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Syrian Refugees and the Map of a Dangerous Journey: A STATUS/الوضع Conversation with Alia Malek

In this interview for STATUS/الوضع, host Malihe Razazan speaks with Alia Malek about Malek's article "The Road to Germany $2400" which recently appeared in Foreign Policy.  Alia Malek is a journalist, civil rights lawyer, and author of A Country Called Amreeka: Roots, American Stories. She is currently a Puffin Foundation writing fellow at the Nation Institute and at work on a book about Syria.   The interview is divided into three parts which you can click on separately. Please find a transcript of the interview below the player. 

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A Belgian Bombing in Istanbul: How Small States Manage Terrorist Moments

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A century and a decade ago, an Istanbul court sentenced a Belgian named Edouard Joris to death for his part in a bomb attack on the Ottoman sultan. Joris was involved with two of the terrorisms of the turn of the century: anarchism and Armenian nationalism. The young man had moved from Antwerp to Istanbul in 1901. He found a job at the Singer sewing machine factory and struck up a friendship with the man at the next workbench, an Armenian. Joris accompanied this friend to meetings of the activist cell planning the attack and facilitated their preparations in various ways. Crucially, he placed an order for a custom-made carriage, fashioned with a cavity large enough to ...

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لماذا يهاجر الشباب التونسي إلى داعش؟

[لوحة للفنانة التونسية دنيا المرنيسي]

توالت التحليلات والتساؤلات بعد أحداث بن قردان الأخيرة، التي حاول "داعش" احتلالها، لفهم المشاركة الكبيرة لشبان صغار في السن في عملية الهجوم على المقارّ الأمنية والعسكرية، بغية تأسيس إمارة داعشية في مدينة حدودية عرفت أنها "مدينة الهامش" بامتياز، فلا يعول سكانها على الدولة التي أسقطتهم عمداً من مخططات التنمية، بل صنعوا لأنفسهم "اقتصادهم التحتي" القائم على التهريب والتجارة الموازية أو "تجارة الخط". وقد حاولت بعض الخطابات التقليل من أهمية عامل الفقر، بِنيّة القفز على حقيقة مفزعة مفادها أن 25 في المئة من التونسيين يعيشون تحت خط الفقر، بالإضافة إلى وجود 700 ألف عاطل من العمل، أغلبهم من الشبان الذين تتراوح أعمارهم بين 18 و35 سنة، إضافة إلى ...

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الرقابة على المطبوعات ومسامير الكراسي والعروش

[بعدسة اسامة اسبر]

لا شكَّ أن الرقابة على المطبوعات في العالم العربي موضوع إشكالي يحتاج إلى كثير من النقاش، وغالباً ما تتسم الرقابة بطابع تعسّفي، كما يبين الآن النقاش الدائر حول منع الكتب في معرض الكويت الحالي للكتاب، وقبله في معرض الخرطوم، وطرق التعامل مع الكتاب بشكل عام في كثير من الدول العربية. ويبدو أن الحياة العربية تُعاش كلها تقريباً في جوٍّ من الرقابة، فالرقابة قد تكون سياسية وقد تكون اجتماعية، وهي في الأساس رقابة على الحريات، وعلى الجسد، أي على الحياة، ومن ذلك تتفرع أنواع الرقابات لتطال الكتب وغيرها. منعتْ السلطات السودانية في معرض الخرطوم للكتاب بعض الكتب، ووصلنا أن معرض الكويت للكتاب منع 250 كتاباً منها 50 كتاباً لـ “المؤسسة العربية للدراسات والنشر”، و23 كتاباً لـ “دار الأمير”، ...

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New Texts Out Now: Cedric de Leon, Manali Desai, and Cihan Tugal, Building Blocs: How Parties Organize Society

[Cover of Cedric de Leon, Manali Desai, and Cihan Tuğal, editors,

Cedric de Leon, Manali Desai, and Cihan Tuğal, editors, Building Blocs: How Parties Organize Society. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2015. Jadaliyya (J): What made you put together this book? Cihan Tuğal (CT): Why did “moderate” Islamists fail so miserably throughout the Arab Spring? Why did the Turkish Islamists first stumble, but then re-emerge even more powerful (even if, in the way, they dropped their “moderation”)? Our edited volume allows us to answer these questions by drawing attention to political creativity. The book includes analyses of politics in several countries and in different eras. Here I will focus on the overall theoretical claims, as ...

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What is Political Economy?: The Inaugural Political Economy Project Workshop (Part 1) - from Status/الوضع Panels

Held in April 2015 at George Mason University, this inaugural workshop of the Political Economy Project (PEP) features presentations from numerous researchers and scholars of political economy from the Middle East and beyond. PEP is an evolving focus of the Arab Studies Institute, with research, pedagogic, and advocacy objectives.  Participants were asked to address any aspect(s) of the following questions. However, they were encouraged to improvise and/or share their own work/research agenda as well.  1. What is your conception of 'political economy' and how do you incorporate poltical economy into your own research agenda? 2. What do you consider good ...

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لا يزالون آملين بالديمقراطية

[المصدر موقع المركز العربي للابجاث ودراسة السياسات]

برزت الديمقراطية أثناء ربيع العرب كطوق نجاة، بمقدوره أن ينتشلهم من مستنقع الفساد والاستبداد، الذي انحدرت إليه دولة ما بعد الاستعمار. ودبت الجماهير بأقدامها الميادين، وهي تصدع بالعيش والحرية والكرامة، منبهة العالم لموجة تبشر بالديمقراطية، بعد صمت طويل، استغرق قرنين كاملين، ظلت فيه هذه الجموع ترنو لموجات الديمقراطية الكبرى، تضرب شطآن غيرهم دون أن ينالهم منها شيء. قبل أربعة عقود، غالبتهم الحسرة على حالهم المقموعة، فيما يستبشر العالم بتجاوز عدد الديمقراطيات، لأول مرة في تاريخه، عدد النظم التي لم تعرف الديمقراطية. وحتى قبل عقدين ونيف، حين تضاعف عدد الديمقراطيات ليتخطى التسعين دولة. ولما حل القرن الحادي والعشرون؛ كانوا يراوحون مكانهم، لا تنعم من بين بلدانهم المنكوبة بالاستبداد ...

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Modernity, Identity, and Technology in Palestine Before the Nakba

[Cover of Arab Studies Journal (Vol. XXIII No. 1), Fall 2015]

Noah Haiduc-Dale, Arab Christians in British Mandate Palestine: Communalism and Nationalism, 1917-1948. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2013. Wasif Jawhariyyeh, The Storyteller of Jerusalem: The Life and Times of Wasif Jawhariyyeh, 1904-1948. Edited and introduced by Salim Tamari and Issam Nassar, translated by Nada Elzeer, foreword by Rachel Beckles Willson. Northampton, MA, and Beirut, Lebanon: Olive Branch Press and Institute for Palestine Studies, 2014. Anbara Salam Khalidi, Memoirs of an Early Arab Feminist: The Life and Activism of Anbara Salam Khalidi. Translated by Tarif Khalidi, foreword by Marina Warner. London: Pluto Press, 2013. Andrea L. Stanton, ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (2015 Year-End Review)

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[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 Rally Bombings in Ankara Sirin's Story: A Voice Raised and Silenced On the morning of October 10, the most deadly bombing in Turkey’s history killed 102 and injured more than five hundred demonstrators who gathered for a peace rally in Ankara. Is Ankara Putting Out False Information About Peace Rally Bombings? Fehim Taştekin argues ...

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Beirut Bombed: A STATUS Quick Thoughts Conversation with Maya Mikdashi

In this not-so-quick Quick Thoughts interview for Status/الوضع, Maya Mikdashi examines how the representation of the attacks on Beirut became dominated by connotations surrounding the term dahieh. She reviews the Western media's characterization of the neighborhood as a Hezbollah stronghold and problematizes it against the backdrop of spatial sectarian fault-lines in Beirut. She also critiques the way in which the Paris attacks either quickly overshadowed Beirut or were replaced by a state-sponsored solidarity that obfuscates colonial history. Maya unsettles the growing hierarchies of mourning and challenges the expanding scope of the discourses of the "War on ...

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Alternative Strategies for Realizing Justice in Palestine

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Between 13-15 December, the Civic Coalition for Palestinian Rights in Jerusalem, Mada al Carmel, the Birzeit University Institute of Law, the Stop the Wall Campaign, the Trans-Arab Research Institute (TARI), and the Arab Studies Institute (ASI) will be convening a conference under the banner: Alternative Strategies for Realizing Justice in Palestine. The conference will take place in Jerusalem, Birzeit, and Nazareth to highlight, and attempt to rehabilitate, national fragmentation and explore strategies for resistance.  What follows is a summary of the ideas that led the aforementioned organizations to join together in this effort. The summary is by TARI president ...

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الكهرباء في الحقبة الأولى للاستقلال في لبنان

[هذا الجزء الثاني من مقابلة أجراها المركز اللبناني للدراسات مع محرر جدلية والباحث زياد أبو الريش، وهي  تركّز على قطاع الكهرباء ومسائل تتعلق بمؤسسات الدولة في بداية عهد الجمهوريّة اللبنانيّة. وتجدر الإشارة إلى أنه تم إجراء هذه المقابلة قبل انطلاق الحراك الكبير في بيروت في شهر أيلول 2015. أما الجزء الأول فناقش خلاله تاريخ مؤسسات الدولة في بدايات الاستقلال في لبنان وبعض الموروثات التي خلفتها. يمكن قراءة الجزء الأول هنا] *** تحدث المركز اللبناني للدراسات مؤخّرًا مع الدكتور زياد أبو الريش لمناقشة تاريخ مؤسّسات الدولة خلال المراحل الأولى للاستقلال في لبنان، واستقاء المعلومات والاستفادة منها في التحاليل والنقاشات الحاليّة المتّصلة بالخدمات التي تقدمها الدولة في ...

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Quick Thoughts: Maria Fantappie on Syria’s Kurds

[The Syrian Kurds are playing an increasingly prominent role in that country’s conflict, and in recent years Democratic Union Party (PYD) forces have seized effective control of most territories in northern Syria with substantial Kurdish populations. In March 2016, shortly after the PYD was excluded from participation in diplomatic talks hosted by the United Nations in Geneva, the Syrian Kurdish party proclaimed that the self-administered territories it had previously established would henceforth ...

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Call for Submissions: BBC Arabic Film and Documentary Festival 2017

March 30, 2016 // BBC Arabic invites film and documentary-makers to submit works to the 3rd BBC Arabic Festival. The work must have been made after January 1, 2015, and reflect on current situations in the Arab world. Now in its 3rd year, the BBC Arabic Festival has successfully brought live audiences ground-breaking films, with selected films further being shown on BBC Arabic TV which has an international, Arabic speaking audience of 28 million people. The official selection, along with the winner ...

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CFP: Unfolding Middle Eastern Landscapes (Beirut, 31 May-2 June)

Unfolding Middle Eastern Landscapes Changing Forms, Evolving Tools, Transforming Meanings Beirut, 31 May-2 June 2016 This conference aims to bring together landscape academics and professionals to reflect on the discourse of landscape in the Middle East. The organizers hope that speakers, contributors and participants will contribute to the environmental and cultural specificities shaping the emerging profession of landscape architecture in the Middle East. The conference is jointly organized by the ...

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(Auto)-Mobility in the Global Middle East (Part 2)

A workshop was held at the Centre for Modern and Contemporary History at the University of Birmingham (UK) on Friday 6 November 2015, on the theme "(Auto)-Mobility in the Global Middle East." The workshop surveyed the state of this emerging field of study and sketched future directions, in anticipation of a major conference, gathering original research, to be held in June 2016 in Birmingham. The Call for Papers for the June conference can be found here. What follows develops the first part ...

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What is Political Economy?: The Inaugural Political Economy Project Workshop (Part 2) - from Status/الوضع Panels

Held in April 2015 at George Mason University, this inaugural workshop of the Political Economy Project (PEP) features presentations from numerous researchers and scholars of political economy from the Middle East and beyond. PEP is an evolving focus of the Arab Studies Institute, with research, pedagogic, and advocacy objectives. Participants were asked to address any aspect(s) of the following questions. However, they were encouraged to improvise and/or share their own work/research agenda as ...

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Quick Thoughts on the Political Landscape of Today's Sudan: A STATUS/الوضع Conversation with Khalid Medani

In this Quick Thoughts conversation with Status/الوضع host Bassam Haddad, Khalid Medani provides a near-comprehensive account of Sudan's recent past, its internal and external struggles, and current challenges.  Khalid Mustafa Medani is associate professor of political science and Islamic Studies at McGill University. Prior to his arrival at McGill, Medani taught at Oberlin College and Stanford University. Prof. Medani received a B.A. in Development Studies from Brown ...

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How the West Undermined Women’s Rights in the Arab World

This article is based on some of the research that I have conducted over the past two years on women’s activism in Egypt, Lebanon, and Jordan, from independence until the Arab uprisings. I collected over one hundred personal narratives from middle class women activists of different generations. This research was initially framed in terms of what is perceived to be a ‘gender paradox’: despite over a century of women’s activism, why do women in Arab countries continue to face some of the largest gender ...

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New Texts Out Now: Paul Aarts and Carolien Roelants, Saudi Arabia: A Kingdom in Peril

Paul Aarts and Carolien Roelants, Saudia Arabia: A Kingdom in Peril. London: Hurst, 2015. J: What made you write this book? Paul Aarts (PA): Two years ago I had a chance to visit Saudi Arabia again (after many years). My co-author Carolien Roelants also managed to get a visa—which is not easy—and separately we interviewed quite a few Saudis, from different backgrounds. I travelled to Jeddah, Riyadh, and the Eastern Province (al-Khobar, Dammam, and Qatif). In Jeddah and in the capital city I ...

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NEWTON 2015 Year in Review

Since it was first launched in the fall of 2011, the New Texts Out Now (NEWTON) Page has been honored to have the opportunity to feature an astonishing range of books, articles, special issues of journals, and films for Jadaliyya readers. This past year was no exception. With authors generously agreeing to discuss their new works, offer background information on their research, and allow us to post excerpts from their books and articles, we have been able to offer first looks at some of the most ...

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إطلاق العدد الجديد من مجلة الوضع

     إطلاق العدد الجديد من مجلة "الوضع" الخاص بالذكرى السنوية الأولى لإصدار المجلة. وسط الجو الصاخب لمؤتمر رابطة دراسات الشرق الأوسط (ميسا)، يسعدنا نحن والمؤسسات الشريكة لنا أن نعلن عن إطلاق عدد الوضع (2.3). [للنسخة الانجيليزية، اضغط\ي هنا] هذا عددنا الأغنى والأكثر تنوعاً حتى الآن، وفيه ما يناسب الأذواق كلها حول الأحداث الحالية والتاريخ والثقافة والشعر والموسيقا، أو غير ذلك. ونحن ممتنون كثيراً لضيوفنا، ومضيفينا، وفريقنا على تقديم هذا العدد المتنوع والمهم. نواصل في هذا ...

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Thanksgiving: A Jadaliyya Reading List

“Imperialism was the theory, colonialism the practice of changing the uselessly unoccupied territories of the world into useful new versions of the European metropolitan society. Everything in those territories that suggested waste, disorder, uncounted resources, was to be converted into productivity, order, taxable, potentially developed wealth. You get rid of most of the offending human and animal blight"--whether because it simply sprawls untidily allover the place or because it roams around ...

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Early Spring in Jordan: The Revolt of the Military Veterans

The Jordanian Hirak grassroots movement of 2011–2013 is increasingly being recognized as a social and political protest movement born out of discontent in East Bank hinterlands long thought to be home to unflagging supporters of Jordan’s autocratic regime. The movement’s foundations were laid in the spring of 2010 by a revolt of Jordanian military veterans that combined an East Bank nationalism critical of the government’s approach to the Palestine question with an opposition to neoliberal economic ...

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