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[Image of the remnants of a home in a village in northern Somalia. Image by najeeb/Flickr.]

On the Margins Roundup (August)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Mali, South Sudan, Somalia, Mauritania, Djibouti, and Comoros Islands and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the On the Margins ...

Palestinian youth during a demonstration organized by the Palestinian solidarity movements, groups and associations in Rome, with the cooperation of the Palestinian Youth in Italy on 12 July 2014. Photo by Nasmia Mia Mallah

Italian-Palestinian Relations: What Went Wrong?

Throughout July, Zionist groups carried out a number of attacks against Palestine solidarity activists and Palestinian institutions in Italy. They attacked and abused seven young Italians in Rome. One of the victims was accosted merely for ...

[View of Cairo Surroundings. Image by Kormoran via Wikimedia Commons.]

Cities Media Roundup (August 1-30)

[This is a monthly roundup of news articles, and other materials related to urban issues in the region, and beyond. It does not reflect the views of the Cities Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send recommendations for inclusion in the ...

Last Week on Jadaliyya (August 25-31)

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 ...


Maghreb Media Roundup (December 13)

[Mauritanians rally to demand justice for 'state-sponsored genocide' in front of France's Mauritanian embassy on 8 December. Photo from @SaidouWane.]

[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 RADDH : La Situation Des Droits De L’homme En Algérie Ne Cesse De Se Détériorer Ces Dernières Années Amine SIdhoum discusses the deterioration of individual and collective freedoms as manifested through the development of recent laws and regulations, including the ban on demonstrations in the Algiers and new constraints on ...

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Syria Media Roundup (December 13)

[An ancient heritage shop in al-Tawafra neighborhood. 12 December 2012. Via Lens Young Hamawi.]

[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 Armenians Feeling Anew as Syria Erupts in Battle Keep Reading »

Documenting Yemen's Injured South

[Flag of South Yemen on a wall in Aden. 11 July 2012. Photo by Ammar Basha]

I shot the film presented here, "Third Day in the Heart of the Revolution,’’ over a single day. Divided in two parts, it tells stories from the south of Yemen two years after the revolution started. The first segment focuses on the Yemeni governorate of Abyan and those who fled its capital Zinjibar during the war with Ansar al-Sharia. The second presents the youth of al-Mansura in Aden who have been expelled from Sahat Al-Shuhada' (Martyrs' Square) through the use of deadly force by security forces. After the two short films I made about the youths in Change Square of Sana’a and the Life March in late 2011 that briefly reinvigorated Yemen's uprising, I wanted to ...

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Demonstrations and Arrests for Bedoon Rights Activists in Kuwait (Video)

[Abdulhakim and Abdulnasser AlFadhli. Photo from bedoonrights.org]

[The following report was issued by Bedoon Rights on 12 December 2012. The video, included at the bottom of the report showing a recent protest march for Bedoon rights, was posted on Youtube by MediaBidoon and is not a part of the original report.] Two Bedoon Activists Sentenced to 2 Years in Jail and "Deportation"! After arresting his brother on Sunday, 9 December, Bedoon activist Abdulhakim AlFadhli was taken last night,  11 December. Abdulnasser AlFadhli has disappeared since five o'clock in the afternoon; after midnight, his family found out that he was arrested in the street by state police and taken to the ...

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New Texts Out Now: Laleh Khalili, Time in the Shadows: Confinement in Counterinsurgencies

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Laleh Khalili, Time in the Shadows: Confinement in Counterinsurgencies. Palo Alto: Stanford University Press, 2012. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Laleh Khalili (LK): In the course of completing my first book, I was performing some final interviews with Palestinian residents in Lebanon who had been detainees in Israel at various points over the last couple of decades. I was conducting these interviews when the news of Abu Ghraib tortures broke and pictures of detainees being held by leashes, of dogs attacking detainees, of the sexualized torture emerged. More than one interviewee told me that the images felt familiar. That was one of the first ...

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Mosques Under Construction Re-Demolished by Authorities in Bahrain

[Site of Demolished Al-Sajad Mosque in Bahrain. Image from bahrainrights.org]

[The following report was issued by the Bahrain Center for Human Rights on 9 December 2012.] The Bahrain Center for Human Rights expresses concern over the continued attacks on religious freedom represented in the re-demolishing of Shia mosques, which have been under construction since they were initially attacked and demolished during the government crack-down in 2011. On December 1st, 2012, government bulldozers demolished four mosques for the second time; no notification was given to the people nor to the municipalities representative. These mosques belong to the Shia sect in the Hamad Town, and were under construction at the time. These four mosques are among the ...

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A Nation of Pain and Suffering: Syria (Part 2)

[Syrian refugees cross from Syria to Turkey by the Orontes river, near the village of Hacipasa, Turkey, 8 December 2012. Image by Manu Brabo/AP Photo.]

Our enemies did not cross our borders They crept through our weakness like ants.    -- Nizar Qabbani, “Footnotes to the Book of Setback”                                (Hawamesh ‘ala Daftar al-Naksah), 1967. II. Neighbors. As the refugees pour into Syria’s neighbors, tensions come with them. The most thorough report on these tensions was written by the International Crisis Group, whose A Precarious Balancing Act: Lebanon and the Syrian Conflict (November 22, 2012) is probably being scrutinized very closely not ...

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ملف من الأرشيف: الشيخ إمام

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 [”ملف من الأرشيف“ هي سلسة تقوم ”جدلية“ بنشرها بالعربية والإنجليزية بالتعاون مع جريدة ”السفير“ اللبنانية. الملفات ستكون لشخصيات أيقونية تركت أثراً عميقاً في الحقل السياسي والثقافي في العالم العربي.]       الإسم: إمام محمد الشهرة: عيسى إسم الأب: أحمد تاريخ الولادة: 1918 تاريخ الوفاة: 1995 الجنسية: مصري مكان الولادة: ابو النمرس الفئة:  فنان المهنة: ملحن - مغني    [الشيخ إمام وأحمد فؤاد نجم] الشيخ إمام  مصري. إسمه الكامل: إمام محمد أحمد عيسى.  ولد لعائ

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (Dec 3- 9)

This is a selection of what you might have missed on Jadaliyya last week. It also includes a list of the most read articles.  Progressively, we will be featuring more content on our "Last Week on Jadaliyya" series. The Muslim Brotherhood's Militias in Action: A Firsthand Account Morsi Past the Point of No Return On the Insignificance of Stevie Wonder No, Israel Does Not Have the Right to Self-Defense In International Law Against Occupied Palestinian Territory Do Photographs Pose an Existential Threat to Israel? Violent Clashes at Cairo’s Roxy Square and Beyond, Up Close in Photo and Video Letter from ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (December 10)

[Graffiti on the walls of the Presidential Palace in Cairo. Image originally posted to Flickr by Hossam el-Hamalawy.]

[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.]   “Why This Was Not A Real Compromise” Bassem Sabry says that the new constitutional declaration is not a concession from the president since he already managed to protect the Constituent Assembly from dissolution and have it finish its work. “Op-ed: Egypt’s democratic dictator?” Omar Ashour says the president’s constitutional declaration ...

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In Honor of Titans

[Student with his face covered parades a Palestinian flag as he goes past pictures of PLO leader Yasser Arafat, during a demonstration of some 300 Palestinian students of the Bir-Zeit University in the occupied West Bank, Jan. 5, 1988. (AP Photo/Anat Givon)]

In hindsight, the popular uprising that erupted in the occupied Palestinian territories on 9 December 1987 and continued for six grueling yet heroic years makes perfect sense. Scholars, analysts, and activists have demonstrated how a variety of factors came together to ripen conditions for the eruption of mass protest and its development into a sustained and organized rebellion.  These conditions included accelerated colonial expansion throughout the West Bank (including East Jerusalem) and Gaza Strip, in some respects going well beyond the Allon Plan that has since 1967 served as Israel’s master plan for the occupied territories; a palpable increase in ...

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Jadaliyya Co-Editor Sinan Antoon Longlisted for Arabic Booker Prize

Sinan Antoon’s third novel, Ya Maryam (Ave Maria) (Beirut/ Baghdad: Dar al-Jamal, 2012), was longlisted for the 2013 International Prize for Arabic Fiction, otherwise known as the “Arabic Booker.” The novel, Antoon’s third, explores the conflicting views of two generations of an Iraqi Christian family. The sixteen books on the longlist were selected by a panel of five judges, whose names will be announced in Tunis on Wednesday 9 January 2013, at the same time as the 2013 shortlist of six novels.

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A Nation of Pain and Suffering: Syria (Part 3)

[From Vijay Prashad's three-part series "A Nation of Pain and Suffering: Syria." See Part 1: Refugees here and Part 2 : Neighbors here.] Our enemies did not cross our borders They crept through our weakness like ants. -- Nizar Qabbani, “Footnotes to the Book of Setback” (‘ala Daftar al-Naksah), 1967. III. Western Plans.   On 12 December, the Friends of Syria (FoS) met for their fourth conference in Marrakech, Morocco. Hilary Clinton could not go because she contracted a stomach ...

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Atatürk and My Grandfather

Where the young Palestinian Ismail Hroub was killed and buried after being recruited by the Ottoman army in the early twentieth century remains unknown. His brother, my paternal grandfather Khalil Hroub, would for the rest of his days remain saddened by the early loss of his brother. He had refused any money from the Ottoman administration, then based in Hebron, as compensation for this loss. Like many Palestinian families who lost young men in the Great War, and despite sheer poverty and need, my ...

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Mission to UAE Supports European Resolution Against Crackdown on Activists

[The following report was issued by the Gulf Center for Human Rights on 10 December 2012.] Mission to UAE Supports European Resolution Against Crackdown on Activists / Free expression rights of sixty-four detainees violated A crackdown in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has violated the free expression rights of sixty-four detainees, including human rights lawyers, in the Gulf Kingdom, according to a report based on a mission undertaken by the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) in November 2012. The ...

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من القاهرة الجميلة - الجزء الثالث

شمس القاهرة تبرق في صباحها هذه الأيام، باعتيادٍ لا يماشي دخول فصل الشتاء . . . كأنها تعري ظلال الأركان كلها، وتتروى وتطيل في بريقها، في انتظار رؤى عيون أهلها، فمن غير عيونهم، لن تحقُّ المعجزة.يصخب أهلها كعادتهم عند الغضب تحت تلك الشمس، ثم لسببٍ غير معلوم، يسكنون ويقصد كلٌ منهم بيته، يحمل أثقال المدينة على قسمات وجهه ثم يصمت في نومه.    *** تغيّر القاهرة رائحة غازها المسيل كلّ مرةٍ، فيتوه عنها كل بعيد وتعجز أمامها مناعة كل قريب. وحتى بعد انقضاء كل سحابة غاز وكل واحدةٍ من تلك الصدامات مع الأمن ...

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Colonial Planning of My Grandfather’s Hilltop

Today, I walked onto an Israeli settlement for the first time in my life, one where most of the land it stands on once belonged to my grandfather. I needed the settlers’ permission to walk onto this soil. As I walked down the sidewalk, I felt alienation and contentment all at once. The first for the utter disconnect between this land and I. The second for finally being able to set foot in a place that is rightfully mine.  "You see this hilltop? It all belongs to your grandfather.” This phrase ...

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Letter to Members of EU and European Parliament Concerning Human Rights in Bahrain

[The following letter was issued by the Bahrain Center for Human Rights on 8 December 2012.] 8 December 2012 Honorables President and members of the European Union President and members of the European Parliament Subject: EU to secure respect of human rights in Bahrain Dear respected members, We appreciate your stances to support the genuine promotion of human rights in Bahrain. The procrastination and deception policy, adopted by the ruling elite in Bahrain to avoid respecting human rights ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (December 11)

[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.] Reports and Opinions Gulf states must quash unrest – Saudi official A news report on the comments made by the Saudi deputy foreign minister urging the Gulf ...

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الضحك في الزمن المظلم: مقابلة مع ممدوح حمادة

[ ممدوح حمادة أحد أبرز كتاب السيناريو والحوار التلفزيوني في سوريا. قدم بالتعاون مع المخرج الليث حجو بعضاً من أفضل الأعمال الكوميدية، خاصة مسلسلات "بقعة ضوء" ابتداء منذ عام 2000  و"أمل - ما في" عام 2004. وقد أثمر تعاونه مع ذات المخرج في المسلسل الشهير "ضيعة ضايعة" في عامي 2008 و 2010، و أخيراً مسلسل " الخربة" عام 2011. يعيش الكاتب ممدوح حمادة في روسيا البيضاء.] ليزا ودين: من هم ممثلو الكوميديا الذين كان لهم تأثير على أعمالك الكوميدية المختلفة؟ ممدوح ...

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The People Want Reform… In Qatar, Too.

[Perspectives Editors’ note: Over the last two years of revolt in the Middle East and North Africa, the Arab Gulf has often been portrayed in the regional and international media as an exception, standing in relative stability outside an “arc of history” struggling towards freedom and democracy. Within this discourse, whatever its merits, Qatar has come to occupy a place even further along the axis of exceptionalism, all the more so as nearly all of its neighbors – Kuwait, Eastern Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, ...

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Art, Politics, and Critical Citizenry in Morocco: An Interview with Driss Ksikes

Driss Ksikes’ presence in Morocco is not one that is easily captured by static titles. He is at once an artist, an academic, a journalist, and an activist. However, it is his ability to transcend the rigidity of any one of these roles that has allowed him to evade stereotypes. Both his artistic and political activities have also played a hand in inspiring him as director of the Centre d’Etudes Sociales, Economiques et Managériales (CESEM). Perhaps his best descriptor is the one he has used to describe ...

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A Nation of Pain and Suffering: Syria (Part 1)

Our enemies did not cross our borders They crept through our weakness like ants.   -- Nizar Qabbani, “Footnotes to the Book of Setback”                                                        (Hawamesh ‘ala Daftar al-Naksah), ...

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برهان شاوي: وهم الحرية

[“كتب” هي سلسلة تستضيف “جدلية” فيها المؤلفين والمؤلفات في حوار حول أعمالهم الجديدة ونرفقه بفصل من الكتاب.] ”وهم الحرية: مقاربات حول مفهوم حرية الفكر والإرادة“ المؤلف بُرهان شاوي، عن الدار العربية  للعلوم ناشرون 2012  جدلية: كيف تبلورت فكرة الكتاب، وما الذي قادك نحو الموضوع؟  بُرهان شاوي: أنا لم أفكر في تأليف كتاب حول هذا الموضوع، أقصد هنا سؤال الحرية والإرادة، وإنما تشكل الموضوع بشكل عفوي في البداية. فقد كنت أفكر في كتابة روايتيّ (متاهة آدم) و(مشرحة بغداد)، وهما خطوة جديدة في تجربتي ...

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