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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 ...

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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 ...

[Protestors Clashing With Police: Image from AP]

Lebanon, August 2015: Notes on Paralysis, Protests, and Hope

The past ten years in Lebanon have been a study in political paralysis and escalating anger and frustration among citizens and residents of the country. To recap only the most basic of facts, since 2005 the country divided and polarized ...

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دمشق في اللباس الموحّد

تبدو مناظر الشوارع في دمشق، تلك التي كانت تنتمي إلى فترة العهد الوطني بعد الاستقلال، أشبه بالبطاقات السياحية بالأسود والأبيض، في الوقت نفسه لا تنقصها الألوان الطبيعية، حتى أن اللون الأسود يبدو دخيلاً عليها، مشرقة على نحو يدعونا إلى الحنين ...


Syria Media Roundup (July 11)

[Khalid ibn al Walid mosque on Ramadan. By designer Wissam al Jazairy.]

 [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 Pound’s Woes Lift Syrian Bourse Hadeel al Sayegh’s economic update reveals an increasingly precarious situation Value of the Syrian Pound Hits All-Time Low Steve Hanke says inflation has skyrocketed and, “as of 10 July 2013, the value of the Syrian pound on the black market has hit an all time low, with the ...

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Feminism(s), Secularism, and Religions: Encounter Interview with Jadaliyya Co-Editor Maya Mikdashi and Other Scholars/Activsts

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The following episode of Encounter (hosted by David Rutlege) features interviews with Jadaliyya Co-Editor Maya Mikdashi, as well as Leila Ahmed, Ellen Armour, Jean Bethke Elshtain, Lisa Isherwood, and Ratna Osman--all of whom are feminist professors and/or activists. In "Beyond the Boundaries," they critically discuss the relationships between feminism(s) and Islam and feminism(s) and Christianity, in addition to discussing events such as the Egyptian and US presidential elections, their potential impact on women's rights in those countries, and the continuing sexual assaults at and around Tahrir Square. The impetus behind this program is to critically ...

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Has the Ouster of President Morsi Preserved the Path to Democracy or Ended It? A Panel Discussion on Egypt

On 30 June, over 14 million Egyptians took to the street demanding that President Morsi step down and on 3 July, the Egyptian military forced him out and suspended the constitution. Morsi supporters call it a coup; his opponents call it revolution 2.0 – but what kind of revolution is it? Will the military return civilian rule as promised? And what kind of democracy can emerge under these conditions? It's Your Call, with Rose Aguilar. This program was aired on Monday, July 8th on Your Call, a daily political affairs call-in program broadcast on KALW-FM public radio in San Francisco and KUSP in Santa Cruz. The program airs live from 10-11 a.m. Pacific/1-2 p.m. Eastern ...

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Tadween Roundup: News and Analysis in Publishing and Academia from the Arab World

[The following is a roundup of the latest news and analysis from the publishing world that relates to pedagogy and knowledge production. It was originally published on Tadween Publishing's blog. For more updates, follow Tadween Publishing on Facebook and Twitter.] Palestine Festival of Literature: Reading across borders M. Lynx Qualey (Chicago Tribune) For the Chicago Tribune’s Printers Row, M. Lynx Qualey explains the difficulty that one young woman from Hebron, Walaa Alqasiya, faces in order to travel to sites of the Palestine Festival of Literature. Qualey highlights the challenges that walls and borders create ...

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They Want a Coup? Let’s Make a Revolution Out of It!

[20 April 2012, protester carrying the Egyptian flag. Image originally posted to Flickr by Gigi Ibrahim]

Watching Mohamed Fouad, the singer, open last Thursday’s trading session at the Cairo Stock Exchange was especially worrying. It came only a few hours after Egyptians had stayed up all night celebrating their partial, temporary victory. On the previous day, Egyptians had just managed to remove a president who was blocking their revolution. So why would the Stock Exchange, on that day of all days, choose one of those old regime performers who had spent so much time on television crying about Mubarak’s downfall? This anxiety is not misplaced. In revolutions, symbols mean everything. When state officials recycle figures and even celebrities of the old era in prominent ...

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Revisando de nuevo la situacion en Siria: Dos anos errando

[Compass. Image from Wikimedia Commons]

[This article was originally written by Bassam Haddad and published by Jadaliyya in English and Arabic. It was translated into Spanish by Sinfo Fernández and published by Rebelión.]  Revisando de nuevo la situación en Siria: Dos años errando Si tuviera un dólar por cada vez que alguien ha escrito acerca de la “partida final” en Siria a lo largo de los últimos dieciocho meses… Casi dos años de levantamiento sirio y los analistas siguen esbozando potenciales escenarios. Sobre el terreno, la mayor parte de los sirios están en estos momentos más preocupados por su seguridad personal que por cualquier otro ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (July 9)

[Photo by Ahmet Şık/ NarPhotos.]

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Turkey and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Turkey Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to turkey@jadaliyya.com by Sunday night of every week.] English Trouble in Paradise Slavoj Žižek doesn’t see the “Turkish protests merely as a secular civil society rising up against an authoritarian Islamist regime supported by a silent Muslim majority.” Uprisings Here, There, and Everywhere Immanuel Wallerstein writes on the similarities among the uprisings of Turkey, Brazil, and Bulgaria, suggesting ...

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Travel Diary to Palestine: Journeys Into Violence

[Communities in Silwan forced to build vertically because of restrictive zoning laws. Image by Ilise Cohen.]

In late May 2013, I co-led an Interfaith Peace-Builders (IFPB) delegation to Israel and the Occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, along with Josh Ruebner, author and National Advocacy Director of the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation. Though we reached the edge of Gaza, we could not enter due to Israel’s hermetic seal of the 360-square mile Strip. Over the span of two weeks available we sought to explore the impact of US foreign policy upon the Israel-Palestinian conflict. We travelled from the Jordan Valley to Lifta; from Jerusalem and through the cow herding stalls of the Qalandia checkpoint; from Dheishe refugee camp to surrounding, and enduring, ...

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Towards a Prognosis: Diagnosing Fragmentation and Problems of Representation in Palestinian Politics

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BADIL: Resource Center for Palestinian Residency & Refugee Rights announces its release of the latest al-Majdal magazine, Towards a Prognosis: Diagnosing Fragmentation and Problems of Representation in Palestinian Politics. The 52nd installment of BADIL’s quarterly magazine examines the current discourse on the state of the Palestinian national body.  In particular, it asks takes a closer look at the discourse regarding the fragmentation of the Palestinian national body and its crisis of representation. This ongoing and dynamic process of fragmentation and crisis has also evidenced potential for remedies. Indeed, nascent remedial measures have already emerged. ...

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Greek Translation of Jadaliyya's 'Obsessed with Turkish Models in Egypt'

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[This article was originally written by Hesham Sallam and published jointly by Jadaliyya and Mada Masr in English. It was translated into Greek by Ariadne Alavanou and published by aristerOvima.] Η εμμονή με το “τουρκικό μοντέλο” στην Αίγυπτο Λίγο μετά το ξέσπασμα των διαδηλώσεων στο πάρκο ...

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Protesters Recount Bloody Scenes at Republican Guard Clashes

[Morsi supporters in Nasr City, November 2012. Image by Lilian Wagdy.]

There were tense scenes at the pro-Morsi sit-in in Cairo's Nasr City on Monday afternoon as the army increased its security presence and the injured continued to be treated in makeshift field hospitals near Rabaa Al-Adawiya Mosque. Clashes between protesters and security forces at the nearby Republican Guard headquarters left at least 51 dead and hundreds injured shortly after dawn on Monday. Dozens of armored personnel carriers gathered on Saleh Salem Road, which runs parallel to the headquarters. Supporters of deposed president Mohamed Morsi had extended their encampment from Rabaa Al-Adawiya Mosque to block this main road on Sunday, putting up signs reading ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (July 8)

[27 November 2012, anti-Morsi protest in Tahrir Square, Cairo, Egypt. Image originally posted to Fllickr by Gigi Ibrahim]

[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.]  “Updated: Bahaa El-Din offered Egypt's PM job, ElBaradei set to be appointed VP” Political forces reach a consensus for the leading positions of the new cabinet. “Morsi Spurned Deals, Seeing Military as Tamed” A detailed account of the events leading up to the army’s decision to act and depose Mohamed Morsi. “Sources reveal deliberations over ...

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The June Rebellion in Egypt

Despite two and a half years of revolutionary experience, the rebels of June had no plan for the day after Morsi, just as they had no plan after Mubarak. One activist eloquently conveyed to me a typical attitude: he joined the 30 June protests because he believed in harakat al-shari’, the dynamism of the street, which would somehow produce the desired outcome. It was the same underlying logic of January 2011: too much planning makes the revolution heavy and immobile. Revolutions now require lightness and ...

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Sobre que deberia uno escribir? Tercer verano pavoroso en Siria

[This article was originally written by Bassam Haddad and published by Jadaliyya in English. It was translated into Spanish by Sinfo Fernández and published by Rebelión.]  Sobre qué debería uno escribir? Tercer verano pavoroso en Siria Durante las últimas semanas que he pasado en Beirut, me he visto inundado de correos y comentarios de colegas y observadores acerca de los acontecimientos en Siria. Lo mismo sucede respecto a la cobertura ofrecida por ...

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حول ارتباك المشهد: طرح دولة ما بعد الاستقلال كأفق وحيد

نتحدث جميعاً كمحللين عن الحشود. نربطها مرةً بالثورة ومرة ثانية بالهستيريا،  ذات النزعة الفاشية، المؤججة بفعل الإعلام، للانتقام من حكم الإخوان الفاشل والإقصائي، مثل حشود جابرييل تارد الحانقة. ونهملها مراراً لتناقض مطالبها. مكتفين بتحليل أثر وجودها كقواعد شعبية مناصرة، سهلة الإنقياد لتمكين هذا أو ذاك القطب السياسي في رسم خريطة مستقبلية للتحول الديموقراطي، أو لدرء شبح الاقتتال الأهلي بين مناصري ومعارضي الإخوان.  هذا الارتباك يسود التحليلات المهتمة برصد اثر سياسات الشارع. إلا أننا نرى في ...

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New Texts Out Now: Lori Allen, The Rise and Fall of Human Rights: Cynicism and Politics in Occupied Palestine

Lori Allen, The Rise and Fall of Human Rights: Cynicism and Politics in Occupied Palestine. Palo Alto: Stanford University Press, 2013. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? How does it connect to and/or depart from your previous research?    Lori Allen (LA): My original research question focused on the generative capacities of violence and suffering, which I hoped to illuminate through investigating Palestinian human rights NGOs. I understood these institutions to be a central ...

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DARS Media Roundup (July 10)

[This is a bi-weekly roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Resistance and Subversion in the Arab world and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the DARS Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each bi-weekly roundup to DARS@jadaliyya.com by Sunday night of every second week.]  News & Commentary Trouble in Paradise, by Slavoj Žižek We know why people are protesting in Greece or Spain; but why is ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (July 9)

[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  Change in Qatar? As’ad AbuKhalil provides a critical perspective on the recent abdication of the Qatari emir.  Sheikha ...

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Everyday Brutality: The Israeli Army Beats and Arrests an Injured Journalist in Bethlehem

In the newspapers of late, words about a renewed peace process have filled column space. In the streets of Aida Refugee Camp, Bethlehem, in the West Bank, families read the political scene differently. They listen in the middle of the night for the clatter of soldiers’ boots coming down their streets. Nidal al-Azza, a forty-five-year-old human rights lawyer and father of four, heard them approaching his family home, where he and his family live with his mother, sister, and two of his brothers and their ...

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Enfranchising Refugees: PNC Elections in Comparative Context

In early September 1993, weeks before the signing of the Declaration of Principles setting out a political framework for a negotiated solution to the conflict over the future of mandate Palestine – that is, Israel and the 1967 occupied Palestinian territory – more than 100 Palestinians from various walks of life issued a public statement warning that "decisions on issues…crucial to the destiny of the Palestinian people [were] no longer [being] made by Palestinian institutions." For many, ...

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Navigating the Void: Palestinian Youth Resistance in the Absence of Political Leadership

There  is  a  general  consensus  among  Palestinian  youth  that  the  Palestinian Authority  (PA)  is  a corrupt  body  and  an  impediment  to  mass  mobilization.  However,  awareness  is  tempered  by the  realization  of  insufficient  public  support  to  push  for  the  PA’s  complete  dissolution [1]. Arab World ...

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Occupy Gezi as Politics of the Body

Since the Gezi resistance started with bloodshed on 31 May, it has had an “anti-depressant” effect, as a friend of mine puts it, as much as it has been nerve-racking. During this period where each day has been prone to new crises and normalcy was completely disrupted, we simultaneously experienced the peaks of ecstasy and the depths of sorrow. Analyzing such an intense event naturally requires taking some distance. Pending systematization, however, the vivid memory of each day impels one to put on paper ...

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (July 1-7)

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. Why the Western Media are Getting Egypt Wrong Unpacking Anti-Muslim Brotherhood Discourse Down with Military Rule…Again? Obsessed with Turkish Models in Egypt Gulenism: The Middle Way or Official Ideology? Interview ...

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الميادين لا تشرب الشاي بالياسمين

من  يصنع  السياسة  في  مصر فى هذه الأوقات الحاسمة؟  سؤال  تحدد  إجابته  الكثير. هناك منظور قديم جديد يرى السياسة حكراً على دوائر السلطة العليا، ومن يخطط لها وعليها، ومن يقترب منها ومن يتم إقصاؤه منها. لا يكترث أصحاب هذا المنظور بغير ما يحدث في كواليس الدولة والنخب السياسية ومعهم سفارات القوى العظمى. على هذا المنظور، الذى ليس مجرد أداة تحليلية وإنما هو موقف سياسي بامتياز، يلتقي أغلب لاعبي السياسة «المسجلين» فى اتحاد اللعبة الرسمي فى مصر. على هذا الأساس، يقولون ...

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