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Symposium--Changing Ecologies of War and Humanitarianism: Reflecting on MSF’s 40 Years of Working in Conflict (Beirut, 4-5 May 2016)

Changing Ecologies of War and Humanitarianism: Reflecting on MSF’s 40 Years of Working in Conflict Beirut, 4-5 May 2016 A Two-day conference organized by Médecins Sans Frontières, AUB’s Faculty of Health Sciences, and AUB’s Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs MSF’s first project responding to conflict was inaugurated in Beirut in 1976. Since then, the organization has worked in major conflict zones across the world and has grown in size to navigate the medical, political and social realities of providing healthcare during war. While the demand for humanitarian aid grows, MSF’s ability to work in conflict zones faces compounding ...

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Statement by International Committee for the the Red Cross on Indiscriminate Violence in Aleppo

[The following statement was issued by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on 29 April 2016] Syria: ICRC calls on all sides to stop indiscriminate violence in Aleppo Damascus/Geneva - In a further day of devastation in Aleppo, another four medical facilities on both sides of the frontlines have been hit, causing extensive damage. As hundreds of shells, bombs and mortars continue to rain down on the city, killing more civilians, the International Committee of the Red Cross calls for an immediate halt in the attacks. "There can be no justification for these appalling acts of violence deliberately targeting hospitals and clinics, which ...

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Follow-up Statement from Mashrou' Leila on Their 'Banning Incident' in Jordan

[The following statement was issued by the Lebanese band Mashrou' Leila on 28 April 2016 as a followup to the social media mobilization highlighting the Jordanian government's decision to ban the group from performing in Jordan, and the its subsequent last-minute reconsideration of that ban.] We, Mashrou’ Leila, would like to express our gratitude to the global media, and the band’s audience in Jordan, and around the world, for their support throughout the past two days. We take pride in playing music for an audience like ours. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank the great number of artists, musicians, intellectuals and civil society ...

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Call for Proposals: Resilience in the Palestinian Case

Recently, the term “resilience” has emerged as a popular discourse and tool, which can bridge the gap between humanitarian and development programming across conflict and disaster zones. While, traditionally resilience-based approaches are reserved for humanitarian crisis, more and more development agents refer to resilience as a key tool for their own long-term programming. To this end, UNDP PAPP is inviting scholars, practitioners and participants from the various sectors to discuss and debate the relevance and applicability of resilience-based approaches in the Palestinian case. To this end, critical voices raise important questions – “ what is resilience?,” “ how ...

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Job Opportunity: Director, AUB Neighborhood Initiative

The Neighborhood Initiative of the American University of Beirut (AUB) mobilizes the full power of AUB for the public good in Ras Beirut, promoting the neighborhood’s livability, vitality and diversity through innovative outreach activities and multidisciplinary research. The Neighborhood Initiative serves as a model of place‐based engagement for universities in Lebanon and the region, benefiting the university itself and the districts of Beirut surrounding it. Launched formally in 2007, the Initiative is housed in the President’s Office and has a staff of two: the Director and a Coordinator who serves as projects and office manager. The Neighborhood Initiative ...

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Statement from Mashrou' Leila on Jordanian Government Banning of Their Show

[The following statement was issued by the Lebanese band Mashrou' Leila on 26 April 2016 in response to news that the the Jordanian government had officially cancelled their upcoming show in Amman and unofficially banned them from the country] We deeply regret to inform you that unfortunately we will not be able to perform our concert in Amman originally scheduled for Friday 29th of April. We have just been notified that our authorization to play has been withdrawn. The written justification officially provided is that the performance would have been at odds with what the Ministry of Tourism viewed as the “authenticity” of the site, despite the fact that we had the ...

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Press Release: Anti-Prison, Labor, Academic Delegation Takes Stand against Israeli State Violence, Affirms Solidarity with Palestinian People

[Mural in Palestine. Image by the US Anti-Prison, Labor, Academic Delegation to Palestine]

[The following press release was issued by The U.S. Prisoner, Labor and Academic Solidarity Delegation to Palestine in April 2016] FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—April 16, 2016 On Palestinian Prisoners’ Day, Anti-Prison, Labor, Academic Delegation Takes Stand against Israeli State Violence, Affirms Solidarity with Palestinian People Press Contact:       Rabab Abdulhadi: 914 882-3180 Johanna Fernandez: 917 930-0804 Claude Marks: 415 652-8444 Laura Whitehorn: 646 469-7329 Or respond to: Recently returned from a ten-day trip to the Israeli-colonized Palestine, a US delegation of anti-prison, labor, and scholar-activists ...

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Suspend US Military Aid to Egypt: An Open Letter to President Barack Obama

[The flag of the Arab Egyptian Republic.]

[The following is an open letter, signed by scholars of Egypt and the Middle East, calling on US President Barack Obama to support civilian, democratic rule in Egypt by suspending military aid to the country.] An Open Letter to President Barack Obama 18 April 2016 Dear President Obama, As scholars of Egypt and the Middle East, we the undersigned would like to urge you, on Tax Day, to support civilian, democratic rule in Egypt by suspending military aid to the country. For more than thirty years, the US government has spent billions of dollars to help build and sustain a system of rule that does not serve the interests of the Egyptian people. The core of that regime ...

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Ghassan Kanafani Writing Scholarship

[Artist: Watan]

“My political position springs from my being a novelist. Insofar as I am concerned, politics and the novel are an indivisible case and I can categorically state that I became politically committed because I am a novelist, not the opposite.” Ghassan Kanafani We are proud to announce the launch of the first annual Ghassan Kanafani Scholarship. This scholarship would not have been possible without supporters like you. We are thrilled to offer this creative arts and writing scholarship to Palestinian youth in the diaspora. Read more below for background on the scholarship and details for application.  1.    Top 3 submissions win scholarship prizes of ...

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Announcing the 2016 Political Economy Book Prize Competition (Political Economy Project)

[EXTENSION OF DEADLINE. THIS BOOK PRIZE ANNOUNCEMENT WAS FIRST PUBLISHED IN NOVEMBER 2015] The Political Economy Project (PEP) is pleased to invite nominations for our 2016 Middle East Political Economy Book Prize. PEP aims to recognize and disseminate exceptional critical work on the political economy of the Middle East. While the book must have a political economy theme, we welcome nominations from across academic disciplines. Submissions will be read and judged by a committee drawn from PEP’s membership. Eligible texts must have been published in 2013, 2014 or 2015 and can be either Arabic or English language. The book must make an ...

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Beirut Event -- Manoug's Magic Lantern: Views onto Lebanon

Manoug's Magic Lantern: Views onto Lebanon  AUB, West Hall, Malhas Common Room Exhibit: Monday April 4 - Wednesday April 6, 9am-8pm Openning Event: Monday April 4, 2016 at 6 p.m. (please refer to think link for event details) In this exhibit we showcase 90 photos from our recently acquired collection of the work of Manoug Alemian (1918 – 1994). The exhibit offers a rich and varied sampling from Manoug’s oeuvre, ranging across dates (1940s – 1990s), subjects (portraits, landscapes, festivals, crafts, etc.) and media (silver gelatin, color prints, negatives and transparencies). It is no exaggeration to state that Manoug's photographic oeuvre, much like a magic ...

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Cities Media Roundup (March 2016)

An aerial view of the Kaaba the surrounding construction site in Mecca. [Image from Wikimedia]

[This is a monthly roundup of news articles, and other materials related to urban issues in the region, and beyond. It does not reflect the views of the Cities Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send recommendations for inclusion in the Cities Media Roundup to, mentioning "Roundup" in the subject line. We also welcome your submissions to the Cities Page: please check details on] War, Conflict, and Urban Protest De-Urbanising the Syrian Revolt Isal al-Khafaji writes for the Arab Reform Initiative that the population movements in Syria and specifically the arrival of migrants in major cities has contributed to ...

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Derailing Democracy?: The Anti-Boycott Playbook Explained

[This piece was first posted on the website of Anthropologists for the Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions on 28 April 2016.] As members of the American Anthropological Association (AAA) cast their ballots on a proposed boycott of Israeli academic institutions, outside organizations are desperately mobilizing to pressure the Association and derail the initiative. In the interests of educating all members of the Association—whatever their position on the boycott—we are sharing information ...

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Doctors Without Borders Update on Airstrike at Al Quds Hospital on Syria

[The following statement was issued by Medicins Sans Frontiers (Doctors Without Borders) on 29 April 2016.] Syria: Update on Airstrikes at Al Quds Hospital The situation in Aleppo is critical as airstrikes leave no part of the city untouched. Already today there are reports of another health centre (not MSF-supported) being struck. MSF is desperately worried about the estimated 250,000 people in increasing danger of being totally cut off and without medical care. The sky is falling in Aleppo,” said ...

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The Brooklyn Institute for Social Research: Spring and Summer 2016 Courses

As The Brooklyn Institute for Social Research's Winter 2016 term comes to an end, we want to thank all the students and faculty who have participated in BISR seminars in the past three months. Conversations have been lively, instructive, challenging, and we wouldn't have it any other way. Looking ahead to Summer 2016, we'd like to highlight three of our upcoming courses, which will begin during the first week of May. At a time when the United States has the world's highest incarceration rate, and one in ...

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CUNY Doctoral Students’ Council Adopts Resolution Endorsing the Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions

[This statement was released on 15 April 2016.] The Doctoral Students’ Council (DSC) of The City University of New York (CUNY) has adopted a Resolution Endorsing the Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions, by a vote of 42-18 with nine abstentions. At the same meeting, the DSC also overwhelmingly adopted the Resolution Calling for Expanded Tuition Remission for Graduate Center Students. The mission of the DSC includes promoting democracy within CUNY and enabling students to participate in important ...

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بيان الفرقة الموسيقية 'مشروع ليلى' حول حظر حفلتهم في عمان من قبل الحكومة الأردنية

صدر البيان التالي من قبل الفرقة الموسيقية اللبنانية "مشروع ليلى" في ٢٦ نيسان ٢٠١٦ رداً على النبأ الذي أفاد بأن الحكومة الأردنية قد ألغت رسمياً حفلتهم القادمة في عمان ومنعتهم بطريقة غير رسمية من البلاد       يؤسفنا إبلاغكم أننا لن نستطيع عرض حفلة “ابن الليل” التي كانت ستعقد يوم الجمعة 29 نيسان 2016 في المدرج الروماني في عمان لقد تلقينا خبر سحب رخصة العرض لحفلتنا التبرير الخطي الذي وصلنا من وزارة السياحة والآثار ينص على أن القرار جاء بسبب تعارض الحفلة مع "أصالة" ...

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Declaracion de la Delegacion de Prisioneros, Academicos, y Laborales de EE.UU., en Solidaridad con, a Palestina

[La siguiente declaración fue emitida por La Delegación de Prisioneros, Académicos, y Laborales de EE.UU., en Solidaridad con, a Palestina en abril de 2016.] Nos Paramos con Palestina en el espíritu de " Somoud " (Firmeza) La Delegación de Prisioneros, Académicos, y Laborales de EE.UU., en Solidaridad con, a Palestina, 24 de Marzo al 2 de abril del año 2016 En un momento de creciente resistencia a la violencia estatal y la injusticia en el mundo entero, una delegación de diecinueve ...

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Statement by the US Prisoner, Labor and Academic Solidarity Delegation to Palestine

[The following statement was issued by The U.S. Prisoner, Labor and Academic Solidarity Delegation to Palestine in April 2016] We Stand with Palestine in the Spirit of “Sumud” The U.S. Prisoner, Labor and Academic Solidarity Delegation to Palestine   March 24 to April 2, 2016 At a moment of growing resistance to state violence and injustice the world over, a delegation of nineteen anti-prison, labor and scholar-activists from the United States traveled to Palestine in March 2016. Our delegation ...

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(الحراك المدني في لبنان: أزمة مجتمع وأزمة سلطة (يوما بحثياً في بيروت

الحراك المدني: أزمة مجتمع وأزمة سلطة  التاريخ: 4 أيار 2016 المكان: معهد العلوم الاجتماعية الفرع الثالث طرابلس تنظم الجامعة اللبنانية (مركز أبحاث معهد العلوم الاجتماعية) و معهد الأبحاث للتنمية (IRD)/ )مركز التنمية والسكان  (CEPED  يوما بحثياً حول أزمة النفايات وعلاقتها بأزمة النظام السياسي في لبنان.  يهدف هذا النشاط البحثي إلى تحفيز التبادل المنتج بين باحثين/باحثات عملوا على تحليل الحراك  المدني حول أزمة النفايات من جهة، والأساتذة والطلاب في معهد العلوم الاجتماعية/الفرع ...

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Palestine: Human Rights and Humans Wronged

Two of Palestine’s leading human rights defenders will discuss conditions on the ground, the status of human rights and their violations, and the future facing Palestinians. April 17 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm Busboys & Poets – 14th & V 2021 14th Street NW Washington, DC United States   Join us to hear from two of Palestine’s leading human rights defenders who will discuss conditions on the ground, the status of human rights and their violations, and the future facing ...

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Call for Submissions: BBC Arabic Film and Documentary Festival 2017

March 30, 2016 // BBC Arabic invites film and documentary-makers to submit works to the 3rd BBC Arabic Festival. The work must have been made after January 1, 2015, and reflect on current situations in the Arab world. Now in its 3rd year, the BBC Arabic Festival has successfully brought live audiences ground-breaking films, with selected films further being shown on BBC Arabic TV which has an international, Arabic speaking audience of 28 million people. The official selection, along with the winner ...

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Open Letter by Members of Society for Psychotherapy Research (SPR) Opposing Jerusalem as Conference Location

[The following opnel letter was published by members of the Society for Psychotherapy Reseach (SPR) on 2 March 2016 in The Independent expressing opposition to the organization's plans to hold its next annual conference in Jerusalem.] We, psychotherapists, researchers and other mental health professionals, write to express our dismay at the decision of the Society for Psychotherapy Research (SPR) to hold its next international conference  in Jerusalem. Israel’s policies in the Occupied ...

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Urgent Call for Solidarity with Academics in Turkey (Letter to the US Department of State)

[This letter was written by a group of US-based scholars and educators and was released on 22 March 2016.] Tom Malinowski, Assistant Secretary of State for Human Rights US Department of State Email: Dear Mr. Malinowski: We are a group of US-based scholars and educators who have grown deeply alarmed and shocked by the blatant violations of human rights to which our academic colleagues and counterparts in Turkey have been subjected under an increasingly authoritarian Turkish ...

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