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Tahrir, Taksim, Tempelhof: Between Political Fields

[Tempelhofer Park. Image by author.]

Sitting in Engels—one among many of Neukölln's cosy, candlelit, hipster-friendly cafés—I read on a sticker the slogan: “Tah[r]ir, Taksim, Tempelhof: Das Feld gehört uns allen!” (Tahrir, Taksim, Tempelhof: The Field belongs to us all!). Tempelhof itself is a former airport located in former West Berlin, famous for its mythological role in the Berlin airlift during the Cold War. The airport was closed in 2008, but its vast runways and grass fields were re-opened to the public in 2010. People have adopted these as a space for outdoor sports, from kiting to cycling, while some skateboarders make best use of Tempelhof’s almost perfectly flat runways by attaching wind surf ...

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The Strands of the Military Opposition in Syria: An Interview with Yasser Munif (Part 2)

[Undated file picture released on Wednesday Jan. 29, 2014, by the official website of Iraq's Interior Ministry claiming to show Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the head of the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Al-Qaida's central leadership broke with one of its most powerful branch commanders, who in defiance of its orders spread his operations from Iraq to join the fighting in Syria and fueled bitter infighting among Islamic militant factions in Syria’s civil war. The announcement sharpens a dispute raging the past year between al-Qaida’s central leadership and the faction known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, which was created last year by, Al-Baghdadi. He formed the group to expand his operations into neighboring Syria in defiance of direct orders by Ayman al-Zawahri not to do so and to stick to operations within Iraq. (AP Photo/Iraqi Interior Ministry, File)]

This is part two of an interview as conducted with Yasser Munif, by Jadaliyya Co-Editor Bassam Haddad. You can view Part one here. Yasser teaches Sociology and History at Emerson College and has been to Syria a few times in the past year. He starts the interview by discussing the importance of the invisible part of the uprising: namely, the civilian component that has been largely ignored in reporting on the uprising. He then proceeds to provide a breakdown of existing opposition groups on the ground, starting with the political opposition and moving on to the more consequential military opposition. He divides the military opposition into four main ...

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قديسون وانتحاريون

[مصدر الصورة

إذا كانت الحرية لعنة ونعمة في آن، فلأن من الممكن استعمالها للهدم مثلما للخلق.ولهذا فهي تحتاج، على منوال كل القوى المقدسة، إلى أن تُحاط بشبكة سميكة من  التحذيرات والممنوعات. فما هو عظيم القيمة فيها بنحو كبير هو الأكثر خطراً أيضاً.ويمكن أن توصف قوة الهدم هذه بأنها استغلال الحرية، ولكنه استغلال لا بد منه باستمرار إذا كان من المطلوب أن تزدهر الحرية، وهو،إلى هذا الحد، جزء من طبيعتها. فالحيوان القادر على القيام بجراحة منقذة للحياة  قادر أيضاً على أن يعذّب الآخرين.وتعني الخطيئة السعيدة (1)Felix culpa أنه من أجل أن تسود الحرية لا بد لنا من أن نتلقى ركلات القدر. وعلى أي حال، فإن بعدي الخلق والهدم لم يكونا  دائماً الخيارين اللذين يمكن أن يظهرا، إذ يستطيع المضربون ...

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Partha Chatterjee on 'Nationalism, Internationalism, and Cosmopolitanism: Some Lessons from Modern Indian History'

[Logo of the London School of Economics and Political Science. Image from lse.ac.uk]

On 3 April 2014, Partha Chatterjee gave a lecture on "Nationalism, Internationalism, and Cosmopolitanism: Some Lessons from Modern Indian History" at the London School of Economics. The lecture inaugurated the Internationalism, Cosmopolitanism and the Politics of Solidarity research group convened by Ayça Çubukçu at LSE's Centre for the Study of Human Rights. Below is the audio recording of that event. The lecture deals with four strands of trans-regional political movement in India’s anti-colonial history. The first is that of Islamic jihad which took inspiration from Sayyid Ahmad Barelvi’s campaigns in Sind, Afghanistan and ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (April 1)

[King Abdullah in a meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry, 5 January 2014. Image from Wikicommons.]

[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 Kuwait summit: Arab unity or disunity? Joseph Kechichian argues that behind the seeming united front, representatives of the Arab states had serious disagreements in private. Kuwait summit merely papers over Arab rifts Sylvia Westall and Amena Bakr report on the Arab summit and ...

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Egyptian Organization for Human Rights Condemns Unfair Trial that Sentenced 528 to Death

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[The following statement was issued by the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights on 25 March 2014] The Egyptian Organization Condemns the Execution of 528 in Unfair Trial On Monday 24 March 2014, Seventh Chamber of Minya Criminal Court handed down the death sentence for 528 supporters of former President Mohamed Morsi and acquitted 17 others,in the violence acts took place in Matti that followed the disperse of Rabaa, and El Nahdah square sit-ins .The session was held without the presence of the accused or lawyers. EOHR is concerned about  not taking the assurances and standards of fair trial, and the right of defense on behalf of, or as a proxy, particularly in ...

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The Strands of the Military Opposition in Syria: An Interview with Yasser Munif (Part 1)

[Screenshot from the interview]

This interview was conducted with Yasser Munif, by Jadaliyya Co-Editor Bassam Haddad. Yasser teaches Sociology and History at Emerson College and has been to Syria a few times in the past year. He starts the interview by discussing the importance of the invisible part of the uprising: namely, the civilian component that has been largely ignored in reporting on the uprising. He then proceeds to provide a breakdown of existing opposition groups on the ground, starting with the political opposition and moving on to the more consequential military opposition. He divides the military opposition into four main groupings: the Free Syrian Army (very loosely defined), the Islamic ...

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Press Release: Bahrain Activists Return from Korea Seeking to Ban Tear Gas Exports

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[The following press release was issued by Bahrain Watch on 26 March 2014] A Bahrain Watch delegation has returned from a weeklong visit to Seoul, at the invitation of South Korean civil society activists.  The purpose of the trip was to educate the government and public about ongoing human rights violations and misuse of tear gas in Bahrain, in support of a draft legislative amendment to block arms sales to human rights violators.  The amendment, sponsored by MPs Kim Hyun and Jang Hana, would block sales like last year’s bid by Dae Kwang Chemical Corporation to export 3 million tear gas canisters to Bahrain.  That proposed sale was successfully halted ...

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Alevizing Gezi

[Image via Bir+Bir.]

Berkin Elvan’s funeral services, which were held at the Okmeydani Cemevi on 12 March, once again raised the question of why all six youths killed during the Gezi Protests—or, if we are to approach the Gezi process within a broader framework, why seven out of eight youths killed—were Alevîs. Indeed, the question is not a new one; months prior to Berkin’s funeral, Nagehan Alçı, one of the government’s staunchest supporters in the media, had claimed on a television program that the Gezi Protests were essentially an Alevî revolt. According to the logic on which this claim rests, given that all of those killed as well as seventy-eight percent of those taken under custody (as ...

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Bahrain Watch Delegation Visits Korea for Arms Control Campaign

[Logo of Bahrain Watch. Image from bahrainwatch.org]

[The following press release was issued by Bahrain Watch on 17 March 2014] Delegation of Activists Visit Korea for Arms Control Campaign Bahrain Watch to Participate in Press Conference at South Korean National Assembly A Bahrain Watch delegation has arrived in Seoul, South Korea to bolster a legislative effort for new arms export controls, at the invitation of local NGOs, including Amnesty International Korea. This week, Korean lawmakers will introduce a new bill to clamp down on arms exports to human rights violators.  The push follows last year’s Bahrain Watch-led #StopTheShipment campaign, which prevented a Korean company from exporting more than 3 million ...

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Monument of the Unknown Student

[A banner at Berkin Elvan's funeral. Photo by Kerem Uzel / NarPhotos.]

[For Berkin Elvan, who died on 11 March 2014 at seven in the morning. He had been in a coma for 269 days after having been shot by a gas canister while walking to buy bread during the Gezi Protests. He was fourteen years old when he was shot, and fifteen years old when he died. We are publishing a translation of Ece Ayhan’s poem "The Monument of the Unknown Student" in his memory. Ece Ayhan (1931-2002) wrote this poem in 1973. When he was asked how he was influenced to write it, he answered: "A student called Battal Mehetoğlu was murdered by the police; he was a student leader in the Architecture and Engineering Academy in the 1970s. At his funeral, ...

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هل ثار الصعيد؟ محاولة للفهم ودعوة لاستكمال النقاش

 [ المصدر: صقر النور, التقطت بميدان التحرير يوم 3مارس2011]

  أود هنا التعليق على مقالة صدرت في جدلية للسيد/أحمد أبوزيد لماذا لم يثر الصعيد؟ محاولة أولية للفهم ودعوة للنقاش والتي يفند فيها أسباب عدم ثورة الصعيد ويعيدها إلى عوامل متعددة ثقافية واجتماعية واقتصادية ونفسية وسياسية.  تتكون المقالة الحالية من ثلاثة أجزاء: الجزء الأول يتناول فهم الثورة المصرية (ماهيتها وحدودها المكانية والزمنية)، الجزء الثاني يناقش مجموعة من الأفكار والإجابات التي يقدمها الكاتب عن أسباب عدم مشاركة الصعيد في الثورة، أما الجزء الثالث فيورد بعض الأمثلة عبر مجموعة من الملاحظات واليوميات التي كتبتها أثناء زيارات ميدانية أختصرها هنا لتناسب غرض النقاش.   ما الثورة المصرية ؟ القواعد المبدأية التي يرسيها الكاتب قبل شروعه في التحليل بشكل ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (April 15)

[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 Converging Interests May Lead to Cooperation Between Israel and Gulf States Helen Cooper maintains that US and Israeli ...

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Human Rights Violations in Bahrain during Formula One Race Period

[The following joint briefing was written by the undersigned and issued by the Bahrain Center for Human Rights on 6 April, 2014] On the morning of the Grand Prix race which will take place today at 6pm in Sakhir; BCHR (Bahrain Center for Human Rights), BIRD (Bahrain Institute for Rights & Democracy) and BYSHR (Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights), note their concern for the growing violations against civilians in Bahrain. It has been evident that in the months preceding the race, many civilian ...

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مآلات النزف البطيء: وداعاً سورية دولة مركزية

النصيحة التي قدمها مسؤولون في عواصم غربية عدة إلى صنّاع القرار في بلادهم، أن الصراع السوري مرجح أن يستمر بين خمس وعشر سنوات ولا بد من وضع السياسات الاستراتيجية على أساس احتمالات متوسطة وطويلة المدى وليست قريبة الأجل. وفق المعلومات المتوافرة، تكثّفت في الأسابيع الأخيرة الاجتماعات السياسية والأمنية بين حلفاء المعارضة و «أصدقاء الشعب السوري». عُقدت اجتماعات عربية – إقليمية – أوروبية – أميركية في واشنطن، واجتماعات بين الدول الأوروبية وأخرى بين الدول الأوروبية والجانب الأميركي في واشنطن أيضاً، شارك في هذه ...

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في نقد الثورة2/2

عالجنا، في المقال السابق، مشكلة انحسار النقد الثوري، وشرعية النقد، والمحددات التي ينبغي تأبطها عند دخول الحيز النقدي، وعطفْنا على ذلك بكشف وفحص نقدين شائعين ومناوئين لمنطق الثورة الذي نعتقده. ونروم، في هذا المقال، نقد تصورين ظهرا لنا أثناء محاولاتنا تحليل الحِراك الثوري الممتد، منذ لحظة الميلاد في آخر يناير وحتى الوقت الراهن. وذلك تحقيقاً للقصود التي ذكرنا: الوعي وتقويم المسار وتقدير التضحية والبذل. على أنه قبل الخوض في سرد انتقاداتنا، بما تحمله من تبريرات ودفوع، يتوجب علينا، وإن في عجالة، استجلاء ...

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Foucault, Fanon, Intellectuals, Revolutions

[This article is the final in a three-part Jadaliyya series that looks at Foucault's work in relationship to the legacy of French colonialism in North Africa. Read the first and second installments here: "The Dangers of Liberalism: Foucault and Postcoloniality in France" by Diren Valayden and "Justifications of Power": Neoliberalism and the Role of Empire by Muriam Haleh Davis.] My theoretical ethic is…“antistrategic”: to be respectful when a ...

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Panel Event -- The Syrian Tragedy: Where From? Where to? (3 April, George Mason University)

The Syrian Tragedy Where From? Where to? Thursday April 3 3pm - 5pm Johnson Center Cinema George Mason University This event is free and open to the public Featuring Omar Dahi, Hampshire College/Jadaliyya: Material Roots of the Uprising: Rethinking the Economic Thesis Rochelle Davis, Georgetown University: Gender, Danger, and Vulnerability: Syrian Men and War Yasser Munif, Emerson College: Participatory Democracy and Local Governance in Manbij Ibrahim Hamidi, ...

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Event Report-Back: Countering the Counter-Revolution in Egypt

On 5 March 2014, the Middle East Studies Center at the American University in Cairo hosted political scientist Timothy Kaldas for a lecture titled “Countering the Counter-Revolution.” Kaldas is a professor at Egypt’s Nile University whose work can be found on Mada Masr and other media outlets. Following the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi in July, and the subsequent return of the Egyptian military to the political spotlight, activists in Egypt have struggled with how to proceed on the revolutionary ...

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Witnessing Gezi (Video)

Gezi Tanıklığı / Witnessing Gezi Camera, director: Emin Özmen Director: Barış Koca Editor: Soner Emanet Original soundtrack: Berkant Kılıçkap Subtitle: Engin Önder Graphic Design: Ozan Şanal Organization: Agence Le Journal Gezi Tanıklığı / Witnessing Gezi was created with the recordings of photojournalist Emin Özmen, who witnessed the protests against the urban development plan for Istanbul’s Taksim Gezi Park. Subsequently, the protests sparked supporting strikes across Turkey, turning into a ...

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Joint Statement: NGOs Condemn Escalation of Violence in Bahrain and Reiterate Protestors' Demands

[The following statement was issued by the undersigned and published by the Bahrain Center for Human Rights on 4 March 2014] Joint Statement: NGOs Express Concern over Escalation of Violence in Bahrain and Reiterate the Legitimate Demands of Peaceful Protestors The undersigned NGO’s express in the strongest terms their concern in regards to the escalation of violence in Bahrain and the use of foreign security forces to police peaceful protests under the guise of secretive Gulf security agreements. For ...

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ما بعد الناصرية

لم يَخْل الحراك السياسي في مصر من مطلع القرن الحادي والعشرين من صور عبد الناصر ومفردات الحقبة الناصرية ومن السياسيين والمثقفين الناصريين. كانت هذه العناصر جميعاً حاضرة في المظاهرات الداعمة للانتفاضة الفلسطينية في ٢٠٠٠، وفي المظاهرات المناهضة للغزو الأمريكي للعراق في ٢٠٠٣، ثم في حركة كفاية، ومع انتشار الاحتجاج السياسي والاجتماعي في سنوات حكم مبارك الأخيرة. ومع تصاعد المعارضة ضد حكم الإخوان المسلمين خلال رئاسة محمد مرسي القصيرة العهد اكتسب استدعاء ذكرى عبد الناصر ومفردات نظامه السياسي وسياساته وحقبته عامة ...

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Israel's Arrest and Detention of Palestinian Human Rights Defenders against the Annexation Wall

[The following report was published by Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association on 7 January 2014] Courageous Voices, Fragile Freedoms: Israel's Arrest and Detention of Palestinian Human Rights Defenders Introduction This report will examine the increasing use of arrest and detention by the Israeli Occupying Forces (IOF) of Palestinian human rights activists taking part in protests and other peaceful acts of resistance against the illegal Annexation Wall and settlements in the West ...

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Quantum of Surveillance: Familiar Actors and Possible False Flags in Syrian Malware Campaigns

[The following joint report by the Electronic Frontier Foundation and The Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto was published by the Electronic Frontier Foundation on 23 December 2013] Quantum of Surveillance: Familiar Actors and Possible False Flags in Syrian Malware Campaigns Introduction Malware attacks targeting the Syrian opposition were first publicly reported in early 2012, but observed as early as late 2011. As the campaigns move into their second year, we are publishing an update ...

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