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Call for Papers: 5th National RAWI + Mizna Literary Gathering (Deadline: April 21)

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5th National RAWI + Mizna Literary Gathering Call for papers, workshops, performances, panels and more Deadline April 21 Theme: "New Beginnings" Minneapolis, Minnesota September 18-21 RAWI's Fifth National Gathering, held in partnership with Mizna, will take place at Open Book, which houses the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis, MN, from September 18 through 21. We are very excited for this year’s gathering and look forward to sharing ...

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Announcing the Third Issue of B|Ta'arof Magazine: An Iranian Cultural Arts Publication

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The third issue of B|ta’arof magazine, the Street Culture Issue, brings together popular and high art, searching for the extraordinary in the everyday. Its pages feature previously unseen work by Iranian visual art giant Ardeshir Mohasses and up-and-coming L.A. based artist Samira Yamin, interviews with scholar/writer Persis Karim and professional skateboarder Salman Agah, and a one-of-a-kind translation from Ahmad Shamlu’s Ketab-e Kuce (The Book of the Street) by Stanford ...

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Son of UAE94 Detainee Tortured for Four Days

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[The following press release was issued by the Alkarama Foundation on 3 April 2014] Osama Al Najjar, an Emirati human rights activist and the son of one of the 'UAE94', was tortured for four days during his secret detention by officers from the state security services who arrested him for a tweet. He was arrested on 17 March 2014 on his way back home, the day after he posted a tweet in reply to a radio statement made by the Emir of Sharjah Emirate on the 'UAE94' case. ...

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Partha Chatterjee on 'Nationalism, Internationalism, and Cosmopolitanism: Some Lessons from Modern Indian History'

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On 3 April 2014, Partha Chatterjee gave a lecture on "Nationalism, Internationalism, and Cosmopolitanism: Some Lessons from Modern Indian History" at the London School of Economics. The lecture inaugurated the Internationalism, Cosmopolitanism and the Politics of Solidarity research group convened by Ayça Çubukçu at LSE's Centre for the Study of Human Rights. Below is the audio recording of that event. The lecture deals with four ...

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LA Event--The Political Economy of the Syrian Uprising: Whither the Business Class? (2pm, 8 April, UCLA)

The Political Economy of the Syrian Uprising: Whither the Business Class? A lecture by Bassam Haddad, Associate Professor in the Department of Public and International Affairs and Director, Middle East Studies, George Mason University, and Co-Editor of Jadaliyya. Tuesday, 8 April 2014
 2:00 PM
 10383 Bunche Hall UCLA The question of a business classes that can be relied upon to invest in a post-war Syria has become as precarious as it is unpredictable. Political ...

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The Anbar Crisis: Inadequate Response to Increasing Needs

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[The following press release was issued by the Danish Refugee Council on 12 March 2014] The violence in Iraq's western province of Anbar has displaced more than 340,000 individuals since late December; mostly women, children and elderly people. The Danish Refugee Council calls for humanitarian support from the international community and urges conflict parties to ensure the safe passage of staff and emergency relief to meet increasing needs of vulnerable populations. The ...

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Reconfiguring Relief Mechanisms: The Syrian Refugee Crisis in Lebanon

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The Issam Faris Institute (IFI) at the American University of Beirut (AUB) has released a report, authored by Rabih Shibli, the associate director for Development and Community Projects at AUB’s Center for Civic Engagement and Community Service. The report investigates the impacts of the Syrian refugee crisis in Lebanon, and advocates the reform of current relief mechanisms along more decentralized mechanisms.  The report suggests establishing a new governance system ...

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Reports Roundup (April 6)

[The following list is a compilation of the reports, statements, and other materials featured on the Jadaliyya Reports Page this past week.] Month-by-Month Summary of Developments in Syra (Updated) The newest monthly briefing by the International Crisis Group on the most siginificant occurances in the Syrian conflict. Urgent Concern Related to Arbitrary Restrictions on Freedom of Expression and of Association in Qatar A briefing which thorougly summarizes the ...

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Urgent Concern Related to Arbitrary Restrictions on Freedom of Expression and of Association in Qatar

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[The following briefing was written by the Gulf Center for Human Rights and CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation. Issued by the Gulf Center for Human Rights on 28 March 2014] Submission to the UN Universal Periodic Review 19th Session of the UPR Working Group 1. (A) Introduction  1.1 CIVICUS:World Alliance for Citizen Participation is an international movement with members in more than 100 countries worldwide. Established in 1993, CIVICUS nurtures the ...

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Book Launch Event: Leisurely Islam (10 April, Harvard University)

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The Center for Middle Eastern Studies Outreach Program at Harvard University is pleased to present an author talk by Lara Deeb - Associate Professor of Anthropology, Scripps College and Mona Harb - Associate Professor of Urban Studies and Politics, American University of Beirut Moderated by Susan Kah, Associate Director and Director of the AM Program, CMES; Lecturer on Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations, Harvard University About the Event: A limited ...

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Conference--The Revolutionary Public Sphere: Contention, Communication, and Culture in the Arab Uprisings (10 April, University of Pennsylvania)

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The popular rebellions that have swept Arab countries since December 2010 have spawned an active field of revolutionary cultural production. Scholars from around the world will gather at the Annenberg School for Communication's The Project for Advanced Research in Global Communication's (PARGC) inaugural symposium. Putting primary sources in dialogue with theory, we seek to understand aesthetic experimentation and stylistic innovation in this revolutionary public sphere. ...

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ACRI Petitions High Court: Restore Water to East Jerusalem

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[The following press release was issued by the Association for Civil Rights in Israel on 25 March 2014] For some three weeks now, tens of thousands of residents of Jerusalem neighborhoods east of the Separation Barrier have been without running water. In response, local residents, community leaders and the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) have filed a petition to the High Court of Justice. In the petition, ACRI Attorney Karen Tzafrir noted that most of the ...

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Journalists Under Fire in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory

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[The following briefing was published by the Comittee to Protect Journalists on 24 March 2014] Multiple journalists have been assaulted, threatened, and censored in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory in recent months.  Israeli security forces on March 16, 2014, detained Fedaa Nasr, a correspondent forPalestine Today TV, for several hours and interrogated her, the reports said. Nasr had been reporting on the Jewish celebration Purim in Hebron when she was ...

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On Prison & Egyptian Regime’s "War on a Whole Generation": Democracy Now! Interview with Alaa Abd El-Fattah

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In a Democracy Now! global broadcast exclusive, we spend the hour with one of Egypt’s most prominent dissidents, Alaa Abd El-Fattah, speaking in his first extended interview after nearly four months behind bars. An open Internet and political activist, Fattah has been at the forefront of the struggle for change in Egypt for many years and has the distinction of having been actively persecuted by Egypt’s past four successive rulers. Facing a potential return to prison in the ...

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Egyptian Organization for Human Rights Condemns Unfair Trial that Sentenced 528 to Death

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[The following statement was issued by the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights on 25 March 2014] The Egyptian Organization Condemns the Execution of 528 in Unfair Trial On Monday 24 March 2014, Seventh Chamber of Minya Criminal Court handed down the death sentence for 528 supporters of former President Mohamed Morsi and acquitted 17 others,in the violence acts took place in Matti that followed the disperse of Rabaa, and El Nahdah square sit-ins .The session was held ...

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Panel Event -- The Syrian Tragedy: Where From? Where to? (3 April, George Mason University)

The Syrian Tragedy Where From? Where to? Thursday April 3 3pm - 5pm Johnson Center Cinema George Mason University This event is free and open to the public Featuring Omar Dahi, Hampshire College/Jadaliyya: Material Roots of the Uprising: Rethinking the Economic Thesis Rochelle Davis, Georgetown University: Gender, Danger, and Vulnerability: Syrian Men and War Yasser Munif, Emerson College: Participatory Democracy and Local Governance ...

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Conference: Reason and Esotericism in Shi'i Islam (April 4, University of Chicago)

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The University of Chicago Shi'i Studies Group presents A Shi'i Studies Symposium: "Reason an Esotericism in Shi'i Islam" 4 April 2014, 8.45am - 6:00pm Coulter Lounge, International House, 1414 East 59th Street, Chicago, IL Hermeneutics, Law, Theology, Heresiography, Epistemology, Politics, and Anthropology Speakers: Tahera Qutbuddin  Paul Walker Hassan Ansari  Bella Tendler Ed Hayes Rodrigo Adem Mushegh Asatryan ...

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Reports Roundup (March 29)

[The following list is a compilation of the reports, statements, and other materials featured on the Jadaliyya Reports Page this past week.] Joint Statement: Palestinian NGOs in Israel Reject the "Sectarian Representation Law" Palestinian NGO's in Israel speak out against splitting Arab representation on a public advisory board of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission between Christians and Muslims. Reporters Without Borders Statement on Harassment of ...

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Human Rights Watch Briefing on Saudi Arabia's New 'Terrorism Laws'

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[The following briefing was published by Human Rights Watch on 20 March 2014] Saudi Arabia’s new terrorism law and a series of related royal decrees create a legal framework that appears to criminalize virtually all dissident thought or expression as terrorism. The sweeping provisions in the measures, all issued since February 2014, threaten to close down altogether Saudi Arabia’s already extremely restricted space for free expression. “Saudi authorities have never ...

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Press Release: University of Michigan Activists Respond to Divestment Resolution Vote

 [The following press release was issued by the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor chapter of Students Allied for Freedom and Equality on 27 March 2014.] FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Greetings from Students Allied for Freedom and Equality (SAFE) at the University of Michigan ­ Ann Arbor! This past week has been nothing short of inspirational. Hundreds of Palestinian students, SAFE activists, and allies from dozens of student organizations persevered ...

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