Introduction: Teaching the Middle East after the Tunisian and Egyptian Revolutions… Beyond Orientalism, Islamophobia, and Neoliberalism – by Jadaliyya Reports

  [Participants during the conference. Photo by Bassam Haddad.]   May 13-14, 2011, George Mason University “Teaching the Middle East after the Tunisian and Egyptian Revolutions…Beyond Orientalism, Islamophobia, and Liberalism,” a conference sponsored by the Middle East Studies Program and the Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies at George Mason University, and by the…

Locked up for reading a poem:Ayat al-Gormezi, the woman who symbolises Bahrain’s fight for freedom – The Independent News

Ayat al-Gormezi was forced to give herself up after police raided her parents’ house and made four of her brothers lie on the floor at gunpoint    More pictures   Bahrain’s security forces are increasingly targeting women in their campaign against pro-democracy protesters despite yesterday lifting martial law in the island kingdom.  Ayat al-Gormezi, 20,…

A Look at the Root Causes of the Arab Revolution: Rising Literacy and a Shrinking Birth Rate – Spiegel Interview with French social scientist Emmanuel Todd

AFP In a SPIEGEL interview, French social scientist Emmanuel Todd discusses the demographic roots of the Arab revolution, which he argues was spurred by rising literacy and rapidly shrinking birth rates. He also muses on the ghost of Osama bin Laden, arguing “al-Qaida was already dead,” and on why he believes Germany is not a part of the…

Bahrainis demand justice and equal rights for all – Young Germany de news

The revolutions sweeping the Middle East are contagious. The day after the resignation of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, Bahrain’s youth called for demonstrations via Facebook and Twitter. Even with the latest government crackdown, demonstrators say they will not be intimidated.   Hussain Abdel Rahman, his wife Basma Hussein and their small child in the Pearl…

Bahrain:Medical staff were prevented from treating the victims of violence, even the Doctor was beaten up by army says the Amnesty International report

Amnesty International Condemns “Reckless Disregard for Human Life” in Bahrain as Protesters Give Details of Bloody Crackdown ***** BAHRAIN – March 16 – Bahraini protesters today told Amnesty International of bloody scenes on the streets as government security forces stepped up their violent crackdown on demonstrations and blocked access to hospitals. Government forces also surrounded…

Tunisia: How the US got it wrong – Opinion – Al Jazeera English

Opinion by Prof. Mark LeVine  in Al Jazeera ***** Mark LeVine is a professor of history at UC Irvine and senior visiting researcher at the Centre for Middle Eastern Studies at Lund University in Sweden. His most recent books are Heavy Metal Islam (Random House) and Impossible Peace: Israel/Palestine Since 1989 (Zed Books). Click the…