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That Was Hama in 1982. This Is Syria in 2011

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[The below post was sent to us by an author that has asked to remain anonymous and only identified as Hamwia due to safety considerations regarding relatives in Hama and other parts of Syria.] A young man, studying medicine, was alone in his apartment. When the soldiers barged into his house he proclaimed his Christian faith, assuring them that he was not their enemy. It mattered not. He then became defensive, berating their boorish behavior. He was answered with a whack ...

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Multilateral Cooperation Between The United States and Israel

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[The below remarks were made at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy on June 15, 2011, by Esther Brimmer, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of International Organization Affairs, U.S. Department of State.] Multilateral Cooperation Between The United States and Israel: Fighting Delegitimization, Moving Forward Together Good afternoon. I want to thank Rob Satloff and the Washington Institute for Near East Policy for this invitation. It is truly a privilege to have this ...

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BBC Interview with Bassam Haddad on the Question of "Sectarianism" in Syria

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This is an interview conducted by the BBC with Jadaliyya Co-Editor Bassam Haddad on the question of "sectarianism" in Syria. It was recorded a few weeks prior, but we have decided to publish it because of the magnitude that this topic has occupied in the past days. 

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Nothing to Fear: Debunking the Mythical "Sharia Threat" to Our Judicial System

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[Below is the latest from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).] Nothing to Fear: Debunking the Mythical "Sharia Threat" to Our Judicial System A Report of the ACLU Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief Introduction Across the country, state legislators are considering proposed laws that would limit the ability of courts to adjudicate lawsuits brought by Muslims. Proponents of these measures argue that they are necessary because so-called “Sharia ...

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Report on Foreign Workers in One of Jordan's Export Production Factories

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[Below is the latest from the Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights on Jordan.] Sexual Predators and Serial Rapists Run Wild at Wal-Mart Supplier in Jordan: Young women workers raped, tortured and beaten at the Classic Factory Executive Summary According to witnesses who work at Classic Fashion, scores of young Sri Lankan women sewing clothing for Wal-Mart and Hanes have suffered routine sexual abuse and repeated rapes, and in some cases even torture. One ...

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Petition Against Firing of Barbara Van Dyck (Catholic University of Leuven)

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[The following petition has been circulating on various academic listserves. Click here to sign the petition.] On Friday June 3th 2011, the Catholic University of Leuven sacked researcher Barbara Van Dyck because of her public support for the actions of Field Liberation Movement (FLM) in the context of an action against a genetically modified potato field in Wetteren, Belgium on Sunday May 29th. Whether one agrees with the aim and tactic of this action or not, the sanction ...

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Democracy Now! Interview with Abdul-Ghani Al-Iryani on Saleh Departure

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This is an interview conducted with Abdul-Ghani Al-Iryani on Monday, June 6, in regards to President Ali Abdallah Saleh's departure from Yemen. The interview addresses the events surrounding his departure to Saudi Arabia, highlighting the possibilities of regime change and the role US foreign policy. Transcripts of the interview follow the below video. Thousands of people in Yemen are rejoicing at the departure of President Ali Abdullah Saleh. The embattled leader is ...

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A Turning Point in Morocco?

[Body of Kamal Ammari, Moroccan activist killed by police. Image from unknown archive.]

This Sunday, June 5, major demonstrations were held across Morocco as part of ongoing calls for real reform. However, both the spread and turnout of these demonstrations seem to indicate a turning point that comes in the aftermath of the police killing of Kamal Ammari, one of the leaders of the the February 20th movement. Ammari was attacked by police during the May 29th demonstration in Asfi and subsequently died of his injuries on June 2.  His funeral, held on Friday ...

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The Largest Demonstration in Hama Ends with Blood, and Signals a Shift

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In what has been dubbed as the "Friday of the Children of Freedom" protests yesterday, Hama witnessed the largest demonsration yet, and Syria the largest crackdown to-date, with more than 50 protesters reported killed and several hundred wounded by live ammunition in the key city of Hama alone. These protests across the country were particularly motivated by the torture and killing of the 13-year old Hamza al-Khatib (see Jadaliyya report here).  The spread of ...

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Shooting at Protesters at Qalandia Crossing (and the Golan) Today: Live Video by Jadaliyya Researcher

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While commemorating al-Naksa before marching peacefully to Jerusalem today, Israeli soldiers shot and injured at least four protesters (with rubber bullets) and dozens were hospitalized from inhaling tear gas.  Jadaliyya researcher Nour Joudah was at the demonstration and was affected by the tear gas but did not require hospitalization. She captured the following video during the protest and managed just recently to edit it and send it to us. In addition to the video ...

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Yemen in the Wake of Saleh's Departure: Ongoing Updates from San'a

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Follow our ongoing reports from our affiliates in San'a, Yemen below as well on our Twitter feed here (hashtag: #JadYemen). Click here for updates from Friday (June 3) and Saturday (June 4). For historical and contemporary background to today's event, visit Jadaliyya's Yemen Page. Below is what we have so far on the feed for today. If electricity holds where our reports are coming from, we'll keep at it. Jadaliyya Updates/Tweets from San'a, Yemen [As of late ...

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Ongoing Reports On Escalating Events in Yemen . . . (This Weekend)

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Follow our ongoing reports from San'a, Yemen on our Twitter feed here (hashtag: #JadYemen) or in the right column of our homepage. For historical and contemporary background to today's event, visit Jadaliyya's Yemen Page. Here's what we have so far on the feed from both yesterday (June 3) and today (June 4). If electricity holds where our reports are coming from, we'll keep at it. Jadaliyya Tweets from San'a, Yemen Friday June 3 [10:15 AM EST] ...

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Call for Papers: Covering the Arab Spring (September 1-2, 2011)

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The University of Copenhagen invites proposals for the two day conference: COVERING THE ARAB SPRING. The MIDDLE EAST IN THE MEDIA – THE MEDIA IN THE MIDDLE EAST (Copenhagen, September 1-2, 2011)   This conference seeks to bring together scholars from various disciplines to exchange their descriptions and analyses of different national perspectives in the coverage of events in Arab countries throughout the first half of the year 2011 that have been referred to as the ...

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UCLA Uncut Interview with James Gelvin on Obama's May 19 Speech

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This is an 11-minute edited video of an interview conducted with James L. Gelvin after President Barack Obama's "Middle East Speech" that was delivered on May 19, 2011. In it, Gelvin discusses the lukewarm reaction throughout the Middle East to Obama's speech, outlining the ways in which the stated objectives and policies of the United States fell short of both the needs and expectations of the people of the Arab world.        

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"We've Never Seen Such Horror": Crimes Against Humanity by Syrian Security Forces

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[Below is the latest from the Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Syria.] "We've Never Seen Such Horror": Crimes Against Humanity by Syrian Security Forces Summary Since the beginning of anti-government protests in March 2011, Syrian security forces have killed hundreds of protesters and arbitrarily arrested thousands, subjecting many of them to brutal torture in detention. The security forces routinely prevented the wounded from getting medical assistance, and imposed ...

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Details of Military Prosecutor's Summoning of Egyptian Activist and Journalist Hossam El-Hamalawy

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On Monday, May 30th, 2011, Egyptian activist and journalist Hossam El-Hamalawy was summoned by the military prosecutor in relations to on-air accusations (made Thursday May 26) of the military's attack on protesters and activists during the Egyptian uprising. Below are a sequence of videos and reports that highlight how the events unfolded, giving voice to Hossam El-Hamalawy at different stages of the controversy. [Jadaliyya will be conducting the fourth interview with ...

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"Freedom for Palestine" Music Video

The following music video (Freedom for Palestine by OneWorld) was recently distributed in anticipation of the CD/iTunes release of the song. It features musicians from around the world, including Maxi Jazz (Faithless), Dave Randall (Slovo/Faithless), LSK, the Durban Gospel Choir, members of the London Community Gospel Choir, and Jamie Catto (1 Giant Leap). It has received significant attention in the past day after the video was linked to by Coldplay on their Facebook ...

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Legal Fallout of Israeli Attack on Lebanese Nakba Day March (Video)

The below video (courtesy of Wissam al-Saliby) was recorded on Friday, May 27th, 2011, when Omar Nashabeh (Arabic) and Salah El Dabagh (Arabic then English) held a press conference to discuss possible legal action against the Israeli authorities responsible for the attack on the Nakba Day commemorators that were marching in the Lebanese border village of Maroun al-Ras. The press conference was held at the Press Syndicate H.Q. in Beirut.     

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Funeral of Tortured Syrian Child Hamza al-Khatib (Video)

Hamza Ali al-Khatib, a 13-year old boy, was attending a protest calling for the end of the siege of Der'a. He was one of the many individuals detained that day as part of a brutal crackdown on the protest. One month later, his body was released to his family with clear signs that he had been tortured. Videos of his bruised, battered, and tortured body circulated the internet, culminating in a "We Are All the Martyr Hamza Ali al-Khatib" Facebook page. As outrage ...

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Where is Khaled? The Story of a Disappeared Critic

[Khaled Mohammed. Image from screen shot of BBC Arabic story.]

The following is a BBC Arabic (with English subtitles) story about Khaled Mohammed, a Saudi citizen who walked up to and began speaking with reporters in Riyadh as they were being "shown" how calm and stable things were in the Kingdom on March 11, 2011. In his interview, Khaled spoke candidly about the lack of political freedoms in Saudi Arabia. He was subsequently disappeared with no indication as to his location. Click here to visit the Facebook page that was ...

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