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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 »

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Statement: Over 250 Anthropologists Join Call for a Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions

[The following press release and statement announcing the endorsement by over 250 anthropoligists of the movement to boycott Israeli academic institutions were issued on 1 October 2014 by the below-identifed group of anthropologists.] For Immediate Release October 1, 2014 Over 250 Anthropologists Join the Call for ...  Read More »

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When Your Name is on the Blacklist

[The Gallatin School of New York University invited Amjad Nasser, one of the major poets of the Arab world, to inaugurate its Gallatin Global Writers series on 30 September. On 27 September, US Homeland Security at Heathrow, London, interrogated Nasser and prevented him from boarding the plane without giving any ...  Read More »

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عندما يكون اسمك على "القائمة السوداء"

قرأتُ، مرةً، أنَّ عدد المسجلين على القائمة الاميركية "السوداء" يبلغ نحو مليون شخص. ولكنَّ ذلك قبل الحادي عشر من سبتمبر. بعده لا أحد يعلم كم بلغ العدد! قد يخطر في بال من يسمع بوجود هذه القائمة أن الأمر يتعلق بأسماء المتورطين بـ "الارهاب"، مشاركة ً وتمويلاً وتمجيداً، أو بارونات المخدرات الذين ...  Read More »

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Beirut Conference: Israel’s War on Gaza: Political, Moral, and Legal Accountability (28 September 2014)

A one-day sympoisum hosted by the Issam Faris Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs Sunday 28 September 2014 IFI Building Auditorium AUB Campus Beirut, Lebanon      Read More »

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Arab Bank Case Sets Limited Precedent

On Monday September 22, 2014, a jury in the US District Court of Brooklyn found that the Arab Bank is liable for financing terrorism. This is the first jury trial to find a bank liable for financing terrorism under the 1990 Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA). The Arab Bank contends that the case was riddled with errors ...  Read More »

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Open Letter to the Brooklyn Book Festival re Israeli Sponsorship

[The following open letter is being ciruclated in protest of the Brooklyn Book Festival's partnership with the Israeli Office of Cultural Affairs in New York to sponsor Assaf Gavrons participation in the festival.] Tell the Brooklyn Book Festival to no longer accept partnerships with the Israeli government or ...  Read More »

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DC Palestinian Film and Arts Festival (DC-PFAF): Program and Tickets

The DC Palestinian Film and Arts Festival (DC-PFAF) is a not for profit, volunteer run annual project. It is in its fourth year and aims to showcase the work of Palestinian filmmakers and artists for audiences in Washington, DC and its surrounding areas. It is a unique festival in that the stories told ...  Read More »

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Dozens to Bike from Philadelphia to Washington, DC to Raise Funds for Medical Relief for Gaza’s Children

[The following press release was issued 17 September 2014 by Cycling4Gaza.] Dozens to Bike from Philadelphia to Washington, DC to Raise Funds for Medical Relief for Gaza’s Children  Between September 18 and 21, more than 40 cyclists are expected to pedal more than 217 miles (350 km) from Philadelphia to ...  Read More »

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The Question of Judeo/Arabic(s): Itineraries of Belonging [Lecture at GMU]

CSC cultural Studies Colloquium, a forum for interdisciplinary research, presents: The Question of Judeo/Arabic(s): Itineraries of Belonging Ella Shohat Co-presented with the Middle East Studies Program and the Arab Studies Institute Thursday, September 18, 2014 4:30-6:30pm Johnson Center, ...  Read More »

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Call for Applications: Carnegie Centennial Fellowships at the University of Minnesota for Scholars from Arab Universities

Call for Applications Humphrey School of Public Affairs University of Minnesota Andrew Carnegie Centennial Fellowship in Support of Visiting Scholars in the Social Sciences from Arab Universities The Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota announces the availability of a limited ...  Read More »

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Civility Codes Contradict Free Speech: Letter to Berkeley Chancellor Dirks from California Scholars for Academic Freedom

[The following letter was issued on 11 September 2014 by California Scholars for Academic Freedom in response to a recent statement by Chancellor Nicholas Dirks of the University of California Berkeley.] September 11, 2014 Nicholas Dirks, Chancellor University of California – Berkeley Dear Chancellor ...  Read More »

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Salaita Speaks Out: A Report-Back from the Press Conference

At a press conference this afternoon, Professor Steven Salaita spoke publicly for the first time since the termination of his employment. Nearly one year ago, Professor Steven Salaita accepted an offer from the interim Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences to join the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign ...  Read More »

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Today’s Intellectuals: Too Obedient?

By Fred Inglis The Responsibility of Intellectuals, Noam Chomsky’s classic essay, is now approaching its 50th anniversary. His mighty polemic was written as his country, the US, moved deeper and deeper into national and international crisis. The tonnage of high explosive dropped on Vietnam finally exceeded the ...  Read More »

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University of Illinois Jewish Community Letter in Support of Our Professor Steven Salaita

[The below open letter was issued to Chancellor Wise and the University of Illinois- Uraban Champaign (UIUC) Board of Trustees from Jewish faculty, staff, students, alumni and parents at the university in support of Steven Salaita. The letter was drafted by Samantha Brotman, alumna of Georgetown University’s Master of ...  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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New Texts Out Now: Erin Runions, The Babylon Complex: Theopolitical Fantasies of War, Sex, and Sovereignty

Erin Runions, The Babylon Complex: Theopolitical Fantasies of War, Sex, and Sovereignty. New York: Fordham University Press, 2014. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Erin Runions (ER): Living in New York City in 2001 and after, I was involved in the anti-war movement that protested the wars in Afghanistan ...  Read More »

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Who Are the Insurgents and Counterinsurgents?

We should not be surprised that the United States will not condemn Israel’s violence, or that it describes such activities as merely a defensive response to indigenous “terrorism” and insurgent forces. Below, I describe how early US history and the nation’s construction of its own political legitimacy compel this ...  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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New Texts Out Now: Anthony Alessandrini, Frantz Fanon and the Future of Cultural Politics

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 »

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Linking Violence In Solidarity: Ferguson, Gaza, and the US State

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 »

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جامعة أميركية توقف تعيين بروفيسور أصوله فلسطينية لانتقاده إسرائيل

انتقلت عدوى النقاشات الحادة التي تشهدها وسائل الإعلام الأميركية ووسائل التواصل الاجتماعي حول الحرب الإسرائيلية على غزة، إلى أروقة الجامعات الأميركية، مع إعلان إدارة جامعة ألينوي توقيف تعيين البروفيسور الأميركي من أصول فلسطينية، ستيفن سلايطة، في قسم الدراسات الأميركية للسكان الأصليين (الهنود الحمر). وكانت الجامعة ...  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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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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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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Cary Nelson: The Lackey of Power

Israel recommenced its offensive against Gaza by taking the life of a ten-year-old Palestinian child, whose death will now disappear into the anonymity of this assault’s brutal statistics. This latest upsurge in the ongoing violence that is the Israeli occupation has turned around the deaths of children: the ...  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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U.S. Should Stop Funding Israel, or Let Others Broker Peace

As Israel’s primary patron of economic, military and diplomatic support, the United States has a duty and the capacity to help resolve the Palestinian-Israel conflict. It should either comply with its domestic laws and cease military aid to Israel or simply step aside and allow international mechanisms to function ...  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 »

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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