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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 ...

[Image from the Moroccan Liberation Army Museum in Sidi Ifni, Morocco. Image by author]

The Moroccan Non-Exception: A Party, an Army, and a Palace (Part I)

A Party, an Army, and a Palace in Morocco (Part I)

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Israel’s Defeat on the Iran Deal

Since the Iran nuclear agreement was signed on 14 July, Israel has consistently defined it as an existential threat. Demonstrating once again that Israel simply lacks the military capability to eliminate this alleged peril, the Netanyahu ...

[Image of a building facade in Casablanca. Image by Nadir Bouhmouch]

The Moroccan Non-Exception: Roundtable Introduction

Since protests shook the region in December 2010, pundits have rushed to make sense of what is happening in Morocco. In the process, a normative framework has emerged under the guise of "Moroccan exceptionalism," effectively ...


DARS Media Roundup (July-August 2015)

[#YouStink protest, Beirut, 29 August 2015. Image by Joelle Hatem, via Flickr]

[This is a monthly 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 monthly roundup to DARS@jadaliyya.com.]  News & Commentary Lebanon Activists Occupy Ministry as Campaign Escalates, by AFP Lebanese police moved to eject protesters who occupied part of the environment ministry on 1 September, in an escalation of a campaign against the country's trash crisis and a stagnant political class. The forcible evacuation began some six hours ...

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The Moroccan Non-Exception: A Party, an Army, and a Palace (Part I)

[Image from the Moroccan Liberation Army Museum in Sidi Ifni, Morocco. Image by author]

[The following is the first part in the final installment of "The Moroccan Non-Exception" Jadaliyya roundtable. Read the introduction here.] The year is 1958. Morocco has entered its second year of independence from France. Sultan Mohammed V is aging and Crown Prince Hassan II, Commander of the Royal Armed Forces, is beginning to assert himself politically and militarily. The northern and southern extremities of Morocco, both strongholds of the Moroccan Liberation Army, are beyond the palace’s control. Spain, under the leadership of Franco, maintains its colonial presence along Morocco’s northern and southern borders. Renowned nationalist figure, Mehdi Ben ...

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Quick Thoughts on Tragedy and Treachery in Yemen: A STATUS/الوضع Conversation with Sheila Carapico

In this Quick Thoughts conversation for Status/الوضع, Sheila Carapico discusses the recent turmoil in Yemen, and describes the growing entrenchment of factionalism and sectarianism in Yemen as a result of growing local fissures and proxy interests. She argues that the complexity of Yemeni political terrain and the increasing levels of violence on all sides leave one with little sympathy for all of the warring groups in the country. Carapico also raises concerns about the consequences of limited international journalistic coverage and polarized regional media coverage from Yemen, and further explains her views on the prospects of a resolution to the ...

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New Texts Out Now: Amira Jarmakani, An Imperialist Love Story: Desert Romances and the War on Terror

[Cover of Amira Jarmakani,

Amira Jarmakani, An Imperialist Love Story: Desert Romances and the War on Terror. New York: New York University Press, 2015. J: What made you write this book?   Amira Jarmakani (AJ): The impetus for this book came when a dear friend and colleague, Evelyn Alsultany, sent me a link to a website called “Sheikhs and Desert Love.” The website, which now appears to be defunct, was operated by desert romance fan Erika Wittlieb from 2001-2007 and then seems to have been operated by Amazon for a few years. The latter shift demonstrates the popularity of desert romances (in other words, it was lucrative enough for Amazon to want to capture the desert romance fans who ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (September 1)

[Kurds celebrating World Peace Day, Istanbul, 1 September 2009. Image via thomas koch / Shutterstock.com]

[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 They Once Said Mothers Should not Shed Tears (1) - (2) Cafer Solgun examines examines how the AKP turned against the Kurds when the Kurds refused to support the Erdoğan-backed presidential system. Why Did Doves Turn into Hawks? Orhan Kemal Cengiz writes that Erdoğan and the AKP have thrust Turkey into a ...

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The Moroccan Non-Exception: Roundtable Introduction

[Image of a building facade in Casablanca. Image by Nadir Bouhmouch]

Since protests shook the region in December 2010, pundits have rushed to make sense of what is happening in Morocco. In the process, a normative framework has emerged under the guise of "Moroccan exceptionalism," effectively compounding the complexities of the events and processes taking shape. "Impressive though often overlooked, this rare success story from the Arab Spring," describes one report on Morocco, "is occasionally invoked as a possible source of emulation by other Arab or predominantly Muslim states." Another article asserts that, "In a region in which political legitimacy is hard to come by, Morocco is governed by a ...

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Trade Unions and Dictatorship in Egypt

Egyptian workers march to Shura Council at on May Day 2013. Photo by Gigi Ibrahim]

Between 6 and 14 July 2015 Brecht De Smet and Seppe Malfait organized an intensive summer school in the Netherlands-Flemish Institute in Cairo (NVIC), which took “Bread, Freedom and Social Justice” as its central theme. Some twenty-five Egyptian and foreign students from different disciplines and walks of life attended. Three of the summer school speakers agreed to a brief interview for Jadaliyya on the current state of the labor struggle and trade unionism in Egypt. Heba Khalil is a director and researcher for the Egyptian Center for Economic and Social rights (ECESR). Wael Tawfiq is a journalist and a leader of the trade union for independent journalists. He is also in ...

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Turkey’s Three-Front War?

[Recently constructed Turkish military post near the Iranian border, an area recently declared a temporary security zone due to guerilla activity. Image by Firat Bozcali.]

On 20 July, ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) attacked a press conference organized by the Socialist Youth Association Federation and killed thirty-three socialist activists in Suruç. On 22 July, a clash broke out between ISIS militants and Turkish soldiers near Kilis. The following day, Turkish authorities confirmed Turkey’s participation in the US-led international coalition against ISIS and bombed ISIS targets in Syria. That same day, Turkish authorities also initiated multi-faceted operations against Kurdish and leftist circles, including police operations in which more than a thousand activists were detained, as well as air bombardments targeting PKK ...

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (August 24-30)

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. Lebanon, August 2015: Notes on Paralysis, Protests, and Hope The Reality of Ethnic Cleansing and Kurdish State in Syria Protests in Beirut: Quick Background and Some Videos Quick Thoughts: Moe Ali Nayel on Lebanon’s Garbage Crisis and Protest Movement قدّروا شجاعة الرجل Lebanon: What Do You Mean There Is No State? Ottomanism with a Greek Face: An Interview with Vangelis Kechriotis ...

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Israel’s Defeat on the Iran Deal

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Since the Iran nuclear agreement was signed on 14 July, Israel has consistently defined it as an existential threat. Demonstrating once again that Israel simply lacks the military capability to eliminate this alleged peril, the Netanyahu government has instead sought to scuttle the accord – since adopted by the United Nations Security Council – by invalidating the American signature on it. In what is perhaps the most intensive and divisive campaign ever undertaken by Israel on US soil, unregistered foreign agent the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and Israel’s Congressional allies have spared no effort – including accusations of appeasement and ...

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Beirut Revolt: What Is to be Done?

[Graffiti in downtown Beirut:

[The following reflection on protests in Beirut was written and circulated by Nadia Bou Ali on 27 August 2015] Beirut Revolt: What Is to be Done? What we have witnessed over the past two days on the streets of Beirut is both exhilarating and potentially debilitating for the current social struggle against neo-liberal capitalism in Lebanon. An uprising is indeed called for in the face of a rampant neo-liberal state that has a remarkably resilient ideological apparatus supported by a highly militarized security force. This uprising is to be affirmed, supported, and pushed to reach its radical potentials.  The main challenge facing the protestors is to rid themselves ...

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Internships At ASI (& Internships for College Credit Program)

      General Internships At ASI Fall 2015/Spring 2016 CLICK HERE TO APPLY FOR GENERAL INTERNSHIPS The Arab Studies Institute (ASI) is now offering new internship opportunities that involve training, research, and production at various levels in one of ASI’s five organizations: Arab Studies Journal, Jadaliyya, Forum on Arab and Muslim Affairs, Quilting Point, and Tadween Publishing. The internships offered are in several areas, but we are particularly looking for the following: A. Research Associates for a project on knowledge production within academia, think-tanks, pop-culture, and the media. B. Editors and Copy-Editors with experience in editing ...

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A Perfect Metaphor? The Trash Crisis in Lebanon: An Interview With Ziad Abu-Rish

On Tuesday, Lebanese security forces arrested and beat up protesters staging a sit-in at the office of the environmental ministry in Beirut. For the past two weeks, thousands of people have been protesting the government’s inability to provide basic services and demanding an end to the widespread corruption and sectarianism embedded in the country's sectarian political system. Garbage has become a perfect metaphor for the rot of the chronically dysfunctional political system that holds sway in Lebanon ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (September 2)

[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  Drone strike kills five in al Qaeda stronghold in Yemen: residents A US drone strike kills ...

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Maghreb Media Roundup (September 2)

[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 Politiques d’arabisation : Quand le pouvoir falsifie les noms des lieux  Nadir Iddir explores the linguistic implications of Algeria’s Arabization era and places ...

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The Moroccan Non-Exception: 'Much Loved' and Realism, Colonialism, and Pornography in Moroccan Cinema

[The following is the second installment in "The Moroccan Non-Exception" Jadaliyya roundtable. Read the introduction here.] A wave of contentious reactions have dominated the Moroccan media landscape following the release of Nabil Ayouch's new film Much Loved, a fictional story about three Moroccan prostitutes in Marrakech. The reactions to the film are based on several extracts and a trailer that emerged online, some of which contained sexually explicit scenes. The excerpts were released ...

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The Moroccan Non-Exception: A Conversation with Ahmed Marzouki, Former Tazmamart Detainee

[The following is the first installment in "The Moroccan Non-Exception" Jadaliyya roundtable. Read the introduction here.] Twenty-five years ago, Morocco seemed to embark on a serious effort to confront past human rights violations and uphold the rule of law. King Hassan II made a solemn pledge to turn the page on the “Years of Lead,” as the period of political repression is called in Morocco, and uplift the country to international human rights standards. In the early 1990s, the authorities ...

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Syria Media Roundup (August 31)

[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 If we do nothing about Syria, then the refugees will keep on coming With Syria’s economy and heritage in ruins, Syria’s historic past and hopeful future are both in ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (August 31)

[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.]  Elections  Egypt parliamentary elections to start 17 October The first phase mid-October and the second in late-November for Egyptians in Egypt. Political parties face ...

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ستاتوس\ الوضع: صدور العدد 2.2

بعد عدة شهور من العمل الشاق وتوحيد الجهود، يسرّنا أن نعلن إصدار العدد 2.2 من "ستاتوس\الوضع". ويشمل هذا العدد، مثله مثل الأعداد السابقة، تنوعاً لافتاًمن المقابلات والبرامج والمراجعات المتعلقة ببعض أكثر المسائل إثارة وأهمية التي تحدث في المنطقة.  فمن السياسة والتاريخ والفن إلى الإعلام والندوات\المحاضرات وغيرها، كل هذه المواد موزعة في فقرات كي تسمح بالحد الأعلى من المرونة في الاستماع.  ستكونون قادرين على الاستمتاع لساعات في المرة الواحدة. نزّلوا البودكاست من آي تيونس واستمعوا في أي ...

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Cities Media Roundup (August 2015)

[This is a monthly roundup of news articles, and other materials related to urban issues in the region, and beyond. It does not reflect the views of the Cities Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send recommendations for inclusion in the Cities Media Roundup to cities@jadaliyya.com, mentioning "Roundup" in the subject line. We also welcome your submissions to the Cities Page: please check details on cities.jadaliyya.com] Urban and Real Estate Development  Aladdin City in ...

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Lebanon: What Do You Mean There Is No State?

[Introductory text by Ziad Abu-Rish. All graphics by Jana Traboulsi] This past week, thousands of Lebanese citizens took to the streets under the banner of “You Stink” to protest political and economic corruption in the country. They did so in the face of a brutal attempt to disperse the protests and silence those partaking in them. The mobilizations have their origins in the July 2015 garbage crisis, but also the broader dismal condition of public services as well as the profit-seeking networks and ...

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Quick Thoughts: Moe Ali Nayel on Lebanon’s Garbage Crisis and Protest Movement

[On 22 August 2015, what had in previous weeks been a small protest against the breakdown in garbage collection in Beirut turned into a major anti-corruption demonstration calling for fundamental political and economic change in Lebanon. The protesters have been met with escalating repressive violence, and the movement has thus far caught both coalitions of the severely polarized political establishment by surprise. Jadaliyya asked Moe Ali Nayel, a Beirut-based journalist, to explain the background and ...

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Vangelis Kehriyotis anisina

Vangelis Kehriyotis anısına Boğaziçi Üniversitesi Tarih Bölümü öğretim üyesi ve Tarih Vakfı Başkan Yardımcısı olan Vangelis Kehriyotis hayatını kaybetti. Bugün kaybettiğimiz tarihçi Vangelis Kehriyotis'in Türkçe'de yayımlanan son makalelerinden biri Osmanlı Meclis-i Mebusan üyesi Pavlos Karolidis'in yaşamına ve farklı aidiyetlerine dairdi. Kehriyotis, "Atina'da Kapadokyalı, İzmir'de Atinalı, İstanbul'da Mebus" olarak görülen ve hayatını sürdüren Karolidis'in ve onun iç içe geçen, çoklu ...

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