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Deadline for Applications: M.A. in Middle East and Islamic Studies at George Mason University

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The Middle East Studies Program and the Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies at George Mason University announce the deadline for applications for the Fall/Spring 2014-2015 academic year: 15 February 2014. Click HERE for more information Click HERE to apply The aim of this degree program is to reposition the study of the Middle East and Islam within a global context to help students better analyze particular issues in light of current events and shifting ...

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The Economic Consequences of Mass Deportation

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[This report was originally published by Migrant Rights on 6 December 2013.] Over eight hundred thousand migrants have left or have been deported from Saudi Arabia this year. Migrant-Rights.org has previously parsed the counter-intuitiveness of nitaqat, which requires firms to employ varying percentage of employees, as well as the ineffectiveness of the mass deportations used, in part, to facilitate its implementation. The coupled strategies have paralyzed several sectors ...

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Israel-Palestine: Two State Stress Test

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 [The following report was released by European Council on Foreign Relations on 12 December 2013.]   Today ECFR is launching the “Two State-Stress Test” (TSST) – a new online tool that provides a comprehensive assessment of the key issues that would make or break a two-state outcome between Israel and Palestine. The TSST is based on an innovative methodology that allows policy makers to assess the progress towards and the regression away from the goal of a ...

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Campaign Update: Hebrew University Oral History Conference Dealt Two Significant Blows

[The following statement was issued by the Campaign to Boycott the Oral History Conerence at Hebew University. For the original campaign peitition, click here.] Hebrew University Conference Dealt Two Significant Blows Statement from Campaign to Boycott the Oral History Conference at Hebrew University We are pleased to announce that the planned June 2014 “International Oral History Conference” being organized by Hebrew University of Jerusalem has been dealt a double blow ...

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Call for Applicants: Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Italian Studies and Middle East Studies 2014-2016 (Brown University)

Brown University Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Italian Studies and Middle East Studies 2014-2016 Mediterranean Colonialism/Colonial Mediterranean The Department of Italian Studies and the Program of Middle East Studies invite applications for a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship offered by the Cogut Center for the Humanities at Brown University for a term of two (2) years beginning July 1, 2014. Applicants will have received a Ph.D within the past five (5) years from an ...

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Ethiopian and Yemeni Migrants under the Saudi Crackdown

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[This report was originally published by Migrant Rights under the title of "Spotlight on Ethiopian and Yemeni Migrants" on 6 December 2013.] The Saudi crackdown has impacted migrants across a spectrum of nationalities, but here we focus on two groups facing particularly adverse reverberations of Saudi’s unrelenting crackdown, in part due to pre-existing predicaments and mismanaged policies of their origin countries. Saudi’s deportations compounded the ...

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International Human Rights Day: Palestinian People’s Suffering Continues

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[The following statement was issued by the Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association on 9 December 2012.] On 10 December, the world celebrates the Human Rights Day, which was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in 1950 to review the international achievements in the field of universal respect, promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental liberties that are the core principles of International Bill of Human Rights,  which States ...

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Saudi Arabia's Continued Crackdown on Migrants

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[The following report was originally published as "Saudi Crackdown: One Month Later" by Migrant Rights on 6 December 2013.] Saudi Arabia’s grace period ended nearly one month ago, precipitating a countrywide crackdown against undocumented migrants. Though Saudi officials forewarned severe punitive action, few predicted the ferocity that has left neighborhoods empty, at least three dead, and several injured.  According to some ...

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العدد السادس من مجلة بدايات

  صدر العدد السادس من مجلة ”بدايات“، وهي مجلة ثقافية فصلية أُطلقتْ استجابة للتحولات التاريخية التي نتجت عن الثورات العربية. كتب فوّاز طرابلسي، رئيس تحرير المجلة،  افتتاحية العدد حول سوريا و”تحقيقاً عن تحقيق في مجزرة موصوفة“. أما المحور الأول ”من باب أولى“ فتناول موضوعات متعلقة بمجتمعات ودول كالبحرين وإيران واليمن وتونس وسوريا. وجاءت عناوين مقالاته كالتالي:   آلاء الشهابي: تجاوز الحدود السياسية أم تثبيتها؟ من حقوق الإنسان الى الثورة السياسية في ...

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American Studies Association Resolution on Academic Boycott of Israel

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[The following resolution was issued by the National Council of the American Studies Associaton on 4 December 2013. The resolution is also up for endorsement by the ASA membership, the voting period for which will end on 15 December 2013. For analysis of both the background and context on this resolution, see "Toward an Ethic of Legitimate Dissent: Academic Boycott at the American Studies Association." If you are an active member of the association during calendar ...

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Conference: Contested Space and Urban Identities in Beirut, Cairo, and Tehran (Beirut, 12-14 December 2013)

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Divercities aims to look at urban governance, its agents, agendas and options, through contested space and conflicting urban concepts, identity claims and social environments. Situated at the core of social and political fractions, contested spaces reveal insights into the dynamics of diverse societies and urban identities. The focus will be on the three cities of Beirut, Cairo and Tehran, each highlighting different types of fragmentations, political, cultural and social. ...

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Tornistan (Gezi Park Animated Film)

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Tornistan. Written and directed by Ayçe Kartal. Turkey, 2013. Ayçe Kartal’s animated short film Tornistan has been gaining critical acclaim since its release this fall, thanks to its unique aesthetic interpretation of the Turkish media’s coverage of the Gezi Park protests of June 2013. The film, whose name translates as “Return” or “Backwards Run,” was drawn entirely by hand by Kartal, who has dedicated Tornistan to “those who were subjected to disproportionate force, those ...

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A Case of Censorship: 'Syria: The Revolution That Never Was'

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[The following article was written by Asa Winstanely and originally published by Middle East Monitor on 22 Novemeber 2013. Three days later, on 25 November 2013, the editors removed the article from the website after repeated reader complaints (Click here to read the editorial note). Whatever one's views are on the Syria question, in the past year there has been a pattern of censorship across several outlets subsequent to pieces being published.]  What has ...

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Statement by Comrades from Cairo: We Don't Need Permission to Protest

[The following statement was recently released by Comrades from Cairo] We Don't Need Permission to Protest To You at Whose Side We Struggle: On 26 November 2013, we saw the first implementation of a new Egyptian law effectively banning any and all protest not approved and regulated by the Ministry of Interior. This is the same Interior Ministry whose soldiers have killed thousands of protesters, maimed tens of thousands and tortured unknown others in recent years. This ...

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Urbanism and the Arab Uprisings: Beyond the Square

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Urban Research invites submissions on the topic of “Urbanism and the Arab Uprisings: Beyond the Square.” This special issue will explore the ways in which the urban has informed the on-going Arab uprisings.  In part, it will examine how urban spatial forms and phenomena-both material and discursive-have been constitutive of the uprisings. Equally, this issue will look at what the Arab uprisings have illuminated about the urban. In this regard, we will explore the ...

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Displaced Again: Palestinian Refugees from Syria

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The Syrian crisis has displaced two million Syrian refugees to neighboring countries and beyond. These figures do not include the 90,000 Palestinian refugees who have similarly sought refuge from the crisis in Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Turkey, Malaysia, Gaza, and Switzerland. Unlike their Syrian counterparts, Palestinian refugees, who are experiencing secondary forced displacement, have being denied entry into Jordan, Egypt, and since August 2013, Lebanon as well. If granted ...

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Prominent Egyptian Activist Alaa Abd El Fattah Arrested; Whereabouts Unknown

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At around 10:00 p.m. on 28 November 2013, police forces stormed the home of activist Alaa Abd El Fattah. They had no search warrant. When his wife Manal demanded to see it they were both beaten up. Police personnel took their computers and their telephones. Their two-year old son, Khaled, was asleep in the next room. An arrest warrant was issued for Abd El Fattah following Tuesday’s violent dispersal of protestors under a new law effectively banning street protest in ...

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Call for Papers: Fourth Annual Conference on Arab Philanthropy and Civic Engagement (4-6 June, Beirut)

The Gerhart Center at the American University in Cairo is currently accepting abstract submissions for it’s Fourth Annual Conference on Philanthropy and Civic Engagement, which will be held in Beirut, Lebanon, 4-6 June 2014.   Abstract Submission Deadline: 15 December 2013   Takaful is an annual regional meeting of scholars, young researchers, policy-makers, activists  and practitioners in the field of philanthropy and civic engagement, both from within ...

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George Mason University Event: Mediating the Arab Uprisings (26 November 2013)

The Middle East Studies Program at George Mason University Presents: Mediating the Arab Uprisings Featuring Jadaliyya Co-Editors Adel Iskandar and Bassam Haddad Co-Sponsored by The Global Islamic Studies Center at GMU and the Arab Studies Institute. 4:30pm on Tuesday 26 Novemeber  Plaentary Hall, Room 129 George Mason University Fairfax, VA From “Facebook revolutions” to “Al-Jazeera uprisings,” the outburst of popular activism across the Arab world has either ...

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Blasti – C’est ma place

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Blasti –C’est ma place is a cultural and social photography project about women’s and young girls’ perspectives on public places in Tunis and Tunisia. The project seeks to give women a voice, and simultaneously enhance dialogue between women from different backgrounds and with different visions. Women are asked to upload photos about places in Tunisia on the Blasti website which forms the basis for further discussion and intervention. Between 3 and 10 November 2013, a ...

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