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Turkey Media Roundup (October 28)

[A view of Kobanê during the bombardment of ISIL targets by US-led forces. Photo by M. Akhavan / Persian Dutch Network, 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 Kobane, ISIS, Turkey-US Relations in the Wake of Kobane Kobane Battle: A Summary for Beginners and/or the Confused “Just a small note written by a revolutionary to other revolutionaries, that summarizes the minimum information about the acute situation in Kobane and describes what actions to take.” Stateless Democracy: The Revolution in ...

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LA Event: Spotlight on Egypt (23 October 2014)

On Thursday, October 23, 12-2pm at 450 Tudor Center at the University of Southern California, USC's Middle East Studies' Program (MESP) is hosting a panel discussion on "Spotlight on Egypt."  UC Santa Barbara Professor Paul Amar will examine President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi's Egypt by looking at the new means of control embedded in recently emergent regional, socio-spatial, and geopolitical patterns. UC Santa Barbara Professor Sherene Seikaly will examine the continuities and ruptures of the current regime in Egypt with its predecessors by tracing al-Sisi's performance of power and presidential authority. And Laila Shereen Sakr will discuss the emergence ...

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Citizenfour: Laura Poitras’ Documentary on Edward Snowden (Video Trailer)

[Screen shot from YouTube]

The following trailer is for Laura Poitras' Citizefour, which is scheduled for release on 24 October 2014.  

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Roj Roja Rojava

[Image via Wikimedia Commons.]

Kobanê’nin böylesi eşitsiz bir savaşta böylesi destansı bir direniş göstereceğini çok az kişi hesaplamıştı. Bugün daha da iyi anlaşıldığı üzere ittifakların ve hesapların yeniden düzenlendiği Ortadoğu’da halkların demokrasisi seçeneğini yükselten tek güç olan Kürt Özgürlük Hareketi’nin yenilgiye uğraması tüm hegemonik güçlerin işine gelecekti. IŞİD’in Kobanê’yi alması, Şengal ve Mahmur denklemini bozan HPG ve YPG güçlerinin kazandığı meşruiyetin aşınmasını sağlayacak ve bir kez daha Ortadoğu, batı kafasının Sünni, Şii, Kürt kategorilerine ve sınırlarına göre şekillenecekti. Ama Kobanê direniyor. Kobanê tüm halklar adına, özgürlük adına, ev, yurt adına, irade adına, ...

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Letter to Hosts of the International Conference for the Reconstruction of Gaza

[The following letter was issued by the Committee on Academic Freedom of the Middle East Studies Association] Hosts of the International Conference for the Reconstruction of Gaza Børge Brende Minister of Foreign Affairs of Norway via utenriksminister@mfa.no via fax +47 23 95 00 99 Sameh Shoukry Minister of Foreign Affairs of Egypt via fax + 20 2576 7967 Your Excellencies,  I write on behalf of the Committee on Academic Freedom (CAF) of the Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA) to express grave concern over Israel’s indiscriminate bombardment and destruction of Palestinian educational institutions, including the destruction of 22 ...

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Roundtable Introduction: New Media, New Politics? Revolutions in Theory and Practice

[Photo from Malmo Univesity Blog. Courtesy of Ahmed Alwaeli (Creative Commons)]

In April of 2013, the Arab Media Center at the University of Westminster's CAMRI hosted its annual Arab media studies conference under the title of “New Media, New Politics?” At a critical juncture in the progress of the region’s uprisings, the common denominator at the event was (the need for) a prevailing dialectical understanding of the Arab revolutions, namely as a process demonstrating important, and often intractable, contradictions. As some forms of knowledge production are challenged by this paradigmatic shift, others are fostered and furthered, therefore making these dramatic transformations difficult to understand at the levels of theory and practice. Studies ...

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New Texts (NEWTON) Compilation by Category For Fall Semester

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As we head back into the school year, Jadaliyya would like to remind you of some of the most creative and groundbreaking works in Middle East studies that we have featured in our New Texts Out Now (NEWTON) Page during the year 2013-2014. Whether you are an instructor thinking about texts for the fall or a student doing research, you will find a wealth of interviews about and excerpts from works across a range of topics and disciplines.  You might also want to check out our Essential Readings, an expanding collection of materials selected by our editors on a range of topics. To stay up to date with ongoing discussions by scholars and instructors in ...

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One Year after Raba'a: An Interview with Adam Sabra and Mona El Ghobashy

[Raba'a sit-in during the 14 August 2013 dispersal. Photo by Amsg07 from Wikimedia Commons]

Egypt has been the subject of media attention for its role as a mediator between Hamas and Israel during negotiations to end the military assault on Gaza. By contrast, Egypt's own very serious political strife has been largely neglected by the international media. Last week marked the one-year anniversary of the Raba'a massacre of 14 August 2014, during which at least 817 supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi were killed by security forces. According to the Associated Press, at least ten protesters were killed by Egyptian police on the anniversary of the brutal dispersal. This coincides with the release of a year-long investigation by Human Rights Watch ...

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The Prime Minister as President?

[Left to right: presidential candidates Selahattin Demirtaş, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, and Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu. Images via Wikimedia Commons.]

On 26 July, Turkish citizens began voting in the first round of the first direct presidential elections in the history of the Turkish Republic. Voting began at Turkish embassies and at the forty-two polling stations set up at Turkish land crossings, harbors, and airports; it will continue until 10 August, when Turkish citizens residing in Turkey will cast their ballots. Following a 2007 referendum, direct presidential elections replaced the existing system, in accordance with which the president was elected by the Turkish parliament. Under the new electoral system, a candidate must secure an absolute majority of the popular vote (fifty percent plus one) to claim first ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (July 29)

[AKP campaign poster in Taksim Square from 2011:

Presidential Elections PM Erdoğan Dragging Turkey into Sectarian Fights: Kılıçdaroğlu (1)-(2)-(3)-(4)-(5) Murat Yetkin analyzes the presidential candidacies of Erdoğan, İhsanoğlu, and Demirtaş.   Erdoğan May Become President But Next Prime Minister Unclear Semih İdiz reports that uncertainty over who will succeed Erdoğan has caused disquiet in the AKP's ranks. The AK Party, the Constitution, and the Presidential Election Etyen Mahçupyan refutes the assertion that the AKP does not want a new constitution and it will pass a new constitution only to implement the presidential system. If Erdoğan Wins Presidency, What Next? According to Henri Barkey, Erdoğan’s ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (July 8)

[Selahattin Demirtaş, left, with President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz in Brussels, May 2013. Image 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.] Presidential Elections HDP Announces Demirtaş as Presidential Candidate On 30 June, The Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) announced Selahattin Demirtaş as its candidate for the upcoming presidential elections. Erdoğan Declares His Presidential Candidacy (1)-(2) On 1 July, the AKP announced the Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan as its candidate in the ...

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NEWTON Summer Reading

As we head into the summer, Jadaliyya would like to remind you of some of the most creative and groundbreaking works in Middle East studies that we have featured in our New Texts Out Now (NEWTON) page during the 2013-2014 academic year. Whether you are an instructor thinking about texts for the fall, a student doing research, or a reader making a summer reading list, you will find a wealth of interviews about and excerpts from works across a range of topics and disciplines. We have provided a list of all the NEWTONs we have published since last summer, divided into categories according to topic and region. To stay up to date with ongoing discussions by scholars and ...

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Erdogan, Turk milliyetciligi kartina oynuyor

Erdoğan, Türk milliyetçiliği kartına oynuyor Boğaziçi Üniversitesi Sosyoloji Bölümü Öğretim Üyesi Prof. Abbas Vali, “IŞİD Kobani’ye sadece seküler, sadece Kürt olduğu için değil, direnişin metaforu olduğu için de saldırıyor. Kobani halkların iktidarını temsil ediyor ve bu yüzden herkes için bir tehlike arz ediyor” diyor. Hükümetin çözüm süreciyle ilgili çelişkilerine dikkat çeken Vali, AKP’nin son seçimlerden sonra Kürt sorununu çözen değil, Türk milliyetçisi bir parti olmaya oynadığını ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (October 21)

[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, and Protests in Turkey Petition: Officially Arm the People's Protection Unit (YPG) of Syria to Defend ISIS from Destroying the Kobane Community A petition on ...

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Panel Event: After Gezi, After the Elections, After ISIS: Politics in Turkey Now (CUNY Graduate Center, 20 October 2014)

The Middle East and Middle Eastern American Center at the CUNY Graduate Center presents: After Gezi, After the Elections, After ISIS: Politics in Turkey Now A conversation with Burcu Baykurt, Ayça Çubukçu, Aslı Iğsız, Duygu Parmaksizoglu, and Emrah Yildiz, moderated by Cihan Tekay Monday, October 20, 6:30-8:30pm The Graduate Center of The City University of New York 365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10016 Room C198 This panel will present a conversation about the current political context in Turkey, ...

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Soma ve Kobane’yi birlikte dusunmek

Soma ve Kobane’yi birlikte düşünmek Türkiye son aylarda felaket üstüne felaket yaşıyor. Bunlardan en ön plana çıkanları iş “kaza”ları ve geçtiğimiz hafta üç günde üç düzine can alan, polis-sivil elele yürütülen insan avı. Bu cinayetlerin mahallerinden buram buram yükselen sadece kanlı hesapların değil, sıcak paranın da kokusu. Fail, gücün ve paranın kutsal ittifakı. Rafine ve eşitleyici bir katil olarak para Kapitalizm maddi refah kadar uhrevi bir vaatle de kendini pazarladı, pazarlıyor. Sol ve sağ ...

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How Not To Understand ISIS

October 2, 2014  The group known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant or simply the Islamic State (ISIL, ISIS, or IS) has attracted much attention in the past few months with its dramatic military gains in Syria and Iraq and with the recent U.S. decision to wage war against it. As analysts are called to explain ISIS’ ambitions, its appeal, and its brutality, they often turn to an examination of what they consider to be its religious worldview—a combination of cosmological doctrines, ...

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New Media, New Politics? Theoretical Interventions and International Invocations

As part of the Jadaliyya Roundtable on New Media and New Politics, we offer three audio presentations from the April 2013 Westminster conference that address matters of mediation from theoretical and international perspectives. The topics presented here problematize analyses of the Arab revolutionary action and mediation by looking at these through the prism of "liberation technology," as synerigistic with South American Occupy movements, and as refractions of Marxist theorizations of digital ...

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Cities Media Roundup (August 1-30)

[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] War and Cities Isreali Strikes Destroy Urban Infrastructure in ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (August 12)

[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  From Egypt to Saudi Arabia, the Arab World Has Abandoned the Palestinians Mehdi Hasan provides a critique of the ...

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Anis Sayigh: A Profile from the Archives

[”A Profile from the Archives“ is a series published by Jadaliyya in both Arabic and English in cooperation with the Lebanese newspaper, Assafir. These profiles will feature iconic figures who left indelible marks in the politics and culture of the Middle East and North Africa. This profile was originally published in Arabic and was translated by Mazen Hakeem.] Name: Anis Last Name: Sayigh Date of Birth: 1931 Date of Death: 2009 Nationality: Lebanese Place of Birth: Tiberias, Palestine Wife’s ...

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المسألة السّورية: سؤال المصير والمستقبل: الحراك الشعبي في سورية

‫الحراك الشعبي في سورية 1ـ الحراك الشعبي السّوري ، الّذي بدأ في النّصف الثّاني من آذار (مارس) 2011 تحوّل تدريجياً ، وقبل أن يتصلّب عوده، وتترسخ قاعدته الشّعبية، ويتحقق استقلاله عن القوى والمؤثرات الخارجية، تحوّل، بعد بضعة أشهر، عن النهج السّلمي إلى حرب متعدّدة الصّفات ومن نوع جديد لم تألفه المنطقة، شاركت فيه أطراف عربية وإقليمية ودولية عديدة. وهكذا غُطي على الأهداف الداخلية للحراك (الحرية والكرامة والعدالة)، ثمَ أزيحت تدريجياً لصالح أهداف هذه الأطراف التي لعبت دور المموّل والمسلّح والموجَه والمخطّط، ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (July 1)

[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 Presidential Elections, AKP, and Democracy Erdoğan Seems Decided to Replace Gül Murat Yetkin reports that there is an undisclosed poll, allegedly showing more than fifty-two ...

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Cities Media Roundup (June 1-25)

[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] Spatial Practices Passageways in Downtown Cairo Rowan al-Shimi ...

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