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Twenty Turkish soldiers, Kurdish rebels killed in clash

Twenty Turkish soldiers, Kurdish rebels killed in clash | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
DIYARBAKIR, Turkey (Reuters) - Kurdish fighters killed 13 Turkish soldiers and seven militants died Thursday in the worst clash since the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) ended a ceasefire in February.Turkey's...
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US bigger peace threat than Iran: Poll

US bigger peace threat than Iran: Poll | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
A new survey reveals that Germans consider the US a bigger threat to international peace than Iran.
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Israel bombs Gaza tunnels | JTA - Jewish & Israel News

Israeli Air Force planes bombed two smuggling tunnels in southern Gaza in retaliation for rocket attacks on southern Israeli communities.
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Israel's boycott ban draws fire from law professors | World news | The Guardian

Israel's boycott ban draws fire from law professors | World news | The Guardian | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Israel's new law effectively banning political boycotts is unconstitutional and does grievous harm to freedom of expression and protest, three dozen eminent Israeli law professors have said in a petition.
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The petition, sent to attorney-general Yehuda Weinstein, was signed by the deans of many of Israel's law schools, including some associated with the political right.

"This law is a classic case of the tyranny of the majority," said Alon Harel of Hebrew University, one of the instigators of the petition. "The majority aims at silencing, persecuting and threatening the minority. It conflicts directly with the principles established in Israel in the 1990s that entrench the right to freedom of speech in the legal system. It is the most cherished right in the Israeli legal system."
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Has Obama Pushed Pakistan Toward Iran?

Has Obama Pushed Pakistan Toward Iran? | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Not only have the Iranians secured Pakistan as a client, they know Pakistan's dire need for Iranian gas means they will not be leaving Iran's side anytime soon. Some analysts have estimated that gas from Iran provide at least 20 percent of Pakistan's energy needs. Others have suggested 50 percent. ....

There is also the question of Saudi Arabia. Islamabad has very close relations with Riyadh. In Washington arms control and Middle East policy analyst circles, it has long been speculated that, should Iran become a nuclear power, Pakistan would be obliged to provide a nuclear umbrella to protect Saudi Arabia, which financed part of Pakistan's nuclear program. But this is only a theory, of course. What's not a theory is the fact that Saudi Arabia and Pakistan have close economic and political relations that are far more extensive and important to Pakistan than anything Iran could offer. In the ensuing cold war between Iran and Saudi Arabia, Pakistan is unlikely to leave the Saudi side.
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Israel Uses Facebook to Stop Palestinian “Activists”

Israel Uses Facebook to Stop Palestinian “Activists” | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Israeli government officials used Facebook to help prevent scores of pro-Palestine activists from boarding planes going from Europe to Tel-Aviv.... |
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Closing in on Tripoli

Closing in on Tripoli | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Revolution spinning in the wind

Co-ordination between the rebels and NATO is a bit smoother than it was.
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The Associated Press: Life sentences given in Argentine torture trial

The Associated Press: Life sentences given in Argentine torture trial | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Two former military officers were convicted Thursday of murder, kidnapping and torture at one of the most notorious prisons run by Argentina's former dictatorship. Both got life sentences for crimes against humanity.
There were very few survivors among the 2,500 political prisoners who passed through "El Vesubio" prison during the 1976-83 military junta's dirty war on dissidents, which officially claimed 13,000 lives in all.
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Iraqi government must respect and protect rights of Camp Ashraf residents

Iraqi government must respect and protect rights of Camp Ashraf residents | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Amnesty International - Iraqi government must respect and protect rights of Camp Ashraf residents...
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LABOUR TIME: BWI: Sackings Continue

LABOUR TIME: BWI: Sackings Continue | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
According to BWI’s affiliate the General Federation of Bahrain Trade Unions, currently there are more than 2,200 workers who have been dismissed out of a local Bahraini work force of 140,000. Unfortunately under the current Unemployment scheme these workers do not qualify for unemployment insurance as these dismissals are considered to be disciplinary action.

The union has stated, “An average Bahraini family consists of six persons and on this basis, this means that at least 12,000 Bahraini are without an income.”
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BAHRAIN: Sunni detainee, Mohamed Albuflasa, still held under mysterious circumstances

BAHRAIN: Sunni detainee, Mohamed Albuflasa,  still held under mysterious circumstances | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
What makes him different from the other imprisoned demonstrators is his unique status as a conservative religious Sunni Muslim. Most of those detained as a result of the recent demonstrations are Shiites along with some secular Sunni politicians. Albuflasa is a follower of the fundamentalist Salafist school in Islam.

The 34-year-old shared a belief with the protesters that the country needed greater democracy and reform, so he stood among the country’s Shiite majority on the first days of the protests at the Pearl Square roundabout.

But as he soon as he spoke of solidarity with the protesters, a security agency detained him.
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Amnesty International: Bahraini officer detained beyond sentence | Bahrain Center for Human Rights

Amnesty International: Bahraini officer detained beyond sentence | Bahrain Center for Human Rights | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
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Bahraini minister pledges to ask king to free medics - The Irish Times - Fri, Jul 15, 2011

Bahraini minister pledges to ask king to free medics - The Irish Times - Fri, Jul 15, 2011 | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
BAHRAIN’S HEALTH and human rights minister told an Irish delegation yesterday she would ask the king for the release of the 14 medics in custody – one of whom is reportedly suicidal – after their arrest during pro-democracy protests in the Gulf...
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Yemeni opposition to form transitional ruling council unilaterally: official

SANAA, July 1 (Xinhua) -- The opposition coalition Joint Meeting Parties (JMP) said on Friday that they are "unilaterally preparing for forming a transitional ruling council after the ruling party along with acting President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi refused to join them," an opposition official told Xinhua.

"The JMP is due to hold meeting on Saturday to discuss the mechanism for forming the transitional ruling council, which would include representatives from the protesters, separatist Southern Movement and Houthi-led Shiite rebels," the official said on condition of anonymity.

Opposition leaders believed that Saleh would be unable to run the country if he returns due to his "severe injuries."

Meanwhile, tens of thousands of pro- and anti-government protesters staged rallies in major provinces across Yemen on Friday.
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Political, Social Turmoil in MENA (first half of 2011)

Political, Social Turmoil in MENA (first half of 2011) | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
As turbulence and violence have beset West Asia and North Africa over the past months, stability remains elusive and even appears a distant dream for the region. Countries in the region need to make greater efforts to solve their deep-rooted problems to satisfy their peoples' wishes and restore longed-for stability and development as soon as possible.
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AFP: Israel protesters call for Shalit release

AFP: Israel protesters call for Shalit release | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
TEL AVIV — Several hundred protesters gathered on Thursday to call for the release of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, who has been held in the Gaza Strip since his capture by Palestinian militants in 2006.
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Libyan spokesman: 'We will die for oil'

Libyan spokesman: 'We will die for oil' | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Libya's embattled government accused rebels and the NATO military alliance of carrying out a coordinated air, sea, and land attack on the strategic oil town of Brega on Thursday,...
The government spokesman, Musa Ibrahim, also issued a warning that he said he hoped would make headlines around the world. "We will die for oil. We will kill for oil," Ibrahim said. "We will kill everyone who comes near our oil. Rebels, NATO, we don't care. We will defend our oil to the last drop of blood that we have."
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Bahraini woman poet tells of torture while in custody | Bahrain Center for Human Rights

Bahraini woman poet tells of torture while in custody | Bahrain Center for Human Rights | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
A young Bahraini woman who was arrested after reciting an anti-government poem to demonstrators in the Gulf kingdom said she was beaten, electrocuted and threatened with sexual assault while in custody.
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Photos de Free Paramedics on Bahrain/ أطلقوا سراح المسعفين من سجون البحرين - Photos du mur | Facebook

Photos de Free Paramedics on Bahrain/ أطلقوا سراح المسعفين من سجون البحرين - Photos du mur | Facebook | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
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PLO terrorism expert exposed as fraud : Indybay

PLO terrorism expert exposed as fraud : Indybay | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Walid Shoebat = Profiteering on Islamaphobia. Betrays America, betrays the Islamic community.......
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Spanish court looks to quiz Iraq’s prime minister in probe into killings of Iranians exiles

Spanish court looks to quiz Iraq’s prime minister in probe into killings of Iranians exiles | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
MADRID — A Spanish judge wants to question Iraq’s prime minister and three Iraqi army officers in a probe into the killing of Iranians exiled in Iraq.
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German Police Working for EADS: Berlin Opposition Livid about Saudi Border Deal - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News - International

German Police Working for EADS: Berlin Opposition Livid about Saudi Border Deal - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News - International | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
The opposition in Berlin was already outraged about a plan to sell 200 tanks to Saudi Arabia. Now, however, a new deal involving the training of Saudi border patrol officers is raising additional questions. And some say the German constitution may have been violated. ...
Volker Beck, the Greens' human rights spokesman in parliament, argues that the same reasons for opposing the tank deal -- the fact that Saudi Arabia lies in a region facing ongoing pro-democracy protests -- also apply to the police mission. "It is our job to support the democratic movement in the Arab world," Beck told SPIEGEL ONLINE. "We can't allow German federal police officers to be directly involved in combating this movement."
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But opposition to the deal within the SPD is also on the rise, despite Steinmeier's role in putting it together. "We can't allow our federal police to be viewed as EADS lackeys," Michael Hartmann, an SPD member of the Bundestag's Committee on Internal Affairs, told SPIEGEL ONLINE. Hartmann calls for the "quickest possible and complete explanation" and for the deal to be brought before parliament. Anything less would be "a breach of the constitution," he says.
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Bahrain puts Ayat Al-Gormezi under house arrest

"I hope Bahrain can move away from the crisis to a transition into a better future, without discrimination or sectarianism," Qurmozi told Reuters by telephone.

Bahrain crushed the protests and enforced a fierce crackdown in which hundreds, mostly Shi'ites, were arrested and some 2,000 people sacked from their jobs.
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Qurmozi stepped out of her car Wednesday to hundreds of well-wishers celebrating her release from prison, where she said she was beaten and forced to stick her hands in toilets during interrogations.
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Qurmozi said she was made to sign a paper saying she would remain at home, not join protests and not speak to the media.
"I'm not afraid to speak out though. I have something to say and I won't be afraid because of a paper I signed," she said.
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