[This statement of concern was published by the Bahrain Center for Human Right on 29 August, 2014, shortly after Maryam al-Khawaja was detained in Bahrain].
The Bahrain Center for Human rights expresses its grave concern over denying the human rights defender and co-director of the Gulf Center for Human rights, ... Read More »
Ahmed Seif al-Islam, one of the leading human rights lawyers in Egypt died on Wednesday after slipping into a coma following open-heart surgery earlier this month, the family announced in a statement.
Involved in political activism since his student days, Seif went into law and became a human rights defender. Seif ... Read More »
On Friday, 22 August, officials at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) broke their silence regarding the firing of Steven Salaita (for more background on the case, see here). In a mass email to the university community, UIUC Chancellor Phyllis Wise claimed that Salaita’s firing “was not influenced in ... Read More »
Anthony C. Alessandrini, Frantz Fanon and the Future of Cultural Politics: Finding Something Different. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2014.
Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book?
Anthony Alessandrini (AA): This book started as a way to bring together and expand on a lot of pre-existing work I had been doing on ... Read More »
Following the police shooting of eighteen-year-old Michael Brown on 9 August 2014, images of Ferguson, Missouri conjure the atrocities suffered by those living under military occupation in war zones across the world. They depict Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) teams in battle helmets with guns trained on the ... Read More »
No Justice a Year Later for Series of Deadly Mass Attacks on Protesters
(Cairo) – The systematic and widespread killing of at least 1,150 demonstrators by Egyptian security forces in July and August 2013 probably amounts to crimes against humanity, Human Rights Watch said today in a report based on a ... Read More »
August 15, 2014
Dr. Phyllis M. Wise
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Swanlund Administration Building
601 John Street
Champaign, IL 61820
Dear Dr. Wise:
As scholars of free speech and constitutional law, we write to express alarm at your decision to revoke a tenured offer of appointment to ... Read More »
[This Migrant Rights report sheds light on the response of Gulf regimes in general and the Geneva-based NGO International Gulf Organization (IGO) in particular to international criticism of migrant labor rights in the region.]
This past year, the crackdown that resulted in the deportation of over a ... Read More »
On 6 August, Inside Higher Ed reported that the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) had rescinded a job offer to Steven G. Salaita, who was set to begin a tenured position in the American Indian Studies program this month. The article quoted “sources familiar with the university’s decision” as ... Read More »
[This statement was first published here on 6 August 2014.]
More than one thousand professionals have signed a manifesto, released by the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) academic campaign for Palestine, demanding to end all institutional relations with the Israeli academic world, until it stops ... Read More »
Until two weeks ago, Steven Salaita was heading to a job at the University of Illinois as a professor of American Indian Studies. He had already resigned from his position at Virginia Tech; everything seemed sewn up. Now the chancellor of the University of Illinois has overturned Salaita’s appointment and rescinded ... Read More »
[The following report was originally published by Migrant Rights on 25 July 2014 under the title "Home Surveillance Marketed Against Domestic Workers' Privacy Rights."]
The alleged link between migrants and crime is a commonly regurgitated misconception in much of the migrant receiving world. In the Gulf ... Read More »
Boğaziçi Soma Dayanışması Soma Gözlem Değerlendirmeleri
[Soma'da gerçekleşen facianın ardından Boğaziçi Üniversitesi akademisyen, öğrenci ve emekçileri tarafından kurulan Boğaziçi Soma Dayanışması Temmuz ayında ilçeye tekrardan bir ziyaret gerçekleştirdi. Soma'daki faciaya yol veren çalışma koşulları, sendika, ... Read More »
By the time you read this who knows how many people will have been killed in Israel’s latest onslaught on Gaza. As I write more than 1200 - mostly civilian - Palestinians have been killed, hundreds of them children. Also 59 Israelis have been killed, 3 of them civilians.
Benyamin Netanyahu complains that ... Read More »
Following Operation Protective Edge, many cities around the world have witnessed demonstrations sympathizing with the people of Gaza. Tel Aviv had a few as well. Haggai Matar, a leftist activist, participated in one on July 12:
The right-wingers announced in advance that they would be coming to ... Read More »
American Muslims are among the most diverse and heterogeneous national populations of Muslims in the world, made up of many different communities with different histories and priorities, yet American Muslim community leaders regularly refer to American Muslims as a singular community with a shared political agenda. ... Read More »
On 30 June Ayelet Shaked, chairwoman of the Knesset faction of the ultra-right wing ha-Bayit ha-Yehudi (Jewish Home) Party, a key member of the coalition government led by Prime Minister Netanyahu, posted on her Facebook page a previously unpublished article written by the late Uri Elitzur. Elitzur, a ... Read More »
The no-man’s-land that surrounds the entrance to the Gaza Strip from Israel is a surreal space. Most of the time, it is a hot, flat, quiet place. Tumbleweeds might appear if there was movement in the air and it existed in the Midwest of the United States 200 years ago. But in the Mediterranean of today, the air is ... Read More »
Israel’s brutal aerial onslaught on the population of the Gaza Strip continues. As of Saturday 12 July 2014, Israel has killed 127 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip alone, not including the nearly dozen killed during its Operation Brother’s Keeper. Hamas has responded by firing crude rockets and mortars into Israel that ... Read More »
This Ramadan, many American Muslim leaders are anxiously awaiting to hear whether they have made the cut for the annual White House Iftar. An invitation to this iftar, as with similar events the State Department and the Pentagon hold, serves to symbolize recognition in the halls of American power and a degree of ... Read More »
One either rejects the killing of non-combatants on principle or takes a more tribal approach to such matters. In the case of Israel and the Palestinians, the global outpouring of grief and condemnation over the killing of three Israeli youths in the occupied West Bank constitutes the moral equivalent of Rolf Harris ... Read More »
[The following statement was issued by Sami Al-Arian's attorney, Jonathan Turley, on 27 June 2014. Below it is a short statement by Al-Arian's family that was included at the end of Turley's statement.]
Statemeny by Jonathan Turley
It is with a great sense of relief and thankfulness that I can now report that all ... Read More »
[In this Migrant Rights interview, trade union activist Karim Radhi focuses on the cultural attitudes toward migrant laborers in the Gulf, which he sees as the primary obstacle to their integration into any workers’ movement there. The interview first appeared in Arabic and was later translated by Saqer ... Read More »
12 Eylül’le Hesaplaşmaya Bir Mahkeme Yeter mi?
Kenan Evren ve Tahsin Şahinkaya isimleri kimileri icin 12 Eylül davasında adı geçen iki generalin ismi iken benim gibi çocukluğunu darbenin sıcak günlerinde geçirenler için biraz daha fazlasını ifade ediyorlar. Mesela babaların ansızın evden alınıp götürülmelerini, ... Read More »
Eksik kalmış hayatların kelimeleri: Keşke Bir Öpüp Koklasaydım
“Geleceğe dair umutluyum, kitabı da bu umutla yazdık”
12 Eylül 1980 askeri darbesi, Türkiye’de toplumsal ve iktisadi yapıyı köklü biçimde değiştirmesinin yanında son otuz senedir yaşananların anlamlandırılmasında sıkça referans verilen bir olay/an olması ... Read More »
Over the course of the past year, Gezi Platform NYC and GEZIniyoruz Network stood in solidarity with our friends in Turkey for our shared struggle against the oppressive neo-liberal police state that has been taking root under the AKP rule.
We rose up in unison, we talked in unison, we recalled in unison, and we ... Read More »
Last year, a case of censorship occurred in the course of Here Together Now, an exhibition held at Matadero Madrid, Spain from January to March 2013. The event was curated by Manuela Villa, and realized with the support of the Turkish Embassy in Madrid, Turkish Airlines, and ARCOmadrid. In the exhibition booklet, the ... Read More »
[The following statement was issued by Gezi Platform NYC on 8 June 2014.
On 8 June 2014, the Turkish military killed two Kurdish civilians, Ramazan Baran (twenty-six) and Baki Akdemir (fifty), who were protesting against a military post construction in Lice, a small town located near the city of ... Read More »
Emrah Yildiz (EY): Especially after Gezi and Berkin Elvan’s death, and as you explain in your article titled “Alevizing Gezi,” Okmeydanı, signified by Erdoğan's Hanafi Sunni regime, security forces, and the overwhelming majority of the domestic media as "Alevi," was transformed into a space for dissident ... Read More »
One year ago, I asked the question: “Can the ‘Spirit of Gezi’ Transform Progressive Politics in Turkey?” As a sympathetic observer oscillating between optimism and despair in the aftermath of the brutal crackdown on Gezi, I offered a qualified response: “The question has two interrelated aspects: on the one hand, it ... Read More »