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Report: Trapped and Punished: The Gaza Civilian Population under Operation Protective Edge

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[The following report was issued by FIDH in April 2015. Section II, containing the "Aim of the Report," is excerpted below. The full report may be read here.] The following sections will examine attacks committed by Israeli forces during Operation Protective Edge in Gaza. In particular, the following incidents will be highlighted:  • Indiscriminate attacks on civilians and their residences;  • Attacks on medical facilities, ...

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Joint NGO Statement: Stop the Forced Displacement of Palestinians in East Jerusalem and the West Bank

[The following open letter was issued by the below signatories on 1 April 2015.] We the undersigned condemn Israel’s unceasing policy of forced displacement of Palestinians in East Jerusalem, and the West Bank in general, and the recent attempted eviction of the Ghaith-Sub Laban family from their house in the Old City of Jerusalem in particular. The family holds ‘protected tenant status’ under Israeli Law, meaning that as long as they continue to pay ...

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Conference--Spaces, Scales, Routes: Region Formation in History and Anthropology (1-2 May, Cambridge, MA)

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In recent years, various regions have drawn growing interest in scholarly and popular debates. Clandestine migration overflows national borders along routes that often follow historical connections. Regionalist projects draw on pre-national pasts as they attempt to create supra-national political and economic formations. Infrastructural projects like pipelines, offshore mineral exploitation, highways, and telecommunication cables bind places and articulate stakes in ways ...

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Pakistani Progressives Oppose Pakistan’s Involvement in Yemen

[Pakistani fighter jets. Image via Wikimedia Commons.]

The video below by a friend, A.A., captures the sights and sounds of fighter planes, explosions, and anti-aircraft missiles outside her family home in Sana’a, Yemen on 27 March 2015 at 8:15pm. On Thursday, the Pakistani state said it was considering a request to join the US-backed Saudi-led coalition that is bombing Houthi rebels in Yemen. The official Saudi news agency, SPA, stated that Pakistan is one of the countries that have "declared their willingness to ...

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Harvard Event: Anthony Alessandrini on Fanonian Nonviolence: After the African Spring (6 April)

[Franz Fanon]

The Center for Middle East Studies Director's Series  is pleased to present Fanonian NonViolence: After the African Spring A Lecture by Anthony Alessandrini Date: April 6, 2015 - 4:00pm - 6:00pm Location: CMES, Room 102 38 Kirkland St, Cambridge, MA  Contact: Liz Flanagan elizabethflanagan@fas.harvard.edu Series: Director's Series This event is open to the public; no registration required. This event is off the record. ...

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Symposium: The Fourth Amendment in the Digital Age (Washington DC, 3 April)

Friday, April 3 | 8:30 am - 4:00 pm | Reception to Follow American University Washington College of Law 4801 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20016 | Room 603 Scholars, policy experts, and practitioners will convene to have an open discussion about how digital searches, government surveillance programs and new technologies are impacting Fourth Amendment protections in criminal cases. The event will also be recorded and live streamed. Please rsvp if you plan to ...

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Israeli Apartheid Week at Columbia University (23-27 March, New York)

Columbia Students for Justice in Palestine present: Israeli Apartheid Week Columbia University 23-27 March 2015           Monday-Thursday, 11am-4pm: Mock Apartheid Wall, Low Plaza Find out more here: https://www.facebook.com/events/491508574332809/ Tuesday, 8pm: Panel on "Media, Solidarity, and Palestine,” 303 Hamilton Hall  Featuring Rania Khalek, Alex Kane, Joe Catron and Hanine Hassan in conversation ...

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Announcing the Quarterly Journal in Arabic of Politics and Culture: Bidayat

[The following letter introducing Bidayat was received by Jadaliyya] I would like to bring to your attention a new quarterly journal in Arabic of political and cultural analysis and commentary, Bidayat.  Bidayat is an Arabic language intellectual and cultural quarterly publication that aims to make a significant contribution in the on-going struggles of Arab societies towards self-determination, citizenship, democracy, secularism, social and economic justice, ...

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Video: Laleh Khalili on Sinews of War and Trade

In this lecture,  Laleh Khalili draws on her recent experience of travelling on a container ship from Malta to Jabal Ali, and the research she has thus far conducted on her project on the formation and transformation of ports and transport infrastructure in the Arabian Peninsula to give her lecture. The lecture, which is preceded by an "Introduction" and concluded with a "Vote of Thanks," follows the format of such lectures ...

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CFA: Eighth South-South Institute on “Inequality and Social Justice: Perspectives from the Global South”

The Latin American Council of Social Sciences (CLACSO), the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) and the International Development Economic Associates (IDEAs), are pleased to announce—in the framework of the third three-year phase of the Africa/Asia/Latin America Scholarly Collaborative Program—the call for applications for participation in the Eight South-South Institute on Inequality and Social Justice: Perspectives from the Global ...

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Conference--Syria: Moving Beyond the Stalemate (1-3 July, St. Andrews)

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The Syrian Studies Centre at University of St. Andrews presents its third biennial conference: Syria: Moving Beyond the Stalemate 1-3 July 2015 The international conference will bring together in one place the largest and most diverse concentration of scholars of Syria. It will feature papers by some 25 based on innovative and cutting edge research. The Roundtable discussions feature the biggest names in the field of Syrian studies, diplomacy and conflict resolution. ...

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Symposium: Black Feminist Think Tank (Ann Arbor, 20 March, Live Stream Available)

The Department of Afroamerican and African Studies (DAAS) at the University of Michigan presents: Black Feminist Think Tank: A Symposium 20 March 2015, 9am-5pm Keunzel Room, Michigan Union University of Michigan Ann Arbor, Michigan This symposium will bring together a range of scholars to map key questions, concepts and debates regarding Black feminism's theoretical breadth and political and social praxis. Click here for a full listing and biographies of ...

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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?

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[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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