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Tamara Al-Samerai: Make Room For Me

[Al-Samerai's drawing series act like action-packed storyboards of the live of adolescents. Image courtesy of Medrar TV.]

Make Room For Me An exhibition by Tamara Al-Samerai 21 January - 12 February 2014 Gypsum Gallery, Cairo   Kuwaiti artist Tamara Al-Samerai's recent solo show is loosely inspired by Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Al-Samerai engages with the book as a story about societal values that tackles notions of revenge, fear, love, jealousy, absence, and death while negotiating the boundary between adolescence and adulthood. A sense of anxiety underlies much of the work: a pack of dogs run toward an unspecified object, a vacant chair, a solitary cactus, or an open laptop. Inanimate everyday objects seem to take on a life of their own in her work. In another ...

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How to Do Things with Hair

[Rokni and Ramin Haerizadeh

How to Do Things with Hair Curated by Barrak Alzaid  thejamjar, Dubai, UAE 26 October—2 December, 2013   Curator Barrak Alzaid has been critically grappling with hair—men’s body hair, to be more precise—for years now. “I find men’s body hair compelling, and as I did studio visits over the last four years, I began to log the variety of ways in which men’s body hair, or accessories of men’s body hair, were deployed.” Alzaid recently translated this ongoing professional and personal engagement into an exhibition hosted by Dubai creative space thejamjar. He presented works by six artists that creatively confront some of the ways in which “hair” has been ...

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A Portrait of Kuwaiti Artist Monira Al Qadiri

[Much of Monira Al Qadiri's work is inspired by research on the aesthetics of sadness in the Middle East. Image copyright the artist.]

 A Portrait of Kuwaiti Artist Monira Al Qadiri Monira Al Qadiri's diverse background and personal history are reflected in much of her work, yet in the most unexpected ways. Her parents--an ex-diplomat and a visual artist--had lived in Russia before she was born in Senegal. Al Qadiri grew up in Kuwait, and at the age of sixteen set off to Japan to study animation. She now lives in Beirut, Lebanon. Al Qadiri has spent years studying the aesthetics of sadness in Eastern cultures. Her work in animation, film, performance, and mixed media continues to evoke an eerie sense of humor while reflecting on her surroundings and the region's history and various social norms, ...

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Saudi Arabia's Continued Crackdown on Migrants

[Migrant workers in Saudi Arabia. Image from junaidrao/flickr]

[The following report was originally published as "Saudi Crackdown: One Month Later" by Migrant Rights on 6 December 2013.] Saudi Arabia’s grace period ended nearly one month ago, precipitating a countrywide crackdown against undocumented migrants. Though Saudi officials forewarned severe punitive action, few predicted the ferocity that has left neighborhoods empty, at least three dead, and several injured.  According to some officials, at least 35,000 men, women, and children are currently detained in facilities or camps across the country. Over 70,000 migrants and their children have already been ...

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Dissent and Citizens' Rights in Kuwait (Part One): The Limits of Electoral Democracy

[Kuwaitis at the Palace of Justice demonstrating their solidarity with arrested opposition activists. 26 November 2011. Image from Ra'ed Qutena/flickr]

Egypt and Syria are absorbing attention in Kuwait and elsewhere in the Gulf, but not so much that the treatment of domestic dissidents has slipped off the agenda. When it comes to civil liberties, Kuwait was an outlier among its Gulf peers. Its constitution enumerates a list of citizen rights and liberties, while its elected parliament, unlike other “representative” bodies in the region, actually has some legislative power. Civil liberties protections depend on both. When the parliament was illegally suspended from 1976 to 1981 and again from 1986 to 1992, civil liberties disappeared as well. Freedom of speech and press, the right to assemble peacefully in public, and ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (October 22)

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[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on the Arabian Peninsula and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Arabian Peninsula Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to ap@jadaliyya.com by Monday night of every week.] Regional and International Relations  US to sell weapons worth $10bn to UAE and Saudi Arabia Elizabeth Dickinson writes on the latest arms sale to the two Gulf states and that the US Department of Defense already approved.  Saudi Arabia turns down UN Security Council seat A news report on the Saudi decision to turn ...

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July/August Culture

[Hakim al-Akel, from the Bird's Eye series, 2013. Image copyright the artist.]

As the end of summer approaches and lazy days become few and far between, Jadaliyya's Culture Bouquet offers a combined selection of posts in preparation for fall.  Beeta Baghoolizadeh contributes a Visuals in 1500 entry on the nineteenth-century marriage contracts of Mashhadi Jews in Iran. Maymanah Farhat reviews the debut Kuwait pavilion at the 55th International Exhibition of the Venice Biennale. Elliott Colla resumes the Revolution Bookshelf series with a review of Ahmed Sabry Abul-Futuh's 2012 novel Sayyid al-Ahl's Blacklist.  Also included are new translations of an excerpt from a novel by Murtedha Gzar and short stories by ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (August 6)

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[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on the Arabian Peninsula and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Arabian Peninsula Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to ap@jadaliyya.com by Monday night of every week.] Reports and Opinions Lash and jail for Saudi web activist Raef Badawi The Saudi online activist is sentenced to seven years in prison and to six hundred lashes for calling for religious liberalization. Saudi Arabia backs religious tolerance – except at home Adam Coogle examines the contradictory position of the kingdom, which ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (June 18)

[Construction workers in Dubai. Image from Wikimedia Commons.]

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on the Arabian Peninsula and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Arabian Peninsula Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to ap@jadaliyya.com by Monday night of every week.] Regional and International Relations The Gulf and Lebanon: Is It a Declaration of War? Ibrahim al-Amin argues that the Gulf Cooperation Council’s threats to forbid the Lebanese Shia from working in the region aim to exert pressure on Hezbollah to withdraw from Syria. Saudi Arabia Eurofighter talks back on track Carola Hoyos ...

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Questioning Sectarianism in Bahrain and Beyond: An Interview with Justin Gengler

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In popular accounts of politics in the Arabian Peninsula in this post-Arab uprisings era, "sectarianism" has been an omnipresent signifier for conflict and unrest. The term commonly acts – implicitly, because it is never qualified or defined – as both a description of political contestation and, simultaneously, an explanation for it. The history of "sectarianism" in academia, as an object of study and as an analytic with explanatory power, is a contentious one, used at times uncritically and rejected absolutely at others. Given the burgeoning body of new research into "sectarianism" that addresses both the proliferation of this popular ...

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Open Sesame: Memories from a War-Torn Generation

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Open Sesame Curated by Ola El-Khalidi apexart, Manhattan   17 January -- 2 March 2013   Through a small collection of objects, maps, letters, and photographs, Open Sesame leads viewers back in time to 2 August 1990— the morning Iraq invades Kuwait. The exhibit pieces together the miscellaneous belongings of children at the time, whom curator Ola El-Khalidi refers to as the “Open Sesame” generation. “Open Sesame” is also the Arabic name for the pan-Arab edition of the American children’s TV series Sesame Street, on which one of the children was to appear that day, but never did. Open Sesame captures many similar moments of loss and anxiety that had a ...

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Bedoon Children Arbitrarily Arrested (Video)

[Ahmad Al Enizi and Khaled Mohammed Saudi]

On 4 October 2012, Kuwaiti security forces arbitrarily detained five Bedoon [stateless] children in or around their homes in Timaa’ hours after a peaceful protest there had come to an end. In this short documentary, "Without (Bedoon) Guilt," Group 29 records the forgotten story of these children, and the abuse, torture and inhumane conditions they suffered during their three days at the Timaa’ Police Station and the Salmiya Criminal Investigation prison.

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عين صندوق النقد الدولي على الريوع النفطية: مثال الكويت

حين زار وفد صندوق النقد الدولي الكويت في أيلول/سبتمبر الماضي، لمناقشة «مواضيع مرتبطة بالسياسات المالية وإدارة الثروات»، جاء حاملاً جملة مخاوف، من بينها احتمال أن تتعرض الكويت لعجز كبير في الميزانية العامة للدولة «بسبب عدم التحكم في الإنفاق العام، وبسبب كلفة وعدم كفاءة الخدمات التي تقدمها في مختلف القطاعات»، علاوة على ما تستنزفه «فاتورة الدعومات الكبيرة ضمن الموازنة العامة». ولتأكيد واقعية هذه المخاوف، أشار الوفد إلى تقلبات سوق النفط العالمي و«توقع انخفاض سعر برميل النفط ليتراوح ما بين 65 إلى 70 دولاراً ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (February 4)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on the Arabian Peninsula and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Arabian Peninsula Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to ap@jadaliyya.com by Monday night of every week.] Regional and International Relations  Saudi Prince praises Livni at Munich Security conference Lahav Harkov reports on the exchange between the ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (December 24)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on the Arabian Peninsula and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Arabian Peninsula Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to ap@jadaliyya.com by Monday night of every week.] Regional and International Relations A Film Joins the Fight between the Syrians and Saudis Rania Abouzeid reviews Najdat Anzour’s “The King of the Sand,” a film ...

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Dissent and Citizens' Rights in Kuwait (Part Two): Ghost Parliaments and the "Abyss of Autocracy"

[Click here for Part One: The Limits of Electoral Democracy] The first part of this article examined the parallel constriction of citizens’ rights and parliamentary authority in the decades leading up to the 2011 confrontation between Kuwait’s rulers and its citizens and their representatives. While coinciding with and overshadowed by the media’s concentration on the uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, and Syria, this struggle emerged from a historically particular set of conditions in Kuwait that ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (November 5)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on the Arabian Peninsula and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Arabian Peninsula Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to ap@jadaliyya.com by Monday night of every week.] Regional and International Relations John Kerry arrives in Saudi Arabia to smooth ties A news report on the US Secretary of State’s trip to Saudi Arabia in an ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (August 27)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on the Arabian Peninsula and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Arabian Peninsula Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to ap@jadaliyya.com by Monday night of every week.] Regional and International Relations The Threat and Value of Saudi Arabia An editorial on US-Saudi relations. Egypt’s coup and the Saudi opposition Madawi ...

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National Works: Kuwait's Debut at the Venice Biennale

National Works Pavilion of Kuwait 55th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale Curated by Ala Younis 1 June - 24 November 2013   Kuwait’s art scene is small, scattered, and clumsily endorsed by those who possess the unlimited resources and political sway to actually overhaul it. Many of its acting patrons are members of the ruling family who, as of late, have focused more energy on peacocking in regional art pageants than earnestly investing in the country’s cultural ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (July 23)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on the Arabian Peninsula and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Arabian Peninsula Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to ap@jadaliyya.com by Monday night of every week.] Regional and International Relations Israel establishes ‘virtual’ Gulf embassy The Israeli foreign ministry starts a Twitter account directed towards nationals ...

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Theorizing the Arabian Peninsula Roundtable: Unpacking Knowledge Production and Consumption

[This is one of seven contributions in Jadaliyya's electronic roundtable on the symbolic and material practices of knowledge production on the Arabian Peninsula. Moderated by Rosie Bsheer and John Warner, it features Toby Jones, Madawi Al-Rasheed, Adam Hanieh, Neha Vora, Nathalie Peutz, John Willis, and Ahmed Kanna.]   (1) Historically, what have the dominant analytical approaches to the study of the Arabian Peninsula been? How have the difficulties of carrying out research in the Arabian ...

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O.I.L. Media Roundup (March 25)

 [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] News "Kuwait Lengthens Sentence of Man Who "Insulted" Emir", Swiss Info.ch A court in Kuwait has raised the sentence of ...

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Mona Kareem on Blogging and Dissent in Kuwait

[This post is part of an ongoing Profile of a Contemporary Conduit series on Jadaliyya that seeks to highlight distinct voices primarily in and from the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia.] Jadaliyya (J): What motivated you to start blogging?  Mona Kareem (MK): I blogged anonymously starting from 2006 about Kuwaiti politics and minorities in Kuwait. The uprisings motivated me to put my literary and journalistic writings together in a blog, considering the lack of scholarship and reporting ...

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أطياف الربيع العربي فوق بيروت

 لطالما شكلت المطالب المعيشية في لبنان مادة للنكايات السياسية ليس إلا. وكثيراً ما ارتضت الحركة النقابية اللبنانية التي كان الاتحاد العمالي العام يشكل فصيلها الأبرز، أن تتحول إلى ما يشبه الأداة في يد قوى سياسية تستخدمها ساعة تشاء، وتلوك خطابها المطلبي، قبل أن تتخلى عنها وعن المطالب التي رفعتها، عند أول فرصة. ولهذه العلاقة القاتلة أكثر من سبب لعل أبرزها سياسة الإضعاف الممنهج الذي تعرضت له الحركة النقابية على يد الوصاية السورية والطقم السياسي اللبناني الحليف لها، وفقاً لتقسيم العمل الأخوي بين ...

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