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Syria: Prospects for Intervention

[The following report was issued by Chatham House.]  Syria: Prospects for Intervention Introduction This is a summary of discussions that took place in a closed-door study group bringing together experts from Chatham House's Middle East and North Africa, International Law and International Security ...  Read More »

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Light at the End of their Tunnels? Hamas & the Arab Uprisings

[The following report was issued by International Crisis Group on 14 August 2012.]  Light at the End of their Tunnels? Hamas & the Arab Uprisings  Executive Summary    Hamas never has faced such large challenges and opportunities as presented by the Arab uprisings. It abandoned its ...  Read More »

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US Pursues Return of Palestinian TV Station's Equipment

[The following article was released by the Committee for the Protection of Journalists on 7 August 2012.]  For more than five months, the Ramallah-based private television broadcaster Wattan TV has been without key equipment, including transmitters, computers, files, and archives. On February 29, ...  Read More »

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Saudi Arabia Between Conservatism, Accommodation, and Reform

The “Saudi Arabia Between Conservatism, Accommodation, and Reform” report—edited by Roel Meijer & Paul Aarts—falls within the “Riyadh programme,” which is part of the larger Islamic Research Project (IRP) initiated by the Dutch Foreign Office. The report covers three topics: intellectual debates, civil society, ...  Read More »

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Reports Roundup (August 11)

[The following list is a compilation of the reports, statements, and other materials featured on the Jadaliyya Reports Page this past week.]    Month-by-Month Summary of Developments in Syria (Updated) International Crisis Group chronicles events in Syria since February 2011.  Saudi Campaign for ...  Read More »

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#SudanRevolts: Halima's Testimony (Video)

The following video is the account of a University of Khartoum student named Halima. While on campus during a protest on 9 July 2012, she was shot with a rubber bullet by police officers, resulting in the loss of her right eye.     Read More »

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Syrian Inmate Describes Fatal Assault on Prisoners

[The following statement was issued by Human Rights Watch on 27 July 2012.]  The Syrian government should immediately grant United Nations observers full access to Homs and Aleppo central prisons to check on prisoners who may be at risk of violent reprisals following prison riots, Human Rights Watch said ...  Read More »

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Photos of War Torn Abyan, Southern Yemen

 [The following photos were posted by Woman from Yemen on 24 July 2012.]  Earlier this month I had a brief visit in the warn torn Southern province of Abyan.  Like any war, the impact on civilians and residents is often ignored.   The war in Abyan has killed innocent civilians and displaced ...  Read More »

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Committee on Academic Freedom: Letter Concerning the Arrest and Detention of Muge Tuzcuoglu

[The following letter was written by the Committee on Academic Freedom of the Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA).] Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan Office of the Prime Minister Başbakanlık  Dear Prime Minister Erdoğan: I write on behalf of the Middle East Studies Association ...  Read More »

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Interview with Representative of Sudan Change Now

[Over the last month, a protest movement has gripped Sudan. The movement pronounced Friday 13 July "Kadanka Friday" in order to highlight the role of women in the opposition movement. Below, Heather McRobie interviews Rawa Gafar Bakhit, a representative of Sudan Change Now, about the overall course of the ...  Read More »

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Saudi Campaign for Disabled Rights Interview on Sabah Al-Saudia (Video)

A recent Twitter campaign bearing the hashtag #للمعوق_حقوق (in English, "rights for the disabled") seeks to draw attention to the circumstances of people with disabilities in the Arab world. The initial campaign consisted of participants rotating their profile pictures 180 degrees; the upside-down images ...  Read More »

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Free Citizen Journalists in Sudan & Call for Videos

[The following statement was issued by Sudan Watch on 22 July 2012. The organization is calling for brief videos about the importance of citizen journalism for an upcoming campaign.]  Citizen journalism has been changing the media landscape since the rise of blogs in the late 90s. This was further ...  Read More »

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Syria's Mutating Conflict

[The following report is the latest from the International Crisis Group (ICG) on Syria.]  Syria's Mutating Conflict Executive Summary  At a distance, Syria’s conflict can resemble a slow, painful slog, punctuated by intermittent accelerations and apparent tipping points, influenced by international ...  Read More »

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Israel’s Nukes Derail U.S. Nonproliferation Goals

How Israel Torpedoes Nonproliferation Strengthening the international nonproliferation regime is one of President Obama’s key foreign policy goals. During a speech in Prague, in April 2009, he announced his “intention to seek a world free from the threat of nuclear weapons.” He argued that because the United States ...  Read More »

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Weaponizing Tear Gas: Bahrain's Unprecedented Use of Toxic Chemical Agents Against Civilians

[The following report was issued by Physicians for Human Rights on 1 August 2012.]  Weaponizing Tear Gas: Bahrain's Unprecedented Use of Toxic Chemical Agents Against Civilians  The Bahrain government’s indiscriminate use of tear gas as a weapon has resulted in the maiming, blinding, and even killing of ...  Read More »

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Iraq's Secular Opposition: The Rise and Decline of Al-Iraqiya

[The following report was issued by International Crisis Group on 31 July 2012.]  Iraq's Secular Opposition: The Rise and Decline of Al-Iraqiya  Executive Summary  A key player in the political crisis currently unfolding in Baghdad is the Al-Iraqiya Alliance, a cross-confessional, predominantly ...  Read More »

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Debate Over Open Data in Yemen

[The following statement was published by Global Integrity on 5 July 2012. The statement responds to on an April Guaridan blog post by Yemeni journalist Walid Al-Saqaf claiming that open data in Yemen would facilitate democratization. Following the Global Integrity article is the original blogger's response, ...  Read More »

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Beirut Event: Public Meeting on Arab Feminist Knowledge Production (29 July 2012)

This weekend, a group of Arab feminist activists, scholars, and writers are gathering in Beirut to discuss a range of issues related to feminist knowledge production. While the general meeeting sessions are closed to the public, there will be a public meeting held at Nasawiya Cafe (see below for directions) on Sunday, ...  Read More »

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Employees of Gulf of Aden Ports Corporation Protest (Video)

On 15 July 2012, employees of the Gulf of Aden Ports Corporation marched from the gate of the Port of Mualla to the Governor's office in Aden to protest mismanagement of the company. Specifically, the employees called for the abolition of the Corporation's partnership with Dubai World and the release of Yemeni sailors ...  Read More »

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Campaign Against the Prawer Plan: Learn and Take Action

In September 2011, the Israeli government approved the Prawer Plan for mass expulsion of the Arab Bedouin community in the Naqab (Negev) desert. If fully implemented, this plan will result in the forced displacement of up to seventy thousand Arab Bedouin citizens of Israel and the destruction of thirty-five ...  Read More »

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Reports of Cluster Munitions Use in Syria

[The following statement was released by the Cluster Munitions Coalition on 12 July 2012.]  If confirmed, reports would mark first use of these indiscriminate arms by Syria.  The Cluster Munition Coalition (CMC) is deeply concerned by reports that Syrian government forces have used cluster munitions after ...  Read More »

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Press Release: UK Company Helps Bahrain Government Spy on Activists

[The following press release was issued by Bahrain Watch on 25 July 2012.]  UK COMPANY HELPS BAHRAIN GOVT SPY ON ACTIVISTS Malicious E-Mail Attachments Sent to Activists Steal Passwords, Record Skype Calls Bahrain’s government is spying on Bahraini activists with a malicious computer program apparently ...  Read More »

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Syrian Refugees: Anxious Neighbors Stretched Thin

[The following report was issued by Refugees International on 10 July 2012.]  Syrian Refugees: Anxious Neighbors Stretched Thin  Since early 2012, Lebanon and Jordan have seen a dramatic increase in the number of refugees crossing their borders as the Syrian government intensifies its crackdown on ...  Read More »

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Responding to "The Atlantic" Smear on Mondoweiss

Armin Rosen's attack on Mondoweiss on the Atlantic website is about nothing more than policing the discourse on Israel. Rosen’s article on alleged anti-Semitism is a shoddy attempt at smearing Alex Kane, Mondoweiss and Peter Beinart. It was sparked by the fact that a mainstream ...  Read More »

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Iraq: Cybercrimes Law Violates Free Speech

[The following report was issued by Human Rights Watch on 12 July 2012.]  Iraq's Information Crimes Law: Badly Written Provisions and Draconian Punishments Violate Due Process and Free Speech  Summary Iraq’s government is in the process of enacting what it refers to as an Information Crimes Law to ...  Read More »

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UN Committee Against Torture Releases List of Issues for Israel

[The following press release was issued by the Public Committee Against Torture in Israel on 18 July 2012 in response to the UN Committee Against Torture's publication of a list of issues to be addressed by Israel. An Israeli response to these issues must be submitted by December 2013.]   37 of 59 Questions ...  Read More »

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Damascus Developments [Updated]

In Damascus, members of various local coordinating committees have been organizing for three days to find shelter for residents of areas of the city which have witnessed heavy clashes between the the Syrian regime army and the Free Syrian Army.  Activists have been circulating maps on social networking sites ...  Read More »

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Amnesty International Condemns Sentencing of Omani Activists

[The following statemwent was issued by Amnesty International on 17 July 2012.]  The Omani authorities must drop the charges against a number of activists facing prison sentences merely for peacefully exercising their right to freedom of expression, Amnesty International said today.  In the latest case ...  Read More »

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IFEX Tunisia Monitoring Group Expresses Concern Over Closing of Media Reform Body

[The following statement was issued by the International Freedom of Expression Exchange Tunisia Monitoring Group on 9 July 2012. The statement was prompted by the voluntary termination of the activities of the National Authority to Reform Information and Communication, an independent body tasked with reforming the ...  Read More »

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In Translation: The Revolutionary Youth Coalition's Final Report

[The following report was originally published in Arabic on 8 July 2012 by the Coalition of Revolutionary Youth, one of the most important umbrella organizations emerging from the January 25th revolution in Egypt. The report was translated into English by Industry Arabic and published by The ...  Read More »

About Reports Page

Jadaliyya’s Reports Page is a forum for disseminating statements, images, and videos produced by people on the ground in the region, as well as highlighting events and publications from/about the region. As such, the Reports Page features a broad range of content, including eye witness accounts of events (in textual, photgraphic, or video format), statements and press releases of interest, calls for participation in events and publications, report-backs from various events, and reports published by different local, regional and international organizations. Inclusion on the Reports Page does constitute endorsement of the analysis, but rather a means of highlighting items of interest produced through other organizations and publications. If you have questions or comments, or would like us to consider featuring something on the Reports Page, please email us at Reports@jadaliyya.com.

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