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A group of 86 human rights organizations and independent experts Friday urged the European Union to impose “targeted sanctions” against the NSO Group, an Israeli company producing the Pegasus surveillance software linked with human rights abuses. The signatories cited investigations by the Front Line Defenders, Forbidden Stories and Citizen Lab that exposed how governments across [...]

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 “It must not be forgotten that it is perhaps more dangerous for a nation to allow itself to be conquered intellectually than by arms.” -Guillaume Apollinaire, The New Spirit and the Poets (1917) Whenever Israel finds itself in the midst of major conflict with Hamas, each side seeks to defend itself in military and legal [...]

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Amnesty International on Wednesday reported a global decline in state executions in 2020 due to the pandemic. The report details a global review of death penalty rates from January 2020 through December 2020, which fell by 26% as compared to 2019. Despite the trend, many countries — including Egypt and the United States — significantly [...]

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Abstract: In principle, especially during a rare historical moment of extra-terrestrial exploration and immunological control, our species ought to render itself capable of managing nuclear threats. Prima facie, after all, the difficulties of transporting complex instrumentation to Mars and simultaneously fashioning effective vaccines against deadly pathogens should exceed even the most complex challenges of international peace. Nonetheless, [...]

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Egyptian authorities Saturday released a journalist working for Qatar’s Al Jazeera television network who had been held in pre-trial detention for more than four years. Mahmoud Hussein, a video editor, was arrested in 2016 over accusations of attempting to overthrow the country’s government and being a member of the banned political party, Muslim Brotherhood. Egypt’s Ministry [...]

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Morocco’s King Mohammed VI and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu agreed to normalize relations between their respective countries on Thursday, following the lead of other Arab states like Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Sudan, Jordan and Egypt. The US contributed to the deal between Israel and Morocco by recognizing Morocco’s sovereignty over West Sahara. Netanyahu [...]

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The UN Special Rapporteur on the negative impacts of unilateral coercive measures on the enjoyment of human rights, Alena Douhan, on Thursday urged Middle East countries to lift sanctions against Qatar. The report followed Douhan’s 12-day visit to Qatar to “assess the impact of unilateral sanctions imposed by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United [...]

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