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Press Release: One Week Since the Assassination of the Activist, Basel Al-Araj

Basel al-Araj, a 31-year old Palestinian activist, was assassinated by the Israeli military on the early morning of Monday, March 6, 2017, in al-Bireh, Palestine. The Palestinian Youth Movement in Washington, DC is holding a protest outside the General Delegation of the PLO on Wisconsin Ave on Monday, March 13, 2017 at 5:30 PM, in protest of his assassination and the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) role in his persecution and death via their security collaboration with the ...

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Symposium: Mobilities and Materialities of the Gulf and Arabian Peninsula (American University of Kuwait, 17-19 March)

The Center for Gulf Studies at the American University of Kuwait will hold its third Gulf Studies Symposium (GSS) on 17-19 March 2017. The GSS is a meeting of worldwide Gulf scholars and researchers held biennially in Kuwait. Each symposium is based on a particular scholarly theme that is timely both to the region and to the field of Gulf studies. The theme of the 2017 GSS is "Mobilities and Materialities of the Gulf and Arabian Peninsula." 2017 Program The Gulf ...

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Press Release: MESA Joins as Plaintiff in Lawsuit against Executive Order Travel Ban

[The following press release was issued by the Middle Eeast Studies Association on 10 March 2017] For Immediate Release 10 March 2017  Contact Juan Gastelum, NILC, 213-375-3149, media@nilc.org Inga Sarda-Sorensen, ACLU, 212-284-7347, isarda-sorensen@aclu.org Henrike Dessaules, IRAP, 646-459-3081, hdessaules@refugeerights.org Gabe Cahn, HIAS, 212-613-1312, gabe.cahn@hias.org Geoffrey Knox, MESA, 917-414-1749, ...

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Call For Papers: The Palestine Yearbook of International Law

Call for papers (Volume XX) The Palestine Yearbook of International Law is now inviting submissions of scholarly articles for publication for Volume XX (2017). This is a general call for papers, but the Yearbook would particularly welcome submissions that focus on the themes associated with three anniversaries that will be marked in 2017 and which are relevant to Palestine. These are the 100 year anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, the 70 year anniversary of the ...

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Organizations Issue Joint Solidarity Statement in Support of Pending MESA Bylaw Amendment

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[The following letter was issued by the below listed organizations in support of the pending MESA bylaw amendment that seeks to remove the term "non-political" while re-emphasizing the organization's 501(c)3 status. For more the the text of the amendment and how to vote, see below.] Joint Solidarity Statement Regarding Pending MESA Bylaw Amendment We are scholars studying the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region across a variety of disciplines, substantive ...

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Political Economy of Development Series at GMU

[Political Economy of Development Series at GMU : : Starting Tuesday, February 21, 12 pm, JC 3rd Floor, Room A, with Bassam Haddad]        Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, and Political Economy Project Present Political Economy of Development Series    FOUR EVENTS  (LECTURES AND RELATED WORKSHOPS)   LECTURE 1. Development Under Authoritarian Rule by Bassam Haddad Tuesday, February 21, 12 ...

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Shadows of the Imperceptible: PhotoCairo6 (15 February - 23 March 2017)

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PhotoCairo6 Exhibitions run from 15 Febraury 2017, 7pm until 23 March 2017 Welcome to Shadows of the Imperceptible, the five-week-long public articulations of the sixth edition of PhotoCairo. It consists of two exhibitions at Contemporary Image Collective (CiC) and Saad Zaghloul Cultural Center as well as performances, screenings, talks, discussions and studio visits in different locations across the city. A sustained engagement with the context in ...

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Growing Sustainability at Beirut Design Week 2016 (Video)

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Growing Sustainably is a documentary film made during Beirut Design Week 2016. It focuses on four initiatives that took place over the course of that year. Each project represents a certain aspect of sustainability. The Beirut Makers, a collective of over a dozen designers and makers, are featured as an example of economic sustainability for the Lebanese design industry. TheOtherDada, an architectural studio, represents the importance of environmental ...

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Call for Volunteers: LEAP Summer English Program with Palestinian Refugee Camps in Lebanon (Deadline: 17 February 2017)

Apply Today Deadline: February 17, 2017  ABOUT LEAP  Learning for the Empowerment and Advancement of Palestinians (LEAP) is an educational empowerment program for Palestinian refugee-youth in Lebanon dedicated to nurturing the intellectual growth and creative curiosity of our students. LEAP encourages youth to become agents of change by supporting them in their educational pursuits during their most formative ...

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BBC News: A Sarcastic Response to Syria's Militants

By Mike Thomson BBC News 9 February 2017 It takes a special kind of person to run a radio station in an area controlled by Islamist militants in northern Syria. Music is forbidden, so are women presenters. But Raed Fares - manager of Radio Fresh FM - has come up with a creative response to the militants' demands. It is mid-day and almost time for the latest news from Radio Fresh FM in the rebel-held province of Idlib, in north west Syria. Suddenly the airwaves are ...

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Jadaliyya Co-Editor Noura Erakat Discusses Israeli Land Grab Law with BBC World

On 6 February 2017, the Israeli Knesset passed the Validation Bill which retroactively sanctions the status of nearly 4,000 illegal structures built on private Palestinian land. While all settlements contravene international humanitarian law’s prohibition on the transfer of civilians into occupied territory, these cases are distinct because the structures are not built on what Israel has declared “State Lands.” Instead, they are built on private Palestinian lands where the ...

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Mass Hangings and Extermination at Saydnaya Prison, Syria

[The following report was issued by Amnesty International on 7 February 2017] Human Slaughterhous: Mass Hangings and Extermination at Saydnaya Prison, Syria Executive Summary Saydnaya Military Prison is where the Syrian state quietly slaughters its own people. The victims are overwhelmingly ordinary civilians who are thought to oppose the government. Since 2011, thousands of people have been extrajudicially executed in mass hangings, carried out at night and in the utmost ...

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Call for Papers: Scar-Cities: Middle East Urbanisms between Violent Environments and Disrupted Governance

CFP: Scar-Cities: Middle East Urbanisms between Violent Environments and Disrupted Governance At the Royal Geographical Society with the Institute of British Geographers (RGS-IBG) Annual Conference in London, 29 August  to 1 September 2017.  Panel affiliated to the Urban Geography Research Group Session's convener: Nathan Marom (Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya, Israel) Middle East cities–and the wider regions and territories in which they are ...

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Protesting the Modern Language Association's Anti-Boycott Resolution

[This statement was originally published on 30 January 2017. The initial signatories are Modern Language Assocation (MLA) prize winners, current Delegate Assembly members, and past Executive Council members and MLA presidents. The petition is now open to all active and past members of the MLA; for more information, or to sign on to this petition, click here.] 30 January 2017 To the Executive Council of the Modern Language Association: We write collectively as MLA award ...

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Eleven Former MESA Presidents Support Current Bylaw Amendment Proposal

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[The following letter was issued by a group of former presidents of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) on 7 November 2016 in support of a bylaw amendment introduced at the 2016 Members Meeting. The amendment is currently up for a membership-wide vote. See below for details on voting.]         Enhancing MESA’s Legal Standing Dear members of the Middle East Studies Association of North America, We are writing as former MESA presidents, in ...

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Press Release: NYC Yemeni Grocery Stores to Shut Down in Response to "Muslim Ban"

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Wednesday, February 1 (New York, New York)  On Thursday, February 2, Yemeni grocery store owners across five New York boroughs will close 1,000 stores from 12pm to 8pm in response to the Trump administration’s infamous “Muslim Ban” executive order. This shutdown of grocery stores and bodegas will be a public show of the vital role these grocers and their families play in New York’s economic and social fabric and, during this period, grocery store owners will spend time ...

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Call for Applicants--2017 Doctoral Dissertation Summer Institute: Researching Lebanon

The Arab Studies Institute (ASI), AUB’s Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies (CAMES), and AUB's Asfar Institute for Civil Society and Citizenship are pleased to announce the second Doctoral Dissertation Summer Institute on Lebanon, to be held 12-23 June 2017. The program aims to provide a framework for facilitating and advancing rigorous inter-disciplinary doctoral dissertation research on Lebanon. Scholarly literature ...

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MESA Memo on Executive Order to Limit Entry of Middle Eastern Refugees and Immigrants (29 January 2017)

[The following memo was issued on 29 January 2017 by the the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) regarding the Executive Order to Limit Entry of Middle Eastern Refugees and Immigrants] Memo on Executive Order to Limit Entry of Middle Eastern Refugees and Immigrants (29 January 2017) President Donald J. Trump signed an Executive Order on January 27th, 2017 which issued new guidance on the admission and vetting of non-citizens to the United States. Key ...

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Press Release and Petition: Academics Denounce Trump's Executive Order on Immigration

[The following press release and petition were issued on 27 January 2017 by a group of concerned academics. As of 29 January 2017, over 4500 US-based academics have signed the petition, with an additiona plus 1000 post-doctoral fellows, doctoral students, and non-US scholars signing on as well.] For Immediate Release Academics Denounce Trump's Executive Order on Immigration Press Inquiries: notobanpress@gmail.com NEW YORK, NY – January 27, 2017 – More than 6,000 ...

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Call for Papers -- McGill Islamic Studies Graduate Students' Symposium CFP: (Deadline: 5 February 2017)

Call for Papers: McGill Institute of Islamic Studies Graduate Student Symposium Symposium Dates: April 26th and 27th, 2017 Main McGill Campus Within recent years, Islam has been a potent subject for televised and radio debates, heated dinner table discussions, legal and judicial hearings, rhetorical publications, official statements from religious leaders, and funding applications that capitalize on the political expediency of its study. These modern forums are ...

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