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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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Committee to Protect Journalists on Founder of Bahrain's Al-Wasat Newspaper

[Founder of Bahrain's Al-Wasat newspaper, Karim Fakhrawi. Image from unknown archive.]

[The below statement was issued by the Committee to Protect Journalists on April 15, 2011.] The Committee to Protect Journalists called on Bahraini authorities today to conduct an immediate and transparent investigation into the death in state custody of Karim Fakhrawi, left, founder and board member of Al-Wasat, the country's premier independent daily. Fakhrawi died Tuesday, a week after he was apparently taken into custody, according to news reports. Human rights ...

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Interview with Sheila Carapico on the Uprising in Yemen (Conducted by Sharam Aghamir)

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AUDIO PLAYER BELOW Since the protests began in February, more than 120 people have been killed in Yemen, including 46 children and more than 5000 wounded. Shahram Aghamir of Pacifica Radio's Voices of the Middle East and North Africa spoke with Yemen specialist, Sheila Carapico about the protest movement, President Ali Abdullah Saleh's regime and the changing political configuration in Yemen. Sheila Carapico is professor of political science and international studies at ...

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Conference: “Tunisia and Egypt's Revolutions and Transitions to Democracy”

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The Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy (CSID) will hold its 12th Annual conference, this coming Friday, in Washington DC. The main theme for this year’s conference is “Tunisia's and Egypt's Revolution and Transitions to Democracy”. The last few months have been momentous in the history of the Middle East and North Africa.  The whole thing started when Mohamed Bouazizi, immolated himself on Dec. 17th in Sidi Bouzid, a small town in Southern Tunisia.  ...

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New MERIP Issue on People Power: A Must-Read!


[Below is MERIP's press release introducing the new issue titled "People Power." Jadaliyya Reports presents it as a "Must-Read" issue!] Revolution is a weighty word, one as freighted with past disappointments as with hope for the future. The fate of the midwinter political revolutions in the Arab world is far from determined, as forces of counter-revolution have rallied. But, along with army officers and lords of finance, any balance sheet must also ...

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Protests on the Rise Again in Syria: A Report from Jadaliyya Affiliate in Damascus

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Today, Friday, April 9th, was a difficult day in Syria, with many more protesters killed and injured during after-prayers demonstrations. It seems the protests are resuming their momentum and expanding beyond remote towns and cities to cover increasing areas of major cities like Damascus (Videos coming tomorrow, Saturday, April 10th, as they become available).   The Syrian regime, like its Arab counterparts facing popular internal opposition, has accused foreign ...

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Why Goldstone Wrote that Op-Ed? Video Interview with Jadaliyya Co-Editor

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On Friday April 1st, justice Richard Goldstone wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post that seemingly retracts his report investigating the Gaza war known as Cast Led. No one really knows what exactly led the justice to do this. In the video interview below, Jadaliyya Co-Editor Noura Erakat explores some possible answers. Noura participated in a debate a week prior over the very same Goldstone report (watch the debate here). The debate was tweeted live here at Jadaliyya. ...

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Video of the Goldstone Debate at Stanford Law School

On Monday March 28th, the Stanford International Law Society hosted a debate on the legacy of the Goldstone report and the larger application of international law to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict featuring Justice Richard Goldstone himself in one of his first public commentaries on the investigation. Four days later, Justice Goldstone published his controversial op-ed in which he "reconsiders" the Fact-Finding Mission's Report. Debate ...

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Statement by Family of Juliano Mer Khamis

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[The below statement was issued by the family of Julian Mer Khamis on Tuesday April 5, 2011. For more on Juliano Mer Khamis, see here.] We are shocked and devastated by the death of our beloved Juliano. Juliano dedicated his life to love, people and freedom. Freedom was the essence of Juliano’s being and he fought for justice and equality on the collective and individual level. He was a caring and nurturing father to Keshet, Milay and Jay—a legacy they will surely share ...

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Key Issues Relating to Report of UN Fact-Finding Mission on Gaza Conflict (the "Goldstone Report")

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[The below press release was issued by the Palestine Center for Human Rights (PCHR) on April 4, 2011.] In light of the media debate and confusion triggered by Justice Richard Goldstone’s 1 April opinion piece in the Washington Post, the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) wishes to highlight a few key issues regarding the current status of the UN Fact-Finding Mission’s Report, and the search for accountability in the aftermath of Israel’s 27 December 2008 – 18 ...

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Syrian Movement Calls for Political Prisoner Awareness Day

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[The below report was issued by the February 17 Youth Movement for Democratic Change in Syria on April 3, 2011. The group, which was formed in the aftermath of Husni Mubarak's resignation, is calling for the designation of Friday April 8, 2011, to be a day focused on political prisoners in Syrian jails. The report also discusses the wave of arrests that occurred over the past few weeks as the Syrian regime attempted to prevent any form of dissent. An English translation of ...

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Al-Jazeera English Interview with Bassam Haddad on President Bashar's Speech

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This interview was conducted by Al-Jazeera English with Jadaliyya Co-Editor, Bassam Haddad. It focused on the reactions to President Bashar's speech on Wednesday, in which viewers expected him to announce wide-ranging reforms. No such reforms were announced, triggering a spate of disappointments inside Syria and internationally. Not everyone was diappointed equally, however, as many Syrians are concerned about restoring stability and preventing strife and chaos, especially ...

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Interview with Toby Jones on the Situation in Bahrain (Conducted by Sharam Aghamir)

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[See Toby Jones on  Bahrain in Jadaliyya here] AUDIO PLAYER BELOW    On March 15th, Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa declared a three-month emergency rule and invited armed forces of Saudi Arabia and other Arab states of the Persian Gulf to help quash two months of growing anti-government protests in the country.   Since the start of the protests and the deadly government crackdown in Bahrain, more than twenty-one people have been ...

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Democracy Now! Interview with Jadaliyya Co-Editor on Syria

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Scores of protesters have been killed in Syria during 10 days of protests against the rule of President Bashar al-Assad. In an attempt to appease protesters, Assad’s administration has reportedly vowed to lift the emergency law, which for nearly 50 years has allowed the government to detain people without charge. "For more than 40 years, people have been politically suppressed,” says Bassam Haddad, the director of the Middle East Studies Program at George Mason ...

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Jordan's March 24 Youth Sit-in Violently Dispersed (Videos)


Though unclear as to the exact date of their formation, a group of young Jordanian men and women  came together some time ago calling for a sit-in at Amman's Dakhilliyyeh Circle (also known as Gamal Abdul-Nasser Circle) to be held on Thursday March 24, 2011. Dubbed "The March 24 Youth," organizers and participants advocated a reformist agenda (see below) while affirming their loyalty to both the Jordanian nation-state and the Hashemites as its royal family. ...

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Conflict Risk Alert: Syria

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[Below is latest from the International Crisis Group (ICG) on Syria] Conflict Risk Alert: Syria Syria is at what is rapidly becoming a defining moment for its leadership.  There are only two options.  One involves an immediate and inevitably risky political initiative that might convince the Syrian people that the regime is willing to undertake dramatic change.  The other entails escalating repression, which has every chance of leading to a bloody and ...

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Kidnapped, Tortured, Killed: the 19th Victim of Police Brutality in Bahrain

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Hani Abdul-Aziz Abdullah Jumah, 32,  is the nineteenth victim to fall prey to the Bahraini security forces' brutal attack on peaceful bystanders and protesters. Hani was killed on Saturday March 19th, 2011, but his family, who had been looking for him since, were only informed of his death on the evening of Thursday March 24th when security forces contacted them to pick up his body the next day.  Hani  was buried in Boori on Friday afternoon. Human Rights ...

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Gaza: The Next Israeli-Palestinian War?

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[Below is the latest from the International Crisis Group (ICG) on the Gaza Strip. For full ICG report, click here.] Gaza: The Next Israeli-Palestinian War? I. Overview Will the next Middle East conflagration involve Israelis and Palestinians? After the serious escalation of the past week in which eight Gazans, including children, were killed in a single day, and the 23 March 2011 bombing in Jerusalem, that took the life of one and wounded ...

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Organizing for Change in Yemen

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Much of the media attention has rightfully focused on the violence of the Saleh regime in the face of mass protests and various defections. At the heart of these dynamics, however, are everyday people that are out in the streets articulating their demands and organizing communities. Below are a number of videos highlighting such activities and hopefully providing a platform to those with the most at stake in what is transpiring in Yemen. For an analysis of recent ...

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Saleh Defiant

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In the face of popular protests as well as defections by Yemeni diplomats, government ministers, and military leaders, President Ali Abdullah Saleh yesterday invited the Yemeni youth to participate in a “transparent and open dialogue.” He also announced that he would step down as president by the end of this year, and not—as he had promised earlier—when his term expires in 2013. It is tempting to understand Saleh’s obstinance as detached from reality given the protests and ...

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