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Yemen at Crossroads: An Interview with Activist Hisham Al-Omeisy

Yemen has grabbed the world's attention as the country’s political crisis appears to have been deepened with the Saudi-led military intervention. According to The Guardian and other news organizations, the U.S. is providing “logistical and ...

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New Texts Out Now: Don Karl and Basma Hamdy, Walls of Freedom: Street Art of the Egyptian Revolution

Don Karl and Basma Hamdy, editors, Walls of Freedom: Street Art of the Egyptian Revolution. Berlin: From Here to Fame Publishing, 2014. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Don Karl and Basma Hamdy (DK & BH): Our main goal ...

[Image from ruins of the Palestinian village of Damoun, featuring a plaque by the Zochrot Truth Comission. Image by the author.]

Boycott, Sovereign Anxieties, and the Decolonizing Temporality of Return: A Note on Adi Ophir’s Remarks on BDS

And so it is not I who make a meaning for myself, but it is the meaning that was already there, pre-existing, waiting for me. – Frantz Fanon[1] It is fair to say that the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign ...

[The entrance to Camp 1 in Guantanamo Bay's Camp Delta. Photo by Kathleen T. Rhem.]

Reading Mohamedou Ould Slahi’s Guantanamo Diary

“You are holding me because your country is strong enough to be unjust.” Guantánamo Diary, written by Mohamedou Ould Slahi,[i] depicts the continuing incarceration of this Mauritanian national in the military detention facility in ...


Theorizing the Arabian Peninsula Roundtable: Perspectives from the Margins of Arabia

[This is one of seven contributions in Jadaliyya's electronic roundtable on the symbolic and material practices of knowledge production on the Arabian Peninsula. Moderated by Rosie Bsheer and John Warner, it features Toby Jones, Madawi Al-Rasheed, Adam Hanieh, Neha Vora, Nathalie Peutz, John Willis, and Ahmed Kanna.] (1) Historically, what have the dominant analytical approaches to the study of the Arabian Peninsula been? How have the difficulties of carrying out research in the Arabian Peninsula shaped the ways in which knowledge is produced for the particular country/ies in which you have worked, and in the field more generally? When I first began studying Arabic ...

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البنية التحتية للاستعمار الاستيطاني الإسرائيلي (الجزء الأول): وادي الأردن:

[سيدة فلسطينية (ناديا الكرد) تشير لجزء من بيتها قام المستوطنون بالاعتداء عليه. تصوير سميرة شاه]

منذ تأسيسها، دأبت السلطات القضائية الإسرائيلية بفرعيها المدني والعسكري على التمييز بين الأشخاص بناء على الدِّين. فعلى امتداد إسرائيل في أراضي 48 والأراضي الفلسطينية المحتلة التي تتضمن الضفة الغربية بما فيها القدس الشرقية وقطاع غزة تطبق إسرائيل مجموعة من القوانين على سكانها اليهود تختلف عن تلك المطبقة على غير اليهود. تستطيع الدولة تحمّل تلك الامتيازات الضخمة والواضحة للأشخاص اليهود حتى فيما هو أبعد من حدودها المعلنة (لهذا السبب تمت الإشارة إلى إسرائيل في أراضي 48) وذلك على حساب الصالح السياسي والاقتصادي-الاجتماعي لمواطنيها غير اليهود ويتم هذا عن طريق فصل المواطنة اليهودية عن الجنسية الإسرائيلية. إن وطأة هذه السياسات تكون أشد ضمن الأراضي الفلسطينية المحتلة لأنها تُطبق ...

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Maghreb Media Roundup (April 19)

[A MINURSO officer address Sahrawi refugees in Western Sahara. Image courtesy of United Nations Photostream.]

[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 L’enquête sur Sonatrach 2 s’étend à la Libye : nouvelles révélations sur le scandale des pots-de-vin versés par Saipem Hayet Rezki continues to follow the Sonatrach scandal, pointing to new e-mails that unearth further corruption. «La Banque d’Algérie n’a pas tiré les leçons de l’affaire Khalifa» Mohamed Benzerga ...

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A Non-Nuclear Conversation: An Interview with Iranian Human Rights Campaigner Dr Hadi Ghaemi

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Iranian activists, journalists and human rights advocates have been coming under increasing pressure by the Iranian government; at a time when the international news media is fixated on Iran's nuclear program. This week, Malihe Razazan speaks with Hadi Ghaemi, Executive Director of the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, about Iran's political prisoners and the campaign to hold the Iranian government accountable for violations of human rights. 

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Algeria: The Revolution to Come?

[Front and back cover of Hocine Belalloufi,

Hocine Belalloufi, Democracy in Algeria, Reform or Revolution. Coédition Lazhari Labter éditions / Editions Apic Alger, 2012. On the shelves of bookstores in Algiers, a book appeared a few months ago whose cover immediately stood out.  Under the image of a large classic-looking compass, in large and bold letters, is the question that Hocine Belalloufi tries to answer in roughly five hundred pages: Democracy in Algeria, Reform or Revolution[1]? Since 2008, this former editor-in-chief of Alger Républicain and regular contributor to La Nation has issued a "plea for a new Arab revolution[2]." He undoubtedly draws on the political openings using the ...

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Continuity from Rupture: Deir Yassin’s Absent Presence in an Unmade Film

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The Zionist guns trained in our direction were not a mere physical barrier: they were a lethal reminder that our city, for us, was to be now no more than a memory; a dream that we were now back to zero. Enjoy the view if you can, in the midst of the homeless thousands. But you’ve been plucked out by the roots. Your books, your ideas, your visions: they’re absurd indicators to a world where the absurd rules supreme. --Jabra Ibrahim Jabra[1] Perhaps the most striking feature of Israel’s effort to construct an undisputed history, territoriality and identity in Palestine is its banality: the banality that often comes with the normalisation of the absurd. A state of ...

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Nothing to Declare: A Lecture Performance by Dictaphone Group (GMU, 22 April)

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Nothing to Declare: A Lecture Performance by Dictaphone Group Monday 22 April 2013 1:30pm Lecture Hall 1 George Mason University Performance Synopsis Nothing to Declare is a research-based lecture performance that explores borders within Lebanon, those between Lebanon and its neighbors, and across the Arab world. Our journey starts at a derelict train station in Beirut, and continues as each one of us sets off on a different trip following one of the three train tracks that used to connect Lebanese cities with each other and with other Arab cities. Our travels include visits to sites along the train tracks and abandoned stations to discover ...

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Questioning Sectarianism in Bahrain and Beyond: An Interview with Justin Gengler

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In popular accounts of politics in the Arabian Peninsula in this post-Arab uprisings era, "sectarianism" has been an omnipresent signifier for conflict and unrest. The term commonly acts – implicitly, because it is never qualified or defined – as both a description of political contestation and, simultaneously, an explanation for it. The history of "sectarianism" in academia, as an object of study and as an analytic with explanatory power, is a contentious one, used at times uncritically and rejected absolutely at others. Given the burgeoning body of new research into "sectarianism" that addresses both the proliferation of this popular ...

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New Texts Out Now: Adel Iskandar and Bassam Haddad, Mediating the Arab Uprisings

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Adel Iskandar and Bassam Haddad, editors, Mediating the Arab Uprisings. Washington, DC: Tadween Publishing, 2013. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Adel Iskandar and Bassam Haddad (AI & BH): The idea for this book grew out of the splendid contributions to Jadaliyya from a number of authors who offered interventions on the role of media in the uprisings. With a dearth of critical examinations about the media and the representation of these movements, it became increasingly urgent to challenge some of the prevalent assertions circulating widely.  Unlike our authors, our work as editors was considerably straightforward. We identified essays that ...

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On Iraq War Revisionism: Kanan Makiya and the Arab Revolutions

[US Army Sergeant of a UH-60A Black Hawk helicopter. Photo by Sgt. Maryalice Leone of U.S. Marine Corps via Flickr]

Commemoration of the tenth anniversary of the US invasion and occupation of Iraq by those responsible for waging it has taken largely unapologetic form. Donald Rumsfeld tweeted about the “long, difficult work of liberating 25 mil Iraqis,” and that those who “played a role in history deserve our respect and appreciation.” He ostensibly includes himself in this group. Paul Wolfowitz suggested that “we still don’t know how all this is all going to end,” hopeful that Iraq might possibly follow the model of South Korea after the Korean War. Wolfowitz bemoaned the fact that Iraqis were not given control over Iraq immediately, and that Iraqi exiles who swooped into Iraq on the ...

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Altérité, interculturalité et marginalité dans la littérature francophone marocaine : Entretien avec El Hassane Aït Moh

[Quelques œuvres par El Hassan Aït Moh.]

El Hassane Aït Moh est l’un des nombreux écrivains marocains, voire maghrébins, résidants à l’étranger et qui ont adopté la langue française comme langue de production littéraire. Après un long parcours dans l’enseignement public, El Hassane a rejoint la mission culturelle marocaine en France pour continuer son métier de toujours : l’enseignement et le dialogue interculturel. Il vient de publier son troisième roman, intitulé Les Jours de Cuivre, chez L’Harmattan. Dans ses ouvrages, Aït Moh, ce berbérophone natif de Ouarzazate, une ville moyenne incrustée au pied du Haut Atlas au sud-est du Maroc, qui maitrise aussi bien l’arabe que le français, ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (April 16)

[Thousands of Pakistani laborers leaving Riyadh's Diplomatic Quarter after visit to their embassy on April 13, 2013. Image from Rosie Bsheer's archive.]

[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 Saudi Arabia builds giant Yemen border fence A news report on the Saudi regime’s decision to build a 1,800 km fence “to seal off its troubled frontier with Yemen,” on BBC. Qatar offers Egypt $3bn in aid A news report on the Qatari regime’s decision to buy bonds from Egypt worth three ...

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Theorizing the Arabian Peninsula Roundtable: Towards a Critical Cartography of the Political in the Arabian Peninsula

[This is one of seven contributions in Jadaliyya's electronic roundtable on the symbolic and material practices of knowledge production on the Arabian Peninsula. Moderated by Rosie Bsheer and John Warner, it features Toby Jones, Madawi Al-Rasheed, Adam Hanieh, Neha Vora, Nathalie Peutz, John Willis, and Ahmed Kanna.] (1) Historically, what have the dominant analytical approaches to the study of the Arabian Peninsula been? How have the difficulties of carrying out research in the Arabian Peninsula ...

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Reports Roundup (April 20)

[The following list is a compilation of the reports, statements, and other materials featured on the Jadaliyya Reports Page this past week.] Palestinian Refugees from Syria in Lebanon American Near East Refugee Aid reports on the state of Palestinian refugees living in Lebanon after having fled Syria, many of whom suffer from lack of employment, hunger, and poor housing conditions. Open Letter to Formula One Racers on Human Rights Abuses in Bahrain A group of human rights organizations address ...

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Bassem Sabry on Social Media 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): What do you think are the most gratifying aspects of Tweeting and Twitter? Bassem Sabry (BS): At the risk of sounding cliche, the most remarkable thing about Twitter is the ability to just engage directly with the entire world, especially within your field of interest. Within months of ...

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On the Margins Media Roundup (April)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Mali, South Sudan, 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 info@jadaliyya.com.]   Somalia Can President Hassan Fix the World's Most Failed State? Alex Perry met with President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud at his presidential palace where ...

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Syria Media Roundup (April 18)

[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 EU to Allow Purchases of Syria Oil From Opposition   Faltering Role of Tribal Leaders Tested By Oil-Related Disputes in ...

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The Constitution Project's Task Force on Detainee Treatment

[The following report was issued by the The Constitution Project on 16 April 2013.]  The Report of the Constitution Project's Task Force on Detainee Treatment  Statement of the Task Force This report of The Constitution Project’s Task Force on Detainee Treatment is the result of almost two years of intensive study, investigation and deliberation. The project was undertaken with the belief that it was important to provide an accurate and authoritative account of how the United ...

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الأم شجاعة": خطاب أسماء الأسد في عيد الأم"

 تسجيل "بروحك تحمي الياسمين"، بدقائقه الأربع عشرة، خلاصة أخرى لفترة حكم الأسد الثاني، وارث الكرسي والذعر. لم يسهُ المخرج الذي تعمد البطء في التصوير، إذ اختيرت الموسيقى الكلاسيكية، الهوليودية الاستخدام في سائر المشاهد، مثلما كانت سمفونيات ماهلر في تأبين الأسد الأول تخفي ضحالة الكلمات المتبادلة بين المعزّين. أسماء الأسد بين النساء كزوجها بين الرجال، في "قصر الشعب" الذي قصّت الجرافات أحد رؤوس قاسيون لينتصب الصرح ويشمخ عالياً فوق رؤوس الشعب. صدى كلامها يتطاول في قاعة مرمر، رحابتها ...

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العقاب الجنسي في الفولكلور

 لقَدْ عَزا الإنسانُ مُنْذُ القِدَمِ أسْبابَ الإصابةَ بالعللِ والأَمْراضِ والأزماتِ والنَّكَبات الشخصية إلى تَعَدّي الحُدُود الأخلاقية. فَحِينَ يُصابُ أحدٌ بآفة مَرَضيةٍ ما، أوْ يضطربُ سلوكُه أوْ نشاطُهُ أوْ يتعرّض لأية مِحْنَة مِنْ مِحَنِ الحياة يَتمّ تشخيص أوْ تعليل ما حَدَثَ على أنّه جَزاءٌ وفاقٌ لفعلٍ لا يُجوزُ قامَ به، أوْ فِعْلٍ يتوجّبُ لمْ يقمْ به. بِعِبارةٍ أخْرى أنّ ما أصابهُ مِنْ عِلّةٍ أوْ مَرض لَيْسَ إلا جريرة جرّها على نفسه نتيجة تعدّيه نُظُم الأخلاق والأعراف الإجتماعية التي تحْرصُ ...

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The United Nations and Authoritarianism's Renewal in Yemen

The United Nations' stewardship in post-conflict and transitional political environments appears increasingly ineffective in the face of spreading violence in Syria, the intensification of Bahraini regime repression, and the growing popular discontent with Morsi's authoritarian measures in Egypt. In an apparent bid to remain at least partially relevant in the Middle East, the United Nations has continued to present Yemen and the GCC Initiative as a successful model for post-"Arab Spring" ...

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Seeing How the Natives Live: On the Pitfalls and Potential of Alternative Tourism

People tuned into news from Palestine are often surprised to hear that one of the occupied West Bank’s main industries is tourism. Tourism has provided livelihoods for people in many cities in historic Palestine for centuries; there was even a tour guide’s guild in early Ottoman Jerusalem. Palestine has long been a destination for religious pilgrims, and particularly Christian tourists have continued making pilgrimages, constituting the vast majority of the tourists entering Israel and the West Bank ...

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A Camera’s View Finder Confronts a Gun Sight

[All photos by Mohammad al-Azza.] “We were joking,” said Mohammad al-Azza from his hospital bed, “but I couldn’t take the joke.” My husband and I had called and woken up our friend, a photographer and documentary maker, recovering after an Israeli soldier shot him in the face—and these were his first drowsy words after accepting our well wishes. A day earlier, on 8 April, Mohammad was injured while photographing an Israeli raid into his community of Aida Refugee Camp—located on the outskirts of ...

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