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Artists in Resistance: In Solidarity with the Resistance at Gezi Park

[The following statement was released by the undersigned group of artists on 3 June 2013 at Gezi Park. Click here for more information. Support messages can be sent to artistsinresistanceturkey@gmail.com.] We, the artists of Turkey, express our serious concern over the ongoing incidents which have erupted in Istanbul with the Gezi Park resistance, and which have instigated spontaneous protests all around the country. We strongly condemn the reportedly excessive use of ...

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The Body as a Site of Contest: Sherene Seikaly on the Gendered Exercise of Power and Resistance

[At Qasr al-Nil. Image by Sherene Seikaly]

How is the body produced as a site of repression and resistence? Sherene Seikaly, Co-Editor at Jadaliyya, as well as Assistant Professor of History and Director of the Middle East Studies Center at the American University of Cairo, tackles this question by exploring the ways in which the Egyptian state's production of the body as a terrorized and passive political subject inspired people to take their lives into their own hands and revolt.  The state's theatrics of ...

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Gulf 2013: The Constant and the Changing

[The following is the executive summary of the new publication Gulf 2013: The Constant and the Changing published by the Gulf Centre for Development Policies. For the Arabic version, click here.] Executive Summary This work focuses on developments in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) over the past two years. It has been written in its entirety by more than twenty experts from the GCC, and its intended audience is the people of the GCC. How does the strategic water ...

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Report on the Asfari Institute's Inaugural Conference on New Spaces of Civil Society Activism in the Arab World

[Image from the Asfari Institute's Inaugural Conference. Image provided by the American University of Beirut.]

[This post has been updated to include videos from the inaugural conference. They are embedded below the introduction.] Introduction Founded in November 2012, the Asfari Institute for Civil Society and Citizenship at the American University of Beirut (AUB) held its inaugural conference, “New Spaces of Civil Society Activism in the Arab World” this month. The conference took place in partnership with the Arab Studies Consortium (Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at ...

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Today We All Are Someone New: An Open Letter from Istanbul

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[The following open letter was issued by Müştereklerimiz (Our Commons) on 2 June 2013. It serves as an umbrella organization for groups working on urban issues, ecology, immigrant rights, and LGBT rights with the purpose of creating democratic commons. Since the occupation of the Gezi Park, the organization has been playing an active role in helping coordinate and sustain the occupation, including providing treatment for the injured and shelter for ...

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Fourth National BDS Conference (8 June, Bethlehem University)

Fourth National BDS Conference (Palestinian Boycotts, Sanctions, Divestment National Committee [BNC])  Saturday, 8 June 2013 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Bethlehem University  In light of the latest spectacular growth of the BDS movement around the world in the academic, cultural and economic domains, this conference aims to enhance and expand Palestinian civil society’s active implementation of BDS as an effective and popular strategy of resistance that is deeply ...

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Alone: Palestinian Children in the Israel Military Detention System (Video)

[Alone: Palestinian Children in the Israeli Military Detention System. Image from screen shot of below video.]

The following video was produced by Defense of the Children International (DCI). It depicts Israel's methods and practices of detaining Palestinian children. Quotes from the Video "Since 1967, Palestinians from the West Bank have lived under Israeli Military law. This Law is different from the civil law applied to Israelies living in the same territory." "7,500 Palestinian children are estimated to have been detained, interrogated and imprisoned within this ...

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Youth Unemployment in Lebanon: Skilled and Jobless

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[The following report was issued by the Lebanese Center for Policy Studies on 10 May 2013.] Youth Unemployment in Lebanon: Skilled and Jobless Executive Summary Lebanon suffers from a high youth unemployment rate of 24%. This rate hinders economic growth and needs to be addressed in order to create a more prosperous economy and inclusive society. Two major culprits of youth unemployment are typically the educational system that affects labor supply on ...

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Just Another Open Letter in The Wall: Pink Floyd's Roger Waters' Letter to Alicia Keys

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[The following letter from Pink Floyd's co-lead vocalist and basist Roger Waters was published on 29 May 2013 by the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI). It was written as a follow-up and in support of Alice Walker's letter to Alicia Keys emploring her to boycott Israel and cancel her upcoming performance there.] "Just Another Open Letter in The Wall" Dear Alicia Keys I read today Alice Walker's eloquent and moving ...

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Open Letter from Alice Walker to Alicia Keys Regarding the Boycott of Israel

[Alice Walker in Ramallah on 16 April 2011. Photo by TEDxRamallah via Flickr]

[The following letter from author, poet, and activist Alice Walker to singer-songwriter and actress Alicia Keys was originally published by the US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (USACBI) on 29 May 2013.] Dear Alicia Keys, I have learned today that you are due to perform in Israel very soon. We have never met, though I believe we are mutually respectful of each other’s path and work. It would grieve me to know you are putting yourself in danger ...

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Delivering Democracy: Repercussions of the 'Arab Spring' on Human Rights

[Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies logo. Image from cihrs.org]

[The following report was issued by the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies on 16 May 2013.]  Delivering Democracy: Repercussions of the 'Arab Spring' on Human Rights  Introduction The battle for the “Arab Spring” continues to be waged on three fronts: between the revolutionaries and remaining members of the old regimes, between secularists and those who call for the establishment of a religious state, and between various actors of the ...

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Eye on the Libyan General National Congress: Eighth Report

[Eye on the GNC logo. Image from ignc.net.ly]

[The following report was issued by Bokra Youth Organization and H2O Team on 20 May 2013. This is the eighth in a year-long series of reports covering the actions of Libya's General National Council. This issue focuses on the period from 1 April to 15 April 2013. Click here to access the previous report.] Eye on the Libyan General National Congress: Eighth Report Introduction The General National Congress held four sessions in this period, during which members of the ...

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Right of Return Conference at Boston University: Realizing Return In Practice

[Image of Noura Erakat at Right of Return Conference at Boston University. Crop of Screencap from Video Below.]

On 6-7 April 2013, activists, scholars, and community members converged at Boston University to participate in the Right of Return Conference at Boston University.  The last Right of Return Conference took place in Boston more than a decade ago, and featured the late Edward Said as its keynote speaker. This Conference is especially critical at this juncture as the Oslo Peace Accords turns twenty, and in the direct aftermath of President Barack Obama's first ...

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Joint Appeal to UN Protesting Torture of Detained Rights Defenders in Bahrain

[Bahrain Center for Human Rights logo]

[The following appeal was issued by the Bahrain Center for Human Rights and Gulf Center for Human Rights on 22 May 2013.] UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, Juan Mendez UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders, Margaret Sekaggya  UN Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of the right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression, Frank La Rue  Dear Special Rapporteurs Mendez, Sekaggya and La Rue, We the undersigned NGOs worldwide are ...

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Nabil Goes In: Woolwich Attack Response (Video)

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[The following video was issued by Nabil Abdul Rashid via UpshotTV on 23 May 2013. The video is a response to the recent murder of a British soldier in London.]    

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Reports Roundup (May 25)

[The following list is a compilation of the reports, statements, and other materials featured on the Jadaliyya Reports Page this past week.] Letter Concerning Suspension of Dr. Mona Prince of Suez University The Committee on Academic Freedom of the Middle East Studies Association reports on the current investigation and informal suspension without pay of Dr. Mona Prince for her discussion of sectarian tension in Egypt and "expressing untoward sentiments about ...

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AMAN Annual Palestine Corruption Report 2012

[AMAN logo. Image from aman-palestine.org]

[The following report was issued by AMAN in April 2013.]  Annual Palestine Corruption Report 2012 Introduction  Preparation of the annual corruption report of 2012 demonstrates the commitment of the Coalition for Integrity and Accountability – AMAN to continue its pursuit of corruption and the prosecution of the corrupt. At the same time, AMAN is fully aware of the roles played by official and private parties, led by civil ...

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Asfari Institute Inaugural Conference: New Spaces of Civil Society Activism in the Arab World (Beirut, 23-24 May)

[Asfari Institute logo]

Asfari Institute for Civil Society and Citizenship presents The Asfari Institute Inaugural Conference on Civic Participation and Citizenship: New Spaces of Civil Society Activism in the Arab World The Asfari Institute for Civil Society and Citizenship is honored to invite you to its inaugural two-day conference on Thursday and Friday May 23-24, 2013 (8:30 am to 5:00 pm) at the American Unversity of Beirut, College Hall, B1 Auditorium. The conference is held in partnership ...

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Association for Asian American Studies Resolution to Support the Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions

[The following resolution was issued by the General Membership of the Association for Asian American Studies (AAAS) on 20 April 2013. Below the text of the resolution is a letter issued by the President of the AAAS on 3 May 2013 explaining his support for the resolution.]  Resolution to Support the Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions Issued by the General Membership of the AAAS Whereas the Association for Asian American Studies is an organization ...

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Al Jazeera Management Orders Joseph Massad Article Pulled in an Act of Pro-Israel Censorship

[Al Jazeera logo at network headquarters in Doha. Image by Osama Saeed via Flickr]

[The following report and analysis was published by Ali Abuminah of Electronic Intifada on 19 May 2013.] In an unprecedented act of political censorship Al Jazeera English has deleted an article by noted Columbia University Professor Joseph Massad after coming under intense criticism from Zionists in recent days. Massad told The Electronic Intifada that he had “received confirmation” from his editor at Al Jazeera English that “management ...

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