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Call for Applications: PARC Fellowship for Scholars Conducting Field-Based Research on Palestine, 2013-2014

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The Palestinian American Research Center (PARC) announces its 14th annual round of competition for post-doctoral and doctoral research fellowships in Palestinian Studies for 2013 - 2014. To be eligible for research fellowships, the following criteria must be met: The research project must make a contribution to Palestinian Studies. The research can be in any area of Palestinian Studies, including the humanities, social sciences, economics, law, health and sciences. ...

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UNHCR Releases New Guidelines for Detention of Asylum-Seekers

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[The following press release and guidelines were issued by the United Nations High Commission on Refugees on 21 September 2012.] Press Release The UN refugee agency on Friday issued new guidelines on the detention of asylum-seekers and said UNHCR was concerned at its growing use in a number of countries. "The guidelines represent UNHCR policy and are intended as advice for governments and other bodies making decisions on detaining people," spokesman Adrian ...

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NYC Event -- Feminisms in the Time of Empire: Complicities, Contestations, and Solidarities (29 September 2012)

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Feminisms in the Time of Empire: Complicities, Contestations and Solidarities Saturday, 29 September 12:00-3:00 Institute for Public Knowledge 20 Cooper Square Discourses of race, gender and sexuality have served an important ideological function within imperialist projects. The current phase of US imperialism is no exception. Today, this project calls on increasingly explicit forms of Islamophobia, forms that circulate in news programs, on subway billboards, in the ...

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California's Largest Student Union Votes to Condemn Attempts at Silencing Dissent

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[The following statement was issued by the University of California Student Association on 15 September 2012.] The University of California Student Association, which represents hundreds of thousands of students at all ten UC campuses, passed a resolution today condemning recent attempts to censure boycott and divestment efforts by Palestinian human rights activists on campus, and demanding that the UC stop profiting from Israel’s human rights violations.  The motion ...

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Living Under Drones: Death, Injury, and Trauma to Civilians from US Drone Practices in Pakistan

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[The following report was issued by the International Human Rights and Conflict Resolution Clinic at Stanford Law School and the Global Justice Clinic at the NYU School of Law.]  Living Under Drones: Death, Injury, and Trauma to Civilians from US Drone Practices in Pakistan Executive Summary & Recommendations In the United States, the dominant narrative about the use of drones in Pakistan is of a surgically precise and effective tool that makes the US safer ...

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An Open Letter From California Scholars for Academic Freedom to the 66 Co-authors of California House Resolution 35

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[Coauthors of HR 35: California Assembly Members Linda Haldeman, Bonnie Lowenthal and: Achadjian, Beall, Block, Blumenfield, Butler, Cook, Fong, Furutani, Galgiani, Gatto, Gordon, Hagman, Mansoor, Miller, Monning, Portantino, and Williams, Alejo, Allen, Atkins, Bill Berryhill, Bonilla, Brownley, Buchanan, Charles Calderon, Campos, Carter, Cedillo, Chesbro, Conway, Davis, Dickinson, Donnelly, Eng, Feuer, Fletcher, Fuentes, Beth Gaines, Garrick, Gorell, Harkey, Hayashi, Roger ...

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What a Seven Day Teachers' Strike Can Accomplish: Key Contract Issues

[Demonstrators as part of the Chicago Teachers Union strike on 10 September 2012. Image by Sierraromeo via Flickr.]

On 10 September 2012, approximately twenty-nine thousand members of the Chicago Teachers Union began a seven-day strike protesting a host of encroachments on their rights as workers and educators on the part of the Chicago Board of Education. While various news reports have detailed the final contract agreement, the chart below (published by the Chicago Tribune on 18 September) highlights the issues that were on the table and the movement in the board's positions that were ...

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Call for Applicants: Training Module on Building Knowledge in Media Policy for Arab Countries (Cairo, 27 Nov. - 6 Dec., 2012)

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The School of Global Affairs and Public Policy’s Executive Education at the American University in Cairo, announces the second round of its program entitled "Building Knowledge in Media Policy for Arab Countries in Transition" from November 27 to December 6, 2012. The training will be delivered in Arabic for members of civil society organizations advocating for media reform, journalists and media professionals from Egypt, Libya and Tunisia. Selected candidates ...

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NYC Event: Translating the Maghreb after the Arab Spring (NYC, 23 September 2012)

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Translating the Maghreb after the Arab Spring Sunday, 23 September 2012 5 – 6 pm Brooklyn Borough Hall Community Room (209 Joralemon Street) The PEN Translation Committee Presents North African Writing in the Wake of the Arab Spring. Noted translators, editors, and poets Pierre Joris (Exile Is My Trade: a Habib Tengour Reader), Deborah Kapchan (Gender on the Market: Moroccan Women and the Revoicing of Tradition), and Peter Thompson (A ...

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Open Letter Regarding the Detention of Zakaria Zubeidi

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[The following letter was issued by a number of concerned individuals in response to the Palestinian Authority's detention and treatment of Zakaria Zubeidi, co-founder of the Freedom Theater.] Open letter regarding the detention of Zakaria Zubeidi, co-founder of the Freedom Theatre. For the attention of President Mahmoud Abbas:   We the undersigned write to ask you to ensure the proper application of Palestinian law in the case of Zakaria Zubeidi, and all cases ...

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Conference: Aesthetics and Politics - Counter-Narratives, New Publics, and the Role of Dissent in the Arab World (Cairo, 16-26 Sep. 2012)

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"Aesthetics and Politics: Counter-Narratives, New Publics, and the Role of Dissent in the Arab World" is the theme of the International Summer Academy the research program Europe in the Middle East—The Middle East in Europe (EUME) of the Berlin-based Forum Transregionale Studien and the ‘Center for Translation Studies’ of the American University in Cairo are jointly organizing from September 16 — 27, 2012 at the American University in Cairo in cooperation with the ...

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The Economic Question for Palestinians in Israel (Jadal Issue 14, July 2012)

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[The following is the Table of Contents of the latest issue of Jadal, a quarterly journal published by Mada al-Carmel] Jadal Issue 14, July 2012 The Economic Question for Palestinians In Israel Editorial Mtanes Shehadeh Analytical Papers Towards Redefining the Economic Inferiority of the Palestinians in Israel Mtanes Shehadeh Viewpoints The Economic Structure and Options for the Palestinian Citizens in Israel Aziz Haidar From Economic Inferiority to Economic ...

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PACBI Thank You Letter to Mashrou' Leila

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[The following letter was issued on 7 September 2012 by the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI).] Dear Mashrou' Leila:   We at the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) wish to salute you for your principled decision not to perform with RHCP, a band that insists on entertaining apartheid and violating the cultural boycott of Israel.    You have set a precedent and set the bar ...

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Delivered into Enemy Hands: US-Led Abuse and Rendition of Opponents to Gaddafi's Libya

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[The following report is the latest from Human Rights Watch (HRW) on the relationship between the US rendition program and the now-deposed Qaddafi regime.] When rebel forces overtook Tripoli in August 2011, prison doors were opened and office files exposed, revealing startling new information about Libya's relations with other countries. One such revelation, documented in this report, is the degree of involvement of the United States government under the Bush administration ...

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US Democracy in Action: DNC Chairperson Forces Through Reversal on Democrat's Jerusalem Position (Video)

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The following video shows the "vote" that occured on 5 September 2012 during the Democratic National Convention (DNC) to amend the Democractic Party's national platform, which had previously been adopted at the DNC on 4 September 2012. Initially, and up until this "vote," the platform made no reference to "God" nor to "Jerusalem as the undivded capital of Israel." The video shows the manner in which the "vote" was conducted ...

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An Account from Young Moroccan Political Prisoners: Rape and Torture in Police Custody

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[The following report was originally published in French on Mamfakinch on 2 September 2012. It was subsequently translated into English. Both the English translation and original French version appear below.] Following the 22 July protest against the high cost of living and the increase in prices, which was violently repressed and disbursed by riot police, six activists from the February 20th Movement were arrested. Their names are Samir ...

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Serious Crackdown on Saudi Detainees and Their Families in Al-Hayer Prison

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[The following report was issued by Alkarama on 29 August 2012.]  “The total number of detainees is nearly 30,000. Those imprisoned do not know when they will be out, as they are often not given any trials or sentences, and if they are tried and sentenced, then they are not released when the sentence expires. This is the situation of most political prisoners.” These are the words of more than five hundred Saudi women in a petition appealing for support to release ...

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Reports Roundup (September 1)

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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.] Egyptian Government Attempts to Suppress Media The Committee to Protect Journalists reports on government censorship, particularly at the state run Al-Akhbar newspaper.   InCABI Statement on India-Israel Free Trade Agreement The Indian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel issues a statement ...

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Syria: Joint Rapid Food Security Needs Assessment

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[The following report was issued by the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations in June 2012.] Syria: Joint Rapid Food Security Needs Assessment  Summary of Findings Crops and livestock sectors are  the most affected by the ongoing crisis in the country. Table  1 summarizes the total damages and losses in the nine governorates in the crop, irrigation and livestock subsectors. Majorly affected crops are the strategic crops, such as ...

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Conference: Politics, Art, and Society - The Arab Uprisings of 2011 and After (28 September 2012, Cleveland, Ohio)

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Politics, Art, and Society: The Arab Uprisings of 2011 and After 28 September 2012 Cleveland, Ohio Religion, Social Movements, and Protest in the Middle East 9:30 a.m., Dolan Center for Science and Technology, John Carroll University  Well before the popular uprisings of 2011, there was a robust history of diverse social groups. Challenging and protesting political leadership across the Middle East. Change, however fitful, seems now possible in many countries. ...

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