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Verses of Bahrain and the Revolution Poet

[Ayat al-Qurmuzi. Image from screen shot of film.]

The following is a nine-minute documentary about Ayat al-Qurmuzi, a poet who was detained during the Bahraini uprising. The short film was produced as part of the Solidarity Campaign with Female Prisoners of Conscience in Bahrain. Despite official statements that the state of emergency will be lifted as of June 1, 2011, Bahrain citizens continue to be brutalized through a combination of detentions, arrests, torture, and political trials.      

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Stay Human Convoy Headed for Gaza

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[The following press release was submitted to Jadaliyya on May 10, 2011] PRESS RELEASE "The Stay Human Convoy is leaving for Gaza 11 May 2011" The Stay Human convoy (CO.R.UM convoglio Restiamo Umani) will be in Gaza from 11th to 18th May. The people behind this group are individuals, associations and movements which have always been close to the people of Palestine and who feel it is necessary to react to the murder of Vittorio Arrigoni. The delegation of eighty ...

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All Sides Interview with Jadaliyya Co-Editor on Killing of Osama Bin Ladin

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[This is an interview conducted with Jadaliyya Co-Editor Bassam Haddad on May 3, 2011, by Ann Fisher on her WOSU show, All Sides. The interview addresses the significance of Osama Bin Ladin's death in Muslim, Arab, and Western states. It also discusses recent developments with the Arab uprisings, in particular the unfolding events in Syria.] Bassam Haddad: Perspective on the Middle East We’ll discuss the recent death of Osama Bin Laden and reactions in the Middle East. ...

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Democracy Now! Interview with Toby Jones on Saudi Arabia

[Left to right: Toby C. Jones, Amy Goodman, and Juan Gonazalez. Image from screen short of video broadcast.]

This is an interview conducted with Toby Jones on Friday, April 6, in regards to the Saudi regime's response to calls for reform both in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. The interview addresses the recent events in both kingdoms, highlighting the role of oil wealth and US foreign policy. It also discusses the possible impact of the recently announced killing of Usam Bin Ladin. Transcripts of the interview follow the below video. Saudi Arabia—the oil rich kingdom that is the ...

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Bahrain: Arbitrary Arrests Escalate

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[The following report was released by Human Rights Watch on May 4 and 5, 2011, in both English and Arabic, respectively.] (Washington, DC) - Security forces arrested two former members of parliament from Bahrain's largest opposition group, Human Rights Watch said today. The arrests were the first targeting elected representatives of the al-Wefaq National Islamic Society, which won the popular vote in October 2010 elections, since the large-scale crackdown against protesters ...

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Bashar al-Asad to Announce Amending Article 8 of the Constitution?

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[The following was reported by Syria Now on May 5, 2011. The original Arabic version of the story can be found here. Translation by Ziad Abu-Rish.] News source: President Bashar al-Asad will soon announce amending Article 8 of the constitution . . . but no formation of religious parties allowed in Syria. The Lebanese newspaper, al-Banaa, reported that sources close to decision-making circles in Syria claim that President Bashar al-Asad will soon announce amending Article 8 ...

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Art for Change at the Square for Change in Yemen


[This post was sent to Jadaliyya by Woman from Yemen.] Walking through the old city in Sana'a there is no doubt that art is alive and is a part of our culture. Architectural beauty is not only appreciated but expected as well. The Revolution has revealed many hidden talents. "We have talent, but the Revolution gave us the opportunity to express them" said Khallad al-Faqih, member of al-Fajr Youth Coalition. Artists have used these talents to promote ...

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Syria: Quickly Going Beyond the Point of No Return

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[Below is latest from the International Crisis Group (ICG) on Syria] Syria: Quickly Going Beyond the Point of No Return The situation in Syria is quickly going beyond the point of no return. By denouncing all forms of protest as sedition, and dealing with them through escalating violence, the regime is closing the door on any possible honourable exit to a deepening national crisis. With little the international community can do, the optimal outcome is one whose chances are ...

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Al-Jazeera's "Inside Story" Debate on International Intervention in Syria, with Jadaliyya Co-Editor

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[From AJE] It has been an uprising that has so far claimed more than 450 lives. And with Friday billed another day of rage, violence in Syria does not seem to be abating. Western powers have now convened a special session of the UN's top human rights body on Friday to investigate possible abuses by Bashar al-Assad's forces against anti-government protesters. There are growing calls to establish a fact-finding mission. And US and European diplomats have asked the UN ...

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The Arab Uprisings and US Policy (Panel Video)

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On Thursday, April 28th, 2011, the Middle East Policy Coucil held a one-day conference on Capitol Hill  in Washingtong D.C., "featuring a discussion of the populist movements sweeping across the Arab world, their regional and global consequences, and how they are impacting U.S. interests and policy choices." Jadaliyya Co-Editor Bassam Haddad was one of the speakers at the conference, as were Anthony Cordesman (Center for Strategic International Studies), Barak ...

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Declaration of Municipal Elections Boycott by Group of Saudi Writers and Intellectuals

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[The following statement was recently released in Arabic by a group of Saudi writers and intellectuals in regards to the upcoming municipal elections in the Kingdom. The Saudi Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs announced on March 22, 2011, that municipal elections would be held on September 22, 2011. Translation by Ziad Abu-Rish. The Arabic version of the statement can be found here.] Announcement of Boycott of the Saudi Municipal Elections After the experience of the ...

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After Syria's "Great Friday": Al-Jazeera Interview with Bassam Haddad (conducted on April 23)

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Below is Al-Jazeera's interview on Syria with Jadaliyya Co-Editor Bassam Haddad after the events of "Great Friday" on April 22nd, the bloodiest day that Syria witnessed since the beginning of the uprisings. In this interview, conducted on Saturday April 23rd, Bassam discusses the events as a turning point in the confrontation and the prospects for cohesion on all sides. He also addresses the role of the media, and media wars.

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Radical Islam in Gaza

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[Below is the latest from the International Crisis Group (ICG) on the Gaza Strip. For the full ICG report, click here.] Radical Islam in Gaza Executive Summary The recent Israel-Hamas escalation returns a spotlight to Gaza and the Islamist movement’s relationship with more militant organisations. Gaza arouses multiple concerns: does Hamas seeks to impose religious law; has its purported Islamisation stimulated growth of Salafi-Jihadi groups; and will al-Qaeda offshoots ...

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Statement by Mother of Vittorio Arrigoni

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[The below statement was originally issued in Italian by Bretta Arrigoni, mother of Vittorio Arrigoni. Translation by Sabastio Nascirmento.] One has to die to become a hero, to hit the headlines and to have TV crews around the house, but does one have to die to stay human? I recall Vittorio in the Christmas of 2005, detained and incarcerated in the Ben Gurion Airport, the scars left by the handcuffs that cut his wrists, the denial of any contact with the consulate, the ...

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Interview with Bassam Haddad on Developments in Syria (Conducted by Sharam Aghamir)

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 AUDIO PLAYER BELOW A wave of protests have been shaking Syria since nearly the middle of March.The protests that began by calling for political reforms,escalated after the security forces opened fired on demonstrators in the southern city of Dar'a. Shahram Aghamir of Pacifaca's Voices of the Middle East and North Africa spoke with Bassam Haddad about the nature of these protests, the response of the Syrian Regime to them,and their regional implications. This ...

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Democracy Now! Interview with Bassam Haddad on Syria

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This is an interview conducted with Jadaliyya Co-Editor Bassam Haddad on Tuesday, April 19 in reference to polarizing regime-protesters dynamics in Syria. The interview addresses the recent events in Homs, the 1982 legacy of regime violence, and the nature of contemporary oppositional forces including their relations with the United States. Transcripts of the interview follow the below video. Syrian police reportedly opened fire and used tear gas today on thousands of ...

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Al-Jazeera Interview with Jadaliyya Co-Editor on Syria

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This is a two-part interview (10 minutes total) conducted with Jadaliyya Co-Editor Bassam Haddad on Monday, April 19, in reference to what amounts to be an escalation in the regime-protesters confrontation in the city of Homs. The interview also addresses the question of infiltrators and/or external forces meddling in Syrian affairs.

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Saleh's Speech on Mixing the Sexes and Its Implications

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[This post was sent to Jadaliyya by Woman from Yemen.] Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh recently used another political tool to try and suppress the pro-change protests. Like many leaders worldwide, he used "women" as a tool against his opponents. His brief statement on the prohibition of mixing between women and men (English text of President's speech) along with the smear campaigns on national TV against women implies that women in pro-change square are ...

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Draft Program of The Popular Socialist Coalition Party (Arabic)

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[This draft program was released by Egypt's Popular Socialist Coalition Party.]   نجحت ثورة 25 يناير بما طرحته من شعارات تلقائية منحازة الى الحرية و العدالة الاجتماعية، و محاربة الفساد الذى استشرى فى جسد الوطن، في مواجهة تحالف الرأسمالية والاستبداد السياسي الذي حكم مصر على مدى عقود. كما بشرت الثورة بميلاد وطنى جديد يحكمه قانون يساوى بين ابنائه بصرف النظر عن الجنس أو الدين أو المعتقد السياسى. ولقد جاءت الثورة لتسلط الضوء من جديد على واقع الحياة السياسية البائس فى ...

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List of Demands by Youth of March 15 in Dar'a, Syria

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[This statement was originally issued in Arabic by Dir'a's Youth of March 15. The English translation was made available by The Angry Arab News Service.] Leadership of the Glorious Revolution of the Youth of 15 March, Diraa – Syria To the Syrian people;  to the descendants of Salih al-Ali, Sultan Pasha al-Atrash, Ibrahim Hananou; to all the free people of Syria in all the provinces of Syria; to all the sons of the proud Arab tribes; to the Kurdish brothers; and ...

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