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Stasis Shift: Guernica Interviews Jadaliyya Co-Founder Bassam Haddad

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Jadaliyya co-founder on telling alternative stories about the Arab world, understanding the life cycles of revolution, and confronting “the weight of ancient problems.”   In the fall of 2010, I was crossing a crowded hotel lobby at the Middle East Studies Association convention in San Diego when a friend introduced me to the writer, editor, and scholar Bassam Haddad. “Bassam is starting a website,” she said. “You should know each other.” He slipped me a business card with the word Jadaliyya (Arabic for “dialectic”) on it. “There isn’t much online yet,” Haddad explained. “We just launched.” A few weeks later, Mohamed Bouazizi lit himself on fire in the ...

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Devletlesen AKP, Degismeyen Devlet?

[Istanbul, 17 March 2014. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel, File)]

Devletleşen AKP, Değişmeyen Devlet? Türkiye’yi Anlama Uğraşında Devlet-Toplum İkiliğinin Ötesine Geçebilmek Zor zamanlardan geçiyoruz. Sadece sosyal medyada değil, anaakım medyada da bir telaş, belirsizlik ve şaşkınlık var. Sokak, zaten, alabildiğine hareketli, karmaşık ve kafa karıştırıcı. Takvim yapraklarında çeşitli tarihleri belirleyip kilitleniyoruz: Berkin Elvan’ın içimizi titreten cenazesi, Başbakan Erdoğan’ın nefret saçtığı konuşmaları, Fethullah Gülen’in bedduaları, art arda sökün eden “tape”ler ve tabii ki 30 Mart seçimleri…Hayatımız, ki izin verirseniz buna Türkiye gündemine kilitlenip kalmış bizim gibi diaspora sakinlerini de ekleyelim, daimî bir ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (March 25)

[Yemenis continue to demand the indictment of deposed president Ali Abdullah Saleh for his role in the deaths of protesters in 2011. Image from Wikimedia/White House. 2007.]

[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 Will the GCC survive Qatar-Saudi rivalry? Dahlia Kholaif examines the impact of the Saudi-Qatari split on the future of the Gulf Cooperation Council. Saudi FM says Qatar should 'revise' policies Prince Saud al-Faisal emphasizes that rapprochement with Qatar will not be possible unless Doha ...

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The Irrepressible Charm of the State: Dershane Closures and the Domestic War for Power in Turkey

[A local dershane in Antakya celebrates the success of their students on the national OKS (now know as the LGS) exam. Image via Flickr.]

The Turkish parliament's recent passing of a bill to shut down private prepatory schools (dershane) by 1 September 2015 is the last front in the all-out domestic war between the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the Gülen community. Initially announced by the Turkish prime minister on 9 September 2012, the law's first draft was published by the movement's daily Zaman last November. This re-ignited a heated debate amongst intellectuals, politicians, and the broader public across the country, and drastically increased the tension that has characterized AKP-Gülen community relations since 2011. A Marriage of Convenience Although the AKP and the Gülen ...

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The Turkish Political Map in the Run-Up to Local Elections

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[This report was published by the Arab Center for Research & Policy Studies on 13 March 2014.] Introduction The upcoming local elections in Turkey are the most significant in decades, with the intensifying contest between the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the opposition parties making this set of elections critical. Turkey’s opposition parties, in particular, are mobilizing all their efforts to take advantage of the AKP’s troubles to end its monopoly of power, which has lasted for three electoral cycles. Turkey’s Supreme Electoral Council has announced twenty-five political parties eligible to compete in the forthcoming local elections scheduled ...

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Reclaiming and Redefining Rights: Status of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in the Middle East and North Africa

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[The following report was published by the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights on 23 February 2014] Reclaiming and Redefining Rights -- ICPD+20: Status of Sexual and Reproductive Rights Executive Summary The year 2014 was meant to be the year that ended the Program of Action adopted by the Cairo Conference for Population and Development (ICPD) in 1994. The document was a paradigm shift in understanding and framing reproductive health and rights and prioritizing individuals’ rights to choose and make decisions with regards to their own bodies. Now that the General Assembly extended the PoA indefinitely, and will review  country progress at its 2014 session, it ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (March 11)

[Youth in Diyarbakir on a one-week sit-in to draw attention to the cutting down of trees in the eight-thousand-year-old Hevsel Gardens.“Dicle resisting from Hevsel to Gezi” is the slogan of the youths. Photo by Firat Aygun/Nar Photos.]

[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 Graft Crisis and Wire Tapping Scandals Erdoğan's Media Grab Stymies Expansion by Murdoch, Time Warner For Erdoğan, battling a barrage of leaks about corruption, the coming weeks are crucial, as Mehul Srivastava, Benjamin Harvey, and Ercan Ersoy argue. Something is Rotten in Turkey (1)-(2) Mustafa Akyol argues that Turkey’s religious ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (March 4)

[A Turkish man sits among banknotes as members of the Republican People's Pary throw fake bills into the air during an anti-government protest in Ankara on 1 March. (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 Wiretapping Scandals  "Son, Get Rid of the Money" Turkey is shaking with the leaked voice recording alleged to be of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his son, Bilal Erdoğan. Erdoğan Recordings Appear Real, Analyst Says, As Turkey Scandal Grows Roy Gutman relays a US-based cyber analyst’s analysis about the voice ...

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What’s Happening in Turkey? A Roundtable with the Turkey Page Editors

[People gathered in front of a hospital in Istanbul on 5 January to celebrate the fifteenth birthday of Berkin Elvan, who has been in a coma since 15 June, when he was shot in his head with a teargas capsule while walking to buy bread. Photo by Adnan Onur Acar/Nar Photos.]

Those who have followed the political scene in Turkey over the past few weeks have watched the unfolding of a number of overlapping major events. Among the breaking stories are those related to the corruption crisis, which has resulted in a significant challenge to the power of the AKP government; the open conflict between Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his important former ally Fethullah Gülen; rising interest rates, which have drawn international attention; the state of relations with the EU (particularly in the wake of Erdoğan’s recent trip to Brussels); the Turkish state’s role in Syria, especially in light of the Geneva II conference; and the imminent ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (February 11)

[Turkish riot police fire water cannons and tear gas at demonstrators who try to march to Taksim Square in Istanbul, 8 February 2014, in protest of legislation that critics say will tighten government controls over the Internet. Demonstrators hurled firecrackers and stones at police officers who cordoned off Taksim Square. Many also denounced a corruption scandal involving former Cabinet ministers and called on the government to resign. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)]

[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 Graft Crisis Kurdish and German Angles of Erdoğan-Gülen Rift Murat Yetkin analyzes Turkey’s international relations, peace negotiations, and upcoming local elections in light of the graft crisis. Two Centuries of Conspiracy Nuray Mert suggests that conspiracy theories always go hand-in-hand with authoritarian politics. Choosing the ...

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New Texts Out Now: Kurdish Studies

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Kurdish Studies Volume 1, Issue 1 (October 2013). J: What made you start the journal Kurdish Studies, and who are the scholars involved in its editorial work? Kurdish Studies (KS): The scholarly field of Kurdish studies has developed significantly over the last few decades, and has become an important field of study. This development expresses itself in the number of active researchers as well as articles and books published in the field of Kurdish Studies, but also in the various disciplines they cover: migration and diaspora studies, history, social sciences, political sciences, cultural studies, anthropology, linguistics, and so on. There has thus been a growing ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (February 4)

[Thousands of Turkish protesters hold a banner with images of June protest victims that read:

[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.] Graft Crisis Corruption, the Government, the Cemaat: A Survey Ahmet Hakan draws attention to a survey conducted by the MetroPOLL Strategic and Social Research Center on the graft crisis. Turkish Public Mark Rising Gloom and Mistrust Yavuz Baydar comments on “Turkey’s Pulse Research," conducted by the MetroPOLL Strategic and Social Research ...

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Event Report-Back -- Reflections on the 22nd Annual Cairo Papers Symposium: Disabilities, Revolution, and the Politics of Hope

On 15 March 2014, the Cairo Papers in Social Science (CPSS), in collaboration with the Middle East Studies Center at the American University in Cairo, hosted its twenty-second annual symposium titled “Disabilities, Revolution, and the Politics of Hope.” The CPSS, established in 1977 by social science departments at AUC, is a quarterly monograph series under the direction of Iman Hamdy. The symposium brought together both academics and activists, in order to explore how different social thinkers and ...

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Les visages urbains d'un autre Téhéran. Perspectives comparatives sur la mégapole iranienne.

Livre recensé: Mina Saïdi-Sharouz (dir.), Le Téhéran des quartiers populaires. Transformation urbaine et société civile en République Islamique, (Paris: Karthala/IFRI, 2013). Réjouissons-nous de la parution de cet ouvrage. En effet, elle marque le renouveau des études francophones sur la capitale iranienne et des publications de l'Institut français de recherche en Iran (IFRI), via son Observatoire Urbain de Téhéran et des villes d'Iran (OUTI), dont Mina Saïdi-Sharouz est la responsable. Docteure en ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (March 25)

[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 Ban Over Twitter Erdoğan Lost His Twitter Battle—Very Badly Murat Yetkin points out that millions of Twitter users hit back and defied the restrictions, including President ...

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GCHR Annual Report 2014: Rising Human Rights Challenges in the Gulf Region and Beyond

[The following report was published by the Gulf Center for Human Rights on 1 March 2014] Rising Human Rights Challenges in the Gulf Region and Beyond: Annual Report of the Gulf Center for Human Rights 2014 Executive Summary This is the second annual report of the Gulf Center for Human Rights (GCHR).  GCHR documents the human rights environment for human rights defenders working in the six Gulf Cooperation Council member states (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (March 18)

[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 Farewell to Berkin Fifteen-Year-Old Gezi Victim Berkin Elvan Dies After 269 Days in Coma Berkin Elvan, a teenager who has been in a coma since being hit by a police tear-gas ...

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Call for Applicants: AUB Post-Doctoral Fellowships in Public Policy and International Affairs in the Arab World

Post-Doctoral Fellowship Announcement The Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs (IFI) American University of Beirut Post-Doctoral Fellowships in Public Policy and International Affairs in the Arab World IFI announces the availability of two post-doctoral fellowships in public policy and international affairs at the American University of Beirut (AUB) for the a full academic year 2014-15, starting September 1, 2014 and ending May 30, 2014. IFI is specifically interested in ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (March 11)

[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 Saudi, UAE, Bahrain withdraw Qatar envoys The three countries announce the withdrawal of their ambassadors to Qatar in order ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (February 25)

[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 Graft Crisis and Authoritarianism An Orwellian Turkey? Ihsan Dağı argues that Turkey is becoming an “Orwellian state,” and that “big brother is watching, ruling, legislating, ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (February 18)

[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 Graft Crisis Academics and Jurists Warn the Government Many academics and jurists signed a statement saying that the "rule of law is suspended" in ...

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JAD FOR REEL Podcast (عن جد) – Episode 4

The fourth episode of ‘An Jad/For Reel, Jadaliyya’s monthly audio podcast, covers Egypt, Sudan, Lebanon, developments at the Arab Studies Institute, reverberations of academic boycott, and gender. It begins with a roundup of some of Jadaliyya’s hottest December and January pieces and takes a look at the development of Arab Studies Journal in an interview with ASJ editor and Jadaliyya co-editor Sherene Seikaly. ‘An Jad co-hosts talk to Turkey page editor Emrah Yildiz about the newly released Gezi JadMag ...

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The Ottoman Scramble for Africa

During the nineteenth century, the place of the Ottoman Empire in the European state system became the subject of continual debate among the major players on the world political stage. Ottoman statesmen were acutely aware of the empire’s relatively weak position vis-à-vis its neighbors and sought to manage this situation while simultaneously expanding the role of state institutions in the provinces. We often see the Ottomans forced to accept unfavorable economic and political arrangements while playing ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (January 28)

[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 Graft Crisis Turkey's Test of Wills Abukar Arman argues that it is naive to look at the Erdoğan/Gülen conflict as if it were merely a domestic power play. Gülen Accused ...

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