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Let's Go to Guantanamo! An On-the-Ground Perspective on the 9/11 Trial

In this talk, I focus on the military commission trial for Khaled Sheikh Muhammad and four other men accused of responsibility for the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks, a case often referred to as "the trial of the century." The presentation offers a first-hand perspective on what it is like to go to ...  Read More »

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United States: Send Detainees Home to Yemen (Video)

[The following video was released by Human Rights Watch on 7 April 2014]  Read More »

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Teaching Arabic in the US after 9/11

On 9 May 2013 I was stabbed in front of the US Embassy in Cairo. My attacker was a young college-educated Egyptian man who had come from his village that day to kill an American in “revenge over U.S. policies in the Middle East.” At the time, I was living in Egypt and conducting research as part of my ...  Read More »

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The Terrorism Law in Bahrain: A Tool to Silence Dissidents

[The following report was published by the Bahrain Center for Human Rights 13 March 2014] The Terrorism Law in Bahrain: A Tool to Silence Dissidents Introduction In 2011, the grassroots movement that started in Bahrain demanding democracy, rights and freedoms was met with large scale brute violence by the ...  Read More »

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Lebanese Lawyers and the State: Dispute, Collusion, Cooperation?

Institut français du Proche-Orient المعهد الفرنسي للشرق الأدنى Department of Contemporary Studies Conference Series: "Lebanon, what State for what Citizenship(s)?" “Lebanese Lawyers and the State: Dispute, Collusion, Cooperation?”  Thursday, April 3, 2014, 6 – 8 pm  Institut Francais ...  Read More »

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A Cycle of Insecurity in Egypt's North Sinai

Photos and text by Rob Stothard. Interviews by Rob Stothard and Max Strasser. Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, sandwiched between two old foes, is a territory of vital importance. Bordered by the Suez Canal to the west and Israel and the Gaza Strip to the east, North Sinai is home to a thriving smuggling trade and several ...  Read More »

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A Wedding That Became a Funeral: US Drone Attack on Marriage Procession in Yemen

[The following report was published by Human Rights Watch on 20 February 2014] A Wedding That Became a Funeral: US Drone Attack on Marriage Procession in Yemen Summary On December 12, 2013, a United States aerial drone launched four Hellfire missiles on a convoy of 11 cars and pickup trucks during a ...  Read More »

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Jihadism and Contraband on Tunisia's Borders

 [The following briefing was published by the International Crisis Group on 28 November 2013] Jihadism and Contraband on Tunisia's Borders Executive Summary and Recommendations Tunisia is embroiled in recurrent political crises whose origins in security concerns are ever more evident. While still of ...  Read More »

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موت صاخب في عاصمة مجنونة

  بعد خمسةٍ أيام من كل أسبوع، أقضيها مضطراً خارج المنزل، يتفاقم فيها خوف من قتل على الهويّة، أو موت بسيارة مفخخة، أو حفلة اطلاقات نارية هوجاء، أرجع إلى أُمي التي تستقبلني وكأني عائد للتو من جبهات القتال. تشم ملابسي بحثاً عن رائحة البارود، وتتفقد ملامحي لتطمأن على أن سحنتي لم يطلها جنون العاصمة الذي ينشر الرعب في ...  Read More »

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My Dahiyeh: Notes on the Dehumanization of A Beirut Neighborhood

I grew up in the neighborhood of Bir al-‘Abed. As pictures emerged of Malak Zahwi and Ali Khadra (two of the now five people killed when a car bomb went off in the neighborhood on Thursday 2 January 2014), I noticed how some people appeared amazed to see these "civilians" dead in Dahiyeh.
 It made me realize ...  Read More »

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Press Release: AlKarama Foundation Response to US Department of Treasury Decision to Qualify Abd al-Rahman Omair Alnaimi as a 'Specially Designated Global Terrorist'

[The following press release was issued by the Council of the Alkarama Foundation on 24 December 2014.] The Council of the Alkarama Foundation met yesterday following the announcement by the US Department of Treasury of its decision to qualify Dr Abd al-Rahman Omair Alnaimi, president of the Council as a ...  Read More »

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صباح الانفجار

حبيبي، كنا سنقتل في انفجار اليوم في بيروت لو رضيت أن تستيقظ باكراً وتتنزه معي في وسط المدينة إذ نتوجه نحو مقهى جديد اكتشفته مؤخراً في شرق المدينة وانتظرت بفارغ الصبر أن أريك إياه. حبيبي، لو متنا سوية لكانوا اعتبرونا شهداء الحب. أو ربما لن يعرف أحد الحقيقة، وهي أني جررتك من نومك الى الموت. لن يعرفوا حتى أسماءنا، ...  Read More »

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (December 17)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on the Arabian Peninsula and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Arabian Peninsula Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to by ...  Read More »

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Drug Trafficking in Northwest Africa: The Moroccan Gateway

Since the beginning of the twenty-first century, West Africa has become a pivotal platform and crossroads for terrorism, drug and human trafficking, crime and insurgency. However, in analyzing drug trafficking in the Sahel, it is paramount to also look at the role and geographical location of Morocco, where Moroccan ...  Read More »

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Classified Memories: Trying To Try Terror Suspects Who Were Tortured by the CIA

Two high-profile cases being prosecuted in the military commissions at Guatanamo raise exceptionally challenging problems for the US government as well as the civilian and military lawyers defending the suspects. One case involves five people, including Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who are accused of responsibility for the ...  Read More »

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Protectors of the 'Failed State': 'Captain Phillips' and the Intrigue of Somali Pirates

Captain Phillips. Directed by Paul Greenglass. USA, 2013. Appearing in US theaters in mid-October, Captain Phillips, starring Tom Hanks and directed by Paul Greenglass, has been a smash at box offices, grossing nearly one hundred million dollars in its first several weeks. Greengrass’ cinematic style is perhaps best ...  Read More »

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O.I.L. Monthly Edition (October 2013)

[This is a monthly archive of pieces written by Jadaliyya contributors and editors on the Occupations, Interventions,and Law (O.I.L.) Page. It also includes material published on other platforms that editors deemed pertinent to post as they provide diverse depictions of O.I.L.-related topics. The pieces reflect the ...  Read More »

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Sere giran—Turkiye Cumhuriyeti cezaevlerinde bir Kurt tutsak olmak

Şerê giran*—Türkiye Cumhuriyeti cezaevlerinde bir Kürt tutsak olmak 22 Ekim 2013 Saat 12.30: KCK Yürütme Konseyi Eşbaşkanı Cemil Bayık, Türkiye Cumhuriyeti ile Kürt siyasal hareketi arasında 10 aydır yürütülmekte olan müzakere sürecinin sonuna gelindiğini açıkladı. Saat 12.48: PKK lideri Abdullah Öcalan ile görüşen ...  Read More »

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License to Kill: Why the American Drone War on Yemen Violates International Law

[The following report was issued by Alkarama. It is based on field investigations carried out by Alkarama representative in Sanaa throughout 2012 and 2013, which were aimed at gathering witness accounts and victim testimonies about US drone strikes in Yemen. Interviews were also held with government officials and ...  Read More »

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On the Margins Roundup (October)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Mali, South Sudan, Somalia, Mauritania, Djibouti, and Comoros Islands and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the On the Margins Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each ...  Read More »

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Snatch and Render from Libya

In 2004, the British government brokered the transfer of militants of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) from their “undisclosed locations” in the War on Terror to the Qaddafi regime. “This was the least we could do for you and for Libya to demonstrate the remarkable relationship we have built over the years,” ...  Read More »

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From Reagan to Obama: Secrecy and Covert Operations in the Fight against “Terrorism”

Ronald Reagan was the first American president to put “terrorism” at the heart of his foreign policy discourse. During his first term, Reagan did so mostly in reference to conflicts in Central America. In El Salvador, his administration presented US military aid as necessary to help the Salvadoran armed forces fight ...  Read More »

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Oil Nationaliazation and the 1953 Coup in Iran: A Conversation with Ervand Abrahamian

In August 1953, the U.S. and British governments overthrew the popular government of prime minister Mohammad Mossadegh and paved the way for the autocratic rule of Mohamad Reza Shah Pahlavi. In his latest book, The Coup: 1953, the CIA, and the Roots of Modern U.S.-Iranian Relations, Distinguished Professor of Iranian ...  Read More »

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Bu Ulvi Mucadelemizde: Misir'dan sonra, Turkiye ve Teror uzerine

Bu Ulvi Mücadelemizde: Mısır'dan sonra, Türkiye ve Terör üzerine  Başbakan Erdoğan’ın Türkiye’deki hükümeti ile Mısır’daki General Sisi hükümetinin arasındaki ortak nokta ne? Cevap “hiçbir şey” olamaz—en azından, on yıllık uzun görev süresi boyunca Erdoğan iktidarının yasal, liberal ve ölümcül gücüne karşı durma ...  Read More »

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In This Sublime Struggle of Ours: After Egypt, on Turkey and Terror

What does Prime Minister Erdoğan’s government in Turkey have in common with General Sisi’s in Egypt? “Nothing” cannot be the answer—at least not for those who have dared to confront the legal, liberal, and lethal force of Erdoğan’s rule during a long decade of tenure. This is why on 17 August 2013, when he described ...  Read More »

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From Revolution to War on Terror: Reflections on Post-3 July Egypt

There is no doubt that the toppling of President Mohamed Morsi on 3 July 2013 was a watershed event in Egyptian history. On the one hand, it demonstrated the continued possibility of mass collective action seeking political change through contentious rather than formal political channels. On the other hand, wittingly ...  Read More »

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Report on Egyptian Security Forces's Use of Excessive Lethal Force

[The following report and video were issued by Human Rights Watch (HRW) on 19 August 2013.] Egypt: Security Forces Used Excessive Lethal Force Worst Mass Unlawful Killings in Country’s Modern History (New York) – Egyptian security forces’ rapid and massive use of lethal force to disperse sit-ins on August 14, 2013 ...  Read More »

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Press Release: Non-Peaceful Assembly Does Not Justify Collective Punishment

[The following press release was issued by the below listed signatories via the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) on 15 August 2013.]   Press Release: Non-Peaceful Assembly Does Not Justify Collective Punishment - Rights Groups Condemn Lethal Violence Against Those in Sit-in and Terrorist Acts ...  Read More »

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O.I.L. Media Roundup (13 August)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Occupation, Intervention, and Law and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the O.I.L. Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each biweekly roundup to ...  Read More »

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Actualizacion sobre la guerra con aviones no tripulados: El arte de ganar enemigos

[This article was originally written by Lisa Hajjar and published by Jadaliyya in English. It was translated into Spanish by Sinfo Fernández and published by Rebelión.]  Actualización sobre la guerra con aviones no tripulados: El arte de ganar enemigos El 1 de agosto de ...  Read More »

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Egypt Elections Watch Update

A Jadaliyya and Ahram Online Initiative

As part of the Egypt Elections Watch (EEW), Jadaliyya and Ahram Online, with the Center of Contemporary Arab Studies (Georgetown University) and the Middle East Studies Program (George Mason University) as co-sponsors, will produce articles/posts/profiles on a weekly basis, covering organizations, political parties, coalitions, relevant laws and procedures, and profiles of key individuals related to the Egyptian elections. This is in addition to news updates summarizing major developments surrounding the lead-up to the election, such as emerging or shifting alliances, new political positions, and candidacy announcements. If you have questions, comments, contributions, and/or an eye-witness account, please email us at: For a listing of EEW’s team members please click here.


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Population   82,079,636
GDP  $497.8 billion
Unemployment   9%; Youth Unemployment (ages 15-24): 24.8%
Internet Users   20.136 million (2009)
Exchange Rate  5.6124 Egyptian pounds per US dollar
GDP Growth Rate  5.1%
Military Expenditures   3.4% of GDP (World Rank: 35)
Health Expenditures  6.4% of GDP (World Rank: 94)
Population Growth Rate  1.96%
Age Structure   0-14 years: 32.7%; 15-64 years: 62.8%; 65 years and over: 4.5%
Literacy   71.4%
Religious Demographics   Muslim (mostly Sunni) 90%; Coptic 9%; other Christian 1%

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