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Call for Applicants: US Media Development Seminar on Palestine (14-25 July 2016, Jerusalem and West Bank)

U.S. Media Development Seminar on Palestine 2016 Media Development Seminar July 14- July 25, 2016 in Jerusalem and the West Bank Application Deadline (Extended): February 5, 2016 Awards Announced: March 11, 2016 The Palestinian American Research Center (PARC) announces its second Media Development Seminar on Palestine. This 12-day seminar is for U.S. faculty members with a demonstrated interest in, but little travel experience to, Palestine. PARC will select 10 ...

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Joint Letter by Global Higher Education Networks in Support of Turkey's Higher Education and Research Community

[The following press release was issued by Scholars at Risk on 21 January 2016 to publicize the joint letter endorsed by 20 higher education networks and associations regarding concerns over widespread pressures on members of Turkey's higher education and research community.] Press Release: Global Higher Education Networks Stand with Turkish Scholars New York, January 21, 2016 – This afternoon, a coalition of 20 higher education networks and associations from around the ...

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Letter by American Political Science Association Regarding Academic Freedom in Turkey

[The following letter was issued by the American Politica Science Association on 18 January 2016 regarding recent infringments on academic freedom in Turkey] Letter to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan regarding academic freedom in Turkey January 18, 2016 H.E. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan President of the Republic of Turkey T.C. Cumhurbaşkanlığı Genel Sekreterliği 06689 Çankaya, Ankara Turkey Via Email: cumhurbaskanligi@tccb.gov.tr President Erdoğan: On behalf of ...

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Letter by American Anthropological Association Regarding Repression of Academics in Turkey

[The folllowing letter was issued by the American Anthropological Assosication on 17 January 2016 in regards to the ongoing repression of academics in Turkey] January 17, 2016 Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu Office of the Prime Minister Başbakanlık 06573 Ankara, Turkey Via facsimile +90 312 417 0476; +90 312 403 62 82; + 90 312 422 26 67 We write as members of the American Anthropological Association’s Committee for Human Rights (CfHR) to express our grave concern over ...

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Urgent Call for Action by Women’s Freedom Assembly in Turkey

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[The following statement was issued by Women's Freedom Assembly (KÖM) on 18 January 2016 as a call for international women's solidarity in regards to the ongoing war in the Kurdish region and growing repression of dissent in Turkey.] To Women’s Organizations: Urgent Call for Action Women’s Freedom Assembly (KÖM) is calling on your solidarity against the war and massacres that we have been living through for the past eight months. The AKP government and President Tayyip ...

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Statement of Concern by Professors of Turkish Studies and Ottoman History Regarding Diminishing Academic Freedoms in Turkey

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[The following statement was issued by a group of scholars of Turkish Studies and Ottoman History on 20 January 2016 in regards to concerns over academic freedoms and freedom of expression in Turkey.] Statement For Academic Freedom In Turkey Prof. Dr. Ahmet Davutoğlu, Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey We, the undersigned professors of Turkish Studies and Ottoman History working at various universities throughout the world, from the USA to Asia, declare that we ...

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Text of Alleged Contract between Russian and Syrian Governments

[The following is an English translation made available by the Washington Post on 15 January 2016 of a Russian-language document the newspaper claims was posted on a Russian government website. According to the Washington Post, the document "details the terms of its [Russian] ariel support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad."] Agreement between the Russian Federation and the Syrian Arab Republic on deployment of an aviation group of the Russian Armed Forces on ...

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مؤتمر: خمس سنوات على الثورات العربية عُسر التحوّل الديمقراطي ومآلاته

 

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Conference--The Arab Revolutions: Five Years On The Arduous Road of Democratization and Future Prospects (Beirut, 21-23 January 2016)

Click here to download the below program as a single PDF document.  

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Conference--After Tahrir: Egyptian Revolutionary Experiences and Future Visions (Santa Barbara, 22-26 January 2016)

After Tahrir: Egyptian Revolutionary Experiences and Future Visions January 22-26, 2016 Pollock Theater, McCune Room University of California Santa Barbara Conference Website: http://www.aftertahrir.net Conference Hashtag: #aftertahrir This four-day research collaboration workshop will take place at UC Santa Barbara on the five-year anniversary of the Tahrir Square Uprisings in 2011 that toppled Egypt’s long-term dictator Hosni Mubarak. These ...

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Letter to Turkish PM Davutoglu Concerning Turkish Higher Education Council's Condemnation of Scholars for Signing Peace Petition

[The following letter was issued by the Committee on Academic Freedom of the Middle East Studies Association on 14 January 2016.] Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu Office of the Prime Minister Başbakanlık 06573 Ankara, Turkey Via facsimile +90 312 417 0476; +90 312 403 62 82; + 90 312 422 26 67 Dear Prime Minister Davutoğlu: We write on behalf of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) of North America and its Committee on Academic Freedom to express our serious ...

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Press Release: Doctors Without Borders on Siege and Starvation in Madaya

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[The following press release on the seige of Madaya, Syria was issued by Doctors Without Borders on 7 January 2016 and updated on 8 January 2016] Syria: Seige and Starvation in Madaya 8 January Update: The MSF-supported medics in Madaya have identified 250 people with severe acute malnutrition, including 10 patients who are in immediate need of lifesaving hospitalization. The number of people in need of medical care is growing. If a safe medical evacuation procedure can ...

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Call for Papers: Conference and Special Issue on Communication and Conflict in Syria and Iraq

Conference and Special Issue  Call for Papers   Title: Communication and Conflict: Syria and Iraq Organized by: Centre for Media Studies, SOAS Conference Venue: Khalili Lecture Room, SOAS Date: 7 May 2016 One of the most popular topics in public discourse and research today is the role of media in the conflicts in Syria and Iraq, driven by concerns about the self-proclaimed Islamic State and its social media recruitment efforts and propaganda, threats of ...

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Fact Check: The Truth About Shaykh Nimr al-Nimr

[The following resource was published by Americans for Human Rights and Democracy in Bahrain on 29 December 2015. Shaykh Nimr al-Nimr was a leading opposition figure who was the Saudi regime executed on 2 January 2016 along with forty-six other detainees.] Since arresting leading Shia cleric Shaykh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr in July 2012, the Government of Saudi Arabia has worked to propagate a series of misperceptions aimed at degrading Sheikh Nimr’s record as a ...

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Petition Protesting Comments Made by Celal Sengor Concerning Torture and the 1980 Coup in Turkey

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[The following petition was issued in December 2015 in the aftermath and in opposition to comments made by Celal Sengor in an interview.] Dear members of the Committee on Human Rights of the NAS, NAE, and NAM, We are writing to bring to your attention the deplorable remarks made recently by Celal Sengor, a Turkish geologist and a foreign member to the National Academy of Sciences. In an interview he gave to the mainstream Turkish daily, Radikal, Sengor blatantly stated ...

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Statement on the Freedom Fighter and Liberated Prisoner Omar Nayef Zayed

[The following statement (in English and Arabic, below) by the Campaign in Solidarity with the Struggler Omar Nayef Zayed, was issued by Palestinian organizers inside and outside occupied Palestine, demanding the freedom of, and an end to extradition proceedings against, Omar Nayef Zayed, a Palestinian community leader and former prisoner who is now facing threats of arrest by the Bulgarian state due to the pursuit of the Israeli occupation. Click here to take action to ...

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Urgent Call for Solidarity and Action from the Union of Southeastern Anatolia Region Municipalities

[The following call for action was issued by Giiltan Kianak on behlaf of the Union of Southeastern Anatolia Region Municipalities.] Union of Southeastern Anatolia Region Municialities Urgent Call for Solidarity and Action  In the course of armed conflict that restarted in the Kurdish region of Turkey after general elections in June 2015, 186 civilians most of which are women or children have died so far, hundreds of them were injured and thousands of people were ...

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Al Jazeera Censors English-Language Article Critical of Saudi Regime

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On 3 December 2015, Al Jazeera America (AJAM) published an article by US-based civil rights attorney and analyst Arjun Sethi. Entitled "Saudi Arabia Uses Terrorism as An Excuse for Human Rights Abuses," the article drew on a range of reports by international human rights organizations about the Saudi regime's repression of dissent and the recent increase in the number of planned executions. It also drew direct parallels and connections between the US War on Terror ...

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Job Opening: Associate/Assistant Professor and Director of The Centre for the Comparative Study of Muslim Societies and Cultures at Simon Fraser University

The Department of History, in conjunction with the Centre for the Comparative Study of Muslim Societies and Cultures (CCSMSC) at Simon Fraser University, seeks to make an appointment at the rank of associate professor (with tenure for qualifying candidates) in the field of comparative Muslim societies and cultures. Exceptional candidates at the rank of assistant professor (without teAnure) may also be considered. The recommended candidate will serve as director of the CCSMSC ...

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منظمة هيومان رايتس واتش: إسماعيل الإسكندراني يواجه أمن الدولة

 بينان منظمة "هيومان رايتس واتش" حول اعتقال الزميل الباحث والصحفي إسماعيل الإسكندراني: على السلطات المصرية إطلاق سراح إسماعيل الإسكندراني، وهو باحث وصحفي له تقارير عن الحركات الإسلامية والتطورات في شبه جزيرة سيناء. الإسكندراني محتجز منذ 29 نوفمبر/تشرين الثاني 2015. قال محامون اتصلت بهم أسرته ومنظمات حقوقية مصرية لـ "هيومن رايتس ووتش" إن الإسكندراني خضع لاستجوابات مطولة في مكتب نيابة أمن الدولة في القاهرة في 1 ديسمبر/كانون الأول. قال المحامون إن ...

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