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THE ARAB SPRING: A Year that Changed the World

On Friday, February 24th, at 9:00AM, Noam Chomsky joins hosts Wael Elasady and Will Seaman to discuss the shifting political landscape of the Middle East.

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(PORTLAND, OR) - The events of the Arab Spring have been awesome and inspiring, opening up the possibility of a regional landscape that is almost unfathomably different from what would have been predicted just one year ago.

Gaza activist/reporter Ken O'Keefe and
Wael Elasady from SUPER. photo: Dexter Phoenix

Students United For Palestinian Equal Rights (SUPER, of Portland State University) has organized a wide-ranging conference that is designed to analyze the events of the Arab Spring, its regional and international implications, and its effects on the future of Palestine.

On Friday, February 24th, at 9:00AM, Noam Chomsky joins hosts Wael Elasady and Will Seaman to discuss the shifting political landscape of the Middle East, the potential implications for US policy in the region and the possible consequences for Palestinians and Israelis.

Also on the agenda for the full-hour interview will be strategies for US-based activists working to bring a just peace to the conflict.

Tune in Friday, February 24th, at 9:00AM for a full hour with Noam Chomsky!

The following speakers will be featured:

9:00am - 10:00 — Coffee and Registration
• Room 294: Registration continues throughout the day.

10:00 - 11:30 — 1st Session

• Room 296/298: Nora Barrows-Friedman
Palestine and the Arab Spring
• Room 238: Deepa Kumar
The Arab Spring and the Debunking of Islamophobic Myths

11:45 - 1:15 — 2nd Session
• Room 296/298: Joel Beinin
Workers’ Struggles in the Arab Spring
• Room 238: Wael Elasady
Revolt and “Humanitarian Intervention” in Syria

1:15pm - 2:00 — Lunch

3rd session — 2:00 - 3:30
• Room 296/298: As’ad Abu Khalil
The US and the Arab Revolt
• Room 238: William Parry
The Art of Resistance in Palestine

4th session — 3:30 - 5:00
• Room 296/298: Mokhtar Alkhanshali
The Uprising in Yemen
• Room 238: Jesse Hagopian and Tasha Triplett
Black Liberation and Palestine

Evening Plenary Panel — 5:30 - 6:30
• Room 238: Deepa Kumar, As’ad Abu Khalil, Joel Beinin, Wael Elasady
The Arab Spring: Challenges and Prospects

Cultural Night Dinner and Celebration — 8:00 - 10:00
• Room 228: Featuring art, poetry, and more.

We hope you will join us for this day of revolutionary learning!
Please visit our facebook page for more information and a detailed schedule.

In solidarity,

Students United for Palestinian Equal Rights (SUPER)

Cosponsored by:
Arab Persian Student Union
International Socialist Organization
PSU Middle East Studies Center
Americans United for Palestinian Human Rights
Friends of Sabeel
Jewish Voice for Peace
Portland BDS Coalition
Sociology of Islam
Lutherans for Justice in the Holy Land
KBOO Community Radio


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stephen February 24, 2012 6:41 am (Pacific time)

first of all, the Palestinian plight is a bit different than the so called "arab spring"...And its NOT an "arab spring", this was all induced by the west, planned long before Feb. 2011. The elite used facebook and twitter also to control the uprising in Egypt. Here is a video showing that I knew about chaos starting in Egypt and expanding all across the middle east. I knew this in October of 2010, 4months before it happened. and here is the video to prove it. This video, also predicted oil to go up in 2012, and oil is now hitting $109 a barrel. Lindsey Williams also says the dollar is history before end of 2012, guess we will have to wait and see, but Lindseys predictions over the last ten years have been 100%. He gets his info from the elite. The info I get from Alex Jones (, is par to none. He exsposed the underwear bomber as a patsy with a journalist/attorney that was in the airport and on the same plane. You should research it, its an amazing story..Here is the video about the middle east uprising. and off topic but here is the proof that the underwear bomber was a CIA patsy...

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