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On Not Despising the Present: Some Notes on Faris Giacaman’s 'The Sadness of Post-Militance'

A Brechtian maxim: “Don’t start from the good old things but the bad new ones.” — Walter Benjamin, “Conversations with Brecht”[1] You have no right to despise the present. — Charles Baudelaire, quoted in Michel Foucault, “What Is ...

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Stasis Shift: Guernica Interviews Jadaliyya Co-Founder Bassam Haddad

Jadaliyya co-founder on telling alternative stories about the Arab world, understanding the life cycles of revolution, and confronting “the weight of ancient problems.” In the fall of 2010, I was crossing a crowded hotel lobby at ...

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غزة والبحر

[ هذا المقال جزء من ”أصوات من أجل غزة" وهو ملف خاص تنشره جدلية على مدار شهر كامل. للإطلاع على بقية المقالات اضغط/ي هنا] يتساوى فلسطينيو غزة أمام جرائم الاحتلال وسطوته على أرواحهم وممتلاكتهم ومكنونات هويتهم، إلا أنهم ...

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Event: Angela Davis and Jadaliyya Co-Editor Noura Erakat on Mass Incarceration in the United States and Palestine (19 April, Evergreen State College)

Peace Works 2014 Yet Again Captives: Mass Incarceration in the United States and Palestine April 19, 2014 The Evergreen State College Olympia, Washington Keynote discussion with Angela Davis and Noura Erakat 7:00 PM Washington ...


The Love Affair with Erdogan (Part 2)

[PM Tayyip Erdogan at the Annual Meeting 2006 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Image from Wikimedia Commons.]

[The following is part two of a two-part piece on Tayyip Erdogan.  Part one was posted Monday, 27 August.] How, then, has Erdoğan managed to escape with his international reputation relatively unscathed, and his domestic popularity only marginally diminished? One might be tempted to argue that although his domestic record leaves a lot to be desired, it is his impressive performance in the international arena that sustains his international reputation. “Sultan Erdoğan,” as domestic and international media have often called him (sometimes with mockery, often with admiration), is said to have installed Turkey as a new Middle Eastern powerbroker, a regional (if not ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (September 4)

[King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (then Crown Prince) and Royal Family in Riyadh. 2 March 2005. Photo by Ammar Abd Rabbo.]

[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 Does Arab Monarchy Matter? Marc Lynch reflects on the persistence of the Arab monarchies in the era of the Arab Uprisings, in Foreign Policy.  Why do you hate Khalijis? Mona Kareem writes on the negative stereotypes of people from the Gulf states that are dominant in the Arab countries, in ...

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Amal Kenawy (1974-2012)

[Amal Kenawy. All images courtesy of Gallery Misr, Cairo unless otherwise noted]

On 19 August, leading Egyptian artist Amal Kenawy died from a battle with advanced leukemia. Globally recognized for a staggering body of work that explores the relationship of the individual to the incorporeal and physical nature of reality, Kenawy was respected among her colleagues for effortlessly combining video, installation, sound, and performance while challenging viewers to partake in deeply personal journeys that often venture into emphatic socio-cultural critiques. Born in Cairo in 1974, Kenawy studied film and fashion design at Egypt’s Cinema Institute and received an undergraduate degree in painting from the Faculty of Fine Arts in 1999. While a student, she ...

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دليل المعترض على حجج المقترض

[المصدر مجلة المجلة]

 على مدى الأسبوعين الماضيين استمر التعتيم على عدد هائل من الأسئلة المحورية فيما يتعلق بالقرض الذي تسعى حكومة الرئيس مرسي للحصول عليه من صندوق النقد الدولي. مازلنا لا نعلم لماذا تم رفع القيمة المطلوبة بـ١٠ مليارات جنيه كاملة. ومازال البرنامج الاقتصادي الذي سيطرح على مفاوضي الصندوق مجهولاً. واكتفى مجلس الوزراء بإصدار بيان يؤكد فيه أنه «لن يضار مصري منه» دون أن يقول لنا فيم سنستخدمه وكيف سنرده. لكن أنصار القرض قدموا لنا حزمة من الأسباب لتبرير فوائده أو ضرورتة التي تبيح المحظور من أضراره. وهي أسباب مردود عليها. ١ــ الوضع الاقتصادي كارثي هذه فكرة نسمعها منذ اللحظة الأولى لتنحى مبارك. أعطانا رئيس الوزراء وقتها أشهر معدودة قبل أن تحدث مجاعة. وفى كل مناسبة يخرج لنا أي من ...

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Grappling with Israel: From Sontag to Lacan and the Maoists in Between

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Susan Sontag, Promised Lands. Poland/France, 1974. Groupe Cinéma Vincennes, L’Olivier. France/Palestine, 1976. Mike Hoolboom, Lacan Palestine. Canada, 2012. In 1973, Susan Sontag, the visual critic and essayist, traveled to the Middle East to film in Israel, just before the end of the October War that saw Egypt and Syria uniting to launch a surprise attack in retaliation for the colossal losses of the 1967 war. To watch Susan Sontag's Promised Lands in April 2012 as part of the London Palestine Film Festival, playing to a full house, is a testament to the changing mode of representing Israel in western cultural capitals. It is also probably an entirely different ...

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Trial of Saudi Civil Rights Activists Mohammad al-Qahtani and Abdullah al-Hamid

[Abdullah al-Hamid emerges from courtroom after judge spoke with the accused in private. Image from flickr/ana3rabeya]

1 September 2012 at 9 a.m. in Riyadh’s Specialized Criminal Court Rows of supporters formed outside the Riyadh courtroom as they waited for the arrival of activists Mohammad al-Qahtani and Abdullah al-Hamid, co-founders of the Saudi Political and Civil Rights Association (ACPRA). Upon their entrance to the courthouse, supporters shook their hands and exchanged encouraging smiles. The presence of around fifty people, all with cell phones in hand, was to mark this event as one of the most public trials of activists held in Saudi Arabia thus far. Among the supporters were prominent Saudi political and intellectual figures such as Nawaf al-Qudaimi, Mohammed al-Abdulkarim, ...

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ليبيا ما بعد القذافي وظائف تضخيم دور القبيلة

[ليبيا أثناء الثورة. المصدر افب]

لا يوجد شك في أثر التدخل الغربي في ليبيا، الذي علاوة على نتائجه الجيوستراتيجية الكبرى على البلاد ومحيطها الإقليمي، كما تبين ذلك حالة شمال مالي، فهو يفعل في سيرورة إعادة البناء الوطنية وإنتاج الهويات، فيمثل بذا عامل إخلال بإمكانات الانتقال الديموقراطي. الانتفاضة الليبية لم تبدأ قبلية كان مجرَّد تنظيم الانتخابات الأخيرة تحديا كبيرا. فقد انتهى عهد القذافي وسط الفوضى والاضطراب. والصورة التي رسمتها ليبيا حينذاك كانت تتشكل من ميليشيات مسلحة تفرض قانونها بالقوة وتتصادم في ما بينها، علاوة على التصفيات الجسدية السريعة، ومنها تصفية القذافي نفسه، مروراً بالرغبات الانفصالية للمنطقة الشرقية، والصراعات بين القبائل، والمصادمات ذات الطابع الإثني أو الحملات العقابية ضد المهاجرين. ...

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Jadaliyya Monthly Edition (August 2012)

This is a selection of what you might have missed on Jadaliyya during the month of July 2012. It also includes the most recent videos and the most read articles. Progressively, we will be featuring more content on our Monthly Edition series, and we now have a page dedicated to all roundups. The PhD's Job Crisis Pinkwatching And Pinkwashing: Interpenetration and its Discontents Frantz Fanon and the Arab Uprisings: An Interview with Nigel Gibson Soul Searching for the Roots of White Supremacist Terror in the United States Morsy, the Coup and the Revolution: Reading between the Red Lines أزمة اليمين في مصر: من مبارك ...

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Serious Crackdown on Saudi Detainees and Their Families in Al-Hayer Prison

[Protests over prisoner treatment in Al-Hayer]

[The following report was issued by Alkarama on 29 August 2012.]  “The total number of detainees is nearly 30,000. Those imprisoned do not know when they will be out, as they are often not given any trials or sentences, and if they are tried and sentenced, then they are not released when the sentence expires. This is the situation of most political prisoners.” These are the words of more than five hundred Saudi women in a petition appealing for support to release their imprisoned relatives. Alkarama, a Swiss Non Governmental Organization (NGO) based in Geneva and whose work centers on the promotion and protection of human rights in the Arab World, received the ...

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Reports Roundup (September 1)

[A boy outside his school after a bombing in Gaza, 2009. Image by Al Jazeera English via Wikimedia Commons.]

[The following list is a compilation of the reports, statements, and other materials featured on the Jadaliyya Reports Page this past week.] Egyptian Government Attempts to Suppress Media The Committee to Protect Journalists reports on government censorship, particularly at the state run Al-Akhbar newspaper.   InCABI Statement on India-Israel Free Trade Agreement The Indian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel issues a statement condemning the ongoing negotiations between Israel and India on a free trade agreement. Kuwaiti Government Official Condemns Twitter The Arab Network for Human Rights Information denounces claims by the ...

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عن الخليج: الحملة الأمنية في الإمارات

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من النادر أن نرى تغطية إعلامية في الغرب عن القمع المنسق الذي يتعرض له الناشطون المطالبون بالديمقراطية في شبه الجزيرة العربية. تعد المملكة العربية السعودية الأولى بين أقرانها في الجزيرة العربية التي ترفض وبقسوة أي اقتراحات باصلاحات ديمقراطية. فقد قامت السلطات السعودية مؤخراً باعتقال رجل الدين، نمر النمر، في القطيف في عملية تم فيها إطلاق النار على قدمه وقتل آخرين في قرية العوامية. وقال وزير الداخلية، الأمير أحمد بن عبد العزيز، أن النمر هو "مثير للفتنة" و" رجل مشكوك في مستواه العلمي وحالته العقلية، وأن الطرح الذي يطرحه يظهر إلى أي مدى يعاني من قصور وخلل عقلي". وبناء عليه، فأنت مختل عقلياً إن حاولت أن تدعو إلى الديمقراطية في المملكة العربية السعودية. ...

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Constructing the Self, Constructing the Other

[Mosque of Mannheim, Germany. Image by Immanuel Giel, from Wikimedia Commons.]

[In her essay, US-Turkish philosopher Şeyla Benhabib criticises the current lack of any serious multicultural dialogue between the civilisations. Instead, European and US intellectuals continue to focus on "Islamo-fascism", thereby blocking any constructive debate on Islam and migration in the West.] Last year marked the 50th Anniversary of the German-Turkish Recruitment Agreement, when Turkish guest-workers began to arrive in Germany; this was celebrated with big fanfare by Turkish and German politicians on all sides. But the ink had hardly dried on some of these articles and the speeches had hardly ended when the immigrant community in Germany was shaken to ...

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Crimes Against Civilization in the Hejaz

In March of this year, a Tuareg armed rebellion in northern Mali and the consequent coup d’état that renegade soldiers staged in the Malian capital Bamaku empowered Salafi fighters, like Ansar al-Din group, to seize the northern part of Mali, including the ancient city of Timbuktu, known as the “City of 333 Saints.” By late June, reports had emerged that Ansar al-Din fighters were destroying various historically important mosques and tombs, many of which are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The ...

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Maghreb Monthly Edition on Jadaliyya (August 2012)

This is a monthly archive of pieces written by Jadaliyya contributors and editors on the Maghreb. It also includes material published on other platforms that editors deemed pertinent to post as they provide diverse depictions of Maghreb-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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An Account from Young Moroccan Political Prisoners: Rape and Torture in Police Custody

[The following report was originally published in French on Mamfakinch on 2 September 2012. It was subsequently translated into English. Both the English translation and original French version appear below.] Following the 22 July protest against the high cost of living and the increase in prices, which was violently repressed and disbursed by riot police, six activists from the February 20th Movement were arrested. Their names are Samir Bradelly, Abderrahman Assal, Tarek ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (September 3)

[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.]   “Friday's protest leaves activists divided" Leftists divided after participating in a protest against the Muslim Brotherhood. “Op-ed:Morsi’s excellent adventure” Nour ...

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When the Lights Go Out: A Discussion with David Theo Goldberg

David Theo Goldberg is the Director of the University of California Humanities Research Institute, a professor at the University of California, Irvine, and one of the world’s leading figures in Critical Race Theory. Ten years ago he started SECT (the summer Seminar in Experimental Critical Theory). From 29 July - 9 August, the eighth session of SECT was held in Beirut, Lebanon on the theme of “Spaces of Resistance.” What follows is a conversation I conducted with David Theo Goldberg during the Seminar, ...

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (Aug 27- Sep 2)

This is a selection of what you might have missed on Jadaliyya last week. Progressively, we will be featuring more content on our "Last Week on Jadaliyya" series.    The Balkanisation of Syria: Myth or Reality? The Love Affair with Erdogan (Part 1) As Syria Free-Falls . . . A Return to the Basics (Part 1) “There Are No Civilians In Wartime.” Rachel Corrie’s Family Confronts The Israeli Military In Court On Arabs and the Art Awakening: ...

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"استراتيجيات بديلة للنضال السياسي: من الأرض وحتى وثائق "التصور المستقبلي

في سنة 1964، وبعد محاولات متكررة وفاشلة للحصول على مصادقة قانونية في إسرائيل، قامت حركة الأرض بإرسال رسالة للأمم المتحدة تشرح من خلالها ضائقة المواطنين الفلسطينيين في إسرائيل وتطالب بتدخل المجتمع الدولي. بعد حوالي 40 عامًا، وفي حين بقيت معظم المشاكل على حالها، قررت مجموعات فلسطينية في إسرائيل أن تنشر وثائق تعرض السرد التاريخي لهم ومطالبهم بالحقوق الجماعية (هذه الوثائق تتضمن التصور المستقبلي للعرب الفلسطينيين في إسرائيل الصادر عن لجنة المتابعة العليا للجماهير العربية في إسرائيل ، مشروع الدستور الديمقراطي ...

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About the Non-Aligned Movement Summit in Tehran: An Interview with Mansour Farhang

Iran was host to the 16th Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) on 26-31 August 2012.  In order to hold this gathering, the Iranian government spent a reported sum of six hundred million dollars. Tehran, a mega city of twelve million, was practically shut down for five days; a massive force of 110,000 people took over the security of the conference; 360 checkpoints were established in the city; and residents were encouraged to leave the city. The state propaganda machine went into full swing ...

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The Tragedy of Books in Egypt

Looking at Egypt, historian Khaled Fahmy affords a harrowing insight into the status of that most indispensable of commodities: the book. In recent weeks I encountered two incidents that made me feel extremely sorrowful about the situation of books, reading, and indeed culture, in Egypt. The first happened in New York City, and requires a brief background. For the past few years, I have been working on a book that tackles the social and cultural history of Egypt during the nineteenth century. The book ...

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On Arabs and the Art Awakening: Warnings from a Narcoleptic Population

Amidst commentaries on American crony capitalism, security feminism, and the democracy movement in Mexico, “Art and the Arab Awakening,” Nama Khalil’s article in Foreign Policy in Focus (2 August 2012), stands out with its colorful, playful, joyful descriptions of the art production that has come to international attention during the “Arab Awakening.” Many celebrations of Arab art have been pouring forth since 2001[i], but the placement of Khalil’s article in a forum for American-Anglophone foreign ...

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As Syria Free-Falls . . . A Return to the Basics (Part 1)

Lest we forget, or forget why, it has become important to consult the basics regarding the Syrian uprising. This might very well be the best time for such a review. For as the death toll rises and the gradual destruction of the social fabric continues, the Syrian tragedy is increasingly more about the fall of Syria(ns) than the fall of the Syrian regime. One result has been analytical helplessness, which prompts a return to the basics.  Those of us who follow Syria coverage in every major ...

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NEWTONs You Might Have Missed

With a new semester on the horizon, NEWTON is about to kick into high gear once again. Below are a few amazing posts that you might have missed the first time around. If you wish to recommend a book to be reviewed or if you have just published a book or a peer-reviewed article, please email us at reviews@jadaliyya.com Mohamed Daadaoui, Moroccan Monarchy and the Islamist Challenge: Maintaining Makhzen Power Ziad Fahmy, Ordinary Egyptians: Creating the Modern Nation through Popular Culture Belén ...

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