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ISIS in the News: Extensive Media Roundup (January-February 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        2014: The Year ISIS Won the Propaganda Battle (31 December 2014) Markham Nolan writes about the ways in which ISIS has been documenting its progress throughout 2014 in a constant stream of propaganda.  Vanguard of Syria’s uprising, now on the run from ISIS, weighs a bleak future 2014: The Year ISIS Won the Propaganda Battle (1 January 2015) Anne Barnard on Syria’s “lost generation” and the former fighters exhausted by the continuous clashes and ...

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Pakistani Progressives Oppose Pakistan’s Involvement in Yemen

[Pakistani fighter jets. Image via Wikimedia Commons.]

The video below by a friend, A.A., captures the sights and sounds of fighter planes, explosions, and anti-aircraft missiles outside her family home in Sana’a, Yemen on 27 March 2015 at 8:15pm. On Thursday, the Pakistani state said it was considering a request to join the US-backed Saudi-led coalition that is bombing Houthi rebels in Yemen. The official Saudi news agency, SPA, stated that Pakistan is one of the countries that have "declared their willingness to participate" in the military campaign, even as it has indicated that it will not send in troops for the moment. It is with this in mind that we have organized the statement below to declare immediately a ...

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Four Years On: No Easy Answers in Syria (Part 1)

[Syrian boys, whose family fled their home in Idlib, walk to their tent, at a camp for displaced Syrians, in the village of Atmeh. Photo by Muhammed Muheisen/AP Photo.]

After four years of killing and mayhem, the truth remains that there are no easy answers in Syria. What might appear to be natural liberal solutions are not only lacking in realism, but are also embedded in half-baked world views about freedom, justice, development, international relations, and even human dignity—contested as some these terms might be. No consequential camp or political actor approximates the pure. No camp is immune to faults, even to despicable behavior. Those groups who escape that harsh realism—the heroic Syrian men and women who keep life moving on a daily basis outside the confines of militarism, violence, and blind partisanship—are often ...

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Dismantling Iraqi Health Care and its Regional Impacts: A STATUS/الوضع Conversation between Omar Dewachi and Rania Masri

In this interview, anthropologist and physician, Omar Dewachi, discusses the building, dismantling, and outsourcing of the Iraqi health care system. In addition to examining the impact of migration on Iraqi patients and Lebanese healthcare today, Dewachi historicizes accusations of Iraq's "ungovernability" from the colonial until the present, and places the conversation within a larger context of the impacts of war on healthcare.  The interview below includes four parts that you can click on separately.  Omar Dewachi is an assistant professor of anthropology and global health at the American University of Beirut (AUB). He trained as a medical doctor ...

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Syria Media Roundup (March 8)

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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  We Need to End This Dirty War: An Interview With Haytham Manna Interview with Haytham Manna and his take on the Syrian conflict.  ISIS loses more than 20 villages in Syria Kurd and Assad forces take over 20 villages from ISIS in Syria. Syrian army and ...

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Loving the Lens: ‘American Sniper’ as Movie and Event

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American Sniper, directed by Clint Eastwood. USA, 2014. There is a lull at the moment in the clamor around Clint Eastwood's controversial film American Sniper, as award season ends and the movie's powerful box office stamina pushes the DVD release into the summer. This moment perhaps offers an opportunity to consider what—if anything—might or should be said about it as a piece of cinema. Sniper, starring Bradley Cooper in the title role, has to have been the most written about movie in the United States over the winter months, scoring the hat-trick with its critical success, box office wallop (the first American film about the invasion of Iraq to achieve such success), ...

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الجرف الصامد والدروع البشريّة

  "الجرف الصامد" والدروع البشريّة "تشنّ حركة حماس هجمات على إسرائيل على نحوٍ عشوائيّ، وتفعل ذلك من مناطق مأهولة بالسكّان، وحتّى من الجوامع والمستشفيات والمدارس. وهي تحوّل الجامعات إلى مراكز للذخيرة، وتخزّن صواريخها في الجوامع وفي داخل مدارس الأونروا. يعمل قادتها ومنظوماتها الرقابيّة في الكثير من الأحيان من أقبية المستشفيات، ولا يحارب مقاتلوها بالبزّة العسكريّة الموحّدة (باستثناء ارتدائهم زيّ جيش الدفاع الإسرائيليّ عندما يصبّ الأمر في صالحها). تنتهك حماس جميع الأعراف والمعايير المكتوبة دون أن يهتزّ لها جفن، وبدون ضمير مؤنّب". آسا كاشير، "أخلاقيّات حملة الجرف الصامد"، Jewish Review of Books، خريف 2014 في الوقت الذي يتّهم فيه آسا كاشير ...

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دور النشر السورية: مأساة الورق والحبر والدم

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لا يغيب الناشر السوري عن سوق الكتب العربية في معظم معارضها؛ لكنه غائبٌ بشكلٍ شبه تام عن بلاده؛ مرغماً لا بطل؛ فالكتب في دمشق وحلب وحمص واللاذقية وسواها من المدن تعوم على الأرصفة والأكشاك والشاحنات؛ كتبٌ لبشرٍ ماتوا أو هُجِّروا أو نزحوا عن مدنهم؛ تاركين وراءهم بيوتهم ومكتباتهم ودور نشرهم وأحلامهم؛ ومن قال أن الكتب ليس لها استخداماتٌ أخرى في زمن الحرب؛ هكذا على الأقل صنعت منها الممثلة الفرنسية جولييت بينوش درجاً بدل الأدراج المهترئة في فيلم " المريض الإنكليزي" الذي لعبت بطولته عن رواية مايكل أونداتجي الشهيرة. أما في المدن السورية؛ فقد تحوّلت مخازن بعض دور النشر إلى مستودعات ذخيرة وأسلحة ومخطوفين وخنادق للنزاع الدائر منذ أربع سنوات تقريباً؛ داخلةً بذلك سِفر ...

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مجانين بغداد يروون سيرتها

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لا تختلف قصص فقدان العقل في العراق عن مثيلاتها في العالم، لها أساطيرها ونجومها اللامعون، ولأبطالها حكايات لا تنتهي. هؤلاء الذين تركتهم عقولهم لتتنزّه في البرازخ الضائعة لفترة طويلة، لهم أسبابهم، والسلطة في العراق - بكلّ أشكالها - عملت على تكوين الصور النمطيّة حولهم. لكن الجنون في العراق تغيّر بين نظامين سياسيين: أحدّهما أمعن في الديكتاتورية حتّى دجَّن مجانينه، والآخر أمعن في الفوضى والخراب حتّى رفضه مجانينه.  ما من خلاص لم يجد الكثير من العراقيين بمواجهة سلطة دكتاتورية عاتيّة مثل نظام صدّام حسين، في التسعينيات على وجه الخصوص، إلا الجنون "خيارا" أخيرا للتمسك بالحياة – ولو بنصف عقل - حتى طفحت العاصمة بمجانينها. فكان أن جنّ المثقفون على تخوت ...

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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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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 fight will continue. As Syria’s Revolution Sputters, a Chaotic Stalemate "Nusra lets groups vetted by US keep appearance of independence in order to continue to ...

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Making Sense of Tripoli I: The Security Trap or Conflating Cause and Effect

[Lebanese flag graffiti. Image by Bilal Kamoon via Flickr]

Although there are periodic respites, the conflict in Tripoli, Lebanon has become almost routinized with sporadic outbreaks in clashes—some more intense than others. Coverage of “the conflict” has also become routinized, with bursts of reporting, some stronger than others. Generally, analysis revolves around the three S’s: Spillover, Sectarianism, and Salafists. This trifecta of reductionist analysis problematically misrepresents the unfolding situation in Tripoli. To the extent that the causes of the clashes are considered at all, they are considered a security problem. The claim is that Tripoli is overrun by militias and their arms. However, this view conflates cause ...

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In Need of Aid but Hungry for Peace

I am in the Yarmouk refugee camp, Damascus, during an aid delivery. A man approaches me and utters three words, “I am hungry”. The sunken eyes in his face are equally eloquent.  His fragile frame expresses volumes. He speaks for a people brutalized, a people sick of war. He is a living symbol of the world’s failure to resolve the crisis in Syria. Yarmouk has become a powerful icon of the wider war and of the Palestinian experience. It was once the densely populated heart of Syria’s Palestinian ...

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Syria Media Roundup (March 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 You probably won’t read this piece about Syria Recently, there has been a rapid decrease in coverage of the Syrian conflict. This article sheds light on the importance of ...

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Syria Media Roundup (March 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 Snapshots from Syrian cities on the fourth anniversary of the uprising Syria Deeply asks Syrian citizens across the country how their lives and cities have changed ...

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Capitalizing Urbanism: On David Kilcullen’s "Out of the Mountains"

“It’s a book about future conflicts and future cities.” David Kilcullen, Out of the Mountains “…the whole fucking city was trying to kill them!” Mark Bowden, Black Hawk Down   In his book, Out of the Mountains: The Coming Age of the Urban Guerilla, author David Kilcullen, describes how in 2007, just after “the worst months of the Iraq War” (19), he was drinking expensive cocktails at a fashionable Manhattan hotel with an old Australian army buddy. Kilcullen, an Australian citizen, a ...

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O.I.L. Monthly Edition (February 2015)

[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 Jadaliyyastrives 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 (March 2)

 [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 Death: The Only Reliable News in Aleppo News of death in Aleppo has become an everyday occurrence and residents are planning news ways to survive the ...

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Mr. Freeze

Amid little anticipation and less expectation, the United Nations special envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, on Tuesday, 17 February, briefed the Security Council on the progress of the initiative he unveiled last year to “freeze” the conflict that has destroyed the country, extinguished perhaps 1 per cent of its population and displaced more than a quarter of the remainder. It would be an exaggeration to say that hubris has given way to humility, but his performance this week was considerably more ...

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Syria Media Roundup (January 26)

[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 rebels overtake strategic base in south Syrian, US-backed, rebels fighting with Nusra overtake strategic base in south near Deraa, helping 2 cut highway and ...

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Palestinian Authority Security Cooperation and the Internationalization of Occupation: The Case of Ahmad Sa’adat

“Security coordination is sacred.” Palestinian Authority (PA) president Mahmoud Abbas made that statement in Ramallah in May 2014 to an Israeli audience. He was referring to the policy of high-level intelligence and security cooperation with the Israeli occupation military. For Palestinians, security coordination has meant interrogation and imprisonment in PA prisons and a “revolving door” between PA and Israeli jails. This policy consumes over one-quarter of the PA’s budget. In practice, PA security ...

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Mediating the Assault on Gaza: A STATUS/الوضع Conversation between Ayman Mohyeldin and Adel Iskander

In this interview, Ayman Mohyeldin discusses his recent experience covering the 2014 Israeli war on Gaza, as well as the changing shifts in media coverage of the Middle East during his career.  Please find the transcript of the interview below the player. The interview includes three parts that you can click on separately.   Ayman Mohyeldin is a foreign correspondent for NBC News. Since joining NBC News, Ayman has reported from Egypt, Libya, Syria, Jordan, Turkey, Israel, Gaza and ...

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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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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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