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[Olive tree, Burqin, north Palestine, 2 July 2015. Photo by Bryony Dunne.]

Snapshot: Palestinian Olive Trees

Text by Elle Kurancid, photos by Bryony Dunne. Olive tree felling is a longtime strategy of Israel’s occupation regime in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Since 1967, an estimated 800,000 Palestinian olive trees have been destroyed by ...

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New Texts Out Now: Raymond Hinnebusch, From Arab Spring to Arab Winter: Explaining the Limits of Post-Uprising Democratization

Raymond Hinnebusch, editor, From Arab Spring to Arab Winter: Explaining the Limits of Post-Uprising Democratization, special issue of Democratization 22.2 (2015). Jadaliyya (J): What made you put this special issue together? Raymond ...

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تدمر، واحة للظلام

تعرضت تدمر منذ مدة لغزوة بربرية في وقت قياسي، وتردد صدى الخبر في أنحاء سوريا والعالم لأن تدمر تتمتع بشهرة خاصة كونها رمزاً ثقافياً وحضارياً، ونظراً لموقعها الجغرافي الذي جعل منها في الأزمنة القديمة محطة لطرق القوافل بين سوريا وبلاد ما بين ...

Last Week on Jadaliyya (July 27-August 2)

This is a selection of what you might have missed on Jadaliyya last week. It also includes a list of the most read articles and roundups. Progressively, we will be featuring more content on our "Last Week ...


Towards a Prognosis: Diagnosing Fragmentation and Problems of Representation in Palestinian Politics

[Screenshot from Image of the cover of al-Majdal.]

BADIL: Resource Center for Palestinian Residency & Refugee Rights announces its release of the latest al-Majdal magazine, Towards a Prognosis: Diagnosing Fragmentation and Problems of Representation in Palestinian Politics. The 52nd installment of BADIL’s quarterly magazine examines the current discourse on the state of the Palestinian national body.  In particular, it asks takes a closer look at the discourse regarding the fragmentation of the Palestinian national body and its crisis of representation. This ongoing and dynamic process of fragmentation and crisis has also evidenced potential for remedies. Indeed, nascent remedial measures have already emerged. ...

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Greek Translation of Jadaliyya's 'Obsessed with Turkish Models in Egypt'

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[This article was originally written by Hesham Sallam and published jointly by Jadaliyya and Mada Masr in English. It was translated into Greek by Ariadne Alavanou and published by aristerOvima.] Η εμμονή με το “τουρκικό μοντέλο” στην Αίγυπτο Λίγο μετά το ξέσπασμα των διαδηλώσεων στο πάρκο ...

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Protesters Recount Bloody Scenes at Republican Guard Clashes

[Morsi supporters in Nasr City, November 2012. Image by Lilian Wagdy.]

There were tense scenes at the pro-Morsi sit-in in Cairo's Nasr City on Monday afternoon as the army increased its security presence and the injured continued to be treated in makeshift field hospitals near Rabaa Al-Adawiya Mosque. Clashes between protesters and security forces at the nearby Republican Guard headquarters left at least 51 dead and hundreds injured shortly after dawn on Monday. Dozens of armored personnel carriers gathered on Saleh Salem Road, which runs parallel to the headquarters. Supporters of deposed president Mohamed Morsi had extended their encampment from Rabaa Al-Adawiya Mosque to block this main road on Sunday, putting up signs reading ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (July 8)

[27 November 2012, anti-Morsi protest in Tahrir Square, Cairo, Egypt. Image originally posted to Fllickr by Gigi Ibrahim]

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Egypt and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Egypt Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to egypt@jadaliyya.com by Sunday night of every week.]  “Updated: Bahaa El-Din offered Egypt's PM job, ElBaradei set to be appointed VP” Political forces reach a consensus for the leading positions of the new cabinet. “Morsi Spurned Deals, Seeing Military as Tamed” A detailed account of the events leading up to the army’s decision to act and depose Mohamed Morsi. “Sources reveal deliberations over ...

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The Gulf-West Alliance and Dehumanizing Bahrainis: A Conversation With Ali Abdulemam

[Free Blogger Ali Abdulemam! 20 February 2011. Image from flickr/Mahmood Al-Yousif.]

Ali Abdulemam is a Bahraini blogger whose Bahrain Online Forum was blocked in his country. For his activism, Abdulemam was imprisoned in 2010 and tortured. In an attempt to calm the protesters of the February 14 movements, the Bahraini regime released Abdulemam. He immediately resumed his activism, calling for the end of the regime during the 2011 Pearl Roundabout protests. When the Saudi-led forces of the “Peninsula Shield” invaded Bahrain, he went into hiding to avoid living the nightmare of imprisonment and torture once again. When tried in absentia, he was sentenced to fifteen years in prison for “attempting to overthrow the regime.” Last May, Abdulemam arrived in ...

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On Sheep and Infidels

[Pro-Morsi protester. Image by Sarah Carr]

Before I begin, let me state some facts so that when people begin the ad hominem attacks they can try to rein them in within the following boundaries: I voted for Mohamed Morsi in the second round of the presidential elections (to keep out Ahmed Shafiq). I am one of the administrators of a blog called “MB in English” that features English translations of awful statements of a sectarian, conspiratorial, or bonkers nature that the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) intends for domestic consumption only. I am against army intervention in politics. I state all this because Egyptian politics and society in general are split along identity lines in a way that they have never been in ...

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Jadaliyya Monthly Edition (June 2013)

This is a selection of what you might have missed on Jadaliyya during the month of June 2013. It also includes the most recent videos, roundups, and most read articles. Progressively, we will be featuring more content on our Monthly Edition series.   MOST READ ON JADALIYYA - JUNE 2013  The Right to the City Movement and the Turkish Summer Everywhere is Taksim, Resistance Everywhere Occupy Gezi: The Limits of Turkey’s Neoliberal Success Alignments of Dissent and Politics of Naming: Assembling Resistance in Turkey Contours of a New Republic and Signals from the Past: How to Understand Taksim Square On ...

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Dissecting 'Opposing' Views: Morocco Reacts to Events in Egypt

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As the situation continues to unfold in Egypt, the war of words among pundits on what to describe the ongoing events has made its way to the palace and parliament halls in Morocco. With countering press releases from the palace and the Party of Justice and Development (PJD)-led coalition government, the differing views toward the events in Egypt may appear to illustrate two equal opposing forces within the Moroccan regime. While the king's message to interim president, Adly Mansour, was congratulatory in nature, the PJD condemned what it called a "coup d'état against a legitimate democracy" through a press release from Abdellah Baha, the Minister of State. The ...

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سياسات الشارع والدوامة السلطوية الأخيرة

عكس حشد الجموع في العواصم والأقاليم المصرية يوم 30 يونيو، ذات الدرس الذي لم تتوقف الثورة المصرية عن تأكيده منذ يناير 2011، ألا وهو أهمية سياسات الشارع وأهمية ”القادمين الجدد“ للسياسة كطرف حاسم في صراعات إنهاء السلطوية. هكذا جسدت حركة ”تمرد“ تنوع الأحداث، وكانت أكثر مهارةً في استخدام آليات التفاوض السياسي عن سابقتها ”كلنا خالد سعيد“. استطاع القادمون الجدد إلى المجال السياسي - والمتحررون نسبياً من أمراض المعارضة المصرية وحساباتها- من تسجيل هدف جديد عبر مبادرة جمع التوقيعات. وثبّتوا أقدامهم كطرف، لا بد من إدماجه في المجال السياسي الإقصائي والنخبوي الذي فرضه تحالف الجيش والإخوان طيلة عام على المسار الثوري. مثلت الحشود، التي تراوحت التقديرات حول أعدادها بين 18 إلى 33 مليون ...

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My Conversation with the Devil: 30 June and Beyond (Part Two)

[Puppets of Mohamed Morsi and Adly Mansour. The Arabic reads:

My previous article elaborately analyzed the crisis of the new/old regime in Egypt, now headed by the Muslim Brotherhood, and concluded that it is currently comprised of a fragile and tense coalition of authoritarian actors, a coalition that is being increasingly jeopardized by economic, social and political grievances, putting it in confrontation with the same social forces that had challenged the Mubarak regime in its last years and eventually brought its end. The real crisis facing the Muslim Brotherhood is due to the organization's failure to impose hegemony on the state apparatus and the domain of politics in Egypt. Its authoritarian dreams massively exceed its ...

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Egypt Monthly Edition on Jadaliyya (June 2013)

[Image originally posted to Flickr by khalid Albaih]

This is a monthly archive of pieces written by Jadaliyya contributors and editors on Egypt. It also includes material published on other platforms that editors deemed pertinent to post as they provide diverse depictions of Egypt-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 with your bio and a release form to post@jadaliyya.com [click “Submissions” on the main page for more information]. Jadaliyya Coverage of Egypt on 30 June 2013 The list of Jadaliyya articles covering various aspects of ...

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Morsi and the Army: The Illusive Power

[Cover of Glibert Achcar,

[The following excerpts are taken from Gilbert Achcar’s recently published book The People Want: A Radical Exploration of the Arab Uprising, translated by G. M. Goshgarian (London: Saqi Books and Berkeley: University of California Press, 2013). The book will be featured in an upcoming NEWTON post. These selections were chosen by the author in light of the present situation in Egypt; for more on some of these points, click here.] On 12 August 2012, [Mohamed Morsi] the new Egyptian president sent the SCAF’s two most eminent members into retirement. Both of these military men had been close associates of Hosni Mubarak: Hussein Tantawi, the commander in chief of the armed ...

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Navigating the Void: Palestinian Youth Resistance in the Absence of Political Leadership

There  is  a  general  consensus  among  Palestinian  youth  that  the  Palestinian Authority  (PA)  is  a corrupt  body  and  an  impediment  to  mass  mobilization.  However,  awareness  is  tempered  by the  realization  of  insufficient  public  support  to  push  for  the  PA’s  complete  dissolution [1]. Arab World ...

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Occupy Gezi as Politics of the Body

Since the Gezi resistance started with bloodshed on 31 May, it has had an “anti-depressant” effect, as a friend of mine puts it, as much as it has been nerve-racking. During this period where each day has been prone to new crises and normalcy was completely disrupted, we simultaneously experienced the peaks of ecstasy and the depths of sorrow. Analyzing such an intense event naturally requires taking some distance. Pending systematization, however, the vivid memory of each day impels one to put on paper ...

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (July 1-7)

This is a selection of what you might have missed on Jadaliyya last week. It also includes a list of the most read articles, and roundups. Progressively, we will be featuring more content on our "Last Week on Jadaliyya" series. Why the Western Media are Getting Egypt Wrong Unpacking Anti-Muslim Brotherhood Discourse Down with Military Rule…Again? Obsessed with Turkish Models in Egypt Gulenism: The Middle Way or Official Ideology? Interview ...

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الميادين لا تشرب الشاي بالياسمين

من  يصنع  السياسة  في  مصر فى هذه الأوقات الحاسمة؟  سؤال  تحدد  إجابته  الكثير. هناك منظور قديم جديد يرى السياسة حكراً على دوائر السلطة العليا، ومن يخطط لها وعليها، ومن يقترب منها ومن يتم إقصاؤه منها. لا يكترث أصحاب هذا المنظور بغير ما يحدث في كواليس الدولة والنخب السياسية ومعهم سفارات القوى العظمى. على هذا المنظور، الذى ليس مجرد أداة تحليلية وإنما هو موقف سياسي بامتياز، يلتقي أغلب لاعبي السياسة «المسجلين» فى اتحاد اللعبة الرسمي فى مصر. على هذا الأساس، يقولون ...

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Force Feeding Is Torture: Just Ask Yasiin Bey (a.k.a. Mos Def) (Video)

Yasiin Bey, the rapper-actor-political activist formerly known as Mos Def, has added his voice to the rising chorus of people protesting the brutal force feeding of prisoners at Guantánamo Bay. Today, 120 prisoners are on hunger strike, many since late February. Every day, forty-four to forty-six are force fed. In order to illustrate and help publicize the pain and humiliation involved in this process, Bey volunteered to subject himself to the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) involved in ...

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The Visual Emergence of the Occupy Gezi Movement, Part Three: Democracy’s Workshop

[Part one of this series can be found here.] [Part two of this series can be found here.] Those who constituted the Occupy Gezi movement comprised an eclectic array of constituencies, each bearing its own list of grievances and demands. So while they came together for various social, cultural, political, and environmental reasons, it was largely their shared contempt for Erdoğan that brought them together initially. Offering witty commentary on these strange bedfellows, one digital image, emulating a ...

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The Visual Emergence of the Occupy Gezi Movement, Part Two: Every Day I’m Capulling

[Part one of this series can be found here.] Early on, Prime Minister Erdoğan refused to refer to the Gezi Park protesters as a civil movement comprised of various demographics. Instead, he dismissed them as “marginal groups” and as misbehaving “çapulcus,” a term meaning marauder, low-life, riffraff, or bum. As with so many of Erdoğan’s bombastic edicts, both the terms “marginal” and “bum” went through the movement’s satirical machinery. In the process, the “marginals” came to denote the now vocal ...

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Statement Against Closure of Islamist Media Channels and Arrest of Some of Its Staf

[The following statement was published by the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies on 5 July 2013, and is signed onto by several Egyptian organizations.]     Closure of Islamist Media Channels and Arrest of Some of Its Staff: Clear Iiolation of Media Freedom   The undersigned organizations express their concern regarding the exceptional procedures taken yesterday against Islamist satellite channels, which included the breaking by security forces into offices of those channels, ...

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اعترافات من الميدان

انتخبت مرشحاً إسلامياً في الجولتين الرئاسيتين. . . وهللت فرحاً حينما انتصر الحق وأعلن مرسي رئيساً للبلاد، لأننا كصحفيين كنا نحسب الأصوات بشكل مستقل، وكنا نعلم أن أكثرية الأصوات ذهبت إليه. تأخر إعلان النتيجة بدعوى فحص الطعون خمسة أيام لم أنم فيها. كنت كغيري من منتخبي مرسي من كل الأطياف، نخشى بعد أن تأخر إعلان النتيجة أن يتم إلغاء أصوات بسبب الطعن عليها. وجاء يوم القسم. كملايين المصريين شعرت بالفخر بانتخابه عندما فتح صدره في ميدان التحرير، وعندما أزاح المجلس العسكري (رغم ملاحظتي أن ذلك تم بدفعة من ...

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My Conversation with the Devil: 30 June and Beyond (Part One)

The regime produced by last year’s SCAF-Muslim Brotherhood handoff never had a chance. It was dead at birth, crushed by the many burdens it inherited and smothered under the crises of the Mubarak state and its bloated, impotent institutions. The new regime was born to face everything Mubarak left unfinished, including a deepening social crisis and a political instability that could not be checked. Despite state intimidation and repression and a succession of referendums and elections, Egypt’s political ...

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Top 50 on Jadaliyya Jan-June 2013

This is a list of the top 50 most viewed articles on Jadaliyya from January to June 2013.     1.     The Right to the City Movement and the Turkish Summer 2.     The Naked Bodies of Alia 3.     The Empire of Sexuality: An Interview with Joseph Massad 4.     Orientalist Feminism Rears its Head in India 5.     Everywhere is Taksim, Resistance Everywhere 6.     Open ...

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6th October Bridge: Army & Police Fail to Intervene in Clashes (Video)

This video from the Mosireen media collective is entitled "6th October Bridge - Army & Police Fail to Intervene in Clashes." It shows scenes from the Friday 5 July battle on 6th October Bridge between pro- and anti-Morsi protestors. It also highlights one pro-Morsi individual running and shooting at people with a gun, while both the military and the police watched the clashes and chose not to act until the pro-Morsi group had fully retreated.

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