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Sex, Drugs, Money, and Videos The Present and Future of Climate Change in Turkey and Beyond: An Interview with Umit Sahin Four Years On: No Easy Answers in Syria (Part II) Legal Fictions and the Logic of Empire Arabian Peninsula Roundup

Reflections on Public Spaces in Revolutionary and Post-Revolutionary Tunis

Chiara Sebastiani, Una città, una rivoluzione. Tunisi e la riconquista dello spazio pubblico. Cosenza: Luigi Pellegrini Editore, 2014. Collective, Au centre de Tunis: Géographies de l’espace public après une Révolution, available online ...

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إدواردو غاليانو: عدوّ النسيان

”حين أموت ستبقى الريح، ستواصل بقاءها“ إدواردو غاليانو - من كتاب المعانقات خطف الموت إدواردو غاليانو، الذي وصفه الروائي جون بيرغر بأنه "عدوّ الكذب واللامبالاة، وقبل كل شيء عدوّ النسيان، والذي بفضله ستتذكر البشرية جرائم ...

[The Joint List at the consultations process at President Reuven Rivlin's official resident, after the 2015 elections. Image by Mark Nayman

The Joint List: The Fetishism of Representation and the Illusion of Influence

In the recent Israeli elections, the parties representing the Palestinian citizens united in one list: the Joint List. It has attracted more external enthusiasm than internal. Authors like Lebanese novelist Elias Khoury praised the list, ...

[The Dwekh Nawsha militia on the road to the front line in the Nineveh plain, north of Mosul, Iraq. It is the armed wing of the Assyrian Patriotic Party formed to protect Christian villages. It fights alongside Peshmerga forces against ISIS. As of November 2014, the militia had forty fighters, with about two hundred volunteers waiting to join. Photo by Andy Spyra.]

Dwekh Nawsha: A Christian-Iraqi Militia

[Text by Sinan Antoon, photos by Andy Spyra from November 2014 and March 2015.] The fall of Mosul and other towns on the Nineveh plain in northern Iraq to ISIS this past summer was a monumental tragedy. It forced hundreds of thousands of ...


The Palestinian Economy in East Jerusalem: Enduring Annexation, Isolation, and Disintegration

[Separation barrier in Jerusalem. Image by Trocaire via Flickr]

[The following report was issued by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development on 9 May 2013.] The Palestinian Economy in East Jerusalem: Enduring Annexation, Isolation, and Disintegration Executive Summary   With the onset of occupation in 1967, Israeli  authorities began to pursue a policy of physical, political, and economic segregation of East Jerusalem from the rest of the occupied Palestinian territory (OPT), which continues apace today. Segregation strategies gained momentum during the last decade through measures that have altered the physical and demographic realities of the city and its predominantly Palestinian ...

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The Process in Turkey

[Map showing areas of Turkey, Syria, Iraq, Iran, and other states with significant local Kurdish populations. Image from aig.com]

In early 2013, a critical process is unfolding regarding the solution to the Kurdish question in Turkey. The success of this process—that is, the protection of Kurdish people's collective rights through the making of constitutional and legal amendments—is fundamental to ending the war which has been waged for thirty years in Turkey. These developments in Turkey are not independent from developments taking place in the rest of the Middle East. A historic process is unfolding regarding the Kurdish problem, which has been left unresolved for the last two hundred years in the Middle East. The Kurdish people, whose geography has been torn into four pieces, and who have been ...

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The Facade of Political Crises in Morocco

[King Mohammed VI receives the Istiqlal Party's leader, Hamid Chabat, following his election as the head of the party. Image from Lakome.]

This weekend, the conservative nationalist Istiqlal Party announced it will be withdrawing from the government coalition, led by the Party of Justice and Development (PJD), and will take its place in parliament's opposition. Its reason, according to the party's press release, was to "avoid being complicit in the scheme against the Moroccan people." Additionally, the party will maintain its cabinet positions until further notice, and the party has written a formal letter to King Mohammed VI detailing its reasons for withdrawing from the coalition and to "guarantee" the execution of its withdrawal. This move will undoubtedly place further ...

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Glenn Owns Bill: A Lesson in Challenging Islamophobia and Taking Responsibility (Video)

[Glenn Greewald. Image from below video clip]

[The following video is from the 10 May 2013 episode of HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher. The clip shows an exchange between Bill Maher and Glenn Greenwald following a discussion about the White House and State Department's immediate response to the 11 September 2012 attack on the US Embassy in Benghazi, Libya. In this clip, Maher claims that theocracy and violence are inherent to Muslims and/or Muslim culture, and that US citizens and policy-makers are void of any responsibility for the status quo of forces in the Middle East (or Muslim world, it is not really clear). Greenwald, in turn, proceeds to give viewers a lesson in how to take down Bill Maher and own up to his ...

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الثــأر والثــورة .. لماذا يثور الشمال ولا يفعلها الجنوب؟

"بعد بني سويف مفيش رجالة" عبارة كتبت على القطار المتوجه من القاهرة إلى الصعيد في الأيام الأولى من ثورة 25 يناير للمزايدة على رجولة أبناء صعيد مصر (الوجه القبلي) الذين لا يزالون يُتهمون بأنهم لم يشاركوا في الثورة كما فعل أهل الوجه البحري. وهو أمر متكرر على لسان بعض الثوار والنشطاء، وبالأخص الذين يداومون على تفسير التوجهات التصويتية لصعيد مصر بقلة مستوى التعليم، وقوة الروابط التقليدية كالعائلات والقبائل، فضلاً عن التعميمات المطلقة بخصوص الاستغلال السياسي للعمل الخيري من قبل الإسلاميين، وذلك لحاجة أهل الصعيد وارتفاع معدلات الفقر بين أغلبهم. فهل فعلاً لم يشارك الصعيد في الثورة؟   متلازمة المركزية والتهميش   والحقيقة أن الحكم على الشيء جزء من ...

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إطلال المشتاق أو غريب على الخليج

[مسار طائرة فوق العراق. الصورة من سنان أنطون]

1 يتسلل التاريخ إلى الجغرافيا المنبسطة على الشاشة الصغيرة أمامي على متن الطائرة التي أسرَتْ بي من برلين إلى أبو ظبي. أو لعلي أنا الذي أبلّل الخارطة الضوئية بأرقي وكوابيسي، فيستيقظ التاريخ ويهتف بالأحمر القاني، مذكّراً بجبروته. فهذه الأسماء، ذات الرنين الموسيقيّ، مثل «ماردين»، التي تقع اليوم في تركيا، تحيلني إلى حكايات سمعتها عن هجرة أجداد جيراننا منها إلى الموصل في بدايات القرن الماضي. ثم انتقالهم بعدها، بعقود، إلى بغداد. والآن صار للأحفاد حكاياتهم أيضاً. يستعيدون فيها هجرتهم بعيداً عن سماء العراق وأرضه إلى كندا. تاريخ يلعب بالبشر ويبعثرهم كأنه يلقي بالنرد على الخرائط. أغفو لدقائق ثم أستيقظ بالقرب من تلعفر التي تردد اسمها كثيراً في الأخبار في السنين الأخيرة، هي ...

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O.I.L. Media Roundup (May 9)

[Feb. 9, 2012. A Syrian woman stands among the rubble of her house, destroyed by a Syrian Army mortar, in al-Qsair. Image by Freeedom House.]

[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 Obama Hints at US Military Action at Syria as Administration Readies Lethal Aid Options, Associated Press Barack Obama has indicated his administration will consider US military action in Syria should substantial evidence suggesting the Assad regime has used chemical weapons emerge. Gazan Killed After Israeli Is ...

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Expanding the Legal Paradigm for Palestine: An International Law Conference at Birzeit University

[A view of the separation wall in the West Bank, Palestine. Image by Wall in Palestine (Flickr)]

The settlement project in the West Bank is not just a collection of rickety caravans installed on Palestinian farmland that can be dismantled upon the signing of a peace agreement.  Costing seventeen billion USD and populated by more than half a million Israelis, this enterprise has become a huge colonialist and real estate enterprise. It sprawls across twelve million square meters of roads, homes, and factories on some of the most important Palestinian geographic and agricultural land. This construction includes 32,000 apartments, 23,000 private homes, and an additional 868 public facilities to satiate the Israeli settlers’ social and economic needs. A simple look ...

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New Texts Out Now: Wendy Pearlman, Emigration and the Resilience of Politics in Lebanon

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Wendy Pearlman, “Emigration and the Resilience of Politics in Lebanon.” Arab Studies Journal Vol. XXI No. 1 (Spring 2013). Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this article? Wendy Pearlman (WP): Five years ago I began to read widely about Lebanon in preparation for a trip there. While there are so many fascinating things about the country, I was most intrigued by its one hundred and fifty-year history with international emigration. There is hardly a corner of the globe in which Lebanese have not settled, and the worldwide diaspora of Lebanese origin outnumbers those living within Lebanon’s borders. Today, an estimated ten to twenty-five percent of Lebanese nationals ...

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Windows to Refuge: Camp Life through the Eyes of Palestinian Youth in Lebanon

[“Buildings in Shatila are side by side with no space. Not every camp is like this.” Shatila, by Haneen B.]

“The pact that binds us to photographers puts our sight in their hands.” (From the introduction to Lahza, a book of Palestinian children’s photographs by ZAKIRA, Amers Editions, Beirut, 2009.) The Project These photographs were taken in July 2012 by Palestinian youth living in four out of the twelve refugee camps in Lebanon. The photographers, students aged eleven to fifteen, were participants in an intensive summer project called SHINE coordinated by both LEAP, an educational empowerment program dedicated to nurturing the intellectual growth and creative curiosity of Palestinian refugee youth in Lebanon, and Beit Atfal Assumoud, a Palestinian NGO in Lebanon that ...

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Widespread Middle East Fears that Syrian Violence Will Spread

[Percent of population in neighboring countries who are concerned the violence in Syria will spread to neighboring countries. From pewglobal.org.]

[The following report was issued by the Pew Research Global Attitudes Project on 1 May 2013.]  Widespread Middle East Fears that Syrian Violence Will Spread As concern mounts about the Syrian government’s possible use of chemical weapons against its own people, publics in the Middle East – especially the Lebanese – are extremely worried about violence spreading to neighboring countries. Nonetheless, a new survey by the Pew Research Center, conducted before news emerged of alleged use of chemical agents by the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, found little regional support for Western or Arab countries sending arms and military supplies to ...

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O.I.L. Monthly Edition (April 2013)

[Qalandiya checkpoint graffiti. Image by Anna Lund Bjørnsen.]

[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 with your bio and a release form to post@jadaliyya.com [click "Submissions" on the main page for more information] Sara Roy on Dispossessing Palestine ...

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Why There Is No Military Solution to the Syrian Conflict

Today, as violence intensifies in Syria, external powers, including the United States, are openly debating direct intervention. Such intervention is justified as serving multiple goals at once: it is a means of securing chemical weapons caches; a mechanism to protect the civilian population; and a necessary measure to ensure that the successors to the Asad regime are adequately beholden to the United States and its regional allies. However, whether the intentions are humanitarian or strategic, policies ...

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (May 6-12)

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. Glenn Owns Bill: A Lesson in Challenging Islamophobia and Taking Responsibility (Video)  Egyptian Women: Between Revolution, Counter-Revolution, Orientalism, and "Authenticity" Expanding the Legal Paradigm for Palestine: ...

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إشكاليّات الدّيمقراطيّة الانتخابيّة في فلسطين

في مرحلة ما بعد الاستعمار، اعتبر الكفاح من أجل الديمقراطية أمراً مهماً لتحقيق الوعد بالتحرر الوطني. ومع نهاية الحرب الباردة تحديداً أصبحت الديمقراطية الانتخابية تعتبر الآلية الأكثر فاعلية لمواجهة الاستيلاء على الدول ومواردها، وحتى استقلالها على يد النخب الاستبدادية ذات الأفق الضيق التي نصّبت نفسها على هذه الدول.  في عالم تقوم فيه الدكتاتوريات، سواء الفردية أو الحزبية، بالتعامل مع الحكم باعتباره تحدياً تقوم من خلاله بإخضاع المؤسسات لإرادتها، واستثناء المواطن من أي دور ذي مغزى في صنع القرار، والإبقاء ...

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Reports Roundup (May 11)

[The following list is a compilation of the reports, statements, and other materials featured on the Jadaliyya Reports Page this past week.] Month-by-Month Summary of Developments in Syria (Updated) International Crisis Group issues a monthly "Crisis Watch" report on Syria. These briefs are compiled here, showing the progression of the Syrian conflict. Gulf Center for Human Rights Condemns Assassination of Jalal Thyab Al-Jawhar The Gulf Center for Human Rights reports on the April 27th ...

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Maghreb Media Roundup (May 10)

 [This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on the Maghreb and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Maghreb Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to maghreb@jadaliyya.com by Thursday night of every week.]  Algeria New law on associations used to stifle civil society Amnesty International condemns conviction of Abdelkader Kherba, an activist distributing ...

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Syria Media Roundup (May 9)

[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.]   Regional and International Perspectives   Saudi Arabia Takes Over From Qatar to Solve Syria’s Crisis Hassan Hassan on a surprising two-day meeting held in Riyadh that ...

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Egypt Monthly Edition on Jadaliyya (April 2013)

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 ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (May 8)

[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 Saudi minister: US to remain energy dependent A news report on the oil minister’s dismissal of talk of US energy ...

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New Texts Out Now: Simon Jackson, Diaspora Politics and Developmental Empire: The Syro-Lebanese at the League of Nations

Simon Jackson, “Diaspora Politics and Developmental Empire: The Syro-Lebanese at the League of Nations.” Arab Studies Journal Vol. XXI No. 1 (Spring 2013). Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this article? Simon Jackson (SJ): The article draws on my current book project, provisionally titled Mandatory Development: The Global Politics of Economic Development in the Colonial Middle East. The book is about the socioeconomic development regime in French Mandate Syria-Lebanon between the world wars, ...

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Juridical Humanity: A Colonial History

Samera Esmeir, Juridical Humanity: A Colonial History. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2012. [This review was originally published in the most recent issue of Arab Studies Journal. For more information on the issue, or to subscribe to ASJ, click here.] Today human rights provides a dominant framework for thinking about humanity—one in which humanity often appears as both a universal and an ahistorical category. In this view, the history of humanity is one of the discovery of otherwise hidden or ...

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New Addition to the Syrian Islamic Front

The Haqq Battalions Gathering, a militant group in the Hama province,announced in mid-April 2013 that they are joining the Syrian Islamic Front(SIF). This is the first time since the SIF’s creation in December 2012 that an independent outside organization of any consequence decides to join the front. Previously, some small local factions had been co-opted into SIF member factions, but the Haqq Battalions are joining as full members. The Syrian Islamic Front The SIF is one of ...

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Always with the Oppressed: A Farewell to Akiva Orr 1931-2013, Humanist, Radical, Heretic

In February 2013 I participated with a small group of Israelis and Arabs in bidding farewell to Akiva Orr. I could not help recalling our first meeting nearly forty five-years earlier and my mind went back to the genealogy of individuals and events stretched across geography and time that had originally led me to his door in London, soon after my return from my first visit to Israel...and to Palestine. Though many of them never knew each other directly, in my mind, the thread linking them together (as ...

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