From the Editors
Last night, my husband Michael Kennedy and I wrote an essay for Jadaliyya suggesting that the Polish Round Tables of 1989 might present a model for those hoping to move the Tahrir protest movements forward. He is an academic who works on Central and Eastern Europe, I on the Middle East. The difference in our world regions, I often tell him, is in your part of the world, the US supports protest movements; in my part of the world, the US stands in their way. I’d hoped Egypt’s ...Keep Reading »
This article is co-written by Michael Kennedy and Shiva Balaghi “To Husni Mubarak: leave already. Arabs around the world are trying to sleep,” read a tweet. “Leave already, my hand hurts,” read a sign held up by a man on Cairo’s streets. From Tahrir Square, we hear that protesters are facing a new pressure possibly more strong than the pro-Mubarak thugs set lose on them in recent days. Family members, neighbors and merchants in the Tahrir area are pleading with them to go ...Keep Reading »
Shiva Balaghi is an International Humanities Fellow at the Cogut Center of Brown University, where she teaches History and Art History. Her books include Saddam Hussein: A Biography (2005, paperback 2008, Chinese translation 2008), Picturing Iran: Art, Society, and Revolution (co-edited, 2002, Arabic translation 2005), and Reconstructing Gender in the Middle East(co-edited, 1994). She is Vice-President of the American Institute for Iranian Studies and an Associate Editor of Review of Middle Eastern Studies. Balaghi is currently completing a book on the cultural underpinnings of political transformation in Iran from 1848-2005. Follow her on Twitter @SBalaghi.