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Press Release: International Delegation to Attend Trial of Ayse Berktay (Hacimirzaoglu) in Turkey

[Ayse Berktay (Hacimirizaoglu). Image from WTI archive]

[The following press release was issued in English on 25 June 2012 by members of an international delegation that will observe the trial of Ayse Berktay.] Press Release International Delegation to Attend Trial of Ayse Berktay (Hacimirzaoglu) in Turkey During the past three years, the Turkish state has imprisoned some 8000 citizens under the guise of fighting terrorism. In a wave of detentions known as the “KCK operations,” it has targeted activists, academics, ...

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Open Letter from Anti-Normalization Groups at the AUB Opposing 2012 Commencement Speaker

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[The following open letter was organized by "anti-nomalization groups" at the American University of Beirut (AUB). It was originally published on the Sawt al-Niswa website on 21 June 2012. Click here to read the letter from the AUB Office of the President in response to this and other similar statements opposing the commencement speaker.] Can AUB find only those Complicit with Zionism to Honor? An Open Letter from anti-normalization groups at the AUB In the ...

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Caterpillar Removed from TIAA-CREF’s Social Choice Funds

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[The following press release was issued by on 21 June 2012.] For Immediate Release Caterpillar Removed from TIAA-CREF’s Social Choice Funds Victory for Pro-divestment Advocates June 21, 2012- Pension fund giant TIAA-CREF has removed Caterpillar, Inc. from its Social Choice Funds portfolio. As of May 1, 2012, financial data posted on TIAA-CREF’s website valued Social Choice Funds shares in Caterpillar at $72,943,861. Today it is zero. “We applaud this ...

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Life in Homs

[Bab Dreeb area in Homs, Syria on 5 April 2012. Image by Bo Yaser via Wikipedia Commons]

[The following account of a day in the life of someone living in Homs was first published on the blog Thoughts and Feelings of a Syrian Freedom Fighter.] Life in Homs In here you’ll read exactly what I’ve experienced on Thursday, June 14th, 2012. I woke up at 5 AM after three hours of “sleep,” checked if there’s nearby shooting or shelling, got dressed, and then went out to the bakery. I found eleven people in front of me, and an hour later there were more than one ...

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Razan Ghazzawi: Imprisoned Syrian Blogger and Recipient of Human Rights Defender at Risk Award (Video)

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[The following video and statement were produced by Front Line Defenders as part of their Human Right Defender at Risk Award.] Razan Ghazzawi is a Syrian human rights activist and blogger who has been arrested and released on two occasions in the last few months. Following several threats she was arrested for the first time on 4 December 2012 at the Syrian-Jordanian border as she was on her way to attend a workshop on media and freedom of expression in the Arab world. She ...

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"Up Front" Interview with Jadaliyya Co-Editor Bassam Haddad on Current Developments in Syria

[Bab Dreib Protest, Homs. Image by Bo Yaser, from WikiMedia Commons.]

This interview was conducted with Jadaliyya Co-Editor Bassam Haddad by Brian Edwards-Tiekert of KPFA's "Up Front." The interview discusses the staying power of Bashar al-Assad's regime in Syria, and why the regime's days may be numbered; the ineffective cease-fire plan of Kofi Annan; what a post-regime Syria might look like; and the increase in violence between uprising forces and the regime.   Click below to listen. The interview runs from 9:00 to 18:00 ...

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With the Greek Left for a Democratic Europe: Statement by Etienne Balibar and Others

[Syntagma Square in Athens on 24 February 2011. Image by William Faithful / Flickr]

[The following statement was issued by philospher Etienne Balibar and signed onto by over 170 public figures in support of the struggle for political and economic democracy in Greece and beyond.] It is clear that the responsibility for the chain of events that in a mere three years has plunged Greece into the abyss lies overwhelmingly with the parties that have held office since 1974. New Democracy (the Right) and PASOK (the Socialists) have not only maintained the system ...

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Petition Against Banning of Abortion in Turkey

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[The following petition has been circulated in response to the recent development regarding abortion rights in Turkey. To sign the peition, click here.] TO THE POLICIES OF THE PRIME MINISTER AND THE GOVERNMENT THAT TARGET GENDER EQUALITY, WOMEN'S BODIES, REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS, AND SEXUALITY, OUR RESPONSE IS A RESOUNDING "NO!" We demand that the process to ban abortion be ceased IMMEDIATELY! Banning abortion or further limiting the duration and conditions ...

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Egypt’s Elections under Military Rule: Join Our Resistance to the Counter-Revolution

Hand painted electioneering in Egypt. Image by ghostsigns from Flickr.]

[The following statement was released by Comrades from Cairo on 1 June 2012.] Egypt’s Elections under Military Rule: Join Our Resistance to the Counter-Revolution To you at whose side we struggle, From the beginning of the Egyptian revolution, the powers that be have launched a vicious counter-revolution to contain our struggle and subsume it by drowning the people’s voices in a process of meaningless, piecemeal political reforms. This process aimed at deflecting the path ...

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The Exit from the Crisis is Left: Main Points of Greece's Syriza Leftist Coalition

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[The following is the platform put forth by the Greek political coalition Syriza (an abbreviation for Coalition of the Radical Left) on 9 May 2012. The leftist coalition is currently polling at approximately thirty percent and is expected by some analysts to win in the next elections in Greece.] The Exit from the Crisis is on the Left 1. Creation of a shield to protect society against the crisis Not a single citizen without a guaranteed minimum income or ...

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Arab Uprisings Symposium: Critically Assessing the Changing Landscape of Power and Players (Beirut, 31 May - 1 June 2012)

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Arab Uprisings Symposium: Critically Assessing the Changing Landscape of Power and Players 31 May - 1 June 2012 Auditorium A, West Hall American University of Beirut (AUB) Beirut, Lebanon This Symposium is part of the AUB-wide Arab Uprisings Research Initiative, which was launched and is supported by the Office of the Provost and managed by the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs. AUB has invited over twenty scholars from the ...

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Missing in Bahrain: On Ali Abdulemam (Video)

[Ali Abdulemam. Image from screenshot of below video]

Ali Abdulemam, founder and creator of and a leading social media activist in the Gulf region, has been missing in Bahrain since March 2011. Just a few weeks before Ali went missing, he was released from prison as a result of the widespread protests at Pearl Roundabout in Bahrain. Ali had been sentenced the previous summer, having been hounded by Bahraini authorities seeking to limit free speech and internet freedom in the country.  In prison, ...

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Without Principle, There is Nothing: On the Undignified Politics of the American Task Force on Palestine

[Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren and President of the American Task Force on Palestine Ziad Asali at “Independence Day” celebration organized by the Israeli Embassy in Washington, DC. Image by Natasha Mosgovaya]

[The following statement was issued by the US Palestinian Community Network  on 19 May 2012 in response to the event of and ensuing discussion around the participation ATFP's Ziad Asali in an Israeli "Independence Day" celebration.] Across the shatat and in the homeland, Palestinians marked the 64th anniversary of the Nakba of 1948 in a multitude of ways. We rallied, we held vigils, and we took a quiet moment to remember, reflect, and mourn. On this ...

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. . . مرايا تبحث عن محررين

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  تبحث شركة لافانت لابوراتوريز{مختبرات المشرق}، الناشرة لمجلة شهرية فكرية جديدة مستلهمة من الربيع العربي، عن محررين في مجالات الاقتصاد والأخبار وشبكة الإنترنت لمكاتبها في بيروت ولندن. على المتقدمين أن يكونوا متمكنين من اللغة العربية، ويفضل المتخرجين حديثاً من الجامعة. وأن يكونوا مهتمين بقضايا المواطنة والعدالة الاجتماعية وهي أسس المجلة. الرواتب مغرية في محيط عمل تقدمي ومنفتح وحيوي. على المهتمين إرسال سيرة مهنية كاملة مع رسالة تقديم و نموذج من كتاباتهم أو بورتفوليو ...

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On Syria and Its Neighbors: Jadaliyya Co-Editor Bassam Haddad Featured in CNN Panel Column

[A Syrian rebel in the Khaldiyeh neighborhood in Homs province, Syria, walks past ammunition embedded in the road, May 15, 2012. Image by Fadi Zaidan/AP Photo]

[The below panel column by Nicole Dow was published on on Wednesday 16 May 2012 under the title "Syrian outcome could alter its neighbors' futures." It features four perspectives on the uprising in Syria and its regional implication, one of which is provided by Jadaliyya Co-Editor Bassam Haddad.] Syrian outcome could alter its neighbors's futures As events continue to unfold in Syria, the future of this Arab nation remains unknown. There are many ...

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Critical Perspectives on EBRD "Transition" Investment Priorities in Egypt (Video)

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The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) was created twenty-one years ago with the purpose of supporting the transition to democracy and market economies in the countries of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. Following the Arab uprisings of 2011, it was tasked by its shareholders, including the United States and the European Union, to assist the "democratic" transitions in the southern and eastern Mediterranean region. Egypt, Jordan, ...

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Conference: The Egyptian Revolution One Year On (Oxford, 18-19 May 2012)

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Conference: The Egyptian Revolution, One Year On University of Oxford, 18-19 May 2012 You are warmly invited to register for the forthcoming international conference on The Egyptian Revolution, One Year On: Causes, Characteristics and Fortunes. The conference will be held on Friday 18 and Saturday 19 May 2012 at the Department of Politics and International Relations, Oxford University. It is co-sponsored by the DPIR and John Fell OUP Research Fund, University of Oxford, ...

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New Perspectives for the Anti-War Movement (New York City, 16 May 2012)

[Logo of Havaar: Iranian Initiative Against War, Sanctions, and State Repression]

New Perspectives for the Anti-War Movement   A Discussion with Havaar: Iranian Initiative Against War, Sanctions, and State Repression When: Wednesday, May 16 at 7 pm – 9 pm Where: The Graduate Center of the City University of New York, 365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY Segal Theater, First Floor. Co-sponsored by the Center for Place, Culture and Politics Havaar (which means “cry of emergency”) is a coalition of Iranians, Iranian-Americans, and allies ...

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Call for Artists: Watermill Center/ArteEast 2013 Residency (January-June 2013)

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In 2011, The Watermill Center and ArteEast partnered to launch an annual residency supporting the development of a new work by artists based in the Middle East and North Africa. The residency is accompanied by an artist talk with the community about the work done in residence. The 2011/2012 ArteEast artist was Abbas Akhavan. ArteEast is proud to announce that the partnership will be included in one of the Spring 2013 Residency slots (January - June 2013) at The ...

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United Methodists Recommend Sanctions & Boycotts; Reject Divestment

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The US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation was honored to witness and support an historic vote by the world United Methodist Church (UMC)’s 2012 General Conference (GC), the highest decision-making body of the church, to adopt a resolution: Urging the U.S. government to “end all military aid to the region”; Calling on “all nations to prohibit… any financial support by individuals or organizations for the construction and maintenance of settlements”; ...

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