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Call for Papers: Covering the Arab Spring (September 1-2, 2011)

[The University of Copenhagen. Image from unknown archive.]

The University of Copenhagen invites proposals for the two day conference: COVERING THE ARAB SPRING. The MIDDLE EAST IN THE MEDIA – THE MEDIA IN THE MIDDLE EAST (Copenhagen, September 1-2, 2011)   This conference seeks to bring together scholars from various disciplines to exchange their descriptions and analyses of different national perspectives in the coverage of events in Arab countries throughout the first half of the year 2011 that have been referred to as the ...

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UCLA Uncut Interview with James Gelvin on Obama's May 19 Speech

[James Gelvin. Image from screenshot of interview.]

This is an 11-minute edited video of an interview conducted with James L. Gelvin after President Barack Obama's "Middle East Speech" that was delivered on May 19, 2011. In it, Gelvin discusses the lukewarm reaction throughout the Middle East to Obama's speech, outlining the ways in which the stated objectives and policies of the United States fell short of both the needs and expectations of the people of the Arab world.        

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"We've Never Seen Such Horror": Crimes Against Humanity by Syrian Security Forces

[Map of Dar'a Governorate. Image from HRW.org]

[Below is the latest from the Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Syria.] "We've Never Seen Such Horror": Crimes Against Humanity by Syrian Security Forces Summary Since the beginning of anti-government protests in March 2011, Syrian security forces have killed hundreds of protesters and arbitrarily arrested thousands, subjecting many of them to brutal torture in detention. The security forces routinely prevented the wounded from getting medical assistance, and imposed ...

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Details of Military Prosecutor's Summoning of Egyptian Activist and Journalist Hossam El-Hamalawy

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On Monday, May 30th, 2011, Egyptian activist and journalist Hossam El-Hamalawy was summoned by the military prosecutor in relations to on-air accusations (made Thursday May 26) of the military's attack on protesters and activists during the Egyptian uprising. Below are a sequence of videos and reports that highlight how the events unfolded, giving voice to Hossam El-Hamalawy at different stages of the controversy. [Jadaliyya will be conducting the fourth interview with ...

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"Freedom for Palestine" Music Video

The following music video (Freedom for Palestine by OneWorld) was recently distributed in anticipation of the CD/iTunes release of the song. It features musicians from around the world, including Maxi Jazz (Faithless), Dave Randall (Slovo/Faithless), LSK, the Durban Gospel Choir, members of the London Community Gospel Choir, and Jamie Catto (1 Giant Leap). It has received significant attention in the past day after the video was linked to by Coldplay on their Facebook ...

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Legal Fallout of Israeli Attack on Lebanese Nakba Day March (Video)

The below video (courtesy of Wissam al-Saliby) was recorded on Friday, May 27th, 2011, when Omar Nashabeh (Arabic) and Salah El Dabagh (Arabic then English) held a press conference to discuss possible legal action against the Israeli authorities responsible for the attack on the Nakba Day commemorators that were marching in the Lebanese border village of Maroun al-Ras. The press conference was held at the Press Syndicate H.Q. in Beirut.     

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Funeral of Tortured Syrian Child Hamza al-Khatib (Video)

Hamza Ali al-Khatib, a 13-year old boy, was attending a protest calling for the end of the siege of Der'a. He was one of the many individuals detained that day as part of a brutal crackdown on the protest. One month later, his body was released to his family with clear signs that he had been tortured. Videos of his bruised, battered, and tortured body circulated the internet, culminating in a "We Are All the Martyr Hamza Ali al-Khatib" Facebook page. As outrage ...

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Where is Khaled? The Story of a Disappeared Critic

[Khaled Mohammed. Image from screen shot of BBC Arabic story.]

The following is a BBC Arabic (with English subtitles) story about Khaled Mohammed, a Saudi citizen who walked up to and began speaking with reporters in Riyadh as they were being "shown" how calm and stable things were in the Kingdom on March 11, 2011. In his interview, Khaled spoke candidly about the lack of political freedoms in Saudi Arabia. He was subsequently disappeared with no indication as to his location. Click here to visit the Facebook page that was ...

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Letter from Saudi Citizens Calling on King to Free Manal al-Sharif

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[The following letter was issued by a variety of Saudi citizens calling on King Abudllah to free Manal al-Sharif who revlead that she had been driving in the Kingdom (see video here) as part of a larger call for Saudi women to drive themselves on June 17, 2011. As of early morning on Wednesday May 25, 2011, the letter has received over  1100 signatures. The original Arabic version of the letter is reproduced below can be found here. The below English translation is an ...

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Manal al-Sharif: Saudi Woman Drives the Streets of al-Khobar (Video)

[Manal al-Sharif. Image from screen shot of YouTube video.]

The video below shows Manal al-Sharif driving around the streets of al-Khobar, Saudi Arabia, while discussing the impact of women's inability to drive in Saudi Arabia. Manal is one of the women who are organizing the call for Saudi women to drive themeselves on June 17 as an act of protest. Click here to read the "I Will Drive Myself" for action. She was recently detained by Saudi authorities for her driving and her related statements. Click here to read the Letter ...

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Kenyon Review Interview with Sinan Antoon on Literature and Arab Uprisings

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[The following interview was conducted with Jadaliyya Co-Editor Sinan Antoon on the relatonship between the Arab uprisings and literature. The interview was originally published on the Kenyon Review Blog.] 1. How do you think literature may or should respond to this spring’s events? What role (or roles) would you say literature has played, and how might those roles change? Literature always responds to history, of course, but works hastily written under the pressure of ...

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On a NY Stage: Four Strong Characters Seek Out the Meaning of Gaza and the Arab Spring

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[This report was written by Phillip Weiss and originally published on Monoweiss.] Last night we had an event about Gaza in Manhattan with the Culture Project. It was so great and affirming that I was up most of the night savoring the experience. It was in a grand hall in midtown Manhattan, it was sold out, people actually paid money to go in, and they were rewarded with wisdom about Gaza, Goldstone and the Arab spring. Of the five people on the stage that night, four were ...

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Russia TV Interview with Jadaliyya Co-Editor on Palestine, Obama, and AIPAC

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This is a Russia TV interview with Jadaliyya Co-Edtor Noura Erakat  that aired on  Tuesday May 24, 2011. In it, Noura discusses developments surrounding the Question of Palestine, with particular emphasis on the role of U.S. foriegn policy and Barack Obama's recent speech at the AIPAC Summitt.          

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Democracy Now! Roundtable with Noura Erakat on Obama Speech and Palestine

[Image from screen shot of Democracy Now! broadcast.]

 This is a roundtable interview conducted with Jadaliyya Co-Editor Noura Erakat, author Norman Finkelstein, and J Street President Jeremy Ben-Ami on Friday, May 20 in reference to President Barack Obama's May 18th "Middle East Speech" and U.S. policy towards Palestine and Israel. In a major speech on U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East and on the Arab Spring, President Obama said a Palestinian state must be based on the 1967 borders, the first time a U.S. ...

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Text of Obama Letter Ordering Further Sanctions on Syria

[President Barack Obama. Image from unknown archive.]

[On Wednesday May 18th, 2011, President Obama issued a letter addressed to both the Speaker of the House and the President of the Senate in regards to a new set of US sanctions on Syria. The letter was originally made public by The White House Press Secretary and can be found here.] For Immediate Release May 18, 2011 TEXT OF A LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT TO THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE Dear Mr. ...

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Cruel and Sadistic Intoxication of Power: A Personal Account of Arrest and Interrogation

[Mazin Qumsiyeh being arrested by Israeli military in al-Walaja village on May 15, 2011. Image from imemc.org]

[This report was originally published by Mazin Qumsiyeh on Popular Resistance.] Hundreds of us were kidnapped by the apartheid soldiers from demonstrations and hundreds were injuried and scores were martyred. Before I give my report I wanted to thank every one who took action. I have far too many emails to thank each of you who wrote me and I do not know who are the hundreds of others who called or wrote to officials, media etc (I do know from inside information that ...

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Targeted and Entrapped: Manufacturing the "Homegrown Threat" in the United States

[The following report was issued by The Center for Human Rights and Global Justice (CHRGJ) at New York University School of Law.] Targeted and Entrapped: Manufacturing the "Homegrown Threat" in the United States EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Since September 11, 2001, the U.S. government has targeted Muslims in the United States by sending paid, untrained informants into mosques and Muslim communities. This practice has led to the prosecution of more than 200 ...

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Schedule from Conference on "Teaching the Middle East After the Tunisian and Egyptian Revolutions."

[Participants during the conference. Image by Bassam Haddad.]

On May 13 and May 14, more than forty scholars gathered as part of Jadaliyya's first co-sponsored conference on "Teaching the Middle East After the Tunisian and Egyptian Revolutions." The conference announcement and description can be found here. Presenters' abstracts, panel summaries, and more are forthcoming on the Pedagogy Page. FRIDAY, MAY 13 9:30am - 10:00am Introduction by Bassam Haddad and Cemil Aydin, and Welcome by Provost Peter ...

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Conference: Mapping and Remapping the Tunisian Revolution

[Protest in Tunis, 2011. Image from unknown archive.]

[The following conference announcement was sent to us by its organizer, Professor Nouri Gana.] The Tunisian revolution had taken the world by surprise. Never before in the history of the modern Arab world had a grassroots uprising toppled an entrenched dictator of Ben Ali’s caliber and longevity without recourse to any established ideology or political party nor to foreign intervention, which has until now been bandied about as the only midwife to real democracy in the Arab ...

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Maroun al-Ras: Day of Death at the Lebanese-Israeli Border

[Image from Natalia Sancha.]

[The following report and photographs were sent to Jadaliyya by Natalia Sancha in regards to events that transpired on Sunday May 15.] It all started as a commemoration. Buses, food, chanting, and derbakehs. We arrived to Maroun Ras after four hours of driving from Beirut. Some youth go off the path and start running downhill towards the border … they are not aware that there are mines on the way. Chanting while stones are thrown at the Israeli soldiers hiding ...

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