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Shadows of the Imperceptible: PhotoCairo6 (15 February - 23 March 2017)

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PhotoCairo6 Exhibitions run from 15 Febraury 2017, 7pm until 23 March 2017 Welcome to Shadows of the Imperceptible, the five-week-long public articulations of the sixth edition of PhotoCairo. It consists of two exhibitions at Contemporary Image Collective (CiC) and Saad Zaghloul Cultural Center as well as performances, screenings, talks, discussions and studio visits in different locations across the city. A sustained engagement with the context in ...

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Growing Sustainability at Beirut Design Week 2016 (Video)

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Growing Sustainably is a documentary film made during Beirut Design Week 2016. It focuses on four initiatives that took place over the course of that year. Each project represents a certain aspect of sustainability. The Beirut Makers, a collective of over a dozen designers and makers, are featured as an example of economic sustainability for the Lebanese design industry. TheOtherDada, an architectural studio, represents the importance of environmental ...

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Call for Volunteers: LEAP Summer English Program with Palestinian Refugee Camps in Lebanon (Deadline: 17 February 2017)

Apply Today Deadline: February 17, 2017  ABOUT LEAP  Learning for the Empowerment and Advancement of Palestinians (LEAP) is an educational empowerment program for Palestinian refugee-youth in Lebanon dedicated to nurturing the intellectual growth and creative curiosity of our students. LEAP encourages youth to become agents of change by supporting them in their educational pursuits during their most formative ...

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BBC News: A Sarcastic Response to Syria's Militants

By Mike Thomson BBC News 9 February 2017 It takes a special kind of person to run a radio station in an area controlled by Islamist militants in northern Syria. Music is forbidden, so are women presenters. But Raed Fares - manager of Radio Fresh FM - has come up with a creative response to the militants' demands. It is mid-day and almost time for the latest news from Radio Fresh FM in the rebel-held province of Idlib, in north west Syria. Suddenly the airwaves are ...

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Jadaliyya Co-Editor Noura Erakat Discusses Israeli Land Grab Law with BBC World

On 6 February 2017, the Israeli Knesset passed the Validation Bill which retroactively sanctions the status of nearly 4,000 illegal structures built on private Palestinian land. While all settlements contravene international humanitarian law’s prohibition on the transfer of civilians into occupied territory, these cases are distinct because the structures are not built on what Israel has declared “State Lands.” Instead, they are built on private Palestinian lands where the ...

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Mass Hangings and Extermination at Saydnaya Prison, Syria

[The following report was issued by Amnesty International on 7 February 2017] Human Slaughterhous: Mass Hangings and Extermination at Saydnaya Prison, Syria Executive Summary Saydnaya Military Prison is where the Syrian state quietly slaughters its own people. The victims are overwhelmingly ordinary civilians who are thought to oppose the government. Since 2011, thousands of people have been extrajudicially executed in mass hangings, carried out at night and in the utmost ...

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Call for Papers: Scar-Cities: Middle East Urbanisms between Violent Environments and Disrupted Governance

CFP: Scar-Cities: Middle East Urbanisms between Violent Environments and Disrupted Governance At the Royal Geographical Society with the Institute of British Geographers (RGS-IBG) Annual Conference in London, 29 August  to 1 September 2017.  Panel affiliated to the Urban Geography Research Group Session's convener: Nathan Marom (Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya, Israel) Middle East cities–and the wider regions and territories in which they are ...

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Protesting the Modern Language Association's Anti-Boycott Resolution

[This statement was originally published on 30 January 2017. The initial signatories are Modern Language Assocation (MLA) prize winners, current Delegate Assembly members, and past Executive Council members and MLA presidents. The petition is now open to all active and past members of the MLA; for more information, or to sign on to this petition, click here.] 30 January 2017 To the Executive Council of the Modern Language Association: We write collectively as MLA award ...

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Eleven Former MESA Presidents Support Current Bylaw Amendment Proposal

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[The following letter was issued by a group of former presidents of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) on 7 November 2016 in support of a bylaw amendment introduced at the 2016 Members Meeting. The amendment is currently up for a membership-wide vote. See below for details on voting.]         Enhancing MESA’s Legal Standing Dear members of the Middle East Studies Association of North America, We are writing as former MESA presidents, in ...

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Press Release: NYC Yemeni Grocery Stores to Shut Down in Response to "Muslim Ban"

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Wednesday, February 1 (New York, New York)  On Thursday, February 2, Yemeni grocery store owners across five New York boroughs will close 1,000 stores from 12pm to 8pm in response to the Trump administration’s infamous “Muslim Ban” executive order. This shutdown of grocery stores and bodegas will be a public show of the vital role these grocers and their families play in New York’s economic and social fabric and, during this period, grocery store owners will spend time ...

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Call for Applicants--2017 Doctoral Dissertation Summer Institute: Researching Lebanon

The Arab Studies Institute (ASI), AUB’s Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies (CAMES), and AUB's Asfar Institute for Civil Society and Citizenship are pleased to announce the second Doctoral Dissertation Summer Institute on Lebanon, to be held 12-23 June 2017. The program aims to provide a framework for facilitating and advancing rigorous inter-disciplinary doctoral dissertation research on Lebanon. Scholarly literature ...

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MESA Memo on Executive Order to Limit Entry of Middle Eastern Refugees and Immigrants (29 January 2017)

[The following memo was issued on 29 January 2017 by the the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) regarding the Executive Order to Limit Entry of Middle Eastern Refugees and Immigrants] Memo on Executive Order to Limit Entry of Middle Eastern Refugees and Immigrants (29 January 2017) President Donald J. Trump signed an Executive Order on January 27th, 2017 which issued new guidance on the admission and vetting of non-citizens to the United States. Key ...

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Press Release and Petition: Academics Denounce Trump's Executive Order on Immigration

[The following press release and petition were issued on 27 January 2017 by a group of concerned academics. As of 29 January 2017, over 4500 US-based academics have signed the petition, with an additiona plus 1000 post-doctoral fellows, doctoral students, and non-US scholars signing on as well.] For Immediate Release Academics Denounce Trump's Executive Order on Immigration Press Inquiries: NEW YORK, NY – January 27, 2017 – More than 6,000 ...

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Call for Papers -- McGill Islamic Studies Graduate Students' Symposium CFP: (Deadline: 5 February 2017)

Call for Papers: McGill Institute of Islamic Studies Graduate Student Symposium Symposium Dates: April 26th and 27th, 2017 Main McGill Campus Within recent years, Islam has been a potent subject for televised and radio debates, heated dinner table discussions, legal and judicial hearings, rhetorical publications, official statements from religious leaders, and funding applications that capitalize on the political expediency of its study. These modern forums are ...

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Call for Letters of Interest: Summer Institute on Critical Security Studies in the Arab World (Beirut, 17-21 July 2017)

Call for Letters of Interest Summer Institute on Critical Security Studies in the Arab World “Security Beyond the State” July 17-21, 2017 | Beirut The Arab Council for the Social Sciences (ACSS) is soliciting letters of interest from doctoral students, junior scholars, and other researchers for the first Summer Institute on Critical Security Studies in the Arab World titled “Security Beyond the State,” which will be held on July 17-21, 2017 in Beirut, Lebanon. This ...

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Press Release: Former Israeli Minister Tzipi Livni in to be Questioned in Brussels

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[The following press release was issued on 19 January 2017. See contact info below] Press Release 19 January 2017 Belgo-Palestinian Association Former Israeli minister of affairs Tzipi LIVNI in Brussels - Judicial arrest This Monday, January 23rd, 2017, Mrs. Tzipi LIVNI, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Israel, comes to Brussels to participate in a conference in the European Parliament. She was Minister of Foreign Affairs at the time of the Israeli military ...

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UNOCHA Update on Wadi Barada, Syria

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[This report was issued by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) on 14 January 2017.] Syrian Arab Republic: Wadi Barada Flash Update No. 1 14 January 2017   Highlights Since 22 December, an estimated 5.5 million people in Damascus and surrounding areas have been cut off from their main source of water supply, the Ein Elfijeh and Barada springs, after those were damaged. Following an agreement of 13 ...

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Press Release: Bahrain Executes Three Men

[The following press release was issued on 15 January 2017 by Reprieve] Three men were executed by firing squad in Bahrain this morning (15th) according to the Attorney General. The three men executed were Ali Al-Singace (21), Abbas Al-Samea (27) and Sami Mushaima (42). Commenting, Maya Foa, a director of international human rights group Reprieve, said: It is nothing short of an outrage – and a disgraceful breach of international law – that Bahrain has gone ahead ...

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Beirut Conference: Rethinking Media Through the Middle East

Organized by the Media Studies Program at the American University of Beirut in collaboration with the Arab Council for the Social Sciences and AUB’s Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies--American University of Beirut on 12-13 January 2017. Within the field of media studies, Middle Eastern media is often treated as a domain of interest only to area specialists. If knowledge about Middle Eastern media usually serves only to supplement dominant frameworks and ...

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In Keeping with Conservative History, MLA Votes Down Resolution to Boycott Israeli Institutions

[This statement was released by MLA Members for Justice in Palestine on 9 January 2017.] At the annual convention of the Delegate Assembly of the Modern Language Association (MLA), a resolution to endorse the Palestinian call for a boycott of Israeli academic institutions for their involvement in violations of international law was voted down by 113-78. The Delegate Assembly is the representative body of the Association, and the resolution will not now move forward for ...

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