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Text of Resignation Letter by ESCWA Executive Secretary Rima Khalaf

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[The following text is the resignation letter submitted by ESWA Executie Secretary Rima Khalaf in response to the formal request by UN Secretary General that ESCWA withdraw the publication of a report that asserts Israel is committing Apartheid. Click here to access the full ESCWA report, which has since been removed from the UN website.] Dear Mr. Secretary-General, I have carefully considered your message conveyed through the Chef de Cabinet and assure you that at no ...

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MESA Membership Passes Bylaw Amendment Removing 'Non-Political' Clause and Affirming 501(c)3 Status

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The general membership of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) has approved (with 81% of voters supporting) a bylaw amendment that does two things: first, it removes term "non-political" from its self-description; second, it reaffirms the committment to operating in accordance with its 501(c)3 status. The amendment was introduced by a diverse array of MESA members during the business meeting of the 2016 Annual Meeting. It was then that those in ...

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UN Report Establishes Israeli Apartheid; Fallout Begins

This week the United Nations published a report that establishes Israel as an Apartheid regime. The UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) commissioned the report commissioned from the authors, Richard Falk and Virginia Tilley. Amidst mounting political pressure, the UN Secretary General ordered UN ESCWA to shelve the report. Rima Khalaf, who is the ESCWA Executive Secretary, refused this instruction and has since resigned in protest even though her ...

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Call for Action: Solidarity with Purged Academics for Peace in Turkey

[The following call for action and fundraising appeal was issued by the Research Institute for Turkey, Bostonbul, GIT North America, and concerned academics from the United States and Candada.] There have been several crackdowns on academics in Turkey. Many have been detained, jailed, and even dismissed from their posts through statutory decrees. Among them are the “Academics for Peace,” who signed a declaration for ceasing human rights violations in the Kurdish provinces. ...

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Report: Yemen Needs Urgent Assistance to Prevent Famine

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[The following report was issued by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) on 15 March 2017.] Number of people at emergency food insecurity levels increases 20 per cent in nine months 15 March 2017, Sana'a/Amman - Severe food insecurity threatens more than 17 million people in conflict-ridden Yemen, according to the latest Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) analysis released by the United Nations and humanitarian partners ...

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Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic: Report for July 2016 - February 2017

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[The following report was issued on 13 March 2017 by the United Nation Human Rights Council's Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic.] Human Rights Abuses and International Humanitarian Law Violations in the Syrian Arab Republic, 21 July 2016 - 28 February 2017* A conference room paper of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic Summary After almost six years of conflict, civilians continue to ...

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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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