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Antisemitism and Salaita

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[The following letter was originally published on the author, the Head of the Department of English at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Director of the Initiative in Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies, on his website.]  17 August 2014 Dear Chancellor Wise, I am sorry that I cannot join my colleagues in their meeting with you on 18 August. I truly appreciate your making yourself available for dialogue with faculty members concerned about the university’s handling of the Steven Salaita case. Dialogue between the administration and the faculty is precisely what has been missing thus far. I already wrote to you over a week ago to ...

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جامعة أميركية توقف تعيين بروفيسور أصوله فلسطينية لانتقاده إسرائيل

[الباحث والأكاديمي ستيفين سلايطة]

انتقلت عدوى النقاشات الحادة التي تشهدها وسائل الإعلام الأميركية ووسائل التواصل الاجتماعي حول الحرب الإسرائيلية على غزة، إلى أروقة الجامعات الأميركية، مع إعلان إدارة جامعة ألينوي توقيف تعيين البروفيسور الأميركي من أصول فلسطينية، ستيفن سلايطة، في قسم الدراسات الأميركية للسكان الأصليين (الهنود الحمر). وكانت الجامعة أعلنت تعيين سلايطة قبل نحو شهر ونصف، وقام هو بناءً على ذلك، بتقديم استقالته من الجامعة التي كان يعمل بها، وهي جامعة فرجينيا تيك. لكن المفاجأة كانت عندما قررت إدارة جامعة ألينوي وقف التعيين، من دون أن تعلن وبصراحة عن السبب، الذي يعود، بحسب مقرّبين من الإدارة، لانتقادات سلايطة "الحادة" على وسائل التواصل الاجتماعي للسياسة الإسرائيلية وحربها على غزة. ...

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Letter to University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Chancellor Protesting Revocation of Job Offer Made to Steven Salaita

[The following letter was issued by the Committee on Academic Freedom of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) on 11 August 2014.] Dr. Phyllis M. Wise Chancellor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign via email: chancellor@illinois.edu Dear Chancellor Wise: I am writing on behalf of the Committee on Academic Freedom of the Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA) to express our concern about the decision of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to revoke an offer of appointment made to Dr. Steven G. Salaita. Dr. Salaita had been offered, and had accepted, a position in your university’s American Indian Studies program and was ...

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Press Release: From Tel Aviv to Toronto, Los Angeles to London, Chicago to San Francisco, Jews Say No to Israeli Genocide

[The following press release was issued by the International Jewish anti-Zionist Network.] From Tel Aviv to Toronto, Los Angeles to London, Chicago to San Francisco, Jews Say No to Israeli Genocide We call on Jews all over the world to follow the call from Haider Eid, political activist and commentator, to “besiege Israeli consulates,” and to protest Zionist events attempting to justify Israel’s massacre of Palestinians. Below are reports of actions Jews against genocide are taking or participating in.  Please join us – organize pickets, protests, creative actions, sit-ins, demonstrations and direct action to protest – in the loudest possible ...

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بغايا بغداد التعيسات

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الى بدر شاكر السياب الذي قال "بغداد مبغى كبير" في ليلة حالكة من عام 1938، كانت العاصمة العراقيّة معرّضة للطوفان بسبب ارتفاع منسوب المياه في نهر دجلة. في حالات كهذه، تستعين الشرطة بالمارّة من أجل حثّهم على إنقاذ مدينتهم. إلا أن شوارع المدينة كانت خالية بسبب البرد القارس وتأخر الوقت، فسارع عدنان محيي الدين، معاون الشرطة، إلى التفكير بمنطقة قريبة من النهر ومن "السدة"، مكمن الفيضان، لا تنام بسبب طبيعتها. إنها منطقة "الكلجيّة"، الحاضنة الرئيسة لبيوت الدعارة في جانب الرصافة من بغداد آنذاك. ذهبت سيارات الشرطة إلى "الكلجيّة" ودعت الجميع هناك إلى العمل على إنقاذ العاصمة من خطر الفيضان. لبّى الطلب كل من كان سهراناً في تلك الليلة. ...

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ABC Radio (Australia) Interviews Jadaliyya co-Editor Mouin Rabbani on Palestinian Reconciliation

[Mahmoud Abbas, speaking in 2010. Image by Olivier Pacteau.]

In this interview with ABC Radio (Australia), Jadaliyya Co-Editor Mouin Rabbani explains the background and examines the prospects of the April 2014 Palestinian reconciliation agreement. Rabbani answers questions about the formation of a new Palestinian government, its political program, and economic challenges.    

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Tunisia: The Collective Making of a Constitution

Tunisia’s National Constituent Assembly (NCA) session held on 26 January 2014 did not put an end to disagreements among its members. However, it did represent the culmination of the work done by members. These members were elected by people on 23 October 2011 to draft the provisions of the Constitution of the Tunisian Republic. The draft was ratified during the January session. The ratification of the constitution has thus pushed quarrels and political conflicts among assembly members from center stage to the margins. Before the NCA had begun its work, politicians promised to complete the drafting process in one year. However, drafting the 149 articles of the ...

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Lebanese Judges and Journalists: Breaking the Stereotypes

[Image via Legal Agenda.]

On 24 February 2014, a Lebanese court ruled in favor of Judge Randa Yaqzan in her case against al-Akhbar newspaper and journalist Mohamed Nazzal. Following the ruling, the convicted media outlet (al-Akhbar) criticized the court, going as far as questioning the legitimacy of the court’s right to examine other cases pending before it. [1] By doing so, al-Akhbar seemed to switch roles with the court: turning the newspaper’s trial by the court into a “trial” of the latter.  The newspaper’s “revolt” followed a string of media stances critical of judicial action, most prominently the indictment issued in the case of domestic violence against the victim, Roula ...

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Press Release: DePaul Divest Declares Victory in Student Campaign

 [The following is a press release issued by the DePaul University chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine on 24 May 2014.] CHICAGO – Following two months of campaigning at DePaul University, student coalition DePaul Divest declares victory in a campaign to divest from corporations that profit off of human rights violations perpetrated against Palestinians via the illegal Israeli occupation of Palestine. While a majority of divestment campaigns have been carried out through student government resolutions, DePaul Divest opted to pose the question of divestment to the entire DePaul student body through a Student Government Association (SGA) referendum this ...

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Stillbirth: The New Liberal-Conservative Mobilization in Turkey

[Prime Minister Erdoğan at the G-20 summit in St. Petersburg, Russia in September 2013. (Photo by Sergei Karpukhin, Pool/AP Photo)]

Liberal-conservatism was the dominant intellectual discourse in Turkey for more than three decades. The 1980s was its moment of departure. It suffered a hiatus under the shadow of the Kurdish war in the 1990s, but militaristic brutality also increased its sympathizers. The 2000s was its golden age. Its triumphalism reached an apex during the 2010 referendum. Ever since, its dominance has been crumbling. State versus Society, the Military versus the Civilians, the Authentic Bourgeoisie versus the Old Elite Among other factors, the 1980 coup convinced many intellectuals that the military was at the root of Turkey’s problems. Therefore, any civilian initiative deserved ...

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Notes on Turkey's Local Elections

[Supporters of the CHP carry

After weeks of tension and uncertainty, there was an almost carnival atmosphere at polling stations in Istanbul on 30 March—at least during the daytime. The sun shone from a crisp, blue sky, and there was a sense among government supporters and detractors alike that Turkey’s long spiral into political crisis since the outbreak of anti-government protests last summer could somehow be arrested or reversed by the one thing the country has long prided itself on doing well: elections. News channels carried heart-warming fluff stories about some of the country’s oldest citizens turning out to vote, and journalists joked about the sartorial choices of the various candidates. ...

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في نقد الثورة2/2

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عالجنا، في المقال السابق، مشكلة انحسار النقد الثوري، وشرعية النقد، والمحددات التي ينبغي تأبطها عند دخول الحيز النقدي، وعطفْنا على ذلك بكشف وفحص نقدين شائعين ومناوئين لمنطق الثورة الذي نعتقده. ونروم، في هذا المقال، نقد تصورين ظهرا لنا أثناء محاولاتنا تحليل الحِراك الثوري الممتد، منذ لحظة الميلاد في آخر يناير وحتى الوقت الراهن. وذلك تحقيقاً للقصود التي ذكرنا: الوعي وتقويم المسار وتقدير التضحية والبذل. على أنه قبل الخوض في سرد انتقاداتنا، بما تحمله من تبريرات ودفوع، يتوجب علينا، وإن في عجالة، استجلاء منهجية اختيارنا ذينك التصورين بعينهما للنقد والغربلة. والحال أن اختيارنا قام على عوامل ثلاثة هي الذيوع والتكرار والحسم. فكلما كانت التصورات منتشرة ودأب الثوار على فعلها ...

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من كتاب "العالمية الأوروبية: خطاب السلطة" للمفكر وعالم الاجتماع إمانويل ولورستين

مقدمة: لا يغيب عن أي باحث في هذه المعمورة - لدى حديثه عن النظام الرأسمالي العالمي وعلائقه المركبة مع السلطة والإمبريالية وفكرة المركز <

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Why Did You Fire Professor Steven Salaita?

The following letter was sent on 10 August 2014 by UCLA Distinguished Professor of History Robin D. G. Kelley to Phyllis Wise, Chancellor of the University of Illinois – Urbana/Champaign. Dear Chancellor Wise, Please do not ignore or delete this letter, or have your administrative assistant file it away. I understand that you’ve been inundated with correspondence, petitions signed by some 13,000-plus colleagues, phone calls, and messages via social media. And my letter urging you to reverse your ...

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Kenya: On Edge, Rights at Risk

Kenya is in a bad place. Violent attacks from Al-Shabaab, an Islamist group out of Somalia and an Al Qaeda affiliate, and smaller violent attacks and conflicts involving known and unknown sources in rural and urban settings, as well as a rise in general street level crime, have created an insecure, anxious, and deeply divided population. They have also created a problematic context for the protection of democratic rights. Last September Al-Shabaab said it executed the attack on the upscale Westgate Mall ...

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New Texts Out Now: Mohammad Ali Kadivar, Alliances and Perception Profiles in the Iranian Reform Movement, 1997 to 2005

Mohammad Ali Kadivar, “Alliances and Perception Profiles in the Iranian Reform Movement, 1997 to 2005.” American Sociological Review 78 (December 2013). Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this article? Mohammad Ali Kadivar (MAK): I actually grew up with the Iranian Reform Movement. The beginning of the movement in 1997 was also the start of my politicization. I was in high school during the first four years. I remember how excited we all were about the changes taking place in the country, such as ...

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New Texts Out Now: Sheila Carapico, Political Aid and Arab Activism: Democracy Promotion, Justice, and Representation

Sheila Carapico, Political Aid and Arab Activism: Democracy Promotion, Justice, and Representation. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2013. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Sheila Carapico (SC): After the Cold War, European and American professional democracy brokers flocked to formerly Warsaw Pact and Third World states with projects to monitor elections, promote civil society, train human rights activists, and so forth. They played a conspicuous, indispensable role in ...

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ما هي خصائص الثورة المضادة؟

  كما أن هناك رد فعل لكل فعل، هناك ثورة مضادة لكل ثورة. الثورة المضادة ظاهرة طبيعية، كما هو رد الفعل التالي على الثورة المضادة. ولا تنتصر إحداهما على الأخرى إلا إذا كان رد الفعل أفعل من الفعل الأول. وهذا لا يتم الا إذا أضاف طرف من الطرفين إلى ردّ فعله فهماً أعمق لطبيعة عدوّه. وهنا فقط، من خلال الفهم الأعمق، يرتفع ردّ الفعل عن طبيعته الميكانيكية، ويصبح أداةً لمعرفة فاعلة وجديدة. ولذلك لا يُعوّل على كلام فضفاض عن ثورة مضادة، إن لم يتضمّن هذا الكلام محاولة لفهم ماهية هذه الثورة المضادة. للثورة ...

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Representing Hamas (Part 1)

Shlomi Eldar, Lehakir et Hamas [“To Know Hamas"]. Jerusalem: Keter, 2012. The latest book by veteran Israeli journalist Shlomi Eldar, Lehakir et Hamas [“To Know Hamas], is a must-read for anyone interested in Hamas and the trajectory of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict since the beginning of the second intifada in 2000. Eldar has researched his subject thoroughly, and provides an original and revealing account of the movement. He has had extraordinary access to the movement while also providing a ...

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الخطر القادم من حمدين صباحي

"الخطر" القادم من حمدين صباحي مهما كانت نسبة الأصوات التي سيحصل عليها حمدين صباحي في الانتخابات الرئاسية في مصر،  فإنه سيشكل "خطراً" على النظام القائم ما بعد الانتخابات، ذلك أنه مرشح لقيادة المعارضة المفتتة حالياً، والتي تفتقر إلى قيادة موحدة. هذا إذا لم يكن هناك مسعى لتدارك هذه الإمكانية من خلال "استيعابه" في منصب وزاري أو آخر، وهو أمر يبدو الآن مستبعداً. ويدرك صباحي هذا الدور الممكن، إذ صرح خلال الأيام الأخيرة قبل الانتخابات أنه ستكون هناك جولات انتخابية قادمة. ولا ...

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Press Release: SJP at UCLA Concerned by Judicial Board Verdict and Its Implications for Student Government

[The following press release was issued on 21 May 2014 by Students for Justice in Palestine at the University of California Los Angeles in response to a recent no conflict of interest verdic by the UCLA Student Judicial Board.] Contact: sjpucla1@gmail.com Students for Justice in Palestine views today’s Judicial Board ruling in SJP v. Singh and Rogers as a major blow to the integrity of student government at UCLA. Sunny Singh and Lauren Rogers’ actions clearly constituted a conflict of interest, ...

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Iraqi Authorities Turn Their Sights on Journalists

[The following briefing was published by Reporters Without Borders on 26 March 2014] Reporters Without Borders is extremely concerned about the growing hostility that the Iraqi authorities are displaying towards critical journalists. One of latest violations of freedom of information is a warrant for the arrest of Awn Al-Khashlok, the head of Baghdadia TV, and Anwar Al-Hamdani, the host of the station’s “Ninth Studio” programme, on charges of disturbing public order and inciting chaos and ...

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Digital Platforms, Analog Elections: How Civic Groups Are Trying to Bring Back Democracy in Turkey

When Gezi protesters occupied the park last summer and took their frustration with the government to the streets, Prime Minister Erdoğan told them to “be patient and face off at the ballot box.” It was exactly Erdoğan’s reductive framing of democracy, which limits political legitimacy to elections and takes an uncompromising, polarizing stance against opposition, that Gezi protesters stood against. Nonetheless, unlike similar political movements in the United States and Western Europe that have abandoned ...

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On Prison & Egyptian Regime’s "War on a Whole Generation": Democracy Now! Interview with Alaa Abd El-Fattah

In a Democracy Now! global broadcast exclusive, we spend the hour with one of Egypt’s most prominent dissidents, Alaa Abd El-Fattah, speaking in his first extended interview after nearly four months behind bars. An open Internet and political activist, Fattah has been at the forefront of the struggle for change in Egypt for many years and has the distinction of having been actively persecuted by Egypt’s past four successive rulers. Facing a potential return to prison in the coming months, Fattah sits ...

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