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Call for Papers: Short Papers on Youth Movements for Social Change / Youth Organizations (25 July Deadline)

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The Kinder & Braver World Project: Research Series  Submissions due 25 July Boston Published by The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University   The Berkman Center for Internet & Society is delighted to announce a Call for Papers for The Kinder & Braver World Project: Research Series (danah boyd and John Palfrey, editors) presented by the Berkman Center and the Born This Way Foundation, and supported by the ...

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Human Rights Watch Calls for Due Process for Detained Libyan Ex-Prime Minister

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[The following statement was issued by Human Rights Watch on 6 July 2012.]  The Libyan authorities have yet to bring former prime minister Al-Baghdadi al-Mahmoudi before a judge or inform him of the charges against him though he was extradited from Tunisia on 24 June, 2012, Human Rights Watch said today after visiting al-Mahmoudi in his prison cell in Tripoli. Al-Mahmoudi said that he had not suffered any abuse during his detention in Libya, but that he had been ...

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Call for Papers: The Elections of the Revolution - From the Street to the Ballot Box (Cairo, 15 July Deadline)

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Egypt Arab World Abstract due 15 July Cairo, Egypt Published by Centre d'Études et de Documentation Économiques, Juridiques et Sociales Since the January 25 Revolution, Egyptians have been offered several opportunities to make their voices heard through the ballot box. The elections held in 2011 and 2012 have been opportunities for the different political currents not only to come into office or to influence politics, but also to test their worth. Due to the ...

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Call for Papers: "Inverted Worlds" - Congress on Cultural Motion in the Arab Region (Beirut, 15 July Deadline)

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Congress on Cultural Motion in the Arab Region 4-9 October 2012 Beirut, Lebanon Organized by the Orient-Institut Beirut The Congress on Cultural Motion in the Arab Region, organized by the Orient-Institut Beirut between 4 and 9 October 2012, aims to explore arenas and manifestations of cultural change effective in the eventful and disruptive outbursts of the Arab Spring.  It addresses the manners and means of articulation and self-imaging, the medial catalysts ...

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Al-Haq and Diakonia Seminar--"Annexation Wall: Lessons Learned and Future Strategy"

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9 July 2012 marks the eighth anniversary of the Advisory Opinion issued by the International Court of Justice. Al-Haq and Diakonia are holding a seminar in Bethlehem University featuring local and international academics and advocates, including Prof. William Schabas, Adv. Tessa Gregory, Mr. Ruben Carranza, Ms. Sheerin Al-Araj, Ms. Malin Greenhill, and Mr. Shawan Jabarin. The seminar will conclude Al-Haq’s campaign, ‘Annexation Wall: 10 Years Too Long,’ which calls for the ...

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Artist Call: NEWSFEED: Anonymity & Social Media in African Revolutions and Beyond (New York, 16 July Deadline)

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Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts 80 Hanson Place, Brooklyn, New York 11217 | p. 718.230.0492 | f. 718.230.0246 Important Dates: July 16, 2012: Submission deadline August 1, 2012: Artists announced via e-mail and web Exhibition Dates: October, 2012 – January, 2013 Exhibition Theme Be it in New York, Paris, or Bamako, the world is experiencing a paradigm shift that began in Africa. Worldwide, members of the financial and racial majority are no longer ...

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Call for Participants: Arab Feminist Knowledge Production Meeting (Beirut, 27-31 July 2012)

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Arab Feminst Knowledge Production Meeting 27-31 July 2012 Beirut, Lebanon What are We Calling for Exactly? Young women activist, writers, and feminists have been setting up alternative electronic media websites/blogs to provide more critical coverage and points of views on various issues in the Arab region, including gender issues, Islamophobia, the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, as well as the recent uprisings in the region. Many of these websites, journals, and even ...

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AUB President Responds to Criticisms of 2012 Honorary Degree Recipient Selection

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[The following letter was issued by the AUB Office of the President on 3 July 2012 in response to critiques of and opposition to a recent honorary degree recipient at the American University of Beirut (AUB). Click here to read "Open Letter from AUB Anti-Normalization Groups at the AUB Opposing 2012 Commencement Speaker."] Dear Members of the AUB Community, I would like to share with you a personal note, in view of several e-mails that have been circulating ...

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المعارضة السورية تطالب أمريكا بتسليحها وتجاوز مخاوفها من الإسلاميين

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طالبت بعض فصائل المعارضة السورية الولايات المتحدة الأحد بالبدء بتسليحها "لإظهار الرغبة بالتخلص من نظام الرئيس السوري بشار الأسد"، وحضتها على "تجاوز مخاوفها" من وجود إسلاميين على الأرض قالت إنهم يقاتلون في صفوف المعارضين. فقد نقلت وكالة رويترز للأنباء عن معارضين سوريين وقادة في "الجيش السوري الحر" المعارض قولهم إن مقاتلي المعارضة "يحتاجون إلى أسلحة، كالصواريخ المضادة للدبابات وطائرات الهليكوبتر التي يستخدمها الأسد في إخماد الانتفاضة، ويمكن ...

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Egypt After the Election: An Interview with Mona El-Ghobashy and Joshua Stacher

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Both fresh off of field research trips to Egypt during the presidential election, political scientists Mona El-Ghobashy (Barnard College) and Joshua Stacher (Kent State University) discuss the state of the political transition on Wisconsin Public Radio's Kathleen Dunn Show. Professors El-Ghobashy and Stacher debate the election results and the prospects for a Mohamed Morsi presidency with SCAF lurking in plain sight. They also discuss the state of the revolution, the ...

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Testimony of Bahrain Political Prisoner Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja to Supreme Court of Appeals

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[Below is the translated text of the statement given by Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja before the Bahrain Supreme Court of Appeals on 22 May 2012. This particular text was made available by the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR) on 26 June 2012, the International Day Against Torture. For more on Al-Khawaja's trial and the Bahrain uprising, see the links at the bottom of this post. For background on the trial of Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja, read Jadaliyya's "Abdulhadi ...

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Announcement of New Publication: "On Torture"

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[The following excerpt is the introductory section to a newly published edited volume entitled "On Torture." The volume is co-published by Adalah, Physicians for Human Rights-Israel, and Al Mezan Centre for Human Rights. Chapters are based on presentations from an April 2011 workshop entitled "Securing Accountability for Torture and Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment (CIDT) in Israel: New Trends and Comparative Lessons." Contributors ...

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

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[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

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[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

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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

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[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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