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Stasis Shift: Guernica Interviews Jadaliyya Co-Founder Bassam Haddad

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Jadaliyya co-founder on telling alternative stories about the Arab world, understanding the life cycles of revolution, and confronting “the weight of ancient problems.” In the fall of 2010, I was crossing a crowded hotel lobby at the Middle East Studies Association convention in San Diego when a friend introduced me to the writer, editor, and scholar Bassam Haddad. “Bassam is starting a website,” she said. “You should know each other.” He slipped me a business card with the word Jadaliyya (Arabic for “dialectic”) on it. “There isn’t much online yet,” Haddad explained. “We just launched.” A few weeks later, Mohamed Bouazizi lit himself on fire in the Tunisian ...

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United States: Send Detainees Home to Yemen (Video)

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[The following video was released by Human Rights Watch on 7 April 2014]

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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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في أعقاب زيارته لبيروت: اعتقال الصحافي مجد كيال واقتحام منزل عائلته

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اعتقلت الشرطة الإسرائيلية مساء السبت الصحافي والناشط السياسي مجد كيال (حيفا) عند معبر "جسر الشيخ حسين" قرب بيسان، وهو في طريق عودته من بيروت إلى البلاد عبر الأردن. ووصل كيّال الحدود الأردنية - الإسرائيلية مساء السبت برفقة والدته، سهير، التي التقته في الأردن، بعد زيارته للعاصمة اللبنانية دامت نحو أسبوعين للمشاركة في إحتفالات صحيفة "السفير" باتمامها عقدها الرابع. وقال والد مجد، مبدا كيًال، في حديث لـ"عرب ٤٨" إن الشرطة الحدودية اعتقلت ابنه فور وصوله وأبلغت العائلة نيتها تمديد اعتقاله الأحد (الساعة ١٠ صباحاً) في المحكمة في حيفا. ويكتب مجد بشكل ثابت في ملحق "السفير العربي" منذ نحو عامين ويتناول الشأن الفلسطيني عموماً وقضايا ...

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Call for Papers: 5th National RAWI + Mizna Literary Gathering (Deadline: April 21)

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5th National RAWI + Mizna Literary Gathering Call for papers, workshops, performances, panels and more Deadline April 21 Theme: "New Beginnings" Minneapolis, Minnesota September 18-21 RAWI's Fifth National Gathering, held in partnership with Mizna, will take place at Open Book, which houses the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis, MN, from September 18 through 21. We are very excited for this year’s gathering and look forward to sharing more information about special guests and readers in the coming months. These vibrant conferences are a chance to gather with leading writers, performers, and scholars of Arab American literature in a ...

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Son of UAE94 Detainee Tortured for Four Days

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[The following press release was issued by the Alkarama Foundation on 3 April 2014] Osama Al Najjar, an Emirati human rights activist and the son of one of the 'UAE94', was tortured for four days during his secret detention by officers from the state security services who arrested him for a tweet. He was arrested on 17 March 2014 on his way back home, the day after he posted a tweet in reply to a radio statement made by the Emir of Sharjah Emirate on the 'UAE94' case. On 19 March, as he was held in secret detention, Alkarama solicited the urgent intervention of the UN Special Procedures with the UAE authorities. It was only two weeks later that Alkarama learned ...

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LA Event--The Political Economy of the Syrian Uprising: Whither the Business Class? (2pm, 8 April, UCLA)

The Political Economy of the Syrian Uprising: Whither the Business Class? A lecture by Bassam Haddad, Associate Professor in the Department of Public and International Affairs and Director, Middle East Studies, George Mason University, and Co-Editor of Jadaliyya. Tuesday, 8 April 2014
 2:00 PM
 10383 Bunche Hall UCLA The question of a business classes that can be relied upon to invest in a post-war Syria has become as precarious as it is unpredictable. Political divisions have shattered even the rentier economy and the rentier business class along with it. Larger Independent businesses have suffocated under the weight of insecurity and lack of cash flow. ...

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Reconfiguring Relief Mechanisms: The Syrian Refugee Crisis in Lebanon

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The Issam Faris Institute (IFI) at the American University of Beirut (AUB) has released a report, authored by Rabih Shibli, the associate director for Development and Community Projects at AUB’s Center for Civic Engagement and Community Service. The report investigates the impacts of the Syrian refugee crisis in Lebanon, and advocates the reform of current relief mechanisms along more decentralized mechanisms.  The report suggests establishing a new governance system at the level of the eight Lebanese mohafazat (governorates). It supports the establishment of a “Council of Mohafaza” which task would be to coordinate relief mechanisms comprehensively and ...

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Month-by-Month Summary of Developments in Syria (Updated)

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[The following monthly summaries on developments in Syria were compiled and published by the International Crisis Group (ICG). Jadaliyya Reports will update this post each month as subsequent monthly summaries are issued.]  April 2014 Following Feb breakdown of Geneva II negotiations seeking political resolution to conflict, regime intensified push to secure control over areas bordering Lebanon, part of long-running Qalamoun offensive: with backing of Lebanese Hizbollah seized city of Yabroud 16 March, largest remaining rebel bastion in area; 19 March took village SW of Yabroud, 29 March seized another 2 villages near border. Many rebels fled across border to ...

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Book Launch Event: Leisurely Islam (10 April, Harvard University)

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The Center for Middle Eastern Studies Outreach Program at Harvard University is pleased to present an author talk by Lara Deeb - Associate Professor of Anthropology, Scripps College and Mona Harb - Associate Professor of Urban Studies and Politics, American University of Beirut Moderated by Susan Kah, Associate Director and Director of the AM Program, CMES; Lecturer on Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations, Harvard University About the Event: A limited number of free copies of Leisurely Islam will be available on a first come, first served basis to Harvard students attending this talk (please have your Harvard ID available). This is a brown bag ...

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ACRI Petitions High Court: Restore Water to East Jerusalem

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[The following press release was issued by the Association for Civil Rights in Israel on 25 March 2014] For some three weeks now, tens of thousands of residents of Jerusalem neighborhoods east of the Separation Barrier have been without running water. In response, local residents, community leaders and the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) have filed a petition to the High Court of Justice. In the petition, ACRI Attorney Karen Tzafrir noted that most of the homes in the neighborhoods of Ras Hamis, Ras Shahada, Dahyat a-Salam, and the Shuafat Refugee Camp (all inside Jerusalem’s municipal boundaries) have either no water or at all or water pressure so weak ...

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Journalists Under Fire in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory

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[The following briefing was published by the Comittee to Protect Journalists on 24 March 2014] Multiple journalists have been assaulted, threatened, and censored in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory in recent months.  Israeli security forces on March 16, 2014, detained Fedaa Nasr, a correspondent forPalestine Today TV, for several hours and interrogated her, the reports said. Nasr had been reporting on the Jewish celebration Purim in Hebron when she was accosted by a group of Jewish settlers, according to news reports. The settlers, in turn, accused Nasr of assaulting them. Hebron, located in the West Bank, is often the scene of contentious clashes ...

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Event: Angela Davis and Jadaliyya Co-Editor Noura Erakat on Mass Incarceration in the United States and Palestine (19 April, Evergreen State College)

Peace Works 2014 Yet Again Captives: Mass Incarceration in the United States and Palestine April 19, 2014 The Evergreen State College Olympia, Washington Keynote discussion with Angela Davis and Noura Erakat 7:00 PM Washington Center for the Performing Arts Register for the full conference here!  Purchase tickets to the Keynote event here. Join us for a day-long conference featuring plenaries, workshops, networking opportunities, and plans for action to address systems of ...

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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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Good Faith or Good Tactics? How Some Anti-Divestment Groups Manipulate Public Discourse and Smear SJP

When preparing to bring up its divestment bill in February of this year, Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) engaged in what is widely described as one of the most open and far-reaching public campaigns on campus. The organization made presentations to over twenty student groups, including those which hold views that might be described as our polar opposite. During this time, SJP repeatedly contacted UCLA student groups Hillel and Bruins for Israel ...

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Reports Roundup (April 12)

[The following list is a compilation of the reports, statements, and other materials featured on the Jadaliyya Reports Page this past week.] Son of UAE94 Detainee Tortured for Four Days This Alkarama Foundation press release describes the heinous treatment of detained human rights activist Osama al-Najjar by the UAE state security services. Partha Chatterjee on "Nationalism, Interntionalism, and Cosmopolitianism: Some Lessons from Modern Indian History" One of India's most respected ...

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Announcing the Third Issue of B|Ta'arof Magazine: An Iranian Cultural Arts Publication

The third issue of B|ta’arof magazine, the Street Culture Issue, brings together popular and high art, searching for the extraordinary in the everyday. Its pages feature previously unseen work by Iranian visual art giant Ardeshir Mohasses and up-and-coming L.A. based artist Samira Yamin, interviews with scholar/writer Persis Karim and professional skateboarder Salman Agah, and a one-of-a-kind translation from Ahmad Shamlu’s Ketab-e Kuce (The Book of the Street) by Stanford University Stegner Fellow ...

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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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The Anbar Crisis: Inadequate Response to Increasing Needs

[The following press release was issued by the Danish Refugee Council on 12 March 2014] The violence in Iraq's western province of Anbar has displaced more than 340,000 individuals since late December; mostly women, children and elderly people. The Danish Refugee Council calls for humanitarian support from the international community and urges conflict parties to ensure the safe passage of staff and emergency relief to meet increasing needs of vulnerable populations. The erupting violence has caused ...

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Reports Roundup (April 6)

[The following list is a compilation of the reports, statements, and other materials featured on the Jadaliyya Reports Page this past week.] Month-by-Month Summary of Developments in Syra (Updated) The newest monthly briefing by the International Crisis Group on the most siginificant occurances in the Syrian conflict. Urgent Concern Related to Arbitrary Restrictions on Freedom of Expression and of Association in Qatar A briefing which thorougly summarizes the hostile environment faced by ...

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Urgent Concern Related to Arbitrary Restrictions on Freedom of Expression and of Association in Qatar

[The following briefing was written by the Gulf Center for Human Rights and CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation. Issued by the Gulf Center for Human Rights on 28 March 2014] Submission to the UN Universal Periodic Review 19th Session of the UPR Working Group 1. (A) Introduction  1.1 CIVICUS:World Alliance for Citizen Participation is an international movement with members in more than 100 countries worldwide. Established in 1993, CIVICUS nurtures the foundation, growth and ...

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Conference--The Revolutionary Public Sphere: Contention, Communication, and Culture in the Arab Uprisings (10 April, University of Pennsylvania)

The popular rebellions that have swept Arab countries since December 2010 have spawned an active field of revolutionary cultural production. Scholars from around the world will gather at the Annenberg School for Communication's The Project for Advanced Research in Global Communication's (PARGC) inaugural symposium. Putting primary sources in dialogue with theory, we seek to understand aesthetic experimentation and stylistic innovation in this revolutionary public sphere. Together, we will strive to shed ...

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Open Letter to Saudi Minister of Interior Demanding Release of Human Rights Activist al-Qahtani

[The following open letter was issued by the Committee on Academic Freedom of the Middle Eastern Studies Association (MESA)] Your Royal Highness, I write to you on behalf of the Committee on Academic Freedom of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) to express our concern regarding economics professor Mohammad Fahad al-Qahtani.  In March 2013, Dr. Al-Qahtani was sentenced to 10-years in prison and to a travel ban of equal length following the end of his prison sentence for a series of ...

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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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