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المجتمع المدني في الخليج العربي: الواقع والاحتمالات. مقابلة للوضع بين انور الرشيد وفاتح عزام

نقاش حول واقع وانشطة وتاريخ حركات المجتمع المدني في منطقة الخليج العربي. أنور الرشيد رئيس منتدى المجتمع المدني الخليجي منذ 2007. يعمل أيضاً كصحفي ومحلل سياسي، وعضو جمعية الصحفيين الكويتيين، وهو مراقب دولي للانتخابات في المنطقة وكان نائب رئيس مجلس مديري شبكة انتخابات العالم العربي. وهو عضو في منظمة حقوق الإنسان الكويتية، ونسّق عدة “مؤتمرات ظل” للمجتمع المدني بالتوازي مع مؤتمرات قادة مجلس التعاون الخليجي  

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اللاجئون السوريون والخليج: لحظة فك السحر

[لاجئون سوريون على الحدود التركية. المصدرا.ب]

عندما كتب ميشيل فوكو عن علاقة المعرفة بالسلطة ركز على أهمية العلوم الاجتماعية لتقديم المعرفة الدقيقة اللازمة لأي سلطة تريد تنوير أو ترويض رعيتها. فالإحصائيات والأرقام والمسوحات والاستبيانات والمقابلات المعمقة هدفها تقديم حد أدنى من المعلومات التي على ضوئها سيتم تفسيرها من قبل السلطات السياسية، وإنشاء ما يسمى "بنظام الحقيقة". ومع كل أسف ما نجده هذه الأيام من جدل حول لماذا لم تستقبل دول الخليج اللاجئين السوريين هو تتويج لنظام يتناقض كلياً مع "نظام الحقيقة": إنه "نظام الجهل" أو سلطة "الجهل". وكلمة الجهل هنا هي كلمة منمقة لكي لا نقول "نظام التضليل الشعبوي".  فمنذ سنوات عدة، لم أتمكن أبداً، كمتخصص بموضوع الهجرة واللجوء، ...

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Discussion: Gulf Youth and the City (17 June 2015, AGSIW)

Gulf cities have followed similar paths of urbanization and architecture shaped by state planning and commercial development. While local differences exist, all reflect the demands of government and business, with little attention paid to civic requirements and public spaces. Recent events across the globe, from the Occupy movements to the 2011 Arab uprisings, have brought the role of cities in political life to the forefront. However, with few exceptions, Gulf cities are known more as glittering global consumer capitals than places of civic engagement or political struggle.  With a dynamic younger generation rising in the Gulf, what is the public’s role, ...

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'The Thing Is to Be Light as Air': An Interview with Mai Al-Nakib

[Mai Al-Nakib. Photo: Omar Nakib]

Last spring, Bloomsbury published Mai Al-Nakib’s debut work of fiction, The Hidden Light of Objects (released in the US this January). Since then the collection of short stories has won praise and acclaim from across the globe, including the First Book Award at the Edinburgh International Book Festival in 2014. The Hidden Light of Objects is not so much a collection but rather, to borrow from the language of Gilles Deleuze, an assemblage of fictions whose themes, characters and things are deeply entangled with one another. Especially suggestive in this regard is Al-Nakib’s figure of the bougainvillea—that vine with such an evocative local name, majnuna (madwoman) and ...

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Snapshot: Kuwait City

An antique seller at the Friday market, Kuwait City. Photo by Faisal Al Fouzan.

Every Friday during my day off work, I take my camera and explore Kuwait City. Kuwait on the weekends, especially in the mornings, is very peaceful. Everyone seems relaxed and to be having a quiet time. Some days I go to the Friday market, which is a flea market that opens on weekends only, to photograph pieces of life there, such as sellers arranging their used goods and antiques, a boy laying on the carpets he helps to sell while he waits for potential customers, and peoples’ interactions. Or I head to Al Mubarkiya, the old traditional market of Kuwait, and experience other moments of lives there: workers in action, busy with customers, or having their break and ...

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Call For Papers: Knowledge-Based Development in the Gulf (Kuwait, March 2015)

Knowledge-Based Development in the Gulf Call for Papers Kuwait, 13-15 March 2015 Deadline: 15 October 2014  The Center for Gulf Studies at the American University of Kuwait will hold its second Gulf Studies Symposium (GSS) on 13-15 March 2015. The GSS is a meeting of worldwide Gulf scholars and researchers held biennially in Kuwait. Each symposium is based on a particular scholarly theme that is timely both to the region and to the field of Gulf studies. The theme of the 2015 GSS is “Knowledge-Based Development in the Gulf.” 
  Arab Gulf states increasingly utilize the phrase “knowledge economy” in their development strategies. Policy reports and ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (September 2)

[Image from Bahrain Center for Human Rights.]

[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 You Can't Understand ISIS If You Don't Know the History of Wahhabism in Saudi Arabia Alastair Crooke argues that the rise of the Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria needs to be understood in light of Wahhabi ideology. To really combat terror, end support for Saudi Arabia Owen ...

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Home Surveillance and the Rights of Domestic Workers

[Migrant Rights logo. Image from @MigrantRIghts.]

[The following report was originally published by Migrant Rights on 25 July 2014 under the title "Home Surveillance Marketed Against Domestic Workers' Privacy Rights."] The alleged link between migrants and crime is a commonly regurgitated misconception in much of the migrant receiving world. In the Gulf States, local media particularly dramatize the ‘danger’ of migrant domestic workers to family privacy and child safety. Authorities further fuel these xenophobic narratives, regularly scapegoating migrants for any and all social problems, including the loss of cultural heritage and language. Saudi discourse particularly demonizes Ethiopian migrants, condemning ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (June 10)

[Flyer of Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani hailing the nomination of Qatar for the 2022 World Cup. Image from Flickr/Julio.]

[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 Arabia and Iran Reach Out Tentatively Ben Hubbard examines the recent rapprochement between Riyadh and Tehran.  GCC ambassadors’ reinstatement reports denied Habib Toumi reports on a Bahraini diplomat’s assertion that the three Gulf Cooperation Council ambassadors in ...

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Dignity Has No Price in Kuwait

[Logo of the Gulf Center for Human Rights. Logo from gc4hr.org]

[The following report was published by the Gulf Center for Human Rights on 23 April 2014] Introduction and Summary Kuwait’s reputation is as one of the most democratic states in the Gulf, the state with an elected parliament and the state in which there is a tolerance of freedom of expression and of assembly. All things are relative, however, and the experiments with democracy in the country have long been combined with distinct and targeted repression. Although Kuwait has sought to avoid dissent by distributing its oil revenue to its relatively small population, there have nevertheless been large-scale street protests and vocal opposition to the ruling family in ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (April 22)

[Prince Bandar bin Sultan with George W. Bush in 2002. Image from Wikipedia.]

[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 Canada-Saudi arms deal has 'significant risk' Megan O’Toole reports on concerns over the Canadian government’s willingness to provide weapons to the repressive Saudi regime. Resolving the Gulf crisis Mansour Almarzoqi Albogami argues that the Gulf states need to “institutionalise their ...

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عين صندوق النقد الدولي على الريوع النفطية: مثال الكويت

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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 بحلول 2018»، (وهذا توقع مبالِغ في تشاؤمه تقابله توقعات معاكسة له). من جهة أخرى امتدح وفد الصندوق الجهود الحكومية، إلا إنه طالبها بالعمل على إقناع مجلس الأمة بقبول التوصيات ...

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Manifesto Against the Woman

Weeks before the 2003 US invasion of Iraq, Indian theorist Chandra Talpade Mohanty published her book, Feminism without Borders, in which she discusses the hegemony of Western feminism and its deadly transnational effects. In doing so, Mohanty did not reveal a truth that other feminists had somehow missed. She did, however, theorize what she called “third world difference”–that brute pedestal upon which western feminists stand as they survey the world. Mohanty uses the term to critique the problematic ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (June 30)

[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 Wikileaks Docs Reveal Saudi intrigues against Bahrain’s Arab Spring Faten Bushehri examines Saudi Arabia’s meddling in ...

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Sami Mohammad: On the Path to Al Sadu

Within a few years of joining Kuwait’s Free Atelier in 1959, Sami Mohammad created a collection of paintings and sculptures that would determine the direction of his art over the next five decades. As one of the studio’s first artists, he was given a stipend by the Kuwaiti government that allowed him to focus on developing his artistic practice fulltime. The groundbreaking art space and its associated programs provided Mohammad and his colleagues with an ideal setting—a place where they could liberally ...

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أكثر المطلوبين: محمد العجمي. محادثة ل "الوضع" بين منى كريم ومحمد العجمي

في هذا اللقاء الذي أجرته منى كريم يسلّط محمد العجمي الضوء على نشاطه وعلى أسباب وظروف اعتقاله بالإضافة إلى مسائل أخرى.  محمد العجمي مغرد مشهور على التويتر وناشط سياسي من الكويت. اعتُقل عدة مرات  لانتقاده النظام. عجمي عضو في “اللجنة الوطنية لمراقبة الانتهاكات”. اعتُقل في في ٢٧ آب\أغسطس بعد أن استُدعي وحُقّق معه مطوّلاً  وقد أمر المسؤولون باحتجازه فترة مبدئية من ١٠ أيام على ذمة التحقيق      

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Gulf Women's Writing: On Slavery, Migrant Labor, and Statelessness

On 10 November, Mona Kareem will give a talk at Binghamton University (1:00pm in room LT 1506) on how Gulf women writers adopt—or challenge—nationalist narratives. How, Kareem asks, do women writers deal with racialized minorities, migrants, and stateless individuals? What kinds of feminist positions are taken within their discussions of racism? Can citizen-women offer an alternative history or new narratives on issues of slavery, migrant labor, and statelessness? Kareem is herself stateless, ...

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Understanding Modernity: A Review of the Kuwait Pavilion at the Venice Biennale

On 6 June 2014, the Kuwait pavilion at La Biennale di Venezia’s 14th International Architecture Exhibition opened with a restaging of an event that took place three decades earlier: the ceremonial opening of the Kuwait National Museum. Under the heading “Acquiring Modernity” (responding to the overall Biennale theme “Absorbing Modernity”), the Kuwait pavilion seeks to “articulate the nation’s history of modernization” by focusing its participation on the history of the national museum, first ...

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لا تقصص رؤياك

نواف اكتسحني برد شديد، انتشلني من إغماءة، كنت أنتفض. حاولت أن أفتح عيني باتساع فلا أستطيع، جفناي متورمان وثقيلان. استطعت فتح فرجة صغيرة من عيني الشمال منها سبرت المكان الذي تسرب إليه خيط نور من ثقب في ساتر حديدي يسد النافذة. غرفة صغيرة، عدة كراسي بأرجل طويلة جنب الحائط، طاولتان بينهما قطعة سجاد، صندوق قناني مشروبات غازية فارغة، علب أصباغ رائحتها اتعبت تنفسي. نظرتي مهزوزة وألم انتشر في رأسي. ما لبثت النظرة قليلا حتى أسدلت جفني من الألم وعدت للظلام، ارتحت قليلا. صمت مطبق كصمت بدايات الكوابيس لا يخترقه سوى ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (June 17)

[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 Jihadistan, Saudi Arabia and Iran Immanuel Wallerstein argues that the success of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (May 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  What Saudi-Iranian rapprochement means for Assad Lina Khatib argues that Tehran is likely to agree to limit ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (May 6)

[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  GCC crisis: 'A thing of the past' Joseph A. Kechichian argues that the recent resolution of the conflict shows ...

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Tamara Al-Samerai: Make Room For Me

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 ...

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How to Do Things with Hair

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 ...

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