Draft Palestinian Legislation found in Al Jazeera’s Leaked Documents

I have located two draft pieces of Palestinian legislation in  Al Jazeera’s Palestinian Papers Web site.  There may be others, but I have not found an efficient way to search the corpus of documents. Al Jazeera has not named their source, so authenticity cannot be verified.

http://english.aljazeera.net/palestinepapers/

1. Draft of Palestinian Police Law (2005)

Text is in Arabic.

http://transparency.aljazeera.net/en/document/287

Summary from Al Jazeera

This is a draft regarding guidelines that govern the Palestinian police which was sent from office of Mahmoud Abbas to the head of the security committee.

2. Draft of National Intelligence Law (2005)

http://transparency.aljazeera.net/en/document/286

Summary from Al Jazeera:

Draft law regulating the General Intelligence body; the document is addressed to the head of the security and internal affairs committees, and the head of the legal committee, asking them to get the draft ready as soon as possible and put it to the legislative council.

Center for Systemic Peace

The Center for Systemic Peace has numerous Web pages with historical information related to political stability and changes in regimes.

Adverse Regime Changes in Africa 1955-2004  http://www.systemicpeace.org/africa/ACPPAnnex2a.pdf

Coup d’Etat in Africa 1946-2004 http://www.systemicpeace.org/africa/ACPPAnnex2b.pdf

Major Periods of Armed Conflict in Sub-Saharan Africa 1946-2004 http://www.systemicpeace.org/africa/ACPPAnnex1a.pdf

Polity IV Project Political Regime Characteristics and Transitions 1800-2007 http://www.systemicpeace.org/polity/polity4.htm

Description of the Center for Systemic Peace

The Center for Systemic Peace (CSP) was founded in 1997. It is engaged in innovative research on the problem of political violence within the structural context of the dynamic global system, that is, global systems analysis. The Center supports scientific research and quantitative analysis in many issue areas related to the fundamental problems of violence in both human relations and societal development. The focus of CSP research is on the possibilities of complex systemic management of all manner of societal and systemic conflicts. The Center regularly monitors and reports on general trends in societal-system performance, at the global, regional, and state levels of analysis and in the key systemic dimensions of conflict, governance, and (human and physical) development. The Center is now affiliated with the Center for Global Policy at George Mason University.

VOA pronunciation guides for foreign names

Voice of America provides a pronunciation guide for names of foreign leaders and dignitaries. Type  in a name or choose from an alphabetical list.

Example of Sergio Viera de Mello from the VOA site. In addition to the written phonetic spelling, the site also provides an audio file of name being spoken in translation.

DE MELLO, SERGIO VIERA Brazil SEH-zhee-o vee-A-rah day MEH-lo  

VOA Pronunciation Guide

http://names.voa.gov/index.cfm

Hat tip to Prof. Peggy McGuinness