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Call for Submissions: Rhonda A. Saad Prize for Best Graduate Paper in Modern and Contemporary Arab Art

Rhonda A. Saad Prize for Best Graduate Paper in Modern and Contemporary Arab Art Submission Deadline: 1 December 2014 Description The Association of Modern and Conctmporary Art of the Arab World, Iran, and Turkey (AMCA) is currently accepting submissions for the 2015 Rhonda A. Saad Prize for Best Graduate Paper in ...  Read More »

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On SJP’s Freedom to Organize: An Open Letter from CUNY Faculty

[The following letter, signed by faculty from sixteen colleges of the City University of New York (CUNY), was released on 1 September 2014. For more information, or to sign on as a CUNY faculty signatory or an affiliate supporter, click here.] As members of the CUNY faculty, we are writing this open letter to ...  Read More »

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Message From Human Rights Defender Maryam al-Khawaja

[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 »

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Open Letter on Gaza and BDS from the Middle East Caucus of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies

[The following statement was issued by the Middle East Caucus of the Society for Cineman and Media Studies on 11 August 2014.] As scholars, artists and community organizers, and as members of the Middle East Caucus(MEC) of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS), we are deeply disturbed by the ...  Read More »

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Anthropologists In Defense of Intellectual and Academic Freedom at U. Illinois

Dear Chancellor Wise,  We write as anthropologists to regretfully inform you that we will refuse to speak as guest lecturers or participants in public events at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign until you reverse your decision to prevent Professor Steven Salaita’s appointment to the Department of ...  Read More »

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Call for Artists: International Juried Exhibition—Focus Iran: Contemporary Photography and Video (Deadline: 21 September 2014)

For Immediate Release Contact: Sasha Ali | Exhibitions Manager pr@cafam.org | 323.937.4230 x25 Call for Artists: International Juried Exhibition—Focus Iran: Contemporary Photography and Video LOS ANGELES — The Craft & Folk Art Museum (CAFAM) and Farhang Foundation announce a collaboration for a juried ...  Read More »

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Antisemitism and Salaita

[The following letter was originally published on the author, the Head of the Department of English at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Director of the Initiative in Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies, on his website.]  17 August 2014 Dear Chancellor Wise, I am sorry that I ...  Read More »

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Support for Steven Salaita and the UIUC Boycott Continues to Grow

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 »

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Gaza's Resistance: RT interviews Daniel Calic, Norman Finkelstein, and Jadaliyya Co-Editor Mouin Rabbani

Russia Today's Cross Talk hosted Jadaliyya co-Editor Mouin Rabbani along with Daniel Calic and Norman Finkelstein for a discussion of Palestinian resistance to Israeli military incursion in the Gaza Strip. The Israeli blockade of Gaza was also discused, as was the question of whether Israeli bombardment of Gaza ...  Read More »

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Open Letter: Dutch Man Returns Righteous Among the Nations Medal, Protesting Killing of Relatives in Gaza

[The following letter was written by Dutch lawyer H.A. Zanoli and addressed to Israeli Ambassador to the Netherlands Haim Davon. It  was published in Haaretz.] Ambassador Haim Davon Embassy of Israel Buitenhof 47 2513 AH The Hague The Hague, August 11 2014 Subject: Return of medal of ...  Read More »

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Enhancing Municipal Capacities in Lebanon

The Civil Society Knowledge Center (CSKC) of Lebanon Support featured last month a paper by Marwa Boustani discussing the potential role of Lebanese municipalities and unions of municipalities in addressing needs generated by the Syrian refugee crisis. The author advocates the strengthening of their capacities through ...  Read More »

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New Report: Housing, Land and Property Issues in Lebanon

The UNHCR and UN-Habitat have recently launched a new report assessing the Syrian refugee crisis in Lebanon by studying issues of housing, land and property. Entitled Housing, Land and Property Issues in Lebanon: Implications of the Syrian Refugee Crisis, the report is authored by lawyers Nizar Saghieh and Karim ...  Read More »

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Egypt: Rab’a Killings Likely Crimes Against Humanity

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 »

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Multimedia and Publications Editor Position Now Open

Job Title: Multimedia and Publications Editor Duties & Responsibilities: The Center for Contemporary Arab Studies Multimedia and Publications Editor is responsible for editing, basic designing, and the production cycle for all CCAS print and electronic publications, as well as creating promotional ...  Read More »

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Persian Translation of Maya Mikdashi's 'Can Palestinian Men be Victims'

آیا مردان فلسطینی می‌توانند قربانی باشند؟ خوانش جنسیتیِ جنگ اسرائیل علیه غزه هر صبح چشمانمان را بر لیست به‌روز شده‌ی قصابی می‌گشاییم: ١٠٠، ٢٠٠، ٤٠٠، ٦٠٠ فلسطینی کشته شده توسط دستگاه جنگ اسرائیل. این اعداد جزییات ناخوشایند بسیاری را می‌پوشانند؛ اکثریت مردم غزه یعنی یکی از پرجمعیت‌ترین و ...  Read More »

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Statement from Free Speech and Constitutional Law Scholars in Support of Steven Salaita

August 15, 2014 Dr. Phyllis M. Wise Chancellor 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 »

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UAE-Linked NGO Whitewashes Migrant Abuse

 [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 »

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Press Release: Wear Black to Show Sympathy and Support for the People of Gaza

[This press release was issued by a coalition of Palestinian women’s groups including the Palestinian Working Women’s Society for Development, Hedaya Shamon-Gaza; Al-Tajamu’ al-Nasawi al-Maqdasi, the Women’s Legal Aid and Counseling Center, the Women Studies Center, YWCA, the Gender Studies Program-Mada al-Carmel and ...  Read More »

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Scholars Pledge to Boycott UIUC Over the Firing of Steven Salaita

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 »

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Letter to University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Chancellor Protesting Revocation of Job Offer Made to Steven Salaita

[The following letter was issued by the Committee on Academic Freedom of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) on 11 August 2014.] Dr. Phyllis M. Wise Chancellor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign via email: chancellor@illinois.edu Dear Chancellor Wise: I am writing on behalf of the Committee on ...  Read More »

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The Ongoing Ceasefire Negotiations: Al Jazeera English Interview with Jadaliyya Co-Editor Mouin Rabbani

Al Jazeera English hosted Jadaliyya Co-Editor Mouin Rabbani for an interview on the situation in the Gaza Strip on 8 August 2014. The interview focused on current ceasefire negotiations in Cairo between Israeli and Palestinian delegations.     Read More »

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1,200 Spanish University Professors and Researchers Demand to Break Academic Relationships with Israel

[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 »

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CCR Letter to University of Illinois Regarding Professor Steven Salaita

[The following letter was sent by the Center for Constitutional Rights to Chancellor Phyllis Wise of the University of Illinoise at Urbana-Champaign on 7 August 2014 regarding the school's decision to terminate Professor Steven Salaita for his political speech.]    Read More »

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Call for Manuscripts: The SOAS Palestine Studies Series

 CALL FOR MANUSCRIPTS THE SOAS PALESTINE STUDIES SERIES WITH I.B.TAURIS PUBLISHERS, LONDON The SOAS Centre for Palestine Studies (CPS) at the London Middle East Institute (LMEI) has announced the launch of the first, and presently the only, university series in Palestine Studies in the English language. ...  Read More »

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USACBI Condemns UIUC Firing of Arab-American Scholar Steven Salaita

The Organizing Collective of the  US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel protests in the strongest possible terms the termination of the appointment of Professor Steven Salaita by the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (UIUC).  According to the report in Inside Higher Education, ...  Read More »

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Open Letter Gaza – Dutch Academic and Affiliates

 August 2014 We, Professors, teachers and staff of Dutch Universities, reply to the call of our academic colleagues in Gaza and condemn in the strongest terms the excessive and brutal violence of ‘operation protective edge’ and Israel’s structural oppression of the population in Gaza. Since the beginning of ...  Read More »

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Zebda: One Life Less (Une vie de moins)

 One Life Less  On his blog Geographical Imaginations, Derek Gregory wrote a feature of Jean-Pierre Filiu's book Gaza: A History (recently translated from French), showcasing also one song Filiu authored, entitled "Une vie de moins/One life less." Music is by Zebda ...  Read More »

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Press Release: Institute of Women's Studies Urgent Call

[The following press release was issued by Birzeit University Institute of Women's Studies on 31 July 2014.] As we write this statement, twenty-five days after the brutal incursion on Gaza, over a thousand and four hundred of innocent civilian women, men, and children have been butchered by Israel’s war machine and ...  Read More »

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Over 100 Middle East Studies Scholars and Librarians Call for the Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions

[The following letter calling on scholars and librarians within Middle East studies to boycott Israeli academic institutions was submitted in the name of the below signatories to Jadaliyya on 6 August 2014.] We, the undersigned scholars and librarians working on the Middle East, hold that silence about the latest ...  Read More »

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Training to Engaged Research: Proposal Writing and Research Design Seminars

TRAINING TO ENGAGED RESEARCH: PROPOSAL WRITING AND RESEARCH DESIGN SEMINARS IN SOCIAL SCIENCES FOR JUNIOR FACULTY IN EGYPTIAN PUBLIC UNIVERSITIES ARAB FAMILIES WORKING GROUP http://arabfamilies.org Lead Presenter: Suad Joseph, University of California, Davis DATE: OCTOBER 24, 25, 26, ...  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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