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[In the northern West Bank. Photo by Ahmad Al-Bazz.]

Snapshot: Palestinian Spring

As a Palestinian photojournalist living in the West Bank my daily work is very far from the quiet and fabulous nature that is seen in these pictures. Every week I spend hours covering protests, clashes, and the military operations of the ...

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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 ...

[Cover of Don Karl and Basma Hamdy,

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 United Nations and Authoritarianism's Renewal in Yemen

[Jamal Benomar, the UN Special Envoy to Yemen, at a Friends of Yemen meeting. 6 March 2013. Image from flickr/Chatham House.]

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" transitions. What it has failed to realize is that this peaceful "transition" is increasingly fragile because the root causes of discontent that triggered the ...

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

[Crop of image of sign marking Area A. Photo by Yuval Ben-Ami.]

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 every year. Despite the prominence of pilgrimage tours, recent decades have seen a rise in other forms of tourism to the West Bank. While alternative forms attract smaller ...

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A Camera’s View Finder Confronts a Gun Sight

[Israeli soldiers approaching Aida Refugee Camp. Image by Mohammad al-Azza]

[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 Bethlehem in the West Bank. The separation wall circles around two sides of the camp, and a military base is embedded in the wall at Rachel’s Tomb. Looking out Mohammad’s home ...

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كيف يمكن أن نفهم الألتراس؟

[غرافيتي على الحائط تصوير محمد الجوهري]

كان الحكم الذي أصدرته محكمة الجنايات في التاسع من مارس ضد المتهمين في تخطيط وتنفيذ مجزرة بورسعيد ضد مجموعة ألتراس أهلاوي في مباراة الأهلي والمصري التي اقيمت في الأول من فبراير من العام الماضي 2012 وما تلاه من أحداث عنف من جانب بعض المنتمين إلى المجموعة، فرصة ذهبية للإعلام – وليس فقط الرياضي- للظهور علينا بوجهه القبيح في تشويه الوقائع والبحث عن مزيد من الإثارة التي تجتذب مزيداً من المشاهدين من أجل تحقيق مزيد من الربح أو خدمة السردية التي تحاول السلطة فرضها على المجتمع فيما يتعلق بواقع ودور مجموعات الألتراس في الشارع، ولم تكن بعض القوى الثورية بعيدة عن هذا الإتجاه أيضاً.  ففي ظل حالة التخبط التي تعيشها مؤسسات الدولة (أو شبه الدولة لأكون اكثر دقة)، بات أي تحرك من قبل ...

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A Subject of Time: A Review of "Dust: Egypt’s Lost Architecture"

[Sarageldine Palace, Cairo, 2006. Photo by Xenia Nikolskaya.]

Dust: Egypt’s Lost Architecture (Dewi Lewis Publishing, 2012) is a book of photographs by Xenia Nikolskaya about Egypt’s decaying colonial architecture. (A limited mock-up can be viewed here.) These are buildings in a pre-mortem state, or verging onto it; that is to say, buildings in a state of limbo. Nobody knows how long they will be around before being demolished and resold for more profitable use. Some of them are great works of architecture, yet they stand in purgatory collecting dust. They date back to what is regarded as Egypt’s belle époque. While the denomination itself could be contested as being an historiographic import from other geographic contexts, these ...

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مصطفى الأرمني

[غلاف رواية

[ مقطع بعنوان "مصطفى الأرمني" من رواية "مذكّرات إمرأة شيعيّة" لرجاء نعمة عن شركة المطبوعات للتوزيع والنشر] واقعة 1948،  من ميناء حيفا في فلسطين انطلقت سفينة هاربة باتجاه الساحل اللبناني، حاملة معها فارين من مجازر الصهاينة، ومن بين هؤلاء خوسروف الأرمني وعائلته. كان الجيل السابق من هذه قد فر من أرمينيا إلى "بلاد الشام" هرباً من المذابح التي ذاع صيتها آنذاك في أصقاع الأرض. الآن ومذابح أخرى قد بدأت في وطنهم البديل، ستكون مخاوف هؤلاء مختلفة عن مخاوف الآخرين. وتوقعاتهم أيضاً. سيصدق خوسروف ما يرفض تصديقه الفلسطينيون: هذا التهجير القسري لن يكون مؤقتاً كما قيل لهم. قد يطول! العمر كله. التجارب السابقة تحرمه من نعمة التفاؤل وتلوّح له بتكرار ...

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From High to Low and Back Again: A Fish Above Sea Level

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Samak fawqa satah al-bahr [A Fish above Sea Level]. Directed by Hazim Bitar. Jordan, 2012. Recently I had the opportunity to view the independent film Samak fawqa satah al-bahr (A Fish above Sea Level) at the University of Jordan. This is the first feature-length film by Hazim Bitar, who both wrote and directed it. He is a prominent presence in the Jordanian film community, having produced more than six shorts, both narrative-driven and documentary, in addition to founding the (now suspended) Amman Filmmakers Cooperative, which provided an array of support (including equipment, distribution, promotion, and people-power) to both aspiring and accomplished filmmakers. In ...

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Imperialist Liberalism and the Egyptian Revolution

[Aerial view of the Washington Monument with the White House in the background. Photo by United States Navy (from Wikimedia Commons)]

In the following lines, I level four criticisms against what I term the imperialist liberal trend of thought and how it deals with the January 25 Revolution. By “imperialist liberalism,” I mean that loose US-European academic tradition, whose defense of liberalism, especially of representative democracy and individual freedom, is inextricably tied to a colonial, Western-centric conceptual toolbox that sometimes reaches the limit of directly and unashamedly defending US global interests. First, placing the Egyptian revolution within a ready-made typology — derived partly from the study of the so-called Western classical revolutions and partly from the study of some ...

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Maghreb Media Roundup (April 12)

[MNLA fighters Photo courtesy of Wikimedia commons.]

[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                         Clashes in Algeria as poor protest against lack of housing Al Arabiya reports on continued protests against lack of housing in Ouargla. Le trésor du dey et du Sonatrach ...

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Showtime's Homeland and the US Media

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I took advantage of a recent promotion by my cable company to power-watch both seasons of Showtime’s Homeland. Before taking this plunge, I had purposely stayed away from Argo and Zero Dark Thirty, which have Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) heroes pitted against Muslim enemies. I never tuned into any of the seasons of 24, a show that shares the same producers with Homeland, who have teamed up with the Israeli crew who created Homeland’s precursor, Hatufim (“Hostages”). I did watch Covert Affairs while it remained a silly look at a CIA operative’s activities around the world. I had to stop when the main character successfully convinced a Yemeni official to be a ...

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معادلة العنف: عن قتلة ضياء الخالدي

[غلاف رواية

في سياق تمثيل الواقع روائياً تطالعنا مقولة، نرى أنها تمتلك قدراً وافراً من الموضوعية، مفادها: أن على الروايات التي تريد تمثيل وقائع معينة التحرر من ضغوط تلك الوقائع وامتداداتها الزمانية؛ لكي يكون النظر إليها أوسع وأشمل، ومن ثم يكون العمل أنجح وأعمق أثراً.   وفقاً لتلك المقولة نرى أن رواية “قتلة” لضياء الخالدي، والصادرة في بيروت عام 2012 عن دار التنوير، قد نجحت بمقدار جيد في التحرر من ضغوط الواقع المحتقن الذي سعت إلى تمثيله.  وانطلاقاً من عنوانها، تنبئ الرواية قارئها أن ثمة عنف كثير، سيكون أساس متنها الحكائي. ذلك العنف الذي اجتاح بغداد في سنوات الذروة من محنتها في عهدها الجديد، ولم تزل آثاره ممتدة حتى اليوم.   البنية الحكائية للرواية تتشكل على يد ...

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Syria Media Roundup (April 11)

[Mimas Street, Al Qarabess. 10 April 2013. From Lens of a Young Homsi.]

[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   Syria Oil Industry Buckling Under Rebel Gains Syrian Troops Redeployments Raise Concerns Over Golan Heights Security  

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

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (April 16)

[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 ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (April 15)

[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 recommendatiobs for inclusion in each week's roundup to egypt@jadaliyya.com by Sunday night of every week.]  “UPDATE 4: Judge recuses himself in Mubarak retrial case” Judge steps down from Mubarak case and refers it to the Appeals Court for you new judicial team and date to be ...

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جدلية تطلق صفحة أفعال المقاومة والتقويض اليومية

  جدلية تطلق صفحة (DARS): أفعال المقاومة والتقويض اليومية  Daily Acts of Resistance and Subversion نظرة عامة تسرد صفحة أفعال المقاومة والتقويض اليومية  (DARS) أفعال المقاومة والتقويض وفق تسلسل زمني في المجتمعات العربية المعاصرة وغيرها. سيكون محط اهتمامنا كافة أشكال المقاومة والتقويض وكذلك كافة أشكال الاستغلال السياسي أو الاقتصادي أو الاجتماعي أو الثقافي. يتضمن هذا مقاومة التسلط والاحتلال والإمبريالية والعادات الاجتماعية وكذلك الطرق المتنوعة التي تستخدم في التقويض.  مع أن أفعال ...

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (April 7-14)

 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.   قطري حبيبي": ملهاة الإخوان ومأساة الناصرية" The Necessity of Revolutionary Violence in Egypt غرفة Has Citizenship Got a Future in Egypt? Imperialist Liberalism and the Egyptian Revolution The ...

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التحول الديمقراطي والمصير المجهول لمصر

أفرز الربيع العربي أوضاعاً لم يسبق أن واجهتها الدول العربية. من انتهاء حكم مبارك ووضعه في السجن ومقتل العقيد القذافي وخروج لعلي عبد الله صالح على غير ما أراد والآن سوريا تواجه الخطر الأكبر فمن مطلب التحول الديمقراطي، ربما تتجه نحو التقسيم بعد الحرب الأهلية الدامية.  لقد أصبح من الشائع الحديث عن التحولات الديمقراطية فى الوطن العربي أو الشرق الأوسط بعد الربيع العربي.  لقد أثر سقوط الأنظمة السابقة بشكل كامل على الحياة المدنية والسياسية والاجتماعية والاقتصادية وأدت هذه النتائج إلى بروز عناصر ...

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Palestinian Refugees from Syria in Lebanon

[The following report was issued by American Near East Refugee Aid (ANERA) in April 2013.]  Palestinian Refugees from Syria in Lebanon A Vulnerable Community Following their expulsion from Palestine in 1948, many Palestinian intellectuals, businessmen, and craftspeople fled to Syria and established themselves as an integral part of Syrian society. Today that life has been broken and many Palestinian refugees from Syria have joined the ranks of Lebanon’s Palestinian ...

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Reports Roundup (April 13)

[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.  Yemen's Military-Security Reform: Seeds of New Conflict? International Crisis Group reports on the ...

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الاستشراق والبعثة الموسيقية: فلسطين والغرب

[تنشر هذه المادة ضمن إتفاقية شراكة وتعاون بين ”جدلية“ و“معازف“.] "الاستشراق والبعثة الموسيقية: فلسطين والغرب" لريتشيل بيكلس ويلسون. صادر عن: كامبريدج ونيويورك: دار نشر جامعة كامبريدج، 2013. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2013. جدلية (ج): ما الذي دفعك لتأليف هذا الكتاب؟ ريتشيل بيكلس ويلسون (ر.ب.و): في عام 2004، كنت محتارة من طريقة استجابة الصحافة الإنكليزية –خصوصاً الصحف التي عادة ما تكون نقديّة مثل الغارديان وَ ذا أوبزورفر- لبعض المبادرات الموسيقية الكلاسيكية ...

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Long Beach Event -- The Arab Uprisings: Between Continuity and Change (17 April 2013)

The Arab Uprisings: Between Continuity and Change Panel Discussion and Book Event 5pm on Wednesday ,17 April 2013 Cal State University Long Beach, MMC 200 Co-Editor Ziad Abu-Rish and contributor Aslı Bali, of The Dawn of the Arab Uprisings: End of An Old Order?,  will discuss the Arab uprisings, focusing in particular on the comparative nature of the trajectories of the different uprisings, as well as the changing nature and effect of international and US policies towards them. The Dawn of ...

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Salafism in Tunisia: An Interview with a Member of Ansar al-Sharia

The emergence of Salafi movements in post-Ben Ali Tunisia surprised both the international community and many in Tunisia itself. The astonishment was such that when the first Salafi demonstrations took place in downtown Tunis, journalists and observers were talking quite confusingly about the phenomenon. Some accused men of the former regime of having organized the demonstrations by these bearded men, others claimed they were members of the Tahrir Party (a pan-Islamist movement), and others still labeled ...

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قطري حبيبي": ملهاة الإخوان ومأساة الناصرية"

بعد انتخابه ديموقراطياً، بدأ محمد مرسي عهده متكئاً على بنية قمعية إعلامية، قانونية، قضائية، وعسكرية. لكنّ هذه الممارسات السلطوية القديمة/ الجديدة ما لبثت أن أثارت سلسلة من ردود الفعل النقدية ضمن مجموعة متنامية من الناشطين والفنانين والصحافيين والمدونين الذين ساهموا في أعمال دورية لا تزال تتحدى وتفضح النظام السياسي. وفي صلب ذلك، تقع الكوميديا والمحاكاة الساخرة التي يشكل باسم يوسف أحد أبرز وجوهها. باسم يوسف، وهو من المعجبين ببرنامج "دايلي شو" لجون ستيوارت، بدأ بتسجيل حلقات عن آخر أيام نظام ...

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