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On Not Despising the Present: Some Notes on Faris Giacaman’s 'The Sadness of Post-Militance'

A Brechtian maxim: “Don’t start from the good old things but the bad new ones.” — Walter Benjamin, “Conversations with Brecht”[1] You have no right to despise the present. — Charles Baudelaire, quoted in Michel Foucault, “What Is ...

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Stasis Shift: Guernica Interviews Jadaliyya Co-Founder Bassam Haddad

Jadaliyya co-founder on telling alternative stories about the Arab world, understanding the life cycles of revolution, and confronting “the weight of ancient problems.” In the fall of 2010, I was crossing a crowded hotel lobby at ...

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غزة والبحر

[ هذا المقال جزء من ”أصوات من أجل غزة" وهو ملف خاص تنشره جدلية على مدار شهر كامل. للإطلاع على بقية المقالات اضغط/ي هنا] يتساوى فلسطينيو غزة أمام جرائم الاحتلال وسطوته على أرواحهم وممتلاكتهم ومكنونات هويتهم، إلا أنهم ...

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Event: Angela Davis and Jadaliyya Co-Editor Noura Erakat on Mass Incarceration in the United States and Palestine (19 April, Evergreen State College)

Peace Works 2014 Yet Again Captives: Mass Incarceration in the United States and Palestine April 19, 2014 The Evergreen State College Olympia, Washington Keynote discussion with Angela Davis and Noura Erakat 7:00 PM Washington ...


Announcing the New Issue of Middle East Report Fall 2012

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PIVOT, REBALANCE, RETRENCH A 2011 poll of Washington savants found that, Democrat and Republican, most of them view the Middle East as declining in strategic value in relation to Asia and the Pacific. On cue, the Obama administration rolled out its plan to “pivot” to Asia in deploying the US Navy and investing diplomatic energy. It turns out, however, that a major reason for this “rebalancing” is to police China’s access to the Indian Ocean and, from there, the Persian Gulf. Is US grand strategy really changing? The fall 2012 issue of Middle East Report, “Pivot, Rebalance, Retrench,” assesses the US posture in the Middle East as the 2012 presidential election ...

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الإخوان المسلمون: سنوات ما قبل الثورة

يحوي كتاب "الإخوان المسلمون: سنوات ما قبل الثورة" للباحث الراحل حسام تمام (دار الشروق 2012)،  مجموعة من الدراسات المتعلقة بجماعة الإخوان المسلمين المصرية وتحولاتها السياسة والاجتماعية قبيل ثورة يناير، ولا تُعنى هذه الدراسات التي تمثل خلاصة فكر حسام تمام ورؤيته في النظر إلى الحركة الإسلامية والإسلام السياسي، لا تعنى بتطور العلاقة بين الإخوان والنظام المصري خاصة في الفترة (2005-2011) والتي تشكل المرحلة الأخيرة لنظام مبارك، بل تهدف إلى رصد وتحليل تفاعلات الجماعة الداخلية والتحولات التي لحقت بها تنظيمياً وأيديولوجياً وتكوينياً، وتصلح النتائج التي خرج بها تمام من مجموع هذه الدراسات والمقالات التي تعكس بصيرته البحثية النافذة لأن تقدم لنا إطاًرا لفهم سلوك الجماعة ...

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The Economic and Human Toll of Syria's Worsening Refugee Crisis: Democracy Now! Interview with Omar Dahi

[Freezeframe from Democracy Now! interview with Omar Dahi.]

The following interview was conducted with Omar Dahi, a Syrian professor of economics at Hampshire College on August 14th, 2012 regarding the economic consequences of the uprising in Syria, especially in terms of the Syrian refugees in Lebanon.  The escalating conflict in Syria has magnified the refugee crisis, both internally and in neighboring countries. More than 4,000 people entered Turkey in recent days, bringing the total number of Syrian refugees there close to 60,000. There are tens of thousands of Syrian refugees in neighboring Lebanon as well. As the crisis deepens, we’re joined by Omar Dahi, assistant professor of economics at Hampshire College. ...

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Jordan's Current Political Opposition Movements and the Need for Further Research: An Interview with Tariq Tell (Part 2)

[King Abdullah II and Queen Rania wave from a motorcade during an official celebration of the 10th anniversary of the king's accession to the throne in Amman, 9 June 2009. Image by Nader Daoud/AP Photo]

The following is the second and final installement in a two-part interview on the history and politics of the Jordanian regime. The interview was conducted during the first two weeks of August 2012 with Tariq Tell, a Jordanian scholar and activist. In this second part, Tell discusses the positions of various contemporary socio-political forces towards the Hashemite regime and outlines important areas for much-needed further research on the history and politics of state building and regime-society dynamics in Jordan. Click here to read Part 1, where Tell discusses the history of the Hashemite regime and Jordanian state formation, as well as the broad ...

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حب رغم الزنزانة

[الأسير السياسي الفلسطيني أمير مخول]

            يَمُدٌّ لي يَدَهُ، يُلصِقُ كفَّها الواسعة بالزجاج. تلتقي نَظَراتُنا من جديد، أُحِسُ بالحبِ يغمُرنا. أُحاوِلُ أن أُلصِقُ كفَّي بكفَّهِ، فتَلْسَعُني برودةِ الزجاج. تتساقطُ يدي ببطءٍ مبتعدةً عن الحاجزِ الزجاجيِّ الذي يمُنع جسدينا من اللقاء. تختفي نظراتُه خلفَ بابٍ حديدٍ أزْرَق.  قبلَ أن يُغلِق السجان باباً سيفصلني عنه مجددًا مسافة أُسبوعين آخرين، فجأة أُحِسُّ بالشوقِ يَلْفَحُني. أُغمضُ عينيّ لأطبع صورته في مخيلتي. أخرج من غرفة الزُّوار، بابٌ حديديٌّ آخر يَنغَلِقُ من جهتي.  يبدأ العد التنازلي للزيارة القادمة.  [من يوميات جنان عبده زوجة الأسير السياسي الفلسطيني أمير مخول]  

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August Culture

[Southern France. Image from Sinan Antoon]

Jadaliyya's second summer bouquet features an essay by the new co-editor of the Culture Page, Maymanah Farhat, fiction from Lebanon, poetry from Egypt, a remembrance of the great Ghassan Kanafani, and an interview with two Kuwaiti filmmakers. Maymanah Farhat, "Portrait of America: Kehinde Wiley at the Jewish Museum"  Marilyn Booth, "An excerpt from Hassan Daoud's "The Penguin's Song"" Suneela Mubayi, "Amal Dunqul's "Spartacus' Last Words"" Faisal Hamadah,  "Interview with Two Kuwaiti Filmmakers" Rasim Al-Madhoun, "Ghassan Kanafani: The Symbol of the Palestinian Tragedy" All previous ...

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An Excerpt from The Penguin's Song by Hassan Daoud

[Lebanese novelist, Hassan Daoud. Photo from arabicfiction.com]

[Born in the village of Noumairieh in southern Lebanon in 1950, Hassan Daoud moved as a child to Beirut, though like so many Lebanese families, his retained strong links to the village and returned there every summer. Daoud was educated in Beirut and studied Arabic literature at university. He embarked on a career as a journalist and worked as a reporter throughout Lebanon’s civil war.  From 1979-1988 he wrote for the daily al-Safir, and then joined the staff of the London-based Arabic newspaper al-Hayat. He has focused on cultural reporting as well as on social issues. He is the editor of the ‘Nawafidh’ cultural supplement of the Beirut daily al-Mustaqbal. His work ...

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Maghreb Media Roundup (August 23)

[Activist Hamza Mahfoud, right, protests outside parliament against the annual ceremony of allegiance on Tuesday. Image from Abdeljalil Bounhar/AP.]

[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 Wednesday night of every week.] Algeria Détérioration du pouvoir d’achat des Algériens Hamid Ball discusses the long term implications of inflation, particularly on the purchasing power of Algerians. Algeria, a country of non-governance Zoubir Zerarga laments Algeria's "non-governance" throughout every significant crises since the revolution. ...

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Amal Dunqul: Spartacus' Last Words

[Amal Dunqul (1940-1983). Image from Wikipedia]

[Amal Dunqul (1940-1983) was part of what is known as the "sixties generation" of Egyptian poets and one of the most significant (political) poets of modern Arabic literature who remains largely untranslated. Dunqul was born in Upper Egypt, and like many writers, migrated to Cairo from the countryside. He wrote six collections of poetry, apart from dispersed poems which were collected in his Complete Works after he tragically died early due to complications of cancer. He was most well-known for his political poems that drew upon ancient stories whether from pre-Islamic lore, or biblical legends from the old and new testaments to speak about the contemporary ...

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Ghassan Kanafani: The Symbol of the Palestinian Tragedy

[Ghassan Kanafani (1936-1972). Photo from as-safir.com]

As I recall, the year was 1966. We ran to the Nasr Cinema hall in Gaza City to attend a literary seminar held during a conference for the Union of Palestinian Writers. A surprise would unfold whose beauty far surpassed the conference which came together to elect an executive committee and then adjourned. The conference MC announced that they had invited the young writer Ghassan Kanafani. A thin, handsome young man went to the podium to speak in a language that combined dream with reality in an ambiance that was more akin to a dream. He told us about "beautiful" poetry that he received from "the other side" which had become mysterious. Our press ...

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Case Review: Pardoning Protestors against the Disengagement from Gaza

[Crop of image of settlers from the Gaza settlement of Bedolach during evacuation. Image from Wikimedia Commons.]

HCJ 1213/10, Eyal Nir, et al. v. Speaker of the Knesset, et al  (decision delivered 23 February 2012) "Within the Hebrew language's concept of amnesty," wrote former Israeli Supreme Court Justice Haim Cohen, "there has long been an element of free and unrestricted will, even of arbitrariness" (AD 13/60, The Attorney General v. Matanah). The Supreme Court’s decision rejecting the petition against the “Termination of Proceedings and Deletion of Records in the Disengagement Plan 5770-2010” (the "Amnesty Law") demonstrates how right he was. The Knesset enacted the "Amnesty Law” to pardon anyone who protested against the ...

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On the Nature of the Hashemite Regime and Jordanian Politics: An Interview with Tariq Tell (Part 1)

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The following is the first installment in a two-part interview on the history and politics of the Jordanian regime. The interview was conducted during the first two weeks of August 2012 with Tariq Tell, a Jordanian scholar and activist. In this first part, Tell discusses the history of the Hashemite regime and Jordanian state formation as well as the broad outlines of the political field that such a history has engendered. In the second part (click here to access) Tell discusses the positions of various contemporary socio-political forces towards the Hashemite regime and outlines important areas for much-needed further research on the history and politics of state ...

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فنر الحداد: الطائفية في العراق

[ "كتب" هي سلسلة جديدة على صفحات "جدلية" نستضيف فيها المؤلفين والمؤلفات في حوار حول أعمالهم الجديدة ونرفق به فصلاً من الكتاب. الحلقة الثانية في السلسة هي حوار مع الباحث العراقي فنر الحداد] الطائفية في العراق   فنر الحداد (نيويورك، دار نشر جامعة كولومبيا، ٢٠١١)   - كيف تبلورت فكرة الكتاب وما الذي قادك نحو الموضوع؟ ‪-‬ قبل الإجابة على هذا السؤال يجب النظر الى تطور الأحداث على مدى ستة عشر سنة، من ١٩٩١ ولغاية ٢٠٠٦ وما جرى خلالها. في الحقيقة كان البحث في بداية الأمر ...

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Reports Roundup (August 25)

[The following list is a compilation of the reports, statements, and other materials featured on the Jadaliyya Reports Page this past week.] South African Government Discourages Citizens from Traveling to Israel The South African Boycott, Divest, and Sanction movement reports on a recent statement from the South African government denouncing the "boycott-busting" trips organized for students and journalists.  Safe Streets Campaign in Yemen The Safe Streets Campaign encourages ...

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Trying to Understand MUJWA

Since it first burst onto the scene in December 2011, the Movement for Tawhid and Jihad in West Africa (generally MUJWA in English, or MUJAO in French) has been a difficult group to pin down. The group was originally characterized as a “dissident” faction of al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), though its actions have raised a number of possible contradictions and open questions (laid out admirably along with excellent background here, here, and here by Kal over ...

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Press Release: Bahrain Hires London and Washington-Based Companies to Improve Image

[The following statement was issued by Bahrain Watch on 23 August 2012.]  Bahrain Government Hires 18 Western Companies to Improve Image After Unrest New Project to Track Govt Spin Campaign Shows Over $32M Spent on PR The Government of Bahrain has spent or allocated at least US$ 32.5 million for the services of eighteen different London and Washington DC based companies, to improve its image in the Western media, since the start of pro-democracy protests last February.  This according to a ...

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عندما يصبح تسييس القضاء ضمانة لاستقلاله: أفكار حول التجربة المصرية 1967-2012

أين اختفى قضاة "التيار الاستقلالي" في مصر اليوم؟ سؤال محير يراود أذهان أكثر من متابع للشأن القضائي المصري في الوقت الحاضر. فالمفارقة الغريبة هي أن القضاة الذين صنعوا الحدث القضائي والسياسي عامي 2005 و2006 عندما تحدوا من خلال نادي قضاة مصر نظام حسني مبارك في أوج سلطته باتوا اليوم، بعد سقوط هذا النظام، شبه غائبين عن الساحة القضائية.١ القضاة الأفراد ما زالوا هنا طبعاً، على الأقل سياسيا: فالمستشار حسام الغرياني ترأس مجلس القضاء الأعلى وهو اليوم يترأس اللجنة المكلفة إعداد الدستور والمستشار ...

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Portrait of America: Kehinde Wiley at the Jewish Museum

The gap between propaganda about Palestine in contrast to the reality I know as a Palestinian has made me wary… The most serious failing in political art is that it does not make clear whose side the artwork is on. When such clarity is lacking the benefit defaults to those currently in power. —Samia Halaby (Arab Studies Quarterly, Spring/Summer 1989) Punctuating several galleries of the Jewish Museum in Manhattan are the vibrant paintings of art world superstar Kehinde Wiley. On display (until ...

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Syria Media Roundup (August 23)

[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]    Keep Reading »

Tunisian Constitution: Text and Context

On Wednesday, 8 August, al-Chourouq newspaper published an advance copy of the Tunisian National Constituent Assembly’s newly released draft constitution to the public and to the Board for Constitutional Coordination, Composition, and Amendment. The completion of this draft, which will replace the former Tunisian constitution originally written in 1959, is a landmark in Tunisia’s post-Ben Ali political landscape, although the extensive political maneuvering over many of the ...

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Interview With Kuwaiti Filmmakers

[With a desert to one side and an ocean to another, living in Kuwait can offer very strange experiences. The skies are never blue, approaching a disconcerting beige, and the night bathes in the surrealistic orange glow of street lamps. The ministries and government buildings have the facades of Soviet prisons, and remind one of a Kafka novel when entered. There is that Lynchian feeling of madness hiding behind the wholesome exterior that many wear, and the social customs, especially of the confused ...

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Writing, Revolution, and Change in Syria: An Interview with Nihad Sirees

It can be said without hesitation that Nihad Sirees is an Aleppine writer, not because he hails from that city and lived there for most of his life, but because the bulk of his writing starts there and orbits in its universe. From Northern Winds to The Girls, and even The Silence and the Roar, which does not belong to any clear time or place but between the lines of which it is not too hard to glean that embattled city. The most well-known of all his works, though, was The Silk ...

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Anamorphosis

Anamorphosis I. Nov 19, 2005 Haditha, Al-Anbar Province, Iraq Kilo Company, Third Battalion, First Marine Division . . . Twenty-four unarmed Iraqi civilians Including: A seventy-six year old amputee In a wheelchair Holding a Qur’an A mother and child bent over Six children ranging in age from one to fourteen . . . Execution style II. December 2005 The U.S. military paid $2,500 (condolence payments) per victim to families of fifteen of the dead Iraqis. A total of $38,000. III. “Shoot ...

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Seam Zones Turn 50,000 Palestinians into "Internally Stuck Persons"

Seam zones are sections of Palestinian land within the occupied Palestinian territory (OPT) which fall between the illegal Israeli Annexation Wall and the 1949 Armistice Line (The Green Line) and are therefore severed from the OPT. These swaths of land have been designated by Israel as closed military areas. Access to these isolated areas is controlled by an Israeli-controlled permit system thereby severely restricting Palestinian access to their lands. Statistics suggest that approximately 50,000 ...

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