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The Business of Backlash: The Attack on the Palestinian Movement and Other Movements for Justice

[The following report, the executive summary of which is excerpted here. was issued by the International Jewish anti-Zionist Network. The full report may be read here.] Introduction In the United States, criticism of Israel is increasing and support for the Palestinian movement for justice is growing. From the growing number of divestment resolutions by student bodies and academic associations across the U.S., to successful community campaigns to ...

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Imre Azem on ‘Ecumenopolis: City Without Limits’ (New York, 16 April)

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Ecumenopolis: City Without Limits: Screening and Discussion with Imre Azem Thursday, April 16 at 7pm CUNY Graduate Center, Room 5414 365 5th Ave, New York, NY 10016 Ecumenopolis: City Without Limits (2013) tells the story of Istanbul on a neo-liberal course to destruction. It follows the story of a migrant family from the demolition of their neighborhood to their ongoing struggle for housing rights. The film takes a look at the city on a macro level and through the ...

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‘African Literature...Says Who?’ with Ngugi wa Thiong'o (New York, 24 April)

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The Warscapes Public Lecture Series and New School's Humanities Action Lab present “African Literature...Says Who? The Last Fifty Years” Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o in conversation with Charles Cantalupo Friday, 24 April at 6pm New School University Center 65 Fifth Ave, New York, New York 10003 Free admission; tickets available here Kenyan born and internationally acclaimed, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o is the author of more major works of fiction, nonfiction, and drama than any African ...

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New Report: Lebanon Crisis Response Plan (LCRP) 2015-16

In December 2014, the Lebanese government issued a joint plan, the Lebanese Crisis Response Plan (LCRP 2015-16) with UN agencies to organize the humanitarian response to the Syria crisis. The plan seeks to stabilize Lebanon during the crisis by continuing humanitarian assistance to the displaced Syrian population and other vulnerable groups, while expanding investments in services, economies and institutions. The Lebanese Ministry of Social Affairs (MoSA) steers the LCRP, in ...

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Report: Trapped and Punished: The Gaza Civilian Population under Operation Protective Edge

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[The following report was issued by FIDH in April 2015. Section II, containing the "Aim of the Report," is excerpted below. The full report may be read here.] The following sections will examine attacks committed by Israeli forces during Operation Protective Edge in Gaza. In particular, the following incidents will be highlighted:  • Indiscriminate attacks on civilians and their residences;  • Attacks on medical facilities, ...

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Joint NGO Statement: Stop the Forced Displacement of Palestinians in East Jerusalem and the West Bank

[The following open letter was issued by the below signatories on 1 April 2015.] We the undersigned condemn Israel’s unceasing policy of forced displacement of Palestinians in East Jerusalem, and the West Bank in general, and the recent attempted eviction of the Ghaith-Sub Laban family from their house in the Old City of Jerusalem in particular. The family holds ‘protected tenant status’ under Israeli Law, meaning that as long as they continue to pay ...

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Conference--Spaces, Scales, Routes: Region Formation in History and Anthropology (1-2 May, Cambridge, MA)

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In recent years, various regions have drawn growing interest in scholarly and popular debates. Clandestine migration overflows national borders along routes that often follow historical connections. Regionalist projects draw on pre-national pasts as they attempt to create supra-national political and economic formations. Infrastructural projects like pipelines, offshore mineral exploitation, highways, and telecommunication cables bind places and articulate stakes in ways ...

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Pakistani Progressives Oppose Pakistan’s Involvement in Yemen

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The video below by a friend, A.A., captures the sights and sounds of fighter planes, explosions, and anti-aircraft missiles outside her family home in Sana’a, Yemen on 27 March 2015 at 8:15pm. On Thursday, the Pakistani state said it was considering a request to join the US-backed Saudi-led coalition that is bombing Houthi rebels in Yemen. The official Saudi news agency, SPA, stated that Pakistan is one of the countries that have "declared their willingness to ...

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Harvard Event: Anthony Alessandrini on Fanonian Nonviolence: After the African Spring (6 April)

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The Center for Middle East Studies Director's Series  is pleased to present Fanonian NonViolence: After the African Spring A Lecture by Anthony Alessandrini Date: April 6, 2015 - 4:00pm - 6:00pm Location: CMES, Room 102 38 Kirkland St, Cambridge, MA  Contact: Liz Flanagan elizabethflanagan@fas.harvard.edu Series: Director's Series This event is open to the public; no registration required. This event is off the record. ...

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Symposium: The Fourth Amendment in the Digital Age (Washington DC, 3 April)

Friday, April 3 | 8:30 am - 4:00 pm | Reception to Follow American University Washington College of Law 4801 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20016 | Room 603 Scholars, policy experts, and practitioners will convene to have an open discussion about how digital searches, government surveillance programs and new technologies are impacting Fourth Amendment protections in criminal cases. The event will also be recorded and live streamed. Please rsvp if you plan to ...

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Israeli Apartheid Week at Columbia University (23-27 March, New York)

Columbia Students for Justice in Palestine present: Israeli Apartheid Week Columbia University 23-27 March 2015           Monday-Thursday, 11am-4pm: Mock Apartheid Wall, Low Plaza Find out more here: https://www.facebook.com/events/491508574332809/ Tuesday, 8pm: Panel on "Media, Solidarity, and Palestine,” 303 Hamilton Hall  Featuring Rania Khalek, Alex Kane, Joe Catron and Hanine Hassan in conversation ...

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Announcing the Quarterly Journal in Arabic of Politics and Culture: Bidayat

[The following letter introducing Bidayat was received by Jadaliyya] I would like to bring to your attention a new quarterly journal in Arabic of political and cultural analysis and commentary, Bidayat.  Bidayat is an Arabic language intellectual and cultural quarterly publication that aims to make a significant contribution in the on-going struggles of Arab societies towards self-determination, citizenship, democracy, secularism, social and economic justice, ...

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Video: Laleh Khalili on Sinews of War and Trade

In this lecture,  Laleh Khalili draws on her recent experience of travelling on a container ship from Malta to Jabal Ali, and the research she has thus far conducted on her project on the formation and transformation of ports and transport infrastructure in the Arabian Peninsula to give her lecture. The lecture, which is preceded by an "Introduction" and concluded with a "Vote of Thanks," follows the format of such lectures ...

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CFA: Eighth South-South Institute on “Inequality and Social Justice: Perspectives from the Global South”

The Latin American Council of Social Sciences (CLACSO), the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) and the International Development Economic Associates (IDEAs), are pleased to announce—in the framework of the third three-year phase of the Africa/Asia/Latin America Scholarly Collaborative Program—the call for applications for participation in the Eight South-South Institute on Inequality and Social Justice: Perspectives from the Global ...

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Conference--Syria: Moving Beyond the Stalemate (1-3 July, St. Andrews)

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The Syrian Studies Centre at University of St. Andrews presents its third biennial conference: Syria: Moving Beyond the Stalemate 1-3 July 2015 The international conference will bring together in one place the largest and most diverse concentration of scholars of Syria. It will feature papers by some 25 based on innovative and cutting edge research. The Roundtable discussions feature the biggest names in the field of Syrian studies, diplomacy and conflict resolution. ...

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Symposium: Black Feminist Think Tank (Ann Arbor, 20 March, Live Stream Available)

The Department of Afroamerican and African Studies (DAAS) at the University of Michigan presents: Black Feminist Think Tank: A Symposium 20 March 2015, 9am-5pm Keunzel Room, Michigan Union University of Michigan Ann Arbor, Michigan This symposium will bring together a range of scholars to map key questions, concepts and debates regarding Black feminism's theoretical breadth and political and social praxis. Click here for a full listing and biographies of ...

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Open Letter Urging ‘Docunight’ to Cancel its Participation in Festival Sponsored by Israeli Government

What has quickly brought together a diversity of individuals—including a former Iranian political prisoner, a celebrated Palestinian filmmaker, important public intellectuals, and various professors, activists, students, artists, poets, writers, and cultural programmers? What has brought them together is their commitment to support the growing Palestinian civil-society call for cultural boycott, which is one element in the Palestinian call for  Boycott, Divestment and ...

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The Curious Case of Rula Amin in Jordan: Undermining the Rule of Law?

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[The following report was submitted to Jadaliyya by a confirmed source close to the case of Rula Amin, a reporter recently detained by Jordanian authorities.] [Update: There are confirmed reports that Rula Amin has been released from prinson today, 17 March 2015. The legal details of her release have not yet been confirmed.] On Monday 16 March 2015, Jordanian police arrested Rula Amin, a veteran international journalist, in Amman, Jordan. Rula had refused to give up ...

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R-Shief and Scholarship on Digital Activism Featured in The Chronicle of Higher Education

[Laila Shereen Sakr of R-Shief. Photo by David Walter Banks]

[The following article on R-Shief was written by Ursula Lindsey and published in The Chronicle for Higher Education on 9 March 2015 under the title "Scholar Re-Examine Arab World's 'Facebook Revolutions.'"] In January 2011, Laila Shereen Sakr realized something momentous was happening in the Middle East when her server crashed. Shereen Sakr, at that time a graduate student in the University of Southern California’s media arts and practice program, had been ...

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ACSS Conference: Questioning Social Inequity and Difference in the Arab Region (Beirut, 13-15 March)

The Arab Council for the Social Sciences (ACSS) is pleased to announce its second conference, titled Questioning Social Inequality and Difference in the Arab Region, to be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Beirut, Lebanon, on March 13-15, 2015. The conference will feature presentations of more than 80 papers examining contemporary or historical phenomena and comparative, cross-regional and global perspectives from all social science and allied disciplines. ACSS is ...

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