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Syria Media Roundup (December 16)

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This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Syria and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Syria Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to syria@jadaliyya.com by Monday night of every week.]            Inside Syria Syrian forces ‘use chlorine gas’ on ISIS: monitor The Syrian regime resorts to the use of chlorine gas against ISIS in efforts to prevent further advancement into Deir Ezzor. Bashar al-Assad: airstrikes against Islamic State are failing Assad claims that the U.S. ...

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The Flow and Entrapment of Syrian Jazira Music

[Crop of Image of Omar Souleyman performing at Perth International Arts Festival 2011. Image by Stuart Sevastos.]

I was surprised when I received an email from a Palestinian friend asking if I would like to go to a concert by a Syrian singer, Omar Souleyman, who was performing at a popular club in central London in 2010. The email included a link to a YouTube clip of Souleyman singing at a local wedding in Syria. I was familiar with Souleyman’s genre of music and knew to correctly associate it with the northeast region of the country, known as the Jazira, but I had never heard of him before. A group of us eventually went to the concert. Preceded by a Japanese band, Souleyman took the stage wearing the traditional dress of thob and kuffiyya. Seemingly the only Arabs in the club, ...

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O.I.L. Media Roundup (7 December)

[GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba - A guard stands duty in a tower over Camp Delta Sept. 12, 2007. Image by by Army Sgt. Joseph Scozzari.]

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Occupation, Intervention and Law and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the O.I.L. Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each biweekly roundup to OIL@jadaliyya.com by Monday night of every other week.] Palestine-Israel Leaked Email: Save the Children Trying to "Contain" Damage from Tony Blair, Ali Abunimah Abunimah details the backlash towards the charity Save the Children for awarding a "Global Legacy Award" to Tony Blair on 19 November, given Blair's ties to the Egyptian government and ...

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October Culture

[Art by Sabhan Adam (Syria). Image from discover-syria.com]

Our October culture bouquet arrives a bit late, but heavy on poetry, original, and translated; Marilyn Hacker, Deema Shehabi, and Sheida Dayani share their new poems. Sinan Antoon translates Amjad Nasser and Ghatfan Ghannum, and Suneela Mubayi translates a poem by Wadi Saadeh. Margot Badran reviews Qarm Qart's latest exhibtion:  Margot Badran, Moving in the Maze with Cairene Artist Qarm Qart Marilyn Hacker and Deema Shehabi, Excerpts from Diaspo/Renga Sheida Dayani, The Ordinary Man of this Neighborhood Amjad Nasser, Questioning Ibn Arabi, tr. Sinan Antoon Wadi Saadeh, An Attempt to Reach Beirut from Beirut, tr. Suneela Mubayi Ghatfan Ghannum, To Carry ...

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To Carry Sisyphus and the Rock Together

[Art by Sabhan Adam (Syria). Image from discover-syria.com]

To Carry Sisyphus and the Rock Together Ghatfan Ghannum  Tr. Sinan Antoon I do not care if I am number 1234, 4567, or any other number. There is no difference whatsoever if I become a refugee in the European continent. I held many names in the past. I travelled and moved in my country without fear of canons or airplanes. We only feared wolves and hyenas and used to hunt rabbits and birds. But we recorded the name of our country on history’s forehead so that our children would inherit its renown thousands of years later. My ancestor Sam the son of Noah used to foresee a glorious history for me, but his brother, Aram, would gaze at me with sadness whenever I ...

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Amjad Nasser: Questioning Ibn Arabi

[Amjad Nasser. Image from author]

  Questioning Ibn Arabi Amjad Nasser I From Seville to Damascus where I plunged through the scents of Salhiyya’s kitchens and the voices of its persistent sellers until I found you. The sky might be one and the same. . . with clouds raining here and refraining there, with angels absorbed in arranging a mercy that does not arrive, or with migrating birds whose craws carry the shots of pursuing guns. Others carrying the hay of their original homes in their beaks, making winter meet summer. The stars Stay up guarding their dust-covered silver Someone is counting the money of wakefulness with his hands And someone is sleeping by the night’s full eye II The ...

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O.I.L. Media Roundup (23 November)

[Protest for victims of US drone strikes, downtown Chicago, Illinois. Image by Debra Sweet.]

 [This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Occupation, Intervention and Law and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the O.I.L. Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each biweekly roundup to OIL@jadaliyya.com by Monday night of every other week.]   Rasmea Odeh Palestinian Activist Rasmea Odeh Found Guilty of Immigration Fraud, Julianne Hing ColorLines covers the trial and conviction of Palestinian activist Rasmea Odeh for falsifying information on an immigration application. Rasmea Odeh: Guilty for Resistance, Rasmea Defense Committee The ...

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Call for Papers--Transformed Nations: State-Policies in Kurdish Populated Areas of Syria, Iraq, Turkey, and Iran (Istanbul, 23 February 2015)

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Call for Papers IFEA-Ifpo-University of Exeter Workshop Transformed Nations: State-Policies in Kurdish Populated Areas of Syria, Iraq, Turkey, and Iran (A Comparative Approach from a Transnational Perspective) Istanbul, 23 February 2015 I. Presentation of the Workshop In 2013, the French Institute for Anatolian Studies (IFEA, Istanbul), the French Institute for the Near East (IFPO, Erbil) and the University of Exeter, with the help of Aix- Marseille University, launched a common research program aiming at understanding the redefinition of relations between States and Kurdish-populated areas in the current regional context characterised by an intensification ...

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New Texts Out Now: Hani Bawardi, The Making of Arab Americans: From Syrian Nationalism to US Citizenship

[Cover of Hani Bawardi,

Hani Bawardi, The Making of Arab Americans: From Syrian Nationalism to US Citizenship. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2014. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Hani Bawardi (HB): My intellectual pursuits began when I set out to understand the dominance of my peers in small business ownership in Flint, Michigan. My research led me to Roy (Rushd) Farah, the son of Ameen Farah, the man who started a hundred-year-long business dynasty built on patron-client relationships and clan migration. I discovered that Rushd Farah, who emigrated from Nazareth to the US in 1913, was at the center of the first known organized political work on behalf of his beloved ...

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New Texts Out Now: Elisabeth Longuenesse et Cyril Roussel, Developper en Syrie. Retour sur une experience historique

[Cover of Elisabeth Longuenesse and Cyril Roussel, Developper en Syrie. Retour sur une experience historique]

Élisabeth Longuenesse et Cyril Roussel (dir.), Développer en Syrie. Retour sur une expérience historique. Beyrouth : Presses de l’Ifpo, 2014. Jadaliyya (J): Qu’est-ce qui vous a fait publier ce livre? Elisabeth Longuenesse (EL) et Cyril Roussel (CR): Ce livre est issu du programme Tanmia, le développement: La fabrique de l’action publique qui a associé, entre 2007 et 2010, une trentaine de chercheurs et doctorants, et trois institutions, l’Institut français du Proche-Orient (basé à Damas et Beyrouth), l’Institut de Recherche sur le Maghreb contemporain (basé à Tunis), l’Institut des Hautes Etudes Internationales et du Développement de Genève, et le ...

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The Poverty of Moral Answers to Political Questions: On Perceptions of Islam in the Wake of ISIS

Recent weeks and months have witnessed a frustrated sense of déjà vu on the part of many Islamic Studies scholars in North America and  Western Europe. In the wake of 11 September 2001, scholars of Islam were frequently called upon to explain the marginality of al-Qa'ida’s bellicose interpretation of the sources of the tradition and to argue against the substitution of this marginal vision for the whole of Islam. In his influential book Good Muslim, Bad Muslim, anthropologist and historian Mahmood Mamdani articulated a comprehensive critique of “culture talk” about Islam, which seeks to account for Muslim politics on the basis of some ahistorical “cultural” essence. ...

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سفن حربية في بحر الرمل الجنوبي

[صورة للكاتب]

[تنشر جدلية بالاشتراك مع مجموعة الـدكتافون ومؤسسة "آرت-ايست" نصوصاً تتناول الحق في الوصول إلى الشاطىء في العالم العربي تحت عنوان "من هنا البحر". نشرت هذه النصوص باللغة الانكليزية على موقع آرت-ايست. تنشر سلسلة "من هنا البحر" تباعاً على موقع جدلية خلال الأسبوع القادم.] تقسم منطقة الرمل الجنوبي، وهي منطقة فقيرة في جنوب مدينة اللاذقيّة، الى عدّة أقسام، أربع منها يقع على خط الساحل الجنوبي، وهي من الشرق إلى الغرب: الشاليهات والتي تحوي مجمع مساكن عسكرية، ومخيم طلائع البعث الذي يحتضن فعاليات معسكر الطلائع الصيفي لطلاب المدارس الإبتدائية، إضافة إلى مخيم الرمل الفلسطيني، وحي مسبح الشعب في أقصى الغرب. لقد تمتع معسكر طلائع البعث قبل بداية الثورة ...

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The Islamic State: The Fear of Decline?

Following a series of military setbacks, Dabiq—the propaganda magazine of the Islamic State (IS)—is issuing calls for the unity of followers to compensate for the dwindling number of its fighters. Through its powerful media apparatus, IS states its ambitions. The Islamic State has shown great capabilities on the field, but also in the virtual sphere. The group has developed a high-quality media industry and mastered this tool like no jihadist group ever has. In comparison, al-Qa‘ida propaganda is a ...

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Syrian Refugees in Lebanon: Racism, Alliances, and Misery: A STATUS/الوضع Conversation between Moe Ali Nayel and Bassam Haddad

Moe Ali Nayel, a freelance journalist, fixer, and translator based in Beirut, Lebanon, discusses the question of Syrian refugees in Lebanon and how the landscape of Lebanon receives them. In addition to his insights and observations, Moe Ali provides signs, posters, warnings, and maps from Beirut. Please find the transcript of the interview below the player. The interview includes three parts that you can click on separately. Moe Ali writes for Lebanese-based and International English publications. ...

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خطة دي ميستورا ... استكمال لصيغة جنيف وليست انقلاباً عليها

سنتان ونصف السنة منذ إعلان بيان جنيف الأول ولم يتم تطبيق أي جزئية منه في القضية السورية، على الرغم من أن جميع اللاعبين الرئيسيين، السوريين والدوليين، إما أعلنوا موافقتهم على بيان جنيف أو بالحد الأدنى لم يبدوا اعتراضهم عليه. فهل ينقلب دي ميستورا حقاً على جنيف كما يحاججنا إبراهيم حميدي ("الحياة" 18/11/2014) أم أنه يستكمله في النواقص التي عطلت تطبيقه؟ أولاً لنتذكر أن جنيف هو اتفاق دولي تم التوصل إليه من دون أي مشاركة سورية، وبالتالي فإن تطبيقه كاملاً سيبقى رهناً بالتوافق الدولي. تركزت جهود الأخضر ...

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Syria Media Roundup (December 1)

This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Syria and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Syria Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to syria@jadaliyya.com by Monday night of every week.] Inside Syria Syria’s southern rebels draw up new game plan the Southern Front’s political plan is projected to have a large appeal to the civilians and weaken support for ...

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بؤس المعارضة السورية

نادراً ما تشرذمت معارضة في بلدان العالم كما هو حال تشرذم المعارضة السورية حالياً، فقد تأسست عشرات فصائل المعارضة السورية في الداخل والخارج، حتى أصبح بإمكان كل عشرة أشخاص، إذا أرادوا، أن يؤسسوا فصيلاً معارضاً، ويتحدثوا باسم الشعب والأمة، ويتوهموا أنهم يرسمون مستقبل البلاد ويحملون عبء تحررها. يحاول بعض فصائل هذه المعارضة كسب ود السلطة من خلال معارضته الشكلية، وتجده في الواقع يبحث في أحاديثه وخطابه السياسي عن مخارج للأزمة السورية ألصق بمصلحة النظام القائم منها بمصلحة الخلاص الجدي للشعب السوري من الأزمة ...

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Syria Media Roundup (November 25)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Syria and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Syria Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to syria@jadaliyya.com by Monday night of every week.]             Inside Syria Damascene band ‘Nabad’ thriving despite war Syrian band “Nabad” had their performance interrupted ...

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Syria Media Roundup (November 18)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Syria and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Syria Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to syria@jadaliyya.com by Monday night of every week.] Inside Syria  “Our Enemy Is Bashar al-Assad”: An Interview with Ahrar al-Sham’s Mohammed Talal Bazerbashi Mohammed Talal Bazerbashi is interviewed and gives his take on ...

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Yerellik ve Evrensellik arasinda Rojava deneyimi

Yerellik ve Evrensellik arasında Rojava deneyimi Rojava devriminin sembolü olarak görülen Kobanê kenti 61 gündür kendine İslam devleti (IŞİD) diyen karanlık ve zalim bir örgütün ağır saldırılarına karşı efsanevi bir direniş sergileyerek, tüm dünyada özgürlüğün bir metaforu haline gelmiş bulunuyor. Siyasi Kürt kamuoyunda Kobanê üzerine yapılan tartışmalara baktığımızda ise, bu direnişi Kürtlerin yaşadığı bir coğrafyanın IŞİD istilasına karşı savunulması ya da Kürdistan’ın özgürleşmesinin ötesinde, ...

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Exhibiting the War in Syria: Interview with Khaled Malas

[Khaled Malas is a Syrian architect who curated a series of events on the production of the landscape in Syria from before the First World War until today, entitled “excavating the sky” (12-14 August, 2014), at the 14th Venice International Architecture Biennale (7 June to 23 November 2014). In this interview, he talks with Mona Harb about his trajectory, the project’s threads, processes and goals, building wells as resistance, the support of colleagues and friends, next stages and future plans, and the ...

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Syria Media Roundup (November 10)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Syria and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Syria Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to syria@jadaliyya.com by Monday night of every week.] Inside Syria  Why did Jund Al-Aqsa join Nusra Front in taking out 'moderate' rebels in Idlib? Tam Hussein on Jund Al-Aqsa’s indicative position on the practices of the Syrian ...

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O.I.L. Monthly Edition (October 2014)

[This is a monthly archive of pieces written by Jadaliyya contributors and editors on the Occupations, Interventions,and Law (O.I.L.) Page. It also includes material published on other platforms that editors deemed pertinent to post as they provide diverse depictions of O.I.L.-related topics. The pieces reflect the level of critical analysis and diversity that Jadaliyya strives for, but the views are solely the ones of their authors. If you are interested in contributing to Jadaliyya, send us your post ...

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Syria Media Roundup (November 3)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Syria and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Syria Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to syria@jadaliyya.com by Monday night of every week.] Inside Syria  ISIS threatens the Islmaili capital of Syria The fear of ISIS continues to haunt the local residents, especially in Silmiya. Citizens believe the Syrian ...

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