Tag: 2006 Spring

Iraq: Military Occupation, Terrorism and the Violation of Women's Rights

Houzan Mahmoud
“Iraq: Military Occupation, Terrorism and the Violation of Women's Rights”
Wednesday March 22, 2006 7:00pm, Grand Hall, Meriter Retirement Community, 333 W. Main Street
“Imperial War, Political Islam and Women's Oppression in the Middle East”
Thursday March 23, 2006 7:00pm, rm 5120 Grainger Hall, 810 University Ave


 Writings by Ms. Mahmoud can be found on the Selves and Others website.


    Houzan Mahmoud is the UK Representative of the Organization for Women's Freedom in Iraq. She is a leading international voice on the oppression of Iraqi women both under the US/UK occupation and the growing influence of conservative Islamists. She has led numerous campaigns on behalf of women's and workers' rights in Iraq and has been a frequent contributor to The Independent and The Guardian, among other publications. Many of her articles have been translated into and published in French, Arabic, Japanese, Russian, Portuguese, Italian, Spanish, Farsi, English, Finish, Swedish and German. She has also been interviewed by CNN, NBC, Sky News, BBC World Service, the Asian and African press, and numerous European, North American and Australian media outlets. Houzan has recently co-founded an initiative to end the occupation of Iraq and present a democratic, secular, egalitarian alternative through the Iraq Freedom Congress (IFC).

Gender, Social Space and Citizenship in the 21st Century: Building Community in Cyprus, a Divided Country

Maria Hadjipavlou
"Crossing to the Other Side in a Divided Cyprus: Who is the Guest and Who the Visitor?
Tuesday March 28, 2006 4pm, 206 Ingraham Hall
"Dismantling Walls, Building Community / Citizenship: Cypriots across and against the Divide"
Wednesday March 29, 2006 7pm, 5120 Grainger Hall
Seminar for Faculty and Students: "Women in All Cypriot Communities: Visions of Living Differently"
Thursday March 30 2006, 12:20pm, 8108 Social Sciences

Maria Hadjipavlou is Assistant Professor of Political Science in the Department of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Cyprus. As a scholar practitioner, Professor Hadjipavlou has been promoting peace across the divide in Cyprus for many decades. She has facilitated and designed numerous conflict resolution workshops among different social groups from both communities. She is a founding member and president of the Cyprus Peace Center and a founder of the first international Cypriot Women's NGO, "Hands Across the Divide." She is also a consultant and member of expert teams at the Council of Europe on issues of inter-cultural dialogue and equality between men and women, and a trainer for KEGME (Mediterranean Women's Studies Center) in Athens, Greece. She has published widely in the areas of conflict resolution, the Cyprus conflict, women and peace, and ethnic stereotypes. She has recently coordinated a pioneer research project funded by the European Union on "Women in All Cypriot Communities" and a book has been published on these finding in English, Greek and Turkish.

Where is Venezuela Heading?

Greg Wilpert
The Meaning of 21st Century Socialism for Venezuela
Tuesday April 11, 2006 7pm, Pres House Chapel, 731 State St
Autocracy and Democracy in the Venezuelan Conflict
Wednesday April 12 2006, 4pm, room 206 Ingraham Hall, 1155 Observatory Drive
Seminar for Students and Faculty
Thursday April 13 2006, 12:20pm, room 8108 Social Sciences Building, 1180 Observatory Drive


Wilpert, Gregory (2005) “Venezuela: Participatory Democracy or Government as Usual?Socialism and Democracy, Vol 19, No. 1, March 2005, pp.7-32

Corrales, Javier (2006) “Hugo Boss: How Chavez is Refashioning Dictatorship for a Democratic Age,” Foreign Policy, Jan/Feb 2006

Weisbrot, Mark (2006) “Foreign Policy Fantasies about Venezuela,” in Venezuelanalysis.com, Jan. 3, 2006


    Gregory Wilpert is a German-American freelance writer, sociologist (Ph.D., 1994, Brandeis University), and internationally recognized analyst of Venezuelan politics who has been living and working in Venezuela since 2000. A former Fulbright scholar, Mr. Wilpert has taught at the Central University of Venezuela and since April 2002 has been writing about Venezuelan affairs for a wide variety of publications. His articles have appeared in New Left Review, NACLA Report on the Americas, Socialism and Democracy, and Z Magazine. He currently edits the well known webzine Venezuelanalysis.com, and is completing a book on The History and Policies of the Chávez Presidency, to be published by Verso Books in the summer of 2006.

The Relationship Between Peace & Democracy in the Middle East

Mustafa Barghouti
"Peace and Democracy: The Reality of the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict"
Tuesday, April 25 2006, 7:00 pm, 1100 Grainger Hall
"Democracy in Palestine: The Role of Civil Society"
Wednesday, April 26 2006, 7:00 pm, Pyle Center
Seminar for students, faculty, and the public
Thursday, April 27 2006, 12:20 pm, Location TBA

Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi is a leading human rights activist in the non-violent struggle to end the Israeli occupation of Palestine. A medical doctor, he is an outspoken advocate for the development of Palestinian civil society and grassroots democracy and an organizer of international solidarity presence in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. He founded and served for twenty- five years as President of the Palestinian Medical Relief Society, leaving that post to run for Palestinian President in 2005. He remains on the Board of Directors. In 2002, Dr. Barghouthi co-founded Al Mubadara (the Palestinian National Initiative) along with Edward Said, Haider Abdel-Shafi and Ibrahim Dakak, and currently serves as its Secretary General. An alternative to both the autocracy and corruption of the governing Fatah party and the fundamentalism of groups like Hamas, Al Mubadara aims to build the institutional framework of Palestinian civil society and promote the principles of internal democracy and good governance. It tries to strengthen ties between Palestinians everywhere, to mobilise mass non-violence and international solidarity as the preferred means of resisting the Israeli Occupation, and to make the Palestinian story visible in the international news media. In 2006, Dr. Barghouthi was elected to the Palestinian Parliament as an independent candidate.


Born in Jerusalem in 1954, Dr. Barghouthi trained as a medical doctor in the former Soviet Union, with postgraduate work in Jerusalem and at Stanford University. Dr. Barghouthi has led the introduction of modern concepts of health care in Palestine. From 1978 till 1988, he worked at Jerusalem’s Maqassed Hospital in neurosurgery, internal medicine, cardiology, and ultimately as Chief Physician of Primary Healthcare Clinics.

In 1979, Dr. Barghouthi co-founded the Palestinian Medical Relief Society (PMRS), a non-profit NGO of which he was later elected President. PMRS aims to provide Palestinians, particularly vulnerable groups such as women, children, the elderly, the disabled, and those living in isolated areas, with essential healthcare services. PMRS today is one of the largest providers of primary healthcare services throughout the Palestinian Territory, with a staff of 380 health professionals and 38,000 volunteers. It currently works in 495 Palestinian cities, villages and refugee camps, providing services to 1.3 million Palestinians each year. The PMRS has pioneered the development of healthcare models such as the Community-Based Rehabilitation program, aimed at providing rehabilitation services to disabled persons and facilitating their integration into their communities. The PMRS has also been at the forefront of efforts to target the most vulnerable sectors of Palestinian society, through its Women’s and Child Health services.

At the height of the first Intifada in 1989, Dr. Barghouthi co-founded the Health Development Information and Policy Institute (HDIP), a health policy think-tank. HDIP also houses the Palestine Monitor, a clearing-house for the 95-member Palestinian NGO Network (PNGO). Launched at the beginning of the current Intifada, the Palestine Monitor conveys the viewpoints of Palestinian civil society to the press and international community. Its website acts as one of the key information sources on the conflict, with more than 1.5 million hits per month.