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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 three African-American men can expect to spend some time in jail during his lifetime, Discipline, Punish, and Revolt: Foucault and Prison Abolitionism will ...

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الكاتدرائية

[لوحة للفنان السوري عامر ديوب]

[قصة للكاتب الأميركي ريموند كارفر. ترجمة  عبد الكريم بدرخان لـ "جدلية"] الرجل الأعمى، وهو صديق قديم لزوجتي، كان قادماً لقضاء الليلة عندنا. تُوفيتْ زوجتُه منذ فترة، ولذا كان في زيارةٍ عند أقرباء زوجته في "كونيتيكيت". اتصلَ بزوجتي من بيت حميه، واتفقا معاً، بأنْ يسافر بالقطار في رحلةٍ تستغرق خمس ساعات، بينما تنتظره زوجتي في المحطة. لم ترهُ زوجتي منذ أنْ كانت تعمل عنده في "سياتل" قبل عشرة أعوام، لكنها بقيتْ على تواصلٍ معه، إذ كانا يسجّلانِ أشرطةً صوتيةً ويتبادلانها عبر البريد. لم أكنْ متحمّساً لزيارته، فهو رجلٌ لا أعرفه أبداً، ولكونه أعمى فقد أزعجني أكثر. كلُّ ما أعرفه عن العميان اكتسبتُه من خلال مشاهدة الأفلام، وفي الأفلام يتحرّك ...

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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 included former U.S.-held political prisoners and social prisoners, former Black Panther Party members, prison abolitionists, trade unionists and university professors. ...

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Art as Interruption: On 'Homeland,' Revolutionary Utterances, Surveillance - A STATUS/الوضع Conversation with Heba Y. Amin

In this interview with STATUS/الوضع host Adel Iskander, artist Heba Y. Amin discusses and reflects on her most jarring works, which include hacking the set of televions series Homeland with subversive graffiti, a videographic documentation of long-lost online audio messages from the Egyptian revolution (Speak2Tweet), and how birds relate to surveillance, the Bible, and the British takeover of Jerusalem.  Heba Y. Amin is an Egyptian visual artist, researcher and currently, visiting assistant professor at the American University in Cairo. She received her MFA at the University of Minnesota and is a DAAD grant recipient, a Rhizome Commissions grant winner and a ...

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توقيعه على الأشياء كلها في نسختها العربية

[المصدر موقع تدوين]

صدرت الترجمة العربية لرواية الكاتبة الأميركية إليزابيث جلبرت "توقيعه على الأشياء كلها" في طبعتين عن كلٍّ من "منشورات الجمل" و"دار طوى" للنشر والتوزيع، والرواية تقع في 450 صفحة من القطع المتوسط، وقد ترجمها إلى العربية أسامة إسبر. بدأت إليزابيث جلبرت رحلتها الأدبية بكتابين مشهورين: المجموعة القصصية التي تحمل عنوان “الحجاج”، والتي وصلت إلى القائمة النهائية لجائزة بين\همنغواي، ورواية “رجال قساة”، التي نوّهت بها النيويورك تايمز. نشرت بعد هذين الكتابين ثلاثة كتب غير روائية: “الرجل الأميركي الأخير”، والذي وصل إلى القائمة النهائية لجائزة الكتاب الوطنية، وجائزة النقاد الوطنية، وكتابي مذكرات هما: “طعام، صلاة، حب” و “ملتزم”، وكلاهما حقق أفضل ...

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من يملك دولة أرامكو؟

في مقابلة مع مجلة الإيكونومست البريطانية في 4 يناير 2016، أعلن الأمير محمد بن سلمان، ولي ولي العهد السعودي و"رئيس المجلس الأعلى لأرامكو السعودية" أن حكومة بلاده تدرس فكرة خصخصة الشركة المملوكة للدولة بطرح أسهمها للاكتتاب العام. (1) بعد ذلك بأيام ، أصدرت "أرامكو-السعودية" بيانا بأنها تجري دراسة طرح "نسبة ملائمة" من أسهمها في "أسواق المال العالمية" (2) ،تبعه "توضيح" من رئيسها التنفيذي بعزم الحكومة السعودية، مبدئياً عى الأقل،الاحتفاظ ب"حصة مسيطرة" من الأسهم. (3) لكن هناك حقائق تثير تساؤلات مشروعة تلقي ظلالاً من الشك على مدى صحة زعم الحكومة السعودية أن شركة أرامكو، ابتداء من 1980 تحوّلت من شركة أمريكية إلى مؤسسة ...

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UC Resoultion Links Anti-Zionism to Anti-Semitism: An Interview with Omar Zahzah

[photo: Wikimedia Commons]

On Wednesday, 22 March 2016, the University of California Board of Regents’ Educational Policy Committee voted unanimously to approve a working group’s recommendation for a set of “Principles Against Intolerance.” The twelve-page “Principles Against Intolerance” report and its controversial introduction were developed over several months by a working group of regents and University of California (UC) employees responding to claims of increased anti-semitism on UC campuses. In particular, the report links anti-Semitism to opposition of Zionism. The report included a statement that read: “Anti-Semitism, anti-Zionism and other forms of discrimination have no place at the ...

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Today I Testified Before the CUNY Task Force on Anti-Semitism

[Sarah Schulman.]

Today I testified before the CUNY Task Force on Anti-Semitism. I was accompanied by my attorney, Jed Eisenstein, president of the board of Jewish Voice for Peace. I also had legal support from Palestine Legal and The Center for Constitutional Rights. One member of the Task Force, Paul Shechtman, was not present. He is an attorney who—in addition to being on this Task Force—represents the New York Police Department officer who killed Akai Gurley, and his firm has also represented Dominique Strauss-Kahn. In his absence, I was interviewed by Judge Barbara Jones. Upon arrival at their Park Avenue Office, I was presented with a fourteen-page list of accusations filed by ...

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Oil: The Stuff of Mass Delusion

[President Obama meets Saudi King Salman. Image from creativecommons/jozigist.co.za]

Military primacy, and the routine use of deadly military force, remains the cornerstone of US foreign policy in the Middle East. The 2015 nuclear non-proliferation accord with Iran represents a rare yet fleeting bright moment for diplomacy in a region where wars—in Libya, Iraq, Syria, and Yemen—and the mass displacement of peoples continue unchecked. The United States has done much to precipitate the violence through its unjustifiable and destructive 2003 invasion of Iraq. Today the Obama administration abets the devastation from the air and by arming, directly or indirectly, its weak and embattled client governments. These include Iraq, the Saudi-backed forces seeking ...

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The Political Life of Illiberal Death

[Living quarters of Thai workers in Taiwan hired to build Kaohsiung's mass rapid transit system. Image from zonaeuropa.com]

During the summer of 2015, India suffered an extreme heat wave. Over 2500 people—primarily from the southern states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana—lost their lives, either directly from heatstroke or from lack of access to water or healthcare. Many of these people were from the poorest strata of Indian society, already malnourished or reliant on day labor in order to survive. The Indian state’s response was weak at best, and in many cases, it was individual citizens and charity organizations that assisted in easing the suffering of those most impacted. This is not a surprising scenario, given the Indian state’s increasingly neoliberal orientation. Indeed, the state has ...

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ثماني قصائد... لتشارلز بوكوفسكي

تشارلز بوكوفسكي، روائي وشاعر أمريكي، ولد في آندرناخ بألمانيا في السادس عشر من أغسطس عام 1920. هاجر مع عائلته إلى أمريكا واستقروا في مدينة لوس أنجلس وهو في الثالثة من عمره. تأثرت كتاباته بالتغيرات الاجتماعية والثقافية والاقتصادية المحيطة به في مدينة لوس أنجلس التي ترعرع وعاش فيها، وكانت أغلب المواضيع التي كتب فيها بوكوفسكي هي فعل الكتابة، الكحول، النساء، الحياة العبثية، والرجل الذي يريد أن ينال منك دوماً. كتب بوكوفسكي آلاف القصائد ومئات القصص القصيرة وست روايات، من أشهرها روايتيه مكتب البريد (1971) وشطيرة لحم الخنزير(1982)، مات تشارلز بوكوفسكي باللوكيميا وهو في الثالثة والسبعين في سان بيدرو في لوس أنجلس في التاسع من مارس عام 1994. *** المدينة قصيدة* المدينة قصيدة، ...

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Letter to Turkish PM Davutoglu Expressing Serious Concern Over Investigation and Prosecution of Scholars Who Are Signatories of the Peace Petition

[The following letter was issued by the Committee on Academic Freedom of the Middle East Studies Association on 22 February 2016 in response to the disciplinary and criminal investigations of scholars in Turkey who are signatories of the "Peace Petition." For the Appendix accompanying this letter which lists these investigations as well as retaliatory job terminations and threats to signatory academics in detail, please see the original version.] February 22, 2016 Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu Office of the Prime Minister Başbakanlık 06573 Ankara, Turkey Via facsimile +90 312 417 0476 Dear Prime Minister Davutoğlu: We write on behalf of the Middle East ...

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

[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: ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (April 19)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Turkey and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Turkey Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to turkey@jadaliyya.com by Sunday night of every week.] English Refugees' Deportation So The Greece Deportations Are Going ‘Smoothly’? Take A Closer Look Apostolis Fotiadis expresses concerns about coercion and force being used during ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (April 5)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Turkey and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Turkey Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to turkey@jadaliyya.com by Sunday night of every week.] English Erdogan's US Visit Erdoğan's Uncomfortable US Visit Semih İdiz writes of the US' displeasure over anti-democratic developments in Turkey, mainly the oppression of freedom ...

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The Panoptic Gaze and the Ivory Tower: A STATUS/الوضع Episode of Reclaiming Academic Freedom

This episode of Reclaiming Academic Freedom examines the state's use of university campuses as sites of surveillance and recruitment, and its effects on students and faculty. STATUS/الوضع host Tareq Radi interviews Muna Sharif, Arshad Ali, Jared Austin, and Danya Zituni about their experiences.  The program episode below includes four parts that you can click on separately. Please find the transcript below the player.  Muna Sharif is a Palestinian-American organizer based in Anaheim, ...

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أغاني اللاجئين الحزينة

ويستَن هيو أودن (1907 - 1973) شاعر أنجلو أميركي، من أهم شعراء القرن العشرين. تأثر في بداياته بشعر تي. إس إليوت وعزرا باوند وفلسفة ماركس وفرويد. عاش متنقلاً بين أكسفورد ونيويورك وفيينا، وقضى فترة من حياته في أسبانيا إبان الحرب الأهلية. نال جائزة بوليتزر عن كتابه "عصر القلق". وتميز شعره بتنوع ثيماته وغرابة أسلوبه إلى حدّ جعل الناقد روبرت بلوم يقول عنه إنه مثل رسائل التلغراف " ليس عنده وقت أو صبر إلاّ لأكثر الكلمات أهميّة".  أغاني اللاجئين الحزينة لِنَقُلْ إنّ المدينة فيها عشرة ...

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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: tmalinowski@state.gov 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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Open Letters from CUNY Faculty and Students to President Chase Robinson Regarding the Replacement of Dr. Anny Bakalian, Associate Director of the Middle East and Middle Eastern American Center (MEMEAC)

[The following letters have been sent by faculty, PhD students, MA students, and alumni affiliated with the Middle Eastern Studies Program and the Middle East and Middle Eastern American Center at The Graduate Center of The City University of New York, to Chase Robinson, President of the Graduate Center. The letters address proposed cuts that would replace the position of Associate Director, currently held by Dr. Anny Bakalian, with a part-time college assistant. Fifty-two faculty, fifty-nine PhD ...

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القطار

كانت المرأة تُدعى الآنسة دينت، وفي أوائل ذلك المساء شهرت مسدساً على رجل. أجبرته على الركوع في الطين والتوسل من أجل حياته. وبينما طفحت عينا الرجل بالدموع وأمسك بأصابعه الأعشاب، سددت المسدس إليه وقالت له أموراً عن نفسه. حاولت أن تجعله يفهم أنه ليس بوسعه مواصلة الدوس على مشاعر البشر. "لا تتحرك!"، قالت، رغم أن الرجل كان يحفر بأصابعه في الطين ويحرك ساقيه قليلاً بسبب الخوف فحسب. حين انتهت من التحدث، وبعد أن قالت كل ما استطاعت التفكير بقوله له، وضعت قدمها على قفا رأسه ودفعت وجهه في الطين. ثم وضعت ...

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The Science of Form: An Interview with Samia Halaby

At the 2016 edition of Art Dubai Modern, Samia Halaby will be featured in The Mechanics of Nature, an exhibition organized by Ayyam Gallery that explores historical developments in abstract art through the works of two pioneering Arab painters. Halaby is represented in the exhibition with examples that date from the 1960s to the 1980s, a formative stage of her development, when she arrived at the formal and conceptual bases of her celebrated aesthetic. This period of her oeuvre materialized while she ...

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In Turkey, the Regime Slides from Soft to Hard Totalitarianism

“Humanitarian aid to [civilians] must be allowed immediately. ‘Surrender or starve’ tactics are directly contrary to the law of war.” Any western leader might easily use these words to scold the Turkish state, and its starvation of Kurdish towns to the south-east of the country. But it would be highly unlikely. In fact, John Kerry’s tweet was aimed at the Syrian regime, not the Turkish one. Why do American leaders describe Assad’s strategy of ‘surrender or starve’ as a war crime, while they ignore ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (February 23)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Turkey and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Turkey Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to turkey@jadaliyya.com by Sunday night of every week.] English Ankara Bombing Too Bad For Turkey Cafer Solgun argues that, regardless of which group is ultimately found responsible for the Ankara bombing, the attack “has exposed the ...

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