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Let Us Now Praise Murderous Men; Lebanese Presidential Candidates, Considered

Lebanon is slated to hold presidential elections next week, despite the fact that the parliamentary elections have yet to be held and it is the Lebanese parliament that elects the Lebanese President. Last year elections were postponed for ...

Last Week on Jadaliyya (April 14-20)

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 ...

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على أرض الصحفيين ما يستحق الحكي

في كل المعارك والمعادلات الصفرية، يصبح الصفر هو القيمة والنتيجة الوحيدة لكلِّ شيء فلا ثمن للدماء التي تسيل بغزارة على الإسفلت، ولا ثمن أو حتى حُرمة للموت نفسه ... ففي جمعة ماضية (28 مارس)، بعد أن بادرتنا مواقع الإعلام الاجتماعي بصورة ...

[In this 31 May2013 file photo, a Lebanese protester throws tomatoes at a banner with the portraits of the 128 Lebanese lawmakers with Arabic that reads,

A Guide to Lebanon’s Street Protests

Thousands of Lebanese workers and activists have been pouring onto the streets over a litany of issues since parliament resumed work this month following a year-long hiatus. Most of the protests are related to the country’s startling ...


New Texts Out Now: Reinoud Leenders, Spoils of Truce: Corruption and State-Building in Postwar Lebanon

[Cover of Reinoud Leenders,

Reinoud Leenders, Spoils of Truce: Corruption and State-Building in Postwar Lebanon. Cornell: Cornell University Press, 2012. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Reinoud Leenders (RL): Since my first encounter with Lebanese politics and society in the mid-1990s, I have been fascinated with the nature and role of the state in this country. This was primarily because I became exposed to a lively array of contradictory narratives on the state when talking to ordinary Lebanese and living in and visiting the country for over a decade. On one and the same day, it was quite conceivable to listen to one politician on the radio slamming the financial drains imposed by ...

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Jadaliyya Co-Editor Bassam Haddad on NPR’s Worldview, Addressing Syria’s Presidential Elections

The speaker of parliament announced yesterday that that the Syrian regime will hold presidential elections on 3 June 2014. This announcement comes amid an array of speculation about the strategies of the regime in the face of over three years of the Syrian uprising, a brutal and destructive regime response, and the militarization and radicalization of key segments of the opposition. With over 130,000 dead, approximately nine million displaced, and nearly fifty percent of the population dependent on aid, how do we make sense of the Syrian regime's announcement of elections amidst civil war? In the below interview with Worldview airing on National Public Radio ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (April 22)

[Turkish President Abdullah Gül speaks to the media in Kutahya, 18 April 2014. Gül said Friday he opposes a model similar to that of Russia where the president and prime minister have traded places and one has ruled in the other's shadow. (AP Photo)]

[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 Constitutional Court Decision and the National Intelligence Organization Law Erdoğan vs Twitter (1)-(2) Yavuz Baydar points that the AKP government started to demonize the Constitutional Court after it issued a ruling stating that the Twitter ban was an unconstitutional restriction on free speech. "The Court" and "The ...

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (April 14-20)

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. Let Us Now Praise Murderous Men; Lebanese Presidential Candidates, Considered Adunis, Mistranslated (Part One) Teaching Arabic in the US after 9/11 Tartus in the Present Crisis: A Mirror of the Syrian Regime بيروت.. أول مرّة On the Struggle of Syrian Refugees in Lebanon الزمن الآخر\اتصال هاتفي في ساعة متأخرة من الليل Foucault, Fanon, Intellectuals, Revolutions On Not D

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Nasr Hamid Abu Zaid: A Profile from the Archives

[Intellectual Nasr Hamid Abu Zaid]

[”A Profile from the Archives“ is a new 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.]  First Name: Nasr Last Name: Abu Zaid Date of birth: 10 July 1943 Date of death: 5 July 2010 Nationality: Egyptian Category: Intellectual and writer Profession: Researcher and intellectual Nasr Hamid Abu Zaid Born on 10 July 1943 in Tanta, Gharbia governorate. His father died when he was fourteen years old. He was preparing to be an ...

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قراءة في مضامين تدريس اللغتين العربية والعبرية في الجامعة العبرية

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لا شك أن "إسرائيل" هي حالة استثنائية على جميع الأصعدة ففي الظروف الطبيعية المجتمع هو الذي أفرز المؤسسات وأنتجها، بينما في الحالة الإسرائيلية فالحركة الصهيونية هي التي أنتجت المؤسسات وأنتجت المجتمع والدولة معاً، وعليه فإن تجليات الإنتاج تظهر في البنى الاجتماعية والمؤسسات وفي شتى أنماط الحضور الهوياتي، بحيث يصير التعليم تعليماً أيدولوجياً محضاً موجهاً من المؤسسة الحاكمة وراعياً لانتاج العقول وتصنيعها كما تُصَّنع المنتجات الاستهلاكية الأخرى. أحد جوانب هذا التصنيع والذي لم يحظًّ بدراسة كافية هو تدريس اللغات سواء العبرية منها أو العربية، فقراء نقدية مقارنة لتدريس اللغتين في الجامعة العبرية مثلاً قد يعطينا صورة جيدة عن آلية اشتغال المؤسسة الاكاديمية والتي لا يمكن أنت ...

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من قصة النقل المشترك لمدينة بيروت: باصاتٌ ومترو في محطة الأحلام

لم يبقَ من مصلحة سكك الحديد لا سكك حديدية ولا حتى الصدأ. كلُ ما تبقى هو ماضٍ نتحسر عليه بغرافيتي تملأ الجدران وبحلمٍ من الصعب ان يتحقق. فحتى أحفاد البيروتيين من الأرجح انهم لن يكحّلوا أعينهم برؤية "ترام" او باص عمومي محترم يتنقلون به في مدينتهم. وفيما تؤكد مختلف الأطراف المعنية ان الحل يتطلب قرارا موحدا وتنسيقاً فيما بينها، يبقى التنفيذُ رهناً بالقرار السياسي. كذلك، تبقى اي خطوة عملية تجلب الفائدة لسكان المدينة ومحيطها في عداد الموتى. كيف لا و250 "باصا" للقطاع العام - والتي لا تحل المشكلة من جذورها أصلا- تحتاج أكثر من عقدٍ كي تُشترى! ولكن ماذا اذا طالب سكان المدينة بإعادة ترام مدينتهم الذي جاب طرقاتها في الزمن الجميل؟ انه المشهد ذاته يتكرر مرة بعد ...

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Stasis Shift: Guernica Interviews Jadaliyya Co-Founder Bassam Haddad

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Jadaliyya co-founder on telling alternative stories about the Arab world, understanding the life cycles of revolution, and confronting “the weight of ancient problems.”   In the fall of 2010, I was crossing a crowded hotel lobby at the Middle East Studies Association convention in San Diego when a friend introduced me to the writer, editor, and scholar Bassam Haddad. “Bassam is starting a website,” she said. “You should know each other.” He slipped me a business card with the word Jadaliyya (Arabic for “dialectic”) on it. “There isn’t much online yet,” Haddad explained. “We just launched.” A few weeks later, Mohamed Bouazizi lit himself on fire in the ...

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On Not Despising the Present: Some Notes on Faris Giacaman’s 'The Sadness of Post-Militance'

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A Brechtian maxim: “Don’t start from the good old things but the bad new ones.” — Walter Benjamin, “Conversations with Brecht”[1] You have no right to despise the present. — Charles Baudelaire, quoted in Michel Foucault, “What Is Enlightenment?”[2] I was quite moved by Faris Giacaman’s recent article “The Sadness of Post-Militance: Some Reflections on Brown University’s ‘New Directions in Palestine Studies’ Conference.” For a young scholar to call into question the direction of Palestine Studies, focusing on a conference featuring some of the most prominent names in the field, takes no little courage. Beyond that, Giacaman’s larger call to remember the relationship ...

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الزمن الآخر\اتصال هاتفي في ساعة متأخرة من الليل

[تصميم وليد إدريس. المصدر صفحة

  - جنان - نعم - اتصلوا فيكي من السجن؟ - لأ ليش؟ - اتصلوا فينا وبلغونا أنه الزيارة بكرا ملغية - مين اتصل؟ وينتا؟! - من شوي حوالي الساعة 9:30 المسا اتصل واحد خبرني بكرا فش زيارة - مين اللي اتصل سألته عن اسمه ووظيفته؟ - لأ حكى عربي وقالي بحكي باسم الإدارة - طيب وشو قال كمان - طوارىء! محادثة كان من الممكن أن تكون عادية بين ناس عاديين لكنها لم تكن محادثة عادية، لناس غيير عاديين. ناس عاديون جعلهم واقع الأسر ناساً غير عاديين، يمرون في تجارب حياتية غريبة، الثابت فيها هو اللا ثابت. كل شيء ممكن أن يحدث. كل شيء غير متوقع ممكن أن يصبح متوقعاً، تماماً كأن يصلك اتصال الساعة التاسعة مساء من السجن يقول لك إن زيارة الغد ملغاة. هكذا دون مقدمات أو تفسير، محادثة قصيرة ...

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Event: Angela Davis and Jadaliyya Co-Editor Noura Erakat on Mass Incarceration in the United States and Palestine (19 April, Evergreen State College)

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Peace Works 2014 Yet Again Captives: Mass Incarceration in the United States and Palestine April 19, 2014 The Evergreen State College Olympia, Washington Keynote discussion with Angela Davis and Noura Erakat 7:00 PM Washington Center for the Performing Arts Register for the full conference here!  Purchase tickets to the Keynote event here. Join us for a day-long conference featuring plenaries, workshops, networking opportunities, and plans for action to address systems of mass incarceration in the U.S. and Palestine. Click here for a sample of our conference offerings! As the illegal occupation of Palestine persists, similarities ...

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New Texts Out Now: Valeska Huber, Channelling Mobilities: Migration and Globalisation in the Suez Canal Region and Beyond

[Cover of Valeska Huber,

Valeska Huber, Channelling Mobilities: Migration and Globalisation in the Suez Canal Region and Beyond. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2013. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Valeska Huber (VH): The origins of this book lie in my general interest in the history of mobility, particularly as it connects to justice and equality. Does globalization—in the present day or historically—mean that everyone can move at an ever-quicker pace? I wanted to unpack this story for the period around 1900 by showing that of course not everyone travels with the same speed; instead, there are very different mobilities and many issues of regulation and ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (April 22)

[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 Canada-Saudi arms deal has 'significant risk' Megan O’Toole reports on concerns over the Canadian government’s ...

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On Power Cuts, Protests, and Institutions: A Brief History of Electricity in Beirut (Part One)

[What follows are some preliminary findings on the history of the electricity sector of Lebanon in general and that of Beirut in particular. Such research forms part of a broader project on the history of struggles over the political economy of Lebanon, within which the issue of electric public utilities was and continues to be central. In this first installment of a three-part series, the origins of the electricity sector will be laid out, as well as the popular and elite mobilizations that sector ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (April 21)

[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.]  Egyptian Copts Test Pilgrim Ban to Jerusalem Tom Rollins  says, “Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Church has maintained a ban on Copts visiting holy sites in Israel and Palestine since ...

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Three Poems by Ahmad Shamlou

Three Poems Ahmad Shamlou (1925-2000) Translated from the Persian by Sheida Dayani   The Secret A secret was with me; I told the mountain. A secret was with me; I told the well.   On the lengthy path, Alone and lonesome, I told the black horse I told the stones…   With my old secret At last I arrived. I uttered no words You uttered no words; I was shedding tears You were shedding tears. Then I sealed my lips You read from my eyes...   The Fish Never ...

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Let Us Now Praise Murderous Men; Lebanese Presidential Candidates, Considered

Lebanon is slated to hold presidential elections next week, despite the fact that the parliamentary elections have yet to be held and it is the Lebanese parliament that elects the Lebanese President. Last year elections were postponed for the first time in the state’s history, and parliament illegitimately extended its own term in the absence of elections. This further throws into doubt the legitimacy of the looming presidential contest. Thus far, several potential presidential candidates ...

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على أرض الصحفيين ما يستحق الحكي

في كل المعارك والمعادلات الصفرية، يصبح الصفر هو القيمة والنتيجة الوحيدة لكلِّ شيء فلا ثمن للدماء التي تسيل بغزارة على الإسفلت، ولا ثمن أو حتى حُرمة للموت نفسه ... ففي جمعة ماضية (28 مارس)، بعد أن بادرتنا مواقع الإعلام الاجتماعي بصورة لفتاة في مقتبل عمرها كان نصيبها من يوم لها أنه كان آخر يوم لها حينما اخترقت رصاصة وجهها وخرجت فماتت، وجدنا بعدها هذا ينشر صورتها وهي غارقة في دمائها وذاك ينشر فيديو حصري لحظة خروج روحها ... وهؤلاء يشمتون في موتها لأنها (انقلابية) وأولئك يحشرون الإخوان في أي وقائع ليثبتوا ...

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غزة والبحر

[ هذا المقال جزء من ”أصوات من أجل غزة" وهو ملف خاص تنشره جدلية على مدار شهر كامل. للإطلاع على بقية المقالات اضغط/ي هنا] يتساوى فلسطينيو غزة أمام جرائم الاحتلال وسطوته على أرواحهم وممتلاكتهم ومكنونات هويتهم، إلا أنهم يختلفون في انتماءاتهم السياسية وخلفياتهم الاجتماعية وتباين أصولهم بين فلاحين وبدو ومدنيين-- يلبس جميعهم ثوب اللجوء أينما حلوا-- وبين مواطنين غزيين أصابهم سهم الاحتلال بلا تمييز.  وفي ظل انحسار الاتصال مع العالم الخارجي ودخول القطاع البائس عامه السابع من الحصار ...

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On the Struggle of Syrian Refugees in Lebanon

Spring has just landed in Lebanon. Its warmth and colors soothing the dried winter skin of the vast majority of Syrian refugees who resisted icy temperatures and freezing to death underneath thin canvas tents. Lebanon is now home to approximately one million Syrians, displaced from their war-ravaged cities and towns in Syria. Amid unfettered exploitations, Syrian families, forced to seek refuge in Lebanon, have fought a hostile season in a hostile environment that they mistook as neighborly. During the ...

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Tahrir, Taksim, Tempelhof: Between Political Fields

Sitting in Engels—one among many of Neukölln's cosy, candlelit, hipster-friendly cafés—I read on a sticker the slogan: “Tah[r]ir, Taksim, Tempelhof: Das Feld gehört uns allen!” (Tahrir, Taksim, Tempelhof: The Field belongs to us all!). Tempelhof itself is a former airport located in former West Berlin, famous for its mythological role in the Berlin airlift during the Cold War. The airport was closed in 2008, but its vast runways and grass fields were re-opened to the public in 2010. People have adopted ...

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On the Road: An Exhibition by Paul Ayoub Geday

On the Road An exhibition by Paul Ayoub Geday January - February 2014 Mashrabia Gallery, Cairo   Paul Ayoub Geday is an Egyptian artist, filmmaker, and curator. In this recent solo exhibition, Geday completes a photography project he started eight years ago. The project, which documents his travels across Egypt, will culminate in a book to be published soon. While on the road, Geday has been stopping to photograph landscapes and architectural sites using techniques and styles inspired by the ...

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DARS Media Roundup (April 16)

[This is a bi-weekly 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 bi-weekly roundup to DARS@jadaliyya.com by Sunday night of every second week.] News & Commentary Contesting Patriarchy-As-Governance: Lessons From Youth-Led Activism, by Deniz Kandiyoti  The ...

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O.I.L. Media Roundup (16 April)

[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.]  Israel-Palestine Peace Talks Israel Appropriates Land in West Bank, Jeffrey Heller Israeli newspaper Haaretz reports the Israeli Defense ...

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