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[Image by Ed Greevey. Photo of attendees and participants at Closing Event 1 December 2014.]

Aloha Aina: Notes From The Struggle in Hawai’i

In late November 2014, I had the honor of visiting the occupied Kingdom of Hawai’i as an invited guest. I prepared for the trip with ample readings J. Kehaulani Kaunaui both wrote and shared with me, along with book recommendations that my ...

Installation view of Hany Rashed's

Historical Realities of Concept Pop: Debating Art in Egypt

Today, every phenomenon of culture, even if a model of integrity, is liable to be suffocated in the cultivation of kitsch. Yet paradoxically in the same epoch it is to works of art that has fallen the burden of wordlessly asserting what is ...

[Wall surrounding a gated community, Saudi Arabia. Image by Amelie Le Renard.]

The Politics of "Unveiling Saudi Women": Between Postcolonial Fantasies and the Surveillance State

With the consolidation of the Saudi state starting in the 1960s, the regime has progressively imposed unified dress codes for Saudi men and women, that for the latter has meant wearing a long, black cloak [‘abaya] and veiling. Various ...

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Soma, Ermenek, Yirca: Can Anti-Coal Activists Defend Coal Miners and Olive Farmers?

The coal-mining town of Soma in the western Aegean region of Turkey hardly made headlines until last May. A mining disaster that took the lives of 301 mine workers in Soma on 14 May 2014 brought forward the country’s fragile mix of social ...


US Drones Blow Up Any Hope of Close Ties with Yemenis

[Some of the 26 children of Saleh Qaid Toayman, who was killed with one of his sons in an airstrike on Oct. 14, 2011. The family says the eldest son, Azzedine, has joined an al-Qaida-affiliated group to avenge the father's death. The group's black banner hangs in the family's home. The family says the militant group gives them a monthly stipend. Image by Kelly McEvers/NPR.]

Late last year I escorted the US radio journalist Kelly McEvers to Abyan, a governorate in South Yemen. Government troops and local militias had been battling fighters from Ansar al-Sharia, an al-Qaeda affiliate, and had forced them from the area only two days earlier. There were reports that some had shaved their beards and stayed. If they had known an American reporter was around, they would have had a golden opportunity for a kidnapping. Before we boarded the plane in Beirut, I had told McEvers that I would assure her safety. As one of the rare Americans who understand Yemen well, she knew that I was saying I would do whatever it took to protect her, putting her ...

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Extended Deadline -- Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the Arab Studies Journal on "Cultures of Resistance: The Case of Palestine and Beyond"

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DEADLINE EXTENDED -- April 30 Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the Arab Studies Journal on "Cultures of Resistance: The Case of Palestine and Beyond" Arab Studies Journal invites submissions analyzing contemporary and historical forms of popular cultural resistance on the topic of “Cultures of Resistance: The Case of Palestine and Beyond.” Papers should be between 6,500 and 10,000 words, double-spaced, including endnotes. Mainstream literature on the Arab world has largely focused on formal politics and classic notions of civil society (such as high-level diplomacy, political parties, electoral systems, voting patterns, trade ...

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قضاة مصر: قدرة تحرك هائلة في خدمة أي وظيفة قضائية؟

[مظاهرة أمام محكمة في مصر]

حراك جديد لقضاة مصر في غضون أقل من سبع سنوات. ففي خطوة أصبحت جزءاً مألوفاً من المشهد السياسي المصري في العقود الأخيرة، اندفع عدد كبير من القضاة انطلاقاً من ناديهم المركزي ومن أنديتهم الفرعية وأيضاً من الجمعيات العمومية للمحاكم للتعبير عن اعتراضهم الشديد على مقررات الرئيس المصري محمد مرسي، وبشكل خاص ازاء اعلانه الدستوري المكمل الصادر في 21 نوفمبر 2012. وكان الإعلان قد آل باسم الثورة إلى المس بالوظيفة القضائية في معظم مواده: فإلى جانب إقالة النائب العام وتحصين مجلس الشورى واللجنة التأسيسية أزاء الدعاوى القضائية الهادفة إلى إبطالهما، جعل إعلان القرارات الرئاسية نهائية وبمنأى عن أي طعن. ولم يكتف القضاة بالتعبير عن رفضهم لهذه القرارات من خلال بياناتهم أو إطلالاتهم الإعلامية ...

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Media On Media Roundup (February 24)

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[The "Media On Media Roundup" is an initiative to survey published material in the news and broadcast media that deals with journalism, coverage, or mass communication practices about the region. The items collected here do not reflect the views of the Media Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to media@jadaliyya.com by Friday night of every week.]  With Another Arrest, Iran Continues Crackdown on Press Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) reports on another journalist arrest in Iran as part of the Islamic Republic’s crackdown on dissent ahead of the presidential elections. Targeting ...

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من فكرتنا بنصور صورتنا

[سديل وعبود

في هذه المجموعة من الكتابات، لثلاثة مصورين فلسطينيين لاجئين في مقتبل العمر، تعليقات على أعماالمصورة الأمريكية الأرجنتينية السندرا سنتغوينتي التي زارت فلسطين مرتين خلال الانتفاضة الثانية. محمد العزة وياسمين سالم وأريج أسعد، كانوا أطفالاً عندما التقطت المصورة السندرا هذه الصور. وقد وجدوا بعد سنوات طويلة أن لهذه الصور صدى سياسي وشخصي بالنسبة لهم. وثقت المصورة السندرا آثار العنف العسكري الإسرائيلي هناك، ولكنها التقطت أيضاً لحظات هادئة من التأمل. انجذب هؤلاء الكتاب لهذه الصور فكتبوا عن كونهم لاجئين يعيشون بجانب جدار الفصل العنصري.      * * *  "رحلة الى الماضي"، ياسمين سالم 16 عاماً [أبو منير وحسن. مخيم عايدة، 2004. تصوير السندرا ...

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فزّاعة الفلوليّة

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تأتي أهمية الحديث في هذا الموضوع؛ أنه عند حصول أي مشكلة تؤرق من في السلطة، تبرز هذه الأخيرة– مباشرة أو من خلال مؤيديها – في وجوه الناس كلمات تغتالهم – وأحيانا تصفيهم – معنوياً، وتصير هذه الكلمات وصمة على ذلك الشخص الذي نُعت بها. وإحدى هذه الكلمات، التي شاعت وذاعت في الخطاب السياسي والاجتماعي المصري، هي كلمة “الفلول”. فأصبحت الكلمة اتهاماً جُزافياً جاهزاً يُوصم به أي شخص يختلف مع الإسلام، أو الإسلاميين، أو الرئيس محمد مرسي. على خلفية ما سبق، تعلمنا أنه لا يصح لنا الخوض في موضوع قبل تحرير مصطلحاته، فلا يجوز لنا الحديث – مثلاً – عن عنوان كـ”االإسلام والحداثة”، دونما تحرير مصطلحي الإسلام والحداثة، ونقصد بالتحرير تبيان الدلالات اللغوية والعلمية للمصطلحات التي ستستخدم أثناء ...

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Mali: Why the Hardest Part Is Yet to Come

[Main juncture in Bamako, Mali. Photo by Robin Taylor.]

Early on during the French intervention which began in January 2013, many journalists in the international press were quick to note that Islamist militants had just “melted away” into the vast desert regions of northern Mali. As French fighter jets attacked key strongholds, hundreds of Islamist fighters prepared convoys, which would escort leaders, weapons, and fighters away from major towns. Eyewitness accounts confirmed suspicions that the militants' departure was “orderly” and well-prepared. Their planned withdrawal may indicate their clear intention to redefine the nature of the conflict in Mali on their terms. Indeed, in a  Keep Reading »

Syria Media Roundup (February 21)

[Citizen cleanup efforts in Idlib. 9 February 2013. Via Lens of a Young Binnishi.]

[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 Perspective  Has Turkey Reached Dead End in Syria? Following the Cilvegozu bombing, Firdevs Robinson says “the perception of Turkey as a key power contributing to the radicalising of the conflict in Syria is growing.”  Turkey, Syria and the Dynamics of ‘Cold War Redux’ by Karabekir Akkoyunlu

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Inspiring Education: How Technology Can Reinvent the Classroom for Students

[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.] As individuals increasingly incorporate technology into their daily lives, it was only a matter of time before educators took to using technology in the classroom. A growing number of schools and teachers of primary and secondary education are bringing technology into the learning process in order to improve their students’ educational experiences.

 However, with a school system that already ...

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"تودّد" أو "الثورة التي لا تؤنّث لا يعوّل عليها"

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على امتداد أربعٍ وثمانين ليلة من ليلة وألف ليلة، في ظلال الحكي الشهرزادي (الأنثوي) في أبهة الحضور الذكوري لشهريارالثقافة/السلطة/الذكر (وكما سيتضح تباعاً الذكر/اللغة)، في حضور السطوة "المسرورة" للسيف المذكر أيضاً، وعلى ركام إناثٍ/حكيٍ سابقٍ على شهرزاد، ظلت تلك القّاصّة، تسرد على مسامع الأمير قصة الجارية "تودد" ، متخذة من إنتصاراتها السردية، حماية لها من بطش السيف الأميري الـ"مسرور"، مراكمة الليالي سردية فوق سردية ، مؤسسة لتأنيث السرد الحكائي ألفاً من اليالي وليلة، لا قبلاً ولا بعداً، في ظرف ثقافي دائم الإنتصار للذكورة. أما "تودد"، التي دفعت الموت عن شهرزاد كل تلك الليالي الـ84 من الألف وواحدة، فقد كانت جارية لشاب يدعى "أبو ...

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Civil Marriage Fatwas, the Lebanese State, and Renegade Bacteria

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For some philosophers, the condition of being contemporary is to actually be anachronistic to and critical of the present, to see its darkness, and to avoid being absorbed by the vortex of neo-liberal capitalism, not to mention by the devastating logics of Lebanese political discourse. When the Sunni Mufti of Lebanon, Mohammad Rashid Qabbani–not a philosopher except in the colloquial sense–declared a fatwa on 28 January 2013 against those who support or endorse civil marriage in Lebanon, stating in clear terms how they will be expelled from the metaphorical "wolf pack," he gives a whole new meaning to being out of sync. The civil marriage (or “optional civil ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (February 19)

[Saudi women protesting in Buraidah for the release of their detained family members, October 2012. Image from Twitter Pic/BintBattuta87]

[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 Comment: UAE and Pakistan: harassing the ‘heretics’ Mohammad Taqi writes on the harassment of Shia Pakistanis in the Gulf state, which has been taking place for two years now, in Daily Times. Israel’s Prisoner X Is Linked to Dubai Assassination in a New Report Jodi Rudoren writes on a ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (February 25)

[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.]  “Egypt president brings forward parliamentary elections” The Presidency announces final dates for the four-round election after initial dates were changed to accommodate Coptic ...

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (Feb 18- 24)

 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 Onion to Sue Lebanon for Making Its Headlines Look Reasonable Exposing Sexual Violence in Morocco: An Interview with Nadir Bouhmouch Positioning Gender Fluidity in Francophone Maghrebi Literature Open Letter to President ...

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تودّد، أو الثورة التي لا تؤنّث لا يعوّل عليها: الجزء الثاني

[هذه المقالة هي الثانية في سلسلة مقالات. يمكن قراءة الجزء الأول هنا] "تدور ريتا حول ريتا وحدها: لا أرض للجسدين في جسد، ولا منفى لمنفى إلا الوطن في هذه الغرف الصغيرة، والخروج هو الدخول عبثاً نغني بين هاويتين، فلنرحل... ليتضح السبيل لا أستطيع، ولا أنا، كانت تقول ولا تقول" (محمود درويش، أحد عشر كوكباً) لعلَّ شهرزاد في سردها الليلي الألف ويزيد بليلة، تؤرخ ماللحكي الأنثوي من فضاء في الثقافة العربية سابقاً ولاحقاً، هو فضاء يتحدد بعنصرين: الضوء. المكان. فشهرزاد لم يصلنا منها الحكي نهاراً، ...

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Sexual Violence Against Women and the Increasing Frequency of Gang Rape in Tahrir Square and its Environs

[The following position paper was issued by Nazra for Feminist Studies on 4 February 2013.] Sexual Violence Against Women and the Increasing Frequency of Gang Rape in Tahrir Square and its Environs  With this paper, Nazra for Feminist Studies offers a feminist theoretical attempt to understand the rise of sexual violence against women over the past few months.   We believe that it is important to raise this issue so that different political actors, even well intentioned ones, do not ...

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Reports Roundup (February 23)

[The following list is a compilation of the reports, statements, and other materials featured on the Jadaliyya Reports Page this past week.] Misery Beyond the War Zone: Life for Syrian Refugees and Displaced Populations in Lebanon Doctors Without Borders reports on the humanitarian needs of the growing population of Syrian refugees in Lebanon and focuses on the change in the situation of this displaced population since a prior survey conducted in June 2012. Statement on UAE Targeting Families of ...

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Maghreb Media Roundup (February 22)

[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 Arrestation des syndicalistes maghrébins à Alger North African union leaders and labor rights activists are arrested in Algeria. Entre Oran et Tunis ...

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Roundup: News and Analysis from the Publishing World

[The following is a roundup of the latest news and analysis from the publishing world that relates to pedagogy and knowledge production. It was originally published on Tadween Publishing's blog. For more updates, follow Tadween Publishing on Facebook and Twitter.]   The inside story of Aaron Swartz’s campaign to liberate court filings By Timothy B. Lee (Ars Technica) Before the late Aaron Swartz tackled JSTOR’s dominance in academic ...

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Highly Unorthodox: The Week Lebanon Went Secular (And Ended Up More Sectarian Than Ever…)

When some future historian writes a chronicle of twenty-first-century Lebanon, she will likely devote a bemused footnote to the odd events of February 2013, when the country’s leaders saw fit to tear down a pillar of the confessional regime one week, only to erect another one a week later. On 11 February, the Justice Ministry ruled that the recent civil marriage of Khouloud Sukkarieh and Nidal Darwish was legal, thereby establishing a momentous precedent that will likely have ...

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اعتقال، تعذيب، اختفاء، الظلم مستمر

 [الشريط من إعداد حركة "مصرّين" يتضمن شهادات من أقرباء المعتقلين والمختفين"]

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New Texts Out Now: Jeannie Sowers, Environmental Politics in Egypt: Activists, Experts, and the State

Jeannie Sowers, Environmental Politics in Egypt: Activists, Experts, and the State. London and New York: Routledge, 2012. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Jeannie Sowers (JS): In Egypt, as elsewhere, environmental issues are often viewed as secondary to issues of “high politics,” such as national elections and debates among political elites. Yet so many of the core concerns of politics—power, resources, justice—are most clearly seen in who has access to land, health, water, and other ...

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أزمة معرض الكتاب العربي، بيروت، عابرة أم مؤشر انهيار؟

الأزمة التي رافقت معرض بيروت للكتاب العربي (ديسمبر 2012) والتي ضج بها الإعلام وفند أسبابها ومظاهرها وضاقت بها دور النشر- كما الكتّاب. هذه الأزمة لم تأتِ دفعة واحدة. فالمعرض، الذي أرسى، خلال عقود طويلة، مساحة صلبة من التبادل الثقافي في الداخل ومع الخارج، أخذ منذ سنوات في التراجع. ضعف إقبال الجمهور عليه كما على الأنشطة الثقافية التي تقام بمناسبته. ولولا "الصفة الاجتماعية" لهذا الإقبال لغدا المعرض شديد الوهن. أقصد بالصفة الاجتماعية، حفلات توقيع الكتب التي إلى جانب القراء العاديين يقبل عليها أصدقاء ...

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تنظيم المخلّ بالنظام؟ الباعة المتجولون والدولة التنمويّة

 عندما أصدر الرئيس مرسي في العشرين من تشرين الثاني (من العام الماضي) مرسومه المثير للجدل والذي يقع خارج صلاحياته الدستورية، والذي قام لاحقاً بإلغائه جزئياً جرّاء ضغط شعبي هائل، وعد باستعمال صلاحياته التشريعية الإستثنائية الممنوحة له فقط في حدود مقلصة للغاية. وعندما قام فعلياً بممارسة هذه الصلاحيات، قام بذلك سريعاً من أجل سنّ قانون رقم 105/2012 وذلك في خضم ما بات يوصف –دون مغالاة- باللحظات الأكثر حسماً في تاريخ مصر الحديث. حتى المحلل السياسي الأكثر تمرّساً يمكن أن يغفر له إذا ما افترض من باب السذاجة ...

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