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Yemen's War [Ongoing Post]

Yemen's War [Ongoing Post]

[This is an ongoing post that will be updated regularly. It was first published on 6 December 2016. The updates appear at the bottom.] The conflict in Yemen seems set to intensify as 2016 draws to a close. The deposed president Abd ...

New Texts Out Now: Karine Walther, Sacred Interests: The United States and the Islamic World, 1821-1921

Karine Walther, Sacred Interests: The United States and the Islamic World, 1821-1921. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2015.   Jadliyya (J): What made you write this book? Karine Walther (KW): As my parents ...

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دورنا في صناعة الظلام

ربيع علم الدين بعد الانتخابات الرئاسية مباشرة امتلأ حسابي على التويتر بالتعبيرات عن الصدمة والشكاوى. بدا كما لو أن العبارة المفضلة للجميع هي:"نحن أفضل من هذا”. لكنني اعتبرت هـذا الكلام خاطئاً، وفهمتُ منطقه الملتوي، والصدمة والأذى ...

Between Slow and Sudden Death in Turkey

On 25 February 2017, the picture of a young male academic who committed suicide in Turkey went viral on the social media. The photo was hashtagged with #MehmetFatihTras and the line underneath the hashtag reads: “This is a murder. Try the ...


قصائد للشاعر أمبرتو سابا، المجلد الاول

[صورة الشاعر امبرتو سابا]

أمبرتو سابا، المجلَّد الأوَّل Umberto Saba (1883-1957)  أُمبرتو سابا في سطور: أمبرتو سابا، الاسمُ المستعارُ لأمبرتو بولي، وُلِدَ في إصطاجانكو (تْريِيْستِه) في 9 آذار/ مارس 1883، لأبٍ من عائلةٍ بندقيَّةٍ نبيلة، كان يعمل وكيلاً تجاريَّاً، وأمٍّ يهوديَّةٍ من إصطاجانكو، هي حفيدة الشَّاعر والمؤرِّخ صموئيل ديفيد لوتزاتو، وقد اعتنق والدُه اليهوديَّة لأجل هذا الزَّواج، ومع ذلك هجرته زوجته عندما وُلِد أمبرتو، فعاش هذا طفولةً حزينة بسبب غياب الأب، وقد أمضى السَّنوات الثَّلاث الأولى من طفولته مع مربِّيةٍ سولفانيَّةٍ تُدعى "بيبَّا ساباز" كانت قد فقدت ابنها فسكبت حبَّها وحنانها في أمبرتو الذي اختار اسمه المستعار "سابا" من كنيتها تكريماً لها، والكلمة تعني ...

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Maghreb Media Roundup (March 23)

[Image by Kaylee Steck, Ouzoud Falls, Morocco]

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on the Maghreb and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Maghreb Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to maghreb@jadaliyya.com by Tuesday night of every week] Algeria IMF Staff Completes 2017 Article IV Mission to Algeria The IMF End-of-Mission press release reports on preliminary findings after a visit to the country. It emphasizes Algeria’s handling of the oil price shock and the need for fiscal consolidation. Paramilitary force fights to keep Algeria French – archive, 1962 An archived article ...

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Yemen's War [Ongoing Post]

[Image from Wikipedia.]

[This is an ongoing post that will be updated regularly. It was first published on 6 December 2016. The updates appear at the bottom.] The conflict in Yemen seems set to intensify as 2016 draws to a close. The deposed president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi returned to Aden from exile in mid-November after his government was reestablished in the southern city. This move, alongside a renewed ground campaign and the continued aerial bombardment throughout northern Yemen by the Saudi Arabia-led coalition, prompted Ansar Allah—the movement commonly known as the Houthis—and the faction of the General People’s Congress party loyal to Ali Abdullah Saleh, to establish ...

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Media on Media Roundup (March 21)

[A pro-Palestinian message on the graffiti wall at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. Photo by

This week’s Jadaliyya “Media on Media” Roundup examines several important topics affecting the MENA region’s mediascape. The Pentagon released an aerial photo of a building demolished by a U.S. airstrike in Syria alleged to be an al-Qaeda center. However, local activists insist it was a mosque and the airstrike killed innocent civilians. Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) executive committee member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi denounced the U.N’s decision to remove a report calling Israel an apartheid state from its website. A German newspaper was forced to remove Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s name from a list of “crazy leaders”, following accusations of ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (March 20)

[Mubarak supporters commemorate the forty-third anniversary of the October War in front of Maadi Military Hospital. Photo from Aswat Masriya.]

[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.]  Political Rights Mubarak ordered released following acquittal in killing protesters case Egypt's prosecutor-general ordered on Monday the release of ousted President Hosni Mubarak following his acquittal earlier this month on charges of killing protesters during the 25 January Revolution. Egypt's ousted Mubarak files lawsuit to unfreeze EGP 61 ...

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Jadaliyya Monthly Edition (February 2017)

This is a selection of what you might have missed on Jadaliyya during the month of February 2017. It also includes the most recent roundups, editors picks, and most-read articles. Progressively, we will be featuring more content on our Monthly Edition series.   Remembering Husayn Muruwwah, the ‘Red Mujtahid’ اليأس كسلاح للاستبداد A Preface to A Critique of Instant Analysis and Scholarship on the Arab Uprisings قصة

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Palestine Media Roundup (March 19)

[Gaza Jail Breaks. Taken on February 8, 2008 by same and uploaded via Flickr]

[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 roundup to Palestine@jadaliyya.com.] The Occupation Forces Israeli Forces Demolish Bedouin Village of al-Araqib For 110th Time For the one hundred and tenth time, Israeli Forces demolish the Bedouin village of al-Araqib, one of  thirty five Bedouin villages considered "unrecognized" by Israel. Palestinian Shot Dead By Police in Jerusalem Palestinian young man Ibrahim Mater, ...

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المنظمات الأهلية الفلسطينية: مقابلة لمجلة الوضع مع طارق دعنا

أجرى ضياء علي لمجلة "الوضع" هذا الحوار مع طارق دعنا، المستشار السياساي لشبكة السياسات الفلسطينية والباحث في معهد إبراهيم أبو اللغد للدراسات الدولية في جامعة بيرزيت. وهو أيضا عضو هيئة التدريس في برنامج الماجستير في الدراسات الدولية، حيث يدرس مساقات في الاقتصاد السياسي العالمي. عمل كباحث ما بعد الدكتوراه في المعهد العالي للدراسات الدولية والتنمية٬ جنيف. وتشمل اهتماماته البحثية الاقتصاد السياسي والمجتمع المدني و الحركات الاجتماعية / المنظمات غير الحكومية٬ والعلاقات بين الدولة والمجتمع مع تركيز خاص على فلسطين. تركز المقابلة على وضع المنظمات الأهلية الفلسطينية. 

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MESA Membership Passes Bylaw Amendment Removing 'Non-Political' Clause and Affirming 501(c)3 Status

[Geometric arabesque tiling on the underside of the dome of Hafiz Shirazi's tomb in Shiraz. Image by Pontecelo via Wikipedia]

The general membership of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) has approved (with 81% of voters supporting) a bylaw amendment that does two things: first, it removes term "non-political" from its self-description; second, it reaffirms the committment to operating in accordance with its 501(c)3 status. The amendment was introduced by a diverse array of MESA members during the business meeting of the 2016 Annual Meeting. It was then that those in attendance voted 247-57 in favor of putting the amendment up to a general membership vote, which was held between 1 February and 15 March 2017. According to the organization's bylaws, the amendment needed to ...

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Between Slow and Sudden Death in Turkey

On 25 February 2017, the picture of a young male academic who committed suicide in Turkey went viral on the social media. The photo was hashtagged with #MehmetFatihTras and the line underneath the hashtag reads: “This is a murder. Try the murderers!” Wearing hipster eyeglasses, a hooded jacket, and a bag pack, Mehmet Fatih Tras has recently completed his doctorate degree in Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences at Cukurova University in Turkey. Upon the receipt of his PhD, he was made multiple job offers from universities in Turkey. However, university presidents interrupted the recruitment process and terminated his contract without any justification. His ...

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دورنا في صناعة الظلام

[المصدر موقع زنوبيا رسالة وطن]

ربيع علم الدين بعد الانتخابات الرئاسية مباشرة امتلأ حسابي على التويتر بالتعبيرات عن الصدمة والشكاوى. بدا كما لو أن العبارة المفضلة للجميع هي:"نحن أفضل من هذا”. لكنني اعتبرت هـذا الكلام خاطئاً، وفهمتُ منطقه الملتوي، والصدمة والأذى اللذين سيقودان أحداً ما كي يقول هذا، لكن هذا لم يكن صحيحاً. لسنا أفضل من هذا. نحن هذا. لقد انتُخبَ الرجل رئيساً. وبحكم طبيعة الحال إن أميركا هي هذا، نحن هذا. لا أقول كلامي هذا كي أوحي أننا يجب أن نُلام، أو أن أحداً ما لم يصوّت لدونالد ترامب هو مذنب كشخص صوّت. ما أحاول مواصلة الإشارة إليه، للأصدقاء، ولأي شخص يحب أن يصغي، هو أن قلة منا ترغب بالاعتراف بالمسؤولية، ليس بالضرورة قبول المسؤولية، بل الوقوف والقول:"أعترف أن هذا ...

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أريحا

هل تمتلك المدن شهوات كالانسان؟ هل تشتهي مدينة ما أن ترقد بسلام في أعمق بقاع الأرض بعيداً هناك وتتمتع بشمسها وهوائها ورهبانها ونخيلها وسكانها الطيبين؟ أريحا، مدينة القمر كما يعني اسمها. اختارت أن تطل من بعيد بهدوء على الكون لا تبغي شيئاً سوى السكون والصمت. فهل كتب لها ذلك؟ اختارت أن تكون في المكان الأكثر انخفاضاً عن مستوى سطح البحر في العالم ، اختارت الابتعاد لكن الصخب لم يتركها وشأنها. أريحا هي المدينة الأولى التي سكنها الانسان منذ الأزل وما زال حتى اليوم. بدأ هذا منذ العصر الحجري الذي ترك آثاره حزينة كابية فيها. بالتحديد منذ عشرة آلاف سنه قبل الميلاد، حين كان ابن أريحا يمتهن الصيد، وسيلته الوحيده للحياة. ثم تطور إلى أن بدأ بصنع الفخار بمهارة ...

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Critical Currents in Islam Media Roundup (March 6 - March 19)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating about Islam and reflects a wide variety of opinions and approaches. It does not reflect the views of the Critical Currents in Islam page or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to cci@jadaliyya.com by Saturday night of every week.] March 6 - 12 Revised executive order bans travelers from six Muslim-majority countries from getting new visas: On Monday, President Trump ...

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واقع الزراعة في فلسطين: مقابلة لمجلة الوضع مع فؤاد أبو سيف

أجرى ضياء علي لمجلة "الوضع" هذا الحوار مع فؤاد ابو سيف، المدير العام لاتحاد لجان العمل الزراعي، مواليد عام 1974 السموع \ الخليل، مهندس زراعي حاصل على درجة الماجستير في مجال بناء المؤسسات. تركز المقابلة على واقع الزراعة في فلسطين المشاكل والتحديات.

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (March 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  Saudi deputy crown prince, Trump meeting a 'turning point': Saudi adviser A main topic of the meeting ...

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Joint Statement Regarding the anti-Semitic, anti-Black, anti-Arab and anti-Muslim Posters on UIC’s Campus

[The following press release was issued by the below signatories on 20 March 2017.] Joint Statement Regarding the anti-Semitic, anti-Black, anti-Arab and anti-Muslim Posters on UIC’s Campus March 20, 2017 On March 16, a series of flyers was posted on UIC’s campus that exploit social justice issues to spread anti-Semitic views. First and foremost, as units on campus that work at the forefront of UIC’s commitment to diversity and social justice, we condemn all forms of racism, anti-Semitism, ...

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (March 13-19)

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. Text of Resignation Letter by ESCWA Executive Secretary Rima Khalaf UN Report Establishes Israeli Apartheid; Fallout Begins السي آي إيه تقرأ النظرية الفرنسية: حول ...

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New Texts Out Now: Karine Walther, Sacred Interests: The United States and the Islamic World, 1821-1921

Karine Walther, Sacred Interests: The United States and the Islamic World, 1821-1921. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2015.   Jadliyya (J): What made you write this book? Karine Walther (KW): As my parents were both French immigrants to the United States, I have always been interested in what constitutes “American identity” and the history of how religious, ethnic and “racial” differences have been dealt with in the United States. After I finished my BA at the University ...

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مختارات من الصحافة العربية 17 آذار

مختارات من الصحافة العربية (من 4 حتى 10 اذار) مصر «النقض» تقضي ببراءة مبارك من «قتل متظاهري يناير» برأت محكمة النقض يوم الخميس الرئيس السابق حسني مبارك من تهمة قتل المتظاهرين أثناء انتفاضة الثمانية عشر يوماً في ٢٠١١.  مبارك لـ"صوت الأمة": "هاقعد فى بيتى بعد البراءة ولن أذهب لشرم الشيخ" في مقابلة حصرية بعد حكم البراءة، مبارك يتجنب التعليق على السياسة ويقول إنه يخطط للعودة إلى مسكنه. مجلس النواب المصري: برلمان الأجهزة مجلس النواب المصري يستهدف الأصوات المعارضة مثيراً ...

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Text of Resignation Letter by ESCWA Executive Secretary Rima Khalaf

[The following text is the resignation letter submitted by ESWA Executie Secretary Rima Khalaf in response to the formal request by UN Secretary General that ESCWA withdraw the publication of a report that asserts Israel is committing Apartheid. Click here to access the full ESCWA report, which has since been removed from the UN website.] Dear Mr. Secretary-General, I have carefully considered your message conveyed through the Chef de Cabinet and assure you that at no point have I questioned your right ...

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UN Report Establishes Israeli Apartheid; Fallout Begins

This week the United Nations published a report that establishes Israel as an Apartheid regime. The UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) commissioned the report commissioned from the authors, Richard Falk and Virginia Tilley. Amidst mounting political pressure, the UN Secretary General ordered UN ESCWA to shelve the report. Rima Khalaf, who is the ESCWA Executive Secretary, refused this instruction and has since resigned in protest even though her term officially ends in two ...

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Call for Action: Solidarity with Purged Academics for Peace in Turkey

[The following call for action and fundraising appeal was issued by the Research Institute for Turkey, Bostonbul, GIT North America, and concerned academics from the United States and Candada.] There have been several crackdowns on academics in Turkey. Many have been detained, jailed, and even dismissed from their posts through statutory decrees. Among them are the “Academics for Peace,” who signed a declaration for ceasing human rights violations in the Kurdish provinces. Signed by 2,212 academics in ...

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Critical Currents in Islam Media Roundup (January 23- March 5)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating about Islam and reflects a wide variety of opinions and approaches. It does not reflect the views of the Critical Currents in Islam page or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to cci@jadaliyya.com by Saturday night of every week.] January 23 - 29 What Might Trump’s Muslim Immigration Order Do?: The Trump Administration prepares an executive order restricting entrance into ...

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Syria Media Roundup (March 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.]   Inside Syria Syrian government forces enter Palmyra, drive back Islamic State: monitors (1 March, 2017) Russian-backed Syrian government forces and their allies fought their way ...

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