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New Texts Out Now: Gary Wilder, Freedom Time: Negritude, Decolonization, and the Future of the World

Gary Wilder, Freedom Time: Negritude, Decolonization, and the Future of the World. Durham: Duke University Press, 2015. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Gary Wilder (GW): This book grew unexpectedly out of a ...

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قدّروا شجاعة الرجل

بالرغم من ساعات المديح والاحتفاء الكثيرة التي أُغدقتْ على صديقنا العزيز ورفيقنا إقبال أحمد، والتي يستحقها، هناك الكثير الذي يمكن أن يُقال عنه أيضاً. وأشعر بالإطراء لأنني أستطيع، على الأقل، أن أقول المزيد. إن ما لفت نظري أكثر من غيره هو أن ...

[Protestors Clashing With Police: Image from AP]

Lebanon, August 2015: Notes on Paralysis, Protests, and Hope

The past ten years in Lebanon have been a study in political paralysis and escalating anger and frustration among citizens and residents of the country. To recap only the most basic of facts, since 2005 the country divided and polarized ...

[دمشق. المصدر فولفيو سبادا ، فليكر ]

دمشق في اللباس الموحّد

تبدو مناظر الشوارع في دمشق، تلك التي كانت تنتمي إلى فترة العهد الوطني بعد الاستقلال، أشبه بالبطاقات السياحية بالأسود والأبيض، في الوقت نفسه لا تنقصها الألوان الطبيعية، حتى أن اللون الأسود يبدو دخيلاً عليها، مشرقة على نحو يدعونا إلى الحنين ...


STATUS/الوضع: Issue 2.2 is Live!

After some months of hard work and consolidation, we are more than pleased to announce the release of Issue 2.2 of Status. This issue, like previous issues, includes a remarkable variety of interviews, programs, and reviews related to some of the more exciting and substantive issues happening in the region. From politics, to history, art, media, and panels/lectures and more, all segmented to allow maximum listening flexibility, you will be able to indulge for hours at a time! Download the podcast from iTunes and listen anywhere, or go to www.statushour.com to listen to bits and pieces here and there, with diverse, annotated menu. The content includes a broad range of ...

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في تعاقب المنافي، ستحملنا الريح إلى الوطن

[مظاهرة في كفرسوسة بتاريخ 12 حزيران 2012/ رويترز]

دمشق، الاغتراب المٌبكر ولدتُ وترعرت في دمشق، لم أعرف مدينةً سواها حتى انتصف عقدي الثاني. معرفتي بسوريا كانت كمعرفة سائر سكان دمشق، ممن لا يضطرون إلى الخروج منها إلا بقصد سياحةٍ مُحددة المقاصد، أو لرحلات عملٍ سريعة. لم يكن يحرك سكان العاصمة فضولٌ كبير للتعرف على بقية البلاد. سأفعل ذلك لاحقاً بفضل العمل، ومن ثم بفضل الثورة. قسمٌ من الوافدين إلى دمشق كانوا يذهبون لزيارة مدنهم وقراهم التي قدموا منها إما طلباً للعلم أو العمل، أو رغبةً في حياةٍ أفضل. أما «الشوام» أمثالي، فلم يكن لهم ضيعة ولا مدينة أخرى ليزوروها. دمشق كانت سوريتي بالكامل، قلما خرجت منها. ولأنها كانت كل ما هو متاحٌ لي، ولأنها كانت الوطن الذي لا أعرف غيره، كان لزاماً علي أن أكتشفها، أن أوطد علاقتي بها.  ما ...

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قدّروا شجاعة الرجل

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بالرغم من ساعات المديح والاحتفاء الكثيرة التي أُغدقتْ على صديقنا العزيز ورفيقنا إقبال أحمد، والتي يستحقها، هناك الكثير الذي يمكن أن يُقال عنه أيضاً. وأشعر بالإطراء لأنني أستطيع، على الأقل، أن أقول المزيد. إن ما لفت نظري أكثر من غيره هو أن إقبال تخطّى واجتاز حدوداً أكثر من معظم الناس، إلا أنه حافظ على جوهره في جميع الأمكنة والمواقف والسياقات الجديدة. وليس سبب ذلك الهوية الإثنية أو الدينية مطلقاً، ولا يتعلق كثيراً بالصلابة المألوفة التي يتميّز بها المواطنون الأقوياء. ذلك أنّ جمع إقبال الخاص بين التألق الفكري والشجاعة، وبين التحليل الدقيق والرفيع والحضور الإنساني الوديّ المتواصل، جعل منه،  إذا ما استخدمنا عبارة من رواية كيم لروديارد كبلنغ، “صديق العالم كله”. حين أتذكر ...

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Palestine Media Roundup (July 20- August 15)

[Palestinian loss of land 1946-2010. Image from Wikimedia]

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Palestine and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Palestine Page Co-Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to Palestine@jadaliyya.com by Sunday night of every week.] Policing How Israel Uses Water to Control Palestinian Life, Charlotte Silver Charlotte Silver highlights Israel’s imposition of water scarcity on the area known as Shufat Ridge as a part of Israel’s larger project for a demographic balance in Jerusalem. El Al Excluding Arab Citizens from New At-Home Check-in Service, NGO ...

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Israel: Where do the Mizrahim Fit In? (Part 2)

In the first part of the article, I discussed the consolidation of a new Israel-based Mizrahi identity by the 1970s and the rise of radical protest associated above all with Black Panthers movement. Much of dissatisfaction with state policy and social marginalization, however, was channeled into support for the resurgent Right wing Likud, which won elections under Menahem Begin’s leadership in 1977 and 1981. The main reason for the shift to the Right was the rejection of the Labor Party, which was translated into hostility towards policies and discourses associated with the liberal Ashkenazi elites that retained condescending attitudes towards the Mizrahim. These ...

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The Reality of Ethnic Cleansing and Kurdish State in Syria

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In the past weeks several Syrian,Arab media outlets reported charges of ethnic cleansing against Arab and Turkmen residents of Tell Abyad on the hands of Kurdish militias. These charges were later picked up and circulated by various international media outlets and have now come to be accepted as fact despite a lack of a full investigation and dubious evidence.  The result has been further cementing the idea that there is a zero-sum conflict between Kurds and Arabs in Syria. While charges of ethnic cleansing should be taken seriously and an independent investigation should verify these accounts, this article will shed some light on what took place in Tell Abyad to ...

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Ekin Wan’in bedeninde ifsa olan devlet ya da kadinlar sira bizde

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Ekin Wan’ın bedeninde ifşa olan devlet ya da kadınlar sıra bizde Antropolog Veena Das, tüm savaşların ancak özellikle etnik gruplar arası cereyan eden iç savaşların kadın bedeni üzerinde gerçekleştiğini söyler. Ulus devlet ulus kimliğini kurarken cinsiyet kimliklerini de kuran bir yapıdır: yasalar dahil olmak üzere ulusu betimleyen tüm metinler cinsiyetlendirilmiştir ve aynı zamanda milli kadınlık ve milli erkekliği de tanımlar. Polis ve asker milli kimliği korurken aynı zamanda milli kadınlık ve erkekliği de korur. Savaş zamanında bu kimlikler, örneğin batıda ikinci dünya savaşında olduğu gibi, gereklilikler ve mücadele ile bir taraftan bozulur.Diğer taraftan makbul ...

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سرحْتُ

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 [تنشر هذه المادة ضمن ملف " الموجة الجديدة في الشعر السوري  ( أثر الحرب )" انقر/يهنا لمواد الملف الكاملة]             وكانَ أن دُسْتُ بطرَفِ شرودي.. على جَمْعٍ من الحبق.. وتبسّمَ العطرُ المدهوشُ  في أوانِ الحلمِ .. كنتُ في غايةِ البوحِ.. أتوالدُ كبياضٍ يكنّهُ الياسمين لفسحاتِ البيوتِ .. Keep Reading »

Jadaliyya Co-Editor Mouin Rabbani Interview by France24 on Gaza Disengagement and Its Aftermath

In this interview with France 24 television, Jadaliyya Co-Editor Mouin Rabbani explores the background and impact of Israel's 2005 disengagement from the Gaza Strip. Rabbani notes that Israel's motivations for disengagement were to deepen the fragmentation of the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT) and further isolate the Gaza Strip, while continuing its policies of colonial expansion in the West Bank. The interview view was conducted on 15 August 2015.   Jadaliyya Co-Editor Mouin Rabbani on France 24 re Gaza Disengagement from Jadaliyya on Vimeo.

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سوريا خارج الإطار

[اللوحة للفنان السوري نهاد الترك]

التأطير هو فن الاختيار، فن تضييق الفضاء، فن تحديد ما هو في الخارج وفي الداخل وإعطاء هذا الأخير السلطة المطلقة للتحدث في حين يبقى السابق صامتاً. يصف الفيلسوف الفرنسي جيل دولوز الإطار بأنه "نظام مغلق، وهو في جوهره كاشفٌ. حيث أنه ينقل البيانات والمعلومات البصرية للمشاهدين الذين، في الحقيقة فهمهم للعالم مؤطر، ومع ذلك فإن دولوز يلاحظ أن كل التأطير يحدد مسمّى خارج الحقل “يتواجد في مكان آخر". المكان الآخر للصورة هو موضوع معرضنا "سوريا خارج الإطار". هو وجود مؤرق، لأننا حتى لو كنا لا نراه فمع ذلك هو هناك. خارج الإطار يشير إلى أن الصورة تستمر، فهي تمد نفسها على حواف ما نراه، وتقطن مساحة إضافية يمكن العثور عليها في مكان ما خارج الإطار. رحلتنا البصرية من ...

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Metrography: An Independent Iraqi Photo Agency

[Two girls run through a field on Cizre Mountain during the celebration for Newroz, the Kurdish New Year. 18 March 2015. Photo by Furkan Temir/Metrography]

What images come to mind when foreigners think of Iraq? Perhaps a blurry shot of soldiers dodging gunfire. A young girl displaced by ISIS staring sadly into the lens. Women who wear black abayas. These are the kind of images taken mostly by foreigners, especially American and European photo agencies and media companies. However, since 2009 Metrography, an independent photo agency in Iraq, has been training Iraqi photographers to tell their country’s stories at a level of internationally competitive professional standards. In Iraq there is little visual education for photographers, few exhibitions, few workshops, and not much independent media production. Metrography was ...

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دمشق في اللباس الموحّد

[دمشق. المصدر فولفيو سبادا ، فليكر ]

تبدو مناظر الشوارع في دمشق، تلك التي كانت تنتمي إلى فترة العهد الوطني بعد الاستقلال، أشبه بالبطاقات السياحية بالأسود والأبيض، في الوقت نفسه لا تنقصها الألوان الطبيعية، حتى أن اللون الأسود يبدو دخيلاً عليها، مشرقة على نحو يدعونا إلى الحنين إليها، لا سيما وداعتها الآسرة، التي بتنا نفتقد إليها في زمن الصخب، ليس صخب الموسيقا، وإنما أصوات تحليق الطيران الحربي وقصف راجمات الصواريخ، التي لا تتوقف طيلة النهار والليل، حتى اعتدنا على أن نصحو عليها صباحاً وننام على وقعها ليلاً. تركز الكاميرا على ساحة المرجة وعربات الخيل مصطفة حوالي النصب التذكاري، باصات شركة "نرن" تنتظر المسافرين. يظهر بناء السرايا والعدلية، وفندق السمير أميس، والمدخل الذي يقودنا إلى امتدادات سوق ساروجة، ...

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Lebanon, August 2015: Notes on Paralysis, Protests, and Hope

The past ten years in Lebanon have been a study in political paralysis and escalating anger and frustration among citizens and residents of the country. To recap only the most basic of facts, since 2005 the country divided and polarized into two “camps”—March 14 and March 8, led by the Future Movement and Hezbollah, respectively. In these ten years there has been a war with Israel, armed clashes between these two camps, and a series of political assassinations. These years have also brought the military ...

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New Texts Out Now: Gary Wilder, Freedom Time: Negritude, Decolonization, and the Future of the World

Gary Wilder, Freedom Time: Negritude, Decolonization, and the Future of the World. Durham: Duke University Press, 2015. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Gary Wilder (GW): This book grew unexpectedly out of a lecture I tried to write on Aimé Césaire’s understanding of decolonization that would extend one thread of my first book, The French Imperial Nation-State, which had focused in the interwar period. But in the process I became fascinated by the complex and often ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (August 25)

[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   U.S. boosts support role in Saudi-led airstrikes on Yemen W.J. Hennigan, Laura King, and Zaid al-Alayaa argue ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (August 25)

[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 Kurdish Politics and Peace Process The Kurdish Movement's Tragedy Etyen Mahçupyan argues that the HDP and the PKK are the primary obstacles to the peace and reconciliation ...

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Israel: Where do the Mizrahim fit in? (Part 1)

Many people are unaware that the majority of the Israeli population belongs to one of the two groups that cut across the conventional divide between settlers and natives. These are Palestinian citizens, comprising twenty percent of the population, and Mizrahim, Jews whose origins go back a generation or two to the Middle East and North Africa, and who comprise approximately forty to forty-five percent of the population. Jointly they outnumber Ashkenazim, Jews with origins in Eastern and Central Europe, ...

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The Good, the Bad and the Crimson Shoe

The Good, the Bad and the Crimson Shoe is the first major show for artists Mohamed El Maghraby and Ahmed Tawfig. The show is curated by Medrar for Contemporary Art and is based on a selection from two new series the artists have been working on. Maghraby's study of architecture, as well as the aesthetics of the Internet, greatly influences his work, while Tawfig presents a group of digital prints inspired by his childhood memories. Mohamed El Maghraby (b. 1985) graduated from the Architecture Department ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (August 24)

[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.]  Anti-Terrorism Law Egypt arrests three under terror law for spreading IS ideology The three had two laptops containing IS videos, according to police officials. Sisi ratifies ...

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (August 17-23)

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.   Protests in Beirut: Quick Background and Some Videos Essential Readings: Palestinians in Latin America سلام فياض: المجتمع المدني يحصد ما زرعته يداك المجاري في مائة عام: تتبع آثار شبكة الصرف الصحي التاريخية لمدينة القاهرة ...

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Protests in Beirut: Quick Background and Some Videos

Updated: 11pm Sunday 23 August (Beirut Time) For the second night in a row protestors have clashed with riot police and armed forces in downtown Beirut. Yesterday security forces attempted to violently disperse protestors at a demonstration called for by the You Stink movement using water cannons, tear gas and rubber bullets. In response, Lebanese television stations reported that over fifteen thousand people from all over the country congregated in downtown Beirut to continue to demand ...

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Foreign Policies Media Roundup (July-August 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:   Egypt, U.S. to Hold 'Strategic Dialogue' in July (25 June ...

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المجاري في مائة عام: تتبع آثار شبكة الصرف الصحي التاريخية لمدينة القاهرة

مرت بهدوء متوقع في مارس الماضي مئوية مشروع أثر كثيراً على حياة القاهريين، ألا وهو مشروع الصرف الصحي لمدينة القاهرة، والذي تم افتتاحة في 22 مارس 1915. يتتبع هذا المقال المصور شبكة مجاري القاهرة ويلقي الضوء على تاريخها كما يتجول بصرياً بين بقاياها التي ترجع إلى عام 1915. يكشف المشروع الذي خططه وأشرف على تنفيذه المهندس الإنجليزي تشارلز كاركيت جيمس عن عدد من الإشكاليات الهامة لفهم تاريخ القاهرة في عصر الاحتلال البريطاني الرسمي (1882-1923)، فمن ناحية كان إنشاء شبكة الصرف الصحي ضرورة ملحة للحد من تأثير أوبئة ...

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Essential Readings: Palestinians in Latin America

Palestinian struggles in maintaining a strong national identity have been affected by the emergence of three similar yet distinct groups: internally displaced persons; refugees in exile; and Palestinians who have emigrated from their homeland to countries outside of the Middle East. This third group includes descendants born outside of their ancestral homeland. Narratives of Palestinians living in Latin America, falling in the third group, have been largely neglected in scholarly discourses. They do not ...

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