Rania Masri

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Rania Masri is a Fellow of the Institute for Southern Studies and an Editorial Associate of its magazine, Southern Exposure. She joined the Institute in December 2001. An internationally-known human rights advocate and environmental scientist, Rania is a regular commentator for TV and radio broadcasts, including Fox News, the BBC, and NPR. Rania is a contributor to the book Iraq Under Siege (South End Press, 2000) and is author or co-author of the Institute reports The South at War (2002) and Paying More, Getting Less: Grading North Carolina's Corporate Subsidies(September 2002). She has served as coordinator of the Iraq Action Coalition, on the board of Peace Action, and as the Arab Women's Solidarity Association's representative to the United Nations. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Sciences at the University of Balamand, Lebanon.[1]

Endorsed Bernie Sanders


In 2020 Rania Masri endorsed Bernie Sanders.

Project Reach NYC

Joe Catron October 11, 2017 ·


Attending ILPS & IWA Report Back: Dispatches from Peoples' Resistance with Rania Masri and Mike Legaspi at Project Reach NYC.

North Carolina Anti-War Conference

Saturday, November 3 2001, North Carolina Anti-War Conference, UNC - Greensboro. The conference aims to bring together anti-war activists from around the state to educate, learn, share ideas, and lay the groundwork for a statewide anti-war coalition. All are welcome! Featured speakers include Michaelle Browers, Dept. Political Science, WFU; Stan Goff, North Carolina Network for Popular Democracy; Jeff Jones, Dept. History, UNC-G; Deepa Kumar, Dept. Communication, WFU, and Piedmont Triad Anti-War Committee; Rania Masri, media co-chair, al-awda, and Peace Action board member; Sherry Wolf, editorial board, International Socialist Review; James Wood, Dept. History, NC A&T University; and Paul Leubke, Dept. Sociology, UNC-G. [2]

RadFest 2003

Friday, May 30 2003, at RadFest 2003, "The Iraq War and the Anti-War Movement", Aurora University.

Max Elbaum will speak at the opening plenary panel along with Betita Martínez (Institute for Multiracial Justice), Rania Masri (Iraq Action Coalition), and Jeremy Scahill (Democracy Now).

The plenary is part of RadFest 2003, an annual weekend conference for progressive activists and academics organized by the A. E. Havens Center for the Study of Social Structure and Social Change at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The central goal of the conference is to provide an opportunity for progressive activists, organizers, and intellectuals to come together to discuss issues of mutual interest and concern, strengthen networks, and devise strategies for progressive social, economic, and political change.[3]

Solidarity and Fightback Conference

290 anti-imperialist activists from 120 organizations and 21 countries attended the Solidarity and Fightback Conference sponsored by the International League for People’s Struggle - International Women’s Alliance Solidarity in Toronto August 4 - 7 2017. The conference theme was “Building Resistance to US-led War, Militarism and Neofascism.”

A sizable number of participants were young, energetic Filipinos from the anti-imperialist organizations Gabriela and Akbayan.

The conference was opened by a video messages of greetings and support from Jose Sison, chairman of the International League for People’s Struggle (ILPS) and Leila Khaled, Palestinian liberation icon and member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.

Panels featuring leaders of struggles against U.S. imperialism from the Philippines, Middle East, Congo, Mexico, Pakistan and across the world described the struggles in their countries and their movements’ resistance to it.

Margaret Kimberley of Black Agenda Report spoke at length about the Black liberation struggle. She talked about the importance of the campaigns for community control of police in Chicago and Saint Petersburg, Florida.

Nerissa Allegretti, of the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns, said, “I had the opportunity to join the workshop on Militarism and Counterinsurgency and listened to speakers Sarah Martin, Bill Dores, Rania Masri, Potri Ranka Manis and Padi Rex. It gave me a sharp picture of how counterinsurgency has consistently been a tool of maintaining imperialism in many forms; FBI raids and targeting of anti-war activists, using religion to divide the people, criminalization of liberation movements, and rape and kidnapping.”

A march to the U.S. consulate was held on August 6, the anniversary of the day the U.S. dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima. Marchers chanted in Spanish, French, Tagalog and English. The march then went to and joined the public commemoration of that horrific war crime.

The last day of the conference, Wilmer Barrientos, the ambassador of Venezuela to Canada spoke. He debunked the widespread misinformation on the current political unrest in his country that is being propagated by Western media.

He went on to say, “What about Iraq, Syria and Libya? They [the U.S.] said, ‘Let’s liberate them.’ But do they live better than before? Many live on less than $1 a day. They want to impose this same intervention on Venezuela because we are a sovereign country that decides where our natural resources go.”

The conference ended with a call to action including all out for Rasmea Odeh in Chicago Saturday, August 12 for her going away party and in Detroit on Thursday, August 17 for her sentencing.[4]



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