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The AUB Noise and Silence Research Group: صوت وصمت

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Car horns, screeching tires, motorists’ blaring music, motorcycle accelerations, sirens—official and unofficial, construction jack hammers, grinding electricity generators: all these create a deafening din of background noise in Beirut. Noise is an important issue affecting the quality of life. Research in other parts of the world has demonstrated the link between noise and damage to hearing, and problems with concentration, memory, stress, sleep, cardiovascular health, and ...

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Reading Event: al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here (Washington DC, 5 March)

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Busboys and Poets, Split This Rock, George Mason University, School of Art and Corcoran School of Art + Design Present: Al Mutanabbi Street Starts Here: Commemorative Readings Wednesday, March 5, 2014  /  6-830 PM. Busboys and Poets 14th and V Streets Washington, DC Free and Open to the Public Light Refreshments provided by Busboys and Poets Featuring Readings by: Zein El-Amine Sarah Browning Elana Casey Mariam Coker Elliott ...

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Freedom of Expression in Turkey: Problems and Challenges (London School of Economics, 3 March)

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“Freedom of Expression in Turkey: Problems and Challenges” LSE Contemporary Turkish Studies Conference MONDAY, 3 MARCH 2014 18:00-20:00 Speaker: Mr. Yavuz Baydar Journalist and Columnist with Daily Today's Zaman Chair:        Dr. Rebecca Bryant A.N. Hadjiyannis Senior Research Fellow, European Institute, LSE Discussant: Dr. Ayça Çubukçu Assistant Professor of Human Rights, LSE Venue: NAB.1.04, New Academic Building ...

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Trigger-Happy: Israel's Use of Excessive Force in the West Bank

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[The following report was published by Amnesty International on 27 February 2014] Trigger-Happy: Israel's Use of Excessive Force in the West Bank Introduction “Out of nowhere many soldiers jumped out and ambushed Samir. They shot him first in the leg, yet he managed to run away towards the village. But how far can an injured child run? Twenty, maybe 30, metres? They could have easily arrested him, especially when he was injured, but instead ...

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Conference-New Directions in Palestinian Studies: Political Economy (Brown University, 28 Feb. - 1 Mar.)

Middle East Studies at Brown University presents: Political Economy and the Economy of Politics: New Directions in Palestinian Studies Friday, February 28 and Saturday, March 1, 2014 Joukowsky Forum Watson Institute for International Studies 111 Thayer Street Providence, RI 02912 There is now a critical mass of innovative scholars in the US, Europe, and the Middle East who work on Palestine and the Palestinians. The field has grown quantitatively and ...

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Event: Grounding Political Change in Egypt: The Public Interest, Local Roots of Democracy, and the Right to the City (Cairo, 3 March)

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Grounding Political Change in Egypt:  The Public Interest, Local Roots of Democracy, and the Right to the City While national electoral politics and the struggles between state institutions and protesters have been dominating headlines from Egypt, Egyptian citizens have been organizing to address chronic problems in their communities. Despite overwhelming obstacles, these local initiatives are challenging longstanding urban governance and planning norms in Egypt and ...

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Job Opening: Specialists on Syria at the University of St Andrews

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Inviting Applications from Specialists on Syria at the University of St. Andrews. Link to Vacancy Posting Lecturer - MR1291 Description School of International Relations, Salary: £37,756 - £46,400 per annum, Start: 1 September 2014 or as soon as possible thereafter Details The University of St Andrews is planning further substantial investment in its highly regarded School of International Relations. We therefore invite applications for several positions at the ...

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Yemeni Teacher Unlawfully Detained Since Revolution

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[The following press release was issued by the Alkarama Foundation on 21 February 2014] Mohammad Muthana Al Ammari, a 34 year-old Yemeni teacher who had participated, like so many others, in the demonstrations that toppled former Yemeni president Saleh, was abducted from the street in Sana'a on 5 December 2011 by a dozen armed men. After being disappeared and tortured, he was sentenced on 19 October 2012 to two years in prison by a special courtfor political motives after a ...

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (February 17-23)

This is a selection of what you might have missed on Jadaliyya last week. It also includes a list of the most read articles and roundups. Progressively, we will be featuring more content on our "Last Week on Jadaliyya" series. Moral Panics, Sex Panics and the Production of A Lebanese Nation في وصف جمهورية السيسي What’s Happening in Turkey? A Roundtable with the Turkey Page Editors Commemorating Janet Abu-Lughod Cairo: The ...

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Conference: Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies Graduate Student Conference (New York, 27-28 February 2014)

Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies Graduate Student Conference New York, 27-28 February 2014 Knox Hall, Columbia University 606 West 122nd Street Presented by the Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies Columbia University Thursday 27 February 8.30 - 9.30 am: Registration (Knox Lobby) and Light Breakfast (Knox 207 and 208) 9.30 - 10.30 am: Welcome Remarks (Matan Cohen) and Plenary Address (Sudipta Kaviraj) - Knox 208 SESSION ...

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Carnegie Centennial Fellowship at the University of Minnesota

Call for Applications Humphrey School of Public Affairs University of Minnesota Andrew Carnegie Centennial Fellowship in Support of Visiting Scholars in the Social Sciences from Arab Universities  The Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota announces the availability of a limited number of fellowships for social scientists from Arab universities to spend a semester in residence at the Humphrey School in the Fall semester of 2014.  The ...

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Call for Papers: Special Issue of Critical Sociology on 'Sociological Imagination in the Middle East'

Call for Papers: Special Issue of Critical Sociology "Sociological Imagination in the Middle East" Beginning in 1969, Critical Sociology has examined social structures, social change, and social problems through the lenses of the critical imagination. Critical Sociology publishes scholarly work on transnational and global sociology, and as a result of its initiatives, Latin American, and African Sociology is now represented in the journal. Recently, the ...

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Nouveau Webdoc: Au centre de Tunis: géographies de l’espace public après une révolution

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Un nouveau web-documentaire intitulé Au centre de Tunis: Géographies de l’espace public après une révolution est paru sur le net. Il s’agit d’une recherche universitaire réalisée par des géographes de l’Université de Cagliari (Italie), du Politecnico de Turin et de l’Université Montpellier 3 (UMR GRED), conçue et produite avec des professionnels des médias (photographes, vidéastes et journalistes), en collaboration avec l’agence Prospekt Photographers de Milan, et financée ...

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مئة مفكر ومفكرة يطالبون باطلاق سراح الشاعر الفلسطيني أشرف فياض من السجن في المملكة العربية السعودية

[أصدر الموقعون أدناه المطلب التالي في 11 شباط (فبراير) 2014. وكتب المطلب كرد على قرار السلطات السعودية باعتقال واحتجاز أشرف فياض في عام 2013 لنشرة مجموعة شعرية في عام 2008.] نحن الموقعون في هذا البيان من أدباء وكتاب وفنانين وصحفيين وناشرين وناشطين حقوق وحريات عرب، نطلق حملة فلنتضامن مع اشرف فياض الشاعر والفنان التشكيلي الفلسطيني المعتقل في المملكة العربية السعودية للشهر الثاني، بتهمة التعدي على الذات الإلهية وإطالة الشعر بحسب الأنباء الواردة معلنين قلقنا الشديد مما يمكن ...

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One Hundred Arab Intellectuals Demand the Release of Palestinian Poet Ashraf Fayadh from Saudi Prison

[The following petition was issued on 11 February 2014 by the below signatories. The petition was organized in response to the Saudi authorities'  arrest and detention of Ashraf Fayadh in 2013 for a collection of poems he published in 2008.] As Arab authors, writers, artists, journalists, publishers, and activists, we are launching a solidarity campaign with Palestinian poet and artist Ashraf Fayadh who was detained in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia two months ago and ...

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التطورات الأخيرة في الحملة الدولية لمقاطعة وسحب الاستثمارات وفرض العقوبات على اسرائيل

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في المقابلة أدناه التي أجرتها قناة الفلسطينية، يناقش الناشط عمر البرغوثي التطورات الأخيرة في الحملة الدولية لمقاطعة وسحب الاستثمارات وفرض العقوبات على اسرائيل. يعالج البرغوثي على وجه التحديد النجاحات الأخيرة للحملة، فضلاً على إشكالية علاقتها مع السلطة الفلسطينية شارحاً سياسات ومفاوضات السلطة مع الحملة. ثم ينهي المقابلة بنقد محاولات التطبيع والحوار التي تسعى إلى تقويض حملة المقاطعة

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Announcing the Launch of Syria Studies (Peer-reviewed Open-access Journal)

Announcing the launch of Syria Studies, a peer reviewed open access journal devoted to the study of contemporary Syria published by the St Andrews University Centre for Syrian Studies. The journal can be accessed at the following internet address: For the first on-line issue, see: The journal supersedes the St Andrews Papers on Contemporary Syria. While moving ...

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Call for Participants: “Les Ateliers” Urban Planning Workshop in Nouakchott

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The French association Les Ateliers is organizing an urban planning professional workshop in Nouakchatt, Mauritania, between 26 April and 11 May 2014, entitled “The Future as Challenge” (L’avenir pour défi.) Les Ateliers (International workshops of planning and urban design) is a non-profit organization created in 1982 that aims to promote the creation of ideas examining the challenges and processes of everyday city planning and design. It does so by fostering a process of ...

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George Mason University Event: Two Cheers for Democratic Violence (12 February 2014)

Two Cheers for Democratic Violence A public lecture by Steven Johnston Wednesday 12 February 2014 1:30pm - 3:30pm Research Hall 163 George Mason University 4400 University Drive Fairfax, VA 22030 At its best democracy stands for the rejection of violence in all forms, perhaps especially physical harm or injury against persons. Yet democratic societies are riddled with violence, manifested in and the product of founding moments, electoral outcomes, legislative ...

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Guideline for Advocating for Palestinian Rights in Conformity with International Law

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Announcement of public release: “Guidelines for Advocating for Palestinian Rights in conformity with International Law” Occupied East Jerusalem, 6 February 2014 The Civic Coalition for Palestinian Rights in Jerusalem and the Birzeit University Institute of Law are pleased to announce release of this new advocacy tool, which is an outcome document of the conference “Options and Strategies of International Law for the Palestinian People” held at the Birzeit ...

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