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

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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, in the wake of popular protests (Gezi and its follow-ups), parliamentary and presidential elections (which have strengthened the hand of the ruling AK Party), and ...

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Soma ve Kobane’yi birlikte dusunmek

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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 liberallere göre para evrensel bir çözücü. Girdiği her yerde modernlik öncesi hiyerarşileri yerle bir ediyor, geleneksel ayrımları anlamsızlaştırıyor. Marksizmde dahi bu ...

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How Not To Understand ISIS

[Flag of ISIS, ronniechua / Depositphotos.com]

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, eschatological beliefs, and civilizational notions—usually thought to be rooted in Salafi Islam. The Salafi tradition is a modern reformist movement critical of what it ...

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New Media, New Politics? Theoretical Interventions and International Invocations

[Protesters march through the financial district in New York. Photo by David Shankbone from Wikimedia Commons]

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 media.  

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Cities Media Roundup (August 1-30)

[View of Cairo Surroundings. Image by Kormoran via Wikimedia Commons.]

[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 Gaza Al Jazeera World repeats this episode aired in January 2013 that highlights the everyday challenges facing the people of Gaza in light of Israel’s recent strikes on the ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (August 12)

[The Lebanese army, seen here participating in military exercises with US Marines, have been granted $1 billion by the Saudi king. Image from Richard Blumenstein/Wikimedia.]

[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 Arab regimes for failing to support Palestinians in Gaza. Why are the Arab Gulf countries silent on Gaza? Habiba Hamid argues that the Gulf states need to stop ...

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Anis Sayigh: A Profile from the Archives

[Source: Al-Zaytouna Center Website]

[”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 Name: Hilda Sha'ban Category: Writer Profession: Writer and researcher   [Source: Al-Awda Magazine website] Anis Sayigh Palestinian national of ...

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المسألة السّورية: سؤال المصير والمستقبل: الحراك الشعبي في سورية

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‫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، ووضعت، بالتالي، الأطراف النافذة في الحراك تحت السّيطرة المباشرة لأجهزتها المتمركزة في الدّول المجاورة لسورية.  ‫الحراك الشّعبي السّوري تلا الأحداث التي جرت في العديد ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (July 1)

[CHP-MHP joint presidential candidate Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu, right, shown meeting with Pakistani Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani in January 2011. Image by Asianet-Pakistan 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 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 percent of popular support for Erdoğan to become a presidential candidate. On the Way to Çankaya (1)-(2)-(3)-(4) “On Tuesday, July 1, Prime Minister Erdoğan's ...

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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 reports on Egyptian and Danish artists and architects who presented design intervention concepts for two pedestrian passageways in Downtown Cairo in a workshop organized by ...

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Quick Thoughts: Maya Mikdashi on the Current Situation in Lebanon

[The Corniche of Beirut. Image by Roba Al-Assi]

[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 predecessors since the 1989 Ta’if Agreement that ended the Lebanese Civil War. That somehow a deal between rival Lebanese factions would be reached to this ...

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

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

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Roj Roja Rojava

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 ...

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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 ...

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

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 ...

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New Texts (NEWTON) Compilation by Category For Fall Semester

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 ...

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

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 ...

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The Prime Minister as President?

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 ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (July 29)

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 ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (July 8)

[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 ...

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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 ...

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متى سينهار التنسيق الأمني بين السلطة الفلسطينية وإسرائيل ؟

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 ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (June 24)

[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 ...

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