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Senior Attache at Syrian Embassy in Washington D.C. Clarifies Reasons for Resignation

[Ahmed Salkini, former Senior Attache of Syrian Embassy in Washington D.C.. Image from unknown archive.]

[Below is an email sent and circulated by Ahmed Salkini, former Senior Attache at the Syrian Embassy in Washington D.C., explaining the reasons for his resignation. The email was reproduced on several websites, including all4syria.info] Dear All: The time has come for me to step down from my current position and move on. I have recently accepted an exciting job offer in the private sector and will be moving to Maryland. I will leave you all in the capable hands of my ...

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Call for Papers - From Tahrir to Wisconsin: Rethinking Revolution, Democracy, and Citizenship (April 27-28, 2012)

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Call for Papers Deadline: November 1, 2011 From Meydan Tahrir to Wisconsin: Rethinking Revolution, Democracy and Citizenship An interdisciplinary graduate student conference, hosted by the political theory graduate students in the Department of Government at Cornell University     From revolutionary awakenings in the Arab world to protests against austerity measures in Europe and assaults on labor rights in Wisconsin, a “specter is haunting the world” – ...

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Justice for Palestine: A Call to Action from Indigenous and Women of Color Feminists

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[This statement was recently issued by a group of indigenous and women of color feminists who participated in a delegation to Palestine this summer.] Between June 14 and June 23, 2011, a delegation of 11 scholars, activists, and artists visited occupied Palestine. As indigenous and women of color feminists involved in multiple social justice struggles, we sought to affirm our association with the growing international movement for a free Palestine. We wanted to see for ...

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Getting Away with Torture: The Bush Administration and the Mistreatment of Detainees

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[Below is the latest from Human Rights Watch (HRW) on attempts to hold Bush Administration officials accountable for torture.] George Tenet asked if he had permission to use enhanced interrogation techniques, including waterboarding, on Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.… “Damn right,” I said. —Former President George W. Bush, 2010[1] There is no longer any doubt as to whether the current administration has committed war crimes. The only question that remains to be ...

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Leadership of Palestinian BDS Campaign Responds to New Israeli Law

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[The following press release was issued by the Palestinian BDS National Committee on July 12, 2011.] The Israeli parliament (Knesset) last night passed a new law  criminalizing support for the Palestinian civil society campaign of boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel, penalizing Israeli persons and organizations active in the campaign, or indeed in any other partial boycott of Israel or any of its institutions. The repressive legislation also bars ...

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Call for Papers: Youth and Citizenship in a Digital Era (Workshop 1 of MRM 2012)

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Workshop Directors Linda Herrera University of Illinois, USA lherrera@illinois.edu Peter Mayo University of Malta, Malta peter.mayo@um.edu.mt Abstract This workshop will tackle challenging questions about changing relationships between education, youth cultural politics, and citizenship in a digital era. There is a growing rift between the citizenship education young people learn in schools versus those they learn in youth driven communication spaces. In ...

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Call for Papers: 13th Mediterranean Research Meeting (March 21-24, 2012)

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Call for Papers Deadline: July 15, 2011 Goals Reaching its Thirteenth Session, the Mediterranean Research Meeting (MRM) aims: to foster theoretical and empirical research and dialogue among scholars from countries across the Mediterranean whose research focuses on the Mediterranean to cover all Mediterranean areas as widely as possible, with topics relating to the Middle East, North Africa, Southern and South-Eastern Europe, their mutual ...

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The Syrian People's Slow Motion Revolution

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[Below is the latest from the International Crisis Group (ICG) on Syria] Popular Protests in North Africa and The Middle East (VI): The Syrian People's Slow-Motion Revolution Executive Summary The Syrian uprising has defied conventional expectations and patterns established elsewhere in the region from the outset. It happened, first of all, and to many that in itself was surprising enough. The regime was not alone in believing in a form of Syrian exceptionalism that would ...

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سوريا تشهد ثورة شعبية سلمية لأجل الحرية والكرامة

  أكد الكاتب والمفكر السوري جاد الكريم جباعي أن الاحتجاجات التي تشهدها سوريا لم تنحسر لأن إصلاحات النظام مراوغة وغير مقنعة، معتبراً أن السلطة لم تقم بأي إصلاح سياسي جدي حتى الآن.. وهي تعلم جيداً أن الإصلاح السياسي الجدي سينهي النظام الشمولي الذي تنتمي إليه وتدافع عنه، وسيضع حداً لرموز الفساد وأصحاب الامتيازات.   وقال جباعي في حوار مع الراية إن الشعب لن يقبل بعد اليوم إلا باستعادة حقوقه المشروعة ومحاسبة من نهبوا ثروات البلاد وأوغلوا في ...

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The Syrian Revolution: Interview with Rosa Yaseen Hassan (Part 1)

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In late June, a Jadaliyya affiliate sat with Syrian novelist Rosa Yaseen Hassan to talk about the Syrian revolution. The interview was conducted in Arabic by a Jadaliyya affiliate and transcribed/translated into English by Ziad Abu-Rish. This post represents Part 1 of the interview, in which Hassan discusses the nature of the Syrian revolution. Part 2 deals with the nature of the regime's attempts to suppress the revolution. Part 3 discusses culture and culture production in ...

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Bahrain's Human Rights Crisis

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[Below is the latest from Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Bahrain.] Since mid-March 2011 Bahrain has been carrying out a punitive and vindictive campaign of violent repression against its own citizens. This fierce repression has been characterized by widespread arbitrary arrests, credible allegations of torture and ill-treatment, apparently coerced televised “confessions,” unfair trials, and attacks on healthcare professionals and injured protesters, as well as ...

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On Cultural Production and the Syrian Revolution: Part 3 of an Interview with Rosa Yaseen Hassan

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In late June, a Jadaliyya affiliate sat with Syrian novelist Rosa Yaseen Hassan to talk about the Syrian revolution. The interview was conducted in Arabic and transcribed/translated into English. This post represents Part 3 of the interview, in which Hassan discusses culture and culture production in Syria during the Syrian revolution. Part 1 and Part 2, each dealing with the nature of the Syrian revolution and regimes attempts to suppress it, respectively, will be published ...

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Call for Submissions: Youth, Media and the Politics of Change in North Africa

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Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication Special Issue Call for Papers Youth, Media and the Politics of Change in North Africa: Negotiating Identities, Spaces and Power Guest Editor: Loubna H. Skalli (American University, Washington D.C.) This special issue of the Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication solicits theoretical and empirical papers on “Youth, Media and the Politics of Change in North Africa: Negotiating Identities, Spaces and ...

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Call for Papers: CSU Conference on Middle Eastern Studies (October 15-16, 2011)

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Call for Proposals: The 4th Annual CSU Conference On Middle Eastern Studies October 15-16, 2011 at Cal Poly Pomona Recent uprisings against autocratic and dictatorial regimes in the Middle East and North Africa shattered many myths and stereotypes about Arab and Islamic societies. Led largely by youth, these movements are historic events of momentous significance. A new Middle East is in the making. Whatever the final outcome of these upheavals may be, these ...

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"Teaching the Middle East" Conference: Conclusions and Moving Forward

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The best way to conclude this summary and discussion of “Teaching the Middle East” — indeed, given the structure of the conference and the nature of the conversations, as set out by Bassam Haddad in his opening remarks and reiterated in his remarks before the two closing panels, the only way to conclude — is that the discussions that began at this conference have not yet concluded. Indeed, these discussions are really only getting started. This was part of the conception of ...

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Panel Summaries for Day 2 of Jadaliyya's "Teaching the Middle East" Conference

Panel 4: Peripheries and Exceptions The second day of the conference began with a panel that focused on states and issues that have been marginal to the dominant discourses about the Arab uprisings. However, the goal of the panel itself was to highlight the actual centrality of these issues to a deeper understating of these uprisings and their consequences for teaching the Middle East. Asli Bali, in her “Comparative and International Law of the Middle East After the ...

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Introduction: Teaching the Middle East after the Tunisian and Egyptian Revolutions . . . Beyond Orientalism, Islamophobia, and Neoliberalism

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May 13-14, 2011, George Mason University “Teaching the Middle East after the Tunisian and Egyptian Revolutions…Beyond Orientalism, Islamophobia, and Neoliberalism,” a conference sponsored by the Middle East Studies Program and the Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies at George Mason University, and by the Arab Studies Institute (which includes Arab Studies Journal and Jadaliyya), brought together forty participants for an intense two-day conversation ...

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USAlafis?

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A radical Christian group appeared at the Arab American Festival in Dearborn, MI (June 18-20), carrying offensive signs and uttering derogatory language. One of its members instigated a fight and the police ordered the group to remove itself to cheers from the crowd. Enjoy!

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Panel Summaries from Day 1 of Jadaliyya's "Teaching the Middle East" Conference

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Panel 1: Focus on Egypt The conference panels were kicked off by a panel that used Egypt as a case-study, both in terms of understanding the dynamics of one particular uprising as well as thinking specifically about the pedagogical implications of that uprising on the teaching of Egyptian history and contemporary politics. Joel Beinin, in his presentation entitled "Workers and Egypt’s January 25th Revolution: Shifting the Discussion from Autocracy/Democracy to ...

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Six Most Read Jadaliyya Posts This Month

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Below is a list of the 6 Most Read Posts on Jadaliyya during the past 30 days. Some include a Spanish translation which was volunteered by other websites. Nearly all the posts below have been circulated on other websites. It is followed by the Most Read Post in Arabic,  Most Watched Video, and Most Followed/Tweeted Report. Finally, we are featuring the Most Commented On post. Enjoy! Most Read Egypt’s ‘Orderly Transition’? International Aid and the Rush to ...

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