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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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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 trying to find a place to live in end up building their houses themselves, or participating in construction projects managed either by families or by modest real-estate ...

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Social Discord and the Power-Capital Nexus in the Gulf

[Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Image from Broad Arrow/Wikimedia Commons. 2007.]

[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 the future trajectories that are slowly brewing within their societies? These questions lie at the heart of the annual strategic publication of the Gulf Center for ...

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

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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 echelons of authorities will make service provision more effective, as it will be more responsive to the actual needs of the beneficiaries, while political representation ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (May 20)

[Turkish rescue workers and miners stand at the entrance of the coal mine in Soma, 16 May 2014. (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 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 Fahim, and Şebnem Arsu report. Turkey’s Neoliberal Death Toll: Hundreds of Miners Died in Great Soma Massacre Sendika’s report on the Soma mine disaster. Over-Production ...

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Discursive Delusions | أوهام خطابية

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        Discursive Delusions | اوهام خطابية from Jadaliyya on Vimeo.

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Turkey Media Roundup (May 6)

[A protester stands as riot police use water cannons and teargas to disperse thousands of people trying to reach Taksim Square to celebrate May Day in Istanbul, 1 May 2014. (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 "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 Freedom House. Turkey's Erdoğan: One of the World's Most Determined Internet Censors Joe Parkinson, Sam Schechner, and Emre Peker explain how Erdoğan has become one of ...

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(2) إضاءات على الحياة والمجتمع العربي في القدس خلال الحرب العالمية الثانية

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يوميات طاهر عبد الحميد الفتياني وإضاءات على الحياة والمجتمع العربي في القدس خلال الحرب العالمية الثانية  الحلقة الثانية [اضغط/ي هنا للحلقة الأولى]  تناولت الحلقة الأولى من هذه الدراسة والتي نشرت في العدد الثاني عشر من حوليات القدس (شتاء 2011) أوضاع مدينة القدس خلال الحرب العالمية الثانية استناداً ليوميات المقدسي طاهر عبد الحميد الفتياني، وقد عرَّفت باليوميات وصاحبها، وعرضت للأحوال العامّة التي سادت المدينة خلال الحرب، ولانقسام الشارع الفلسطيني تجاه تأييد إحدى القوتين المتحاربتين، كما تناولت علاقة فئة من النخبة الفلسطينية بحكومة الانتداب البريطاني خلال هذه الفترة.  تستكمل هذه الحلقة البحث وتتناول مواقف طاهر الفتياني من ورؤيته لثلاثة من شخصيات حزب ...

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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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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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Turkey Media Roundup (June 17)

[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 ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (June 10)

[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 ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (May 27)

[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 ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (May 13)

[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 ...

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NEWTONs You May Have Missed

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 ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (April 29)

[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 Prime Minister Erdoğan’s Message on Armenian Genocide On the Events of 1915 On the eve of 24 April, the day Armenians commemorate the Meds Yeghern, Turkey’s Prime Minister ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (April 22)

[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 Constitutional Court Decision and the National Intelligence Organization Law Erdoğan vs Twitter (1)-(2) Yavuz Baydar points that the AKP government started to demonize the ...

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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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