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Contesting Narratives, Locating Power: Updates from Jadaliyya's Second Co-Sponsored Conference on the Arab Uprisings

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Jadaliyya and Lund University's Center for Middle Eastern Studies are co-sponosring a conference entited "Arab Uprisings: Contestining Narratives, Locating Power," being held in Lund, Sweden, on 25-28 April 2012. Over the span of two-and-a-half days, over forty scholars, artists, activists, and opposition figures will meet in roundtable formatt to discuss a range of themes, case-studies, and issues related to the Arab uprisings. Those in attendence include Haytham ...

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ننادي ببطلان مبايعة الأمير نايف ملكًا

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‪]‬تم نشر هذه العريضة ألكترونياً يوم الأثنين، المصادف ٢٣ مارس ٢٠١٢. وقامت أكثر من ٢٤٠ شخصية سعودية بالتوقيع عليها إلى حد الآن. بأمكانكم الاطلاع على العريضة الأصلية هنا ] بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم بدء التوقيع الرياض: الثلاثاء 25/5/1433هـ، الموافق 17/4/2012م. "ننادي ببطلان مبايعة الأمير نايف ملكاً؟ كيف يكون الأصلح من هو أكثر الأمراء استبداداً وأشدهم بطشاً  وتعذيباً وترهيباً، وانتهاكاً لشرط البيعة الشرعية الأكبر: شورى الأمة؟ أ-لماذا تخصيص الأمير نايف ببطلان ...

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ArteEast Presents Two Literary Events Featuring Poets from Gaza (New York, 24 & 25 April 2012)

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April 24 at 7pm: Gazan Writers Salon 1: Fractured Web, Gazan Writing Online at Columbia Center for Palestine Studies, Knox Hall Room 509, Columbia University, 606 West 122 Street, New York, NY 10027. Free and open to the public. April 25 at 7pm: Gazan Writers Salon 2: From Memoir to Reportage and Back Again, a literary reading at Nuyorican Poets Cafe 236 E. 3rd St., New York, NY 10009. Advance tickets $10 (click here to order), $15 at the door. Sponsored by ...

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Press Release: Bahrain Watch Founding Member Dr. Alaa Al-Shehabi Arrested

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[The following press release was issued by Bahrain Watch on 22 April 2012 regarding Alaa al-Shehabi's arrest earlier today. To read articles written by Al-Shehabi for Jadaliyya, click here.] FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Twitter: @bhwatch April 22, 2012 Bahrain Watch Founding Member Dr. Ala'a Al-Shehabi Arrested Ala’a was Accompanying Journalists in a Car on Budaiya Highway at Time of Arrest [Manama] Bahrain Watch expresses its deep ...

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Syria's Phase of Radicalisation

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[The following report is the latest from the International Crisis Group (ICG) on Syria.] Syria's Phase of Radiclisation I. Overview As the 10 April deadline Kofi Annan (the UN and Arab League joint Special Envoy) set for implementation of his peace plan strikes, the conflict’s dynamics have taken an ugly and worrying turn. Syrians from all walks of life appear dumbfounded by the horrific levels of violence and hatred generated by the crisis. Regime forces have subjected ...

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Press Release: A Dangerous Escalation - At Least 11 Shotgun Injuries on 18 April 2012 in Bahrain

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[The following press release was released by Bahrain Watch on 19 April 2012.] FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact:  Twitter: @bhwatch April 19, 2012 A DANGEROUS ESCALATION: AT LEAST 11 SHOTGUN INJURIES ON 18 APRIL 2012 Bahrain Watch Identifies Cyprus, UK, and Italian Birdshot, and Other Live Ammunition [Manama] Activist group Bahrain Watch has observed a dramatic escalation in the use of birdshot and live ammunition by police against ...

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Hizbollah's Position on the Syrian Uprising: Julian Assange Interview with Hasan Nasrallah (Video)

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In this interview, Julian Assange asks Hasan Nasrallah, Secretary-General of Hizbollah, about the organization's goals and strategies vis-a-vis Lebanon, Palestine, and the Israeli government, as well as the current uprising, regime response, and international mobilization in Syria. The interview is the first installament in a ten-episode series entitled The World Tomorrow, broadcast on Russia Today, hosted by Julian Assange, and featuring interviews with ...

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A Collective Response to "To Be Anti-Racist is to Be Feminist: The Hoodie and the Hijab are Not the Same"

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[The following statement was issued by a group of feminist writers, activists, and academics in response to a recently published article, entitled "To Be Anti-Racist Is to Be Feminist: The Hoodie and the Hijab Are Not Equals." It was originally published on The Feminist Wire, the publication that featured the original article. To sign on to this statement, please email with your full name and institutional affiliation.] To our ...

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Judith Butler: Boycott Politics and Global Responsibility (Video)

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The following is a video of a lecture given by Judith Butler, entitled "Boycott Politics and Global Responsability," wherein she discusses the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement in solidarity with the Palestinian people. The lecture was given at Tufts University and co-sponsored by the school's Antrhopology, Sociology, English, and Peace and Justice Studies departments. Butler is a professor of Rhetoric and Comparative Literature at UC Berkeley. ...

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Video: Palestine & Law Panel on "The State Question"

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[The following was published by the Center for Palestine Studies at Columbia University] The Center for Palestine Studies has developed a new project on Palestine and Law, which consists of a series of panels with some of the world's leading legal scholars on Palestine. The aim of the series is to promote innovative academic thought on legal questions related to Palestine.  The issues covered will include the state question; property issues; from possession to ...

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Press Release: "Petition to EU Members of Parliament about Auditing Egyptian Foreign Debt"

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[The following press release was issued by the Popular Campaign to Drop Egypt's Debt on 1 April, 2012] The end of the Mubarak dictatorship left Egypt with a heavy legacy of failed economic policies and a misshaped sovereign debt management with projects not necessarily benefiting the vast majority of the Egyptian population. Today, Egypt bears the burden of a public external debt amounting to $35 billion consuming 2/5th of the national budget to service and principal ...

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Syrian Refugees in Turkey

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[The following report was published in the Fahamu Refugee Legal Aid Newsletter on 1 April 2012. It was prepared by by Oktay Durukan and Zaid Hydari of Helsinki Citizens Assembly-Regugee Advocacy and Support Program.] Update: Syrian Refugees in Turkey 16,000 and Counting … Since the Syrian conflict began over one year ago, the Government of Turkey has kept its borders open to individuals who have fled the turmoil. According to latest official figures, over ...

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Al-Arabi al-Hor (The Free Arab)


"Al Arabi Al Hor" (Free Arab) tells the stories of the ongoing revolutions. Its main focus is short documentaries, in addition to written texts and visual material, offering an open space for users' interactions. The documentary films range from two to three minutes in length. Six to ten new documentary films will be released each week. The films portray the daily lives of its featured individuals, following the positive and negative effects of the Arab ...

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Carceral Politics in Palestine and Beyond: Gender, Vulnerability, Prison

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On Thursday, April 5 at 6PM the Center for Palestine Studies and the Institute for Research on Women and Gender at Columbia University will host the event “Carceral Politics In Palestine and Beyond: Gender, Vulnerability, Prison,” featuring panelists Judith Butler, Angela Davis, Mai Masri, and Lena Meari. This topic has recently been put under the international spotlight by Palestinian detainees who have gone on hunger strike in order to expose the brutality of Israel's ...

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ICC Rejects Palestine Bid

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[The following is a ruling from the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court] Situation in Palestine 1. On 22 January 2009, pursuant to article 12(3) of the Rome Statute, Ali Khashan acting as Minister of Justice of the Government of Palestine lodged a declaration accepting the exercise of jurisdiction by the International Criminal Court for "acts committed on the territory of Palestine since 1 July 2002." [1]  2. In ...

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Jadaliyya Reports You Might Have Missed

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Jadaliyya Reports is Jadaliyya's hub for disseminating statements, images, and videos produced by people on the ground in the region, as well as conferences, publications, adn reports from/about the region. Below is a list of some of the on-the-ground-produced statements and videos that readers might have missed over the past several months. Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR): Report on Human Rights Violations Since the BICI (Bassiouni) Report Popular Campaign to Drop ...

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Past is Present: Settler Colonialism in Palestine (New Issue of Settler Colonial Studies)

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[The following is the table of contents of the most recent issue of Settler Colonial Studies] Settler Colonial Studies Vol. 2, No. 1 (2012) Past is Present: Settler Colonialism in Palestine Table of Contents Articles Editors' Introduction Omar Jabary Salamanca, Mezna Qato, Kareem Rabie, Sobhi Samour Land, Labor and the Logic of Zionism: A Critical Engagements with Gershon Shafir Zachary Lockman Shtelt Colonialism: First and Last Impressions of Indigeneity by ...

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Journal of Palestine Studies Responds to CAMERA: David Ben-Gurion and the Transfer of Arabs

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[The following response was issued by the Journal of Palestine Studies on 27 March 2012.] On 3 November 2011, the self-appointed media watchdog CAMERA (Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America) informed the Journal of Palestine Studies of an incorrect citation in an article by Ilan Pappé (“The 1948 Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine”) published in its autumn 2006 issue. The incorrect citation referred to a quotation by Israeli founding father David Ben-Gurion ...

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Call for Papers: Change and Continuity in the Middle East - Rethinking West Asia, North Africa, and the Gulf after 2011 (London, 11 June 2012)

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Change and Continuity in the Middle East: Rethinking West Asia, North Africa and the Gulf after 2011 London, 11 June 2012 Submission Deadline: 13 April 2012 The fact that 2011 has been a year of momentous importance for West Asia, North Africa and the Gulf can hardly be disputed. For this reason, the Graduate Section of BRISMES hereby extends an invitation to all young researchers and PhD candidates to present research that addresses the political, economic, social ...

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Bahrain Center for Human Rights Report on Human Rights Violations Since the BICI Report

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[The following press release was issued by Bahrain Centre for Human Rights on 26 March 2012.] BCHR publishes today its new report, Post BICI Report, presenting the key findings from the ongoing effort to document human rights violations occurring in the state of Bahrain since the publication of the Report of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry (BICI) in November 2012. Our investigative report supports the rights of victims, no matter their political ...

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