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Open Letter from AUC Faculty Members to the American Studies Association (ASA)

[The following letter to the American Studies Association (ASA) was issued by the undersigned faculty of the American Unviversity in Cairo (AUC) on 5 January 2013.] 5 January 2014 Dear President Curtis Marez, President-Elect Lisa Duggan, and Executive Director John Stephens: As faculty members at the American University in Cairo (AUC), we are writing to express our support for the historic decision of the council and membership of the American Studies Association (ASA) to ...

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New CLUSTER Publications: Learning from Cairo and Archiving the City in Flux

CLUSTER (Cairo Lab for Urban Studies, Training and Environmental Research) aims at establishing a critical space for urban discourse. CLUSTER engages critical theorization while being grounded in professional practice, negotiating the blurred boundaries between formal/institutional regulations and everyday urban informality. On 12-14 April 2013, CLUSTER co-organized with the American University in Cairo, an international symposium entitled “Learning from Cairo” at AUC ...

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Call for Translators (Paid): The Legal Agenda

Call for Translators (Paid): The Legal Agenda The Legal Agenda is seeking full or part-time translators to join its team and produce content for its newly-launched English online edition. Starting Date: February 2014 (Exact date flexible) Location: Remote Working Hours: Flexible. Article turnover rate is 3 to 5 days. Workload: Flexible. To be negotiated with editor. Average: 1 article per week (approximately 2000 words) Minimum: 1 article per two ...

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Press Release: AlKarama Foundation Response to US Department of Treasury Decision to Qualify Abd al-Rahman Omair Alnaimi as a 'Specially Designated Global Terrorist'

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[The following press release was issued by the Council of the Alkarama Foundation on 24 December 2014.] The Council of the Alkarama Foundation met yesterday following the announcement by the US Department of Treasury of its decision to qualify Dr Abd al-Rahman Omair Alnaimi, president of the Council as a "Specially Designated Global Terrorist". The Council takes note of this announcement and explores all ways and means to deal with this situation. The Alkarama ...

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Defaming Arab Leftist Professor As`ad Abukhalil, And Responses [Updated]

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Below are excerpts from two posts in response to the attempt to defame As`ad Abukhalil, a leftist professor of political science at California State University Stanislaus. The first post is from Electronic Intifada and the other from Abukhalil's own blog, The Angry Arab New Service. We will update this post as necessary. Happy new defamation campaings!     [The following article was originally published on Electronic Intifada and is being updated regularly. ...

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Briefing: Growing Campaign of Judicial Harassment and Intimidation of Human Rights Defenders in Saudi Arabia

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[The following briefing was released by the Gulf Center for Human Rights on 15 December 2014] The GCHR is gravely concerned that the Saudi authorities continue, under the direct orders of senior officials within the Ministry of Interior, to systemically target human rights defenders using false or fabricated charges. Furthermore, the judiciary is being used to issue unfair judgments against human rights defenders in order to stop their peaceful and legitimate work in the ...

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Letter of Allegation Concerning the Detention of Bahraini Journalists

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[The following Letter of Allegation was issued by the undersigned and published by Reporters Without Borders on 15 December 2013] Letter of Allegation concerning the detention of journalist Mohammed Hassan, photographer Hussain Hubail and cameraman Qassim Zain Aldeen (Bahrain) Mr Frank La Rue - Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression. Email: Mr Juan Mendez - Special Rapporteur on torture and ...

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Open Letter to Trinity College President and Dean

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[The following open letter was issued by the below signatories, all of whom are faculty at Trinity College and are writing in response to recent statement by the college's president and dean vis-a-vis the American Studies Association's recent decision to boycott Israeli academic institutions in accordance with the Palestinian call for boycott, divestment, and sanctions against Israel. Other college presidents who have come out openly against the ASA include Boston ...

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Report-Back from LCPS Roundtable Discussion on Impact of Regional Developments on Lebanon

[The following summary was produced by the Lebanese Center for Policy Studies (LCPS) on a roundtable panel held on 6 December 2013 on the impact of regional develpments on Lebanese politics.]  The Lebanese Center for Policy Studies (LCPS), in collaboration with the Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS), organized a roundtable discussion on the impact of regional developments on Lebanon’s political stability on December 6, 2013.  Some of the key points made by the three ...

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The Ongoing Nakba: Palestinian Refugees from Syria in Lebanon

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[The following report was issued by the The National Institute of Social Care & Vocational Training (NISCVT)] Since the start of the Syrian uprising, Palestinian refugees from Syria (PRS) have attempted to remain relatively neutral in the conflict. However, as the conflict escalated both surrounding and within Yarmouk refugee camp in the Damascus suburbs, Palestinian refugees have become increasingly impacted. Between December 2012 and January 2013, a steady and ...

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Mekorot's Involvement in the Israeli Occupation

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[The following report was issued by Who Profits: The Israeli Occupation Industry on 23 December 2013.] On 12 December 2013, the largest Dutch water company, Vitens, announced that it had ended its cooperation with Mekorot, an Israeli water company.  In a public statement, Vitens said: “Today, Vitens informed Mekorot about its decision to end its partnership. Vitens attaches great importance to integrity and abides by national and international law and ...

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (December 16-22)

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.  What Do You Miss Most? Syrian Refugees Respond Towards the End of a Dream? The Erdogan-Gulen Fallout and Islamic Liberalism’s Descent Remembering Ali Shaath The Time for Intimidation is Over ...

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Call for Proposals--Arab Revolutions: An Event For the Social Sciences?

Taking for a starting point the “revolutions” experienced by Arab and Muslim societies since 2011, this issue proposes a reflective discussion on the links between the event and our practice of the social sciences. The changes that occurred from the end of 2010 in the South and East of the Mediterranean have indeed been marked by several characteristics: the strength of the event and its narrative construction, the unexpected nature of the event, the speed of the first ...

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The Time for Intimidation is Over

[The following press release was issued by the American Studies Association Caucus on Academic and Community Activism on 21 December 2013.] It has come to our attention that members of the American Studies Association are getting hate mail or threatening mail following the ASA membership vote in favor of a resolution calling for boycott of Israeli universities. The ASA Facebook page has been subject to an avalanche of abusive postings for almost two weeks. ...

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Press Release: UN Syria Commission Announces Thematic Paper on Enforced Disappearances As War Tactic

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[The following press release was issued by the United Nations Syria Comission on 19 December 2013 announcing its second thematic paper, entitled "Without A Trace: Enfroced Disappearances in Syria." Click here to download the paper.] Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic GENEVA, 19 December 2013 -- Enforced disappearances are being committed on a wide scale throughout Syria as part of a campaign of intimidation and as a tactic ...

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Appel à contribution : Révolutions arabes : un événement pour les sciences sociales ?

Enregistrant les « révolutions » que connaissent les sociétés arabes et musulmanes depuis 2011, ce dossier propose une discussion réflexive sur les articulations entre l’événement et nos pratiques de sciences sociales. Les bouleversements qui se sont produits à partir de la fin de l’année 2010 au Sud et à l’Est de la Méditerranée ont en effet été marqués par plusieurs caractéristiques : la force de l’événement et sa construction médiatique, son caractère inattendu, la ...

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In Support of Swarthmore Hillel

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 [The following open letter is from The International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network (IJAN)] This past weekend, something incredibly important happened at a small college in Pennsylvania. In response to Harvard Hillel barring an Israeli speaker because the university’s Palestine Solidarity Committee had cosponsored the event at which he was to present, the Hillel at Swarthmore College issued a sweeping declaration--that it would allow multiple points of view on Zionism ...

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NAISA Declaration of Support for the Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions

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[The following press release was issued by the Council of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association on December 15, 2013.] Declaration of Support for the Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions  A broad coalition of Palestinian non-governmental organizations, acting in concert to represent the Palestinian people, formed the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel. Their call was taken up in the United States by the US ...

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George Mason University Student Group to Boycott Israeli Billionaire Shari Arison During Graduation Ceremony

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[The following report was written by Amira Hass and published on Haaretz on 17 December 2013. The graduation already took place.]   U.S. student group to boycott Israeli billionaire Shari Arison   Students at George Mason University in Virginia plan to walk out of their graduation ceremony on Thursday in protest of Israeli businesswoman-philanthropist Shari Arison, who is due to deliver a speech and receive an honorary degree from the university. Once Arison ...

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Solidarity Statement in Response to the Raid and Arrests Against the Egyptian Center for Economic and Social Rights

[The following statement was issued on 19 December 2013 by the undersigned group of organizations in response to the the recent raid on the Egyptian Center for Economic and Social Rights (ECESR).] In an unprecedented escalation, the Egyptian security forces, in the early hours of the morning, raided the headquarters of the Egyptian Center for Economic and Social Rights, and arrested Mustafa Eissa, Head of Documentary unit at ECESR, and ECESR lawyer Mahmoud Bilal, as well as ...

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