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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)

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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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متى سينهار التنسيق الأمني بين السلطة الفلسطينية وإسرائيل ؟

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لا ينشأ هذا التساؤل في فراغ مجرد، بل ينشأ بسبب وجود فراغ سياسي منذ توقف "المفاوضات" الفلسطينية الإسرائيلية قبل بضعة أشهر، ورفض الحكومة الإسرائيلية الإفراج عن دفعة أخيرة من الأسرى الفلسطينيين كما كان قد تم الإتفاق عليه فبل بدء المفاوضات. وينشأ هذا التساؤل بإلحاح بعد كل مواجهة عنيفة مع قوات الإحتلال، كما حدث في عدة مدن في الضفة الغربية، بعد الإجتياحات والإعتقالات التي تمت إثر اختطاف المستوطنين الإسرائيليين الثلاثة، بما في ذلك مدينة رام الله. وخلال هذه المواجهات في رام الله ليلة 21 حزيران/يونيو التي سقط فيها أحد الشهداء، تعالت هتافات واضحة تطالب بإيقاف التنسيق الأمني كما حصل في عدة مدن فلسطينية من قبل. إن الإجابة على هذا التساؤل بسيطة ومباشرة على مستوى معينا من ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (June 24)

[Kurds celebrating Newroz, March 2011, Istanbul. Image by Sadik Gulec/Shutterstock]

[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 Rise of ISIS and Possible Role of Kurds in the Region For Turkey, No News from Mosul is Good News Turkish courts banned reporting about the hostage crisis in Mosul, Cengiz Çandar reports. Turkey Avoids Claims of "Hostage" Crisis in Iraq According to Orhan Kemal Cengiz, the government is trying to downplay the ISIS detention of ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (June 17)

[Ahmet Davutoğlu with John Kerry and Moaz al-Khatib, Istanbul, 20 April 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.] English Fall of Mosul and Turkey’s Hostage Crisis Sunni Radicals Seize Turkey's Mosul Consulate Turkey’s Mosul consulate has been seized by the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham and all its personnel have been kidnapped, Tülin Daloğlu reports. Turkey Ignored Direct Warnings of ISIS Attack on Mosul The AKP government faces another political crisis ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (June 10)

[Graffiti, Istanbul, October 2013. Image by meunierd via Shutterstock.]

[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 Kurdish Question and Peace Process Öcalan: In the Next Two or Three Weeks There will Be Important Talks Abdullah Öcalan stated that there would be significant developments in the peace process in the coming period. Reviving the Kurdish Peace Process Hatem Ete points out that the peace process is on the brink of a new phase. Two Killed ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (May 27)

[People carry the coffin of Uğur Kurt in Istanbul, 23 May 2014. Image by Etkin News Agency/ İsminaz Ergün.]

[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 Soma Mine Massacre Soma: Deconstructing the Tragedy in Turkey (Podcast) A conversation with Alex Christie-Miller about the appalling conditions of Soma mines and Erdoğan’s disastrous way of dealing with the disaster. After Mine Disaster, a Painful Awareness of What Has Been Lost Tim Arango points out that in Soma, the killing of 301 people ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (May 13)

[Former Economy Minister Zafer Çağlayan, left, and European Affairs Minister Egemen Bağış, second right, during a parliamentary debate on corruption charges against four cabinet ministers of Prime Minister Erdogan, in Ankara, 5 May 2014. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)]

[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 Freedom of the Press and Democracy Freedom of Press Cannot Be Sacrificed to Ideological Debate İsmet Berkan points out that “we are again ideologically split into two with the latest press freedom report from Freedom House.” State Department Rejects Davutoğlu’s Denial of Media Watchdog Report While the Freedom House report was expected to ...

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NEWTONs You May Have Missed

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With the spring semester coming to an end, we wanted to take an opportunity to remind you of some of the amazing NEWTON posts we have posted since January that you might have missed the first time around—especially those of you starting to think about your summer reading list. If you wish to recommend a book or peer-reviewed article for a feature in NEWTON, please email us at reviews@jadaliyya.com. Niki Akhavan, Electronic Iran: The Cultural Politics of an Online Evolution Zayde Antrim, Routes and Realms: The Power of Place in the Early Islamic World Claire Beaugrand, Amélie Le Renard, Roman Stadnicki, editors, Villes et dynamiques urbaines en péninsule Arabique / ...

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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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Quick Thoughts: Maya Mikdashi on the Current Situation in Lebanon

[Amidst growing political polarization in Lebanon the term of President Michel Suleiman expired on 24 May with no successor in sight. Jadaliyya asked Co-Editor Maya Mikdashi to comment on the reasons for the vacuum, its ramifications and broader context]: Jadaliyya (J): Why has a new Lebanese president not yet been selected?  Maya Mikdashi (MM): I think everybody believed that Michel Suleiman, the outgoing president, would accept an extra-constitutional extension of his term, as has each of his ...

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Popular Neighborhoods and the Arab Spring: Elements for a Renewed Approach

Pierre-Arnaud Barthel and Sylvy Jaglin, editors, Quartiers informels d’un monde arabe en transition. Réflexions et perspectives pour l’action urbaine [Informal Settlements in an Arab World in Transition. Reflections and Perspectives for Urban Action]. Paris: Agence Française pour le Développement, Conférences et Séminaires 7, 2013. Available online. Housing in most of the Arab world cities is an informal affair. After having founded a family, or to remain near employment opportunities, most people ...

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Social Discord and the Power-Capital Nexus in the Gulf

[The following is the executive summary of a study conducted and published by the Gulf Centre for Development Policies. The full report in Arabic can be found here.] The Constant and the Changing 2014: Social Discord and the Power-Capital Nexus in the Gulf Executive Summary The sudden explosion of the 2011 Arab uprisings came as a shock-reminder that societies never remain stationary. Where, then, do the countries of the GCC—pivotal players on the Arab and global landscape—currently stand and what are ...

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Decentralization in the Arab World Must be Strengthened to Provide Better Services

Introduction: Decentralization on the Agenda One of the major features of democracies is the extent to which the state is decentralized. With the advent of democratic transformations in the Arab world, decentralization already is or will soon be on the reform agenda. Decentralization is desired for two reasons: one, it enhances democracy, and participation in managing local affairs; two, it consequently leads to better developmental outcomes. The assumption here is that delegating authority to lower ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (May 20)

[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 Soma Mine Disaster Deadly Fire Roars Through Coal Mine in Turkey (1)-(2) “Public’s outrage over mine disaster casts harsh light on Turkey’s premier,” Tim Arango, Kareem ...

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Discursive Delusions | أوهام خطابية

        Discursive Delusions | اوهام خطابية from Jadaliyya on Vimeo.

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Turkey Media Roundup (May 6)

[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 "New Turkey" and "Will of the Nation" Freedom of the Press 2014 Turkey is relegated to the league of “not free” countries, according to this report from ...

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