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The Demonization of Arabs and Muslims in the United States

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In the below episode of Akhir Kalam [The Last Word], an Egyptian show featured on On TV, human rights attorney Lamis Deek discusses currentnamics dy of demonization, surveillience, and criminalization of Arab and Muslim communities in the United States.

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In Defense of UCLA Professor David Shorter and All Scholars Who Support the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel

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[The following open letter was issued by the US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (USACBI) on 1 May 2012.] In Defense of UCLA Professor David Shorter and All Scholars Who Support the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel In March 2012, Tammi Rossman-Benjamin and Leila Beckwith, the co-founders of an anti-Palestinian organization known as the “Amcha Initiative,” emailed a letter to California politicians and administrators of the University ...

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Desmond Tutu: Justice Requires Action to Stop Subjugation of Palestinians

[Desmond Tutu receiving the Skoll Global Treasure Award on 31 March 2011. Image by Skoll World Forum.

[The following op-ed was written by Archbishop-Emeritus of Cape Town, South Africa, Desmond Tutu and published in the Tampa Bay Times on 1 May 2012.] A quarter-century ago I barnstormed around the United States encouraging Americans, particularly students, to press for divestment from South Africa. Today, regrettably, the time has come for similar action to force an end to Israel's long-standing occupation of Palestinian territory and refusal to extend equal rights to ...

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The Egyptian Revolution and Neo-Liberal Economics (Video)

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The following video report on the demands and struggles surrounding redistributive justice in Egypt before and after the 2011 uprosing was produced by The Real News Network.

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The Free University of New York City (1 May 2012)

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Free University in Solidarity with May 1 General Strike New York, NY (27 April 2012): This May Day, a coalition of students and faculty from Brooklyn College, Columbia University, the CUNY Graduate Center, Eugene Lang College, Hunter College, New School for Social Research, New York University, the Occupy University, and Princeton University are collaborating to produce a “collective educational experiment” to be held on Tuesday, 1 May from 10am to 3pm. The action ...

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US-Based Professors Respond to NYT Ad Accusing Professors and BDS Movement of Inciting Murder of Jewish Children

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[The following letter to the editor was submitted on 28 April, 2012 to the New York Times in response to an advertisement paid for by the David Horowtiz Freedom Center that appeared in the Op Ed section of the 24 April, 2012 edition of the NYT. It was also reproduced here. The advertisement is posted below, after the list of signatories to the letter.] To the Editor: We are professors who teach in universities across this country. We are appalled at ...

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"No Trust" Regarding US Role in the Syrian Uprising: Bassam Haddad on Al-Jazeera's "Min Washington"


Al-Jazeera's "Min Washington" (من واشنطن) show featured a discussion on the role of the United States in the Syrian Uprising. Jadaliyya's Co-Editor, Bassam Haddad, rejects the emphasis on the United States' role as being pivotal in promoting democracy in the region. He also addressed the downward spiral of the Syrian uprising and the role of the Syrian National Council in it. Other guests included a Syrian National Council member, Marah Buqa`i, and political ...

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Press Release: Front Line Defenders Demand "Proof of Life" as Abdulhadi al-Khawaja Enters 79th Day of Hunger Strike

[Abdulhadi al-Khawaja in hospital, April 6. Image from Frontline Defenders]

[The following press release was issued by Front Line Defenders on Thursday, 26 April 2012, as Abdulhadi al-Khawaja’s status and whereabouts remain unverified. Today marks the 79th day of his hunger strike.]   PRESS RELEASE—for immediate release On the 78th Day of Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja’s hunger strike in Bahrain, Front Line Defenders calls upon the Bahraini Minister of Interior, Lieutenant-General Sheikh Rashid bin Abdulla Al Khalifa, to provide a ‘proof of life’ to ...

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Contesting Narratives, Locating Power: Updates from Jadaliyya's Second Co-Sponsored Conference on the Arab Uprisings

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Jadaliyya and Lund University's Center for Middle Eastern Studies are co-sponosring a conference entited "Arab Uprisings: Contestining Narratives, Locating Power," being held in Lund, Sweden, on 25-28 April 2012. Over the span of two-and-a-half days, over forty scholars, artists, activists, and opposition figures will meet in roundtable formatt to discuss a range of themes, case-studies, and issues related to the Arab uprisings. Those in attendence include Haytham ...

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ننادي ببطلان مبايعة الأمير نايف ملكًا

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‪]‬تم نشر هذه العريضة ألكترونياً يوم الأثنين، المصادف ٢٣ مارس ٢٠١٢. وقامت أكثر من ٢٤٠ شخصية سعودية بالتوقيع عليها إلى حد الآن. بأمكانكم الاطلاع على العريضة الأصلية هنا ] بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم بدء التوقيع الرياض: الثلاثاء 25/5/1433هـ، الموافق 17/4/2012م. "ننادي ببطلان مبايعة الأمير نايف ملكاً؟ كيف يكون الأصلح من هو أكثر الأمراء استبداداً وأشدهم بطشاً  وتعذيباً وترهيباً، وانتهاكاً لشرط البيعة الشرعية الأكبر: شورى الأمة؟ أ-لماذا تخصيص الأمير نايف ببطلان ...

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ArteEast Presents Two Literary Events Featuring Poets from Gaza (New York, 24 & 25 April 2012)

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April 24 at 7pm: Gazan Writers Salon 1: Fractured Web, Gazan Writing Online at Columbia Center for Palestine Studies, Knox Hall Room 509, Columbia University, 606 West 122 Street, New York, NY 10027. Free and open to the public. April 25 at 7pm: Gazan Writers Salon 2: From Memoir to Reportage and Back Again, a literary reading at Nuyorican Poets Cafe 236 E. 3rd St., New York, NY 10009. Advance tickets $10 (click here to order), $15 at the door. Sponsored by ...

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Press Release: Bahrain Watch Founding Member Dr. Alaa Al-Shehabi Arrested

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[The following press release was issued by Bahrain Watch on 22 April 2012 regarding Alaa al-Shehabi's arrest earlier today. To read articles written by Al-Shehabi for Jadaliyya, click here.] FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Twitter: @bhwatch April 22, 2012 Bahrain Watch Founding Member Dr. Ala'a Al-Shehabi Arrested Ala’a was Accompanying Journalists in a Car on Budaiya Highway at Time of Arrest [Manama] Bahrain Watch expresses its deep ...

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Syria's Phase of Radicalisation

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[The following report is the latest from the International Crisis Group (ICG) on Syria.] Syria's Phase of Radiclisation I. Overview As the 10 April deadline Kofi Annan (the UN and Arab League joint Special Envoy) set for implementation of his peace plan strikes, the conflict’s dynamics have taken an ugly and worrying turn. Syrians from all walks of life appear dumbfounded by the horrific levels of violence and hatred generated by the crisis. Regime forces have subjected ...

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Press Release: A Dangerous Escalation - At Least 11 Shotgun Injuries on 18 April 2012 in Bahrain

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[The following press release was released by Bahrain Watch on 19 April 2012.] FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact:  Twitter: @bhwatch April 19, 2012 A DANGEROUS ESCALATION: AT LEAST 11 SHOTGUN INJURIES ON 18 APRIL 2012 Bahrain Watch Identifies Cyprus, UK, and Italian Birdshot, and Other Live Ammunition [Manama] Activist group Bahrain Watch has observed a dramatic escalation in the use of birdshot and live ammunition by police against ...

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Hizbollah's Position on the Syrian Uprising: Julian Assange Interview with Hasan Nasrallah (Video)

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In this interview, Julian Assange asks Hasan Nasrallah, Secretary-General of Hizbollah, about the organization's goals and strategies vis-a-vis Lebanon, Palestine, and the Israeli government, as well as the current uprising, regime response, and international mobilization in Syria. The interview is the first installament in a ten-episode series entitled The World Tomorrow, broadcast on Russia Today, hosted by Julian Assange, and featuring interviews with ...

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A Collective Response to "To Be Anti-Racist is to Be Feminist: The Hoodie and the Hijab are Not the Same"

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[The following statement was issued by a group of feminist writers, activists, and academics in response to a recently published article, entitled "To Be Anti-Racist Is to Be Feminist: The Hoodie and the Hijab Are Not Equals." It was originally published on The Feminist Wire, the publication that featured the original article. To sign on to this statement, please email with your full name and institutional affiliation.] To our ...

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Judith Butler: Boycott Politics and Global Responsibility (Video)

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The following is a video of a lecture given by Judith Butler, entitled "Boycott Politics and Global Responsability," wherein she discusses the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement in solidarity with the Palestinian people. The lecture was given at Tufts University and co-sponsored by the school's Antrhopology, Sociology, English, and Peace and Justice Studies departments. Butler is a professor of Rhetoric and Comparative Literature at UC Berkeley. ...

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Video: Palestine & Law Panel on "The State Question"

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[The following was published by the Center for Palestine Studies at Columbia University] The Center for Palestine Studies has developed a new project on Palestine and Law, which consists of a series of panels with some of the world's leading legal scholars on Palestine. The aim of the series is to promote innovative academic thought on legal questions related to Palestine.  The issues covered will include the state question; property issues; from possession to ...

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Press Release: "Petition to EU Members of Parliament about Auditing Egyptian Foreign Debt"

[Inside of the European Parliament in Brussels. From Wikimedia Commons.]

[The following press release was issued by the Popular Campaign to Drop Egypt's Debt on 1 April, 2012] The end of the Mubarak dictatorship left Egypt with a heavy legacy of failed economic policies and a misshaped sovereign debt management with projects not necessarily benefiting the vast majority of the Egyptian population. Today, Egypt bears the burden of a public external debt amounting to $35 billion consuming 2/5th of the national budget to service and principal ...

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Syrian Refugees in Turkey

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[The following report was published in the Fahamu Refugee Legal Aid Newsletter on 1 April 2012. It was prepared by by Oktay Durukan and Zaid Hydari of Helsinki Citizens Assembly-Regugee Advocacy and Support Program.] Update: Syrian Refugees in Turkey 16,000 and Counting … Since the Syrian conflict began over one year ago, the Government of Turkey has kept its borders open to individuals who have fled the turmoil. According to latest official figures, over ...

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