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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

[Samar al Yassir and Noura Erakat at the lecture. Image is a screenshot from video.]

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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Open Positions at OSF: Higher Education, Rights and Governance, Policy and Advocacy

Position 1: Program Officer, Higher Education Support Program
 The Open Society Foundations works to build vibrant and tolerant democracies whose governments are accountable to their citizens. The Open Society Foundations’ Arab Regional Office (ARO) was established in 2006 to support local civil society in its efforts to protect human rights and build vibrant and tolerant societies. Based in Amman, Jordan, the office supports a diverse group of civil society ...

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

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Call For Papers: MESAAS Graduate Conference 2014 27-28 February 2014 Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies Columbia University in the City of New York Abstract Deadline: 1 January 2014 The organizing committee of the 2014 MESAAS Graduate Student Conference at Columbia University is pleased to invite paper and panel submissions addressing themes that broadly relate to the MESAAS regions, including but not limited to the following: ...

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The Israeli Government Insists on Challenging the International Will and Approves (The National Park) Settlement Plan in Jerusalem

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[The following report was issued by the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) on 17 November 2013.] The Israeli Government Insists on Challenging the International Will and Approves (The National Park) Settlement Plan in Jerusalem The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) condemns the decision of the Israeli government to approve the “National Park” plan, which would confiscate 740 dunums of Palestinian lands in the villages of al-Tur and al-Issawiya in East ...

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Position Announcement: 2014-2015 Aga Khan Visiting Professorship in Islamic Humanities at Brown University

The Middle East Studies Initiative at Brown University invites applications from early career scholars (assistant professors or other recent PhDs) for the 2014-2015 Aga Khan Visiting Professorship in Islamic Humanities. Geographical focus and chronological period are open.  Academic specialization can be in any discipline in the humanities, including history, as well as the humanistic dimensions of anthropology and sociology. The Visiting Professor will be required to ...

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2014-15 Fellowship Competition for US Scholars Conducting Field-Based Research on Palestine

The Palestinian American Research Center (PARC) announces its 15th annual competition for doctoral and post-doctoral research fellowships in Palestinian studies. Fellowship awards from $6,000 - $9,000 Full proposals due January 6, 2014 Awards announced March 10, 2014 Important Information About the Fellowship Competition Research must contribute to Palestinian studies. Any area of Palestinian studies will be considered, including the humanities, social sciences, ...

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Critical Currents in Islam Media Roundup (November 12)

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[This roundup can now be accessed by clicking here.]

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