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Co-Editor Mouin Rabbani Discusses Trump Orders Concerning Refugees on Al Jazeera

[US President Donald Trump signing the

In this 28 January 2017 edition of Al Jazeera English's Inside Story, Jadaliyya Co-Editor Mouin Rabbani discusses the consequences of US President Donald Trump's newly-announced orders suspending and restricting US refugee policy. The program, presented by Hashem Ahelbarra, also features Brad Thomas, a supporter of the Trump administration recently-announced policies, and Leonard Doyle, public relations officer with the International Organization for Migration. 

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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 most recent Jordanian election law for 7iber, inlcuding curating its satirical blog titled "The Democratic Wedding." She holds an MA in Culture, ...

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The Unending War on Yemen with Sheila Carapico - A STATUS/الوضع Interview

In this interview, Sheila Carapico discusses the yearlong Saudi Arabia-led and US-backed military attacks on Yemen. The interview was conducted by  Shahram Aghamir on August 31, 2016. Sheila Carapico is Professor of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Richmond. Carapico is the author of Civil Society in Yemen: The Political Economy of Activism in Modern Arabia (Cambridge University Press, 1998) and numerous articles and book chapters on Yemen, the Arabian Peninsula, and the region.  A contributing editor to Middle East Report, she has also written essays for several publications about the Egyptian ...

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Jadaliyya Syria Page Co-Editor Basileus Zeno on Sectarianism, Syria, and Iran, on BBC Newshour Extra

After Aleppo? On Friday, 23 December 2016, the BBC’s Newshour Extra featured a discussion on the sectarianism as a framework of analysis for the war in Syria. Host Owen Bennet Jones mediated between panelists Basilseous Zeno (PhD Student in Political Science at University of Masschusetts Amherst), Mohammed Alyahya (Non-Resident Fellow at the Atlantic Council), Haydar al-Khoei (Researchers at the Centre for Academic Shi‘a Studies), and Ariane Tabatabai (Visiting Assistant Professor of Security Studies at Georgetown University). The below transcript represents the interventions of Basileous Zeno, who was consistently sought to challenge framing Syria in sectarian ...

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Jadaliyya Co-Editor Noura Erakat Discusses Anti-Semitism, Zionism, and BDS on Al Jazeera

[Jadaliyya Co-Editor Noura Erakat on the set of Al Jazeera's

In first part this Al Jazeera Up Front special, host Mehdi Hasan examines the rise of anti-Semitism on the political right and left in Europe. He asks whether it is something that needs to be tackled or if is is being manipulated by Israel supporters .Noura Erakat joins Guardian columnist Jonathan Freedland and +972 online magazine co-founder Lisa Goldman in this discussion. In the second part, the panelists discuss if boycott is anti-semitic. Noura comments,  “ . . . At the end of the day, those who are part of a movement against Zionism are part of a liberatory movement not only for Palestinians, but it has an emancipator potential for Jewish people as ...

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Quick Thoughts: Elyse Semerdjian on Standing Rock

[A person protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline holds a sign reading

[On 4 December 2016, the operators of the North Dakota Access Pipeline were informed they no longer had permission to pursue construction plans under Lake Oahe, the main water source of the nearby Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. The announcement crowned many months of activism led by the inhabitants of Standing Rock, and which garnered growing support and solidarity across the United States and indeed worldwide. Jadaliyya turned to Elyse Semerdjian, currently a visiting fellow at Cornell University, to explain the background, development and implications of this standoff.] Jadaliyya (J): What precipitated the current crisis at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, and ...

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Jadaliyya Co-Editor Bassam Haddad Addresses Aleppo Today on Democracy Now!

"Nothing Short of a Slaughter": 1 Million Syrians in Aleppo Under Siege with No Hospital, Food" As the United Nations says nearly 1 million Syrians are living under siege and the last remaining hospitals in eastern Aleppo have been destroyed, we speak with Syrian analyst Bassam Haddad and get an update from a physician in touch with medical personnel in Aleppo. Dr. Zaher Sahloul is founder of the American Relief Coalition for Syria and senior adviser and former president of the Syrian American Medical Society. He has visited Aleppo five times since the war began. Find rush transcript below:    

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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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The Red Sea in History: An Interview with Alexis Wick

[Astronaut photograph of a panoramic view of most of the length of the Red Sea. Image by NASA via Wikimedia Commons]

The body of water now known as the Red Sea was surrounded for nearly four centuries by the Ottoman Empire's well-protected domains. During that time, it became a space of not only geological and geographic but also historical coherence. While the Mediterranean, the Atlantic, the Indian Ocean, and other maritime spaces have inspired their own fields of history writing, especially after the recent "oceanic turn," historians have been curiously silent about the Red Sea. In his new monograph, The Red Sea: In Search of Lost Space, Alexis Wick takes this silence itself as an object of analysis. He shows that we have much to learn about how history (and Ottoman ...

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New Texts Out Now: Deen Sharp and Claire Panetta, Beyond the Square: Urbanism and the Arab Uprisings

[Cover image of Deen Sharp and Claire Panetta's 'Beyond the Square: Urbanism and the Arab Uprisings']

Deen Sharp and Claire Panetta, eds. Beyond the Square: Urbanism and the Arab Uprisings (New York: Urban Research, 2016).  Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Deen Sharp (DS): The idea for this book grew out of two articles that I wrote for Jadaliyya in 2012.  The first was published in August 2012 and entitled “Urbanism and the Arab Uprisings: Downtown Cairo and the Fall of Mubarak.”  This article noted how, at the very moment the rich and powerful had created a scheme to displace and dispossess thousands of residents of downtown Cairo, the city’s inhabitants united in open revolt.  The piece stressed the importance of urban ...

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Neo-Ottoman Architecture and the Transnational Mosque: An Interview with Kishwar Rizvi

[Kocatepe Mosque, Ankara. Image by Kishwar Rizvi]

Mosques are enduring architectural and institutional features of Muslim communities throughout the world, and thus it is natural to encounter large mosque complexes that occupy prominent positions within the cityscapes of the Middle East and beyond. Yet among the many historical mosques and buildings in the region’s oldest cities, there are also buildings of surprisingly recent provenance and many old sites with newly renovated interiors and facades, such as the Blue Mosque in downtown Beirut or the Kocatepe Mosque in Ankara. These buildings are examples of what Kishwar Rizvi calls “the transnational mosque,” a particular place of worship constructed by nation states of ...

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Introduction: Interviews with Students for Justice in Palestine Chapters

I conducted the following interviews with a number of chapters of Students for Justice in Palestine over email in the spring and summer of 2016. The aim was to use this space to allow student activists involved in the Palestine movement to speak to the non-student sectors of the movement about their organizing strategies and principles. I also sought to understand how they saw their political work and its relationships with a wide spectrum of anti-racist and anti-colonial politics. I wanted to understand how students see their work and its links to off-campus and community politics, in various locations across the country, and with various traditions of Palestinian and ...

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The Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions Movement - A STATUS/الوضع Conversation with Omar Barghouti

In this conversation hosted by Diaa Ali for Status/الوضع, Omar Barghouti gives an overview of the BDS movement, discussing its development, goals, challenges and acheivements. The conversation was held on June 18, 2016 in Arabic. Omar Barghouti (born 1964) is a Palestinian researcher and activist, as well as a founding member of the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) and the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.  

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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: ...

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Jadaliyya Co-Editor Noura Erakat Tells MSNBC's Chris Hayes, We're Not Headed to an Apartheid Reality "We Have Been There"

On 28 December 2016, US Secretary of State John Kerry delivered a comprehensive speech about the United States’ vision for a two state solution. Kerry’s address was remarkable for its candor: he insisted that settlements did not increase Israel’s security; he referred to Israel’s establishment as the Palestinian nakba; said that Israel must choose between either Jewish or democratic, but could not be both; among other remarks. The speech was also typical in its overemphasis on Palestinian violence as a ...

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Jadaliyya Co-Editor Noura Erakat Responds to Kerry Speech and Congressman Brad Sherman on MSNBC

On 28 December 2016, US Secretary of State John Kerry delivered a comprehensive speech about the United States’ vision for a two state solution. Kerry’s address was remarkable for its candor: he insisted that settlements did not increase Israel’s security; he referred to Israel’s establishment as the Palestinian nakba; said that Israel must choose between either Jewish or democratic, but could not be both; among other remarks. The speech was also typical in its overemphasis on Palestinian violence as a ...

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Jadaliyya Co-Editor Bassam Haddad on the Left, Imperialism, and Syria at KPFA

The following interview aired live on Wednesday 21 December 2016 on the UPFRONT show of KPFA (Pacfica Radio San Francisco and Oakland). The episode takes the recent developents in Aleppo as the launch point to discuss dynamics in Syria. The episode features Jadaliyya Co-Editor Bassam Haddad (also the Director of the Middle East and Islamic Studies program and Associate Professor at the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University) and author and journalist Richard ...

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Quick Thoughts: Mouin Rabbani on Aleppo and the Syria Conflict

[The ongoing full-scale assault by the Syrian military, Russian air force and allied militias on eastern Aleppo, which forms the most significant remaining opposition stronghold in the country, appears to portend a strategic turning point in the Syrian conflict. Jadaliyya turned to Co-Editor Mouin Rabbani, former head of political affairs for the office of the UN special envoy for Syria, to examine the various ramifications of these developments] Jadaliyya (J): What are the prospects for the Syrian ...

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Quick Thoughts: Thomas Serres on the Algerian Succession

[Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, in office since 1999, is widely reported to be in failing health and has not been sighted in public for over two years. His current condition raises questions about the presidential succession in Algeria, as well as broader issues concerning the stability, policies and direction of the Algerian state. Jadaliyya asked Thomas Serres of the University of California, Santa Cruz to place the Algerian succession in broader context] Jadaliyya (J): Why is Algerian ...

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Why Is a Moroccan History Professor Being Charged with "Endangering State Security?"

In August 2015, Maati Monjib was returning home to Morocco from his summer vacation. But before he could clear customs and leave the airport to return to his home in Rabat, Moroccan police apprehended and detained him, notifying him that he faced the charge of “endangering state security.” Until legal matters were resolved, they told him, he was subject to a travel ban and forbidden to leave the country. The travel ban came as somewhat of a surprise, Monjib says. In the months and years prior, the ...

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Interview on US-Russian Ceasefire in Syria with Jadaliyya Co-Editor Mouin Rabbani

In this interview with Al-Jazeera English, Jadaliyya Co-Editor and former head of political affairs for the Office of the United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Mouin Rabbani discusses the recent US-Russian agreement to establish a ceasefire in Syria and use this as a springboard for the delivery of humanitarian assistance and renewal of a political process. Rabbani identifies the opportunities and pitfalls in the agreement, noting that a main challenge concerns the degree of leverage Washington and ...

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Caliphate, An Idea Throughout History: An Interview with Hugh Kennedy

What is a caliphate? Who can be caliph? What is the history of the idea? How can we interpret and use it today? These are the themes discussed in Hugh Kennedy’s new book, The Caliphate (Pelican Books), which aims to find the long-term historical context for the idea of caliphate. Tracing the history from the choosing of the first caliph, Abu Bakr, in the immediate aftermath of the Prophet Muhammad’s death in 632, through the orthodox (Rashidun) caliphs (632-661), the Umayyads (661-750), the Abbasids ...

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Interview with Khalida Jarrar, Prominent Palestinian Activist and Parliamentary Member, After her Release from Prison

Khalida Jarrar is a longtime Palestinian activist, feminist, and leading member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). She served as the Director of the Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association between 1993 and 2005 and has been a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) since 2006 where she leads the committee on political prisoners. In 2014, the Israeli military ordered that Jarrar move from her home in Ramallah to Jericho. Under the Oslo framework, ...

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Interview with Students for Justice in Palestine at UC Berkeley

The following interview is part of a series of long-form interviews with chapters of Students for Justice in Palestine. The aim is to create a space for chapters to articulate their political perspectives and experiences on campus organizing, as part of a broader project to create a public archive of post-2000 organizing. The introduction to the series and other interviews are here. Q: Can you describe quickly your chapter’s activities over the past year or two? What your does organizing look like? ...

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