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The Perils of American Muslim Politics الهَدم والبناء الاستعماري في الجولان حقوق المثليين والمثليات محكّ لحقوق الإنسان بين المدرسة والمسجد نص للأديب
[Syrian Refugees Wait in Line to Register with UNHCR in Arsal, 2013. Image by UNHCR]

War is Here: The Lebanese Political Elites Unite Again

War is often understood as a temporally bounded event. A war begins, and eventually it ends. In the process, people are killed, maimed, starved, and traumatized; infrastructure is damaged; and life-worlds are destroyed. In such context, ...

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تقرير: خمسون عاماً على احتلال القدس الشرقية: سياسات القضم والإبعاد والتهويد تتواصل

بعد مرور 50 عاماً على الاحتلال الإسرائيلي لمدينة القدس الشرقية، باتت مساحتها تتقلص أكثر فأكثر لحساب المستعمرات، إلاّ إن عدد الفلسطينيين يزداد على نحو يؤشر إلى فشل سياسات التهويد الإسرائيلية. مع بداية الاحتلال الإسرائيلي للقدس الشرقية في ...

The Referendum in Turkey-A STATUS/الوضع Interview with Sinan Birdal

In this interview for STATUS/الوضع, host Shahram Aghamir speaks with Sinan Birdal, who unpacks Turkey's constitutional referendum that passed on April 16. In a turbulent political environment where the soft and hard executive ...

[Mass iftar held to protest destruction in the İçkale valley.All photographs by the author.]

Destruction and Construction, Resistance and Solidarity: Diyarbakir/Surici Observations Part II

[To read the previous article in this series, “Diyarbakir: The Heart of this City Beats in Suriçi,” click here.] Things won’t calm down in Suriçi. The destruction and construction of İçkale Valley has come to a close, and the neighborhood ...


Making Sense of Jerusalem, Gaza, and Anti-BDS Legislation in the United States

The past two weeks have been filled with a flurry of news and developments concerning Palestine that have appeared in piecemeal fashion. As per usual, mainstream international and US media have portrayed events in Jerusalem and Gaza, as well as legislation in the United States, as isolated incidents lacking context. The protagonists in these stories are Israelis with Palestinian shadows. The failure to document the structural violence afflicting Palestinian lives portrays these events as ruptures rather than as inevitable protrusions of a settler-colonial frontier intent on Palestinian containment, displacement, and erasure. In Jerusalem, violent confrontations have ...

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يوم عادي في برلين

 لوحة ماكس بِكمان

-مدخل: مبالغةٌ لا بدَّ منها- هاء الهُوَ، أو هاء الهاوية، متبوعة بواو العطف التي تجسر طريقاً قصيراً بين نهايتين. الهوية مفردة لا تُستساغ لأنها تسترجع الغياب بينما حريٌّ بها تعيينُ الحضور، فتفاقم من مواراة صاحبها كإطارٍ يظلُّ معلَّقاً مطوِّقاً الفراغ وإن خلا مِن صورته التي سُرقت. "هوية" المستضعف تستدعي التوقيف والاستجوابَ والتحقيق والقيودَ المتينة الشفافة في أحزمة الشرطة، تسطع في الحدقتين، متلألئةً كجبينٍ أنداه العار، يفضحها الصمت الذي يترجمها بكلّ اللغات. جسدُ الغريب يترجم حيراتِ القلق والارتباك إلى عَرق- التعرُّق أحياناً بكاءُ الجسد الأخرس أو استحمامُ المُهان بماءِ الإهانات، لا تفصده من المسامّ شهقاتُ الحبّ أو الكدح باليدين، بل العيون بأحداقها المتوهّجة كالجمر ...

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War is Here: The Lebanese Political Elites Unite Again

[Syrian Refugees Wait in Line to Register with UNHCR in Arsal, 2013. Image by UNHCR]

War is often understood as a temporally bounded event. A war begins, and eventually it ends. In the process, people are killed, maimed, starved, and traumatized; infrastructure is damaged; and life-worlds are destroyed. In such context, survival, not life, becomes the goal. Yet such an understanding of war is often duplicitous. For example, one might look to the Gaza Strip, where slow death under a globally-sanctioned siege under the temporality of a “ceasefire” is easily as violent, as final, as the next “war” with Israel.  In Lebanon whispers of the war to come have intensified in ways that go beyond the constant anticipation of violence that characterized the ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (July 24)

[President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed attend the opening of a new military base in north-west Egypt on July 22 ahead of Egypt's Revolution Day celebrations. Photo from the official Facebook page of the Egyptian Presidency.]

[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 Police arrested 10 Warraq Island residents, demolished 30 buildings on Sunday Police forces arrested ten Warraq Island residents on Sunday in connection to clashes that took place earlier the same day when security forces attempted to implement 700 demolition orders for buildings that “encroach on state lands,” according ...

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تقرير: خمسون عاماً على احتلال القدس الشرقية: سياسات القضم والإبعاد والتهويد تتواصل

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بعد مرور 50 عاماً على الاحتلال الإسرائيلي لمدينة القدس الشرقية، باتت مساحتها تتقلص أكثر فأكثر لحساب المستعمرات، إلاّ إن عدد الفلسطينيين يزداد على نحو يؤشر إلى فشل سياسات التهويد الإسرائيلية. مع بداية الاحتلال الإسرائيلي للقدس الشرقية في سنة 1967 كان عدد سكانها بشطرَيها الشرقي والغربي 266,300 نسمة تقريباً، يشكل الفلسطينيون 68,600 منهم (أي 26%)، واليهود 197,700 تقريباً (أي 74%)؛ لكن مع نهاية سنة 2014 بلغ عدد سكان المدينة بشطرَيها 849,800 تقريباً، يشكل الفلسطينيون 351,900 تقريباً منهم (أي 37%)، واليهود 533,900 تقريباً (أي 63%)، وذلك بحسب معطيات مركز القدس لبحث السياسات، الإسرائيلي شبه الحكومي. غير أن تزايد عدد السكان يترافق مع تقلص مستمر في مساحات الأراضي المتاحة لسكان ...

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Destruction and Construction, Resistance and Solidarity: Diyarbakir/Surici Observations Part II

[Mass iftar held to protest destruction in the İçkale valley.All photographs by the author.]

[To read the previous article in this series, “Diyarbakir: The Heart of this City Beats in Suriçi,” click here.] Things won’t calm down in Suriçi. The destruction and construction of İçkale Valley has come to a close, and the neighborhood has been transformed into a park. While the closed-off areas have been entirely demolished, the demolition of the Alipaşa and Lalebey neighborhoods—which started under an urban renewal project in 2012, but stopped due to resistance—has resumed. This widening, expanding operation suggests that the entirety of Suriçi will be demolished. On a sunny day in May, I am making my way through Saraykapı to İçkale to visit the İçkale Valley ...

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Syria Media Roundup (July 19)

[Image of two children sharing a bottle of milk, while selling bread, in Damascus. Image by Dimashqi Lens via flickr]

[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 Food supplies reach families from Syria's Raqqa as road reopens: U.N. (12 July 2017) Food supplies have reached thousands of people displaced by fighting in the Syrian city of Raqqa after road access was opened up for the first time in three years, the United Nations ...

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Critical Currents in Islam Media Roundup (July 3-July 16)

Citadel of Aleppo (قلعة حلب) by Dan via Creative Commons

July 10-16 A Muslim and a Jew urge the Supreme Court to strike down the Muslim ban, LA Times  An American Jew and an American Muslim explain why they're against Trump's controversial Muslim Ban. Read More Islam-Bashers Blast Civil Rights Activist Linda Sarsour, Twisting Her Use of the Word `Jihad', Southern Poverty Law Center Organized anti-Muslim movements are unified in their outrage over recent remarks by civil rights activist Linda Sarsour, falsely arguing that she was inciting violence against President Trump. Read More A Powerful Voice Against Arab Stereotyping, Jack Shaheen, Dies, NPR  Longtime media critic and writer Jack Shaheen dies at ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (July 17)

[Solidarity campaign poster of Egyptian lawyer Mohamed Ramadan. Photo from the Egypt Solidarity Initiative Twitter page.]

[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 80 Wadi al-Natrun prisoners join hunger strike protesting maltreatment More than eighty political prisoners in Wadi al-Natrun Prison’s maximum security facility, Liman 440, started a hunger strike on 5 July to protest maltreatment, according to a leaked letter from the prisoners. Lawyer Mohamed Ramadan to remain in ...

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (July 10-16)

[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.] الكتب: نص للأديب جوزف كونراد The Future of Work for Syrian Refugee Women in Jordan: Is the “Gig Economy” an Opportunity? خمس قصص قصيرة للكاتب الإسباني خوان خوسية مياس New Texts Out Now: Hannes Baumann, Citizen Hariri: Lebanon's Neoliberal Reconstruction

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Palestine Media Roundup (July 16)

[Palestine Gaza Strip In 2015 Beit Hanoun. Picture uploaded via Creative Commons]

[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 Hundreds Of Palestinian And Israeli Activists Marched Along Major Highway To Protest Occupation The route taken by the group followed Route 60, a major highway used by illegal Jewish settlers in the West Bank that connects Jerusalem, Beit Jala, the Gush Etzion settlements, and Hebron.  Israeli Forces Have Been Carrying Out Large-Scale ...

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Des déchets aux remblais: imaginaire aménageur, corruption et dérèglements métaboliques à Beyrouth

[La décharge de Borj Hammoud vue du port de pêche avant les récents travaux de démantèlement - Photo Eric Verdeil - CC-ND-NC]

Les scandales à répétition qui éclatent à propos de la gestion des déchets au Liban et plus particulièrement dans l'agglomération de Beyrouth mettent en évidence les montants énormes des contrats en question et leur opacité, et donc plus largement la corruption qui joue un rôle déterminant dans l'organisation de l'action publique. Les débats de l'été 2015 ont ainsi permis d'exposer publiquement les zones d'ombre, anomalies et irrégularités concernant les contrats successifs de Sukleen, et de pointer vers un ensemble de bénéficiaires indirects de cette rente. La réorganisation en principe provisoire de la gestion des déchets à Beyrouth et dans le Mont Liban s'est traduite ...

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A Few Thoughts on Leaving Academe

Next week, I will depart Beirut and return to the DC area. I’m grateful to the students and friends who made our time in Lebanon so rewarding. We’ll remember this period with great fondness. My son grew from a toddler into a little boy in Beirut. His first memories are registered at AUB. Despite applying to positions on four continents, I was unable to find an academic job, so I no longer count myself among the professoriate. A number of colleagues have attempted to recruit me, but their efforts ...

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (July 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.]   Musaddiq’s Spectre: On the Recent Declassification of US Documents Al-Shabbi's "The Will to Life" الاغتيال والاختطاف في العراق: حقل التحريض المتسع خمس قصص قصيرة للكاتب الإسباني خوان خوسية مياس

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غابرييل غارثيا ماركيز كما أراه

مقابلة مع ماريو بارغاس يوسا أجراها كارلوس غرانيس ليست هي المرة الأولى التي يتحدث فيها الروائي البيروفي ماريو بارغاس يوسا، الحاصل على جائزة نوبل للآداب، عن صديقه الروائي الكولومبي غابرييل غارثيا ماركيز، فلطالما جمعت بينهما صداقة مرت كمثل كل صداقات الأدباء بفترات توتر وتقارب. ففي مقابلة أجراها الناقد الكولومبي، كارلوس غرانيس، مع ماريو بارغاس يوسا، مؤخراً، وتناولا فيها لأكثر من ساعة العلاقة التي جمعت بين الكاتبين، والتي بدأت عام 1967 لتنتهي بخلاف كبير عام 1976، راح ماريو بارغاس يوسا يكشف لنا خبايا هذه ...

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Palestine Media Roundup (July 22)

[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 A Palestinian Man Came Under Fire After "Driving Dangerously" Near Ramallah The Palestinian citizen of Israel, driving with Israeli plates, came under fire by ...

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New Texts Out Now: Sheila Carapico, ed., Arabia Incognita: Dispatches from Yemen and the Gulf

Sheila Carapico, editor,  Arabia Incognita: Dispatches from Yemen and the Gulf. Charlottesville: Just World Books, 2015.  Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Sheila Carapico (SC): This book began as an activist political project, a form of protest against a cruel war. Colleagues at MERIP were thinking of compiling a simple PDF reader to help students and others understand the background to the military intervention in Yemen the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia called Operation Decisive Storm ...

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Maghreb Media Roundup (July 20)

[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 roundup to maghreb@jadaliyya.com] Algeria Stagnation, oil and oligarchy: a look at today’s Algeria After leading anti-colonial initiatives and internationalist cooperation, Algeria adopted market reforms in the 80s and 90s that have contributed to ...

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The Referendum in Turkey-A STATUS/الوضع Interview with Sinan Birdal

In this interview for STATUS/الوضع, host Shahram Aghamir speaks with Sinan Birdal, who unpacks Turkey's constitutional referendum that passed on April 16. In a turbulent political environment where the soft and hard executive power of the Turkish presidency is expanding rapidly, the referendum has proven the mechanism by which Erdogan can expand his control over the legislature and the judiciary. Following that, this podcast asks these questions: what did the referendum reveal about the nature ...

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Fear and Loathing in Turkish Academia: A Tale of Appeasement and Complicity

It was a “call for papers” like all others. “On behalf of the Turkish Political Economy Society (TPES),” said the organizers of the Fifth TPES Interdisciplinary Workshop on Turkey and Latin America in Comparative Perspective, “we would be happy if you would consider submitting an abstract and help us spread the word by forwarding the CfP to other scholars who may be interested.” Many probably did, among them Yasemin Yılmaz and Orçun Selçuk, two PhD candidates from The City University of New York and ...

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Musaddiq’s Spectre: On the Recent Declassification of US Documents

Following the 1989 release of the first Iran-related volume of the State Department’s Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS) series, a plethora of books and articles have been written detailing the MI6-CIA coup d’état in Iran on 19 August 1953. The coup resulted in the ouster of the much-celebrated Prime Minister Muhammad Musaddiq, who—to the profound chagrin of United Kingdom—nationalized the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company (today known as British Petroleum) in March 1951. One might therefore be ...

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قصائد للشاعر الايطالي بييرو جاهير

بييرو جاهير Piero Jahier (1884-1966) بييرو جاهير في سطور: كان شاعراً ومترجماً وصحفيَّاً إيطاليَّاً، وُلِدَ في جنوة في 11 نيسان/ أبريل 1884، وأمضى طفولته فيها، وأمَّا كنيته "جاهير" فإنَّها فرنسيَّة الأصل، إذْ كان فرعٌ من تلك العائلة قد انتقل إلى إيطاليا منذ أجيالٍ كثيرةٍ خلتْ. أتمَّ دراسته الابتدائيَّة في كلٍّ من تورينو وسُوسا. بعد موتِ والده انتحاراً سنة 1897 انتقلتْ والدته مع أبنائها السِّتَّة إلى فلورنسا مسقطِ رأسِها، وما إن أنهى بييرو المرحلة الثَّانويَّة من دراسته حتَّى فاز بمنحةٍ ...

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الاغتيال والاختطاف في العراق: حقل التحريض المتسع

 لا توجد إحصائية دقيقة للاغتيالات والاختطاف في العراق. فالسلطات الرسمية لا تكترث كثيراً بأرشفة الاخبار السيئة التي تحدث يومياً، أما الصحافة فلا تعير أهمية أيضاً لمثل هذه الحوادث، وغالباً تتعامل معها إذا ما هزّ اغتيال او اختطاف الرأي العام بنقل الرواية الرسمية "اضطراراً" ومن ثم تقمص رواية "جديدة" يضعها الممول المدعوم من جهة سياسية أو ميليشيا مسلحة، ويكون تسويق هذه "القصة" عبر وسائل التواصل الاجتماعي التي تعمل كماكنة نشطةٍ لتسطيح أي حدث ومن ثم ابتلاعه في خضم "قصص ...

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The United Nations and Palestine: Biased?

It is common currency to accuse the United Nations (UN) of harboring an inveterate anti-Israel, pro-Palestinian bias. Israel, so the claim goes, is consistently held to a higher standard than other states that manage to escape the world body’s scrutiny despite their abysmal records, and is consistently condemned by the UN for engaging in a legitimate struggle for survival against the Palestinians and other Arabs. To an even greater extent than her predecessors, the current US permanent representative ...

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