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City Talks: Timothy Mitchell on the Materialities of Political Economy and Colonial History Disrupting the Chessboard: Perspectives on the Russian Intervention in Syria, with Jadaliyya Co-Editor, Bassam Haddad عن العمارة ونهاياتها لا تشمل فلسطين Early Spring in Jordan: The Revolt of the Military Veterans

ASI At MESA! Visit Us at Booths 20-21 and Join our Political Economy Project Reception

                  We are excited to have the Arab Studies Institute's (ASI) projects and initiatives debut at MESA this year, and we would like to invite all Jadaliyya, Arab Studies ...

City Talks: Timothy Mitchell on the Materialities of Political Economy and Colonial History

[City Talks provides a platform for conversations around the social, political, economic, cultural, and environmental transformations that define the historical and contemporary geographies of the Middle East and beyond. Bringing together ...

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الجلبي، عبد الرزاق عبد الواحد: سجال ما بعد الديكتاتور

‫مات الجلبي فقامت الدنيا ولم تقعد حتى الآن، وبعده، بالصدفة، أو بحكم القدر، مات عبد الرزاق عبد الواحد. ولا أدري أهي مصادفة أن يجمع القدر بين موتين متنافرين حد البغضاء، كما لو أن العراقيين على موعد دائماً مع التباغض والتنافر حتى في تقييم ...

[Image taken in front of Le Carillon on 15 November 2015. Image by Jean-François Gornet/Flickr]

Terror Everywhere, Humanity Nowhere

It would surely be more reasonable to wait a few weeks and let the emotions subside. This is what decency and reason require. As a Parisian at heart, I would rather stay quiet. Unfortunately, falcons and fascists, wolves and warmongers, ...

Analysis: Obama’s Promises for Education Reform

[The following article was originally published on Tadween Publishing's blog. For more information on the publishing world as it relates to pedagogy and knowledge production, follow Tadween Publishing on Facebook and Twitter.] “A higher education is the single best investment you can make in your future,” proclaimed US President Barack Obama on 22 August in Buffalo, NY. Standing on stage in front of hundreds of students at the State University of New York, Buffalo, Obama addressed the dire situation many prospective, current, and past students in the United States face: paying back student loans. Obama made this ...

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Egypt’s History Problem

[Tawfiq Saleh (1926-2013). Image originally posted to Ahram Online]

The Egyptian film director Tawfiq Saleh passed away on  18 August. Despite Saleh’s stature in the pantheon of Egyptian cinema, his passing seemed to generate precious little comment in the national media. He was certainly not the most prolific of Egypt’s directors, with only seven feature films to his credit. But together with such greats as Youssef Chahine and Shadi Abdel Salam, he was responsible for that astonishingly productive moment in Egyptian film history which followed the naksa, or setback, of the Six Day War of 1967. In a matter of just a few years, there emerged from Egypt such classics of world cinema as “Al-Ard” (The Land), “Al-Mumiya” (The Night of ...

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Où est l’intérêt national et qui le sert ?

[Un panneau à Tunis : « Il n’y a d’allégeance qu’à la Tunisie. » Photo de Tunisia News.]

La Tunisie vit en ce moment un moment d’intense hyperbolisation du sentiment patriotique. Cette glorification du drapeau trouve ses origines dans de multiples facteurs. Alors que dans les premières manifestations suivant la chute du régime l’usage du drapeau était le signe d’une forme  de communion nationale, il est aujourd’hui devenu l’objet d’une lutte. Qui est le détenteur de la vraie légitimité nationale ? Le parti élu à l’issue des élections, son opposition qui revendique une légitimité d’un autre ordre, quels territoires, quelles générations… ? La liste peut s’étirer à l’infini tant il est difficile de situer chacun dans les multiples ...

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A Portrait of Tunisian Artist Nicene Kossentini

[Nicene Kossentini at home in Sidi Bou Said. Image courtesy of Medrar TV.]

Nicene Kossentini is a visual artist from Sfax, Tunisia. She studied art in France and established the first experimental film program at the Higher Institute of Multimedia Arts upon her return to Tunisia. Kossentini works across various media as she explores topics related to heritage, language, and history In this video, she discusses her practice and approach to art, as well as a number of her latest works, in which she re-introduced traditional techniques from her hometown, like ink drawing on glass, in a philosophical and contemporary fashion. 

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"Alice" a performance by Sawsan Bou Khaled and Hussein Baydoun (Lebanon) at the 2nd Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival - D-CAF April 2013 Hotel Viennoise, Downtown Cairo, Egypt   In the 2nd Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival, author, theatre director, and performer Sawsan Bou Khaled, along with set designer and artist Hussein Baydoun, debuted Alice at the once abandoned Hotel Viennoise in Downtown Cairo for three nights in a row. The sixty-minute monologue, which is performed by Bou Khaled, flirts with the ideas of sleep, insomnia, dreams, and nightmares in a smart and humorous way, using a masterfully designed "bed" and cover ...

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The Moral Ambiguity of United States Aid to Egypt

[28 June 2011, a protester holding tear gas canister the Arabic on his arm reads:

On the heels of the violent dispersal of pro-Mohamed Morsi sit-ins, US military aid to Egypt is now the center of political discussions on the nature of the US-Egyptian relationship. Internationally, academics, politicians, and protesters have fervently debated the word “coup” as a term to classify the events following the 30 June uprising against former President Morsi. The arguments for and against the term “coup” have analyzed cultural, political, and historical markers in Egypt, and yet a striking degree of disagreement still exists over the proper classification. Some have termed Morsi’s ouster a “coup,” and have called for an end to the annual 1.3 billion US ...

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Syria News Update (5-6 September 2013)

[By Syrian artist Mohamed Omran.]

[This is a collection of news updates on Syria compiled from multiple sources by the editors.] Developments  Reid Introduces Syria Resolution in Senate  Exclusive: Defecting Assad Ally Reaches Istanbul On General Ali Habib’s current whereabouts Keep Reading »

Open Letter and Petition to Revoke Ban of SAIA and Hammam Farah at York University

[Members of the York University Board of Governors walking out on Students Against Israeli Apartheid during a board meeting. Image screenshot from video below]

[The following open letter was issued by Students Against Israeli Apartheid - York University to York University in Toronto, ON on August 7, 2013] RE: Attempted intimidation of student activists, anti-democratic invocation of University regulations, and abuse of administrative power, April 30, 2013 and May 3rd 2013 The York University community of progressive student activists and allies around the world have documented your dissemination of messages of intimidation to participant speakers of the Palestine solidarity rally on March 27, 2013 in Vari Hall.  We have also documented the York administration’s unwarranted and unjust invocations of sections 3(1) ...

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Egypt Monthly Edition on Jadaliyya (August 2013)

[2 February 2012, Mansour St. battle with police, Egypt. Image originally posted to Flickr by Gigi Ibrahim]

This is a monthly archive of pieces written by Jadaliyya contributors and editors on Egypt. It also includes material published on other platforms that editors deemed pertinent to post as they provide diverse depictions of Egypt-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]. REVOLUTION Khalil Bendib’s caricature commenting on the release of Hosni Mubarak. بورسعيد: ليلة ...

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The Egyptian Military and the 2011 Revolution

[24 November 2011, the Arabic Reads:

The Egyptian military has emerged as one of the most powerful and influential actors since the inception of the modern Egyptian state. Despite this, since the late 1970s, there has been relatively little work that contextualizes and historicizes the military, even though it has continued to play a role in Egyptian political and economic life, as an institution and a community of elites.[1] The importance of such a line of inquiry cannot be overstated in our current moment. Specifically, it could shed a great deal of light on the conditions that deepened the military’s engagement in politics in recent years, most notably during the 2011 eighteen-day uprising and its ...

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Gezi Hareketi ve secimler

[Protesters occupying Yoğurtçu Parki in Istanbul’s Kadikoy district, July 2013. Image via]

Gezi Hareketi ve seçimler[1] Gezi Ayaklanması’nın ilk haftalarından beri, hareketin seçimlerdeki tavrının ne olması gerektiği hararetle tartışılıyor. Konumlanışlar muhtelif ama, üç ana hattın ön plana çıktığı görülüyor. Bunların artıları olduğu kadar eksileri de var. Neyse ki bu üç ana hattın artılarını eklemleyen yeni bir yaklaşım mümkün. En çok taraftar toplayan görüş, hem yerel hem genel seçimlerde hareketin bir adayı olması gerektiği. Bu görüşün bir çeşitlemesi de, hareketin AKP’yi devirebilecek güçteki bir partiyi desteklemesi. Şu ana kadar en belirleyici tartışmalar, bu adayın (ya da partinin) kim olacağı üzerinden yürütüldü. İkinci bir görüş, seçimlerin yeni ...

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Syria News Update (4 September 2013)

Alawite residents of mountains near Tartous, Syria 28 October 1921 By Pierre Fournié and Jean-Louis Riccioli, La France et le Proche-Orient : 1916-1946 (Ottoman History Podcast Facebook page)

 [This is a collection of news updates on Syria compiled from multiple sources by the editors.]  Developments Senate Committee Approves Resolution Authorizing U.S. Strikes on Syria in a 10-7 vote, which means the resolution will now move to the Senate. Senate Resolution on Syria Rep. Brad Sherman Explains How the White House Could Win the Syria Vote An edited interview conducted prior to the above vote, giving an insider perspective on how one member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee thinks. Putin Warns Against ‘Illegal’ Military Action in Syria, Bypassing UNSC A 10-minute interview with Vladimir Putin on Russia TV, where he talks about the chemical ...

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O.I.L. Media Roundup (10 September)

[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 by Monday night of every other week.]   News Senate Foreign Relations Panel Passes Syria Resolution, Ed O'Keefe, Anne Gearan The Washington Post reports that by a 10-7 vote, the ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (September 9)

[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.]  “No probe by Egypt's prosecutor against political activists: Judicial source” The prosecutor’s office that it has not started investigation against public figures for receiving ...

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Syria News Update (8 September 2013)

[This is a collection of news updates on Syria compiled from multiple sources by the editors.] Developments  AIPAC Goes All-Out on Syria Manu Raju says “the powerful pro-Israel lobby AIPAC is planning to launch a major lobbying campaign to push wayward lawmakers to back the resolution authorizing U.S. strikes against Syria, sources said Thursday.”  Hezbollah, Iran and Syria Prepare for Counterattack in Syria, suggests  Mirella Hodeib. Putin Pleased With Lack of Concensus on Syria at ...

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Rhino Story

"Rhino Story" an exhibition and book launch by Egyptian artists Ahmed Sabry and Mohamed Abdelkarim June 2013 Mashrabia Gallery, Downtown Cairo, Egypt   This project is the result of several months of collaboration in 2011 between Mohamed Abdelkarim, who was pursuing his studies in Beirut, and Ahmed Sabry, who works in Cairo. Abdelkarim wanted to produce a literary text inspired in its narration style by film and invited Sabry to collaborate with him on the project. ...

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (September 2-8)

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. Letter to a Syrian Friend Who Said: ‘Your Opposition to the US Attack on Syria Means You Support the Asad Regime’ Chemical Attacks and Military Interventions US Strike on Syria An "Uncalculated Adventure": Jadaliyya Co-Editor ...

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Savas karsitligi yeter mi?

Savaş karşıtlığı yeter mi? Lafı fazla dolandırmanın, amiyane tabirle tereciye tere satmanın lüzumu yok, zaten malum konu hakkında hayli kapsamlı bir literatür mevcut: “Askeri hümanizm” olarak da anılan “insani müdahale” tezi, yani ulusal düzeyde gerçekleşen vahim insan hakları ihlalleri karşısında “uluslararası toplumun” askeri müdahalede bulunma hakkı olduğu argümanı, ABD’nin Bosna, Kosova ve hatta Afganistan ve Irak’ta olduğu gibi bir dizi askeri girişimini meşrulaştıran bir argümandan ibaret. Daha ...

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The Final Stage: Rojava

The latest developments in Syria have taken on an increasingly complicated shape, threatening a tragic repeat of its recent past. Oppositional forces remain Sunni-majority and multi-brigaded. Sustained attempts by these oppositional forces to exclude Kurds from the political struggle in Syria, despite Kurds’ organizational capacity and the self-interested (rather than stability-oriented) calculations of international forces, make it clear that peace remains a distant horizon for Syria. The current ...

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Maghreb Media Roundup (September 6)

[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 by Thursday night of every week.]  Algeria Algérie : L'approvisionnement de l'Europe en gaz algérien est-il plus important que les droits humains ? Hamza Hamouchene deems Europe’s quest for ...

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الموتى لا ينتظرون الحزن من أحد

              الموتى لا ينتظرون الحزن من أحد    قصّية كالموت كنتِ حينذاك وتبكيني الآن، كأنكِ أقرب عليّ منه.   ولا يربكني من موتي سوى أني نسيت كيف يعود الطريق إليكِ لا لشيء، بل لأؤنبكِ كعادتي: "خذيني على محمل الهزلِ حتى أعمِّر طويلاً"

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Syria Media Roundup (September 6)

[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 by Monday night of every week.] Daily Updates Focusing on the Intervention and the Chemical Weapons Conversations  Syria News Update (4 September 2013) Syria News Update (3 September 2013) Syria News Update ...

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مكان للثقافة، وقت للفن

رغم الاشتباكات المتقطعة واختطاف السلطة والممارسات القمعية تجاه حرية التعبير التي تشهدها مصر حالياً، فإن مجال الثقافة والفن في مصر ما فتئ يزدهر منذ يناير ٢٠١١ وحتى اللحظة. وفي الوقت الذي يشعر فيه الكثير من الفنانين أنهم غير قادرين كأفراد على الرّد بنجاعة على الأحداث السياسية عبر أعمالهم الفنية، خصوصاً وأن المؤسسات التقليدية تواجه العديد من التحديات؛ فقد ظهر خلال العامين الماضيين العديد من المساحات والمبادرات المفعمة بالنشاط. وبذلك يصبح تنظيم الفنانين لأنفسهم -وليس فقط العمل الفني ذاته- تعبيراً عن نوع جديد ...

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What’s Next for Syria’s Kurds?

As events in Syria continue to dominate news headlines across the world, the ascendency of Syria’s geopolitically significant Kurdish minority has brought a new twist to the increasingly bloody conflict. The Kurds gained control of majority Kurdish towns along the Syria-Turkey border, including Afrin and Ayn al Arab (Kobanê) in North Syria, and Ras al Ayn (Serêkaniyê) in North-East Syria, in July 2012. The majority Kurdish areas do not constitute a continuous enclave, and areas populated by Arabs and ...

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