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Kareem Risan: Archetypes

For more than twenty years, Kareem Risan has depicted his surroundings as richly painted surfaces free of temporal or spatial boundaries. Without references to the hermetic space of the canvas (or paper), Risan employs color as a ...

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March Culture Bouquet

Jadaliyya’s Culture Bouquet returns with a March edition of art and literature. Included in this month’s batch are interviews with artists, monograph essays, and a translation of a short story by Ghassan Kanafani. With this series of ...

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Ghassan Kanafani's The Stolen Shirt

[What follows is a translation of a short story written by Ghassan Kanfani in 1958, entitled “The Stolen Shirt.” Although among his relatively lesser known works, especially as compared to his far-reaching novels Men in The Sun and All ...

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Five Decades of Painting and Innovation: An Interview with Samia Halaby

Last month, Samia Halaby’s retrospective, Five Decades of Painting and Innovation, traveled to Lebanon. Organized by Ayyam Gallery, the retrospective was held at the Beirut Exhibition Center, where it was shown from 2 to 26 February. For ...


Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (April 1)

[Saudi pilots praying before conducting air strikes in Yemen. Image by Yahya al-Fifi via Mohammad al-Ghazwani]

[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 Sales of weapons to Gulf states up 70% over five years Saeed Kamali Dehghan and Richard Norton-Taylor report on the Gulf states’ purchases of arms in the last five years. Putin letter to Arab summit triggers strong Saudi attack The Saudi foreign minister rebukes Vladimir Putin and accuses ...

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Palestine Becomes a State Party to the ICC: An Occasion to Return to the Register of Israel’s Racialized Violence

[ICC Headquarters. Image from Wikimedia]

Today, Palestine will formally become a member of the International Criminal Court. This will give it the authority to refer a situation in its territory for investigation as well as give the Office of the Prosecutor the authority to initiate an investigation based on her discretion (propio motu). When Palestine, or the representatives of a shadow of a state, submitted an application for ad-hoc jurisdiction as well as acceded to the Rome Statute in late December 2014, analysts wrote a flurry of articles assessing the legal and political implications of an ICC investigation. I include some of those, including my own below. As I describe in my piece at the time: The ICC ...

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New Texts Out Now: Noura Erakat, Palestinian Refugees and the Syrian Uprising

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Noura Erakat, “Palestinian Refugees and the Syrian Uprising: Filling the Protection Gap During Secondary Forced Displacement.” Oxford International Journal of Refugee Law 26.4 (2014). [Full text available online until June 2015.] Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this article? Noura Erakat (NE): I began to write this article as a LLM student in National Security at the Georgetown University Law Center. In the spring of 2012, I was enrolled in a research seminar on refugees, and at that point there had been very little discussion of Palestinian refugees caught in the middle of the Syrian Uprising, now civil war, which began in March 2011. That was largely attributed ...

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Quick Thoughts on Syria's Humanitarian Crisis: A STATUS/الوضع Conversation with Omar Dahi

As the war in Syria rages on, and with attention turning towards ISIS, the humanitarian crisis in the country has been relegated to the sidelines. In this Quick Thoughts interview for Status (conducted in late-February 2015), Omar Dahi brings it back to the forefront by highlighting the extent and locations of the humanitarian needs across the country, how political circumstances manifest on the ground, and the regime's recent uptick in bombardment. Omar S. Dahi, associate professor of economics at Hampshire College, received his B.A. in economics from California State University at Long Beach, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from the University of Notre ...

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March Culture Bouquet

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Jadaliyya’s Culture Bouquet returns with a March edition of art and literature. Included in this month’s batch are interviews with artists, monograph essays, and a translation of a short story by Ghassan Kanafani. With this series of art-related posts, stay tuned as Jadaliyya Culture expands its coverage of the North African and West Asian contemporary art scenes in the months to come with contributions from a new batch of experts in the field. In the meantime a sneak peek of what is to come can be found below: Michael Fares translates Ghassan Kanafani’s “The Stolen Shirt” Marina Iordan interviews Sadik Alfraji and Nat Muller on the occasion of a new collaboration ...

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Kareem Risan: Archetypes

[Detail of Kareem Risan's

For more than twenty years, Kareem Risan has depicted his surroundings as richly painted surfaces free of temporal or spatial boundaries. Without references to the hermetic space of the canvas (or paper), Risan employs color as a compositional directive. The artist’s varying treatment of paint is emphasized with the opacity or radiance of particular hues, and becomes the primary source of tension in his works. Despite initial disorder, the divergent sections of the composition are synthesized, appearing to move in unison, as saturated color fields are partly covered by brushstrokes that drip down the canvas. Although space and time are visually undefined (or ...

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Driven by Storms: An Interview with Sadik Alfraji and Nat Muller

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Diluting the melancholic longing for unattainable dreams, which will only ever remain dreams, Sadik Alfraji injects the possibility of hope into his latest exhibition, currently on view at Ayyam Gallery Dubai’s Al Quoz outpost. Curated by Nat Muller, who also edited Alfraji’s first monograph, Driven by Storms (Ali’s Boat) stems from a drawing that the Netherlands-based artist received in 2009 from his nephew Ali. Alfraji drew on the aesthetics of Ali’s boat, symbolising a much-desired escape from the atrocities of his native Iraq, to construct a dreamlike environment that allows Ali to travel. Here both artist and curator speak about the inception of Driven by Storms, ...

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (March 23-29)

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.   Gay Rights as Human Rights: Pinkwashing Homonationalism Picture an Arab Man "The Amir of Bahrain and the Beautiful Scottish Lady": Political Satire in the Arab World Snapshot: Palestinian Spring Yemen at Crossroads: An Interview with Activist Hisham Al-Omeisy On Palestinian Cinema: An Interview with Film Director Najwa Najjar Boycott, Sovereign Anxieties, and the ...

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Four Years On: No Easy Answers in Syria (Part II)

[Damaged buildings line the streets of Homs. Image from Reuters, by Yazan Homsy]

[See Part I here. Parts II and III are combined below] The Irony of Calamity There are no easy answers in Syria. Though undramatic, this is not how most seem to approach the Syrian tragedy in practice. What follows is not a recipe for an answer as much as it is a reminder against repeating the same mistakes if/when calling for solutions. If one’s vision is not yet clear regarding what path to take, or what existing combination of forces to support, one should be steadfast in understanding what went wrong and the lessons we might have learned—even if we learned differently. For those in touch with family, friends, and reporters/writers/publications in/on Syria, there ...

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Highlights from Sharjah Biennial 12 Open Week

Beginning with March Meeting 2014 and continuing through March Meeting 2015, Sharjah Biennial 12: The past, the present, the possible (SB12) shows works by over fifty artists and cultural practitioners from more than twenty-five countries. The exhibition, series of performances and screening program opened on March 5 in various venues across the emirate, including the Sharjah Art Foundation's buildings, a rundown chicken restaurant known as 'The Flying Saucer" and an abandoned salt factory in the city of Kalba on the Gulf of Oman. Over two-thirds of participating artists present new works and commissions. The biennial is conceived by Eungie Joo with associate ...

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In Need of Aid but Hungry for Peace

[A line to receive food aid in Yarmouk Refugee Camp, Damascus. Image by UNRWA.]

I am in the Yarmouk refugee camp, Damascus, during an aid delivery. A man approaches me and utters three words, “I am hungry”. The sunken eyes in his face are equally eloquent.  His fragile frame expresses volumes. He speaks for a people brutalized, a people sick of war. He is a living symbol of the world’s failure to resolve the crisis in Syria. Yarmouk has become a powerful icon of the wider war and of the Palestinian experience. It was once the densely populated heart of Syria’s Palestinian community. Yarmouk’s pre-war population exceeded one million, among them 150,000 Palestinians. Today it is home to just 18,000 civilians. Its once bustling thoroughfares have ...

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Boris Brejcha at D-CAF

The Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival (D-CAF) opened its 2015 music program with a bustling concert at Schehrazade Nightclub, featuring Egyptian Mahraganat band El Dakhlaweya and German DJ Boris Brejcha. Brejcha is a favorite in today’s club scene. He plays high-tech minimal music, a combination of minimal and electro, that is playful and has endless variations. Its main features are a pumping bass foundation, driving percussion elements, crazy sound effects, melodies and unexpected turns in the arrangement. Brejcha started his career in 2006. He has released four albums and numerous singles with Autist Records and Harthouse. In 2015, he founded his own label, ...

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اختيار: مجلة نسوية عربية في نقد الأفكار الشمولية

أصدرت مجموعة "اختيار لدراسات وبحوث النوع" عبر موقعها الإلكتروني مجلة نسوية تحمل اسمها وتصدر عن القاهرة. في هذا العدد الأول، تقدم المجلة نفسها كمساحة لتوثيق "التجارب الشخصية والمعرفة والأفكار والنظريات" من أجل تقديم اتجاهات نسوية متعددة. ولا تقتصر هذه النسوية على المطالبة بحقوق المرأة بل تحاول استخدام قراءات النوع لخلق أدوات مقاومة ضد أشكال القمع فالنسوية المبتغاة هنا تفكك أشكال التمييز وتتنافى مع الأنظمة الشمولية. تفتتح العدد الباحثة سارة سالم بمقال عن التضامن النسوي حيث تطرح فيه ...

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DARS Media Roundup (March 2015)

[This is a monthly roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Resistance and Subversion in the Arab world and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the DARS Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each monthly roundup to DARS@jadaliyya.com.]   News & Commentary War and Social Movements in the Age of Globalization, by Sidney Tarrow Because war makers require resources with which to fight their ...

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هل كان الفردوس المفقود فردوسا؟

تنشر في شبكات التواصل الاجتماعي يوميا الكثير من الصور التي تعكس الحياة في فلسطين في فترة ما قبل النكبة عام 1948 وبكلمات أخرى، تلك الفترة التي تم بناءها ثقافيا وأكاديميا ضمن توصيف "الفردوس المفقود"، هكذا بعد نشر تلك الصور يتم مشاركتها عبر الآلاف من الفلسطينيين الذين يحنون للفردوس المفقود الذي لم ولن يعيشوه على ما يبدو وخاصة أولئك من أبناء الجيل الثالث والرابع للنكبة. يمكن تقسيم هواة الفردوس المفقود إلى ثلاث فئات رئيسية : 1- أولئك الذين ذوتوا بعمق الخطاب الإسرائيلي التاريخي والمعاصر والذي روج ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (March 31)

[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 Rift Between President Erdoğan and the Government Pushing Government to Limits, Erdoğan's Will Being Tested Yavuz Baydar suggests that the rift emerging between Erdoğan and ...

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Five Decades of Painting and Innovation: An Interview with Samia Halaby

Last month, Samia Halaby’s retrospective, Five Decades of Painting and Innovation, traveled to Lebanon. Organized by Ayyam Gallery, the retrospective was held at the Beirut Exhibition Center, where it was shown from 2 to 26 February. For the Beirut installment, Halaby added nearly two dozen rarely seen drawings and several more paintings, significantly expanding the original list of included works. Lebanon’s Agenda Culturel interviewed Halaby about her artistic practice shortly before the show opened. ...

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Nargess Hashemi: The Pleasure in Boredom

The Pleasure in Boredom charts Nargess Hashemi’s process of developing over ten years worth of experimentation on graph paper. She has doodled in notebooks from a young age; during long, tedious car journeys, over extended visits with family and at art school where her teacher, artist Farshid Maleki, also assigned her exercises of repeated line drawings. The practice has become somewhat of a lifelong obsession for the artist. Using only the most basic materials, the artist adopts a commonly unfocused and ...

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Ghassan Kanafani's The Stolen Shirt

[What follows is a translation of a short story written by Ghassan Kanfani in 1958, entitled “The Stolen Shirt.” Although among his relatively lesser known works, especially as compared to his far-reaching novels Men in The Sun and All That’s Left for You, this short story is no less representative of Kanafani’s masterful storytelling. It is also just as representative of the often subliminal, disjointed, and non-linear narrative style he is known for, and through which he vividly captures the harsh and ...

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Cities Media Roundup (March 2015)

[This is a monthly roundup of news articles, and other materials related to urban issues in the region, and beyond. It does not reflect the views of the Cities Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send recommendations for inclusion in the Cities Media Roundup to cities@jadaliyya.com, mentioning "Roundup" in the subject line. We also welcome your submissions to the Cities Page: please check details on cities.jadaliyya.com] Urban Development and Real Estate Exclusive Beirut Wissam ...

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Beyond Romanticism: Scribbles Then and Now: A STATUS/الوضع Conversation between Wael Attili and Adel Iskandar

In this interview, Wael Attili, the founder of Jordan's most recognizable new media, cartooning, and digital media outfit, explains how soul-searching led to a shift in editorial mission for Kharabeesh.  The interview below includes four parts that you can click on separately. For animated videos from Kharabeesh, see their YouTube channel.  Wael Attili is the founder and chief creative officer of Kharabeesh (Arabic for "scribbles"). He is an Amman-based storyteller, cartoonist, ...

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ISIS in the News: Extensive Media Roundup (January-February 2014)

[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        2014: The Year ISIS Won the Propaganda Battle (31 December 2014) Markham Nolan writes about the ways in which ISIS has been documenting its progress throughout 2014 in a constant stream of propaganda.  Vanguard of Syria’s uprising, now on the run from ISIS, weighs a bleak future ...

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Syria Media Roundup (March 23)

[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 You probably won’t read this piece about Syria Recently, there has been a rapid decrease in coverage of the Syrian conflict. This article sheds light on the importance of ...

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O.I.L. Media Roundup (28 March)

[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 Short Doc Looks for the Palestinians in Israeli Elections, +972 +972  features a documentary from filmmakers Tamar ...

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