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Water Management in Jordan in Response to the Syrian Crisis: Between Neoliberal Pressures and Social Tensions

Since 1948, the Kingdom of Jordan has taken in a considerable number of refugee populations fleeing conflicts in Palestine, Iraq and now Syria. While this brings the country significant international aid, it also raises the question of the capacity of urban public services to handle this new demographic pressure. These public services, heavily subsidised for reasons of social stability, are in a state of chronic crisis, and are unable to meet user demand. This has led to sharp socio-spatial inequalities, growing popular discontent, worrying tensions between “native” Jordanians and Jordano-Palestinians, and growing stigmatisation of Syrian refugees. This article looks at ...

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Beyond Romanticism: Scribbles Then and Now: A STATUS/الوضع Conversation between Wael Attili and Adel Iskandar

In this interview, Wael Attili, the founder of Jordan's most recognizable new media, cartooning, and digital media outfit, explains how soul-searching led to a shift in editorial mission for Kharabeesh.  The interview below includes four parts that you can click on separately. For animated videos from Kharabeesh, see their YouTube channel.  Wael Attili is the founder and chief creative officer of Kharabeesh (Arabic for "scribbles"). He is an Amman-based storyteller, cartoonist, animator, designer, producer, and filmmaker. Kharabeesh is an acclaimed online entertainment network for youth in the Arab World. Attili tweets @Sha3teely. 

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الإنتاج الموسيقي المستقل والبديل في العالم العربي. محادثة ل"الوضع" بين هدى عصفور، خيام اللامي و كندة حسن

في هذه الفقرة الخاصة التي تقدمها هدى عصفور، تُطلع كندة حسن المستمعين على تجربتها في مؤسسة إي كي ٣. وتركز هدى وضيفاها على عدة فنانين من العالم العربي  وتستعلم من خيام اللامي عن  شركة نوى الناشئة لتسويق الأعمال الموسيقية. تتضمن المقابلة التالية جزأين، بحيث يمكنكم أن تنقروا عليهما بشكل منفصل. بوسعكم أن تقرأوا أيضاً النص العربي المدوّن المرافق. ويمكن العثور على الموسيقا من الفقرة تحت نص المقابلة. خيام اللامي ولد خيام اللامي في دمشق، سوريا، ١٩٨١ لوالدين عراقيين. بدأ العزف على الكمان في سن الثامنة، لكن بعد أن انتقلت أسرته إلى لندن في ١٩٩٠ انتقل اهتمامه إلى الطبول والغيتار الكهربائي وأسس عدداً من فرق الروك. لم يكتشف آلة العود حتى ٢٠٠٤ وبدأ ...

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Syrian Refugees Collectivizing in Jordan Becomes a Security Issue

Introduction I first visited the northern city of Irbid, Jordan in the summer of 2013 as an American undergraduate studying Arabic. By joining a youth volunteer group, I came into contact with Syrian social workers who mobilize resources and services among the Syrian community to assist new Syrian arrivals, including injured ex- fighters of the Free Syrian Army (FSA). On my visits to Syrian neighborhoods, I heard a wealth of personal narratives of suffering and resilience that impressed upon me the solidarity of the Syrian community throughout this protracted Syrian war. Now in a Jordanian city, it seemed that refugees also faced state-imposed obstacles to securing a ...

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Al-Wihdat Refugee Camp: Between Inclusion and Exclusion

[Al-Wihdat Refugee Camp. Image by Jihad Nijem]

Drawing on the influential writing of Arendt, Foucault, and Agamben, much of the literature on refugees and refugee camps has generally emphasized the liminality and extraordinariness of the space of the camp. Camps have often been juxtaposed to the city. Whereas the latter has come to represent normality, the camp has been portrayed as the site of hardened national identities and political ideologies or, conversely, as a place of confinement for speechless victims. This approach might result in overlooking the intricate social relations that refugees develop with the city, and maintaining unchanged biased representations of them. In the field of Palestinian studies, ...

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Dead Sea Living

[Image by Intuitive Pictures]

Dead Sea Living, directed by German Gutierrez. Canada/France/Palestine, 2013. Although the Dead Sea has no life, it provides living through the rich minerals extracted from it. Yet the flood of water into the Dead Sea is slowly receding. It has witnessed a ninety-foot drop in only thirty years on a lake that is just sixty-seven kilometers long and twenty kilometers wide. At this rate, the Dead Sea will bottom out as a small pond in about fifty years. German Gutierrez’s film Dead Sea Living depicts the dying of the Dead Sea and its economic, environmental, social, and political implications. Gutrierrez is a Colombian film director currently based in Canada who has made ...

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Banning Halloween and Other Narrative Diversions in Jordan

[Illustration by Imad Hajjaj]

We were just dusting off our annual “please observe Halloween responsibly” email message to students when bars and clubs began announcing via social media that they were cancelling their Halloween parties at the request of the government. Shortly thereafter, the Ministry of Interior confirmed this. It cited security concerns, such as some highly-publicized mob assaults on similar parties in recent years (invariably blamed on Islamists hurling accusations of “Satanism” and “homosexuality”). The ministry predictably also cited the incompatibility of Halloween parties with Jordan’s alleged traditions and values. By Thursday night, the beginning of our Friday-Saturday ...

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الانحناء على جثة عمّان

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استيقظت على ظلال كبيرة وصغيرة. كانت الكبيرة تلكمني على وجهي وتتحدّث إلي. والصغيرة تتنفّس في وجهي وتسقيني لُزوجَتها. وعندما استطعت فتح عيناي، <

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When Your Name is on the Blacklist

[The cover of Amjad Nasser's novel,

[The Gallatin School of New York University invited Amjad Nasser, one of the major poets of the Arab world, to inaugurate its Gallatin Global Writers series on 30 September. On 27 September, US Homeland Security at Heathrow, London, interrogated Nasser and prevented him from boarding the plane without giving any reason. The bilingual reading will take place as scheduled in protest of this occurrence. Nasser will join from London via Skype. The following is the essay Nasser wrote after the incident. It is translated by Sinan Antoon] When Your Name is on the “Blacklist” Amjad Nasser I read once that the number of names on the American “blacklist” is around one million. ...

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New Texts Out Now: Myriam Ababsa, Atlas of Jordan: History, Territories, and Society

[Cover of Myriam Ababsa,

Myriam Ababsa, editor, Atlas of Jordan: History, Territories, and Society. Beirut: Presses de l’Institut Français du Proche-Orient, 2013. أطلس الأردن - التاريخ، الأرض والمجتمع Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Myriam Ababsa (MA): Jordan lacked a synthetic book about its historical resiliencies and social dynamics. The Royal Jordanian Geographical Center published the first two-volume Atlas of Jordan in 1984, but this series was dedicated to the country’s physical geography and lacked any reference to Jordan’s social and political dynamics. In the following two decades, several publications attempted to present synthetic historical views of Jordan, but ...

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عن موقع حبر كمساحة للحوار النقدي: مقابلة مع رئيسة التحرير لينا عجيلات

في 30 حزيران سنة 2014، حجبتْ الحكومة الأردنية موقع حبر. كان هذا الحجب الثاني للموقع في العامين الماضيين.  نُفِّذَ الحجبُ الأول على موقع 7iber.com وهو الـ URL الأول للمجموعة. أما الحجب الأخير فقد نُفِّذَ على عنوان  7iber.org  وهو الـ URL البديل للمجموعة منذ الحجب الأول. أجريت مقابلة مع رئيسة التحرير لينا عجيلات منذ سنة من أجل معرفة المزيد عن طبيعة حبر كفسحة جماعية ومنتدى عام. في ما يلي أجزاء من تلك المقابلة التي تتناول تأسيس حبر، وتنظيم المجموعة ...

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Mohamed Said Baalbaki: Fictional Museum

[Mohamed Baalbaki has been working on his museum series since 2006. Image courtesy of Medrar TV.]

Mohamed Said Baalbaki: Fictional Museum May 2014 Viennoise Hotel, Cairo   In his two-part series titled Al Buraq (The Pegasus), Lebanese artist Mohamed Said Baalbaki questions the authority of the museum as an institution and the ways in which histories are written and presented to the public. The series takes the shape of a museum setting, with each gallery focusing on a particular moment in the region's modern history. Al Buraq I begins with the story of two German scientists finding bone parts of an unusual animal (a winged horse) in Jerusalem before World War II. This leads to a trip into the history of colonialism in the region. The second part of the ...

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نقابة الصحفيين: احتكار بالقانون

يواجه شادي سمحان ذات المعضلة التي يعاني منها أكثر من 500 صحفي أردني محرومين من حق الانضمام لنقابة تدافع عنهم وتنظم عملهم، وغير معترف بهم كصحفيين أمام القانون. سمحان عمل لعشرة سنوات كمراسل صحفي في صحف «الشاهد، الأنباط، الإعلام البديل، الإخبارية، الهلال»، وفي عام 2011 أنشأ موقعه الإلكتروني «عمان جو». في حزيران 2014 مثُل أمام المدعي العام كشاهد، ورفض كصحفي الكشف عن مصدره الذي اتهمته الشركة التي يعمل فيها بإفشاء أسرار الشركة. وما كان من المدّعي العام إلا أن وجّه إليه تهمة شهادة الزور باعتباره منتحلا لصفة ...

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The Curious Case of Rula Amin in Jordan: Undermining the Rule of Law?

[The following report was submitted to Jadaliyya by a confirmed source close to the case of Rula Amin, a reporter recently detained by Jordanian authorities.] [Update: There are confirmed reports that Rula Amin has been released from prinson today, 17 March 2015. The legal details of her release have not yet been confirmed.] On Monday 16 March 2015, Jordanian police arrested Rula Amin, a veteran international journalist, in Amman, Jordan. Rula had refused to give up physical custody of her ...

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Call for Applicants: Sijal Institute's Intensive Arabic Summer Courses

Sijal Institute for Arabic Language and Culture invited applications for intensive Arabic summer courses in Amman, Jordan. Established by renowned scholars of teh Arab world, we offer enthusiastic students access to: Oustanding Arabic instruction at all levels Curriculum designed at leading US iniversities Hub for intellectual and cultural events Save and exciting location in the heart of Rainbow Street (old Amman) For more information visit as at www. sijal.org About ...

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Manufacturing Silence: On Jordan's ISIS War, Arab Authoritarianism, and US Empire

On 24 December 2014, ISIS reported and the US-led coalition confirmed that a Jordanian fighter pilot, Mu‘ath al-Kassasbeh, had crashed in Syria and was now in ISIS custody. On 3 February 2015, ISIS released a video showing its own members murdering the pilot by immolation. The Jordanian regime vowed revenge. Some Jordanians took to the streets in grief and anger. The Jordanian Armed Forces, for its part, intensified its bombing campaign in Syria. Media outlets and Middle East analysts have expended ...

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Workshop: Carbon Democracy and Revolution: Perspectives from the Middle East and the Mediterranean

Social revolutions, civil war and crippling economic crises: What is going on in the Middle East and South Eastern Mediterranean? Are the revolutions and wars in Egypt, Syria or Libya connected to the economic crises in Greece, Italy or Cyprus? How do carbon resources and energy competition affect these tense social, economic and environmental inter-relations? What is the future of 'carbon democracy' and what are its geographic and political ramifications? Inspired by Timothy Mitchell's work Carbon ...

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Amjad Nasser: Questioning Ibn Arabi

  Questioning Ibn Arabi Amjad Nasser I From Seville to Damascus where I plunged through the scents of Salhiyya’s kitchens and the voices of its persistent sellers until I found you. The sky might be one and the same. . . with clouds raining here and refraining there, with angels absorbed in arranging a mercy that does not arrive, or with migrating birds whose craws carry the shots of pursuing guns. Others carrying the hay of their original homes in their beaks, making winter meet summer. The ...

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البحر من هنا

[تنشر جدلية بالاشتراك مع مجموعة الـدكتافون ومؤسسة "آرت-ايست" نصوصاً تتناول الحق في الوصول إلى الشاطىء في العالم العربي تحت عنوان "من هنا البحر". نشرت هذه النصوص باللغة الانكليزية على موقع آرت-ايست. تنشر سلسلة "من هنا البحر" تباعاً على موقع جدلية خلال الأسبوع القادم.]     واقعية ما تراه تزداد طردياً مع خيالك. فالواقع الذي أعيشه الآن، أنا أراه وأنت تراه على خلاف، وسيتحول الى ذاكرة أو موروث، سيختلف باختلاف الناقل وباختلاف المكان. فما نحن بالمحصلة سوى ...

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حل لغز كتابة رُقَم دير علا من القرن الثالث عشر قبل الميلاد

يقع (تل دير علا) في الأغوار الوسطى شرقي نهر الأردن.  وفي الرابع عشر من إبريل 1964 أعلن H.J. Franken  مدير حفريات هذا التل عن اكتشاف عدد من الرقم الطينية في الموقع تعود إلى نهاية العصر البرونزي المتأخر، أي إلى نهايات القرن الثالث عشر ق.م. ثلاث من هذه الرقم تحمل كتابة خطت على اللوح الطيني ساعة كان طريا. أما الباقي فقد كان يحمل مجرد نقاط لا يعرف معناها، وإن كان بعضهم يعتقد أنها أرقام حسابية. اللغة التي كتبت بها هذه (النقوش) ظلت غير معروفة، كما ألفباؤها ظلت عصية حتى الآن. وفي حفريات عام 1994 و2004 ...

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عندما يكون اسمك على "القائمة السوداء"

قرأتُ، مرةً، أنَّ عدد المسجلين على القائمة الاميركية "السوداء" يبلغ نحو مليون شخص. ولكنَّ ذلك قبل الحادي عشر من سبتمبر. بعده لا أحد يعلم كم بلغ العدد! قد يخطر في بال من يسمع بوجود هذه القائمة أن الأمر يتعلق بأسماء المتورطين بـ "الارهاب"، مشاركة ً وتمويلاً وتمجيداً، أو بارونات المخدرات الذين يدمِّرون شباب العالم، أو تجار السلاح الذين يسلّحون نزاعات الشعوب بأدوات القتل، ولكن كلا. فقد كان عليها عدد من أبرز كتاب وفنانين العالم ممن ساندوا نضال الشعوب ضد الاستعمار، أو حقِّها في تقرير ...

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An Excerpt from Amjad Nasser's "Land of No Rain"

[Land of No Rain, the recently published novel by Jordanian poet Amjad Nasser (b. 1955), describes the experiences, thoughts and memories of an ageing leftist who decides to go home to fictional Hamiya after twenty years in exile. The move makes him reflect on the effects time has wrought on him, on the world around him and on the ideals that have sustained him over the years. Much of the book is written in the second person, addressing either of the protagonist's two personae – the one that went into ...

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Jordanian Government Blocks 7iber Again

Yesterday the Jordanian Media Commission blocked access to 7iber.org, the alternate domain we have been using for the past year after the Jordanian government first blocked 7iber.com along with around two hundred other websites based on the amended Press and Publication Law. Despite the ban, or perhaps in part because of it, 7iber went through some exciting changes and developments this past year. Our content and research teams have grown. We have produced numerous reports, multimedia ...

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Fadwa Toukan: A Profile from the Archives

["A Profile from the Archives“  is a series published by Jadaliyya in both Arabic and English in cooperation with the Lebanese newspaper, Assafir. These profiles will feature iconic figures who left indelible marks in the politics and culture of the Middle East and North Africa. This profile was originally published in Arabic and was translated by Mazen Hakeem.] Name: Fadwa Last Name: Toukan Father’s name: Abul Fattah Agha Toukan Mother’s name: Fawzieh Amin Baik Date of ...

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