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[لوحة للفنان محمود شبر]

شعراء ما بعد الطوفان

توطئة كان التغيير نفقا مجهولا ننتظر الضوء في آخره، وكنا نياما في المركب لا نعلم بأمر الطوفان، الطوفان في نهاية النفق. خرج لنا جيل ما بعد التغيير بصورة لامعة ومتفردة، مزج ألم الماضي بأمل المستقبل واضعين جسرا من التساؤلات بينهما. فتحت ...

Status Audio Journal is Live! Listen Away and Contribute

We are very excited to share the launching of Status Audio Journal, with regional and national partners.*  Status، الوضع,  is an evolving critical, collaborative, and independent monthly Audio ...

[Cover of Lina Khatib, Dina Matar, and Atef Alshaer,

New Texts Out Now: Lina Khatib, Dina Matar, and Atef Alshaer, The Hizbullah Phenomenon: Politics and Communication

Lina Khatib, Dina Matar, and Atef Alshaer, The Hizbullah Phenomenon: Politics and Communication. London: Hurst UK and New York: Oxford University Press, 2014. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Lina Khatib, Dina Matar, and ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (November 19)

[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 ...


Maghreb Media Roundup (November 21)

[Image of art stenciled on a wall in a playground in Tripoli, Libya. Image by Tarek Siala/Flickr]

[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 Thursday night of every week] Algeria L’instance de coordination de la CNLTD appelle à l’organisation d’une élection présidentielle anticipée One of Algeria’s main opposition movements met at the Mouvement de la société pour la paix (MSP) headquarters on Tuesday to call for another presidential election given the president’s health issues. Algerian ...

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On the Margins Roundup (November)

[Image of dugout canoes on the beach at Iconi, the onetime capital of Grande Comore, Union of the Comoros. Image from David Stanley/Flickr]

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Mali, South Sudan, Somalia, Mauritania, Djibouti, and Comoros Islands and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the On the Margins Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each month's roundup to info@jadaliyya.com.]  Comoros China tests malaria drug on an entire African nation Chinese scientists, with the Comoran government, gave Chinese-made drugs to everyone in the country in a massive, controversial medical experiment.  Why is China investing in the Comoros? An experimental malaria drug is not the only ...

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شعراء ما بعد الطوفان

[لوحة للفنان محمود شبر]

توطئة كان التغيير نفقا مجهولا ننتظر الضوء في آخره، وكنا نياما في المركب لا نعلم بأمر الطوفان، الطوفان في نهاية النفق. خرج لنا جيل ما بعد التغيير بصورة لامعة ومتفردة، مزج ألم الماضي بأمل المستقبل واضعين جسرا من التساؤلات بينهما. فتحت جفوننا الشعرية بعدهم على الطوفان، على الفاجعة والدم، طوفان الدم لنصبح شعراء ما بعد الطوفان. لكن الصورة ضبابية والسطح الأزرق للطوفان حاكاه سطح افتراضي يماثله باللون ويخالفه بالعزاء. قال لي الشاعر أحمد عبد الحسين ذات يوم "العدم أورثنا خلاصة الألم، لكنه أورثنا الشعر كذلك فهل في ذلك عزاء؟". قبل عقدين من الآن كان نشر قصيدة في إحدى الصحف العراقية تجعل كاتبها شاعرا يتداول اسمه المثقفون في المقاهي والملتقيات ويبحثون عنه في قصائد أخرى، لكن ...

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New Texts Out Now: Rula Jurdi Abisaab and Malek Abisaab, The Shi‘ites of Lebanon: Modernism, Communism, and Hizbullah’s Islamists

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Rula Jurdi Abisaab and Malek Abisaab, The Shi‘ites of Lebanon: Modernism, Communism, and Hizbullah’s Islamists. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2014. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Rula Jurdi Abisaab and Malek Abisaab (RJA & MA): There were several reasons for writing the book. In the last two decades we had read several books on Shi`i Islamist movements, particularly Hizbullah, which presented secular ideologies and Communism simply as those forces and ideas that the Islamists rejected. None of the studies accounted for the way in which Shi`i Islamists in Lebanon engaged with Communism, as well as with secular frameworks and practices, ...

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مجلة “الوضع” الصوتية على الهواء أصغوا وساهموا

 يسرّنا جداً أن نعلن إطلاق مجلة “الوضع” الصوتية، مع شركاء قوميين وإقليميين*. إن "الوضع" هي مجلة شهرية صوتية نقدية مستقلة تجمع بين التحليل والتغطية الإعلامية والسخرية. وتتألف بشكل رئيسي من مقابلات\ومحادثات صريحة وجريئة وتقارير عما يجري وراء الكواليس ومراجعات وتعليقات وقراءات مطلعة.  ستُقدّم "الوضع" مقابلات من العالم العربي وخارجه مع ناشطين وصحفيين وفنانين ومواطنين. وستعالج "الوضع" قضايا بارزة في المجالات الاجتماعية والاقتصادية والسياسية وفي الوسط الأكاديمي والإعلام. بالإضافة إلى معالجة الأحداث والتطورات، ستسلط الضوء على الإنتاج الثقافي والمعرفي وانتشارهما. * شركاؤنا: “مدى مصر” و“جريدة السفير” و”برنامج أصوات من الشرق الأوسط وشمال ...

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Syria Media Roundup (November 18)

[Homs, Al-Waer Neighborhood. Via Lens of a Young Homsi.]

[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  “Our Enemy Is Bashar al-Assad”: An Interview with Ahrar al-Sham’s Mohammed Talal Bazerbashi Mohammed Talal Bazerbashi is interviewed and gives his take on Ahrar al-Sham and why they have become a pivotal to the current struggle in Northwestern Syria. Al Qaida’s Nusra Front captures more towns, villages in northern Syria ...

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R-Shief Launches New Research Tools Allowing Full Access to Social Media Archives

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Los Angeles, CA, November 17, 2014 R-Shief.org, a media research system designed to analyze global social movements, is launching new tools allowing full and free public access to its unique and historic social media archive and analytics in more than seventy languages. Since 2009, the open-source media lab has been analyzing online discussions on networks such as Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and now Instagram. R-Shief is most known for supporting media analytics on what was tweeted during the eighteen days in Egypt leading to the resignation of former President Hosni Mubarak in 2011. In the past five years, R-Shief has also produced an Arabic sentiment ...

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Sexual Violence, Women’s Bodies, and Israeli Settler Colonialism

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They not only invaded our home, took over our space, and evicted us—they even arrested me and took me to the Maskubya—the police station.  I was put in room number four, alone, for a long time.  Then, a big and tall man, a police officer, entered the interrogation room.  I was alone, and started shivering from fear as he closed the door, started moving things around in the room and examining me from head to toe.  I was terrorized, and my heart was beating so fast.  His eyes penetrated my body, as he was opening the drawers looking for something.  Then, he left the room and came back five minutes later holding a box.  He pulled out a ...

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Kenneth Balfelt

In September, Medrar.TV organized an arts documentation workshop with Kopenhagen Channel to feature a selection of Danish and Arab artists working in Denmark. We start the series with a profile of Danish artist Kenneth Balfelt, who has been implementing projects in public spaces around the world for over a decade. His work is unique in its participatory and inclusive approach. In this video, for instance we focus on one of his latest projects at Folkets Park (meaning ‘People’s Park’). Balfelt has managed to collaborate with a group of architects to make the park once again a hospitable space to the local community. The park is located in a neighborhood with limited ...

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منظمة التحرير الفلسطينية: حان الوقت للتوقف عن المماطلة

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منظمة التحرير الفلسطينية/ فلسطين: حان الوقت للتوقف عن المماطلة تطلُّ علينا منظمة التحرير الفلسطينية كلَّ يوم تقريبًا بمبادرةٍ دولية جديدة للاعتراف بها "كدولة" أو لإنهاء الحكم العسكري الإسرائيلي. وفي الآونة الأخيرة، أعلنت المنظمة أنها تعتزم استصدار قرارٍ من مجلس الأمن الدولي يحدد مهلة ثلاث سنوات كموعدٍ أخير لإنهاء الاحتلال الإسرائيلي لأراضي عام 1967. ويأتي هذا الإعلان بعد عامين من الجهود الرامية إلى الحصول على اعتراف البلدان الأخرى "بدولة فلسطين" – وهي جهود أثمرت مؤخرًا بأنْ أصبحت السويد أولَ دولةٍ أوروبية كبرى تعترف بدولة فلسطين، رغم تسونامي الانتقادات الموجهة إليها حين أعربت عن نيتها. وثمة حديث يتردد كثيرًا ...

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Yerellik ve Evrensellik arasinda Rojava deneyimi

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Yerellik ve Evrensellik arasında Rojava deneyimi Rojava devriminin sembolü olarak görülen Kobanê kenti 61 gündür kendine İslam devleti (IŞİD) diyen karanlık ve zalim bir örgütün ağır saldırılarına karşı efsanevi bir direniş sergileyerek, tüm dünyada özgürlüğün bir metaforu haline gelmiş bulunuyor. Siyasi Kürt kamuoyunda Kobanê üzerine yapılan tartışmalara baktığımızda ise, bu direnişi Kürtlerin yaşadığı bir coğrafyanın IŞİD istilasına karşı savunulması ya da Kürdistan’ın özgürleşmesinin ötesinde, potansiyel olarak herkesin özgürleşmesini mümkün kılacak evrensel bir mücadelenin simgesi olarak gören anlayış ile, bu mücadeleyi bir Kürtlük ve Kürdistan meselesine ...

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New Texts Out Now: Hani Bawardi, The Making of Arab Americans: From Syrian Nationalism to US Citizenship

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Hani Bawardi, The Making of Arab Americans: From Syrian Nationalism to US Citizenship. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2014. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Hani Bawardi (HB): My intellectual pursuits began when I set out to understand the dominance of my peers in small business ownership in Flint, Michigan. My research led me to Roy (Rushd) Farah, the son of Ameen Farah, the man who started a hundred-year-long business dynasty built on patron-client relationships and clan migration. I discovered that Rushd Farah, who emigrated from Nazareth to the US in 1913, was at the center of the first known organized political work on behalf of his beloved ...

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Give Palestinian Children a Voice

Twenty-five years ago today world leaders adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the most complete statement in history of humanity’s aspiration to give children universal rights protection to achieve their full potential. This noble document outlined the steps that we should all take to allow the youngest and most vulnerable in our communities to realise the highest levels of human dignity.   A quarter a century on, the abysmal situation on the ground confronting the Palestine refugee ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (November 19)

[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 Islamic State leader urges attacks in Saudi Arabia: speech Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi calls for attacks on Saudi Arabia in his ...

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New Texts Out Now: Lina Khatib, Dina Matar, and Atef Alshaer, The Hizbullah Phenomenon: Politics and Communication

Lina Khatib, Dina Matar, and Atef Alshaer, The Hizbullah Phenomenon: Politics and Communication. London: Hurst UK and New York: Oxford University Press, 2014. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Lina Khatib, Dina Matar, and Atef Alshaer (LK/DM/AA): The idea for the book was born out of an intellectual as well as methodological interest in the relationship between politics and communication in non-Western contexts, and particularly in relation to Islamist movements and non-state actors. When ...

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Migration, Fisheries, and the Supremacy of European Interests in Mauritania

A breakdown recently occurred in negotiations between the European Union (EU) and Mauritania over a new fisheries protocol; the protocol is a cornerstone of relations between the two, albeit a contentious one. The previous partnership agreement (expiring at the end of 2014) contained somewhat progressive measures, thanks to the lobbying efforts of local fishermen and activists. However, these measures may now be at risk of reversal due to the breakdown in recent negotiations. Having ...

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Status Audio Journal is Live! Listen Away and Contribute

We are very excited to share the launching of Status Audio Journal, with regional and national partners.*  Status، الوضع,  is an evolving critical, collaborative, and independent monthly Audio Journal combining analysis, reporting, and satire, comprised mainly of hard-hitting interviews/conversations, on-the-scene reports, reviews, informed commentary, and readings. Interviews from the region and beyond will feature activists, journalists, scholars, artists, unusual ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (November 18)

[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 Erdoğan as President The Lovers and Haters of Erdoğan Mustafa Akyol is critical of Erdoğan’s authoritarianism, nepotism, and hubris while appreciating his efforts for the ...

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Armenian Diaspora Tourism in Turkey: An Interview with Anny Bakalian

[This interview explores the rising phenomenon of diaspora Armenians traveling throughout Anatolia, following their ancestors’ footprints. Specifically, it focuses on the following questions: What is the meaning of Armenian diaspora tourism to Turkey? Is it a return to the homeland? What emotions do travelers share along the trip? What are typical encounters between the tourists and the locals?] Sinem Adar (SA): You have been travelling with other Armenians from the diaspora to different parts of ...

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (November 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.  The Poverty of Moral Answers to Political Questions: On Perceptions of Islam in the Wake of ISIS Yerellik ve Evrensellik arasinda Rojava deneyimi Laughing in the Kingdom: On Saudi YouTube Comedy An Open Letter to King Mohammed ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (November 17)

[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.]  Regional and International Relations Oil Reserves in the Mediterranean Open New Front between Cairo and Ankara Al-Akhbar reports on the increased tensions between Cairo and Ankara ...

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UCLA's Center for Near East Studies Response to Smear Campaign

Response to Criticisms of the G.E. von Grunebaum Center for Near Eastern Studies at UCLA The G.E. von Grunebaum Center for Near Eastern Studies (hereafter CNES) of UCLA is one of the oldest such centers in the United States. It is also one of the largest, currently including seventy-six affiliated faculty (among whom are seventeen lecturers/adjuncts and fifteen academically active and productive emeriti), representing such diverse departments/fields as Anthropology, Art History, History, Comparative ...

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An Open Letter to King Mohammed VI

[The following open letter was written by Moroccan journalist Hamza Mahfoud on 11 November 2014, in response to King Mohammed VI's speech marking the anniversary of the Green March. The open letter was originally published in Arabic on Huna Sotak and translated to English by Abdellah Laaraj. Since its publication, the open letter has been widely disseminated on social media, drawing a wide range of responses.] Dear King, I am writing regarding the Sahara after having watched your speech last ...

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Maspero II: The Sequel

March 2014 Darb 1718, Cairo In 2011, artist Ali Abdel Mohsen invited a selection of artists to reflect on Egyptian State Television in an exhibition titled ‘Maspero’. Egyptian State Television sent out its first broadcast on 21 July 1960. This was the first step in what would become "a long history of shockingly bad programming, hilariously outdated policies, and of course, relentless propaganda," wrote Abdel Mohsen at the time. During the 18 days of protests, the devastating effects of ...

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