• Turkey connecting Syria’s al-Bab to its power supply
    http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2018/08/syria-al-bab-turkey-electricity-support.html

    Delegates from the Turkey’s State Electricity Generating Company, on Aug. 19 visited the local council for the city of al-Bab, in the opposition-held northeastern Aleppo countryside. The delegates then toured the city to conduct a study to develop a plan to supply it with electricity in agreement with the local council.

    The inspection tour was scheduled to continue throughout August, with the aim of assessing the status of the city’s existing electricity network infrastructure and determining the requirements for its restoration.

    Suite d’une longue série de mesures visant à l’annexion de ce gros bourg entre Alep et la frontière turque.

    #syrie

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  • Hacking a Prince, an Emir and a Journalist to Impress a Client - The New York Times

    With Israel help

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/31/world/middleeast/hacking-united-arab-emirates-nso-group.html?imp_id=299442091&action=click&m

    The lawsuits also shed new light on the political intrigues involving Israel and the Persian Gulf monarchies, which have increasingly turned to hacking as a favorite weapon against one another.
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    The NSO Group’s actions are now at the heart of the twin lawsuits accusing the company of actively participating in illegal spying.CreditDaniella Cheslow/Associated Press
    The U.A.E. does not recognize Israel, but the two appear to have a growing behind-the-scenes alliance. Because Israel deems the spyware a weapon, the lawsuits note, the NSO Group and its affiliates could have sold it to the Emirates only with approval by the Israeli Defense Ministry.

    Leaked emails submitted in the lawsuits show that the U.A.E. signed a contract to license the company’s surveillance software as early as August 2013.
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    A year and a half later, a British affiliate of the NSO Group asked its Emirati client to provide a sixth payment of $3 million under the original contract, suggesting a total licensing fee of at least $18 million over that period.

    An update the next year was sold through a different affiliate, based in Cyprus, at a cost of $11 million in four installments, according to leaked invoices.

    Tensions between the U.A.E. and its neighbor Qatar reached a boil in 2013 over a struggle for power in Egypt. Qatar had allied itself with the Egyptian Islamist movement that won the elections after the Arab Spring. Then the U.A.E. backed a military takeover that cast the Islamists into prison instead.

    In the escalating feud, each side accused the other of cyberespionage. Hackers broke into the email accounts of two outspoken opponents of Qatar — the Emirati ambassador to Washington, Yousef al-Otaiba, and an American Republican fund-raiser who does business with the U.A.E., Elliott Broidy. Mr. Broidy has filed a separate lawsuit accusing Qatar and its Washington lobbyists of conspiring to steal and leak his emails.

    Other hackers briefly took over the website of the Qatari news service to post a false report of an embarrassing speech by the emir to damage him, and later leaked Qatari emails exposing awkward details of Qatari negotiations over the release of a royal hunting party kidnapped in Iraq. Allies of Qatar blamed the Emiratis.

    The leaked emails disclosed in the new lawsuits may also have been stolen through hacking. Lawyers involved said the documents were provided by a Qatari journalist who did not disclose how he had obtained them.

    The messages show that the Emiratis were seeking to intercept the phone calls of the emir of Qatar as early as 2014.
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    But the Emirati target list also included Saudi Arabia. In the email discussions about updating the NSO Group’s technology, the Emiratis asked to intercept the phone calls of a Saudi prince, Mutaib bin Abdullah, who was considered at the time to be a possible contender for the throne.

    The Emiratis have been active promoters of Prince Mutaib’s younger rival, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Last year, the crown prince removed Prince Mutaib from his role as minister of the national guard and ordered his temporary detention in connection with corruption allegations.

    In a telephone interview, Prince Mutaib expressed surprise that the Emiratis had attempted to record his calls.

    “They don’t need to hack my phone,” he said. “I will tell them what I am doing.”

    According to the emails, the Emiratis also asked to intercept the phone calls of Saad Hariri, who is now prime minister of Lebanon.

    Mr. Hariri has sometimes been accused of failing to push back hard enough against Hezbollah, the powerful Lebanese movement backed by Iran. Last year, the U.A.E.’s Saudi ally, Crown Prince Mohammed, temporarily detained Mr. Harari in Riyadh, the Saudi capital, and forced him to announce his resignation as prime minister. (He later rescinded the announcement, and he remains prime minister.)

    Mr. Alkhamis, who resigned in 2014 as the editor of the London-based newspaper Al Arab, called the surveillance of his phone calls “very strange” but not unexpected, since he had published “sensitive” articles about Persian Gulf politics.

    The U.A.E.’s use of the NSO Group’s spyware was first reported in 2016. Ahmed Mansoor, an Emirati human rights advocate, noticed suspicious text messages and exposed an attempt to hack his Apple iPhone. The U.A.E. arrested him on apparently unrelated charges the next year and he remains in jail.

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  • Egypt Political figures arrested over Eid holiday interrogated about political views, affiliations | MadaMasr

    Escalade de la répression en Egypte où Emmanuel Macron a annoncé qu’il se rendrait bientôt

    https://www.madamasr.com/en/2018/08/29/feature/politics/political-figures-arrested-over-eid-holiday-interrogated-about-political-v

    In interrogations held on Monday and Tuesday, five of the seven political figures arrested over the Eid holiday were questioned about their views on and relationship to prominent political groups and events in Egypt’s post-2011 political landscape.

    On Monday, Supreme State Security Prosecution conducted preliminary interrogations with former ambassador Masoum Marzouk, university professor Yehia al-Qazzaz, economist Raed Salama and activist Nermeen Hussein, all of which will continue next Monday, according to lawyer Khaled Ali.

    Activist Sameh Seoudi’s questioning took place on Tuesday, Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) lawyer Ahmed Abdel Latif told Mada Masr on Wednesday. The sessions will be resumed next Saturday.

    The two remaining defendants in the case, university professor Abdel Fattah Saeed al-Banna and activist Amr Mohamed, are being interrogated today.

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  • « SAMOUNI ROAD de Stefano SAVONA » Sortie nationale au cinéma le 7 novembre - AURDIP - 28 août 2018
    http://www.aurdip.fr/samouni-road-de-stefano-savona.html
    https://www.jour2fete.com/system/files/styles/affiche-fiche-film_bootstrap-screen-lg-min_1x/private/distribution/samouni-road/jour2fete-samouni-road-affiche-1511.jpg?itok=CQWAlY1w×tamp=1527079796

    Documentaire, Animation de Stefano SAVONA
    2018 - 116mn - VO / Tous publics

    Sortie nationale le 7 novembre prochain.

    L’Oeil d’Or - Prix du Meilleur documentaire - Cannes 2018 / Quinzaine des Réalisateurs 2018

    SYNOPSIS

    Dans la périphérie rurale de la ville de Gaza, la famille Samouni s’apprête à célébrer un mariage. C’est la première fête depuis la dernière guerre. Amal, Fouad, leurs frères et leurs cousins ont perdu leurs parents, leurs maisons et leurs oliviers. LE quartier où ils habitent est en reconstruction. Ils replantent des arbres et labourent les champs, mais une tâche plus difficile encore incombe à ces jeunes survivants : reconstruire leur propre mémoire. Au fil de leurs souvenirs, Samouni Road dresse un portrait de cette famille avant, pendant et après l’événement qui a changé leur vie à jamais.

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  • The U.S. is wrong about the Muslim Brotherhood — and the Arab world is suffering for it - The Washington Post

    By Jamal Khashoggi
    August 28 at 3:26 PM

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/global-opinions/wp/2018/08/28/the-u-s-is-wrong-about-the-muslim-brotherhood-and-the-arab-world-is-

    During the Obama presidency, the U.S. administration was wary of the Muslim Brotherhood, which had come to power in Egypt after the country’s first-ever free elections. Despite his declared support for democracy and change in the Arab world in the wake of the Arab Spring, then-President Barack Obama did not take a strong position and reject the coup against President-elect Mohamed Morsi. The coup, as we know, led to the military’s return to power in the largest Arab country — along with tyranny, repression, corruption and mismanagement.

    That is the conclusion that David D. Kirkpatrick arrives at in his excellent book “Into the Hands of the Soldiers,” which was released this month. A former Cairo bureau chief for the New York Times, Kirkpatrick gives a sad account of Egypt’s 2013 coup that led to the loss of a great opportunity to reform the entire Arab world and allow a historic change that might have freed the region from a thousand years of tyranny.

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  • Lobby israélien aux Etats-Unis, le documentaire interdit,

    par Alain Gresh (Le Monde diplomatique, septembre 2018)

    https://www.monde-diplomatique.fr/2018/09/GRESH/59047

    À l’écran, il a tout du parfait gentleman. Malgré sa dégaine d’étudiant, James Anthony Kleinfeld, jeune Britannique juif bien sous tous rapports, diplômé de la prestigieuse université d’Oxford, parlant six langues, dont le néerlandais et le yiddish, s’orientant sans difficulté dans les arcanes des conflits au Proche-Orient, trouverait facilement sa place dans les bureaux d’un ministère des affaires étrangères occidental ou d’un think tank renommé. Pour l’heure, il a d’autres desseins : s’investir dans les organisations américaines favorables à Israël. Il est recruté par The Israel Project (TIP), qui s’occupe de soigner l’image d’Israël dans les médias. Accueilli à bras ouverts du fait de ses compétences, il côtoie durant cinq mois le gratin des responsables d’associations engagées dans la défense inconditionnelle d’Israël, notamment du puissant lobby pro-israélien aux États-Unis, l’American Israel Public Affairs Committee (Aipac). Il fraie avec eux dans les cocktails, congrès, conventions, stages de formation pour militants, se liant avec les uns et les autres. Avenant, chaleureux, efficace, il gagne la confiance de ses interlocuteurs, qui lui parlent à cœur ouvert, laissant au vestiaire la langue de bois et les « éléments de langage » convenus. Et leurs confidences sont explosives.

    Comment influence-t-on le Congrès ? « Les membres du Congrès ne font rien si on ne fait pas pression sur eux, et la seule manière, c’est l’argent. » Comment combat-on les militants favorables aux droits des Palestiniens sur les campus universitaires ? « Avec les anti-Israéliens, le plus efficace est de faire des recherches sur eux, que vous mettez en ligne sur un site Web anonyme et que vous diffusez par des annonces ciblées sur Facebook. » Avec une candeur d’autant plus grande qu’ils croient s’épancher auprès d’un ami, les interlocuteurs de Kleinfeld admettent qu’ils se livrent à des opérations d’espionnage de citoyens américains, avec l’aide du ministère des affaires stratégiques israélien.

    Créé en (...)

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  • Israel Violence from God -

    Amira Hass

    https://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-violence-from-god-1.6427708

    The IDF spokesman did not miss the target and proved what we have known for a long time. In other words, his employer, the army, is a willing captive of the settlement enterprise and the settlers.
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    In a response after the attack on six activists from Ta’ayush by about a dozen or more Israelis, (Jews), at the Mitzpeh Yair settlement outpost on the holy Sabbath of the 14th of the Jewish month of Elul, 5778, the IDF spokesman lied twice: “Friction” – that’s what he called the brutal attack, after which four of the victims required treatment in the hospital. He also claimed that the soldiers declared a closed military zone. If they did, the activists didn’t hear it.

    Soldiers evacuating an injured activist after the attack in South Hebron Hills, August 25, 2018.B’Tselem
    There is no group of Israeli Jewish activists that has been and is being exposed to physical attacks by the settlers more than Ta’ayush. For almost 20 years the activists of this left-wing group have been going out to the battlefields: the pastures, fields and orchards that the settlers have their eyes on.

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  • Jeremy Corbyn must not back down on Palestine | The Electronic Intifada

    https://electronicintifada.net/content/jeremy-corbyn-must-not-back-down-palestine/25341

    Since his election as Labour leader in 2015, Jeremy Corbyn has faced an unprecedented campaign of vitriol from the combined forces of the Jewish Labour Movement, the Board of Deputies of British Jews, right-wing Labour MPs, and pro-Israel newspapers with mainstream press and broadcast media all too happy to jump on the bandwagon.

    In response there has been an impressive show of solidarity from his supporters. Following days of manufactured outrage over comments made by Peter Willsman – Labour veteran and Corbyn ally – the hashtag #WeAreCorbyn trended at number one in the UK and number three worldwide. (Willsman’s crime: to demand evidence from those denouncing Corbyn for anti-Semitism.)

    This reflexive defense of Corbyn shows the level of respect for his hitherto unwavering commitment to social justice and fighting racism. The invective against him has, however, also prevented any real examination of Corbyn’s positions on Palestine -– positions that are far less radical than often presumed.

    More urgently at the present juncture, save for a few dissenting voices (such as The Electronic Intifada’s Asa Winstanley), he has also escaped opprobrium for manifestly failing to push back against the smear of anti-Semitism and for becoming increasingly apologetic for past solidarity with Palestine.

    This can no longer be allowed to stand. The stakes are much too high.

    Reports suggest Corbyn has capitulated to the demand that Labour incorporate into its Code of Conduct all four of the thus-far resisted “examples” of anti-Semitism devised by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA). This is despite Labour’s National Executive Committee (NEC) voting against this in mid-July.

    Ostensibly, a Labour NEC working group is still “consulting” on the issue. However, Corbyn has preempted the final outcome. He has unilaterally announced Labour now has an issue with only “half of one [IHRA] example.” Worryingly, reports suggest Corbyn will seek adoption of the IHRA examples as early as 4 September, conveniently before the Labour Party Conference at the end of the same month.

    These developments reveal the need for an urgent refocusing away from defending Corbyn to the real task at hand: exposing the manufactured anti-Semitism crisis and the IHRA’s assault on the right to criticize Israel.

    Tragically, the fight over the IHRA now looks to have also become a fight against Corbyn.

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  • Egypt
    Security forces arrest 4 political activists on 3rd day of Eid holiday | MadaMasr
    https://madamirror.appspot.com/www.madamasr.com/en/2018/08/23/news/politics/security-forces-arrest-4-political-activists-on-3rd-day-of-eid-h

    A source had told Mada Masr that a wide arrest campaign is in the cards ahead of plans to amend the Constitution to allow for an extension to Sisi’s current term, his last according to the Constitution.

    Sources who spoke to Mada Masr last month said that the amendment scenario is being seriously touted within parliamentary circles, where there is an intention to either amend the duration of the four-year term or remove the current constitutional stipulation that imposes a maximum of one re-election for presidents, or both.

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  • Benjamin Netanyahu Is Fine With Anti-Semites — as Long as They Support Israel’s Occupation

    https://theintercept.com/2018/08/23/benjamin-netanyahu-anti-semitic

    PRIME MINISTER BENJAMIN Netanyahu likes to accuse critics of Israel of being anti-Semites. But how does he explain his own glaring ties to anti-Semitic world leaders and evangelical preachers, not to mention his defense of Adolf Hitler and his son’s attack on George Soros? Does defending Israel’s occupation of Palestinian lands make you immune from the charge of anti-Jewish hatred?

    In this video, I ask whether the prime minister of Israel is part of the solution to rising anti-Semitism — or part of the problem.

    https://seenthis.net/messages/716990 via Nouvelles d’Orient


  • Netanyahu expands his struggle against EU during Baltics visit -

    Netanyahu said he intended to counterbalance the EU’s ’unfriendly approach to Israel’ through direct contact with European leaders

    Noa Landau
    Aug 24, 2018 4:18 AM

    https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-netanyahu-expands-his-struggle-against-eu-during-baltics-visit-1.6

    In the heart of Vilnius, Lithuania – his ancestors’ homeland, as he often points out – Benjamin Netanyahu formally thanked the country’s prime minister for helping him wage his all-out diplomatic war on the European Union in recent years.
    Netanyahu lauded Saulius Skvernelis on Thursday for his “strong stand” in support of Israel in EU forums. He said it was refreshing to see Skvernelis stand for “clarity, truth and courage.”
    “I want to thank you, Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Linas, for the strong position you have taken in the forums of the EU on behalf of truth, on behalf of Israel, on behalf of decency. Israel is often mistreated by the EU in Brussels. There are many distortions that are leveled at us and it’s refreshing to see that you take a stand of clarity, of truth and of courage. And we discussed how that can be expanded,” he said.

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    Netanyahu said he intended to counterbalance the EU’s “unfriendly approach to Israel” through direct contact with European leaders, as he began a three-day trip to Lithuania, where he is set to meet leaders of the Baltic nations.
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    Lithuania helped Netanyahu visit the EU headquarters in December by getting him a breakfast invitation with European foreign ministers before their monthly session. The move was seen at the time as running contrary to protocol and raised considerable anger in the office of the union’s head of foreign affairs, Federica Mogherini.
    Netanyahu has systematically cozied up to the most nationalistic countries of central and east Europe, with the aim of sabotaging the required consensus among the union’s 28 members to pursue a uniform foreign policy. Now he further revealed his strategy to use sub-regional blocs of states, like the Visegrad Forum and its star from Hungary, Viktor Orban, to sway EU positions on the Palestinians and Iran, or at least prevent a consensus, a tactic that would hinder the possibility of advancing new moves affecting Israel.
    “I am interested in balancing the not always friendly attitude of the European Union towards Israel so that we receive fairer and more straight-forward treatment. I am doing this through contacts with blocs of countries within the European Union, Eastern European countries, [and] now with the Baltic countries, as well, of course, as with other countries,” Netanyahu said before boarding his plane.
    Netanyahu is also due to meet Lituhania’s President Dalia Grybauskaite, Latvian Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis and Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas. Also, Netanyahu is scheduled to attend a commemoration ceremony at the memorial site of the Jews’ massacre in Ponar, meet the leaders of the Jewish community in the Vilnius’ Choral Synagogue, the only in the city to survive the Holocaust, and visit the gravesite of the Vilna Gaon, where he will no doubt tell his hosts yet again the history of his family, descendants from the sage of Vilna.
    “You know, my family’s from here,” Netanyahu told his Lithuanian counterpart a moment before their meeting. “I know, I know,” the host said.
    Israel’s relations with Lithuania and Latvia have been growing warmer in the last few years. Estonia is seen as cooler in its position and leaning toward a neutral stand on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict – especially during its term as the EU’s president. Unlike West Europe’s larger states, the Baltic states suffer from negative migration to other EU countries, which leads to a brain drain, and Israel is seeking to strengthen its relations with Estonia on the basis of this issue. Also, the complex history of the Baltic states and Russia has led to the rise of ultra-nationalistic views, and, since the Russian invasion of Crimea, deep concern over defense and military power.
    Netanyahu emphasized that, too, in his meetings, telling Lithuanian leaders that like Israel, Lithuania has great national pride, while stressing that this quality stood “alongside democratic values and individual rights.”
    Observers in the corridors of Brussels told Haaretz that Netanyahu’s acts indeed have a “chilling effect” on the ability to publish joint statements in the name of the 28 member states. These dynamics are not new but became more prevalent and assertive in the past two or three years. “It’s more difficult for the EU to speak with one clear voice on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” one observer said.
    Netanyahu’s cultivation of relations with the eastern European and Baltic states at the expense of the large liberal countries, like France and Germany, comes at a price that some would call ideological and others would call strategic. He is doing all he can to undermine Germany and France in a bid to prevent EU support for the two-state solution, which he himself usually supports in statements made to international audiences.

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  • The Exclusionary Turn in GCC Politics | ACW
    Kristian Coates Ulrichsen

    http://arabcenterdc.org/policy_analyses/the-exclusionary-turn-in-gcc-politics

    The sudden rupture in diplomatic relations between Saudi Arabia and Canada has thrown a spotlight on the regional political dynamics that have placed unprecedented and potentially irreversible strains on the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). Over the past three years the inclusionary vision that had originally created and sustained the GCC as a grouping of six relatively like-minded states has given way to an exclusionary security-centered approach to regional affairs. The GCC always functioned best as a loose collective of monarchies whose ruling families guarded their autonomy and resisted attempts to draw closer on “big ticket” issues that encroached on national sovereignty. This combination of flexibility and consensus saw the GCC states through three major interstate wars in the Gulf––the Iran-Iraq war, 1980-1988; the war to expel Iraq from Kuwait, 1990-1991; and the invasion of Iraq, 2003––and helped them maintain relative stability in an otherwise conflict-wracked region. However, the emergence of a hyper-hawkish geopolitical axis running from Riyadh to Abu Dhabi has widened existing fractures, created new fault lines, and inflicted potentially long-term damage on what had been the most durable regional organization in the Arab world.

    https://seenthis.net/messages/716874 via Nouvelles d’Orient


  • Les détentions administratives, un Guantanamo israélien

    https://orientxxi.info/magazine/les-detentions-administratives-un-guantanamo-israelien,2039

    Quand la communauté juive de Palestine dénonçait les lois qui servent aujourd’hui contre les Palestiniens en général, et Salah Hamouri en particulier

    La communauté juive s’était en son temps violemment opposée à cette législation. (…) Une de ces manifestations fut un meeting organisé par l’Association des juristes juifs de Palestine, auquel assistèrent 400 avocats juifs, le 7 février 1946. On pouvait entendre le Dr M. Dunkelblum (nommé ensuite membre de la Haute Cour de justice d’Israël) : « Ces ordonnances constituent (…), une violation flagrante des principes fondamentaux de la légalité, de la justice, de la discipline. Elles légalisent le plus parfait arbitraire des autorités militaires et administratives. (…) Les Defense Regulations dépouillent les citoyens de leurs droits et confèrent aux autorités des pouvoirs illimités.

    Encore plus intéressantes furent les paroles prononcées par le Dr Bernard Joseph de l’Agence juive (devenu le Dr Dov Joseph, plus tard ministre de la Justice) : « La question que posent ces ordonnances est la suivante : seront-nous tous soumis au terrorisme légal ? (…) Le citoyen n’a aucune garantie contre une arrestation à vie sans jugement, aucune garantie de liberté individuelle. Il n’existe pas de possibilité de recours contre les actes du commandement. (...) Il n’est pas nécessaire qu’un délit soit réellement commis. Il suffit qu’une décision soit prise dans un bureau, et le destin d’un homme est fixé. (…) Entre la liberté et l’anarchie, il n’y a pas d’alternative. On ne peut pas demander au citoyen de se plier à une législation qui le met hors-la-loi ».

    M. J. Shapira [futur ministre israélien de la justice], s’exprima de manière encore plus violente : « Le régime instauré avec la promulgation des Defense Regulations en Palestine n’a son équivalent dans aucun pays civilisé. Même en Allemagne nazie il n’existait pas de telles lois. Ce qui se passait à Maidanek3 et ailleurs était contraire à la lettre écrite de la loi. (…) Nous devons déclarer à la face du monde : les Defense Regulations minent les fondements de la loi. (…) Le transfert d’une grande partie de la juridiction civile à une juridiction exclusive ou parallèle des tribunaux militaires signifie la négation de la loi elle-même ».

    À la fin du meeting, les résolutions suivantes furent adoptées :
    1) Les Defense Regulations privent les citoyens de leurs libertés fondamentales ;
    2) Elles (…) instaurent un régime d’arbitraire sans aucun contrôle juridique.

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  • Arabie saoudite : cinq militants des droits de l’homme risquent la peine de mort

    https://www.lemonde.fr/proche-orient/article/2018/08/23/riyad-requiert-la-peine-de-mort-pour-cinq-militants-des-droits-de-l-homme_53

    Le Monde, décidément ne fait aucun progrès : parmi les cinq personnes mentionnées il y a au moins une femme (Israa Al-Ghomgham) et peut-être plus, mais le Monde s’en fout. Ce serait pas trè compliqué de s’adapter (Cinq militant·es pour la défense des droits humains), mais bon, n’en demandons pas trop à des journalistes méprisants et limités.

    La peine de mort a été requise à l’encontre de cinq militants des droits de l’homme en Arabie saoudite, ont annoncé, mercredi 22 août, Human Rights Watch (HRW), Amnesty International et plusieurs groupes de défense des droits de l’homme.

    Parmi ces personnes figure Israa Al-Ghomgham, militante chiite de premier plan qui a rassemblé des informations sur les manifestations de masse qui ont eu lieu dans la province orientale du pays à partir de 2011.

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    Saudi Prosecution Seeks Death Penalty for Female Activist | Human Rights Watch

    https://www.hrw.org/news/2018/08/21/saudi-prosecution-seeks-death-penalty-female-activist

    https://www.hrw.org/sites/default/files/styles/open_graph/public/multimedia_images_2018/201806mena_saudi_women.jpg?itok=X6bSQHEV

    International standards, including the Arab Charter on Human Rights, ratified by Saudi Arabia, require countries that retain the death penalty to use it only for the “most serious crimes,” and in exceptional circumstances. Human Rights Watch opposes capital punishment in all countries and under all circumstances. Capital punishment is unique in its cruelty and finality, and it is inevitably and universally plagued with arbitrariness, prejudice, and error.

    A recent crackdown on women’s rights activists in Saudi Arabia has led to the arrest of at least 13 women under the pretext of maintaining national security. While some have since been released, others remain detained without charge. They are: Loujain al-Hathloul, Aziza al-Yousef, Eman al-Nafjan, Nouf Abdelaziz, Mayaa al-Zahrani, Hatoon al-Fassi, Samar Badawi, Nassema al-Sadah, and Amal al-Harbi. Authorities have accused several of them of serious crimes and local media outlets carried out an unprecedented campaign against them, labeling them “traitors.

    –----

    Saudi Arabia arrests two more prominent women’s right activists

    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/08/01/saudi-arabia-arrests-two-prominent-womens-right-activists

    Saudi Arabian authorities have arrested two high-profile women’s rights activists, Human Rights Watch said Wednesday, amid what the organisation called an “unprecedented” crackdown on dissent.

    Award-winning gender rights activist Samar Badawi was arrested along with fellow campaigner Nassima al-Sadah this week, “the latest victims of an unprecedented government crackdown on the women’s rights movement,” HRW said in a statement.

    #droits_humains #droit_des_femmes #arabie_saoudite #barbares et aussi #journalisme_misérable

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  • British universities criticised over pursuit of Egyptian links | Education | The Guardian

    https://www.theguardian.com/education/2018/aug/22/uk-colleges-accused-of-ignoring-human-rights-abuse-in-egypt

    Leading British universities have been accused of turning a blind eye to human rights abuses in Egypt in pursuit of opening campuses under the country’s authoritarian regime.

    More than 200 prominent academics and others in the UK university sector have signed a letter to the Guardian opposing the collaboration against the backdrop of unanswered questions about the abduction and murder of the Cambridge PhD student Giulio Regeni.

    The letter writers also highlight wider concerns about academic freedom, the welfare of LGBT staff, and the trend towards what they say is a marketisation of higher education.

    The British government and the advocacy group Universities UK are promoting partnerships between British higher education institutions and their Egyptian counterparts.

    A series of memorandum of understanding (MoU) agreements and talks have opened up the possibility of British bodies establishing international branch campuses and what Universities UK describes as “partnerships, collaborative research, student and staff exchange programmes, joint funding applications, and capacity building”.

    https://seenthis.net/messages/716667 via Nouvelles d’Orient


  • Egyptian Chronicles : Corbyn and Rabaa Salute misinformation : The sign’s true story

    https://egyptianchronicles.blogspot.com/2018/08/corbyn-and-rabaa-salute-misinformation.html#more

    The Telegraph says in the report that Corbyn is under fire because he was doing the Salute of the Muslim Brotherhood, the group linked to terrorism in Egypt and the Middle East.
    The news article is currently viral on main news websites and newspapers that can’t stomach the Labour leader like The Sun and The Metro.
    That photo is making rounds on alt-rights and Islamophobia fanatics on social media.

    Now there is a little misinformation here that needs to be corrected.

    Jeremy Corbyn was doing Rabaa the sign which is not an MB salute.
    The four-finger sign of Rabaa was made in 2014 by a Turkish graphic designer to commemorate the victims of Pro-Islamist president Mohamed Morsi’s sit-in’s forcible dispersal in Rabaa and Nahda squares in Egypt on 13 August 2013.

    According to the different human rights organizations, whether Egyptian or international, at least 600 human beings were killed on that day.
    The numbers of the victims are still disputed but at least 600 victims have been officially confirmed by the semi-official National Council For Human Rights.
    The Rabaa sign is associated with the Muslim Brotherhood because its members began to do it in their trials, rallies and protests in Egypt and around the world to commemorate the victims. The group indeed adopted it but it is not their salute

    That sign is banned in Egypt and some have paid a heavy price because of doing it publicly even accidentally.
    I would have ignored this matter but unfortunately, it came at the same time as the anniversary of that sad event that we have been suffering from its consequences up until now. I do not need to post a disclaimar that I am not a Muslim Brotherhood supporter or member.

    https://seenthis.net/messages/716366 via Nouvelles d’Orient


  • Aux origines des #civilisations (1/4) | ARTE

    https://www.arte.tv/fr/videos/071465-001-A/aux-origines-des-civilisations-1-4
    https://static-cdn.arte.tv/resize/6kCrlrRHtHsK0M1KYAA7t3drWrU=/1920x1080/smart/filters:strip_icc()/apios/Img_data/24/071465-001-A_2445564.jpg

    En quatre volets, cette série documentaire remonte aux sources de notre civilisation. Une passionnante odyssée. Premier volet : la naissance des villes. C’est au Moyen-Orient que la civilisation a pris son essor, lorsque nos ascendants chasseurs-cueilleurs se sont regroupés pour la première fois, puis sédentarisés, donnant naissance aux premiers villages et cités du monde.

    Des collines de Turquie aux plaines d’Irak, c’est au Moyen-Orient que la civilisation a pris son essor, lorsque nos ascendants chasseurs-cueilleurs se sont regroupés pour la première fois, puis sédentarisés, donnant naissance aux premiers villages et cités du monde. Ancêtres de nos mégapoles contemporaines, les villes, reflet du besoin de société, deviendront le creuset des premières inventions et innovations – et resteront tout au long de l’histoire humaine d’incroyables accélérateurs de progrès. Le processus a commencé sur le site de Göbekli Tepe, dans le sud-est de l’Anatolie, dont les immenses et mystérieux piliers gravés, érigés il y a environ 20 000 ans, constituent le premier monument au monde. D’abord lieu de rassemblement pour différentes tribus, la zone a aussi vu naître, 10 000 ans plus tard, la culture du blé, qui va entraîner l’attachement des hommes à la terre…

    #arte #documentaire

    https://seenthis.net/messages/716345 via Reka


  • ’NYT’ anoints Ron Lauder as prophet of doom for Netanyahu
    https://mondoweiss.net/2018/08/anoints-prophet-netanyahu

    Five months after Ron Lauder, the head of the World Jewish Congress, was granted a platform on the New York Times op-ed page to warn that Israel’s leadership was isolating the country through its unending settlement project and growing intolerance, America’s leading newspaper gave him the page again yesterday, this time to decry Israel’s new nation state bill and its indifference to the opinion of liberal American Jewry. “Israel, This Is Not Who We Are… we cannot allow the politics of a radical minority to alienate millions of Jews worldwide.”

    Here are some interpretations of Lauder’s second coming.

    —The New York Times as a mouthpiece for the American Jewish establishment has decided to take on Benjamin Netanyahu hammer-and-tongs as a threat to Israel’s future– and implicitly, as a pox on the Jewish image globally.

    –Does Netanyahu care? Probably not. He needs to appeal to his rightwing base to win reelection and escape corruption charges. He’s just another tinhorn martinet indifferent to world opinion.

    –The piece is significant as another marker of divorce between American Jews and Israel. Jewish Insider stresses how intentional it was of the Times to run the articles, and quotes the passages in which the old conservative Likudnik who helped make Netanyahu warns him that American Jews are not on board: “[A]s a loving brother, I ask Israel’s government to listen to the voices of protest and outrage being heard in Israel and throughout the Jewish world. As president of the World Jewish Congress, I call upon Israeli leaders to rethink their destructive actions during this summer of disharmony. This is not who we are, and this is not who we wish to be.”

    –The article contains one very important concession: Israel discriminates against LGBT community. This is the exact opposite of Israel’s claims!

    https://seenthis.net/messages/716020 via Nouvelles d’Orient


  • ONU : les recommandations d’António Guterres pour protéger les Palestiniens
    Par RFI Publié le 18-08-2018
    http://www.rfi.fr/moyen-orient/20180818-onu-antonio-guterres-rapport-palestiniens?ref=tw_i

    Alors que de nouvelles manifestations meurtrières ont éclaté vendredi 17 août à la frontière israélienne, sur fond de négociations pour une trêve « de longue durée », dit-on, entre Israël et le Hamas qui contrôle la bande de Gaza, le secrétaire général de l’ONU vient de présenter des recommandations pour la protection des Palestiniens dans les territoires occupés. António Guterres envisage notamment le déploiement d’une force sous mandat onusien.

    Quatorze pages, quatre recommandations. Dans ce rapport, António Guterres suggère de renforcer la présence de l’ONU sur le terrain, d’augmenter l’aide humanitaire et l’aide au développement, de mettre en place une force civile d’observation dans les zones sensibles, comme les points de contrôle israélien ou les colonies en Cisjordanie occupée.

    Enfin, quatrième recommandation : le patron des Nations unies propose le déploiement d’une « force policière ou militaire sous mandat de l’ONU » pour une protection physique des civils palestiniens.

    Israël n’a pas encore réagi à ce rapport d’António Guterres, mais on imagine mal l’Etat hébreu accepter un tel déploiement, qu’il a toujours fermement exclu.

    #ONU

    https://seenthis.net/messages/715897 via Loutre


  • Mahmoud Abbas... Cessez d’exploiter Ahed Tamimi à des fins personnelles !
    8 août 2018 – RamzyBaroud.net – Traduction : Chronique de Palestine – Dominique Muselet
    http://www.chroniquepalestine.com/mahmoud-abbas-cessez-exploiter-ahed-tamimi-fins-personnelles
    http://www.chroniquepalestine.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/00-26.jpg

    (...) La vérité est que les Palestiniens de Cisjordanie, et pas seulement de Gaza, détestent Mahmoud Abbas. Ils veulent se débarrasser de lui et de son appareil d’état corrompu et violent. Mais Abbas s’accroche, et a recours aux moyens les plus déshonorants pour assurer sa domination sur ses adversaires, comme de travailler avec Israël.

    Cependant, Abbas essaie toujours de faire croire aux Palestiniens qu’il fait de la résistance, pas le type de « résistance inutile » affichée par les Gazaouis, mais ce qu’il appelle la « résistance civile pacifique » des villages palestiniens de Cisjordanie.

    Il a encore insisté là-dessus ces derniers jours

    Quand Ahed Tamimi, une jeune manifestante palestinienne, a été libérée d’une prison israélienne où elle avait passé huit mois pour avoir giflé un soldat israélien, Abbas l’a accueillie, elle et sa famille.

    Des images où on le voit prendre dans ses bras et embrasser les membres de la famille Tamimi ont été diffusées dans toute la Palestine et à travers le monde. Son appareil médiatique officiel s’est efforcé de le placer au centre de l’attention tout au long des jours qui ont suivi la libération d’Ahed.

    Abbas a ensuite, une fois de plus, longuement parlé de la « résistance civile pacifique », omettant, bien sûr, de souligner que des milliers d’enfants de Gaza, qui ont été blessés près de la clôture de Gaza ces derniers mois, résistaient tout aussi « pacifiquement ».

    Certes, Ahed est un symbole pour une jeune génération palestinienne rebelle qui en a assez de n’avoir aucun droit et aucune liberté, mais la tentative éhontée d’Abbas d’utiliser ce symbole pour améliorer sa propre image est de l’exploitation pure et simple. (...)

    La mère d’Ahed, Nariman qui a également passé 8 mois dans une prison israélienne, n’a pas craint d’aborder cette question. Nariman a affirmé courageusement que la popularité d’Ahed dans les médias occidentaux s’expliquait par un racisme sous-jacent.

    « A vrai dire, c’est probablement l’apparence d’Ahed qui a suscité cette solidarité mondiale et ça, c’est du racisme, parce que beaucoup d’enfants palestiniens sont dans la situation d’Ahed mais ils n’ont pas bénéficié du même traitement médiatique », a-t-elle dit. (...)

    https://seenthis.net/messages/715837 via Loutre


  • « Je me suis sentie humiliée » : en #Israël, les mères juives et arabes séparées à la maternité
    https://www.nouvelobs.com/rue89/nos-vies-intimes/20180813.OBS0824/je-me-suis-sentie-humiliee-en-israel-les-meres-juives-et-arabes-separees-
    https://media.nouvelobs.com/referentiel/1200x630/16599589.jpg

    La scène se passe à l’hôpital d’Hadassah, quelques kilomètres à l’ouest de Jérusalem. C’est Sarah (certains prénoms ont été changés), une jeune femme juive israélienne, (elle vit dans un kibboutz à quelques kilomètres de la Ville sainte) qui raconte.

    Lorsqu’elle donne naissance à son troisième enfant, elle est d’abord placée dans une chambre avec une autre femme juive.

    Mais quand cette dernière part, une autre femme, arabe cette fois-ci, devient sa voisine de chambre. « Une infirmière est alors venue me voir pour s’excuser. Sur le coup, je n’ai pas compris pourquoi. »

    Son incompréhension est de courte durée. Vite, tout devient limpide, quand l’infirmière se penche sur l’épaule de Sarah, s’excusant de l’avoir mise dans une chambre avec une Arabe. Elle lui explique que, l’établissement étant complet, elle n’a pas eu d’autre choix.

    « Quand j’ai compris, j’étais choquée et embarrassée. Toute la conversation avait eu lieu alors que ma camarade de chambre était dans le lit juste à côté.

    Comme je savais qu’elle parlait hébreu, j’ai expliqué à l’infirmière qu’il n’y avait aucune raison pour qu’une femme arabe me dérange, et que nous étions tous égaux. »

    « #villa_dans_la_jungle » #apartheid

    https://seenthis.net/messages/716010 via Kassem


  • Jeremy Corbyn, les Palestiniens et l’antisémitisme
    Orient XXI > Alain Gresh > 16 août 2018
    https://orientxxi.info/magazine/jeremy-corbyn-les-palestiniens-et-l-antisemitisme,2585
    https://orientxxi.info/local/cache-vignettes/L800xH399/f1849c77f11919113744ff75bb2c35-b14e9.jpg?1534405608

    Depuis des mois, Jeremy Corbyn est l’objet d’une campagne orchestrée par le lobby pro-israélien au Royaume-Uni avec l’appui de la droite de son propre parti (le Parti travailliste) et du Parti conservateur. Il est accusé régulièrement d’antisémitisme. Celui qui est ainsi visé est l’un des dirigeants politiques européens à avoir dénoncé constamment et sans fléchir, malgré tous les chantages, l’occupation israélienne, les assassinats à Gaza, la politique du gouvernement de Benyamin Nétanyahou.

    Le dernier épisode de ces polémiques remonte à quelques jours et est rapporté, en termes assez étranges, par le quotidien Le Monde : (...)

    https://seenthis.net/messages/715022
    https://seenthis.net/messages/715078
    https://seenthis.net/messages/715335

    https://seenthis.net/messages/715399 via Loutre


  • SyrianObserver.com : Syria Will Take Back the Golan and the Sanjak of Alexandretta

    Un étonnant article publié dans un journal officiel syrien

    http://syrianobserver.com/EN/Commentary/34632/Syria_Will_Take_Back_Golan_the_Sanjak_Alexandretta

    When the war against Syria began in 2011, the Zionist enemy was still occupying the Golan Heights and the Turkish enemy was still occupying the Sanjak of Alexandretta.

    Over the years, the Syrian Arab Army has managed to dismantle the conspiracies led by the United States and other colonial powers, in which the Zionist enemy and the Turkish enemy participated. According to the new balance of powers in the region, when the war in Syria comes to an end, the Zionist enemy will be forced to withdraw fully from the Golan without alleged peace deals that follow the Camp David, Oslo and Arabah models. The withdrawal will be without conditions and similar to the Zionist withdrawal from southern Lebanon in 2000. The Zionist enemy has a crippling fear about entering into a direct war with the Syrian Arab Army, whose military and fighting capabilities have developed greatly and has stunned the Zionist enemy. The enemy has tried and failed more than once to test the Syrian air defenses. Syria is fully prepared to enter into a war and liberate the occupied Arab territory in the Golan.

    Of course, the same new equations apply to the Turkish enemy, which will be forced to withdraw from Syrian territory which it occupies, because the Syrian Arab Army and its allies will not accept anything but the full liberation of Syrian Arab territory, which has been occupied by aggressor nations which are either directly engaged in this war or which have been occupied by terrorist takfiri groups who work as proxies for them. After that, Turkey will have to withdraw from the Sanjak of Alexandretta which has been historically occupied and which the Syrian state will not allow to remain occupied. The Syrian Arab Army is ready to enter into a war to liberate it — with God as our witness.

    https://seenthis.net/messages/715297 via Nouvelles d’Orient


  • SyrianObserver.com : Syria Will Take Back the Golan and the Sanjak of Alexandretta

    Un étonnant article publié dans un journal officiel syrien

    http://syrianobserver.com/EN/Commentary/34632/Syria_Will_Take_Back_Golan_the_Sanjak_Alexandretta

    When the war against Syria began in 2011, the Zionist enemy was still occupying the Golan Heights and the Turkish enemy was still occupying the Sanjak of Alexandretta.

    Over the years, the Syrian Arab Army has managed to dismantle the conspiracies led by the United States and other colonial powers, in which the Zionist enemy and the Turkish enemy participated. According to the new balance of powers in the region, when the war in Syria comes to an end, the Zionist enemy will be forced to withdraw fully from the Golan without alleged peace deals that follow the Camp David, Oslo and Arabah models. The withdrawal will be without conditions and similar to the Zionist withdrawal from southern Lebanon in 2000. The Zionist enemy has a crippling fear about entering into a direct war with the Syrian Arab Army, whose military and fighting capabilities have developed greatly and has stunned the Zionist enemy. The enemy has tried and failed more than once to test the Syrian air defenses. Syria is fully prepared to enter into a war and liberate the occupied Arab territory in the Golan.

    Of course, the same new equations apply to the Turkish enemy, which will be forced to withdraw from Syrian territory which it occupies, because the Syrian Arab Army and its allies will not accept anything but the full liberation of Syrian Arab territory, which has been occupied by aggressor nations which are either directly engaged in this war or which have been occupied by terrorist takfiri groups who work as proxies for them. After that, Turkey will have to withdraw from the Sanjak of Alexandretta which has been historically occupied and which the Syrian state will not allow to remain occupied. The Syrian Arab Army is ready to enter into a war to liberate it — with God as our witness.

    https://seenthis.net/messages/715297 via Nouvelles d’Orient