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Five Years After the Arab Uprisings: An Interview with Asef Bayat

This interview was conducted on the occasion of the publication of the Turkish editions of Asef Bayat’s Making Islam Democratic and Life as Politics (Stanford University Press, 2007 and 2013 respectively), and originally appeared in ...

Jeremy Corbyn Hasn’t Got an “Anti-Semitism Problem,” His Opponents Do

Labour has a “Jewish problem.” Or so it has been widely alleged. Headline after headline in recent weeks has claimed that the party, in whose last-but-one leadership election both front-runners were Jewish, has become infested with ...

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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): ...


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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New Texts Out Now: Samia Errazzouki, Working-Class Women Revolt: Gendered Political Economy in Morocco

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Samia Errazzouki, “Working-Class Women Revolt: Gendered Political Economy in Morocco.” The Journal of North African Studies Volume 19, Issue 2 [Special Issue on Women, Gender, and the Arab Spring, edited by Andrea Khalil], March 2014. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this article? Samia Errazzouki (SE): I was in Morocco when Mohammed Bouazizi set himself on fire and many in Morocco, at the time, were anticipating what would follow suit. Not too long after Bouazizi’s self-immolation, on 21 February 2011, Fadoua Laroui, a single mother whose application for public housing was rejected, set herself on fire in front of a municipal office. Her self-immolation took ...

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Another Promise To Be Fulfilled

[11 July 2011, names of fallen marytrs in the 25 January Revolution written in Arabic on the walls of Suez. Image originally posted to Flickr by Lilian Wagdy.]

The light is different in Zeinhom. The narrow street, arching trees, and gentle slope of one of Cairo’s only hills combine to soften the bright, direct light that casts the city in her familiar monochrome. The light comes at you at an angle. Maybe it is the hill. Or maybe it is because I only go to Zeinhom early in the morning, to go to the city morgue. Today we were there for Bassem Mohsen. He was shot on Friday at a protest in Suez. He was rushed to Cairo, to Qasr al-Aini hospital. He was operated on. His brain activity was critically low but, for better or worse, people cannot help but hope. He died yesterday. At 10 a.m. this morning people started arriving at the ...

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Ismail Besikci and the Reality of Kurdistan

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Boğaziçi University’s decision to honor sociologist İsmail Beşikçi with an honorary doctorate is doubtless a very important symbolic gesture. Beşikçi is a scholar who has devoted his life to researching the Kurdish question, for which he has paid a very heavy price, and a testament to academic freedom of expression. Boğaziçi University’s gesture shows that in Turkey, in spite of everything, the “University” can still exist as an autonomous, liberal institution. It also reminded us of the shameful history of the Turkish academy. Beşikçi’s speech about academic freedom and freedom of expression was delivered with incredibly stark, emphatic, and striking language; at the ...

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O.I.L. Media Roundup (24 December)

[Protest against Israel's Gaza Blockade and attack on humanitarian flotilla in Melbourne, Australia, 5 June 2010. Image by Takver via Flickr.]

[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.]  Torture, Law and Detention US Transfers Two More Guantanamo Detainees, Meredith Clark The Department of Defense has transferred six detainees out of United States custody in the detention center at Guantanamo Bay to their home countries in the month of December alone. Former Gitmo Inmate Moazzam Begg Stripped of ...

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Mekorot's Involvement in the Israeli Occupation

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[The following report was issued by Who Profits: The Israeli Occupation Industry on 23 December 2013.] On 12 December 2013, the largest Dutch water company, Vitens, announced that it had ended its cooperation with Mekorot, an Israeli water company.  In a public statement, Vitens said: “Today, Vitens informed Mekorot about its decision to end its partnership. Vitens attaches great importance to integrity and abides by national and international law and regulations. Following consultations with the parties involved, including the [Dutch] Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the company concluded that it would be very difficult jointly to develop possible future ...

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العراق الذي لم يعد هناك: مقابلة مع أحمد حبيب

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 العراق الذي لم يعد هناك: مقابلة مع أحمد حبيب "لماذا أعلم ابني العربية يا علي؟ العراق راح، انتهى". هذا ما قالته لي صديقة من العراق تعيش حالياً في الولايات المتحدة قبل فترة، وفي الحقيقة لم أعرف بماذا أجيبها. ورغم أن التواصل المفترض مع العراق قد يختلف من شخص لآخر- فقد يكون زيارة للعراق، أو حديثاً عنه، أو عن "المنطقة" بشكل عام- فإن هذه المشاعر ليست غريبة على عراقيي الشتات. ففي خضم هذا الشعور المتنامي بالاحباط، نتساءل عن موقع shakomako.net، وهي "مجلة الكترونية حول كل شيء عراقي،" وما الذي تفعله؟ وما هو الدور الذي يمكن أن يلعبه بقاءها في محيط اعلامي يتحدث لغة مختلفة للغاية؟ ومن اين يأتي هذا التصور المهيمن على العقول عن العراق أصلاً؟ ...

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On the Margins Roundup (December)

[Image of the Volo Volo Market in the northern district of Moroni, Comoros Islands, the city's second largest market. Image by David Stanley/Flickr.]

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Mali, South Sudan, Somalia, Mauritania, Djibouti, and Comoros Islands and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the On the Margins Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each month's roundup to info@jadaliyya.com.]  Somalia Kenya airstrike "destroys al-Shabaab camp linked to Westgate" Kenya says it has devastated a rebel camp in Somalia used to train militants who attacked the Nairobi mall. Briton arrested for "spying" in Somalia Authorities in the African country say they have arrested a British ...

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Substantive Erasures: Essays on Academic Boycott and the American Studies Association

[Graffiti from the Palestinian side of the separation wall in Bethlehem. Image by Neil Ward, via Flickr.]

Introduction [by Noura Erakat] Members of the American Studies Association (ASA) first considered an academic boycott seven years ago, discussed it openly four years ago, and presented a resolution to endorse it a little over one year ago. As with most boycott, divestment, and sanctions efforts (BDS), opponents made little noise about it assuming that it would disappear quietly under the crushing weight of establishment opposition and explicit threats to professional advancement. But it did not disappear. As this year’s annual ASA conference began in Washington, DC, it became apparent that the possibility of boycott was very real. By the third day ...

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Rojava: Life and War in Kurdish Syria

[A normal scene in a schoolyard in al-Malikiyah (Derek in Kurdish), al-Hasaka Governorate, Syria, where life goes on as usual since there has been little fighting in this region of Syria. Photo by Andy Spyra.]

Photos by Andy Spyra and Younes Mohammad. Text by Andy Spyra. In early October this year Younes and I left Erbil, the Kurdish capital of northern Iraq, heading straight to the border crossing at Fish Khabour, located in the triangle between Turkey, Iraq, and Syria. Six hours later we arrived to see dozens of Syrian refugees standing at the checkpoint on the Iraqi side, waiting for approval to cross back into Syria. They were from Syrian refugee camps like Domiz or Kawargosk, where they sought shelter, along with another approximately two hundred thousand Syrian-Kurdish refugees, when the fighting intensified between the Kurdish YPG militia and Islamist groups like ISIS ...

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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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GMU Students Walk Out of Graduation Ceremony in Protest of Honoring Shari Arison

  As I was reseated after walking out on apartheid profiteer Shari Arison, I could not help but reflect on the accomplishments of George Mason University’s Students Against Israeli Apartheid (SAIA) and the relationships I have built along this journey. SAIA has dramatically changed our campus culture since its foundation one year ago. In the fall of 2011,when I had first enrolled at GMU, there was no visible presence of Palestinian solidarity, but only Zionist pride. Today, a double-sided ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (December 24)

[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 A Film Joins the Fight between the Syrians and Saudis Rania Abouzeid reviews Najdat Anzour’s “The King of the Sand,” a film ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (December 24)

[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 Probe Corruption Probe Might Grow to Rock Turkish Gov’t (1)-(2)-(3) Murat Yetkin comments on the three incidents that occurred on 16 and 17 December. The ...

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The State of Play in Palestine: A Roundtable

Veterans of twenty years of empty negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians may too easily dismiss the current talks, led by United States Secretary of State John Kerry, as simply more of the same. Yet they are occurring in a dramatically changed political environment. What are the implications for Palestine of the regional upheavals of the past few years? How sincere are Kerry and the EU in their apparent determination to secure an agreement? What would that settlement look like? And what other ...

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (December 16-22)

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.  What Do You Miss Most? Syrian Refugees Respond Towards the End of a Dream? The Erdogan-Gulen Fallout and Islamic Liberalism’s Descent Remembering Ali Shaath The Time for Intimidation is Over Besikci ve Kurdistan’in ...

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JAD FOR REEL Podcast (عن جد) – Episode 3

This third episode of Jad For Reel عن جد , Jadaliyya’s monthly audio podcast, covers Palestine, Syria, refugees, academic boycott, torture, and film. It begins with a roundup of some of Jadaliyya’s hottest November pieces and exciting developments on the ezine. These include the addition of two new pages,  Critical Currents in Islam and Vox Populi as well as the publication of the Western Sahara Jad Mag  Maghreb page editor Samia Errazzouki speaks with fellow ...

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After Mauritania’s Elections: Toward Reform or a Political Charade?

The first round of legislative and municipal elections held in Mauritania on 23 November signified the end of a two-year period of a parliamentary limbo. The country has been mired in a sustained constitutional crisis since 2011, when elections that were due to take place in September of that year were indefinitely postponed, leaving the National Assembly without a legislative mandate. Over two years later, these legislative and local elections have just now finally transpired. Around ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (December 23)

[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.]  April 6 Withdraws Support From Post-Morsi Roadmap, Protests Jailing of Comrades "The April 6 Youth Movement announced Sunday that it will drop its support for Egypt's ...

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Negm Mat

On 3 December, the Egyptian poet Ahmed Fouad Negm died in Cairo at the age of 84. With his passing, the world lost a literary giant whose words have inspired poets, activists and intellectuals in Egypt and the Arab world since 1967. His colloquial verse was alchemy—turning the melody of everyday speech into protest songs that could be wielded, like weapons, against the rich and powerful, the corrupt and tyrannical. It was not without reason that he was imprisoned by Nasser and then again by Sadat. It was ...

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