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Protests-Revolts

'The King Is Good, the Political Class Is Bad': A Tired Myth

[An image from a protest in Al-Hoceima on 18 May 2017. Image by Samia Errazzouki]

Following this year’s “Throne Day” speech on 29 July 2017, commentators were unanimous: Morocco’s King Mohammed VI’s offensive against political parties was more violent than ever. In Morocco, however, the “crisis,” “weakness,” and “dysfunction” of parties is a repeated refrain. After the death of King Hassan II, new tonalities have enriched the refrain, which have been injected into the discourses held by a wide range of enunciators, including ordinary citizens, the media, actors of “civil society,” international organizations, representatives of different parties, the king, and even a group of researchers. This quasi-consensus on the diagnosis of the “sick ...

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Manich Msamah and the Face of Continued Protest in Tunisia

Manich Msamah protest in Tunis on 22 July 22 2017. Photo by Fadhil Alsagoff.

“Capitalism protects politicians and politicians protect capitalism, and both are cowards.” -- Taieb Henchir, Manich Msamah member, discussing the Economic Reconciliation Law. On 19 July 2017 the Tunisian parliament approved seven articles of the Economic Reconciliation Act, which was recently renamed the Law of Administrative Reconciliation in response to two years of protests spearheaded by the youth grassroots movement Manich Msamah (“I do not forgive,” in Tunisian dialect: مانيش مسامح). At eight o’clock in the evening on 27 July 2017,  the night before the long-awaited parliamentary vote on the amended facets of the Economic Reconciliation Act, approximately ...

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Longing for Life in Yemen- A STATUS/الوضع Interview with Afrah Nasser

Traditional Yemeni living room.

In this interview for STATUS/الوضع, host Mohamad Ali Nayel speaks with Afrah Nasser about the forgotten war in Yemen. Nasser reflects on the humanitarian crisis created by the war in Yemen and the situation of Yemeni women six years after thousands of women marched the streets of Sanaa commemorating International Women’s Day.  Afrah Nasser worked as a reporter at the Yemen Observer newspaper in Yemen (2008-2011) and started blogging since Yemen’s 2011 uprising, focusing on politics and human rights issues. Her blog was featured as one of the ten must-read blogs from the Middle East by CNN and one of the top Middle East blogs by Al-Monitor. Her writings were ...

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Call for Abstracts: The Politics of Boycotts (Deadline: 1 September 2017)

 The Politics of Boycotts Issue number 134 (May 2019) Abstract Deadline: September 1, 2017 Issue editors: E. Natalie Rothman and Andrew Zimmerman This issue of the Radical History Review seeks to contribute historical depth and comparative breadth to recent discussions around the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign in support of Palestine. Our aim is to create a broad basis for historical and strategic discussion by exploring a variety of spatio-temporal scales of political action opened up by boycott campaigns, from visions of global solidarity to hyper localized social movements, and from the strategic deployment of ...

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حوار مع مظفر النواب - الجزء الثاني

[مظفر النواب]

س: متى كانت أول مرة سجنت فيها لمدة طويلة؟ م ن: بعد ثورة تموز كانت هناك انتخابات نقابة المعلمين في الكاظمية وذهبنا لننتخب. وقتل مدرس شيوعي من الأعظمية. كان البعثيون هم الذين قتلوه ولكنهم اتهمونا. وبالرغم من وجود عبد الكريم قاسم فإن جانباً من القضاء كان معهم، خصوصاً الشرطة. اتهموني بالقتل وأنا لم أكن موجوداً هناك أساساً. كان المقتول واحداً منا. وضعوني في موقف السراي لمدة أربعة أشهر. والموقف أصعب من السجن. كل يوم كانوا يأتون بأناس حشاشين ومجانين. ثم هو ضيق جداً. وأذكر في فترة ما بدأوا باحتجاز صباغي الأحذية الأكراد وغيرهم. واكتظ الموقف تماماً. كانت هناك ردهات وساحة. ولكثرة ما كان هناك ناس لم يكن بإمكان المرء أن يمشي. كان ذلك في الصيف. فوق المحل أسلاك شائكة ولا يمكنك رؤية ...

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Morocco's Hirak Movement: The People Versus the Makhzen

[Men carrying fish in Essaouira, Morocco. Photo credit to Juan Antonio Segal.]

Morocco’s Hirak protests are the latest bout in the tug-of-war between the Makhzen (Moroccan regime) and the victims of hogra. The late Mouhcine Fikri, the political prisoner Nasser Zefzafi, and Nawal Ben Aissa have emerged as the emblematic figures of this movement. Al Hirak al Chaabi, or the Popular Movement, is an independent, popular movement that was started in the northern Moroccan city of Al Hoceima in October 2016 by local inhabitants who were fed up with the status quo. The protests have grown significantly in the last months, despite numerous attempts by authorities to quell the movement, which has now spread throughout the country. Although it is not ...

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Call for Papers -- Freedom of Speech and Higher Education: The Case of the Academic Boycott of Israel

[Pile of papers. Taken by biblioteekje, uploaded via Flickr]

Trinity College Dublin 12 September 2017 Conference Announcement and Call for Papers Academic freedom includes the liberty of individuals to express freely opinions about the institution or system in which they work, to fulfil their functions without discrimination or fear of repression by the state or any other actor, to participate in professional or representative academic bodies, and to enjoy all the internationally recognized human rights applicable to other individuals in the same jurisdiction.  The enjoyment of academic freedom carries with it obligations, such as the duty to respect the academic freedom of others, to ensure the fair discussion of contrary ...

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Media on Media Roundup (April 25)

[Hezbollah flag in Baalbeck, Lebanon. Photo by yeowatzup, Wikimedia Commons]

This week’s Jadaliyya “Media on Media” roundup tackles several important themes shaping the Middle East mediascape. A leaked video allegedly showing Egyptian soldiers killing detainees in the Sinai Peninsula caused a great deal of debate surrounding Egypt’s human rights record. In Lebanon, a Hezbollah-organized media tour of the country’s demarcation line with Israel generated controversy regarding Lebanon’s relationship to Israel and Hezbollah’s military power. Following a referendum extending President Erdogan’s ruling powers, the Turkish government detained the editor-in-chief of leftist website Sendika.org for denouncing  Erdogan’s win as illegitimate. The New ...

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A Letter to Foucault: Selectively Narrating the Stories of Secular Iranian Feminists

[Cover of Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi, Foucault in Iran: Islamic Revolution after the Enlightenment]

Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi, Foucault in Iran: Islamic Revolution after the Enlightenment. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2016. [This is part six of a book symposium on Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi's Foucault in Iran: Islamic Revolution after the Enlightenment, consisting of six reviews and a response by the author. The symposium was originally published by The SCTIW Review, and is reposted here with their permission.] Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi’s Foucault in Iran builds a chapter-by-chapter defense against critics skeptical of Foucault’s engagement with the Iranian Revolution of 1979. But the pit stop the author takes in the fourth chapter linking Iran’s women’s ...

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Foucault’s Folly: Iran, Political Spirituality, and Counter-Conduct

[Cover of Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi, Foucault in Iran: Islamic Revolution after the Enlightenment]

Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi, Foucault in Iran: Islamic Revolution after the Enlightenment. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2016. [This is part four of a book symposium on Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi's Foucault in Iran: Islamic Revolution after the Enlightenment, consisting of six reviews and a response by the author. The symposium was originally published by The SCTIW Review, and is reposted here with their permission.] Foucault’s folly! That, of course, is the common indictment against Foucault’s trips to Iran in late September and again in early November of 1978 and the “reportage of ideas” that he produced about the revolution that was then taking place there. ...

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Rescuing the Revolution from Its Outcome

[Cover of Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi,

Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi, Foucault in Iran: Islamic Revolution after the Enlightenment. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2016. [This is part two of a book symposium on Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi's Foucault in Iran: Islamic Revolution after the Enlightenment, consisting of six reviews and a response by the author. The symposium was originally published by The SCTIW Review, and is reposted here with their permission.] Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi’s Foucault in Iran: Islamic Revolution after the Enlightenment is an exemplary book in a number of ways, but perhaps first and foremost because of what the book does not do. While it represents the most extensive and ...

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Creative Insurgency in the Arab World - A STATUS/الوضع Interview with Marwan Kraidy

In this interview for STATUS/الوضع, host Katty Alhayek speaks with Marwan Kraidy about his new book The Naked Blogger of Cairo, which tackles creative insurgency and the Arab uprisings. Marwan M. Kraidy is the Anthony Shadid Chair in Global Media, Politics and Culture, and Founding Director of the Project for Advanced Research in Global Communication (PARGC) at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania, where he is also affiliated with the Middle East Center. An expert in global communication and a specialist in Arab media and politics, he also researches the relationship between culture and geopolitics, global media industries, theories of ...

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The Current Protests in Morocco - A STATUS/الوضع Interview with Miriyam Aouragh

In this interview for STATUS/الوضع, host Khalil Bendib speaks with Miriyam Aouragh, who navigates the ongoing anti-government protests in Morocco. It has been over eight months since Moroccans took to the streets in mass protests, which began in the Moroccan countryside as a local social mobilisation movement. Turning into a collective national outcry and a comprehensive trial of state policies to define their shortcomings and fragility, the current wave of protests appears to be the biggest challenge to ...

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عن المعرفة والمأسسة والتعليم

استهلال مفاهيمي لا تزال أحد أهم الأفكار التي أضاءها الحراك الثوري (المستمر، والمتراكم إلى الآن) في بلادنا، وفي بنية العقل العربي، في شأن المسافة بين المجتمع والدولة/ المؤسسة، هي أنّ تغوُّل وتنامي حجم المؤسسة وثقافتها لا يمكن مقاربته إلا باعتباره ردة لفعل، أيّ أنّ المجتمع (والفرد/ المواطن في قلبه) هما دومًا "الفعل". وبقدر زخم هذا الفعل وفعاليته على الأرض، تتحدد دومًا "ردة الفعل"، باعتبارها معاكسة له في الاتجاه، وتكاد تقاربه في المقدار. وصولًا إلى مراحل انتصر فيها المجتمع على المؤسسة ...

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أيام بلا تاريخ: الجزء الثاني

 رغم طابع الزمن الحلزوني الذي يبدد أحيانًا الحدود الفاصلة بين الماضي والحاضر في عالم شُيد على النظم الحدودية، يمر الزمن ووقته في عقولنا وعلومنا على نحوٍ مستقيم لا يعرف الإلتواء. في أوقاتٍ يسير الزمن ببطء ممل حتى يشعر المرء بثقل خطواته الهابطة على الأرواح كالمطارق. وفي أوقاتٍ آخرى يركض الزمن هاربًا من الأيدي العديدة الممدودة التي تحاول يائسةً أن تمسك بأعناق اللحظة المتسربة دائمًا. في كلتا الحالتين يسير الوقت آبيًا أن يخضع لإرادة أحد إلا نفسه. حتى وإن تشابهت الأحداث أحيانًا، يكفينا أن ننظر في وجهي ...

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استذكار غرامشي

"ماذا سيكون رأي غرامشي حيال مآزقنا الحالية؟" تساءلَ رئيس بلدية مدينة كالياري الإيطالية اليساري الشاب ماسيمو زيدا ثم أجاب: "ربما سيفكّر بأن أمورنا تحسنت، لكننا نواجه أيضاً مشاكل كثيرة في سردينيا... ولهذا نحتاج إلى أن نتنظّم". بهذا التصريح أعلن رئيس البلدية الذي يرتدي الجينزالأزرق عام 2017 "عاماً لغرامشي" وافتتح مؤتمر "قرن من الثورات: مسارات غرامشية في العالم". وكان 27 نيسان لحظة مناسبة لتسليط الضوء من جديد على حياة وأعمال أنطونيو غرامشي في الذكرى الثمانين لموته، في ...

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أيام بلا تاريخ

 "علينا أن أن نتحمل أفكارنا طوال الليل، حتى تقف البديهية النضرة في البرد بلا حراك" – والس ستيفنز **** كان "الطويل" جالسًا في سيارة الترحيلات المكدسة بالرفاق وهو يدخن في صمت. على عكس رفاقه لم يكترث "الطويل" بالاقتراب نحو الكوة الضيقة لينظر من خلال الثقوب الحديدية كي يرى نبض الشارع الذي لم يتجسسه منذ أكثر من عام. كان الدفء القادم من هذه النوافذ كافيًا. وكانت أشعة الشمس الواقعة على جلد "الطويل" الجاف والبارد قد أيقظت حنينًا في فؤاده إلى ما هو خارج الجدران، ...

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Between the World and Algeria: International Histories of the Algerian War of Independence

Darcie Fontaine, Decolonizing Christianity: Religion and the End of Empire in France and Algeria. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016. Jennifer Johnson, The Battle of Algeria: Sovereignty, Health Care, and Humanitarianism. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016. Jeffrey James Byrne, Mecca of Revolution: Algeria, Decolonization, and the Third World Order. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016. [This review essay was first published in the Spring 2017 issue ...

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New Texts Out Now: Behrooz Ghamari, Remembering Akbar: Inside the Iranian Revolution

Behrooz Ghamari, Remembering Akbar: Inside the Iranian Revolution. New York: OR Books, 2016. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Behrooz Ghamari: (BG): Originally, I did not conceive this as a book. Every New Year’s Eve I began writing little vignettes and character portraits about my years as a political prisoner in Iran. I was released from prison on New Year’s Eve of 1985, so that was the significance of the day for me. For one day every year I removed myself from the routines of everyday ...

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Revisiting ‘Foucault in Iran’: A Response

Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi, Foucault in Iran: Islamic Revolution after the Enlightenment. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2016. [This is the final installment of a book symposium on Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi's Foucault in Iran: Islamic Revolution after the Enlightenment, consisting of six reviews and a response by the author. The symposium was originally published by The SCTIW Review, and is reposted here with their permission.] First, I would like to thank SCTIW Review for organizing this ...

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Foucault, the Iranian Revolution, and the Politics of Collective Action

Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi, Foucault in Iran: Islamic Revolution after the Enlightenment. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2016. [This is part five of a book symposium on Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi's Foucault in Iran: Islamic Revolution after the Enlightenment, consisting of six reviews and a response by the author. The symposium was originally published by The SCTIW Review, and is reposted here with their permission.] In Foucault in Iran: Islamic Revolution after the Enlightenment Behrooz ...

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Foucault: Against the Ideology of Enlightenment

Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi, Foucault in Iran: Islamic Revolution after the Enlightenment. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2016. [This is part three of a book symposium on Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi's Foucault in Iran: Islamic Revolution after the Enlightenment, consisting of six reviews and a response by the author. The symposium was originally published by The SCTIW Review, and is reposted here with their permission.] At various points throughout Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi’s excellent account of ...

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Foucault and Iran

Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi, Foucault in Iran: Islamic Revolution after the Enlightenment. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2016. [This is part one of a book symposium on Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi's Foucault in Iran: Islamic Revolution after the Enlightenment, consisting of six reviews and a response by the author. The symposium was originally published by The SCTIW Review, and is reposted here with their permission.] In his remarkable book, Foucault in Iran: Islamic Revolution after the ...

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The Syrian Uprising Six Years On: Causes, Dynamics, Prospects, GMU Lecture by Jadaliyya Co-Editor Bassam Haddad

       The Middle East Policy Group at the Schar School of Policy and Government, in collaboration with the Middle East and Islamic Studies program of George Mason University, invites you to attend the second session of the Reflections on Middle East Policy series.       The Syrian Uprising Six Years O

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