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Some Panels from the Upcoming Meeting of the Middle East Studies Association (Denver 2012)

[Image from MESA Annual Meeting]

The Middle East Studies Association (MESA) will be holding its forty-fourth annual meeting in Denver beginning this coming weekend, 17-20 November 2012. Over a span of four days, scholars and researchers from across North America, the Middle East, and beyond will present their work via an impressive and diverse array of thematic panels (see complete program here). In order to highlight some of the panels, below is a list of MESA 2012 Annual Meeting panels in which one or ...

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Timeline: Israel's Latest Escalation in Gaza

[Skyline of Gaza burns during Operation Cast Lead. Image by Al-Jazeera English. From Wikimedia Commons.]

Earlier today it was reported that Israel assassinated the leader of Hamas’ military wing, Ahmed Jabari, breaking a tentative truce with Palestinian fighters that had been in place since Monday. The truce followed an escalation in violence that began last Thursday in which six Palestinian civilians were killed, including three children, and more than fifty others injured. The IMEU offers the following timeline of the recent violence and a fact sheet on previous Israeli ...

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Letter to IMF From Egyptian Parties, NGOs, Syndicates and Political Movements

[No to IMF loan. Image by @iTefa]

[The following letter was issued on 11 November 2012 in light of the ongoing negotiations between the government of Egypt and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). It was issued by various organizations, political parties, movements, and syndicates to express their disapproval of this process.] Dr. Hisham Qandil Prime Minister of Egypt Magles El Shaab St., Kasr El Aini St.Cairo Ms. Christine Lagarde Managing Director International Monetary Fund, 700 19th Street ...

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Joint Statement on the Revocation of Bahraini Citizenship from 31 People

[King of Bahrain Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa, at whose order 31 individuals lost their Bahraini citizenship. Image by Julian Carroll, United States Navy, via Wikimedia Commons]

[The following statement was issued by the Bahrain Center for Human Rights and the Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights on 7 November 2012.]  The Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights (BYSHR) and the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR) express their grave concern over the King of Bahrain’s decision to revoke Bahraini citizenship from thirty-one individuals. This move is reminiscent of past government crackdowns in the 1980s, when the past Emir, Salman bin Isa ...

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Reports Roundup (November 10)

[The following list is a compilation of the reports, statements, and other materials featured on the Jadaliyya Reports Page this past week.] Trial of Israeli Attack on Freedom Flotilla Begins on November 6 IHH Humanitarian Relief foundation reports on the opening of the trial on Israel's attack on the Gaza-bound Freedom Flotilla in Çağlayan Courthouse in Turkey. The suspects, which include several high-ranking individuals within the Israeli Defense Forces, will be ...

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Facebook Attempts to Shut Down the Voice of “The Uprising of Women in the Arab World”

[Cropped image of Dana Bakdounes's contribution to

[The following statement was issued by activists involved in The Uprising of Women in the Arab World on 7 November 2012 in response to attempts by Facebook to suppress their online activities. It was originally issued in Arabic, English, and French. This English version has been slightly edited for style. The Arabic version, along with an introduction and background to the issue, can be found on Beirut Walls.] On the morning of 7 November 2012, the five admins of The ...

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International Call Out: British CEO’s Actions Threaten Union Rights in Lebanon

[Spinneys workers announce their independent union. Image by Farfahinne via Flickr]

[The following call out was issued by Friends of Spinneys Workers on 9 November 2012 in reaction to attempts by Spinneys’ CEO and others to undermine recent successes by Spinneys workers in operating their recently-recognized independent union. For background on the struggle to form the independent union of Spinneys workers, read "Unionizing in Lebanon."] Employees at the Lebanese branches of the supermarket chain Spinneys are being fired from work, physically ...

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Draft Resolution Requesting Palestine Upgrade from Observer Mission Status to Observer State Status

[Image from screen shot of website for Permanent Observer Mission of Palestine to the United Nations.]

[On 8 November 2012, the Permanent Observer Mission of Palestine to the United Nations submitted a draft resolution to the UN General Assembly requesting an upgrade from Observer Mission status to Observer State status within the United Nations. Such an upgrade would represent the will of a majority of UN member states (132/193). It does not alter, however,  the application for statehood still before the UN Security Council and at its ultimate discretion. The resolution ...

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Open Letter to Egyptian President Morsy from Mahmoud Salem, @SandMonkey

[Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi. Image by Egyptian Government via Wikimedia Commons]

[The following letter was published in Daily News Egypt on 5 November 2012.]   Dear Morsy, Like many Egyptians, I was looking forward to your government’s attempt to implement its decision to close down shops at 10pm, out of the sheer comic value it would’ve presented. I set up an observation post in front of my building in Roxy Square, chairs, Shisha and all, to get a front row seat to the Tom & Jerry-style shenanigans that would take place the moment you tried ...

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San Francisco Event -- Teaching the Arab Revolts: Integrating Contemporary Middle East Protests Into Our Syllabi (17 November)

Teaching the Arab Revolts: Integrating Contemporary Middle East Protests Into Our Syllabi 17 November 2012 12:15 - 1:30 PM Hilton San Francisco, Golden Gate 4 Intended for those with and without Middle East specialties, this workshop provides tools for teaching the "Arab Spring." We will discuss and share syllabi and other resources related to the Arab Spring on: gender; religion; media; labor movements; mulitple causes of the revolts; incorporating areas ...

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Palestinian Youth Statement from Lebanon

[Image from rally in Beirut, Lebanon.]

[The following statement was issued by supporters of a Palestinian youth group, from a rally in Beirut on 9 November 2012.] In his latest statement, Mahmoud Abbas, the term-expired president of the Palestinian Authority (PA), reiterated the PA’s commitment to the futile negotiations process and compromised Palestinian historical rights, foremost among them the Right of Return (RoR). Abbas’ recognition of the Zionist entity is a blatant violation of our right ...

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Bidayat: New Beginnings for All Seasons of Change

[Cover of the Winter/Spring issue of Bidayat.]

[The following article was translated from Arabic to English by Mark Marshall and Assaf Kfoury.] The idea for this journal emerged from our growing desire to be present and take an active role in the development and reinvigoration of an agenda for the Left in the Arab world. The final impetus for this journalistic venture was the outbreak of the popular Arab revolutions, with all the new beginnings that they contain and inspire. We believe that despite the inundation of ...

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Amnesty International Calls for End of Bahraini Ban on Protesting

[Peaceful protests in Bahrain in 2011. Image by Mahmoud Al-Yousif via Flickr]

[Amnesty International issued the following statement on 30 October 2012.] "The Bahrain government's ban on all rallies and gatherings in the country violates the right to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly and must be lifted immediately," said Amnesty International. The Interior Minister announced the ban on Tuesday saying that rallies and gatherings were associated with violence, rioting and attacks on public and private property. He said that the ...

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Open Call for Submissions for the New “Journal of Anthropology of the Contemporary Middle East and Central Eurasia“ (ACME)

[Image from st-andrews.ac.uk]

The Journal of Anthropology of the Contemporary Middle East and Central Eurasia (ACME) is a peer-reviewed journal devoted to the anthropological studies of all societies and cultures in the Middle East and Central Eurasia. Its scope is to publish original research by social scientists not only in the area of anthropology but also in sociology, folklore, religion, material culture and related social sciences. It includes all areas of modern and contemporary Middle East ...

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Gatekeepers and Evictions: Somalia's Displaced Population at Risk

[Video of displaced persons camp in Mogadishu by Refugees International. Screenshot from youtube.com]

[The following report was issued by Refugees International on 1 November 2012.]  Gatekeepers and Evictions: Somalia's Displaced Population at Risk  There are currently 1.36 million Somalis displaced within their own country. These internally displaced persons (IDPs) face major protection challenges, including abuse and aid diversion by camp gatekeepers, as well as the threat of forced evictions. These vulnerabilities are not new to Somalia’s displaced population, ...

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Beirut Event: The Silver Factory featuring Andy Warhol's 1967 Marilyn Monroe Series (13-17 November)

[Andy Warhol, Marilyn Monroe Screen-print, 1967]

Q Contemporary's The Silver Factory 13 - 17 November 2012 Beirut, Lebanon To celebrate its 3rd anniversary, Q will revive the American swinging sixties by re-creating Andy Warhol’s New York studio The Factory in Beirut, featuring one of Warhol’s most iconic works of art: the original Marilyn Monroe series from 1967. Andy Warhol (1928 -1987) was a leading artist in the visual art movement known as Pop Art, a genre that emerged in America and elsewhere ...

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Who Will Win the Presidential Election? Lecture by Michael McDonald

[Image from event]

This lecture was held at George Mason University on Monday, 5 November 2012--nearly one week after it was cancelled because of hurricane Sandy. It was sponsored by the Department of Public and International Affairs and the Middle East Studies Program.  Professor McDonald is a leading authority in his field and runs the widely popular website United States Elections Project. His bio can be found here.

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Libya's First Video Art Exhibit (Tripoli, 6-7 November 2012)

[Image from libyaherald.com]

First Glance: Video Art Exhibit 6 & 7 November 2012 Tripoli, Libya  The Arete Foundation for Arts and Culture is to hold an exhibition of video art in Tripoli’s Old City on 6-7 November. First Glance is the first exhibition of video art in the country. Nine screens in the Old City Works will show works by international artists from Argentina, Australia, Egypt, France, India, Japan, Lebanon, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Palestine, Syria, the UK, the ...

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Oxford Event -- Russian Orientalism to Soviet Iranology: The Persian-Speaking World and Its History Through Russian Eyes (30 November 2012)

[Iran Heritage Foundation logo. Image from iranheritage.org]

Russian Orientalism to Soviet Iranology: The Persian-Speaking World and Its History Through Russian Eyes 30 November 2012 Oxford, United Kingdom  The Soviet Union possessed a long tradition of Iranian Studies, a tradition which it inherited from imperial Russia but transformed to suit its sense of its own historical mission. This tradition had its origins within the framework of Russian Orientalism as this developed during the nineteenth century age of imperial ...

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Two Iranian Activists Granted EU's Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought

[Nasrin Sotoudeh. Image by sabzphoto via Flickr]

[The following press release was issued by the European Parliament on 26 October 2012.]  Two Iranian activists, lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh and film director Jafar Panahi, are this year's joint winners of the European Parliament Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. They were chosen by President Schulz and political group leaders on Friday morning. "The award of the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought to the Iranians Nasrin Sotoudeh and Jafar Panahi ...

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