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The Present and Future of Climate Change in Turkey and Beyond: An Interview with Umit Sahin Four Years On: No Easy Answers in Syria (Part II) Legal Fictions and the Logic of Empire Arabian Peninsula Roundup New Texts Out Now: noura erakat
[The Joint List at the consultations process at President Reuven Rivlin's official resident, after the 2015 elections. Image by Mark Nayman

The Joint List: The Fetishism of Representation and the Illusion of Influence

In the recent Israeli elections, the parties representing the Palestinian citizens united in one list: the Joint List. It has attracted more external enthusiasm than internal. Authors like Lebanese novelist Elias Khoury praised the list, ...

نقابة الصحفيين: احتكار بالقانون

يواجه شادي سمحان ذات المعضلة التي يعاني منها أكثر من 500 صحفي أردني محرومين من حق الانضمام لنقابة تدافع عنهم وتنظم عملهم، وغير معترف بهم كصحفيين أمام القانون. سمحان عمل لعشرة سنوات كمراسل صحفي في صحف «الشاهد، الأنباط، الإعلام البديل، ...

[The Dwekh Nawsha militia on the road to the front line in the Nineveh plain, north of Mosul, Iraq. It is the armed wing of the Assyrian Patriotic Party formed to protect Christian villages. It fights alongside Peshmerga forces against ISIS. As of November 2014, the militia had forty fighters, with about two hundred volunteers waiting to join. Photo by Andy Spyra.]

Dwekh Nawsha: A Christian-Iraqi Militia

[Text by Sinan Antoon, photos by Andy Spyra from November 2014 and March 2015.] The fall of Mosul and other towns on the Nineveh plain in northern Iraq to ISIS this past summer was a monumental tragedy. It forced hundreds of thousands of ...

عن ما بعد الثورة وقبلها: مقابلة للوضع بين سنان أنطون وبلال فضل

في هذه المقابلة يلقي الكاتب المعارض والمشهور بلال فضل الضوء على الطريقة التي أسهم بها المفكرون والمنشقون في الخطاب الثوري والخطاب المضاد للثورة.تتضمن المقابلة أدناه خمسة أجزاء تستطيعون أن تنقروا على كل منها بشكل ...


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 [الضفة الغربية المحتلة. مصدر الصورة موقع البيان ]

  من الأفضل البقاء بعيداً عن هؤلاء   الذين يحملون خرطوم الحريق والحفاظ على الأنف نظيفا  ومراقبة هؤلاء بالملابس المدنية ولا تحتاج إلى خبير الأرصاد    لمعرفة الاتجاه التي تهب لها الرياح (بوب ديلان ) ليس من السهل حتى للمراقبين "المتطلعين" الوصول إلى المعلومة المؤكدة أو الموقف الثابت بشأن السياسات الفلسطينية لاقتصادية والمالية والتجارية، حتى في خضم الجدل العام الدائر منذ حين في الصحف والورش وأروقة السلطة، الذي يتصاعد بتحدي، ثم يخمد بتواطئي وهذا منذ عام على الأقل. كما أن التأكد من دقة المعلومات المتوفرة هي أساس لا يمكن الاستغناء عنه ، لأي تحليل مفيد لما يدور فعلا، وبالتالي الخروج باستنتاجات واضحة. إن عملية متابعة ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (May 6)

[Wall graffiti in Tahrir Square. Image originally posted to Flickr by

[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.]  “Hundreds protest 'Brotherhoodisation' of Alexandria after governor complaint” Alexandrians stage anti-Brotherhood protests after governor accuses his deputy of being loyal to the group. “Top preacher to be investigated for 'terrorising' Egypt state security” Hazem Abou Ismail is to be investigated after he called for a protest in front of the ...

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Egyptian Women: Between Revolution, Counter-Revolution, Orientalism, and "Authenticity"

[Samira Ibrahim versus Aliaa El-Mahdi. Photo by Suzeeinthecity]

The Egyptian revolution appears to present a “gender paradox.” On the one hand, women have been marginalized in many formal political institutions since the downfall of Hosni Mubarak. On the other hand, representations and images of women and women’s bodies have been ubiquitous. Representations of women through media and art, as well as the regulation of women’s sexuality through state laws and constitutions are an essential part of defining national identity and national difference, marking the boundaries between “them” and “us” and constituting the national polity. Representations of women and particular gender orders are also used as symbolic markers to ...

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Algeria Between “la Boulitique” and la Politique: A Tale of Two Youths

[An image from the Mouloudia Club d’Alger versus Union Sportive Médina d'Alger match. Image taken from oumma.com.]

La politique est une réflexion sur la manière de servir le peuple.
 La «boulitique» est une somme de hurlements et de gesticulations pour se servir du peuple. La politique is a reflection on the manner to serve the people. La boulitique is an accumulation of screams and gestures (invoked) in order to use the people. - Malek Benabi Rarely is the noise in Algiers as deafening, or the traffic as disorderly. If young Algerians are often depicted as hittistes, hanging out in public spaces with no visible sense of purpose, this week they have been whizzing around in cars, blaring horns, and singing while waving flags. The flags were not signs of patriotic allegiance, ...

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إعادة التفكير بإسرائيل – فلسطين

[انعكاس لمنزل فلسطيني على زجاج بناء إسرائيلي في حيفا. المصدر: شيرين صيقلي]

إعادة التفكير بإسرائيل – فلسطين فيما وراء موطن البانتو وفيما وراء المستوطنات   بينما باشر الرئيس باراك أوباما رحلة الاستماع في الشرق الأوسط، فمن المرجح أنه شهد  أثر عقدين من عملية أوسلو للسلام؛ عشرون عاماً وعشرات القمم وملايين الدولارات جميعها لم تقرّب الفلسطينيين والإسرائيليين من تأسيس سلام قابل للنجاح. لقد ارتبطت الاتفاقية التي رعتها الولايات المتحدة برُقْية تأسيس دولتين لشعبين تعيشان جنباً إلى جنب. في الواقع، فإن إسرائيل موجودة كدولة منذ 1948 وقد بقي الفلسطينيون فيها كنازحين داخليين، وتم نفيهم من قبلها واحتلالهم من قبلها في الأراضي المتاخمة. والأهم من ذلك، فإن الإسرائيليين اليهود والفلسطينيين غير اليهود، المواطنين الإسرائيليين والمدنيين اللذين لا ...

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Why Domestic Politics Still Matter in Iran’s Nuclear Policymaking

[Image of campaign posters in Iran. Image by Beshef/Flickr.]

The first round of nuclear talks in Kazakhstan raised optimism on the prospect of reaching a diplomatic solution for Iran’s nuclear crisis. Sanctions are crushing Iran’s economy. Meanwhile, the turmoil in its ally Syria and the rise of Sunni Islamism in the Middle East is undermining Iran’s strategic position. The overall regional and domestic situation appears to have forced Iran to revise its nuclear approach. Therefore, not surprisingly, Iran started the first round of recent nuclear talks with a relatively milder position. As usual, the negotiations failed, but this time it was due to a different reason: the domestic concerns of Iranian leaders. As a senior diplomat ...

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Reports Roundup (May 4)

[The following list is a compilation of the reports, statements, and other materials featured on the Jadaliyya Reports Page this past week.] Press Release from Love in the Time of Apartheid Campaign on Extension of Citizenship and Entry into Israel Law The Love in the Time of Apartheid campaign discusses the re-ratification of Israel's Citizenship and Entry into Israel Law, which denies Palestinian families the right to reunification under one roof.  Sara Roy on Dispossessing Palestine (Video) At the 2013 Friends of Sabeel Conference--Los Angeles/Orange County, Dr. Sara Roy discusses the ongoing dismemberment of the Palestinian nation and the paradigm shift ...

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Beyond the Banality of Evil: The Challenge of Professional Photography in Syria

[Image by Bombardier/Flickr.]

“You gave me mud and I turned it into gold.” - Charles Baudelaire    This year, photographs on Syria have swept the Pulitzer prize. Five Associated Press (AP) photographers, Rodrigo Abd, Manu Brabo, Narciso Contreras, Khalil Hamra and Muhammed Muheisen have been awarded the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in breaking news photography for their stunning work on the Syrian crisis, a news that was received by many Syrians with a mix of pride and gloom.  Pulitzer prizes have traditionally been given to journalists for their groundbreaking work on documenting issues that are out of sight and mind in the general public. By casting a light on their work, the Pulitzer ...

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Maghreb Media Roundup (May 3)

[Moroccans demonstrate at May Day protests, demanding the liberation of all political prisoners in the country. Photo courtesy of Mouvement 20 Février Facebook page.]

[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 maghreb@jadaliyya.com by Thursday night of every week.]  Algeria Algerians in London protest against shale gas the lack of a national debate The Algeria Solidarity Campaign and Algerian Cultural Collective highlight the dangers associated with fracking, which has been given the green light in Algeria after March amendments to the Hydrocarbon Law. Trouvailles De La Presse ...

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Libya: Which Fate for Gaddafi’s Henchmen?

[Image of graffiti depicting a blood-spattered Gaddafi. Image by Lord Jim/Flickr.]

On 24 March 2013, about 200 former rebel fighters in Libya besieged the prime minister's office, demanding that he resign in accordance with a political isolation law banning members of the former regime from political life. Ali Zeidan, the current prime minister of Libya, served as a diplomat under Gaddafi. The draft political isolation law being debated applies to anybody who held an official position during the final two decades of Gaddafi’s rule, which includes many who have played a prominent post-revolutionary role in Libya. However, there are calls for this draft law to be expanded to include anybody who held an official post over the entire period of Gaddafi’s ...

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New Texts Out Now: Charles Tripp, The Power and the People: Paths of Resistance in the Middle East

[Cover of Charles Tripp,

Charles Tripp, The Power and the People: Paths of Resistance in the Middle East. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2013. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Charles Tripp (CT): The origins of the book lay initially in my feeling that a great deal of space had been devoted to the analysis of elites, the resilience of regimes, and the dominance of the state in the Middle East. This is perfectly understandable and has produced some outstanding studies. However, there did seem to be room for a book that tried to examine the other side of the coin: the ways in which people across the region had tried to resist or to protect themselves from ...

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (April 29-May 5)

 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.  The Terror of Capitalism From “Islamic Art” to “Arab Lands, Turkey, Iran, Central Asia and Later South Asia”: Reliving the Distortions of History "صادق جلال العظم يحسم أمره وينتقل إلى التنظير العلني للسُّنة ولفكر ...

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Maghreb Monthly Edition (April 2013)

[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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Syria Monthly Edition on Jadaliyya (April 2013)

 [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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السلفيون الجهاديّون في تونس: سر انتشارهم الواسع في الأوساط الشعبيّة

مثّلت حادثة السفارة الأميركيّة في 14 أيلول/سبتمبر 2012، (الاحتجاجات العنيفة على فيلم «براءة المسلمين» التي أدّت الى اقتحام وحرق بعض مباني تابعة للسفارة، وإلى سقوط 4 متظاهرين قتلى برصاص الأمن) منعرجاً فارقاً في تناول الظاهرة السلفيّة في تونس. إذ بدا واضحاً أنّ «الاحتواء المتبادَل الحذِر» الذي ميّز العلاقة بين حركة النهضة (الإخوانيّة) الحاكمة والتيّار السلفي الجهادي لم يعد قادراً على الاستمرار. فمع الاحتجاج الأميركي القويّ على ما جرى في تونس كما في مصر وليبيا وأقطار أخرى - اضطرّ الحاكمون الجُدُد إلى إبداء ...

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Allegory of a Revolution: José Clemente Orozco’s “The Trench”

José Clemente Orozco was the oldest of Los Tres Grandes, the celebrated modernist painters who led Mexico’s twentieth-century muralist movement. Among “The Big Three,” he was also the least politically dogmatic and the most outwardly pessimistic. Whereas Diego Rivera idealized the armed struggle of the Mexican Revolution (1910-20), having missed the deadliest periods of combat while active in Cubist circles in Paris, Orozco was haunted by the carnage and chaos he had witnessed firsthand. Like Rivera, ...

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Arabian Peninsula Monthly Edition (April 2013)

[This is a monthly archive of pieces written by Jadaliyya contributors and editors on the Arabian Peninsula. It also includes material published on other platforms that editors deemed pertinent to post as they provide diverse depictions of Arabian Peninsula-related topics. The pieces reflect the level of critical analysis and diversity that Jadaliyya strives for, but the views are solely those of the authors. If you are interested in contributing to Jadaliyya, send us your post with your bio and a ...

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Jadaliyya Monthly Edition (April 2013)

This is a selection of what you might have missed on Jadaliyya during the month of April 2013. It also includes the most recent videos, roundups and the most read articles. Progressively, we will be featuring more content on our Monthly Edition series.   قطري حبيبي": ملهاة الإخوان ومأساة الناصرية" The Necessity of Revolutionary Violence in Egypt Settler Colonialism and Alliance: Comparative Challenges to Pinkwashing and Homonationalism The Naked ...

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Blurring the Borders: Syrian Spillover Risks for Turkey

[The following report was issued by International Crisis Group on 30 April 2013.] Blurring the Borders: Syrian Spillover Risks for Turkey Executive Summary Turkey has struggled to find the right response to the Syrian civil war, which has brought shellfire, bombs, militias, refugees, sectarian tensions, and uncertainty to its southern border. It has so far generously welcomed at least 300,000 Syrians. But this number could triple this year and prove unsustainable, with Turkey and the ...

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Jonathan Rashad on Freelance Photojournalism in Egypt

[This post is part of an ongoing Profile of a Contemporary Conduit series on Jadaliyya that seeks to highlight distinct voices primarily in and from the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia.] Jadaliyya (J): Are you a freelancer or do you work with an agency? Why did you choose this path?  Jonathan Rashad (JR): I have always been a freelancer. I chose this path as it gives me much more time to focus on issues I am interested in covering, not routine news and stories I would be ...

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Syria Media Roundup (May 2)

[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 syria@jadaliyya.com by Monday night of every week.] Regional and International Perspectives Sheikh Assir Declares Arrival of his Mujahideen in Syria Amal Khalil says the sheikh is openly encouraging his followers to “fill out applications ...

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Pierced Memories: The Lebanese Archive of Diab Alkarssifi

[Text by Ania Dabrowska, photos courtesy of Diab Alkarssifi.] The Lebanese Archive of Diab Alkarssifi is a project about a collection of photographs belonging to an ordinary man with a passion and a story. It is also a project about the process of an artist (myself) transforming this collection into an archive within this particular cultural context: two migrants living in London, a Polish artist and a retired Lebanese journalist, an artist’s residency in a homeless people’s hostel. We are not supposed ...

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Technology in the Classroom: The Big Brother E-Book

[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.] Students are often faced with pages upon pages of reading as part of the curriculum handed to them by their professors. Traditionally, in order to gauge whether or not students are reading books and articles, professors either turn ...

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