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Assault on Academic Freedom: Neoliberalism and the Corporatization of Universities, Live Stream Event with Steven Salaita (27 October 2014 at GMU)

Sponsored by Middle East Studies Program and Cultural Studies Program at George Mason University Assault on Academic Freedom: Neoliberalism and the Corporatization of Universities Date & Time: October 27, 2014 7:15PM George Mason University  Johnson Center, ...  Read More »

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UC Irvine Event: Bassam Haddad on 'The Syrian Tragedy: Causes, Dynamics, and Consequences' (23 October 2014)

The Center for Global Peace and Conflict Studies at UC Irvine present: The Syrian Tragedy: Causes, Dynamics, and Consequences With Bassam Haddad, Director of Middle East Studies at George Mason University Date: Thursday 23 October 2014 Time: 3:30pm Location: Social and Behvaioral Science Gateway, Room 1517, UC ...  Read More »

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LA Event: Spotlight on Egypt (23 October 2014)

On Thursday, October 23, 12-2pm at 450 Tudor Center at the University of Southern California, USC's Middle East Studies' Program (MESP) is hosting a panel discussion on "Spotlight on Egypt."  UC Santa Barbara Professor Paul Amar will examine President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi's Egypt by looking at the ...  Read More »

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Operation Protective Edge and Legal Remedies

[The following report was authored by Noura Erakat [1], Bianca Isais [2], and Salmah Rizvi [3]. It was published by the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs (IFI) at American University of Beirut on 9 October 2014.] Operation Protective Edge and Legal ...  Read More »

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Citizenfour: Laura Poitras’ Documentary on Edward Snowden (Video Trailer)

The following trailer is for Laura Poitras' Citizefour, which is scheduled for release on 24 October 2014.    Read More »

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Intervention and the Limits of US Power? A Panel Featuring Vijay Prashad and Jadaliyya Co-Editor Lisa Hajjar (Video)

A panel titled "Intervention: Limits of US Power?" was organized by the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs (IFI) and the Center for American Studies and Research (CASAR) at the American University of Beirut on 13 Ocotber 2014. The panel featured Vijay Prashad (IFI Senior ...  Read More »

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How You Can Help Steven Salaita

Below are links to the fundraising websites for Steven Salaita. Making a donation - either to the general fund or to the fund for the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) conference honorarium - will not only help support Steven Salaita through this time of uncertainty, but will also help to set a precedent of ...  Read More »

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Operation Protective Edge: Legal and Political Implications of ICC Prosecution (George Mason University, 20 October 2014)

Operation Protective Edge: Legal and Political Implications of ICC Prosecution (George Mason University, 20 October 2014) Johnson Center, C October 20, 2014, 4:00 PM   George Mason University’s Middle East Studies Program, Global Programs, New Century College (NCC) and the Trans-Arab Research Institute ...  Read More »

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Call for Applicants: Director of Women and Gender Studies (American University of Beirut)

The American University of Beirut invites applicants for a position in gender and sexuality studies, preferably at the associate or full professor level, to begin fall 2015. The successful applicant will serve as director of the new Women and Gender Studies Program at the American University of Beirut and work to ...  Read More »

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London Palestine Film Festival (28 November - 11 December, 2014)

From November 28th to December 11th 2014, the London Palestine Film Festival (LPFF) returns with the finest new docs, dramas, and shorts on and from the region. Festival programme: palestinefilm.org  The two week programme, at the Barbican Cinema and University of London venues, showcases over 40 international ...  Read More »

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Press Release: Saudi Death Sentence against Shia Leader Is Politically Motivated

[The following press release was issued by the Islamic Human Rights Commission, an NGO in the Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations, on 15 October 2014.] IHRC strongly condemns today's decision by a court in Saudi Arabia to impose the death penalty against shaykh ...  Read More »

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Panel Event: After Gezi, After the Elections, After ISIS: Politics in Turkey Now (CUNY Graduate Center, 20 October 2014)

The Middle East and Middle Eastern American Center at the CUNY Graduate Center presents: After Gezi, After the Elections, After ISIS: Politics in Turkey Now A conversation with Burcu Baykurt, Ayça Çubukçu, Aslı Iğsız, Duygu Parmaksizoglu, and Emrah Yildiz, moderated by Cihan Tekay Monday, October 20, ...  Read More »

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Call for Papers--Asfari Institute First Annual Conference: Exploring an Agenda for Active Citizenship (Beirut, 20-22 February 2015)

The American University of Beirut’s Asfari Institute for Civil Society and Citizenship In collaboration with the Arab Studies Institute and George Mason University First Annual Conference:  Exploring an Agenda for Active Citizenship 20-22 February 2015 Beirut, Lebanon Call for Papers The February 2015 ...  Read More »

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Panel Event -- Operation Protective Edge: Legal and Political Implications of ICC Prosecution (GMU, 20 October 2014)

Co-sponsored by Middle East Studies Program, the Trans-Arab Research Institute, Arab Studies Institute, New Century College, and Global Programs Operation Protective Edge:  Legal and Political Implications  of ICC Prosecution October 20, 2014 4:00-6:30PM  George Mason University Johnson Center, ...  Read More »

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Civil Society Call for the Protection of Libya's Democratic Transition

[The following statement was issued by members of Libya's civil society.]  Libya’s transition since 2011 has been a difficult path to follow; riddled with instability and violence. Libyans and the international community alike did not anticipate much of what has come to pass, rendering the country in constant ...  Read More »

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Gezi Platform NYC Call for Solidarity with Kobane

[The following statement was issued by Gezi Platform NYC on 10 October 2014]  Call for Solidarity with Kobanê On Monday, October 6th, ISIS forces entered the autonomous Kurdish canton of Kobanê in Western Kurdistan (North Syria) following a siege which began on September 15th. Defending Kobanê are the skilled ...  Read More »

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Panel Event: All You Wanted To Know About ISIS and Did Not Know You Should Ask (GMU, 16 October 2014)

Co-sponsored by Global Programs, Middle East Studies, Center for Global Islamic Studies, Political Science and Center for Global Policy (SPGIA) at George Mason University All You Wanted to Know  About ISIS  & Did Not Know You Should Ask Town Hall Event at George Mason University 16 October 2014, ...  Read More »

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Letter to Hosts of the International Conference for the Reconstruction of Gaza

[The following letter was issued by the Committee on Academic Freedom of the Middle East Studies Association] Hosts of the International Conference for the Reconstruction of Gaza Børge Brende Minister of Foreign Affairs of Norway via utenriksminister@mfa.no via fax +47 23 95 00 99 Sameh Shoukry Minister of ...  Read More »

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Jadaliyya Featured in The Chronicle of Higher Education

[The following profile of Jadaliyya was written by Ursula Lindsey and published in The Chronicle of Higher Education. The story can be accessed by clicking here. For additional details about Jadaliyya in the context of the interview that much of this article was based on, click here] The week after ...  Read More »

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Call for Papers--Radical Increments: Toward New Platforms of Engaging Iraqi Studies (New York, 27-28 February 2015)

 Radical Increments: Toward New Platforms of Engaging Iraqi Studies Columbia University New York 27-28 February, 2015 The rift between theory and application in Iraqi studies has grown over the past three decades, with Iraqi scholarship curtailed at home due to geographic isolation during the Iraq-Iran war, ...  Read More »

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MESA Pre-Program Discussion: The Salaita Case and the New Assaults on Academic Freedom (22 November 2014)

MESA Panel: The Salaita Case and the New Assaults on Academic Freedom Panel Logistics 3:30pm Saturday, 22 November 2014 Marriot Wardman Park Hotel Washington DC Panel Description After a brief introduction by Laurie Brand (Chair of the Committee on Academic Freedom) and Paul Sedra, the discussion will begin with ...  Read More »

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Call for Applicants: Director, The Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for American Studies and Research (American University of Beirut)

Director, The Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for American Studies and Research The American University of Beirut  The Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for American Studies and Research (CASAR) at the American University of Beirut is searching for a new director to begin September 1, 2015. CASAR is an interdisciplinary ...  Read More »

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Call for Applicants: The Edward Said Chair of American Studies (American University of Beirut)

The Edward Said Chair of American Studies The American University of Beirut  The Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for American Studies and Research (CASAR) at the American University of Beirut is searching for the 2015-2016 Edward Said Chair of American Studies to begin September 1, 2015.  CASAR is an ...  Read More »

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Book Launch Event--Creative Refuge: Art-based Research Workshops with Children in Palestinian Refugee Camps (Beirut, 10 October 2014)

Creative Refuge book launch

 Febrik requests the pleasure of your company at the launch of: Creative Refuge  A publication edited by Reem Charif, Mohamad Hafeda and Joumana al Jabri.  Published by Tadween publishing – 2014.

 Friday 10th October, 6.30–8.30pm at T-Marbouta café
 Hamra Square ...  Read More »

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Letter by Israeli Anthropologists in Support of BDS Discussion at American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting

[The following letter was issued by a group of Israeli anthropologists on 10 September 2014 in response to the Israeli Anthropological Association's objections to a scheduled discussion about boycott, divestment, and sanctions at the upcoming meeting of the American Anthropological Association.]   Letter to the ...  Read More »

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International Sociological Association Elects First Arab Scholar as Vice President

Last summer, Sari Hanafi, professor and chair of the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Media Studies at the American University of Beirut (AUB) was elected vice president as part 2014-2018 Executive Committee of the International Sociological Association (ISA). He was the first Arab scholar to be voted to ...  Read More »

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Call for Applicants: Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Arabic (George Mason University)

Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Arabic The George Mason University, Department of Modern and Classical Languages (Fairfax, Va.) invites applications for a Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Arabic beginning August 2015.  Department: Modern/Classical Languages Criminal Background Check: Standard ...  Read More »

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Call for Papers--History in the Making: Arab Media and Processes of Remembering (London, 24 April 2015)

CALL FOR PAPERS History in the Making: Arab Media and Processes of Remembering Conference organised by the Arab Media Centre Communication and Media Research Institute (CAMRI),  Date: Friday 24 April, 2015 Venue: University of Westminster, Regent Street Campus, 309 Regent Street, London W1B ...  Read More »

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دعوة لتقديم أوراق بحثية: مركز الأصفري للمجتمع المدني والمواطنة المؤتمر السنوي الأول: أجندة للمواطنة الفعّالة بيروت 20-22 شباط/ فبراير 2015

 الجامعة الأميركية في بيروت مركز الأصفري للمجتمع المدني والمواطنة بالتعاون مع مؤسسة الدراسات العربية بجامعة جورج ماسون المؤتمر السنوي الأول: أجندة للمواطنة الفعّالة - ٢٢ ٢۰ شباط/ فبراير٢۰١٥ دعوة لتقديم أوراق بحثية ينعقد هذا المؤتمر في شهر شباط/ فبراير ٢۰١٥ في الذكرى الرابعة للثورات والإنتفاضات العربية ...  Read More »

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Statement by Jewish Studies Professors Regarding 'Deplorable' Amcha Initiative

[The following statement was originally published in The Jewish Daily Forward on 1 October 2014] We the undersigned are professors of Jewish studies at North American universities. Several of us have also headed programs and centers in Jewish studies. Many of us have worked hard to nurture serious, sustained study ...  Read More »

Syrian Population Regression

Population: ~ 22.5 Million

2011:  5,800+ (killed)

2012:  60,000+ (killed) and 500,000+ (external refugees)

2013:  100,000+ (killed), 2,000,000+ (external refugees), and 8 million+ displaced

 

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Population: 22,517,750
GDP: $107.4 billion 
Unemployment: 8.3%; Youth Employment (ages 15-24): 19.1%
Internet Users: 4.469 million 
Exchange Rate: ~ 98.00 Syrian pounds per US dollar
GDP Growth Rate: 3.2% 
Military Expenditures: 5.9% of GDP (World Rank: 10)
Health Expenditures: 2.9% of GDP (World Rank: 180)
Population Growth Rate: 0.913% 
Age Structure: 0-14 years: 35.2%; 15-64 years: 61%; 65 years and over: 3.8%
Literacy: 79.6%
Religious Demographics: Sunni Muslim 74%; other Muslim (includes Alawite, Druze) 16%; Christian (various denominations) 10%
Ethnic Demographics: Arab 90.3%, Kurds, Armenians, and other 9.7%

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