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[The cover of Amjad Nasser's novel,

When Your Name is on the Blacklist

[The Gallatin School of New York University invited Amjad Nasser, one of the major poets of the Arab world, to inaugurate its Gallatin Global Writers series on 30 September. On 27 September, US Homeland Security at Heathrow, London, ...

[Members of “The Iraqi Delegation” to Toledo—from left to right: Sami Michael, David Semah, Ella Shohat, Shimon Ballas, and Yosef Shiloach. Image from Ella Shohat’s personal archive]

A Voyage to Toledo: Twenty-Five Years After the 'Jews of the Orient and Palestinians' Meeting

On 3-5 July 1989, an unusual gathering, which went largely unreported in the media, took place in Toledo, Spain—“Judíos orientales y palestinos. Un diálogo para la paz árabe-israelí” (“Jews of the Orient and Palestinians: A ...

[Fikirtepe. Photo by Duygu Parmaksizoglu.]

Evden Emlaga Fikirtepe: Rant ve Spekulasyon Ekseninde Kentsel Donusum

Evden Emlağa Fikirtepe: Rant ve Spekülasyon Ekseninde Kentsel Dönüşüm  Bir şehir antropoloğunun saha notları Saha çalışmasına başladığım 2013 yılının Mart ayında Fikirtepe bölgesi, kentsel dönüşüm macerasında iki yılı çoktan geride ...

Tadween Spotlight: Gaza

This summer, Gaza dominated the headlines. A rising death toll at the expense of Israel’s weeks-long Operation Protective Edge, a death toll that currently stands at over 2,000 killed, once again brought attention to the politics ...


La somme de tous les rêves brisés d'Anfgou et d'ailleurs

[Une femme d'Anfgou raconte l'agonie de son nouveau-né. Image d'une vidéo sur Youtube.]

Qui mieux qu’un misérable saurait narrer la tragédie qui frappe les siens ?  Et comment raconter aux autres l’indicible horreur, lorsqu’à la tragédie s’ajoute la barrière de la langue ? Pour ce qui nous concerne, tout ce que nous pourrions jamais décrire de  la noirceur de cette misère-là, de la morsure du froid, de l’insupportable enclavement ou de la mort du nourrisson, ne vaudra pas tripette, tant la tâche est insurmontable.  Tout commence au bord d’une route incertaine. Long ruban grisâtre, grignoté par la crasse, l’érosion et les malfaçons, qui serpente au milieu de nulle part et qui a emporté la vie de tant de ses usagers. Et tout ...

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عدّ الكالوريات وصناعة الليمونادا في غزة

[أحد انفاق رفح، 2009، تصوير زوريا]

تعتبر السعرة الحرارية مقياساً ضرورياً في عملية الرقابة – الذاتية التي نفرضها على أجسادنا. وكما أظهرت وثيقة قامت الحكومة الإسرائيلية بإصدارها مؤخراً، فالسعرة تشكّل أيضاً أداة حكم. وكانت مؤسسة حقوق الإنسان الإسرائيلية "جيشا"، قد تمكّنت بعد معركة قانونية استمرت لمدة سنتين، من الحصول على هذه الوثيقة التي تحمل عنوان "إستهلاك الطعام في قطاع غزة – خطوط حمراء".   الهوس بالقياس بعد اعتلاء حماس سدّة الحكم في غزة في أيلول عام 2007، فرضت الحكومة الإسرائيلية قيوداً على مرور البضائع والوقود والناس من وإلى القطاع. ووثيقة  "الخطوط الحمراء" التي تم إعدادها في كانون الثاني عام 2008، توصي "بالحد الأدنى الإنساني" المطلوب في تطبيق هذه ...

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Syria Media Roundup (January 10)

[A man sells gas in Deir Ezzor. 25 December 2012. Via Lens Young Deri.]

[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 Lebanon and the Future of ‘Greater Syria’ Mohammad Harfoush asks whether “the change in Syria for the first time since the dawn of independence, lead to a more agreeable approach to Lebanese-Syrian relations?”   New Syrian Group Warns of ‘Foreign Meddling’ <

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Imagining Justice Beyond the ICC

[The building of the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands. Image from Wikimedia Commons.]

The International Criminal Court’s acquittal of Congolese militia leader Mathieu Ngudjolo on 18 December did not exactly make headlines in Palestine. Ngudjolo was accused of commanding fighters who raped and hacked to death approximately two hundred people, including children, in a single day in February 2003. Arguing that witness statements were unreliable, ICC judges determined that the Court did not have sufficient evidence to prove Ngudjolo’s complicity in these crimes. Not surprisingly, the Court’s verdict dealt a massive blow to the aspirations of thousands of Congolese who had rested their hopes for justice in the ICC. Though it is not often that Palestinian ...

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Tadween Publishing Roundup: News and Analysis from the Publishing World

[The following is a roundup of the latest news and analyses from the publishing world that relates to pedagogy and knowledge production. It was originally published on Tadween Publishing's blog. For more updates, follow Tadween Publishing on Facebook and Twitter.]  Penguin Random House merger begins a new chapter for publishing By Stephen Page (The Guardian) Stephen Page puts a positive spin on the Penguin Random House merger, advocating that it will bring a big, bold new change for the publishing world. Don't Burn Your Books—Print Is Here to Stay By Nicholas Carr (Wall Street Journal) Despite ...

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New Texts Out Now: Lisa Hajjar, Torture: A Sociology of Violence and Human Rights

[Cover of Lisa Hajjar,

Lisa Hajjar, Torture: A Sociology of Violence and Human Rights. New York: Routledge, 2012 [“Framing Twenty-First Century Social Issues” series]. Jadaliyya (J): What inspired you to write this book? Lisa Hajjar (LH): Torture is my great and terrible obsession. I think, read, write, and talk about torture all the time, as anyone who knows me can attest. I was inspired to write this book in order to share my knowledge, my passion, and—to be blunt—my anger about torture with college students, although hopefully people who are not students also will find it interesting. This book, like others in the Routledge series, Framing Twenty-First Century Social Issues, is geared ...

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عن التفجير والأزمة الطائفية: محاولة للفهم وأخرى للهدم

[تفجير كنيسة القديسين بالإسكندرية مطلع عام 2011]

إن حادث كنيسة القديسين –وتداعياته- كان بكل المقاييس خاطفاً للعقول ونقطة تحول خطيرة في المجتمع وحدود الجنون والشطط الطائفي. فلقد كان التفجير بمثابة التفتيت في اللحم المهلهل والتكسير في العظام المهشمة. ومع انفجار الشظايا، لم تُشق فقط أجساد الضحايا، وإنما شق أيضاً الشارع المصري المنقسم على ذاته. ومع اندلاع النيران اندلع الغضب. ومع تطاير ألسنة اللهب تطايرت الألباب واحترقت القلوب مع احتراق الجثث. وأصبح الكل مستباحاً. وهكذا تتحول الأمور والحوادث وردود الأفعال إلى أنماط ومعايير مجتمعية. وتنتج الذات وتصورها عن الآخر دوائر تغلق مساحات التحول والتغير لآفاق مغايرة عن واقع رسم ملامحه وحدوده الخوف والفزع. وسواء كان الفاعل عنصراً داخلياً أو خارجياً، فالحدث يشير ويثير إشكاليات غاية في ...

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An Open Letter to Lebanese MP Nayla Tueni

[Screenshot of Nayla Tueni Twitter profile.]

Dear MP Nayla Tueni: In your article, العبء الفلسطيني مجدداَ (al-Nahar, 31 December 2012), you put aside all journalistic integrity and regurgitated a xenophobic Lebanese discourse that tirelessly uses Palestinians to cover up the failings of a sectarian political system in Lebanon. Had your article been written by an American or French journalist about Lebanese immigrants abroad, she would have surely been asked to resign in order to save the newspaper from accusations of racism and even lawsuits. It seems that having inherited Annahar from your father and grandfather has, unfortunately, allowed you to publish racist rants on its pages with no ...

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Don't Play Apartheid Israel: Summary of 2012 Cultural Boycott

[Don't Play Apartheid Israel logo. Image from facebook.com]

[The following summary list was published by Don't Play Apartheid Israel on 31 December 2012.] The year 2012 was an amazing year full of many successes in the campaign for the cultural boycott of Israel. This summary focuses on the cultural boycott with an emphasis on musical artists and groups. The fall of South African apartheid was preceded by the movement by artists of conscience to boycott “Sun City.” A similar anti-apartheid movement is rapidly growing, and musicians increasingly do not want to perform in Israel. The Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra, Habima, Batsheva, and the Cameri Theater continued to be sent to perform abroad as “cultural ambassadors” for ...

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رد فرقة الدام على مقال التقاليد والآلة المناهضة للسياسة

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!" رد فرقة الـ"دام" على مقال: "التقاليد والآلة المناهضة للسياسة: "جرائم الشرف" تغوي فرقة الدام لقد كنا سعداء أن نجد على صفحات "جدلية" أصدقاء وأناس داعمين ومدركين لعملنا ويحترمون ما نقوم به منذ سنوات طويلة كفانين وأفراد في مجتمعنا. إلا أننا نشعر أيضاً بالحاجة للرد على التحليل الذي قدمته ليلى أبو اللغد ومايا مكداشي لأعمالنا، حيث أننا نأخذ الموضوع والنقد على محمل الجد. وإن كنا لا نشعر عادة بحافز للرد على نقد يخص أعمالنا، إلا أننا شعرنا أن هذا النقد قد تعدّى بضعة خطوط، وتحديداً بعنوانه " التقاليد والآلة المناهضة للسياسة: "جرائم الشرف" تغوي فرقة الدام"! العنوان، مثله ...

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Tamerlane in Damascus

[An illustration by Rembrandt Harmensz depicting renowned historian and philosopher Ibn Khaldun pleading with Tamerlane to hault any attacks targeting the city and people of Damascus.]

In December of 1400, Timur left the rubble of Aleppo and Hama behind, making his way to the outskirts of the first city of Syria: Damascus. By this time, an Egyptian army under the command of the Mamluk Sultan himself had arrived in Syria, engaging in several skirmishes with Timur’s forces. Then, abruptly, it headed back to Cairo at the start of the new year, ostensibly to prevent a rival from taking control in the Sultan’s absence. Newly vulnerable, the Damascene population sent a delegation of scholars and notables, including a famous visitor to the city, historian Ibn Khaldun, to negotiate with Timur. The Mongol leader ordered the Damascene representatives to write ...

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (Dec 31- Jan 6)

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. Orientalist Feminism Rears its Head in India The Naked Bodies of Alia "من المآسي المضاعفة للنزوح:فتيات سوريات للزواج "بثمن بخس Top 50 Most Read: Jadaliyya 2012 Sons of Beaches: How Alexandria's Ideological Battles Shape Egypt Israel's Worldwide Role in Repression New Texts Out Now: Orit Bashkin, New Babylonians: A History of Jews in Modern Iraq الهراء اللبناني مجدّداً Keep Reading »

Migrants' Rights & International Solidarity: Interview with Catherine Tactaquin

December 18th is International Migrants Day, when in 1990 the U.N. General Assembly signed the Migrant Workers Convention, an agreement that establishes the rights of one of the most vulnerable global populations within a framework of human rights. The problem is the only countries that have actually ratified the convention are mostly countries in Global South, countries of origin for many migrants that experience the negative consequences of mass migration. Neither the United States, nor China, nor a ...

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Maghreb Media Roundup (January 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 Wednesday night of every week.]  Algeria Nouvelles révélations sur le prince saoudien qui a casqué 100000 dollars pour voir Bouteflika Farid Alilat reports on Saudi Prince Al Sultan Al Saoud ...

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Al Jazeera America: Purely a Business Endeavor? Interview with Adel Iskandar

Last week, Qatar-based media giant Al Jazeera purchased Al Gore’s failing Current TV for five hundred million dollars. After years of being snubbed by American cable networks, is Al Jazeera’s expansion purely a business endeavor? This week, Malihe Razazzan spoke with Jadaliyya's Media and Reporting Co-Editor and adjunct professor at Georgetown University Adel Iskandar about the motives behind Al Jazeera's buy-out, the station's background and influence, its funding from the emirate of ...

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Settler Colonialism: Then and Now (Video)

Settler Colonialism: Then and Now A Lecture by Mahmood Mamdani This lecture was delivered on 6 December 6 2012 at Princeton University for the 10th Annual Edward W. Said '57 Memorial Lecture. Mahmood Mamdani is an academic, author, and political commentator. He is the author of, among other books, Citizen and Subject: Contemporary Africa and the Legacy of Late Colonialism (1996), When Victims Become Killers: Colonialism, Nativism, and the Genocide in Rwanda (2002), Saviors and Survivors: Darfur, ...

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University of California System and The Three-Pronged Attack on Free Speech and Campus Organizing

In the following episode from AJE's The Stream, Palestine solidarity activists from various University of California (UC) campuses discuss a three-pronged attack on free speech and campus organizing throughout the UC system: A "Jewish Student Campus Climate Report" co-authored by Anti-Defamation League's Richard Barton, which cherry-picked interviews to create the perception that Jewish students largely agreed that Palestine solidarity advocacy was anti-Semitic and should be ...

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Repossessing the Dispossessed

To mark the end of 2012, a somewhat bumpy year for Tunisia’s political transition, the Tunisian Ministry of Finance organized a spectacular event: a public auction and sale of goods and trinkets nationalized from Ben Ali’s private palace in Sidi Dhrif, a palatial home overlooking the Bay of Tunis and the idyllic sea side town of Sidi Bou Said. Simply named Confiscation, the event was widely advertised around Tunisia with a website showcasing objects to be sold off to Tunisia’s public beginning on 23 ...

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المثليّات المضمرة في أغاني رباب والخليج العربي

[تنشر هذه المقالة ضمن إتفاقية شراكة وتعاون بين "جدلية" و"معازف"] الخطاب المشفّر للأغنية الأنثويّة العربيّة    تتبدّى لنا في تجربة المغنية رباب (1958-2010) عراقيّة الأصل وكويتيّة الانتماء، بعد مسيرة تجاوزت الثلاثين عاماً في الحقل الثقافي على مستوى الشعر والموسيقى والغناء، وبعد أرشيف من الأغنيات المصورة، سواءً لصالح الدراما (كالمسلسلات) أو للعرض التلفزيوني، صورة محددة الملامح يمكن تمييزها هنا:  - الشخصية الثقافية وعلاماتها في تكريس النموذج المتحول. - القيمة ...

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Announcing the New Issue of Middle East Report Winter 2012

EGYPT: THE UPRISING TWO YEARS ON On January 25, 2011, spirited bands of protesters joined hands in the epochal popular revolt that would unseat Husni Mubarak, Egypt’s dictator of 30 years. Where is the country headed, with a new civilian government (for now) at the helm? The winter 2012 issue of Middle East Report offers reflections upon “Egypt: The Uprising Two Years On.” 2012 was not 1952, as historian Ahmad Shokr writes: Unlike the Free Officers who seized power 60 years ago, the ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (January 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.] Reports and Opinions UAE busts cell ‘linked to Egypt Brotherhood’ A news report on the arrest of ten people belonging to Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, accused ...

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التقاليد والآلة المناهضة للسياسة: "جرائم الشرف" تغوي فرقة الدام

إننا نكتب هذه المقالة كمشجّعات (خائبات الأمل) لفرقة الهيب هوب الفلسطينية الدام في وقت يذكرنا فيه الهجوم العنيف على غزة بالواقع القاسي للحياة والموت الذي يعيشه الفلسطينيون كل يوم، نساء ورجالاً. وهبت الدام عبر أغان مثل "مين إرهابي؟" و"إنولدت هون"، صوتاً سياسياً مثيراً لجيل جديد من الفلسطينيين الذين خرجوا عن صمتهم إزاء عنصرية دولة إسرائيل. لقد تحدّت الفرقة عنف الدولة الذي دمّر حيوات الفلسطينيين ومجتمعاتهم، سواء كان ذلك في جيتوهات المدن الإسرائيلية أو في المناطق المحتلة، المخنوقة ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (January 7)

[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.]  “Military trial of detained journalist postponed to 9 January” Photojournalists Mohamed Sabry will stand military trial for filming border guards in Sinai. “ElBaradei and Abouel ...

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O.I.L. Media Roundup (6 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] News "Israel Approves Another 1,200 Settlements Around Jerusalem", Peter Beaumont In what constitutes the latest in a larger wave of nearly ...

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