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A radical Christian group appeared at the Arab American Festival in Dearborn, MI (June 18-20), carrying offensive signs and uttering derogatory language. One of its members instigated a fight and the police ordered the group to remove itself to cheers from the crowd. Enjoy!

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Panel Summaries from Day 1 of Jadaliyya's "Teaching the Middle East" Conference

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Panel 1: Focus on Egypt The conference panels were kicked off by a panel that used Egypt as a case-study, both in terms of understanding the dynamics of one particular uprising as well as thinking specifically about the pedagogical implications of that uprising on the teaching of Egyptian history and contemporary politics. Joel Beinin, in his presentation entitled "Workers and Egypt’s January 25th Revolution: Shifting the Discussion from Autocracy/Democracy to ...

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Six Most Read Jadaliyya Posts This Month

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Below is a list of the 6 Most Read Posts on Jadaliyya during the past 30 days. Some include a Spanish translation which was volunteered by other websites. Nearly all the posts below have been circulated on other websites. It is followed by the Most Read Post in Arabic,  Most Watched Video, and Most Followed/Tweeted Report. Finally, we are featuring the Most Commented On post. Enjoy! Most Read Egypt’s ‘Orderly Transition’? International Aid and the Rush to ...

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Jadaliyya Co-Editor Bassam Haddad on Rami Makhlouf in the New York Times

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[From the New York Times. Jadaliyya Co-Editor Bassam Haddad was interviewed by the New York Times for their first story on the move to charity work by the Syrian Tycoon, Rami Makhlouf]   Reviled Tycoon, Assad’s Cousin, Resigns in Syria By ANTHONY SHADID BEIRUT, Lebanon — Syria’s most powerful businessman, a confidant and cousin of President Bashar al-Assad, announced on Thursday that he was quitting business and moving to charity work, Syrian television said. The ...

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Democracy Now! Interview with Toby Jones on Saudi Arabia's Role in Bahrain and Yemen

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This is an interview conducted with Toby C. Jones on Thursday, June 16, in regards to Saudi Arabia's counter-revolutionary role in both Bahrain and Yemen. Transcripts of the interview follow the below video. While the United States remains heavily involved in the Libya conflict, it has been noticeably silent on the violent suppression of popular uprisings against autocratic regimes in Bahrain and Yemen, both of which are close allies of Saudi Arabia. In March, Bahrain ...

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That Was Hama in 1982. This Is Syria in 2011


[The below post was sent to us by an author that has asked to remain anonymous and only identified as Hamwia due to safety considerations regarding relatives in Hama and other parts of Syria.] A young man, studying medicine, was alone in his apartment. When the soldiers barged into his house he proclaimed his Christian faith, assuring them that he was not their enemy. It mattered not. He then became defensive, berating their boorish behavior. He was answered with a whack ...

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Multilateral Cooperation Between The United States and Israel

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[The below remarks were made at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy on June 15, 2011, by Esther Brimmer, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of International Organization Affairs, U.S. Department of State.] Multilateral Cooperation Between The United States and Israel: Fighting Delegitimization, Moving Forward Together Good afternoon. I want to thank Rob Satloff and the Washington Institute for Near East Policy for this invitation. It is truly a privilege to have this ...

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BBC Interview with Bassam Haddad on the Question of "Sectarianism" in Syria

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This is an interview conducted by the BBC with Jadaliyya Co-Editor Bassam Haddad on the question of "sectarianism" in Syria. It was recorded a few weeks prior, but we have decided to publish it because of the magnitude that this topic has occupied in the past days. 

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Nothing to Fear: Debunking the Mythical "Sharia Threat" to Our Judicial System

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[Below is the latest from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).] Nothing to Fear: Debunking the Mythical "Sharia Threat" to Our Judicial System A Report of the ACLU Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief Introduction Across the country, state legislators are considering proposed laws that would limit the ability of courts to adjudicate lawsuits brought by Muslims. Proponents of these measures argue that they are necessary because so-called “Sharia ...

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Report on Foreign Workers in One of Jordan's Export Production Factories

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[Below is the latest from the Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights on Jordan.] Sexual Predators and Serial Rapists Run Wild at Wal-Mart Supplier in Jordan: Young women workers raped, tortured and beaten at the Classic Factory Executive Summary According to witnesses who work at Classic Fashion, scores of young Sri Lankan women sewing clothing for Wal-Mart and Hanes have suffered routine sexual abuse and repeated rapes, and in some cases even torture. One ...

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Petition Against Firing of Barbara Van Dyck (Catholic University of Leuven)

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[The following petition has been circulating on various academic listserves. Click here to sign the petition.] On Friday June 3th 2011, the Catholic University of Leuven sacked researcher Barbara Van Dyck because of her public support for the actions of Field Liberation Movement (FLM) in the context of an action against a genetically modified potato field in Wetteren, Belgium on Sunday May 29th. Whether one agrees with the aim and tactic of this action or not, the sanction ...

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Democracy Now! Interview with Abdul-Ghani Al-Iryani on Saleh Departure

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This is an interview conducted with Abdul-Ghani Al-Iryani on Monday, June 6, in regards to President Ali Abdallah Saleh's departure from Yemen. The interview addresses the events surrounding his departure to Saudi Arabia, highlighting the possibilities of regime change and the role US foreign policy. Transcripts of the interview follow the below video. Thousands of people in Yemen are rejoicing at the departure of President Ali Abdullah Saleh. The embattled leader is ...

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A Turning Point in Morocco?

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This Sunday, June 5, major demonstrations were held across Morocco as part of ongoing calls for real reform. However, both the spread and turnout of these demonstrations seem to indicate a turning point that comes in the aftermath of the police killing of Kamal Ammari, one of the leaders of the the February 20th movement. Ammari was attacked by police during the May 29th demonstration in Asfi and subsequently died of his injuries on June 2.  His funeral, held on Friday ...

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The Largest Demonstration in Hama Ends with Blood, and Signals a Shift

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In what has been dubbed as the "Friday of the Children of Freedom" protests yesterday, Hama witnessed the largest demonsration yet, and Syria the largest crackdown to-date, with more than 50 protesters reported killed and several hundred wounded by live ammunition in the key city of Hama alone. These protests across the country were particularly motivated by the torture and killing of the 13-year old Hamza al-Khatib (see Jadaliyya report here).  The spread of ...

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Shooting at Protesters at Qalandia Crossing (and the Golan) Today: Live Video by Jadaliyya Researcher

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While commemorating al-Naksa before marching peacefully to Jerusalem today, Israeli soldiers shot and injured at least four protesters (with rubber bullets) and dozens were hospitalized from inhaling tear gas.  Jadaliyya researcher Nour Joudah was at the demonstration and was affected by the tear gas but did not require hospitalization. She captured the following video during the protest and managed just recently to edit it and send it to us. In addition to the video ...

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Yemen in the Wake of Saleh's Departure: Ongoing Updates from San'a

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Follow our ongoing reports from our affiliates in San'a, Yemen below as well on our Twitter feed here (hashtag: #JadYemen). Click here for updates from Friday (June 3) and Saturday (June 4). For historical and contemporary background to today's event, visit Jadaliyya's Yemen Page. Below is what we have so far on the feed for today. If electricity holds where our reports are coming from, we'll keep at it. Jadaliyya Updates/Tweets from San'a, Yemen [As of late ...

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Ongoing Reports On Escalating Events in Yemen . . . (This Weekend)

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Follow our ongoing reports from San'a, Yemen on our Twitter feed here (hashtag: #JadYemen) or in the right column of our homepage. For historical and contemporary background to today's event, visit Jadaliyya's Yemen Page. Here's what we have so far on the feed from both yesterday (June 3) and today (June 4). If electricity holds where our reports are coming from, we'll keep at it. Jadaliyya Tweets from San'a, Yemen Friday June 3 [10:15 AM EST] ...

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

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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

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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

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[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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