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Media on Media Roundup (March 21)

[A pro-Palestinian message on the graffiti wall at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. Photo by

This week’s Jadaliyya “Media on Media” Roundup examines several important topics affecting the MENA region’s mediascape. The Pentagon released an aerial photo of a building demolished by a U.S. airstrike in Syria alleged to be an al-Qaeda center. However, local activists insist it was a mosque and the airstrike killed innocent civilians. Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) executive committee member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi denounced the U.N’s decision to remove a report calling Israel an apartheid state from its website. A German newspaper was forced to remove Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s name from a list of “crazy leaders”, following accusations of ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (March 13)

[Egyptian women commemorate international women's day on 8 March, 2011. Photo from the Al Jazeera Creative Commons Repository.]

[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 A-Z of progress and setbacks for Egyptian women between two international women’s days On International Women’s Day, here is Mada Masr’s A-Z of the experiences and challenges Egyptian women have faced this year. International Women's Day: Egyptian cartoonist sheds light on 10 discriminatory laws against ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (March 6)

[Christian families carry belongings to the Saint Church in Ismailia after fleeing the escalating campaign by Islamic State militants in Al-Arish city. Photo from Aswat Masriya.]

[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 acquits Mubarak of ordering 2011 protester killings The Court of Cassation has ordered the final acquittal of ousted President Hosni Mubarak, clearing him of ordering the killing of protesters during the 25 January revolution in 2011. Mubarak’s trial comes to an underwhelming end: He is free In a courtroom holding about ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (February 27)

[Wreckage from the explosion at St. Peter's church on 11 December, 2016. Photo from Aswat Masriya.]

[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.]  Christians in the Crosshairs: ISIS’ String of Sectarian Attacks 2 Egyptian Christians murdered in spate of sectarian attacks in North Sinai Two Coptic Christians were killed by armed militants in North Sinai this week, the latest in a string of sectarian attacks in the Peninsula. Number of Copts killed by militants in North Sinai this year ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (February 20)

[The Egyptian parliament. Photo from Aswat Masriya.]

[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 York-based Human Rights Watch organization for not having state clearance to operate in Egypt, despite the international nongovernmental organization not having an office or ...

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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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Egypt Media Roundup (February 13)

[Egypt's Defense Minister Sedki Sobhi and US Congress Republican Representative Dana Rohrabacher during a Cairo meeting. Photo from the official Facebook page of the Spokesperson of the Egyptian Armed Forces.]

[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.]  Muslim Brotherhood’s Terrorist Designation Threat White House Weighs Terrorist Designation for Muslim Brotherhood President Trump’s advisers are debating an order intended to designate the Muslim Brotherhood as a foreign terrorist organization, targeting the oldest and perhaps most influential Islamist group in the Middle East. The ...

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عشوائيات ومجتمعات مسوّرة وفضاء عام: عن السياسات الثقافية العالمية والمشهد المعماري المأزوم في مصر

"لربما كان كبح الغضب عبر فهمه وامتصاص أسبابه هو واحد من أهم الضرورات الأخلاقية للفن البرجوازي. لا يهم حقاً إن كانت تلك الخلافات والتناقضات والتقرحات التي أنتجت هذا الغضب قد سويّت مؤقتاً باستخدام آليات اجتماعية معقدة أو تم التنفيس عنها عبر التفكّر المتسامي"  منفريدو تافوري[1] من حيث يقف الناظر للعالم العربي في أعقاب ثورات الربيع، بدت كثافة الخطاب الثقافي البديل الصادر آنذاك من مصر، كما من بعض دول المنطقة، كما لو أنها قد أخذت المشهد المعماري المحلّي على حين غرّة. وجد ذلك المشهد، والذي طالما نُظر إليه بوصفه محايد سياسي — إن لم يكن لا سياسي من الأساس— تقني وغير معني بالنقد أو منكفئ على التجميل والأيقنة، نفسه فجأة ضمن مخاضٍ يدفع باتجاه ممارسة معمارية أكثر ...

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January 25 at Six

[Tahrir Square sit-in on 9 February 2011. Photo by Jonathan Rashad.]

Six years have passed since Egyptians have taken to the streets and public squares demanding “bread, freedom, and social justice.” Traces of January 25 Revolution may appear faint in present day Egypt. Certainly, the actors and players who once led the effort to mobilize opposition against thirty years of the rule of Hosni Mubarak have suffered a great deal of marginalization under the military sponsored regime that the coup of 3 July 2013 has put into place. And yet even with the seeming containment of the partisans of the January 25 Revolution, advocates of the status quo, notably the regime of Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi, have been anything but triumphant. Even after four ...

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The Egyptians: A Radical History of Egypt’s Unfinished Revolution - Afterword

[Book cover of Jack Shenker's

[This is an edited extract from Jack Shenker’s book, published in the UK as The Egyptians: A Radical Story (Allen Lane / Penguin) and in the US as The Egyptians: A Radical History of Egypt’s Unfinished Revolution (New Press) – for more details, see here.] In late February 2016, President Sisi strode up to the podium at Cairo’s El Galaa theatre, looked into the waiting television cameras, and addressed the nation. “Don't listen to anyone but me,” he declared. “I am dead serious. Be careful, no one should abuse my patience and good manners to bring down the state. I swear by god that anyone who comes near it, I will remove him from the face of the Earth. I am telling ...

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Mapping the Counter-Histories of Port Said: A Critical Reading Into a Communal Mapping Project

[Audience contributes to communal map. Photo by Youmna El-Khattan.

“Here the tabular space--of the map, the canvas, the textbook--comes to be transformed into a topology that rapidly acquires depth when it is bent and deviated by excluded rhythms and dislocating narratives. Space is never empty or merely geometrical; it is always full of detailed, unfolding configurations. It is not only physical but also temporal; it is not a mute object but product and process…it flees the closure of planned, panoptical, measured, geometric framing."--- Ian Chambers, Mediterranean Crossings       Map of the stories of the people of Port Said خريطة حكاوي أهالي بورسعيد      [Communal Map of Port ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (March 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 Mubarak ordered released following acquittal in killing protesters case Egypt's prosecutor-general ordered on Monday the release of ousted President Hosni Mubarak ...

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هل الإنتفاضات والثورات العربية مؤامرة خارجية؟

في حوار جرى مؤخرا مع عدد من الشبان والشابات المتعلمين من خريجي الجامعات الفلسطينية هالني وراعني وصدمني درجة انتشار الإعتقاد بينهم، وإن لم يكن جميعهم، ان الإنتفاضات والثورات العربية هي مؤامرة غربية. أنا أعرف أن هذا الإعتقاد واسع الإنتشار منذ فترة، وأن صفحات "الفيسبوك" ملىء بنظرية المؤامرة لتفسير أحدث عدة وليس فقط الإنتفاضات والثورات العربية. لكني لم أتوقع أن الشباب المتعلم وبعضهم من حملة الشهادات العليا سيأخذ ضرورة بها. لكن، ما لفت نظري بشكل خاص هو شدة إعتقاد البعض بهذا التفسير للثورات ...

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New Texts Out Now: Marwan M. Kraidy, The Naked Blogger of Cairo: Creative Insurgency in the Arab World

Marwan M. Kraidy, The Naked Blogger of Cairo: Creative Insurgency in the Arab World. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2016. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Marwan Kraidy (MK): I was inspired by a desire to grapple with enduring and fundamental issues of power and resistance, as well as an intense curiosity to come to terms with the Arab uprisings. I came of age in Lebanon during the so-called Arab satellite revolution and since then I have dedicated my professional life to ...

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Media on Media Roundup (February 21)

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 ...

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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 «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 ...

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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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خطوات مرحة في شارع البهلوان

زينات صدقي فنانة تشكيليّة مهووسة بفنها وعاشقة لجمال الجسد الأنثوي العاري، أما لولا صدقي فمنقبة محافظة قليلة الكلام ومتزوجة من رجل متدين جداً .. زينات تجد في لولي الموديل الأنسب للوحتها القادمة نظراً لوجهها الجميل وجسمها الرائع الفتان. ولكن لولي ترفض أن تُرسم بدون البرقع والنقاب، فهي مخلصة لزوجها الغيور المتدين، فتقترح زينات عليها فكرة فنية متميزة وهي أن تكون الصورة بعنوان "الملاك المُحجَّب". بعدها بلحظات، تظهر لولي بالنقاب لكن شبه عارية وتنزل الكاميرا من أعلي لأسفل من النقاب إلى استعراض ...

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تقاسيم صيّاد الشعر وجنيّاته في العتمة

سيد حجاب :شاعر فقراء العالم و محرّض الطوفان كما لو أنه أبى إلا أن يكون موته آخر قصائده الثورية، مات شاعر الفقراء ومحرض الطوفان سيد حجاب يوم 25 يناير 2017، في الذكرى السادسة لثورة لم تكتمل. لكي يجعل من الموت صرخته المدوية التي لم يفلح النظام القمعي في كتمها كما أفلح في قمع كثير من أصوات الأحياء. فإذا كان الشاعر سيد حجاب قد نقّل فؤاده وخياراته والفنية كيف شاء من هوى الشعر لكن بقي حبه الأول وحلمه الأبدي هو الثورة التي لم تخمد جذوتها في كل ما كتب من قصائد وأغان وفي كل بصماته الشعرية الفريدة على الأعمال ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (January 30)

[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 17 people arrested on sixth anniversary of January 25 revolution Despite the notable absence of protests across the country, seventeen people were arrested ...

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Revisiting the “Blue Bra” Incident: Towards a New Agenda for Researching Politics and Popular Culture in Egypt

December 2016 marked the fifth anniversary of an iconic moment in the Egyptian revolution, when soldiers were filmed and photographed brutally beating a female protester in Tahrir Square, dragging her by her abaya to reveal her torso and her blue bra. The photograph became iconic because it was emblematic of the ongoing military violence against Egyptian protesters. Yet much of the shock value inherent in this photograph is because of the way in which the soldiers pulled away a woman’s clothes to reveal ...

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هل غير الخدمة المدنية الاقتصاد السياسي للأجور في مصر

توصف منظومة الأجور الحكومية في مصر دائماً بأنها “معقدة” حتى أن مستشار وزير التخطيط الحالي قال في حوار تلفزيوني إن خبيراً دولياً حاول دراسة تلك المنظومة ثم توقف عن العمل وغادر البلاد. ويعود تعقد تلك المنظومة إلى أنها نشأت خارج إطار القانون، فالتشريعات الحاكمة لأجور العاملين المدنيين بالدولة عادة ما تهدف إلى صياغة قواعد واضحة وعادلة في توزيع الرواتب الأساسية بين الموظفين، لكن الأزمات المالية المتعاقبة على الحكومات منذ السبعينيات كانت تقيد يد الدولة عن تطبيق زيادات في تلك الرواتب تواكب ارتفاع تكاليف ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (January 23)

[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 Federation of Arab Journalists urges Egypt to release Al Jazeera producer The Federation of Arab Journalists has urged Egyptian authorities to release detained Al ...

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