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ISIS in the News: Extensive Media Roundup (November-December 2014)

[Editorial Note: This is not a "Best of," only a roundup of significant pieces. See here for an introduction to this roundup series] English Articles        ISIS threatens the Islmaili capital of Syria (30 October 2014) The fear of ISIS continues to haunt the local residents, especially in Silmiya. Citizens believe the Syrian regime will shelter them from harm Syria: ISIS Tortured Kobani Child Hostages (4 November 2014) According to Human Rights Watch, “Kurdish children from the Syrian city of Kobani (or Ain al-`Arab in Arabic) were tortured and abused while detained by Islamic State (also known as ISIS).”  ISIS ...

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New Texts Out Now: Luca Anceschi, Gennaro Gervasio, and Andrea Teti, Informal Power in the Greater Middle East

[Cover of 'Informal Power in the Greater Middle East: Hidden Geographies']

Luca Anceschi, Gennaro Gervasio, and Andrea Teti, editors, Informal Power in the Greater Middle East: Hidden Geographies. London and New York: Routledge, 2014. Jadaliyya (J): What made you put together this book? Luca Anceschi, Gennaro Gervasio, and Andrea Teti (LA/GG/AT): It seemed to us that a wide variety of informal power dynamics and their interaction with formal institutions were not being taken particularly seriously—at least, beyond general and often Orientalist claims about “culture.” This lack of attention is perhaps rooted in Political Science’s focus on formal allocation processes through institutionalized decision-making channels—Lasswell and Easton, for ...

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Syria Media Roundup (January 13)

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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  Syria deaths hit new high in 2014, observer group says 2014 has been the deadliest year for the conflict in Syria and this conflict has ultimately destabilized the Middle East. Islamic State school closures in Syria affect 670,000 - U.N. Syrian youth are being deprived of their education due to the fact that IS has ordered ...

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بيان مشترك لمؤسسات ومحلات في شارع الحمرا (بيروت) رداً على مقال جريدة النهار

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[صدر هذا البيان عن مؤسسات ومحلات في شارع الحمرا (بيروت) في تاريخ 6/1/2015]  بحزن واشمئزاز قرأ الكثيرون مقال حسين حزوري في صحيفة «النهار» الصادرة اليوم السادس من كانون الثاني (العدد 25575). في المقال المذكور أساء الكاتب ليس لمنطقة فقط بل لشعب بأكمله، بلغة عنصرية مهينة.منطقة من بيروت صنعت تاريخها على الانفتاح وتقبّل الآخر واحتضانه هاربا من الظلم، حتى في اسوأ أيام الحرب الأهلية اللبنانية. تاريخياً بنى لبنان سمعة على أنه الملجأ والمقصد لكل مضطهد هارب من الظلم. ولا شكّ بأن راس بيروت – الحمرا اختصاراً – أصاب في العقود الماضية السابقة للحرب الاهلية نصيبا أساسيا من هذه السمعة التي لطالما تغنّى وتباهى بها مثقفوا لبنان وأدبائه بل وسياسييه ايضاً وفي ...

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يدي شجرةٌ، فاستظلّ بفيئها

[اللوحة للفنانة هناء مال الله]

              إنْ أكلتني الرّيحُ ، أصير كثيباً، تمرّين بي كغزال أَحفظُ لدمِها من ذئب الغضا، تلتقط  الكلأ بشفاهٍ ذاهلة عن الكلام. تهبني العتمةُ عينَيْ بومةٍ ترى فأرَ غيابكِ ، فقلبي كفكِّ عجوزٍ، أُسْقِطُه بكأسِ بكاء قبل النّوم ، فلا أجترّ كبقرة حلوبٍ الأحلام. أرفعُ بصمتكِ دخانَ محرقة عن الأشياء، فتخلع النّداء، تدخلُ في الغياب. هذا الفراغ المزيف. قالوا: صدرُه كالتّنور، تُلْقِمُه زهورَها، تُشعل نارَه بعود ثقابٍ حكّته بنهدها، فتخفق النّارُ ...

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New Texts Out Now: Jean-Claude David et Thierry Boissiere, Alep et ses territoires. Fabrique et politique d’une ville (1868-2011)

[Jean-Claude David et Thierry Boissiere,

Jean-Claude David et Thierry Boissière, dir., Alep et ses territoires. Fabrique et politique d’une ville (1868-2011). Beyrouth-Damas: Presses de l’Ifpo, 2014. Jadaliyya (J): Qu’est-ce qui vous a fait éditer ce livre? Jean-Claude David (JCD) et Thierry Boissière (TB): Le projet de cet ouvrage date de 2008, lorsque Thierry Boissière a été nommé responsable de l’antenne de l’Ifpo à Alep. Nous souhaitions alors profiter de ce séjour pour construire une réflexion commune sur cette ville, à la fois carrefour commercial et capitale régionale, réflexion qui devait s’ouvrir non seulement à des chercheurs confirmés, mais aussi à de jeunes doctorants dont les problématiques ...

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استراتيجية النظام السوري أثناء الانتفاضة: محادثة لـ “الوضع” بين خضر خضور وبسام حداد

خضر خضور باحثٌ  في مركز كارنيغي للشرق الأوسط في بيروت. يناقش في هذه المقابلة استراتيجية النظام السوري أثناء الانتفاضة مستقصياً الفرق بين النظام والدولة، والجدل المؤيد للمعارضة والمضاد لها، وديناميات قواعد اجتماعية مختلفة للنظام، وأكثر من ذلك. يركز بحث خضور على مسائل الهوية والمجتمع في سوريا. انظر من فضلك النص المدون للمقابلة تحت زر التشغيل      

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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 complete "has been." The Islamic State is a product of its time; it is a 2.0 jihadist group that has made use of media as a part of its arsenal. Thus the ...

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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. In 2010, he decided to change his tools from fixer to writer and published his first critique. Later in 2011, Nayel began his reporting on Palestinian refugees in Lebanon ...

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

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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 الإبراهيمي على تحقيق هذا المستوى من التوافق المطلوب لتطبيق جنيف، من دون أن يقوم بالكثير من الخطوات داخل البلد نفسها، لكن أصبح جلياً الآن أن هذا التوافق هو سراب لا يمكننا ...

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Syria Media Roundup (December 1)

[Image from Wikipedia, depicting the current territorial situation in Syria.]

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 extremist Islam. Assad’s secular sectarianism In Syria, there has been what is known as “hidden sectarianism.” “Sectarian identities are neither discarder for a higher ...

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بؤس المعارضة السورية

[مظاهرة ضد النظام السوري. عن اوغن الينين. المصدر

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 التي تهيمن على مختلف جوانب حياته وتهدد دولته ومستقبله إضافة إلى حاضره، بينما تطرف بعض الفصائل المعارضة الآخر إلى الدرجة التي أصبحت تسيّره فيها غرائزه وبحثه عن الشعبوية ولم ...

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Syria Media Roundup (January 19)

[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 Conversations: In Raqqa, Pharmacists Take an ISIS 'Re-Education Course' Syrian Pharmacist gives his opinion on the rulings and practices of ISIS and how this has ...

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O.I.L. Media Roundup (17 January)

 [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.]   Charlie Hebdo Israel Moves Quickly to Exploit Paris Attacks, Ali Abunimah Abunimah speculates about potential political ...

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Syria Media Roundup (January 5)

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 charities battle corruption Corruption in Syria’s health ministry has resulted in a shortage of medication for cancer patients. Syrians who have health ...

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بيان مقهى التـاء مربوطـة في بيروت ردا على مقال جريدة النهار

[صدر هذا البيان عن ادارة مقهى التـاء مربوطـة في تاريخ 6/1/2015] - ذكر المقال المنشور في جريدة النهار بتاريخ 6/1/2015 بقلم حسين حزوري، والذي تضمن كماً من العبارات العنصرية، مطعم تاء مربوطة وأحد موظفيه احمد الحفار ونسب اليهما مواقف عنصرية مرفوضة اتجاه المواطنين السوريين. - ان ذكر مطعم تاء مربوطة وأحد موظفيه ونسب موقف عنصري اليهما امر كاذب وغير صحيح ولم يحصل اصلاً ان زار حسين حزوري المطعم والتقى بأي شخص من إدارته عدا عن انه كذب ايضاً حين نسب وظيفة مدير الى النادل احمد الحفار، وان حقيقة عدم علاقة ...

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Syria Media Roundup (December 29)

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  In Kobani, Islamic State takes a pounding, but holds on As U.S. airstrikes in Kobani continue, the Islamic state has remained there, and its foes fear the ...

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Syria Media Roundup (December 23)

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  The strange normality of life in the middle of Syria's war Diana Darke on Syria’s culture heritage and how it has been demolished by war and violence, but ...

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Syria Media Roundup (December 16)

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 ...

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The Flow and Entrapment of Syrian Jazira Music

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 ...

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

[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 ...

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October Culture

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 ...

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To Carry Sisyphus and the Rock Together

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 ...

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Amjad Nasser: Questioning Ibn Arabi

  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 ...

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