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A Syrian Activist in Hiding: Democracy Now! Interview with Razan Zaitouneh

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Daily protests continue in Syria even as the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights estimates the government has killed more than 3,500 people during the last eight months in its attempt to silence a growing popular uprising. Over the weekend, protesters carried out a general strike in several cities. We get a live report from Damascus from Razan Zaitouneh, a lawyer and human rights activist, who says she believes at least 4,133 people have been ...

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Democracy Now! Interview with Jadaliyya Co-Editor Bassam Haddad on Uprising and Intervention in Syria

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This is an interview conducted with Jadaliyya Co-Editor Bassam Haddad on Monday, 14 November, in regards to regime-opposition dynamics in Syria and the prospects for external intervention. Today the European Union decided to impose sanctions on 18 Syrians in response to the killings of protesters by Syrian forces under President Bashar al-Assad. The move comes after the Arab League formally suspended the Syrian delegation on Saturday over its violent crackdown on eight ...

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Palestinian Freedom Riders to Ride Settler Buses to Jerusalem

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[The following press release was issued by the Palestinian Freedom Riders campaign on 13 November 2011.] Freedom Riders Sunday, November 13, 2011 For Immediate Release Palestinian Freedom Riders to Ride Settler Buses to Jerusalem. Inspired by the Freedom Rides of the US Civil Rights Movement Palestinian activists will attempt to board segregated Israeli settler buses to occupied East Jerusalem [Ramallah] Groups of Palestinian Freedom Riders will attempt to board ...

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Statement by Comrades from Cairo in Response to OWS Proposal to Send Election Monitors

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[The following statement was issued by Comrades from Cairo on 13 November 2011.] To our kindred occupiers in Zuccotti park, When we called out to you, requesting you join us on 12 November in defending our revolution and in our campaign against the military trial of civilians in Egypt, your solidarity—pictures from marches, videos, and statements of support—added to our strength. However, we recently received news that your General Assembly passed a proposal authorizing ...

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Doctoring the Evidence, Abandoning the Victim: The Involvement of Medical Professionals in Torture and Ill-Treatment in Israel

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[The following is the latest from the Public Committee Against Torture in Israel (PCATI) and Physicians for Human Rights - Israel (PHR) on medical professionals' involvement in mistreatment in Israel.] Medical Professionals and Torture?   When we think of doctors, it is often the Hippocratic Oath and its mythical status that comes to mind. We believe that doctors help the sick, standing beside them in times of troubles at any hour of the day or night, remaining ...

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Announcement of Voter Registration for Palestinian National Council (PNC) Elections

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[The following announcement was released by the Facilitation Office for a Civic Registration Drive, an independent civic initiative in support of national efforts for democratic Palestinian elections to the PNC.] Public Announcement of a Civic Registration for Direct Elections to the PNC By the spring of 2012 an internet register for the secure online registration of Palestinian voters everywhere will be completed and ready for use. Palestinians can then register ...

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Call for Papers: 12th Annual Southwest Graduate Conference in Middle Eastern and North African Studies (University of Arizona, 29-30 March 2012)

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12th Annual Southwest Graduate Conference in Middle Eastern and North African Studies University of Arizona, 29-30 March 2012 Invitation  The Middle East and North Africa Graduate Student Organization (MENA), the Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES), and the School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies (MENAS) at the University of Arizona cordially invite you to participate in the 12th Annual Southwest Graduate Conference in Middle Eastern and North ...

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Hundreds of Thousands of Consumers, Billions of $$ Move to Credit Unions

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[The following press release was issued by the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) on 3 November, 2011.] Rising fees at banks spark consumer action during October in run-up to ‘Bank Transfer Day’ WASHINGTON --- Reacting to rising fees at banks, hundreds of thousands of consumers have rushed to credit unions over the past four weeks, and have joined existing credit union members in depositing or shifting billions of savings to credit unions, according to estimates ...

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Job Announcement: Assistant Professor - West/Southwest Asian American Culture; Rutgers University

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Assistant Professor, West/Southwest Asian American Culture Application Deadline: December 2, 2011 The Departments of Women's and Gender Studies and American Studies at Rutgers University, New Brunswick invite applications for a tenure track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level in feminist cultural studies of West (Middle East) and Southwest Asia. We encourage applications from innovative scholars whose research and methods contribute to more rigorous and ...

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Call for Papers: Gulf Charities in the ‘Age of Terror’ and the ‘Arab Awakening’ Workshop (University of Cambridge, 11-14 July, 2012])

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3rd Gulf Research Meeting Workshop: 'Gulf charities in the "Age of Terror" and the "Arab Awakening" University of Cambridge, 11-14 July 2012 Workshop Directors: Robert Lacey 115a Ebury Street London SW1W 9QU United Kingdom Email: robert@robertlacey.com www.insidethekingdom.net Jonathan Benthall Honorary Research Fellow Department of Anthropology University College London United ...

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Eye-Witness Account of Israel's Capture of Freedom Waves Flotilla

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[The following personal account of what transpired on the "Freedom Waves" flotilla to Gaza was written by Lina Attalah, a friend of Jadaliyya and Al-Masry Al-Youm English's managing editor. I was originally published in Al-Masr Al-Youm English. Lina and the rest of the passengers, a group of twenty-seven activists and journalists, were captured on Friday, 4 Ocotber 2011, in international waters by Israeli security forces. On Saturday, she returned to her home in ...

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Burhan Ghalioun Address to the Syrian People (Video and Translated Transcript)

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[The following speech was given by prominent Syrian opposition leader, and president of the Syrian National Council, Burhan Ghalioun as an address to the Syrian people on 5 November 2011. The original Arabic speech is shown in the video below. English translated transcription by Ziad Abu-Rish.] Oh great Syrian people, I address you today on the eve of the blessed Eid al-Adha, as our country reels from the violent actions of an unjust regime, which has transformed our ...

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Mapping the FBI: Uncovering Abusive Surveillance and Racial Profiling

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[The following statement was issued by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).] The Federal Bureau of Investigation is collecting racial and ethnic information and “mapping” American communities around the country based on crude stereotypes about which groups commit different types of crimes. Nationwide, the FBI is gathering reports on innocent Americans' so-called “suspicious activity” and sharing it with unknown numbers of federal, state and local government ...

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Call-Out for Solidarity with Egypt: Defend the Revolution

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[The following statement was issued by the No Military Trials for Civilians Movement on 4 November 2011.] A letter from Cairo to the Occupy/Decolonize movements & other solidarity movements. After three decades of living under a dictatorship, Egyptians started a revolution demanding bread, freedom and social justice. After a nearly utopian occupation of Tahrir Square lasting eighteen days, we rid ourselves of Mubarak and began the second, harder, task of ...

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Palestinian Youth Join Boats Set to Challenge Israel’s Siege of Gaza, Act Now to Defend Today's Boats to Gaza

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[The following statements were issued by the International Solidarity Movement on 2 November 2011.] Palestinian Youth Join Boats Set to Challenge Israel’s Siege of Gaza Irish and Canadian boats in international waters on their way to challenge illegal siege policy Palestinian activists call for end to international complicity in Israel’s crimes Support actions taking place throughout the West Bank and inside Israel [Ramallah] Two civilian boats, the ...

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Africa without Qaddafi: The Case of Chad

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[The following is the latest from International Crisis Group (ICG) on the impact of Qaddafi's death on neighboring countries.] Africa without Qaddafi: The Case of Chad Executive Summary The end of the long reign of Muammar Qaddafi, killed on 20 October in his hometown of Syrte, opens the way to democracy in Libya. His fall has also left the country and its neighbors facing a multitude of potential new problems that could threaten stability in the region. Chad is a case ...

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Conflict Risk Alert: Syria's Tipping Point

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[The following is the latest from the International Crisis Group (ICG) on Syria.] Conflict Risk Alert: Syria's Tipping Point Brussels, 3 November 2011 Syria's acceptance of the Arab League proposal to defuse the crisis presents an eleventh-hour opportunity to seek a negotiated transition before the conflict takes an even uglier turn. Despite understandable scepticism, both the protest movement and the international community ought to give this initiative a fair chance; ...

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Israel's Exceptionalism: Normalizing the Abnormal

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[The following statement was issued by the Palistinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) on 31 October 2011.] Israel’s Exceptionalism: Normalizing the Abnormal In the Palestinian and Arab struggle against Israeli colonization, occupation and apartheid, the “normalization” of Israel is a concept that has generated controversy because it is often misunderstood or because there are disagreements on its parameters.  This is despite ...

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Shattered Families: The Perilous Intersection of Immigration Enforcement and the Child Welfare System

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[The following is the latest from the Applied Research Center (ARC) on the intersections of immigration enforcement and the child welfare system in the United States.] Shattered Families: The Perilous Intersection of Immigration Enforcement and the Child Welfare System Executive Summary “Shattered Familie,” A Report by The Applied Research Center (ARC), is the first national investigation on threats to families when immigration enforcement and the child welfare system ...

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Turkey: Arrests Expose Flawed Justice System

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[The following statement is the latest from Human Rights Watch (HRW) on domestic developments in Turkey. It was released in both English and Turkish.] Turkey: Arrests Expose Flawed Justice System Academic, Publisher Held in Crackdown on Pro-Kurdish Party (Istanbul) – An Istanbul court’s decision on 1 November 2011 to imprison a publisher and a political science professor pending their trial on terrorism charges exposes the huge deficiencies of Turkey’s criminal justice ...

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