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Announcing the Launch of the Arab American Studies Website

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The Arab American Studies Association (AASA) would like to announce the launch of the website www.arabamericanstudies.org. We invite those interested in Arab American studies to visit the website and learn more about AASA. Founded in 2012, AASA is a non-profit, nonpolitical, multi-disciplinary organization dedicated to the study of the history, culture, literature, art, music, politics, religion, and other aspects of Arab American experience. The ...

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Jordanian Held Incommunicado in Saudi Arabia

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[The following call to action was issued by Amnesty International on 26 February 2013.] A Jordanian man has been held incommunicado in an undisclosed location in Saudi Arabia since 6 January. He was last seen being arrested by Saudi Arabian security forces, and has since been denied access to his family and to the outside would. The conditions of his detention may amount to enforced disappearance if the Saudi Arabian authorities continue to refuse disclosing his ...

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Open Letter from Family of Jailed Palestinian Cartoonist Mohammed Saba'na

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[The following update on the status of jailed Palestinian cartoonist Mohammed Abdel Ghani Saba'na was issued by the Committee to Protect Journalists on 1 March 2013. Below the update is an open letter from Saba'na's family, published by Cartoon Movement on 25 February 2013.]  Update on Status of Mohammed Abdel Ghani Saba'na A military court in the city of Ashkelon extended the detention of Mohammad Saba'aneh, a Palestinian cartoonist for Al-Hayat al-Jadida, on ...

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Doctors Without Borders: Humanitarian Aid Cannot Be Co-Opted into Somalia Stabilization Program

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[The following statement was issued by Doctors Without Borders on 28 February 2013.] Efforts underway at the United Nations to integrate humanitarian assistance into the international military campaign against opponents of Somalia’s government will further threaten the safe delivery of independent and impartial aid to Somalis struggling to survive ongoing war, the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) ...

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Concern Over Arrest of Human Rights Defender Zainab Al-Khawaja

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[The following statement was issued by Front Line Defenders on 1 March 2013.] On 27 February 2013, human rights defender Ms Zainab Al-Khawaja was arrested by security forces during a peaceful sit-in in front of the Royal Palace in Al Qudaybiyah. Meanwhile, on 28 February 2013, the Court of Appeal rejected an appeal lodged by the human rights defender against a sentence of two months imprisonment, while an appeal against another one month imprisonment sentence was ...

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Call for Applicants: Rachel Corrie Scholarship Program

The Palestinian American Women Association (PAWA) of Southern California established the Rachel Corrie Scholarship (RCS) Program to commemorate the life of American peace activist Rachel Corrie. It is in her honor and legacy that PAWA hopes to inspire future activists. The goal of the Rachel Corrie Scholarship Program is to empower young female activists in becoming leaders in their community by cultivating their cultural and ...

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NGO Conference Calls for Regional Human Rights Reform

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[The following press release was issued by the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights on 25 February 2013, following the conclusion of a NGO seminar on human rights issues throughout the Middle East.] An NGO high level strategic conference urges the Arab League to adopt an effective human rights protection system as an urgent requirement to meet expectations of the peoples and address major violations of and threats to universal human rights in the Arab region. In a ...

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Event -- International Women's Day: Youth Activism, Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (9 March 2013, Garden Grove, CA)

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International Women's Day: Youth Activism, Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS)  9 March 2013, 6:00 p.m. Garden Grove, California  The Palestinian American Women’s Association (PAWA) of Southern California presents "Youth Activism, Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) on International Women's Day, featuring keynote speaker Professor Nada Elia, activist and professor of Gender and Global Studies.  Also featuring: Live Entertainment ...

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Reports Roundup (March 2)

[The following list is a compilation of the reports, statements, and other materials featured on the Jadaliyya Reports Page this past week.] Sexual Violence Against Women and the Increasing Frequency of Gang Rape in Tahrir and Its Environs Nazra for Feminist Studies addresses the rise of sexual violence in Egypt's Tahrir Square from a feminist perspective, arguing that women's issues are first and foremost political issues.  Physicians for Human Rights: Rights ...

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London Event -- Algeria, Mali: Another Chapter in the “Global War On Terror”? (9 March)

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Algeria, Mali: Another Chapter in the “Global War On Terror”? 9 March 2013, 4:30 p.m.  Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS, London As the dreadful hostage crisis at the BP-operated In Amenas gas plant in Algeria came to an end on January 19th, the British Prime Minister, David Cameron claimed, like George Bush Jr and Tony Blair before him, that the country faced an "existential" and "global threat" to "our interests and way of ...

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United Nations OHCHR Calls for Investigation into Death of Palestinian Prisoner Undergoing Israeli Interrogation

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[The following press release was issued by the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on 27 February 2013.]  The United Nations Special Rapporteur for human rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, Richard Falk, today called for an international investigation on the death of Palestinian prisoner Arafat Jaradat while undergoing interrogation in an Israeli facility. “The death of a prisoner during interrogation is always a cause for concern, but in ...

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Call for Submissions: Mamilla International Poetry Festival (7 - 9 September, Ramallah & Jerusalem)

The Mamilla International Poetry Festival 7 - 9 September 2013 Ramallah & Jerusalem Encouraged by renewed hope for the preservation of the ancient Mamilla Cemetery, ARCH joins hands with the Mahmoud Darwish Foundation and Museum and the Campaign to Preserve Mamilla Jerusalem Cemetery in organizing the Mamilla International Poetry Festival. ARCH (Alliance to Restore Cultural Heritage in the Holy City of Jerusalem), the Mahmoud Darwish Foundation and Museum, and ...

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International Judicial Observation Mission Report on the Trial against Human Rights Defender Nabeel Rajab

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[The following report was issued by the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders on 14 February 2013.] International Judicial Observation Mission Report on the Trial against Human Rights Defender Nabeel Rajab Introduction Between September and December 2012, the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), ...

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Don'ti Mixi: A Song by The Great Departed (Video)

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The following song/video was released by a recently formed Lebanese band, The Band of the Great Departed (Sandy Chamoun, Imad Hsheishou, Abed Qbeisi, Ali Al-Hout, and Khaled Soubeih).  The song was inspired by Egypt's President Morsi. During a recent talk in Germany, Morsi mixed Arabic and English while speaking, despite having an interpreter. Hence the title and lyrics of their song, which play on this issue and the Egyptian accent: "Don’ti ...

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Event: Proxy and Invisible Detention in the US Counterinsurgencies in Iraq and Afghanistan (12 March 2013, Rutgers University)

Proxy and Invisible Detention in the US Counterinsurgencies in Iraq & Afghanistan 12 March 2013, 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey The Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Rutgers University presents "Proxy and Invisible Detention in the US Counterinsurgencies in Iraq & Afghanistan," a talk by Dr. Laleh Khalili, Reader in Politics of the Middle East SOAS, University of London. This talk examines the use of ...

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Spider Web: The Making and Unmaking of Iran Sanctions

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[The following report was issued by International Crisis Group on 25 February 2013.] Spider Web: The Making and Unmaking of Iran Sanctions  Executive Summary With war a frightening prospect and fruitful negotiations a still-distant dream, sanctions have become the West’s instrument of choice vis-à-vis Iran. They are everywhere: in the financial arena, barring habitual commercial relations; in the oil sector, choking off Tehran’s principal source of currency; in the ...

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Unpunished Massacre: Yemen's Failed Response to the "Friday of Dignity" Killings

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[The following report was issued by Human Rights Watch on 12 February 2013.] Unpunished Massacre: Yemen's Failed Response to the "Friday of Dignity" Killings Summary  On 18 March 2011, as popular revolts swept the Arab world, tens of thousands of demonstrators in Yemen held a protest that they proclaimed the Friday of Dignity. The biggest rally took place at Change Square, a sprawling protest camp in the capital, Sanaa. As the protesters ...

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Physicians for Human Rights: Rights Violations Still Common in Bahrain on Second Anniversary of Protest Movement

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[The following statement was issued by Physicians for Human Rights on 14 February 2013.]  Two years after political protests first erupted in Bahrain, the government continues to routinely violate the human rights of protesters, PHR said today. In fact, the death toll from violent clashes that have marked the past two years continued to inch up today when security forces shot and killed a sixteen year-old boy participating in protests held to mark the second ...

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Sexual Violence Against Women and the Increasing Frequency of Gang Rape in Tahrir Square and its Environs

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[The following position paper was issued by Nazra for Feminist Studies on 4 February 2013.] Sexual Violence Against Women and the Increasing Frequency of Gang Rape in Tahrir Square and its Environs  With this paper, Nazra for Feminist Studies offers a feminist theoretical attempt to understand the rise of sexual violence against women over the past few months.   We believe that it is important to raise this issue so that different political actors, even well ...

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Palestine Awareness Week at UCLA (25-28 February, Los Angeles)

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Palestine Awareness Week (PAW) at UCLA Please join Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) at UCLA for a week of educational events and activities highlighting the Palestinian cause and discussing how UCLA students can support Palestinian rights. This week will feature both day and evening events, and speakers from both in and outside the UCLA community. The events are co-sponsored by the Afrikan Student Union, Muslim Students Association, Queer Alliance, Incarcerated Youth ...

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