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The Refugee Crisis in Greece- A STATUS/الوضع Interview with Georgia Arapidou

In this interview for STATUS/الوضع, host Eleni Makkas speaks with Georgia Arapidou about the refugee situation in Greece after the EU-Turkish Agreement (2016), told from the perspective of a Greek asylum lawyer.  Georgia Arapidou is a legal counselor and attorney for the Association for the Social Support of Youth (Arsis). Arsis's work is centered on immigrant and refugee youth. The NGO provides legal and psychosocial aid to young people, deals with asylum cases and exploitation in the workplace. Arapidou is based in Arsis's Youth Support Center in Athens that has been operating since 2014. Arsis has recently been intervening in refugee camps and immigrant ...

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ثمن انعدام الجنسية: اللاجئون الفلسطينيون الفارون من سوريا

[المصدر: موقع العين]

"لا يكاد الفلسطينيون يستوعبون مأساةً أصابتهم حتى تعاجِلُهم أختها."  Joe Sacco, Footnotes in Gaza, New York, 2009: xi ارتبطت المأساة والمقاومة بتاريخ الفلسطينيين منذ صدور وعد بلفور عام 1917، ولا غرابة في وجود علاقةٍ عضوية بين الانتفاضات العربية الراهنة والمقاومة الفلسطينية. غير أن الانتفاضات العربية قد أثرت في الفلسطينيين الذين لجؤوا إلى العالم العربي في أعقاب نكبة عام 1948. فكما حدث بعد الغزو الأمريكي للعراق عام 2003، كشفت الانتفاضات ما يتعرض له اللاجئون الفلسطينيون من انعدام الأمن وضياع حقوقهم الإنسانية بسبب افتقارهم إلى الجنسية. ومع موجة النزوح الحالية وفرار اللاجئين الفلسطينيين من سوريا تتكشف مأساةٌ جديدة. تُقدِّر وكالة الأمم المتحدة لإغاثة وتشغيل ...

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Displacement and Identity: Exploring Syrian Refugees’ Lived Experiences

[As the biggest refugee crisis in recent times grips Europe, CAFOD and our supporters are calling on the Prime Minister to do more to support vulnerable Syrian refugees resettling in the UK as quickly as possible. CAFOD Photo Library, uploaded via Flickr]

Since the Arab uprisings of 2011, the perception of national identity among Syrians has changed radically. Many factors have contributed to this: the country became de facto divided among different groups; thousands of non-Syrian jihadists, such as the self-proclaimed “Islamic State” (also known as ISIS), have succeeded in controlling large swaths of Syria and Iraq; and sectarian tensions among different segments of Syrian society have intensified with the increasing intervention of regional and global powers. By the end of 2015, an estimated 11.5 percent of the 23 million population of Syria were killed or injured due to armed-conflict. More than 4.8 million Syrians ...

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إسطنبول.. لجوء في انتظار اللجوء

[لوحة للفنانة أتيل عدنان]

في محل صغير يتسع لأربع كراسي داخل أزقة حي الفاتح القديم بمدينة إسطنبول يقضي الشاب السوري عُبادة نداف (25 عامًا) وقته في قص شعر رؤوس الزبائن من أهالي الحي. قبل قدومه إلى تركيا في أغسطس 2013 عمل عُبادة حلاقًا في مسقط رأسه حلب، ثم مع اشتداد رحى الحرب في سوريا نزح إلى مدينة غازي عنتاب التركية، ومن هناك انتقل إلى إسطنبول، حيث فرص البحث عن عمل بين تلالها السبعة أكبر بكثير من غيرها من المدن. خلال بحثه عن فرصة للعمل تعرف عبادة على صاحب محل حلاقة تركي داخل أزقة منطقة "قره جمرك" بحي الفاتح الذي يفضل شريحة واسعة من العرب الاستقرار فيه لطبعه المحافظ. ساعده صاحب المحل بتوفير فرصة عمل ليُعين نفسه بعد أن صرف الأموال التي ادخرها في سوريا خلال رحلته إلى إسطنبول، حيث لا تقدم ...

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Islam, Muslims, and the Trump World Order

[No Muslim Ban 2, Washington, DC USA. Taken on February 4, 2017 by Ted Eytan and uploaded via Flickr ]

As Muslim communities in the United States and around the world confront the terrifying prospects that a Donald Trump presidency holds for their lives and liberties, a long-simmering conflict within the American political establishment has reached its boiling point. Recent policy debates surrounding the ban on Muslim immigration and the proposed designation of the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization mask a deeper struggle over the enduring practices of a political class in the throes of a revolt by a right-wing fringe movement. Determined to impose its puritanical vision of US power in the twenty-first century, the movement empowered by Trump’s election has ...

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Specters of Palestine: Syrian Refugees in Lebanon

[Nahr al-Barid refugee camp in 1952. UNRWA photo]

There are at least 1.5 million Syrian refugees in Lebanon, a number that represents a quarter of Lebanon’s total population. This is the highest concentration of Syrian refugees in the world. Syrians are not the only refugee population in Lebanon. When considered alongside Palestinian, Iraqi, Kurdish, and Sudanese refugees, the total refugee population easily represents a third of Lebanon’s current residents. Lebanon had no revolution, or sustained uprising, to contribute to the regional fervor that began in 2010 and swept Tunisia, Egypt, Bahrain, Yemen, Libya, and Syria. Revolutions beget counter-revolutions; in Egypt a new military-authoritarian regime ...

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Co-Editor Mouin Rabbani Discusses Trump Orders Concerning Refugees on Al Jazeera

[US President Donald Trump signing the

In this 28 January 2017 edition of Al Jazeera English's Inside Story, Jadaliyya Co-Editor Mouin Rabbani discusses the consequences of US President Donald Trump's newly-announced orders suspending and restricting US refugee policy. The program, presented by Hashem Ahelbarra, also features Brad Thomas, a supporter of the Trump administration recently-announced policies, and Leonard Doyle, public relations officer with the International Organization for Migration. 

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ذاكرة المستقبل

[ لوحة للفنان السوري مروان قصاب باشي]

كنت جالساً البارحة بمفردي، وهذا بحد ذاته الآن شيء لا ينصح به لكل السوريين في المهجر، أتابع الأخبار. لا شغف ولا إثارة كانت تأتي من جميع القنوات الاخبارية أوصفحات التواصل الاجتماعي. على الرغم من أن معظم الأخبار كانت تركّز على مدينتي الجريحة. ليس فقط على المدينة، بل أكثر تحديداً على بعض الأحياء التي قضيت فيها سنين مراهقتي الشقية. السنين التي تعرفت فيها على عشيقتي التي قضيت معها ثلاثة عشر عاماً من الحب، حبيبتي حلب. في سن الثالثة عشرة، اتخذت قراراً مبكراً بمغادرة قريتي البسيطة والذهاب إلى المدينة. حلب وقتها لم تكن غريبة علي وبنفس الوقت لم تكن ذلك المكان الذي آلفه جيداً أيضاً. حصل والدي الذي كان يعمل في المؤسسة العامة للاتصالات على منزل في حي سكني يدعى «مساكن هنانو». ...

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Conflict Medicine: A Manifesto

[Palestinian surgeons operating in Al-Shifa Hospital in the Gaza Strip, July 2014. Image: Ghassan Abu-Sittah.]

Contemporary protracted conflicts across the Middle East have presented health systems and professionals with unprecedented challenges. The objective of this manifesto on conflict medicine is to highlight the need for a better understanding of the different pathways of injury and re-injury within the changing ecology of war. Ongoing conflicts in Iraq, Syria, Libya, and Yemen are taking place in urban settings and result in high casualties among civilians and combatants alike. In fact, the distinction between combatants and civilians is increasingly blurred, making the injuries they suffer similar. In such settings, the delivery of treatment is often partial and ...

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Empty Promises? Radical Policy Shift Needed on Refugees and Migrants

 [An asylum seeker holds a sign addressing EU leaders at the Greek border with the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. Image: MSF]

On 19 September 2016, the UN General Assembly brought together for the first time all UN Member states to work on a more “coordinated and humane approach” to large movements of refugees and migrants. Described as an “historic opportunity to come up with a blue print for a better international response,” the timing of this high level meeting could not have been better. With millions of refugees and migrants on the move and a deadly epidemic of restrictive migration and asylum policies spreading from country to country, it is time for world leaders to radically rethink their response to the large scale movement of migrants and refugees. Commentators have questioned ...

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Resolving to Divest: The History of SJP at UCLA's Divestment Campaign

This article reviews the history of Students for Justice in Palestine at UCLA’s campaign to pass a divestment resolution through the Undergraduate Students Association Council (USAC). In what follows, we briefly historicize campus Palestine activism, review the history of SJP at UCLA, and then provide a detailed account and analysis of the divestment struggle—from the first discussions of ethical investments in early 2013 to the ultimate passage of divestment in November 2014.[1] Part 1: SJP's History A Brief History of Campus Palestine Activism As Raja Abdulhaq writes in an article reflecting on the legacy and present status of the General Union of Palestinian ...

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A Brief History of Fortress Europe

[Image of European Union flag. Image by Rock Cohen/Flickr]

Three days into 2016, the European border crisis claimed its first victim: a two-year-old boy who drowned off the coast of the Greek island of Agathonisi. Compared with the public outcry that the photos of Aylan Kurdi’s lifeless body on a Turkish beach provoked the previous August, the reaction to the fact that European border policies had killed another innocent toddler was tepid to say the least. While it may be the case that the lack of a tragic image attesting to the fact served to insulate many from the visceral reaction that such stark visual realities often stimulate, it is also true that a broader shift had occurred across Europe in the interim. While there ...

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Two Video Installations by Dictaphone Group (Houston, 18-23 April 2017)

This year's installment of Houston's CounterCurrent Festival will feature two video installations by the Lebanon-based Dictaphone Group, a research and performance collective that creates live art events based on multidisciplinary study of space. The two video installations on display in Houston tackle different aspects of displacement, refuge, and urban space, taking on the experience of individual Syrian and Palestinian refugees. Both installations are showing every from 12pm to 8pm, 18-23 ...

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مدن: آلتا

قبل عشر سنوات وفي واحد من الصباحات الخريفية الكئيبة أبلغني أحدهم بأنّي قد حصلت على موطن جديد. قال بأنّ مدينة صغيرة تُدعى آلتا، ترتفع بمقدار 65 متراً عن سطح البحر وتقع في عنق النرويج على الخارطة ستكون موطني ومحط رحالي. كنت يومذاك ضيفاً على محطة استقبال اللاجئين في العاصمة النرويجية أوسلو مع عشرات العراقيين الفارّين من الموت هناك. وكنا نتقاسم العيش في غرف ضيقة، تحوي كل واحدة منها ستة أشخاص يتناثرون على أسرّة خشبية مزدوجة. في الطابق العلوي للسرير المخصص لي كان ينام كاكا ميروان، الشاب الكوردي الوسيم الذي كاد ...

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Task Force on Population Movement Yemen Report (March 2017)

 [The following report summary was published by the International Organization on Migration’s Displacement Tracking Matrix on 15 March 2017. For the full report, click here.]   Task Force on Population Movement | TFPM Yemen | 13th Report – March 2017 The Task Force for Population Movement (TFPM), co-led by IOM and UNHCR is a Technical Working Group of the Yemen Protection Cluster. The TFPM implements an information management tool that gathers data on the status and location of ...

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Jadaliyya Co-Editor Noura Erakat Interview on Trump’s Immigration Ban and U.S. Middle East Policy with Common Policy

Jadaliyya Co-Editor,  Noura Eraka joins Common Policy a podcast of the Hauenstein Center of Grand Valley State University, to discuss her work in international law and refugee law, as well as on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. She also addresses President Trump’s demand for “extreme vetting” of refugees, as well whether his Middle East policy significantly differs from those of his recent predecessors.

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الغرب والسوريون: مبيعات الأسلحة الأمريكية والأوروبية للشرق الأوسط 2011- 2014

كَثُر الحديث في أوروبا والولايات المتحدة في العامين المنصرمين حول أعباء استضافة اللاجئين السوريين وغير السوريين، بينما غاب ذكر منحى آخر من تورط البلدان الأجنبية في الصراع ألا وهو حجم مبيعاتها للسلاح في الشرق الأوسط. فبين عامي 2011 و2014، وبناءً على تقديرات متحفظة، فقد كسبت أوروبا 21 بليون يورو من صفقات تجارة السلاح إلى الشرق الأوسط بينما اَنفقت 19 بليون على استضافة ما يقارب مليون لاجئ سوري. يجدر هنا السؤال: بالرغم من إدراكهم تبعات تدفق السلاح في إطالة الحرب، هل إختار السياسيون الغربيون المقايضة بين جني ...

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Trump’s Travel Ban: What We Know, What We Don’t Know, and What May Happen Next

On 27 January 2017, President Donald J. Trump issued an executive order, “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States.” Trump’s travel ban (or “Muslim ban,” as it has come to be called—not inaccurately, since it clearly targets Muslim-majority countries) has of course received a huge amount of attention. However, even among those attempting to follow the story closely, areas of confusion and misinformation have remained. In part, this has to do with the state of chaos that ...

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استراحة مخيّم: روايات من مخيم الرشيدية والبحر

لا نعرف الكثير حول سبب تواجد المخيمات الفلسطينية حيث هي اليوم. كما لا نعرف المسارات التي اتخذها سكانها من فلسطين إلى تلك المخيمات. كثيراً ما نظن أنّ اللاجئين، نقلوا عند وصولهم، مباشرة إلى الخيام التي أصبحت في وقت لاحق "مخيمات." انطلاقاً من أفكار حول اللجوء وسُبل كتابة تاريخ مغاير للمخيمات الفلسطينية في لبنان، عملنا في مجموعة الدكتافون على مشروع "استراحة مخيم" الذي تم تطويره بتكليف من مقر دار النمر للفن والثقافة في بيروت خلال فعاليات مهرجان قلنديا الدولي لعام 2016. عملُنا في مجموعة ...

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The Death of a Nomad

In Western Sahara, any news item is also a potential item of propaganda. Words, like individuals, have ideological mass. Thus former United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s use of the word “occupation” in a speech following his March 2016 visit to the Sahrawi refugee camps near Tindouf, Algeria, was the subject of some diplomatic agitation. UN Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said of Mr. Ban, “His use of the word was not planned nor was it deliberate. It was a spontaneous, personal reaction. We ...

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New Texts Out Now: Anaheed Al-Hardan, Palestinians in Syria: Nakba Memories of Shattered Communities

Anaheed Al-Hardan, Palestinians in Syria: Nakba Memories of Shattered Communities (New York: Columbia University Press, 2016). Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Anaheed Al-Hardan (AH): Much of the interdisciplinary literature that can be brought under the broad label of Middle East Studies continues to treat the region that is defined as the “Middle East” as the object of study, the place where the raw material and “culture” to be processed by the researcher is produced. In contrast, ...

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Why the Life of Haytham Matters

Haytham is a war child who lives with his family in Khan Eshieh camp, home to some nine thousand Palestine refugees and one of the most embattled areas of the Syrian capital, Damascus.  His story is increasingly common among UNRWA students in Syria. "I had to escape and hide when rockets fell near the school," he says. "It was horrifying. The fighting intensified and we lived in constant fear of bombing and violence. I studied in a state of high anxiety with the sounds of bullets and ...

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The Western Sahara and Football: A Path toward Self-Determination?

In April this year, a story appeared on an Algerian football website,  Le Competiteur, noting that the country’s national football team was planning a friendly match against Western Sahara. The question for the article was how Algeria’s regional rival Morocco would respond. Following incomplete decolonization by Spain in 1975, Western Sahara--which borders Algeria, Morocco, and Mauritania--was occupied by Morocco and Mauritania despite the International Court of Justice (ICJ) rejecting the ...

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Announcing the New Issue of Middle East Report (Spring 2016): Life in Exile

Middle East Report No. 278 (Spring 2016) LIFE IN EXILE The Middle East is once again the world’s biggest producer of refugees, due primarily to the catastrophic war in Syria. The region has also long hosted the greatest number of refugees on earth—indeed, the exodus of Syrians is the latest of a nearly unbroken series of refugee crises stretching back to the early twentieth century. The spring issue of Middle East Report explores important dimensions of the current emergency. Sarah A. Tobin and ...

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