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#23BucukNisan / Unutulan Cocuklarin Bayrami

[Image via GEZIniyoruz network and Gezi Platform NYC]

#23BuçukNisan / Unutulan Çocukların Bayramı [Bu bildiri New York City Gezi Platformu tarafından, GEZIniyoruz Amherst, Amsterdam, Berlin, Bielefeld, Chicago, Dresden, Goettingen, London, New York, Oslo, Ottawa, Penn State, Rotterdam ile beraber 23 Nisan 2014 tarihinde yayımlandı. / The following statement was published by Gezi Platform NYC, together with GEZIniyoruz Amherst, Amsterdam, Berlin, Bielefeld, Chicago, Dresden, Goettingen, London, New York, Oslo, Ottawa, Penn State, Rotterdam, on 23 April 2014.] # April 23.5 / Forgotten Children's Festival is a campaign initiated by the international solidarity platform GEZIniyoruz network and Gezi Platform NYC. The campaign ...

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Jadaliyya Co-Editor Bassam Haddad on NPR’s Worldview, Addressing Syria’s Presidential Elections

The speaker of parliament announced yesterday that that the Syrian regime will hold presidential elections on 3 June 2014. This announcement comes amid an array of speculation about the strategies of the regime in the face of over three years of the Syrian uprising, a brutal and destructive regime response, and the militarization and radicalization of key segments of the opposition. With over 130,000 dead, approximately nine million displaced, and nearly fifty percent of the population dependent on aid, how do we make sense of the Syrian regime's announcement of elections amidst civil war? In the below interview with Worldview airing on National Public Radio ...

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Impunity is Not an Option: Ensure Accountability for Mass Killings in Egypt

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[The following report was published by the Alkarama Foundation on 26 March 2014] Impunity is Not an Option: Ensure Accountability for Mass Killings in Egypt Introduction In the age of human rights accountability, it is inconceivable that systematic extrajudicial killings of demonstrators remain poorly investigated and unpunished. Since the outset of the revolution on 25 January 2011, Egypt has witnessed killings of demonstrators under the rule of Mubarak, the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF), President Mohamed Morsi and interim president Adli Mansour. Alkarama has continued to report on the violence carried out against demonstrators under each of these ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (April 15)

[Activists and human rights organizations campaigned to stop the Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix in order to highlight human rights abuses by the Bahraini regime. Image from CaterhamF1/flickr. 6 April 2014.]

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on the Arabian Peninsula and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Arabian Peninsula Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to ap@jadaliyya.com by Monday night of every week.] Regional and International Relations Converging Interests May Lead to Cooperation Between Israel and Gulf States Helen Cooper maintains that US and Israeli officials hope for closer security cooperation between Tel Aviv and the Arab Gulf states. Can the Saudis adapt to Obama's policies? Marwan Kabalan argues that the US ...

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Human Rights Violations in Bahrain during Formula One Race Period

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[The following joint briefing was written by the undersigned and issued by the Bahrain Center for Human Rights on 6 April, 2014] On the morning of the Grand Prix race which will take place today at 6pm in Sakhir; BCHR (Bahrain Center for Human Rights), BIRD (Bahrain Institute for Rights & Democracy) and BYSHR (Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights), note their concern for the growing violations against civilians in Bahrain. It has been evident that in the months preceding the race, many civilian protesters have taken to the streets to protest the FIA’s decision to schedule Bahrain for the Grand Prix. Protesters have taken up various methods to express their anger ...

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مآلات النزف البطيء: وداعاً سورية دولة مركزية

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النصيحة التي قدمها مسؤولون في عواصم غربية عدة إلى صنّاع القرار في بلادهم، أن الصراع السوري مرجح أن يستمر بين خمس وعشر سنوات ولا بد من وضع السياسات الاستراتيجية على أساس احتمالات متوسطة وطويلة المدى وليست قريبة الأجل. وفق المعلومات المتوافرة، تكثّفت في الأسابيع الأخيرة الاجتماعات السياسية والأمنية بين حلفاء المعارضة و «أصدقاء الشعب السوري». عُقدت اجتماعات عربية – إقليمية – أوروبية – أميركية في واشنطن، واجتماعات بين الدول الأوروبية وأخرى بين الدول الأوروبية والجانب الأميركي في واشنطن أيضاً، شارك في هذه الاجتماعات كبار المسؤولين الأمنيين. كما عقد مسؤولو التخطيط السياسي وخبراء في الشرق الأوسط اجتماعات مغلقة لمراجعة السياسة الخاصة بسورية. محرك هذه الاجتماعات، كان فشل جولتين ...

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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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Foucault, Fanon, Intellectuals, Revolutions

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[This article is the final in a three-part Jadaliyya series that looks at Foucault's work in relationship to the legacy of French colonialism in North Africa. Read the first and second installments here: "The Dangers of Liberalism: Foucault and Postcoloniality in France" by Diren Valayden and "Justifications of Power": Neoliberalism and the Role of Empire by Muriam Haleh Davis.] My theoretical ethic is…“antistrategic”: to be respectful when a singularity revolts, intransigent as soon as power violates the universal. A simple choice, a difficult job: for one must at the same time look closely, a bit beneath ...

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Panel Event -- The Syrian Tragedy: Where From? Where to? (3 April, George Mason University)

The Syrian Tragedy Where From? Where to? Thursday April 3 3pm - 5pm Johnson Center Cinema George Mason University This event is free and open to the public Featuring Omar Dahi, Hampshire College/Jadaliyya: Material Roots of the Uprising: Rethinking the Economic Thesis Rochelle Davis, Georgetown University: Gender, Danger, and Vulnerability: Syrian Men and War Yasser Munif, Emerson College: Participatory Democracy and Local Governance in Manbij Ibrahim Hamidi, Al-Hayat Newspaper, London: Reporting on Syria Lisa Wedeen, University of Chicago/Jadaliyya: Scenes of Generational Change: Notes from the Syrian ...

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Event Report-Back: Countering the Counter-Revolution in Egypt

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On 5 March 2014, the Middle East Studies Center at the American University in Cairo hosted political scientist Timothy Kaldas for a lecture titled “Countering the Counter-Revolution.” Kaldas is a professor at Egypt’s Nile University whose work can be found on Mada Masr and other media outlets. Following the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi in July, and the subsequent return of the Egyptian military to the political spotlight, activists in Egypt have struggled with how to proceed on the revolutionary path. For Kaldas, the first step in that process is admitting mistake. In his talk, Kaldas identified a number of key mistakes that Egypt’s political opposition has made ...

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Witnessing Gezi (Video)

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Gezi Tanıklığı / Witnessing Gezi Camera, director: Emin Özmen Director: Barış Koca Editor: Soner Emanet Original soundtrack: Berkant Kılıçkap Subtitle: Engin Önder Graphic Design: Ozan Şanal Organization: Agence Le Journal Gezi Tanıklığı / Witnessing Gezi was created with the recordings of photojournalist Emin Özmen, who witnessed the protests against the urban development plan for Istanbul’s Taksim Gezi Park. Subsequently, the protests sparked supporting strikes across Turkey, turning into a resistance movement of great importance for the country. Witnessing Gezi shows the human aspect of this civil resistance, a crucial event of the last thirty years in ...

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Joint Statement: NGOs Condemn Escalation of Violence in Bahrain and Reiterate Protestors' Demands

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[The following statement was issued by the undersigned and published by the Bahrain Center for Human Rights on 4 March 2014] Joint Statement: NGOs Express Concern over Escalation of Violence in Bahrain and Reiterate the Legitimate Demands of Peaceful Protestors The undersigned NGO’s express in the strongest terms their concern in regards to the escalation of violence in Bahrain and the use of foreign security forces to police peaceful protests under the guise of secretive Gulf security agreements. For the past three years, Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states have stated that foreign troops have not been involved in suppressing the peaceful protest movement, but the ...

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Studying, Researching, Teaching, Representing: The Arab Uprisings Three Years On (28 April, George Mason University)

Join George Mason University and the Arab Studies Institute for a panel discussing: How has the region been studied, researched, taught, and represented in the past three years?  What have we learned about the societies, regional/international relations, and political-economic dynamics of Arab countries?  What are the salient debates in the region about the region? Have counter-revolutionary forces triumphed? Is it time to do away with the secular/Islamist binary in ...

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A Guide to Lebanon’s Street Protests

Thousands of Lebanese workers and activists have been pouring onto the streets over a litany of issues since parliament resumed work this month following a year-long hiatus. Most of the protests are related to the country’s startling income inequality and stark poverty levels. Even before the Syrian war triggered an influx of over a million mostly poor refugees into Lebanon, about twenty-eight percent of the country’s population of four million lived in poverty or extreme poverty, respectively earning a ...

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Tahrir, Taksim, Tempelhof: Between Political Fields

Sitting in Engels—one among many of Neukölln's cosy, candlelit, hipster-friendly cafés—I read on a sticker the slogan: “Tah[r]ir, Taksim, Tempelhof: Das Feld gehört uns allen!” (Tahrir, Taksim, Tempelhof: The Field belongs to us all!). Tempelhof itself is a former airport located in former West Berlin, famous for its mythological role in the Berlin airlift during the Cold War. The airport was closed in 2008, but its vast runways and grass fields were re-opened to the public in 2010. People have adopted ...

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The Strands of the Military Opposition in Syria: An Interview with Yasser Munif (Part 2)

This is part two of an interview as conducted with Yasser Munif, by Jadaliyya Co-Editor Bassam Haddad. You can view Part one here. Yasser teaches Sociology and History at Emerson College and has been to Syria a few times in the past year. He starts the interview by discussing the importance of the invisible part of the uprising: namely, the civilian component that has been largely ignored in reporting on the uprising. He then proceeds to provide a breakdown of existing opposition ...

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قديسون وانتحاريون

إذا كانت الحرية لعنة ونعمة في آن، فلأن من الممكن استعمالها للهدم مثلما للخلق.ولهذا فهي تحتاج، على منوال كل القوى المقدسة، إلى أن تُحاط بشبكة سميكة من  التحذيرات والممنوعات. فما هو عظيم القيمة فيها بنحو كبير هو الأكثر خطراً أيضاً.ويمكن أن توصف قوة الهدم هذه بأنها استغلال الحرية، ولكنه استغلال لا بد منه باستمرار إذا كان من المطلوب أن تزدهر الحرية، وهو،إلى هذا الحد، جزء من طبيعتها. فالحيوان القادر على القيام بجراحة منقذة للحياة  قادر أيضاً على أن يعذّب الآخرين.وتعني الخطيئة السعيدة (1)Felix culpa ...

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Partha Chatterjee on 'Nationalism, Internationalism, and Cosmopolitanism: Some Lessons from Modern Indian History'

On 3 April 2014, Partha Chatterjee gave a lecture on "Nationalism, Internationalism, and Cosmopolitanism: Some Lessons from Modern Indian History" at the London School of Economics. The lecture inaugurated the Internationalism, Cosmopolitanism and the Politics of Solidarity research group convened by Ayça Çubukçu at LSE's Centre for the Study of Human Rights. Below is the audio recording of that event. The lecture deals with four strands of trans-regional ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (April 1)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on the Arabian Peninsula and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Arabian Peninsula Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to ap@jadaliyya.com by Monday night of every week.]  Regional and International Relations Kuwait summit: Arab unity or disunity? Joseph Kechichian argues that behind the seeming united front, ...

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Egyptian Organization for Human Rights Condemns Unfair Trial that Sentenced 528 to Death

[The following statement was issued by the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights on 25 March 2014] The Egyptian Organization Condemns the Execution of 528 in Unfair Trial On Monday 24 March 2014, Seventh Chamber of Minya Criminal Court handed down the death sentence for 528 supporters of former President Mohamed Morsi and acquitted 17 others,in the violence acts took place in Matti that followed the disperse of Rabaa, and El Nahdah square sit-ins .The session was held without the presence of the ...

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The Strands of the Military Opposition in Syria: An Interview with Yasser Munif (Part 1)

This interview was conducted with Yasser Munif, by Jadaliyya Co-Editor Bassam Haddad. Yasser teaches Sociology and History at Emerson College and has been to Syria a few times in the past year. He starts the interview by discussing the importance of the invisible part of the uprising: namely, the civilian component that has been largely ignored in reporting on the uprising. He then proceeds to provide a breakdown of existing opposition groups on the ground, starting with the political opposition and ...

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Press Release: Bahrain Activists Return from Korea Seeking to Ban Tear Gas Exports

[The following press release was issued by Bahrain Watch on 26 March 2014] A Bahrain Watch delegation has returned from a weeklong visit to Seoul, at the invitation of South Korean civil society activists.  The purpose of the trip was to educate the government and public about ongoing human rights violations and misuse of tear gas in Bahrain, in support of a draft legislative amendment to block arms sales to human rights violators.  The amendment, sponsored by MPs Kim Hyun and Jang Hana, would ...

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Alevizing Gezi

Berkin Elvan’s funeral services, which were held at the Okmeydani Cemevi on 12 March, once again raised the question of why all six youths killed during the Gezi Protests—or, if we are to approach the Gezi process within a broader framework, why seven out of eight youths killed—were Alevîs. Indeed, the question is not a new one; months prior to Berkin’s funeral, Nagehan Alçı, one of the government’s staunchest supporters in the media, had claimed on a television program that the Gezi Protests were ...

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Bahrain Watch Delegation Visits Korea for Arms Control Campaign

[The following press release was issued by Bahrain Watch on 17 March 2014] Delegation of Activists Visit Korea for Arms Control Campaign Bahrain Watch to Participate in Press Conference at South Korean National Assembly A Bahrain Watch delegation has arrived in Seoul, South Korea to bolster a legislative effort for new arms export controls, at the invitation of local NGOs, including Amnesty International Korea. This week, Korean lawmakers will introduce a new bill to clamp down on arms exports to ...

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