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Turkish Academics' Statement of Solidarity with Kurdish Detainees on Hunger Strike

[Celebration of the Kurdish holiday Newroz in Diyarbakir, Turkey, 2010. Image by sushiharold via Flickr]

[The following statement was issued by the below-listed Turkish academics in support of the demands and rights of the Kurdish hunger strikers protesting their detention.] To the Press and the Public: We, the academics listed below, would like to declare that we will include the Kurdish problem and the demands of the hunger strikers on our agenda-- in our academic activities, in the courses we present at our universities and in our written work-- until all Kurdish detainees ...

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Urgent Call for Kurdish Hunger Strikers in Turkey

[Protest in support of Kurdish hunger strikers in Berlin. Image by Thomas Rossi Rassloff via Flickr]

[The following letter is being circulated as of 3 November 2012 with respect to Kurdish prisoners on hunger strike in Turkey.] To Your Attention: Academicians from different disciplines and universities in Turkey have started a new campaign in the face of the hunger strike of 683 Kurdish detainees in Turkish prisons. Sixty-four of them have passed their fifty-third day while seventy-nine more have been continuing their strike for forty-three days. The prime minister of ...

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Trial of Israeli Attack on Freedom Flotilla Begins on November 6

[Protesters in Ramallah in May 2010. Image by karathepirate via Flickr]

[The following article was issued by IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation on 1 November 2012.]  The first hearing of the trial concerning an Israeli attack on the Gaza-bound Freedom Flotilla and Mavi Marmara ship will be held at an İstanbul court on Nov.6. IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation, which is one of the organizers of the Freedom Flotilla, is carrying out significant work to bring this case to the world’s attention. Hundreds of lawyers will seek co-plaintiff ...

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Reports Roundup (November 3)

[Screenshot from controversial University of Jordan sexual harassment video. Image from youtube.com]

[The following list is a compilation of the reports, statements, and other materials featured on the Jadaliyya Reports Page this past week.] Four Arab Artists and Intellectuals Receive 2012 Prince Claus Fund Award The annaul Prince Claus Fund Awards recognize individuals whose cultural achievements have a positive impact on the development of their societies. This years' laureates include Sami Ben Gharbia of Tunisia, Habiba Djahnine of Algeria, Yassin al Haj Saleh of ...

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Conference: Palestine Center Annual Conference (Washington DC, 9 November 2012)

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Where Are We Headed? The US and Middle East After Elections Palestine Center Annual Conference 9 November 2012 Washington, DC The Palestine Center is an independent think-tank committed to communicating reliable and objective information about the Palestinian political experience to American policy makers, journalists, students and the general public. Established in 1991, it is the educational program of the Jerusalem Fund for Education and Community Development. The ...

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Remi Kanazi: Normalize This!

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Bringing together a great crew of creative minds and shot throughout Brooklyn, Normalize This! tackles the multitude of ways Israel attempts to normalize its policies and whitewash its crimes against Palestinians. As an avid proponent of the fast growing, rights-based Palestinian civil society call for boycott, divestment, and sanctions, and as an artist who refuses to sign onto projects that promote a false symmetry between occupier and occupied, Remi Kanazi felt this was ...

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Ithaca Event: Moving Beyond Sterile Negotiations (Today 1 November 2012)

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Moving Beyond Sterile Negotiations Noura Erakat, Georgetown University, Temple University 5pm on Thursday 1 November 2012 Morrison Hall, Room 146 Cornell University Ithaca, NY  This lecture will focus on the failure of the two-decade long peace process between Israel and Palestine, as well as the timeliness, justification, and feasibility for shifting to a rights-based strategy and solution, as well as consider the reorientation of political forms in the ...

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Tunisian Unionists on Strike in Kasserine Province

[UGTT union federation executive member Mohamed Saghaier Saihi. Image from menasolidaritynetwork.com]

[The following statement was issued by Mohamed Sghaier Saihi, a UGTT union federation executive member in Kasserine province, Tunisia, via MENA Solidarity Network on 21 October 2012.]   Tunisia has seen waves of strikes and protests against the policies of the Islamist Ennahdha Party in recent months. In the Kasserine region, for example we saw general strikes in Majel Bel Abbès two months ago, in Thala three weeks ago, in Laayoun two weeks ago, in Sbiba last Tuesday ...

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Statement by Comrades from Cairo: We Refuse Economic Bondage -- Stop the Loans

[IMF headquarters in Washington, DC. Source: IMF. Image from Wikimedia Commons]

[The following statement was released by Comrades from Cairo on 31 October 2012] Dear friends, In the coming period we will again be facing a familiar enemy that many of you have and continue to battle. International Financial Institutions (IFIs) like the IMF have long had a hand in plundering the Egyptian economy and dispossessing the Egyptian people. We aim to resist these institutions and their depredations, but we know that this struggle is a global one and so we ...

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Trailer: THIS IS also GAZA (Video)

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As the name suggests, THIS IS also GAZA aims to present an alternative vision of Gaza, one nurtured through the eyes of its most compelling contemporary cultural producers.  For the last half-century and longer, Gaza has been viewed almost exclusively – both regionally and internationally–through the camera lens of war, occupation, in-fighting, and humanitarian strife.  Through an innovative cross-disciplinary program, THIS IS also GAZA aims to ...

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The London Statement: Members of Global Media Community Speak Out on Journalist Safety

[Tribute to Aljazeera journalists in Doha. Image by masondan via Flickr]

[The following statement was issued by members of the global media community, including the Committee for the Protection of Journalists, on 18 October 2012.]   The London Statement on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity Addressed to the UN Inter-Agency Meeting on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity in Vienna on 22-23 November 2012, organized by UNESCO and co-hosted by the United Nations Development Program, Office of the ...

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Cairo Event -- Revolts and Transitions in the Arab World: Towards a New Urban Agenda? (7-9 November 2012)

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Revolts and Transitions in the Arab World: Towards a New Urban Agenda?  7 - 9 November 2012 French Institute of Egypt, Cairo, Egypt The CEDEJ, a French research center in Cairo, is organizing a conference on the urban aspect of the current events that are reshaping the region. The event will include short lectures by academics and experts on the region, followed by a debate. The final session on 9 November will include an open debate on the ...

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Sexual Harassment Video that Led to Removal of Rula Quawas as Dean at the University of Jordan

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The following video was produced by students of the University of Jordan's Feminist Theory class during the fall semester of the 2011-2012 academic year. The video addresses sexual harassment experienced by female students on the University of Jordan campus.  It was uploaded to YouTube on 9 June, 2012. The video's public release created "a controversy" both in print and online media in Jordan. In light of the video's supposed "harmful effect" on ...

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London Event -- Yemen: Challenges for the Future (11-12 January 2013)

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Yemen: Challenges for the Future 11 - 12 January 2013 SOAS, University of London The British-Yemeni Society (BYS) in collaboration with the London Middle East Institute (LMEI) at SOAS proposes to hold an international conference entitled “Yemen: Challenges for the Future” at SOAS, University of London on 11 and 12 January 2013. This will be the first academic conference in the UK for more than a decade to discuss in depth the many economic and social challenges ...

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Call for Bahrain to Implement UN Human Rights Council Recommendations

[UN Human Rights Council in session in February 2012. Image by United States Mission Geneva via Wikimedia Commons]

[The following statement was issued by PEN International on 25 October 2012.]  PEN International calls on the Bahraini government to implement recommendations of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC), released on 19 September 2012, alongside the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry BIC’s recommendations. While Bahrain accepted 145 of the 176 recommendations made as part of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Bahrain, the situation of human rights is still ...

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Four Arab Artists and Intellectuals Receive 2012 Prince Claus Fund Award

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[The following press release was issued by the Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development on 6 September 2012.]  The Prince Claus Awards The Prince Claus Awards honour outstanding achievements in the field of culture and development. The awards are presented annually to eleven individuals or organisations whose cultural actions have a positive impact on the development of their societies. In keeping with the Prince Claus Fund’s guiding principle that ...

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Reports Roundup (October 27)

[The following list is a compilation of the reports, statements, and other materials featured on the Jadaliyya Reports Page this past week.]  Jadaliyya's First Book Is Now Available from Pluto Press The Dawn of the Arab Uprisings, now available in paperback and Kindle format, documents and analyzes the first nine months of the rebellion that spread throughout the Arab world beginning in December 2010. Joint Letter to Kuwaiti Emir on Bidun Rights Refugees ...

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Human Rights Organizations Call for Investigation of Migrant Worker Abuse in Lebanon

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[The following statement was issued by a group of human rights organizations, including Alkarama Foundation, on 18 October 2012.]  Illegal and racist practices against foreign workers or refugees in Lebanon are on the rise. The latest example in this regard took place on the evening of 7 October as members of the Lebanese Army raided the homes of seventy Syrian, Egyptian, and Sudanese workers in Beirut in response to a complaint by some residents against these workers ...

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Amnesty International Calls for Release of Bahraini Teachers

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[The following statement was issued by Amnesty International on 15 October 2012.]  On 21 October an appeal court upheld the guilty verdict against Mahdi and Jalila but reduced their prison sentences to five years and six months respectively. They were arrested in 2011 after calling for a teachers strike in support of protesters’ calls for reform in Bahrain. Whilst in detention they were held in solitary confinement, where they say they were subjected to torture ...

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Open Letter on Israeli Beverage Company Operating Illegally in Palestine

[The following letter was issued by Corporate Watch on 21 September 2012.]  As Corporate Watch has previously reported SodaStream, an Israeli carbonated beverages manufacturer, has recently opened a shop called EcoStream in Brighton. SodaStream products are also stocked by major retailers such as Robert Dyas, John Lewis, Argos, Comet, Lakeland, Conran and some Tesco, Sainsbury and Asda stores. The Brighton shop is their first in the UK, the location was ...

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