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[Buildings from a nineteenth century homestead in Virginia City, Montana. Author's personal photo collection.]

Who Are the Insurgents and Counterinsurgents?

We should not be surprised that the United States will not condemn Israel’s violence, or that it describes such activities as merely a defensive response to indigenous “terrorism” and insurgent forces. Below, I describe how early US ...

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Antisemitism and Salaita

[The following letter was originally published on the author, the Head of the Department of English at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Director of the Initiative in Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies, on ...

[الكاتب محمد شكري]

ملف من الأرشيف: محمد شكري

["ملف من الأرشيف" هي سلسة تقوم "جدلية" بنشرها بالعربية والإنجليزية بالتعاون مع جريدة ”السفير“ اللبنانية. الملفات لشخصيات أيقونية تركت أثراً عميقاً في الحقل السياسي والثقافي في العالم ...

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Syria Media Roundup (August 15)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Syria and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Syria Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for ...


On the Margins Roundup (August)

[Image of the remnants of a home in a village in northern Somalia. Image by najeeb/Flickr.]

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Mali, South Sudan, Somalia, Mauritania, Djibouti, and Comoros Islands and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the On the Margins Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each month's roundup to info@jadaliyya.com.]  Mauritania اعتقال رئيس المبادرة الطلابية بمطار نواكشوط  A Mauritanian student is arrested at the airport, attempting to board a flight to a Palestine conference in Sudan. تراجع التبادل التجاري لموريتانيا ب7.4% في الثلث الأول من 2014 Mauritania’s terms of trade weakened in the first quarter of 2014. Two ...

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An Open Letter

[Photo from Mada Masr]

At 4 p.m. today, I celebrated with my colleagues my last meal in prison.  I have decided—when I saw my father fighting against death locked in a body that was no longer subject to his will—to start an open hunger strike until I achieve my freedom. The well-being of my body is of no value while it remains subject to an unjust power in an open-ended imprisonment not controlled by the law or any concept of justice. I've had the thought before, but I put it aside. I did not want to place yet another burden on my family — we all know that the Ministry of the Interior does not make life easy for hunger strikers. But now I've realized that my family's hardship ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (August 26)

[Zaha Hadid's Al-Wakrah stadium Qatar 2022. Image from www.bilan.ch]

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on the Arabian Peninsula and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Arabian Peninsula Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to ap@jadaliyya.com by Monday night of every week.] Regional and International Relations  Qatar condemns Islamic State and rejects funding accusations Qatar declares the Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria an extremist group, and rejects accusations that it is funding the group. Saudi Arabia's Grand Mufti denounces Iraq's Islamic State group Sheikh Abdulaziz Al ...

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ملف من الأرشيف: محمد شكري

[الكاتب محمد شكري]

["ملف من الأرشيف" هي سلسة تقوم "جدلية" بنشرها بالعربية والإنجليزية بالتعاون مع جريدة ”السفير“ اللبنانية. الملفات لشخصيات أيقونية تركت أثراً عميقاً في الحقل السياسي والثقافي في العالم العربي.]           الاسم: محمد شكري الشهرة: الشحرور الأبيض تاريخ الولادة: ١٩٣٥  مكان الولادة: قرية بني شيكر في محافظة الناظور شمال المغرب الجنسية: مغربي المهنة : أديب

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Antisemitism and Salaita

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[The following letter was originally published on the author, the Head of the Department of English at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Director of the Initiative in Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies, on his website.]  17 August 2014 Dear Chancellor Wise, I am sorry that I cannot join my colleagues in their meeting with you on 18 August. I truly appreciate your making yourself available for dialogue with faculty members concerned about the university’s handling of the Steven Salaita case. Dialogue between the administration and the faculty is precisely what has been missing thus far. I already wrote to you over a week ago to ...

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Who Are the Insurgents and Counterinsurgents?

[Buildings from a nineteenth century homestead in Virginia City, Montana. Author's personal photo collection.]

We should not be surprised that the United States will not condemn Israel’s violence, or that it describes such activities as merely a defensive response to indigenous “terrorism” and insurgent forces. Below, I describe how early US history and the nation’s construction of its own political legitimacy compel this stance. As in Israel now, in America, the nation’s origins in colonization by settlement has been suppressed. Further, this suppression has been achieved by displacing the recognition of how people were forcefully removed from their ancestral homes with a narrative about the creation of a liberal democratic beacon of a state; and alongside this narrative, any ...

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (August 18-24)

This is a selection of what you might have missed on Jadaliyya last week. It also includes a list of the most read articles and roundups. Progressively, we will be featuring more content on our "Last Week on Jadaliyya" series. Linking Violence In Solidarity: Ferguson, Gaza, and the US State Over 100 Middle East Studies Scholars and Librarians Call for the Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions An Excerpt from Sinan Antoon's "Ave Maria" جامعة أميركية توقف تعيين بروفيسور أصوله فلسطينية لانتقاده إسرائيل New Texts Out Now: Anthony Alessandrini, Frantz Fanon and the Future of Cultural Politics Derrida and ...

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Badr Shakir Al-Sayyab: A Profile from the Archives

[Badr Shakir Al-Sayyab. Source: Wikimedia Commons]

[”A Profile from the Archives“ is a series published by Jadaliyya in both Arabic and English in cooperation with the Lebanese newspaper, Assafir. These profiles will feature iconic figures who left indelible marks in the politics and culture of the Middle East and North Africa. This profile was originally published in Arabic and was translated by Mazen Hakeem.] Name: Badr Last Name: Al-Sayyab Father’s Name: Shakir Mother’s Name: Karimah Al-Sayyab Place of Birth: Jekor Date of Birth: 1925 Date of Marriage: 1955 Date of Death: 1964 Wife’s Name: Iqbal Taha Abd Al-Jalil Nationality: Iraqi Education: Bachelor’s degree from the Higher Institute for ...

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منام الطفل السنجاريّ

[اللوحة بعنان

منام الطفل السنجاري* هو الذي رأى كل شيء. هو الذي رأى، قبل أن ينام، جدّته تتضرّع إلى الله بيديها وشفتيها المشقّقتين. ولم يفهم لماذا لم يستجب ذاك الذي في الأعالي. هل تبخّرت الكلمات في طريقها إلى الأذن الإلهية؟ هل كان على جدّته أن تتضرّع بصوت أعلى؟ هل. . . ؟ هو الذي رأى كلّ شيء. هو الذي رأى، طيراً سماويّاً يأتي من كبد السماء. يهبط ببطء وكأن قمّة الجبل عشّه، وكأنّه صغيره. احتضنه واحتضن جدّته بحنوّ ثم حملهما، ومن معهما، وأخذ يرفرف بجناحيه العظيمين. هو الذي رأى كل شيء. هو الذي رأى. . . رجلاً ملثّماً يقف في كابوس الطفل الذي كان ينام بجانبه. رآه يطلق حمماً تحرق الطير السماوي وتسقطه في منامه. هو الذي رأى. . .    * أو الموصلي. . . أو

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Gaza and the Palestinian Struggle for Statehood

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The slaughter of Palestinian civilians and the Dresden-like reduction to rubble of large parts of Gaza by Israel’s military forces in the name of its own citizens’ security has exposed the hypocrisy at the heart of Israel’s dealings with the Palestinians. Israel’s claim to the right of self-defense in order to prevent its victims’ emergence from under its occupation is the ultimate definition of chutzpa. Without entering the debate over whether those rocket assaults were precipitated by Israel’s own violations of truces and cease-fire accords it negotiated with Hamas, as documented by various analysts (including Amira Hass, Peter Beinart, Nathan Thrall, Sara Roy and ...

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Why the Gaza Truce Failed

[U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry shakes hands with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah, West Bank, on July 23, 2014, before the two sat down for a discussion about a cease-fire in fighting between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip. Image by United States Department of State.]

It will likely be some time before we learn the details of the Cairo negotiations over a Gaza cease-fire, which collapsed on Tuesday. Israel claims that Palestinian armed groups subsequently fired the first projectiles. The Palestinians accuse Israel of sabotaging the talks because it believed it had a rare opportunity to assassinate Hamas military commander Mohammed Deif, launching seven guided missiles on a home in Gaza City’s Shaikh Radwan housing project that killed Deif’s wife and infant son. But even if the Palestinian contention on the Deif strike is correct, it does not explain why several weeks of negotiations in Cairo between the two sides failed to ...

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Studio Visit with Doa Aly

[Much of Aly's recent work is inspired by accounts of mental patients from the 19th century. Image courtesy of MedrarTV.]

Doa Aly May 2014 Cairo, Egypt   In May, Egyptian artist Doa Aly opened her Cairo studio to the crews of Medrar.TV and Vernissage TV for a day. Aly shared with us her artistic processes and how her interests have developed since her first painting show in 2002 to her more recent drawings and performance videos. Much of Aly's work is inspired by her interest in aberrations of the human form, archaic literature, and classical dance. She often uses an interdisciplinary approach to explore lust as a fundamental condition of humanity, taking inspiration from short stories, epics, myths, folktales, and medical manuals that speak of an intense ...

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Prominent Human Rights Lawyer Ahmed Seif al-Islam Dies

Ahmed Seif al-Islam, one of the leading human rights lawyers in Egypt died on Wednesday after slipping into a coma following open-heart surgery earlier this month, the family announced in a statement. Involved in political activism since his student days, Seif went into law and became a human rights defender. Seif was imprisoned for five years in 1983, during which time he was reportedly tortured. Seif leaves behind his wife, university professor and activist Laila Soueif, a son and two daughters ...

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New Texts Out Now: Erin Runions, The Babylon Complex: Theopolitical Fantasies of War, Sex, and Sovereignty

Erin Runions, The Babylon Complex: Theopolitical Fantasies of War, Sex, and Sovereignty. New York: Fordham University Press, 2014. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Erin Runions (ER): Living in New York City in 2001 and after, I was involved in the anti-war movement that protested the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. I wanted to understand what compels people in the United States to accept war, occupation, and torture. Religion is one such driving force. The Bible provides much of the ...

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الخطر السياسي القادم ما بعد العدوان على غزة

توجد أربعة أسباب على الأقل تشكل حوافز للحكومة الإسرائيلية للسعي إلى العودة إلى مسار سياسي بعد العدوان على غزة، حتى لو قبلت بعض الشروط التي رفضتها سابقاً، مثل تجميد غير معلن للاستيطان، أو عدم الإعلان عن عطاءات جديدة للبناء في المستوطنات، إن قبل الجانب الفلسطيني بذلك.  وتوجد دلائل واضحة الآن حتى قبل أن تسكت المدافع، أن الجانب الفلسطيني يرغب في ذلك، بل هو يدعو إلى إنهاء الاحتلال كمرحلة تلي المرحلة الراهنة ومكملة لها، كما صرح أكثر من مسؤول فلسطيني خلال الأسابيع الماضية، بمن في ذلك الرئيس أبو مازن نفسه ...

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Syria Media Roundup (August 15)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Syria and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Syria Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to syria@jadaliyya.com by Monday night of every week.] Note to readers: we are ten days behind but we will catch up during the first week of September. Hold tight! Regional and International Perspectives  Exclusive interview with ...

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Israel's "Operation Status Quo": A Preliminary Assessment

Israel’s massive onslaught on the Gaza Strip in July-August 2014 has been a military and political fiasco. A regional superpower, it failed to impose its will on an isolated enemy operating in a besieged territory without advanced weaponry. Its sub-standard military performance was matched by a failure to reverse Palestinian reconciliation or deepen Palestinian fragmentation, and its overall strategic position has grown weaker. Led by a government too extreme to seize the initiative with proposals that ...

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Support for Steven Salaita and the UIUC Boycott Continues to Grow

On Friday, 22 August, officials at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) broke their silence regarding the firing of Steven Salaita (for more background on the case, see here). In a mass email to the university community, UIUC Chancellor Phyllis Wise claimed that Salaita’s firing “was not influenced in any way by his positions on the conflict in the Middle East nor his criticism of Israel.” Instead, the implication seemed to be that the case revolved around the question of “civility,” ...

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لا تقصص رؤياك

نواف اكتسحني برد شديد، انتشلني من إغماءة، كنت أنتفض. حاولت أن أفتح عيني باتساع فلا أستطيع، جفناي متورمان وثقيلان. استطعت فتح فرجة صغيرة من عيني الشمال منها سبرت المكان الذي تسرب إليه خيط نور من ثقب في ساتر حديدي يسد النافذة. غرفة صغيرة، عدة كراسي بأرجل طويلة جنب الحائط، طاولتان بينهما قطعة سجاد، صندوق قناني مشروبات غازية فارغة، علب أصباغ رائحتها اتعبت تنفسي. نظرتي مهزوزة وألم انتشر في رأسي. ما لبثت النظرة قليلا حتى أسدلت جفني من الألم وعدت للظلام، ارتحت قليلا. صمت مطبق كصمت بدايات الكوابيس لا يخترقه سوى ...

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O.I.L. Media Roundup (24 August)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Occupation, Intervention and Law and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the O.I.L. Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each biweekly roundup to OIL@jadaliyya.com by Monday night of every other week.] Palestine-Israel / United States The Shortest Distance Between Palestine and Ferguson, Jaime Omar Yassin Yassin draws a parallel between police ...

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Gauging the July-August 2014 Gaza War

The July-August 2014 Gaza war has not thus far initiated regional and international action to address the root causes of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, nor to end the inhumane blockade that has been imposed on Gaza. Israel is keen to separate “humanitarian” issues from political ones, and is trying to play on the Hamas/Fatah division and the tense relations between Hamas and the Egyptian government. This will not help to address the real issues. Hamas and other Palestinian factions will resist ...

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Gaza's Resistance: RT interviews Daniel Calic, Norman Finkelstein, and Jadaliyya Co-Editor Mouin Rabbani

Russia Today's Cross Talk hosted Jadaliyya co-Editor Mouin Rabbani along with Daniel Calic and Norman Finkelstein for a discussion of Palestinian resistance to Israeli military incursion in the Gaza Strip. The Israeli blockade of Gaza was also discused, as was the question of whether Israeli bombardment of Gaza constitutes war crimes.

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One Year after Raba'a: An Interview with Adam Sabra and Mona El Ghobashy

Egypt has been the subject of media attention for its role as a mediator between Hamas and Israel during negotiations to end the military assault on Gaza. By contrast, Egypt's own very serious political strife has been largely neglected by the international media. Last week marked the one-year anniversary of the Raba'a massacre of 14 August 2014, during which at least 817 supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi were killed by security forces. According to the Associated Press, at least ten ...

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An Excerpt from Sinan Antoon's "Ave Maria"

[The events of Ave Maria take place in a single day. Two characters from an Iraqi Christian family who are drawn together by the situation in the country under the same roof in Baghdad narrate these events. Youssef is an elderly man in his seventies. He refuses to emigrate and leave the house he himself built and where he has lived for half a century. He still clings to hope and memories of a happier past. Maha is a young woman whose life has been torn apart by sectarian violence. Her family is displaced ...

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