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Support Women's Call for Democracy in Bahrain (Video and Petition)

[Bahrain women protesting as part of the uprising. Image from latimes.com]

[The below video and petition were created by the Bahrain group Women of Lulu. For the original posting, as well as to sign the peititon, see here. Also, be sure to read Jadaliyya's "Personal Revolutions: One Woman's View from the Bahraini Frontline."]   "A Better World for All" Bahrain is currently experiencing a massive popular uprising in which large numbers of women from different socio-economic, political and ...

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"The Poetry of Revolt" by Elliott Colla Nominated for Award - Vote Now!

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We are very excited that Elliott Colla's article, "The Poetry of Revolt," (published by Jadaliyya on January 31, 2011), has just been nominated for the Three Quarks Daily Prize in Arts and Literature. Show your support of Elliott Colla's piece and Jadaliyya by participating in the public voting for "Best Blog or E-zine Writing on Arts and Literature." Public voting will narrow the list of nominees down to the top-twenty, from which the editors of Three ...

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Demands of Saudi Youth For the Future of the Nation

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Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz, Our precious country is experiencing a relative openness in different fields, and we can feel the tireless efforts of reform in religious, social, and economic areas and organizations, all of which seek to meet the demands of the people. However, we find that the reforms are still far from achieving what we hope for, and what this diverse nation- especially young people- needs and aspires to.   Us ...

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Saudi Government Forbids Media From Reporting Yesterday's Protests, Issues Warning

[Saudi security forces mobilizing in Eastern Province. Image from Independent.co.uk]

The Saudi Ministry of Interior Issued the Following Statement Today: Based on recent attempts to circumvent rules, regulations, and procedures for illegal purposes, and confirming its December 30, 2008 declaration, the security spokesperson for the Ministry of Interior clarified that Saudi laws and regulations strictly prohibit all kinds of demonstrations, marches, protests, or calling for them, as they contradict with Islamic Shari’a principles and the values and ...

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Teach-in: Democratization, Empire, & the Arab Revolt of 2011

[Teach-in participants. Image by Jadaliyya]

In light of revolutions, or refo-lutions as captured by Jadaliyya contributor Asef Bayat, Jadaliyya teamed with the US Palestinian Community Network-DC to organize a teach-in targeting the progressive left community in the DC metro area. The teach-in entitled "Democratization, Empire, & the Arab Revolt of 2011" and held at St. Stephens Church in DC, featured Professors Mervat Hatem (Howard University), Noureddine Jebnoun (Georgetown University), Bassam Haddad ...

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Gathering to Protest: Videos from Saudi Arabia

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The $35 billion question for the last month has been whether the recent wave of protests that erupted across the Arab world, from its far west in Morocco to US-occupied Iraq in the east, will reach the Saudi Kingdom. Today, Friday March 4, 2011, witnessed two small protests, one in the capital city Riyadh, the other in the al-Ahsa in the Eastern Province. These are not the first signs of protest in Saudi Arabia since  the Egypt ian revolution succeeded in ousting ...

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Notes from the Bahraini Field [Update 3]

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[The following constitutes a series of email reports from Jadaliyya affiliates in Manama. They will be updated regularly to reflect the latest developments in Bahrain.] Bahrain - Thursday March 3, 2011 A lot has been happening in a short space of time, and it is difficult to summarize the subtle shifts, dips and changes on the ground - for a nuanced view of events, please see this article on the “now-famous roundabout in the heart of Manama”. Today six opposition ...

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Palestinian Queers Respond to NY LGBT Center's Decision to Cancel "Party to End Apartheid"

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alQaws and Aswat Statement to the LGBT Center in NY Dear Glennda Testone, We, Palestinian queer activists from alQaws for Sexual & Gender Diversity in Palestinian Society and Aswat Palestinian Gay Women, are writing to you to express our shock and dismay at your recent decision to cancel the "Party to End Apartheid" event and ban activists working for human rights in Israel/Palestine from the LGBT Center. We have recently concluded a first of its ...

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A Letter to the Omani Sultan Qaboos

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[The following translation from Arabic is provided by Khuloud] A Statement Regarding the Sultanic Decrees   Sunday, February 27, 2011 Your Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Saeed- Sultan of Oman In reference to each of the following: First: The Sultanic Decrees issued on February 26, 2011 to address the preparation of the statute of an independent authority for consumer protection, to study the feasibility of establishing cooperative societies, and to implement ...

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Popular Protest in North Africa and the Middle East (I): Egypt Victorious?

[Cairo on February 24; Image by International Crisis Group]

[For Full International Crisis Group Report Click Here] Popular Protest in North Africa and the Middle East (I): Egypt Victorious? Executive Summary It is early days, and the true measure of what the Egyptian people have accomplished has yet to fully sink in. Some achievements are as clear as they are stunning. Over a period of less than three weeks, they challenged conventional chestnuts about Arab lethargy; transformed national politics; opened up the political space ...

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E-Mail From Judith Butler to the NY LGBT Center Adressing the Cancellation of a BDS Event Due to Charges of Anti-Semitism

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[To: Glennda@gaycenter.org] [From: Judith Butler] [Subject: censorship at the NY LGBT Center]   Dear Glennda Testone, I am writing to communicate my outrage and sorrow that our movement has come to this point where it refuses to house an organization that is fighting for social justice. I was appalled to see the very ignorant and hateful messages that supported your center's decision to ban Siegebusters from holding an event on the topic of the Boycott, ...

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A Call From Saudi Intellectuals to the Political Leadership

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[The following translation from Arabic is provided by Khuloud] Declaration of National Reform It is no secret that the revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt have led to crises and political agitations in many Arab countries- at the heart of which is our country. This has imposed new conditions on us to reevaluate our current state of affairs, and do our best to reform them before they worsen and we find ourselves facing consequences we can neither prevent nor predict. A ...

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Notes from the Bahraini Field [Update 2]

[Funeral Procession of Abdul Redha Mohammed Hassan on February 22, 2011 in Bahrain. Image from www.msnbc.com]

The following constitutes a series of email reports (to be updated regularly) from Jadaliyya affiliates in Manama. They will be updated in the next few days to reflect the latest developments in Bahrain. For some important differences between Bahrain and Egypt/Tunisia, see our Jadaliyya article entitled "Is Bahrain Next." For some excellent photo updates, see here. [To be updated . . .] Tuesday, February 22   … ended with the release of ...

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Notes from the Bahraini Field [Updated]

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As of Saturday February 19, 2011, several people have been killed and hundreds more have been brutally injured in Bahrain. The Bahraini police and military’s violent oppression of the peaceful demonstrators was further escalated after the GCC’s 28th extraordinary meeting that took place in Manama last Thursday, February 17. The GCC ministers’ message was clear: The Bahraini monarchy (and by extension all other Gulf state regimes) will not tolerate such acts of ...

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Statement of Civil Society Organizations in Bahrain Regarding the Brutal Attack on Protesters in The Pearl Roundabout

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[This statement was prepared by a coalition of civil society organizations in Bahrain. Translation by Khuloud and Ziad Abu-Rish. The original Arabic version be found here.] Issued on February 17, 2011 Civil society organizations which represent all segments of Bahraini society and embody national unity have met and signed this statement. They strongly condemned the unwarranted brutal and surprise attack on peaceful protesters while they were sleeping in the Pearl ...

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Litmus Test Rowdiness in Damascus Today (Video)

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[No text, no comment, just video. Yes, it is that significant . . . potentially]   Al-Hariqah, Damascus, February 17th Altercations.  

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Past is Present: Settler Colonialism Matters!

[SOAS Palestine Society Organizing Collective; Image from their website]

On 5-6 March 2011, the Palestine Society at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London will hold its seventh annual conference, "Past is Present: Settler Colonialism in Palestine." This year's conference aims to understand Zionism as a settler colonial project which has, for more than a century, subjected Palestine and Palestinians to a structural and violent form of destruction, dispossession, land appropriation and erasure in the pursuit of a new ...

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Statement from Cairo University's Faculty of Law Around Legal and Constitutional Solutions to Meet the Needs of the Peoples Revolution

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[Arabic statement and translation originally appeared on “Liberty for Egypt” blog]  Statement from Cairo University- faculty of law Issued from the discussion forum held on 7/2/2011 around legal and constitutional solutions to meet the needs of the Peoples revolution On Monday the 7th of February 2011 the professors of the faculty of law at Cairo university  met  and after many fruitful discussions and thorough analysis of the parameters of ...

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Statement of the April 6 Movement Regarding the Demands of the Youth and the Refusal to Negotiate with any Side

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[This statement was prepared by the April 6 movement. Translation below by Fida Adely & Aiman Haddad] February 6, 2011 The Egyptian Resistance Movement The youth of Egypt have stood their ground and struggled against the tyrants. We have faced bullets against bare chests with great courage and patience. We salute the great Egyptian people, the creators of this revolution. For that reason, we affirm that victory is the fall of Mubarak and his ...

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"The Egyptian Revolution Lives . . . We will not accept anything less than the fall of Mubarak and his regime."

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[This statement was called to our attention by Atef Said.* It was prepared by the "Egyptian Coalition of the Supporters of the Egyptian Revolution." The original Arabic version can be found here. Translation below by Fida Adely & Aiman Haddad]   "The Egyptian Revolution Lives . . . We will not accept anything less than the fall of Mubarak and his regime."    February 3, 2011 Yesterday, Tuesday, the tyrant who rules us and who ...

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