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Report on the Asfari Institute's Inaugural Conference on New Spaces of Civil Society Activism in the Arab World

[Image from the Asfari Institute's Inaugural Conference. Image provided by the American University of Beirut.]

[This post has been updated to include videos from the inaugural conference. They are embedded below the introduction.] Introduction Founded in November 2012, the Asfari Institute for Civil Society and Citizenship at the American University of Beirut (AUB) held its inaugural conference, “New Spaces of Civil Society Activism in the Arab World” this month. The conference took place in partnership with the Arab Studies Consortium (Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at ...

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Today We All Are Someone New: An Open Letter from Istanbul

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[The following open letter was issued by Müştereklerimiz (Our Commons) on 2 June 2013. It serves as an umbrella organization for groups working on urban issues, ecology, immigrant rights, and LGBT rights with the purpose of creating democratic commons. Since the occupation of the Gezi Park, the organization has been playing an active role in helping coordinate and sustain the occupation, including providing treatment for the injured and shelter for ...

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Fourth National BDS Conference (8 June, Bethlehem University)

Fourth National BDS Conference (Palestinian Boycotts, Sanctions, Divestment National Committee [BNC])  Saturday, 8 June 2013 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Bethlehem University  In light of the latest spectacular growth of the BDS movement around the world in the academic, cultural and economic domains, this conference aims to enhance and expand Palestinian civil society’s active implementation of BDS as an effective and popular strategy of resistance that is deeply ...

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Alone: Palestinian Children in the Israel Military Detention System (Video)

[Alone: Palestinian Children in the Israeli Military Detention System. Image from screen shot of below video.]

The following video was produced by Defense of the Children International (DCI). It depicts Israel's methods and practices of detaining Palestinian children. Quotes from the Video "Since 1967, Palestinians from the West Bank have lived under Israeli Military law. This Law is different from the civil law applied to Israelies living in the same territory." "7,500 Palestinian children are estimated to have been detained, interrogated and imprisoned within this ...

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Youth Unemployment in Lebanon: Skilled and Jobless

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[The following report was issued by the Lebanese Center for Policy Studies on 10 May 2013.] Youth Unemployment in Lebanon: Skilled and Jobless Executive Summary Lebanon suffers from a high youth unemployment rate of 24%. This rate hinders economic growth and needs to be addressed in order to create a more prosperous economy and inclusive society. Two major culprits of youth unemployment are typically the educational system that affects labor supply on ...

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Just Another Open Letter in The Wall: Pink Floyd's Roger Waters' Letter to Alicia Keys

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[The following letter from Pink Floyd's co-lead vocalist and basist Roger Waters was published on 29 May 2013 by the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI). It was written as a follow-up and in support of Alice Walker's letter to Alicia Keys emploring her to boycott Israel and cancel her upcoming performance there.] "Just Another Open Letter in The Wall" Dear Alicia Keys I read today Alice Walker's eloquent and moving ...

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Open Letter from Alice Walker to Alicia Keys Regarding the Boycott of Israel

[Alice Walker in Ramallah on 16 April 2011. Photo by TEDxRamallah via Flickr]

[The following letter from author, poet, and activist Alice Walker to singer-songwriter and actress Alicia Keys was originally published by the US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (USACBI) on 29 May 2013.] Dear Alicia Keys, I have learned today that you are due to perform in Israel very soon. We have never met, though I believe we are mutually respectful of each other’s path and work. It would grieve me to know you are putting yourself in danger ...

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Delivering Democracy: Repercussions of the 'Arab Spring' on Human Rights

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[The following report was issued by the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies on 16 May 2013.]  Delivering Democracy: Repercussions of the 'Arab Spring' on Human Rights  Introduction The battle for the “Arab Spring” continues to be waged on three fronts: between the revolutionaries and remaining members of the old regimes, between secularists and those who call for the establishment of a religious state, and between various actors of the ...

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Eye on the Libyan General National Congress: Eighth Report

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[The following report was issued by Bokra Youth Organization and H2O Team on 20 May 2013. This is the eighth in a year-long series of reports covering the actions of Libya's General National Council. This issue focuses on the period from 1 April to 15 April 2013. Click here to access the previous report.] Eye on the Libyan General National Congress: Eighth Report Introduction The General National Congress held four sessions in this period, during which members of the ...

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Right of Return Conference at Boston University: Realizing Return In Practice

[Image of Noura Erakat at Right of Return Conference at Boston University. Crop of Screencap from Video Below.]

On 6-7 April 2013, activists, scholars, and community members converged at Boston University to participate in the Right of Return Conference at Boston University.  The last Right of Return Conference took place in Boston more than a decade ago, and featured the late Edward Said as its keynote speaker. This Conference is especially critical at this juncture as the Oslo Peace Accords turns twenty, and in the direct aftermath of President Barack Obama's first ...

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Joint Appeal to UN Protesting Torture of Detained Rights Defenders in Bahrain

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[The following appeal was issued by the Bahrain Center for Human Rights and Gulf Center for Human Rights on 22 May 2013.] UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, Juan Mendez UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders, Margaret Sekaggya  UN Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of the right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression, Frank La Rue  Dear Special Rapporteurs Mendez, Sekaggya and La Rue, We the undersigned NGOs worldwide are ...

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Nabil Goes In: Woolwich Attack Response (Video)

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[The following video was issued by Nabil Abdul Rashid via UpshotTV on 23 May 2013. The video is a response to the recent murder of a British soldier in London.]    

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Reports Roundup (May 25)

[The following list is a compilation of the reports, statements, and other materials featured on the Jadaliyya Reports Page this past week.] Letter Concerning Suspension of Dr. Mona Prince of Suez University The Committee on Academic Freedom of the Middle East Studies Association reports on the current investigation and informal suspension without pay of Dr. Mona Prince for her discussion of sectarian tension in Egypt and "expressing untoward sentiments about ...

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AMAN Annual Palestine Corruption Report 2012

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[The following report was issued by AMAN in April 2013.]  Annual Palestine Corruption Report 2012 Introduction  Preparation of the annual corruption report of 2012 demonstrates the commitment of the Coalition for Integrity and Accountability – AMAN to continue its pursuit of corruption and the prosecution of the corrupt. At the same time, AMAN is fully aware of the roles played by official and private parties, led by civil ...

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Asfari Institute Inaugural Conference: New Spaces of Civil Society Activism in the Arab World (Beirut, 23-24 May)

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Asfari Institute for Civil Society and Citizenship presents The Asfari Institute Inaugural Conference on Civic Participation and Citizenship: New Spaces of Civil Society Activism in the Arab World The Asfari Institute for Civil Society and Citizenship is honored to invite you to its inaugural two-day conference on Thursday and Friday May 23-24, 2013 (8:30 am to 5:00 pm) at the American Unversity of Beirut, College Hall, B1 Auditorium. The conference is held in partnership ...

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Association for Asian American Studies Resolution to Support the Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions

[The following resolution was issued by the General Membership of the Association for Asian American Studies (AAAS) on 20 April 2013. Below the text of the resolution is a letter issued by the President of the AAAS on 3 May 2013 explaining his support for the resolution.]  Resolution to Support the Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions Issued by the General Membership of the AAAS Whereas the Association for Asian American Studies is an organization ...

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Al Jazeera Management Orders Joseph Massad Article Pulled in an Act of Pro-Israel Censorship

[Al Jazeera logo at network headquarters in Doha. Image by Osama Saeed via Flickr]

[The following report and analysis was published by Ali Abuminah of Electronic Intifada on 19 May 2013.] In an unprecedented act of political censorship Al Jazeera English has deleted an article by noted Columbia University Professor Joseph Massad after coming under intense criticism from Zionists in recent days. Massad told The Electronic Intifada that he had “received confirmation” from his editor at Al Jazeera English that “management ...

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Reports Roundup (May 18)

[The following list is a compilation of the reports, statements, and other materials featured on the Jadaliyya Reports Page this past week.] Glenn Owns Bill: A Lesson in Challenging Islamophobia and Taking Responsibility (Video) On HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher, Bill Maher and Glenn Greenwald discuss the US government's response to the September attack on the US Embassy in Libya. When Maher claims that theocracy and violence are inherent to Muslims and/or Muslim ...

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Injuries, Arrests and House Raids: The Case of a Bahraini Family

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[The following report was originally published by the Bahrain Center for Human Rights on 17 May 2013.] Injuries, Arrests and House Raids: Case of a Bahraini Family The Bahrain Center for Human Rights expresses grave concern at the continuing police of the Bahraini authorities in violating the rights of children, and targeting entire families as retribution. The family of Ashour Hassan Ali from Samaheej have been the victims of repeated targeting by the Bahraini ...

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Bahrain's "Blogfather" Emerges from Hiding

[Ali Abdel Imam. image from cpj.org]

[Jason Stern wrote the following blog post about Ali Abdel Imam for the Committee to Protect Journalists.] For two years, Bahrainis have been asking "Where is Ali Abdel Imam?" And now finally, they have an answer. The prominent opposition blogger suddenly emerged from hiding last week, announcing he had been granted asylum in the United Kingdom, news sources reported.  He had not been heard from since 17 March 2011, when he cryptically tweeted, "I get ...

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