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STATUS/الوضع: Issue 2.1 is Live!

We are excited to announce that the second issue of Status Audio Journal is live! www.StatusHour.com.  Officially, this is our -2 Episode (minus two), denoting our experimental phase.  Status / الوضع, is an evolving critical, collaborative, and independent monthly audio journal combining analysis, reporting, and satire. It is mainly comprised of hard-hitting interviews/conversations, on-the-scene reports, reviews, informed commentary, and readings. Interviews from the region and beyond feature activists, journalists, scholars, artists, unusual conduits, and ordinary people. We will highlight movers and shakers in “civil society” and beyond, who animate the ...

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Syria Media Roundup (February 16)

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[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 Why the victory in Kobane matters Aron Lund claims that victory in Kobane was no “Pyrrhic victory,” the U.S. backed Kurdish defeat of the Islamic state in northern Syria was the beginning of a serious turn of events for the Islamic State.  Syrian coalition approves draft document of basic principles for a political ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (February 17)

[Women march in Taksim Square to protest police violence and abuse, July 2013. Image by EvrenKalinbacak / 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 AKP, Draft Security Bill, Authoritarianism Clear Intervention in Judiciary Günal Kurşun points out that the government’s arbitrary interventions into the judiciary have become systematic and widespread after the 17 December bribery and corruption operations. The "Holy Case" “The AK Party is putting forth a new objective, which ...

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New Texts Out Now: Elisabeth Anker, Orgies of Feeling: Melodrama and the Politics of Freedom

[Cover of Elisabeth R. Anker,

Elisabeth R. Anker, Orgies of Feeling: Melodrama and the Politics of Freedom. Durham: Duke University Press, 2014. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Elisabeth Anker (EA): There are two answers to this question. The first is political: the idea for the book came out of anger at both the extensively violent response by the US to the 9/11 events, and the widespread support given to these operations by a vast majority of the US populace. I wondered why a narrative of good and evil mobilized such intense national sentiment to legitimate aggressive state power, while it also depoliticized this power by claiming it was a moral obligation upon injured victims. The ...

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الأقلام: ذاكرة أخرى لثقافة في العراق

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ترى كم تاريخٍاً للثقافة في العراق "وهل العراق بدع من البلدان ليكون له تواريخ ثقافية عديدة!؟" شخصياً لا أدري؛ مادام أن للثقافة تاريخياً شخصياً: تاريخ أفراد بعينهم، كثيرون يعضون على نواجذهم قائلين، لأنفسهم ربما، أن الثقافة شان ذاتي، بول ريكور، مثلاً، يشدد في مدونته الكبرى، أن الذاكرة شان السرد، إنما تتعلق بذات تتكلم وتتذكر وتحكي، لكنه لم يقل مطلقاً: اننا أمام طوفان من التواريخ، لكني أرى، للأسف، ان الثقافة ربما تكون سجلاً ضخماً يشكل، بمجموعه، طوفاناً من التواريخ الشخصية للمثقفين في العراق. أتصور أننا، هنا، إزاء سيل عارم من الأمزجة والمصائر الشخصية التي تدعي، بحق أو سواه، أنها بصدد إنتاج الثقافة في بلادنا. السنوات السالفة، بدء من 9، 4 تكشف عن ترسخ هكذا توجه؛ ...

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الجسد والسلطة في السينما( 2): قراءة جندريّة

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الأثر المابعد حداثيّ، والسلطة ينزع النقاد إلى القول بأنّ تيار ما بعد الحداثة يعتمد على الانتقال من أحاديّة الحقيقة إلى تعدّدها وتداخلها وصراعات الرؤى فيها، تلك التي تقوم على فرديّة مطلقة ومتذرّرة، أو بحسب براين ماكهايل في كتابه"المتخيّل الما بعد حداثيّ" :"الانتقال من المنظوريّة التي تسمح للحداثيّ أن يبرز على نحو واضح حقيقة معقّدة، ولكنّها تظلّ أحاديّة في النهاية، إلى حقل متقدّم من الأسئلة حول قدرة الحقائق المختلفة جذريًا على التعايش والاصطدام والتداخل.". وهو ما يرد على لسان إحدى شخصيّات لويس بروخيس:" من أكون؟ ذاتي اليوم، الحائرة، إنسان الأمس، المنسي، إنسان الغد، الذي لا يمكن توقعه؟". يمكننا تتبّع ذلك التحوّل من المركزيّة الحداثيّة، إلى ...

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صراع "التطبيقات الإلكترونيّة" في المسلسل البريطاني " Black Mirror": من أجل إنسان تحوّل إلى " تطبيقْ"

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 يفترض أن يعود المسلسل البريطاني المثير للجدل "  Black Mirror" إلى الشاشة قريباً ، في موسم ثالث بثلاث حلقات ، كما درجت عليه العادة في الموسمين ؛ الأول (2011) و الثاني (2013) . عبّر كاتبه البريطاني " تشارلي بروكر" بمختلف أساليب السخريّة عن واقعٍ تسوده قيم سوداء من التكنولوجيا و المعلوماتيّة ، حيث تقلّ قدرة الإنسان على التواصل البشري، و تتقلّص مقدرته على خلق حالة اجتماعيّة ناجحة مع وسطه . المسلسل ينتمي في بعض جوانبه إلى الكوميديا السوداء ، حيث لا اعتبار في تصوره في عالم الغد المتسارع على ضوء التطور المهول للتقنيّة ، لأدوات الإنسان البسيطة في تسيير حياته، إذّ أن الدينامو الحي الذي يشتغل عليه الفرد في استعادة ذكرياته و أحلامه  هي ...

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Syria Media Roundup (January 26)

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[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 Syria rebels overtake strategic base in south Syrian, US-backed, rebels fighting with Nusra overtake strategic base in south near Deraa, helping 2 cut highway and more. Syria: Mortars, Rockets Rain Down on Damascus Alloush al-Islam’s Army fires 40 + rockets at Damascus center killing from 7 to 50 in revenge 4 regime killing in ...

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DARS Media Roundup (January 2015)

[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 Glimpse Into 2014 Struggles Draws Image of Upcoming Year, by Roqayah Chamseddine This year was a powerful amalgamation of torment, dissent, and small victories – a mixture of struggles, oftentimes intersecting, which will shape the new year. Nonviolent Conflicts in 2014 You May Have Missed Because They Were Not ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (January 27)

[The late Saudi King Abdullah, who passed away this week, with his successor Salman in 2012. Image from Reuters/Saudi Press Agency.]

[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 Saudis Expand Regional Power as Others Falter David Kirkpatrick examines Saudi Arabia’s regional politics. US charges Yemenis over alleged murder plot Saudi Arabia arrests and extradites two Yemeni nationals accused of attacking US troops. Regime collapse threatens Yemen's key role in US ...

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ISIS in the News: Extensive Media Roundup (November-December 2014)

[Editorial Note: This is not a "Best of," only a roundup of significant pieces. See here for an introduction to this roundup series] English Articles        ISIS threatens the Islmaili capital of Syria (30 October 2014) The fear of ISIS continues to haunt the local residents, especially in Silmiya. Citizens believe the Syrian regime will shelter them from harm Syria: ISIS Tortured Kobani Child Hostages (4 November 2014) According to Human Rights Watch, “Kurdish children from the Syrian city of Kobani (or Ain al-`Arab in Arabic) were tortured and abused while detained by Islamic State (also known as ISIS).”  ISIS ...

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الإخوان من الجماعة إلى الفرقة

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ثمة ما يعوق الاشتباك النقدي مع الإخوان في هذا الظرف، فأفراد الجماعة – وبالأخص البعيدين عن القيادة، من طلبة ومهنيين ونقابيين – يتعرضون لقمع أمني مستند لخطاب إعلامي لا يكتفي بتوجيه نقد جذري مستحق لهم، وإنما يستخدم خطاباً جوهرانياً ينزع عنهم إنسانيتهم ويُشرْعن قتلهم سواء بالرصاص في الطرقات أو في قاعات المحاكم بأحكام الإعدام الجماعي، فضلاً عن شرعنة ممارسات تمييز واسع ضدهم. وتتضاءل في هذا الظرف المساحة المتاحة للنقد من غير التورط في مثل هذا الخطاب، كما تتغير أولويات النقد في ظل إحجام واسع عن تسليط الضوء على  ممارسات  تستحق النقد يتورط فيها القائمون على الحكم حالياً. غير أن الظرف ذاته يوجب الاشتباك النقدي معهم، لأن ثمن ممارساتهم لم يزل باهظاً يدفعه أنصارهم وخصومهم، ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (February 24)

[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 Özgecan Aslan, Nuh Köklü, and the Spate of Violence Violence against Women Beril Dedeoğlu examines the rise in violence against women over the past few years and claims ...

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O.I.L. Media Roundup (21 February)

[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.] Chapel Hill Shootings The Race Hate We All Know, Nima Azmi Azmi, former president of the Harvard Muslim Law Students Association, writes for ...

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Who Are the People? A Conversation on the Assemblages and the Archives of the People

Scholars of the Middle East have grappled for several decades with what seemed to be the death of “formal” or “official” politics in their attempt to explain the seemingly impenetrable force of authoritarianism and the pacification of Arab politics. Some work reified older understandings of the idea of agency and the centrality of state institutions. Others broke new ground on the idea of the individual, critically deconstructing the seemingly self-evident meaning and universal values of “freedom” and ...

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Becoming a 'Media Intellectual': The Platitudes and Partisanships of Etyen Mahçupyan

As politics in contemporary Turkey is gradually steered towards a de facto Imperial Presidency shrouded in regurgitated myths of Ottoman revivalism and defended against ostentatious conspiracies, it is easy to be sucked into the extreme polarization between the pro- and anti-government positions. It is also easy to take for granted the operation of a complex world of opinion production behind all the fuss. Those of us following political news in Turkey are always exposed to written, spoken, or gestured ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (February 10)

[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, Security, Authoritarianism The World Says, "Your King Is Naked" Examining recent reports on Turkey by Human Rights Watch, Ali H. Aslan argues that the ...

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Representing Iraq and its Diaspora: A STATUS/الوضع Conversation between Samir and Sinan Antoon

In this interview, Samir, an Iraqi filmmaker, discusses what has influenced and shaped his aesthetic, spanning from various film techniques to the shifting terrains of Middle East politics. During the interview, Jadaliyya co-editor Sinan Antoon asks Samir to reflect on history and memory in Iraq, examining the ways in which these themes have contributed to representations of Iraq and its diaspora. Samir's latest film, Iraqi Odyssey (2014), has been nominated for the Swiss Film Award.  Please find ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (February 3)

[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 Free Kobanê Kurdish Victory in Kobani Defeat for Turkish Policy Amberin Zaman argues that the liberation of Kobanê and the prospect of an autonomous Kurdish Syria pose a ...

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Maghreb Media Roundup (January 30)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on the Maghreb and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Maghreb Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to maghreb@jadaliyya.com by Thursday night of every week] Algeria Is a Late ‘Arab Spring’ Knocking on Algeria’s Doors from the Desert? Adam Al-Sabiri considers the implications of the vast protest movement against ...

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Cities Media Roundup (January 2015)

[This is a monthly roundup of news articles, and other materials related to urban issues in the region, and beyond. It does not reflect the views of the Cities Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send recommendations for inclusion in the Cities Media Roundup to cities@jadaliyya.com, mentioning "Roundup" in the subject line. We also welcome your submissions to the Cities Page: please check details on cities.jadaliyya.com] Urban and Real Estate Development  Redevelopment of Beirut ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (January 27)

[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 AKP, and Authoritarianism An Elected President Must Show He is in Command İlnur Çevik argues that Erdoğan’s unprecedented use of constitutionally ...

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STATUS/الوضع: Episode -3

Status is an evolving, critical, collaborative, and independent monthly Audio Journal combining analysis, reporting, and satire. It will feature interviews/conversations, on-the-scene reports, reviews, informed commentary, and readings. Interviews from the region and beyond feature activists, journalists, scholars, and citizens. With every Status Audio Journal issue, there will be an accompanying Status Hour show hosted by Bassam Haddad and Sinan Antoon. In this first Status Hour show, Bassam and ...

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تقييم حالة الإعلام الخاص فى مصر

يُعدُّ الإعلام بوسائله المختلفة، التقليدية والحديثة، إحدى أهم ركائز المجتمع، نظراً لوظيفته الأساسية المتمثلة في تشكيل اتجاهات الرأي العام تجاه القضايا المجتمعية المختلفة، وكونه عاكساً لطبيعة العلاقة بين الدولة والمجتمع، من ناحية، وبين النخبة والجماهير، من ناحية أخرى. غير أن العديد من العوامل من شأنها التأثير في أداء وسائل الإعلام لهذه الوظائف، منها عوامل تتصل بالبيئة التي يمارس فيها الإعلام دوره، وأخرى تتصل بالإطار التشريعي الحاكم له، وثالثة تعنى بالقائمين على الإعلام والعاملين فيه. يتوقف أداء وسائل ...

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