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Symposium: The Fourth Amendment in the Digital Age (Washington DC, 3 April)

Friday, April 3 | 8:30 am - 4:00 pm | Reception to Follow American University Washington College of Law 4801 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20016 | Room 603 Scholars, policy experts, and practitioners will convene to have an open discussion about how digital searches, government surveillance programs and new technologies are impacting Fourth Amendment protections in criminal cases. The event will also be recorded and live streamed. Please rsvp if you plan to attend or watch online.  8:30-9:00 REGISTRATION AND BREAKFAST 9:00–9:20 INTRODUCTION 9:20-11:00 PANEL 1: New Developments in Surveillance Technology: How the Government Collects, Searches, Stores, ...

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Announcing the Quarterly Journal in Arabic of Politics and Culture: Bidayat

[The following letter introducing Bidayat was received by Jadaliyya] I would like to bring to your attention a new quarterly journal in Arabic of political and cultural analysis and commentary, Bidayat.  Bidayat is an Arabic language intellectual and cultural quarterly publication that aims to make a significant contribution in the on-going struggles of Arab societies towards self-determination, citizenship, democracy, secularism, social and economic justice, guided by the values of equality, freedom and humanism and recognizing ethnic, gender and cultural diversity. The publication was launched in early 2012 , inspired by and in response to the historic ...

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CFA: Eighth South-South Institute on “Inequality and Social Justice: Perspectives from the Global South”

The Latin American Council of Social Sciences (CLACSO), the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) and the International Development Economic Associates (IDEAs), are pleased to announce—in the framework of the third three-year phase of the Africa/Asia/Latin America Scholarly Collaborative Program—the call for applications for participation in the Eight South-South Institute on Inequality and Social Justice: Perspectives from the Global South. The Institute will be held in Durban, South Africa from 11-18 September 2015, in parallel to the World Social Science Forum III. Younger scholars from countries of the South and who are ...

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Symposium: Black Feminist Think Tank (Ann Arbor, 20 March, Live Stream Available)

The Department of Afroamerican and African Studies (DAAS) at the University of Michigan presents: Black Feminist Think Tank: A Symposium 20 March 2015, 9am-5pm Keunzel Room, Michigan Union University of Michigan Ann Arbor, Michigan This symposium will bring together a range of scholars to map key questions, concepts and debates regarding Black feminism's theoretical breadth and political and social praxis. Click here for a full listing and biographies of presenters. Click here to access the live stream URL.  

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The Curious Case of Rula Amin in Jordan: Undermining the Rule of Law?

[Screenshot of Rula Amin television appearance]

[The following report was submitted to Jadaliyya by a confirmed source close to the case of Rula Amin, a reporter recently detained by Jordanian authorities.] [Update: There are confirmed reports that Rula Amin has been released from prinson today, 17 March 2015. The legal details of her release have not yet been confirmed.] On Monday 16 March 2015, Jordanian police arrested Rula Amin, a veteran international journalist, in Amman, Jordan. Rula had refused to give up physical custody of her five-year-old daughter, Dina, to her ex-husband. However, the exact legal pretext for Rula’s arrest is still unclear. The origins of the situation lay in a visitation agreement ...

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ACSS Conference: Questioning Social Inequity and Difference in the Arab Region (Beirut, 13-15 March)

The Arab Council for the Social Sciences (ACSS) is pleased to announce its second conference, titled Questioning Social Inequality and Difference in the Arab Region, to be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Beirut, Lebanon, on March 13-15, 2015. The conference will feature presentations of more than 80 papers examining contemporary or historical phenomena and comparative, cross-regional and global perspectives from all social science and allied disciplines. ACSS is delighted to welcome Dr. Adam Hanieh as the keynote speaker at this conference. Dr. Hanieh is a Senior Lecturer in Development Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of ...

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Call for Submissions: BBC Arabic Film and Documentary Festival 2015

Following a successful first film and documentary festival in 2014, BBC Arabic announced its call for entries for its second festival, bringing films and documentaries about the Arab world to audiences in London. The BBC Arabic Festival is accepting submissions (deadline: 13 May 2015) in four categories; short films, short documentaries, feature documentaries, reportage. This year’s theme, ‘Rulers and Ruled: Power in a Changing Arab World’, will explore the struggles for power and control that continue to shake the region. Film and documentary makers, journalists and the general public who are exploring key issues around the Arab world are welcome to ...

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Video: Jadaliyya Co-Editor Bassam Haddad and US Ambassador Dennis Ross Debate US Policy in the Middle East

[The following video is of  the Lund Critical Debate Series event American Foreign Policy in the Middle East: Success or Failure, featuring Jadaliyya Co-Editor Bassam Haddad and US Ambassador Dennis Ross. The event took place at Cornell University on 3 March 2015 and was moderated by Aziz Rana.The specific theme was on US policy towards the Arab uprisings.]    Dennis Ross starts at 12:50 Bassam Haddad starts at 30:20    

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Jadaliyya Co-Editor Sinan Antoon Featured in The Guardian

[Sinan Antoon. Image via Yale University Press]

[The following profile of Jadaliyya Co-Editor Sinan Antoon was written by Farid Farid andpublished in The Guardian on 3 March 2015.] “How do you write about a country that is disintegrating?” says Sinan Antoon, on the line from his office at New York University. His words have taken on a more affective valency in recent days, as the notorious militants from Islamic State (Isis) released footage showing the graphic destruction of Assyrian and Akkadian artefacts in Mosul’s central museum. Talking about the litany of massacres and destructions that the well-funded group has left in the wake of its territorial expansion across Iraq and Syria, Antoon, who ...

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Letter to Sponsors of International Conference for the Reconstruction of the Gaza Strip, regarding Israel's Indiscriminate Bombardment and Destruction of Palestinian Educational Institutions in July and August 2014.

[The following letter was issued by the Committee on Academic Freedom of the Middle East Studies Association on 25 February 2015] Hosts of the International Conference for the Reconstruction of Gaza  Børge Brende Minister of Foreign Affairs of Norway via utenriksminister@mfa.no via fax +47 23 95 00 99  Sameh Shoukry Minister of Foreign Affairs of Egypt via fax + 20 2576 7967   Your Excellencies,  On behalf of the Committee on Academic Freedom (CAF) of the Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA), I wrote to you in October 2014, to express grave concern over Israel’s indiscriminate bombardment and destruction of Palestinian ...

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Call for Applicants: Open-Rank Academic Positions in Legal Studies Program (The Doha Institute for Graduate Studies)

The Doha Institute for Graduate Studies (DI), an independent institute for learning and research in the fields of Social Sciences, Humanities, and Public Administration and Development Economics, has been newly established in Doha, Qatar by the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies. Student applications have now opened and the DI is scheduled to launch its first academic year in the Fall semester of 2015. The School of Social Sciences and Humanities is seeking to strengthen its Master’s Program in Legal Studies by the appointment of academic staff in the following specialisations: Public Law, International Law, Administrative Law, Constitutional Law, and ...

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Cornell University Event: Jadaliyya Co-Editor Bassam Haddad and US Ambassador Dennis Ross Debate US Policy in the Middle East (3 March)

  [VIDEO NOW AVAILABLE HERE]   Lund Critical Debate Series presents: American Foreign Policy in the Middle East: Success or Failure Ambassador Dennis Ross (William Davidson Distinguished Fellow and Counselor, Washington Institute for Near East Policy) Professor Bassam Haddad (Director, Middle East Studies Program and Associate Professor, School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs, George Mason University) Moderated by Aziz Rana, Cornell Law School Associate Professor Date and Time: Tuesday, March 3, 2015, 4:30 PM Location: Statler Auditorium Admission is free and open to the public. For more information ...

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Israeli Apartheid Week at Columbia University (23-27 March, New York)

Columbia Students for Justice in Palestine present: Israeli Apartheid Week Columbia University 23-27 March 2015           Monday-Thursday, 11am-4pm: Mock Apartheid Wall, Low Plaza Find out more here: https://www.facebook.com/events/491508574332809/ Tuesday, 8pm: Panel on "Media, Solidarity, and Palestine,” 303 Hamilton Hall  Featuring Rania Khalek, Alex Kane, Joe Catron and Hanine Hassan in conversation Moderated by Hamid ...

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Video: Laleh Khalili on Sinews of War and Trade

In this lecture,  Laleh Khalili draws on her recent experience of travelling on a container ship from Malta to Jabal Ali, and the research she has thus far conducted on her project on the formation and transformation of ports and transport infrastructure in the Arabian Peninsula to give her lecture. The lecture, which is preceded by an "Introduction" and concluded with a "Vote of Thanks," follows the format of such lectures at the SOAS, University of ...

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Conference--Syria: Moving Beyond the Stalemate (1-3 July, St. Andrews)

 The Syrian Studies Centre at University of St. Andrews presents: Syria: Moving Beyond the Stalemate 1-3 July 2015 For more information, please visit: www.syriaconfstandrews2015.co.uk

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Open Letter Urging ‘Docunight’ to Cancel its Participation in Festival Sponsored by Israeli Government

What has quickly brought together a diversity of individuals—including a former Iranian political prisoner, a celebrated Palestinian filmmaker, important public intellectuals, and various professors, activists, students, artists, poets, writers, and cultural programmers? What has brought them together is their commitment to support the growing Palestinian civil-society call for cultural boycott, which is one element in the Palestinian call for  Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS). This BDS ...

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R-Shief and Scholarship on Digital Activism Featured in The Chronicle of Higher Education

[The following article on R-Shief was written by Ursula Lindsey and published in The Chronicle for Higher Education on 9 March 2015 under the title "Scholar Re-Examine Arab World's 'Facebook Revolutions.'"] In January 2011, Laila Shereen Sakr realized something momentous was happening in the Middle East when her server crashed. Shereen Sakr, at that time a graduate student in the University of Southern California’s media arts and practice program, had been monitoring digital activism in ...

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Public Hearing Notice: UK Court to Look Into FCO Secret Document on Bahrain

[The following report was originally published by Bahrain Watch on 9 March 2015.] Judge to Decide on 18-Month Battle to Release Secret British Documents on Bahrain On 10 March, the Information Rights Tribunal in London will consider whether to order the Foreign Office to reveal 40-year-old secret communications between Foreign Office officials. In June 2013, Marc Owen Jones, a Durham University PhD student and member of the NGO, Bahrain Watch made a Freedom of Information Request to the FCO, ...

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London Event: Laleh Khalili on 'Sinews of War and Trade' (11 March)

War and trade are the mainstays of global power relations. But beyond the visible circuits of capital, goods and the bodies of workers and soldiers, and upstaged by the sanguinary violence of war, are the invisible sinews that make both commerce and war-fighting possible. In this lecture, Professor Khalili will be reflecting on the foundational role of maritime transportation and logistics in the transformation of the Middle East into a global node of war and trade. Laleh Khalili is a professor of ...

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Harvard Law Women’s Day Exhibition Selects Jadaliyya Co-Editor Noura Erakat Among Its 2015 Honorees

In honor of International Women’s Day, the Harvard Law and International Development Society and the Harvard Women’s Law Association are hosting the 2nd Annual Harvard Law School International Women’s Day Portrait Exhibit. The exhibit features inspiring women working in the fields of law and policy and will line the first and second floors of Wasserstein Hall from 1-14 March 2015. The Harvard Law and International Development Society together with the Harvard Women’s Law Association selected Jadaliyya ...

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Implications of Qatarization: Qualitative Assessment and Possible Policy Responses

[The following report presents the status of localization efforts in Qatar's labor force and proposes recommendations to achieve better results based on an ongoing Qatarization study supported by the Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF). The study, which is carried out by FIKRA Research and Policy, aims to understand the experience of young Qataris as they transition from education to employment, and how youth choices contribute to the labor market in Qatar. While the report has not been published ...

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Northeast Ohio Events: Joel Beinin on BDS, High Risk Activism, and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (2-3 March)

Northeast Ohio Consortium for Middle East Studies (NOCMES) proudly presents Stanford University Professor and noted Middle East Historian, Joel Beinin, who will be in Northeast Ohio for four events on March 2 & 3, 2015. The subject of all his events will be the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. On Monday, March 2 at 9am EST, Prof. Beinin will appear on WCPN's The Sound of Ideas  He will discuss BDS at Stanford and more broadly as well as PM Netanyahu's speech to Congress. Case's ...

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London Event: Jadaliyya Co-Editor Sinan Antoon Reading and Book Signing (February 24)

In Conversation: Sinan Antoon Winner of 2014 Saif Ghoibash Prize for Arabic Literary Translation for The Corpse Washer Sinan Antoon will be in conversation with Paul Blezard, from the judging panel. The event will also feature: A reading from the novel, The Corpse Washer, a Q&A, followed by book signing and a reception Special performance by virtuoso oud player Khyam Allami. This is a free event, but please reserve your place by e-mailing: ...

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Open Letter: Racism, Militarism, Poverty: From Ferguson to Palestine

[The following open letter was issued by the below signatories on 4 February, 2015.] We support and congratulate UC Santa Cruz on their selection of Angela Davis for UCSC’s 31st annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Convocation The undersigned organizations write in support of UC Santa Cruz Chancellor George Blumenthal for his office’s selection and sponsorship of the Black feminist theorist and activist Angela Davis, a luminary of our movements and our region, who delivered a speech on “Racism, ...

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