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المجاري في مائة عام: تتبع آثار شبكة الصرف سلام فياض Essential Readings: Palestinians in Latin America Protests in Beirut Egypt Media Roundup
[Graffiti on the wall erected by Lebanese government around the Office of the Prime Minister to prevent protesters from reaching it. Artists took to spraying, drawing, and painting various artwork critiquing the status quo. In this mural, various political parties are represented as silencing the people. Photo by Joelle Boutros]

Quick Thoughts: Moe Ali Nayel on Lebanon’s Garbage Crisis and Protest Movement

[On 22 August 2015, what had in previous weeks been a small protest against the breakdown in garbage collection in Beirut turned into a major anti-corruption demonstration calling for fundamental political and economic change in Lebanon. ...

STATUS/الوضع: Issue 2.2 is Live!

After some months of hard work and consolidation, we are more than pleased to announce the release of Issue 2.2 of Status. This issue, like previous issues, includes a remarkable variety of interviews, programs, and reviews related to some ...

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New Texts Out Now: Gary Wilder, Freedom Time: Negritude, Decolonization, and the Future of the World

Gary Wilder, Freedom Time: Negritude, Decolonization, and the Future of the World. Durham: Duke University Press, 2015. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Gary Wilder (GW): This book grew unexpectedly out of a ...


قدّروا شجاعة الرجل

بالرغم من ساعات المديح والاحتفاء الكثيرة التي أُغدقتْ على صديقنا العزيز ورفيقنا إقبال أحمد، والتي يستحقها، هناك الكثير الذي يمكن أن يُقال عنه أيضاً. وأشعر بالإطراء لأنني أستطيع، على الأقل، أن أقول المزيد. إن ما لفت نظري أكثر من غيره هو أن ...

Egypt Media Roundup (July 15)

[28 June 2013, a military helicopter flies over ant-Morsi protesters near Tahrir square, Cairo, Egypt. Image originally posted to Flicker by Lilian Wagdy]

[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.]  “Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood admits it has been negotiating with army” Former minister from Morsi’s cabinet admits that the Brotherhood has entered negotiations with the army. “New York Times shocker: The truth about Egypt slips out” Patrick Smith argues that the overthrow of Mohamed Morsi was a classical US foreign policy stunt. “Protesters head ...

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (July 8-14)

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.   On Sheep and Infidels Why the Western Media are Getting Egypt Wrong Open Letter to Filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf: Please Be a Messenger of Freedom for Iranian and Palestinian People Is the Egyptian Revolution Dead? Is The Egyptian Revolution Aborted? Interview With Hossam El-Hamalawy Brand Turkey and the Gezi Protests: Authoritarianism, Law, and Neoliberalism (Part One) ...

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No Jasmine Tea for the Square

[31 August 2012, anti-Morsi protest in down town Cairo, Egypt. Image originally posted to Flickr by Gigi Ibrahim]

Who exactly is making politics in Egypt these days? There are so many possible answers to the question. One perspective, which is both new and not so new, views politics as the purview of only the very highest circles of power. It only hears politics in the opinions of political elites and the embassies of major foreign states. It only sees politics in the backrooms of the state. But this perspective is more than analytical. Framing politics in this way marks a distinct political position, situated alongside those “registered” political actors who are allowed to play on the Egyptian official field.   Those who follow this line of thinking tell us that the 30 June ...

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Egypt's Economic Challenges: An Interview with Amr Adly

[Anti IMF Loan Protest in Down Town, Cairo: photo by Gigi Ibrahim via flicker]

  With Egypt mired in a revolutionary turmoil, the economic issues have yet to be addressed by any of the major political players in Egypt today! Whether an avowed dictatorship, a transitional military council, or a duly elected government, regime after regime have failed and collapsed in Egypt over the past three years. They seem oblivious to the country’s central quandary: how to feed its people and how to feed them now. VOMENA’s Khalil Bendib spoke with Egyptian political economist Amr Adly about the central economic challenges Egypt is facing which have resulted in an increasingly disaffected population, half of which is living in dire poverty and whose ...

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Rebels Beware of the Bears that Hug Your Generals

[1 June 2012, graffiti during the presidential elections showing Shafiq and Morsi as poppets controlled by a general (the joker). Image originally posted to Flickr by Gigi Ibrahim]

The young people of Egypt led the January 25 revolution, and the army inherited it first, then the army jointly with the Muslim Brothers. And now under the rubric of Tamarod (Rebel), they have spearheaded again the overthrow of President Mohamed Morsi, which they could only — or opted to — do through the army and with the blessing of religious political forces and symbols that did not get along with the Muslim Brothers. The Brotherhood squandered the fortunes it had achieved at the ballot box, and helped itself in its ouster from power. The army did not pay a like price because there is no countervailing power to make it pay; it remains a wild card. Will the ...

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Brand Turkey and the Gezi Protests: Authoritarianism, Law, and Neoliberalism (Part Two)

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[Part one of this article can be found here.] Brand Turkey: Modeling Democracy and Neoliberalism When commentators for CNN International, the new bête noir of AKP supporters for its Gezi coverage, criticized the government reaction against the protesters, they claimed that Turkey had previously been held up as a model of democracy in the Middle East, but that the present situation showed that Turkey was a model for nobody. Others in the media debated whether the Gezi Park protests could be compared to the so-called “Arab Spring,” or other protests against neoliberalism, such as the 15M movements in Spain, the anti-government protests in Greece, the “occupy” protests ...

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ثورة؟ انقلاب؟... الأكيد: كسّرنا الصندوقراطية


صاحب محل عصير القصب، الذي تعرفت عليه في الفقرة الأخيرة من مقالي «عصير الصندوقراطية»، لم يتظاهر يوم 30 يونيو، ورغم أن رده على الشاب الإخواني الذي طالبه بـ«التنظم وخوض الانتخابات» كان «ثانية واحدة هاروح أتنظم وأجي لك». إلا أنه لم «يتنظم» ولكنه «تحرّك». صباح يوم 30 يونيو وضع أمام المحل علم مصر، ولصق ورقة صغيرة كتب عليها «ارحل»، واستمر في عصر القصب، وبيع زجاجات المياه لمن مروا عليه في طريقهم إلى ميدان التحرير. «أنا كنت كأني شايف صورة ثابتة يا أستاذ. ناس عمالة تعدي في اتجاه التحرير شايلين أعلام وبيقولوا: ارحل. اللهم صل على النبي، وآخر الليل نفس المنظر بس في الاتجاه الثاني». بالتأكيد صاحب محل عصير آخر بالقرب من ميدان رابعة العدوية لديه رواية مشابهة عن الجموع التي ذهبت ...

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Rising Up Against Sexual Violence: An Interview with Yasmin El-Rifae of Operation Anti-Sexual Harassment

[Activists organized a protest in front of the Egyptian Press Synidcate, to protest the mass sexual assaults against women during Eid in downtown Cairo. Photo by Hossam el-Hamalawy, taken on 9 November 2006, via Flickr]

According to HarassMap, since 30 June, there have been 173 cases of mob sexual assaults reported at protests in Tahrir Square and in front of the Presidential Palace. The esclation of sexual assaults against women has led to a number of campaigns working to raise awareness and combating what they describe as an epidemic of violence against women protesters. Operation Anti-Sexual Harassment/Assault is one of these organizations, which has tried to rescue women who are exposed to such attacks. So what is a typical night like for these activists who try to extract women from such dangerous situations? What challenges are these activists facing in combating ...

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Is The Egyptian Revolution Aborted? Interview With Hossam El-Hamalawy

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[I conducted this interview with Hossam El-Hamalawy despite a bad internet connection! Please find both the video and the edited English transcription below.] Hossam El-Hamalawy starts by rejecting the "coup vs. revolution" debate, and addresses briefly the short and long history of the military's involvement in politics in relation to the 30 June events. He then moves on to discuss in more detail the developments of the past two years, revealing that we cannot assume that "what we had was an "Ikhwani" [Brotherhood] regime; it was still the Mubarak regime, but they gave a share of the cake to the Islamists." The army assumed they can use ...

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Al-Manial’s Tragedy in Photos

[Residents of al-Manial march from Salahuddien Mosque with the coffins of people killed in the clashes. 6 July 2013. Photo by Jonathan Rashad]

Hundreds of people, including supporters of deposed president Mohamed Morsi and residents of Cairo's al-Manial district, clashed for hours on al-Gamaa bridge on the night of 5 July 2013, using rocks, sticks, and guns. The chaotic scene started around 10 p.m., as Morsi's supporters were returning from a march nearby Tahrir Square. The violence dragged on for hours, as victims were being carried away to the hospital every few minutes, and as the terrifying sound of gunfire echoed through the streets. Twelve of al-Manial’s residents died in the clashes. Their anger and agony was still visible the next day, when I went back to cover the funerals of al-Manial ...

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سعادت حسن منتو: افتحي

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‫[سعادت حسن مَنتو واحد من أشهر كتاب القصة القصيرة بالأردو وأكثرهم إثارة للجدل. ولد منتو في أيار سنة ١٩١٢ قرب مدينة لودِيانا في أقليم بنجاب (في الجزء الذي أصبح لاحقاً في الهند) وتوفي في كانون الثاني سنة ١٩٥٥ في مدينة لاهور في باكستان. نشر إثنين وعشرين مجموعة قصصية ورواية واحدة بالإضافة إلى سيناريوهات عديدة للسينما والإذاعة. وعمل في الأربعينيات في صناعة الأفلام الهندية في مدينة بومباي (مومباي حالياً) ككاتب سيناريو. لا يوجد له نظير في معالجة جنون التقسيم الذي تعرضت له شبه القارة الهندية أثناء التحرر من الحكم البريطاني سنة ١٩٤٨. فضح نفاق المجتمع أثناء المذابح الطائفية وقت التقسيم عبر تناوله لأكثر فئات المجتمع تهميشاً كالمومسات والقوادين وأكثر المواضيع حساسية كسفاح المحارم ...

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ملف من الأرشيف: حسن البنا

[حسن البنا . المصدر فليكر]

[”ملف من الأرشيف“ هي سلسة تقوم ”جدلية“ بنشرها بالعربية والإنجليزية بالتعاون مع جريدة ”السفير“ اللبنانية. الملفات لشخصيات أيقونية تركت أثراً عميقاً في الحقل السياسي والثقافي في العالم العربي.] الإسم: حسن الشهرة: البنا اسم الأب: أحمد عبد الرحمن تاريخ الولادة: 1906 تاريخ الوفاة: 1949 الجنسية: مصري الفئة: سياسي المهنة: مؤسس جماعة الإخوان المسلمين   [حسن البنا.]

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Bahrain and the Kissinger Cables

In early April, Wikileaks released a gigantic trove of declassified US diplomatic documents that shed light on the diplomatic maneuverings of the United States and other governments in the tumultuous 1970s. The magnitude of this collection was such that the website’s founder Julian Assange referred to it as “the single most significant body of geopolitical material ever published.” These are strong words from the curator of such high-profile leaks as Cablegate (a data dump of some two hundred and fifty ...

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صحراء النقب ليست قاحلة

الحرب ضروس في النقب هذه الأيام،  ولا يمكننا القول أنها عرفت السلم منذ إحتلال فلسطين عام 1948. جرافات وجنود وقوانين عاتية تتهدد عوالم لماّ تزل تنفض عنها غبار ما دمرته النكبة، حتى باتت تهددها مواجهة جديدة مع المستعمِر ذاته وفقاً لمخطط جديد-قديم يُعرف بـ"مخطط برافر". هي النقب، صحراء فلسطين الواقعة جنوباً في قضاء بئر السبع، أكبر أقضية فلسطين والذي كان يتبع تاريخياً للواء غزة. وإذ نقول صحراء، فذلك لا يعني على أية حال أنها أرض يباب قاحلة. تغطي النقب مساحات واسعة من الأراضي الزراعية الخضراء التي ...

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الإنترنت والديمقراطية الهاشمية


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Revolution? Coup d’état? The Certain Thing Is We Broke the Boxocracy

Remember the guy who owns the sugarcane juice store from my previous article? He did not come out on 30 June to demonstrate. He did not protest even though he blew off the Muslim Brotherhood supporter who tried to engage him. The Brother told him, “It is important to organize, dive into the elections.” He just laughed, “Just a second. Let me go get involved and I will be right back.” Of course, he did not join up with anyone. But he became an activist in his own way. On the morning of 30 June, he put ...

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Occupy Gezi: Die Grenzen des neoliberalen Erfolgs der Türkei

[This article was originally written by Cihan Tugal, and published by Jadaliyya in English here. It was translated/published in German by Infobrief Türkei.] Die neoliberale AKP räumt alles aus dem Weg, das sich einer Vermarktlichung in den Weg stellt. Ideologische und soziale Spaltungslinien zwischen den Akteuren des Protests und Widerstands gegen diese Politik bedingten lange Zeit eine Fragmentierung und gegenseitige Isolation. Die Gezi-Proteste bergen das Potential zur Überwindung der ...

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Egypt's Media Blunders

The unfolding political tumult in Egypt over the past ten days has not only captured headlines worldwide, it has taken its toll on journalism and reporting as well. While much of the international media turned their attention away from the country over the past year and assumed democracy was marching along, trouble was brewing in the Arab World's most populous nation.  Starting in November 2012, when President Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood released a draconian, dictatorial ...

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Maghreb Media Roundup (July 12)

[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 by Thursday night of every week.]  Algeria Abdelkader Bensalah dément être un marocain naturalisé algérien. Baki 7our Mansour reports that Abdelkader Bensalah discussed his Moroccan origins in ...

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مبعوث العناية الأممية في مهمة بلا مضمون: مهارة البيروقراطي الأممي وفشله السياسي

لا يتوقف جمال بنعمر، مبعوث الأمم المتحدة إلى اليمن، عن الترويج لليمن كحالة نموذجية ضمن دول الثورات العربية رغم إنه يخالف واقع الحال كلياً. فلا يختلف تقريره في منتصف شهر حزيران / يونيو عن تقاريره السابقة من سرد تناقضات تتحدث عن هشاشة العملية الانتقالية دون الإفصاح أو التوقف طويلاً أمام اسباب هذه الهشاشة، مقابل الإسهاب في الحديث عن نجاحات غير مسبوقة رغم إنها في الغالب ليست كذلك.  لم يتغير أداء بنعمر في اليمن والذي لا يتجاوز إبرام الصفقات والتسويات بين الشخصيات القوية في اليمن ضمن إجراءات نقل السلطة ...

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Brand Turkey and the Gezi Protests: Authoritarianism, Law, and Neoliberalism (Part One)

Neoliberalism, Illegality, and State of Exception in Turkey The Gezi Park protests, and the state response to them, have crystallized larger dynamics in Turkey. These include recent legal changes and their contribution to the institutionalization of neoliberalism, centralization of powers, allegations of cronyism, authoritarianism, and encroachment on professional independence and labor rights. Overall, these protests offer a valuable opportunity to consider how high-security, neoliberal nation states ...

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Open Letter to Filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf: Please Be a Messenger of Freedom for Iranian and Palestinian People

[The following open letter is being circulated to publicize and opposed Iranian filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf's participation in the Jerusalem Film Festival and his acceptance of  an achievement award from the fesitval. The Persian and Arabic versions of the open letter follow the list of signatories.]  Open Letter to Mr. Mohsen Makhmalbaf: Please Be a Messenger of Freedom for Iranian and Palestinian People We, the undersigned, are a group of Iranian scholars, artists, journalists and activists ...

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الجموع: تحولات عالمية وميلاد من نوع آخر

 يرى الكثيرون أن المجتمعات في عصر العولمة تصبح أقلّ هرميةً وهيراركية، وأكثر أفقية. وقد تبدو هذه المقولة بعيدةً للبعض عن مواضيع مثل المقاومة والتغيير، ودور الأحزاب ومستقبلها في عالمنا العربي، وخاصةً في مصر. إلا أنها مقولة تعطي مدلولاً واسعاً حول الأنساق التنظيمية الجديدة، وكيفية تشكّلها وأنماط تفاعلها. مما يعني أن تلك المقولة تأخذنا مباشرة إلى صلب الأحزاب السياسية من ناحية البنية والوظائف. ويمكن أن تقودنا هذه المقولة لنقرأ مستقبل الأحزاب، وإلى رسم ملامح التحولات، التي ستعيد مسار إنتاجها بشكل مغاير ...

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Is the Egyptian Revolution Dead?

The short answer is “No.” A longer answer follows. What happened in Egypt between 30 June and 3 July was not a coup against an elected government. It was another attempt by the generals to co-opt Egypt’s January 25 Revolution. The situation’s complexity and its globally and ideologically charged nature makes it hard to see the forest for the trees, here is my view on why the revolution is far from over: In the space of a few days, Mohamed Morsi went from being a ruler who implemented laws and alienated ...

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