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Then and Now: LCPS Interviews Jadaliyya Co-Editor Ziad Abu-Rish on State Institutions in Lebanon

[Jadaliyya Co-Editor Ziad Abu-Rish]

In the following interview with the Lebanese Center for Policy Studies (LCPS), Jadaliyya Co-Editor Ziad Abu-Rish discusses the history of state institutions in early independence Lebanon, and some of the legacies they left behind. The interview was conducted over email, and first published on the LCPS website. Lebanese Center for Policy Studies (LCPS): There have been discussions over the last few years concerning the Lebanese state, or lack thereof, in terms of public policy, public interest, and national development. As a historian of state formation and institution building in early independence Lebanon, what are some of the ways you believe a ...

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National Association of Chicana and Chicano Studies Annual Conference Endorses Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions

[The following press release was issued by The National Associate of Chicana and Chicano Studies on 19 April 2015] The National Association of Chicana and Chicano Studies Annual Conference took place in San Francisco from April 15-18, 2015. The business meeting, open to all members, took place on Saturday evening at the close of the conference. At the business meeting, the membership gave unanimous support to the Resolution to Support the Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions. In addition, individual FOCOS (regional caucuses) and interest group Caucuses all voted to support the resolution.  The resolution follows:  National Association for ...

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O.I.L. Monthly Edition (March 2015)

Free Palestine rally in Cairo. Image by Gigi Ibrahim

 [This is a monthly archive of pieces written by Jadaliyya 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).]   In Need of Aid but Hungry for ...

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Five Decades of Painting and Innovation: An Interview with Samia Halaby

[Samia Halaby,

Last month, Samia Halaby’s retrospective, Five Decades of Painting and Innovation, traveled to Lebanon. Organized by Ayyam Gallery, the retrospective was held at the Beirut Exhibition Center, where it was shown from 2 to 26 February. For the Beirut installment, Halaby added nearly two dozen rarely seen drawings and several more paintings, significantly expanding the original list of included works. Lebanon’s Agenda Culturel interviewed Halaby about her artistic practice shortly before the show opened. The text below is the original transcript of the interview, which was conducted in English via email. Halaby’s Paintings from the Sixties and Seventies, a selection of ...

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المفكرة" : قانون حق السكن بدلا من قانون تحرير الايجارات في لبنان"

[رسم رائد شرف]

منذ اقرار قانون الايجارات، سعت المفكرة الى الاحاطة بالاشكاليات الناشئة عنه، خصوصا على صعيد التوازن المناسب بين حقّي السكن والملكية. واذ هي تنوي مع شركاء آخرين انشاء فريق متعدّد الاختصاصات لبدء العمل على مسودة مشروع قانون حول حقّ السكن، يهمّها أن توضح المنطلقات التي توجّهها في هذا الصدد مخضعةً اياها للنقاش العام. وبالامكان اختزال موقفها في هذا المكان بنقاط خمس 1- حق السكن لا يعني المستأجرين القدامى وحدهم..    أن أهم ما أسفر عنه النقاش العام الحاصل تبعا لقانون الايجارات وخصوصا قرار المجلس الدستوري الصادر في 6-8-2014 هو تكريس حق السكن، أي حق التمتع بمسكن لائق، كحق دستوري(1). وقد تم ربط هذا الحق بمجموعة من الأهداف الوطنية "ذات القيمة الدستورية" ...

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Dismantling Iraqi Health Care and its Regional Impacts: A STATUS/الوضع Conversation between Omar Dewachi and Rania Masri

In this interview, anthropologist and physician, Omar Dewachi, discusses the building, dismantling, and outsourcing of the Iraqi health care system. In addition to examining the impact of migration on Iraqi patients and Lebanese healthcare today, Dewachi historicizes accusations of Iraq's "ungovernability" from the colonial until the present, and places the conversation within a larger context of the impacts of war on healthcare.  The interview below includes four parts that you can click on separately.  Omar Dewachi is an assistant professor of anthropology and global health at the American University of Beirut (AUB). He trained as a medical doctor ...

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Slurring Sectarianism: Sunni-Shi‘i Discourse in Lebanon

[Folio depicting Battle of Siffin (657 AD) from a fourteenth-century Tarikhnama (Book of History) by Balami. Cropped image by Underlying Ik]

Lebanon has a history of inter-sectarian strife. Due to recent regional developments, namely the war in Syria, this strife now features new anti-Shi‘i and anti-Sunni slurs. Such slurs fan the flames of the Sunni- Shi‘i conflict that has emerged in the past decade, and are particularly effective when they employ tropes from Islamic collective memory. Anti-Shi‘i Discourse Lebanese Sunni resentment against Hizballah, especially among followers of Saad Hariri’s Future Movement and among the majority of Sunni Islamists, is currently potent after almost a decade of perceived persecution by the group. Tensions started to come to a head with the 2005 assassination of former ...

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Ras Beirut, Bliss Street, and “Abu Muhammad”

[Abu-Muhammad, 4 June 2014, AUB. Photograph courtesy of Cynthia Myntti]

Hamra Street is possibly Ras Beirut’s most renowned street, its name so often interchanged with Ras Beirut to designate the neighborhood. However, a few blocks north, Bliss Street rivals Hamra as the defining east-west axis of Ras Beirut’s urban grid. Bliss Street perhaps best embodies the characteristics of Ras Beirut’s association with an educated multi-confessional middle class, while its name signifies its historic tie to the American University of Beirut (AUB). After the First World War, Beirut’s Mayor Omar al-Daouk named the street in honor of AUB President Howard Bliss. In today’s Ras Beirut, Bliss Street is still green and open to the sky on one side by virtue of ...

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Zajal on Arak

[Image of zajal performance in Byblos from The Times of Malta]

I remember when electricity came to my village. I must have been about seven or eight.  The government installed a transformer in the village center. The thing was housed in a metal locker. The villagers called it ‘The Clock.’  At first, The Clock was a thing of contention. It was installed in the winter and was prone to overloading. Villagers would shout to each other from their warm perches, urging each other to flip the switch so they could enjoy the warm distractions of their new electric luxuries. Before the arrival of The Clock, we used kerosene lamps for lighting and wood stoves and charcoal grills for heating. Some villagers would throw in lemon peels ...

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Rana Hamadeh: Alien Encounters

“And Before It Falls, It Is Only Reasonable to Enjoy Life a Little” is one of several episodes making up Rana Hamadeh’s long-term research project “Alien Encounters”. “Alien Encounters” was initially inspired by Sun Ra's 1974 film ‘Space is the Place’, which proposes an African-American exodus towards outer space in response to racial injustice. It came to life with the beginning of the Arab revolutions, and contemplates the notion of 'alien-ness': the outcast with regards to the law versus the extraterrestrial by bringing together elements, from science fiction film and literature, contemporary migration, capital flows, colonial legacies, mining and transport histories, ...

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بيان مشترك لمؤسسات ومحلات في شارع الحمرا (بيروت) رداً على مقال جريدة النهار

[Image by ghazayel via devientart.com]

[صدر هذا البيان عن مؤسسات ومحلات في شارع الحمرا (بيروت) في تاريخ 6/1/2015]  بحزن واشمئزاز قرأ الكثيرون مقال حسين حزوري في صحيفة «النهار» الصادرة اليوم السادس من كانون الثاني (العدد 25575). في المقال المذكور أساء الكاتب ليس لمنطقة فقط بل لشعب بأكمله، بلغة عنصرية مهينة.منطقة من بيروت صنعت تاريخها على الانفتاح وتقبّل الآخر واحتضانه هاربا من الظلم، حتى في اسوأ أيام الحرب الأهلية اللبنانية. تاريخياً بنى لبنان سمعة على أنه الملجأ والمقصد لكل مضطهد هارب من الظلم. ولا شكّ بأن راس بيروت – الحمرا اختصاراً – أصاب في العقود الماضية السابقة للحرب الاهلية نصيبا أساسيا من هذه السمعة التي لطالما تغنّى وتباهى بها مثقفوا لبنان وأدبائه بل وسياسييه ايضاً وفي ...

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Gheith Al-Amine: Artist, Musician and Radio Host

Lebanese artist, musician, filmmaker and radio presenter Gheith Al-Amine takes us on a tour of his home-studio in Beirut, Lebanon. He talks about his latest video work which was shown at the 2014 Berlinale. It is a performative audio-visual tribute to Egyptian composer and singer Sheikh Imam, performed with a piano-forte, a smartphone, an old bulb TV, and a few lines written on two masking-tape strips, and is shot in one continuous sequence. Al-Amine also explains the vision for his daily Jazz program on the Lebanese Radio Service and shows us his unique collection of music instruments and some of his earlier projects. Amira El Masry translated the interview to ...

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Studio Visit: Lebanese Artist and Musician Raed Yassin

In this video, we visit Lebanese artist and musician Raed Yassin in his studio in Beirut. He tells us about his ongoing interest in Egyptian cinema and how he uses it as a reference for many of his art projects be they video, photography, sound, installation or his well known neon signs. Yassin has been interested in Egyptian cinema because of its wide appeal in the Arab region. He borrowed a line from the famous Lembi film series to name the artist collective he formed with artists Vartan ...

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Call for Papers: Fragments of Empire after the American Century (Beirut, 13-16 January 2016)

CASAR’s 6th International Conference: Fragments of Empire after the American Century January 13-16, 2016 Beirut, Lebanon  Abstracts are due on 30 April 2015 The Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal bin Abdulaziz Alsaud Center for American Studies and Research is now accepting abstract submission for its 6th international conference, titled “Fragments of Empire after the American Century,” which will be held at AUB next January.  The conference will provide a forum to focus on and ...

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الفن الحيّ وفائدته السياسية: مقابلة للوضع بين تانيا الخوري و بسام حداد

تعالج هذه المقابلة مع تانيا الخوري فكرة الفن كسياسة وسيرورة صناعة أدائها المنفرد ومشاريع فنها الحي القائمة على التعاون المشترك تانيا الخوري تانيا الخوري فنانة تعمل في مجال العروض الحية بين مدينتي لندن وبيروت. أعمالها الفردية تعرض في مهرجانات عالمية عديدة وهي ترتكز على الشراكة والتفاعل مع الجمهور وعلى أفكار تتحدى تمركز السلطة  تانيا عضو مؤسس في مجموعة الدكتافون التي تقوم ببحوث عن المكان الفضاءمن أجل خلق عروض حيّة من شأنها أن تفتح نقاشاً في ...

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Call for Designs--Revisiting Dalieh: Calling for Alternative Visions along Beirut’s Coast

Revisiting Dalieh: Calling for Alternative Visions along Beirut’s Coast In an effort to prevent the transformation of Dalieh – the last of the natural headlands overlooking Beirut’s emblematic Sakhret el-Raouche (Pigeon’s Rock)–to another private beach resort, the “Civil Campaign to Protect the Dalieh of Raouche” is launching this Ideas Competition to solicit visions for safeguarding Dalieh as a unique natural site and a shared open space. The Competition is an open call for architects, ...

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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 ...

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The Right to Food Safety: Rights-Based Dialogue as a Springboard towards State-Building

The stances taken by Lebanon’s Public Health Minister Wael Abou Faour in November 2014 took the country by surprise. Departing completely from the norm, Abou Faour published lists of actual businesses that have persisted in producing or selling food unfit for consumption, or not conforming to health standards. Fellow Ministers and others from outside the cabinet criticized Abou Faour, accusing him of adopting a policy of defamation that could have a negative impact on Lebanon’s economy.[1] In response, ...

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Mental Health Programs for Syrian Refugees

Lebanon is host to the largest number of Syrians displaced by the current conflict. Most of these refugees, some one-and-a-half million, live in tragic and precarious conditions.[1] Intensive war and forced displacement are known risk factors for social and mental health problems. Mental health services have become an important component of humanitarian programs in the context of emergencies arising out of conflict. After briefly reviewing the history of mental health programs in acute emergencies ...

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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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Tripoli’s Unseen Faces

Over the last six years, violence has sporadically burst out in Tripoli’s impoverished neighborhoods. Walking the narrow alleys, one starts to feel the ongoing discontent of angry men who, like glowing embers, constantly flare up in conflict. Whether it is through political-sectarian agitation and/or the work of manipulation by local politicians, people remain hostage to their wretchedness. After years of political violence that has engulfed the poverty-stricken neighborhoods, a broken and alienated ...

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حول تفكك الدولة اللبنانية. محادثة لـ" الوضع" بين رانية المصري وشربل نحاس

يناقش شربل نحاس في هذه المقابلة المؤلفة من أربعة أجزاء:  ١- غياب الحكم في لبنان: من الاستقلال حتى اليوم   ٢- مفهوم الدولة المعطلة ومعانيها الضمنية    ٣- لبنان اليوم: الانتخابات، الموازنة الوطنية، الإعلام وصناعة القرار    ٤- استجابة المواطن ولجنة تنسيق النقابة في لبنان    السيرة الذاتية  تخرّج شربل نحاس من كلية الفنون التطبيقية والكلية الوطنية للجسور والطرق بشهادة في الهندسة، وحصل على الدكتوراه في الأنثربولوجيا الاجتماعية، ...

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بيان مقهى التـاء مربوطـة في بيروت ردا على مقال جريدة النهار

[صدر هذا البيان عن ادارة مقهى التـاء مربوطـة في تاريخ 6/1/2015] - ذكر المقال المنشور في جريدة النهار بتاريخ 6/1/2015 بقلم حسين حزوري، والذي تضمن كماً من العبارات العنصرية، مطعم تاء مربوطة وأحد موظفيه احمد الحفار ونسب اليهما مواقف عنصرية مرفوضة اتجاه المواطنين السوريين. - ان ذكر مطعم تاء مربوطة وأحد موظفيه ونسب موقف عنصري اليهما امر كاذب وغير صحيح ولم يحصل اصلاً ان زار حسين حزوري المطعم والتقى بأي شخص من إدارته عدا عن انه كذب ايضاً حين نسب وظيفة مدير الى النادل احمد الحفار، وان حقيقة عدم علاقة ...

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ملف من الأرشيف: نظيرة زين الدين

[ينشر ملف من الأرشيف عادة بالتعاون مع جريدة السفير. لكن المادة أدناه من تأليف بنان غرامش]       نظيرة زين الدين  الاسم: نظيرة زين الدين الحلبي. تاريخ الولادة: ولدت عام 1908 لعائلة لبنانية. والدها شيخ ورئيس أول محكمة استئناف في لبنان، وهو القاضي سعيد زين الدين. مكان الولادة: من عائلة ريفية في قرية "محلة نصر" بمحافظة البحيرة في منطقة الدلتا في وقت عانت فيه أسر الفلاحين من الضرائب والقوانين المجحفة التي فرضتها الحكومة في مصر بحق ...

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