Sexual Assaults on the Rise in Tahrir Square

Women protest Sexual Violence in Tahrir Square

Women protest Sexual Violence in Tahrir Square

As the world reels from the Delhi Rape trials, fresh violence against women is hitting the newsstands, but this time in Cairo, Egypt.

While protests against President Morsi’s constitution, the influence of the Muslim Brotherhood and police brutality continue throughout Egypt, it is only recently that the extent of the protest violence has come to light.

Protests on 25 January marking the anniversary uprisings against the Mubarak regime resulted in reports of a staggering 22 cases of sexual assault and rape.  Continue reading

Israel’s Upcoming Election

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With the help of election translation services pollsters suggest Benjamin Netanyahu will comfortably win next weeks elections on Tuesday. He promised no Jewish settlements in the West Bank will be removed if he wins – the failure to remove these settlements could prove problematic for the Israeli and Palestinian peace making process as it is both a sensitive geographical area and a prerequisite for Palestinian cooperation. Continue reading

Israeli Jack Teitel Convicted of Murder, Attempted Murder and Assault

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Jack Teitel: Convicted on 2 Counts of Murder

Jack Teitel: Convicted on 2 Counts of Murder

An Israeli man, born in the US, has been convicted of the murder of two Palestinian men in 1997.

Jack Teitel, formerly of West Bank Jewish settlement in Shvut Rachel near Jerusalem, murdered Samir Akram and an unnamed Palestinian shepherd. Teitel is also convicted of a further two counts of attempted murder, assault with intent, and incitement of violence in the years between 1997 and 2008. Continue reading

Who Killed the Three Kurdish Women?

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Some forty thousand people have been killed in the space of 30 years of insurgency and counterinsurgency involving the Turks and the Kurds. Last week in Paris, if you recall, three women activists were shot down dead in an execution style which gave rise to an enormous amount of protests and demonstrations around the world.

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Burmese Magazine Loses License over Sexual Content

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Burmese Magazine

The Burmese government took legal action against a fashion magazine on Wednesday, which produced sexual material in last month’s publication.

The December issue of Nyhot was said to include ‘sexually arousing photos and articles,’ consisting of images of Burmese women in revealing items of clothing assuming provocative poses, which were accompanied by articles that the editor deemed to be tantamount to sex education. Continue reading

Assad Speech in Syria Not Well Received!

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The leader of Syria, President Assad, has made a speech in which he has labelled his opponents as “puppets of the West”. The speech has been heavily criticised by the US government who have perceived it as an attempt by Assad to maintain his power in the country. In the speech, President Assad spoke of his proposed peace plan, however his proposals have been seen as being “detached from reality” by the US state department. Continue reading

Mubarak Millions Seized By Spanish Police

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Hosni Mubarak

Spanish police yesterday seized more than 28 million Euros (£22.7 million) in assets belonging to former dictator Hosni Mubarak, from the mainland and island resorts.

International authorities saw Egypt enlist the help of Spain to freeze Mubarak’s assets under a UN anti-corruption convention, which called for the reclaiming of assets from 130 people associated with Mr Mubarak’s regime. Arabic translation services report that Mubarak’s astonishing amount of assets from his dictatorship lasting 23 years, were funded by corruption, crime and embezzlement of public money. Continue reading

Opposition Calls President Morsi’s Constitution ‘Too Islamist’

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President Mohammed Morsi

President Mohammed Morsi

President Morsi’s opposition the National Salvation Front is calling for the Egyptian public to vote ‘no’ in the referendum following the president’s much debated draft constitution.

The constitution has been blasted for being ‘too Islamist,’ particularly in reference to the rights of women, the right to religious practices and the freedom of speech through journalism, confirmed through an Arabic translation of the text. Continue reading

The Arab Spring, Part Eleven…

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In regards to Syria’s situation, it is interesting to quote how the Lebanese expert Nadīm Šaḥāda said in one of his articles: he denounces the lack of a clear declaration from the part of the international community towards the Syrian regime and as a consequence the transmission of a wrong message. That is that the regime government has carte blanche to establish his supremacy over Syria again. Continue reading