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Letter of Support by Colleagues and Personal Friends of Emad Shahin

[The following letter was issued on 26 May 2015 in support of Emad Shahin, a professor at the American University of Cairo (AUC) whose was charged, tried, and recently sentenced to death (in absentia) as part of a broader set of cases ...

[Cover of Olfa Lamloum and Mohamed Ben Zina,

New Texts Out Now: Olfa Lamloum and Mohamed Ben Zina, Jeunes de Douar Hicher et d’Ettadhamen. Une enquête sociologique

Olfa Lamloum and Mohamed Ben Zina, dir., Jeunes de Douar Hicher et d’Ettadhamen. Une enquête sociologique. Tunis: Arabesques / International Alert, 2015. Jadaliyya (J): Qu’est-ce qui vous a fait éditer ce livre? Olfa Lamloum ...

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Beyond Blame: Troubling the Semiotic Ideology of Muslim Passion

In the months following the tragic murders at the offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and a kosher grocery in Paris, reactions to the attacks predictably gravitated toward two polar positions. Pundits and politicians in Western ...

[Cover of Ronald Grigor Suny, “'They Can Live in the Desert but Nowhere Else': A History of the Armenian Genocide

The Armenian Genocide and the Politics of Knowledge

Ronald Grigor Suny, “They Can Live in the Desert but Nowhere Else": A History of the Armenian Genocide. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2015. In this centennial year since the Armenian Genocide, countless conferences, ...


Press Freedom on Trial in Turkey: A Statement from BirGun

[The following statement and call to action was issued by BirGün, an independent left daily newspaper in Turkey that is being prosecuted for covereage of then Prime Minister (now President) Recep Tayyip Erdogan.] On 2 June, a trial will begin in Caglayan Istanbul Second Criminal Court. Baris Ince, the editor-in-chief of the Turkish independent daily newspaper, BirGün, is being sued under Article 229 of the Turkish Criminal Code for “defamation of the President.” The newspaper printed an acrostic to spell out the phrase “Thief Tayyip,” referring to the then Prime Minister (now President) Recep Tayyip Erdogan. It is a slogan chanted on the streets by millions of ...

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New Texts Out Now: Olfa Lamloum and Mohamed Ben Zina, Jeunes de Douar Hicher et d’Ettadhamen. Une enquête sociologique

[Cover of Olfa Lamloum and Mohamed Ben Zina,

Olfa Lamloum and Mohamed Ben Zina, dir., Jeunes de Douar Hicher et d’Ettadhamen. Une enquête sociologique. Tunis: Arabesques / International Alert, 2015. Jadaliyya (J): Qu’est-ce qui vous a fait éditer ce livre? Olfa Lamloum (OL) : Le projet de ce livre collectif a été conçu et soutenu dans les différentes phases de sa réalisation par International Alert (IA), une ONG internationale présente dans plus de 25 pays, qui œuvre en faveur de la consolidation de la paix et du soutien aux transitions démocratiques, en produisant des expertises sur les conflits et en appuyant les revendications des sociétés civiles locales.  Présente en Tunisie dès 2012 ...

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O.I.L. Media Roundup (27 May)

[ Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed a joint session of Congress on Tuesday, March 3, 2015. Image by US Government.]

Palestine-Israel Gaza Economy ‘On Verge of Collapse’, Peter Beaumont Writing in The Guardian, Beaumont draws attention to a new World Bank report discussing the collapse of the economy in the Gaza Strip amidst the world’s highest rate of unemployment. The New York Times Goes to War, Again, Belen Fernandez Fernandez finds The New York Times’ coverage of Israeli military warnings that Hezbollah is “militarizing” villages in southern Lebanon remarkably uncritical of the Israeli claims. Netanyahu Represents Survivalist Determination, Anshel Pfeffer Reacting to the formation of Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s fourth coalition government, Pfeffer argues the Prime ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (May 26)

[Turkish metal workers on strike. Image by Fatih Pinar.]

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Turkey and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Turkey Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to turkey@jadaliyya.com by Sunday night of every week.] English June Elections Erdoğan’s Chance of Becoming a Super-President is Diminishing Serkan Demirtaş reports that sixty percent of the Turkish public is against the adoption of a presidential system. Political Tension Rising Ahead of Turkey’s Election Commenting on the rising tension before the elections, Murat Yetkin relays that both President ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (May 25)

[Photo courtesy of Gigi Ibrahim via Flickr]

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Egypt and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Egypt Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to egypt@jadaliyya.com by Sunday night of every week.]  Regional and International Relations  Egypt Court Mulls Revoking Bilal Erdoğan’s Citizenship Egypt might revoke Bilal Erdogan’s citizenship that was granted to him by ousted president Mohamed Morsi. For further reading, click here. Egypt Reopens Gaza Crossing for First Time in Months “Rafah Crossing has been closed since March, preventing ...

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فصل من رواية أسد البصرة

[لوحة للفنانة العراقية وسماء الأغا]

" أغوح لماريو بس هو يفهم علينو ! " " أي غوح لجهنم ! " " أي أغوح لجهنم... " رد " أمل " على عمته هيلا بمزيد من الغضب : " أحسنلي من الغوحة ليسرائيل!"  أسرع إلى غرفته صافقاً الباب وراءه بقوة. تحمحم قليلاً كأنه يريد الدخول إلى المرحاض، وهي العادة التي لا تفارق كبار السن، وتشبه الإشارة التي يجب أن تُعطى للتأكد أن أحداً لا يشغل المرحاض في ذلك الحين. وقف أمام المرآة، وعلى الرغم من أنه لا يزال متوتراً، لكنه بدأ بمزاولة تمرينه المعتاد منذ ثلاثة أيام، على سرد قصته لماريو فارغاس يوسا الذي يأمل بمقابلته خلال اليومين المقبلين في بغداد، فجاء صوته مشحوناً بالنبرة الغاضبة نفسها عندما كان يكلم عمته : " عفواً سيدي ! هلا ...

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Not Much Special in UN Middle East Missions

Of the twenty-two members of the Arab League, no less than nine have been assigned a Special Advisor, Special Coordinator, Special Envoy, or Special Representative by the Secretary-General of the United Nations. Their purpose, broadly speaking, is to promote conflict resolution in their respective area of operations. None have succeeded, and where peace has been achieved their contribution has generally been marginal. As unprecedented levels of death, destruction, and displacement are visited upon the region and its peoples, the world body needs to find ways to make such appointments effective, or significantly curtail them. There is of course no single explanation for ...

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The Armenian Genocide and the Politics of Knowledge

[Cover of Ronald Grigor Suny, “'They Can Live in the Desert but Nowhere Else': A History of the Armenian Genocide

Ronald Grigor Suny, “They Can Live in the Desert but Nowhere Else": A History of the Armenian Genocide. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2015. In this centennial year since the Armenian Genocide, countless conferences, meetings, and commemorations are underway across the globe. While they have all been peaceful so far, they come at the end of a century of violence. I refer not just to the events of 1915-17, but also the waves of violence spurred by memory, recognition, and denial ever since. First came the killings, at the hands of individual Armenians, of two of the leading perpetrators of the violence, Talaat and Cemal Pashas in Berlin and Tiflis, ...

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Naema’s Office is Bleeding

Medrar for Contemporary Art started its new workshop program this year with a painting and collage workshop led by Cairo-based artist Hany Rashed. The workshop aimed to introduce participants to different practices and techniques in painting and collage and to train them in conceptualizing artworks, inspired by media and the internet. Guest artists Huda Lutfi, Mohammed Taman, Shady El Noshokaty, Mohamed Abla and Ahmed Sabry were also invited to share their personal and professional experience, as well as add to the historical and artistic content of the workshop. A selection of the workshop's output was exhibited at Medrar for three days under the title "Naema's ...

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We Are All Uncomfortable: On Academic Boycott & What Is Productive

On 10 May 2014 Israeli forces shot dead Saji Sayel Jarab’a, a nineteen-year-old student at Birzeit University—he is one out of twenty-six Birzeit University students killed. On the same day, the New York Times published a front-page article characterizing boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) debates taking place on college campuses nationwide as “divisive,” emotionally charged, and arguing that some Jewish students are made to feel uncomfortable as a result. In one context, academic freedom is the ability to go to school without being shot. In another context, academic freedom is the ability to not have Saji Sayel Jarab’a’s death intrude on one’s comfort. Since last ...

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Memory and Forgetfulness in A Settler Colony

[Jewish population centres in Palestine/Israel in 1948, 1967, and 2000 (adapted from Malkit Shoshan, Vitala Tauz). Image via arenaofspeculation.org]

As we approach the sixty-seventh anniversary of al-nakba (The Catastrophe)–the term given to the 1948 ethnic cleansing, destruction, dispossession, and uprooting of eight-five percent of Palestinians as a result of the Zionist settler colonization of Palestine and the creation of the Israeli state–one cannot but reflect on the politics of memory and forgetfulness. The dynamics of memory and forgetfulness have common features in all types of states, but they take a different turn when it comes to a settler colony. In the settler colony, the individual’s memory is completely connected to the collective. Its politics of forgetting and remembering is an active project. It ...

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Wearing Catastrophe on Our Chests

[Photo by Mohammad Al-Azza]

Last year around this time, my family and I were in Bethlehem dining with a seasoned American activist when my three-year-old daughter leaned over and whispered in my ear with a fierce intensity: “Tell her about the Nakba!” When I relayed her suggestion to the rest of the table, we all smiled, since this friend knew quite well about the Nakba. The word literally means catastrophe, and it has come to signify Palestinians’ displacement and dispossession at the hands of Zionist militias and then the Israeli army. It turned 750,000 Palestinians into refugees, destroyed more than four hundred villages, and dismantled Palestinian urban life. In fact, my daughter’s impulse was ...

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Beyond Blame: Troubling the Semiotic Ideology of Muslim Passion

In the months following the tragic murders at the offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and a kosher grocery in Paris, reactions to the attacks predictably gravitated toward two polar positions. Pundits and politicians in Western Europe and North America—almost entirely non-Muslim—deplored not only the murders themselves, but also the ostensible incompatibility between Islam and freedom of speech and expression in general. Although this chorus of condemnation reflected recent geopolitical ...

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Letter of Support by Colleagues and Personal Friends of Emad Shahin

[The following letter was issued on 26 May 2015 in support of Emad Shahin, a professor at the American University of Cairo (AUC) whose was charged, tried, and recently sentenced to death (in absentia) as part of a broader set of cases brought forth by the regime of Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.] For those familiar with even the barest facts of the case, the provisional sentence of Emad al-Din Shahin,  to death seems appalling.  Professor Shahin is a widely respected and accomplished academic who has ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (May 26)

[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 Saudi Arabia attack: Islamic State claims Shia mosque bombing The Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria claims the attack ...

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Syria Media Roundup (May 25)

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.]   Inside Syria Syria's next potential crisis could turn the Middle East upside down The Asad regime is extremely vulnerable and the preparation of contingency plans to deal ...

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (May 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.  The Cell of Survival: Bara Sarraj We Are All Uncomfortable: On Academic Boycott & What Is Productive Olivier Roy on Laicite as Ideology, the Myth of 'National Identity' and Racism in the French Republic Breaking House ...

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Sharjah Biennial 12: Uriel Barthelemi's Souls' Landscapes

Souls' Landscapes is a three-part performance produced by Uriel Barthelemi in collaboration with Entissar Al Hamdany, Joel Lokossou, Rigo 23, and Fabrice Taraud. It is loosely inspired by Frantz Fanon's 1961 book The Wretched of the Earth and incorporates music, dance, shadow, and text, developed using a personal and improvisational approach by the artists involved in the project. The artists performed parts I and II of the triptych during the opening week of Sharjah Biennial 12. They performed Souls’ ...

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إعادة ابتكار فلسطين: السينما من أجل السلام في جنين

[ هذه المادة هي جزء من ملف خاص بعنوان "كبرت النكبة". وهو ملف متنوّع حول نكبة فلسطين ستقوم "جدلية" بنشره على مدار الأسبوعين القادمين.] بمبادرةٍ من مخرج الأفلام الوثائقية الألماني ماركوس فيتر، وبدعم مهم من وزارة الشؤون الخارجية الألمانية أُعيد افتتاح Keep Reading »

ISIS in the News: Extensive Media Roundup (March-April 2015)

[Editorial Note: This is not a "Best of," only a roundup of significant pieces. See here for an introduction to this roundup series]  English Articles        ISIS Threatens Twitter Founder And Employees Over Blocked Accounts (1 March 2015) David Mack reports that ISIS supporters called on jihadis around the world "to kill Twitter employees because of the company’s frequent blocking of their social media accounts." ISIS releases several ...

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Foreign Policies Media Roundup (April-May 2015)

[This is a monthly roundup of news articles and other materials related to other countries' foreign policies toward the Middle East. It does not reflect the views of the Foreign Polices Roundup Editors of Jadaliyya. You may send recommendations for inclusion in the Foreign Policies Media Roundup to info@jadaliyya.com, mentioning "Foreign Policies Roundup" in the subject line.] United States Ex-Blackwater Guards Given Long Terms for Killing Iraqis (13 April 2015) Years ...

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New Texts Out Now: Bedross Der Matossian, Shattered Dreams of Revolution: From Liberty to Violence in the Late Ottoman Empire

Bedross Der Matossian, Shattered Dreams of Revolution: From Liberty to Violence in the Late Ottoman Empire. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2014. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Bedross Der Matossian (BDM): I have always been interested in the history of the late Ottoman period, in particular the era of Abdülhamid II (1876-1909) and the Second Constitutional Period (1908-1918). Most of the scholarship about the period in the past has been written from the perspective of the dominant ...

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طائرة الجثامين الصباحية

كل صباح، العاشرة والنصف قبل أن تجد شمس المطار طريقها إليه، تصل الطائرة، صرنا نقول عنها الطائرة، صار الجميع يفهم أي جحيم معدني طائر نعني، صار الجميع يتحدث عنها بخفوت كأنها ذلك المرض الخبيث الذي لا نجرؤ على التلفظ باسمه، نهمسه همساً، نرسمه بأصابع خرقاء، طائرة الجثامين، لا حاجة لتعريف المعرّف أصلا بدم وأرواح ضائعة وأشلاء، لا حاجة لوضع رقم رحلة أو اسم لآلة بمحركين، صرنا نعرفها، الساحل السوري بأكمله يرقبها بقلب راجف وعينين دامعتين، طائرة الموتى، طائرة العبث، طائرة الموت التقني، كل صباح تهبط طائرة قادمة من ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (May 19)

[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 King Salman of Saudi Arabia pulls out of US talks on Iran Ian Black and Dan Roberts argue that the US president hoped to use ...

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