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[Destruction in Gaza, 2009. Image by Wikimedia Commons User Gloucester2Gaza.]

From Containment to Counterinsurgency in the Gaza Strip

Israel’s recently terminated “Operation Protective Edge” against the Gaza Strip was beyond destructive. Little is left standing in Shuja’iya, Khoza’a, Beit Hanoun, and Rafah’s east, where photos reveal a tableau of grey ruin. Israel ...

[Maryam al-Khawaja. Image from Flickr/amnestystudent]

Message From Human Rights Defender Maryam al-Khawaja

[This statement of concern was published by the Bahrain Center for Human Right on 29 August, 2014, shortly after Maryam al-Khawaja was detained in Bahrain].  The Bahrain Center for Human rights expresses its grave concern over ...

[Image of the remnants of a home in a village in northern Somalia. Image by najeeb/Flickr.]

On the Margins Roundup (August)

[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 ...

[The Nile in Egypt. Image courtesy of]

Sharing the Nile Waters According to Needs

A ministerial-level meeting in Khartoum including Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan to establish mechanisms for further investigations of the consequences of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) downstream has concluded, on Tuesday, 26 ...

The Politics of Killing Women in Colonized Contexts

[A demonstration against killing women in Ramleh and Lydda, 11 June 2012. From NRG Maariv. Image by Amir Meiri.]

As therapists, activists, and scholars who have worked with abused women, and conducted social anthropological studies on the killing of women in Palestinian society, we decided to respond to the article by Lila Abu-Lughod and Maya Mikdashi, “Tradition and the Anti-Politics Machine: DAM Seduced by the ‘Honor Crime.’” They reiterate—as our own interventions, activism, and studies have found—that the killing of women cannot be divorced from the realm of the political. However, in reading the reactions and comments, such as those that ask for the view within Palestine, we felt compelled to share with readers our analyses and activist work, and to speak up.  We have ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (December 17)

[The first round of the referendum in Cairo on December 15th. 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.]   “Egypt's constitutional referendum: First round results” The results of the first ten governorates that voted on the constitutional referendum. “Analysis of Round 1 of December 2012 Constitutional Referendum” Based on results from the previous two elections, round two of the constitutional referendum is less favorable for a “No” ...

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Politics after Abdessalam Yassine

[The coffin of Sheikh Abdessalam Yassine arrives at the cemetery in Rabat, Morocco, Friday, 14 December 2012, as many thousands of people attend the funeral marching silently through the streets of the capital. Sheikh Abdessalam Yassine, the 84-year old charismatic religious leader and founder of Morocco's largest opposition movement Adl wal Ihsan (Justice and Spirituality), and longtime opponent of two Moroccan kings, died Thursday. Yassine accused the monarchy of being corrupt and dictatorial and questioned its claim to religious legitimacy, and spent a decade under house arrest at the hands of Morocco's former ruler, King Hassan II. Photo by Abdeljalil Bounhar via AP]

Abdessalam Yassine has died. Founder and leader of the Jamaa Al Adl Wal Ihsane, Yassine - known to his followers as Sheikh Yassine - was perhaps the strongest figure in opposition to the power of the Moroccan monarchy. Yassine died early the morning of 13 December 2012, at the age of eighty-four, in his home in Salé, the working class city adjacent to Morocco’s political capital of Rabat. Political expression in Moroccan society must be understood in terms of its environment: a repressive monarchist state.  Because institutional politics in the country mainly represent the political hegemony of the makhzen, the political role of social actors outside of formal ...

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Reports Roundup (December 15)

[The following list is a compilation of the reports, statements, and other materials featured on the Jadaliyya Reports Page this past week.] Jadaliyya Co-Editor Sinan Antoon Longlisted for Arabic Booker Prize Antoon's third novel, Ya Maryam (Ave Maria), has been longlisted for the 2013 International Prize for Arabic Fiction.  Themed Issue of International Review of the Red Cross: The Future of Humanitarian Action This periodical discusses a variety of issues surrounding humamitarian action in the coming years, including emerging risks and development of crises, contemporary challenges to access to victims, and new methods and changes in the sector ...

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مقابلة مع الروائية رجاء عالم

[الروائية رجاء عالم]

[رجاء عالم كاتبة سعودية من مواليد مكة. حصلت على جائزة البوكر العربية عام 2011 عن روايتها “طوق الحمام”، بالمناصفة مع الكاتب المغربي محمد الأشعري عن روايته “القوس والفراشة". صدرت لها ثلاثة عشر رواية بالعربية. ترجمت بعض أعمالها إلى الإنجليزية والإسبانية ولغات أخرى.] ابتسام عازم: كيف أثر حصولك على جائزة البوكر العربية عام 2011 على حياتك؟ رجاء عالم: لقد حصلت في الماضي على العديد من الجوائز، ولكن ما يميز جائزة البوكر، هو تمويلهم لترجمة الكتاب إلى الإنجليزية وهذا يريح الكاتب بعض الشيء. كما يضعك تحت الضوء. الناشر الأجنبي غالباً ما يُقبل على ترجمة الكتب الناجحة. والحصول على الجائزة بمثابة مؤشر لهذا النجاح ويشجع على شرائه. وهذا مهم للكتاب العربي عامة. وهذه هي أهم ميزة ...

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عن واشنطن والائتلاف والنصرة

[عن موقع محطة سكاي نيوز العربية ]

عشية الاجتماع المنتظر لمجموعة "أصدقاء سوريا" في مراكش، صدر عن واشنطن قراران هامّان..الأول ويقضي بالاعتراف بالائتلاف الوطني السوري كممثل شرعي للشعب السوري، أما الثاني فيُدرج "جبهة النصرة" في عِداد القائمة السوداء للمنظمات الإرهابية. وأحسب أن القرارين جاءا متلازمين، وما كان للأول أن يصدر قبل أن يُمَهَّد له بالثاني. في تفسيرها لإدراج "النصرة" في قوائمها السوداء، تحدثت واشنطن عن "صلات قوية" لها مع القاعدة، خصوصاً في العراق، ولفتت إلى 600 تفجير إرهابي نفذتها هذه المنظمة في سوريا خلال عام تقريباً، من بينها 450 هجوم انتحاري، لا ندري كم منها استهدف مدنيين وكم منها استهدف قوات النظام ومؤسسات ورموزه وأجهزته، كما لا ندري حجم الخسائر التي ...

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The State of Egypt Today: Political Protests and Freedom of Press


On 22 November, thousands of protesters took to the streets when President Mohammad Morsi unilaterally granted himself sweeping powers to govern Egypt. He later rescinded some provisions of his decree but forced through a draft constitution and set a deadline for a popular referendum to enshrine it. Where is Egypt's political crisis heading? And who is in charge? VOMENA's Khalil Bendib put these questions to Cairo-based independent journalist Ahmad Shokr Egyptian activists and journalists are mourning the passing of Al-Fajr reporter El-Husseini Abu Deif, who died from injuries sustained during last week's protests in Cairo. Journalists have taken to the streets in ...

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الحركة المثلية في فلسطين ومقارعة الخطاب الإسرائيلي


هل تصدّقون وجود مثليين فلسطينيين ومثليات فلسطينيّات خارج الأفلام الأوروبيّة والإسرائيلية التي لا تكفّ عن مضغ القصة السطحية ذاتها حول فلسطيني مثلي الجنس يعشق مثلي إسرائيلي، فيهربان من غابة «الهوموفوبيا» (رهاب المثليين) العربيّة إلى مملكة التحرر في تل أبيب؟ مثابرة حثيثة يقودها مثليّون ومثليّات من فلسطين ضد الاستخدام الغربي والصهيوني لقضايا التحرر الجنسيّ والاجتماعي من أجل تكريس العداء للمجتمعات العربيّة باعتبارها مجتمعات قامعة، تصادر حقوق النساء كما تصادر التعددية الجنسيّة. توازت هذه المثابرة في أساسها مع حاجة المثليات والمثليين للائتلاف من خلال تنظيمات أهليّة. حاجة غذاها نمو الجمعيّات الأهليّة في نهاية العقد الماضي، وتصاعد قوة الحركة النسوية الفلسطينية في الفترة ...

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Maghreb Media Roundup (December 13)

[Mauritanians rally to demand justice for 'state-sponsored genocide' in front of France's Mauritanian embassy on 8 December. Photo from @SaidouWane.]

[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 Wednesday night of every week.] Algeria RADDH : La Situation Des Droits De L’homme En Algérie Ne Cesse De Se Détériorer Ces Dernières Années Amine SIdhoum discusses the deterioration of individual and collective freedoms as manifested through the development of recent laws and regulations, including the ban on demonstrations in the Algiers and new constraints on ...

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Syria Media Roundup (December 13)

[An ancient heritage shop in al-Tawafra neighborhood. 12 December 2012. Via Lens Young Hamawi.]

[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.] International and Regional Perspectives Armenians Feeling Anew as Syria Erupts in Battle Keep Reading »

Documenting Yemen's Injured South

[Flag of South Yemen on a wall in Aden. 11 July 2012. Photo by Ammar Basha]

I shot the film presented here, "Third Day in the Heart of the Revolution,’’ over a single day. Divided in two parts, it tells stories from the south of Yemen two years after the revolution started. The first segment focuses on the Yemeni governorate of Abyan and those who fled its capital Zinjibar during the war with Ansar al-Sharia. The second presents the youth of al-Mansura in Aden who have been expelled from Sahat Al-Shuhada' (Martyrs' Square) through the use of deadly force by security forces. After the two short films I made about the youths in Change Square of Sana’a and the Life March in late 2011 that briefly reinvigorated Yemen's uprising, I wanted to ...

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Demonstrations and Arrests for Bedoon Rights Activists in Kuwait (Video)

[Abdulhakim and Abdulnasser AlFadhli. Photo from]

[The following report was issued by Bedoon Rights on 12 December 2012. The video, included at the bottom of the report showing a recent protest march for Bedoon rights, was posted on Youtube by MediaBidoon and is not a part of the original report.] Two Bedoon Activists Sentenced to 2 Years in Jail and "Deportation"! After arresting his brother on Sunday, 9 December, Bedoon activist Abdulhakim AlFadhli was taken last night,  11 December. Abdulnasser AlFadhli has disappeared since five o'clock in the afternoon; after midnight, his family found out that he was arrested in the street by state police and taken to the ...

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O.I.L. Media Roundup (17 December)

[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 "European Court Backs CIA Rendition Victim," Al Jazeera English The European Court of Human Rights has ordered Macedonia to pay German ...

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Malala, Abandoned to the Hawks of War

On 10 December 2012, Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari announced that his government and UNESCO were establishing the “Malala Fund for Girls’ Education,” and that Pakistan would contribute ten million dollars. This fund’s namesake, Malala Yousufzai, is a young activist for girls’ education. She was shot and severely wounded on 9 October 2012 by Taliban-led armed thugs on her way to school in the Swat Valley in Northwest Pakistan. Given the marathon international media coverage of her story, Zardari’s ...

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Morsi's Sins beyond the Constitution

  Many observers narrate the latest crisis in Egypt as a conflict over a contentious Islamist-backed constitution that was drafted in a non-inclusive process, resulting in mass demonstrations by opponents and supporters of President Mohamed Morsi. From a bird’s-eye view, the constitution-drafting process and the outcome of the referendum seem to present the pressing concern driving the demonstrations, which endured through the lead-up to the referendum. The circulating opinions on the ground, ...

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European Court of Human Rights Judgment: El-Masri v. The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

[On 13 December 2012, the European Court of Human Rights issued a unanimous ruling in El-Masri v Macedonia, which condemns the role played by Macedonian officials in assisting the CIA's "extraordinary rendition" of German citizen Khaled el-Masri. He was detained while traveling through Macedonia on 31 December 2003, held incommunicado for twenty-three days at the Americans' request, then turned over to the CIA at the Skopje airport. Under the watch of Macedonian officials, el-Masri was severely ...

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The Complexities of the Keystone XL Oil Pipeline

The Keystone XL oil pipeline is a proposed project to install a 1,700-mile tunnel of oil stretching from the oil sands of Northern Alberta, Canada south to the Gulf Coast of Texas. This project has presented massive conflicts of interest throughout its volatile shelf-life. Politically, it represents the crux of energy security in the United States and promotes the expansion of oil drilling throughout the country. The pipeline will strengthen the partnership between the US and Canada, an alliance ...

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ElBaradei’s Gandhi Moment?

When Mohamed ElBaradei entered Tahrir square on 27 November 2012, he was greeted with chants of, “Oh ElBaradei, Egypt’s Gandhi.” Since the days of the January 25 Revolution, comparisons with Gandhi have followed ElBaradei and entered the popular imagination. ElBaradei himself claims this comparison is not merited and is grossly overstated. For a start, Gandhi was a young and little-known lawyer when he began the struggle to liberate India, whereas ElBaradei entered Egypt’s freedom movement as an eminent ...

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On the Margins Media Roundup (December)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Somalia, 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] Somalia Somalia: It mustn’t be business as usual The author argues the new Somali government must control the trade in the port city of Kismayo after AlShabab’s defeat. Somalia: ...

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كتاب: أمراء وسماسرة وبيروقراطيون: النفط والدولة في السعودية

[“كتب” هي سلسلة تستضيف “جدلية” فيها المؤلفين والمؤلفات في حوار حول أعمالهم الجديدة ونرفقه بفصل من الكتاب.]  "أمراء، وسماسرة، وبيروقراطيون: النفط والدولة في المملكة العربية السعودية". تأليف ستيفان هيرتوغ مطبعة جامعة كورنل، 2011. صدر بالإنجليزية.   جدلية: ما الذي دفعك لكتابة هذا الكتاب؟ ستيفان هيرتوغ: كانت الفكرة الأصلية وراء هذا البحث هي تحليل كيف أن الاصلاحات الاقتصادية الليبرالية تغير الهياكل الاقتصادية والسياسية في دولة غنية بالنفط ( ريعية) مثل المملكة العربية ...

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A Nation of Pain and Suffering: Syria (Part 3)

[From Vijay Prashad's three-part series "A Nation of Pain and Suffering: Syria." See Part 1: Refugees here and Part 2 : Neighbors here.] Our enemies did not cross our borders They crept through our weakness like ants. -- Nizar Qabbani, “Footnotes to the Book of Setback” (‘ala Daftar al-Naksah), 1967. III. Western Plans.   On 12 December, the Friends of Syria (FoS) met for their fourth conference in Marrakech, Morocco. Hilary Clinton could not go because she contracted a stomach ...

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Atatürk and My Grandfather

Where the young Palestinian Ismail Hroub was killed and buried after being recruited by the Ottoman army in the early twentieth century remains unknown. His brother, my paternal grandfather Khalil Hroub, would for the rest of his days remain saddened by the early loss of his brother. He had refused any money from the Ottoman administration, then based in Hebron, as compensation for this loss. Like many Palestinian families who lost young men in the Great War, and despite sheer poverty and need, my ...

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Mission to UAE Supports European Resolution Against Crackdown on Activists

[The following report was issued by the Gulf Center for Human Rights on 10 December 2012.] Mission to UAE Supports European Resolution Against Crackdown on Activists / Free expression rights of sixty-four detainees violated A crackdown in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has violated the free expression rights of sixty-four detainees, including human rights lawyers, in the Gulf Kingdom, according to a report based on a mission undertaken by the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) in November 2012. The ...

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من القاهرة الجميلة - الجزء الثالث

شمس القاهرة تبرق في صباحها هذه الأيام، باعتيادٍ لا يماشي دخول فصل الشتاء . . . كأنها تعري ظلال الأركان كلها، وتتروى وتطيل في بريقها، في انتظار رؤى عيون أهلها، فمن غير عيونهم، لن تحقُّ المعجزة.يصخب أهلها كعادتهم عند الغضب تحت تلك الشمس، ثم لسببٍ غير معلوم، يسكنون ويقصد كلٌ منهم بيته، يحمل أثقال المدينة على قسمات وجهه ثم يصمت في نومه.    *** تغيّر القاهرة رائحة غازها المسيل كلّ مرةٍ، فيتوه عنها كل بعيد وتعجز أمامها مناعة كل قريب. وحتى بعد انقضاء كل سحابة غاز وكل واحدةٍ من تلك الصدامات مع الأمن ...

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