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Scholars at Risk Network

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Scholars at Risk calls for letters on behalf of Prof. Masaud Jahromi

 

FREE MASAUD JAHROMI !

 

[A letter written today, can be a life saved tommorrow!  Please do all you can to secure Masaud's freedom!]

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Facebook site displaying spent CS munitions

Facebook site displaying spent CS munitions | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

This quantity of CS munitions were collected in one village in 1 week!

 

Gross overuseage of this product, gross misuse when  directed at peaceful protesters and people asleep in their homes!

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Springtime for them too?

Springtime for them too? | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

The Berbers join the Arab revolt: 

IN MOROCCO their language has been made official. In Algeria they lead protests against President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s regime. In Tunisia they are rediscovering a long-suppressed identity.

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Amnesty calls on Egypt to drop charges against activist for Twitter comments

Amnesty calls on Egypt to drop charges against activist for Twitter comments | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Landmark freedom of expression case:  Heba Morayef, an Egypt researcher with Human Rights Watch, said that the case highlighted the council's deliberate intimidation of critics. "The charges against Mahfouz all exist in the Egyptian penal code, even though insulting public officials – including the use of strong words – is allowed under international human rights," she said. "This highlights the need to review all repressive laws used by the government to stifle freedoms of speech, association, and assembly – all of which are under attack."

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Yemen's President Vows to Return Soon

Yemen's President Vows to Return Soon | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh said in a televised speech from Saudi Arabia Tuesday that he will return to Yemen soon. He also expressed a willingness to transfer powers to a deputy if such a move would get opposition gunmen off the streets.
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Bahrain by-poll to go ahead despite opposition boycott

MANAMA - Bahrain has confirmed that the planned by-election will take place on time next month despite the decision of some political groups to boycott it.
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GOP gearing up to commemorate World Maritime Day 2011

GOP gearing up to commemorate World Maritime Day 2011 | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

The Kingdom of Bahrain will join the rest of the world in commemorating WMD in a week-long festival from the 25th to the 29th of September, 2011.

Commenting on the announcement of the Bahrain Maritime Festival (BMF), Hassan Ali Al Majed, Director General of GOP said: “The Bahrain Maritime Festival is one of the major initiatives undertaken by the GOP to spread awareness about Bahrain’s maritime industry.... At GOP, our strategy is to boost Bahrain’s position as a global maritime centre, and we believe that the BMF is an excellent channel to help us achieve our strategy.”

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Protesters need to disrupt this event to: 1. bring awareness of the Domocracy struggle within Bahrain, 2. To disrupt business and economically cripple the Khalifa regime.  When ALL Bahrainis feel the economic pressure of the Democracy reform movement, then the Khalifa regime will enter serious Dialogues for reform!  [Fireworks, protests, scarecrows, cyber-attacks, ...]

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Zardari to visit Bahrain - Pakistan

Zardari to visit Bahrain - Pakistan | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

The Pakistani troops were at the forefront of efforts to suppress Shia protesters demanding equal rights after years of oppression at the hands of Bahrain''s Sunni minority.

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Credit Agricole will not be the last bank to shut shop in Bahrain

The consequences of Bahrain’s turbulent spring are mounting.
First, the Formula 1 Grand Prix was cancelled, now Credit Agricole has decided to shift its regional headquarters to Dubai.
The French lender’s move is a blow for the one-time regional financial hub of the Arabian Gulf region. But the Shia led protests earlier this year and subsequent crackdown by Bahrain’s Sunni-ruling minority – with the help of troops from its Arab neighbours – is only one reason why financial institutions are saying bye-bye to Bahrain.

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See the marks of torture on a former Bahraini detainee

See the marks of torture on a former Bahraini detainee | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Al-Khalifa crimes against humanity.......#document

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Six Months On: How Bahrain's Street Was Silenced

Six Months On: How Bahrain's Street Was Silenced | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

But the story is far from over. Bahrain is still tingling with tension, the air poisoned with suspicion, sectarianism more pointed than ever as the country slowly reverts to normal after its messy turn on the Arab Spring carousel. The establishment's efforts at reconciliation have been dismissed by the opposition as mere window dressing for its oppressive policies. The passions unleashed in the short burst of protest against the soft authoritarianism are still coursing through the tiny Gulf island of just 1.2 million.

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Diraz village today July17,2011

Diraz village today July17,2011 | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Brave man facing Security Forces in Diraz 7/17/2011

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العكر - الأحرار وجهاً لوجه مع المرتزقة 14 8 2011

بعد قمع مسيرة الإحتفال بذكرى الإستقلال جرت مواجهات بين الشباب و المرتزقة ادت الى اصابات بسيطة بين صفوف الشباب و لقد أبى الشباب الإنسحاب من الساحة حتى طرد الم... 

| Aker - Free face to face with the mercenaries

14-8-2011

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Khaleej Times: 200 health workers reinstated in Bahrain

MANAMA — Bahrain has lifted suspension of 200 health workers who could resume work next week after they have pledged to follow all laws, regulations and by-laws.
Following investigations, preliminary results indicated that 57 employees would be reinstated after administrative procedures are taken against them and 23 would be sacked following regulations with the Civil

 

'It is just a show for the world  that they are  back,  but in fact, they expelled about 20 teachers today....' - Khaleej Times

 

Thanks for the true update Khaleej !

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liars 's comment, August 15, 2011 10:37 PM
it is just to show the world they are get them back but in fact they expels about 20 teacher today
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UN condemns Israel’s housing plans in occupied Palestinian territory

UN condemns Israel’s housing plans in occupied Palestinian territory | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

16 August 2011 – Voicing great concern at Israel’s recent announcements to advance planning for new housing in Ariel and East Jerusalem in occupied Palestinian territory, the United Nations and its partners in the search for Middle East peace today called the action contrary to international law.

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Man injured in Barbar village by a rubber bullet/baton round ! - 8/16/2011

Man injured in Barbar village by a rubber bullet/baton round ! - 8/16/2011 | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

What if this had hit a person's head, throat, or groin?  Why aren't the 'AEP L60A1 Impact Round' being used?  These are designed to actually hit these areas and not kill or produce severe injury.  There is a callous disregard for the wellbeing of the Bahraini protesters as is expressed in the use of such munitions!

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UK banks fund deadly cluster-bomb industry

UK banks fund deadly cluster-bomb industry | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

The Royal Bank of Scotland, Lloyds TSB, Barclays and HSBC have all provided funding to the makers of cluster bombs, even as international opinion turns against a weapons system that is inherently indiscriminate and routinely maims or kills civilians.

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Using a loophole in the legislation, financial institutions can continue to back cluster-arms manufacturers as long as they don't invest in the bombs directly. The loophole has prompted Amnesty International to launch a national campaign calling on the Government to legislate against any indirect investment in cluster weapons.

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Other British high street banks have also played a role in investing in arms companies known to make cluster weapons. In April 2009, Barclays and HSBC were involved in a major financing deal with Textron, a US arms manufacturer that builds a "sensor fused weapon" – the world's most powerful cluster bomb. Alliant Techsystems makes the weapon's rocket motor.

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None of these investments is illegal. But they will lead to further concerns about the moral behaviour of the banking industry at a time of public anger over its role in the credit crisis and bankers' bonuses.

The majority of investors in cluster munitions are from countries such as China, Russia and the US, which have refused to sign up to the global ban. Those countries are also the world's largest producers of sub-munitions.

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India activist makes release deal - 15 day fast unto death...

India activist makes release deal - 15 day fast unto death... | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Mr Hazare's protest is aimed against what he regards as a watered-down anti-corruption bill introduced by the Indian government.

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Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has accused Mr Hazare of trying to circumvent democracy by demanding the overhaul of an anti-corruption bill.

Mr Singh told parliament Mr Hazare's hunger strike was "totally misconceived", but his speech was constantly interrupted by opposition MPs, many of whom jeered and shouted "shame".

The spontaneous outbreak of public support is a matter of deep concern for Mr Singh's administration, says the BBC's Sanjoy Majumder in the capital.

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He also acknowledged that the bill at the centre of the corruption controversy is flawed, as it stands.

Mr Hazare has called the proposed anti-corruption legislation a "cruel joke" and has described the fight against corruption as the "second war of independence".

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USA: JMS Presents First Super-Cavitating Craft GHOST to Public >> Naval Today

USA: JMS Presents First Super-Cavitating Craft GHOST to Public >> Naval Today | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Any Navy possessing GHOST technology could operate in international waters undetected and would have an overwhelming advantage against conventional ships. GHOST is specifically designed for Fleet Force Protection at its present size. ... The US Navy could reduce its Naval footprint and financial exposure by deploying a squadron of GHOSTs from Bahrain, which would free up larger assets, such as destroyers and cruisers, saving costs in manpower and maintenance. GHOST is ideal for piracy patrols and could be sea-based to provide protection from pirate attacks that cost our government an estimated $1.5 billion each year. The world-wide shipping industry could be provided with substantial fuel savings using JMS hull friction reduction super-cavitation.

... Today, Iran has the capabilities to stop the US Navy from operating in the Straits of Hormuz, a critical passage for most of the oil our country uses.

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Egyptian Civilians Caught in Military Tribunals

Egyptian Civilians Caught in Military Tribunals | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Egyptian protesters who ended the presidency of Hosni Mubarak continue to endure one legacy of the past - an all-encompassing emergency law. 

...thousands of civilians face military tribunals.

The dismantling of Egypt's emergency law has been a key demand of anti-government protesters, and the current military rulers say they are considering its demise.

But human rights groups argue that actions speak louder than words and note that some 10,000 Egyptians have been put before military tribunals in the months since the January uprising. That is more, they say, than during the whole of Mr. Mubarak's 29-year rule.

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Yemen's youth: the best hope for democracy - Opinion - Al Jazeera English

Yemen's youth: the best hope for democracy - Opinion - Al Jazeera English | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Across the Middle East and North Africa, youth have used their newfound sense of dignity to create change that previous generations only dreamed about. But as the so-called Arab Spring progresses, the youth voice often gets buried under individual interests and political posturing.

Nowhere is this truer than in Yemen, where the youth face both a resilient autocrat and stubborn allies. Yet still, their determination to change the status quo through peaceful, democratic and selfless tactics has become one of the few constants in a decidedly unstable country. Over the past six months the younger generation has made it clear that if Yemenis hope to realise their revolutionary aims, the solution must include a prominent role for youth.

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Hamas chief in Cairo to talk on reconciliation, prisoners

Egypt has been mediating talks between Israel and Hamas over a prisoner deal that would see the release of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit -- captured in a cross-border raid in 2006 -- in exchange for about 1,000 Palestinians held in Israeli prisons.

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Mubarak trial : NOT to be televised

Mubarak trial : NOT to be televised | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

The judge at the trial of the former Egyptian President, Hosni Mubarak, has adjourned it for three weeks and said hearings will no longer be televised.

The trial will now be merged with that of former Interior Minister Habib al-Adly, who is also accused of ordering the killing of protesters.

Mr Mubarak once again appeared in court on a hospital bed, alongside his two sons, who are charged with corruption.

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JFAC: 'Ramadhan Without Aafia' 20/08/11 - Dr. Uthman Lateefn & Ilyas Townsend - MPACUK :: Muslim Discussion Forum

JFAC: 'Ramadhan Without Aafia' 20/08/11 - Dr. Uthman Lateefn & Ilyas Townsend - MPACUK :: Muslim Discussion Forum | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
JFAC: 'Ramadhan Without Aafia' 20/08/11 - Dr.
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