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Human Rights Watch and FIFA Test Middle East Fallout of Trump’s Election

Human Rights Watch (HRW), in an initial probing of the impact of the rise of US President-elect Donald J. Trump, has asked the United Nations Commissioner for Human Rights to include world soccer body FIFA in a registry of enterprises that do business with Israeli settlements on the West Bank.

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How Many Foreign Fighters in Syria?

It is estimated that a number between 27,000 and 31,000 foreign fighters have been flocking to Iraq and Syria since the breakout of the war in 2011. An updated assessment of the flow of foreign fighters into Syria and Iraq shows that there is a significant increase in the number of foreign fighters travelling to Syria. Data provided by the Soufan Group in 2014 estimated that the identifiable number of foreign fighters is approximately 12,000 from 81 countries. It was also believed that the number of foreign Jihadists coming form Western countries does not exceed 3000: “Around 2,500 are from…
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Israeli-Palestinian Struggle Returns to the Soccer Pitch

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has accused world soccer body FIFA of allowing FIFA-sanctioned matches to be played on occupied land in the West Bank in violation of FIFA rules and has demanded that the group ensure that future games be staged within the borders of Israel prior to the 1967 Middle East war.

Violation of Academic Freedom: Israel denies entry to SOAS scholar - Protest by Birzeit University Birzeit University condemns in the strongest possible terms the denial of entry to Dr. Adam Hanieh, who was invited by the Ph.D. Program in the Social Sciences at Birzeit University to deliver a series of lectures at the university. Dr. Hanieh, a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Development Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London, was deported back to London on the morning of September 13, 2016. He was held for questioning for 10 hours at Ben Gurion airport, and then taken overnight to a detention centre outside the airport. In addition to being refused entry, Dr. Hanieh was banned from entering the country for ten years. Dr. Hanieh was scheduled to share his vast knowledge of global and Middle East political economy with students in the Ph.D. program as well as the university community in a series of lectures scheduled in the coming two weeks. Hanieh is an accomplished scholar, the author of Lineages of Revolt: Issues of Contemporary Capitalism in the Middle East (Haymarket Books, 2013) and Capitalism and Class in the Gulf Arab States (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011), as well as numerous academic articles. This act of denial of entry and deportation by the Israeli state and its agencies is part of a systematic policy of denial of entry to international academics, professionals and activists intending to visit Palestine. This policy represents an attack on Palestinian academic freedom, and is routinely practiced at the two entry points, the airport in Tel Aviv and the Jordan valley crossing from Jordan. Birzeit University is not surprised by this latest instance of the policy, and hereby draws attention to its destructive effects. Birzeit University, determined to be part of the international academy, has been once again denied the opportunity to engage with an international academic who would have enriched its academic programs. Information: https://www.facebook.com/BirzeitUniversity/posts/1102979393070560:0

Israel Denies Entry to London University Scholar

Violation of Academic Freedom: Israel denies entry to SOAS scholar, which triggered a protest by Birzeit University  Birzeit University condemns in the strongest possible terms the denial of entry to Dr. Adam Hanieh, who was invited by the Ph.D. Program in the Social Sciences at Birzeit University to deliver a series of lectures at the university. Dr. Hanieh, a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Development Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London, was deported back to London on the morning of September 13, 2016. He was held for questioning for 10 hours at…
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Driving dangerously does not prove “You’ve got balls”

Traffic Laws in Saudi Arabia Between Infraction and Enforcement

Every year in Saudi Arabia, misery visits households across the land as the lives of approximately 7000 people are cut short as a result of traffic accidents. Some 39,000 more people suffer non-fatal injuries, with many incurring a disability as a result of their injury, according to an official of the Traffic Safety Committee in Saudi’s Eastern province who added that the figure of 29 deaths per every 100,000 motorists put Saudi Arabia high on the list globally. This was disclosed during a workshop organized by the Eastern Province Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The official also added “the committee…
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Church to Drop Bibles Over ISIS-Controlled Areas

A church group in Sweden is planning to drop thousands of  electronic Bibles over parts of Iraq controlled by Islamic State. “The Bibles are the size of pill boxes and have a display,” said Christian Åkerhielm from the Livets Ord (Word of Life) group in an interview with SVT. “They require no electricity, but work on their own.”

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Men Wear Headscarf in Iran in Solidarity With Women

Men in Iran are wearing hijabs in solidarity with their wives who are forced to cover their hair The campaign against enforced hijab in Iran has seen women defying morality police in public and even shaving their hair. Now men are also joining the fight. Men in Iran are wearing hijabs in a display of solidarity with women across the country who are forced to cover their heads in public. Wearing a headscarf is strictly enforced by so-called ‘morality police’ in Iran and has been since the Islamic Revolution in 1979. Women who do not wear a hijab or are deemed to…
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Jordan Removes Religion From New ID Cards

Jordan’s new smart IDs will no longer indicate the cardholder’s religion. Smart IDs that don’t indicate the holder’s religion are now replacing traditional IDs in Jordan as part of the government’s digitisation program, reports Al Bawaba. Jordanian smart IDs will include data chips containing background information about holder for security purposes. The move drew criticism from the country’s conservatives who argue that ditching religion from national IDs violates article one of the Jordanian constitution, which declares Islam the state religion – most notably Former MP Zakaria El Sheikh who called the decision an attempt to “strip the country of its Muslim identity.”

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Saudi Cleric Reveals the Treatment of Love

A Saudi Cleric says on the Islamic TV Iqraa (lit. recite) that the treatment of love comes in six potions: Praying, averting one’s glance, keeping distance from the beloved, thinking about bad qualities of the beloved, imagining losing them and getting married. The excessively popular Islamic figure Muhammad Al-Oraifi cites one of the prophet’s sayings to make the point that women shouldn’t cooperate with the Satan to seduce men: “A woman should not be exposed; when she goes out, she is accompanied by Satan”. While explaining the Hadith of the prophet, Al-Oraifi says if a nicely-dressed woman goes out in the…
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Yes to Sex Before Marriage but Not to Four Wives Says Egyptian Actress

One of the Arab world’s hottest Egyptian actresses, Nelly Karim, has something in common with Lebanese singer Maya Diab: They both believe in sex before marriage. Nelly, 41, dropped the bombshell in an interview on Deutsche Welle TV’s program “Shabab Talk.” The outspoken starlet shared more of her controversial views on marriage, stating that she is against the concept of multiple wives and early marriage, but is all for someone marrying outside of their religion. Nelly was born to a Russian mother and Egyptian father. She said that her mother kept her Christian faith after marriage, which has clearly influenced Nelly’s views…
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