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Political Economy Project Book Prize Competition: Call For Books Published in 2016

2017 BOOK PRIZE COMPETITION The Political Economy Project (PEP) is pleased to invite nominations for our 2017 Middle East Political Economy Book Prize. PEP aims to recognize and disseminate exceptional critical work on the political economy of the Middle East. While the book must ...  Read More »

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Torture, Physical Coercion, and Reprisals in Bahrain Belie Commitment to Reform

[The following report summary was published by the Gulf Center for Human Rights on 20 March 2017. For the full report, click here.] Impunity for torture and other abuses against human rights defenders continues in Bahrain, according to a new report by the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) prepared with the ...  Read More »

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The Syrian Uprising Six Years On: Causes, Dynamics, Prospects, GMU Lecture by Jadaliyya Co-Editor Bassam Haddad

       The Middle East Policy Group at the Schar School of Policy and Government, in collaboration with the Middle East and Islamic Studies program of George Mason University, invites you to attend the second session of the Reflections on Middle East ...  Read More »

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Joint Statement Regarding the anti-Semitic, anti-Black, anti-Arab and anti-Muslim Posters on UIC’s Campus

[The following press release was issued by the below signatories on 20 March 2017.] Joint Statement Regarding the anti-Semitic, anti-Black, anti-Arab and anti-Muslim Posters on UIC’s Campus March 20, 2017 On March 16, a series of flyers was posted on UIC’s campus that exploit social justice issues to spread ...  Read More »

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Text of Resignation Letter by ESCWA Executive Secretary Rima Khalaf

[The following text is the resignation letter submitted by ESWA Executie Secretary Rima Khalaf in response to the formal request by UN Secretary General that ESCWA withdraw the publication of a report that asserts Israel is committing Apartheid. Click here to access the full ESCWA report, which has since been removed ...  Read More »

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MESA Membership Passes Bylaw Amendment Removing 'Non-Political' Clause and Affirming 501(c)3 Status

The general membership of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) has approved (with 81% of voters supporting) a bylaw amendment that does two things: first, it removes term "non-political" from its self-description; second, it reaffirms the committment to operating in accordance with its 501(c)3 ...  Read More »

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UN Report Establishes Israeli Apartheid; Fallout Begins

This week the United Nations published a report that establishes Israel as an Apartheid regime. The UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) commissioned the report commissioned from the authors, Richard Falk and Virginia Tilley. Amidst mounting political pressure, the UN Secretary General ...  Read More »

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Call for Action: Solidarity with Purged Academics for Peace in Turkey

[The following call for action and fundraising appeal was issued by the Research Institute for Turkey, Bostonbul, GIT North America, and concerned academics from the United States and Candada.] There have been several crackdowns on academics in Turkey. Many have been detained, jailed, and even dismissed from their ...  Read More »

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Report: Yemen Needs Urgent Assistance to Prevent Famine

[The following report was issued by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) on 15 March 2017.] Number of people at emergency food insecurity levels increases 20 per cent in nine months 15 March 2017, Sana'a/Amman - Severe food insecurity threatens more than 17 million people in ...  Read More »

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Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic: Report for July 2016 - February 2017

[The following report was issued on 13 March 2017 by the United Nation Human Rights Council's Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic.] Human Rights Abuses and International Humanitarian Law Violations in the Syrian Arab Republic, 21 July 2016 - 28 February 2017* A conference room ...  Read More »

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Press Release: One Week Since the Assassination of the Activist, Basel Al-Araj

Basel al-Araj, a 31-year old Palestinian activist, was assassinated by the Israeli military on the early morning of Monday, March 6, 2017, in al-Bireh, Palestine. The Palestinian Youth Movement in Washington, DC is holding a protest outside the General Delegation of the PLO on Wisconsin Ave on Monday, March 13, 2017 ...  Read More »

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Symposium: Mobilities and Materialities of the Gulf and Arabian Peninsula (American University of Kuwait, 17-19 March)

The Center for Gulf Studies at the American University of Kuwait will hold its third Gulf Studies Symposium (GSS) on 17-19 March 2017. The GSS is a meeting of worldwide Gulf scholars and researchers held biennially in Kuwait. Each symposium is based on a particular scholarly theme that is timely both to the region and ...  Read More »

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Press Release: MESA Joins as Plaintiff in Lawsuit against Executive Order Travel Ban

[The following press release was issued by the Middle Eeast Studies Association on 10 March 2017] For Immediate Release 10 March 2017  Contact Juan Gastelum, NILC, 213-375-3149, media@nilc.org Inga Sarda-Sorensen, ACLU, 212-284-7347, isarda-sorensen@aclu.org Henrike Dessaules, IRAP, ...  Read More »

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MESA Memo on Executive Order to Restrict Entry of Individuals from Designated Middle Eastern Countries

[The following memo was issued on 8 March 2017 by the the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) regarding the Executive Order to Limit Entry of Middle Eastern Refugees and Immigrants] Memo on Executive Order to Restrict Entry of Individuals from Designated Middle Eastern Countries  (8 ...  Read More »

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Call For Papers: The Palestine Yearbook of International Law

Call for papers (Volume XX) The Palestine Yearbook of International Law is now inviting submissions of scholarly articles for publication for Volume XX (2017). This is a general call for papers, but the Yearbook would particularly welcome submissions that focus on the themes associated with three anniversaries ...  Read More »

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Organizations Issue Joint Solidarity Statement in Support of Pending MESA Bylaw Amendment

[The following letter was issued by the below listed organizations in support of the pending MESA bylaw amendment that seeks to remove the term "non-political" while re-emphasizing the organization's 501(c)3 status. For more the the text of the amendment and how to vote, see below.] Joint Solidarity ...  Read More »

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Perspectives on the Immigration Ban: A Town Hall with GMU Faculty

On Thursday, February 9 The Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies at George Mason University, in conjunction with the Middle East and Islamic Studies Program, hosted a town hall titled “Perspectives on the Immigration Ban.” The Center organized the town hall as a response to the confusion and ...  Read More »

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Political Economy of Development Series at GMU

[Political Economy of Development Series at GMU : : Starting Tuesday, February 21, 12 pm, JC 3rd Floor, Room A, with Bassam Haddad]        Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, and Political Economy Project Present Political Economy of Development Series    FOUR ...  Read More »

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Shadows of the Imperceptible: PhotoCairo6 (15 February - 23 March 2017)

PhotoCairo6 Exhibitions run from 15 Febraury 2017, 7pm until 23 March 2017 Welcome to Shadows of the Imperceptible, the five-week-long public articulations of the sixth edition of PhotoCairo. It consists of two exhibitions at Contemporary Image Collective (CiC) and Saad Zaghloul Cultural Center as ...  Read More »

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Growing Sustainability at Beirut Design Week 2016 (Video)

Growing Sustainably is a documentary film made during Beirut Design Week 2016. It focuses on four initiatives that took place over the course of that year. Each project represents a certain aspect of sustainability. The Beirut Makers, a collective of over a dozen designers and makers, are featured as an example ...  Read More »

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Call for Volunteers: LEAP Summer English Program with Palestinian Refugee Camps in Lebanon (Deadline: 17 February 2017)

Apply Today Deadline: February 17, 2017  ABOUT LEAP  Learning for the Empowerment and Advancement of Palestinians (LEAP) is an educational empowerment program for Palestinian refugee-youth in Lebanon dedicated to nurturing the intellectual growth and creative curiosity of ...  Read More »

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BBC News: A Sarcastic Response to Syria's Militants

By Mike Thomson BBC News 9 February 2017 It takes a special kind of person to run a radio station in an area controlled by Islamist militants in northern Syria. Music is forbidden, so are women presenters. But Raed Fares - manager of Radio Fresh FM - has come up with a creative response to the militants' ...  Read More »

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Jadaliyya Co-Editor Noura Erakat Discusses Israeli Land Grab Law with BBC World

On 6 February 2017, the Israeli Knesset passed the Validation Bill which retroactively sanctions the status of nearly 4,000 illegal structures built on private Palestinian land. While all settlements contravene international humanitarian law’s prohibition on the transfer of civilians into occupied territory, these ...  Read More »

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Mass Hangings and Extermination at Saydnaya Prison, Syria

[The following report was issued by Amnesty International on 7 February 2017] Human Slaughterhous: Mass Hangings and Extermination at Saydnaya Prison, Syria Executive Summary Saydnaya Military Prison is where the Syrian state quietly slaughters its own people. The victims are overwhelmingly ordinary civilians who ...  Read More »

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Call for Papers: Scar-Cities: Middle East Urbanisms between Violent Environments and Disrupted Governance

CFP: Scar-Cities: Middle East Urbanisms between Violent Environments and Disrupted Governance At the Royal Geographical Society with the Institute of British Geographers (RGS-IBG) Annual Conference in London, 29 August  to 1 September 2017.  Panel affiliated to the Urban Geography Research ...  Read More »

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Protesting the Modern Language Association's Anti-Boycott Resolution

[This statement was originally published on 30 January 2017. The initial signatories are Modern Language Assocation (MLA) prize winners, current Delegate Assembly members, and past Executive Council members and MLA presidents. The petition is now open to all active and past members of the MLA; for more information, or ...  Read More »

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Eleven Former MESA Presidents Support Current Bylaw Amendment Proposal

[The following letter was issued by a group of former presidents of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) on 7 November 2016 in support of a bylaw amendment introduced at the 2016 Members Meeting. The amendment is currently up for a membership-wide vote. See below for details on ...  Read More »

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Press Release: NYC Yemeni Grocery Stores to Shut Down in Response to "Muslim Ban"

Wednesday, February 1 (New York, New York)  On Thursday, February 2, Yemeni grocery store owners across five New York boroughs will close 1,000 stores from 12pm to 8pm in response to the Trump administration’s infamous “Muslim Ban” executive order. This shutdown of grocery stores and bodegas will be a public ...  Read More »

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Call for Applicants--2017 Doctoral Dissertation Summer Institute: Researching Lebanon

The Arab Studies Institute (ASI), AUB’s Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies (CAMES), and AUB's Asfar Institute for Civil Society and Citizenship are pleased to announce the second Doctoral Dissertation Summer Institute on Lebanon, to be held 12-23 June 2017. The program aims to provide ...  Read More »

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MESA Memo on Executive Order to Limit Entry of Middle Eastern Refugees and Immigrants (29 January 2017)

[The following memo was issued on 29 January 2017 by the the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) regarding the Executive Order to Limit Entry of Middle Eastern Refugees and Immigrants] Memo on Executive Order to Limit Entry of Middle Eastern Refugees and Immigrants (29 January 2017) President ...  Read More »

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