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Elections

Where’s My Vote? The US Edition

[Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani. Photo by Mohammad Kazempour uploaded from Wikimedia Commons]

In June 2009, protests erupted in Tehran and other major Iranian cities following Mir-Hossein Mousavi’s loss in the presidential elections against incumbent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Mousavi and the other opposition candidates alleged voter fraud and questioned the legitimacy of the Ahmadinejad win. Of course, the term “opposition” here is used loosely as presidential candidates are thoroughly vetted via a process that keeps out anti-establishment candidates. Everyone who makes it to the general election phase has enough credentials to be considered part of Iran’s Islamic revolution, which reached power in 1979 and has ruled ever since. Parallels can be drawn with the US ...

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خطاب آنجيلا ديفس في مسيرة النساء في واشنطن

خطاب آنجيلا ديفس في مسيرة النساء في واشنطن يوم 21 كانون الثاني،2017  آنجيلا ديفس (مواليد 1944) ناشطة يساريّة معروفة في حركة الحقوق المدنية واليسار الأمريكي والعالمي. برزت في الستينيّات في صفوف الحزب الشيوعي الأمريكي وكانت مقرّبة من حركة الفهود السود. وهي كاتبة وأكاديميّة متقاعدة.   [ترجمة سنان أنطون] *** "في لحظة صعبة في تاريخنا، فلنذكّر أنفسنا، نحن، مئات الآلاف، ملايين النساء، ومتحولو الهويّة الجنسيّة، والرجال والشباب المتجمعون هنا في مسيرة النساء، بأننا نمثل قوى التغييرالمصممّة على منع ثقافات العنصرية والأبوية-الذكورية المحتضرة من أن تنهض من جديد. ندرك أنّنا عناصر جمعيّة فاعلة للتاريخ وبأن التاريخ لا يمكن أن يمحى مثل صفحات الانترنت. نعلم أنّنا ...

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Donald Trumps the Media - A Status/الوضع Quick Thoughts with Adel Iskandar

In this interview for STATUS/الوضع, host Bassam Haddad speaks with Adel Iskandar, who unpacks Trump's complicated relationship to the US media, reflects on the reaction of Middle Eastern media on his victory, and describes how the journalistic establishment will likely deal with him during the four-year presidency. Adel Iskandar is Assistant Professor of Global Communication at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada. He is the author, coauthor, and editor of several works including Egypt In Flux: Essays on an Unfinished Revolution (AUCP/OUP), Al-Jazeera: The Story of the Network that is Rattling Governments and Redefining Modern Journalism (Basic Books), Edward ...

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السياسة هي الحل

[المصدر موقع اكسبريس]

نحن لا نملك أوهاماً عن تأثير انتصار دونالد ترامب. إنه كارثة. إن احتمال نشوء حكومة يمينية موحّدة يقودها طاغية شعبويٌّ، تمثل كارثة. هناك طريقتان للرد على هذا الموقف: الأولى هي لوم شعب الولايات المتحدة، والثانية هي لوم نخبة البلاد. سيفعل كثير من النقاد هذا في الأيام والأسابيع المقبلة. فقد ألّف الليبراليون المذعورون مقالات تشرح كيفية الانتقال إلى كندا، وأمس تعطّل الموقع الإلكتروني لدائرة الهجرة الكندية بسبب الضغط الملح عليه. إن الأشخاص الذين دفعوا بنا إلى هذا الجرف يخططون الآن لهربهم. لكن الانحاء باللائمة على الجماهير الأميركية بأنها السبب في نصر ترامب يعمّق النخبوية التي حشدت ناخبيه في المقام الأول فحسب. ولا شكّ أن العنصرية والتمييز بين الجنسين لعبا دوراً ...

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Palestine after the US Elections: Discipline and Dissonance

[President and Mrs. Johnson welcome Prime Minister and Mrs. Eshkol to Washington DC in 1964. Image by Moshe Pridan via Wikimedia Commons]

While it may be too dismissive to declare that the US presidential election does not impact the question of Palestine, it is quite reasonable to conclude that the identity of the occupant of that office is of little relevance when it comes to Palestine. No other foreign policy issue is characterized by the intransigent and bipartisan consistency that shapes the question of Palestine and the United States’ relationship to Israel. Since the 1967 War, when President Lyndon B. Johnson scrapped a dual containment policy in the Middle East in favor of one supporting permanent Israeli military preeminence, the American political machine has systematically performed a ...

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We Would Have Had to Deal with a White Nationalist Movement Either Way

[Ku Klux Klan members march down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington in 1928. Image via National Archives and Records Administration]

During his campaign, Donald Trump demonstrated no knowledge on the issues, an abundance of childish invective, and plenty of outright scandals yet none of that deterred his predominantly white base. Exit polls show that white voters, who make up sixty-nine percent of the total, voted fifty-eight percent for Trump. These included a significant majority of both white men and women, especially non-college educated white men between the ages of 18-29. It is safe to say that Trump was the White people’s candidate.  As Trump accurately referenced in his victory speech, he led a movement, not a campaign. Specifically, a white nationalist movement eager to identify as ...

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دموع الليبراليين في وداع الإمبراطور

[«أوباما. الصورة من «السفير]

 حين شارفت فترة رئاسة بيل كلينتون الثانية على الانتهاء، أواخر العام 2000، تصاعد منسوب المديح له في صفوف الليبراليين في الولايات المتحدة، وحتى خارجها. وعبّر الكثيرون منهم عن شيء من الحزن لانتهاء ولايته. فالرجل كان، بالنسبة لهم، محارباً وإنسانيّاً «حاول» إصلاح الأمور (سيُقال هذا عن أوباما) لكنه تعرّض لحملات شرسة ومؤامرات من «الجمهوريين». وخرج منها كلّها سالماً باستثناء جراح رمزيّة بسيطة (اتّهامه من قبل الكونغرس بشهادة الزور وبتعطيل العدالة في ما يتعلّق بعلاقته الجنسيّة مع المتدرّبة في البيت الأبيض، مونيكا لونسكي). ونسي أو تناسى أولئك الليبراليون (وهم يُحسَدون على نعمة النسيان المتكرّر هذه) سجله الكارثيّ على الصعيديْن الخارجي والداخلي. وغضّوا النظر عن نكثه بوعوده ...

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Media on Media Roundup (November 2)

[A 2015 photo of the Michel Aoun who was elected President of Lebanon on 31 October 2016. Photo by Imadmhj via Wikimedia Commons]

In this week’s Jadaliyya “Media on Media” roundup, the war of words over the push for a US-backed “no fly zone” in Syria continues as an extension of the war on the ground: Alternet scrutinizes mainstream media’s “high-octane push for war,” using the 2011 war in Libya as a lesson. Lebanon’s presidential nominee General Michel Aoun has a history of recurring clashes with the press, which, in a country where it is technically illegal to disparage the head of state, does not bode well for the concept of media freedom. “Alan Kurdi’s death was a critical juncture in refugee portrayals worldwide,” states a recently published study that explores the political maneuvering ...

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The General Knows Best: Ridiculing Civilian Politics in Egypt

[President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi in a recent meeting with Egyptian

With the marked deterioration of economic conditions and the deepening of security challenges confronting the state, the current military-backed regime in Egypt has failed to deliver on its long-standing promises of economic prosperity and stability. As signs of social discontent have grown, even in the face of brutal repression, the regime of Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi has been blaming its own failures on conspiracies and plots, allegedly led by external forces in collaboration with opposition groups and human rights advocates. It has also sought to preempt the emergence of any alternative to the political status quo through its repressive strategies, coupled with the ...

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Morocco: A Bipolarization under Royal Control

[A woman walks by a wall adorned with party symbols for election lists. Image by Vesna Middelkoop/Flickr]

The Moroccan electoral race began in September with the local and regional elections, which culminated on Tuesday 13 October with the election of the President of the Chamber of Councillors, the Upper House of Parliament. [1] The 120 elected representatives (217 prior to the constitutional reform of 2011) have designated Hakim Benchemass, from the Party of Authenticity and Modernity (PAM) as the president of the Chamber of Councillors. It took two rounds and a margin of one vote to rule out Benchemass’ opponent from the Istiqlal party, Abdessamad Kayouh. This narrow victory allowed the parliamentary opposition to take control of the Upper House. While the Istiqlal ...

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Egypt: What Elections?

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With a final turnout of less than twenty-six percent, voting for the first round of Egypt’s parliamentary elections ended on 28 October across fourteen governorates, including Giza, Alexandria, Suez and Fayoum. The poor election turnout came as a shock to many observers. The ongoing elections are viewed as the third and final step of the transition “roadmap” that the current political leadership announced following the ouster of former President Mohamed Morsi two years ago. Yet the majority of those interviewed for this story greeted the vote with a mix of indifference and skepticism.  

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The Ongoing, Steady Gains of Morocco's Islamist Party

[Image of leaders from the Party of Justice and Development celebrating their wins in the 2011 parliamentary elections. Image from Wikimedia Commons]

Moroccans took to the polls on 4 September to vote in the first local elections since 2009. A total of about one hundred forty thousand candidates competed for around thirty-two thousand seats. These local elections were the first to take place after the new constitution in 2011, which the monarch effectively used as a way to steal the 20 February Movement’s thunder and calm the protests by seemingly giving in to some of the protestors’ demands. The new constitution and the subsequent law of regionalization gives more power to regional councils, and also aims to give Morocco’s twelve regions more prerogatives. The Islamist Justice and Development Party (PJD) is the ...

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لمحة من أحداث الحملة الانتخابية في المغرب: مجلة الوضع مع نبيلة منيب

 أجرت سامية الرزوقي لمجلة  "الوضع" هذا الحوار مع  نبيلة منيب، الأمينة العامة لفيدالية اليسار الديمقراطي. وهي أول إمرأة تقود حزباً سياسياً رئيسياً، تلقي خطاباً في بلدة جنوبية غير بعيدة عن الصحراء الغربية أثناء حملتها الانتخابية.

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An Inquiry into the Dynamics of Elections, Gas Deals, and Assassinations in Jordan - A STATUS/الوضع Conversation with Reem Al-Masri and Omar Atout

In this interview conducted by Ziad Abu-Rish for Status/الوضع, Reem Al-Masri and Omar Atout give a critical assessment of the current situation in Jordan. The interview was conducted in Arabic on September 29, 2016. Reem Al-Masri is a writer and researcher at 7iber. Her research focuses on the structural, legislative, and technical dynamics of the communications sector, and the their effects on freedom of expression, assembly, and privacy. In addition, Al-Masri produced a number of resources on the ...

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Internationalism after Trumpism

In the interest of full disclosure: on 8 November, Election Day in the United States, I wrote a short piece intended to be part of the roundup of responses to the elections by Jadaliyya co-editors (if you have not read this excellent set of reflections yet, they can be found here). I sent off my neat thousand words around 7:30 on the night of the elections, and then settled in to watch the results. A few hours later, I wrote a slightly worried but not yet definitive email to my fellow editors: “ps if ...

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US Presidential Elections: Quick Reflections by Some Jadaliyya Co-Editors

The shocking victory of Donald Trump in the 2016 US presidential elections reflects important developments in US political culture just as it will have significant ramifications for US foreign policy. A world that had taken for granted four more years of neoliberal globalization and foreign intervention under Hillary Rodham Clinton now struggles to understand the extent to which the United States will pursue a different course, domestically and abroad, and what this means for citizens of both the US and ...

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Schadenfreude circa 2016

Schadenfreude, a German term, describes a coldhearted pleasure derived from the misfortune of others. While taking pleasure from others’ misfortune is not a virtuous sentiment, the 2016 race for the US presidency, which has been an unprecedented debacle in many ways, is one such circumstance when it may be politically valid. To understand who has derived grim pleasure from this debacle, and why, we should consider how different constituencies have apprehended the 2016 US presidential election. ...

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After the Moment: The Death of US Exceptionalism?

The victory of Donald Trump over Hillary Rodham Clinton in the US presidential elections has sent a shock wave across the United States, the Americas, and indeed the world. However, the particular reverberations of this shock take on very different manifestations depending on geographic location, political affiliation, class background, and much more. In Beirut for example, some loyalists of recently elected Lebanese President Michel Aoun’s Free Patriotic Movement are brandishing Trump’s win as “another ...

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Jadaliyya Co-Editor Mouin Rabbani on 2016 US Elections and Israel/Palestine Policy

In this edition of Al Jazeera English's Inside Story, Jadaliyya Co-Editor Mouin Rabbani discusses the impact the US presidential election is likely to have on American policy towards the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Rabbani argues that continuity in Washington's increasingly uncritical and unconditional support for Israel and its policies in the occupied Palestinian territories is the default option, and can be expected to continue irrespective of the election's outcome.

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On Municipal Elections in Lebanon and the Prospects of Change

In a few weeks’ time, Lebanon’s fourth round of municipal elections since 1998 are scheduled to be held. This event highlights three key and interrelated challenges facing the country. The first is whether the ruling political elite will actually decide to hold municipal elections. If held, the second challenge concerns whether elected council members will adhere to a plan of action that addresses people’s local needs. The third challenge is getting people to vote for those who will serve them rather ...

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The Dashed Hopes of the Tunisian Revolution: Complicity between Nidaa Tounes and Ennahda

In their hearts and minds, Tunisians were not in a mood to rejoice on the fifth anniversary of their revolution. While Tunisians are often told that theirs is the only revolution that remains from the "Arab Spring," they know full well that its goals have not been achieved. The discrepancy between the way the Tunisian revolution is viewed around the world and the way the Tunisians who carried it out experienced it may account for the difficulties Tunisians now have in defining and evaluating ...

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Turkey: Nationalism and War Mongering Won the Election

The mood was tense as the election results came in to the local office of the progressive People’s Democratic Party (HDP) in the town of Erzurum in eastern Turkey. This is a very conservative region on the invisible border between nationalist Turkish Anatolia and the Kurdish region. The HDP’s office was filled with leaflets and banners that party activists did not dare to distribute due to fear of reprisals and violence. The party lost its single deputy from the area and saw a small nationwide decrease ...

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Eastern Promises Squandered

In the days following the 1 November election, Turkey’s pro-government newspapers have depicted a bright future for the nation. Writing for Yeni Şafak, one columnist explained that the government could now move forward with constitutional and economic reforms, albeit vaguely defined ones. In Yeni Akit, another columnist echoed these sentiments, pointing out that the exchange rate had already begun to fall, stocks were rising, and anticipated investments could now begin again. Voicing a general sentiment, ...

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New Texts Out Now: Negar Mottahedeh, #iranelection: Hashtag Solidarity and the Transformation of Online Life

Negar Mottahedeh, #iranelection: Hashtag Solidarity and the Transformation of Online Life. Palo Alto: Stanford University Press, 2015. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Negar Mottahedeh (NM): Writing ‪#‎iranelection was for me about the witnessing of a sea-change brought about in our life as global citizens by an epic solidarity around the first long trending global hashtag in 2009. No social media platform had seen masses of people from all over the world engage one another about ...

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