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سجن النساء يجتاز اختبار بكدال ويتجاوزه

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أمتعنا الثلاثي مريم ناعوم (كاتبة السيناريو)، كاملة أبو ذكري (المخرجة)، نيللي كريم (البطلة) هذا العام في رمضان بمسلسل "سجن النسا" كما أمتعونا العام الماضي بمسلسل "ذات". والمسلسل هذا العام مأخوذ عن مسرحية للكاتبة الراحلة فتحية العسال، ولكن السيناريو (الذي كتبته مريم نعوم مع هالة الزغندي) أخذه إلى آفاق أرحب تماماً كما فعلت نعوم العام الماضي بمسلسل "ذات" فأثبتت أنها كاتبة نسوية من الطراز الأول، وإن لم تحظ أعمالها بالتفات على هذا المستوى. فلقد غرقت للأسف في اعتراضات هامشية من قبل العاملات في سجن القناطر اللواتي لم يرن في عملها إلا تشويه لسمعتهن. ومع أن كلا المسلسلين حظي بنسبة مشاهدة ومتابعة جماهيرية عالية تخطت مشاهدة بعض المسلسلات الرمضانية التي ...

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The Politics of "Unveiling Saudi Women": Between Postcolonial Fantasies and the Surveillance State

[Wall surrounding a gated community, Saudi Arabia. Image by Amelie Le Renard.]

With the consolidation of the Saudi state starting in the 1960s, the regime has progressively imposed unified dress codes for Saudi men and women, that for the latter has meant wearing a long, black cloak [‘abaya] and veiling. Various state institutions, like schools, universities, and the Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice—commonly referred to as the “morality police” or “mutawi‘a”—have increasingly rigorously monitored women’s strict dress codes, on which much has been written (Le Renard, 2011, 2014, Al-Rasheed, 2013). This essay deals with a different relation of power that has received less attention. It shows how the Saudi regime is ...

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Countercurrent: Bahrain Watch: A STATUS/الوضع Conversation between Reda al-Fardan and Mona Kareem

Reda al-Fardan, the Bahraini software developer behind Bahrain Map, discusses Bahrain Watch's new Fabrigate project, which tracks fabrications that have been published in local and state-controlled media. A CPISP recipient, he received his BA in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cambridge, and his MSc in Polymer Technology from Loughborough University. He was previously a risk analyst at Gulf International Bank before joining A.T. Kearney as a management consultant in the Gulf region.     

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Turkey Media Roundup (December 9)

[Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Ankara, December 2012. Image by www.kremlin.ru, via Wikimedia Commons.]

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Turkey and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Turkey Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to turkey@jadaliyya.com by Sunday night of every week.] English “New Turkey,” Democracy, Authoritarianism Balance Makes the Ballerina According to Taha Meli Arvas, the lack of a strong opposition is a concern for Turkish democracy, not the “authoritarian turn” that Western news outlets currently seem to argue. Eurocentrism as a Poor Excuse Joost Lagendijk comments on the intellectual support of the ...

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Farewell Sabah, 1927-2014

[Beirut newspaper stand, the day after Sabah died. Image by Ahmad Gharbieh]

Jeanette Feghali, known to millions across the world as Sabah, died last week at the age of 87.  By the time of her death, she had been a star for almost seven decades. Sabah began her career while still a teenager, moving from Lebanon to Cairo during the 1940s, the golden age of Egyptian cinema. Her image and voice are stored in more than eighty films, and by the time of her death she had recorded over three thousand songs written by generations of the region’s best poets, songwriters, and composers. Her death sparked a period national mourning in Lebanon, bringing fans from all classes, regions, and ages together to celebrate her life. She was a national figure ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (December 2)

[Pope Francis visits the Sultan Ahmed Mosque and Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, 29 November 2014. Image by Photoreporter / Shutterstock.com]

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Turkey and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Turkey Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to turkey@jadaliyya.com by Sunday night of every week.] English Domestic Politics A CHP-HDP Election Alliance? Abdülkadir Selvi claims that the CHP and the HDP are working in collusion with the Gülen movement in order to challenge the ruling AKP. Gülenists in the Corridors of EU Parliament According to Ozan Ceyhun, the Gülen movement is trying to challenge the Turkish government through diplomatic ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (November 25)

[A PKK fighter in Iraqi Kurdistan, May 2013. Image by journalistanbul / Shutterstock.com]

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Turkey and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Turkey Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to turkey@jadaliyya.com by Sunday night of every week.] English Peace and Reconciliation Process All Parties See They Cannot Afford to End Peace Process İlnur Çevik argues that the Turkish and Kurdish leadership need to focus on the goal of peace and overlook the challenges that continue to plague the process. A National Observer for the Reconciliation Process Abdülkadir Selvi writes about the advantages ...

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إدارة أر-شيف تطلق إصداراً يساهم في دراسة محتوى مواقع التواصل الاجتماعي

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 لوس انجيليس، كاليفورنيا 17/11/2014 تُطلق مؤسسة "أرشيف R-Shief" يوم 17 نوفمبر مبادرة للباحثين الأكاديميين العاملين في مجال دراسة الحركات الاجتماعية عبر العالم؛ حيث تجعل المحتوى الذي تم جمعه على مدار السنوات الماضية متاحاً إلى جانب أدوات أرشيف متاحة لمدة عام بصورة مجانية ومفتوحة بدون قيود. هذا الأرشيف يشمل محتوى من مختلف شبكات التواصل الاجتماعي في أكثر من 70 لغة. يستطيع الجمهور أن يستفيد من هذه الخدمة من أجل دراسة والتعرف على المحتوى الإلكتروني والأدوات التحليلية المختلفة في مؤسسة أر-شيف. تطلق أر-شيف هذه المبادرة في الذكرى الخامسة لبدايتها يوم 11تشرين الثاني\ نوفمبر 2009، وفي هذه المناسبة تدعو المبادرة كُلاً من الأكاديميّين والناشطين السياسيّين ...

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R-Shief Launches New Research Tools Allowing Full Access to Social Media Archives

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Los Angeles, CA, November 17, 2014 R-Shief.org, a media research system designed to analyze global social movements, is launching new tools allowing full and free public access to its unique and historic social media archive and analytics in more than seventy languages. Since 2009, the open-source media lab has been analyzing online discussions on networks such as Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and now Instagram. R-Shief is most known for supporting media analytics on what was tweeted during the eighteen days in Egypt leading to the resignation of former President Hosni Mubarak in 2011. In the past five years, R-Shief has also produced an Arabic sentiment ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (November 11)

[Turkish soldiers at the Syrian border, 21 September 2014. Image by fpolat69 / Shutterstock.com]

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Turkey and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Turkey Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to turkey@jadaliyya.com by Sunday night of every week.] English Kobane / ISIS Blame Washington for Continuing Crisis in Syria Merve Şebnem Oruç claims that American ambivalence in the Syrian war is preventing Turkey from achieving a lasting solution to the geopolitical and humanitarian crisis. Bayık: No Solution Without Kurds in Middle East KCK Executive Council Co-President Cemil Bayık describes the ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (November 4)

[Souad al-Shammary. Image from www.manartv.com.lb]

[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  Qatar and the UK stand together in the fight against terrorism The Qatari prime minister writes an article on the Qatari emir’s visit to the United Kingdom. Emir of Qatar aims to paint positive image of country on UK visit Ian Black reflects on the Qatari emir’s visit to ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (November 3)

[Riot police stop media from entering a public court. Photo by Muhammad Ghafari via Flickr.]

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Egypt and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Egypt Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to egypt@jadaliyya.com by Sunday night of every week.]  Regional and International Relations Egypt, Ethiopia Discuss Forming Joint Industrial Zone in Addis Ababa: Minister Following the recent agreements made on the disputed Renaissance Dam, Egypt and Ethiopia agree on establishing a joint industrial zone headed by a private company which gains its support from the Egyptian state. Tunisian Press Slams ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (December 16)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Turkey and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Turkey Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to turkey@jadaliyya.com by Sunday night of every week.] English AKP / “New Turkey” / Democracy / Authoritarianism A New Threat Looming on Turkey's Horizon: Brain Drain According to Barçın Yinanç, the AKP’s efforts to introduce religion ...

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The Islamic State: The Fear of Decline?

Following a series of military setbacks, Dabiq—the propaganda magazine of the Islamic State (IS)—is issuing calls for the unity of followers to compensate for the dwindling number of its fighters. Through its powerful media apparatus, IS states its ambitions. The Islamic State has shown great capabilities on the field, but also in the virtual sphere. The group has developed a high-quality media industry and mastered this tool like no jihadist group ever has. In comparison, al-Qa‘ida propaganda is a ...

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Censorship and Detention in Egypt, A Personal Account: A STATUS/الوضع Conversation between Alaa Abd El Fattah and Lina Attalah

Alaa Abd El Fattah is a writer, programmer, community organizer and activist who constantly generates new meanings to the notion of activism. He has been in political detention during the Hosni Mubarak era, the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces interim rule following the January 25 revolution, the military-appointed government in July 3, 2013 and the ensuing rule of Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. He was threatened with arrest during the short-lived rule of Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed ...

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Syrian Refugees in Lebanon: Racism, Alliances, and Misery: A STATUS/الوضع Conversation between Moe Ali Nayel and Bassam Haddad

Moe Ali Nayel, a freelance journalist, fixer, and translator based in Beirut, Lebanon, discusses the question of Syrian refugees in Lebanon and how the landscape of Lebanon receives them. In addition to his insights and observations, Moe Ali provides signs, posters, warnings, and maps from Beirut. Please find the transcript of the interview below the player. The interview includes three parts that you can click on separately. Moe Ali writes for Lebanese-based and International English publications. ...

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Academic Freedom in the United States: A STATUS/الوضع Conversation Between Steven Salaita and Noura Erakat

Steven Salaita is the author of six books: Israel's Dead Soul; Modern Arab American Fiction: A Reader's Guide; The Uncultured Wars: Arabs, Muslims, and the Poverty of Liberal Thought; Anti-Arab Racism in the USA; The Holy Land in Transit; and Arab American Literary Fictions, Cultures, and Politics. He is a former Associate Professor of English at Virginia Tech. See more on Steven's case here and here. Please find the transcript of the interview below the player.  

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DARS Media Roundup (November 2014)

[This is a monthly roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Resistance and Subversion in the Arab world and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the DARS Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each monthly roundup to DARS@jadaliyya.com.] News & Commentary Uprising Could Trigger ISIS Undoing, Says Study, by Mark Townsend A large-scale uprising from people living under the totalitarian regime of Islamic ...

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New Texts Out Now: Lina Khatib, Dina Matar, and Atef Alshaer, The Hizbullah Phenomenon: Politics and Communication

Lina Khatib, Dina Matar, and Atef Alshaer, The Hizbullah Phenomenon: Politics and Communication. London: Hurst UK and New York: Oxford University Press, 2014. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Lina Khatib, Dina Matar, and Atef Alshaer (LK/DM/AA): The idea for the book was born out of an intellectual as well as methodological interest in the relationship between politics and communication in non-Western contexts, and particularly in relation to Islamist movements and non-state actors. When ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (November 18)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Turkey and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Turkey Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to turkey@jadaliyya.com by Sunday night of every week.] English Erdoğan as President The Lovers and Haters of Erdoğan Mustafa Akyol is critical of Erdoğan’s authoritarianism, nepotism, and hubris while appreciating his efforts for the ...

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Laughing in the Kingdom: On Saudi YouTube Comedy

“No woman, no drive. Said I remember, when you used to sit in the family car, but backseat. Ova-ovaries all safe and well. So you can make lots and lots of babies.”  These are the opening lyrics of a satirical song parodying Bob Marley’s “No Woman No Cry” and poking fun at a Saudi cleric’s statement in which he asserted that women who drive risk damaging their ovaries and pelvises, ultimately birthing children with “clinical problems.” Performed and produced by Saudi comedians Hisham Fageeh ...

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Film Screening and Director Discussion: Eliane Raheb's Layali Bala Noom (10 November, George Mason University)

Middle East Studies Program, Arab Studies Institute, and Middle East Etc. Film Club Present: Layali Bala Noom (Sleepless Nights) With Film Director Eliane Raheb  Monday, November 10 JC Cinema @ 7PM George Mason University Pizza and Refreshments Provided  More Information: mes.gmu.edu  Film Synopsis: Through the stories of Assaad Shaftari, a former high ranking intelligence officer in a Christian right wing militia, responsible for many casualties in the protracted ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (November 4)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Turkey and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Turkey Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to turkey@jadaliyya.com by Sunday night of every week.] English Kobanê / ISIS Rojava: A New Born Country A short documentary on the emergence of Syrian Kurdistan and the YPG militia. Asya Abdullah: Soon We Will Give the Good News PYD ...

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Syria Media Roundup (November 3)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Syria and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Syria Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to syria@jadaliyya.com by Monday night of every week.] Inside Syria  ISIS threatens the Islmaili capital of Syria The fear of ISIS continues to haunt the local residents, especially in Silmiya. Citizens believe the Syrian ...

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