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Derailing Democracy?: The Anti-Boycott Playbook Explained

[This piece was first posted on the website of Anthropologists for the Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions on 28 April 2016.] As members of the American Anthropological Association (AAA) cast their ballots on a proposed boycott of Israeli academic institutions, outside organizations are desperately ...  Read More »

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The Brooklyn Institute for Social Research: Spring and Summer 2016 Courses

As The Brooklyn Institute for Social Research's Winter 2016 term comes to an end, we want to thank all the students and faculty who have participated in BISR seminars in the past three months. Conversations have been lively, instructive, challenging, and we wouldn't have it any other way. Looking ahead to Summer 2016, ...  Read More »

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CUNY Doctoral Students’ Council Adopts Resolution Endorsing the Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions

[This statement was released on 15 April 2016.] The Doctoral Students’ Council (DSC) of The City University of New York (CUNY) has adopted a Resolution Endorsing the Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions, by a vote of 42-18 with nine abstentions. At the same meeting, the DSC also overwhelmingly adopted the ...  Read More »

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الكاتدرائية

[قصة للكاتب الأميركي ريموند كارفر. ترجمة  عبد الكريم بدرخان لـ "جدلية"] الرجل الأعمى، وهو صديق قديم لزوجتي، كان قادماً لقضاء الليلة عندنا. تُوفيتْ زوجتُه منذ فترة، ولذا كان في زيارةٍ عند أقرباء زوجته في "كونيتيكيت". اتصلَ بزوجتي من بيت حميه، واتفقا معاً، بأنْ يسافر بالقطار في رحلةٍ تستغرق ...  Read More »

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Press Release: Anti-Prison, Labor, Academic Delegation Takes Stand against Israeli State Violence, Affirms Solidarity with Palestinian People

[The following press release was issued by The U.S. Prisoner, Labor and Academic Solidarity Delegation to Palestine in April 2016] FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—April 16, 2016 On Palestinian Prisoners’ Day, Anti-Prison, Labor, Academic Delegation Takes Stand against Israeli State Violence, Affirms Solidarity with ...  Read More »

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Statement by the US Prisoner, Labor and Academic Solidarity Delegation to Palestine

[The following statement was issued by The U.S. Prisoner, Labor and Academic Solidarity Delegation to Palestine in April 2016] We Stand with Palestine in the Spirit of “Sumud” The U.S. Prisoner, Labor and Academic Solidarity Delegation to Palestine   March 24 to April 2, 2016 At a moment of growing resistance ...  Read More »

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Turkey Media Roundup (April 19)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Turkey and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Turkey Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to turkey@jadaliyya.com by Sunday night of every ...  Read More »

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Art as Interruption: On 'Homeland,' Revolutionary Utterances, Surveillance - A STATUS/الوضع Conversation with Heba Y. Amin

In this interview with STATUS/الوضع host Adel Iskander, artist Heba Y. Amin discusses and reflects on her most jarring works, which include hacking the set of televions series Homeland with subversive graffiti, a videographic documentation of long-lost online audio messages from the Egyptian revolution ...  Read More »

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Turkey Media Roundup (April 5)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Turkey and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Turkey Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to turkey@jadaliyya.com by Sunday night of every ...  Read More »

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توقيعه على الأشياء كلها في نسختها العربية

صدرت الترجمة العربية لرواية الكاتبة الأميركية إليزابيث جلبرت "توقيعه على الأشياء كلها" في طبعتين عن كلٍّ من "منشورات الجمل" و"دار طوى" للنشر والتوزيع، والرواية تقع في 450 صفحة من القطع المتوسط، وقد ترجمها إلى العربية أسامة إسبر. بدأت إليزابيث جلبرت رحلتها الأدبية بكتابين مشهورين: ...  Read More »

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The Panoptic Gaze and the Ivory Tower: A STATUS/الوضع Episode of Reclaiming Academic Freedom

This episode of Reclaiming Academic Freedom examines the state's use of university campuses as sites of surveillance and recruitment, and its effects on students and faculty. STATUS/الوضع host Tareq Radi interviews Muna Sharif, Arshad Ali, Jared Austin, and Danya Zituni about their experiences.  The program ...  Read More »

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من يملك دولة أرامكو؟

في مقابلة مع مجلة الإيكونومست البريطانية في 4 يناير 2016، أعلن الأمير محمد بن سلمان، ولي ولي العهد السعودي و"رئيس المجلس الأعلى لأرامكو السعودية" أن حكومة بلاده تدرس فكرة خصخصة الشركة المملوكة للدولة بطرح أسهمها للاكتتاب العام. (1) بعد ذلك بأيام ، أصدرت "أرامكو-السعودية" بيانا بأنها تجري دراسة طرح ...  Read More »

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أغاني اللاجئين الحزينة

ويستَن هيو أودن (1907 - 1973) شاعر أنجلو أميركي، من أهم شعراء القرن العشرين. تأثر في بداياته بشعر تي. إس إليوت وعزرا باوند وفلسفة ماركس وفرويد. عاش متنقلاً بين أكسفورد ونيويورك وفيينا، وقضى فترة من حياته في أسبانيا إبان الحرب الأهلية. نال جائزة بوليتزر عن كتابه "عصر القلق". وتميز شعره بتنوع ثيماته وغرابة ...  Read More »

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UC Resoultion Links Anti-Zionism to Anti-Semitism: An Interview with Omar Zahzah

On Wednesday, 22 March 2016, the University of California Board of Regents’ Educational Policy Committee voted unanimously to approve a working group’s recommendation for a set of “Principles Against Intolerance.” The twelve-page “Principles Against Intolerance” report and its controversial introduction were developed ...  Read More »

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Urgent Call for Solidarity with Academics in Turkey (Letter to the US Department of State)

[This letter was written by a group of US-based scholars and educators and was released on 22 March 2016.] Tom Malinowski, Assistant Secretary of State for Human Rights US Department of State Email: tmalinowski@state.gov Dear Mr. Malinowski: We are a group of US-based scholars and educators who have grown deeply ...  Read More »

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Today I Testified Before the CUNY Task Force on Anti-Semitism

Today I testified before the CUNY Task Force on Anti-Semitism. I was accompanied by my attorney, Jed Eisenstein, president of the board of Jewish Voice for Peace. I also had legal support from Palestine Legal and The Center for Constitutional Rights. One member of the Task Force, Paul Shechtman, was not present. He ...  Read More »

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Open Letters from CUNY Faculty and Students to President Chase Robinson Regarding the Replacement of Dr. Anny Bakalian, Associate Director of the Middle East and Middle Eastern American Center (MEMEAC)

[The following letters have been sent by faculty, PhD students, MA students, and alumni affiliated with the Middle Eastern Studies Program and the Middle East and Middle Eastern American Center at The Graduate Center of The City University of New York, to Chase Robinson, President of the Graduate Center. The letters ...  Read More »

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Oil: The Stuff of Mass Delusion

Military primacy, and the routine use of deadly military force, remains the cornerstone of US foreign policy in the Middle East. The 2015 nuclear non-proliferation accord with Iran represents a rare yet fleeting bright moment for diplomacy in a region where wars—in Libya, Iraq, Syria, and Yemen—and the mass ...  Read More »

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القطار

كانت المرأة تُدعى الآنسة دينت، وفي أوائل ذلك المساء شهرت مسدساً على رجل. أجبرته على الركوع في الطين والتوسل من أجل حياته. وبينما طفحت عينا الرجل بالدموع وأمسك بأصابعه الأعشاب، سددت المسدس إليه وقالت له أموراً عن نفسه. حاولت أن تجعله يفهم أنه ليس بوسعه مواصلة الدوس على مشاعر البشر. "لا تتحرك!"، قالت، رغم أن ...  Read More »

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The Political Life of Illiberal Death

During the summer of 2015, India suffered an extreme heat wave. Over 2500 people—primarily from the southern states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana—lost their lives, either directly from heatstroke or from lack of access to water or healthcare. Many of these people were from the poorest strata of Indian society, ...  Read More »

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The Science of Form: An Interview with Samia Halaby

At the 2016 edition of Art Dubai Modern, Samia Halaby will be featured in The Mechanics of Nature, an exhibition organized by Ayyam Gallery that explores historical developments in abstract art through the works of two pioneering Arab painters. Halaby is represented in the exhibition with examples that date from the ...  Read More »

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ثماني قصائد... لتشارلز بوكوفسكي

تشارلز بوكوفسكي، روائي وشاعر أمريكي، ولد في آندرناخ بألمانيا في السادس عشر من أغسطس عام 1920. هاجر مع عائلته إلى أمريكا واستقروا في مدينة لوس أنجلس وهو في الثالثة من عمره. تأثرت كتاباته بالتغيرات الاجتماعية والثقافية والاقتصادية المحيطة به في مدينة لوس أنجلس التي ترعرع وعاش فيها، وكانت أغلب المواضيع التي كتب فيها ...  Read More »

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In Turkey, the Regime Slides from Soft to Hard Totalitarianism

“Humanitarian aid to [civilians] must be allowed immediately. ‘Surrender or starve’ tactics are directly contrary to the law of war.” Any western leader might easily use these words to scold the Turkish state, and its starvation of Kurdish towns to the south-east of the country. But it would be highly unlikely. In ...  Read More »

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Letter to Turkish PM Davutoglu Expressing Serious Concern Over Investigation and Prosecution of Scholars Who Are Signatories of the Peace Petition

[The following letter was issued by the Committee on Academic Freedom of the Middle East Studies Association on 22 February 2016 in response to the disciplinary and criminal investigations of scholars in Turkey who are signatories of the "Peace Petition." For the Appendix accompanying this letter which lists ...  Read More »

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Turkey Media Roundup (February 23)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Turkey and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Turkey Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to turkey@jadaliyya.com by Sunday night of every ...  Read More »

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Astro Noise: War on Terror as (Virtual) Reality

Laura Poitras: Astro Noise, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 5 February – 1 May 2016 [This review was first published on Warscapes.] On the eighth floor of the Whitney Museum of American Art, a large projection brings viewers back to the aftermath of the attacks of 11 September 2001. One side of the screen ...  Read More »

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أيّام العَيّنة والجَمْع

صدرتْ طبعةٌ جديدة من يوميات الشاعر الأميركي وولت ويتمان بعنوان “أيام العيّنة والجمع”، وجاء الكتاب في ٤٥٤ صفحة من القطع المتوسط بمقدمة للناقدة ليزلي جاميسون، وكان الكتاب قد صدر في طبعته الأولى سنة ١٨٨٢، وهذه الطبعة الجديدة (دار ميلفل للنشر، نوفمبر، ٢٠١٤) تلقي الضوء من جديد على آراء مثيرة لشاعر إشكالي أثار جدلاً واسعاً ...  Read More »

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Resisting Amnesia: Twenty Five Years After the Al Amiriyah Attack

On 13 February 1991, the United States Air Force deliberately targeted the Al Amiriyah bomb shelter in Baghdad, killing 408 civilians, mostly women and children. It was a brazen act of terror that has left permanent scars on Iraqi society. The Iraqi Transnational Collective issued a statement commemorating the ...  Read More »

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Turkey Media Roundup (February 9)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Turkey and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Turkey Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to turkey@jadaliyya.com by Sunday night of every ...  Read More »

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Speaking Truth to Power: A Panel on Academic Freedoms and the War Against Kurds in Turkey (17 February, CUNY Graduate Center, New York)

February 17, 2016 6:00-8:00 PM The Graduate Center, CUNY 365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY Room C198 (Concourse Level) Reception to follow. Please bring ID to enter the building. More information can be found here. A panel discussion with David Harvey, Nazan Üstündağ, Aslı Iğsız and Kamal Soleimani, moderated by ...  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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