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ملف من الأرشيف: محمد شكري Derrida and the Crisis of French Zionism Anthony Alessandrini, Frantz Fanon and the Future of Cultural Politics An Excerpt from Sinan Antoon's Linking Violence In Solidarity: Ferguson, Gaza, and the US State
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New Texts Out Now: Erin Runions, The Babylon Complex: Theopolitical Fantasies of War, Sex, and Sovereignty

Erin Runions, The Babylon Complex: Theopolitical Fantasies of War, Sex, and Sovereignty. New York: Fordham University Press, 2014. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Erin Runions (ER): Living in New York City in 2001 and ...

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ملف من الأرشيف: محمد شكري

["ملف من الأرشيف" هي سلسة تقوم "جدلية" بنشرها بالعربية والإنجليزية بالتعاون مع جريدة ”السفير“ اللبنانية. الملفات لشخصيات أيقونية تركت أثراً عميقاً في الحقل السياسي والثقافي في العالم ...

[Ahmed Samir, thirty-three, a businessman, became a Salafi and has had a beard since 2001. After the dispersing of pro-Morsi protesters from around the Rabaa Al-Adawiya mosque, Samir decided to shave off his beard since he had heard of friends being harassed in the streets. Photo by Mohamed Ali eddin.]

Beard Phobia

[Photos and text by Mohamed Ali eddin.] During the 25 January 2011 revolution, Egyptians thought they were united against President Mubarak’s regime. They believed in the power of Tahrir Square, in how the square gathered Islamists, ...

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An Open Letter

At 4 p.m. today, I celebrated with my colleagues my last meal in prison.  I have decided—when I saw my father fighting against death locked in a body that was no longer subject to his will—to start an open hunger strike until I ...


الطائفة الشرطية وحكومة الرئيس مرسي: تحالف يقوم على رؤية أمنوقراطية للدولة

[قوات الامن المصرية أمام جامعة القاهرة 2009. تصوير سارة كار]

عادت القوات المسلحة للظهور على الساحة السياسية، ولم يكن ظهورها هذه المرة فقط للإدلاء بالبيانات التي تحاول شرح أسباب اصرار بعض ضباط القوات الجوية على إيقاظ سكان المدن من النوم مبكراً عن طريق التحليق المنخفض بالمقاتلات فوق الأحياء السكنية، أو تبرير آخر انتهاك تورط فيه أفراد الجيش (على غرار البيان الذي تلاه المتحدث الرسمي للقوات المسلحة عصر الثامن عشر من نوفمبر لتبرير الاعتداء على جزيرة القرصاية) — ولكن هذه المرة كان الظهور للحديث عن الشأن السياسي العام والتعبير عن موقف (وإن كان مبهماً وحمّالاً للأوجه) من موجة الاحتجاجات العنيفة التي تبعت الاعلان الدستوري الصادر بتاريخ 22 نوفمبر، وهو ما آثار حفيظة البعض والتفاؤل الساذج عند البعض الآخر والقلق عند الكثيرين. أضف إلى هذا القلق ...

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مي وملح في إضراب الأسرى

  لعله إذ يقول: (كما لم اعلق على مظاهرتكم وتجمعكم، فلتتركوني اسمع "عبري" كما أريد!) ، رداً على تلك الصبية التي طلبت منه على الاقل أن يحترم المظاهرة المناصرة لإضراب الأسرى في سجون الصهاينة، بما أنه لن يشارك، وذلك أثناء مروره بسيارته التي تصدح منها ألحان وأغان عبرية، في أحد أحياء مدينة القدس التي تشهد إعتصامات داعمة لإضراب الأسرى الجائع للحرية، لم يدرك بعد أنه يعد تمثلاً جلياً لأحد إثنين من "أجهزة الدولة" كما عرَّفهم لويس التوسير، إذ صنفهم ذلك الأخير إلى "أجهزة قمعية" والتي هي عتاد أنظمة السلطة في ممارسة التحكم والهيمنة المادية على المكان والأفراد بواسطة العنف والقمع والقوة المادية الصلبة من خلال أجهزة الشرطة والجيش وقانون العقوبات، أما ...

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Ghada Assamman: A Profile from the Archives

[Ghada Assamman. Image from the archives of Assafir newspaper.]

[”A Profile from the Archives“ is a new series published by Jadaliyya in both Arabic and English in cooperation with the Lebanese newspaper, Assafir. These profiles will feature iconic figures who left indelible marks in the politics and culture of the Middle East and North Africa.] Name: Ghada Known as: Assamman Father’s name: Ahmad Mother’s name: Salma Ruwaiha Date of birth: 1942 Nationality: Syria/Lebanon Place of birth: Damascus Category: Author Profession: Writer Ghada Assamman Syrian with Lebanese citizenship. She is one of the most famous Arab women writers and the most daring. She left a significant impact on Arabic literature. She ...

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The Interactive Lebanese Flag

[Flag of the Republic of Lebanon.]

The interactive Lebanese flag, it keeps everyone happy and works for special occasions:

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الواقع يرفض بديلكم الوحيد

 “هذا هو البديل الوحيد”، كم مرة سمعنا هذه الجملة منذ يناير ٢٠١١. ربما تكون مرة أو مرات مصحوبة بالأسف لأن الظروف لا تسمح بأكثر من ذلك ولأن الضرورة تفرض ما هو صعب: ليس أمامنا سوى توقيع قرض الصندوق، حتى وإن كان مشروطاً وإلا الإفلاس، يجب وقف الإضرابات العمالية وإلا انهارت البلد، لا يمكننا تطهير جهاز الدولة لأنه لا توجد كفاءات (وكأنه كان بأى شكل كفئاً)، لابد وأن نلعب الدورى العام حتى وإن كنا غير قادرين على تأمين حياة المتفرجين، لا نملك سوى أن نقول نعم لدستور معيب مشوه معادي للحريات وللعدالة الاجتماعية أو أن نقول لا فتمتد سلطات الرئيس الاستثنائية وتمتد المرحلة الانتقالية عاماً آخر على الأقل دون برلمان. هكذا يتم تصوير الأمور وتقليص اختياراتنا وتصفيتها فى درب واحد، دائما ...

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Bedouin Resolution: Standing Firm in the Jerusalem Periphery

[This young woman volunteers in the Khan Ahmar school and dreams of pursuing an education but does not have access to transportation to get to the nearest city of Jericho. She said she is afraid of marrying young and having that be her only option in life. Photo by Tanya Habjouqa.]

[Photos by Tanya Habjouqa. Text by Francesca Albanese.] On 2 December 2012, in a cynically prompt move the day after Palestine’s successful bid for upgraded non-member observer state of the United Nations, Israel announced its plans to spearhead settlement expansion in the E1 area in the Jerusalem periphery. By constructing approximately 3500 new settler housing units in this area, Israel would fulfill the long harbored plan to connect the illegal settlements east of Jerusalem with Jerusalem itself, creating a large Jewish-only continuum between settlements such as Ma’ale Adumim and Jerusalem. This plan, in defiance of international law prohibiting the settlement of ...

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (Dec 10-16)

This is a selection of what you might have missed on Jadaliyya last week. It also includes a list of the most read articles.  Progressively, we will be featuring more content on our "Last Week on Jadaliyya" series. Morsi Past the Point of No Return "من المآسي المضاعفة للنزوح:فتيات سوريات للزواج "بثمن بخس Colonial Planning of My Grandfather’s Hilltop New Texts Out Now: Laleh Khalili, Time in the Shadows: Confinement in Counterinsurgencies A Nation of Pain and Suffering: Syria (Part 2) ElBaradei’s Gandhi Moment? A Nation of Pain and Suffering: Syria (Part 1) A Nation of Pain and Suffering: ...

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

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[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] News "European Court Backs CIA Rendition Victim," Al Jazeera English The European Court of Human Rights has ordered Macedonia to pay German citizen Khaled el-Masri $78,000 for arresting and handing him over to the US, finding that he was an innocent victim of the CIA's extraordinary rendition. "UK Pays ...

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Malala, Abandoned to the Hawks of War

[Asif Ali Zardari, President of Pakistan, right, with World Economic Forum founder and executive chairman Klaus Schwab during the World Economic Forum Special Meeting on Economic Growth and Job Creation in the Arab World at the Dead Sea in Jordan,22 October, 2011. Photo by Photo by Nader Daoud.]

On 10 December 2012, Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari announced that his government and UNESCO were establishing the “Malala Fund for Girls’ Education,” and that Pakistan would contribute ten million dollars. This fund’s namesake, Malala Yousufzai, is a young activist for girls’ education. She was shot and severely wounded on 9 October 2012 by Taliban-led armed thugs on her way to school in the Swat Valley in Northwest Pakistan. Given the marathon international media coverage of her story, Zardari’s jumping on the bandwagon illustrates how Malala has become the newest, youngest icon for the “War on Terror.” Even as the fifteen year-old recovers from the shooting, she ...

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Morsi's Sins beyond the Constitution

[Toddler standing in front of security forces by the presidential palace and carrying a sign that reads

  Many observers narrate the latest crisis in Egypt as a conflict over a contentious Islamist-backed constitution that was drafted in a non-inclusive process, resulting in mass demonstrations by opponents and supporters of President Mohamed Morsi. From a bird’s-eye view, the constitution-drafting process and the outcome of the referendum seem to present the pressing concern driving the demonstrations, which endured through the lead-up to the referendum. The circulating opinions on the ground, however, suggest that the grievances and convictions that were brought to the surface in the wake of the recent impasse speak to deeper questions that transcend the immediate ...

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European Court of Human Rights Judgment: El-Masri v. The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

[European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. Image by CherryX via Wikimedia Commons]

[On 13 December 2012, the European Court of Human Rights issued a unanimous ruling in El-Masri v Macedonia, which condemns the role played by Macedonian officials in assisting the CIA's "extraordinary rendition" of German citizen Khaled el-Masri. He was detained while traveling through Macedonia on 31 December 2003, held incommunicado for twenty-three days at the Americans' request, then turned over to the CIA at the Skopje airport. Under the watch of Macedonian officials, el-Masri was severely beaten, sodomized with a tranquilizer, shackled, and hooded by a CIA rendition team. From there, he was transported to Afghanistan and imprisoned in the black site known ...

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The Complexities of the Keystone XL Oil Pipeline

[Map of existing pipelines throughout the US. TransCanada's Keystone is in the center in brown. Source: Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers.]

The Keystone XL oil pipeline is a proposed project to install a 1,700-mile tunnel of oil stretching from the oil sands of Northern Alberta, Canada south to the Gulf Coast of Texas. This project has presented massive conflicts of interest throughout its volatile shelf-life. Politically, it represents the crux of energy security in the United States and promotes the expansion of oil drilling throughout the country. The pipeline will strengthen the partnership between the US and Canada, an alliance strongly encouraged in Congress, where many are anxious to divest from US dependence on other foreign oil. From a financial perspective, the XL project signifies a spike in ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (December 18)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on the Arabian Peninsula and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Arabian Peninsula Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to ap@jadaliyya.com by Monday night of every week.] Regional and International Relations From Manama to Gaza: Solidarity Between Bahrain and Palestine Yazan al-Saadi writes on a solidarity trip to Gaza paid ...

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Memory Wars and the Messiness of History: An Interview with Jim House on the Commemoration of 17 October 1961

[Dr. James (Jim) House is a Senior Lecturer in French at the University of Leeds. His research interests have focused on the history and memory of the Algerian War of Independence along with antiracism in France. His monograph, "Paris 1961: Algerians, State Terror, and Memory," which he co-authored with Neil MacMaster, looks at the events the 17 October Massacre in the context of colonial violence and social memory. Dr. House's current research focuses on shanty-downs (bidonvilles) in ...

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Year Three

Two years after Muhammad Bouazzizi’s self-immolation sparked a wave of uprisings in the Arab world, the region remains in turmoil. In what has become a lengthy process of fundamental transformation, there is little indication of when, how or on what basis stability will again be achieved. Given the transitional nature of developments to date, the temptation to proclaim winners and losers needs to be resisted. If 2012 put paid to the initial notion that youth movements were displacing sclerotic elites ...

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الأقباط وصراع السلطة على الأحوال الشخصية

حين قام الرئيس حسني مبارك بتعديل الدستور عام 2007، عاد إلى السطح الموضوع الذي طالما أثار جدلا واسعاً وهو وضع الشريعة في القانون المصري. ومن ضمن أكثر المشاركات في النقاش الذي تلى هذه التعديلات مفاجأة كان ما أدلى به البابا شنودة الثالث. ففي موقف يتناقض جذرياً مع مواقفه السابقة التي اتخذها في السبعينات إبان صراعه مع الرئيس السادات حول أسلمة المجتمع المصري، اتخذ البابا شنودة موقفاً تصالحياً عام 2007 تجاه الاسلاميين.  وبالتأكيد فإن البابا قد جازف حين تبرأ من تصريح لأحد أساقفته والذي دعا فيه إلى ...

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The Triumph and Irrelevance of Meta-Narratives Over Syria: “Rohna Dahiyyah”

Do not try to simplify what is going on in Syria. You will fail. We also cannot yield to complexity. So many of the discussions on Syria—especially those occurring outside Syria—are simply detached from the tragedy, including perhaps my own writings. For instance, for the first time after fifteen years of extensively researching Syria’s politics and society, with multiple and often long visits per year, I spent the last two years writing (and agonizing) about Syria without having the opportunity to ...

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A Faraway Neighbor

For those of us who have grown up Arab, Palestine is a constant presence. From childhood to adulthood, we hear about the Palestinian cause, from the news, from friends and family, from parents and grandparents, from school, from songs. Palestine is close to our hearts, while its reality is so far away. The land itself feels distant; despite its proximity, one can only dream of seeing it.  If there is a small glimmer of light emerging from the Egyptian revolution, it is that the reality of ...

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The Politics of Killing Women in Colonized Contexts

As therapists, activists, and scholars who have worked with abused women, and conducted social anthropological studies on the killing of women in Palestinian society, we decided to respond to the article by Lila Abu-Lughod and Maya Mikdashi, “Tradition and the Anti-Politics Machine: DAM Seduced by the ‘Honor Crime.’” They reiterate—as our own interventions, activism, and studies have found—that the killing of women cannot be divorced from the realm of the political. However, in reading the reactions and ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (December 17)

[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.]   “Egypt's constitutional referendum: First round results” The results of the first ten governorates that voted on the constitutional referendum. “Analysis of Round 1 of ...

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Politics after Abdessalam Yassine

Abdessalam Yassine has died. Founder and leader of the Jamaa Al Adl Wal Ihsane, Yassine - known to his followers as Sheikh Yassine - was perhaps the strongest figure in opposition to the power of the Moroccan monarchy. Yassine died early the morning of 13 December 2012, at the age of eighty-four, in his home in Salé, the working class city adjacent to Morocco’s political capital of Rabat. Political expression in Moroccan society must be understood in terms of its environment: a repressive monarchist ...

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Reports Roundup (December 15)

[The following list is a compilation of the reports, statements, and other materials featured on the Jadaliyya Reports Page this past week.] Jadaliyya Co-Editor Sinan Antoon Longlisted for Arabic Booker Prize Antoon's third novel, Ya Maryam (Ave Maria), has been longlisted for the 2013 International Prize for Arabic Fiction.  Themed Issue of International Review of the Red Cross: The Future of Humanitarian Action This periodical discusses a variety of issues surrounding humamitarian ...

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مقابلة مع الروائية رجاء عالم

[رجاء عالم كاتبة سعودية من مواليد مكة. حصلت على جائزة البوكر العربية عام 2011 عن روايتها “طوق الحمام”، بالمناصفة مع الكاتب المغربي محمد الأشعري عن روايته “القوس والفراشة". صدرت لها ثلاثة عشر رواية بالعربية. ترجمت بعض أعمالها إلى الإنجليزية والإسبانية ولغات أخرى.] ابتسام عازم: كيف أثر حصولك على جائزة البوكر العربية عام 2011 على حياتك؟ رجاء عالم: لقد حصلت في الماضي على العديد من الجوائز، ولكن ما يميز جائزة البوكر، هو تمويلهم لترجمة الكتاب إلى الإنجليزية وهذا يريح الكاتب بعض الشيء. كما يضعك تحت ...

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عن واشنطن والائتلاف والنصرة

عشية الاجتماع المنتظر لمجموعة "أصدقاء سوريا" في مراكش، صدر عن واشنطن قراران هامّان..الأول ويقضي بالاعتراف بالائتلاف الوطني السوري كممثل شرعي للشعب السوري، أما الثاني فيُدرج "جبهة النصرة" في عِداد القائمة السوداء للمنظمات الإرهابية. وأحسب أن القرارين جاءا متلازمين، وما كان للأول أن يصدر قبل أن يُمَهَّد له بالثاني. في تفسيرها لإدراج "النصرة" في قوائمها السوداء، تحدثت واشنطن عن "صلات قوية" لها مع القاعدة، خصوصاً في العراق، ولفتت إلى 600 تفجير إرهابي نفذتها هذه ...

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