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Omar S. Dahi and Vijay Prashad

Free Salameh Kaileh!

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At 2am on Tuesday April 24, the Palestinian-Syrian intellectual and activist Salameh Kaileh was arrested from his home “without explanation,” as his lawyer Anwar Bunni of the Syrian Centre for Legal Studies and Research put it. This is not Salameh Kaileh’s first time in a Syrian prison. He was a guest of the Assad family in its several jails for eight years and eleven days in the 1990s. Born in 1955 in Birzeit in the West Bank (Palestine), Salameh studied in Baghdad (Iraq) ...

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Omar S. Dahi and Vijay Prashad


Omar S. Dahi teaches economics at Hampshire College. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from the University of Notre Dame. His research and teaching interests are in the areas of economic development and international trade, with a special focus on the political economy of the Middle East and North Africa and on South-South economic cooperation. His publications include articles in the Journal of Development EconomicsThe Middle East Report, and the Review of Radical Political Economics.

Vijay Prashad is Professor and Director of International Studies at Trinity College, Hartford, CT. This Spring he will publish two books, Arab Spring, Libyan Winter (AK Press) and Uncle Swami: Being South Asian in America (New Press). He is the author of Darker Nations: A People’s History of the Third World (New Press), which won the 2009 Muzaffar Ahmed Book Prize.