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[Left to Right: Gemayel, Geagea, Maronite Patriarch Rai, Michel Aoun, Suleiman Frangieh. Image from]

Let Us Now Praise Murderous Men; Lebanese Presidential Candidates, Considered

Lebanon is slated to hold presidential elections next week, despite the fact that the parliamentary elections have yet to be held and it is the Lebanese parliament that elects the Lebanese President. Last year elections were postponed for ...

Last Week on Jadaliyya (April 14-20)

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 ...


على أرض الصحفيين ما يستحق الحكي

في كل المعارك والمعادلات الصفرية، يصبح الصفر هو القيمة والنتيجة الوحيدة لكلِّ شيء فلا ثمن للدماء التي تسيل بغزارة على الإسفلت، ولا ثمن أو حتى حُرمة للموت نفسه ... ففي جمعة ماضية (28 مارس)، بعد أن بادرتنا مواقع الإعلام الاجتماعي بصورة ...

[In this 31 May2013 file photo, a Lebanese protester throws tomatoes at a banner with the portraits of the 128 Lebanese lawmakers with Arabic that reads,

A Guide to Lebanon’s Street Protests

Thousands of Lebanese workers and activists have been pouring onto the streets over a litany of issues since parliament resumed work this month following a year-long hiatus. Most of the protests are related to the country’s startling ...

Beware of Small Cities

[Sidi Bouzid, Tunisia. Photo by Niqie.]

The physical spaces of the Arab uprisings emerged as powerful political tools in the course of the revolts for both protesters and regimes. Protestors in streets and squares affirmed that power also exists in real exchanges, in real places between real people. Tahrir Square experienced a metamorphosis from a denied political space to a metonym for revolution, a symbol of the Egyptian and Arab uprisings. The spatial dynamics of the uprisings, however, are not only in the streets and public squares of the major metropolises. Indeed, the protests antedate the move to public squares in capital cities. Despite urban spaces outside the major metropolises remaining almost ...

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US Democracy in Action: DNC Chairperson Forces Through Reversal on Democrat's Jerusalem Position (Video)

[DNC Chairperson Villaraigosa looks back when he realizes he does not have enough votes to pass the amendment to the Democratic Party's national platform. Image from screenshot of below video.]

The following video shows the "vote" that occured on 5 September 2012 during the Democratic National Convention (DNC) to amend the Democractic Party's national platform, which had previously been adopted at the DNC on 4 September 2012. Initially, and up until this "vote," the platform made no reference to "God" nor to "Jerusalem as the undivded capital of Israel." The video shows the manner in which the "vote" was conducted and how, despite not garnering enough support, DNC Chairperson Antonia Villaraigosa forced the amendment through.

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Anne and Rachel: a Legacy of Two Martyrs

[Rachel Corrie nonviolently blocks Israeli bulldozers from destroying Palestinian homes on 16 March 2003. Note that this photo is from earlier in the day; not the incident of her death.]

Sixty-Seven years after the end of World War II, a team of researchers and cameramen from the Anne Frank House in Holland showed up at the Capitol Lakes retirement center in Madison, Wisconsin to interview my father-in-law, Fritz Loewenstein. Fritz is the only known person still living who had been boyhood friends with Anne Frank’s “secret annex” companion, Peter van Pels (known in the Diary as Peter van Damm). The oral historical account Fritz gave lasted over two hours, the interviewers – including Teresien da Silva, head of collections at the Anne Frank House in the Netherlands, who traveled to Madison personally –  asked probing and thorough ...

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E-Militias of the Muslim Brotherhood: How to Upload Ideology on Facebook

[Hassan al Banna. Image from the Facebook page

During the presidential runoffs in June 2012, a meme circulated on Facebook. It depicts the image of Hassan al-Banna, who founded the Muslim Brotherhood in 1928. It reads, “By the way, I’m not from the Brotherhood. I disagree with them on a lot of issues but I respect them.” The quote is signed, Hassan al-Banna. The meme is a “gotcha” or “we’re on to you” dispatch that uses satire to cut to a truth that many know, even if they lack hard evidence to prove it; namely that the Muslim Brotherhood has been infiltrating social media in ways that are probably wide reaching, far from transparent, and, up to now, not studied in any comprehensive or systematic way. Memes ...

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حول أوضاع المرأة في العراق: حوار مع ينار محمد

[الناشطة العراقية ينار محمد]

[ينار محمد ناشطة نسوية ورئيسة منظمة حرية المرأة في العراق. حاورها سنان أنطون]   سنان أنطون: يكثر الحديث عن الحرب والاحتلال وتبعاتهما وآثارهما على أوضاع المرأة في العراق، دون الإلتفات، بما فيه الكفاية، إلى تأثير الحصار وسنوات العقوبات الاقتصادية بين ١٩٩٠ و٢٠٠٣. هل لك أن  تحدّثينا عن عواقب الحصار على العراق بما يخص أوضاع المرأة في العراق اقتصادياً واجتماعياً؟ ينار محمد: إن الحرب والاحتلال لم يحلّا  على مجتمع كان يعيش أوضاعه الطبيعية، بل على مجتمع كان يترنّح محاولاً الاستفاقة من ضربات طالته خلال عقد وأكثر من الحصار الاقتصادي، والتي تمت بموافقة مؤسسات المجتمع الدولي وعلى رأسها الأمم المتحدة عندما قررت أن تعاقب مجتمعاً بأكمله بسبب قرار اتّخذه دكتاتور كان ...

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This Sea Is Mine: A Review


Dictaphone Group, This Sea Is Mine. Beirut, Lebanon, 28 August - 8 September 2012. A familiar feature of the Beirut waterfront is the ongoing struggle between Beirutis who want access to the sea and the barriers erected to precisely prevent that on the part of a constellation of powers – private and public. (And who can tell the difference between the two sometimes?) The waterfront is nearly entirely privatized, and what is not private teems with fishermen and fisherwomen, families grabbing a narrow strip of rocky beach and defiantly having fun in the face of powers that want to charge them exorbitant amounts for any kind of enjoyment of and on the Mediterranean ...

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To Participate or Boycott? Challenges of the 2013 Election and the Iranian Opposition

[Iranian presidential election 2009 protests, Oslo, Norway. Image from Wikimedia Commons.]

The upcoming 2013 presidential election in Iran seems to be activating and deepening the fissures within the Iranian opposition. While parts of the opposition have started deliberating and discussing about participation in the election, other sections oppose participating on principle. A prominent reformist strategist, for example, suggested that election is “an opportunity for organizing and action.” Meanwhile, another famous activist journalist wrote that the only possible election in 2013 is one with the participation of regime “insiders” and no chance for pro-democracy forces to participate. These debates about the opportunities and constraints of the 2013 election ...

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Crimes Against Civilization in the Hejaz

[Jannat al-Baqi in Medina Saudi Arabia. Image from Creative Commons/Wikimedia.]

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 “sacred door” of the fifteenth century Sidi Yahia mosque, closed for centuries due to local belief that it would only open at the end of time, was broken down in front of ...

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Maghreb Monthly Edition on Jadaliyya (August 2012)

[Popular condemnation of Morocco's occupation of the Western Sahara has mounted in recent years. Image from Saharauiak/Flickr.]

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 [click “Submissions” on the main page for more information]. Maghreb Media Roundup (August 30) Weekly curation of articles published on the Maghreb from ...

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An Account from Young Moroccan Political Prisoners: Rape and Torture in Police Custody

[A collage of the six Moroccan activists charged for belonging to the February 20th Movement. Image from Mamfakinch.]

[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 Rouchdi, Youssef Oubella, Nour Essalam Kartachi, and  Keep Reading »

Egypt Media Roundup (September 3)

[Egyptians carrying Palestinian flags. Image originally posted to Flickr by Zeinab Mohamed.]

[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 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 Bakr says President Morsi had nothing to lose with his speech criticizing the Syrian regime during the NAP conference in Tehran. “Morsi's Trip Reveals Clues to Egypt's ...

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

[David Theo Goldberg. Image via the author.]

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, intercut with my reflections as a participant in SECT VIII. Ten days discussing critical theory were punctuated by a series of moments when the lights went out. Of ...

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Delivered into Enemy Hands: US-Led Abuse and Rendition of Opponents to Gaddafi's Libya

[The following report is the latest from Human Rights Watch (HRW) on the relationship between the US rendition program and the now-deposed Qaddafi regime.] When rebel forces overtook Tripoli in August 2011, prison doors were opened and office files exposed, revealing startling new information about Libya's relations with other countries. One such revelation, documented in this report, is the degree of involvement of the United States government under the Bush administration in the arrest of opponents of ...

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Rachel Corrie: Blaming the Victim

On Tuesday, Judge Oded Gershon of the Haifa District Court dismissed the civil lawsuit I brought on behalf of Rachel Corrie’s family against the State of Israel for the unlawful killing of their daughter, an American peace activist and human rights defender who legally entered Gaza to live with Palestinian families in Rafah whose homes were threatened by demolition. While not surprising, the verdict is yet another example of impunity prevailing over accountability and fairness and it flies in the face ...

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من يصنع الثورة في القطيف

عندما تقترب من أحد منافذ محافظة القطيف تشعر بشيء مختلف، ليس لأن ملامح الواحة الخضراء تلوح في الأفق،ولكن لأن نقطة تفتيش من نوع خاص في استقبالك، طابور من سيارات المواطنين تنتظر وسيارات أمن متنوعة الأحجام والأشكال، وسلاح من الوزن المتوسط والخفيف مشهور في وجه القادمين. لن يخطئ إحساسك حين تميز أن حالة المواطنين مستقرة ولا يشعرون بأي قلق، فقد اعتاد أهالي المنطقة الشرقية لاسيما في محافظة القطيف على تلك المشاهد وذلك التعامل وتحديداً بعد خروج عدد من المواطنين في مظاهرات تجوب الشوارع وتطالب بشيء من الحرية والحقوق ...

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Fall 2012 Internships At ASI

The Arab Studies Institute (ASI) is now offering new internship opportunities that involve training and production at various levels in one of ASI’s five organizations: Arab Studies Journal, Jadaliyya, Forum on Arab and Muslim Affairs, Quilting Point, and Tadween Publishing (launching soon!). The internships offered are in several areas, but we are particularly looking for the following:  Area (A):   Research and Administrative Assistant (with Database Management Skills) Area ...

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Syria Monthly Edition on Jadaliyya (August 2012)

[This is a monthly archive of pieces written by Jadaliyya contributors and editors on Syria. It also includes material published on other platforms that editors deemed pertinent to post as they provide diverse depictions of Syria-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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The FSA: How to Lose Support and Alienate People in No Time

By December 2011, peaceful protests had stopped being confined to Fridays and had become part of our daily life. Regime suppression continued apace, but we felt we had a modicum of safety. In response to regime attacks on peaceful protests, members of the FSA took on the responsibility of protecting the protest movement. Armed with a deep conviction in our revolution rather than any heavy weapons, the embryonic FSA used to keep watch in the alleys and alert us to the coming of regime forces and the ...

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The Love Affair with Erdogan (Part 2)

[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 ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (September 4)

[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 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 ...

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Amal Kenawy (1974-2012)

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, ...

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دليل المعترض على حجج المقترض

 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 ...

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

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 ...

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

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 ...

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