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Stasis Shift: Guernica Interviews Jadaliyya Co-Founder Bassam Haddad

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Jadaliyya co-founder on telling alternative stories about the Arab world, understanding the life cycles of revolution, and confronting “the weight of ancient problems.”   In the fall of 2010, I was crossing a crowded hotel lobby at the Middle East Studies Association convention in San Diego when a friend introduced me to the writer, editor, and scholar Bassam Haddad. “Bassam is starting a website,” she said. “You should know each other.” He slipped me a business card with the word Jadaliyya (Arabic for “dialectic”) on it. “There isn’t much online yet,” Haddad explained. “We just launched.” A few weeks later, Mohamed Bouazizi lit himself on fire in the ...

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Iraqi Authorities Turn Their Sights on Journalists

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[The following briefing was published by Reporters Without Borders on 26 March 2014] Reporters Without Borders is extremely concerned about the growing hostility that the Iraqi authorities are displaying towards critical journalists. One of latest violations of freedom of information is a warrant for the arrest of Awn Al-Khashlok, the head of Baghdadia TV, and Anwar Al-Hamdani, the host of the station’s “Ninth Studio” programme, on charges of disturbing public order and inciting chaos and inter-communal violence. Both live in Egypt and have not been arrested. Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki filed a complaint against Khashlok, Hamdani and the TV station after one of the ...

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O.I.L. Monthly Edition (March 2014)

[Graffiti in the Balata refugee camp in Nablus, West Bank, Palestine. Image by Matthew Roth, via Wikimedia Commons.]

[This is a monthly archive of pieces written byJadaliyya contributors and editors on the Occupations, Interventions,and Law (O.I.L.) Page. It also includes material published on other platforms that editors deemed pertinent to post as they provide diverse depictions of O.I.L.-related topics. The pieces reflect the level of critical analysis and diversity that Jadaliyyastrives for, but the views are solely the ones of their authors. If you are interested in contributing to Jadaliyya, send us your post with your bio and a release form to post@jadaliyya.com [click "Submissions" on the main page for more information] Press Release: University of ...

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A Civilian Snapshot of Iraq: NPR Interview with Sinan Antoon on His 'The Corpse Washer'

In the following interview on 30 March epsiode of NPR's All Things Considered, Jadaliyya Co-Editor Sinan Antoon discusses his self-translated The Corpse Washer. In his comments, Antoon highlights some the ideas and processes that went into both the writing of the original Arabic version as well as English translation. Click the below media player to listen to the interview. You may also click here to access the transcripts of the interview. 

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GCHR Annual Report 2014: Rising Human Rights Challenges in the Gulf Region and Beyond

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[The following report was published by the Gulf Center for Human Rights on 1 March 2014] Rising Human Rights Challenges in the Gulf Region and Beyond: Annual Report of the Gulf Center for Human Rights 2014 Executive Summary This is the second annual report of the Gulf Center for Human Rights (GCHR).  GCHR documents the human rights environment for human rights defenders working in the six Gulf Cooperation Council member states (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates), as well as Iran, Iraq, Yemen and Syria. Syria has been included, not because it is typically considered a Gulf country, but because GCHR believes it is essential to ...

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O.I.L. Monthly Edition (February 2014)

[East Jerusalem and West Bank Barrier in the background. Image by Anthony Baratier via Wikimedia Commons.]

 [This is a monthly archive of pieces written byJadaliyya contributors and editors on the Occupations, Interventions,and Law (O.I.L.) Page. It also includes material published on other platforms that editors deemed pertinent to post as they provide diverse depictions of O.I.L.-related topics. The pieces reflect the level of critical analysis and diversity that Jadaliyyastrives for, but the views are solely the ones of their authors. If you are interested in contributing to Jadaliyya, send us your post with your bio and a release form to post@jadaliyya.com [click "Submissions" on the main page for more information] Call for Papers: Special Issue of ...

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Reading Event: al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here (Washington DC, 5 March)

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Busboys and Poets, Split This Rock, George Mason University, School of Art and Corcoran School of Art + Design Present: Al Mutanabbi Street Starts Here: Commemorative Readings Wednesday, March 5, 2014  /  6-830 PM. Busboys and Poets 14th and V Streets Washington, DC Free and Open to the Public Light Refreshments provided by Busboys and Poets Featuring Readings by: Zein El-Amine Sarah Browning Elana Casey Mariam Coker Elliott Colla E. Ethelbert Miller Nahid Navab Casey Smith Susan Tichy   About the Al Mutanabbi Street Starts Here Project: On March 5, 2007, a car bomb exploded on al-Mutanabbi Street ...

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مَسْقَطُ الرّأْس

[لوحة للفنان طالب العلاق]

 ها أنتَ منذ سنوات طويلة كلما تفاقمَ شظفُ العيشِ وضاقتْ بك الآفاق شعرتَ أنّ ما يعوزك هو هنالك في البلاد التي سقط رأسك فيها، البلاد التي ترعرعتَ فيها. البلاد التي ألفتها وعرفتها. نعم، أنتَ تتظاهر أمام رَهْطكَ وأصهارِكَ أنك على ما يُرام وأنك تُمْسِك بإحكام بزمام حياتك. تبعث إلى أهلك بصورة لك تبدو فيها مسترخياً على صخرةٍ تُطعِمُ البَطّ وأخرى على ساحلٍ رملي مليء بالأصداف والقواقع الملونة. قطرات من رذاذ البحر سقطت على العدسة وبَدَتْ على وجنتك. وراءكَ في الصورة أناس يضحكون ويسبحون بين الموج. حين تتحدثُ مع أهلك عبر الهاتف، تُنَقْحرُ كأنك لا تعرف لغتهم. تتظاهر بأنك تنتمي إلى المكان ولكنك تعلم أن جدراناً كثيرة مرئية وغير مرئية تحيط بك. جدرانٌ تظهر فجأة  وتختفي تدريجياً ...

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Salah Faik's "What is a Poem?"

[Salah Faik (b, 1945, Iraq). Image from Unknown Source]

Salah Faik's "What is a Poem?" Translated by Suneela Mubayi   Me, vagrant? No: I took off my shirt and covered pebbles that felt cold As I came back from the cars of a stalled train i chanced on the ribs of cats upon benches, beneath them letters forgotten by lovers one of them left me a question: ”O poet, What is a poem?“ A poem? I did not know him nor how he imagined that I roam here sometimes It does not matter what is important is that a poem is to convince one‘s enemies or to make them return to their mothers it is to discover heights in your works filled with hungry gazelles and birds‘ feathers lost in valleys and between city ...

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New Texts Out Now: Kurdish Studies

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Kurdish Studies Volume 1, Issue 1 (October 2013). J: What made you start the journal Kurdish Studies, and who are the scholars involved in its editorial work? Kurdish Studies (KS): The scholarly field of Kurdish studies has developed significantly over the last few decades, and has become an important field of study. This development expresses itself in the number of active researchers as well as articles and books published in the field of Kurdish Studies, but also in the various disciplines they cover: migration and diaspora studies, history, social sciences, political sciences, cultural studies, anthropology, linguistics, and so on. There has thus been a growing ...

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An Introduction to Kareem Risan's "The Book of Sectarianism"

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The Euphrates is a long procession Cities pat its shoulders as palm trees weep —Sinan Antoon [1] In these ashen years following the 2003 American invasion of Iraq, Kareem Risan has produced over two dozen art books. Created as one-of-a-kind artifacts, some are bound and can be unfolded, expanded, and positioned upright to be viewed in the round, while others are comprised of separate panels amassed in a portfolio or box. During this long period of charting Iraq’s most recent phase of destruction, Risan has chosen to focus on two major points of entry: the walls of Baghdad, ancient and newly erected, and a map of the city as though viewed through the distant ...

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Freedom of the Press at a Crossroads in Iraqi Kurdistan

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It appears there are but two ways to depict livelihood in Iraqi Kurdistan. Western journalists covering the area commonly invoke the region's new luxury hotels and airports as symbols of its progress and prosperity. On the other hand, local journalists who document the corrupt deals behind the business boom report receiving death threats regularly and some have been murdered for their work.   Kawa Garmyani, a reporter for the weekly Awene and editor of Rayal Magazine, was shot and killed in front of his home in Kalar city on the night of 5 December 2013. He had covered corruption in the Kurdistan Regional Government ...

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O.I.L. Media Roundup (16 April)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Occupation, Intervention and Law and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the O.I.L. Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each biweekly roundup to OIL@jadaliyya.com by Monday night of every other week.]  Israel-Palestine Peace Talks Israel Appropriates Land in West Bank, Jeffrey Heller Israeli newspaper Haaretz reports the Israeli Defense ...

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قصائد رلى الجردي

  قصائد رلى الجردي     سريرُ النّارنجِ  أنا سريرُ النّارنجِ وهو يستفيق أتحلّى بالخناجرِ واسمي سوريَّة أنا طلاءُ الأرضِ والخبزُ المنفجرُفي الأفواهِ،  الجدران المجدَّلةُ  أنا اخضرارها أغرقُ بحِنّائي أنا أوردةٌ بنَفْس اللونِ بِذاتِ الطّول لا أفصلُ عيناً عن عين ولا جلدًا عن جلد لا أشبهُ الفصولَ أستعيرُ ضلوعَ الطّوفانِ

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The Anbar Crisis: Inadequate Response to Increasing Needs

[The following press release was issued by the Danish Refugee Council on 12 March 2014] The violence in Iraq's western province of Anbar has displaced more than 340,000 individuals since late December; mostly women, children and elderly people. The Danish Refugee Council calls for humanitarian support from the international community and urges conflict parties to ensure the safe passage of staff and emergency relief to meet increasing needs of vulnerable populations. The erupting violence has caused ...

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Confronting the Human Rights Crises Left in the Wake of the Iraq War

[The following briefing was written by Jeena Shah and published by the Center for Consitutional Rights on 24 March 2014] The Bush administration’s plan to invade Iraq spurred the largest outcry and anti-war protests in the history of the world. More than ten years and hundreds of thousands of lives later, U.S. veterans and Iraqi civil society groups have come together to demand accountability for the U.S.’s fateful and lawless decisions. As one of the region’s principle mechanisms for the promotion and ...

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Beyond Emergency Assistance: Syrian Refugees in Jordan and Iraq

[The following report was published by Refugees International on 4 February 2014] Beyond Emergency Assistance: Syrian Refugees in Jordan and Northern Iraq In less than three years, the Syrian conflict has forced well over two million of that country’s citizens to take refuge in other states. Some 200,000 have fled to the Kurdistan region of northern Iraq, and 600,000 to Jordan, the two countries visited by Refugees International (RI) during its most recent mission to the Middle East. These refugees ...

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الأنبار بين مفهومين: الحرب والسلام

هزيلة صورة الدولة الآن، لإنها مازالت تستخدم الجيش كـ"مفتاح" لحل سياسي من جهة، ووجود السلاح خارج إطار الدولة من جهة آخرى. قطعت هذه الصورة الطريق أمام السلم الأهلي، ووفرت فرصاً كبيرة للإنقسام الأجتماعي. الجيش على مسرح السياسة: في تفاصيل هذه الصور، سرعان ما تنقلب المعادلات في العراق، تعلن الحكومة عن عزمها القضاء على الإرهاب ومنابعه، لتغدو النتائج معكوسة وتُزيد من منابعه وتوسعه. كانت نتائج عمليات "ثأر القائد محمد" و"وادي حوران"، وغيرها هي انتقال الإرهابيين من الصحراء إلى ...

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العمل المشترك بين القوى اليسارية والعلمانية والديمقراطية

يتم الفصل في المجتمعات الحديثة ما بين الذاكرة وعلم التاريخ، الذي أصبح هو الذي يحدد ويفسر أحداث الماضي. وينتقد الفيلسوف نيتشه، المؤرخين الذين ينتهجون ذاكرة انتقائية في ٳختيارهم، فقط لما يعتبرونه مفيداً للمجتمع وللإنسان. فقد شهد القرن العشرين اهتماماً ملحوظاً بمسألة الذاكرة. فبحسب أبحاث سيجموند فرويد، فإن (الذاكرة الواعية) لا تمثل أبداً ماضي الإنسان، حيث يمكننا الوصول ٳلى الحقائق فقط عن طريق ٳعادة ترتيب بعض التجارب المكبوتة. ومن ناحية أخرى أدت الأحداث العالمية في القرن العشرين وبالتحديد بعد الحرب العالمية ...

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"بحثاً عن "الثلاثة ديناري

قبل أعوام قليلة، بدأت بالعمل على رواية تدور أحداثها في العراق. ولتحفيز نفسي على الكتابة، استعرت اسم شخصية حقيقية، محسن خضر الخفاجي. للوهلة الأولى، لم يبدُ لي الخيار ذا معنى، إذ أن الأحداث مختلقة وأي تشابه ممكن سيكون بالصدفة المحضة.  لكن وفيما كنت أراجع المسودة الأولى، شعرت أنه ينبغي عليّ كشف هوية هذا الرجل. لقد كان الخفاجي المطلوب رقم ثمانية وأربعين من بين المسؤولين البعثيين، ومُنح  في "ورق اللعب" الخاص بالمطلوبين العراقيين ورقة "الثلاثة ديناري". كنت أعرف بعض ملامح قصته. تم ...

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موت صاخب في عاصمة مجنونة

  بعد خمسةٍ أيام من كل أسبوع، أقضيها مضطراً خارج المنزل، يتفاقم فيها خوف من قتل على الهويّة، أو موت بسيارة مفخخة، أو حفلة اطلاقات نارية هوجاء، أرجع إلى أُمي التي تستقبلني وكأني عائد للتو من جبهات القتال. تشم ملابسي بحثاً عن رائحة البارود، وتتفقد ملامحي لتطمأن على أن سحنتي لم يطلها جنون العاصمة الذي ينشر الرعب في الشوارع. منذ أشهر، بلغتُ 26 عاماً من عمري الموزع بين بغداد ودمشق. العاصمتان الموزع دمهما بين قبائل الفضائيات والصحف ومراكز الدراسات. ومنذ عامين وأنا في بغداد. هنا، أدفن وجهي في صدر أمي ...

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مختارات من الصحافة العربية 27 كانون الثاني

مختارات من الصحافة العربية (من 12 إلى 25 كانون الثاني 2014)  . دولة بغداد ترحب بكم يكتب عمر الجفال عن التخبط السياسي في العراق وخطورة تبعات العمليات العسكرية في الأنبار بالإضافة إلى تبعات استحداث محافظات وأقاليم جديدة. . نفط أربيل يدفع بالشرق الأوسط نحو صدام محتمل يناقش أحمد رشيد الخلافات بين أربيل وبغداد حول تصدير الأخيرة للنفط وإخفاق المفاوضات وانعكاسات الخلاف على العلاقات مع تركيا والمنطقة. . تعمل ضمن أجهزة شرطة ومطارات وسجون ومسؤولة عن الآف السجناء السياسيين ...

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O.I.L. Media Roundup (24 January)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Occupation, Intervention and Law and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the O.I.L. Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each biweekly roundup to OIL@jadaliyya.com by Monday night of every other week.]  Palestine-Israel Israel's African Asylum Seekers Go on Strike, Ruth Margalit The New Yorker covers the opposition of African migrants in Israel ...

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العراق الذي لم يعد هناك: مقابلة مع أحمد حبيب

 العراق الذي لم يعد هناك: مقابلة مع أحمد حبيب "لماذا أعلم ابني العربية يا علي؟ العراق راح، انتهى". هذا ما قالته لي صديقة من العراق تعيش حالياً في الولايات المتحدة قبل فترة، وفي الحقيقة لم أعرف بماذا أجيبها. ورغم أن التواصل المفترض مع العراق قد يختلف من شخص لآخر- فقد يكون زيارة للعراق، أو حديثاً عنه، أو عن "المنطقة" بشكل عام- فإن هذه المشاعر ليست غريبة على عراقيي الشتات. ففي خضم هذا الشعور المتنامي بالاحباط، نتساءل عن موقع shakomako.net، وهي "مجلة الكترونية حول كل شيء ...

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