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من قصة النقل المشترك لمدينة بيروت: باصاتٌ ومترو في محطة الأحلام

لم يبقَ من مصلحة سكك الحديد لا سكك حديدية ولا حتى الصدأ. كلُ ما تبقى هو ماضٍ نتحسر عليه بغرافيتي تملأ الجدران وبحلمٍ من الصعب ان يتحقق. فحتى أحفاد البيروتيين من الأرجح انهم لن يكحّلوا أعينهم برؤية "ترام" او باص عمومي محترم ...

[Tempelhofer Park. Image by author.]

Tahrir, Taksim, Tempelhof: Between Political Fields

Sitting in Engels—one among many of Neukölln's cosy, candlelit, hipster-friendly cafés—I read on a sticker the slogan: “Tah[r]ir, Taksim, Tempelhof: Das Feld gehört uns allen!” (Tahrir, Taksim, Tempelhof: The Field belongs to us all!). ...

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قراءة في مضامين تدريس اللغتين العربية والعبرية في الجامعة العبرية

لا شك أن "إسرائيل" هي حالة استثنائية على جميع الأصعدة ففي الظروف الطبيعية المجتمع هو الذي أفرز المؤسسات وأنتجها، بينما في الحالة الإسرائيلية فالحركة الصهيونية هي التي أنتجت المؤسسات وأنتجت المجتمع والدولة معاً، وعليه فإن تجليات ...

[Left to Right: Gemayel, Geagea, Maronite Patriarch Rai, Michel Aoun, Suleiman Frangieh. Image from marada.com]

Let Us Now Praise Murderous Men; Lebanese Presidential Candidates, Considered

Lebanon is slated to hold presidential elections next week, despite the fact that the parliamentary elections have yet to be held and it is the Lebanese parliament that elects the Lebanese President. Last year elections were postponed for ...


Reports Roundup (September 1)

[A boy outside his school after a bombing in Gaza, 2009. Image by Al Jazeera English via Wikimedia Commons.]

[The following list is a compilation of the reports, statements, and other materials featured on the Jadaliyya Reports Page this past week.] Egyptian Government Attempts to Suppress Media The Committee to Protect Journalists reports on government censorship, particularly at the state run Al-Akhbar newspaper.   InCABI Statement on India-Israel Free Trade Agreement The Indian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel issues a statement condemning the ongoing negotiations between Israel and India on a free trade agreement. Kuwaiti Government Official Condemns Twitter The Arab Network for Human Rights Information denounces claims by the ...

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عن الخليج: الحملة الأمنية في الإمارات

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من النادر أن نرى تغطية إعلامية في الغرب عن القمع المنسق الذي يتعرض له الناشطون المطالبون بالديمقراطية في شبه الجزيرة العربية. تعد المملكة العربية السعودية الأولى بين أقرانها في الجزيرة العربية التي ترفض وبقسوة أي اقتراحات باصلاحات ديمقراطية. فقد قامت السلطات السعودية مؤخراً باعتقال رجل الدين، نمر النمر، في القطيف في عملية تم فيها إطلاق النار على قدمه وقتل آخرين في قرية العوامية. وقال وزير الداخلية، الأمير أحمد بن عبد العزيز، أن النمر هو "مثير للفتنة" و" رجل مشكوك في مستواه العلمي وحالته العقلية، وأن الطرح الذي يطرحه يظهر إلى أي مدى يعاني من قصور وخلل عقلي". وبناء عليه، فأنت مختل عقلياً إن حاولت أن تدعو إلى الديمقراطية في المملكة العربية السعودية. ...

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Constructing the Self, Constructing the Other

[Mosque of Mannheim, Germany. Image by Immanuel Giel, from Wikimedia Commons.]

[In her essay, US-Turkish philosopher Şeyla Benhabib criticises the current lack of any serious multicultural dialogue between the civilisations. Instead, European and US intellectuals continue to focus on "Islamo-fascism", thereby blocking any constructive debate on Islam and migration in the West.] Last year marked the 50th Anniversary of the German-Turkish Recruitment Agreement, when Turkish guest-workers began to arrive in Germany; this was celebrated with big fanfare by Turkish and German politicians on all sides. But the ink had hardly dried on some of these articles and the speeches had hardly ended when the immigrant community in Germany was shaken to ...

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السلاح في العراق: موت صامت ...موت مباح

[المصدر السفير، أب]

بغداد مضمّخة برائحة البارود الذي خلّفته العبوات الناسفة والسيارات المفخخة والمسدسات الكاتمة. الحيرةُ ترتسم على ملامح قوّات الشرطة والجيش المنتشرة في نقاطِ تفتيشٍ تمتدُّ من شارعٍ إلى آخر: من أين وكيف تمرُّ هذه السيارات والعبوات؟ السياسيون ورجالات الحكم منقسمون بين من يلقي بالاتهام على تنظيم القاعدة وفلول البعث، وهو اتهام أصبح غير صالح للاستهلاك الإعلامي لنفاد صلاحيته، وآخرون يتقاذفون الاتهامات في ما بينهم. كيف يستتبّ الأمن في بلد نائب رئيس جمهوريته متهم بالإرهاب وكذلك حفنة من وزرائه ومن أعضاء برلمانه؟ في ظلِّ انعدام الثقة بالحكومات، وانعدام الأمن وغياب مبدأ سيادة القانون، تزدهر المؤسسة العشائرية التي تمتلك من «السُنن» ما يعادل القوانين الحديثة ويحلّ بديلاً عنها، وابرزها ...

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The Future of Media in Egypt: An Interview with Hisham Kassem

[Hisham Kassem. Image from below video.]

Hisham Kassem is one of the most respected publishers and democracy advocates in Egypt. He spoke with Linda Herrera (Co-Editor of Jadaliyya's On Media and Reporting page) and AbdelRahman Mansour (activist and new media journalist) about why he left his position as publisher at Al-Masry al-Youm, on media coverage of  the revolution, on social media as a game changer,  and his new media venture, Al Gomhouriya al-Gadida. The interview took place in Cairo at the future headquarters of Al-Gomhuriya al-Gadida on 27 June 2012.

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الأدب في زمن النفط: أيام الماعز

[طوابير مزدحمة في معسكر عمال أجانب في دبي]

"منذ تلك اللحظة، بالضبط مثل ذبابة مانيان، بدأ خوف مجهول يغلف عقلي. شك غير منطقي بدأ يتملكني، أن هذه الرحلة لم تكن تقودني إلى حياة الخليج التي كنت أحلم بها وأشتهيها. ذاك الخليج الذي عرفت عنه الكثير من العديد من الأشخاص، لا يشبه ما أراه. يلفحني الخطر، ولا شيء واضح أمامي ." (أيام الماعز، بنيامين، دار نشر بنغوين 2012) لقد خلق زمن النفط مستويات غير مسبوقة من التقييد والقسوة البشرية. وفي الوقت نفسه، فالناس اليوم يسافرون أسرع وفي مجموعات أكبر من أي وقت مضى: والهجرة إلى الخليج بعد الانفجار النفطي في السبعينات خير مثال على ذلك. يوجد هناك ما يقرب من خمسة عشر مليوناً من العمال المهاجرين في الخليج، قدم أغلبهم من دول آسيوية، وأفريقية، وعربية. وقد ارتفع عدد العمال الآسيويين ...

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Crisis in the Gulf and Oriental Architecture in the U.S.: Interviews with Toby Jones and Phil Pasquini

[image from the book, Domes, Arches and Minarets by photographer Phil Pasquini]

In the fall issue of Middle East Report, Professor Toby Jones discusses the impact of revolutionary fervor in the Middle East and North Africa on the Persian Gulf Monarchies. In his article, "Embracing Crisis in the Gulf," he notes, “Typically concerned to hide unrest from view, out of fear of seeming weak or unpopular, the Gulf monarchies now seem disinterested in masking their violent response. In part, the states have lost control; activists can broadcast details of riot police assaults over social media. But the brutality on display is also intentional. The authorities wish to send the message that they can and will crush dissent with impunity.” Shahram ...

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Adorning Afghan Walls

[Shamsia's ominous figures foreshadow Afghan wounds. Image from S. Hassani.]

After Tunisia and Egypt, it was Afghanistan’s turn to be covered in the bold and beautiful colors of graffiti. It all became possible because of one young woman’s unflinching determination. She stood up and vowed to help her country; she is Afghanistan’s first female graffiti artist. Her cry for freedom is an example of the serious changes she wants to see across the Middle East. But it was not an easy ride for the twenty-four year-old Shamsia Hassani—who highlights injustices against women in conservative Afghan society. Like all graffiti artists, she is no stranger to vitriolic criticism of her work, which highlights injustices against women. More importantly, she is ...

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“There Are No Civilians In Wartime.” Rachel Corrie’s Family Confronts The Israeli Military In Court

Cindy, right, and Craig Corrie, center, sit together with their daughter Sarah in the court room just before the district court's ruling in Haifa, Israel, Aug. 28, 2012. Image by Ariel Schalit/AP Photo.]

In a small courtroom on the sixth floor of Haifa’s District Court, a colonel in the Israeli engineering corps who wrote a manual for the bulldozer units that razed the Rafah Refugee Camp in 2003 offered his opinion on the killing of the American activist Rachel Corrie. “There are no civilians during wartime,” Yossi declared under oath. Yossi made his remarkable statement under withering cross-examination by Hussein Abu Hussein, the lawyer for the family of Rachel Corrie, who was crushed to death by an Israeli bulldozer in Rafah on 17 March 2003. Rachel’s parents, Craig and Cindy, and her sister, Sarah, stood in the back of the courtroom to witness the 2010 proceedings. ...

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New Texts Out Now: Jason Brownlee, Democracy Prevention: The Politics of the US-Egyptian Alliance

[Cover of Jason Brownlee,

Jason Brownlee, Democracy Prevention: The Politics of the US-Egyptian Alliance. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2012. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Jason Brownlee (JB): I had a series of experiences in 2009 that got me thinking about the intersection of US foreign policy and human rights abuses in Egypt. First, I was in Egypt in January 2009, during the massive protests against Operation Cast Lead (Israel's military assault on the Gaza Strip, which ended just before Obama took office). The demonstrations eclipsed in size anything organized by Kefaya (the Egyptian Movement for Change) and other political reform movements during prior ...

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Gaza in 2020: A Liveable Place?

[A boy outside his school after a bombing in Gaza, 2009. Image by Al Jazeera English via Wikimedia Commons]

[The following report was issued by the United Nations Country Team in the occupied Palestinian territory in August 2012.]  Gaza in 2020: A Liveable Place?  Summary By the year 2020, the population of Gaza will increase to around 2.1 million, from an estimated 1.6 million people today. The substantial population growth rate will thus add some 500,000 people to a living area which is restricted and already heavily urbanized. Fundamental infrastructure in electricity, water and sanitation, and municipal and social services, is struggling to keep pace with the needs of the growing population. By 2020, electricity ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (August 28)

[Clashes between protestors and riot police after a funeral in Sitra, Bahrain, in April 2012. Image by Saeed Saif.]

[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 David Cameron Meets Bahrain's King in Low-Key Talks Nicholas Watt reports on the Bahraini King's visit to the United Kingdom in The Guardian. Bahraini Rights Activist Al-Khawaja Banned from Entering Egypt A news report on the Egyptian airport authorities' decision to ban Mariam ...

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On Arabs and the Art Awakening: Warnings from a Narcoleptic Population

Amidst commentaries on American crony capitalism, security feminism, and the democracy movement in Mexico, “Art and the Arab Awakening,” Nama Khalil’s article in Foreign Policy in Focus (2 August 2012), stands out with its colorful, playful, joyful descriptions of the art production that has come to international attention during the “Arab Awakening.” Many celebrations of Arab art have been pouring forth since 2001[i], but the placement of Khalil’s article in a forum for American-Anglophone foreign ...

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As Syria Free-Falls . . . A Return to the Basics (Part 1)

Lest we forget, or forget why, it has become important to consult the basics regarding the Syrian uprising. This might very well be the best time for such a review. For as the death toll rises and the gradual destruction of the social fabric continues, the Syrian tragedy is increasingly more about the fall of Syria(ns) than the fall of the Syrian regime. One result has been analytical helplessness, which prompts a return to the basics.  Those of us who follow Syria coverage in every major ...

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NEWTONs You Might Have Missed

With a new semester on the horizon, NEWTON is about to kick into high gear once again. Below are a few amazing posts that you might have missed the first time around. If you wish to recommend a book to be reviewed or if you have just published a book or a peer-reviewed article, please email us at reviews@jadaliyya.com Mohamed Daadaoui, Moroccan Monarchy and the Islamist Challenge: Maintaining Makhzen Power Ziad Fahmy, Ordinary Egyptians: Creating the Modern Nation through Popular Culture Belén ...

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Maghreb Media Roundup (August 30)

Algeria Projet de Nouvelle Constitution: La Classe Politique Ignore le Contenu Mehdi Bsikri discusses the secrecy imposed on Algeria's constitutional revision process, which he claims is withheld entirely from public input and scrutiny. Abdelkader Kherba Entame une Grève de la Faim  Kherba Abedelkader, an activist arrested after filming a demonstration against water shortages, commenced a hunger strike to protest the state's disregard of civil liberties. Proliferation of Parties in ...

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Syria Media Roundup (August 30)

[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.] International and Regional Perspectives Syria's Nusayri Side and Iran Pinar Arikan writes that “currently, Iran's strategic concerns are more important than its ...

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Syria: Joint Rapid Food Security Needs Assessment

[The following report was issued by the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations in June 2012.] Syria: Joint Rapid Food Security Needs Assessment  Summary of Findings Crops and livestock sectors are  the most affected by the ongoing crisis in the country. Table  1 summarizes the total damages and losses in the nine governorates in the crop, irrigation and livestock subsectors. Majorly affected crops are the strategic crops, such as wheat and barley; fruit and other ...

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Moroccan State Propaganda and the Western Saharan Conflict

On the first day of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights’ visit to the Western Sahara “to assess the human-rights situation in both Western Sahara and the Algerian refugee camps where displaced Sahrawi live,” Kerry Kennedy, the president of the center, gave an account for the Huffington Post. Her piece details a crude encounter with the DST (Moroccan intelligence services) after her delegation witnessed DST officers brutalizing a peacefully protesting Sahrawi woman. Plain-clothed ...

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The Echo Chamber of "Campus Anti-Semitism"

Although few people are aware of the United States Commission on Civil Rights’ (USCCR) 2006 findings about "campus anti-Semitism," they have recently been invoked in a growing number of campaigns that threaten to curb students' First Amendment right to freedom of expression.  The USCCR findings on this issue form part of an echo chamber whereby a network of partisan, Israel-aligned organisations and activists repeat the same claims, often unchallenged, before official bodies that simply ...

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Masrah al-Share' (Theater of the Street): Suleiman, PhoFassad, and Jordan (In both Arabic and English)

   هذا الشريط ضمن سلسة من الأفلام تنشرها ”جدلية“ بالإتفاق مع موقع ”العربي الحر“ ومن انتاجه. توثق هذه الأفلام الوثائقية القصيرة التي تتراوح مدتها بين دقيقتين إلى ثلاث دقائق لجوانب في الحياة اليومية لهؤلاء الذين تتحدث عنهم، وتبعات الثورات العربية سلباً وايجاباً على حياتهم. تتبع الكاميرات حيوات أفراد من أجيال وطبقات مختلفة، سواء كانوا من المدينة أو الريف، أغنياء أو فقراء. كما تحاول تتبع نشاطاتهم في مختلف المناطق العربية والتي يصعب عبور حدودها لأسباب معروفة.   في منطقة الزرقا في ضواحي عمّان ...

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مغزى التصاريح الإسرائيليّة

في الوقت الذي تزداد فيه الحكومة الإسرائيليّة تطرفًا وتعنتًا إلى حد إفشال كل الجهود والمبادرات الرامية إلى استئناف المفاوضات وإحياء ما يسمى "عمليّة السلام"، وشن حملة متواصلة من وزير الخارجيّة الإسرائيلي ليبرمان ضد الرئيس "أبو مازن" مطالبًا باستبداله، لأنه يشن حملة ديبلوماسيّة وقانونيّة ضد إسرائيل، ويهدف إلى التوجه إلى الأمم المتحدة فيما يعتبر إرهابًا ضد إسرائيل. وفي الوقت الذي تسابق فيه إسرائيل الزمن وتكثف من تطبيق مخططاتها العدوانيّة والتوسعيّة والاستيطانيّة والعنصريّة، والتي بلغت ...

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The Balkanisation of Syria: Myth or Reality?

In recent weeks, as the number of casualties in the Syrian civil war has been soaring exponentially, so have comparisons of the situation in the country with the wars that ravaged and, ultimately, resulted in the break up of the Yugoslav federation into several smaller and purportedly ethnically more homogeneous states in the 1990s – a process commonly referred to as Balkanisation. Such comparisons vary greatly in degree and are often little articulated: from drawing parallels with an ill-defined ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (August 27)

[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.] “All broken up: new coalitions form as old electoral alliances die out” New political realities reshuffle political alliances before the parliamentary elections. “Brotherhood Guidance ...

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