Senate and House Homeland Security Committees will hold a hearing on “Homegrown Terrorism: The Threat to Military Communities Inside the United States.” In their announcement of the hearing, Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) and Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) once again singled out Islam ...Keep Reading »
Jadaliyya Articles by Co-Editors Anthony Alessandrini and Maya Mikdashi Nominated for Award - Vote Now!
We are very excited that both Jadaliyya Co-Editors Anthony Alessandrini's article, "Palestine in Scare Quotes: From the NYT Grammar Book," and Maya Mikdashi's article, "The Marriage of Sexism and Islamophobia: Remaking the News on Egypt," have been nominated for the Three Quarks Daily Prize in Politics and Social Science. Show your support of Anthony Alessandrini and Maya Mikdashi's pieces as well as Jadaliyya by participating in the public ...Keep Reading »
Bahrain's doctors, nurses and emergency workers treated scores of injured and saw the dead after security forces launched a brutal crackdown on protestors. Many are now paying a steep price for speaking out about what they witnessed. After traveling to Bahrain as part of an Amnesty International fact-finding mission earlier this year, Dr. Hani Mowafi, co-director of the Boston Medical Center Department of Public and Global Health, observed the country's deteriorating human ...Keep Reading »
Below is a communiqué from the Revolutionaries of Tahrir Square stating that they will not cease protesting until their demands are met. The first two demands are for the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces to step down as it had lost all legitimacy, and for the new Prime Minister, Kamal al-Ganzouri, and his government to resign. We will report more on this development/movement in the coming days.Keep Reading »
Carter Center Preliminary Statement on the First Round of Voting in Egypt’s People’s Assembly Elections
[The following press release was issued by The Carter Center on 2 December 2011 in regards to the first round of Egypt's 2011 parliamentary elections.] FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Dec. 2, 2011 CONTACTS: Atlanta, Deborah Hakes +1 4044205124 Cairo, Sanne van den Bergh +20 1013511710 Carter Center Preliminary Statement on the First Round of Voting in Egypt’s People’s Assembly Elections The Carter Center deployed witnesses to observe two days of polling on ...Keep Reading »
Press Release: Bisan Center for Research and Development Issues the Study "Foreign Aid and the Molding of the Palestinian Space"
[The following press release was issued by the Bisan Center for Research and Development. It was recently published on en.bisan.org] Issued by Bisan Center for Research and Development: The study "Foreign Aid and the Molding of the Palestinian Space" Bisan Center for Research and Development releases it’s new study "Foreign Aid and the Molding of the Palestinian Space” as part of a series on development in the occupied Palestinian territories. The studies ...Keep Reading »
The Middle East Studies Association (MESA) will be holding its 43rd Annual Meeting in Washington DC this weekend, 1-4 December. Over a span of four days, scholars and researchers from across North America, the Middle East, and beyond will present their work via an impressive and diverse array of thematic panels (see complete program here). In order to highlight some of the panels, below is a list of MESA 2011 Annual Meeting panels in which one or more Jadaliyya Co-Editor is ...Keep Reading »
The chairman of the Supreme Judicial Electoral Commission points out some of the complaints and says expat voting will be revealed along with the final, decisive results. The Chairman of the Supreme Judicial Electoral Commission said the high voter turnout reveals the peoples' trust in the judiciary and that elections are going well. In an interview with the television channel, Nile News today, the electoral commission's chairman, Abdel Moez Ibrahim, said that the ...Keep Reading »
La réapparition de manifestations massives en Égypte, sur la place Tahrir mais aussi ailleurs dans le pays, a soulevé, pour les observateurs et observatrices extérieur-e-s, beaucoup de questions au sujet de ce qui a été souvent décrit comme « la transition démocratique de l’Égypte« . Beaucoup se demandent comment l’Égypte pourra progresser dans son « voyage vers la démocratie » quand la persistance de manifestations et d’occupations longues paraît ...Keep Reading »
Call for Papers - Language Change and Gender Discourse(s) in the MENA Region: The Case of e-Arabic (Sfax University 12-14 April 2012)
Call for Papers Language change and gender discourse(s) in the MENA region: the case of e-Arabic Sfax University, Tunisia (12-14 April 2012) Deadlines: Abstracts on the 15th January 2012 The Arab Revolutions have accentuated and sometimes exaggerated the role of social media (Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube) and satellite television (Al-Jazeera) in the MENA region. Among Western analysts, some have spoken West’s failure to predict the Arab revolutions, ...Keep Reading »
[This post will be updated and further corroborated in the coming days] Saudi security forces have killed at least three people in al Qatif, in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia, since the killing of nineteen-year-old Naser al-Mheishi during confrontations with security forces at a road block in the Shweika district on Sunday 20 November 2011. Ali al-Filfil, twenty-four, was killed during a protest on Monday, while Ali Abdullah Al Qreires, twenty-six, and Munib ...Keep Reading »
Statement by US-based Egyptian Academics and Professionals in Response to Attacks on Protesters Since November 19
[The following statement was issued on 24 November 2011.] When uprisings began in Egypt earlier this year, the Obama administration wavered in its support for the revolution. Hilary Clinton openly advocated for a transition led by former intelligence chief Omar Suleiman. Her aide Frank Wisner actually recommended that Hosni Mubarak remain in power throughout the transition process. The reasons for this are no secret to anyone familiar with US Middle East policy. Egypt has ...Keep Reading »
[The following is an excerpt from the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry (BICI) report, which was released in both English and Arabic on 23 November 2011. For analysis of the context and political implications of the BICI, see Jadaliyya's Bahrain's Independent Commission of Inquirt: Path to Justice or Political Shield. Scroll down to download the full report.] Chapter XII — General Observations and Recommendations 1686. Article 1 of the Royal Order No. 28 of 2011, ...Keep Reading »
[The following press release was issued by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on 18 November, 2011.] Geneva (ICRC) – On 21 November the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) will make available its updated collection and analysis of practice from 27 countries – Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Fiji, Finland, France, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Libya, Nepal, the Netherlands, New Zealand, ...Keep Reading »
NAAS (Network of Arab Arthouse Screens), a network of independent art-house cinemas and cultural institutions in the Middle East, is launching Malafat Naqdiyya, an English/Arabic e-zine dedicated solely to writing on world cinema. NAAS was founded by ArteEast (a New York based non-profit that promotes the work of contemporary Middle Eastern artists) in collaboration with a number of art-house theaters and cine clubs in the Middle East. Its members are united by the ...Keep Reading »
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