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Rosie Bsheer and Bassam Haddad


مجلس التعاون الخليجي وحق العقوبة المقدس

[المرفأ الغربي، الدوحة قطر. 13 أيار/مايو 2010. الصورة مأخوذة من موقع Flickr/

تحت قشرة الحداثة، تجثم الممارسات الدنيوية لنظام الحكم القمعي في قطر وبقية دول مجلس التعاون الخليجي. ولكي لا ننسى، يتم تذكيرنا وبشكل مستمر بمدى تسامح حكام مجلس التعاون الخليجي، وخاصة عندما يتعلق الأمر بنقد من أحد رعيتهم. لا تعتبر قضية شاعر قصيدة الياسمين القطري محمد العجمي، الذي حصل في بادئ الأمر على حكم بالسجن المؤبد لدعمه الثورة التونسية وانتقاده للنخب الحاكمة المتسلطة، حالة منعزلة. بل إنها حدث يتكرر بشكل واسع على امتداد منطقة تفخر بأنها ليست بدرجة قمعية الأنظمة مثل النظام ...

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GCC and the Sacred Right to Punish

[West Bay, Doha, Qatar. 13 May, 2010. Image from Flickr/

Beneath the thin veneer of modernity, lie the mundane practices of repressive rule in Qatar and the rest of the Gulf Cooperation Council states. Lest we forget. we are continuously reminded of the limits of GCC rulers’ tolerance, particularly in the face of critique from their national subjects. The recent case of Qatari “Jasmine” poet Mohammed al-Ajami, who initially received a life sentence for supporting the Tunisian revolution and criticizing authoritarian ruling elites, ...

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Rosie Bsheer and Bassam Haddad


Bassam Haddad is Director of the Middle East Studies Program and teaches in the Department of Public and International Affairs at George Mason University, and is Visiting Professor at Georgetown University. He is the author of Business Networks in Syria: The Political Economy of Authoritarian Resilience (Stanford University Press, 2011). Bassam is currently editing a volume on Teaching the Middle East After the Arab Uprisings, a book manuscript on pedagogical and theoretical approaches. His most recent books include two co-edited volumes: Dawn of the Arab Uprisings: End of an Old Order? (Pluto Press, 2012) and Mediating the Arab Uprisings (Tadween Publishing, 2013). Bassam serves as Founding Editor of the Arab Studies Journal a peer-reviewed research publication and is co-producer/director of the award-winning documentary film, About Baghdad, and director of the critically acclaimed film series, Arabs and Terrorism, based on extensive field research/interviews. More recently, he directed a film on Arab/Muslim immigrants in Europe, titled The "Other" Threat. Bassam is Co-Founder/Editor of Jadaliyya Ezine and serves on the Editorial Committee of Middle East Report. He is the Executive Director of the Arab Studies Institute, an umbrella for five organizations dealing with knowledge production on the Middle East and Founding Editor of Tadween Publishing.

Rosie Bsheer is Assistant Professor of History at Yale University and Co-Editor of Jadaliyya Ezine. Her other articles are found here.