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Syria Media Roundup (and Beyond) اليأس كسلاح للاستبداد البهلوان The Price of Love: Valentine’s Day in Egypt and Its Enemies
[لوحة ليوسف عبدلكي]

اليأس كسلاح للاستبداد

«الراديكاليّة الحقّيقيّة هي أن تجعل الأمل ممكناً، لا أن تجعل اليأس مُقْنِعاً.»  ريموند وليامز  تحل هذه الأيّام الذكرى السابعة لانطلاق الثورات العربيّة، والتي تسمّى أحياناً «الربيع العربي». ومهما اختلفنا حول كونها «ثورات» أو ...

Six Years: Roundtable on Arab Uprisings

The Arab world has been fundamentally transformed in the past six years, as part of ongoing processes that are certain to continue for some time to come. Throughout this period Jadaliyya has been providing analysis of the Arab uprisings, ...

[Another example of logo and design efforts at state propaganda in Jordan]

Doubling Down: Jordan Six Years into the Arab Uprisings

The political economy of Jordan today is characterized by greater degrees of authoritarianism and neoliberalism than was the case in 2010. Yet two trends in knowledge production on Jordan seem to claim otherwise. The first of these trends ...

Power, Sect, and State in Syria

A. Maria A. Kastrinou, Power, Sect and State in Syria: The Politics of Marriage and Identity amongst the Druze. London and New York: I.B. Tauris, 2016. How has Syria, a country that was deemed “stable” by analysts only years ago, ...


Media on Media Roundup (February 21)

[Demonstrators at a protest against Trump's Muslim ban in Whitehall, London. Photo by John Lubbock, Wikimedia Commons]

This week’s Jadaliyya "Media on Media" roundup delves into several topics affecting the Middle East and North Africa region. Trump’s ‘Muslim ban’ continues to make headlines, prompting a series of interesting debates and discussions. Security researcher Ryan Lackey advises visa-holders affected by Trump’s "Muslim ban" on how to enter the U.S. with their digital privacy intact. The Washington Post discusses a German news story accusing a refugee "sex mob" of harassing women on New Year’s Eve, noting that allegations turned out to be false following police investigations. The Independent looks at ISIS’ use of propaganda, and the ...

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خمس قصص قصيرة للكاتب الإسباني خوان خوسية مياس

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الحيرة قبل أن أفتحَ غلاف هدية عيد ميلادي، سمعتُ رنينَ الهاتف داخل العلبة. لقد كان هاتفاً محمولاً. بسرعة أخذتُ الهاتف وسارعت بالرد وإذ بي أسمع قهقهة زوجتي من هاتف غرفة النوم. في تلك الليلة أرادت أن نتحدث عن حياتنا: السنوات التي قضيناها سويةً وأشياء من هذا القبيل. غير أنها أصرت على أن يكون ذلك عبر الهاتف، بحيث أنها ذهبت إلى غرفة النوم وعاودت مكالمتي منها في حين كنت أنا في غرفة الجلوس وقد علقت الهاتف على خصري. عندما انتهينا من الحديث بالهاتف، ذهبتُ إلى غرفة النوم ورأيتها جالسة على السرير غارقة في التفكير. قالت لي إنها أنهت حديثها للتو مع زوجها وإنها مترددة في الرجوع إليه وإن حالتنا أشعرتها بالذنب. أنا زوجها الوحيد، لذلك سارعت إلى تفسير ما قالته على أنه إثارة جنسية ...

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Extensive Syria Media Roundup (Jan 8 - Feb 19, 2017)

[A Syrian man reacts while standing on the rubble of his house while others look for survivors and bodies in the Tariq al-Bab district. Image by Nic6192131 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 Eight Syrian Factions Merge ... Massacre in Azaz (8 January, 2017) Sources at the Syrian opposition announced on Saturday that eight large opposition factions had merged in the north of Syria under the name of “Leadership Council For Liberation Of Syria.” Syria's Civil War: Aleppo's heritage sites 'in danger' (12 January, ...

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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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Power, Sect, and State in Syria

A. Maria A. Kastrinou, Power, Sect and State in Syria: The Politics of Marriage and Identity amongst the Druze. London and New York: I.B. Tauris, 2016. How has Syria, a country that was deemed “stable” by analysts only years ago, become engulfed in an utterly brutal war? Under what circumstances does intercommunal cohesion turn into sectarian strife? Focusing on the fine line between violence and intimacy in a variety of different settings in pre-war Syria, Maria Kastrinou’s Power, Sect and State in Syria addresses these questions through a multifaceted ethnographic study of Syria’s Druze community, juxtaposed with an in-depth analysis of how the pre-war Syrian ...

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Perspectives on the Immigration Ban: A Town Hall with GMU Faculty

On Thursday, February 9 The Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies at George Mason University, in conjunction with the Middle East and Islamic Studies Program, hosted a town hall titled “Perspectives on the Immigration Ban.” The Center organized the town hall as a response to the confusion and questions surrounding Executive Order 13769, titled “Protection of The Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States” and more commonly referred to as the “Muslim Ban,” signed on 27 January. The town hall brought together six Mason faculty members to put the ban under scrutiny from multiple angles in conversation with the audience. The first ...

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اليأس كسلاح للاستبداد

[لوحة ليوسف عبدلكي]

«الراديكاليّة الحقّيقيّة هي أن تجعل الأمل ممكناً، لا أن تجعل اليأس مُقْنِعاً.»  ريموند وليامز  تحل هذه الأيّام الذكرى السابعة لانطلاق الثورات العربيّة، والتي تسمّى أحياناً «الربيع العربي». ومهما اختلفنا حول كونها «ثورات» أو «انتفاضات»، فيستحسن  العزوف عن استخدام مصطلح «الربيع العربي». وذلك لأنه إشكاليّ ويرتبط بفرضيات خاطئة وبخطاب معيّن تترتب عليه تبعات سلبيّة سنتطرق لها. فلم يختر صانعو هذه الثورات هذا المصطلح ولا أطلقوه هم على ما قاموا به. بل جاء، عموماً، من «مراقبين» أجانب لم يفهم معظمهم جذور هذه الثورات ووقعها وآثارها. ولم يتعب هؤلاء أنفسهم بقراءتها ووضعها في سياقها التاريخي المحلّي الصحيح. وكان معظمهم قد شكّكوا، أصلاً، مثلهم مثل غالبية الأكاديميين ...

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Six Years: Roundtable on Arab Uprisings

The Arab world has been fundamentally transformed in the past six years, as part of ongoing processes that are certain to continue for some time to come. Throughout this period Jadaliyya has been providing analysis of the Arab uprisings, in their vaired manifestations and in all their dimensions. This has included the events and people who set this train in motion, and the struggles and aspirations of the many that participated. Also covered were the new forms of governance that came out of the ensuing struggles, and the ways in which regimes have sought to preserve, resurrect, or recalibrate the status quo. This is to say nothing of regional and international powers ...

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Why Space Matters in the Arab Uprisings (and Beyond)

[1945 map of Beirut.]

Many non-scholarly and scholarly accounts on the societies, culture, and political economy of the Middle East post-“Arab Uprisings/Spring” still deal with cities and regions as mere repositories of social, cultural, political, and economic action—despite the spatial turn that has informed social sciences and humanities more than three decades ago now. Indeed, they often overlook the shaping roles of the built and natural environments in the production of events unraveling in cities and regions of the Middle East. We thus read about cities and regions as backgrounds and contexts for processes and practices, rather than environments that have determining impacts on ...

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Doubling Down: Jordan Six Years into the Arab Uprisings

[Another example of logo and design efforts at state propaganda in Jordan]

The political economy of Jordan today is characterized by greater degrees of authoritarianism and neoliberalism than was the case in 2010. Yet two trends in knowledge production on Jordan seem to claim otherwise. The first of these trends privileges narrowly defined security concerns. The second assumes the best of intentions by a core group of those in power. Whether through reporting or analysis, authors of either suasion typically ignore the machinations of authoritarianism and neoliberalism in Jordan, their varied effects on sociopolitical dynamics, and forms of resistance against both. Jordan did not feature the types of anti-regime mobilizations many of us ...

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Shadows of the Imperceptible: PhotoCairo6 (15 February - 23 March 2017)

Shadows of the Imperceptible poster.

PhotoCairo6 Exhibitions run from 15 Febraury 2017, 7pm until 23 March 2017 Welcome to Shadows of the Imperceptible, the five-week-long public articulations of the sixth edition of PhotoCairo. It consists of two exhibitions at Contemporary Image Collective (CiC) and Saad Zaghloul Cultural Center as well as performances, screenings, talks, discussions and studio visits in different locations across the city. A sustained engagement with the context in which artists exchange knowledge, work and exhibit in Egypt has shaped much of the thinking around PhotoCairo’s sixth edition. Rather than working within the limited time frame of festivals, Shadows of ...

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The Price of Love: Valentine’s Day in Egypt and Its Enemies

[Storefront in Cairo on Valentine's Day 2010. Image by Karen Green via Wikimedia Commons]

[This Valentine’s Day, Jadaliyya is proud to republish Aymon Kreil's article "The Price of Love: Valentine's Day in Egypt and Its Enemies" from the Fall 2016 issue of the Arab Studies Journal. This month the Arab Studies Journal is offering discounted subscriptions through 28 February: 15% off 1-year individual subscriptions and 20% off 2-year individual subscriptions. Head over to TadweenPublishing.com and subscribe today!] Bi-fatha, ba, bahibbak Bi-kasra, bi, bi-shidda Ru-damma, ruhi ruhi gambak I lo-, lo-I love you Wi- wi- with strength My, my soul my soul is beside you[i] In the 1963 film The Soft Hands (Al-Aydayy ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (February 21)

[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 Somalia ‘plans to file legal complaint against UAE’ over Somaliland base “Farah said Emirati officials had ...

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مختارات من الصحافة العربية 19 فبراير

مختارات من الصحافة العربية (من 1 حتى 7 فبراير) شبة الجزيرة العربية البحرين معتقلون سيقضون 3 سنوات في السجن بسبب "قنابل وهمية" قضت المحكمة الجنائية الرابعة بالسجن خمسة سنوات على أربعة متهمين بوضع هيكل محاك لأشكال المتفجرات على الشارع العام بالسهلة بالقرب من الجامعة العربية المفتوحة. "رايتس ووتش" تنتقد إعادة سلطات الاعتقال لـ "الأمن الوطني": روّع الأسر وعذّب المعتقلين أكدت المنظمة أن القرار الذي منح "جهاز الأمن الوطني" في البحرين سلطة اعتقال واحتجاز الأشخاص ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (February 20)

[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 Court calls on Interior Ministry to pursue HRW for ‘illegal’ operation in Egypt An Egyptian court called for the Interior Ministry to legally pursue the New ...

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (February 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. Remembering Husayn Muruwwah, the ‘Red Mujtahid’ اليأس كسلاح ...

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Maghreb Media Roundup (February 19)

[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 Algeria free of landmines Algeria has officially declared itself free of landmines, meeting the nation’s obligations from the Ottawa conference. Un chercheur ...

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Palestine Media Roundup (18 February)

[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 The Israeli Forces Have Closed Off A Critical Roadway In The Bethlehem Area Closing off the route used by thousands of commuters daily was allegedly due to a "significant ...

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Remembering Husayn Muruwwah, the ‘Red Mujtahid’

On 17 February 1987, during one of the bloodiest periods of the Lebanese Civil War (1975-1990), the prominent journalist, literary critic, intellectual, and activist Husayn Muruwwah (or Hussein Mroué[i]) was assassinated at his home in Ramlet al-Baida, West Beirut. Muruwwah left Lebanon at the age of fourteen to train at the Najaf hawza (seminary) in Iraq. He intended to follow in the footsteps of his father, who was a respected religious scholar and cleric. Yet after a multifaceted intellectual journey ...

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The ‘Arab Spring’ Never Happened (in English)

To investigate the trials and tribulations of the phrase “Arab Spring” for English-language audiences since 2010, it may be useful to start with a Google search—or, rather, a quick history of Google search results. If one looks at the top results for English-language searches using the term “Arab Spring” from 2010-2012, here is what you get:   A few things jump out, foremost among them the celebratory tone, accompanied by the desire to locate and attribute the credit for this “year of ...

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A Preface to A Critique of Instant Analysis and Scholarship on the Arab Uprisings

Much of the writing on the Arab uprisings continues to suffer from the new think-tank-ish, self-important, semi-casual, sloppy-analysis syndromes. It is as if having a platform and a mandate are sufficient to produce sound knowledge. For the most part, the proof is in the pudding. Follow platforms and individuals across time and space and this becomes clear: zig-zagging and pendulum-swing judgements and analysis, driven more by events and politics than by historical and analytical depth. Worse still, ...

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Specters of Palestine: Syrian Refugees in Lebanon

There are at least 1.5 million Syrian refugees in Lebanon, a number that represents a quarter of Lebanon’s total population. This is the highest concentration of Syrian refugees in the world. Syrians are not the only refugee population in Lebanon. When considered alongside Palestinian, Iraqi, Kurdish, and Sudanese refugees, the total refugee population easily represents a third of Lebanon’s current residents. Lebanon had no revolution, or sustained uprising, to contribute to the regional fervor that ...

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Media on Media Roundup (February 14)

This week’s Jadaliyya “Media on Media” roundup addresses several issues affecting the MENA mediascape. Iran marked the anniversary of the 1979 revolution this Friday, and the New York Times showcased some memorable posters from the procession, some of which thanked Americans who opposed the “Muslim ban.” According to Human Rights Watch representatives, Saudi Arabia intensified its attacks on journalists and activists in 2016. Also in Saudi Arabia, young women are taking to social media to report ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (February 14)

[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 Somaliland agrees to UAE military base in northern port The United Arab Emirates is planning to establish ...

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