C.R.I.M.E. Report

Launched in 2007 as an edgy e-newsletter chronicling the Middle East’s underground civil rights scene, The C.R.I.M.E. Report stands for “Civil Rights in the Middle East” – a reminder that advocating for basic rights sometimes lands Middle Easterners in jail. As a briefing on alleged “crimes,” the newsletter spotlights the setbacks and successes of the region’s expanding civil rights movement. Interviews with diverse activists appear under a regular section called “WANTED,” along with quick links to stories of citizens “under surveillance” and reformers mobilizing as “organized crime.”

The Report addresses two often-overlooked aspects of reform. (1) Civil rights – not democracy: Individual rights must be guaranteed for all people; otherwise, elections can simply enshrine repressive regimes. (2) Grassroots efforts – not foreign policy: As members of an open society, Americans are working outside of government to partner with Middle Eastern activists.

The C.R.I.M.E. Report does not cover geo-political hot topics like the Iraq War, the Arab-Israeli-Iranian conflict, and theological debates. Such issues receive extensive coverage, and people who disagree over them can still unite to support civil rights reformers.

We welcome reader feedback and hope the newsletter sparks readers’ activist spirit. Ultimately, our goal is to make you a “Partner in CRIME” – an engaged participant rather than a mere bystander to civil rights history in the making.


C.R.I.M.E. Report Archive


AIC’s Executive Director, Zainab Al-Suwaij, interviewed by the USA Today

The USA Today recently interviewed AIC’s Executive Director, Zainab Al-Suwaij, about Project Nur and the students’ effort to educate communities about the Syrian conflict. Click here to read the full article.

02/10/2014 | News

UICSPH Project Summary: U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations praises program’s “proven results”

The University of Illinois at Chicago’s School of Public Health posted a summary abstract of AIC’s Ambassadors for Peace Project in Iraq, which wrapped up in December 2013. It highlights […]

12/15/2013 | News

American Islamic Congress Announces Fourth Annual Benefit: Light Up The Night

BOSTON, December 4— On the heels of the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the U.N. Human Rights Day, the Cultural Center at the The American Islamic Congress (AIC) will […]

12/3/2013 | News | Press Releases
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