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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

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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)

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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)

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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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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

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[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)

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[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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