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Statement by Scholar Ann Laura Stoler Endorsing BDS against Israel

[The following statement was issued by Ann Laura Stoler on 10 September 2010 and originally  published by pulsemedia.org on 17 September 2010] By Colonial Design As someone who has worked for some thirty years as a teacher and student of colonial studies– on comparative colonial situations, colonial histories, and the violent and subtle forms of governance on which colonial regimes rely, it would be difficult not to describe the Israeli state as a colonial one. It would be difficult not to recognize Israel’s past and ongoing illegal seizure of Palestinian land, the racialization of every aspect of daily life, and the large-scale and piecemeal demolition ...

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Beirut Conference: Israel’s War on Gaza: Political, Moral, and Legal Accountability (28 September 2014)

A one-day sympoisum hosted by the Issam Faris Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs Sunday 28 September 2014 IFI Building Auditorium AUB Campus Beirut, Lebanon    

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Yemen: The Peace and National Partnership Agreement

[Jamal Benomar. Image from Wikipedia.]

[What follows is the text—taken from the announcement by Jamal Benomar—of the Peace and National Partnership Agreement signed by representatives of Ansarallah, the umbrella organization of the Houthi movement, and the leadership of major political factions in Yemen, including the sitting government. It was signed late on 21 September 2014 after Ansarallah militarily seized control of Sanaa. It has been “welcomed” by the Gulf Cooperation Council and the General-Secretary of the United Nations.] The Peace and National Partnership Agreement 21 September 2014 Preamble: Pursuant to the outcomes of the Comprehensive National Dialogue Conference, which have been agreed upon ...

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Another Letter to Mr. Elie Wiesel

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[The following letter was written as response to Elie Wiesel and his decision to author and publish an advertisement in August 2014 which ran in the New York Times and other major medial outlets. The ad claimed that “Jews rejected child sacrifice 3,000 years ago. Now it’s Hamas’ turn.”] Let me begin by saying that we have met, although you may not remember. In 1980, I was a young actor in a theatrical adaptation of your novel Dawn, produced by the Cambridge Ensemble of Cambridge, Mass., which opened in a small off-Broadway theater in New York City.  I played your character Gad, a Jewish terrorist charged with training Joshua, a young German-Jewish holocaust ...

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Open Letter to the Brooklyn Book Festival re Israeli Sponsorship

[The following open letter is being ciruclated in protest of the Brooklyn Book Festival's partnership with the Israeli Office of Cultural Affairs in New York to sponsor Assaf Gavrons participation in the festival.] Tell the Brooklyn Book Festival to no longer accept partnerships with the Israeli government or complicit institutions. To the Brooklyn Book Festival Inc. and the Brooklyn Book Festival Literary Council: We, the undersigned, including participants and exhibitors at the Brooklyn Book Festival, recently noticed that the festival has chosen to accept support from Israel's Office of Cultural Affairs in New York for one of its panels. It is deeply regrettable ...

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NYC Event -- The War on Gaza: Military Strategy and Historical Horizons (19 September, Columbia University)

The Center for Palestine Studies and the Middle East Institute present The War on Gaza Military Strategy and Historical Horizons Presenters Noura Erakat (Assistant Professor, George Mason University) Rashid Khalidi (Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies, Columbia University) Moderator Nadia Abu El-Haj (Professor, Bard College) Date, Time, and Location: Friday, 19 September 2014 12:00pm-1:30pm Room 501, Schermerhonr Hall Columbia University

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LA Event--From Gaza to Ferguson: A Panel Discussion (18 September 2014)

UCLA School of Law's Critical Race Studies presents From Gaza to Ferguson From the Washington Post to Ebony Magazine to the streets of Ferguson and beyond, connections between events in Ferguson and Gaza have cpatured the popular imagination. This panel will examine and explore the relationship between race, the rise of militarized policing, and the response to dissent in the United States and consider its implications in a global context. Thursday, 18 September 2014 Reception at 6:00pm Panel at 6:30pm Room 1347 UCLA School of Law Moderator Asli Bali, Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law Panelists Hedy Epstein, Long-time peace and justice ...

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بدايات، فصلية ثقافية فكرية: لكل فصول التغيير

[مقطع من غلاف عدد مجلة

صدر العدد ٩/٨ من مجلة ”بدايات“، وهي مجلة ثقافية فصلية أُطلقتْ استجابة للتحولات التاريخية التي نتجت عن الثورات العربية. كتب فوّاز طرابلسي، رئيس تحرير المجلة، افتتاحية العدد تحت عنوان ”حروب الردة أو أغتيال المستقبل” وركزت المجلة في عددها الراهن على الأوضاع في سوريا ولبنان والعراق.      محتويات العدد ٨/٩ ربيع-صيف ٢٠١٤ الافتتاحية: حروب الردّة او اغتيال المستقبل من باب اولى:  ·  سليمان تقي الدين: العرب مطلع الالفية · الياس خوري: ثلاثة اسئلة فلسطينية من وحي غزة · سنان انطون: لحظة الموصل: العراق في المرحلة الانتقالية · محمد حجيري: عرسال وإنقلاب الصورة ملف: بيروت: الحق في المدينة · نادين بكداش: المستأجر القديم من مواطن الى عقبة<

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Call for Applications: Carnegie Centennial Fellowships at the University of Minnesota for Scholars from Arab Universities

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Call for Applications Humphrey School of Public Affairs University of Minnesota Andrew Carnegie Centennial Fellowship in Support of Visiting Scholars in the Social Sciences from Arab Universities The Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota announces the availability of a limited number of fellowships for social scientists from Arab universities to spend a semester in residence at the Humphrey School in the Spring semester of 2015.  The fellowships are funded by Andrew Carnegie Centennial Fellowship, a program of the Carnegie Corporation of New York.  The visiting scholars will work closely with Professor Ragui Assaad, ...

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Civility Codes Contradict Free Speech: Letter to Berkeley Chancellor Dirks from California Scholars for Academic Freedom

 [UC Berkeley protestors in the fall of 1964. Image from the Bancroft Library University Archive.]

[The following letter was issued on 11 September 2014 by California Scholars for Academic Freedom in response to a recent statement by Chancellor Nicholas Dirks of the University of California Berkeley.] September 11, 2014 Nicholas Dirks, Chancellor University of California – Berkeley Dear Chancellor Dirks, California Scholars for Academic Freedom,* a group of 150 academics committed to academic freedom on university campuses, writes in response to your public message to the UC Berkeley community, titled “Civility and Free Speech” and distributed electronically on September 5. The text is rife with errors, which, coming from a university chancellor, raise serious ...

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Rigged Cars and Barrel Bombs: Aleppo and the State of the Syrian War

[The following reports was issued on 9 Sepetember 2014 by the International Crisis Group (ICG).] Rigged Cars and Barrel Bombs: Aleppo and the State of the Syrian War Executive Summary As Aleppo goes, so goes Syria’s rebellion. The city is crucial to the mainstream opposition’s military viability as well as its morale, thus to halting the advance of the Islamic State (IS). After an alliance of armed rebel factions seized its eastern half in July 2012, Aleppo for a time symbolised the opposition’s optimism and momentum; in the following months, it exposed the rebels’ limits, as their progress slowed, and they struggled to win over the local population. Today, locked in ...

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Conference Announcement: Identity, Sovereignty, and Global Politics in the Building of Baghdad, Harvard GSD (Sept.18-20, 2014)

[View of Baghdad via WikiCommons]

Identity, Sovereignty, and Global Politics in the Building of Baghdad: From Revolution through the Gulf War and Beyond Harvard University, Graduate School of Design, September 18-20, 2014 Using the history of urban development in Baghdad as a reference point, this conference examines the extent to which interventions intended to modernize and integrate different populations in the city were part of a larger process of negotiating competing visions of political economy, sovereignty, and identity in post-WWII Iraq. By gathering political scientists, architectural and urban historians, and scholars of Iraq and the larger Arab world, the conference engages theoretical ...

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Call For Papers: Knowledge-Based Development in the Gulf (Kuwait, March 2015)

Knowledge-Based Development in the Gulf Call for Papers Kuwait, 13-15 March 2015 Deadline: 15 October 2014  The Center for Gulf Studies at the American University of Kuwait will hold its second Gulf Studies Symposium (GSS) on 13-15 March 2015. The GSS is a meeting of worldwide Gulf scholars and researchers held biennially in Kuwait. Each symposium is based on a particular scholarly theme that is timely both to the region and to the field of Gulf studies. The theme of the 2015 GSS is ...

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Beirut Event--Pivoting, Advancing, or Retreating: Washington Tries to Cope with a Chaotic Middle East in a Changing Global Order (1 October)

Issam Faris Institute for Public Policy and Internal Affairs presents Pivoting, Advancing, or Retreating: Washington Tries to Cope with a Chaotic Middle East in a Changing Global Order A Lecture by Dr. Michael C. Hudson Monday, 1 October 2014 2:30pm Auditorium Issam Faris Institute Building American University of Beirut  

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اليمن: نص اتفاق السلم والشراكة الوطنية

[نص الاتفاق من إعلام جمال بنعمر] اتفاق السلم والشراكة الوطنية 
 21 أيلول (سبتمبر) 2014 مقدمة
: بناء على مخرجات مؤتمر الحوار الوطني الشامل، التي توافقت عليها جميع المكونات اليمنية والتي أرست أسس بناء دولة يمنية اتحادية ديموقراطية جديدة مبنية على مبادىء سيادة القانون والمواطنة المتساوية واحترام حقوق الإنسان والحكم الرشيد، والتزاماً بوحدة اليمن وسيادته واستقلاله وسلامة أراضيه، واستجابة لمطالب الشعب في التغيير السلمي وإجراء إصلاحات اقتصادية ومالية وإدارية وتحقيق الرفاه الاقتصادي، وخدمة للمصلحة ...

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Call for Applicants: Historian of the Modern Middle East (Brown University)

As part of a major new hiring initiative across multiple fields, the Watson Institute for International Studies and the Department of History at Brown University invite applicants for an open rank position for a historian of the modern Middle East during the long 20th century (from the late-19th century onwards). The appointment will begin on July 1, 2015, or as soon as possible thereafter. Ph.D. or equivalent is required by time of appointment. Review of applications will begin October 20, 2014, but ...

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DC Palestinian Film and Arts Festival (DC-PFAF): Program and Tickets

The DC Palestinian Film and Arts Festival (DC-PFAF) is a not for profit, volunteer run annual project. It is in its fourth year and aims to showcase the work of Palestinian filmmakers and artists for audiences in Washington, DC and its surrounding areas. It is a unique festival in that the stories told through this project are not necessarily about the Palestinian/Israel conflict, nor are they necessarily stories about Palestinians, but they are stories that reflect the dynamic formation of a ...

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Dozens to Bike from Philadelphia to Washington, DC to Raise Funds for Medical Relief for Gaza’s Children

[The following press release was issued 17 September 2014 by Cycling4Gaza.] Dozens to Bike from Philadelphia to Washington, DC to Raise Funds for Medical Relief for Gaza’s Children  Between September 18 and 21, more than 40 cyclists are expected to pedal more than 217 miles (350 km) from Philadelphia to Washington, DC, to raise money for the Palestinian Children’s Relief Fund (PCRF) so that it can continue to treat and care for the children of Gaza. Riders will include 16-year-old Ahmed Abu ...

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Media, Activism and the New Political: 'Istanbul Conversations' on New Media and Left Politics

[The following introduction and transcript of an October 2013 roundtable discussion on media, activism, and left politics was published in the journal Media Culture and Society. The roundtable features a number of scholars/activists, including Jadaliyya co-editors Bassam Haddad and Sherene Seikaly.] Introduction Aswin Punathambekar University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, USA Srirupa Roy University of Göttingen, Germany Tarik Sabry University of Westminster, UK Sune Haugbolle Roskilde University, ...

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The Question of Judeo/Arabic(s): Itineraries of Belonging [Lecture at GMU]

CSC cultural Studies Colloquium, a forum for interdisciplinary research, presents: The Question of Judeo/Arabic(s): Itineraries of Belonging Ella Shohat Co-presented with the Middle East Studies Program and the Arab Studies Institute Thursday, September 18, 2014 4:30-6:30pm Johnson Center, Meeting Room E GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY Ella Shohat is the author or editor of numerous books, including Race in Translation: Culture Wars around the Postcolonial Atlantic (NYU ...

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Announcing the New Issue of Middle East Report -- Fuel and Water: The Coming Crises

FUEL AND WATER: THE COMING CRISES Demand for fuel and water in the Middle East is rapidly increasing. Populations are growing, as are expectations of middle-class levels of consumption. Supplies of fuel and water are finite, however, and renewable water reserves are dwindling fast. The summer issue of Middle East Report warns of the resource crises to come in the era of climate change. In the main, these are crises of inequality, not scarcity. The Middle East is usually ...

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The University of Illinois Board of Trustees Votes against Reinstating Professor Salaita

BREAKING: The University of Illinois Board of Trustees met today to vote on whether or not to reinstate Professor Steven Salaita to his position with the American Indian Studies department at UIUC. Despite a sizeable turnout of students, faculty and community members in support of Salaita’s reinstatement, the Board of Trustees voted NOT to reinstate Professor Salaita. Only one Trustee, James Montgomery, broke rank. Montgomery commented before the vote that he felt he had made a mistake by initially ...

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Islamic State: Back in Business

[The following article was originally published by Peter Harling in Le Monde Diplomatique, and subsequently republished by the International Crisis Group (ICG).] Emerging in an increasingly chaotic Middle East, IS is profiting from the region’s growing sectarianism, political vacuum and the ambivalence of the West. The so-called Islamic State (IS) — the jihadist movement also known as ISIL or ISIS and by the derogatory acronym Da’ish in Arabic — now controls much of northeast Syria and northwest ...

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Salaita Speaks Out: A Report-Back from the Press Conference

At a press conference this afternoon, Professor Steven Salaita spoke publicly for the first time since the termination of his employment. Nearly one year ago, Professor Steven Salaita accepted an offer from the interim Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences to join the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign as a professor with lifetime tenure. However, a number of wealthy donors pressured the UIUC Board of Trustees and chancellor to rescind Professor Salaita’s offer of employment, citing the ...

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