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أفكار سريعة: ماريا فانتابيه حول أكراد سورية

[يلعب أكراد سورية دوراً يزداد بروزاً في الصراع الذي تشهده البلاد؛ وفي السنوات الأخيرة بسطت قوات حزب الاتحاد الديمقراطي PYD سيطرتها الفعلية على معظم الأراضي الواقعة في شمال سورية التي يشكل الأكراد جزءاً كبيراً من سكانها. في آذار/مارس 2016، ...

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New Texts Out Now: Ala'a Shehabi and Marc Owen Jones, Bahrain's Uprising: Resistance and Repression in the Gulf

Alaʾa Shehabi and Marc Owen Jones, editors, Bahrain's Uprising: Resistance and Repression in the Gulf. London: Zed Books, 2015. Jadaliyya (J): What made you put together this book? Alaʾa Shehabi and Marc Owen Jones (AS & MOJ): ...

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الكاتدرائية

[قصة للكاتب الأميركي ريموند كارفر. ترجمة  عبد الكريم بدرخان لـ "جدلية"] الرجل الأعمى، وهو صديق قديم لزوجتي، كان قادماً لقضاء الليلة عندنا. تُوفيتْ زوجتُه منذ فترة، ولذا كان في زيارةٍ عند أقرباء زوجته في ...

Critical Readings in Political Economy

Welcome to the first installment of Critical Readings in Political Economy. This column will appear on a monthly basis and will discuss work—mostly new—in the discipline. It will address the disciplinary residue of Cold War post-colonial ...


هل تنقذ حكومة نتنياهو الموقف الفلسطيني من المفاوضات؟

[واشنطن 2013 انطلاق المفاوضات بين السلطة الفلسطينية وإسرائيل مجدداً وبرعاية أمريكية]

لقد فقدت السلطة الفلسطينية فرصة ذهبية لاتخاذ زمام المبادرة واستثمار مصدر قوتها الوحيد قبل بدء المفاوضات الحالية، في سياق الفراغ السياسي الذي امتدَّ لما يقارب ثلاثة أعوام منذ العام 2010. وكانت الأجواء السياسية مواتية في حينه بوجود عدم رضا أو حتى غضب من الحكومة الإسرائيلية من قبل الدول الأوروبية الرئيسية والإدارة الأمريكية أيضاً. لكن، بعد تخلي الجانب الفلسطيني عن شرط إيقاف الاستيطان وقبول حدود عام 1967 كنقطة انطلاق للمفاوضات، سنشهد قريباً تكرار ما حصل في مفاوضات "كامب ديفد" في تموز من العام 2000: من سيُفشِل "الحل" المتوقع أن يقترح من قبل الجانب الأمريكي؟ وسنشهد تكرار السيناريو نفسه إذا ما رفض الجانب الفلسطيني ما سيتم عرضه، وسيُلام على ذلك، بل أسوأ من ...

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NEWTON 2013 Year in Review

As the editors of the New Texts Out Now (NEWTON) Page, we have been honored to have the opportunity to feature an astonishing range of books, articles, and films for Jadaliyya readers in 2013. With authors generously agreeing to discuss their new works, offer background information on their research, and allow us to post excerpts from their books and articles, we have been able to offer first looks at some of the most important new work in the field, from established names and rising stars alike. With 2014 now underway, and a new crop of work on the horizon, this is an opportune moment to look back at the previous year on NEWTON. This is work that spans ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (December 31)

[This map of the Arabian Peninsula by the German publisher Christoph Weigel, published in 1720, shows Arabia Felix, Arabia Deserta, and Arabia Petraea. Image via Wikimedia Commons]

[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  Sunni monarchs back YouTube hate preachers: Anti-Shia propaganda threatens a sectarian civil war which will engulf the entire Muslim world Patrick Cockburn argues that the anti-Shia discourse that Sunni preachers adopt and Saudi Arabia and the Gulf monarchies sponsor can a spark a ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (December 31)

[Protesters demanding Prime Minister Erdoğan resign over a high-level corruption scandal clash with riot police in Istanbul. Police tried to prevent people from gathering at Taksim Square and used water cannons, tear gas, and plastic bullets against protesters. Photo by Saner Sen / Nar Photos.]

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Turkey and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Turkey Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to turkey@jadaliyya.com by Sunday night of every week.] English Graft Crisis Turkey’s Political Weather Forecast (1)-(2)-(3)-(4) Murat Yetkin criticizes Prime Minister Erdoğan’s use of international conspiracy theories to explain the graft investigations. Tweeting in English Proves International Conspiracy!  “A government cannot remain democratic once it leans on conspiracy theories to explain the ...

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (December 23- 29)

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.  Open Letter to Trinity College President and Dean Towards the End of a Dream? The Erdogan-Gulen Fallout and Islamic Liberalism’s Descent Substantive Erasures: Essays on Academic Boycott and the American Studies Association صباح الانفجار GMU Students Walk Out of Graduation Ceremony in Protest of Honoring Shari Arison Besikci ve Kurdistan’in gercekligi Toward a Political Economy of ...

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Introduction: On Turki al-Hamad's Al-Karadib

[Cover of Turki al-Hamad's Al-Karadib, by Dar al-Saqi]

My first roommate in Riyadh was a French teacher who once tutored an ex-political prisoner. The man was a retired lawyer who had belonged to a Marxist-Leninist network in the sixties, and had been part of a coup attempt against King Faisal.  He had been tipped off right before his arrest and had escaped to Paris, where he studied law before coming back to Riyadh much later. Some of his comrades had less luck. Arrested on intelligence provided by US agents to the Saudi secret police, many of them were tortured or summarily executed. Some were even flown above the Empty Quarter and thrown alive out of helicopters. These stories haunted me and led me to Turki ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (December 30)

[6 June 2011, protersters gather in front of Ministry of Interior. The Arabic reads:

[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.]  27 Students Detained in Al-Azhar Clashes          "Protests and clashes continue at Al-Azhar University despite the intervention of security forces and the detention of students." Egypt’s Grand Mufti Calls on Citizens to Vote in Referendum Shawky Allam Egypt's Grand Mufti calls for a ...

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صباح الانفجار

[من آثار انفجار بيروت في 27 كانون الأول 2013]

حبيبي، كنا سنقتل في انفجار اليوم في بيروت لو رضيت أن تستيقظ باكراً وتتنزه معي في وسط المدينة إذ نتوجه نحو مقهى جديد اكتشفته مؤخراً في شرق المدينة وانتظرت بفارغ الصبر أن أريك إياه. حبيبي، لو متنا سوية لكانوا اعتبرونا شهداء الحب. أو ربما لن يعرف أحد الحقيقة، وهي أني جررتك من نومك الى الموت. لن يعرفوا حتى أسماءنا، كما لم يعرفوا اسم الجندي اللبناني الذي قتل الأسبوع الفائت جندياً محتلاً.هو لم يصبح بطلاً فنحن لا نعرف عنه سوى أنه من عكار. ليس هنالك أبطال في عكار.  لو متنا حبيبي لكانوا عرضوا أشلاءنا على التلفاز ولقالت المذيعة بصوت يرتجف "نعتذر عن هذه المشاهد القاسية والقوية." ولكانت دمعت عينا امرأة حساسة تشاهد التلفاز وهي تضم مسند أريكتها وتقول: "يا ...

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Syria Media Roundup (December 28)

[Syrian children in Lebanon participate in a cleanup campaign with Basmeh & Zeitooneh aid organization. September 2013. From Basmeh and Zeitoonah Facebook page.]

[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.] International and Regional Perspective  Heavy explosion in downtown Beirut kills former govt minister “A large explosion has shaken the downtown area of the Lebanese capital, killing former government minister Mohammed Shattah” and at least 5 other people, RT reports. After a Long Delay, Lebanon Finally Says Yes to Ikea Housing for Syrian Refugees ...

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Toward a Political Economy of the Arab Uprisings (Part Two)

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[Part One of this article can be found here.] The Evolution of the Authoritarian Coalition and the Role of the Middle Classes In the initial decades after independence, Arab governments—and especially the republics—introduced policies that led to significant social change. In particular, statist economic policies coupled with welfare programs and subsidies on basic food items and fuel facilitated the rise of proto-middle classes. Public-sector workers, benefiting from job security and social benefits, were the most important component of the new middle classes. Also emerging was a professional class composed of doctors, lawyers, engineers, bankers, and others who ...

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DARS Media Roundup (December 26)

[Samer Issawi released from prison, Issawiya, Jerusalem, 23 December 2013. Image by activestills, via Flickr.]

[This is a bi-weekly roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Resistance and Subversion in the Arab world and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the DARS Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each bi-weekly roundup to DARS@jadaliyya.com by Sunday night of every second week.] News & Commentary The Arabs, Three Years After Bouazizi, by Rami G. Khouri We are witnessing across the Arab world a convergence of historical dynamics: of stunted statehood and postcolonial (Western) and neo-imperial (Iranian-Saudi) interventions, with the aspirations of millions of citizens ...

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Tunisia: A New Prime Minister for Old Politics?

[In this 7 November 2013 photo, Mehdi Jomaa answers questions during a press meeting held in Tunis, Tunisia. A forum of political parties chose the industry minister as Tunisia's next prime minister, set to replace the Islamist-led government with technocrats in what's been a faltering transition to democracy. Jomaa, a fifty-year-old independent who had abandoned a career in the private sector, won the vote to head a transition government after weeks of contentious debate by twenty-one political parties, dubbed the

The weeks-long negotiations over the appointment of a new Prime Minister who will be charged with forming a transitional government that will guide Tunisia to the next election has finally produced a result. On Sunday, the political forces and the so-called quartet lead by the influential Tunisian labor union, Union Générale Tunisienne du Travail (UGTT) as a mediating force between the parties, has announced the name of the person in charge of forming a new government. Mehdi Jomaa has been named Prime Minister. Jomaa is currently Minister of Industry in the government formed by the “Troika” –Ennahda, Ettakatol, and the Congress for the Republic—and is ...

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ليبيا: دولة الميليشيات

  لم تكد تمضي ثلاثة أيام على سقوط طرابلس في أيدي «الثوار» يوم 20 آب العام 2011، حتى وقع أول الاشتباكات بين المجموعات المسلحة التي أبصرت النور خلال الأشهر الثمانية التي سبقت انهيار نظام معمّر القذافي. يومها، هوّن المتفائلون بتحقيق الديموقراطية في ليبيا من وطأة تلك الاشتباكات، فاعتبرها البعض ظاهرة موقتة يمكن السيطرة عليها فور انتقال ليبيا من دولة قائمة على «حكم الفرد» إلى دولة قائمة على «حكم القانون». لكن الطريقة البشعة التي قتل بها العقيد القذافي في 20 تشرين الأول العام 2011، والتي شاهدها ...

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2013 Culture Highlights

As Mark Twain wrote on New Year’s Day in 1863, “Now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual.” Before readers embark on that treacherous path, Jadaliyya Culture offers a selection of 2013 highlights for a preemptive enrichment of souls and minds. Below are twenty-five entries that have sharpened critical readings of culture. Stay tuned for more reviews, essays, excerpts, translations, featured artists, and interviews ...

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هل تصح مقارنة قانون التظاهر المصري بقوانين الغرب؟

انتشرتْ في الفترة السابقة تصريحاتٌ من إعلاميين وقانونيين وساسة راضين عن أداء السلطة الحالية، بأن قانون الاجتماعات العامة والمواكب والتظاهرات، الصادر حديثاً برقم 107 لسنة 2013، هو قانون مشابه تماماً لقوانين الدول "الديمقراطية"، وقد تردد ذكر تشريعات فرنسا وإنجلترا والولايات المتحدة الأمريكية تحديداً في هذا الشأن، والحقيقة هي أن كل تلك الادعاءات لا تعدو كونها عبارات عامة غير مصحوبة بأية دراسات أو مقارنات قانونية داعِمة. تصريحات خاطئة ونصوص قانونية مقتطعة من سياقها يستمر قول العبارات العامة غير ...

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Top 50 on Jadaliyya in 2013

        The Right to the City Movement and the Turkish Summer  Why the Western Media are Getting Egypt Wrong The Naked Bodies of Alia Unpacking Anti-Muslim Brotherhood Discourse On Sheep and Infidels The Empire of Sexuality: An Interview with Joseph Massad Neither Heroes, Nor Villains: A Conversation with Talal Asad on Egypt After Morsi Letter to a Syrian Friend Who Said: ‘Your Opposition to the US Attack on Syria Means You Support ...

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Maghreb Media Roundup (December 30)

[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 L’Algérie face à son destin, d’Abdelkader ben Mahieddine à Tareq Mammeri  Adel Herik postulates that Algeria has been bound to repeating history ...

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The Delusions of Representing Male Homosexuality in Beirut

Journalistic and popular accounts have often extolled Beirut as a haven for gay men. These accounts of male homosexuality in Beirut–like this NYT article, this NPR recording, as well as these articles in The Guardian and the Huffington Post–produce a particularly problematic model of queer[1] life in the city. This model uses several sets of binaries to make sense of sexual non-normativity (queerness) in the city without reflecting on who and what this narrow grid excludes. By doing so, the model ends up ...

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النصّ هو الذي يختار المترجم

أعلنت دار التكوين في سوريا عن إصدارها لـ "الأعمال الأدبيّة" لليورنادو دافنشي، وهذا هو نص الإعلان:  صدرت عن دار التكوين في دمشق الكتابات الأدبية لأشهر فناني النهضة الإيطاليين والعالميين على الإطلاق "ليوناردو دافنشي"، وهي تضم جميع الكتابات والملاحظات والمسوَّدات التي كتبها ليوناردو وجمَّعتها دور النشر الإيطالية والعالميَّة تحت تسميات عديدة مثل "كتابات أدبيَّة"، "مسوَّدات ليوناردو دافنشي"، "كتاب الملاحظات لليوناردو دافنشي"، في حين أصدرتها دار التكوين ...

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Proverbs, Politics, and Paris: An Interview with Nancy Kricorian

Nancy Kricorian loves proverbs, especially Armenian ones. She has been collecting them for years, finding them in various books and corners of the internet and then saving them in her ever growing collection, which she shares through social media. Her current favorite—“Law is written for the rich, punishment for the poor”—is more than fitting for the novelist, poet, and activist, who strives to highlight those standing at the margins of society, whether through her novels or the various campaigns she has ...

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Open Letter to Trinity College President and Dean

[The following open letter was issued by the below signatories, all of whom are faculty at Trinity College and are writing in response to recent statement by the college's president and dean vis-a-vis the American Studies Association's recent decision to boycott Israeli academic institutions in accordance with the Palestinian call for boycott, divestment, and sanctions against Israel. Other college presidents who have come out openly against the ASA include Boston University, Brown University, Cornell ...

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A Tour of the Cairo Berlin Exhibition

Cairo Berlin Exhibition December 2013 A flat in Garden City, Cairo   In an exhibition sponsored by the German Embassy in Egypt, artist Daniel Rode invited three artists from Berlin and three from Cairo to present their work as part of a collaborative project that aims to highlight recent urban art, music, and film from Germany. At a pop-up exhibition space in Cairo’s Garden City, Taha Belal exhibits a series recreating images from local newspapers, English-born, Cairo-based artist Jenifer Evans ...

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Toward a Political Economy of the Arab Uprisings (Part One)

A framework to explain the Arab uprisings should provide an account of the socioeconomic and political evolution of the Arab republics that would explain both the persistence of autocracy until 2011 and its eventual collapse and should do so in a way that is empirically verifiable. Different analysts would approach such an ambitious question in distinct ways. Some would stress contingency and agency, and undeniably, there were such elements in the particular timing of the uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt. ...

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اتفاق إطار أم أوسلو 2

تتوارد الأنباء عن استعدادات أميركية غير مسبوقة وصلت إلى حد حجز السفارة الأميركية لخمسين غرفة في إحدى الفنادق الكبرى في القدس، لتُشغِلَها الطواقم التي سترافق وزير الخارجية الأميركية في زيارته نهاية الشهر القادم أو بداية الشهر الذي يليه، من أجل عملية كبرى لفرض "أوسلو 2" مغطى باتفاقية إطار لا تسمن ولا تغني من جوع.  كما يثار جدل حول صحة ما يقال إن جون كيري طرح خطة من أجل التوصل إلى "اتفاق إطار" بدلًا من تسوية نهائية، تتضمن ترتيبات أمنية تتبني جوهر المطالب الإسرائيلية، لأن هناك مصادر ...

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