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أشباح سركون بولص

”كرسي جدي ما زال يهتزّ على أسوار أوروك  تحته يعبر النهر، يتقلّب فيه الأحياء والموتى“  سركون بولص، ”عظمة أخرى لكلب القبيلة“ يتجاور الأحياء والموتى بشكل ملفت للنظر في ديوان سركون بولص الأخير ”عظمة أخرى لكلب ...

On the BDS Blacklist

[This is a slightly revised version of comments presented as part of the event “Palestine Solidarity: A Faculty Roundtable and Student Q & A,” held at the CUNY Graduate Center on 17 October. The discussion was organized by a group of ...

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Maghreb Media Roundup (October 23)

[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 ...

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New Texts Out Now: Edmund Burke III, The Ethnographic State: France and the Invention of Moroccan Islam

Edmund Burke III, The Ethnographic State: France and the Invention of Moroccan Islam. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 2014. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book?  Edmund Burke III (EB): Ever since ...

مستقبل السلفيين السياسي ماذا بعد الشريعة؟

[مصدر الصورة ا.ب]

ارتبط قرار السلفيين بالدخول للمعترك السياسي بعد الثورة بقضية الهوية الإسلامية للمجتمع. ومع إقرار الدستور الذي ضمن بشكل كبير للسلفيين تطبيق الشريعة يبرز السؤال التالي: وماذا بعد الشريعة؟ هل انتهى المبرر لوجود السلفيين في الحياة السياسية وانتهت القضية التي تمكنوا من خلالها من حشد الملايين للتصويت لهم في الانتخابات ؟ هل سيتم تكرار النموذج الباكستاني للأحزاب الإسلامية ؟ نحتاج أن نعرف ما هو الوضع الباكستاني أولاً للقيام بالمقارنة بينه وبين مصر. على عكس مصر التي تعد بلداً عريقاً تأسس على الأسس الطبيعية لقيام أي دولة، لم يكن هناك ما يسمى بدولة باكستان حتى سنة 1947، حين انشطرت عن الهند الكبرى لتكون وطنًا قوميًّا للمسلمين الذين تعرضوا لاضطهاد بشع من الهندوس. فباكستان قامت على ...

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Alexandria Re-Imagined: The Revolution through Art

[Revolutionary martyrs painted on walls of Alexandria. Photo by Amro Ali]

On 24 January 2011 – a day before the arc of Egyptian history would be altered – the film Microphone was screened. Microphone documents Alexandria’s pre-revolution underground scene of artists and musicians fighting a passive oppression that suffocates their ability to nurture their creativity. Khaled (played by Khaled Abol Naga), who has returned to Egypt from the US, wishes to aid the youth by providing them with a venue and funding for nurturing their talents. In one scene, Khaled is conversing with an official at the state’s cultural office to request support for his project. The dialogue proceeds as follows: Official: What is this graffiti? Is our role to ...

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"Tahrir," My Revolution

[Protesters gather in Tahrir Square on 29 July 2011. Photo by Hossam el-Hamalawy]

Two years ago, Egyptians took to the streets to demand “bread, freedom, and social justice.” The first demonstrations, which took place on 25 January 2011, rapidly turned into massive protests against Hosni Mubarak and an eighteen-day uprising that led to the Egyptian dictator’s resignation on 11 February. Two years after, what is left of the January 25 Revolution? This series of eight videos made by SAMAR MEDIA (click here to find out more) reflects on the events that have been shaking up Egypt since January 2011. Egyptians from diverse backgrounds and with different political orientations give their recollection of “their” revolution and how it impacted Egypt as ...

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Mali in Focus, Part Three: A Dangerous Show of Force from a Former Colonial Power

[French defense minister Jean Yves Le Drian addresses reporters during a press conference held at the defense ministry in Paris, Tuesday 15 January 2013. Map at left shows the operations zone in Mali. France carried out new airstrikes overnight against Islamist fighters in central Mali. Image by Remy de la Mauviniere/AP Photo.]

[This article is the final 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" and "Mali in Focus, Part Two: A War That Threatens the Entire Region"] Broad political consensus in the domestic political sphere, support from the international community, and the urgency of the situation due to the rapid advance of Islamist militias—together, at first glance, these factors seem to justify French military intervention in Mali. Behind the alleged legitimacy of "Operation Serval,” however, France’s role is ridden with gray areas and ...

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Maath Musleh on Social Media and Palestine

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[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): What do you think is the most gratifying aspects of Tweeting, and Twitter? Maath Musleh (MM): Twitter is a platform of expression; that by itself is very gratifying. Being able to speak your mind at any time is relieving. What makes Twitter different from other similar platforms is its simplicity. You do not have much functionality. Twitter is simple: tweet, follow, DM. This simplicity puts all the focus on the idea itself. The ...

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Parallel Walks in al-Khalil: A Photo Essay

[Walking in the Israeli Settler controlled area in al-Khalil. Image by Isis Nusair.]

I last visited al-Khalil (Hebron) with my family when I was a child in the mid 1970s. I only have vague recollections of that visit, except for the place where Ibrahim (Abraham) was to sacrifice his son. For some reason, and maybe because as a child I was unable to comprehend why a father would be asked to sacrifice his son, that visit remained ingrained in my memory for years to come. While studying in Jerusalem and Tel-Aviv, I always visited Ramallah, Bethlehem, and Birzeit, especially for solidarity student visits during the first Palestinian Intifada. I have been living in the United States since 1993, yet despite my repeated visits back home for research and to ...

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Habits of French Colonialism

[Map of West Africa. Image from News Click.]

“In other days France was the name of a country. We should take care that in 1961 it does not become the name of a nervous disease.” -- Jean Paul Sartre, preface to Frantz Fanon’s Wretched of the Earth.  In an early French film on the colonies, Enfants annamites ramassant des sépèques devant la Pagode des dames (Lumière Brothers, 1897), two French women smile condescendingly as they scatter coins to a group of Vietnamese children, who scramble to gather them. Little has changed in the French attitude to its former colonies in more than a century. The “Socialist” president François Hollande’s deceitful claim that France is in Mali to protect the ...

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اليمن ودورة جديدة للصراع بالوكالة

[Shadows and Scalpels: Expanding the

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 اليمن. هذه التصريحات كانت جافة وليست مجافية لواقع الحال في اليمن بحكم أنه بلد مكشوف تقوم بهيكلة جيشه بعض الدول مثل الولايات المتحدة الأمريكية وتتعرض أراضيه لضربات شبه يومية ...

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

[Cover of Madawi Al-Rasheed,

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 do not want to write a book that celebrates the achievement of Saudi women, seeks pity, or even condemns them to the duality of victim/survivor. As a woman with a Saudi ...

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

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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 amongst the Palestinian national body. One of the most visible outcomes of the Nakba is the geographical dispersal of Palestinians, mainly across the Middle East, but also in ...

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في مديح دار للسينما في بغداد

[ .إعادة إفتتاح سينما سميراميس 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 دائماً.  حين نقلت مع عدد من التلاميذ إلى "مدرسة المثنى" كنت على درجة من السعادة. فذلك يعني أنني سأخترق " شارع لويس باكوس"، وهو أكبر شوارع المسيب وأحدثها، ...

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مالي الحرب الماحقة

[جنود للقوات الفرنسية. المصدر الشروق تصوير ح.م]

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 الإسلامية" المتطرفة. وفعلاً بدأت بعض الدول الإفريقية بإرسال قوات إلى مالي، لكن يبقى إعلان فرنسا مجرد وعد وتظل هناك حقيقة أنها دخلت من دون غطاء دولي شرعي. من ...

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Playing the Numbers Game: Copts and the Exercise of Power

With 25 January upon us yet again, the “Coptic question” remains as salient as ever. This hermeneutic expression, similar to Shlomo Sand’s historicization of what was the “Jewish question,” in the context of contemporary Egyptian nationalism, is important to interrogate. This is in light of continued state-focused analysis post 25 January 2011, which seems to have been reified over the past two years. From electoral results and state dynamics to constitutional drafting and ratification, the Copts find ...

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عــامـــان عـلــى 25 يـنــايــــر فــي مصــــر مـكـــــامــــــن الــقــصــــــور فـــي الــثـــــــورة

تهدف الثورة، أي ثورة، الى دفع السلطة الحاكمة للدخول في علاقات مباشرة مع الجموع، على النحو الذي يمكِّن الثوار من قلب منطق القوة وكيفية ترتيبها، فتتم تعرية ممارسات السلطة، ونزع فتيل الشرعية عنها، ومنعها من الاختفاء وراء علاقات غير مباشرة، أو خلف شبكات متوارية ملساء الوجه. تستدرج الثورة السلطة لكشف وجهها العنيف الذي تلجأ إليه عندما تشعر بالتهديد المطلق على بقائها، أي حين تفقد ميكانزمات الانضباط والسيطرة والخطاب فاعليتها على الجماهير، فتخسر السلطة قدرتها على شن حرب الأفكار والإقناع. وقد كشفت قوات الأمن عن ...

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Syria Media Roundup (January 24)

[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.] Regional and International Perspectives   Syria: The Analogies of History Daniel Neep explores “the ways in which the challenges faced by today’s rebels relate to those faced by ...

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A Loss in the Battle for Free Access to Information

[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.]   Aaron Swartz, a passionate defender for the freedom of information, committed suicide on 11 January, ending his life of twenty-six years. Swartz’s death comes after months of legal conflict following his downloading of ...

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Rhetoric or Critical Action? The Role of Human Rights in EU-UAE Relations

An EU resolution passed in October 2012, which condemned human rights abuses in the United Arab Emirates, caused outrage among defenders of the Emirati regime and gave hope that human rights may play a greater role in EU foreign policy. Several months on, has this resolution proved to be anything more than empty rhetoric? The resolution criticized repression of political activists in the United Arab Emirates, where seventy-seven individuals have been detained without charge in the past year. It also ...

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تزييفُ الوعي وتطييفُ التاريخ في سياقات الثورة السوريّة

(إلى الصديق الأستاذ جورج طرابيشي مفكرًا فوق الطوائف، وإلى ضحايا الطوائف) رغم الاختلافات الهائلة (ديمقراطيًّا) بين حقبةِ ما بعد الاستقلال وحقبةِ البعث، فإنّ الفترتين تتقاطعان من حيث الغياب شبه التامّ لأيّة دراساتٍ علميّةٍ للمسألة الطائفيّة في سوريا. فقد بقيتْ هذه المسألة من المحرَّمات طوال فترة حكم البعث، ومن المهمَلات طوال الفترة التي تلت الاستقلال، رغم أنّ حكومات الاستقلال المتعاقبة عاشت الطائفيّة من خلال الدويْلات الطائفيّة المجزّأة التي أنشأها الانتدابُ الفرنسيّ. في تطييف الطيف السوريّ منذ ...

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List of Children Killed by Drone Strikes in Yemen and Pakistan

[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 | ...

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

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 ...

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

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 ...

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Early Perspectives from Algeria on Northern Mali and French Intervention

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 ...

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

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 ...

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

[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, ...

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