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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

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[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)

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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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Call for Papers: Global Environmental Change and Human Security - The Need for a New Vision for Science, Policy, and Leadership (Marrakech, 22-24 November, 2012)

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Global Environmental Change and Human Security: The Need for a New Vision for Science, Policy, and Leadership  Marrakech, 22-24 November, 2012 Abstract Submission Deadline: 15 July 2012 The NRCS and the GIZ, along with numerous partners, have successfully organized the previous editions of the above conference respectively in 2009 and 2011 focusing on different, but related themes. This series of worldwide scientific meetings, organized in Morocco and ...

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Call for Participants: Disobedience, Counter-Conduct and Political Imagination in the New Mediterranean (Island of Ikaria, 17-27 June 2012)

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Mataroea Summer Seminar: Disobedience, Counter-Conduct and Political Imagination in the new Mediterranean Island of Ikaria, Greece 17 - 27 June 2012   The Mataroa Summer Seminar is an experiment in creating an expansive political experience. Its ambition is to combine the arts of debate, analysis, and aesthetic engagement about pressing global and local socio-political issues with the acts of participation, learning, exchange and active immersion in the life of the ...

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Boycotting the Equality Forum: Statement by Professor Katherine Franke (Director of Columbia Law School Center for Gender & Sexuality)

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[Below is the text and video of the statement issued by Katherine Franke in relation to her endorsement of the academic boycott of Israel. Franke is the Director of the Columbia Law School Center for Gender and Sexuality.] Remarks to the Equality Forum World Summit 2012 Panel on Legal Issues, 4 May 2012 Hi, I’m Katherine Franke from Columbia Law School, and I’m sorry I can’t join you today in person at the Equality Forum’s panel on legal issues, I want to thank you for ...

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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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