In the aftermath of Barak Obama's State of the Union Address, and his announcement that he will veto any congressional actions increasing sanctions on Iran, the Republican Party proceeded to invite Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address a joint session of Congress, making the latter on par with Winston ... Read More »
Can the International Criminal Court (ICC) deliver the justice Palestinians have struggled to realize for well over a century? The pursuit of accountability at the ICC is one venue of this struggle. But any sustainable vision of Palestinian liberation must account for the confines of the courtroom in particular ... Read More »
It is official. The world system is in deep crisis. Corruption really does start at the top. The United States, the leader of this system, first wavered in 2011. Yet another wave of protests shook the US from July to December 2014. At the “Occupy” protests three years ago, the system’s inequitable economic dimensions ... Read More »
Dirty gold is the color that smothers every surface of Sara Rahbar’s New York City studio. Disembodied casts of the artist’s own anxiously clenched hands and feet are laid out, clinically, on long tables alongside bullet casings, rifle butts, chains, and other found objects. With the same studied intensity that won ... Read More »
تفاجأ كثيرون بالإعلان، المصحوب بضجة إعلامية كبيرة، عن توقيع اتفاقية بين البحرين وبريطانيا تتيح لهذه الأخيرة "إقامة قاعدة عسكرية في البحرين لمواجهة التهديدات التي تتعرض لها المنطقة". وأشارت شعارات الاحتجاج التي رفعها المتظاهرون في البحرين إلى إن الاتفاقية هي إيذان بـ "عودة الاستعمار إلى المنطقة"، ... Read More »
من داخل جدران السجن الإسرائيلي، وبصفتي من أسرى الحرية السياسيين الفلسطينيين، أعبّر عن تعاطفي معكم وتضامني الكامل. كما أعبّر عن شديد إعجابي واحترامي وتقديري لصوتكم وللطريقة التي ترفعوه بها في تظاهرات غضبكم الإنساني واحتجاجكم ونضالكم لحماية حياتكم وكرامتكم الإنسانية واقتلاع ... Read More »
The Senate Select Intelligence Committee report on torture has revived debate worldwide about the United States use of torture in the aftermath of 9/11.
Some have applauded the report—including organizations such as Human Rights Watch and the Center for Constitutional Rights, which have ... Read More »
In late November 2014, I had the honor of visiting the occupied Kingdom of Hawai’i as an invited guest. I prepared for the trip with ample readings J. Kehaulani Kaunaui both wrote and shared with me, along with book recommendations that my hostess, Cynthia Franklin, passed along. (It merits writing a separate article ... Read More »
'Nefes alamıyorum': Başkaldırının farkında mısınız?
Artık tescillendi. Dünya sistemi derin bir krizde. Balık baştan kokarmış. Sistemin önderi Amerika Birleşik Devletleri ilk olarak 2011’de sallanmıştı. Şimdi ayaklanmalar yine hayatı kilitlemeye doğru gidiyor. Temmuz’dan Aralık’a radikal sokak eylemleri durulmadı. Üç ... Read More »
Steven Salaita is the author of six books: Israel's Dead Soul; Modern Arab American Fiction: A Reader's Guide; The Uncultured Wars: Arabs, Muslims, and the Poverty of Liberal Thought; Anti-Arab Racism in the USA; The Holy Land in Transit; and Arab American Literary Fictions, Cultures, and Politics. He is a former ... Read More »
Excerpts from Diaspo/Rengi
Marilyn Hacker and Deema Shehabi
The Litani flows
under the Pont Sully, past four
(One is run by anarchists.)
She stops to watch a barge pass.
The Crusaders gave
her those blue-green eyes. Not that
smile at the ... Read More »
The Ordinary Man of This Neighborhood
When all he expected was coldness and pain
And all he received in return
Was a normalcy of life to a power unimaginable
By his afflicted mind,
The ordinary man of this neighborhood
Living somewhere in the state of New York
Has either been exiled,
Or ... Read More »
[The following report was authored by Richard Rothstein and published by the Economic Policy Institute.]
The Making of Ferguson: Public Policies at the Root of its Troubles
In August 2014, a Ferguson, Missouri, policeman shot and killed an unarmed black teenager. Michael Brown’s death and the ... Read More »
The Department of History at the University of Houston invites applications for the Arab-American Educational Foundation Professorship in Modern Arab History at the senior associate or full professor level. The chair will play an instrumental role in the development of Arabic Studies at UH and will be actively ... Read More »
[The following open letter was published by the below signatories on 14 November 2014.]
We are faculty in support of the UAW 2865’s efforts to stand in solidarity with Palestinian workers and students. On December 4, 2014, the UAW 2865 – the union representing teaching assistants, graders, readers, and tutors across ... Read More »
In the media clips below (produced by Creative Time Reports), the artist Michael Rakowitz speaks with independent curator Regine Basha and scholar Ella Habiba Shohat about the disappearance of Arab Jewish identity, in the context of their recent collaboration Dar Al Sulh, a temporary restaurant serving Iraqi ... Read More »
Steven Salaita has filed a lawsuit filed in Champaign County Court against the University of Illinois’ Board of Trustees. Salaita and his legal team at the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) maintain that the university administration has failed to comply with the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) by refusing ... Read More »
لوس انجيليس، كاليفورنيا 17/11/2014
تُطلق مؤسسة "أرشيف R-Shief" يوم 17 نوفمبر مبادرة للباحثين الأكاديميين العاملين في مجال دراسة الحركات الاجتماعية عبر العالم؛ حيث تجعل المحتوى الذي تم جمعه على مدار السنوات الماضية متاحاً إلى جانب أدوات أرشيف متاحة لمدة عام بصورة مجانية ومفتوحة بدون قيود. هذا ... Read More »
[This interview explores the rising phenomenon of diaspora Armenians traveling throughout Anatolia, following their ancestors’ footprints. Specifically, it focuses on the following questions: What is the meaning of Armenian diaspora tourism to Turkey? Is it a return to the homeland? What emotions do travelers share ... Read More »
Response to Criticisms of the G.E. von Grunebaum Center for Near Eastern Studies at UCLA
The G.E. von Grunebaum Center for Near Eastern Studies (hereafter CNES) of UCLA is one of the oldest such centers in the United States. It is also one of the largest, currently including seventy-six affiliated faculty (among whom ... Read More »
Hani Bawardi, The Making of Arab Americans: From Syrian Nationalism to US Citizenship. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2014.
Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book?
Hani Bawardi (HB): My intellectual pursuits began when I set out to understand the dominance of my peers in small business ownership in Flint, ... Read More »
[The below petition was published in the Daily Princetonian.]
The following petition was begun by five faculty members in History and Near Eastern Studies and now has the following signatories. This ad serves both as an announcement of the petition to the community and as an invitation to the tenured faculty across ... Read More »
In this debate on Fox News, UNRWA Spokesperson Christopher Gunness and the Center for Near East Policy Research's David Bedein debate the issue of the role of UNRWA in Gaza and US funding for the "reconstruction" of Gaza. The power of this debate is the manner with which Gunness exposes the ... Read More »
[The following letter was issued by the Committee on Academic Freedom of the Middle East Studies Association on 23 October 2014]
via email firstname.lastname@example.org
To whom it may concern:
I am writing on behalf of the Committee on Academic Freedom of the Middle East Studies ... Read More »
[This is a slightly revised version of comments presented as part of the event “Palestine Solidarity: A Faculty Roundtable and Student Q & A,” held at the CUNY Graduate Center on 17 October. The discussion was organized by a group of students involved with a resolution currently before the Doctoral Student Council ... Read More »
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 »
صارع صانعو السياسة والصحفيون والخبراء كي يفهموا احتلال تنظيم الدولة الإسلامية في العراق والشام للموصل في العاشر من حزيران\يونيو ٢٠١٤، واندفاع المجموعة جنوباً نحو بغداد وانهيار الجيش العراقي أمام تقدمها. إن الطريقة التي فُهمتْ بها هذه الأزمة المتسارعة ستحدد استجابة القادة في العراق، والشرق الأوسط، وفي النظام الدولي. ... Read More »
The following trailer is for Laura Poitras' Citizefour, which is scheduled for release on 24 October 2014.
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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 »
I have never met Slav Leibin.
Nonetheless, it recently came to my attention that he vetoed, with the approval of the Center for Jewish Life, my right to participate in a proposed panel on the recent hostilities in Gaza. Apparently this preemptive act of exclusion was carried out on entirely political grounds. This ... Read More »