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Human Rights Roadmap for a New Libya

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[The following report was published by Human Rights Watch on 3 February 2014] Human Rights Roadmap for a New Libya Introduction After four decades of authoritarian rule, Libya faces the challenge of reforming outdated and repressive legislation and writing new laws that guarantee the full panoply of citizens’ rights. The enduring legacy of Muammar Gaddafi’s rule includes laws that have curtailed the freedoms of generations of Libyans. Since the 2011 revolution in Libya, ...

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Quantum of Surveillance: Familiar Actors and Possible False Flags in Syrian Malware Campaigns

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[The following joint report by the Electronic Frontier Foundation and The Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto was published by the Electronic Frontier Foundation on 23 December 2013] Quantum of Surveillance: Familiar Actors and Possible False Flags in Syrian Malware Campaigns Introduction Malware attacks targeting the Syrian opposition were first publicly reported in early 2012, but observed as early as late 2011. As the campaigns move into their second ...

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Panel Discussion: “Resistance Everywhere”: The Gezi Protests and Dissident Visions of Turkey (City University of New York, 14 March)

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The Middle East and Middle Eastern American Center at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York presents “Resistance Everywhere”: The Gezi Protests and Dissident Visions of Turkey Friday, 14 March 2014 6:30-8:30pm Room C-198, The CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue at 34th Street, New York, NY 10016 Co-Sponsored by the Committee on Globalization and Social Change; the Center for Place, Culture, and Politics; Jadaliyya E-Zine; the Narrating Change Seminar; ...

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Rule of Fear: ISIS Abuses in Detention in Northern Syria

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 [The following report was published by Amnesty International on 19 December 2013] Introduction This briefing describes serious abuses of human rights committed in detention facilities run by the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), an armed opposition group that currently controls significant swathes of territory and people in northern Syria, including in al- Raqqa governorate and in and around Aleppo and Idlib. In these areas, ISIS claims it is fighting to ...

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Istanbul Bibliography 2000-2013

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[The following bibliography was published by the French Institute of Anatolian Studies on 26 February 2014] Istanbul Bibliography 2000-2013 The 'Project' City of Istanbul: from its Construction to its Bibliography What does this bibliography on Istanbul that has been prepared at a time when the conflict between the governing party AKP and the Gülen Community has reached its climax with its special impact on the construction sector tell us? Needless to say, the ...

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Open Letter: Urgent Need for Cross-Border Aid for Syrians

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[The following open letter was published by Doctors Without Borders on 18 December 2013] Letter to the Member States of the High Level Group on Syria Your Excellencies, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has been providing assistance to victims of the Syrian conflict since April 2011, and we welcome the diplomatic negotiations addressing the urgent humanitarian needs in this extremely violent conflict. But we would like to draw your attention to the ...

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We the Women Are in Taksim in Istanbul on the 8th of March!

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[The following statement was released by the Istanbul Feminist Collective on 4 March 2014. It has been edited slightly for stylistic purposes.] We are, as the women who live in Turkey, raising our voices on the streets for eleven years, calling out against patriarchy, against men's violence, sexism, heterosexism, capitalism, militarism, and war, at the night marches of 8th of March. Since the last 8th of March, it has been a year of increasing violence against ...

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Committee to Protect Journalists: Second Worst Year on Record for Jailed Journalists

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 [The following briefing was written by Elana Beiser and published by the Committee to Protect Journalists on 18 December 2013] Turkey, Iran, and China accounted for more than half of all journalists imprisoned around the world in 2013, the Committee to Protect Journalists has found. In its annual census, CPJ identified 211 journalists jailed for their work, the second worst year on record after 2012, when 232 journalists were behind bars.  Intolerant governments ...

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Challenging the Red Lines: Stories of Rights Activists in Saudi Arabia

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[The following report was published by Human Rights Watch on 17 December 2013] Challenging the Red Lines: Stories of Rights Activists in Saudi Arabia Introduction  Civil society and human rights activists in Saudi Arabia are struggling for greater popular political participation, judicial reform, and an end to discrimination against women and minorities. Saudi authorities have responded by cracking down on rights defenders, quashing calls for change, and preventing ...

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Conference--AUB City Debates 2014: Of Property in Planning (Beirut, 7-8 March)

City Debates is a yearly conference organized by the Masters in Urban Planning & Policy and Masters in Urban Design Programs at the American University of Beirut. Started in 2002, City Debates brings together professionals, academics, and students from Beirut and beyond to explore issues of contemporary relevance to the urbanization of the region. The series aims to document, analyze, and compare emerging practices that are transforming the cities and regions of the ...

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Jihadism and Contraband on Tunisia's Borders

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 [The following briefing was published by the International Crisis Group on 28 November 2013] Jihadism and Contraband on Tunisia's Borders Executive Summary and Recommendations Tunisia is embroiled in recurrent political crises whose origins in security concerns are ever more evident. While still of low-intensity, jihadi attacks are increasing at an alarming rate, fuelling the rumour mill, weakening the state and further polarising the political scene. The government ...

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Call for Papers: Special Issue of e-cadernos entitled "Reflections on Palestinian Women and Cinema"

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Call for Papers “Reflections on Palestinian Women and Cinema” Editors: Shahd Wadi and Júlia Garraio The deadline for submission is March 31, 2014 In 2011 we organized a cinema and debate-cycle entitled ‘Palestinian Women and Cinema’ in Lisbon and Coimbra, Portugal. This initiative made us realize the extent to which cinema is able not only to project a home for Palestinians living in dispossession, but also to be a space where “the other” meets Palestinian memory, ...

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Harvard Event: The History of Syrian Revolt: Structural Causes and Dynamics (4 March)

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  Harvard University's Center for Middle Eastern Studies Director's Series presents The History of Syrian Revolt: Structural Causes and Dynamics A Lecture by Bassam Haddad All the other Arab uprisings are complex, but the Syrian case is endowed with added complexity because it is at the heart of various historical struggles in the region and beyond. As such, the Syrian uprising becomes a local, regional, and an international affair. The speaker will address the ...

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Cairo Event -- Translation as Mourning: Lecture by Sinan Antoun (AUC Tahrir Square, March 4)

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Center for Translation Studies in collaboration with the Department of English and Comparative Literature presents:  "Translation as Mourning" (in English) by Sinan Antoon, Author and Translator, Associate Professor at New York University Tuesday 4 March 2014 6pm Oriental Hall, AUC Tahrir Square In Translation Lecture Series Spring 2014

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Roundtable Discussion: The Gezi Protests and Dissident Visions of Turkey (Harvard University, 3 March)

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The Center for Middle Eastern Studies, The Political Anthropology Working Group, and Jadaliyya present A Roundtable Discussion: The Gezi Protests and Dissident Visions of Turkey March 3, 2014 - 4:30pm - 6:30pm CGIS South Bldg, Belfer Case Study Room 020, 1730 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA A discussion of the Gezi Park protests, which erupted in Istanbul in late May 2013, and their aftermath. This event coincides with the launch of the JadMag volume, “Resistance ...

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (February 24-March 2)

This is a selection of what you might have missed on Jadaliyya last week. It also includes a list of the most read articles and roundups. Progressively, we will be featuring more content on our "Last Week on Jadaliyya" series.  Ghosts of Yogas Past and Present Moral Panics, Sex Panics and the Production of A Lebanese Nation 'The Family Duress Was a Campaign of Torment': An Interview with Asli Igsiz How to Do Things with ...

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Stop the Highway, Build the Fouad Boutros Park

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In Lebanon, highway projects cutting through urban neighborhoods and displacing people, in the name of urban modernity, economic development and improving traffic are not new. They are often implementing old designs elaborated in the 1960s by planners who conceived the city prioritizing vehicular movement. More than half a decade later, Lebanese planning agencies do not reconsider those grand plans, despite contemporary urban planning policy trends that advocate ...

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The AUB Noise and Silence Research Group: صوت وصمت

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Car horns, screeching tires, motorists’ blaring music, motorcycle accelerations, sirens—official and unofficial, construction jack hammers, grinding electricity generators: all these create a deafening din of background noise in Beirut. Noise is an important issue affecting the quality of life. Research in other parts of the world has demonstrated the link between noise and damage to hearing, and problems with concentration, memory, stress, sleep, cardiovascular health, and ...

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Reading Event: al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here (Washington DC, 5 March)

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Busboys and Poets, Split This Rock, George Mason University, School of Art and Corcoran School of Art + Design Present: Al Mutanabbi Street Starts Here: Commemorative Readings Wednesday, March 5, 2014  /  6-830 PM. Busboys and Poets 14th and V Streets Washington, DC Free and Open to the Public Light Refreshments provided by Busboys and Poets Featuring Readings by: Zein El-Amine Sarah Browning Elana Casey Mariam Coker Elliott ...

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Freedom of Expression in Turkey: Problems and Challenges (London School of Economics, 3 March)

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“Freedom of Expression in Turkey: Problems and Challenges” LSE Contemporary Turkish Studies Conference MONDAY, 3 MARCH 2014 18:00-20:00 Speaker: Mr. Yavuz Baydar Journalist and Columnist with Daily Today's Zaman Chair:        Dr. Rebecca Bryant A.N. Hadjiyannis Senior Research Fellow, European Institute, LSE Discussant: Dr. Ayça Çubukçu Assistant Professor of Human Rights, LSE Venue: NAB.1.04, New Academic Building ...

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