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Boycotting Academia (Part II)
Boycotting Academia (Part II) | babelmed | women - migration - mediterraneanWhat Jewish and Palestinian activists, from Avraham Oz, Oren Ben-Dor, and Beate Zilversmidt, to Omar Barghouti and Lisa Taraki are saying about the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel.
Boycotting Academia (Part I)
Boycotting Academia (Part I) | babelmed | women - migration - mediterraneanA year ago, the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI), supported by nearly sixty of the most prominent academic, cultural, professional associations and trade unions in the Occupied West Bank and Gaza issued a statement to fellow academics, intellectuals and activists in the international community. They asked them “to comprehensively and consistently boycott all Israeli academic and cultural institutions in the spirit of international solidarity, moral consistency and resistance to oppression.” Adrian Grima assesses the support for the campaign and where it may be heading.
Identity&Nomadism | babelmed | women - migration - mediterraneanPalazzo delle Papesse, Siena, May 27 - September 25, 2005 Integration and conflicts are redefining our perception of self. Who's a foreigner and for whom? Who affirms more strongly his own belonging or identity: a nomad or a resident? Who has no roots? Is the artist a nomad by definition? And which identity is the artist talking about? The collective exhibitions at Palazzo delle Papesse is reflecting on the theme without looking for definitive answers.
First Mediterranean Encounters with Horcynus Orca
First Mediterranean Encounters with Horcynus Orca | babelmed | women - migration - mediterraneanSicily, Calabria, 14th May – November 2005 Mediterranean Encounters is an inquiry project into the deep currents of visual arts in the Mediterranean regions. Planned to be a three-year event to be developed into three different exhibitions and other side-events specifically addressed to the territory. Mediterranean Encounters are thought as a recognition along the entire perimeter of this mobile but persistent border; restless space recently scoured by a mosaic of conflicts and wars that, yet, cannot destroy and remove the concept of "something in common", the continuity of history and of memory that always re-emerges, beyond the differences of the "present tenses" that any region lives.
Home Works III: A Forum on Cultural Practices
Home Works III: A Forum on Cultural Practices | babelmed | women - migration - mediterraneanIn its third edition, ‘Home Works: A Forum on Cultural Practices’ is one of the premiere international cultural projects hosted in the Middle East, bringing together artists, writers, intellectuals, filmmakers, architects, critical theorists and philosophers.
Samir Kassir: He had dared to speak
Samir Kassir: He had dared to speak | babelmed | women - migration - mediterraneanHe dared to say the Syrian regime was playing its own future in Lebanon. He dared to say Syria was trafficking in the country of the cedars. He dared to criticise the "Lebanese police state" He dared to say and write about the Lebanese people democratic aspirations He payed it with this life.
Pour un narguilé design
Pour un narguilé design | babelmed | women - migration - mediterraneanDésir, Mediterranean design Paris, 2 – 25 juin 2005 Un narguilé design! Aucun créateur ne s’était encore attaqué à cet objet hautement traditionnel, objet de désir, objet de dépendance, douceur enivrante, indolence de l’Orient. Air, eau, feu et terre sont réunis en un acte unique de délassement et d’opulence du geste. Avec le designer franco-algérien ABDI, et l’atelier S/Z, Sybille Tamer Abillamah et Ziad Abillamah de Beyrouth découvrez un nouveau souffle dans le design méditerranéen.
The day the mask came off
The day the mask came off | babelmed | women - migration - mediterraneanOn 25 May, Egyptians were told by their newspapers, by their radio and television stations, by their politicians that they would be going out to vote to change the destiny of their country. In the week prior to the day of the referendum, banners on the street and on Cairo’s main buildings, large advertisements were put up. They told people to “share your voice to build your future” by voting ‘yes’ in the referendum. In all of official Egypt -- the regime’s Egypt that ,dominates the airwaves, television screens and print media -- the message was clear: the referendum marks a real change for the better, the beginning of a long-awaited march towards democracy.
Massacre in the Streets of Cairo
Massacre in the Streets of Cairo | babelmed | women - migration - mediterraneanOn Wednesday 25th of May, Egyptian citizens were voting on the referendum about Amendment 76 of the Egyptian Constitution. Hosni Mubarak and the NDP Ruling Party had presented the vote as an opening up of the regime. On the same day, Egyptian opposition movement -including the Kefaya movement- was demonstrating to express their opposition to the regime hypocrisy. They've been then violently attacked by thugs lead by the police forces. We publish here the “Egyptian NGOs issue statement over referendum attacks yesterday” and advise our readers to visit the Arabist website and Cairo Magazine website that report on the event.
Shatila's Whirlpool
Shatila's Whirlpool | babelmed | women - migration - mediterraneanJust as a military commander explains the battlefield and his plan of attack by sketching out a rough military map, Maher Abi Samra's film begins with a short but intense explanation of the history and geography of the Palestinian camp of Shatila, first established in 1949; a kilometer long and 600 meters wide. Shatila is above all a place where inside and outside blend into one another, and chairs wait for the weight of the unemployed.

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