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Draft Resolution Requesting Palestine Upgrade from Observer Mission Status to Observer State Status

[Image from screen shot of website for Permanent Observer Mission of Palestine to the United Nations.]

[On 8 November 2012, the Permanent Observer Mission of Palestine to the United Nations submitted a draft resolution to the UN General Assembly requesting an upgrade from Observer Mission status to Observer State status within the United Nations. Such an upgrade would represent the will of a majority of UN member states (132/193). It does not alter, however,  the application for statehood still before the UN Security Council and at its ultimate discretion. The resolution ...

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Open Letter to Egyptian President Morsy from Mahmoud Salem, @SandMonkey

[Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi. Image by Egyptian Government via Wikimedia Commons]

[The following letter was published in Daily News Egypt on 5 November 2012.]   Dear Morsy, Like many Egyptians, I was looking forward to your government’s attempt to implement its decision to close down shops at 10pm, out of the sheer comic value it would’ve presented. I set up an observation post in front of my building in Roxy Square, chairs, Shisha and all, to get a front row seat to the Tom & Jerry-style shenanigans that would take place the moment you tried ...

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San Francisco Event -- Teaching the Arab Revolts: Integrating Contemporary Middle East Protests Into Our Syllabi (17 November)

Teaching the Arab Revolts: Integrating Contemporary Middle East Protests Into Our Syllabi 17 November 2012 12:15 - 1:30 PM Hilton San Francisco, Golden Gate 4 Intended for those with and without Middle East specialties, this workshop provides tools for teaching the "Arab Spring." We will discuss and share syllabi and other resources related to the Arab Spring on: gender; religion; media; labor movements; mulitple causes of the revolts; incorporating areas ...

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Palestinian Youth Statement from Lebanon

[Image from rally in Beirut, Lebanon.]

[The following statement was issued by supporters of a Palestinian youth group, from a rally in Beirut on 9 November 2012.] In his latest statement, Mahmoud Abbas, the term-expired president of the Palestinian Authority (PA), reiterated the PA’s commitment to the futile negotiations process and compromised Palestinian historical rights, foremost among them the Right of Return (RoR). Abbas’ recognition of the Zionist entity is a blatant violation of our right ...

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Bidayat: New Beginnings for All Seasons of Change

[Cover of the Winter/Spring issue of Bidayat.]

[The following article was translated from Arabic to English by Mark Marshall and Assaf Kfoury.] The idea for this journal emerged from our growing desire to be present and take an active role in the development and reinvigoration of an agenda for the Left in the Arab world. The final impetus for this journalistic venture was the outbreak of the popular Arab revolutions, with all the new beginnings that they contain and inspire. We believe that despite the inundation of ...

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Amnesty International Calls for End of Bahraini Ban on Protesting

[Peaceful protests in Bahrain in 2011. Image by Mahmoud Al-Yousif via Flickr]

[Amnesty International issued the following statement on 30 October 2012.] "The Bahrain government's ban on all rallies and gatherings in the country violates the right to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly and must be lifted immediately," said Amnesty International. The Interior Minister announced the ban on Tuesday saying that rallies and gatherings were associated with violence, rioting and attacks on public and private property. He said that the ...

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Open Call for Submissions for the New “Journal of Anthropology of the Contemporary Middle East and Central Eurasia“ (ACME)

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The Journal of Anthropology of the Contemporary Middle East and Central Eurasia (ACME) is a peer-reviewed journal devoted to the anthropological studies of all societies and cultures in the Middle East and Central Eurasia. Its scope is to publish original research by social scientists not only in the area of anthropology but also in sociology, folklore, religion, material culture and related social sciences. It includes all areas of modern and contemporary Middle East ...

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Gatekeepers and Evictions: Somalia's Displaced Population at Risk

[Video of displaced persons camp in Mogadishu by Refugees International. Screenshot from youtube.com]

[The following report was issued by Refugees International on 1 November 2012.]  Gatekeepers and Evictions: Somalia's Displaced Population at Risk  There are currently 1.36 million Somalis displaced within their own country. These internally displaced persons (IDPs) face major protection challenges, including abuse and aid diversion by camp gatekeepers, as well as the threat of forced evictions. These vulnerabilities are not new to Somalia’s displaced population, ...

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Beirut Event: The Silver Factory featuring Andy Warhol's 1967 Marilyn Monroe Series (13-17 November)

[Andy Warhol, Marilyn Monroe Screen-print, 1967]

Q Contemporary's The Silver Factory 13 - 17 November 2012 Beirut, Lebanon To celebrate its 3rd anniversary, Q will revive the American swinging sixties by re-creating Andy Warhol’s New York studio The Factory in Beirut, featuring one of Warhol’s most iconic works of art: the original Marilyn Monroe series from 1967. Andy Warhol (1928 -1987) was a leading artist in the visual art movement known as Pop Art, a genre that emerged in America and elsewhere ...

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Who Will Win the Presidential Election? Lecture by Michael McDonald

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This lecture was held at George Mason University on Monday, 5 November 2012--nearly one week after it was cancelled because of hurricane Sandy. It was sponsored by the Department of Public and International Affairs and the Middle East Studies Program.  Professor McDonald is a leading authority in his field and runs the widely popular website United States Elections Project. His bio can be found here.

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Libya's First Video Art Exhibit (Tripoli, 6-7 November 2012)

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First Glance: Video Art Exhibit 6 & 7 November 2012 Tripoli, Libya  The Arete Foundation for Arts and Culture is to hold an exhibition of video art in Tripoli’s Old City on 6-7 November. First Glance is the first exhibition of video art in the country. Nine screens in the Old City Works will show works by international artists from Argentina, Australia, Egypt, France, India, Japan, Lebanon, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Palestine, Syria, the UK, the ...

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Oxford Event -- Russian Orientalism to Soviet Iranology: The Persian-Speaking World and Its History Through Russian Eyes (30 November 2012)

[Iran Heritage Foundation logo. Image from iranheritage.org]

Russian Orientalism to Soviet Iranology: The Persian-Speaking World and Its History Through Russian Eyes 30 November 2012 Oxford, United Kingdom  The Soviet Union possessed a long tradition of Iranian Studies, a tradition which it inherited from imperial Russia but transformed to suit its sense of its own historical mission. This tradition had its origins within the framework of Russian Orientalism as this developed during the nineteenth century age of imperial ...

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Two Iranian Activists Granted EU's Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought

[Nasrin Sotoudeh. Image by sabzphoto via Flickr]

[The following press release was issued by the European Parliament on 26 October 2012.]  Two Iranian activists, lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh and film director Jafar Panahi, are this year's joint winners of the European Parliament Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. They were chosen by President Schulz and political group leaders on Friday morning. "The award of the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought to the Iranians Nasrin Sotoudeh and Jafar Panahi ...

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Turkish Academics' Statement of Solidarity with Kurdish Detainees on Hunger Strike

[Celebration of the Kurdish holiday Newroz in Diyarbakir, Turkey, 2010. Image by sushiharold via Flickr]

[The following statement was issued by the below-listed Turkish academics in support of the demands and rights of the Kurdish hunger strikers protesting their detention.] To the Press and the Public: We, the academics listed below, would like to declare that we will include the Kurdish problem and the demands of the hunger strikers on our agenda-- in our academic activities, in the courses we present at our universities and in our written work-- until all Kurdish detainees ...

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Urgent Call for Kurdish Hunger Strikers in Turkey

[Protest in support of Kurdish hunger strikers in Berlin. Image by Thomas Rossi Rassloff via Flickr]

[The following letter is being circulated as of 3 November 2012 with respect to Kurdish prisoners on hunger strike in Turkey.] To Your Attention: Academicians from different disciplines and universities in Turkey have started a new campaign in the face of the hunger strike of 683 Kurdish detainees in Turkish prisons. Sixty-four of them have passed their fifty-third day while seventy-nine more have been continuing their strike for forty-three days. The prime minister of ...

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Trial of Israeli Attack on Freedom Flotilla Begins on November 6

[Protesters in Ramallah in May 2010. Image by karathepirate via Flickr]

[The following article was issued by IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation on 1 November 2012.]  The first hearing of the trial concerning an Israeli attack on the Gaza-bound Freedom Flotilla and Mavi Marmara ship will be held at an İstanbul court on Nov.6. IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation, which is one of the organizers of the Freedom Flotilla, is carrying out significant work to bring this case to the world’s attention. Hundreds of lawyers will seek co-plaintiff ...

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Reports Roundup (November 3)

[Screenshot from controversial University of Jordan sexual harassment video. Image from youtube.com]

[The following list is a compilation of the reports, statements, and other materials featured on the Jadaliyya Reports Page this past week.] Four Arab Artists and Intellectuals Receive 2012 Prince Claus Fund Award The annaul Prince Claus Fund Awards recognize individuals whose cultural achievements have a positive impact on the development of their societies. This years' laureates include Sami Ben Gharbia of Tunisia, Habiba Djahnine of Algeria, Yassin al Haj Saleh of ...

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Conference: Palestine Center Annual Conference (Washington DC, 9 November 2012)

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Where Are We Headed? The US and Middle East After Elections Palestine Center Annual Conference 9 November 2012 Washington, DC The Palestine Center is an independent think-tank committed to communicating reliable and objective information about the Palestinian political experience to American policy makers, journalists, students and the general public. Established in 1991, it is the educational program of the Jerusalem Fund for Education and Community Development. The ...

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Remi Kanazi: Normalize This!

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Bringing together a great crew of creative minds and shot throughout Brooklyn, Normalize This! tackles the multitude of ways Israel attempts to normalize its policies and whitewash its crimes against Palestinians. As an avid proponent of the fast growing, rights-based Palestinian civil society call for boycott, divestment, and sanctions, and as an artist who refuses to sign onto projects that promote a false symmetry between occupier and occupied, Remi Kanazi felt this was ...

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Ithaca Event: Moving Beyond Sterile Negotiations (Today 1 November 2012)

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Moving Beyond Sterile Negotiations Noura Erakat, Georgetown University, Temple University 5pm on Thursday 1 November 2012 Morrison Hall, Room 146 Cornell University Ithaca, NY  This lecture will focus on the failure of the two-decade long peace process between Israel and Palestine, as well as the timeliness, justification, and feasibility for shifting to a rights-based strategy and solution, as well as consider the reorientation of political forms in the ...

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