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Human Wrongs Watch
By:Baher Kamal, Egypt
Date: Wednesday, 15 February 2012, 3:35 pm

Dear Colleagues, Friends,

Human Wrongs Watch latest articles, and some previous ones.

Thank you. Baher Kamal
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Bahrain – US-backed Regime Crushes Protest

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By Bill Van Auken – WSWS* - The US-backed monarchy in the island Gulf state of Bahrain unleashed intense repression on Monday [Feb.13] and Tuesday [Feb.14] to break up demonstrations by thousands of workers and youth marking the first anniversary of the brutally crushed pro-democracy protests that began on February 14, 2011.
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Bahrain, a Year After – Q&A with Activist Ahmed Mohammed

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By Zach Zill – Socialist Worker* - The small island nation of Bahrain sits in the Persian Gulf, between Saudi Arabia and Qatar. When the Tunisian and Egyptian uprising toppled U.S.-backed dictators last year, all of the region’s dictatorships trembled, including Bahrain. The winds of change inspired Bahrain’s downtrodden, and the country’s monarchy barely managed to maintain its grip on power.

Ahmed Mohammed, a Bahraini activist visiting the U.S., spoke with Zach Zill about Bahrain’s rebellion, and what the future holds.
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Libyan Civil Society: Capacity Building Urgently Needed

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Libyan civil society organzations (CSOs) are now faced with three key challenges: internal development of knowledge; focus on holding new authorities accountable, and conversion from emergency-driven organizations to development-driven ones, according to a survey.
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‘Stop the Military Junta Brutal Attacks on Free Expression’ in Egypt

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New York – The climate for free expression in Egypt “has worsened since Hosni Mubarak was ousted a year ago,” Human Rights Watch (HRW) reports. “Egypt’s ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) should act to end assaults on journalists by security forces. It should cease prosecutions based on laws violating media freedoms, and the country’s newly elected parliament should promptly repeal those laws.”
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The “Troika” and the Complete Ruination of Greek Workers

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The new set of severe conditions that the “Troika” imposed on Greece in return for a new $173 billion (130 billion euro) bailout it needs to avoid a bankruptcy, has led to the collapse of Athens coalition government, as the far-right populist Laos Party rejected the loan agreement and several ministers and socialist senior officials resigned on Friday 10 February.

By Peter Schwarz – World Socialist Web Site* - The attacks on the Greek population have assumed monstrous proportions. The “Troika” of the European Commission, the International Monetary Fund and the European Central Bank is demanding no less than the complete ruination of the Greek working class.
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Now the UN General Assembly Discusses Situation in Syria

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New York, 13 February – The UN General Assembly began meeting on 13 Feb. to discuss the situation inside Syria, where thousands of people have been killed as a result of the Government’s ongoing crackdown against a pro-democracy uprising.
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Nuclear Free Middle East “High Priority”

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Q&A with UN General Assembly President

By Ramesh Jaura* – IDN-InDepthNews, New York – UN General Assembly (UNGA) President Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser is committed to convening an international conference directed at establishing a nuclear-weapons-free zone in the Middle East.

“I continue both personally and through my office to lend all possible support to formal and informal efforts and events dedicated to a timely convening of the 2012 conference,” Al-Nasser told Global Perspectives, IDN’s monthly magazine for international cooperation in a wide-ranging, exclusive question-and-answer interview. Finland offered to host the related international conference.
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No Food for Half of Oil-Rich South Sudan Population

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Food shortages have worsened, with the number of South Sudanese without enough to eat rising from 3.3 million last year to 4.7 million currently, according to a new UN report. This figure represents more than 50% of the recently independent oil-rich country, estimated in less than 9 million.