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Photography Media Roundup EUROPE, EUROPE, EUROPE: Chant Avedissian with Sadia Shirazi الوقوف على تخوم أرض السواد 'I must save my life and not risk my family’s safety!' al soura al wahida li yousra
[Presiden Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi. Source: Official Facebook Page of President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi]

Egypt Two Years after the Coup

Today marks two years since the 3 July 2013 coup that paved the way to the rise of President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi and the military-sponsored regime that he leads. On this occasion, Jadaliyya brings its readers a diverse set of ...

[Mahienour Al-Masry protests with the families of those killed on the 25th of January 2011 in front of the court during the trial of the officers responsible. 13 October 2013. Photo by Heba Khamis.]

Mahienour Al-Masry: An Icon of the Revolution in Prison

Text and Photos by Heba Khamis Translated by Eman Hashim Whether as a revolutionary activist chanting at protests or as an attorney advocating on behalf of the underprivileged in the courtroom, Mahienour Al-Masry is a strong voice ...

Meydan Politics: Taksim in Flux after Gezi

Political engagement in contemporary democracies can easily be reduced to private individuals voting separately in anonymity. Yet, politics is a state of constant negotiation, preferably where individuals are in each other’s presence to ...

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The Saudi Leaks and Egypt: A Recap

It was not long after Wikileaks had released the Saudi cables that the dirty laundry it revealed about Egypt’s political elite began circulating in news reports and social media. Although many of the leaks have only confirmed what ...


Last Week on Jadaliyya (June 29- July 5)

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. Egypt under the New July Republic The Saudi Leaks and Egypt: A Recap مضيق المتعة المال ليس كل شيء: إعادة النظر في الاقتصاد العسكري في مصر New Texts Out Now: Mohammad Mehdi Khorrami, Literary Subterfuge and Contemporary Persian Fiction: Who Writes Iran? Egypt Two Years after the Coup More than Money on their Minds: The Generals and the Economy in Egypt Revisited Mahienour ...

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Will the Greferendum Bring A Rupture?: Answers from the European Left

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If you do not expect the unexpected, you will not find it; for it is hard to be sought out and difficult. Heraclitus, Fragments Having participated in the international anti-EU forum just days before Syriza government called for a bailout referendum, Athens was seminal in inciting all smatters to indulge in the day-to-day developments of Greek politics. During the three-day forum, participants were involved in deep discussions about political and economic crises within the European Economic Area, with particular emphasis on the southern countries along with the crises’ impact on left- and right-wing realignments in several member countries, including the ...

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المال ليس كل شيء: إعادة النظر في الاقتصاد العسكري في مصر

[الرئيس عبد الفتاح السيسي في تجمع عسكري في ديسمبر/ كانون الاول 2014. المصدر: صفحة الفيسبوك الرسمية للمتحدث الرسمي للقوات المسلحة المصرية]

شهدت مصر توسّعاً واضحاً في النشاط الاقتصادي للجيش في أعقاب إطاحة القوات المسلحة المصرية بالرئيس الإخواني محمد مرسي في يوليو 2013،  والذي تلاه ترجمة سيطرة  الجيش على المشهد السياسي إلى صعود عبد الفتاح السيسي إلى مقعد الرئاسة في يونيو 2014. وقد حدا هذا بالكثير من المتابعين إلى اعتبار أن الجيش بصدد استخدام نفوذه السياسي المتزايد لجنى المزيد من المكاسب والمزايا الاقتصادية، وهو الأمر الذي درجت عليه المؤسسة العسكرية في العهود السابقة.  لطالما كان الجيش  لاعباً رئيساً في الاقتصاد المصري، غير أنه، وخلافاً للوصف النمطي للجنرالات على أنهم يستغلّون نفوذ الجيش السياسي لزيادة الموارد الاقتصادية الخاضعة لهم ولتغذية شبكات المحسوبية والزبونية داخل المؤسسة فإن ...

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مضيق المتعة

[تصوير سلوى رشاد]

فى المنتصف من هذا الشارع الضيق المسمى شارع أديب والذى يربط بين شارعي صلاح سالم (شريف سابقا) وسعد زغلول يقع مطعم وبار "الكاب دور" أو" الشيخ علي" وهو الاسم الذى اشتهر به. تأسس البار سنة 1900 على يد شريكين يونانيين وشريك فرنسى. اختاروا هذا المكان الحيوي داخل الإسكندرية الجديدة مابعد حملة 1882ً، القريب جدا من نبض حركة التجارة والبنوك. عدة خطوات من البار وتصل لشارع شريف حيث البنوك الأجنبية والبورصة، ثم عدة خطوات أخرى وتصل لميدان المنشية. لذا فالبار كان يعيش تحت جيوب وعيون الباشاوات والبهوات ورجال التجارة الساهرة على حركة أموالهم فى تلك الشوارع والميادين. ربما مامنح هذا البار شهرته هى المفارقة الكامنة فى اسم الشهرة " بار الشيخ علي"، فكيف يجتمع ...

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Mahienour Al-Masry: An Icon of the Revolution in Prison

[Mahienour Al-Masry protests with the families of those killed on the 25th of January 2011 in front of the court during the trial of the officers responsible. 13 October 2013. Photo by Heba Khamis.]

Text and Photos by Heba Khamis Translated by Eman Hashim Whether as a revolutionary activist chanting at protests or as an attorney advocating on behalf of the underprivileged in the courtroom, Mahienour Al-Masry is a strong voice defending social justice and fighting police brutality. She chanted against the murders of Khaled Said and Shaimaa Al-Sabbagh and against the injustices suffered by Egyptian workers, whether under the rule of former president Hosni Mubarak, the Muslim Brotherhood, or the current military regime. Her principled stances have exposed her to the wrath of the police state. Mahienour is currently serving a fifteen-month prison sentence for ...

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In Response to Mubarak

[President George W. Bush and Egyptian President Mohammed Hosni Mubarak address the media in Cross Hall at the White House March 5. Source: White House photo by Eric Draper.]

On 10 June the Youm7 website carried a summary of my book Democracy Prevention: The Politics of the U.S.-Egyptian Alliance (Cambridge University Press 2012), translated into Arabic under the title إجهاض الديمقراطية.. الحصاد المر للعلاقات المصرية الأمريكية فى أربعين  عاًما (Dar El Thaqafa El Jedida 2013).  The book draws on interviews with key decision makers and previously untapped written sources to argue that authoritarianism is a transnational phenomenon in which multiple governments participate. Since Washington resumed diplomatic ties with Cairo in the early 1970s, the United States has been a key partner and contributor in the use of repression ...

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The Saudi Leaks and Egypt: A Recap

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It was not long after Wikileaks had released the Saudi cables that the dirty laundry it revealed about Egypt’s political elite began circulating in news reports and social media. Although many of the leaks have only confirmed what observers had long suspected, the details they reveal regarding the conduct of various Egyptian political actors were quite shocking. The Saudi government first responded over twitter holding that these leaks were both false and destabilizing, while urging citizens not to republish documents that could enable so-called enemies of the state to achieve their goals. Subsequently, the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that the content of ...

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New Texts Out Now: Reem Abou-El-Fadl, Revolutionary Egypt: Connecting Domestic and International Struggles

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Reem Abou-El-Fadl, editor, Revolutionary Egypt: Connecting Domestic and International Struggles. London and New York: Routledge, 2015.       Jadaliyya (J): What made you put together this collection? Reem Abou-El-Fadl (RA): Along with many friends and colleagues, I experienced the outbreak of the Tunisian and then Egyptian revolutions while far away, in my case based at Oxford in the UK. As time wore on, I had to try to make sense of all the momentous changes in the long gaps between my very intense visits to Cairo. I wanted to continue the conversations begun there, with Egyptians and others, in a more substantial way. I was fortunate ...

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Meydan Politics: Taksim in Flux after Gezi

Political engagement in contemporary democracies can easily be reduced to private individuals voting separately in anonymity. Yet, politics is a state of constant negotiation, preferably where individuals are in each other’s presence to articulate their public concerns. Perhaps, as a physical space, the meydan comes closest in this day and age to what Hannah Arendt calls “space of appearance” in the polis, where being in public is synonymous with politics.[1] Istanbul’s Taksim Meydanı is such a space, a product of the clash between citizens and authorities that have attempted to remake the meydan to reflect their political agendas since the founding of the Turkish ...

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New Texts Out Now: Mohammad Mehdi Khorrami, Literary Subterfuge and Contemporary Persian Fiction: Who Writes Iran?

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Mohammad Mehdi Khorrami, Literary Subterfuge and Contemporary Persian Fiction: Who Writes Iran? London and New York: Routledge, 2014. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Mohammad Mehdi Khorrami (MMK): In the summer of 1997, the Ministry of Information of the Islamic Republic of Iran planned the murder of a number of major Iranian writers. Under the guise of an Iran-Armenia literary exchange conference, it was decided to send more than twenty writers from Iran to Armenia. A bus carrying the Iranian writers was driven by someone who was later determined to have been an agent of the Ministry of Information. During the trip, the driver tried to steer the bus ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (June 30)

[Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko during a meeting in Kiev, March 2015. Image via Drop of Light / 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 Election Results and Coalition Scenarios Psychological Barrier Bülent Keneş argues that the MHP’s fear of coming to power constitutes a psychological barrier to taking responsibility in a coalition government. The AKP’s New Period and Abdullah Gül Cafer Solgun thinks that expectations that the AKP would enter a process of self-recrimination ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (June 30)

[Bahraini activist Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja (left) remains imprisoned after ending his hunger strike protesting conditions in Jaw prison, while Nabeel Rajab (right) has been sentenced to six months for

[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 Wikileaks Docs Reveal Saudi intrigues against Bahrain’s Arab Spring Faten Bushehri examines Saudi Arabia’s meddling in Bahrain’s affairs during the 2011 uprising. The Saudi Cables: Revelations from Iraq, Yemen, Somalia, Lebanon, Sudan & Egypt Kevin Gosztola reports on regional issues ...

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'I must save my life and not risk my family’s safety!': Untold Stories of Syrian Women Surviving War (Part 2)

 [This article is the second in a two-part series on untold stories of Syrian refugee women. Click here to read Part 1]   Mona’s Story Mona is a warrior (both figuratively and literally) who does not match the mainstream media and Refugee Not Campaign’s representations of Syrian refugee women’s as passive powerless victims in the ongoing conflict. Mona (30 years old) is from a small village in Dara’a Governorate. She studied just until the sixth grade, and she got married at age 15 as did ...

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Against Terror, No Way Forward Without Respect for Human Rights

[The following is the text of a presentation given by Bahey eldin Hassan, Director of Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS) during the EU Parliament Human Rights Subcommittee Session of 28 May 2015 in Brussels] Last week the student union at Ain Shams University’s School of Engineering issued a statement announcing their resignation in protest at the killing of Islam Atito, one of their peers, by security forces. The Interior Ministry had just claimed Islam was suspected of having ...

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The Land of Fear and Oppression

Kazeboon revisits Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi's Egypt two years after the 3 July military coup. The video below serves as a collage of footage highlighting what sort of state Egypt has become under Sisi. Archival footage traces Sisi's rise to power and his broken promises, including his pledge not to run for the office of the president. The video brings to focus how Egypt under Sisi has faced increased press censorship, repression, and politicization of the judiciary. Torture and abusive practice have ...

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Egypt Two Years after the Coup

Today marks two years since the 3 July 2013 coup that paved the way to the rise of President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi and the military-sponsored regime that he leads. On this occasion, Jadaliyya brings its readers a diverse set of contributions both contending with the current moment in Egypt and the long road that led to it.   Egypt under the New July Republic, by Sarah Carr   More than Money on their Minds: The Generals and the Economy in Egypt Revisited, by Abdel-Fattah Barayez   The ...

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Egypt under the New July Republic

The prevailing characteristic of the time before the revolution, all those moons ago, was Egypt’s political moribundity.  There were elections of sorts, or at least votes went in ballot boxes but their provenance was not always from voters. Political parties did politics, sort of, following a script. There was a parliament. But outside of university campuses and the workers’ movement genuine politics was largely absent from public life. Egyptian Facebook was a very different animal back then, and ...

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More than Money on their Minds: The Generals and the Economy in Egypt Revisited

Following the July 2013 power takeover by Defense Minister and later President Abdul-Fattah al-Sisi, the economic activities of the Egyptian military have been reportedly on the rise. For many, that trend only meant that the military under Sisi was preparing to do what it has long done under previous leaders, namely use its political privileges to make money and run easy profits. Indeed, the military establishment has always been a major player in Egypt’s economy. Its leaders have traditionally ...

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New Texts Out Now: Marc Morjé Howard and Meir R. Walters, “Mass Mobilization and the Democracy Bias”

Marc Morjé Howard and Meir R. Walters, “Mass Mobilization and the Democracy Bias,” Middle East Policy 22.2 (2015): 145-155. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this article?           Marc Morjé Howard and Meir R. Walters (MMH & MRW): We wrote this article in response to problematic-seeming reactions to recent uprisings in places such as the Arab world and Ukraine. We saw journalists, policy commentators, and some academics echoing popular ...

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Photography Media Roundup (July 2)

[This is a roundup of articles on photography in the Middle East and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Photography Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in roundups to photos@jadaliyya.com.] Announcements: Contemporary Image Collective, Cairo, Egypt Sign up now for crash courses in photography. CIC also announces the availability of studios for rent from 1 June to 15 August 2015. The space consists of five medium ...

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DARS Media Roundup (June 2015)

[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 Israel Seizes Gaza-Bound Boat in “Act of Piracy,” by Ali Abunimah Israel forces boarded and commandeered the Marianne on Monday 29 June, on ...

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Alif: Aynama-Rtama

Alif, a band of five musicians at the forefront of the Arab underground music scene, is launching its debut album Aynama-Rtama (Wherever It Falls) on the 4 September 2015. Conceived in 2012 and taking its name from the first letter of the Arabic alphabet, Alif features Khyam Allami (Oud), Tamer Abu Ghazaleh (Vocals/Buzuq), Bashar Farran (Bass), Maurice Louca (Keys/Electronics), and Khaled Yassine (Drums/Percussion). Recorded in Beirut and Cairo in 2014, the album reflects a long process of ...

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Syria Media Roundup (June 30)

 [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 Islamic State attacks Kobane 5 months after ouster; scores reported killed Attack on Kobane was a reminder that ISIL ...

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The Light Bulb and the Oak Tree: Politics of Space Meets the Ballot Box

Browsing the depths of social media for alternative and local takes on politics is not merely a form of procrastination but also, and more so, a great way to learn about unpublished concerns, rumors, and disappointments. And the fact that they are all untamed by political correctness is surely a big plus. Since the 7 June elections that ended the Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) thirteen-year-long single party rule in Turkey, I have been heavily involved in such social media digging, mostly on ...

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