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جدلية في عامها الرابع

 دخلت “جدلية” عامها الرابع في أيلول\سبتمبر، وكنا قد وعدنا في مثل هذا الوقت من العام الماضي أنه سيكون أمامنا عام مليء بالعمل، لكننا كنا مخطئين نوعاً ما، فقد كان عاماً جنونياً بالفعل. استهْلَكنا، على المستوى الداخلي، بناءُ صفحات وفرق ...

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Operation Protective Edge: Legal and Political Implications of ICC Prosecution (George Mason University, 20 October 2014)

Operation Protective Edge: Legal and Political Implications of ICC Prosecution (George Mason University, 20 October 2014) Johnson Center, C October 20, 2014, 4:00 PM   George Mason University’s Middle East Studies Program, Global ...

[البرلمان المغربي. المصدر ويكيبيديا]

إشكالية المجتمع المدني في المغرب

 الحديث عن المجتمع المدني في المغرب هو بالضرورة حديث عن الأزمة، أزمة المفهوم و أزمة الممارسة، وهذا المعطى لا يستقيم إلا إذا حددنا طبيعة هذه الأزمة على المستوى النظري والعملي، فنعرض في المرحلة الأولى للمفهوم من حيث مضامينه، وسياقه ...

[Cover of Reem Charif, Mohamad Hafeda, and Joumana al Jabri, editors,

New Texts Out Now: Reem Charif, Mohamad Hafeda, and Joumana al Jabri, Creative Refuge

Reem Charif, Mohamad Hafeda, and Joumana al Jabri, editors, Creative Refuge. Washington, DC: Tadween Books, 2014. Jadaliyya (J): What is Febrik? Reem Charif, Mohamad Hafeda, and Joumana al Jabri (RC/MH/JJ): Febrik is a not-for-profit ...

List of Children Killed by Drone Strikes in Yemen and Pakistan

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[The following list was issued by Drones Watch on 20 January 2013. The names were compiled from The Bureau of Investigative Journalism reports.] PAKISTAN Name | Age | Gender Noor Aziz | 8 | male Abdul Wasit | 17 | male Noor Syed | 8 | male Wajid Noor | 9 | male Syed Wali Shah | 7 | male Ayeesha | 3 | female Qari Alamzeb | 14| male Shoaib | 8 | male Hayatullah KhaMohammad | 16 | male Tariq Aziz | 16 | male Sanaullah Jan | 17 | male Maezol Khan | 8 | female Nasir Khan | male Naeem Khan | male Naeemullah | male Mohammad Tahir | 16 | male Azizul Wahab | 15 | male Fazal Wahab | 16 | male Ziauddin | 16 | male Mohammad Yunus | 16 | male Fazal Hakim | 19 | ...

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New Texts Out Now: Paolo Gerbaudo, Tweets and the Streets: Social Media and Contemporary Activism

[Cover of Paolo Gerbaudo,

Paolo Gerbaudo, Tweets and the Streets: Social Media and Contemporary Activism. London and New York: Pluto Books, 2012. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Paolo Gerbaudo (PG): I have been involved in progressive social movements in Italy and the UK for the last twelve years, some times as a participant, other times as a journalist for il manifesto, a newspaper of the Italian New Left, other times as a social movement researcher, and still other times as an organizer. Thus, the first reason for writing this book for me was a strong sense of commitment to, and solidarity with, the movements I studied, and an enthusiasm about the sense of possibility they ...

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The Human Rights Situation in Egypt: An Interview with Aida Seif El-Dawla

[Protest at the Presidential Palace in 2012 December. Image by Gigi Ibrahim.]

Aida Seif El-Dawla is a psychiatrist, long time Egyptian human rights activist, and Executive Director of the al-Nadeem Center for the Rehabilitation of Victims of Violence. Since 1993, the Nadeem Center has worked both to rehabilitate victims of state torture while also helping to mobilize different societal sectors in Egypt against the state practice.  This interview was conducted with El-Dawla by email and in person at the Nadeem Center office in Cairo in November and December 2011. The interview discusses the current human rights situation in Egypt as well as some of the structural issues that Egyptian human rights advocates continue to confront as they attempt ...

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Early Perspectives from Algeria on Northern Mali and French Intervention

[Algerian Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal points to a map of Algeria after a press conference held in Algiers, Monday, 21 January 2013. The Islamist militants who attacked a natural gas plant in the Sahara wore Algerian army uniforms, memorized the layout of the vast complex and included two Canadians and a team of explosives experts ready to blow the place sky-high, Algeria’s prime minister said Monday. Image by Sidali Djarboub/AP Photo.]

Thus far, Algerian press coverage and reactions are divided on France’s military intervention in northern Mali, Operation SERVAL, as well as the additional thrusts in the south by Mali’s jihadist coalition. Skepticism that has been prevalent in Algerian media coverage of calls for the internationalization of the Malian crisis remains a strong thread in opinion and editorial writing nonetheless. While significant strands of elite opinion—especially at the political level—appear to have somewhat rallied to support military intervention in northern Mali. At the same time, the Algerian government’s longstanding position in favor of "dialogue" and a "political ...

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“I Have The Picture!” Egypt’s Photographic Heritage between Neoliberalism and Digital Reproduction (Part II)

[Detail from an anonymous photography album, Egypt, early 1940s. Collection of the author.]

The Arab Image Foundation (AIF)—a private archiving initiative founded by a group of artists and collectors in 1997, and run through foreign and local grants—appears on the surface like the very antithesis of the Library of Alexandria in Egypt (discussed in Part I of this article). While based in Beirut, the AIF holds a substantial collection of photographs from Egypt and represents an important model of archive and heritage-making in the region. The AIF’s approach to preserving and curating its extensive photographic collection is highly professional. Its online database is well presented, described, and sourced. The author and source (provenance) of every image ...

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Continued Harassment and Targeting of Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja's Family Members

[Image of Hussain Ahmed, Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja's son-in-law. Image from]

[The Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR) issued the following press release on 22 January 2013.]  The Bahrain Center for Human Rights expresses its grave concern about the constant targeting and harassment of families of human rights defenders and victims of extrajudicial killings. The latest case was the summoning of Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja's son-in-law, Hussain Ahmed (twenty-two years old), to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID). Hussain Ahmed, a former torture victim, received a summon for interrogation on Sunday, 13 January 2013. Hussain Ahmed went with lawyer Abdullah Zainuddein to the CID on Monday 14 January 2013. Ahmed was taken into ...

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Los Angeles Event -- The Arab Uprisings: Between Change and Continuity (29 January)

[Crop of cover of The Dawn of the Arab Uprisings: End of An Old Order?]

The Arab Uprisings: Between Change and Continuity Panel Discussion and Book Event Tuesday, 29 January 2013, 4:30 PM  UCLA Law School, Room 1430 This event features one of the co-editors and two of the contributors of The Dawn of the Arab Uprisings: End of An Old Order? (Pluto Press, 2012). The panelists will offer commentary on both the book (as a resource) and the general trajectory of the uprisings (as socio-political phenomena). This event is free, open to the public. It is co-sponsored by the Arab Studies Institute (ASI), as well as UCLA's Center for Near Eastern Studies, Critical Race Studies Program (Law School), and the History Graduate ...

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Focus sur le Mali, troisième partie: Une périlleuse démonstration de force de l'ancienne puissance coloniale

[Les habitants de Tombouctou protestent contre la prise de contrôle par le groupe islamiste Ansar al-Din. Image par Jemal Oumar/Magharebia.]

[Cet article est le troisième d'une série de trois, avec des perspectives différentes sur les développements au Mali. Les articles précédents - « Mali in Focus, Part One: The Jihadist Offensive Revisited » et « Focus sur le Mali, deuxième partie: Une guerre qui menace toute la région » ] Large consensus politique sur la scène politique intérieure, soutien de la communauté internationale, urgence de la situation face à l'avancée rapide des milices islamistes, tout à première vue concourt à justifier l'intervention militaire française au Mali. Derrière la prétendue légitimité de « l'opération Serval&nbs

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"Light From the Middle East: New Photography" at the Victoria and Albert Museum: A Review

Light from the Middle East: New Photography Exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK 13 November 2012 – 7 April 2013 The photographer Abbas’s images of the Iranian revolution have been described as “the memory of the event.”[1] I certainly remember them. Or I remember the event. I remember anyway my parents deciding that we had seen enough of these images on the streets, so they folded up their newspapers and unplugged our television at home. Abbas's images are the first ones you see upon entering the rather dark space of Light from the Middle East. There is the photograph of handprints, dipped in the blood of martyrs; the photograph of protestors, ...

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QIZ: Egyptian Jeans Under the Patronage of the Muslim Brotherhood

[Egyptian convoy at the Rafah Border, Egypt. Image originally posted to Flickr by Gigi Ibrahim.]

Two weeks ago, an official Egyptian delegation visited Washington to negotiate expanding the Qualifying Industrial Zone (QIZ) agreement with Israel and the US, which sees designated geographic areas in Egypt given duty free status in collaboration with Israel. They also met to discuss reducing the Israeli component in Egyptian exports to the US, which is part of the QIZ deal. Meanwhile, Palestinians were finalizing plans to build the first Palestinian village on land that Israel will confiscate to build settlements. They erected it a and called it Bab Al-Shams, "Gate of the Sun": a new and unique form of resistance during such difficult ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (January 21)

[The train derailment on January 14th in Egypt led to the death of 19 soldiers. Image originally posted to Flickr by Jonathan Rashad.]

[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.]  “Protesters and security clash at Alexandria court” Families of martyrs and activists clash with security forces after they are prevented from demonstrating in front of the court that was expected to pronounce a verdict on a killing protesters case. “Egypt Opposition Faces New Challenges” The National Salvation Front is shaken by internal ...

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Depoliticizing Bahrain's Uprising: The Rhetoric of Human Rights

[Opposition protest in front of the UN building in Manama, 1 January 2012. Image by Saeed Saif.]

Various local, regional, and international parties concerned with Bahraini affairs have failed to translate the November 2011 report of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry (BICI, also known as the Bassiouni report) into a political program similar to Yemen’s GCC Initiative. The United States and the Gulf Cooperation Council states had devised the Initiative in 2011 to quell the Yemeni uprising. Although the Gulf Initiative distorted and marginalized the results of the revolution in Yemen, some argue that it also saved the country from turning into another bloodbath scenario like that in Syria. Nothing of the sort has happened in Bahrain, where the stakes simply ...

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اليمن ودورة جديدة للصراع بالوكالة

لا يمكن وصف ما أثير ضد السفير الإيراني بسبب تصريحاته يوم السادس من يناير الجاري بأقل من زوبعة. في لقائه مع مجموعة من الصحفيين اليمنيين احتج السفير على الاتهامات الموجهة ضد بلاده من الرئيس اليمني عبد ربه بحجة اكتشاف شبكات تجسس إيرانية، قال فيها السفير “لا شيء في اليمن يستحق التجسس عليه والرئيس عبد ربه يستمد معلوماته من تقارير غربية.” تصريحات السفير الإيراني البعيدة عن الدبلوماسية واللياقة والقريبة جداً من واقع اليمن أثارت جزء من الرأي العام اليمني بجانبه المتحفز ضد إيران وتدخلاتها الحديثة العهد في ...

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New Texts Out Now: Madawi Al-Rasheed, A Most Masculine State: Gender, Politics, and Religion in Saudi Arabia

Madawi Al-Rasheed, A Most Masculine State: Gender, Politics, and Religion in Saudi Arabia. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2013. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Madawi Al-Rasheed (MAR): First, the banality of superficial opinions on Saudi women that is so pervasive. In the public sphere, especially in the West, Saudi women are either superstars or victims of their own society and religion. I felt it was time to contribute to this debate from an academic perspective. I ...

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BADIL Proudly Announces the Release of its Report on Palestinian National Identity

BADIL Proudly Announces the Release of its Research Project: One People United: A Deterritorialized Palestinian Identity -- BADIL Survey of Palestinian Youth on Identity and Social Ties-2012 The violent establishment of Israel in 1948 constituted a catastrophe, or Nakba, for Palestinian aspirations for self-determination. More significantly, the Nakba resulted in the mass forced displacement of the majority of the Palestinian people from their homeland, thereby undermining the social cohesion ...

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في مديح دار للسينما في بغداد

في مديح دار للسينما ببغداد: شاشة الأحلام حين تصبح مرآة لتحولات مدينة  في العام 1960 كانت سنتي الأولى في مدرسة، سأحتاج سنوات كي أعرف معنى اسمها: "التهذيب". ثم خمس سنوات لاحقاً في "مدرسة المثنى الإبتدائية" ببنائها الهندسي الجميل، وصفوف الطابق الأرضي منها، المطلة على حديقة كنت أراها جنة حقيقية، لاسيما أنني مبكراً كنت أربط بين البيت الجميل واحتوائه على حديقة، بساحة الرياضة وملعب كرة السلة الذي سيشهد أكثر مباريات سخونة بين مدارس قضاء المسيب الغافي على الفرات الندي المتدفق ...

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مالي الحرب الماحقة

بدأت فرنسا حملتها في مالي ودس أنفها في شؤون مستعمرتها السابقة متعذرة بمحاربة "القوى الإسلامية المتطرفة" وضرورة وضع حد لسطوتها في مالي. خططت وأرست القواعد والجنود وقررت القصف ومطاردة هذه الجماعات، قتلت إلى حد الآن العشرات من عناصر" أنصار الدين" وقصفت بعض خزانات وقودها، وقال الجيش المالي إنه استعاد السيطرة على بعض المدن. أعلنت فرنسا أنها لن تتعدى الجنوب المالي، وإنه ليس من ضمن مخططاتها التوجه إلى الشمال، إنما ستمهد للقوات الأفريقية للقيام بتلك المهمة وتحرير الشمال من قبضة "الجماعات ...

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Advocacy, Uprising, and Authoritarianism in Bahrain: An Interview With Ahmed Al-Haddad

Almost two years after the beginning of the February 14 uprising, the Bahraini regime is still struggling to crush the ongoing political and civil rights movement, all the while working to rehabilitate Bahrain’s “tainted” image. Media blackouts, relentless surveillance and scare tactics, arbitrary detentions, anti-protester violence, and expensive Public Relations campaigns have become daily occurrences. Yet on 20 January 2013, Bahraini authorities met with Amnesty International in order to showcase ...

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Tipping Towards Iraq's Squares: An Interview with Falah Alwan

The Iraqi state releasing 335 detainees this past week? Prime Minster Nouri al-Maliki bussing in a few hundred paid “supporters” to rally? What gives? Signs point to the wave of mass anti-government protests mostly centered around the provinces al-Anbar, Niniweh, and Salah al-Deen, shaking Iraq since 21 December 2012. These evolving mobilizations have sometimes brought out numbers approaching hundreds of thousands (as in Mosul’s Ahrar Square) and led to the blocking of a major Iraq-Jordan-Syria Highway. ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (January 22)

[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 by Monday night of every week.]  Regional and International Relations  Egypt lawyer Gizawi to get jail and lashes in Saudi Arabia A news report on the sentencing of the Egyptian human ...

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Mali in Focus, Part Two: A War That Threatens the Entire Region

[This article is the second of a three-part series featuring different perspectives on the recent developments in Mali. Previously published: "Mali in Focus, Part One: The Jihadist Offensive Revisited"] "...This conflict is legitimate and vital to the security of the French. We can not expect to maintain our lifestyles and our prosperity if we do not go outside our country to participate in the stabilization and resolution of crises, eradicating threats that could inevitably threaten us ...

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The Invisible Link: Honor Killing and Global Capitalism

The unfolding debate about the Palestinian hip hop group DAM’s new music video “If I Could Go Back in Time,” and Lila Abu-Lughod and Maya Mikdashi’s critique of it, has generated an intense visceral reaction on the part of many readers on Jadaliyya and in the blogosphere. DAM produced this music video in collaboration with the director Jackie Salloum and the renowned singer and activist Amal Murkos, to tackle the heinous crime of honor killing in Palestine. Abu-Lughod and Mikdashi took the video to ...

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (Jan 14-20)

This is a selection of what you might have missed on Jadaliyya last week. It also includes a list of the most read articles.  Progressively, we will be featuring more content on our "Last Week on Jadaliyya" series.  Who Failed Rizana Nafeek? "من المآسي المضاعفة للنزوح:فتيات سوريات للزواج "بثمن بخس Ordering the Disorderly? Street Vendors and the Developmentalist State Raped, Without Justice, and Without Hope Mali in Focus, Part One: ...

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Reports Roundup (January 19)

[The following list is a compilation of the reports, statements, and other materials featured on the Jadaliyya Reports Page this past week.] University of California Student Petition Against HR-35 Surpasses 1,000 Signatures UC Students for Justice in Palestine reports on the status of the student petition denouncing California State Assembly HR-35, which equates criticism of Israeli state policies with anti-Semitism, thus stifling the freedom of expression of pro-Palestinian views.  Statement ...

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