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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.

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London Palestine Film Festival (28 November - 11 December, 2014)

From November 28th to December 11th 2014, the London Palestine Film Festival (LPFF) returns with the finest new docs, dramas, and shorts on and from the region. Festival programme: palestinefilm.org  The two week programme, at the Barbican Cinema and University of London venues, showcases over 40 international titles accompanied by director Q&As, panel discussions, and research presentations. Along with hard-hitting docs and political thrillers, audiences can expect comedies, family-friendly adventures, and stoner capers to rub shoulders with the archival and the avant-garde. The Festival opens with the UK Premiere of Najwa Najjar’s Eyes of a Thief – ...

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بغايا بغداد التعيسات

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الى بدر شاكر السياب الذي قال "بغداد مبغى كبير" في ليلة حالكة من عام 1938، كانت العاصمة العراقيّة معرّضة للطوفان بسبب ارتفاع منسوب المياه في نهر دجلة. في حالات كهذه، تستعين الشرطة بالمارّة من أجل حثّهم على إنقاذ مدينتهم. إلا أن شوارع المدينة كانت خالية بسبب البرد القارس وتأخر الوقت، فسارع عدنان محيي الدين، معاون الشرطة، إلى التفكير بمنطقة قريبة من النهر ومن "السدة"، مكمن الفيضان، لا تنام بسبب طبيعتها. إنها منطقة "الكلجيّة"، الحاضنة الرئيسة لبيوت الدعارة في جانب الرصافة من بغداد آنذاك. ذهبت سيارات الشرطة إلى "الكلجيّة" ودعت الجميع هناك إلى العمل على إنقاذ العاصمة من خطر الفيضان. لبّى الطلب كل من كان سهراناً في تلك الليلة. ...

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إضاءات على الحياة والمجتمع العربي في القدس خلال الحرب العالمية الثانية

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يوميات طاهر عبد الحميد الفتياني وإضاءات على الحياة والمجتمع العربي في القدس خلال الحرب العالمية الثانية الحلقة الأولى مقدمة: تمتاز اليوميات الشخصية (1)، وإلى حدّ ما كتب الذكريات، عن الوثائق الرسمية والمنشورات السياسية، سواءً الصادرة منها عن جهات حكومية أو عن جهات وحركات وأحزاب سياسية، في قدرتها على أن تنفذ إلى أعماق الحياة المجتمعية لتصورها بمختلف تجلياتها ومكوناتها التفصيلية، بعيداً عن اللغة الرسمية وضوابطها وقيودها، بحيث يقترب قارئ اليوميات من الإحساس بها، وكأنه يعيش زمانها ويلامس أشياءها ويشترك في الحياة مع أشخاصها، فاليوميات الشخصية تتضمن نصوصاً كان كاتبها قد انطلق بحرية في التعبير عن نفس

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Gezi Resistance, Police Violence, and Turkey’s Accession to the European Union

[Riot police attack protesters in Gezi Park, 31 May 2013. Photo by Eren Aytuğ/Nar Photos.]

Many stakeholders inside and outside Turkey are waiting for the 2013 European Union (EU) progress report on the country, which is scheduled to be released on 16 October. According to the news leaks that have started to appear in various media outlets, the report is expected to contain fierce criticisms regarding the government’s handling of the Gezi Park protests, limits on the freedom of expression and freedom of press, and the deceleration of the reform process in the country. For a long time now, the EU Commission’s annual progress reports have been picked up by various progressive circles in Turkey to push for government accountability and to demand substantial ...

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New Texts Out Now: Ayca Cubukcu, The Responsibility to Protect: Libya and the Problem of Transnational Solidarity

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Ayça Çubukçu, “The Responsibility to Protect: Libya and the Problem of Transnational Solidarity,” Humanitarianism and Responsibility, special issue of Journal of Human Rights 12 (2013). Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this article? Ayça Çubukçu (AÇ): This article originated in a piece I wrote for Jadaliyya during the vitalizing days of the Arab Spring, in the heat of debate about the virtues of an international military intervention in Libya. As Jadaliyya readers would recall, following the February 2011 uprising against Colonel Qaddafi in eastern Libya, there were calls for the international community to intervene, if necessary with violence, into Libyan affairs. A ...

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Open Letter to UK Prime Minister David Cameron Regarding UAE President's Visit

[Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Image via Wikimedia Commons]

[The following letter was issued by a group of human rights organizations, including the Alkarama Foundation, on 25 April 2013. UAE President, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, is scheduled to visit the United Kingdom today.]  Dear Prime Minister, We are writing to urge you to express the UK government's grave concern in relation to human rights abuses in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) when you meet the country's president, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, in the course of his forthcoming state visit to the United Kingdom. The UAE's discriminatory and disproportionate response to peaceful criticism, its severe violations of due process and fair trial rights, ...

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Seule la vérité

[David Cameron avec Premier ministre Abdelmalek Sellal à Alger. Image par Number 10/Flickr.]

À l’occasion de sa visite à Alger, David Cameron a souligné la détermination du Royaume-Uni à aider l’Algérie dans sa lutte antiterroriste. « Lorsque le terrorisme se développe dans différentes parties du monde, il atteint nos peuples et nos intérêts non seulement dans ces parties du monde, mais également chez nous, dans notre pays », a-t-il déclaré. Plus de quinze jours après son « coup de gueule » concernant la gestion de l’attaque du site gazier d’Ain Amenas par les militaires algériens, Mr. Cameron rend visite à l’Algérie officielle pour décider de la stratégie sécuritaire à suivre dorénavant. Le Premier ministre britannique est clair : ...

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UK Spyware in Bahrain: Company's Denials Called Into Question

[Malware Hazard. Image from PBCrichton/Open Clip Art Library]

[The following press release was issued by Bahrain Watch on 6 February 2013.] FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: bill@bahrainwatch.org
 Twitter: @bhwatch February 6, 2013 UK SPYWARE IN BAHRAIN: COMPANY’S DENIALS CALLED INTO QUESTION
: New Evidence Suggests Gamma Sold FinSpy to Bahrain [Manama] In July 2012, Bahrain Watch reported that the Government of Bahrain was targeting activists with the FinSpy/FinFisher “lawful interception” computer spyware, programmed by UK company Gamma International. An analysis revealed that the spyware steals passwords and can record screen shots, Skype calls, and audio from a computer’s microphone. The spyware sends the data ...

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Rhetoric or Critical Action? The Role of Human Rights in EU-UAE Relations

[Emirati security forces crackdown on activists in Dubai, 2012. Image from Gulf Center for Human Rights.]

An EU resolution passed in October 2012, which condemned human rights abuses in the United Arab Emirates, caused outrage among defenders of the Emirati regime and gave hope that human rights may play a greater role in EU foreign policy. Several months on, has this resolution proved to be anything more than empty rhetoric? The resolution criticized repression of political activists in the United Arab Emirates, where seventy-seven individuals have been detained without charge in the past year. It also called for authorities to conduct impartial inquiries into alleged physical attacks on prominent Emirati activist Ahmed Mansoor. Politicians and Emirati commentators ...

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O.I.L. Media Roundup (17 December)

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[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Occupation, Intervention, and Law and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the O.I.L. Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each biweekly roundup to OIL@jadaliyya.com by Monday night of every other week] News "European Court Backs CIA Rendition Victim," Al Jazeera English The European Court of Human Rights has ordered Macedonia to pay German citizen Khaled el-Masri $78,000 for arresting and handing him over to the US, finding that he was an innocent victim of the CIA's extraordinary rendition. "UK Pays ...

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Press Release: UK Company Helps Bahrain Government Spy on Activists

[Image by PBCrichton via Open Clip Art Library]

[The following press release was issued by Bahrain Watch on 25 July 2012.]  UK COMPANY HELPS BAHRAIN GOVT SPY ON ACTIVISTS Malicious E-Mail Attachments Sent to Activists Steal Passwords, Record Skype Calls Bahrain’s government is spying on Bahraini activists with a malicious computer program apparently supplied by a UK firm. Bahrain Watch founding member Bill Marczak, and Citizen Lab security researcher Morgan Marquis-Boire analyzed a string of suspicious e-mails sent to activists over the past two months.  The e-mails promised exclusive images or documents about the political situation in Bahrain.  Upon closer examination, the e-mails ...

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Academics Call on EU Commission to Exclude Israeli Companies from EU-Funded Research

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[The following letter was issued by the British Committee for the Universities of Palestine to the EU Commisioner for Research, Innovation and Science on 10 July 2012. The letter was signed by 250 academics from over fourteen different countries, mainly in Europe but also inlcuding the United States and elsewhere. It urges the European Commission to take action to prevent Israeli arms companies and other companies involved in abuse of Palestinian human rights from participating in EU-funded research consortia.] Maire Geoghegan-Quin EU Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science Brussells  10, July 2012  Dear Maire Geoghegan-Quin, European Union ...

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New Texts Out Now: Paul Kelemen, The British Left and Zionism: History of a Divorce

Paul Kelemen, The British Left and Zionism: History of a Divorce. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2012. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Paul Kelemen (PK): I am of the generation, coming to adulthood in the late 1960s, which was deeply influenced by the Vietnamese struggle and by national liberation movements in Africa. Yet most of us knew next to nothing of what the clashes between Israel and Palestinian guerrilla fighters along its borders represented. The 1967 war and ...

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(2) إضاءات على الحياة والمجتمع العربي في القدس خلال الحرب العالمية الثانية

يوميات طاهر عبد الحميد الفتياني وإضاءات على الحياة والمجتمع العربي في القدس خلال الحرب العالمية الثانية  الحلقة الثانية [اضغط/ي هنا للحلقة الأولى]  تناولت الحلقة الأولى من هذه الدراسة والتي نشرت في العدد الثاني عشر من حوليات القدس (شتاء 2011) أوضاع مدينة القدس خلال الحرب العالمية الثانية استناداً ليوميات المقدسي طاهر عبد الحميد الفتياني، وقد عرَّفت باليوميات وصاحبها، وعرضت للأحوال العامّة التي سادت المدينة خلال الحرب، ولانقسام الشارع الفلسطيني تجاه تأييد إحدى القوتين المتحاربتين، كما تناولت ...

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Saloua Raouda Choucair: Reinventing Abstraction

Saloua Raouda Choucair. Edited by Jessica Morgan. London: Tate Publishing, 2013. One of the many myths of the Western canon is that European modern artists invented abstraction. Despite the known existence of pre-modern non-objective art among a number of non-Western cultures, twentieth-century European forays into pure abstraction are isolated as having developed radically new pictorial stances that changed worldviews across continents. That is not to say that what these artistic innovators formulated ...

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New Texts Out Now: Selma Dabbagh, Out of It: A Novel

Selma Dabbagh, Out of It: A Novel. London and New York: Bloomsbury, 2012. Selected as a Guardian Book of the Year, 2011-2012. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Selma Dabbagh (SD): All writers are driven by a sense of compulsion. This compulsion has component elements of arrogance and vanity, as well as an artistic desire to put the messy rush of everyday life into a dignified, meaningful form. Out of It was my first novel, although I had published short stories previously, and the seeds ...

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Nabil Goes In: Woolwich Attack Response (Video)

[The following video was issued by Nabil Abdul Rashid via UpshotTV on 23 May 2013. The video is a response to the recent murder of a British soldier in London.]    

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London Event -- Algeria, Mali: Another Chapter in the “Global War On Terror”? (9 March)

Algeria, Mali: Another Chapter in the “Global War On Terror”? 9 March 2013, 4:30 p.m.  Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS, London As the dreadful hostage crisis at the BP-operated In Amenas gas plant in Algeria came to an end on January 19th, the British Prime Minister, David Cameron claimed, like George Bush Jr and Tony Blair before him, that the country faced an "existential" and "global threat" to "our interests and way of life". Ten years after the ...

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Call for Papers -- Difficult Transition: Iraq's Road to Democracy (2 March, London)

Difficult Transition: Iraq`s Road to Democracy 2 March 2013 SOAS, University of London           This one-day conference will bring together academics, policy-makers, politicians, journalists and civic organisations from both inside and outside of Iraq to examine the country's experiences with democratic governance since the fall of the Baath regime in April 2003. The relationship between democracy and the country's political, social and cultural trends will be explored ...

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UN Counter-Terrorism Expert Launches Inquiry into the Civilian Impact of Drones and Other Forms of Targeted Killing

LONDON (24 January 2012) - UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and counter-terrorism Ben Emmerson QC will be formally launching an Inquiry into the civilian impact of the use of drones and other forms of targeted killing, focusing on the applicable legal framework, a critical examination of the factual evidence concerning civilian casualties, with a view to making recommendations to the UN General Assembly concerning the duty of States to conduct effective independent and ...

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"Light From the Middle East: New Photography" at the Victoria and Albert Museum: A Review

Light from the Middle East: New Photography Exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK 13 November 2012 – 7 April 2013 The photographer Abbas’s images of the Iranian revolution have been described as “the memory of the event.”[1] I certainly remember them. Or I remember the event. I remember anyway my parents deciding that we had seen enough of these images on the streets, so they folded up their newspapers and unplugged our television at home. Abbas's images are the first ones you see ...

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Mission to UAE Supports European Resolution Against Crackdown on Activists

[The following report was issued by the Gulf Center for Human Rights on 10 December 2012.] Mission to UAE Supports European Resolution Against Crackdown on Activists / Free expression rights of sixty-four detainees violated A crackdown in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has violated the free expression rights of sixty-four detainees, including human rights lawyers, in the Gulf Kingdom, according to a report based on a mission undertaken by the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) in November 2012. The ...

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Al-Haq: Legal Memorandum on State Responsibility in Relation to Israel’s Illegal Settlement Enterprise

[The following press release was issued by Al-Haq on 16 July 2012.] Al-Haq is pleased to announce the publication of “State Responsibility in Connection with Israel’s Illegal Settlement Enterprise in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.” The new legal memorandum analyses the concept of State responsibility under customary international law and examines the recommendations of the 2004 International Court of Justice (ICJ) Advisory Opinion on the Legal Consequences of the Construction of a Wall in the ...

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Something of Palestine Emerges

2012 London Palestine Film Festival. 20 April – 3 May 2012. For more information and a complete schedule of films, click here. Each year, for the two weeks of the London Palestine Film Festival, there are a bunch of people whose social life for that fortnight becomes the festival. Others dip in and out, while still others see a Palestinian film or a film about Palestine perhaps for the first time. Each year the program is rich and eclectic, ranging from animations to documentaries to features, from ...

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