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Champions for Justice: Bahrain’s Pro-Democracy Movement

[Bahraini protestors in 2011. Image from Flickr/Al Jazaeera English.]

[The following article, first published on February 9 2016, on Bahrain Center for Human Rights, traces the evolution of Bahrain's February 14 pro-democracy movement since 2011.]  Five years ago this week, hundreds of thousands of people rose up in support of democracy and human rights in Bahrain. After enduring decades of structural inequalities, corruption, and repression, nearly half the country’s population gathered to demand reform. The government responded ...

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Failure to Reform: Five Years of Dissent in Bahrain

[Bahraini Protestors in Pearl Roundabout, 2011. Image from]

[The following is a summary of an event held on 11 February 2016, in the UK House of Commons, organized by the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy (BIRD) in cooperation with Reprieve, Index on Censorship, and the LSE Middle East Society, to discuss the UK Foreign Office’s technical assistance to Bahrain.]  The discussion was led by the Liberal Democrats Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Tom Brake MP, Academic and Co-Founder of Bahrain Watch Dr. Ala’a Shehabi, CEO of ...

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Report: The Welfare of Syrian Refugees: Evidence from Jordan and Lebanon

The World Bank and the UNHCR released a new report entitled The Welfare of Syrian Refugees Evidence from Jordan and Lebanon, co-authored by Paolo Verme, Chiara Gigliarano, Christina Wieser, Kerren Hedlund, Marc Petzoldt, and Marco Santacroce, available for download through the Open Knowledge Repository.  This report is the result of a mainly quantitative joint study by the World Bank and the UNHCR, using survey and registry data about Syrian refugees in Lebanon ...

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Call for Applicants--Doctoral Dissertation Summer Workshop: Researching Lebanon

The Arab Studies Institute (ASI) and AUB’s Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies (CAMES) are pleased to announce the first Lebanon-focused Doctoral Dissertation Summer Workshop, to be held 13-24 June 2016. The program aims to provide a framework for facilitating and advancing rigorous inter-disciplinary doctoral dissertation research on Lebanon. Scholarly literature on Lebanon is seldom fully integrated into the graduate coursework of PhD students focusing on the ...

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Speaking Truth to Power: A Panel on Academic Freedoms and the War Against Kurds in Turkey (17 February, CUNY Graduate Center, New York)

February 17, 2016 6:00-8:00 PM The Graduate Center, CUNY 365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY Room C198 (Concourse Level) Reception to follow. Please bring ID to enter the building. More information can be found here. A panel discussion with David Harvey, Nazan Üstündağ, Aslı Iğsız and Kamal Soleimani, moderated by Anthony Alessandrini. Following the June 2015 general elections, Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) renewed the state’s forty-year-long war ...

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Houston Event--Beyond Exceptionalism: Institution Building and Political Organization in Early Independence Lebanon (February 10 @ 6:30pm)

The Arab American Educational Foundation (AAEF) Lecture Series presents: Beyond Exceptionalism: Institution Building and Political Organization in Early Independence Lebanon A Lecture by Ziad Abu-Rish Much of the academic literature and popular commentary on Lebanon identifies its history of state building and economic development as exceptional. This is particularly so in reference to its post-World War II political economy when compared to those of other successor ...

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Letter by American Sociological Association Expressing Concern for Signatories of Academics for Peace Statement in Turkey

  [The following letter was issued by the American Sociological Association on 29 January 2016 regarding ongoing threats to academic freedom in Turkey.] Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu Office of the Prime Minister Başbakanlık 06573 Ankara, Turkey Via Email: We write on behalf of more than 12,000 members of the American Sociological Association to express our grave concern about the actions that the Turkish government has taken ...

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Call for Papers--Violence and the Politics of Aesthetics: A Postcolonial Maghreb Without Borders (Abstract Deadline: 15 March 2016)

[Image of the map of North Africa. Image from Wikimedia Commons]

This special issue explores questions concerning the politics and poetics of literary texts that respond to individual and collective experiences of suffering in the Maghreb and beyond. The greater Maghreb, extending from Egypt to Morocco and parts of sub-Saharan Africa, has been the site of dramatic socio-political upheavals, including colonization, revolution, dictatorial rule, civil strife, and the recent Arab uprisings. Periods of violence—such as the Years of Lead in ...

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Emergencies of Peace: The Exceptional State of (Academic) Affairs in Contemporary Turkey

On 27 January 2016, the Centre for the Study of Human Rights at the London School of Economics and Politica Science hosted a panel discussion titled “Emergencies of Peace: The Exceptional State of (Academic) Affairs in Contemporary Turkey.” This panel was organized by the Internationalism, Cosmopolitanism and the Politics of Solidarity (ICPS) research group led by Ayça Çubukçu, Assistant Professor in Human Rights at LSE, and a co-editor of Jadaliyya's Turkey ...

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Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here DC2016 Event (7 February, George Mason University)

Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here DC 2016 presents a series of films from Iraq and the Arab and Muslim worlds with follow-up conversations. The films and discussions will explore freedom of expression, restoring identity from destruction/abandonment, and conveying how literature and daily life in Iraq give hope and understanding. George Mason University Johnson Center Cinema, 4400 University Dr. Fairfax, VA Sunday, February 7, 12 pm A Candle for the Shabandar Café, directed ...

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Democracy Dialogue: Global Conversations Inspired by Egypt’s January 25 Revolution

[Photo by Mosa'ab Elshami]

Democracy Dialogue (DD) is a multimedia project inspired by the Egyptian revolution of January 25, 2011. Developed with a team from the Global Studies in Education (GSE) program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the website houses original videos and transcripts in Arabic, Urdu, Chinese, English and Korean, all licensed under the Creative Commons and available for free download. Though the project takes Egypt’s January 25 uprising as a starting ...

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Call for Papers: Graduate Student Conference on Social and Political Change in MENA (April 8, New York)

Call for Papers Avenues of Social and Political Change:  Five Years of Contention in the Middle East and North Africa  April 8, 2016 The Graduate Center, City University of New York 365 Fifth Avenue, New York City Abstract Submission Deadline: February 5, 2016 Five years after the eruption of mass protests across North Africa and the Middle East, citizens of these countries now live under contrasting conditions. While some countries, such as Tunisia, have ...

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إطلاق حملة بعنوان «مدينتي ومن حقي البقاء فيها» من أجل دعم قضية المستأجرين في لبنان

  لقد قامت مجموعات متعددة بالعمل سوياً على إطلاق حملة بعنوان «مدينتي ومن حقي البقاء فيها» من أجل دعم قضية المستأجرين وإلغاء قانون الايجارات الصادر في 1 نيسان 2014     تدعوكم الحملة الى أوسع تغطية لإعتصام وتظاهرة المستأجرين غدا الأربعاء، في ٢٧ كانون الثاني الساعة الخامسة بعد الظهر من أمام ثكنة الحلو مروراً بشارع مار الياس، وصولاً الى منزل رئيس الحكومة تبني هذه الحملة على حراك المستأجرين القدامى في لبنان الذين يشكلون وقود حراك مطلبي لسكن ...

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Call for Applicants: US Media Development Seminar on Palestine (14-25 July 2016, Jerusalem and West Bank)

U.S. Media Development Seminar on Palestine 2016 Media Development Seminar July 14- July 25, 2016 in Jerusalem and the West Bank Application Deadline (Extended): February 5, 2016 Awards Announced: March 11, 2016 The Palestinian American Research Center (PARC) announces its second Media Development Seminar on Palestine. This 12-day seminar is for U.S. faculty members with a demonstrated interest in, but little travel experience to, Palestine. PARC will select 10 ...

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Joint Letter by Global Higher Education Networks in Support of Turkey's Higher Education and Research Community

[The following press release was issued by Scholars at Risk on 21 January 2016 to publicize the joint letter endorsed by 20 higher education networks and associations regarding concerns over widespread pressures on members of Turkey's higher education and research community.] Press Release: Global Higher Education Networks Stand with Turkish Scholars New York, January 21, 2016 – This afternoon, a coalition of 20 higher education networks and associations from around the ...

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Letter by American Political Science Association Regarding Academic Freedom in Turkey

[The following letter was issued by the American Politica Science Association on 18 January 2016 regarding recent infringments on academic freedom in Turkey] Letter to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan regarding academic freedom in Turkey January 18, 2016 H.E. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan President of the Republic of Turkey T.C. Cumhurbaşkanlığı Genel Sekreterliği 06689 Çankaya, Ankara Turkey Via Email: President Erdoğan: On behalf of ...

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Letter by American Anthropological Association Regarding Repression of Academics in Turkey

[The folllowing letter was issued by the American Anthropological Assosication on 17 January 2016 in regards to the ongoing repression of academics in Turkey] January 17, 2016 Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu Office of the Prime Minister Başbakanlık 06573 Ankara, Turkey Via facsimile +90 312 417 0476; +90 312 403 62 82; + 90 312 422 26 67 We write as members of the American Anthropological Association’s Committee for Human Rights (CfHR) to express our grave concern over ...

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Urgent Call for Action by Women’s Freedom Assembly in Turkey

[Logo of Women's Freedom Assembly]

[The following statement was issued by Women's Freedom Assembly (KÖM) on 18 January 2016 as a call for international women's solidarity in regards to the ongoing war in the Kurdish region and growing repression of dissent in Turkey.] To Women’s Organizations: Urgent Call for Action Women’s Freedom Assembly (KÖM) is calling on your solidarity against the war and massacres that we have been living through for the past eight months. The AKP government and President Tayyip ...

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Statement of Concern by Professors of Turkish Studies and Ottoman History Regarding Diminishing Academic Freedoms in Turkey

[Map of Turkey]

[The following statement was issued by a group of scholars of Turkish Studies and Ottoman History on 20 January 2016 in regards to concerns over academic freedoms and freedom of expression in Turkey.] Statement For Academic Freedom In Turkey Prof. Dr. Ahmet Davutoğlu, Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey We, the undersigned professors of Turkish Studies and Ottoman History working at various universities throughout the world, from the USA to Asia, declare that we ...

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Text of Alleged Contract between Russian and Syrian Governments

[The following is an English translation made available by the Washington Post on 15 January 2016 of a Russian-language document the newspaper claims was posted on a Russian government website. According to the Washington Post, the document "details the terms of its [Russian] ariel support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad."] Agreement between the Russian Federation and the Syrian Arab Republic on deployment of an aviation group of the Russian Armed Forces on ...

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