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Jadaliyya’s sister organization, Quilting Point, along with regional and national partners, announce the launch of Status/الوضع Audio Journal. A multi-stage project, Status will bring you critical, Independent, and taboo-less interviews, conversations, reports, reviews, satire, and more, on a regular basis. Our partners include Mada Masr, Assafir, GMU Middle East Studies, AUB’s Asfari Institute, and KPFA’s VOMENA in San Francisco. Tune in at www.statushour.com.

Press Release: Students for Justice in Palestine at UCLA Hails Divestment Victory & Thanks All Supporters

[The following press release was issued on 19 November 2014 by Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) at the University of California Los Angeles] For Immediate Release Students for Justice in Palestine Hails Divestment Victory, Thanks all Supporters Contact: sjpucla1@gmail.com Divestment organizers at UCLA, representing a wide coalition of students from all backgrounds and sectors of campus, celebrated a milestone victory for social justice with the passage of "A Resolution to Divest from Corporations Engaged in Violence against Palestinians." The resolution, sponsored by Negeen Sadeghi-Movahed, Conrad Contreras, and Manjot Singh, passed by an ...

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Call for Papers--Transformed Nations: State-Policies in Kurdish Populated Areas of Syria, Iraq, Turkey, and Iran (Istanbul, 23 February 2015)

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Call for Papers IFEA-Ifpo-University of Exeter Workshop Transformed Nations: State-Policies in Kurdish Populated Areas of Syria, Iraq, Turkey, and Iran (A Comparative Approach from a Transnational Perspective) Istanbul, 23 February 2015 I. Presentation of the Workshop In 2013, the French Institute for Anatolian Studies (IFEA, Istanbul), the French Institute for the Near East (IFPO, Erbil) and the University of Exeter, with the help of Aix- Marseille University, launched a common research program aiming at understanding the redefinition of relations between States and Kurdish-populated areas in the current regional context characterised by an intensification ...

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An Open Letter to King Mohammed VI

[Image of a portrait of King Mohammed VI in Casablanca. Image by slettvet/Flickr.]

[The following open letter was written by Moroccan journalist Hamza Mahfoud on 11 November 2014, in response to King Mohammed VI's speech marking the anniversary of the Green March. The open letter was originally published in Arabic on Huna Sotak and translated to English by Abdellah Laaraj. Since its publication, the open letter has been widely disseminated on social media, drawing a wide range of responses.] Dear King, I am writing regarding the Sahara after having watched your speech last Thursday. I would like to present the point of view of a Moroccan citizen who wished he were in a stronger position to defend his country. The reality is that he found himself ...

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Why Anthropologists Should Boycott Israeli Academic Institutions

On Israel and Palestine: Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israeli Institutions In its best moments, anthropology is a discipline that is dedicated to social justice. It is a discipline that has historically stood up for marginalized peoples around the world. Anthropologists have not always lived up to these best ideals, of course, and the history of our discipline includes cooperation with colonial and imperial regimes and with war machines. Yet there have always been anthropologists who have criticized these relationships. And as a collectivity, we have generally looked back upon these moments of complicity with regret. The AAA has passed resolutions condemning ...

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How the United States Helped ISIS

[The following opinion piece was authored by Andrew Thompson and Jeremi Suri, and published in The New York Times on 1 October 2014] How America Helped ISIS Austin, Texas — The Islamic State terrorists who have emerged in Iraq and Syria are neither new nor unfamiliar. Many of them spent years in detention centers run by the United States and its coalition partners in Iraq after 2003. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State, spent nearly five years imprisoned at Camp Bucca in southern Iraq. A majority of the other top Islamic State leaders were also former prisoners, including: Abu Muslim al-Turkmani, Abu Louay, Abu Kassem, Abu Jurnas, Abu Shema and Abu ...

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Film Screening and Director Discussion: Eliane Raheb's Layali Bala Noom (10 November, George Mason University)

Middle East Studies Program, Arab Studies Institute, and Middle East Etc. Film Club Present: Layali Bala Noom (Sleepless Nights) With Film Director Eliane Raheb  Monday, November 10 JC Cinema @ 7PM George Mason University Pizza and Refreshments Provided  More Information: mes.gmu.edu  Film Synopsis: Through the stories of Assaad Shaftari, a former high ranking intelligence officer in a Christian right wing militia, responsible for many casualties in the protracted civil war in Lebanon and Maryam Saiidi, the mother of Maher, a missing young communist fighter who disappeared in 1982, the film digs in the Lebanese civil war wounds ...

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NYC Event--Can Palestinian Men Be Victims? Gendering Israel's War on Gaza (3 November 2014)

Join the History of Women and Gender Program, the Middle East and Islamic Studies Department, the Hagop Kevorian Center, and Students for Justice in Palestine on Monday 3 November, 12:30-2:00pm for a discussion with Jadaliyya Co-Editor and Professor Maya Mikdashi about gendered hierarchies of victimhood in the Israel-Palestine conflict. Maya’s original article, published in Jadaliyya, can be found here. A light lunch will be served.  Title: Can Palestinian Men Be Victims? Gendering Israel's War on Gaza (3 November 2014) Date/Time: November 3, 12:30pm-2:00pm Location: KJCC (53 Washingston Sq South), Rm 607 RSVP: hew228@nyu.edu

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Labor Strikes in the GCC: Deportations and Victories in 2014

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[The following report was originally published by Migrant Rights on 29 October 2014.] The crackdowns on migrant workers in the GCC do not succeed in silencing migrant dissent. Last year, hundreds of thousands were deported, after being targeted, detained, and mistreated in the Gulf region. Stringent nationalization laws maintain a xenophobic atmosphere around migrant populations who constitute the majority in GCC (up to 85% in countries such as Qatar). As authorities and media continue to make migrants more vulnerable, some resort to labor strikes as a solution to their continuing oppression. Here, we examine the different ways in which major strikes were handled by ...

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Press Release: Astral Desire Photo Exhibition by Katie Ramadan

[Photo by Katie Ramadan]

[The following press released was issued on 24 October 2014] ‘Astral Desire’ is a photo exhibition by Katie Ramadan that speaks of human relationships in Palestine, desire and spirituality. ‘Astral Desire’ opens in Haifa, at the Abatjour Café (49 Hillel St.) on 1 November 2014, launching a week of cultural activities to celebrate Abatjour’s one year anniversary. The exhibition will thereafter show in Nazareth and Jerusalem. 
 The photo exhibition tells the story of unrequited love. Girl loves boy, boy doesn't love girl back. Girl, in fact desires boy, though boy desires something else. 
 Astral Desire utilizes the concept of the astral, where a body is able to leave ...

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Assault on Academic Freedom: Neoliberalism and the Corporatization of Universities, Live Stream Event with Steven Salaita (27 October 2014 at GMU)

Sponsored by Middle East Studies Program and Cultural Studies Program at George Mason University Assault on Academic Freedom: Neoliberalism and the Corporatization of Universities Date & Time: October 27, 2014 7:15PM George Mason University  Johnson Center, Room 239A Featuring Steven Salaita  Moderated by Bassam Haddad, addressing: The New "Academic" Bullying on Campus and its Remedies Send “Academic Bullying” testimonies to mes@gmu.edu Organized Streaming gatherings/classrooms get a shout out!  Let us know if you are planning one by emailing mes@gmu.edu   This event will be ...

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Declaration by Scholars for Peace in Solidarity with the Saturday Mothers of Turkey

[The Saturday Mothers. Image via Wikimedia Commons.]

[This week, the Saturday Mothers will be commemorating their five hundredth sit-in protest in Taksim Square, Istanbul. This statement of solidarity was released by the Scholars for Peace Initiative on 25 October 2014. The Scholars for Peace initiative focuses on creating peace among the people, and is comprised of over 150 scholars from over fifty universities who see the Kurdish issue as a Turkey issue. More information can be found here.] On 25 October 2014, the Saturday Mothers will remind us for the five hundredth time of the daughters and sons they have lost due to the forced disappearances on the part of the state, mostly in the Kurdish region. They will, for the ...

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Letter to Amcha Initiative Regarding Its Report on UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies

[The following letter was issued by the Committee on Academic Freedom of the Middle East Studies Association on 23 October 2014] Amcha Initiative via email administrator@amchainitiative.org To whom it may concern: I am writing on behalf of the Committee on Academic Freedom of the Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA) to express our grave concern about the content and apparent intent of the report released by the Amcha Initiative in September 2014 titled “Antisemitic Activity and Anti-Israel Bias at the Center for Near East Studies, University of California at Los Angeles, 2010-2013.” After careful scrutiny of this document, we believe that it ...

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R-Shief Launches New Research Tools Allowing Full Access to Social Media Archives

Los Angeles, CA, November 17, 2014 R-Shief.org, a media research system designed to analyze global social movements, is launching new tools allowing full and free public access to its unique and historic social media archive and analytics in more than seventy languages. Since 2009, the open-source media lab has been analyzing online discussions on networks such as Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and now Instagram. R-Shief is most known for supporting media analytics on what was tweeted ...

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UCLA's Center for Near East Studies Response to Smear Campaign

Response to Criticisms of the G.E. von Grunebaum Center for Near Eastern Studies at UCLA The G.E. von Grunebaum Center for Near Eastern Studies (hereafter CNES) of UCLA is one of the oldest such centers in the United States. It is also one of the largest, currently including seventy-six affiliated faculty (among whom are seventeen lecturers/adjuncts and fifteen academically active and productive emeriti), representing such diverse departments/fields as Anthropology, Art History, History, Comparative ...

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Call for Papers: International Conference of Critical Geography (Ramallah, 26-30 July 2015)

Open Call for Participation 7th International Conference of Critical Geography ‘Precarious Radicalism On Shifting Grounds: Towards a Politics of Possibility’  26-30 July 2015  |  Ramallah, Palestine | www.iccg2015.org   ANNOUNCEMENT The sense of revolutionary times triggered by recent events such as the Greek revolts, the Indignados and Occupy movements, as well as the Arab uprisings and the Idle No More protests in Canada, has been gradually overshadowed by a wave of ...

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An Invitation by Tenured Faculty at Princeton to Divest from Companies Profiting from Israeli Occupation

[The below petition was published in the Daily Princetonian.] The following petition was begun by five faculty members in History and Near Eastern Studies and now has the following signatories. This ad serves both as an announcement of the petition to the community and as an invitation to the tenured faculty across the university for their support. If you would like to sign the petition, please send an email to: […]. The petition will be presented to the university administration before ...

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Press Release: University of Toronto Students Condemn Racist Attacks on Free Speech on Campus and Demand Accountability and Action by Administration

[The following press released was issued on 31 October 2014 by the University of Toronto Graduate Students' Union.] On Monday, October 27th students and faculty gathered for the launch of the UofT Divest campaign, which calls on the university to withdraw investments from three companies complicit in violations of international law in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Unfortunately the event was disrupted, although not derailed, by an off-campus group calling themselves the ...

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Symposium Report: 'Researching the Middle East and North Africa after 2011: Challenges, Queries, and Questions'

The Middle East Studies Graduate Forum at Rutgers University hosted “Researching the Middle East after 2011: Challenges, Queries, and Questions” on 17 October 2014. The day-long collaborative, interdisciplinary symposium brought twenty scholars from eleven universities together to discuss producing innovative scholarship about the Middle East and North Africa despite social, civil, and political unrest. Many countries in the region have become unstable or untenable research sites, archives are closed, ...

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After Gezi: Erdogan and Political Struggle in Turkey (Video)

Political struggles over the future of Turkey have left the country profoundly divided. Former Prime Minister, now President, Tayyip Erdogan, has fueled growing polarization through his authoritarian response to protests, his large-scale urban development projects, his religious social conservatism, and most recently, through his complicity in the Islamic State’s war against the Kurdish people in Northern Syria. In the year after the Gezi uprising, protests continue against the government’s urban ...

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Operation Protective Edge: Legal and Political Implications of ICC Prosecution (Audio Recording)

George Mason University’s Middle East Studies Program, Global Programs, New Century College (NCC) and the Trans-Arab Research Institute welcomed four international law experts to discuss the political and legal implications of an International Criminal Court (ICC) investigation of recent conflict in the Gaza Strip. This discussion was held on Monday, October 20, 2014. In July and August, hostilities in the Gaza Strip left 2,131 Palestinians and 71 Israelis dead, including 501 Palestinian children and ...

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UNRWA Spokesperson Challenges Center for Near East Policy Research and Fox News on Gaza (Video)

In this debate on Fox News, UNRWA Spokesperson Christopher Gunness  and the Center for Near East Policy Research's David Bedein debate the issue of the role of UNRWA in Gaza and US funding for the "reconstruction" of Gaza. The power of this debate is the manner with which Gunness exposes the comprehensive fraudulence at the heart of the Center for Near East Policy Research's right-wing agenda and particularly its recent attempted indictment of UNRWA's role in the Gaza Strip. Perhaps ...

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Letter to the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights under Law regarding Attack on Title VI-Supported Middle East Studies Centers

[The following letter was issued by the Committee on Academic Freedom of the Middle East Studies Association on 23 October 2014] Kenneth L. Marcus President and General Counsel Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law via fax: 202-756-1301 Dear Mr. Marcus: I am writing on behalf of the Committee on Academic Freedom of the Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA) to express our grave concern about the contents and apparent intent of the report released by your ...

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Press Release: Announcing the Website of Watch/Raqeb -- An Arab Regional Project on Information Access

 [The following press release was issued on 22 October 2014 by Watch/Raqeb] -Watch/Raqeb- is pleased to announce the launch of its website www.watchinfo.org. Led by a community of youth from several Arab countries, including Egypt, Palestine, and Saudi Arabia, -Watch/Raqeb- is a multi-layered effort to offer Arab citizens a nuanced perspective on how international politics are playing out in the Middle East. It seeks to enhance and nuance public knowledge and to support greater popular ...

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UC Irvine Event: Bassam Haddad on 'The Syrian Tragedy: Causes, Dynamics, and Consequences' (23 October 2014)

The Center for Global Peace and Conflict Studies at UC Irvine present: The Syrian Tragedy: Causes, Dynamics, and Consequences With Bassam Haddad, Director of Middle East Studies at George Mason University Date: Thursday 23 October 2014 Time: 3:30pm Location: Social and Behvaioral Science Gateway, Room 1517, UC Irvine  

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