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GCHR Report: Oman - Internal Security Service Continues Systematic Targeting of Human Rights Defenders and Internet Activists

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[The following report was published by the Gulf Center for Human Rights on 24 April 2017.] Oman: Internal Security Service Continues Systematic Targeting of Human Rights Defenders and Internet Activists According to reports from Oman, the Internal Security Service (ISS) has arrested both human rights defender Ahmed Al-Bahri and Internet activist Khalid Al-Ramadani for their peaceful and legitimate activities in the field of human rights and their ...

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Berkeley Event--6 Days, 50 Years: 1967 and the Politics of Time (28 April 2017)

[Photo by Rola Khayyat]

On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Middle East war, the Centers for Middle Eastern Studies at UC Berkeley, UCLA and UC Santa arbara will host contemporaneous events to address this significant milestone. [There is a panel discussion at 10 am followed by a keynote at 3:30 to be delivered by Jadaliyya Co-Editor Noura Erakat.]

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GCHR Report: Saudi Arabia - Human Rights Defender Mohammed Abdullah Al-Otaibi Calls On The International Community To Protect Him

[Gulf Center for Human Right. Image from gc4hr.org.]

[The following report was published by the Gulf Center for Human Rights on 23 April 2017.] Saudi human rights defender Mohammed Abdullah Al-Otaibi has called for international support after being forced to leave Saudi Arabia for Qatar. He said, "I call on the international community to protect me under the 1951 UN Convention and its 1967 Protocol relating to the Status of Refugees and to either resettle me in Qatar or to be resettled in a third country ...

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Suppressing Dissent and Sustaining Impunity: Torture in Bahrain 2015-2016

[Bahrain Center for Human Rights logo. Image from bahrainrights.org]

[The following report summary was published by the Bahrain Center for Human Rights on 10 April 2017. For the full report, click here.] In light of Bahrain’s upcoming review by the UN Committee Against Torture (CAT), the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR) has produced a shadow report demonstrating Bahrain’s continued use of torture. BCHR has documented and reported allegations of torture in the past year, and strongly condemns the alleged use of torture by the Bahraini ...

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Instruments of Pain: Conflict and Famine in Yemen

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[The following report was originally published on 13 April 2017 by the International Crisis Group. The full report can be found here.] War in denying Yemenis food to eat. This special briefing, the first of four examining the famine threats there and in South Sudan, Nigeria and Somalia, urges the Saudi-led coalition not to assault Yemen's most important port, Hodeida, and both sides to immediately resolve deadlock over the Central Bank. I. Overview Yemenis are ...

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Two Video Installations by Dictaphone Group (Houston, 18-23 April 2017)

This year's installment of Houston's CounterCurrent Festival will feature two video installations by the Lebanon-based Dictaphone Group, a research and performance collective that creates live art events based on multidisciplinary study of space. The two video installations on display in Houston tackle different aspects of displacement, refuge, and urban space, taking on the experience of individual Syrian and Palestinian refugees. Both installations are showing ...

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GMU Event -- Looking Back, Looking Forward: Reflections on the United States and the Middle East (18 April 2017)

[GMU Event -- Looking Back, Looking Forward: Reflections on the United States and the Middle East. 18 April 2017, 5:30 pm, Merten Hall, 1201, George Mason University] Middle East and Islamic Studies Annual Lecture Cosponsored by Arab Studies Institute, Schar School For Policy and Government, Center for Global Islamic Studies, Global Interdisciplinary Programs, Middle East Policy Group, History Department, Global Affairs  18 April 2017, 5:30 ...

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Berlin Event: Sinan Antoon on "Language, Writing and Memory in Contexts of Migration" (18 April 2017)

[Event Poster. Courtesy of Mayadin al-Tahrir]

Language, Writing and Memory in Contexts of Migration:  A Conversation/Book Signing with Sinan Antoon in Berlin (Hosted by Mayadin al-Tahrir) Tuesday, April 18, 7 pm. Haus der Demokratie und Menschenrechte, Greifswalder Str. 4, 10405 Berlin «Who am I?  This is a question that others ask,  but have no answer. I am my language I am an ode, two odes, ten.  This is my language» - Mahmoud Darwish In a global context of unprecedented movement and ...

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GMU Event -- Trump's Strike on Syria: Context/Implications: GMU Town Hall Conversation (13 April 2017)

[GMU Event -- Trump's Strike on Syria: Context/Implications: GMU Town Hall Conversation. Thursday, April 13, 4:30pm. Research I Room 163, GMU] TOWN HALL CONVERSATION Thursday, April 13, Research I Room 163, GMU Trump’s Strike on Syria: Context and Implications [Trump, Putin, Asad, and the Others] SPEAKERS: Jack Goldstone Bassam Haddad Janine Wedel  Peter Mandaville Thursday, 13 April 2017, 4:30 pm Research I, Room 163 George Mason ...

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Announcing the #IslamophobiaIsRacism Syllabus

In response to intensified anti-Muslim racism and inspired by the #FergusonSyllabus, the #StandingRockSyllabus, the #BlackIslamSyllabus and others, a group of interdisciplinary scholars has created the #IslamophobiaIsRacism syllabus to provide resources for teaching and learning about anti-Muslim racism in the United States. This syllabus deliberately reframes “Islamophobia” as “anti-Muslim racism” to more accurately reflect the intersection of race and ...

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DC Event — Silenced No More: NFL Player Michael Bennet on Activism and Professional Sports (10 April 2017)

[DC Event — Silenced No More: NFL Player Michael Bennet on Activism and Professional Sports. In Conversation with Noura Erakat and David Zirin. Monday April 10, 2017. 7-9pm. Busboys and Poets (14th & V)]  

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Political Economy of Development Series at GMU

Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, and Political Economy Project present: [Political Economy of Development Series at GMU : : Starting Tuesday, April 4, 12 pm, JC 3rd Floor, Room B, with John Warner] LECTURE Political Economy of Oil by John Warner Tuesday April 4, 12 pm Johnson Center  3rd Floor, Room B George Mason University This lecture addresses the intricacies and intersections of oil, authoritarian rule, and regional/international ...

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Task Force on Population Movement Yemen Report (March 2017)

[IDP Individuals by Governorate of Origin. Image from TFPM Report: http://www.globaldtm.info/yemen/.]

 [The following report summary was published by the International Organization on Migration’s Displacement Tracking Matrix on 15 March 2017. For the full report, click here.]   Task Force on Population Movement | TFPM Yemen | 13th Report – March 2017 The Task Force for Population Movement (TFPM), co-led by IOM and UNHCR is a Technical Working Group of the Yemen Protection Cluster. The TFPM implements an information management tool that gathers data on ...

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The Naksa Fifty Years Later: New Sources, Questions, and Approaches to the '67 War (Conference at Harvard)

The Center for Middle Eastern Studies  presents a conference The Naksa Fifty Years Later:   New Sources, Questions, and Approaches to the '67 War March 30-31, 2017  William James Hall, Lecture Hall B1,  Lower Level Harvard University, 33 Kirkland St, Cambridge, MA    On the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the June 1967 War, this workshop seeks to explore new approaches to understand and rethink this pivotal and ...

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Torture, Physical Coercion, and Reprisals in Bahrain Belie Commitment to Reform

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[The following report summary was published by the Gulf Center for Human Rights on 20 March 2017. For the full report, click here.] Impunity for torture and other abuses against human rights defenders continues in Bahrain, according to a new report by the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) prepared with the assistance of Dorsey & Whitney LLP, an international law firm. The report is being submitted to the United Nations Committee Against Torture (CAT) and will be ...

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The Syrian Uprising Six Years On: Causes, Dynamics, Prospects, GMU Lecture by Jadaliyya Co-Editor Bassam Haddad

       The Middle East Policy Group at the Schar School of Policy and Government, in collaboration with the Middle East and Islamic Studies program of George Mason University, invites you to attend the second session of the Reflections on Middle East Policy series.       The Syrian Uprising Six Years O

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Joint Statement Regarding the anti-Semitic, anti-Black, anti-Arab and anti-Muslim Posters on UIC’s Campus

[University of Illinois at Chicago East Campus. Image by Hied5 via Wikimedia Commons]

[The following press release was issued by the below signatories on 20 March 2017.] Joint Statement Regarding the anti-Semitic, anti-Black, anti-Arab and anti-Muslim Posters on UIC’s Campus March 20, 2017 On March 16, a series of flyers was posted on UIC’s campus that exploit social justice issues to spread anti-Semitic views. First and foremost, as units on campus that work at the forefront of UIC’s commitment to diversity and social justice, we condemn all forms of ...

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Text of Resignation Letter by ESCWA Executive Secretary Rima Khalaf

[Rima Khalaf.]

[The following text is the resignation letter submitted by ESWA Executie Secretary Rima Khalaf in response to the formal request by UN Secretary General that ESCWA withdraw the publication of a report that asserts Israel is committing Apartheid. Click here to access the full ESCWA report, which has since been removed from the UN website.] Dear Mr. Secretary-General, I have carefully considered your message conveyed through the Chef de Cabinet and assure you that at no ...

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MESA Membership Passes Bylaw Amendment Removing 'Non-Political' Clause and Affirming 501(c)3 Status

[Geometric arabesque tiling on the underside of the dome of Hafiz Shirazi's tomb in Shiraz. Image by Pontecelo via Wikipedia]

The general membership of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) has approved (with 81% of voters supporting) a bylaw amendment that does two things: first, it removes term "non-political" from its self-description; second, it reaffirms the committment to operating in accordance with its 501(c)3 status. The amendment was introduced by a diverse array of MESA members during the business meeting of the 2016 Annual Meeting. It was then that those in ...

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UN Report Establishes Israeli Apartheid; Fallout Begins

This week the United Nations published a report that establishes Israel as an Apartheid regime. The UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) commissioned the report commissioned from the authors, Richard Falk and Virginia Tilley. Amidst mounting political pressure, the UN Secretary General ordered UN ESCWA to shelve the report. Rima Khalaf, who is the ESCWA Executive Secretary, refused this instruction and has since resigned in protest even though her ...

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