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Cornell University Event: Jadaliyya Co-Editor Bassam Haddad and US Ambassador Dennis Ross Debate US Policy in the Middle East (3 March)

Lund Critical Debate Series presents: American Foreign Policy in the Middle East: Success or Failure Ambassador Dennis Ross (William Davidson Distinguished Fellow and Counselor, Washington Institute for Near East Policy) Professor Bassam Haddad (Director, Middle East Studies Program and Associate Professor, School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs, George Mason University) Moderated by Aziz Rana, Cornell Law School Associate Professor Date and Time: Tuesday, March 3, 2015, 4:30 PM Location: Statler Auditorium Admission is free and open to the public. For more information see https://einaudi.cornell.edu/node/15820  Organized by the ...

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New Texts Out Now: Elisabeth Anker, Orgies of Feeling: Melodrama and the Politics of Freedom

[Cover of Elisabeth R. Anker,

Elisabeth R. Anker, Orgies of Feeling: Melodrama and the Politics of Freedom. Durham: Duke University Press, 2014. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Elisabeth Anker (EA): There are two answers to this question. The first is political: the idea for the book came out of anger at both the extensively violent response by the US to the 9/11 events, and the widespread support given to these operations by a vast majority of the US populace. I wondered why a narrative of good and evil mobilized such intense national sentiment to legitimate aggressive state power, while it also depoliticized this power by claiming it was a moral obligation upon injured victims. The ...

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Asli Bali on Iranian-US Nuclear Negotiations and What Republican Invite to Netanyahu Means

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In the aftermath of Barak Obama's State of the Union Address, and his announcement that he will veto any congressional actions increasing sanctions on Iran, the Republican Party proceeded to invite Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address a joint session of Congress, making the latter on par with Winston Churchill for the most ever appearances by a foreign dignitary before a joint session of Congress. On Sunday, 25 January 2015, Jadaliyya Turkey Page Co-Editor Aslı Bâli participated in KPKA's Middle East in Focus radio show. Below is her response to hosts Estee Chandler and Nagwa Ibrahim's questions concerning Iranian, US, and Israeli goals and ...

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‘I Can’t Breathe’: Are You Aware of the Uprising?

[Protesters in New York City, 7 December 2014. Image by a katz / Shutterstock.com]

It is official. The world system is in deep crisis. Corruption really does start at the top. The United States, the leader of this system, first wavered in 2011. Yet another wave of protests shook the US from July to December 2014. At the “Occupy” protests three years ago, the system’s inequitable economic dimensions came to the fore. At the end of last year, its political-racial dimensions drew attention. Almost simultaneously, Europe witnessed the rise of anti-Muslim mass sentiment. Right-wing street demonstrations and mosque burnings have recently spread throughout the continent. Such actions are bound to garner more sympathy after the Charlie Hebdo attack. This event ...

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القواعد البريطانية الجديدة في الخليج

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تفاجأ كثيرون بالإعلان، المصحوب بضجة إعلامية كبيرة، عن توقيع اتفاقية بين البحرين وبريطانيا تتيح لهذه الأخيرة "إقامة قاعدة عسكرية في البحرين لمواجهة التهديدات التي تتعرض لها المنطقة". وأشارت شعارات الاحتجاج التي رفعها المتظاهرون في البحرين إلى إن الاتفاقية هي إيذان بـ "عودة الاستعمار إلى المنطقة"، وانها "جزء من الثمن التي تقبضه بريطانيا نظير دعمها السياسي للنظام البحريني وصمتها تجاه ما يرتكبه من انتهاكات لحقوق الإنسان". وعلى الجهة المقابلة، أوضحت التصريحات الرسمية إن إنشاء القاعدة هو إجراء تؤكد به حكومة البحرين استقلال قرارها وقدرتها على "التعاون مع الدول الأخرى بما يناسب مصالحها". واستندت تحليلات إعلامية إلى أن الاتفاقية تنص على أن ...

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Latin America’s Lesson for the United States: Prosecute the Torturers

[ People hoping for change at the Guantanamo and Bagram detention facilities. The White House, Washington, DC. January 2009. Image by Mike Benedetti.]

The Senate Select Intelligence Committee report on torture has revived debate worldwide about the United States use of torture in the aftermath of 9/11. ­ Some have applauded the report—including organizations such as Human Rights Watch and the Center for Constitutional Rights, which have pushed for a full accounting of the use of methods prohibited by US and international law, as well as accountability for those who made such methods official state policy. They also note significant shortcomings—including the Senate’s failure to release the full report, a four-year delay in the release of the summary and the redaction of key ...

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'Nefes alamiyorum': Baskaldirinin farkinda misiniz?

[Protest in New York City, 4 December 2014. Image by The All-Nite Images, via Flickr.]

'Nefes alamıyorum': Başkaldırının farkında mısınız? Artık tescillendi. Dünya sistemi derin bir krizde. Balık baştan kokarmış. Sistemin önderi Amerika Birleşik Devletleri ilk olarak 2011’de sallanmıştı. Şimdi ayaklanmalar yine hayatı kilitlemeye doğru gidiyor. Temmuz’dan Aralık’a radikal sokak eylemleri durulmadı. Üç yıl önceki “İşgal Et” eylemlerinde sistemin ekonomik, eşitsizlikçi boyutu ön plana çıkmıştı. Bugün siyasi boyutu dikkat çekiyor. Neresinden tutsanız, devam ettirilemeyecek bir neoliberal hegemonya yani. Ağustos’ta Ferguson, Temmuz’da ise New York cinayetlerinde “yeni” olan polisin siyahlara muamelesi değil, bunun yarattığı toplumsal tepki. 1960’larda ...

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Excerpts from Diaspo/Renga

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Excerpts from Diaspo/Rengi Marilyn Hacker and Deema Shehabi   M The Litani flows under the Pont Sully, past four Arabic bookshops.   (One is run by anarchists.) She stops to watch a barge pass.   The Crusaders gave her those blue-green eyes. Not that interrogative   smile at the cadence of wind tangling her kinky black hair.   D   Beneath the bougainvillea pot and the jasmine-latticed balcony, her brother looks back nervously   and sees the stray mongrel cross the street in close pursuit.   He thinks to himself: I've survived the tyranny of border guards and one or two wars, but is this   the ...

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The Making of Ferguson: Public Policies at the Root of Its Troubles

[Explosives bring down the Pruitt-Igoe public housing towers in St. Louis in 1972. Some former residents got housing assistance to settle in Ferguson and other inner-ring suburbs. Image via Wikimedia Commons]

[The following report was authored by Richard Rothstein and published by the Economic Policy Institute.] The Making of Ferguson: Public Policies at the Root of its Troubles Executive Summary In August 2014, a Ferguson, Missouri, policeman shot and killed an unarmed black teenager. Michael Brown’s death and the resulting protests and racial tension brought considerable attention to that town. Observers who had not been looking closely at our evolving demographic patterns were surprised to see ghetto conditions we had come to associate with inner cities now duplicated in a formerly white suburban community: racially segregated neighborhoods with high poverty and ...

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Faculty Support Student-Workers of UAW 2865 in Solidarity with Palestinian Students and Workers

[The following open letter was published by the below signatories on 14 November 2014.] We are faculty in support of the UAW 2865’s efforts to stand in solidarity with Palestinian workers and students. On December 4, 2014, the UAW 2865 – the union representing teaching assistants, graders, readers, and tutors across the University of California system – will hold a membership-wide vote on a historic resolution to join the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (“BDS”) movement seeking to pressure Israel to end its occupation of Palestinian lands, end its settler-colonial policies, and comply with international and human rights law. As faculty members both at the University of ...

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Steven Salaita Files Lawsuit Against the University of Illinois’ Board of Trustees

Steven Salaita has filed a lawsuit filed in Champaign County Court against the University of Illinois’ Board of Trustees. Salaita and his legal team at the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) maintain that the university administration has failed to comply with the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) by refusing to provide certain documents. A number of documents were requested, most importantly e-mails between university officials that include keywords such as “Palestine” and “Uncivil.” These documents would help shed light on the circumstances leading to the controversial decision by the UIUC’s Chancellor and the Board of Trustees to rescind Salaita’s job offer ...

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Armenian Diaspora Tourism in Turkey: An Interview with Anny Bakalian

[Travelers wearing red, blue, and orange shirts, the colors of the flag of the Republic of Armenia, pose with Mount Ararat behind them (2014). Image by Anny Bakalian.]

[This interview explores the rising phenomenon of diaspora Armenians traveling throughout Anatolia, following their ancestors’ footprints. Specifically, it focuses on the following questions: What is the meaning of Armenian diaspora tourism to Turkey? Is it a return to the homeland? What emotions do travelers share along the trip? What are typical encounters between the tourists and the locals?] Sinem Adar (SA): You have been travelling with other Armenians from the diaspora to different parts of Anatolia since 2009. Let’s begin with what made you decide to undertake these travels. Anny Bakalian (AB): Like most Armenians, I grew up with stories about the places where ...

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Open Letter: Racism, Militarism, Poverty: From Ferguson to Palestine

[The following open letter was issued by the below signatories on 4 February, 2015.] We support and congratulate UC Santa Cruz on their selection of Angela Davis for UCSC’s 31st annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Convocation The undersigned organizations write in support of UC Santa Cruz Chancellor George Blumenthal for his office’s selection and sponsorship of the Black feminist theorist and activist Angela Davis, a luminary of our movements and our region, who delivered a speech on “Racism, ...

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Coming Soon! Too Big To Fail by Khalil Bendib

A subsidiary of the Arab Studies Institute,Tadween Publishing seeks to institutionalize a new form of publishing press by contributing to breaking down barriers and preconceived notions of the publication world. Release Date: Early Spring 2015   Ebook: $11.99   Print: $15.99 Book Description  Whatever happened to the United States’ much-vaunted post-Cold War “unipolar moment,” when it was not only supposed to be the only superpower left standing, but also one in a ...

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Who Is Afraid of the International Criminal Court?

Can the International Criminal Court (ICC) deliver the justice Palestinians have struggled to realize for well over a century? The pursuit of accountability at the ICC is one venue of this struggle. But any sustainable vision of Palestinian liberation must account for the confines of the courtroom in particular international law more broadly. As should be clear to all observers of international law, the odds are stacked against Palestinians in that courtroom. The challenge ahead is to innovate not simply ...

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The Worker’s Trap: An Interview with Sara Rahbar

Dirty gold is the color that smothers every surface of Sara Rahbar’s New York City studio. Disembodied casts of the artist’s own anxiously clenched hands and feet are laid out, clinically, on long tables alongside bullet casings, rifle butts, chains, and other found objects. With the same studied intensity that won her the art world’s lofty recognition for her earlier textiles, Rahbar spent the past two years with her ebony hair pulled back out of her face, hunched over these tables, teaching herself how ...

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رسالة تضامن من فلسطين إلى الأميركيين من أصل أفريقي في الولايات المتحدة

9.12.2014 أخواتي وإخوتي، من داخل جدران السجن الإسرائيلي، وبصفتي من أسرى الحرية السياسيين الفلسطينيين، أعبّر عن تعاطفي  معكم وتضامني الكامل. كما أعبّر عن شديد إعجابي واحترامي وتقديري لصوتكم وللطريقة التي ترفعوه بها في تظاهرات غضبكم الإنساني واحتجاجكم ونضالكم لحماية حياتكم وكرامتكم الإنسانية واقتلاع العنصرية. سلامي وتحياتي لكل مساندي نضالكم سواء الأميركيين أم من كافة أنحاء العالم. إن قضيتكم تلامس قلوب جميع الناس في كل مكان. كما وأن احتجاجكم هو نيابة عن الإنسانية جمعاء.. إن صوتكم هو صوتنا.. إنه ...

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Aloha Aina: Notes From The Struggle in Hawai’i

In late November 2014, I had the honor of visiting the occupied Kingdom of Hawai’i as an invited guest. I prepared for the trip with ample readings J. Kehaulani Kaunaui both wrote and shared with me, along with book recommendations that my hostess, Cynthia Franklin, passed along. (It merits writing a separate article just about Cindy and her phenomenal skills as an organizer and her generosity as a friend. She is fire.) I thought my greatest challenge would be unraveling the competing independence ...

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Academic Freedom in the United States: A STATUS/الوضع Conversation Between Steven Salaita and Noura Erakat

Steven Salaita is the author of six books: Israel's Dead Soul; Modern Arab American Fiction: A Reader's Guide; The Uncultured Wars: Arabs, Muslims, and the Poverty of Liberal Thought; Anti-Arab Racism in the USA; The Holy Land in Transit; and Arab American Literary Fictions, Cultures, and Politics. He is a former Associate Professor of English at Virginia Tech. See more on Steven's case here and here. Please find the transcript of the interview below the player.  

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The Ordinary Man of this Neighborhood

The Ordinary Man of This Neighborhood   When all he expected was coldness and pain And all he received in return Was a normalcy of life to a power unimaginable By his afflicted mind, Then he The ordinary man of this neighborhood Living somewhere in the state of New York Has either been exiled, Or has immigrated And thinks of himself as having been exiled. The ordinary man of this neighborhood Now follows the flow; He sometimes may object to the law But in general, favors the ...

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Call for Applicants: University of Houston Professorship in Modern Arab History

The Department of History at the University of Houston invites applications for the Arab-American Educational Foundation Professorship in Modern Arab History at the senior associate or full professor level. The chair will play an instrumental role in the development of Arabic Studies at UH and will be actively involved with the local community through facilitating community events. Candidates for the position should be working in the post 1798 time period. Applicants for this position should have native ...

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Arab Jewish Identity and the Art of Hospitality: A Conversation with Michael Rakowitz

In the media clips below (produced by Creative Time Reports), the artist Michael Rakowitz speaks with independent curator Regine Basha and scholar Ella Habiba Shohat about the disappearance of Arab Jewish identity, in the context of their recent collaboration Dar Al Sulh, a temporary restaurant serving Iraqi Jewish cuisine in Dubai. The following introduction also appears courtesy of Creative Time Reports:

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إدارة أر-شيف تطلق إصداراً يساهم في دراسة محتوى مواقع التواصل الاجتماعي

 لوس انجيليس، كاليفورنيا 17/11/2014 تُطلق مؤسسة "أرشيف R-Shief" يوم 17 نوفمبر مبادرة للباحثين الأكاديميين العاملين في مجال دراسة الحركات الاجتماعية عبر العالم؛ حيث تجعل المحتوى الذي تم جمعه على مدار السنوات الماضية متاحاً إلى جانب أدوات أرشيف متاحة لمدة عام بصورة مجانية ومفتوحة بدون قيود. هذا الأرشيف يشمل محتوى من مختلف شبكات التواصل الاجتماعي في أكثر من 70 لغة. يستطيع الجمهور أن يستفيد من هذه الخدمة من أجل دراسة والتعرف على المحتوى الإلكتروني والأدوات التحليلية المختلفة في ...

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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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