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Sarah Leah Whitson
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Sarah Leah Whitson is executive director of the Middle East and North African Division for Human Rights Watch.

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A Gift With Lots of Baggage

(6) Comments | Posted October 31, 2012 | 11:01 AM

Earlier this month Mayor Rahm Emanuel celebrated the opening of the United Arab Emirates-Manchester City Field at Haas Park, praising the facilities paid for and named after the UAE and Manchester City FC, the English soccer club owned by its ruling family. Chicagoans should not let the UAE's very public...

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Time for Tahrir 2.0

(3) Comments | Posted November 11, 2011 | 11:28 AM

As heartening as Tunisia's successful election was for post-revolutionary democratic transition in the Arab world, the distressing signals from Egypt indicate it has veered off course from the freedom and democracy goals of Tahrir Square. The country's military rulers have become steadily more abusive, while finding excuse after...

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A Matter of Civil Rights

(40) Comments | Posted April 15, 2011 | 2:35 PM

Israeli President Shimon Peres visited Washington earlier this month, hot on the heels of an announcement that Israeli authorities had approved yet more housing units for Jewish settlers in the West Bank. In a week when the U.S. paused to recall the assassination of Dr. Martin...

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A Record That Can't Be Ignored

(5) Comments | Posted June 1, 2009 | 3:54 PM

All eyes and ears will be on President Obama on June 4, when he delivers his first address from an Arab country. Will he focus on preserving a close relationship with Arab governments, whatever their shortcomings, or will he gear his message to Arab citizens, suppressed for decades by authoritarian...

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