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Open Letter Urging ‘Docunight’ to Cancel its Participation in Festival Sponsored by Israeli Government

What has quickly brought together a diversity of individuals—including a former Iranian political prisoner, a celebrated Palestinian filmmaker, important public intellectuals, and various professors, activists, students, artists, poets, writers, and cultural programmers? What has brought them together is their commitment to support the growing Palestinian civil-society call for cultural boycott, which is one element in the Palestinian call for  Boycott, Divestment and ...

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The Curious Case of Rula Amin in Jordan: Undermining the Rule of Law?

[Screenshot of Rula Amin television appearance]

[The following report was submitted to Jadaliyya by a confirmed source close to the case of Rula Amin, a reporter recently detained by Jordanian authorities.] [Update: There are confirmed reports that Rula Amin has been released from prinson today, 17 March 2015. The legal details of her release have not yet been confirmed.] On Monday 16 March 2015, Jordanian police arrested Rula Amin, a veteran international journalist, in Amman, Jordan. Rula had refused to give up ...

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R-Shief and Scholarship on Digital Activism Featured in The Chronicle of Higher Education

[Laila Shereen Sakr of R-Shief. Photo by David Walter Banks]

[The following article on R-Shief was written by Ursula Lindsey and published in The Chronicle for Higher Education on 9 March 2015 under the title "Scholar Re-Examine Arab World's 'Facebook Revolutions.'"] In January 2011, Laila Shereen Sakr realized something momentous was happening in the Middle East when her server crashed. Shereen Sakr, at that time a graduate student in the University of Southern California’s media arts and practice program, had been ...

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ACSS Conference: Questioning Social Inequity and Difference in the Arab Region (Beirut, 13-15 March)

The Arab Council for the Social Sciences (ACSS) is pleased to announce its second conference, titled Questioning Social Inequality and Difference in the Arab Region, to be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Beirut, Lebanon, on March 13-15, 2015. The conference will feature presentations of more than 80 papers examining contemporary or historical phenomena and comparative, cross-regional and global perspectives from all social science and allied disciplines. ACSS is ...

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Public Hearing Notice: UK Court to Look Into FCO Secret Document on Bahrain

[The following report was originally published by Bahrain Watch on 9 March 2015.] Judge to Decide on 18-Month Battle to Release Secret British Documents on Bahrain On 10 March, the Information Rights Tribunal in London will consider whether to order the Foreign Office to reveal 40-year-old secret communications between Foreign Office officials. In June 2013, Marc Owen Jones, a Durham University PhD student and member of the NGO, Bahrain Watch made a Freedom of ...

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Call for Submissions: BBC Arabic Film and Documentary Festival 2015

Following a successful first film and documentary festival in 2014, BBC Arabic announced its call for entries for its second festival, bringing films and documentaries about the Arab world to audiences in London. The BBC Arabic Festival is accepting submissions (deadline: 13 May 2015) in four categories; short films, short documentaries, feature documentaries, reportage. This year’s theme, ‘Rulers and Ruled: Power in a Changing Arab World’, will explore the ...

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London Event: Laleh Khalili on 'Sinews of War and Trade' (11 March)

War and trade are the mainstays of global power relations. But beyond the visible circuits of capital, goods and the bodies of workers and soldiers, and upstaged by the sanguinary violence of war, are the invisible sinews that make both commerce and war-fighting possible. In this lecture, Professor Khalili will be reflecting on the foundational role of maritime transportation and logistics in the transformation of the Middle East into a global node of war and ...

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Video: Jadaliyya Co-Editor Bassam Haddad and US Ambassador Dennis Ross Debate US Policy in the Middle East

[The following video is of  the Lund Critical Debate Series event American Foreign Policy in the Middle East: Success or Failure, featuring Jadaliyya Co-Editor Bassam Haddad and US Ambassador Dennis Ross. The event took place at Cornell University on 3 March 2015 and was moderated by Aziz Rana.The specific theme was on US policy towards the Arab uprisings.]    Dennis Ross starts at 12:50 Bassam Haddad starts at 30:20    

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Harvard Law Women’s Day Exhibition Selects Jadaliyya Co-Editor Noura Erakat Among Its 2015 Honorees

In honor of International Women’s Day, the Harvard Law and International Development Society and the Harvard Women’s Law Association are hosting the 2nd Annual Harvard Law School International Women’s Day Portrait Exhibit. The exhibit features inspiring women working in the fields of law and policy and will line the first and second floors of Wasserstein Hall from 1-14 March 2015. The Harvard Law and International Development Society together with the Harvard Women’s Law ...

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Jadaliyya Co-Editor Sinan Antoon Featured in The Guardian

[Sinan Antoon. Image via Yale University Press]

[The following profile of Jadaliyya Co-Editor Sinan Antoon was written by Farid Farid andpublished in The Guardian on 3 March 2015.] “How do you write about a country that is disintegrating?” says Sinan Antoon, on the line from his office at New York University. His words have taken on a more affective valency in recent days, as the notorious militants from Islamic State (Isis) released footage showing the graphic destruction of Assyrian and Akkadian artefacts in ...

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Implications of Qatarization: Qualitative Assessment and Possible Policy Responses

[Migrant worker housing in Industrial City, Doha. Image from Richard Messenger/flickr]

[The following report presents the status of localization efforts in Qatar's labor force and proposes recommendations to achieve better results based on an ongoing Qatarization study supported by the Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF). The study, which is carried out by FIKRA Research and Policy, aims to understand the experience of young Qataris as they transition from education to employment, and how youth choices contribute to the labor market in Qatar. While the report ...

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Northeast Ohio Events: Joel Beinin on BDS, High Risk Activism, and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (2-3 March)

Northeast Ohio Consortium for Middle East Studies (NOCMES) proudly presents Stanford University Professor and noted Middle East Historian, Joel Beinin, who will be in Northeast Ohio for four events on March 2 & 3, 2015. The subject of all his events will be the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. On Monday, March 2 at 9am EST, Prof. Beinin will appear on WCPN's The Sound of Ideas  He will discuss BDS at Stanford and more broadly as well as PM Netanyahu's ...

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Call for Applicants: Open-Rank Academic Positions in Legal Studies Program (The Doha Institute for Graduate Studies)

The Doha Institute for Graduate Studies (DI), an independent institute for learning and research in the fields of Social Sciences, Humanities, and Public Administration and Development Economics, has been newly established in Doha, Qatar by the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies. Student applications have now opened and the DI is scheduled to launch its first academic year in the Fall semester of 2015. The School of Social Sciences and Humanities is seeking to ...

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London Event: Jadaliyya Co-Editor Sinan Antoon Reading and Book Signing (February 24)

[Cover of Sinan Antoon's

In Conversation: Sinan Antoon Winner of 2014 Saif Ghoibash Prize for Arabic Literary Translation for The Corpse Washer Sinan Antoon will be in conversation with Paul Blezard, from the judging panel. The event will also feature: A reading from the novel, The Corpse Washer, a Q&A, followed by book signing and a reception Special performance by virtuoso oud player Khyam Allami. This is a free event, but please reserve your place by e-mailing: ...

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Cornell University Event: Jadaliyya Co-Editor Bassam Haddad and US Ambassador Dennis Ross Debate US Policy in the Middle East (3 March)

  [VIDEO NOW AVAILABLE HERE]   Lund Critical Debate Series presents: American Foreign Policy in the Middle East: Success or Failure Ambassador Dennis Ross (William Davidson Distinguished Fellow and Counselor, Washington Institute for Near East Policy) Professor Bassam Haddad (Director, Middle East Studies Program and Associate Professor, School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs, George Mason University) Moderated by Aziz Rana, Cornell ...

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Open Letter: Racism, Militarism, Poverty: From Ferguson to Palestine

[Angela Davis speaking in Oakland, California on 3 November, 2013. Image by Daniel Arauz.]

[The following open letter was issued by the below signatories on 4 February, 2015.] We support and congratulate UC Santa Cruz on their selection of Angela Davis for UCSC’s 31st annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Convocation The undersigned organizations write in support of UC Santa Cruz Chancellor George Blumenthal for his office’s selection and sponsorship of the Black feminist theorist and activist Angela Davis, a luminary of our movements and our region, who ...

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Call for Proposals: ‘The State and the Study of Africa’ (ASA Annual Meeting, November 2015)

CALL FOR PROPOSALS 58th Annual Meeting of the African Studies Association THE STATE AND THE STUDY OF AFRICA 19-22 November 2015 Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina San Diego, CA DEADLINE FOR PROPOSAL SUBMISSION:  15 March 2015 PROGRAM CHAIRS Dismas A. Masolo, University of Louisville Derek R. Peterson, University of Michigan ABOUT THE MEETING We are soliciting proposals for papers, panels, and roundtables. Presentations may focus on the theme ...

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Call for Applicants: Sijal Institute's Intensive Arabic Summer Courses

Sijal Institute for Arabic Language and Culture invited applications for intensive Arabic summer courses in Amman, Jordan. Established by renowned scholars of teh Arab world, we offer enthusiastic students access to: Oustanding Arabic instruction at all levels Curriculum designed at leading US iniversities Hub for intellectual and cultural events Save and exciting location in the heart of Rainbow Street (old Amman) For more information visit as at ...

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Arab Studies Institute and Asfari Institute Present: Exploring an Agenda for Active Citizenship (Beirut, Feb. 20-22)

'Exploring an Agenda for Active Citizenship' First Annual Conference A conference co-sponsored by the Arab Studies Institute and the Asfari Institute Date and Time: 8am Friday 20 February through 5:30pm Sunday 22 February Location: Beirut, Lebanon Live Tweets: Follow @AsfariInstitute The February 2015 conference commemorates the fourth anniversary of the revolts that began in Tunisia in the final days of 2010 and rapidly spread to nearly half the countries of the Arab ...

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Workshop: Carbon Democracy and Revolution: Perspectives from the Middle East and the Mediterranean

Social revolutions, civil war and crippling economic crises: What is going on in the Middle East and South Eastern Mediterranean? Are the revolutions and wars in Egypt, Syria or Libya connected to the economic crises in Greece, Italy or Cyprus? How do carbon resources and energy competition affect these tense social, economic and environmental inter-relations? What is the future of 'carbon democracy' and what are its geographic and political ramifications? Inspired by ...

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