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Press Release: Students for Justice in Palestine at UCLA Charges Student Council Members with Conflict of Interest

[The following press release was issued by Students for Justice in Palestine at the University of California - Los Angeles on 17 May 2014.] Contact: sjpucla1@gmail.com In a five-hour hearing held on May 15th, 2014, representatives for Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) argued that two members of the Undergraduate Student Association Council (USAC) had a conflict of interest when they voted on the question of divestment from US companies that profit from the ...

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Reports Roundup (May 17)

[The following list is a compilation of the reports, statements, and other materials featured on Jadaliyya Reports Page this past week.] Egypt: How Not to Support the Undeserving and Discriminate Against the Poor The EIPR's analysis of the proposal for the "One-Million Unit" housing project in Cairo shows that its really for the upper and middle class, despite being advertised as a social welfare project for the poor and underserved. Flight of Icarus? The ...

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Flight of Icarus? The PYD's Precarious Rise in Syria

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[The following report was published by the International Crisis Group on 8 May 2014] Executive Summary With the Syrian regime and opposition locked in a see-saw battle, Kurdish forces have consolidated control over large portions of the country’s north. Their principal players, the Democratic Union Party (Partiya Yekîtiya Demokrat, PYD) and its armed wing, the People’s Protection Units (Yekîneyên Parastina Gel, YPG), now dominate three large, non-contiguous enclaves of ...

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UCLA Student Groups Respond to Chancellor's Defense of External Groups Lobbying Student Government

[The following letter was issued by Students for Justice in Palestine, Jewish Voice for Peace, and Armenian Student Association at UCLA on 17 May 2014 in response to UCLA Chancellor Gene Block's recent letter to the UCLA campus. In that letter, the chancellor defended the practice of student government representives accepting in-kind gifts from external groups (e.g., the Anti-Defamation League) with a proven record of Islamaphobic and ant-Arab speech. Chancellor Block's ...

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Job Opening: Lebanon Specialist at Human Rights Watch (Beirut Office)

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ONE YEAR FULL-TIME JOB VACANCY LEBANON SPECIALIST Middle East and North Africa Division (Beirut Office) Application Deadline: May 23, 2014 Human Rights Watch (“HRW”) is seeking a one-year full time specialist to assist in monitoring the human rights situation in Lebanon. This position will be based in Beirut, Lebanon. Responsibilities Monitor and document human rights abuses in Lebanon by collecting and analyzing information from a wide variety of ...

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Call for Papers: The Impact of Arab Uprisings on Citizenship in the Arab World (12-14 November, Lebanon)

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Balamand is currently accepting abstract submissions for this conference that will be held at the University of Balamand at the Koura region in North Lebanon on 12-14 November 2014. Abstract Deadline: 7 June 2014 This conference aims at bringing together scholars from various regions and disciplines to address the impact of Arab Uprisings on the advancement of citizenship's ideas and practices ...

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Qatar and the World Cup: Who Gains from the Mudslinging? Not Migrants

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[The following statement was issued by Migrant Rights on 8 May 2014] Coverage of Qatar’s labor issues often resembles sensational tabloid journalism – intentionally misleading headlines introduce a vitriolic narrative sustained by distorted data and a casually orientalist subtext. This article in no way justifies or minimizes Qatar’s systematic exploitation of migrant laborers, but rather holds that these severe conditions require no embellishment. The hyperboles and the ...

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Job Opening: Egypt Researcher at Human Rights Watch (Regionally-Based)

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FULL-TIME JOB VACANCY RESEARCHER ON EGYPT Middle East and North Africa Division (TBD but MENA Office preferred) Application Deadline: May 23, 2014 Human Rights Watch (“HRW”) is seeking a Researcher to monitor the human rights situation in Egypt. This position will report to the Director of the Middle East and North Africa (“MENA”) Division. The position will preferably be based in the MENA region. Responsibilities: Monitor and document human rights abuses in ...

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Sixty-Six Years of Ongoing Nakba – Back to Basics: The Right of Return is a National and Inalienable Right

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[The following press release was issued by the below signatories on the occassion of the sixty-sixth commermoration of the Nakba.] On the 66th commemoration of the Nakba, the movement for Palestinian liberation is in disarray. Political parties are divided, the Palestine Liberation Organization is dysfunctional, the Palestinian Authority is dependent on foreign donors with ulterior agendas and a collective national strategy is absent. Institutions do not fulfill their ...

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Bahrain Press Association Annual Report 2013: "Less Freedom, Broader Impunity"

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[The following report was published by the Bahrain Press Association on 3 May 2014] Introduction The Bahrain Press Association 2013 annual report, “Less Freedom, Broader Impunity,” is intended to be an objective resource documenting violations of freedom of expression and suppression of the news media and the press during the year in Bahrain. This is the fourth report issued by the association, an independent organization founded in London in 2011 by ...

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Egypt - One Court, One Month: 1212 Death Sentences

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[The following briefing was published by the Alkarama Foundation on 29 April 2014] Within a month, the Al Minya Criminal Court handed down in two separate verdicts 1212 death sentences following blatantly unfair and speedy trials in relation to the demonstrations that happened on 14 August 2013. In the first case, 37 Muslim Brotherhood supporters had their death sentence, issued on 24 March 2014, upheld, while the 491 remaining accused had their sentence commuted into life ...

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Iraq: Falluja's Faustian Bargain

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[The following report was published by the International Crisis Group on 28 April 2014] Executive Summary As the campaign for Iraq’s 30 April parliamentary elections heated up, so too did Falluja. The situation there has taken a dramatic turn for the worse since late 2013 when the army, after a long absence, returned in response to protests around Anbar province. With the troops on the outskirts, the jihadi ISIL within and the city’s self-appointed military council trying ...

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Danny Glover, Grace Lee Boggs, Bill Ayers, and Other Actors & Activists Call for Cultural Boycott of Israel

[The following statement was issued on 12 May 2014 by Grace Lee Boggs, Danny Glover, Bill Ayers and others in response to news that a documentary on activisit Boggs, American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs, was scheduled to screen at the Doc Aviv documentary film festival in Tel Aviv.] Statement Regarding Doc Aviv Screening We stand in solidarity with the people of Palestine, and support their call for cultural and academic boycott of Israel. As ...

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Open Letter to the National September 11 Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center

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[On 12 May 2014, the Associated Press ran a wire story about a group letter regarding the September 11 Museum film, The Rise of al-Qaeda. The story was since featured in newspapers around the world. Below is the final version of the letter, which hilights the concerns with the film as well as the signatories.]   Via Electronic Mail President Joe Daniels and Director Alice Greenwald National September 11 Memorial & Museum at the World Trade ...

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#NYTFF: Thirteenth New York Turkish Film Festival (16-25 May 2014)

The Moon and Stars Project, the arts and culture program of The American Turkish Society, will present the Thirteenth New York Turkish Film Festival on 16-25 May 2014 at the School of Visual Arts Theater in Manhattan. This year's festival will build upon the success of "A Space Between: A Panorama of Cinema in Turkey," a major retrospective of cinema from Turkey that featured twenty-nine films from 1958 to the present, which was co-presented by The Moon and Stars ...

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Egypt: How Not to Support the Undeserving and Discriminate Against the Poor

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[The following report was authored by Yahiya Shawkat and published by the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights on 10 April 2014]   EIPR Policy Recommendations on New Income Conditions for the Social Housing Project   Introduction On 16 January 2014, the Egyptian cabinet issued new conditions for obtaining subsidised housing units within the Social Housing Programme (SHP) – also known as ―al-Million Wehda” or ―The Million Units. Some of these ...

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Press Release: Alkarama Releases Its 2013 Annual Report in Arabic, English, and French

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Alkarama is pleased to present you with its 2013 annual report which is available here:  English: http://en.alkarama.org/documents/AnnualReport2013_EN_WEB.pdf  French: http://fr.alkarama.org/documents/AnnualReport2013_FR_WEB.pdf  Arabic: http://ar.alkarama.org/documents/AnnualReport2013_AR_WEB.pdf  The year 2013 reminded us that the struggle for human rights is a lengthy one: the ‘Arab spring’, despite the great progress it has ...

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Call for Papers--Beirut: Bodies in Public (9-11 October 2014)

Deadline: June 13, 2014 Beirut: Bodies in Public is a three-day workshop inviting artists and researchers to think through the interdisciplinary concerns surrounding performance in public space in Beirut. Despite the ongoing concerns of researchers, artists and social activists in Beirut regarding the animation of public space, after extensive interviews with actors in the Lebanese art scene, PeepingTom journal was able to print last year an anonymised quotation that ...

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The World Is with Us: Global Film and Poster Art from the Palestinian Revolution, 1968-1980 (London, 16 May - 14 June)

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The World is With Us is a groundbreaking cinema and gallery series exploring rare political film and graphic art created during the volatile heyday of the Palestinian revolution. [Muwaffak Mattar, “The World is With Us.” Poster designed for the Fatah movement, 1980. Text at top: “The Fifteenth Anniversary of the Launching of the Palestinian Revolution.”  Scan courtesy of the Palestine Poster Project Archives (PPPA).] The project takes its name from a 1980 poster ...

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Gaza in 2020: A Liveable Place?

[The following report was issued by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East in August 2012.] Summary By the year 2020 the population of Gaza will increase to around 2.1 million, from an estimated 1.6 million people today. The substantial population growth rate will thus add some 500,000 people to a living area which is restricted and already heavily urbanized. Fundamental infrastructure in electricity, water and sanitation, ...

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